We have recently submitted our application to the ‘Back to Earth’ competition. At Ferny Creek primary school, we have a long history of teaching children the importance of valuing our environment. We have put a project forward (The 3RRRs of Composting) where we will collect weeds and other green waste from the school grounds and any creek projects to grow veggies, flowers, native plants and tree saplings for our kids, families and community to enjoy.
We are encouraging our families, friends and community to show their support for our school and our Back to Earth competition entry by vising this link and placing your vote for Ferny Creek Primary School – https://competitions.backtoearth.vic.gov.au/
Here is a snippet of what our application included:
PROJECT OVERVIEW (What do you want to do, build, buy, create? How does the project tie in to the Back to Earth Initiative?
Our school has Ferny Creek running through the grounds. This creek line and the adjacent vegetation provides habitat for a number of rare species and is a haven for local wildlife. The EnviroKnights, a group of more than 40 children from the School, are involved with managing the creek and clearing weeds. We wish to buy two compost tumblers, three worm farms and build three ‘potted paddock inground worm farms’. All weeds and green waste will be recovered by the EnviroKnights and parents during working bees for recycling. The children will use the composts to (i) grow and propagate indigenous plants to re-vegetate new areas of the School grounds, (ii) grow vegetables and flowers for the kitchen and sensory gardens, and (iii) grow trees for planting through the school’s sustainability program. The whole school community, Friends of Ferny Creek, Southern Dandenongs Landcare will be partners for this project.
OUTCOMES (What are the expected outcomes/benefits of the project? Who will the
project benefit? Selection Criteria 2)
By recovering, recycling and our re-use of weeds from the creek and school grounds, the children will (i) understand the reasons why weed removal creates healthy waterways and habitats; (ii) participate in activities that grow plants that can be used in the kitchen garden program, the school grounds and re-vegetate areas with local indigenous plants and (iii) grow trees for planting to capture carbon to reduce each child’s future environmental footprint – if you plant 4 trees per year for 3 years, in 10 years each child will have a way of offsetting their personal emissions of greenhouse gases permanently.
Come along and see us in action every morning during our Welcome Week between 9-11am.
Join us for storytime (pajamas optional but encouraged!) on Wednesday 29th May between 6-7:30pm. Listen to at least one story in the Junior school and at least one story in the Senior school to be in the running to win one of our ‘Storytime Hampers’ on the night!
Hope to see lots of familiar faces throughout the week and meet some new ones too!
Happy Halloween and a very big thankyou to everyone who contributed to the success of Halloween on The Green on the weekend. It was a fantastic community event and it was wonderful to see so many of our families getting their ghoul on and joining in the fun!
I would like to say a very big thank you to all of you, students, parents and staff for your vote of confidence in appointing me as your substantive Principal. I am so excited, I have been ‘walking on sunshine’ since I was offered the position. I have many ideas that I have been sharing with staff that I look forward to putting into place as we move onwards and upwards on this journey together.
We have a beautiful school and we are achieving positive results. I look forward to taking us to being known as a school that supports high achievement in all areas whilst providing a safe and nurturing environment with the support of a close and caring community.
Term 4 will be a very busy term as we embark on our school ‘Self-Evaluation’ process. This course of action is quite a rigorous one that involves all members of our community participating in surveys, forums and data analysis. I will keep the community informed as we work through this process.
Meanwhile, thank you for all your kind messages and words of encouragement. I can now finally ‘unpack my case’, and get settled in!
The Multi-Purpose Room could have been mistaken for Rod Laver Arena today as our two awesome upper-school Rock Bands raised the roof with fantastic performances of Pink, Adele and Shawn Mendes’ songs. Our talented Year 5 and 6 vocalists and musicians had the crowd captivated; with students, parents and teachers alike bopping along to the contemporary songs.
We are very fortunate to have such a wonderful Instrumental Music Program at Ferny Creek Primary. Thankyou Dean for all that you do to lead, support and encourage our budding rock-stars!
On the last day of Winter, the Ferny Creek Primary School community embraced the chill for our annual Footy Day! The day kicked off with a colourful assembly and some hearty singing of club songs. We acknowledged all of our wonderful dads and then enjoyed watching them don their boots and go head to head with the Year 6s in a mighty Footy match!
All year levels had stacks of fun taking part in the AFL Footy Roadshow inflatable activity program and then to top off a great day, there were hot pies and sausage rolls for lunch! Thankyou to everyone who helped make this day such a great success!
Cameron Semmens, award-winning poet and performer, delivered fun and lively poetry workshops to Ferny Creek Primary School students last week as part of Book Week. Students were delighted by Cam’s ‘performance poetry’ and inspired to craft fantastic pieces of their own.
