We acknowledge the traditional Aboriginal custodians of the lands, waterways and skies of the Bunurong Peoples of the Kulin Nation where we gather, learn and grow at Aspendale Primary School.
We pay our respects to past and present Traditional Custodians and Elders of all nations, and their ongoing cultural, spiritual and educational practices.
We extend this respect to all Torres Strait Islanders and any First Nations peoples who learn or visit these grounds. We thank you for sharing and caring for the land we are learning on.
New version of the Acknowedgement of Country
Above is an updated Acknowledgment of Country that has been written in consultation with staff, students and members of our community. We are awaiting feedback from our friends at the Bunurong Land Council.
If you wish to share more feedback, please scan the QR Code below which will take you to a Google Form.
~ Thanks Cait Fletcher & the Global Awareness Team
|Saturday 2nd||Years 1 & 2 Working Bee 10.30am – 12.30pm.|
|Monday 11th||Curriculum Day|
|Tuesday 12th||State Wide High School Transition Day|
|Wednesday 13th||Year 6 Graduation|
|Monday 18th||Year 6 Big Day Out|
|Wednesday 20th||Final Day of Term 4|
Dear parents and carers,
The mixture of sunny mornings and windy lunchtimes signal the arrival of Spring. It has been great to see so many of our students remembering to wear their school hats. Thanks for supporting them with this.
Father’s/Special Person Afternoon
The school was full of special people in our students’ lives on Friday afternoon and it was terrific to hear of the joy amongst our school grounds. There were bright chalk drawings, friendly competition at the frisbee golf and lots of fun with the science experiments. Thanks to our community for supporting this event and to our staff for their hard work in organising the various activities.
Our District Athletics team is heading to Ballam Park tomorrow to represent our school. They have been training hard with Mrs Scott and Mrs Hale each Wednesday afternoon throughout the winter months. We are proud of all of them and look forward to them representing our school in each of their events.
Next week our teaching teams will spend time reflecting on the teaching and learning from this term and planning what’s to come next term. Each year level will spend a day working with the specialist team whilst their classroom teachers carry out this important work.
This Wednesday, we have our annual Footy Day. On this day students can come to school in the colours of their favourite sports team. They bring along a gold coin to donate to State Schools Relief, who provide school uniforms for families in need.
Our Year Six students have organised a series of sports activities for the middle session of the day. This will be followed by a sausage sizzle. These can be ordered via Qkr. Emails have been sent over the last couple of weeks about ordering for the sausage sizzle.
Emergency Management Procedure - Off-site Drill
On Tuesday morning we will practise another of our emergency management procedures. This is an off-site drill and will involve our students moving with our staff to Glen St oval. This will take place at approximately 9:30. Students will take their snack with them and eat it at Glen St before returning to school. We will let the students know about the drill on Monday. Feel free to talk to your child before hand.
Parent Opinion Survey
Tomorrow is the final day to share your feedback via the Parent Opinion Survey. We are very appreciative of those families who have taken the time to share their thoughts. All feedback is important to us, as it allows us to identify what is working for our families, measure the impact of aspects we are trying to improve and identify future improvement work. Please contact the school email account if you can’t locate the email with information about how to access the survey.
Enjoy the final week of school and I hope you can take some time to enjoy time with the people you enjoy over the September holidays,
I was reading the Good Weekend and came across this story that Wayne Bennett is reported to have often shared with the rugby teams he coached. I’ve been reflecting on what I can take from it myself and how we can foster this amongst our students:
The Two Wolves - an American Indian tale
An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. ‘A fight is going on inside me,’ he said to the boy. ‘It’s a terrible fight, and it’s between two wolves.
One is evil: he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority and ego.
The other is good: he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith. The same fight is going on inside you - and inside every other person too.’
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, ‘Which wolf will win?’
The old Cherokee replied simply: ‘The one you feed.’
Next term, Year 6 students will spend time independently identifying, investigating and offering solutions to real-life issues or problems. Students then present their learning to the school community in what is known as the Exhibition. PYPX is also a celebration of their learning throughout their entire primary school journey.
Today the Year 6 students were lucky to sit in on Berwick Primary School's online PYPX presentations. They watched some incredible talks and have been inspired by the many different issues the students from Berwick Primary School investigated.
As PYPX approaches, we are also putting out a call out for members of our community that have an area of interest or an expertise in an area that they would like to share with our Year 6 students. You might run your own business, be working in an area that interests others or have a side passion that might spark student investigation. Please contact Mr Powell if you fit into this category - we are hoping that members of our community could come in at their convenience and share their knowledge with the Year 6 students.
Our wonderful parent helper Robyn has very kindly donated some fruit trees to the APS Garden Club, for the Environment Leaders to plant. This was a beautiful gesture, and we wish to thank Robyn for her generosity. The Garden Club will be working to create some name plaques which will be placed with the plants during a presentation later this year. This will be a fantastic legacy left behind by our 2023 Environment Leaders.
Garden Club and the Environment Leaders would also like to extend a big thank Jarrod Swan for volunteering his time this week to support the students in digging holes to plant their trees. Additionally, we would like to acknowledge Ms Fletcher, who enthusiastically dedicates a tremendous amount of time and passion to ensure our gardens are well maintained.
We look forward to seeing our garden bloom. Keep an eye out for more updates early term 4.
Now is the perfect time to join garden club.
If you're in Year 3 -6 and have a green thumb, are interested in sustainability or have a passion for learning new things come along to garden club on Wednesdays at lunch.