2022 APS Newsletter Issue 18

Junior School Council Report

Hello everyone, I'm Alex, your school captain. I will talk about what's been going on for the past 2 weeks and future events. 

Cricket Blast

Firstly all the Year 3s went to Burnley Oval and participated in a cricket tournament against other schools. They splitted into groups and played against other schools, including Trinity Catholic Primary School, Richmond Primary School and Richmond West Primary School. They all said it was fun, although it was raining and freezing. They still tried their best. Great job, Year 3s!

(By the way, Year 3s have also received bookmarks from Taiwan this week and been officially awarded their pen licence. Well done!)

In the Science Lab

The year Foundation, 1s and 2s have been doing different science experiments. The Foundation students have learnt about how bubbles work and how to blow bubles with different shapes. They have also learnt about electricity and different types of liquids. Year 1s and 2s have collected plastic and cardboard to make presents for their parents. Lastly they have been learning about body parts, as well as how glue and milk react to each other. 

Victorian Schools Garden Awards

People from the Gardening Club (Charlie, Ashley, Amelie, Gabriel.F, Kayla and Marlowe) went to an award ceremony and did some activities like: painting with leaves, using microscopes and of course received the Victorian Schools Garden Program award. Students also received an individual pot plant as part of the activity. Congrats!

(Please see separate article in this issue of the newsletter on the award APS won.)

Election time

Lastly, the school elections are coming up for the 2023 Junior School Council. The nominees have their campaign posters up, so I would like to wish everyone good luck. I also hope all students will take the time to look at the posters so you know who will be the best leader to represent you on the Junior School Council.

Happy long weekend!


Principal's Report

Dear APS Students, Families and Community Members,

In the last fortnight, we have officially entered the second half of Term 4. It is a very long term and I hope the timing of the Curriculum Days are helping to break things up!

Remember, next Monday - 28 Novemember 2022 is a pupil free day!

Student Excellence

The DET conducts a virtual academic extension program known as "Victorian High-Ability Program" (VHAP) as part of its Student Excellence offerings. Each year, Year 5/6 students from government primary schools are invited to participate in the program in different school terms. This year, we have had the greatest uptake in VHAP than we have ever had, and I want to congratulate the students and acknowledge the work of the teachers involved in supporting the delivery of the program.

Since 2021, APS has also expanded our Student Excellence offerings by running extension classes for Year 5/6 students who are performing above expected level and showing interest in the curriculum areas offered. These classes have been taken by myself, and have included:
  • French
  • Secondary Maths
  • Chinese
Once again, well done to the students who have demonstrated such strong commitment and challenged themselves on this journey. You have certainly set yourself very well for success in secondary school.

International Visitors

This week, we hosted two visitors:
  • Professor Chih-Lin (David) Sun from National Taipei University of Education
  • Honorary Lecturer Mandy Scott from Australian National University.

Professor Sun's research in recent years have primarily focused on what Taiwan can learn from Australian / Victorian education system. He has previously spent time in Australia doing both document analysis and interviews on topics such as:
  • AITSL Principals Standards
  • Framework for Improving Student Outcomes
  • Teachers' Professional Capital
This year, he has returned to Australia to conduct research on the state of professional development in the teaching industry in Victoria. We were invited to be part of his research, and I am appreciative of staff who agreed to be interviewed by Professor Sun.

The visit from Professor Sun coincided with a visit from Dr Mandy Scott, whose academic career has been on language policy in education. Dr Scott was a main driver behind the establishment of Mawson Primary School's (ACT) Chinese/English bilingual program and is a proficient Mandarin (and Welsh) speaker herself. She has been instrumental in the evaluation of bilingual programs in the ACT and supporting community language advocacy activities. Dr Scott was very impressed with what she saw and offered a range of contacts and resources at the end of her visit for APS to continue building its program and reputation.

Workforce Challenges

The teaching industry continues to face acute workforce challenges, and APS is no exception.

We are currently advertising the following fixed-term positions on DET's Recruitment Online, and would appreciate your help in passing on the information to suitable candidates with VIT registration (i.e. teaching licence).

All positions are fixed-term and for Term 1, 2023 only.

At a system level, I was invited to a discussion forum run by the Melbourne Graduate School of Education and the Melbourne Business School this week, where experts were invited to synthesis the range of challenges faced by Australian principal to make the job more manageable and the industry more appealing for aspirational leaders.

While the workload, challenge and stress faced by principals are indeed very real, it was great to see that educators are now networking and collaborating with industry to find innovative solutions for these structural issue.

