A note from Mr Jackson

Mystery of Gratitude

I was reading about the importance of a grateful mindset recently. This particular paragraph got me thinking …


‘Having an attitude of gratitude is important. Gratitude shifts our mindset. Shifting focus from ourselves to appreciating someone or something gives us the opportunity to express thankfulness for every part of our life. An attitude of gratitude means making the conscious habit of expressing appreciation on a regular basis for big and small things alike.’ 


On the weekend a band of parents gathered to remove some vegetation that was identified as a problem at the working bee they attended on the weekend prior. These acts often go unnoticed, secretive gifts to our community. Parents who slip in and out of the school, supporting teachers and students in classrooms. Lawns mysteriously mowed or outdoor furniture repaired. Thanks to all those who prompt us all towards developing a grateful mindset.


FORPS Picnic Invitation

All are welcome to join in a relaxed evening on Friday night, on the oval. As we approach the end of the term it will be a great opportunity for families to get to know each other and celebrate a smooth entry into 2023! Consider adding your artistic marks on the longest painting of the year or simply kicking the footy through our new goal posts. We hope to be joined by some parents considering enrolling their children in 2024. Bring along your own picnic dinner or enjoy some sausages – consider coming along for a relaxed and gentle evening.


NAPLAN Underway

It has been great to see students slip so easily into the rhythms of the NAPLAN assessments that started on Wednesday. Students have been encouraged to see the experiences as an opportunity to share what they know. The information from the assessments will inform our strategic planning and provide an understanding of student growth and learning between years. Well done to all who gave their best effort!


Quantum Victoria Visit

Over the years, we have been fortunate to foster a significant relationship with Quantum Victoria. Quantum Victoria is a Centre of Excellence and Innovation in STEM Education. It aims to inspire creativity and 21st Century learning through innovative programs. Embedded in Charles La Trobe Secondary College, our 5/6 students will embark on local excursions in classes early next week. We are again grateful of this relationship that has seen our students hosted at these creative spaces as they experience engaging STEM experiences.


Annual General Meeting of the School Council

On Monday evening at 7:00pm we are scheduled to have our Annual General Meeting. The meeting is an opportunity to present the Annual Report and is a prelude to the Ordinary School Council Meeting planned for 7:30pm. All are welcome to attend, as these are open meetings of the Council.


Last week I had the opportunity to speak with about 50 parents concerning the school strategic review. It was great to hear the constructive reflections on the functioning of the school, as well as ways to enhance our community. For those who were unable to attend due to work commitments, we have set aside Wednesday 22 March at 7:00pm as a time to reflect on the achievements and challenges of the school.  The evening will be held in Chandler Hall.


Fundraisers Support the School

A special thanks for those who have thrown themselves into fundraising over the last few weeks. Students from the Junior School Council have energetically promoted the JSC Easter Bun purchase, even to the point of completing a letter box drop to our local neighbours! Donations for the FORPS Easter Raffle are starting to come in. Chocolates as well as a range of special surprises are all welcome. Thanks to those who have sold raffle tickets. We look forward to drawing the winner in just a few weeks!


Hearing Aid Hunt

One of our students in the 1/2 area has lost a hearing aid. We have conducted walkovers of our playground space, peered under trolleys and searched high and low. We encourage you to keep your eyes low over the coming days, particularly in the lower playground, and if you discover a small hearing aid with a hook around the ear, please return it to the office. Thanks for contributing your eager eyes to the hunt!