27 February 2020
- A Wonderful Start
- 2020 Governing Council
- Casual Day Fundraiser
- SRC Executive
- NAPLAN ONLINE
- Student Information
- Ice Blocks
- Mobile Phones
- Parking Around Schools
- Head lice – Nits…… They Are About!
- Year 7 To High School Parent Update
- Blackwood High School Open Night and School Tours
- Mitcham Girls High School Parent Information Evening
- Meet Some Of Our Amazing Volunteers
- Community Notices
A Wonderful Start
It’s been a busy but enjoyable start to the new school year with Acquaintance Night, our AGM and Governing Council, CFS fundraiser day and our parent reading workshop. It has been wonderful to see such high numbers in attendance at these events and is testament to the strength and genuine interest in supporting student learning in our school community.
As you are all now aware, we were thrilled to announce that Kellie Bowden has won the Deputy Principal role for Semester 1 at Eden Hills. Kellie was up against a quality field of applicants and through all stages of the process demonstrated to a high level her capacity to fulfil the role. I'm sure you'll all agree she will be an excellent addition to our Leadership team and we look forward to her contributions. Congratulations Kellie. This change in staffing has meant we have had to make some adjustments in our Early Years classes. This position left a vacancy in Room 6 and we were pleased to announce that Jade Tobar will be taking over as the class teacher. Jade is a highly regarded educator with extensive experience in our Early Years team. Jade brings with her a strong pedagogical understanding of Early Years and a deep knowledge of the students to continue their learning journeys. In regards to Room 4, the changes opened up a teaching placement on Thursdays and Fridays. We were lucky enough to have secured Danielle Sleep for these days. Danielle has worked regularly in our Early Years team and has a fantastic ability to establish strong relationships with students.
We also received the news that Sam Kavanagh won the position of Assistant Principal at Westbourne Park Primary for the remainder of Semester 1. While we’re disappointed to lose Sam and her fantastic teaching expertise we understand that this is an exciting opportunity and reflects the leadership capabilities we saw regularly. This appointment left a vacancy in Room 10 and we were pleased to announce that Daniela Boin will be taking over as the class teacher on Mondays to Wednesdays. Daniela is a passionate educator with extensive experience in the Primary Years most recently at Brighton Primary School. Daniela brings with her an ability to form strong relationships as well as a passion for empowering students to achieve their best. Julie Howie will continue to teach on Thursdays and Fridays.
Our school is part of the Mitcham Hills Partnership. This partnership is comprised of leadership staff from Eden Hills PS, Coromandel Valley PS, Blackwood PS, Bellevue Heights PS, Hawthorndene PS, Belair PS, Blackwood HS, Eden Hills Kindy, Belair Jean Bonython Kindy, Blackwood Kindy, Coromandel Valley Kindy and Hawthorndene Kindy. The district leadership team of Education Director, Early Childhood Leader and Principal Consultant form the remainder of the partnership. There are four continuing priorities that we have as part of our partnership action plan: continuity of learning from preschool to school, strengthening intellectual stretch in learning, moderation of writing and developing teacher skills in numeracy.
As an extension to the partnership, Primary sites are working in groups to implement the Learning Design and Moderation priority (LDAM). Eden Hills PS will be working with Blackwood PS and Hawthorndene PS again this year and our staff will combine at various times throughout the year. The primary sites also have a SLLIP (Senior Leader Learning Improvement Primary), who is based at Hawthorndene PS, available to support our teaching and learning.
As a school we have 3 priorities as part of our Site Improvement Plan (SIP), they are Literacy, Numeracy and Student Agency. We have developed a set of targets around these priorities as well as a pedagogical challenge of practice in achieving these goals. Staff are involved in Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) to focus on this challenge of practice and then work in year level teams to dissect our performance data to find areas of development and intellectual stretch. Staff then plan collaboratively to support the growth of each student. We are currently in our 2nd year of a 3-year cycle of our SIP.
A copy of our Site Improvement Plan can be found on our school website under Policies and Documents.
Our updated staff profile for Semester 1 2020
Room 2 - Matilda Garrard (Yr 2
Room 3 - Michelle Morrison (Yr R / 1)
Room 4 - Edie Woodger, Danielle Sleep (Yr R / 1)
Room 5 - Kat Woznicki (Yr 1 / 2)
Room 6 - Jade Tobar (Yr 1 / 2)
Room 7 - Jake Burfitt (Yr 5 / 6)
Room 8 - Marilla Bryce, Leanne Herbert (Yr 4 / 5)
Room 10 - Daniela Boin, Julie Howie (Yr 3 / 4)
Room 11 - Stew Nancarrow (Yr 6 / 7)
Room 12 - Ainslie McGrath (Yr 6 / 7)
PE - Sian McLaren
Performing Arts (Dance, Drama) - Maya Miller
Music - Josie Whitehead
Japanese - Elin Gubbin / Kelly Gunn
Principal - Andrew Dowling
Deputy Principal – Kellie Bowden
Andrew and Kellie
2020 Governing Council
The Annual General Meeting was held in the Resource Centre on Wednesday 19 February. The 2019 Annual Report was presented by Andrew and will be available on our website in the coming weeks. Andrew also presented a principal’s report outlining the direction of the school which aligns to the Mitcham Hills Partnership Plan and the Department for Education Strategic Directions. Matthew Cheshire presented the chairperson’s report, Anita McStay presented the finance report and Katrina Webb 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 2020 consists of 16 members (14 parents and 2 staff).
