2022 APS Newsletter Issue 14

Junior School Council Report

Hello everyone, Lisa and Florence here. We are the Vice and School Captain. Today we will talk about what has been happening in the past fortnight. 

Firstly, on Tuesday the 13th of September, The grade 5/6s had a poetry slam competition about Social Justice. Whoever won the poetry in each class got a $100 gift card, 2nd got $50 and 3rd got $20, The winners in Grade 5 were Nhi, Darani, and Alanah for 1st, Kenji got 3rd and there was no 2nd place. For Grade 6 Florence got 1st, Frida got 2nd and Lisa got 3rd.

Secondly, the Moon Lantern Festival was on Thursday night this week and it was a blast. There were lots of foods like spring rolls, moon cakes and sausage sizzles. There's also a bake sale with lots of goodies. We did a lantern parade at the end. All of the students and families had lots of fun!

Be sure to look out for the APS Moon Lantern Festival video on our Youtube Channel.

Lastly, On Friday all of the students got to dress up in their house colour and voted for the best lantern in their classes. The winner of each class got 30 house points. At Recess, the Vice and School Captains announced the winning house for the term. Congratulations to Blue House!

As a celebration, the winning house got a free period to play games that were set by the House Captains outside such as table tennis, tag, dodge ball and lots more.

Also Fangni’s is visiting her family in China and won’t be back for the rest of the year. We will all see her next year except the Grade 6s who will miss her very much :(

It's the last day of the term so we hope everyone has a great holiday. See you in term 4!

           Lisa                      Florence   

Principal's Report

Dear Parents, Carers and Community Members,

Moon Lantern Festival 2022
Thank you for coming along to celebrate the Moon Lantern Festival and Special 145th Annivesary Celebrations with us!

We hope you enjoyed the evening, the wonderful vibes and the "connectedness" we pride so strongly as a school community.

There are many people to thank and I hope I don't miss out on anyone:

  • Jasmine laoshi, Crystal laoshi and Jane laoshi for the dance performances
  • Xavier laoshi for the stage management
  • Debra for leading the Fundraising Sub-Committee - you should see the incredible event management skills!
  • All parent volunteers who helped out with the setup, food stalls, packup, collecting gold coin donation at the entrances and making beautiful spring rolls and samosa
  • Qiao for the professional photography and Hao laoshi for the video making
  • Shardia and Suad for the African catering
  • Pamela (our beautiful alumna) and Ivan (our Work Experience student) for the Archive Gallery Walk
  • Xuan (from Camp Australia) for helping out and donating apples
  • Frances (from Collingwood Historical Society) for sharing the local histories with us
  • Peter xiaozhang (from Narre Warren South P-12 College) for coming to share his APS stories
  • Melissa for delivering the APS School Council address for the anniversary
  • My Hoa for organising everything Moon Lantern Parade
  • APS Staff for managing the students and ensuring smooth transitions between all of the events
  • Marianna for the huge array of prep work behind-the-scene
  • Students (particularly Year 3s and the Gardening Club) for volunteering their play time to do the setup
  • Nelson Alexander for the community grant
  • Melbourne Table and Chair Hire (our neighbour) for a great mate's rate on the hiring of marquee
Overall, we were able to raise approximately $3,200 from this event which will go towards our "Finishing Touches" project. Thank you!

Check out our Facebook and Instagram for more photos from last night. More “professional” ones to come from Qiao and Hao laoshi in early Term 4!

Term 4 Staffing Changes

Safe travels to Fangni laoshi as she heads back to China to spend time with family after 3+ years.

Replacing Fangni laoshi in the Learning Specialist role is Hang, who will join the Exec Team for Term 4.

At the same time, we welcome:

  • Michael as English Generalist, who will take Year 5 English-based Core Subjects and Year 2 Wellbeing
  • Dana as Integration Aide
  • Sarah as Chinese Intervention Specialist
An updated Class Allocation file can be found here.


We hope you have recovered from all the excitement and festivities and wish you a restful term break!

Stanley xiaozhang

Policy Consultation

In July this year, new Child Safe Standards were introduced in Victoria. For more information, please refer to Commission for Children and Young People's website

In this round of revision of the Child Safe Standards, there were 3 main changes in particular:
  1. the involvement of families and students in child safety efforts
  2. schools' focus for Aboriginal children and young people
  3. better management of the risk of child abuse in online environments.

Schools have been asked to revise various policies based on the Department's guidance, and provide families an opportunity to be consulted on a handful of policies.

Lizzie and Stanley have been busy working on the required updates throughout the Term 3, and we encourage families to take a look at the new policies (in draft form) below and offer any feedback.

We are looking for feedback that views the document as a whole, particularly from a more ‘localised’ perspective and a ‘user’ perspective. For example, are there missing information and examples that are specific to the context of our school, or something that is particularly worth highlighting based on your observations of how the school operates?

If you would like to contribute to this consultation process, please email us any feedback to abbotsford.ps@education.vic.gov.au.

The Fathering Project - Brogan's Distillery

The APS Fathering Project community met up for our second event on 2nd September. It was a resounding success with attendees enjoying a tour of Brogan's Way distillery that was both informative and very amusing.

Following the tour, fathers spent time discussing both ourselves and fathering challenges we have faced - it was amazing how many shared experiences there are and some of the imaginative approaches people have taken.

-Shane (Year 1 Parent)

Upcoming Events

Monday, 3 Oct
Term 4 Begins

Tuesday, 11 Oct
School Council (6:30-8:30pm)

Thursday, 13 Oct
Year 3/4 Arts Centre Excursion

Wednesday, 19 Oct
Year 5/6 Parliament House Excursion

Tuesday, 25 Oct
School Council (6:30-8:30pm)

Wednesday, 26 Oct
"Getting Your Child Ready for School" - Online Presentation for Prospective Parents (3:50-4:50pm)

Monday, 31 Oct
Curriculum Day 3 (Student Free Day)

Tuesday, 1 Nov
Melbourne Cup Day (Public Holiday)

Wednesday, 9 Nov - Friday, 11 Nov
Year 3-6 School Camp

Thursday, 17 Nov
Onsite Transition Experience for Prospective Students (9am-1pm TBC)

Friday, 18 Nov
The Fathering Project Term 4 Event (4pm @ Richmond high School)

Tuesday, 22 Nov
School Council (6:30-8:30pm)

Monday, 28 Nov
Curriculum Day 4 (Student Free Day)

Monday, 12 Dec
Class of 2022 Luna Park Day

Tuesday, 13 Dec
Statewide Transition Day
School Council (6:30-8:30pm)

Thursday, 15 Dec
End-of-Year Picnic

Friday, 16 Dec (NEW DATE)
Class of 2022 Graduation (2pm start)

Tuesday, 20 Dec
Term 4 Ends (Early finish at 1pm)

Community Noticeboard



Dear Parents,

We are offering a free mathematics transition to secondary school course open to any current Year 6 student.

The course will take place over zoom for one hour each week throughout term 4. It will focus on all the key foundation skills required and taught in the first semester of a typical Year 7 Mathematics course. The aim of the course will be to assist students to achieve good outcomes in the first semester of Year 7 Mathematics boosting their confidence in a subject that can sometimes be a little daunting as students transition to secondary school mathematics.

If you would like to learn more about our transition course, please go to our website at t2maths.com.au/y7p

Kind regards,

Wendy Taylor
T2 Maths