I will leave the Junior School Council to update you on what has been happening at the school, and my congratulations for those who are putting their hand up to serve their fellow students.

Have a great weekend!

Stanley xiaozhang

Victorian Schools Gardens Awards

Abbotsford Primary School is the proud winner of the Regional Award in 2022 Victorian Schools Garden Awards!

On 24 November 2022, Lizzie, Virginia and 6 APS students attended the Victorian Schools Garden Awards Ceremony at the Royal Botanic Gardens.

The 6 students were selected based on demonstrated dedication to improving our school grounds through regular attendance at the lunch time Garden Club.

They were welcomed to Wurundjeri land through a traditional smoking ceremony, impressed to be seated with notable gardeners, including Gardening Australia's presenter Jane Edmondson, and then given the opportunity to participate in activities such as plant rubbing art and succulent potting.

An experience not to be forgotten!

Camp Australia Sponsored Coffee Van - End of Year Picnic

Critical Milestones of the Brain Development

The Univesity of Queensland Brain Institute has recently released a series of magazines for schools and families with school aged children to help readers better understand brain science.

In Issue 6 - The Developing Brain, there were many pages that featured content relevant for primary school children, which we are sharing with you as a wellbeing resource for this issue of the newsletter.

Click here to read the selected pages on "The Developing Brain."

2023 Term Dates & Curriculum Days (Student-Free Days)

Term 1

Friday, 27 Jan 2023Week 1Curriculum Day 1
Monday, 30 Jan 2023Week 2Term 1 begins for students
Wednesday, 1 Feb 2023Week 2Foundation-free Day 1
Wednesday, 8 Feb 2023Week 3Foundation-free Day 2
Wednesday, 15 Feb 2023Week 4Foundation-free Day 3
Wednesday, 22 Feb 2023Week 5Foundation-free Day 4
Monday, 13 Mar 2023Week 8Labour Day
Thursday, 6 Apr 2023Week 11Term 1 ends 

Term 2

Monday, 24 Apr 2023Week 1Curriculum Day 2
Tuesday, 25 Apr 2023Week 1ANZAC Day
Wednesday, 26 Apr 2023Week 1Term 2 begins for students
Monday, 12 Jun 2023Week 9King's Birthday
Friday, 23 Jun 2023Week 10Term 2 ends

Term 3

Monday, 10 Jul 2023Week 1Term 3 begins
Friday, 18 Aug 2023Week 6Curriculum Day 3
Friday, 23 Jun 2023Week 10Term 3 ends

Term 4

Monday, 2 Oct 2023Week 1Term 4 begins
Monday, 6 Nov 2023Week 6Curriculum Day 4
Tuesday, 7 Nov 2023Week 6Melbourne Cup Day
Friday, 23 Jun 2023Week 10Term 4 ends

Note: The 4 Curriculum Days for 2023 have been approved by the School Council on Tuesday, 22 November 2022.

Upcoming Events

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

Thursday, 1 Dec
2023 Junior School Council Elections (9:10-10:40am) NEW & CONFIRMED

Friday, 2 Dec
Assembly (9:05-9:45am) CANCELLED
Swimming (Session 8)

Monday, 12 Dec
Class of 2022 Luna Park Day

Tuesday, 13 Dec
Statewide Transition Day
  • Year 6 to attend Transition Day activities in secondary school
  • New Year 1-6 students are welcome to come to APS between 11:10-13:10
School Council (6:30-8:30pm) - all Sub-Committee members invited!

Thursday, 15 Dec
End-of-Year Picnic (3:45-5:45pm)

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

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

Free Holiday Camp Program by Doxa Youth Foundation

To access the Application Form visit here

Community Noticeboard


Dear Charities and Schools,

We would like to invite children and their families/carers to the Kidsflix Melbourne City on Saturday the 10th of December 2022 at Hoyts cinema Victoria Gardens Richmond through your organisations and schools.

Kidsflix event is a national free movie morning for children with arthritis, a disability, illness or facing social disadvantage and their carers/family members.

The event will be held in an inclusive and non-judgemental environment and is 100% free to attend. If you could please pass on the registration link to the families that you think would benefit from this event.

At the event, we will have a face painter, a balloon twister, Camp Quality puppets, a visit from Father Christmas, Star Wars characters, plus much more to be confirmed, followed by the screening of the movie “Strange World”.

It will comply with all state covid regulations, and all the volunteers and entertainers will be fully vaccinated.

Link to register for the event: https://melbournecitykidsflix.eventbrite.com.au

It should be a fantastic morning for everyone and we’re so excited to be putting the event on after experiencing a number of covid restrictions.