2023 APS Newsletter Issue 10

2023 Issue 10 - Term 3

Junior School Council Report

Hi everyone, we’re the School captains Darani, 56A and Nhi 56B. 

We would like to welcome you back to Term 3! We hope you’ve all had a good holiday and we look forward to all the events coming up in the Term! 

This term we will continue to run student led clubs. Scratch club and drawing club will continue but some of the other clubs will stop. There are some new clubs: down ball club, Pokémon club, ping pong club, book club.


This term there will be: 

Athletics day

Book week 

Blue house fundraiser 

Moon lantern festival

Trivia night: parents only

Parent teacher interviews  

School tidy up 

Second hand uniform sale 


Thank you.

-From your school captains; Darani and Nhi.

Principal's Report

Welcome back – Term overview

A very warm welcome back to everyone for the start of term 3. It was great to see everyone back on Monday smiling and ready to learn. I hope that you all had the opportunity to take some time with family, or perhaps to escape to somewhere warmer over the break. We have an exciting term ahead of us with some great events taking place, not the least of which being our annual Moon Lantern Festival. This year the festival will take place on the 14th of September here at the school. Save the date as this will be a great event as always. Students have begun working with Lixia and Crystal who are supporting them to learn the traditional Chinese dance steps that will feature in the festival, as well as specific Chinese language that is associated with the event. I will be accompanying the Chinese team to our third bilingual teachers network workshop in week seven of this term. This will enable our team to share their expertise in Chinese bilingual education with other schools, while at the same time assisting in formulating continued strengthening of our bilingual program here at Abbotsford Primary.  We have a student free curriculum day this term on the 18th of August. This day will provide staff with opportunities to connect the PLC training that has taken place over the last two terms, with our existing team planning in Chinese, English, maths, science, and integrated studies. Out of School hours care will be available on this day.


Parent teacher interviews

Parent teacher interviews will be taking place in weeks 2 and 3 of this term on Wednesdays and Thursdays. The booking information was sent out via compass earlier in the week. Please ensure that you book a time to meet with your child’s teacher. If you need assistance, please contact us at the office or see your child’s teacher.



Our annual trivia night fundraiser is coming up on Friday 11th August at the Richmond Union Bowling club. This is sure to be a fun night with bragging rights up for grabs! Follow the try booking link to book your tickets and get your trivia caps on! Abbotsford Primary School Trivia Night 23 


Building Works Update

 I am pleased to announce that the repairs to the multipurpose room have been completed. New cabinetry and wiring have been installed and the room is looking better than ever. We also had the tactiles repaired during the holidays to improve safety and accessibility around the stairs.


Filming students

Please be mindful when filming students during assemblies and other student presentations and consider the privacy of other families when storing or sharing recordings or pictures that include other children.



Ahead of NAPLAN results for students being released from Monday 17 July 2023, I would like to inform you of some changes to this year’s reporting. These are changes being introduced nationally by the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA). NAPLAN will continue to measure student achievement in numeracy, reading, writing, spelling, and grammar and punctuation but the results will now be presented in 4 proficiency levels:

These are:

  • exceeding
  • strong
  • developing
  • needs additional support.

This change will give schools, parents and carers clearer information that details student achievement against new proficiency levels.

Students’ NAPLAN reports will continue to show how they are tracking against their peers and provide an indication of their skill levels against national averages and where we would expect them to be in order to get the most out of schooling. This provides valuable information to teachers about how we can continue to support your child.

Each set of NAPLAN results is an important milestone but it’s also important that students know that one result does not define them – these results are about making sure every student gets the support they need so they can continue to get the best from their learning. When we provide you with your results, you will also receive information about what the new proficiency levels mean. As ever, you’re welcome to speak to me, or your child’s teacher with any questions about these changes.


Tuning Into Teens program for parents of 5/6 Students

Relationships Australia have asked me to share this communication with parents of year 5 and 6 children. These programs are always very helpful and informative.


