2023 APS Newsletter Issue 18

2023 Issue 18 - Term 4

Junior School Council Report

Newsletter Week 7

Annick & Darani

House Captain & School Captain



The Foundation students are practicing their end of year song and they are learning how to subtract and add numbers. In science they have been learning about the life cycle of frogs. They have been getting books and copying the words to practice their spelling.


In English the 1/2s have been learning about facts and opinions and publishing their persuasive texts on computers. In Chinese they are learning capacity (how much things can hold)  and in Maths they are learning multiplication and division


The 3/4s have been working on creation myths (how the earth was created) and learning about climate zones and how plants grow.

They have been writing Chinese letters to our sister school in Taiwan and making PowerPoints to show their partners in Taiwan.

Finally, in maths they have been learning angles.


In 5/6 we have been learning how to write persuasive texts about a topic of their choice. In Integraded studies we have been mapping out a route around the world. We have to pick at least 7 countries to learn about and choose the best route to get there, including airfares, visas and cost.

In maths we have been doing division, problem solving and probability/chance.


The seniors went to camp this week. They enjoyed activities such as a giant swing, a zip line/flying fox and even got to ride the Puffing Billy train from Belgrave to Lakeside Emerald.

We would like to thank the teachers who came and supervised us at camp.

Principal's Report

Curriculum Day

Our final curriculum day for 2023 took place on the 6th of November. We focused on developing and improving teaching and learning in the school using the Content and Language Integrated Learning model that has been implemented here at APS over the last two years. Kylie Farmer presented to the staff and significant time was allocated to forward planning for 2024.


Judy McKinty Play Researcher

At last Friday’s assembly, play researcher Judy McGinty was introduced to the school community. Judy will be surveying children in the playground here at Abbotsford to assist with our playground master plan work that is happening with the help of school council. Identifying what the children love about our playground and what they would like to see improved is a key part of our plans moving into 2024. Once Judy has completed her research, she will present to school council, and I will make a report to the school community.


Athletics day

Our Athletics Day is coming up on Wednesday the 29th of November. Buses are booked and events are being prepared and most importantly the students have met as house groups to vote on emblems for their houses and to practice chants that they will sing on the day. All parents and family are welcome to come along to the George Knott athletics track in Clifton Hill to watch and cheer on our athletes. We will be getting underway about 10am on the day with the buses due to leave school at approximately 9:30am. The exact order of events is still to be finalised however we are planning on finishing up around 2pm and arriving back at school shortly thereafter for a normal pick up at 3:30pm.  Students will need to wear appropriate clothing on the day and house colours are encouraged. Students will also need to bring hats, lunch, and a water bottle, as we could have very warm weather. Sunscreen will be available however we also suggest applying some prior to students attending the day. Thank you to those who have volunteered to help on the day. Hao will be in touch with you soon to outline your role on the day.



Our year 3-6 camp took place this week. The camp was a great success will a great many activities and experiences had including, gold panning, Puffing Billy, flying fox, night walk and of course camp food! I want to thank all our hard-working staff who made the camp a reality again this year. I also want to thank our children for their great behaviour, confidence, and sense of adventure. We are already looking forward to next year’s camp and more adventures to come!


JSC election

It is great to see the enthusiasm and care that students are putting into their campaigns for junior school council. It is also wonderful to see that we have interest and candidates from all across the school including our prep students. I would encourage everyone to take a look at the posters that have been put up on the JSC wall in the atrium area to hep you understand the candidates, what they stand for and what they hope to achieve for the school.


Prep Transition

Our first 2024 prep transition will take place on Tuesday 21st of November. The incoming 2024 students and parents will have the opportunity to spend time in the school experiencing the spaces and learning more about the educational approach with presentations from our learning specialists Hang and FangNi as well as comments from me as principal. A second session will be held on Tuesday 5th of December which will focus on wellbeing and school readiness. Prep transition is one of my favourite times of the year as we have the opportunity to welcome new and already established families to the school community.


