2021 APS Newsletter Issue 8

Principal's Report

Dear Parents, Carers and Community Members,

Despite the lockdown we have just entered, the last fortnight at Abbotsford PS has been an eventful one.

Here is a snapshot of some highlights:

Year 3-6 Richmond District Cross-Country Event
On Friday, 14 May, our students participated in the Richmond District Cross-Country Qualifying event. We were represented by 15 excellent athletes who demonstrated fantastic sportsmanship and pulled off some excellent results in the competitive event.

Congratulations to all who participated, with a special mention for Ginny who will continue onto the next round!

Please read the special report on this terrific day in this issue of the newsletter.

Year 5/6 Fire Ed
On Friday, 14 May, Fire Rescue Victoria visited our Year 5/6 students. Students presented projects on fire safety to the firemen and discussed what they had learned.

Students watched videos on the importance of fire safety at home, having working smoke alarms in your house, and having a home fire escape plan.

We encourage families to continue the conversation about fire safety at home and refer to these user-friendly booklets for more information. The booklets are available in 20+ community languages via https://www.frv.vic.gov.au/home-fire-safety-booklet.

F-2 Wild Action Incursion
On Wednesday, 26 May, some wild animals visited Abbotsford Primary School and our junior students had an opportunity to learn about the animals, pat them, and take some nice photos with them.

These visitors had a great time and I encourage you to read the students' report on the day which will come in the next issue of the newsletter. In the meantime, here are some great snaps from the day:

Bilingual Network Principals' Meeting & Professional Development
Over the last fortnight, I attended a Bilingual Network Principals' Meeting, while Fangni laoshi and Travis laoshi attended a professional development on Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL). Both events were held in Japanese/English bilingual schools.

Interactions with other bilingual schools have been highly beneficial, as we share very similar visions and challenges. We were very impressed by the displays at Caulfield Primary School, and as we work towards embedding the new school values, we also hope to have a outdoor visual display that would showcase our identity in an aesthetically pleasing way.

If you have any suggestions, I would be very keen to hear from you!

School Review
The leadership team has now completed two out of the three days of onsite School Review. The first day focused on "looking back" and evaluating how the school performed between 2017-2020. The second day involved fieldwork that helped to unpack potential areas of improvement through focus groups that involved parents, students and staff. I would like to thank the School Council parent representatives and other parents who volunteered their time on Tuesday to speak to the reviewers. Your genuine comments and constructive feedback were much appreciated and we look forward to the continued partnership on the journey of school improvement.

The first two days also involved a thorough audit of all the Victorian Regulations and Qualifications Authority minimum standards and compliance paperwork. Even though this section has created the largest amount of stress for the leadership team over the last 6 months, as a school, we passed the audit with flying colours! In fact, the reviewer spent no more than 10 minutes to follow up on a few items that could not be uploaded electronically, as our initial submission was extremely comprehensive and thorough.

The minimum requirements involved a large amount of work by Amanda, Lizzie, Daniel, Caroline, Ann and Ayhan and the School Council. Once again, I would like to acknowledge the effort of everyone involved. Many of the requirements have certainly not been "easy" for schools that have undergone a large refurnishment project and four leadership changes over the last four years.

The leadership team is now looking forward to the third day scheduled for Thursday, 3 June, where the panel will guide a discussion towards the formulation of the new School Strategic Plan.


As we enter yet another Circuit Breaker lockdown, I hope that all families will put the safety of yourselves, your children and the community first by adhering by the government regulations.

The staff team has worked extremely efficiently over the last 24 hours to set up remote learning for next week. We are excited about delivering an excellent learning experience for your child online!

Xiànshàng jiàn! (See you on online!)

Stanley xiaozhang

Remote Learning Arrangements (31 May - 3 June)

Important announcement for the Abbotsford PS Community regarding the upcoming remote learning arrangements for Monday, 31 May to Thursday, 3 June.

Child Safety and Wellbeing Curriculum at APS

As the Child Safety Officer, I have had the opportunity to present and brief the School Council on the Child Safety Standards at the last meeting in May.

