FPS Newsletter

2023 Term 2 Issue #6

From the Principal

Dear families & friends, 

Thank you to everyone who attended our Term 2 Learning Expo. It was so special to see so many families sharing the learning with students and current and previous students and families that came to farewell our amazing Tuula. While there have been many tears this week, we are excited to see where Tuula’s next adventures take her and know there will be nothing but success ahead for her.

Learning summary reports and conferences

Thank you to all the families who made a time to come in and discuss their child’s learning progress. These conversations are highly valuable in ensuring we are all on the same page to support each child in their learning. We had close to 100% of families attend.


Congratulations to a small group of our students who auditioned to be part of the Festival of Music AUSLAN choir to perform 'Advance Australia Fair' in AUSLAN with the main choir. More information will go to these families once we have dates confirmed. The performances are held in September. 

School Sports

It has been exciting to have this year been able to get a few sports teams up and running with the planning and organisation of Emma, our PE teacher, and the support of some volunteer parents.

I want to thank parents who have put up their hand to support students to now have a cricket, basketball and soccer team. Without these volunteers we would not have coaches or managers to keep these running. Teachers are able to help set up the teams and get them started but cannot be available for trainings and games so without our volunteers these would not be possible.

I also want to thank the staff who have taken time out of their own personal time to support and visit trainings and games. Staff are under no obligation to do this yet do it out of a care for students. This is what makes our school great as we all work together to support students to have opportunities and feel supported.

We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday and look forward to seeing everyone again in term 3. Our first day back is Monday 24th July. 

Cheers Skye :) 

Felixstow Notices

Volunteering at Our School

We had our final volunteer morning tea for the term on Wednesday 28th June. Thank you to Carmelina (Stella, Tori & Ricky's mum), Lucy (Nora, Maggie & Hugo's mum), Ran (Ethan's mum) and Renee (Tess's mum) who covered new library books.

We are planning on having more volunteer morning teas in Term 3  and the dates will be announced in the near future so please keep an eye out.

A reminder to those who have completed all their paper work that our morning reading groups will be held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 8.30 am - 9 am. 

If you think you might be interested in volunteering with us, there are forms available at the front desk, alternatively you can talk to Di or Gillian 😊 

Breaktime Clubs

Craft Club

In craft club, primary students have continued to work on their paper mache birds. We have had Emily (a secondary school student, who is on a work experience placement) help us.

Craft Club will be held every Wednesdays during 2nd break and is voluntary.  Di will be tailoring activities for primary students in odd weeks  and junior students in even weeks.

Coding Club

This term in Coding Club we have been using Scratch. We have been coding a program called Space Talk and it’s lots of fun.  We can put different  people, animals, food and a background on it and make it talk and move. You can also make it change size or colour and make it have funny sounds. Stella (P1)

Coding Club meets every Monday at first break.

Environment Club

The Environment Club fundraiser that was to be held this Friday (last day of term) has been postponed until term 3.

The Environment Club meets every Thursday during second break

Felixstow Highlights

Goodbye Tuula!

Learning Expo

We had a great turn out for Learning Expo. Thanks to everyone who came along to support students to share their Inquiry and Creative Arts learning from Term 2.






Hi from Primary 1!

In P1 we have been working hard on deciphering fractions in Maths, and busy with narratives in our writing. In Inquiry, we have been working on the central theme of Australian Animals are Survivors. We go down an interesting path in Inquiry and Australian Animals as Survivors has included a dive into the adaptations of animals, and how animals have to change to adapt to their environment. This has culminated in the creation of a mythical animal with numerous adaptations in respect to a particular habitat, trying to convince a fictional public of the animal’s existence. The final product, with many of the animals being modelled in art lessons, is shaping up nicely for learning expo.

Hello from P2!

What is the answer to 4.2 x 6 ? can you work out 3.72 x 2.3?  or 5/10 x 9.2?

Students in Primary 2 have been exploring decimals and fractions this term and revisiting all four operations. We have reinforced our learning through playing board games to practice these skills and strategies. We have also started using a digital platform called 99math, a fun and exciting digital tool to help us consolidate our learning. Using these games has helped us strengthen our math skills and also practice our 6 c’s- critical thinking, collaboration and communication.


