2021 APS Newsletter Issue 9

Junior School Council Report

Hi everybody!

This is Sammy and Lara here. It has been a tough two weeks, of course. However, we have had a much easier time of it than last time. We have added on some extra features to our online learning such as more face to face meetings and individual focus groups.

Even though we have to stay at home and do online school, we would like to show our appreciation to all the teachers who have put a lot of effort into our learning. This enables us to continue our learning throughout lockdown. We also want to say thank you to all the specialist teachers who make the instruction videos for us. I think we have all learned a lot this lockdown and are happy to go back to SCHOOL!! 

See you at school!

            Lara                       Sammy

Principal's Report

Dear Parents, Carers and Community Members,

What a tough fortnight it has been! But we did it, and we did it very gracefully, thanks to you, the staff and our partnership.

We know that remote learning is never easy but we appreciated your support in supervising your child(ren) so that learning did not stop.

Feedback on Remote Learning
Thank you for your participation in the Pulse Check survey last Friday. We had 29 responses and the staff really appreciated the feedback. I know that many have tried to make alterations where possible for implementation this week. The staff also appreciated the lovely messages at the end of the survey, which really put a smile on everyone's face as we finished off the week.

If you have any further feedback, could we encourage you to speak to one of the School Council members, who could help to raise any suggestions at the upcoming meeting next week.

School Review
On 3 June, we successfully completed the last day of the School Review online with the School Review Panel.

Our sincere thanks to the School Review Panel for time and effort devoted in helping us shape the strategic plan for the next four years.

There are still some work around the refinement of the Strategic Plan to be done before the end of the term, but the Leadership Team was extremely pleased with the result of the School Review, and is looking forward to sharing that with you.

The presentation to the school community previously scheduled for 16 June 2021 has now been postponed to 5-6pm on Wednesday, 5 August 2021. This change has been made based on the Department’s advice and timeline for approving the School Review report.

This presentation will cover the 2020 Annual Report to the Community and the 2021-2024 School Strategic Plan, which includes our newly revised Statement of Values and School Philosophy.

Changes to the Reporting Timeline
In recognition of the difficult to conduct quality assessment online, the Department has advised that schools may use the remainder of the term to finish Semester 1 assessment, and reports will be finalised and sent to parents on Friday, 23 July (Term 3 Week 2).

We have currently scheduled the next round of Parent-Teacher Interview for 28-29 July (Term 3 Week 3) so that you can have a timely conversation with your child(ren)'s teachers regarding their progress.

New Feature of SBS Chinese
A special thank you to Layla's family for joining the school in a feature article on the difficulties in maintaining Chinese literacy for Chinese families in Australia (and how our program is an excellent solution for both background and non-background speakers!)

It's a very well written piece and I am grateful that we were invited to be part of this exciting dialogue.

You may find the article via the links below - English and Chinese.

We would also appreciate if you could forward this article to your own connections who may be interested in our flagship bilingual program.

COVIDSafe Practices
Based on the latest School Operations Guide (issued by the Department of Education), the school is unable to resume all onsite activities for the rest of Term 2 (unless a new guide is released earlier).

Below is a summary of activities that resume immediately and those that are still not permissible at this stage.

  • Parents* on school grounds
  • Foundation parents* doing drop-off and pick-ups indoors (within 15 min)
  • Keyboard, singing, drums and guitar lessons
  • Basketball and soccer clinics
*Please maintain a social distance of 1.5m at all times, wear a mask and sign-in using the QR codes even if you are here shorter than 15 minutes.

  • Assemblies (Parents can participate online via https://eduvic.webex.com/meet/wang.stanley.y)
  • Volunteers, non-essential visitors
  • Inter-school sporting events
  • Excursions and incursions
  • School tours (17 June has been moved online)
Please help us by continuing to observe the split entrances by grades:
  • Foundation, Year 1 and Year 5/6 via Basketball Court door and Lithgow  St Entrance 
  • Years 2-4 via Adventure Playground door and Albert St Entrance

Dragon Boat Festival Celebrations
As a result of the current COVIDSafe requirements, we are unable to run the Dragon Boat Festival celebrations as a community event.

However, we plan to still go ahead with the activities planned as an in-house event on Friday, 18 June from 2:00-3:30pm.

Most importantly, happy Dragon Boat Festival (& Queen's Birthday) for this coming Monday!

Stanley xiaozhang

Wild Action Report

Hi everyone, my name is Marlowe!

Today I would like to talk about the Wild Action Incursion.

