23 July 2020
A warm welcome back to everyone for our second semester. I hope you all had a safe and restful holiday with your families and loved ones. We had some fantastic news over the break with Kat sharing the news of the arrival of her son Jaxon Ziggy Woznicki. We are absolutely thrilled for Kat and wish her family all the best for what will be such a joyful time of their lives.
We would like to welcome Emily Hutchinson-Turner who will teaching in Rooms 8 and 10 on Thursday and Fridays.
Site Improvement Plan
We have continued our targeted progress towards our Site Improvement plan goals of Writing, Numeracy and Student Agency. Our Professional Learning Communities are all hard at work developing a set of Essential Agreements around the delivery of these priorities in the school. These agreements allow for consistency of delivery and a shared understanding of the strong pedagogical practices required to deliver effective teaching and learning.
Our Writing group is working diligently on enhancing their moderation skills using the Brightpath toolkit to best assess and analyse student writing samples to develop a set of resources to align this work to our A-E grading expectations. In conjunction with our Partnership Senior Leader in Learning Improvement we are also about to embark on the Seven Steps to Writing success journey and we used our Pupil Free Day this week to upskill our staff in engaging and effective strategies to develop creative and powerful writers.
Our Numeracy group has been investigating and trialing teaching scaffolds such as the Daily 3 Café. The Daily 3 is a framework for structuring math time so students develop deep conceptual understanding, mathematical proficiency, and a true love of mathematics. In addition, teachers are able to provide differentiated instruction, helping to ensure that all students reach their potential. Students select from three choices, working independently toward personalized goals, while the teacher meets individual needs through whole-group and small-group instruction, as well as one-on-one conferencing. Math Daily 3 classrooms produce productive, highly engaged students who develop a true love of mathematics.
Our Student Agency team in conjunction with the Student Representative Executive have been working with both staff and students around learning intentions and actively voicing what they find valuable for their learning. This has been extremely powerful for teachers as it can allow them to differentiate their approach to best suit the needs of their students. The SRC has had discussion around the following ideas to support the growth of Student Agency at EHPS:
- Consistent vocab across the school. The way in which the SRC will present the content will be different for the JP compared to the MP and UP, but vocab remains the same.
- Use/develop key images to accompany the ‘what’, ‘how’ and ‘why’ to support the JP when creating posters
- Working with teachers to share how the ‘what’, ‘how’ and ‘why’ has improved their learning. Teachers will incorporate this into their planning for lessons and units.
While South Australia continues to be in a strong position with the number of cases reported low, we remain committed to the following:
Wider volunteer programs will return from the beginning of this term.
Our virtual school assemblies will continue next term but audience participation is being reviewed.
Attending school excursions within South Australia becomes an option once again.
Playgroup will return on Friday mornings from the beginning of this term.
Our Transition Tuesday Program will recommence this term.
Sports Day will now be held in week 8 of this term.
Face to face parent / teacher interviews will be in week 3 of this term.
Cleaning (extra 3 hours per day) – daily clean of shared areas, playground, classrooms, high touch surfaces and table tops.
Students only using the drink fountains to fill their water bottles and hand washing remains a focus – students wash their hands regularly, particularly after using the toilet and before eating.
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.
If you wish to have a discussion with your child’s teacher please contact them through email or Seesaw to make a time so that we can manage the numbers of adults in classrooms.
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.
Planning for 2021
It is that time of the year when we start planning for classes and staffing for 2021. Knowing our student numbers means we can keep class sizes to a minimum. Enrolment estimates are a key element in this planning. If your child/ren WILL NOT be attending our school next year (excluding the current Year 7s) please contact the school office as soon as possible.
If you intend for your child to commence school at Eden Hills Primary next year, and you haven’t yet done so, please contact the school so arrangements can be made to provide you with an enrolment form.
In addition, if you know families whose children are likely to start at our school in 2021 please encourage them to contact us.
Scholastic Book Club
This week students will be bringing home the latest Scholastic Book Club catalogue. Orders need to be in by Monday 3 August (the beginning of Week 3).
As always, we are very grateful for your support in purchasing as it provides us with significant extra $$ for new books for our collection.
