2023 APS Newsletter Issue 3

2023 Issue 3- Term 1

Junior School Council Report

JSC Report Newsletter Week 7 Term 1


We would like to thank APS for giving us the opportunity to attend the Youth Leadership Conference on Tuesday 28th February. 

This was a great opportunity for us to learn more about leadership skills. Some content I learned was about never giving up and some skills to become great leaders such as changing your environment and changing your perspective when things aren’t working. We also spoke about the importance of who you surround yourself with, is who you become. 

Sophia: I learnt that I can be a Director, a Peer or a Supporter leader.

Wil Massara was an extremely inspirational guy. He started the Youth Leadership Academy when he was 15 years old. From all the things we learnt from the conference I will now try my best to be a great leader. 

Ela: So be Brave, be Helpful, be Generous and be Kind. 

In Other News:

Wattle House fundraising The event will be a drawing contest on 24 March Friday. Please bring a gold coin donation to vote on your favourite drawings.

Foundation The Foundation classes have been learning about nouns, writing the letter Q, and counting to 1-10 in chinese.

Year 5 & 6 have been writing a biography about the people on the Australian banknotes.

Also, in Chinese, they have been preparing to have a facetime call with our sister school, Zhinan Elementary School. 

On Thursday the 9th of March they paid a visit to Collingwood College and Richmond High School and did some fun activities and games. We congratulate Year  5 & 6 for representing our school so well at these events.

Tuesday's P.E. Sessions 3/4/5/6 Students experienced an AFL clinic and got to meet some Collingwood Football Club players. It was really fun and we learnt a lot about the game and even got some signatures!




The new House names:

          Green House will now be: Bamboo

                      Red House will now be: Grevillea

                                 Blue House will now be: Jacaranda

                                            Yellow House will now be: Wattle



Elanur and Annick

JSC House Captains 

Elanur, Year 5         Annick, Year 5
Bamboo House       Grevilla House

Student Voice- Naming the Houses

Over the course of this term we have encouraged students to consider different names for our houses, to move away from just having 'colours' as the names.
House captains asked the student community to provide ideas by writing their thoughts on a piece of paper, placing it in a voting box coloured with the relevant house colours.
Students were asked to consider words/names of things that have significance to our school- its Chinese bilingual nature, an indigenous word from the local area or other things that the colour represents.
After compiling ideas, a few themes emerged including Fantasy animals and Botanical. After meeting with House Captains and JSC representatives it was decided we would go with a botanical theme. Junior School Council worked with Learning Specialists to find 3x Australian natives/Chinese plant options (some ideas were already suggested).  Students were then sent to their house groups and had the opportunity to vote, individually, on their preference.

The options were:
Green: Bamboo, Saltbush, Eucalyptus,
Red: Grevillea, Waratah, Callistemon (bottlebrush)
Blue: Jacarandah, Wisteria, Quandong
Yellow: Wattle, Banksia, Acacia

The winning votes are in bold above.

It was a wonderful example of how student voice, agency and leadership can affect change within our school, and a procedure that the students themselves initiated.  We feel proud of the work these students, along with their teachers, have been dedicated to. It allowed for the inclusion of ideas from the wider student population and has had a positive, immediate outcome.
We look forward to seeing what comes next from this enthusiastic bunch!

Principal's Report

Hello once again everyone.

We find ourselves here in Week 7 with four weeks to go until the end of Term. Time flies when you’re having fun and all classes have been working productively with various opportunities to complement their learning. Please refer to the Junior School Council Report to hear from our students as to some of the things they’ve been getting up to!

Be Kind Day
‘Kindness is the ability to have a positive impact on others’.
Last Thursday was ‘Be Kind Day’, and I spoke to our students at the last Assembly about what this day encourages.
It reminds us to be kind to those around us, to think kindly, act kindly and be kind towards each other, and also to ourselves. Over the past few weeks I have had to remind some students about being kind and showing respect to one another. We have had a number of incidents where students are making poor choices about their behaviour, where students are questioning their teachers and being quite rude, and a few incidents where school property has been damaged. There have also been a number of quarrels between friends and over games played in the yard. For the most part I am very impressed and proud of the behaviours demonstrated by the students at our school but I would like to take this opportunity to encourage students to please remember care and kindness when at school. Toward each other, their teachers and the equipment we share. We expect nothing less and would like to see our school values of Care, Connectedness, Curiosity and Challenge demonstrated every day.