Hello from Tuula and Emma's Juniors

This term in maths we have been exploring how to measure the length, capacity and mass of objects. We have been doing lots of comparisons between two or more objects and learning how to use informal uniform units such as our feet, blocks and tiles . We now know we have to use the same unit of measurement, use them end-to-end and have no gaps or overlaps. We have learned to make estimates before we measure objects and then use reasoning to explain our results. 

Nicole's 2s!

In Inquiry this term, we have been learning about Australian animals and how they survive. We have been writing information reports about Australian animals, such as Blue Tongue Lizards and Eastern Brown Snakes. We have also learned about what  a marsupial animal is and how their babies live in their pouch.

"I have enjoyed researching about kangaroos and the features that help them survive." Louis

Art and HPE

Art: Visual Arts

In art, the primary students have been making clay models of their inquiry animals, using sculpting techniques to show the animals interesting adaptations. Junior primary students have been learning how to make pinch pots. All classes have thoroughly enjoyed the pottery experience!

Health and Physical Education

In PE lessons, the junior students have been exploring a range of cooperative teamwork games including reset and rob the nest. While the primary students have been working on their badminton skills through playing doubles. 

Resource Hub

Being a Resource Hub Student Monitor 

Our student monitors play an important role in the functioning of the Resource Hub. Once a week during break times, they work together in pairs to  assist with tasks, such as scanning books for borrowing and returning, sorting and shelving books, tidying the shelves and other tasks as requested. We would like to thank them for their service and by focusing on 2 student monitors each newsletter. This issue it is Logan and Eva, from Primary 1 & 2 classes.

Logan "I like scanning the books and putting them away."

Eva "I like scanning books and making sure they are borrowed and returned at the right time."

Premier's Reading Challenge

There is still plenty of time for your child/ren to participate in the Premier's Reading Challenge. Student reading record forms (both the normal and the 20th anniversary) can be downloaded from the Premier's Reading Challenge website: 


or students can see Kelly for a paper copy. Completed forms can be submitted to the school any time up until the final date on Thursday  7th September (Week 7, term 3).

Student Borrowing

Students may borrow books for up to 2 weeks. Please return books by the due dates which can be found in the back of picture books and some other books or on a return slip given to the student when borrowing a book(s).

Scholastic Book Sale

There will be thousands of children’s books, including picture and chapter books, novels and activity items.


Thursday 13th July: 8am—5pm

Friday 14th July: 8am—5pm

Stock will be replenished throughout the day! For the latest updates on all our sales, make sure you join our Facebook Warehouse Sales group.

Where to find us:
Norwood Scholastic Warehouse
39-41 King St, Norwood SA 5067 Australia

After School Sport


I really like doing basketball and I hope I can do it for a long time because it gives me something to do on a Wednesday afternoon. I have improved a lot and I think it’s fun to do because you get to use teamwork. We practice on Thursdays, and also when we get to the ARC Stadium. I have learned how to defend better by not leaving the person I am defending alone and to stay close to a teammate so they can pass the ball if they need to.  Annie (P1)


The year 2 soccer team have been playing on Saturday mornings at East Torrens Primary school. They are continuing to developing their dribbling and kicking skills each week. Here are some comments from the students: 

  • It’s really fun and I enjoy playing with my team together and using teamwork. Hudson ( J1)
  • We are really good at playing because we pass to each other. Hugo ( J2)
  • It's fun and we always lose, but it means that we are just getting better. Austin ( J2)

Important Dates

Updated: June 2023


WkTerm 2Event
10Tuesday 4th July

Learning Expo and Tuula's Farewell 

10Thursday 6th JulyMorialta Day
10Friday 7th July

LAST DAY of TERM (early dismissal at 2.10pm) and Pyjama Day 

1Monday 24th JulyFIRST DAY of TERM
3Friday 11th AugustPupil Free Day
5Friday 25th August Book Week Celebration

Community Notices

Contact Information

Out of School Hours Care (OSHC)

A reminder that OSHC is available for families for after school care (ASC).

ASC is open 3:10-6:00pm

Bookings are essential.

Hannah Gustard is our OSHC director and can be contacted on


Felixstow Primary School is truly an extraordinary place of learning. Our talented and dedicated staff provides each student with rigorous care, challenge and support academically, socially and emotionally.

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