Welcome to the 2021 school year. I know that for many in our Flemington Primary School (FPS) community, summer holiday plans and activities were challenged this year with the various outbreaks and restrictions put in place due to COVID-19 across Australia. However, I do hope that all families had an opportunity to spend some time relaxing and enjoying time with family. Whilst 2021 will no doubt bring its own challenges, we do know for certain, that FPS will continue with the same spirit, calmness, resilience and focus on learning that we demonstrated in 2020. Our FPS community has shown that we absolutely have the capacity to live up to our school motto- “be your best” no matter the adversity. Whatever this year may bring, I can assure you that we as a staff are ready to meet it with you and your children and are excited and enthusiastic for the coming year.
The FPS “In Touch” newsletter is distributed fortnightly, uploaded at the end of the week via Compass, ClassDojo and is also located on our website www.flemingtonps.vic.edu.au. The “In Touch” newsletter contains official school news and updates and is also translatable into other languages. As the name suggests, it helps our FPS community stay “In Touch” with all the great events and learning opportunities that happen in our school.
How we communicate at Flemington
All communications at FPS are guided by our school values of being respectful, safe, kind and ready to learn. Having access to the correct information, but also engaging with school information is key to being ready to learn. FPS recognises the importance of communications and continues to strive to and refine our delivery of excellence in communication. This work continues in the Communications sub committee. This sub committee developed a Communications Framework to support families in the various communication channels offered at FPS. https://www.flemingtonps.vic.edu.au/page/156/How-we-communicate-at-FPS.
Our main direct communications are via …
Soon your child’s teacher will invite you to join Class Dojo. This app allows your child’s teacher to share information regarding learning in the classroom and any class messages or reminders. You can also contact your child’s teacher with this app and they will respond to you within 24 hours (during the school week). For any urgent enquiries please contact our school office between 8.30am-4pm.
Welcome BBQ and meet the teacher Wednesday 10th February 3.45pm-6pm
Our first community event will be on Wednesday the 10th of February. This event offers parents/carers an opportunity to visit FPS with your child and meet your child’s teacher, meet their teaching team and see the learning environment. This event is accompanied by our traditional “Welcome BBQ” Thanks to the FPS Parents & Carers Committee for organising the BBQ. Watch out for details to follow BUT put the date in your diary now.
FPS continues to remain up to date with DET latest announcements regarding COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines. These are informed by advice and directions from the Victorian Chief Health Medical Officer. We apply all guidelines and restrictions and will communicate these to families promptly- even on weekends and school holidays if need be. I do understand that this can be overwhelming and encourage you to contact our FPS office if you are unsure of anything or require clarification. No question or query is too silly-please ask our friendly office team.
Introducing our 2021 workforce. All of our teaching teams will be sending out curriculum information via our curriculum newsletters. The curriculum newsletter outlines what essential learnings will be taught in your child’s year level. Please contact your child’s teacher if you require any additional information regarding your child’s learning.
We farewell Chanise Mantua from our before/ after school and holiday care program-OHSC. Chanise has decided to leave the education sector and will be pursuing a career in the Police force. Our best wishes go with Chanise as we wish her all the best with her new adventure and a big thank you to Chanise for her work with our FPS students!
BIG Childcare start up at FPS
The new Out Of Hours School Care (OHSC)- BIG Childcare has now commenced their service at FPS. The OHSC building has been completely redecorated by BIG with bright and colourful new furniture and equipment arriving daily. Rosie, Chantal and Deanna are looking forward to meeting you and your children. Bookings for BIG Childcare can be made via their website www.bigchildcare.com.
Flemington Education Plan (FEP)- Grounds upgrade funding and works
Late 2020 in the Victorian Budget 2020/21, the Victorian Government announced an investment of Infrastructure Planning and Acceleration Fund, with Flemington Primary School to receive $1.147 million to upgrade our school's playground and grounds as part of the Flemington Education Plan. DET & FEP schools commenced meeting again with Kosloff Architects at the very end of 2020 and planning will commence in early 2021. I will continue to keep families updated. An announcement of the FEP from The Hon James Merlino MP can be found on our website https://youtu.be/I6BGu_l3Lg
Joining School Council Information Session- Monday 8th February 5-6pm Staff Room
There are many ways of getting involved with what is happening at FPS. Classroom helpers, volunteering in our library, school excursions, Parents & Carers fundraising PLUS School Council! 2021 is an exciting year to be on council as we commence stage two of the Grounds Master Plan, The Flemington Education Plan and the commencement of a review for our next strategic plan.
