28 February 2018
Thank You Jo Skeates
Jo Skeates has made the personal decision not to continue her role at Eden Hills Primary School in order to pursue other avenues in her life. Outside of Eden Hills Jo has been working on a project to build a school in Uganda and also has other interests that need extra time to commit to. Jo was part of our community for 2 years and successfully ran our playgroup, established the mentor program and breakfast club, assisted in the Centenary committee and Strawberry Fair committee, co-ran the middle primary Friends for Life program, managed and organised the Grandparent Open Morning and Remembrance Day activities, supported the morning teas and was the organiser of the weekly coffee van. Jo’s role complemented our Site Improvement Plan priority of wellbeing. Thank you Jo for your contribution to Eden Hills and all the very best for your future endeavours.
2018 Governing Council
The Annual General Meeting was held in the Resource Centre on Wednesday 21st February. The 2017 Annual Report was presented by Jason and will be available on our website in the coming weeks. Jason also presented a principal’s report outlining the direction of the school which aligns to the Mitcham Hills Partnership Plan and DECD Strategic Directions. Matthew Cheshire presented the chairperson’s report, Brenton Miegel presented the finance report and Jayne Harris presented the OSHC report. Nominations were received for new Governing Council members and were all accepted. The office bearers were appointed at the first meeting which immediately followed the AGM. The Governing Council for 2018 consists of 14 members (12 parents and 2 staff).
2018 Governing Council Members:
Matthew Cheshire (Chairperson), Cuan Davis (Deputy Chairperson), Anita McStay (Treasurer), Jason Dohse (Sports Committee), Jayne Harris (OSHC Committee), Nina Sivertsen, Bec Jones, Rohan Richards, Craig Lauritsen, Mike Stevens, Taara Reedman, Jen Lush, Jason Munro (Principal), Ainslie McGrath (Staff Rep Terms 1 & 2), Stew Nancarrow (Staff Rep Terms 3 & 4). The secretary is yet to be appointed.
Thank you to our Governing Council parents and staff for committing your time to represent our school and congratulations on being appointed. The main focus items for 2018 will be the External School review, Site Improvement Plan review, School Policies development and updates, and Strawberry Fair.
Pupil Free Day
Reminder that Friday 9th March is a pupil free day. The teaching staff will be working with the teachers from Bellevue Heights Primary School on Formative Assessment to Inform Learning Design. This year all of the primary schools in our partnership will be working together on stage 2 of the DECD Learning Design, Assessment and Moderation Strategy.
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We have had a significant number of sick students recently. If your child is unwell please keep them at home. If your child vomits they should not return to school for 24 hours after the last vomit.
Our current policy is to allow dogs on school grounds provided they are leashed and remain on Dog Hill (adjacent to OSHC and opposite the Front Office).
In the past few weeks several students have stepped in dog poop on Dog Hill. This caused them distress and there is, of course, the additional concern around the spread of disease. If dog owners do not take responsibility for ‘scooping the poop’ we will need to consider reviewing our policy of allowing pets on school grounds.
Eden Hills Primary School Playgroup
Who: all ages
When: Fridays 9.00am - 10.30am (school term only)
Where: Resource Centre, Eden Hills Primary School, 78 Wilpena Street, Eden Hills
Cost: gold coin & piece of fruit to share
Eden Hills Primary School Breakfast Club
Toast/ Milo/ Yoghurt/ Fruit
When: Wednesdays 8.30am
Where: Stem Room
Donations of Milo, jam and honey gratefully received
Rory & Sammy will be at school on Wednesday and
Remember Planet Earth and bring your own cup for a discounted price.
The school also receives a 50 cent per cup donation.
A yellow student information sheet was sent home in the information pack. Please check the information, make any changes required and send to the Front Office as soon as possible, along with the permission forms.
Lunch Order Roster
Thanks for all being so patient with me and the lack of notice each term start!!
I will be looking to hand over the reins of the lunch order roster this year. I challenge someone to be a slack as me! It really isn’t onerous, hey if I can manage it anyone can! I will hand over all the lists of email addresses, maps for Blackwood High etc. Still 3 terms to go, so plenty of time to see if it is the right volunteering fit for you!
A reminder we have ice blocks available every Tuesday and Thursday at Lunch Time for 50cents each. The helping hands are set up at the benches next to the SAC and OSHC Buildings.
Thank you to everyone who voted on the playground design. I met with the selection committee, Heather Ellis, Jess Rogers and the 4 SRC Executives Maddie, Izzy, Kael and Chelsea. I was extremely impressed with the contribution of the committee, especially that of the students - their questioning, thought process and input was outstanding. Thanks to Jess who brought the parent and community perspective to the conversations and to Heather who has been liaising with each of the companies.
The final decision was unanimous from the committee. The decision has been made to pursue design 1 with some alterations. The committee identified some aspects of the design that they would like considered such as the panels in Area B to be replaced with some other ideas. The swing will need to be a fixed back and forth swing and not cantilever; and we will present the design to DECD Work Health and Safety for final approval before anything gets officially signed off with the design company.
We will submit the paperwork to Fund My Neighbourhood and keep you posted on the progress. We hope to have everything finalised by term 4 but we can’t order anything until the funding is approved and released, we have to wait for the parts to be manufactured and delivered and the install will be dependent on weather.
Thanks again for the input; it has been a rewarding experience to be part of.
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The Carly Ryan Foundation’s mission is to make the Internet safer for children and families.
On the 19th of February, Eden Hills Primary school hosted The Carly Ryan Foundation to deliver online safety presentations to our Year 5, 6 & 7s and to our parent community.
As part of the Foundation’s ongoing support, we are pleased to share fact sheets and information on apps and gaming platforms. These will continue to be published in our newsletter. Please contact the Foundation directly if you would like information or advice on any settings, social media sites, apps or gaming platforms via
Parking Around School Zones
Mitcham Council continually monitors schools to enforce parking zones and restrictions to ensure the safety of students. By parking appropriately when you drop your children off to school, you can help to ensure there is no danger to students and avoid traffic congestion around schools.
Parking restrictions at and near schools to provide a safer environment for children may include:
No Stopping Zones
You must not stop your vehicle in a no stopping zone or on a solid yellow line.
No Parking Zones
You must not leave your vehicle parked or unattended. You may stop in a No Parking zone to immediately pick up or set down your child and drive off as soon as possible.
Continuous White Centre Line
If a road has a continuous white centre line, there must be 3 metres between the vehicle and the white line.
You cannot stop within 20 metres of the approach side or 10 metres of the departure side of a school crossing.
There is a speed limit of 25kph, designated by the signs and a zigzag line, any time when children are present or when the lights are flashing.