We are excited to once again promote the Tuning in to Teens program for parents/carers of Year 5-6 students. This 6-session, interactive, small-group program will be held at Studio One, Richmond on Monday evenings. Tuning in to Teens  is a great opportunity to better understand and help your child as they prepare to navigate high school and adolescence. The program helps you reflect on how you can strengthen your relationship with your child and build their emotional intelligence.


Monday evenings, 6:30pm-8:30pm

at Studio One (Barnet Way, Richmond)

31 Jul, 7, 14, 28 Aug, 4, 11 Sep (note no session 21 Aug)

Cost: $110 each, $170 for a caregiver pair, free for health care card holders

For more information and to register, visit https://tint-yarra.eventbrite.com.au or contact Naomi Gilbert at ngilbert@rav.org.au or 0488 688 908


School Council Update

Welcome to term 3!

It's a pleasure to present my first report as School Council President. 

I would like to recognise Melissa Hii for her dedication and successes in the role. Mel will be taking a leave of absence from School Council for the period from August 2023 to August 2024.

I would also like to thank Jessica Paolini, who has assumed the role of Treasurer.

Coming up this term:

  • The APS Trivia Night is scheduled for 11 August 2023 (adults only, but friends and family welcome). Please purchase your tickets for what is always a fun night!
  • The annual Book Week runs from 19 - 25 August, culminating with a parade of students dressed as their favourite book character.
  • The annual Moon Lantern Festival. Students will be busy making lanterns and learning dances in the lead up to the night.

School Council is pleased to have contracted with a new after school clinic, Street Dance, which has been enthusiastically received by the School community.

Abbotsford Primary is a wonderful school that I'm proud to be a part of.  I look forward to working together to address challenges, take hold of opportunities, and bring about positive change in our school community.


Peter Emerson

APS Trivia Night Fundraiser

Book your tickets at Trybooking

Assembly Schedule Term 3

Assembly Date

Class and Teacher

21 July (week 2)

Hao 5/6A Chinese

4 August (week 4)

Mike 3/4B English

18 August (week 6)

Daniel 5/6B English 

1 September (week 8)

Fangni 3/4A Chinese

15 September (week 10)


Stay Well this Winter

In Victoria, influenza (flu) and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection numbers are high among children aged 5 to 11 years, particularly in those in their first few years of school. The Victorian Department of Health expects more respiratory infections over Term 3.

Most children with flu or RSV have a mild fever, runny nose or cough. Some children, particularly babies and children with underlying medical conditions, may have more severe illness.

Keeping our school community well

Parents, carers and students are encouraged to:

· wash and sanitise their hands regularly

· avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands

· cover their nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing · stay at home if unwell and consult a general practitioner (GP) or NURSE-ON-CALL as needed

· stay up to date with flu and COVID-19 vaccinations.

Our school has masks for staff, students and visitors if they want to wear them.

Flu vaccinations

Vaccination is the best way to protect yourself and your family from getting the flu.

Annual flu vaccination is recommended for everyone aged 6 months and older. As part of the National Immunisation Program, it is free for:

· Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 6 months and older

· children aged 6 months to under 5 years

· people aged 6 months or older with underlying medical conditions.

Flu vaccinations can be booked through GPs, pharmacies or your local council immunisation service.

Find out more

For more information about staying safe this winter, refer to:

· Stay well this winter on the Better Health Channel, translated into 16 languages
· Influenza and immunisation on the Better Health Channel
· Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) on the Better Health Channel
· Getting vaccinated against influenza.

Upcoming Events

Friday, 11 August
APS Trivia Night (parents event)

Friday, 18 August

Curriculum Day (Pupil Free)

Monday, 21 August - Friday 25, August
Book Week

Wednesday, 30 August
Richmond District Athletics Day (Years 5,6)

Friday, 8 September
Second-hand Uniform Sale (8:40am)

Friday, 8 September
Working Bee (3:45pm)

Thursday, 14 September
Moon Lantern Community Festival

Friday, 15 September
Term 3 Ends (Early finish at 2:30pm)

Monday, 2 October
Term 4 Starts

Community Noticeboard




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