2023 APS Newsletter Issue 4

2023 Issue 4- Term 1

Junior School Council Report

Junior School Council report 

Wattle House fundraising

Wattle House organised a drawing competition for this Term's fundraising event. In Session 3 today, students did free drawing in their classes for 30 mins. Drawings were collected and then placed in plastic pockets for us to vote. To vote we needed to donate a gold coin. We used a sticker to put on our favourite drawing. The top 3 drawings from each class will then be displayed in the Atrium for further voting. We encourage parents to come and have a look at the drawings and vote on their favourite from each class. Don't forget your gold coins!
Thank you everyone for participating in the Drawing competition. ðŸ‘ 

Classroom news:
Foundation students had their Teddy Bear Picnic on Friday morning. It was  exciting! There was lots of energy and happy faces. Thank you to all the parents, grandparents, aunties and uncles and friends who attended the picnic!
1/2 students have been working on Information reports on Animals and been working towards 
(spoiler alert!!) a play, for next term, in Chinese. 
3/4 students have been working on Persuasive Writing tasks in English, addition algorithums and strategies in Maths and working on their handwriting in Chinese. 
5/6 students have Our Summer Gala day coming up on the 31st of March. We would like to ask if there are any parents who could help walk us to and from Collingwood College or Richmond West PS. Pretty Please.

There have been lots of birthdays lately, so we would like to say Happy Birthday to everyone who has had a birthday this term!
Thank you! ðŸ˜€

Betty:                    Tilly:    
 Senior                    Jacarandah
  Representative        House Captain               


Principal's Report

Hi everyone :)
I hope this newsletter finds you well and almost ready for holidays! A fortnight to go and once again Abbotsford Primary School has been as busy and productive as ever.


I am pleased (and a little relieved- from an organisational persepective) to announce that NAPLAN testing is once again over for another year! All students demonstrated a positive attitude and were encouraged to try their best. Thank you to the students and teachers who have been accommodating by moving classes and being respectful during the tests and well done to our year 3 and year 5 students who sat the tests.

Teddy Bears Picnic

This morning, Friday 24th March, the Foundation students were joined by their families to share classroom learning activities and show off what their experience of school has been so far this year. Families were treated to a short Chinese Performance and then experienced some fun learning activities with the children, before heading outside for a picnic. We had a great turn out of parents and other family members and the students enjoyed this special occasion. Thank you to the Foundation teachers, Cheryl and My Hoa Laoshi, as well as pre-service teacher, Yuanbin, and other members of the team for organising the event!


Visit from past student, Paul Beattie
Toward the end of Recess today, Friday 24th March, I had the pleasure of meeting Paul Beattie and his grand daughter, Brianna. They were in the area looking at the places that Paul had grown up. Paul wanted to show Brianna where he had attended school and was chuffed when we invited them in to show them around!
Many things have changed at Abbotsford Primary School since Paul was a student here. He was impressed by the renovation of the building and was excited to see that he is in the photo we have up in the Atrium of the class of '56. He reminised about his first day of school, where other sheds had been located and how his brother and two of his cousins also attended here. While walking around the school, Paul remembered the layout of the classrooms as well as some of his teachers, and the positive impact they left on him. He met students who were interested to know that the JR Group building over the road used to be home to Schweppes Soft Drinks.
Thank you for visiting Paul, its so wonderful to hear stories about Abbotsford Primary School and recognise it's historical significance to the Abbotsford/ Richmond Area!

Working Bee/Second Hand uniform sale

We will run our first Secondhand Uniform Sale on Friday 31st of March from 8:40am to 9:00am followed by assembly.
All items are $5.00ea (unless marked otherwise) and the proceeds go to the school's Make a Difference Fund.

On the same day, we will also run our Term 1 Working Bee, which aims to maintain and beautify our school grounds. 
The working bee will start at 3:45pm and conclude around 5:00pm. 
Some of the tasks will include pulling weeds, cleaning the shed, clearing some outdoor broken furniture, leaves etc. You do not need to bring any tools or equipment on the day, however you may wish to bring your own gardening gloves and a hat. 
Mums, dads, auties, uncles, grandmothers, grandfathers etc are all very welcome!
*Please note that you will need to arrange supervision of your children after 3:45pm.

ABC Education Article by Stanley Wang

As part of ABC’s Harmony Week campaign this week, former principal of APS, Stanley Wang, has had an article published! It was even on the ABC Homepage, 2nd row and has attracted quite a bit of attention. Congratulations Stanley! 
Please find the link below:

Cultural Diversity Week 11th - 21st March
The 2023 Cultural Diversity Week theme was Our Past. Our Future: Celebrating and reflecting on the contributions of Victoria's multicultural communities. The theme invites Victorians of all ages and backgrounds to reflect on multicultural Victoria's long history and celebrate its bright future.

Cultural Diversity Week has been acknowledged in classes through discussions and activities centred on the theme.

I want to take this occasion to acknowledge the many cultures that make up the Abbotsford Primary School community. We have such an incredibly diverse range of families and I believe it’s a fantastic, positive and important experience for our students to be exposed and have interactions with so many different cultures. I feel honoured to work here. What a great opportunity to reflect on how we are connected as a school community and how we can support and value each other’s cultures and contributions.

