Eden Hills Primary School
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78 Wilpena Street
Eden Hills SA 5050
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25 June 2020

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End of Term 2

It has been wonderful to see more of our regular in-school services resuming over the latter part of this term. I have been extremely proud of our staff and students in the way they have flexibly adapted to our new normal. It was an exciting and significant time when we hosted our first ever virtual assembly in Room 6 with Jade’s class and we were thrilled to be able to share and celebrate our successes with the school community. While we experienced many technical and logistical hurdles along the way it was testament to our innovation and collaborative problem solving that allowed us to share this event. Marilla’s class was the second class to host an assembly and we were able to reflect and adapt from our learnings to improve our delivery further. This format will likely need to remain for some time yet so we will continue to refine and improve as we continue this journey. It was fantastic to hear from parents and carers who have never been able to attend an assembly to have had the opportunity to see their child’s successes through this platform with both assemblies accruing over 200 views.

Reports and Interviews

You will be receiving a modified written report at the end of Week 10 this term. Due to the many complications in the delivery of learning as result of COVID-19, teachers have worked extremely hard to assess student progress. Some learning area assessments are ongoing and this will be reflected on the report. To complement this report, we will be holding parent / teacher interviews in Week 3 of next term. The booking system will be made available shortly.

School Sport

With restrictions lifting around school sport we are gradually resuming some of our sport practices. Netball training has just begun while other sports are waiting to see when their competitions will resume. At this stage school competitions are potentially beginning in Term 3 but this will be dependent on how the COVID-19 situation evolves.

In line with Departmental expectations the following restrictions need to be adhered to:

Spectators are not permitted except for 1 parent / carer per student. All adults must practise appropriate 1.5m spacing and keep gatherings of adults to an absolute minimum.

There still needs to be an adult present who is responsible for each child at all training sessions and matches. Parents must keep their children (and themselves) away from training / games if they have any flu-like symptoms.

COVID -19 Update

  • Social Distancing: We continue to ask that parents / carers adhere to Social Distancing guidelines (1.5m spacing) when dropping off or picking up children outside of classrooms. To support everyone’s safety we ask that you minimize your time onsite if you have to accompany your child to their class. Leaving the school grounds promptly and before 3.30pm is greatly appreciated.
  • Cleaning (extra 3 hours per day): daily clean of playground, shared areas, classrooms, high touch surfaces and table tops.
  • In the event of a confirmed case of COVID-19 our school will be temporarily closed. We will then follow our protocol in line with SA Health and the Department for Education.

Nationally Consistent Collection of Data (NCCD)

Every year, all schools in Australia participate in the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD). The NCCD process requires schools to identify information already available in the school about supports provided to students with disability. These relate to legislative requirements under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and the Disability Standards for Education 2005, in line with the NCCD guidelines (2019).

Information provided about students to the Australian Government for the NCCD includes:

  • year of schooling
  • category of disability: physical, cognitive, sensory or social/emotional
  • level of adjustment provided: support provided within quality differentiated teaching practice, supplementary, substantial or extensive.

This information assists schools to:

  • formally recognise the supports and adjustments provided to students with disability in schools
  • consider how they can strengthen the support of students with disability in schools
  • develop shared practices so that they can review their learning programs in order to improve educational outcomes for students with disability.

The NCCD provides state and federal governments with the information they need to plan more broadly for the support of students with disability.

The NCCD will have no direct impact on your child and your child will not be involved in any testing process. The school will provide data to the Australian Government in such a way that no individual student will be able to be identified – the privacy and confidentiality of all students is ensured. All information is protected by privacy laws that regulate the collection, storage and disclosure of personal information. To find out more about these matters, please refer to the Australian Government’s Privacy Policy

Further information about the NCCD can be found on the NCCD Portal

If you have any questions about the NCCD, please contact the school.

Japanese

In Japanese we have been looking at Manga drawings. We have been taking different steps to create these spectacular drawings. Everyone has been working really hard to finish a great piece. By Alexie

In Japanese ‘manga’ refers to all kinds of cartooning and comics. Anime is the animated form of Manga.

A gallery of Manga pictures from Years 2/3 up to Years 6/7 students is below.

Reconciliation Week (May 27 – June 3)

In 2020 Reconciliation Australia marked twenty years of shaping Australia’s journey towards a more just, equitable and reconciled nation.

Much has happened since the early days of the people’s movement for reconciliation, including greater acknowledgement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights to land and sea; understanding of the impact of government policies and frontier conflicts; and an embracing of stories of Indigenous success and contribution.

On this journey, Australians are all In This Together; every one of us has a role to play when it comes to reconciliation, and in playing our part we collectively build relationships and communities that value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, histories and cultures.

In support of Reconciliation Week, Eden Hills Primary School demonstrated that we are In This Together by creating hand prints that were displayed in our windows and researching and investigating within the classes.

