17 September 2020
- Staffing News
- Nature Play
- Transition to High School
- COVID update
- SSO Week
- Japanese Cultural Day
- Book Week
- Governing Council
- Mitcham Hills Mini Eisteddfod 2020
- SAPSASA Soccer
- SAPSASA Volleyball
- After School Sport – Netball
- Dental for Schools
- Lost Property
- Last Day Term 3
- Vacation Care Program
- Guitar Tuition at Eden Hills Primary
- Rotary Club Collection Box
- Year 7 to High School
- Entertainment Book
- Meet Some Of Our Amazing Volunteers
- Community Notices
We are excited to announce that Stew Nancarrow has won the leadership position of Innovative Pedagogies in Middle Schooling at Blackwood High School beginning next year. This is a wonderful opportunity for Stew and reflects the leadership capabilities we see regularly in his teaching of our Upper Primary Students and across the school. We wish Stew all the best with the next stage of his career and thank him for all of his valuable contributions to our students’ learning. Congratulations!
We are also pleased to welcome back Ainslie McGrath from leave next term. Ainslie will be teaching on Thursdays and Fridays in Room 12 while also taking on another support role in the school. We are looking forward to having Ainslie as part of the Eden Hills staff again, she has been missed by everyone.
We are looking to develop the underutilized spaces next to Room 11 and 12 and behind the Playground into a dedicated nature play space. We are currently seeking grants to support this initiative with a view to also include the idea of repopulating some of the native plants from our Propagation shed into the landscape. Students will begin their designs to provide their creative thoughts and ideas to support a final concept for the area. We look forward to creating a wonderful space for our students to learn and play in.
Transition to High School
The current Year 6s and 5s have finalized their unique jumper designs and they look wonderful. Each year level will have their own design to celebrate their final year. Congratulations go to Tia and Daisy on your fantastic and creative designs, great work!
As we get closer to 2022 when all Year 7s will be in High School we continue to encourage families to keep up to date with developing information available on the SA Department for Education’s website home page or via this link:
To continue to support the strong ongoing position in South Australia, Eden Hills Primary remains committed to:
Social Distancing: we continue to ask that parents and caregivers 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 after dropping off and before 3.30pm is greatly appreciated. Teachers have observed an increase in the independent management skills of our students and we thank you for your support with this.
Communication / Teacher contact: we ask that parents make a time if they require face to face discussion with their teacher by contacting them through Seesaw or email, or they may make alternative arrangements such as phone or video conference
Cleaning: (extra 3 hours per day) daily clean of shared areas, classrooms, high touch surfaces and table tops
Assembly: continues to be students and staff only and will be streamed live and then available for 24 hours via our YouTube channel
Drinking water: students not drinking directly from the drink fountains. Please continue to send students with a full drink bottle.
A reminder of our upcoming event restrictions:
Remembrance / Grandparents Day: will not occur in its usual format this year due to the increased risk to our most vulnerable guests. We are still looking to hold an in-school event to commemorate those that lost their lives in conflict and will look to share this through our streaming platform.
End of year concert: indoor restrictions at the Capri Theatre’s capacity will only allow limited numbers on each level. Unfortunately, these numbers can only accommodate our students and staff. We are planning to hold this during the school day at the Capri and have the performance recorded to then share with families.
Graduation: we are looking to provide the most authentic celebration for our graduating students. Holding an indoor event would currently require us to reduce attendance significantly. We are in ongoing discussions to find a solution that will allow families of graduating students to celebrate this milestone.
Camps: we are tentatively looking at local camps for 2021. There are strict density guidelines around facilities and the management of camps and we are mindful of the situation changing rapidly. Interstate travel is still not permitted and has also become cost prohibitive so we are exploring alternative options to the Canberra Camp.
Excursions: at this stage we are postponing organizing multiple class excursions due to complexities and cost of travel. Utilizing the train for larger groups is not a viable option due to distancing requirements. We are currently looking at possible incursions and local destinations in walking distance that can provide our students extended learning opportunities.
We would like to acknowledge our SSO Staff for all of their efforts, support and contributions. We thank them for the incredible job they do each day, supporting our students in achieving their potential and ensuring the smooth operation of our school. We could not function without you and everything you do. On behalf of the school, a big thank you to the following outstanding individuals.
Japanese Cultural Day
On Wednesday 2 September, Eden Hills Primary School celebrated Japanese Cultural Day. Room 5 did an amazing job of commencing the day by hosting a whole school assembly in which they showed their beautiful Japanese artwork and also did a fantastic job of performing a Japanese song/dance called Ebi-Kani (Prawn-Crab). Next the whole school sang a Japanese song called Musunde and then we delivered a speech in both Japanese and English to formally announce the day. I’m sure that most would agree that the highlight of the assembly was when Pikachu (aka Andrew) showed up to hand out the merit certificates!
The classes then travelled off with their ‘buddy’ class and participated in a range of interesting Japanese cultural activities – tamaire (a Japanese sports game in which two teams compete to get the most number of beanbags into a basket), kendama (Japanese toy making), ootama okuri (fitball relay), origami and hachimaki (Japanese headband making). At the end of a fun-packed activity schedule, our school canteen provided us with a delicious sushi lunch.
After lunch, Jarrod Hoare – a very talented Adelaide based artist – performed a show for the whole school. Jarrod specialises in performing Japanese traditional theatre and he thoroughly entertained the students with his use of comedy and interactivity.
