FPS eNews 6/05/21

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Principal's report 6/05/21

School Council 

Our FPS 2021 School Council has been very busy this week with a training and induction session. Councillors and staff from both Mount Alexander College and FPS joined forces to learn about and discuss the roles and responsibilities of a school council. It was also a great opportunity for councillors and staff from both schools to meet each other. Next Monday 10th May 6pm, our FPS School Council will be meeting with a special presentation from Glas Landcape Architects and Kosloff Architects regarding the playground designs funded through the Flemington Education Plan. These works are due to commence this September. If you are interested in attending school council, please RSVP to our office flemington.ps@education.vic.gov.au or phone 9376 7137.

Fun Friday Afternoon-Friday 14th of May 3.30-4.30pm sponsored by BIG Childcare

Next Friday 14th May will be a FREE fun afternoon sponsored by BIG Childcare for all FPS families. Our oval will have a magician, pop corn, a jumping castle and fairy floss. Come along and join in the fun!

Welcome Classroom Volunteers

A huge welcome to our parents, carers and grandparents who have started their work in our FPS Reading Hour as classroom volunteer helpers. We are grateful to this team of volunteers who completed training and have now commenced supporting our students with their literacy learning.

Birthdays

FPS staff enjoy celebrating this special day with your children. Just a reminder that we are unable to hand out bags of treats or party invitations in our classes. We also ask that families are discreet and show sensitivity when handing out birthday invitations in our school. Some of our FPS students have special dietary restrictions, allergies and also families who are sensitive to their child being provided food/candy without their consent. We always recommend checking with a child’s parent/carer beforehand.

FPS Book Fair is coming

The FPS Book Fair sponsored by LaMont is coming to FPS from Monday 17th May to Friday 21st of May 3.45-4.30pm in our Science Room. This is a fabulous opportunity to top up your home reading library, support your child’s interest in books and also our school library. All money raised is used to buy more books for our FPS Library.

Compass Information Session-Monday 17th May 2.30-3.30pm

Do you want to learn about Compass? This Compass information session will show you how to find school reports, newsletters and permission slips.  Please RSVP to our office flemington.ps@education.vic.gov.au or phone 9376 7137. Interpreters will be available.

Farewell

Congratulations to our education support teacher Gabriella who has been appointed at Avondale Primary School. Thank you for your work and dedication at FPS and we wish Gabriella all the best in her new role.


Mothers’ Day

Happy Mothers’ Day to all the special FPS ladies in our community. Mothers, carers and grandmothers have a special role and it is nice to take the time to say “thank you” for all the big and little things that you do. Thank you to the Foundation students for a wonderful “pampering” session- it was lovely to see mums, grandmothers and dads enjoying having their nails painted, mini massages, jewellery making and craft activities. Plus a very big thank you to our P&C and all volunteers who donated gifts for a wonderful Mothers’s Day stall.

Wishing all our families who celebrate Eid an Eid Mubarak!

Office News 6/05/21

2022 Foundation Enrolment

Applications for Foundation 2022 enrolment are now open. School tours take place each Wednesday during Term 2 at 9.15am led by the Principal and student leaders.  Please book at the office if you wish to attend.

If you have a child due to commence school next year, please collect the enrolment forms and enrol your child by the end of Term 2, this being 25th June. Should you know of a child due to start school next year, who lives in our enrolment zone - refer to https://www.findmyschool.vic.gov.au/, please remind parents to hand their enrolment forms in during Term 2.

Thank you

Visitor Sign In

Parents and carers are reminded to sign in at the office each time you visit the school.

Advising absences

A reminder for parents/carers, when calling the school on 9376 7137 to report your child absent, please dial 2 to leave a message. The office staff will record all absences from these messages.


Picking up students for appointments

Parents/carers, when booking personal appointments for students, please make these appointments after school hours. If appointments are to be made during the day, the preferred pick up time is at the beginning of recess and lunch so as not to disturb their class learning times.

Late pickup of students

Parents/carers, if you’re going to be late to pick up students, please advise the school as early as possible. Staff are not always available to supervise students past 3.45pm. We encourage all families to enrol with Big Childcare to support both the students and parents/carers should there be a situation like this arise.

CASH PAYMENTS

Dear Parent/Carers,

Please be advised that the office will be accepting cash payments, however we do prefer payments to be made via bPay or eftpos. 

Please contact the office if you need your bPay details.

