2023 APS Newsletter Issue 1

2023 Issue 1- Term 1

Junior School Council Report*

Hello everyone, I'm Darani and I'm Nhi, your new school captains. We will talk about what's been going on for the past 2 weeks and future events. 

Start of Term, Welcome Back

First of all, welcome back to school. We hope you’ve had a great summer holiday and know you will have an awesome year ahead!

Welcome New Foundation students 

Secondly, we would like to welcome the new students who came to our school this year.

Swimming Trials

On Wednesday the 15th of February there will be the swimming carnival where students from our school will represent us at the trials.

New house names

Lastly we would like to discuss the opportunity of new house names. The school wants your ideas on what we should change the house names to. We will give you more information next week!

That is all from us and thank you for reading.

Darani             and          Nhi 

Principal's Report

Dear APS Parents, Carers and Community Members,

Welcome to Abbotsford Primary School 2023! 

It has been a busy and productive start to Term 1 and we welcome all new families, students and teachers to our school.

I encourage you to please read the Start of Year Admin letter that went out last week for administrative information. If you require a hard copy please see Marianna at Reception. I also acknowledge that yesterday teachers sent home class specific Start of Term letters and Curriculum Overviews. Please read over these and familiarise yourself with class routines and relative information.

COVID Advice Update:
Please note that the most updated advice from the Department of Education is as follows:

'COVIDSafe measures have changed but all Victorian government schools are required to continue to implement important practices to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

Schools must continue to take the important steps of ensuring air purifiers are in use, external ventilation is maximised, good personal hygiene is encouraged and face masks continue to be made available for staff, students and visitors who wish to wear them. Students who report a positive result are recommended to isolate for a minimum of 5 days and not attend school until their symptoms have resolved. There is no longer a requirement for principals to inform the school community of a positive case associated with the school.'

We would like to reassure families that we are still using air purifiers in classrooms and supporting good hygiene by consistently reminding students to wash hands and providing hand sanitiser in each learning space.
If your child does display COVID symptoms please refer to the advice above and inform the school. If you require a RAT test please ask at Reception.

Acceptable Use of Digital Technologies Agreement:
In order for our students to use Digital Technologies and ICT equipment, we require both students and their parent to sign that they agree and will comply with the terms of acceptable use and expected standards and behaviour, as set out in the Agreement, Annexure A- Digital Learning Policy. Teachers of students in Years 3-6, will be explaining the Agreement in class, and then have the students sign. Students in F-2 will do a simplified activity in class that explains ways in which students have an expectation to communicate respectfully and protect personal information. They will also ask students to sign in class. All classes will then send the Agreement home for parents to sign. Please take the time to discuss the Agreement and Digital Learning behaviour expectations and then return to the classroom teacher at your earliest convenience.

Literacy Information Sessions:
Next week we will be holding Literacy Information Sessions. English will be on Monday 13 Feb 3:50-4:30pm and Chinese will be on Tues 14 Feb 3:50- 4:30pm. Learning Specialists, Hang and Fangni, along with their teams, will be presenting on how these areas of the curriculum are delivered at Abbotsford Primary School and will provide suggestions on how to best support your child at home. These sessions will be held in the Atrium, please come along!

Parent Teacher Conferences:
Term 1 Parent Teacher Conferences are now set up and ready to accept bookings. These will be held over two weeks, after school 3:50-5:50pm. Week 5- Tuesday 21st and Wednesday 22nd February  and Week 6- Tuesday 28th February and Wednesday 1st March.

Classes are allocated different days:
FA, 12A, 34A and 56A on Tuesday 21st Feb and Wednesday 1st March.
FB, 12B, 34B and 56B on Wednesday 22nd Feb and Tuesday 28th Feb.

You will be able to assign a 10 minute timeslot with your child’s teachers via the Compass Parent portal. Both English and Chinese speaking teachers will be present. This is an important opportunity to meet teachers and discuss how your child is settling into school this year. It’s also an opportunity to exchange information relevant to your child and their learning needs. Please note this is not a data informed interview. They will be scheduled after the Semester 1 Reporting Cycle has been completed.

NAPLAN is an annual assessment for all students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. The tests cover skills in reading, writing, spelling, grammar and punctuation, and numeracy. The assessments are undertaken every year. This year, the NAPLAN test window has moved to mid-March. The test schedule is as follows: Week 8- Wednesday 15th March: 9:30am Writing, Thursday 16th March: 9:30am Reading and 11:30am Conventions of Language. Then Week 9- Monday 20th March: 9:30am Numeracy. If you would like your child to engage in some practise before the testing period commences, you can visit the public-demonstration-site and click on the year level at the bottom of the page. The public demonstration tests show the types of questions students will answer and the functionalities that are available in NAPLAN tests.

School Council Call for Nominations:
An email went out on Monday 6 February to all families/carers calling for nominations to fill School Council vacancies. Based on our current membership, we are expecting 6 new members for 2023. School Council is a great way to get involved if you are interested in contributing to the broader strategic directions for the school. The expectation of a school councillor is that you can attend at least 2x School Council meetings a term. These usually occur on a Tuesday and run from 6:30pm- 8:30pm. If you are interested or would like to nominate someone else please fill out a nomination forms and lodge to the APS Reception by 4pm on 13 February 2023. It is from this time that we will determine whether an election is necessary.