Bilingual Principal’s Network

Last Friday morning I attended the Bilingual Principal’s network meeting which was held at Caufield Primary School. During the meeting we were joined by representatives from the department of education. We were updated on work that has been happening around developing enrolment options for bilingual schools who were adversely impacted by changes to curriculum grounds enrolment earlier this year. The discussion was very productive and the plans that the department have will assist in managing our enrolments and our bilingual program. We were presented with three potential options to resolve the issue with curriculum grounds enrolment. The most likely outcome at this stage, will be a new set of curriculum grounds criteria that we can use as part of our enrolment process to ensure that families seeking a bilingual Chinese education have a better chance of obtaining a place at Abbotsford Primary School. These changes will need to be approved by the regional director prior to them coming into effect. I will update the community as more information comes to hand.

Children's Clothing Exchange

Children's Clothing Exchange on Friday 01 December

The Fundraising, Community, and Volunteer Subcommittee is organising a children's clothing exchange for the school community.  A clothing exchange is an event where you bring pre-loved clothing that you no longer want and exchange it for pre-loved clothing that you do want.  It is a great way to come home with new-to-your-family clothing in styles and sizes that you want and need, whilst saving money and reducing the impact on the environment.

Date: Friday 01 December 2023

Time: 3:00pm to 3:45pm: drop off clothing, 4:00pm: clothing exchange begins

Location: School basketball court

Cost: $10 to participate

Items: Bring 5-10 items of children's clothing which are clean and in very good condition

How it will work:

• From 3:00pm to 3:45pm, bring 5-10 items of children’s clothing to add to the exchange collection.
• Volunteers will assess the condition of all items and only those that meet the “Guidelines for Acceptable Children’s Clothing” (see below) will be accepted into the exchange collection.
• You will be given a ticket indicating the number of items you contributed to the exchange collection. This will be the number of items that you will be able to take home with you from the exchange collection.
• Volunteers will sort items and place them on racks and tables. While you wait, feel free to mingle with others participating in the clothing exchange!
• At approximately 4:00pm, the clothing exchange will open. Participants will be able shop for children’s clothing from the collection.
• Upon exiting, volunteers will count the number of items you collected and you will check out using your ticket.
Guidelines for Acceptable Children’s Clothing
• Items can be children’s clothing of any gender, any size, and any season but we will not accept uniforms, underwear, swimwear, pyjamas, shoes or accessories. We will not accept any adult clothing, shoes or accessories.
• Items must be clean and in very good condition. Items should have no signs of wear, stains, pilling, broken zippers or missing buttons. Use the “very good condition pass test”: Would you give this item to a family member or close friend?

Terms and Conditions
• This clothing exchange is only open to Abbotsford Primary School families.
• There will be a $10 cost to participate in the clothing exchange. All funds will go towards Abbotsford Primary School’s fundraising efforts for new playground equipment.
• Volunteers will assess the condition of all items and only those that meet the “Guidelines for Acceptable Children’s Clothing” will be accepted into the exchange collection.
• At check out, the number of items taken cannot exceed the number on your ticket. You do not need to take as many items as you contributed.
• Any leftover clothing from the clothing exchange will be donated to the Salvation Army.

Movie Fundraiser - 26 November

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, 21 November
Foundation 2024 Transition Day #1

Sunday, 26 November 
Movie Fundraiser (Trolls Band Together) at Hoyts Vic Gardens

Wednesday, 29 November 
Sports Carnival @ George Knotts Reserve

Friday, 1 December 
Clothing Exchange (4:00pm @ APS Basketball Court)

Tuesday, 5 December 
Foundation 2024 Transition Day #2

Friday, 8 December
Junior School Council Elections

Tuesday, 12 December
Statewide Transition Day

Thursday, 14 December
End of Year Picnic

Friday, 15 December
Year 6 Graduation (2:00pm)

Wednesday, 20 December
Last day of Term 4 (Early finish at 1:30pm)

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