2023 APS Newsletter Issue 19

2023 Issue 19 - Term 4

Junior School Council Report

Junior School Council report Newsletter Week 9 Term 4

By Sophia  (School Representatives) & Nhi  (School Captain)  

A friendly reminder that Term 4 is SunSmart: no hat no play. Keep cool and bring your water bottle. Find a shady place to play during hot weather. Please do NOT take hats from Lost Property. (No hat no play but still go to school today unless you're sick! )

Junior school Council Election for 2024 

Next Friday will be the Junior School Council election. Good luck everyone.

School Sports Carnival

A reminder that Wednesday 6th December will be our sports carnival. Wear House colours and practise your chants!

Bamboo House Fundraiser

On Wednesday the 13th of December Bamboo House will be having a 80s runway fashion show fundraiser. The whole community is invited to dress up in outrageous colours, crazy hairstyles and funky clothes. So start researching and ask your family members what 80s fashion looked like!  This will be a casual clothes fundraiser so please bring a gold coin donation. 

Foundation students 

The foundation students have been learning to write persuasive messages to convince others about different subjects in English class. In Chinese class they have also been learning how to read new Chinese characters.

Year 1/2  

In Chinese class the year 1 and 2s have been learning the new characters, 有,歪,为, 爸 and 妈. In Integrated studies they have also been doing some work/research about Aboriginal culture.

Year 3/4

In the 3 and 4 classroom, they have been doing YCT tests as well as character estimation tests. In maths they have been designing their own pacman board to learn about turns and directions.

Year 5/6

In maths the year 5 and 6 students have been learning to calculate the volume of various shapes. In the year 5s and 6s integrated study classes they have been doing a trip around the world activity where they plan lots of trips around the world and research about each country they choose to visit. 

That’s all from us! Thank you for reading this week's newsletter. 

Principal's Report


This Friday was our last session of swimming for the year. I want to thank all of the students for their enthusiastic and respectful engagement with the swimming program. Children walked safely to and from the pool, supported their peers and behaved very well at all times. I also wish to thank our parent volunteers who made a big commitment to support the school and our students in this important program. This could not have happened without your help. Lastly, I would like to thank the school staff for their organisation and flexibility in making the swimming program possible.


Prep Transition Tuesday 5th December

This coming Tuesday will be our second prep transition session for the 2024 prep cohort. After a successful session last week, we are looking forward to once again hosting our incoming preps and their families and further discussing our great school and welcoming them to our school community. During this session Caroline, Marianna and myself will be presenting to parents on school readiness, school administration and our wellbeing programs.


Sports carnival

Fortunately, we were able to postpone our sports carnival and the weather is looking fine for Wednesday 6th of December. A big thank you once again to those parents who have volunteered to assist on the day. Please ensure that your child has appropriate clothing and footwear on the day and that they have a water bottle and lunch to take with them. Fingers crossed that the weather holds!


International Day of People with Disabilities

This Sunday 3rd of December we celebrate International Day of People with Disabilities. It is a time to reflect on the contribution that people with disabilities make to our society and to our schools. Much work is being done here in Victoria to improve the inclusion of people with disabilities in our school and ensure that they reach their full potential. The most important current initiative is the introduction of the Disability Inclusion program that will be introduced at the beginning of 2024. This initiative promotes a strength based approach to supporting students and importantly contributes much needed funding to schools to assist with inclusion. More information about the initiative can be found HERE.


JSC Presentation at Yarra Primary School

This Thursday our JSC leaders took part in a presentation at Yarra Primary School. The leaders have been working with junior school councils from other schools over the past few weeks to enact some community initiatives including the toy and food drive that has been running here at Abbotsford. The school community response to the toy drive has been amazing and it is wonderful that this important social action has been initiated by our student leaders. Our students presented on the drive and how they took an idea to the school community that will truly make a difference to many people.

Message by Caroline Wilkins:

State School Relief

States Schools Relief have a $100 voucher on offer for High School students to help with textbooks. The parent can apply for this at their child's high school. To be eligible you must have a current Health care card with an expiry date after January 30th 2024. These are limited so once they run out, they run out.

Upcoming Events

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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