Newsletter #14

2nd September 2021


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Principal's Report 2nd September 2021

Remote Learning
Remote learning will continue for the remainder of the term.  Teachers will be planning as per normal and there will be some fun activities planned to celebrate the end of term.  Well done to everyone for working so hard and staying on tasks. Learning packs will be on Compass this afternoon for Week 9 and available from the tubs outside the office from 9am Friday. Parents, please make sure your children hand in the required tasks.  We are of course still using these for feedback and to check how their programming is going.  We know that everyone is working very hard.

Book Week
Congratulations to all for their participation in the Book Week activities run on MS Teams.  I know the teachers loved the activities and so did the students. Thank you to everyone for their preparation and participation.

Unfortunately, we are postponing the disco for the moment.  We look forward to rescheduling next term.

Father’s Day
We wish everyone a happy day on Sunday for Father’s Day.  Celebrate all the important people in your lives.  Yesterday I went for a long walk and saw lots of families out enjoying our parks and really making the most of the small things.  During this time, we all slow down a bit and it is important to make the most of those small things.  None of the groups I saw were at playgrounds but just making the most of a beautiful day.  I even saw some treasure hunt cards that had, been put up and some signature rocks that children had painted and made a trail for. Slow down and enjoy what we can.

Illness at School
Attached below are the current guidelines regarding children who may be unwell at school.  We encourage you to ring the office if you are not sure of what to do. Managing unwell students covid19 factsheet.pdf

Important Dates to Remember



Thursday 9th December- 3/4 Special Lunch

Monday 13th December- Grade 6 Graduation
Ceremony: 4.15pm-5.45pm at School
Dinner and Disco: Knox Club 6:15pm-9:15pm

Tuesday 14th December- Class Parties

Wednesday 15th December- Colour Run

Thursday 16th December - Last day of Term 4 2:30pm finish

Friday 17th December- Curriculum day No students at school



Friday 28th January-
Curriculum  day

Monday 31st January-Term 1 Students Start at 9:00am-Don't forget your hats.


Saturday 19th Feb 9.30am -11.00pm Save the date- Open Morning for Prep 2023

From the Office

Office Opening Hours

The School Office is staffed between the hours of 8:15am-4:30pm Monday to Friday. For all enquiries please contact us on 9758 1662 or via email

Borrowed Spare Clothing

If your child has come home in spare clothing supplied by the School, please wash and return these items as soon as possible. As you might imagine in these wetter days we can go through our limited supply very quickly!  A spare set of clothing in school bags would be greatly appreciated ‘just in case’.  It’s not just the younger students that might need a change after the breaks.

Late Arrivals

A reminder to all parents that if your child arrives late to school, parents/guardians must come into the office so that students can be signed in to school by the office staff. We need to record the correct data for the absence.

If students arrive unattended there will be an unexplained absence entered in Compass and parents will be required to update with an explanation.

Lost Property 

Just a reminder to ensure all items are clearly named so that if lost can be reunited with students.  If you have received a pre loved item please make sure the name is updated.

We also ask please that you check your child’s uniform from time to time to ensure they haven’t brought home someone else’s clothing by mistake in the excitement of the day.

A Good News Story

A brand new jumper was found in the street by a very considerate community member.  The jumper had the child’s name and contact mobile number on the underside of the label so the parent could be contacted and the child reunited with their brand new jumper!

Yay for kind strangers!  Thank you!

Enviro News 2nd September

Where is Rocky? Scavenger Hunt

Update for Art Show

As we know it’s been a rollercoaster year with lockdowns and interruptions. Unfortunately, with every lockdown our face to face Art program is not only put on hold but completion of art works are delayed.

Students have been working towards providing a number of different art pieces to share at our Art Show in Term 4. Unfortunately, we are unable to finish and complete these tasks in time to showcase them for when restrictions ease. The added uncertainty of if and when parents and visitors are permitted back onsite, also makes it difficult to make decisions on a future date.

An important part of art is the process and journey that students take as they learn new skills and concepts. I would not want any students to miss the opportunity to celebrate and share the wonderful learning from the year. So we will be presenting student’s artworks in a digital Art Show format. This will be completed in Term 4 and shared with the whole school community through Microsoft Teams.

Students will still be able to meet important Visual Art curriculum requirements and share their art journey with their family. I know many families and students are as disappointed as I am, but I feel confident that the alternative will be just as exciting for students.

I look forward to putting together our first ever Digital Art Show in Term 4!

Ilona Bennett

FTGNPS Family Challenge

Book Week, 26th August 2021 Page 1

Last week, Ferntree Gully North Primary school students (and teachers) celebrated the one and only CBCA Book Week. Book Week is a very special part of our school community and we certainly weren’t allowing lockdown to stop us from celebrating such a fun week.