Abbotsford Primary School takes the Child Safety Standards very seriously, and there are actions that the school undertakes to ensure that we are committed to Child Safety and remain compliant with the principles and standards.

We complement the documentation by offering a comprehensive wellbeing curriculum that encompasses up-to-date and topical wellbeing topics which are important for young children that are learning to navigate the complexities of today's society.

We have now updated our website to explain the Child Safety Principals, Standards, and our Wellbeing Curriculum in more details. We encourage you to browse through the relevant sections by going to the "Learning" tab, and "Wellbeing" section where you will find four new pages.

Amanda Norton-Smith

Child Safety Officer

Premiers' Reading Challenge

The Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge is now open and Abbotsford Primary School is excited to be participating. The PRC application offers a range of exciting features including:

  • access to a library catalogue (including book images and blurbs)
  • a modern user-friendly interface
  • rewarding students with badges as challenge milestones are achieved
  • the option for students to mark books as a favourite, give them a star rating or complete a book review

The Challenge is open to all Victorian children from birth to Year 10 in recognition of the importance of reading for literacy development. It is not a competition; but a personal challenge for children to read a set number of books by 17 September 2021.

Children from Prep to Year 2 are encouraged to read or ‘experience’ 30 books with their parents and teachers. Children from Year 3 to Year 10 are challenged to read 15 books.

All children who meet the Challenge will receive a certificate of achievement signed by the Victorian Premier and former Premiers.

To read the Premier’s letter to parents, view the booklist and for more information about the Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge, visit: www.education.vic.gov.au/prc

Our PRC coordinators, Ann and Travis laoshi, will be in touch via a letter for the family over the next fortnight.

Cross Country Report

Congratulations and well done to all 15 students who attended and represented Abbotsford Primary School at the Richmond District Cross Country event on Thursday, 14th May, at Kevin Bartlett Reserve. Our school competed with six other schools on the day.

Students who participated in this event were:

  • Rocco
  • Ginny
  • Greta
  • Terry
  • Alanah
  • Darani
  • Spike
  • Nhi
  • Bobby
  • Danger
  • Jade
  • Violet
  • Calypso
  • Florence
  • Sammy

During the event many of our students ran massive personal bests over a tough course. It was pleasing to see that most of our students stuck to our race plan of cruising out strongly during the first half and running faster in the second lap.

Congratulations to Ginny who who came 9th in her event. She has been invited to represent our district at the Banyule and Inner North Moreland District Cross Country event to be held on Thursday, 3rdJune.

A big thank you to Yooky and Kristen laoshi who attended and helped out during the day.


Upcoming Events

Monday, 31 May - Thursday 3, Jun (NEW!)
Remote Learning via Google Classroom
(see newsletter article regarding remote learning)

Thursday, 3 Jun
School Review (Panel Day)

Monday, 7 Jun (NEW!)
Library Working Bee Stage 1 (9:00am-12:00pm)

Please contact Ann via AnnAnnLim.Chew@education.vic.gov.au if you are able to help out.

Friday, 11 Jun (NEW!)
Dragon Boat Festival Community Event (2:00pm-3:30pm)

Please come and join us for some traditional Chinese games that are played by kids at Dragon Boat Festival.

Students will be rotating through four different activities and parents are encouraged to join in to see who might be more skilled at tangrams, diabolos, paper zongzi making, standing eggs, dragon boat racing and jianzi (Chinese feather hacky sacks)!

Monday, 1
4 Jun
Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday (Student Free Day)

Wednesday, 16 Jun (POSTPONED to 5 Aug)
Annual Report to the Community (5:30pm-6:30pm)

Monday, 21 Jun (NEW!)
Library Working Bee Stage 1 (9:00am-12:00pm)

Please contact Ann via AnnAnnLim.Chew@education.vic.gov.au if you are able to help out.

Friday, 25 Jun
Semester 1 Report Sent Home
Yellow House Fundraising Event - APS Talent Show
Term 2 Ends (Early finish at 2:30pm)

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