Finally, Elin and I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone for supporting Japanese Cultural Day! We were delighted to see our students immersed in the Japanese culture and happily getting into the spirit of the day!
Elin and Kelly Sensei
This Japanese Culture Day was great because we did a lot of different things from last time, like the headbands and Japanese sports. (Leah – Room 12)
This Japanese Culture Day we got very crafty. We made origami and Japanese headbands and we also made special toys. (Scarlett – Room 12)
My favourite thing was the Japanese sport and the sushi lunch with our buddies. (Jada – Room 12)
Tamaire (a game that involves throwing balls into a suspended basket) was a super fun game that everyone enjoyed. The slight competitiveness between the two teams made for a super fun game! Also, the simple make-shift kendamas had everyone entertained! (Beatrix – Room 8)
The 2020 CBCA Book Week is Week 2 of next term. Every student will be bringing home a flyer tomorrow with the details of our planned celebrations:
- Dress -up as a book character is on Wednesday 21 October. There will be a virtual assembly at the usual time followed by a chance to share dress-ups with buddy classes.
- Resource Centre activities for all students will be run by the Year 6/7 community helpers throughout the week.
- Let your mind run wild and transform a soft toy into a curious creature - this is a do-at-home competition open to all interested students, prizes to be won, entries to be brought into school during Week 1, all details on flyer coming home tomorrow.
Several members of the Governing Council are forming an Arts Committee. This committee aims to promote and support extra-curricular opportunities in The Arts at EHPS and we would love to have the school community involved. If you would like to join the committee, or have ideas to contribute, please email
Mitcham Hills Mini Eisteddfod 2020
Over 50 students from Eden Hills and Blackwood Primary schools once again took part in the annual Mitcham Hills Mini Eisteddfod last weekend. It was lovely to see the children rising to the occasion, having a go and producing some wonderful music. Congratulations to all our performers and to the winners on the day. We also raised $170 for families on Kangaroo Island, still suffering from the devastating effects of the bushfires.
AMEB Preliminary piano solo
AMEB Grade 1 piano solo
AMEB grades 4-6 piano solo (runner up)
Dylan & Alexie
Upper Primary piano duet
Dylan & Emily
Acacia, Anika & Sienna
Middle Primary piano trio
Lucy, Dylan & Alexie
Upper Primary piano trio
Two of our students, Indie G and Benjy were successful in winning a place in the Year 6/7 Southern Heights SAPSASA Soccer team. Metro districts teams competed over 3 days and the Southern Heights team was coached by none other than Sian! The boys finished equal third, well done to all!
Congratulations to the Volleyball team that included Sebastian, Eli, Wesley and Shane who progressed into the SAPSASA finals.
After School Sport – Netball
Eden Hills Leopards Team
The Year 6 Leopards netball team is having a fantastic season, with a focus on good skills and team work. The team is loving playing netball with their friends and their hard work at practice is paying off. They have won 4 of their 6 games which is our best season yet! Well done to Chelsea, Dee, Eve, Isabella, Jada, Leah, Maya, Scarlett and Tia (and Claire for filling in when needed).
I have liked playing netball for the first time, it has been good fun being in a team. I enjoyed learning the netball positions and different skills involved. I think we have learnt a lot since the start of the season. It was really exciting when we won our first game and I am hoping we can win some games before the end of term.
Eden Leopards Team
Congratulations to the 2020 E3 Netball team “Eden Leopards” on a fantastic season. For most girls, this has been their first season playing netball. They should all be very proud of their efforts and achievements and they have certainly improved throughout the season. They have been very supportive of each other and demonstrated great sportsmanship. Well done Eden Leopards – what a great season.
Dental for Schools
Reminder that your Dental for Schools application form is due back tomorrow Friday 18 September. They will not accept any late entries.
We have volunteers sorting out our mountain of lost property and every effort is made to return items to their owners. It is really helpful when items are clearly named. Don’t forget to name clothing which may be removed (e.g. track tops, track pants, hats) as well as drink bottles and lunch boxes.
The unnamed items will be on display outside the office from Monday afternoon 21 September, and items not claimed will be donated to the local charity shop at the end of term.
Last Day Term 3
Reminder that the Last
Day of Term 3 is an Early Dismissal
Vacation Care Program
Guitar Tuition at Eden Hills Primary
Brad Iversen, a Bachelor of Music graduate and experienced guitar teacher of 15 years will be commencing private tuition from Term 4. Spaces are limited so contact Brad on 0413551987 or for more information and to ensure a space in the schedule.
Rotary Club Collection Box
Starting Term 4, the Rotary Club are asking for food donations, a collection box will be set up in the office. Please make sure the food donations are canned, dried or has long shelf life.
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:
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.
Meet Some Of Our Amazing Volunteers
Volunteer Role: General Member of Governing Council
Why You Volunteer at Eden Hills Primary School:
I volunteer at EHPS to support school leadership, families and the community to make our school the best it can be.
Favourite Colour: Green
Favourite Food: Too hard to choose. But my last meal would be a Thai dish.
Favourite Thing To Do: Learn
Volunteer Role: Governing Council Chairperson
Why You Volunteer at Eden Hills Primary School:
I think that schools are just
people- students, teachers and the rest of us that can help. We have a
brilliant school because of excellent people. It’s nice to be a part of
Favourite Colour: Yellow
Favourite Food: All Deserts
Favourite Thing To Do: Messing with cars.