Bullying No Way!
Last Friday students participated in *Bullying No Way activities. Classes shared in creative activities that reminded us to be kind to each other and highlighted the importance of calling out nasty, bullying behaviour.

The national definition of bullying for Australian schools says: ‘Bullying is an ongoing and deliberate misuse of power in relationships through repeated verbal, physical and/or social behaviour that intends to cause physical, social and/or psychological harm. It can involve an individual or a group misusing their power, or perceived power, over one or more persons who feel unable to stop it from happening.  Bullying can happen in person or online, via various digital platforms and devices and it can be obvious (overt) or hidden (covert).  Bullying behaviour is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Bullying of any form or for any reason can have immediate, medium and long-term effects on those involved, including bystanders. Single incidents and conflict or fights between equals, whether in person or online, are not defined as bullying’.

We acknowledge the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence each year at Abbotsford Primary School, but it is important that we build a culture that does not accept bullying behaviour of any kind, each and every day.  We embed Respectful Relationships, Personal Safety Program and Bullying No Way resources into our Wellbeing curriculum and encourage our students to speak out if they experience any unsafe or untoward behaviour.

Substantive Principal Position
As many of you are now aware we have exciting news! A provisional appointment has been made for the position of Principal. We are looking forward to being able to share further information once the provisional period comes to a close.

Please refer to the following information provided by School Council Melissa Hii on Friday 17th March.

‘As Chairperson for the Principal Selection Panel for Abbotsford Primary School I am very pleased to announce the provisional appointment of Keith Mcneill as substantive principal to the school following an extensive recruitment process.  
The provisional appointment can be confirmed in 14 days, pending the Merit Protection Board advising the outcome of the legislated review process. The substantive role is expected to begin at the start of Term 2, 2023.
Keith is a passionate and experienced educator and leader and the Principal Selection Panel and School Council are convinced that he will make an outstanding contribution to building the success of Abbotsford Primary School into the future.
We look forward to welcoming Keith at the beginning of Term 2.

I feel very priviledged to have led the school this term and look forward to welcoming and working with Keith and our amazing team!

Have a great weekend, 

Anaphylaxis/ Food Allergy Awareness

This year there are four students at our school with severe food allergies. The foods that these students are allergic to include:

  • Basa fish
    And nuts:
  • Peanuts, Walnuts, Pecans, Pistachios, Cashews and Macadamias

Contact with these foods could result in the student experiencing anaphylaxis, which is a sudden, severe allergic reaction that requires immediate medical treatment and is potentially fatal.

We are seeking the support and cooperation of families to minimise the risk of these students coming into contact with these specific foods. Therefore we request that you follow these simple steps:

  • Where possible, refrain from sending your child to school with food containing Basa Fish, and the nuts above.
  • Be aware of foods that may contain the above mentioned in their ingredients.
  • Remind your child that we don’t share food at school (this message will be reinforced by classroom teachers).

Thank you for recognising the need for ongoing vigilance to minimise the potential life threatening risk to these students.

Please note that we are NOT a ‘no nut’ school, rather this is a request to be mindful when packing your child’s lunch. We do not ban these foods from our school, as Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia (A&AA) does not promote nut/food bans for many reasons. We do encourage allergen minimisation and have strategies in place for class room management of these students. A&AA does NOT encourage nuts to be brought into school or used in curricular or extracurricular activities. There is no reason why a student can’t have nuts for breakfast and nuts for afternoon tea once they are home. For most they are healthy nutritious foods that can be eaten away from children with nut allergy when possible BUT we do not ever want to presume nuts are never around because that is when accidents happen and people can be unprepared.

If you have any queries regarding this matter please contact your child’s classroom teacher.


  1. The school has updated its APS Anaphylaxis Policy which is accessible via "Welcome" > "School Policies".

    2. For information about how to talk to your child about being mindful that some children have allergies, and how they can help to make our school a safe learning environment for everyone, please click on this link. 

    Be A Mate- Allergy Awareness


As previously mentioned at the start of the year, Cyber Safety is a focus for our wellbeing team this year.
The amount of internet and games playing use is also a subject that I have been talking about, with parents who feel that their child’s device and internet use is out of control. They are seeking advice on how to regain some sense of regulation and rein things back in.
I am also seeing a few bleary eyed exhausted kids turning up to school each day and thought the resources below could be of interest and could assist families with their childs digital use.

The PlayingITsafe site has an interesting little resource in the form of an online technology plan that might be fun for the family to complete.
Link is here: https://games.playingitsafe.org.au/technology-plan

I have also included an advice factsheet about the interactive.

Caroline (Wellbeing)

Parents and Carers | Playing IT Safe

Playing It Safe- teaching your child about the internet

Movie Fundraiser Event - Sun 30 Apr

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Upcoming Events

Friday, 31 Mar 2023
Second-hand Uniform Sale (8:45am-9:00am)
Assembly 34A English (9:05-9:45am)
Year 5/6 District Summer Gala Sports Day (9:45am-1pm)
School Grounds Working Bee (3:45pm-5:30pm)

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

Sunday, 30 April
Movie Fundraiser - Super Mario Bros Movie (Vic Gardens Hoyts)

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