New Ordering System
The inside of the back page of the catalogue lists 3 possible ways of paying. As of this issue we are asking everyone to use Method 1 only – that is to pay with credit card on-line. Scholastic Credit vouchers can be entered before you pay. If you need help setting up, please ring or email Jo
We are doing this to simplify the whole process. You will not have to fill out the order form or return anything to school. At our end, it will eliminate the need to handle cash, issue receipts, bank the cash and then manually enter the orders into the Scholastic website.
The only time there will be an issue is if your child has won a Resource Centre competition and chosen a school-issued $10 gift voucher as their prize. In this case please use Method 2 – send the voucher, any additional cash, and the completed order form to school.
Premier’s Reading Challenge
This year’s Challenge finishes on Friday 4 September – just over 6 weeks to go!
Taking on the Challenge is a great way to improve literacy skills. To date, 50% of our students have completed the Challenge. With support from school and home we hope to make our final figure 100%.
Don’t forget that this year, because of COVID-19, students can add any books to their list (no need to check for the Premier’s Reading Challenge sticker).
Room 3, 4, 5 & 6 celebrated the end of term 2 by creating their own drive-in. The students were able to choose 1 of 4 movies to watch and brought snacks to nibble on. They also designed some amazing cardboard box cars to sit just like the drive-in. I’ve never experienced such a quiet learning street and the rest of the staff couldn’t help but to visit them to have a look.
Konnichiwa Minnasan [Hello Everyone],
We are very excited to announce that there will be a whole-school Japanese Cultural Day on Wednesday 2 September [week 7]. On Japanese Cultural Day, students will spend the day participating in a variety of fun Japanese cultural activities. We would love to see lots of students dress-up in Japanese themed attire – if that’s not possible/preferable, then students must wear their school uniform. More details to come…..
Japanese Term 3 Program Overview
Reception – Year 2
Cultural Day preparations
Year 3 – Year 5
Geography of Japan
Cultural Day Preparations
Year 6 – Year 7
Geography of Japan
Cultural Day Preparations
We look forward to a very busy and exciting Term 3!
Elin Sensei and Kelly Sensei
With the help of Kickstart for Kids, we are very excited to bring back Breakfast Club to Eden Hills Primary school commencing in week 2 of Term 3.
Please note, a new location! Join us in Room 2 on Wednesdays at 8:30am
Due to COVID considerations, in an effort to keep numbers as low as possible we ask that parents do not attend breakfast club with their child. In addition, all children will be asked to wash their hands before entering. As before, each child will have their own plate and cup.
We are asking for donations of honey for the Breakfast Club. Unfortunately honey is not one of the food items available on the breakfast club website, yet it is one of the most popular toast toppings with our students. We would greatly appreciate any assistance.
We are looking forward to continuing this wonderful start to our Wednesdays
Pamela and Trenna
The sun protection policy must be in effect for school terms 1, 3 and 4 and whenever UV radiation levels reach 3 or above. All children are required to wear hats that protect their face, neck and ears, i.e. bucket, legionnaire or broad brimmed. Baseball or peak caps are NOT considered a suitable alternative.
We sell bucket hats in the office for $8. The broad brimmed and legionnaire hats can be purchased form department stores or specialist uniform shops.
Pupil Free Day
Pupil Free Day
Friday 7 August
Please contact Dianne
if you need to book OSHC for this date
Year 7 to High School
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:
Meet Some Of Our Amazing Volunteers
Volunteer Role: Governing Council Committee Member
Why You Volunteer at Eden Hills Primary School:
I am interested in hearing more about my kids’ education and the place that they spend so much of their time, and I like to get involved in my community.
Favourite Colour: Yellow
Favourite Food: Potato Chips
Favourite Thing To Do: Trail Running
Volunteer Role: Governing Council
Why You Volunteer at Eden Hills Primary School:
I have volunteered to be on Governing Council because I think it is a great opportunity to be a part of the school community and represent school families. It is also an excellent way to meet other parents and gain an understanding of how the school operates.
Favourite Colour: Green
Favourite Food: Haighs Chocolates
Favourite Thing To Do: Sleep and watch movies!