School Activities:
We have had a number of students participate in extra curricula activities over the past fortnight. These include the Dream and Lead Conference for members of our Junior School Council, High School Tours for our 5/6 students, AFL Clinics and Collingwood FC Player Appearances during P.E. on Tuesday this week and the House naming activity which provided an opportunity for authentic student voice from across the school. Please refer to the article- ‘Naming the Houses’ for more information. Thank you to teachers who have spent time organising and providing these experiences for our students.

Year 5/6 students experiencing Collingwood College(above) and Richmond High School (below) on Thursday this week.

Parent Teacher Conferences
Thankyou to staff and parents who attended the Conferences. We trust that you found them useful and informative, as well as a good opportunity to meet your child’s teachers. The next opportunity for a formal conference is in Term 3 after the Semester 1 reports go out. Please don’t hesitate, however, to contact teachers with any questions, concerns or queries in relation to you child, at any time.

Students in Years 3 and 5 will commence NAPLAN testing next week. These tests will take place in the 3/4 classroom area, with Year 4 students moving to the Year 5/6 classroom area for learning while the tests are taking place.
The tests are scheduled as follows: Wednesday 15 March 9:30am: Writing, Thursday 16 March 9:30am: Reading and 11:30am: Language Conventions. The following Monday 20 March 9:30am: Numeracy. All students are expected to participate and we ask that they arrive to school on time having had breakfast and, ideally, a decent night’s sleep.
While NAPLAN test results are an important data set and something that is widely used to identify how individual schools are tracking (against other ‘like’ schools and the state), they are only one way in which we monitor student progress. I want to stress that they are not the be all and end all of student achievement data. We consider student achievement evidence to be a culmination of many different forms of assessment, formal and informal and trust that our teachers are catering to the learning needs of the students.
I wish our students the best of luck and ask them to work to the best of their ability. I do not want any of them to feel stressed or worried about it. Please speak positively and with encouragement and be proud of them no matter the outcome. 
For more information please visit: Naplan information for Parents and Carers

Public Holiday
A reminder that next Monday, 13th March, is the Labour Day Public Holiday, with no school operations.

Enjoy the long weekend everyone!

Lizzie Sarroff
Acting Principal
Term 1, 2023

Child Safety Compliance

As the Child Safety Officer, I have had the opportunity to present and brief staff and the School Council on the Child Safety Standards.

Abbotsford Primary School takes the Child Safety Standards very seriously, and there are actions that the school undertakes to ensure that we are committed to Child Safety and remain compliant with the principles and standards.

We complement the documentation by offering a comprehensive wellbeing curriculum that encompasses up-to-date and relevant wellbeing topics which are important for young children that are learning to navigate the complexities of today's society.

Our website explains the Child Safety Principals, Standards, and our Wellbeing Curriculum in more details.
We encourage you to browse through the relevant sections by going to the "Learning" tab, and "Wellbeing" section, where you will find the information.

School Photos

School Photos 2023 - Abbotsford Primary School

Annual school photos including sibling photos will be taken by Arthur Reed Photos on Wednesday 5th April 2023.

There is no need to return any forms or money to school.

Unique image codes will be issued to all students on/after photo day so families can register online to view images when they become available in the webshop.

Registration is simple, just follow the 3 simple steps on your child’s personalised flyer once you receive it and remember to add the codes for all your children attending this school.

Even if you registered last year, it’s important that you do again this year using your child’s 2023 image code to link their images for the current year with your contact details.

When images are ready to view and in the webshop, all parents who have registered will be notified by SMS and email.

Once registered, please wait for notification that 2023 images are online to view before making your purchase. 

Ride2School Day

Upcoming Events

Monday, 13 Mar 2023
Labour Day (Public Holiday)

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

Friday, 17 Mar 2023
Assembly 56B Chinese (9:05-9:45am)

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

Friday, 24 Mar 2023
Foundation Learning Morning and Teddy Bear Picnic (9:00-10:30am)

Friday, 31 Mar 2023

Assembly 34A English (9:05-9:45am)
Year 5/6 District Summer Gala Sports Day (9:45am-1pm)

Wednesday, 5 Apr 2023
School Photos

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

Monday, 24 April
Curriculum Day- Pupil Free

Tuesday, 25 April
ANZAC DAY (Public Holiday)

Wednesday, 26 April
Term 2 Starts, Students Resume

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