2022 APS Newsletter Issue 15

Junior School Council Report

Welcome back to school. We would like to share some of the things we have been working on.

The whole school has been talking about their feelings and using the Zones of Regulations to talk about their emotions.

In Chinese Year 1 & 2 students have been reading and learning new words.

In English we have been thinking about how character’s feel, say, think and do. 

We have been using our character’s emotions to help our wonderings. We have also been learning about the environment and recycling.

In writing we have been learning to write persuasive texts. We read “What’s Your Point?” to help us with our planning. 

The Year 3 & 4 students have been learning about skateboarding in PE and had a go at some tricks. During art, they are making paper feathers.

In Year 5 & 6 they are learning about the Australian democratic system, voting and citizenship. In maths they are learning about fractions and in Chinese the Year 5s are learning animal words and the Year 6s are learning about food.

Lastly, the JSC are organising a fundraising event, so watch this space for more information!

Mia and Keira

Principal's Report

Dear APS Parents, Carers, Community Members,

Welcome back to Term 4!

Term 3 ended on such a high with the Moon Lantern Festival and 145th Anniversary celebrations. Once again, a big thank you to all the parents, carers and community members who helped out with the event. The event was a great success and we certainly could not have done it without you.

Hao laoshi has put a great video together for the special day, so for those who miss it as much as I do, definitely check out our latest Youtube video!

Inaugural Intensive Chinese Network Conference

In Week 1, APS co-hosted the inaugural Intensive Chinese Network Conference with Richmond West Primary School and Richmond High School, which took place on Friday and Saturday.

This conference gathered almost all Chinese/English bilingual teachers across the nation, and we even had participants joining us from abroad.

Teachers from interstate observed the outstanding teaching practice at the three schools and how we collaborate together but also operate differently.

On the second day, all participants enjoyed thought-provoking presentations by leading academics in the field of Chinese/English bilingual education from UniSA.

I commend all APS teachers who attended the conference for engaging with the content and networking with other colleagues for professional development.

Overall, the conference was a massive success and as the convenor of Intensive Chinese Network, I am extremely proud to have been able to lead a nationwide dialogue on Chinese/English bilingual education, particularly given that school education is such a state-based matter in Australia.

New Child Safe Standards

As mentioned in the previous newsletter, the introduction of new Child Safe Standards in July means schools have been required to update many of its policies to remain compliant.

Thank you to parents who have written to the APS email account as part of our consultation call out at the end of Term 3. We really appreciate the time and effort you have taken to do so.

This week, the School Council has also held a special meeting to review a wide range of related policies that require updating. We would like to thank the School Councillors for the succinct, constructive and efficient feedback session. Lizzie and I are looking forward to presenting the updated policies to the school community in early November.

Term 4 Sports

Now that the weather has warmed up, we are looking forward to an active term of sports:
  • F-6 Skateboard Workshops (Week 2)
  • F-6 Swimming and Water Safety (Weeks 2-9)
  • Year 3 & 4 Inter-School Cricket (Week 7; TBC)
  • Skateboard Workshop for the Fathering Project (Week 7; see article in this newsletter)
  • New footy clinic on Thursday afternoon (Weeks 1-11)
We are looking for any parent volunteers who are able to help out with Year 3 and 4 PE (Wednesday 11:10-13:10) in upcoming weeks as the students prepare for the inter-school cricket. If you are interested in helping out Hao laoshi to co-coach, please email him at Hao.Chen@education.vic.gov.au

Lastly, as a friendly reminder, Term 4 is no hat no play. Please make sure your child packs their hat to school each day. Information regarding our SunSmart policy can be found on our website.


Have a great weekend and stay dry!

Stanley xiaozhang

Zones of Regulations - Explained for Parents

Dear Parents,

Over the past couple of years Staff and teachers have begun to familiarise ourselves with the Zones of Regulation Program and have been implementing many of the self-regulation strategies in the classroom and school yard. We are now wanting to formally implement the program as a whole school strategy.  The Zones of Regulation is a self-regulation tool to help young people identify, address, and use strategies to achieve self-control and emotional regulation in a non-judgmental and safe way. Zones of Regulation is a widely used program, both here in Australian schools and schools across the world, which I think speaks for itself in terms of the programs effectiveness. The Programs strategies can also be implemented at home. I have attached HERE a parent handout which describes the program in greater detail.

Many thanks,

Caroline Wilkins
Student and Family Support


Garden Club Update

Year 3 & 4 Excursion to ARC by Erth

On the 13 of October the Year 3's and 4's went to an excursion to the Melbourne Arts Center and we got to see a live theater performance about endangered animals by Erth.

We got to watch a amazing performance that had a man who wanted to live a happy life by staying healthy and talking about animals. 

During the performance one of the main actors Scott Wright invited me up to the stage to join him in the performance.

As an actor I had to rub Scott's back to make a rainforest appear. Trees came out of boxes leaves sprouted and I thought to myself "I'm a wizard!" I got to pat an elephant and a rhino. I even got to have a wombat on my head.

At the end of the performance I got to write my name on one of the boxes they used in the performance and now they will remember me forever!

Thank you Daniel for organising this amazing program for us!


Term 4 Fathering Project - Save the Date

Dear APS Fathers,

The Term 4 Fathering Project Event will be held on Friday, 18 Nov (Week 7) between 3:45-5:45pm and we have confirmed the location to be at Richmond High School.

Given we are heading towards summer, we are looking forward to taking advantage of the outdoors (and hopefully the sun!)

This event will consist of a skateboard workshop (offered by the YMCA) which your children have enjoyed this week, as well as a school tour with the Principal of Richmond High School, Dr Lars Andersson.

We will have some snacks for everyone at Richmond High School, so that you can meet other fathers and have a chat about the future and secondary school options. It might sound like something still far away, but it is certainly a topic that would benefit from some thoughtful planning and considerations ahead of time!

We hope you are able to join us!

Could you please RSVP to APS by Friday, 4 Nov (Week 5) so we can confirm numbers with YMCA, RHS and organise suitable amount of catering.


Stanley xiaozhang

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, 19 Oct
Year 5/6 Parliament House Excursion

Wednesday, 26 Oct
"Getting Your Child Ready for School" - Online Presentation for Prospective Parents (3:50-4:50pm)
School Council (6:30-8:30pm) - NEW DATE

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) - all Sub-Committee members invited!

Thursday, 15 Dec
End-of-Year Picnic

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

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

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