2022 APS Newsletter Issue 7

Junior School Council Report

Hello everyone my name is Alex, and I am your school captain. Today I am going to talk about what has happened and going to happen in Term 2. 

Firstly, our school had some really special guests from Creative Learning Partnerships - including Hazel Edwards, Aileen Hall and Lauren O'Dwyer.

Through our connections with Creative Learning Partnerships, the year 3s performed a part of their project that they have been working on with Ching Ching laoshi. Check us out on Instagram and Creative Victoria's media release!

Secondly, the Year 1s and 2s went to Melbourne Museum. Some of their favourites were the “Bunjil the Eagle” because they learned how the earth got created. Others said their favourites were when they learnt about some “prehistoric creatures” and learned where squids came from. 

Lastly, the Year 5s and 6s are going on a couple of upcoming excursions. On the 1st of June is the Richmond High School STEM experience. The students in Richmond High School will showcase us what they’ve been doing for STEM. The Year 5s and 6s will also participate in the District Winter Gala day on 17 June. Some of them will participate in soccer and the others will participate in netball. Last Friday you may have known that some students participated in the District Cross Country. Congrats to everyone that participated and made it to the next round and good luck!

That's all from me today. Have a good weekend and see you all on Monday! 


Principal's Report

Dear Parents, Carers and Community Members,

The last two weeks have been eventful in differnet ways. Week 3 was perhaps not the best week the school has ever had, leading to my infamous assembly speech.

Week 4, in contrast, has been beautifully eventful. Students have begun AFL workshops in PE, Year 1s and 2s went on their first excursion after two difficult excursion-less years. The Year 1s and 2s are currently working on producing reflective pieces for their visit. We hope to hear all about it directly from the students!

For this report, I will focus on the visit by The Hon Danny Pearson MP, Minister of Creative Industries.

On Tuesday, 17 May, APS hosted the Minister as part of a celebration event for the 40th anniversary of Creative Learning Partnership (CLP).

APS applied for a CLP grant in September 2022 and was successful in obtaining a $10,000 grant for Term 2, 2022 to work with a bilingual artist on a theatre project that explores our school's 145 years of history.

As you may have heard from your child(ren), they have so far enjoyed a series of very exciting Performing Arts lesson this term with Ching Ching laoshi (on appreciating theatre) and Nikki laoshi (on voice training). They have and will continue to use photos and items from our archive as inspirations for what they will start to piece together as their final performance. The final performance is currently scheduled for the last day of term - Friday, 24 June. (Parents are welcome to attend and more information to come.)

As part of this celebration event, we had the honour of hosting the Minister as well as:
- Lauren O'Dwyer (Associate Director - First Nations Foundation, Arts Centre Melbourne)
- Aileen Hall (Former Principal of Glendal PS and Youfu West St Interntaional School in China)
- Hazel Edwards OAM (Author of "There's a Hippo on our Roof Eating Cake..." Series)
- Ching Ching Ho (APS Artist-in-Residence)

The Year 3 students also did a fantastic demonstration with Ching Ching laoshi and Jasmine laoshi for the Year 5 and 6s and distinguished guests. (Special mention to Florence, Alex and Lisa for the wonderful trilingual Welcome and Acknowledgement of Country.)

There were also two little surprises that really made the event especially memorable. Firstly, we learnt that the reason APS has access to a Chinese copy of almost every "There's a Hippo on our Roof Eating Cake..." book is because Aileen had taken Hazel to China on an artist exchage, and the Chinese counterpart offered to publish translations of these popular books in memory of their visit. Of course, we took the opportunity to get Hazel to sign the book for APS students!

The second surprise is that in preparation for the event, Stanley xiaozhang remembered that Aileen was actually the principal of Glendal PS at the time when he was a student. In fact, if it was not because Aileen xiaozhang was willing to take the Grade 3 Stanley into the school as an international student, Stanley's xiaozhang's family would have never come to Australia and the rest of the story would have unfolded very differently...

And now, 22 years later since graduation, we have had the pleasure to cross paths again and Aileen xiaozhang was very proud that her former student has decided to become an educator.

So, to our beautiful APS students, who's thinking about becoming a school principal?

I can't wait to find out in 22 years' time!

