FPS Newsletter

2023 Term 3 Issue #9

From the Principal

Dear families & friends, 

We are well into our inquiry topic ‘The diversity of Australian habitats is unique’. We have had a lot of disruptions to class programs this term due to a range of reasons but despite this students have still delved well into Australian habitats and how they are unique to us.   

Auslan Choir

A huge congratulations to our Auslan Choir who performed at the Primary School Music Festival at the Festival Theatre last Tuesday night. They did an amazing job with just 10 of them infront of over 2000 audience members and back by a 450 strong choir and a full orchestra. 

A big thank you to Nicole who supported students to learn and practice their signing and to all the students who gave up many playtimes and their own time to be prepared for the performance. The practice definitely paid off! We are very proud of them! 


We welcome two new SSO's to our team who will be supporting students across the school. Welcome to Abi and Melanie. Learn a little more about them later in the newsletter.  

We will also welcome back Lauren Almond in term 4 to J1. Lauren is returning from her maternity leave, after having baby Charlie, and will be working alongside Emma in J1 on Wednesdays to Fridays. 

Learning Expo

We are looking forward to sharing our learning at our Learning Expo on Tuesday 26th September from 2.00pm.   We are hoping to again draw a crowd to support our students in sharing their learning from this term. 

We wish everyone a safe and happy holidays. We look forward to seeing you all back in Term 4 for a busy end to 2023.

Cheers Skye :) 

Felixstow Notices

Introducing New Staff


Hi, my name is Melanie and I am from Switzerland, I arrived in Australia 7 years ago. I have two children, a 4 year old boy and a six year old girl. I have just started studying to be a SSO and have been lucky enough to be placed for my vocational placement at Felixstow Primary School. My family and I love going for bushwalks and to the beach. I also enjoy listening to music and doing yoga.


My name is Abi and I am currently attending Adelaide University, studying a Bachelor of Advanced Arts. I graduated from Saint Ignatius College in 2021. I love to play netball, especially for my club Walkerville. I coach two volleyball teams as well as playing socially myself. I also love to hang out with my two dogs, Pacey and Auggie.

School Camp 2024

Hello campers

Everyone in years 2-5 should have received their camp envelope now.  A reminder that the invoice needs to be finalised by the last day of school December 15th

Part payments can be made via direct deposit to the account below

BSB 105 010

Account  115 989 440

Please talk to Gillian or Skye is you need.

Auslan Choir

Congratulations to our Auslan Choir (Tulsi, India, Allan, Annie, Stella, Aaima, Tess, Tori, Hadisa and Nicolas)  who did a stellar performance at the Primary School Festival of Music on Tuesday night. Our choir performed the Australian national anthem at the Festival Theatre in front of a 2000 strong audience. We are so proud of our choir.

Sports Day

What a fabulous day we had for our Sports Day. Congratulations to  the Red (Steve's) team for winning first place. Thank you to all our families that came along to support, join in with some fun and help serve the sausage sizzle. We look forward to doing it all again next year!

School Colour Fun Run

The Colour Fun Run was a great success and  the students and staff really had fun being splattered in paint and slime! Thank you to all the students and their families who fundraised for our school, you raised a massive $7063. This money will now go toward the purchase of an outdoor refrigerated drinking fountain for the students.

The Big Night In

A great night was had by all at our annual Year 2/3 transition night, 'The Big Night In'. Students participated in team challenges, ate pizza for dinner and toasted marshmallows all while getting to know each other ready for the move from Junior Primary to Primary. As always a lot of fun was had by all!

Volunteering at Our School

We have had our last volunteer coffee morning for this term and thank those parents who volunteered at this and the previous coffee morning, your contribution was much appreciated. Also, we will be organising more dates for next term, 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

Coding Club

This term in coding club we have been making flappy parrot which is like flappy bird.  Its lots of fun and we do it every Monday at lunch.  We like making the codes to make the animals and objects do things and we also like making costumes for the animals. Stella (P1)

Coding Club meets every Monday at first break.

Environment Club

In week 6 our Environment Club did a fundraiser called Springfest where we made and sold pancakes. We raised $200 which we will spend on seeds and native plants for the indigenous garden. Thank you to all the students who supported this event buy purchasing a pancake or two! Runah (P2)

Environment Club takes place on Thursdays at second break

Felixstow Highlights


Hi from Primary 1!

