Congratulations to our 2021 Student Representative Council-SRC
Last Friday our Student Representative Council elected students were presented in assembly. Congratulations to all students who put themselves forward for this opportunity and we know it does take courage. SRC meets weekly with the coordinators David Gullan and our Assistant Principal Laura Boylan. They focus on ideas and initiatives that are suggested by students and will also at times participate in other activities such as input into playground design. However, at FPS a student does not have to wear a badge or be in a nominated position to share their voice or ideas. Any student can nominate an initiative that aligns with the school’s vision and will be encouraged to coordinate their idea. A perfect example of this is The Friendship bench.
The Friendship Bench by Lottie, Ruby and Grace- Year 4
The Friendship Bench idea is to help students find friends and will also be a nice place to chat with friends. Grace said the girls were sitting one day on the oval and thought about making a special bench to help students create friends and feel less lonely when they can't find their friends. Ruby is excited about this project because lots of students will help us create the benches with Graham. Ruby is also excited about seeing how the bench works and the smiles on faces when students see the colourful benches. Lottie says the design of the bench will be bright and bold so as to stand out and so that students will want to sit at the benches. There will also be the school values, mascots and positive messages painted on the benches such as “you belong” and “we are stronger together”. Lottie, Ruby and Grace are currently working on their designs for the benches. There will be two Friendship Benches- one placed near the oval and the other in the Amphi.
How wonderful that we are able to go on camps again! Our Year5-6s enjoyed a great camp near Phillip Island with students participating in a range of activities from visiting the penguins and learning about environmental factors that support/destroy their habitats. In addition Camp Grantville has many team building activities such as the big swing, high ropes, orienteering, kayaking and the much anticipated talent quest evening where cabins present a performance to the group. Camps are a great way to build independence and resilience while strengthening and building new friendships.
Our calendar of events
FPS is a very busy place! There is a lot happening across all year levels as well as the school itself. Our calendar on our website has a list of all events for the year. We will use Class Dojo and Compass to remind parents/carers of events coming up. We do understand that our community is very busy and advance warning is essential to help families plan. We are constantly trying to ensure that parents have the latest information in a timely fashion and do incorporate your feedback to fine tune this constantly changing space. Some of our communications have come out later than they should have recently and I apologise for any inconvenience that this may have caused our families. We have been juggling interstate presenters and a lock down that changed our calendar overnight. The below events have dates that have been confirmed and all going well, will be a great opportunity for our community to come together to celebrate our learning at FPS.
Getting involved with your child’s education-Classroom Helpers Induction
Anyone and everyone can be involved in their child’s learning and education in a variety of ways at FPS. The Classroom helpers program is a great way to learn some skills that you can use either in your own home or in our classrooms. Please see the flier in our newsletter for more information. There are two sessions:
Tuesday 16th March 9.15am-10:30am - Onsite (translators present)
Thursday 18th March 5pm-6pm - Online via Webex (no translators present at this session)
Webex link: https://eduvic.webex.com/meet/boylan.laura.a
The RR curriculum supports schools to teach children how to build healthy relationships, resilience and confidence. It supports and builds our work with School Wide Positive Behaviour. To find out more come along to our information sessions next Tuesday.
2.30-3.30pm onsite at FPS. This session will have translators in Somali, Oromo and Arabic
5.30-6.30pm on webex. No translators will be present at this session
Harmony Week activities
To mark Harmony week and the last week of the school term FPS will be hosting a number of fun events:
1. Secret Spy and Acts Of Kindness (AOK) celebration-Tuesday 30th March 2.30-3.30pm
This celebration session is for students who have been selected for displaying the school values during assemblies and playtimes.
2. Be Your Best Day -for students-Wednesday 31st March- 9-3.30pm
This celebration day for students will focus on revealing our school value mascots and their names, making a collaborative mural, Year 6s running team building activities and a whole school yoga session.
3. Welcome BBQ and meet the teacher -Wednesday 31st March- 3.45-6pm
We wil try again for this event that was last time postponed due to a lock down. This event will be a great finish to our “Be your Best” day for all students. Parents and carers wil have an opportunity to visit their child’s learning space and meet their child’s teacher. The P&C will also be holding their BBQ.
