2021 APS Newsletter Issue 14

Junior School Council Report

Hello everyone, it has been a long term.

We hope you and your family are doing well. We know it is a hard time for us not being able to see each other, therefore in the last two weeks, APS has organised a lot of fun activities to make everyone feels connected.

Thank you for the people who participated in the Virtual Kahoot. I saw people were having a lot of fun and been competitive with each other.

Congratulations to Trina, Molly, Kate and Hunter who won the game!

On the 26th of August, it was the APS Disco party. It was great to see people dancing along with music. Thank you for all the APS DJs (Sammy, Lara, Atticus, Kayla and Ashley) to help assisting the Disco.

On the 27th of August, we also had Book Week celebrations. APS students dressed up as their favorite character in a book during assembly. After that, students from all classes had the opportunity to read the winning books in 2021.

Don’t forget to watch the movie Mission Ulja Funk from the Melbourne International Film Festival before 16th of September. The school has sent out the link to your parent’ email. Please enjoy the movie with your family!

Lastly and hopefully we will be able to see your smiling faces back at school in Term 4.

Stay safe and happy!


Principal's Report

Dear Parents, Carers and Community Members,

It is with great excitement that I am writing this issue's Principal's Report (of course, tactically ignoring all the not-so-pleasant things that are going on at the moment...)

Virtual Afternoon Events

Thank you for engaging with the virtual afternoon events. I hope these little additions to the week have provided some entertainment for the students at a time when even playgrounds are shut.

Thank you to Lisa and her team for organising the Virtual Disco! I know the Fundraising and Community Event Sub-Committee has also adapted quickly to begin a discussion about what they can do to help the school stay connected. Thank you for stepping in to help out the school at a time when the staff team is spread particularly thinly. We appreciate your help.

Congratulations to Trina, Aaliyah, Molly, Kate and Hunter for the tremendous effort to secure a spot on the podium with the "Missing School?" Kahoot!

Thank you also to Fangni laoshi for liaisoning with the Melbourne International Film Festival for the screening of Mission Ulja Funk at APS. We are sorry it didn't go as smoothly as we had hoped with the streaming, but remember the film is available online for your viewing at any time from now until 6pm, Thursday 16 September.

Even though playgrounds are now open, it seems like we are getting a whole weekend of rain. See the "Counting Down to Moon Lantern Festival" article in this issue of the newsletter for ideas on getting yourself ready for our first ever Virtual Moon Lantern Festival!

For more information on what's coming up next week, please see the "Week 9 Activities Program" article in this issue of the newsletter.

2021 NAPLAN Results

This week has been full of excitement for our teaching staff as NAPLAN results were published and sent to schools.

We cannot even begin to share with you how pride we are of our students' achievement. The data really shows that the school is on a positive trajectory and that APS students are achieving at or above standards. Don't forget, they are also developing proficiency and intuition for two languages at the same time, which is itself a huge achievement!

As part of the Report to the Community 2021 (which will be released in April 2022), we will be presenting our analysis of the data and sharing with you strategies we will adopt to further strengthen our results. But in the mean time, we cannot wait to share a snippet of what we received this week. Without singling out any particular group or grade, let me share with you one of the summary reports we received and I will let the data do the talking:

POn that note, sincere congratulations to the students, parents and staff for your hard work. Really, as a newcomer, I feel so honoured to be celebrating these results with you.

These results reflect years of solid foundational skill-building all the way from Prep, so particularly to the staff, thank you for your collective effort and devotion to delivering the quality teaching and learning at APS!

Note: Year 3 and 5 families will receive individual NAPLAN reports in the mail over the next week.

ES Appreciation Week

This week is Teacher Aide Appreciation Week, but why not make it our Educational Support Appreciation Week!

During remote learning, you may not have had a chance to cross path with our ES staff as much, but it is truly these behind-the-scene heroes that are keeping the school running day in day out.

If you haven't had a chance to contribute to the Padlet Appreciation Board for our ES Staff, it is not too late!

The link is here https://padlet.com/stanleywang/esappreciationweek and I am most certain thee ES staff would appreciate your messages and words of apreciation.

Once again, Happy ES Appreciation Week to the beautiful team - Caroline, Marianna, Sercan and Betty!


Last but not least, Happy Father's Day to APS Dads for this Sunday!

P.S. In Taiwan, Father's Day is celebrated on the 8th August. Can you guess why? Ask your child how 8 is pronounced in Chinese and I am guessing you will be able to figure it out!

Stanley xiaozhang

Week 9 Activities Program

From now to 6pm, 16 September
Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) @ APS
Screening of "Mission Ulja Funk" (94min) - recommended for students 8-years-old or above.

Login details provided in email to parents/carers.