The students spent the week listening to brand new books that had been shortlisted by ‘The Children’s Book Council of Australia’, followed by activities and of course a dress up.

The theme was Old World (about the Past), New World (modern texts), Other World (unreal/unfamiliar settings). This inspired students to dress up as characters from Harry Potter, The Lorax, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and so many more. Well done to everyone that participated in a fantastic week!

Chloe Macdonald

Literacy Learning Specialist 
Level 1 and 2 Classroom Teacher

Book Week, 26th August 2021 Page 2

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Parenting Ideas- Prioritising mental health in the digital world

  • WELLBEING AND MENTAL HEALTH                       
by Dr Kristy Goodwin

Whilst there may not yet be conclusive evidence linking digital media use to poor mental health outcomes there’s no denying that it’s one of the chief concerns facing parents and educators of children and adolescents, growing up in a digital world. The contradictory research findings confirm that this is a complex topic.

There’s certainly consensus in the research that young people are heavy technology users, which comes at a cost of their psychological and physical needs. Their digital behaviours eat into the time that was once available for three pillars of mental health – sleep, relationships and exercise.

Minimising sleep disruption

Sleep is vital for mental wellbeing and emotional regulation in childhood and adolescence. Inadequate amounts or poor-quality sleep can cause mental health issues. Studies consistently show that Australian children and teens aren’t getting enough sleep. Digital device use is also linked to sleep disruption, impacting the sleep-wake cycle. The Lancet study suggested that nearly 60% of the impact of young people’s psychological distress could be attributed to disrupted sleep and exposure to cyberbullying.

Parents need to remind children and young adolescents about the critical role sleep plays in their psychological wellbeing. Parents can help adolescents foster healthy social media habits by establishing a digital curfew, keeping devices out of bedrooms and discouraging teens from ‘bookending’ their day with social media as it can easily trigger the stress response at these times.

Maintaining healthy relationships

Positive relationships are fundamental to a young person’s psychological wellbeing. Adolescents are biologically wired for relational connection. They want to be part of a tribe. Whilst teens and pre-teens may insist that technology connects them and caters for their relational needs, if used excessively or inappropriately, technology use can compromise their relationships and deteriorate their mental health.

Parents need to encourage and sustain opportunities for real interactions amongst adolescents. When we connect in-person the brain releases oxytocin, the social bonding hormone, which isn’t replicated online. The need for keeping a balance between digital and face-to-face interactions is paramount.

Ensuring sufficient exercise

Sedentary social media and digital consumption frequently replaces physical movement on weekends and after school, which are the opportunity times for kids’ sport, free play and outdoor activities. Brain science now informs us that physical exercise boosts serotonin and neurotransmitters such as dopamine and norepinephrine that play a critical role in regulating adolescents’ mood.Lack of exercise is now being linked to the current anxiety epidemic that we are seeing in young people.

Parents need to ensure that children experience a minimum of 30 minutes exercise, and teens a minimum of 60 minutes. “Go outside and play” is a term that this generation needs to hear as frequently as children in past eras.

In closing

The research into the links between kids’ digital technology use and their mental health presents a complex picture that defies simplistic conclusions. Blanket statements and headlines that suggest screens and social media are to blame for kid’s poor mental health aren’t helpful as technology is now a part of all our lives. However, there is enough evidence to suggest that the key pillars of mental health outlined above can be severely impacted by the overuse of digital technology. All things in moderation, a common guideline for healthy living, is best when considering kids’ social media and digital technology use.

Dr Kristy Goodwin  presents a related webinar: Taming digital distractions

Our school has a membership with Parenting Ideas. As part of this membership, you can attend the upcoming webinar ‘Taming digital distractions’ at no cost.


In this webinar, Dr Kristy Goodwin helps parents and carers understand why children and adolescents are vulnerable to digital distractions. She provides science-backed solutions to help kids and teens develop healthy digital behaviours so that they can focus, learn and thrive online.


Wednesday 8 September 2021 at 8:00 PM AEST

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This offer is valid until 8 December 2021. If you’re unable to make the broadcast time, just register anyway and you will get access to the recording.

Dr Kristy Goodwin

Dr Kristy Goodwin is a digital wellbeing and performance speaker, author and researcher (and mum who also deals with her kids’ techno-tantrums!). She’s the author of Raising Your Child in a Digital World, and a media commentator who doesn’t suggest that we ban the iPhone, or unplug the gaming console (digital abstinence isn’t the solution). Kristy translates research into essential information and realistic strategies for parents to ensure kids and teens thrive in the digital world. For further details visit

Community News 2nd September 2021