2020 Governing Council Members:
Matthew Cheshire (Chairperson), Katrina Webb (Deputy Chairperson), Leanne Christinat (Treasurer), Kate-Alice Schubert (Secretary), Katrina Webb (OSHC Committee), David Lister (Minutes), Cuan Davis, Kerrin Rowlands, Jen Lush, Julia Colton, Scott Grant, Jane Simmons, Catherine Chalmers, Eric Nicholson, Andrew Dowling (Principal) and Kellie Bowden (Staff Rep term 1).
Thank you to our retiring Governing Members for all your support and commitment, Mike Stevens, Stephen Gyau-Awuah, Taara Reedman and Craig Lauritsen.
Thank you to our Governing Council parents and staff for committing your time to represent our school and congratulations on being appointed.
The Governing council will be using the Newsletter platform to update the school community on various strategic directions and decisions.
To find out what the role of Governing Councils is please click the following link.
Matthew Cheshire (Chairperson)
Casual Day Fundraiser
On Tuesday 11 February the school held a casual day fundraiser to raise funds for our local CFS heroes in light of the recent devastating bushfires that have not only affected our state but the country as well. We are pleased to announce that due to the amazing community support we were able to raise $511.65, one of our highest ever fundraiser days.
Special mention goes to Charlotte who individually donated $65 of her own savings to support this cause. This was an incredible show of generosity from Charlotte and we are very proud of her efforts. Thank you all for your wonderful support.
We recently held a rigorous selection process involving oral presentations, a student led panel and interviews to select our new Student Representative Council Executive for 2020. The decision was a tough one as there were many quality applicants. Congratulations go to Ben, Lucy, Skipp and Ginger who will represent Eden Hills Primary at a school level as well as across our partnership working to further our focus on student agency in learning. All the applicants will be attending a leadership conference (GRIP) in week 6. The GRIP Student Leadership Conference concentrates specifically on training student leaders for their role as school leaders. The style, topics, and content of this conference all focus on what the students can do right now to make positive impact. We look forward to their contributions this year.
Next term the Year 3, 5 and 7 students will be completing the NAPLAN test between 12 May and 22 May. A privacy collection notice was sent out to participating students. If you did not receive it you can access it via the ‘Correspondence Sent Home’ tab on the Schoolzine App or the EHPS web site.
Konnichiwa Minasan (Hello everyone)! Elin and I have had a fantastic start to the school year and we are really enjoying teaching Japanese from our new space in Room 1. The following is an outline of the topics which we plan on covering in the first semester.
Reception – 3/4
Hiragana (Japanese Alphabet)
4/5 – 6/7
Hiragana (Japanese Alphabet)
Hiragana (Japanese Alphabet)
Eden Hills Primary School will be having a whole school Japanese Cultural Day towards the end of Term 2. We look forward to providing the students with a variety of enriching Japanese cultural experiences. More details to come…
If your family has visited Japan in the last few years or has a Japanese trip coming up, we would love your child/children to share their experiences with the rest of the school by bringing in a photo or two of themselves that we can display in the Japanese room. Arigatou! (Thank you!)
Kelly Sensei and Elin Sensei
A salmon coloured 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.
A reminder we have ice blocks available every Tuesday and Thursday at lunchtime for 50 cents each. The Helping Hands sell them from the benches next to the SAC and OSHC Buildings.
Please be reminded that students are not permitted to have mobile phones at school. If they do need a phone for walking to and from school, they will need to leave it at the office at the beginning of the day and collect it at the end of the day.
Parking Around Schools
The Mitcham Council would like us to inform you that they will continue with the monitoring of parking areas around schools, kindergartens and child care centres. Please click the link below to access a brochure on parking regulations that informs drivers about public safety and provisions for student safety around roadways at school drop off and pick up times. Breaches of the Australian Road Rules 1999 observed by Community Safety Officers may result in the issue of an expiation notice.
Head lice – Nits…… They Are About!
This is a perennial problem in schools and we have had several cases across the school lately. It is recommended that you check all members of your household carefully. Treating the hair is no guarantee that the problem has been eradicated. Success is more likely if treatment is thorough, checking daily for at least three weeks and children are reminded to avoid head to head contact with others. If your child has head lice, please let school know.
Year 7 To High School Parent Update
Blackwood High School Open Night and School Tours
Mitcham Girls High School Parent Information Evening
Meet Some Of Our Amazing Volunteers
Volunteer Role: Scholastic Book Club
Why You Volunteer at Eden Hills Primary School: I like to give back to the school that has given a lot to my family and I love books. I like seeing what books children are ordering and reading.
Favourite Colour: Purple
Favourite Food: Blue Cheese
Favourite Thing To Do: Spend time in my garden.
Volunteer Role: Classroom Assistant - Science
Why You Volunteer at Eden Hills Primary School: I like being able to help students understand how things work.
Favourite Colour: Purple
Favourite Food: Mint Chocolate
Favourite Thing To Do: Explore