Tuesday, 7 Sep (14:30-15:15)
Liziard Wizard Online Show
Login via https://eduvic.webex.com/meet/wang.stanley.y

Thursday, 9 Sep
9:20-9:30 Special "R U Ok Day?" Assembly
Login via https://eduvic.webex.com/meet/wang.stanley.y
Please wear something yellow to the assembly.

Friday, 10 Sep (Curriculum Day)
9:30-10:30 Virtual Art Workshop
Login via https://eduvic.webex.com/meet/wang.stanley.y

Rest of the Day - Camp Australia Science-at-Home Activities (to be emailed)

Week 10 Activities Program

Until 6pm, 16 September
Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) @ APS
Screening of "Mission Ulja Funk" (94min) - recommended for students 8-years-old or above.

Login details provided in email to parents/carers.

Monday, 13 September (14:00-15:00)
Virtual Science Experiment with Fizz Kidz
Login via https://eduvic.webex.com/meet/wang.stanley.y

See below the materials list you will need to prepare ahead of time: 

  • Bicarbonate Soda - approx 150 grams (can purchase from any supermarket)
  • Citric Acid - approx 75 grams (can purchase from any supermarket)
  • Any Household Oil - 20ml
  • Food Colouring (any colour of your choice)
  • Cupcake patty pans or a cupcake baking tray
  • A mixing bowl and a spoon
  • Any essential or fragrance oil (optional)
Additional notes: We suggest kids are set up with everything they need with a computer or tablet in front of them so they can clearly see our Fizz Kidz staff. Bath Bombs can be a little messy, so we suggest a table cloth is placed down. We can't wait to have fun with you!

Tuesday, 14 September
Free Lockdown Dance Lessons by Dance Curriculum:
  • Brand New Routine
  • Copycat Spotlighting
Links to join:
Prep - Year 3 (13:00-13:30)
Years 4 - 6 (13:40-14:20)

Wednesday, 15 September (14:30-15:15)

Lizard Wizard Online Show (Repeat & Extension)
Login via https://eduvic.webex.com/meet/wang.stanley.y

Due to the popular demand and feedback, we have invited the Lizard Wizard to offer us another presentation so that those who missed out last week can come and enjoy and those who want to more questions can have the opportunity to do so too.

Friday, 17 September (12:00-12:30)
APS Virtual Moon Lantern Festival
Login via https://eduvic.webex.com/meet/wang.stanley.y

Make sure you have your paper lantern ready for our virtual parade!

Counting down to Moon Lantern Festival

Dear Parents/Carers and Students,

As you can imagine, we are now up to Xth revision of our plans for the Moon Lantern Festival.

Before any of the lockdowns happened, the teachers had been working closely together to prepare for this festival. Activities included:
  • Using 1 Chinese lesson a week for Chinese Dance;
  • Using 3-4 Visual Arts lessons in Term 3 to make the lanterns for our famous lantern parade;
  • Using 3-4 Performing Arts lessons in Term 3 to rehearse the script for the theatrical performances;
  • Having My Hoa laoshi do her magic with the Atrium decoration for Moon Lantern Festival;
  • Host a community night market to bring the community together and enjoy the performances.
Obviously, none of this is no longer possible, but we certainly do want to waste any of the work we had begun doing!

We will still host a virtual Moon Lantern Festival on 17 September, the last day of Term 3, from 12:00pm to 12:30pm.

But we need your help!

In Week 9, please use the Session Cs and afternoons when your child is not involved in a focus group to help them complete the following:
  • Moon Lantern Festival Dance PracticePlease do practice and send Hao laoshi a video recording of your dance by the end of Week 9 if you can! Hao laoshi will be making a video collage in Week 10 to be shown on the last day of Term 3.
  • Your Lantern from Week 6 Visual Arts - If you have not completed that task or kept your final product, please do it (again)! We will be asking everyone to show your final product on screen on the last day (as a virtual parade) so we can then put a collage of everyone's lanterns together!
  • Year 3-6 Digital Technologies task for Week 9 will also be focused on the Moon Lantern Festival. Please send your completed work to Hao laoshi by the end of the week, so it can be showcased in the videos we plan to send to our Chinese sister school!

Once again, thank you for all your help!

Let's end the term on a high and enjoy the unique virtual APS Moon Lantern Festival!

Hao laoshi

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Upcoming Events

Thursday, 9 Sep
Assembly (9:20-9:30am)

Friday, 10 Sep

Curriculum Day (No onsite supervision / remote learning)

Wednesday, 15 Sep
School Council

Friday, 17 Jun
Assembly (9:20-9:30am)
Moon Lantern Festival (12-12:30pm)
Term 3 Ends (Early finish at 12:30pm for online students; 1pm for onsite students)

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