In P1, we have been busy working our way through the term, with many fun distractions along the way. Everyone had a great time at the Sports Day, and lots of connections (and reconnections) were made during the Big Night In, when the Year Two’s joined the Year Threes in a fun night of activities, pizza, marshmallows and a fire pit.

We have even managed to get some learning done this term as well, with our guided reading, spelling and typing lessons coming along nicely. We have also been working through how to write persuasive texts this term. One of our favourite moments of the week comes just after lunch on a Monday, when the juniors drop into our shared space and we enjoy a few laughs with our buddy reading. Good times! Our inquiry questions are coming along nicely, with everyone looking forward to Learning Expo next week.

Hello from P2!

In P2 we have completed our unit on data and statistics and are now moving onto angles. We have identified what we know about angles (acute, right and obtuse) and how to use protractors to measure and compare angles using degrees.

You can measure angles using protractors. We have explored angles in our school environment.

Angles can be confusing if you are not sure how to measure them correctly.

An obtuse angle is bigger than a right angle. An acute angle is smaller than a right angle. A right angle is 90 degrees.

I know that an acute angle is an angle less than 90 degrees.

A straight line is exactly 180 degrees


Hello from Emma and Camille's Juniors

In J1 we have been learning to subtract smaller numbers from bigger numbers. We have been using numerals, cards, white boards, and dice to help us. In inquiry, we have been exploring desert and wetland habitats, and have been looking into what animals need to survive in these habitats.

Nicole's 2s

In our class this term we have been learning to write persuasive texts. When writing a persuasive text we need to state our opinions and then give three reasons to support our opinion. For this task we worked collaboratively in groups to come up with reasons why children should not eat fast food. Some of the reasons we came up with were; it is not good for our teeth, it has lots of sugar, it is fattening, it is salty and bad for you and it is oily. After the awesome night we had at the Big Night In, we wrote recounts to share our experience. Here are some of our recounts.

Art and HPE

Art: Visual Arts


Junior students have been creating artworks using their own paint brushes made from plants. Inspired by John Wolseley, they used their brushes to depict the local habitat. They had fun exploring how different items produced different textures.


Primary students have been creating lino-prints which each display different aspects of our school habitat; including flora, fauna and environmental features. They have been learning  the technical processes of transferring images, carving the lino, inking their plates and using a printing press.

Health and Physical Education

“In P.E. we learned tennis and we learned overarm, underarm, and how to properly hit a tennis ball. In health we were learning about healthy things and healthy advertisements. We were also learning about what advertisements are fake and which ones are real. WE ALL REALLY ENJOYED OUR LESSONS WITH EMMA AND LEIGH!” Aaima (P1)


Resource Hub

Resource Hub Volunteer We would like to thank Casey (Ashton & Oliver's mum) for her dedication and service to the Resource Hub. Every week Casey takes on Resource Hub tasks such as book covering, labelling, scanning and shelving books. We are very grateful to Casey for her support.

Premiers Reading Challenge

The Premiers Reading Challenge has now closed and students will receive their awards in term 4.

Student Borrowing

 Please return books by the due dates which can be found in the back of of the books or on a return slip given to the student when borrowing a book(s).


After School Sport


The basketball team is high on the ladder at 6th place. Unfortunately we have lost half of our games but we have also won two and drawn two. All our efforts have helped us to improve from last season. Thomas (P2)

Important Dates

Updated: September 2023


WkTerm 3Event
10Tuesday 26th SeptemberLearning Expo
10Friday 29th SeptemberLast Day of term - EARLY DISMISSAL AT 2.10pm

Term 4
2Tuesday 24th OctoberGoverning Council
4Friday 10th NovemberRemembrance Day
7Monday 27th NovemberPUPIL FREE DAY
7Tuesday 28th NovemberGoverning Council
8Monday 4th - Friday 8th DecemberSwimming (Years R - 5)
8Tuesday 5th DecemberYear 6 Aquatics
8Thursday 7th & Friday 8th DecemberYear 6 Transition
9Friday 15th DecemberLast Day of the Year - EARLY DISMISSAL AT 2.10pm

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.

Respect | Responsibility | Compassion