FPS eNewsletter 16/09/2021

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Principal's report 16/09/21

To our wonderful FPS community, in our last newsletter for the term I want to say a heartfelt thank you for your ongoing commitment to our school and supporting us with your child’s learning from your homes. Parents and carers, students and educators have been tested more than most and I know that you have all been impacted in some way. Thank you and well done for your resilience and our team is so very grateful to have your support and collaboration. Enjoy the two week break from teaching and I hope that all families will have some time to recharge.

Remote Learning Survey

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. A survey has now been uploaded to Class Dojo for all year levels to complete. All results will inform our teachers and leadership as we continue to refine and adapt our remote learning program to best meet the needs of all students and families. 

World Teachers’ Day- Tuesday 5th October

We will be encouraging all of our students to send a letter, drawing or video message to their teacher early next term. We will also be acknowledging the incredible work of our teaching partners- YOU-parents and carers.

FPS School Review Term One 2022

Every four years Government Schools undertake a comprehensive School Review to reflect on the goals and targets set in the schools four yearly strategic plan, for FPS this was between 2017 and 2021. The purpose of the review is to celebrate the successes and achievements of our school and to identify areas for improvement.

As part of the review process, schools consult with key stakeholders including students, parents and carers. In Term 4, parents and carers will be invited to be part of our review and participate in a guided discussion led by educational consultant Chris Egan pertaining to the areas of;

  • Learning growth and achievement
  • Intellectual engagement and self-regulation
  • Social and emotional wellbeing

We will advise our community next term of the date for this consultation.

Be Your Bestival

Our time with Briony Farrell, Creative Artist in Residence program is now drawing to a close and Briony will finish in early Term 4 with FPS. It has been a rich and rewarding experience for all having Briony with us this year. Her final weeks will see the compilation of both the onsite work and remote learning work to create a Be Your Bestival celebration of student work. Details for the launch of this huge body of student work will come next term. 

Pre Service Teachers

More candidates from Melbourne Graduate School of Education have joined our team. A huge welcome to them as they begin their teaching careers in a remote capacity.

Hello Flemington Primary School! My name is Grace and I am studying to  become a primary school teacher at the University of Melbourne. I want to be a teacher because I am fascinated by how children understand and learn about the world. My casual jobs during my highschool and university undergraduate degrees were as a summer camp sports instructor and as a primary school soccer coach. These jobs brought me so much joy so I decided to embark on a career in teaching. I am very excited to be joining Foundation A with Miss Sam - I cannot wait to learn about education in the early levels of primary school. The current lockdown has been hard, but coming onto Webex with the students never fails to put a smile on my face. Hopefully we'll get back into the classroom soon! 

Kind regards, 

Grace Stanton

A big hello to the learning community at Flemington Primary School!

My name is Tiarney, and I am extremely excited to be completing my final round of placement at FPS. I have had some terrific teachers throughout my academic journey who have helped me grow and flourish in many different ways. In becoming a teacher myself, I hope to have a similar influence on the young learners I engage with. I completed a Bachelor of Arts at Deakin University in 2019 — majoring in Visual Arts and Literature — and I bring these areas of expertise to my teaching, especially Arts! In my free time, I love to travel, read, run, bake, go to the beach, practice yoga and spend time with friends. 

I am so lucky to be teaching and learning with the FPS team, and I look forward to meeting you all in the weeks to come!

Music Practise-a- thon

Congratulations to all of our students who participated in the FPS Instrumental Music Practise-a thon. Students raised over $5,000 for our Instrumental Music program. This initiative from the school council instrumental music sub committee provided an opportunity to provide a  focus on practise to support our students’ music ability and also improve resources in the FPS Instrumental Music program. Students who practised the most and also raised the most amount of money have received gift vouchers for Macron Music. Congratulations to:

Most money raised

Most Practise completed

F-2 Agnes- $430.00

Anonymous 420 minutes

3-4 Hamish- $400.00

Emily 447 minutes

5-6 Charlotte- $359.00

Tasha 1620 minutes

Congratulations to these students and a MACRON MUSIC gift voucher is coming your way. All students who participated in the Practice-a-thon will receive a certificate via messages. A very big thank you to all the students and families who participated in the Practice-a-thon.  Money raised will be used to  purchase new hire instruments for the music program.

