2022 APS Newsletter Issue 5

Junior School Council Report

Hello everyone, I'm Lisa the Vice Captain and I'm going to talk about what has been happening in the past 2 weeks.

The first thing that happened is that last Friday, the 1st of April, the House Captains organised a house meeting and thought of a mini game to do with their houses to build up teamwork skills.

Yellow and Red Houses did an airplane competition where students got into groups of 3 or 4 to design and make an airplane that can fly far, then students had to go to a wall and tried to throw it.

The Green House did a treasure hunt. Students also got into teams, each team got a list of things they had to find, like red scissors, a whiteboard marker, a yellow pencil etc.

The Blue House did “Who am I?” activity. Students had to get a paper where it says “Clues 1, 2, and 3” and that's where you write your clues about who you are. When you flip the paper it will tell the other people who you are and a self portrait.

Everyone had so much fun. They cheered for each other and the people who won said “better luck next time” or told the other people positive things. 

Now let’s talk about something else.

On Thursday the 7th of April, we all had our school photos. Everyone looked nice. Everyone started with the whole class photo and then the individuals. People in the Junoir School Council (JSC) also had a photo together.

Lastly, I also want to talk about the Junoir School Council meeting we had on the same day as the photos during lunch playtime. We talked about how good everyone was doing with the house meetings and some things we wanted to change.

I also hope you enjoyed the African Dancing and Druming performances on the last day of Term 1! 
All students will come back on Tuesday the 26th of April because the 25th is ANZAC Day.

I hope everyone will enjoy a happy holiday and please stay safe. Thank you!

           Lisa 丽莎

Principal's Report

Dear Parents, Carers and Community Members,

Congratulations on having made it through Term 1!

It has been many years since we have had an 11-week Term 1. A longer term has its pros and cons, and one of the pros is we have certainly managed a lot of extra-curricular and wellbeing activities.

Here were some highlights over the last two weeks:

Smile Squad
Thank you to the Smile Squad team for the free dental clinic they hosted at Abbotsford PS over the last fortnight. Many children have benefitted from the check ups offered, and with the treatment van also onsite this year, many families are grateful for the convenience and ease of access.

Foundation Learning Morning & Teddy Bear Picnic
Congratulations to our Foundation students for having completed one term of primary schooling! Last Friday, we celebrated their learning this term by letting them be little teachers (to their parents) in various academic areas, and I am certain the dads and mums would agree that they were taught very well indeed!

Families then gathered for Teddy Bear Picnic in the courtyard and enjoyed the beautiful sun and company!

Wellbeing Centre
The Wellbeing Centre part of the Late Works Project has officially been handed over! From Term 2, students will have a space dedicated to de-escalation, counselling and art therapy, and there will also be a confidential space for Student Support Group meetings.

Thank you to Meadows PS for the donation of furniture.

African Dancing and Drumming Performance

Throughout Term 1, Mzuri Dance ran a series of African Dancing and Drumming workshops made possible through a grant from Department of Families, Fairness and Housing. We were able to engage families from the North Richmond Community as well as others interested in this celebration of culture and art.

Students who participated in this series of workshops performed this afternoon in such a passionate and welcoming way that gave all of us a beautiful segway into the term break.

Well done to the students involved and we looking forward to furthering our partnership with Mzuri Dance in the future!

Enjoy your well-deserved break! JiàqÄ« yúkuài!

Stanley xiaozhang

Bullying is Never Ok! Tips for Students who Experience Bullying.

Abbotsford Primary School is committed to providing a safe and respectful learning environment where bullying will not be tolerated.

For the last several years we have been drawing upon the resources of the Bullying. No Way! Framework. 

We have included the resource below for families who may want to speak to their child/children about strategies that they can draw upon as it is important that children know what they can do if they are being bullied, or if they are a bystander in a situation where bullyig is occuring to someone else.

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, 26 Apr
Term 2 Begins

Wednesday, 27 Apr
Vaccination Clinic (Dose 2)
Off-Cycle School Council (6:30-7pm)

Friday, 29 Apr
Second Hand Uniform Sale (8:30am-9am)
Assembly (9:05-9:45am)

Tuesday, 10 May - Wednesday, 12 May
NAPLAN (all Year 3s and 5s)

Friday, 13 May
Assembly (9:05-9:45am)
District Cross Country (Selected Years 3-6)

Tuesday, 17 May
School Council Meeting

Wednesday, 18 May
Melbourne Museum First People Excursion (Years 1 & 2)

Friday, 27 May
Assembly (9:05-9:45am)

Wednesday, 1 Jun
STEM Experience at Richmond High School (Years 5 & 6)

Friday, 3 Jun
Dragon Boat Festival Rotational Activities

Thursday, 9 Jun
Scienceworks Excursion (Years 3-6)

Friday, 10 Jun
Assembly (9:05-9:45am)

Monday, 13 Jun
Queen's Birthday

Friday, 17 Jun
District Winter Gala day (Year 5 & 6)

Friday, 24 Jun
Assembly (9:05-9:45am)
Early Finish at 2:30pm

Community Noticeboard



For boys aged 6-13 years. Dates: April 13, 15, 20, 22 and 23