Kind regards

Wellbeing 6/05/21

RESTORATIVE PRACTICE

How do I talk so my kids will listen, and listen so my kids will talk?
• By being respectful - talking and listening, we help those involved to be valued and to be worthy participants in making things right – repairing harm
• The aim is to re-build and repair any relationships that have been strained by the wrongdoing
• Promote the development of empathy for those that they have affected and those responsible - to move the focus from them as wrongdoers to them as actors in repairing the harm - to appreciating the ‘other’ by way of story telling and engagement
• Encourage story telling necessary to re-build positive identities and to encourage children to talk and explain rather than feel shamed and worthy of punishment.

About respect
Respect is one of the key values and is the ‘currency’ of restorative relationships.
Respect is the foundation to any effective cross-generational communication.
For Gen Y’s respect must be earned and will tend to be given based on whether it is relationship driven and reciprocal and not on title or role.

In this two-way exchange it will often be school staff and parents who need to take the first step. It is critical that adults understand what makes students feel respected and also what will communicate respect in return – in many cases young people don’t mean to show disrespect to older generations but fail to understand how their actions and attitudes are perceived.

The Restorative Chat
• What happened?
• What were you thinking when you……….?
• What have you thought about since?
• Who has been affected? / In what ways?
• How can you make things right?
• What help do you need from me?

When things go wrong at school
Every parent wants the best for their children, and that includes having great experiences at school. Despite best teaching practice things do go wrong at school. Most kids experience learning difficulties from time to time. Conflict and peer rejection are a normal part of school-life. The developmental nature of childhood means that there will always be some turbulence, particularly around key transition ages, such as the start of adolescence.

During these times young people frequently experience a dip in their learning as well as significant relationship difficulties. Students will often come home from school with grievances, and call on their parents for assistance.
Your approach as a parent when your child has difficulty at school makes huge difference to their resilience, and their future relationships with teachers and peers.

Here’s a six point checklist to help you stay focused and be effective if your child experiences difficulty at school.

1. Stay calm and rational
It’s natural as a parent to protect, or defend your children, particularly when you think that they’ve come in for some unfair or poor treatment. But acting when you are full of emotion is not always smart. Rather than getting on the phone straight away to organise a meeting at school, take your time to think through how you might assist your child.

2. Get the all facts
Once you’ve calmed down, then get the facts about the situation. Kids are faulty observers and often only see one side of a story when there’s a problem with a teacher or a fellow student. They sometimes can’t see that perhaps they may have contributed inadvertently to a dispute at school, or perhaps said something that may have upset a teacher. It’s the job of parents to help their children to process what happen in an incident, so that all the facts emerge and understand their place in any problem. Ask good questions to help the full story emerge.

3. Assess whether to go to school or not
Kids, like adults, like to vent and will benefit from having told their side of a story to trusted source. Often problems can be dealt with at home, simply by talking through an issue, and giving kids some common sense tips to help them cope.
If your child has a recurring problem that they can’t solve themselves, or you think adult intervention maybe needed to sort out a relationship issue with a teacher or peer, then consider meeting with your child’s teacher.

4. Go through the right channels
Approach the school calmly, going through the school office, or directly to your child’s teacher if that is the usual protocol. If you have already established a relationship with the teacher concerned, then it’s often easier to approach them directly.

5. Look for solutions rather than blame
Parent-teacher meetings usually get nowhere when either party blames the other. State the problem as you see it and view your child’s teacher as an ally, not a foe. “I’m really worried about Jeremy. He’s been acting strangely lately and I need some help” is the type of approach that will elicit a helpful response. Talk about your concerns and keep the discussion focused firmly on what’s best for your child. Listen to your teacher’s viewpoint, valuing a different perspective.

6. Stay in touch
Be realistic with your expectations, remembering that some problems can’t be solved to your satisfaction, nor will they be resolved straight away. Be prepared to work alongside your child’s teacher over the long-term, which means you need to keep communicating with each other.
Parenting is easy when things are going well, but testing when your children struggle or experience difficulty. Stepping back and taking a long-term, reflective view is often the best approach when your child experiences difficulty at school.

Parenting information and resources
Michael Grose http://www.parentingideas.com.au
Dan Siegel http://www.kidsinthehouse.com
Parenting Research Centre http://www.parentingrc.org.au
Essential Kids http://www.essentialkids.com.au

Parents and Carers 6/05/2021

Big Childcare Fun Day

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AUSKICK

Auskick returns to Flemington Primary School in 2021! We kick off on April 24th and run until 7th August. It is a great introduction for your son or daughter into AFL as well as creating some fun footy memories! Jump on the Auskick website to register or for more information call Matt on 0408 683 308.