Student Representative Council - Compost Poster competition

Well-done to all students who entered the SRC competition. There were many entries from our students. These posters will be invaluable as FPS starts up our composting program once we return to onsite learning. Congratulations to Izzy and Ben (featured as the header in this newsletter) who were celebrated by our SRC and received a Flemington Fun Pack. Please have a browse at all of our entries in the Composting Posters section.

Student Representative Council- “FPS has got talent” show

Another student initiative during remote learning has been students uploading to Dojo all of their special talents. These will be shown in our final assembly this Friday. Thanks you and well done to all who participated.

Update on Pink Zone and Grounds works

All works that were scheduled to commence these holidays have all been delayed. As soon as I have commencement dates I will inform our community. 

School Council 

A casual vacancy exists on our FPS School Council. If you are interested in being a part of our school council please contact our school council president Russell McIntosh at Russell.mcintosh@education.vic.gov.au or Principal Amanda Williams at flemington.ps@education.vic.gov.au 

Baby News
Congratulations to Michael Cleary (6B) and wife
Alex on the arrival of baby Alfie.

School Council 16/09/21

We’ll keep this Council update pretty brief this month, as we are all in full-on juggle mode as we continue through lock down #6.

But as always, there are some pretty important outcomes and updates from the recent School Council meeting that we want to share with the school community. And so, in no particular order:

  • We welcomed our newest councillor, Assistant Principal, Alex Mowat! You may have met Alex in the course of the school assemblies or the Annual Report briefing but, if not, you can also read his intro in the last edition of the school newsletter. And what a bio! We are lucky to have him stepping into Laura’s shoes as Assistant Principal while she is on parental leave.
  • Amanda also took us through the process and importance of the upcoming School Review. The school review will examine our progress towards the targets in the last four-year strategic plan, and shape recommendations for connecting our vision and mission with how we operate. The end of this process will result in Flemington Primary School’s new 4 year strategic plan. Read more about what makes up the school review in Amanda’s Principal report.
  • We looked at a range of policies, including the Digital Technologies-Policy, School SunSmart Policy, Mandatory Reporting Policy and Issues Resolution Policy.

Only the Sun Smart and Digital Technologies policy are required to be ratified for community consultation (so please review and share any feedback), but we wanted to highlight the others as well.

  • And finally, we had a great update from Parents and Carers Committee, sharing new dates for events that have had to be postponed because of the recent lockdown. 

Stay strong FPSers and we will see you on the other side of the school holidays and back on the school grounds soon!

Wellbeing 16/09/21

We know children are currently experiencing a lot of fear, worry, and anxiety as a result of the Coronavirus crisis.

Below are some great resources that we hope can help parents and carers manage some of the stress. 

You're invited to join emotional acceptance champion Kitty Black for an in conversation with Josh Langley about her new picture books Follow Your Feelings: Max and Worry and Lucy and Sad, illustrated by Jess Rose.

We know that stories help children make sense of the world, these books are narrativces that Kitty has carefully developed in response to big emotions faced 3-7-year-olds, that have been intensified by our lengthy lockdowns.

Kitty and Josh will unpack how we can use these narratives to support our kids.

Tuesday September 21 | 7:30pm


RSVP for the zoom link here

Our entire collection of books is available to browse online.

Plus, we're on hand between 10-3pm Monday - Saturday
Answer emails
Answer phone calls - 03 9387 9837
Collection of click and collect orders (smize included)
And of course we're continuing free local home delivery (deets and schedule on the website). We post or courier Australia wide and orders over the value of $60 have free freight.

While you’re on holidays, try some of the great activities on the posters below to do with your children.

Many Thanks


School Holiday Activities

Please find below a link to Bigbuild, which has some great activities for both students and teachers.


Composting Posters - SRC

Big Childcare News 16/09/21


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Office News 16/09/21

Sun smart

Reminder to parents and students, all children need to be wearing a broad brimmed hat whenever they are outside in term 4.

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.

School Uniform Orders

Dear Parent/Carer,
The school is now offering families the option to order school uniforms online straight from the supplier, DCS Uniforms. Having this option available means parents/ carers can order uniform 24/7, including school holidays. Families will have the option to have uniform delivered to their home address or the school.
Please note the onsite uniform shop at FPS is currently closed due to COVID restrictions. Please feel free to choose your preferred method of uniform ordering; either online direct with DCS at https://www.dcsuniforms.com.au/  or by placing an order at the office or over the phone if you know what you wish to order.
The administration team are happy to assist families when ordering online for the first time. Please contact the office if you would like assistance.
Thank you.