FPS eNewsletter 25/06/2021

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Principal's report 25/06/21

House Colours Day

Congratulations to Cashmere for winning the Spirit Award and the results for the day are;

4th Place - Cashmere with 930 points
3rd Place - Mangalore with 950 points
2nd Place - Mooltan with 970 points
1st Place - Dehli with 980 points

Friendship Bench

Our FPS Vision statement is “Students will realise their full potential, contributing to our school, our community and our world.” Our students are encouraged and supported to activate their voice with initiatives and projects that interest them, be it in the classroom or around the school. I meet often with students who wish to implement projects or ideas in our school and we establish an action plan to support them in activating their ideas. This week Ruby, Grace and Lotte have completed our FPS Friendship Bench. Please see the blurb below about the FPS Friendship Bench written by the girls. 

Dear parents and carers. At the beginning of the year Ruby, Lotte and Grace had an idea to make a friendship Bench. The Friendship Bench is an easy way for students to make new friends and socialise with other students. We began this project by meeting with Ms Amanda and Ms Amy the business manager. We explained our idea and were given a budget for supplies such as paint and paint brushes. Once the supplies had been purchased we started our work on the bench from the design, choosing colors and then working on the bench in our lunch times. In the end we moved the bench to its final new location near the sand pit. We hope to see you there! A Big thanks to Graham, Ms Amanda, Emma and Josephine for helping to create it.

End of Term Two 2021- FPS Report Cards

Well done to all our students, teachers and families for another wonderful term. Again it has been full of learning and challenge on many different levels. This week our FPS Report Cards for Semester One have been uploaded to COMPASS. I hope that all families will have time over the term break to share this learning information and celebrate the learning successes of their child/ren. 

At FPS we report twice a year; at the end of Semester One and again at the end of Semester Two. In addition FPS holds informal and formal meetings where parents/carers have the opportunity to meet with teachers to learn more about their child’s learning. At FPS, parents and carers are always welcome to discuss their child’s progress throughout the year. This can be done by contacting your child’s teacher. If you require any assistance in accessing your child’s rapport card on COMPASS, please contact our office 9376 7137.

Student- Parent-Teacher Conferences- Tuesday 20th July- Thursday 22nd July

The Student- Parent-Teacher Conference that was scheduled for this final week of term has been postponed to week two Tuesday 20th July- Thursday 22nd July of next term due to the lock down. Students require time to prepare for this conference and there was not enough time due to the lock down. Parents/carers are offered formalised times throughout the year to discuss their child’s learning. Any parent who has concerns regarding their child’s learning should contact their child’s teacher to make a time to discuss. 

Curriculum Day #4- Monday July 12th- First Day of Term Three

Just a reminder that our fourth and final curriculum day is the first day back of Term Three- Monday 12thy July. Teachers will be working with our creative artist Briony on our Term Three whole school performance -“Be Your Bestival”. Plus working on our next level of Scaffolding Literacy writing planning. We look forward to sharing more about this work with our community next term. In the meantime,  the Be Your Bestival will be Wednesday 15th September. There will be a matinee and evening sessions. PLUS a covid plan already planned for in the event the performance needs to be done virtually!

FPS Remote Learning Survey NOW LIVE

Flemington Primary School is committed to improvement via feedback and reflection. This informs our teaching practices to improve your child's education and ability to provide the most supportive learning environment possible. FPS staff also benefit from shared insights from our community.The survey has been sent to all year cohorts as a link in ClassDojo. Receiving feedback for a year cohort will allow our teachers, staff and school refine our remote learning program so we can best meet the needs of all students and families. 

Work force Update- Assistant Principal appointment

Our current Assistant Principal Laura Boylan is expecting her second child  and will be taking family leave as of mid Term Three. We are very excited to welcome Alexander Mowat as the Acting Assistant Principal to FPS. Alex is an experienced Assistant Principal and will make a wonderful addition to our team. Welcome Alex to the FPS community!

School Council met on Monday evening and welcomed our newest member to a casual position- Caitlyn Robertson and a Foundation parent. The following policies have been put up on our website for community consultation.

FPS Mandatory Reporting Policy Draft
FPS Issues Resolution Policy Draft

If you have feedback, please send it to flemington.ps@edumail.vic.gov.au with “ attention Policy Committee”.

Wishing all our families a wonderful term break and I look forward to seeing you ready and recharged for Term Three on Tuesday the 13th of July.

House Sport Day

School Council 25/06/21

School council update: welcome Caitlyn, policies confirmed and big thanks to the P&C

School Council met on Monday 21 June as planned, though unfortunately, with restrictions not completely lifted, we were back to WebEx and our loungerooms.

Whether remote or in person, it was great to welcome our newest parent member to Council – Caitlyn Robertson – who was appointed to the casual vacancy we advertised last month. Caitlyn has a strong background and interest in policy and child safety, and will be a perfect addition to the Policy Subcommittee and Council generally.

We also had two guests on the agenda, which is actually pretty cool. One of our Foundation parents came to see how she could lend her energy to help bring a sustainability focus to the school. The topic certainly is the zeitgeist of our age, and with a busy and big school, it’s important we consistently look at what we do through a sustainability lens. If you have any ideas or even concerns about how we are performing in this regard, please email your thoughts to School Council president, Russell McIntosh, on russell.mcintosh@education.vic.gov.au. And of course if you are passionate about other aspects of school life, you may consider joining one of our subcommittees, or coming to a council meeting. To see your parent reps and find out more about how to get involved, visit the FPS website.

Our second guest was Agata Gervasi, Learning Specialist - Wellbeing and Engagement. Agata talked to us about how respectful relationships fit into our goal of school-wide positive behaviour, a topic that has been broadly discussed across the school.

In other council business, we:

  • voted in favour of allowing our science room to be hired by an after school science club. This is an extra curricular activity (like chess), and a pretty cool option for kids who are dreaming of becoming the next Marie Curie or Brett Sutton (or even our very own Sharon Brierly!). Stay tuned for updates on whether this goes ahead.
  • ratified several health and wellbeing policies: First Aid, Anaphylaxis Management, Administration of Medication, and Diabetes. We didn’t get any feedback on these policies, but if you would like to check them out you can do so here
  • celebrated the amazing efforts of the parents & carers committee for bringing in several thousand dollars from the Mothers’ Day stall and the term 1 bun drive.
  • voted to give parents extra choice in ordering school uniforms, bringing on an online option where the items can be delivered to your home or to the school. Of course the importance of being able to see the uniforms and compare sizes in person is recognised, with orders able to be made through the office, and the shop itself reopening on Friday mornings as and when COVID restrictions allow.  

That’s about it!

Have a great break and see you all for term 3.

FPS School Council

Fizz Kids Science After School Program


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