This InTouch newsletter was supposed to go out last Friday. Within an hour it had been outdated with the news of the lock down and return to Remote Learning. We are distributing it mid-week with updates as we know that our families have been receiving a lot of school and learning information.
COVID-19 Update- School Closure Monday15th February –Wednesday 17th February
A big well done to everyone for our overnight start up of Remote Learning #3. Each school has the autonomy to create a program that effectively supports their students and community. We made the decision as a team that we wanted to connect with our students via Webex and offer a diversity of learning and wellbeing based activities to support families and students. Our short term Remote Learning model also allowed for an easy transition to the comprehensive Remote Learning program in the event it is required for a longer lock down. I would like to thank our incredible teachers and staff for their focus and hard work. A big thank you and well done to our parents and carers. We know you are not teachers and are also working from home and acknowledge the huge effort this takes. And to our students… you are resilient and flexible learners-thank you for making our job easy and fun with your “Be your best” attitude.
Tutor Initiative Commences at FPS
As you may have heard in the news, the Minister for Education James Merlino announced that $250 million would be available to employ tutors in 2021 for all Victorian schools after an extended period of Remote Learning in 2020. FPS is excited to introduce two teacher tutors to join our team. Myu Thompson Early Years (F-2) and Peter Gartside Middle Years (3-6) will work with small groups of students in our two tutoring rooms to support Reading initially. Peter’s work will focus on Middle Years with students focusing on utilising high quality and challenging texts to engage their reading goals. Myu who has a specialisation in phonics, will focus on phonics instruction, building vocabulary, decoding and fluency in reading. Students commencing in this program will be contacted by Peter and Myu.
Welcome Foundation Students
Our Foundation students have now been at school for nearly two weeks with a mix of face to face and remote learning! Well done to our Foundation students and their families for this extraordinary start to school. I believe that I did mention on our virtual and face to face school tours that it is never dull at FPS and the last two weeks certainly attests to that! As you walk through our Foundation learning spaces you will see a settled and focused group of Foundation students who are certainly showing our school value of being “ready to learn” both online and in person.
Flemington Education Plan (FEP) Update
Flemington Primary School is proud to be a part of the Flemington Education Plan. The Flemington Education Plan includes Mount Alexander College, Ascot Vale Heights (previously known as Ascot Vale Special School) and Debney Meadows Primary School. The 4 schools have been working together to share expertise and resources to provide excellent outcomes for every student through collaboration and connection to local community. The Flemington Education Plan has a vision to ensure every child and young person experiences opportunities and pathways that promote educational excellence, health and wellbeing and a sense of belonging and community – from kindergarten right through to adult pathways beyond secondary school. Celebrating the diversity of our community and focusing on inclusion will be a key priority of the Plan.
Last year the Minister for Education James Merlino announced $1.15 million funding for Flemington Primary School to upgrade its playgrounds. The grounds work will commence this year and see the next stages of the FPS Grounds Master Plan be implemented. Students have been working with landscape architects to design their playgrounds and have provided input. Some of their ideas were including a rock climbing wall, more seating, upgrade of existing equipment, a sensory garden, more plants, cubby houses, holes to jump into, removing tan bark and improving the sandpit area. The planning process continues and plans will be available for further consultation when ready.
For more information about the Flemington Education Plan, please visit the Department of Education and Training site: https://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/Pages/educationplansflemington.aspx
For more information on upgrades and modernisation works planning and community consultation involved in this plan, please visit the Victorian School Building Authority (VSBA): https://www.schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au/schools/Pages/FlemingtonEP.aspx
Last week we said good bye to one of our Educational Support teachers Lun Zafiridis. We wish Lun all the best as she commences with Strathmore North Primary School and thank her for her wonderful support of our students and staff.
Lunar New Year-Whole School Assembly Celebration
This Friday a Chinese dragon will be attending assembly to celebrate Lunar New Year. Assembly commences at 3.10pm. Parent/carers can view our student lead assembly from the basketball court (COVID restrictions) and if it rains we will Webex the assembly with a link put out on Class Dojo.
Happy learning everyone, happy Lunar New Year and well done to everyone for their flexibility in moving to Remote Learning with very little notice or warning! The things that we can achieve together are AMAZING!
Amanda Williams- Principal
Wanted - School Uniform Shop Volunteer
We are looking for a volunteer to run our school uniform shop for two sessions per week - Mondays 3.15pm to 3.45pm and Fridays 8.15am to 8.45am. The role consists of assisting parents with orders, filling out order forms for payments, packing any pre-orders and every now and then assist the office with a stocktake.
Please email the school on email@example.com by Friday 20th February if you interested.
NO CASH PAYMENTS
Please be advised that the office will no longer be accepting cash payments until further notice. All payments will need to be made via bPay or eftpos.
Please contact the office if you need your bPay details.
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 foundation learning neighbourhood. They will also be asked to sit in the shade during sport time.
Swimming Trials/District Swimming:
Congratulations to all of the Grade 3-6 students who tried out for the FPS Swim Team. It was excellent to see so many students in the pool trying their best and supporting each other from the sidelines!! Special thanks to the super teachers and parents who gave up their mornings to help run the trials!
Students who made the team have now been notified. These students will now compete in the District Swimming Carnival at Queens Park Pool on Friday 26th February.
Unfortunately, due to COVID19 there will be no spectators this year.Interschool Sport:
In 2021, Grade 6 students will again participate in Inter-School Sports (ISS) in Terms 1 & 2. Instead of a weekly competition like previous years, schools will participate in two Gala Days. The Term 1 sports are Hot Shot Tennis, Soccer and Cricket.
We have a high standard of behaviour at FPS and we expect all Inter-School Sport team members to uphold the school values within the classroom, school and community should they wish to participate in Inter-School Sports.Running Club:
Flemington PS Running Club is back! Sessions are held on the running track and will start at 8:25am and finish at 8:45am. The Running Club will be held every Thursday morning and is open to all Flemington PS children. Children will write their name and class on a running club card. They will hold this card in their hand as they run. When they complete one lap, they will receive a stamp on their card. When all the squares on the card have a stamp on them, they have completed 10km’s and will receive a special certificate at assembly. At the end of the year we will have special certificates for those children who have run more than 10km’s.National Ride2School Day
FPS has signed up to be a part of National Ride2School Day which will be held on Friday March 19. It would be great to see as many students as possible actively travelling to school by riding their bikes or scooters. More information about National Ride2School Day will be provided in the next couple of weeks.Prep PMP:
The Perceptual Motor Program (PMP) will be starting soon for the Foundation students. The PMP program includes language, memory, visual, listening, physical and social skills to prepare students for high quality learning. If you are available to assist during PMP please contact one of the Prep teachers.