Nature Play

Every Friday the Junior Primary unit come together for Unit Play, providing an opportunity for the children to move between classrooms and choose from a variety of activities available. Unit Play helps children to develop their social, language and reasoning skills, through interaction with a wider variety of peers and teachers. Play also allows children to use their creativity while developing imagination, thinking skills and problem solving.

In week 8 we took the play outside for our first Nature Play session of the year. It was a great opportunity to see the children having fun, taking risks with getting messy and enjoying the outdoors. We couldn’t have asked for better weather on the day and the smiles we saw speak for themselves!

Premiers Reading Challenge

This year’s Challenge finishes on Friday 4 September – just over 10 weeks to go!

To date, only 39% of our students have completed the Challenge which is significantly lower than at the same time in previous years. This year the rules have been relaxed because of COVID-19 and students can add ANY books to their form. (The books do not need to have Challenge stickers).

If you need a new Student Record Form they are available on the Challenge website, from your teacher or from the Resource Centre.

A cautionary tale - there are a few older students who did not complete the Challenge in earlier years who are now disappointed that they receive a ‘lower’ award than their classmates each year. You can only complete one Challenge each year so there is no mechanism for ‘catching up’.

Attendance Matters

Attending school every day improves a child’s future life outcomes. It supports their learning and wellbeing.

Parents must make sure their child goes to school every day and on time. This is a parent’s legal responsibility.

The Department has adopted the following definitions consistent with best practice to identify students at risk through non-attendance:

Habitual non-attendance where a student has 5 to 9 absences for any reason in a term (average of 1 day per fortnight)

Chronic non-attendance where a student is absent for 10 days or more in a term for any reason (average of 1 day per week)

Frequent lateness can add up to a considerable amount of learning lost, and can seriously disadvantage your child. Minutes late can add up to a significant amount of time absent from learning.

Every Minute Counts

Your child’s best learning time is at the beginning of the day

However, it is important due to COVID-19 guidelines that if your child is feeling unwell, has a temperature, persistent cough or runny nose that they be kept home.

Last Day Term 2

Reminder that the Last Day of Term 2 is an Early Dismissal
2:10pm Friday 3 July

Vacation Care

Pupil Free Days

Reminder

Monday 20 July
Friday 7 August are Pupil Free Days
If you require OSHC please contact Dianne (0401 121 190) to make a booking.

2021 Enrolment Procedures

If your child turns 5 any time from the 1 May 2020 to 30 April 2021, they will start their schooling at the beginning of Term 1, 2021.

To assist the school with class structures and staff development we need to have the names of any students who will be eligible to start school at the beginning of the new 2021 school year.

Please contact the school to get a Student Enrolment Application form and return the completed form to the office.

Year 7 to High School

Please click the link below to access the Parent Fact Sheet: Disability – Special Options

Parents can keep up-to-date with any information regarding Year 7 to High School via the SA Department for Education’s website home page or via this link:

https://www.education.sa.gov.au/sites-and-facilities/year-7-high-school

School Fees

School fees are now overdue for payment. Payment can be made by QKR (preferred option) or you can pay with card or cash, please note that older overdue fees will be paid prior to current amounts.

We understand that at this time there may be some families who are experiencing financial difficulties and may need assistance or further time to pay. Please speak to or email Heather (Heather.Ellis314@schools.sa.edu.au) so that she can assist you. It is important that you communicate your needs so that we understand your situation. Below is some information regarding the School Card Scheme, follow the link to get more information.

School Card

The School Card scheme offers financial assistance with school fees (materials and services charges).

School Card is available to:

  • families with children aged four years and over who attend a school full time
  • independent full-time year students studying year 10, 11 or 12
  • adult re-entry students undertaking subjects to complete their SACE.

To qualify for School Card, your family's gross income must be below a certain limit. This limit depends on how many dependent children you have and whether your child attends a government, independent, or Catholic school.

You will need to provide proof of income e.g. payslips or Centrelink information.

All types of school card applications are available on line. Please click the link below for further information.

https://www.sa.gov.au/topics/education-and-learning/financial-help-scholarships-and-grants/school-card-scheme

Abandoned Bike

We have had this bike left at the school for the last 6 weeks. If it is yours or you know who it belongs to please let them know to collect it as we will have to remove it before the school holidays.

Lost Property

Last week staff went through our mountain of lost property from around the school and returned named items to their owners. Please encourage your children to look for their own discarded items before the end of term.

Entertainment Book

Have you thought about getting an entertainment membership? It represents excellent value and has some amazing offers at the moment. It is also a great way to support Eden Hills Primary School fundraising and South Australia businesses.