Pick My Project – Voting is now open!
‘Pick My Project’ is a Victoria-first community grants initiative, with at least $1 million in funding available in each metro and regional area. The projects that garnish the most votes at the conclusion of the community voting process will have the opportunity to turn their project into reality. So please spread the word among your family and friends! Our project is entitled:
‘Community Inclusive Environmental Learn and Play Space’
The aim of our project is to incorporate full accessibility for all in our existing outdoor environmental learn and play areas. This includes our existing Kitchen Garden, Henhouse and Frog Bog Wetland areas. Included in this project will be fully accessible sensory garden (Bush Tucker) and a story telling space among our gum trees. We are looking at creating pathways, edging, boardwalk, railings, fencing, gates, sleepers, raised garden beds for disabled access, plants for the sensory garden and a covered area with seating.
Voting is now open until 17th September. We strongly encourage you to vote. Every vote counts!
To vote simply log onto www.pickmyproject.vic.gov.au, register, insert the name of the project or suburb into the search bar, then cast your vote.
For the 4th year running, student artists in The Dandenong Ranges and outer East of Melbourne have had the opportunity to have their work recognised and exhibited through The Streeton Student Art Awards. Students are able to enter artworks of any medium and may enter as many times as they wish.
On Friday 26th May, Elizabeth Lynch from Upwey Secondary School came to the Ferny Creek Primary School assembly to acknowledge and present awards to 4 of our talented students.
We’d like to extend a huge congratulations to Eliza and Evie in the junior school and Ashley and Lily in the upper school whose works were all highly commended. Evie’s work ‘Butterfly Wishes’ indeed was the winning artwork in the Lower Primary Category!
We are all very proud of the initiative shown by these students to take part in these awards and are thrilled that their amazing artworks have been recognised. Well done everyone!
For more information regarding these awards head to: upweyartsfestival.com
Thank-you to our wonderful school community for supporting our Open Night last night. There was a happy buzz in the school as families participated in our ‘Learning Walk Challenge’; hunting for clues and answers related to student learning this term. It was a delight to see our students taking such pride in their achievements and confidently engaging with the wider community.
A lot has been happening on our netball/playground area this term. Thanks to a Better Schools Grant from James Merlino our school will soon have a state of the art undercover play area. This is something we have always needed, as in the wet weather, through terms 3 and 4 especially, the children are kept inside. The covered area also comes with new basketball and netball rings, new lines, lighting and power!
In a couple of weeks we are holding the first of our Parent teacher conferences for 2018. We have selected two evenings, Tuesday 29th May and Wednesday 29th May. Since 2015 some of our meeting have included the student in the feedback time. We are continuing, 2018, to run them as follows:
Foundation: Parent and teacher only
Years 1 and 2: Students complete self assessment and students are given the option of attending
Years 3 and 4: Students complete self assessment and are strongly encouraged to include student.
Years 5 and 6: Students must attend as a key to transitioning to secondary where three way conferences are most common practice.
Remember that we do understand that one model does not fit all. It may not be suitable for all students above Year 1 attend. But also remember that the conferences are to discuss your child’s progress thus far in 2018. Any other topics of discussion should be done by making an alternative appointment.
Letter of information will be sent home next week.
Including how to book in
What the self assessment is all about
Booking will be by sheets in foyer or emailing or calling the school from Friday 18th May
Open for Business – all week! Instead of the ‘traditional’ open morning or afternoon we are opening the doors all week. Come and watch your children in class, in PE, Science, Art, etc! Remember though, it’s a ‘normal’ week and the children will be doing what they normally do.
You are invited to our Open night on Wednesday 23rd May between 6:30 and 8:00pm. Visit all classrooms and look at the work the children have been doing this semester. When you visit each classroom answer a simple Curriculum question about the work on display. Once completed, place your entry in the box in the foyer to have a chance to win our Curriculum Hamper. Some children will be performing throughout the night and the choir will perform at 7:40 in the multi-purpose room to conclude the evening.
Tours for new visitors to our school will be conducted again by our senior students on the night. They did a fabulous job last year!
What a fantastic day we all had at the School Picnic at Ferny Creek Reserve. This is the final event of our Valued Start Program where we focus on our school mantra ‘Together We Make A Difference, and our school values of Respect, Responsibility and Resilience. We also spent a lot of time getting used to the routine sand rigour of 2017.
At this month’s School Council four new policies were endorsed. They are Lateness to School Class Formation, Visitors, and eSafety (Cybersmart). These can now be found in the policy section of our website.