FPS Newsletter

2023 Term 2 Issue #5

From the Principal

Dear families & friends, 

Learning summary report

Each student will bring home their Mid-Year Learning Summary report this week. Please check in your child’s bag. Take some time to sit with your child and look at what they have achieved so far and what their next steps in learning are.

Parent – teacher Conferences

Our learning summary reports are best followed up with a time with your child’s teacher to discuss any questions, concerns, progress made and next steps. Please make suer you book a time to speak with your child’s teacher via our online booking system. Instructions will be included with the report.

To book a parent-teacher conference please go to:

www.schoolinterviews.com.au or use the QR code and enter the event code: p8y6x

Farewell to Tuula

Everyone would have now received a letter regarding Tuula’s departure from Felixstow at the end of this term. We would love to see as many people as possible attending our farewell celebration for Tuula on the afternoon of Tuesday 4th of July. This will coincide with our Learning Expo. We are planning to have a whole community shared afternoon tea. We also invite you all to join us from 2.00pm on the last day of term for ‘Appy Appy’ as a final farewell to Tuula and the term. 

Cheers Skye :) 

Felixstow Notices

Parent - Teacher Conferences

To book a parent-teacher conference please go to:

www.schoolinterviews.com.au or use the QR code and enter the event code: p8y6x

Volunteering at Our School

We had our second volunteer morning tea for the term on Friday 2nd June. Thank you to Lucy (Nora, Maggie & Hugo's mum), Kerryn (Aiden's mum) and Renee (Tess's mum) who volunteered their time to sort through the Junior's investigation boxes and cut and laminate class resources.

We are planning on having another volunteer morning tea on Wednesday 28th June.

We look forward to having you join us then from 9am in the OSHC kitchen.   

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 been working on paper mache birds. So far, they have designed, cut out and glued them, ready to start applying paper mache next time.

 Craft Club will be held every Wednesday 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 we have started to create a programme called Space Talk, where you click on characters and see how they communicate. At this stage it is a work in progress. Oliver (Year 4)

Coding Club meets every Monday at first break.

Environment Club

The Environment Club will be organising a fundraiser for the last day of term. We will provide more details about this fundraiser nearer the time.  Money raised will be used to buy plants and flowers for the indigenous garden. Sara (Year 4)

The Environment Club meets every Thursday during second break. 

Felixstow Highlights

Whole School Excursion to Cleland Wildlife Park

On Wednesday 7th June, the whole school braved the weather on an excursion to Cleland Wildlife Park. Students toured the park to observe the animals and focus on their physical adaptations. The Park Rangers also delivered an educational session which gave students the opportunity to touch and see selected animals up close.

We would like to thank our parent volunteers Lucy (Nora, Maggie & Hugo's mum), Carmel (Stella, Tori & Ricky's mum) and Renee (Tess's mum) for their valuable support on the day.


Hi from Primary 1!

Term Two is ticking along for the Year 3/4 class, as we head into the winter season. We have welcomed two new members into our class this term, Kenzo and Tess, who have settled in nicely and are turning out to be great contributors to our class discussions and valuable members of our class.

In Maths we are beginning to learn multiplication and division, now that we have strategies for addition and subtraction under way. In literacy, we are continuing to read Dog Tales by Emily Rodda, a novel written from the point of view of the Doolan Street dogs, and fits in nicely with our animal theme this term. We are also learning to write narratives from the point of view of other characters, such as animals.

In inquiry we are continuing to explore the theme of Australian animals being survivors, with a look at specific adaptations Australian animals may utilise in order to survive in the Australian landscape. Coming up, in groups we will be giving a two minute presentation on animal adaptations, before heading to Cleland Wildlife park to speak to some experts, as well as hopefully pat some animals in the flesh.


Nicole's 2s!

In maths, we have been learning about length. 

'I like that we can use a big ruler and measure objects like pencils. We are now looking at area, so we are learning how many squares are in a shape.'  Louie

'We started measuring objects around the classroom such as textas, blocks, tables and glue sticks with 1m rulers.' Austin

National Simultaneous Storytime

National Simultaneous Storytime (NSS) is held annually by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA). Every year a picture book, written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator, is read simultaneously in libraries, schools, pre-schools, childcare centres, family homes, bookshops and many other places around the country. Now in its 23nd successful year, it is a colourful, vibrant, fun event that aims to promote the value of reading and literacy, using an Australian children's book that explores age-appropriate themes, and addresses key learning areas of the National Curriculum for Foundation to Year 6.

On Wednesday 24th May both Junior classes came together to participate in this year's National Simultaneous Storytime reading of the picture book "The Speedy Sloth' by Rebecca Young.

Art and HPE

Art: Visual Arts

Exploring ideas, experiences, observations and imagination to create visual art works of Australian animals. We looked carefully at shape, colour and texture to create observational drawings and paintings. In some sessions we looked at Austin’s Butterfly a video that encouraged us “to look like a scientist” closely and carefully at creatures. Using careful observation and clear feedback we aimed to improve the quality of our paintings. Feedback was given to our first second and third drafts always aiming to improve and persist with detailing. 

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Health and Physical Education

Currently in PE lessons, the junior students are learning racquet skills such as hand eye co-ordination. The primary students are participating in badminton. The skills and techniques they are acquiring are serving, forehand, backhand, underarm return and overhead return.

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 India and Guru , both from Primary 1 & 2 classes.

 India "Being a Resource Hub student monitor is fun and I really like it. I have been doing this job for 10 terms (2.5 years)! As a student monitor I scan books students want to borrow or return and keep the Resource Hub tidy."

Guru " I have been a Resource Hub student monitor for two terms. It is useful because you learn so much about books, games and puzzles, plus you get to use a computer."  

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).

Scholastic Book Club

Students will have received the latest Scholastic Book Club Issue (no 4) and orders can be made on the Scholastic website   (https://www.scholastic.com.au/LOOP) or by downloading the LOOP app.

Orders must be placed by Friday 23rd June.

All orders earn our school rewards which are then used to purchase more books for the Resource Hub which are much appreciated by our students. 

Below is a link to Scholastic's Parent Guide to Book Club which you may find useful.


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).

After School Sport


Our year 3/4/5/ team is called the Felixstow Flames and my dad Chris is the coach. Sadly, we have been losing a lot but we are hoping we will win a game soon as our skills improve. If a primary student wants to sign up for term 3, please see Emma. We have so much fun! Beatrice (Year 4)


Our year 2 soccer team plays on Saturday mornings and trains on Thursdays after school. Below are some comments from a few of the team members. 

'We like it because we can run with the ball.'  Tori

'Things you need for soccer are soccer boots, shin pads, a jersey and a soccer ball.' Charlotte

'I like soccer because it is fun and you get to eat fruit and snake lollies!'  Maggie

Important Dates

Updated: May 2023


WkTERM 2Event
7Monday 12th JuneKing's Birthday (PUBLIC HOLIDAY)
7Friday 16th JuneLearning Summary reports sent home
8Monday 19th June - Thursday 22nd JuneParent Teacher Conferences
8Thursday 22nd JuneEvening Parent Teacher Conferences
10Tuesday 4th JulyLearning Expo
10Thursday 6th JulyMorialta Day
10Friday 7th July

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

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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