Being a member of school council is a great way of being involved in your child’s education by contributing positively to the school via governance. The role of school council is to support the school with a focus on particular functions and responsibilities by contributing to, setting and monitoring the school’s direction. The school’s direction is outlined in the school strategic plan 2018-2021 and the annual implementation plan. Membership involves contributing time to working on subcommittees plus attending school council meetings eight times per year. The Subcommittees are Finance, Policy, Buildings & Grounds, Communications, Out of Hours School Care-OHSC and Instrumental Music.
To find out more about the roles and responsibilities, membership, outline of the various subcommittees, dates and timetable of meetings and training requirements of the FPS school council and councillors; please attend our Joining School Council Information Session on Monday 8th February 5-6pm in the staff room. Translators will be available upon request. 2021 representatives will be available to share their experiences of being a school councillor. RSVP your attendance via the school office phone number and email address.
School Photos – Tuesday 2nd March
School Photo envelopes will go home soon and need to be returned to the office by Friday, 26th February. Please make sure if you enclose cash that you have the correct money as the office cannot provide change. Should you require any extra student or family photo envelopes please collect these from the office. Photos can also be ordered online via the Compass platform (preferred ordering method).
2021 Essential Student Learning Items & Voluntary Financial Contributions
A reminder that if you haven’t handed in your payment and forms to date, please do so as soon as possible. Please contact the office if you have any questions.
If you applied for the CSEF at this school in 2020, you do not need to complete an application form in 2021 unless there has been a change in your family circumstances. This school will apply for the CSEF on your behalf.
You will only need to submit the attached 2021 application form if any of the following changes have occurred:
New Student Enrolments Changed Family Circumstances New Concession Card
Please note 2021 CSEF eligibility will be subject to the parent/legal guardian’s concession card being successfully validated with Centrelink on the first day of either Term 1 (27 January 2021) or Term 2 (19 April 2021) and parents/guardians will be advised if an issue arises.
To view and print the application forms, please click on the link below;
CSEF Application Form
Reminder to parents and students, it’s that time of the year when all children need to be wearing a broad brimmed hat whenever they are outside.
No hat No play
If any child comes to school without a hat they will be asked to spend their play and lunch times in the covered area outside the prep learning neighbourhood. They will also be asked to sit in the shade during sport time.
Welcome back to those students and families continuing in the Instrumental Music program this year and a warm welcome to those students and families joining the program for the first time this year.
Lessons commence next week- the week commencing Monday 1st February. Your child’s instrumental teacher will collect your child from their classroom for the first few weeks. Year 1 & 2 students will be collected for their lessons throughout the year. Year 3 to 6 students are encouraged to remember their lessons time and day and to make their way to their lesson, however if they forget, their teacher will send another students to collect them or they will collect them themselves. You can view the timetables on the music noticeboard in the music wing corridor or on the school website. Please check your child’s lesson day and time and ensure they have their instrument and/or music in their school bag or music satchel on their lesson day.
You should have already received you term 1 invoice. Please note that payment is due for Term 1 tuition, so if you have not yet paid your fees, can you do so ASAP. A separate invoice will be issued for instrument hire and ensemble participation. If your child needs to hire an instrument, your child’s instrumental teacher will organise an instrument for your child at their first lesson and they should come home with an instrument after their first lesson. An invoice for instrument will be emailed to you in the next few weeks.
Ensemble rehearsals will commence in Week 3. If your child has reached a level of proficiency on their instrument to join one of our ensembles, then your child’s teacher will send home a note indicating as such. Can you please sign and return the reply slip at the bottom of the form to Mr O’Hara. During the next few weeks you will receive an invoice for ensemble participation. Please note that you will be invoice for the ensembles for the entire year in Term 1. In order for the ensembles and students to develop and progress it is important that the students participate for the entire year. The ensembles will perform at the Mid and End of year Instrumental Concerts. Any student is welcomed to join our choir’s- there is no audition process. Year 1 & 2 students can join Junior Choir which will rehearse during the first half of lunch on Monday’s and Year 3 to 6 students are welcome to join the Senior Choir which will rehearse during the first half of lunch on Thursdays. Choir notes are available from the music corridor, the website or Mr O’Hara. If you would like your child to participate in either Junior or Senior Choir, complete the reply slip at the bottom of the note and return it to Mr O’Hara.
If you have any concerns or issues relating your child’s instrumental lessons, please contact Vern via his email address Vern.Ohara@education.vic.gov.au
Please take time to remind yourself of the school’s collection statement, found on our website [add link to your school’s collection statement].