Earlier in the term, the Zoo came to our school!

We saw a lot of wild animals for example there was a blue tongue lizard, a baby Joey, a giant turtle, a crocodile, a snake and two frogs. Most of the animals can be found around the Yarra Bend river.

My favorite part was when we got to touch all different kinds of animals.

I think this incursion is a great opportunity for us because it basically makes us feel like going on an excursion, instead it is coming to us.

Thank you to Travis Laoshi who organised this event for the Junior School students.

In the future, I hope there will be more incursions like this!


More photos:

Term 3 After School Sports Clinics

We are continuing our offerings of sports clinics in Term 3! They will be run from 3:45 - 4:45pm on the days listed.

The clinics below are open to all year levels and students are welcome to sign up for more than one clinic.

MONDAY - Basketball (by Basketball613)

Basketball613 is offering foundation basketball "Skills N' Drills" to the children of Abbotsford PS. 

Over the 10 weeks together, we will be covering shooting, dribbling, team drills, mini games, passing & movement, layups, defensive stance and basketball rules.

There is a cap of 30 students.

We encourage players to have fun, be the best they can and take responsibility for their team.

  • Full price: 10 sessions x $13 = $130
  • Concession: 10 sessions x $10 = $100

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY - Soccer (by DF Football)

DF Football will continue to offer soccer clinics for students in the same format as Terms 1 & 2.

There is a cap of:
  • 30 students for Wednesday
  • 15 students for Thursday
We would appreciate that families who have the flexibility to do either day to indicate so during enrolment, so that we can make sure the clinics on both days are viable.
  • Full price: 10 sessions x $13 = $130
  • Concession: 10 sessions x $10 = $100


Enrolment for Term 3 Sports Clinics is next week (Term 2 Week 9) from Tuesday, 15 June to Wednesday, 23 June.

Please register and pay at the Front Office in cash or via EFPTOS. Enrolment is confirmed once payment is received. Enrolment is on a first-in-first-serve basis.

Minimum numbers are required for the clinics to run. Please note that the providers reserve the right to cancel the clinic offerings if we are unable to reach the minimum numbers.

Late signups may not be accepted.


Due to the lockdown in Term 2, students who sign up for Term 3 After School Sports Clinics and were part of a Term 2 After School Sports Clinics are eligible to use their credit towards Term 3 payment:

If you had enrolled in Basketball on Monday, you will receive the following amount in credit:
  • Full price: 2 sessions x $13 = $26
  • Concession: 2 sessions x $10 = $20
If you had enrolled in Soccer on Wednesday, you will receive the following amount in credit:
  • Full price: 2 sessions x $13 = $26
  • Concession: 2 sessions x $10 = $20
If you had enrolled in Soccer on Thursday, you will receive the following amount in credit:
  • Full price: 3 sessions x $13 = $39
  • Concession: 3 sessions x $10 = $30
If you are not signing up again for an After School Sports Clinic in Term 3, but have credit with us, please speak to Caroline about a refund (or transfer of credit towards other activities.)

Upcoming Events

Monday, 14 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)

Friday, 18 Jun (NEW FORMAT!)
Assembly via 
https://eduvic.webex.com/meet/wang.stanley.y (9:05am start)

Dragon Boat Festival Celebrations (2:00pm-3:30pm)

At this stage, based on Department's Operating Guide, we are not able to run Dragon Boat Festival Celebrations as a community event.

However, we will still run the activities that afternoon as an in-house activity. 

Students will be able to experience some traditional Chinese games that are played by kids at Dragon Boat Festival. They 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, 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
Yellow House Fundraising Event - APS Talent Show
Term 2 Ends (Early finish at 2:30pm)


Monday, 12 Jul
Term 3 Starts

Monday, 19 Jul
Parent Opinion Survey opens

Friday, 23 Jul

Semester 1 Report Sent Home

Wednesday, 28 Jul - Thursday, 29 Jul
Parent-Teacher Interviews

Wednesday, 5 Aug
Annual Report to the Community (5-6pm)
School Council (6:30-8:30pm)

Monday, 23 Aug - Friday, 27 Aug
Book Week

Wednesday, 8 Sep
School Council

Thursday, 16 Sep
Moon Lantern Festival

Friday, 25 Jun
Term 3 Ends (Early finish at 2:30pm)

Community Noticeboard

Yarra Family, Youth and Children’s Services

Lost Property

We have picked up a Probationary Driver Licence for someone by the name Fergus Lappin outside the Multi-Purpose Room. If you know of this person, please let Stanley know.