Some Background about the Respectful Relationships Program
The Royal Commission into Family Violence identified the critical role that schools and early childhood education have in creating a culture of respect to change the story of family violence for future generations.
In 2016, Respectful Relationships education became a core component of the Victorian Curriculum from Foundation to Year 12, and is being taught in all Government, Catholic and also many Independent Schools. Abbotsford Primary School joined the Respectful Relationships initiative in late 2019.
Everyone in our community deserves to be respected, valued and treated equally. We know that changes in attitudes and behaviours can be achieved when positive attitudes, behaviours and equality are embedded in our education settings.
Respectful Relationships is about embedding a culture of respect and equality across our entire community, from our classrooms to staffrooms, sporting fields, fetes and social events. This approach leads to positive impacts on student’s academic outcomes, their mental health, classroom behaviour, and relationships between teachers and students.
Together, we can lead the way in saying yes to respect and equality, and creating genuine and lasting change so that every child has the opportunity to achieve their full potential.
Delivering the Initiative
The Term 2 Assembly Performance Schedule has now been finalised.
Week 3 - Friday 7 May
Grade 4 (English)
School Value: Challenge
Week 5 - Friday 21 May
Grade 3 (Chinese)
School Value: Curiosity
Week 7 - Friday 4 June
Grade 2 (English)
School Value: Connectedness
Week 9 – Friday 18 June
School Value: Care
Note: As mentieond in Week 1 assembly, we will be discussing the new school values throughout Term 2. The themes chosen for each assembly has also been listed. Student of the Week awards for each assembly in Term 2 will be matched to the new school value discussed.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank students, staff, teachers, parents and carers for ensuring a safe and successful start to the 2021 school year and to thank you for your cooperation during the short period of remote learning in February during the circuit breaker restrictions.
As Term 2 commences, schools continue to be able to operate with a largely normal program of activity, enabling important on-site activities to return, such as school open days and working bees, with appropriate health and safety measures in place.
Throughout the pandemic, Victorian schools have rapidly and successfully adapted to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, embedding COVIDSafe principles by reinforcing good behaviours, creating safe spaces, adapting activities, and responding quickly to COVID-19 risk.
While we have seen outbreaks emerge in Victoria, we have also witnessed our capacity to respond quickly to limit the impact of these outbreaks.
Given the current very low risk of COVID-19 transmission in the community, continued high rates of testing and wastewater monitoring, and continued observance of health and safety measures in schools; those with medical vulnerabilities or their carers can feel reassured to continue to safely work and learn on school sites, and enjoy the benefits of doing so.
It is crucial, however, for everyone to remain vigilant by staying home when unwell, performing regular hand hygiene, wearing a mask when required and maintaining physical distancing from others when practical.
Should cases of COVID-19 increase again in the community, I am confident that with COVIDSafe plans in place, alongside our ability to quickly identify and respond to cases, schools remain safe places for all staff and students. I also continue to be reassured by evidence that children are less impacted by the virus and are less likely to develop severe illness.
The school community continues to have an important role to promote COVID-19 testing when a student or staff member has any symptoms, no matter how mild, and ensuring they remain home until they are well. Getting tested and staying home until results are known is critical to limiting community transmission.
Victorian Chief Health Officer
We will hold another second-hand uniform sale fundraiser in the morning of Friday, 7 May before assembly from 8:30am. We will set up stalls where parents/carers would be able to purchase, good quality second-hand uniforms.
Please note that this event will be a fundraiser for the school. Anyone wishing to supply used uniform would be asked to do so as a donation. All donation can be drop off at the office before 1pm, Thursday, 6 May.Tuesday, 11 May - Thursday, 13 May
Thursday, 13 May
Thursday, 20 May
School Review (Validation Day)
Thursday, 3 Jun
School Review (Panel Day)
Friday, 11 Jun
Dragon Boat Festival Community Event (2:00pm-3:30pm)
Monday, 14 Jun
Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday (Student Free Day)
Wednesday, 16 Jun
Annual Report to the Community (5:30pm-6:30pm)
Friday, 25 Jun
Semester 1 Report Sent Home
Yellow House Fundraising Event - APS Talent Show
Term 2 Ends (Early finish at 2:30pm)