Stanley xiaozhang



Creative Learning Partnerships - A Victorian Government Initiative

Personal Safety Program

This term, students will be engaging in a child safety program entitled Personal Safety Program. This program has been designed to provide children with the skills to know what to do in situations where they may be at risk of harm. Sadly, there are times when we cannot be there to provide protection for our children. Therefore, we believe it is very important, as a school community, that we do everything we can to provide our children with skills in self-protection.

What Is Personal Safety?

Personal Safety is the building up of children’s resilience and confidence in order for them to problem solve and identify strategies to prevent them from harm and abuse. Personal Safety strategies teach children how to identify and avoid risky situations. The program empowers and educates children to identify and speak up about situations such as:

  • Abuse
  • Grooming
  • Bullying
  • Risk-taking behaviours. 

Why a Personal Safety Program?

  • We want children to be safe, able to identify what is right and wrong, and what to do if they have concerns. 
  • We want children to take notice of their feelings. This will enable them to respond safely to worrying feelings, people who make them feel uncomfortable, and wrong behaviour. 
  • We want them to develop good observation and problem-solving skills to stay safe in emergencies.
  • We want them to be strong and confident in the knowledge that they have the right to be safe at all times.
  • We want them to have the resources and networks to call on if they have concerns or are in danger.

To ensure that parents and carers are fully informed and know how to help children to stay safe, information is provided in this link below about the Personal Safety Program and we encourage you to discuss these themes with your child. It is important that you participate as much as possible, so that you can reinforce the messages children are receiving and help your child use his or her new skills with confidence.



APS Working Bee needs you!

This year, the School Council has decided on "Finishing Touches" as the theme and project for our fundraising and working bee activities.

The Major Refurbishment Project since 2018 has transformed our school into the state-of-the-art facilities we enjoy today. Most recently, the school engaged with the Victorian School Building Authority to use the remainder of the funds to fix the ongoing roof leakage problem, turn the upstairs space into a Wellbeing Centre, and parts of the schoolyard that require professional machinery.

Over the last 3 years, the school community has helped to fundraise for all the air-conditioning in the school. This project was a major success and we are very appreciative for all your contributions and the Fundraising and Community Event Sub-Committee's work.

As we grow into the facilities, we also see the potential to add some 'finishing touches' to this incredible space we love. This includes refreshed signage to reinforce our school identity and values, new plants, new outdoor furniture and more. Major fundraising and community events for 2022 and 2023 and your generous donations through the APS Building Fund will contribute towards these 'finishing touches.'

In light of the context above, the Working Bee team on the School Council has proposed a gardening event for 4-5 June between 1-3pm. Sign up via Lizzie, Debra or APS Reception.

P.S. Have you noticed our new owl box? We aren't quite sure if there is a new resident yet, but hopefully we'd have a new guardian on night shifts soon!

2022 National Excellence in Teaching Awards

Would you like to nominate a teacher or leader for the National Excellence in Teaching Award?

For more than 25 years, via the National Excellence in Teaching Awards, the NEiTA Foundation has been acknowledging exceptional educators in early learning centres, primary and secondary schools, and special schools across Australia and New Zealand.

In fact, these teachers and principals are not just exceptional professionals. They are also talented, committed, caring, innovative, passionate and dedicated to their students, schools and the community.

It takes only 3 - 4 minutes! Click here to nominate.

The Fathering Project - Being There

The Fathering Project provides a range of resources which can be accessed by fathers and the School plays a facilitator role in by supporting father-led events and sharing useful tips for fathers through our newsletters.

If you are interested in joining the APS Dads' Group, click on the hyperlink and sign up! You will find an excellent range of online resources available to support you in your fathering journey.

Upcoming Events

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

Monday, 6 Jun
2021 Annual Report to the Community via Webex

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

Friday, 10 Jun
Camp Australia Special Full-day Program available as a back up

Monday, 13 Jun
Queen's Birthday

Thursday, 16 Jun
Year 5 and 6 Market Day

Friday, 17 Jun
District Winter Gala Day (Years 5 & 6)
Visit from Jenny Bloomfield, Representative of Australian Office in Taipei

Friday, 24 Jun
Assembly (9:05-9:45am)
Creative Learning Partnership Final Performance (Details TBC)
Early Finish at 2:30pm

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