I want to acknowledge and thank the lovely volunteer families who tended to the gardens and the chickens over the summer break. There were many people who put their hand up to help out and your efforts have not gone unnoticed! The chickens are very happy little ladies who are producing eggs and up for a clucky chat whenever they can.


If you have any further questions about school life, don’t hesitate to ask- I am on yard duty every morning and most afternoons am out in the yard.

Have a good weekend!


Annual privacy reminder for our school community

Our school collects, uses, discloses and stores student and parent personal information for standard school functions or where permitted by law, as stated in the Schools’ Privacy Policy.

Please take time to read our school’s collection notice, found on our website. We ask parents to also review the guidance we provide on how we use Microsoft 365/Google Workspace for Education and Seesaw safely at the school and what parents can do to further protect their child’s information. If after reviewing the guidance, you have any questions or concerns regarding your child using Microsoft 365/Google Workspace for Education and Seesaw  please contact the school. 

For more information about privacy, refer to: Schools’ Privacy Policy — information for parents. This information is also available in ten community languages:

* Amharic

* Arabic

* Dari

* Gujarati

* Mandarin

* Somali

* Sudanese

* Turkish

* Urdu

* Vietnamese

Semester 1, 2023 Assembly Performance Schedule

Semester 1, 2023 Assembly Performance Schedule.

Term 1
Friday 17 February

5/6A (English)

Friday 3 March
3/4B (Chinese)

Friday 17 March
5/6B (Chinese)

Friday 31 March
3/4A (English)

Term 2
Friday 28 April

No performance

Friday 12 May
12B (Chinese)

Friday 26 May
FB (English)

Friday 9 June

Friday 23 June
12A (English)

Wellbeing Team 2023

Welcome back to 2023!

I would like to give an update on our wellbeing team which this year includes Gail Clarke, our practising Art Therapist. Some of you may remember Gail from when she completed her master’s placement in 2018. Accompanying her will be our current 2023 student placement, Sharon Hunt, who will be us until October. Lukas, our counsellor, has a 6-month study leave and will be returning to us in Semester 2. In the meantime, we have Ashley Teo, who is on placement with us this and will assist in providing counselling support.

We have a program called Breath Circle starting on 20th February, running for 6 weeks. The program facilitator Beata Heymann will be working with students from grades 4,5 and 6. As well as our support programs, wellbeing and mindfulness activities will continue to run each day in classrooms.

Another main focus in Wellbeing this year is Cyber-Safety. As well as being a great way to socialise, learn, work, play and be entertained, the internet can also come with some risks. Technology is rapidly evolving, so much so, that it is hard for most of us to keep up with developments and potential threats. We believe it is good to start early in order to equip our children with knowledge and strategies on how best to protect themselves from some of the things they may encounter when using the internet, I liken it to a kind of online version of “stranger danger”, but also teach them about responsible social and safe use. The internet is a complex tool and children do not always possess the emotional maturity to navigate it. Alongside information sessions for our students, I would also like to include sessions for parents. Stay tuned for further information and please discuss and sign the Acceptable Use of Digital Technolgy Agreement that your child will bring home.


Upcoming Events

Monday, 13 Feb 2023
English Program Information Night for Parents (3:50-4:30 pm) 

Tuesday, 14 Feb 2023
Chinese Program Information Night for Parents (3:50-4:30 pm) 

Wednesday, 15 Feb 2023
Foundation Assessment Day 3 (no Foundation students except for those allotted for assessment)
Richmond District Swimming Trials
School Council (6:30-8:30pm)

Friday, 17 Feb 2023
Assembly (9:05-9:45am)

Tuesday, 21 Feb 2023
Parent-Teacher Interview Day 1 (3:50pm-5:50pm)

Wednesday, 22 Feb 2023
Foundation Assessment Day 4 (no Foundation students except for those allotted for assessment)
Parent-Teacher Interview Day 2 (3:50pm-5:50pm) 

Tuesday, 28 Feb 2023
Parent-Teacher Interview Day 3 (3:50pm-5:50pm)

Wednesday, 1 Mar 2023
Parent-Teacher Interview Day 4 (3:50pm-5:50pm)

Friday, 3 Mar 2023
Assembly (9:05-9:45am)

Monday, 13 Mar 2023
Labour Day (Public Holiday)

Tuesday, 14 Mar 2023
School Council (6:30-8:30pm)

Friday, 17 Mar 2023
Assembly (9:05-9:45am)

Monday, 20 Mar 2023 - Thursday, 23 Mar 2023
NAPLAN for Years 3 and 5

Friday, 24 Mar 2023
Assembly (9:05-9:45am)
Foundation Learning Morning and Teddy Bear Picnic (9:50-11:30am) - TBC
Year 5/6 District Summer Gala Sports Day (9:45am-1pm) - TBC

Tuesday, 28 Mar 2023
School Council (6:30-8:30pm)

Friday, 31 Mar 2023
Assembly (9:05-9:45am)

Wednesday, 5 Apr 2023
School Photos

Thursday, 6 Apr 2023
End of Term 1 (Early finish at 2:30pm)

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