Term 4 Week 10

Acknowledgement of Country

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 recieved positive feedback and approval from our friends at the Bunurong Land Council in 2023. 

Important Dates

Important dates:
Event Dates
Whole School Photo day22 April
ANZAC Day - Public Holiday- No school25 April
Year 5 Parliment House incusion29 April
Year 3 excursion: Cranbourne Botanical Gardens 
Year 6 excursion: China Town 
1 May
Year 6 excursion: ANZAC Day Commemoration 7 May
Year 2 incursion: Chelsea Historical Society8 May
Chelsea District Cross Country10 May
Year 4 Camp Rumbug15-17 May
Year 6 Camp Waratah Beach22-24 May
Reconciliation WeekMay 27 - June 3

From the Acting Assistant Principal Term 4 Week 10

Dear parents and carers,

We have enjoyed the warmer weather this week and it has been terrific seeing our students out and about to take advantage of the first week of Summer.

Staff Movement

I’d like to update you about some of our staff movement heading into 2024. As mentioned in a previous newsletter, Teresa Baker is moving to Keysborough Gardens PS next year to step into a leadership role. Jack Powell is taking a year's leave in 2024. Lucy Warner is moving to work at The Resilience Project in curriculum development. Ardan Johnston is taking a year’s leave and travelling to China where he is looking to teach. Fiona Macnally has accepted a position Amsleigh Park PS in 2024. Lily Bocanegra Vasquez, a member of our Education Support Staff, is moving to Aldercourt PS in 2024. On behalf of the school community, I’d like to thank all of the staff listed above for the important contributions you have made to the teaching and learning program at Aspendale PS, the impact you have played in the lives of our children and the support you have given to all of us. We wish you well as you embark on your next adventures.

We look forward to welcoming our Principal, Coby Larrieu at the start of 2024, after her period of long-service leave.

In 2024, we welcome four new teachers to our school. Trent Dowling, Jess Wood, Ruby Clohesy and Neve Skillen are all looking forward to joining our team in 2024.

2024 Student Transition

This Tuesday is the statewide transition day for our Year Six students. It is also the Up Day for students at Aspendale PS. Our 2024 Foundation students will spend the morning with their new teacher and in their classes, followed by a Teddy Bear’s Picnic. All other students at our school will move to the next year level for the morning and start their induction into the new learning space, practising some of the learning routines for the next year and having the opportunity to ask any questions they may have.

On Friday 15th December, students will spend the morning with their 2024 classroom teacher in their 2024 classroom. This will be an opportunity to again practise learning routines and to begin to build a sense of belonging with their classes.

Staff have started handing over learning and well-being information to student’s 2024 classroom teachers. This is an ongoing process and will continue into 2024.

2024 Annual Improvement Plan

Our School Improvement Team met recently to discuss our work in 2024, as the first year of our next School Strategic Plan. This team has worked hard to lead the further development of learning and wellbeing at our school this year and has made plans to continue this in 2024. We have two Key Improvement Strategies, one being to further our understanding of how children learn to read and then refine our teaching and learning program accordingly and the other to continue to develop respect, kindness and a sense of belonging in our school community.

T-Ball Team at State Championships

On Tuesday I was able to visit the T-Ball team at the State Championships. The ‘Aspendale Capybaras’ had two challenging games to begin with but finished strong in their last game. The camaraderie amongst the team and their support crew of staff and parents was a pleasure to be a part of. I’d like to thank the T-ball team for the way they have represented our school throughout the different competitions and for the way they have embraced the opportunities over the year. Thanks also to Cait Fletcher for her coaching and logistical support, Kevin Riant for his coaching, Katie Scott for her scheduling and organistion and to all of the families involved for supporting with extra training and at the various events. This has been a wonderful experience for all the students involved.

Bike Ed

Yesterday I had the opportunity to jump on my bike and join in the Big Ride Out with our Year Four students to Chelsea Bicentennial Park. The students have been practising their skills over the last few weeks and it was evident with their increased confidence on their bikes and the way they demonstrated their road safety skills. Thanks to Ardan Johnston, the Year Four teaching team and all of the parents and carers who supported the Bike Ed program and the Big Ride Out over the last few weeks.

A reminder there is a student-free day on Monday 11th December. Our staff are planning for 2024 on this day. TheirCare is running on this day if you need care for your child.

Enjoy the last few days of the week,




Christmas Singalong

Garden Club Update Term 4 Week 10

Year 4 Bike Ed

On Wednesday the Year 4s were graced with beautiful weather for their much-anticipated Big Ride to Bicentennial Park. Eagerly they donned their bright clothing and put all their learnt skills to the test as they rode the paths from Aspendale to Chelsea. Thanks to the group of parents who accompanied them on the ride. Once they parked their bikes the students enjoyed a play at the park and a delicious sausage or 3 cooked by another team of parent helpers. The Big Ride was a fabulous end to the Bike Ed program that the Year 4s have been a part of over the last few weeks. Thanks, Mr Johnston, for your co-ordination and organisation of this great program.

Hair With Heart

One of Aspendale Primary’s very own, Saskia Patzold, has decided to donate her (rather long) hair to raise money for Variety, the children’s charity. Saskia was inspired by Ms Matthews efforts last year and so when she decided to cut her hair, she thought she’d go the big chop and donate her hair to help make wigs for children undergoing cancer treatment.

Any support you can offer her would be greatly appreciated!

Year 5 Update Term 4 Week 10

Today the Year 5 students were given the opportunity to attend a day in the life experience at Mordialloc College. Students participated in a range of activities such as, food technology, physical education, science and art. We would like to thank Mordialloc College for hosting such a wonderful event this morning. 

Year 5 & 6 Tee Ball State Champs

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