If you are interested in purchasing/renewing your membership please click on the link which will take you to the purchase page.

https://www.entbook.com.au/161r117

QKR Tip

Parking around School

Multiple parents have expressed their concerns and frustrations about the way our kiss & drop zone operates. Many parents have also reported receiving $100 fines from Mitcham Council’s parking inspector, who regularly monitors the area at peak times.

This year, members of the Governing Council intend to engage with the Mitcham Council to investigate options around improved signage, redevelopment and demarcation of the zone.

However, in the short term, we thought it beneficial to remind our community of how each of us should (and shouldn’t) use the kiss & drop zone.

If there are other caregivers, grandparents, or family friends who drop off or collect your child(ren) from school, please forward them this email.

Kiss & drop Rules:

1. Please treat the kiss & drop as you would any other moving queue or line. Enter at the base or end of the kiss & drop zone, and position yourself a safe distance from the car in front of you, as close to the curb as possible (to leave space on the road for both directions of traffic to be able to move). When the line moves, please also carefully move up, so you maintain your distance from the car in front, or reach the top of the line. This prevents other cars from having to reverse into the kiss & drop, and makes it easier to see from further down the road when space has become available.

2. Please never leave your vehicle in the kiss & drop zone, not even for a minute. If your child(ren) are not waiting for you, and you have waited for more than a few minutes, then please move your car out of the kiss & drop and into a park further up the road before you leave your car to look for your child(ren). We understand this can be frustrating, and difficult if you’re in a hurry. However, cars which are parked and left in the kiss & drop zone at pick-up and drop-off times cause other parents and drivers significant difficulty and frustration, on what is already a narrow street.

3. Please do not allow your child to enter or exit your car unless you are safely stopped in the kiss & drop zone or in a parking spot. Do not drop off or pick up from the middle of the road (which means your child has to walk onto the road to enter or exit your vehicle) or on a yellow line, or someone’s driveway.

4. Please avoid doing 3-point turns near the school, especially at peak times. While legal, reversing into drive ways (especially the staff car park) while many children are exiting the school grounds isn’t safe, and also blocks traffic from both directions. If possible, please move further away from the school before turning your car around.

Finally, a quick note on parking. As a school we have very limited parking. Please park considerately. When parking, please position your vehicle so as to optimise the number of parking spaces around you, without blocking driveways or parking so close to other cars that they are parked in. It is very frustrating for other parents when they see two cars spread across a space that usually fits three or four cars.

For those who are able to do a short 3 minute walk, there is more parking available on other nearby streets, such as Willunga Street and Ellis Avenue (walk through to the back gate), and parking that little bit further away can reduce the congestion around the school.

Thank you for reading this. We appreciate that our parking situation creates stress for parents, and we are looking into ways to improve it. In the meantime, let’s all do what we can to make drop-offs and pick-ups as low stress as possible, by following the rules and being considerate.

Eden Hills Governing Council

Kids Help line

I’m not ready to go back to normal

The pressure to return to ‘normal’ after a collective trauma, like a pandemic or natural disaster, can be overwhelming. It’s ok to feel like you aren’t ready to go back.

When life has been different for a while

You might feel hope and excitement to go back to normal, but also fear and worry at the same time.

It’s very natural to find it hard to adjust after a stressful period of time! Here are some common things people struggle with:

Long-term behaviour changes. The longer people are in quarantine or isolation, the bigger the effects on their behaviours. For example, it’s normal if you find yourself avoiding big groups, or being fussy about hygiene.

Finances. Many people are experiencing economic consequences, which can really add to your stress levels.

Stigma. ‘Stigma’ is a negative and unfair belief others may hold about you. For example, there were many negative comments about people with compromised immune systems throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. This could make people feel that society doesn’t care about them or that they don’t matter

For further information click in the link below to their website

https://kidshelpline.com.au/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIloSUhq7f6QIV2BwrCh1wEgL-EAAYASAAEgL6vvD_BwE

Meet some of our Amazing Volunteers on the Governing Council

Name: Julia
Volunteer Role: volunteer and council member
Why You Volunteer at Eden Hills Primary School:
I like to help and be involved in the community.
Favourite Colour: Pink and anything sparkly
Favourite Food: Cheese and chocolate
Favourite Thing to Do: Being involved in the Arts.

Name: Leanne
Volunteer Role: Governing Council – Treasurer, Lunch Order Collection, Reading with students in classroom and excursions.
Why You Volunteer at Eden Hills Primary School:
I love being a part of the EH school community. I have found that helping out in various areas of the school has given me a sense of understanding as to how the school operates. Plus my kids love it when I help in their class
Favourite Colour: Green
Favourite Food: Pad Thai, Butter Chicken
Favourite Thing To Do: Anything outdoors…..hiking in nature, bike riding with my family, swimming, yoga, gardening and snowboarding (if only there was snow near Adelaide!)

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