4. Grounds Master Plan consultation-Wednesday 31st March- 4-5pm
Glas Landscape Architects and Kosloff Architects will be at FPS to show the schematic designs for our playgrounds. These works have been funded by the Flemington Education Plan. Please come along for this next stage of consultation plus see the ideas about our FPS playgrounds that our students have put together.
We welcomed this week Yared Wilson from RMIT who will be at FPS all year doing his placement as an Education Support teacher. Yared is also a sports enthusiast who will be running lunchtime sports activities such as Soccer and Basketball.
With so many new faces at FPS we have included a profile of our new staff.
Amanda Williams- Principal
Classroom Helper Program
Being a classroom helper is a fantastic way to get involved in your child’s learning and make strong connections between home and school learning. It is also a significant contribution to our school community as it provides our students with extra opportunities to engage with an adult in their learning.
To become part of our Classroom Helper Program, you must participate in one of our training workshops. The workshop is designed to provide you with some tools to use when reading with children and working with children within our school setting. Knowledge of these tools ensures consistency for our students as well as ensures your role as Classroom Helper is purposeful. We will be running two workshops this year, please make yourself available to attend one of these sessions if you wish to be a classroom helper. Consistency is important to our students at FPS so we ask that our helpers are able to commit to a regular day (weekly or fortnightly) during our literacy block (9am-11am). All helpers will also need a Working With Children’s Check.
Classroom Helper Workshops dates for 2021 are:
Tuesday 16th March 9.15am-10:30am - Onsite
Thursday 18th March 5pm-6pm - Online via Webex
Webex link: https://eduvic.webex.com/meet/boylan.laura.a
If you have already completed the Classroom Helper Workshop in the past, we ask that you come along again because the focus of our Classroom Helper Program has changed since previous years.
Classroom helper roles will commence at the start of term two. Expressions of interest with your availability and timetables will be communicated to you by your classroom teacher.
If you are unable to help on a regular basis but still wish to be involved in school activities there will be other opportunities through excursions, incursions and other school based events.
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 8.45am to 9.15am. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
District Swimming Carnival:
Congratulations to all of the Year 3-6 students who participated in the District Swimming Carnival last Friday at Queens Park Pool. It was great to see so many students and schools participating in large sporting events again. Many of our FPS students showed off their swimming abilities, persistence and determination on the day. Flemington finished 4th overall in the ‘big schools’ section. The following students made it in to the Division Finals on Wednesday 17th of March (location TBA):
Marie 6B - 50m Freestyle (12/13 years)
Beth 6A - 50m Backstroke & 50m Butterfly (12/13 years)
Alexa 4/5A - 50m Butterfly (11 years)
Marie, Beth, Alexa, Bonnie - 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay (12/13 years)
A big thank you to the parents who volunteered to come and help out on the day. We appreciate your assistance.
The Term 1 ISS Gala Days are coming up on the 19th & 26th of March for Year 6 students. 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. The teams will be finalised shortly and permission forms will be handed out next week.
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.
Cross Country is coming up early in Term 2. We will be holding the Cross Country Trials next week on the oval at lunchtimes.
9/3 Tuesday - Year 5/6 (3km, 15 laps of the oval)
10/3 Wednesday - Year 3/4 (2km, 10 laps of the oval)
Last Wednesday FPS was lucky enough to have a Hockey Clinic run by Hockey Victoria. The clinic involved Chris (Hockey Victoria) and Iris (Essendon Hockey Club) taking various classes from Foundation-Year 6’s through a series of hockey skills and drills. It was great to have their expert knowledge shared with our students. If your child is interested in participating in a paid Hockey Clinic run by Hockey Victoria outside of school hours, please see Ms Alex for a flyer. Thank you to Chris and Iris for running the program for FPS.
The Bicycle Hospital continues to run on Fridays before and after school.
Peter and Bart can help you repair your bike, accept donations or provide a recycled bike.
We are looking for volunteer parents to help us with the program – we’ll show you the ropes and teach you basic bike mechanics.
If you always wanted to learn how to change a tube or adjust your brakes or gears here is your chance.We have a few good quality bikes available - as can be seen below;
See you at the shed.Bart and Peter