29 April 2021
A warm welcome to our students and families to Term 2. We hope you all had a wonderful break and a chance to relax and unwind with your families and loved ones. We are looking forward to continuing our improvement journey this term and the staff have been working hard preparing quality learning opportunities for our students.
Pupil Free Day
We had a productive Pupil Free Day to begin the term with a focus on Zones of Regulation, Literacy improvement and Student Agency.
We were lucky enough to have a Department Occupational Therapist join us in the morning to educate us on Zones of Regulation with a focus on classroom strategies. The Zones of Regulation framework and curriculum teaches students scaffolded skills toward developing a metacognitive pathway to build awareness of their feelings/internal state and utilize a variety of tools and strategies for regulation, prosocial skills, self-care, and overall wellness. Zones of Regulation provides a common language and compassionate framework to support positive mental health and skill development for all, while serving as an inclusion strategy for neurodiverse learners, those who have experienced trauma, and/or have specific needs in terms of social, emotional, and behavioural development.
To continue our persuasive writing journey Kellie took the staff through a body of work to unpack the achievement standards and explicit strategies required to effectively build powerful persuasive writers. The purpose of persuasive writing is to persuade a reader to a point of view on an issue. Persuasive writing may express an opinion, discuss, analyse and evaluate an issue. It may also entertain and inform. The style of persuasive writing may be formal or informal but it requires the writer to adopt a sense of authority on the subject matter and to develop the subject in an ordered, rational way. A writer of a persuasive text may draw on their own personal knowledge and experience or may draw on detailed knowledge of a particular subject or issue. The main structural components of the persuasive text are the introduction, development of argument (body) and conclusion.
Sam Leane, our Department Curriculum lead, joined us to support task design on creating authentic opportunities for our students to develop their critical thinking skills through the curriculum lens of Humanities and Social Sciences. This involves the strategic development of our students’ ability to pose questions, research and analyse information for validity and then communicate and present their findings.
Over the holidays we had several significant upgrades including the Tiger Turf, a new glass doorway between Rooms 9 and 10, soft fall for the playground and the resurfacing of the Sports Arts Centre floor. The fencing for our Nature Play area has been finalized and should be beginning in the first half of the term. So many visitors comment of the amazing feel and aesthetics of the school and it something we take great pride in. These upgrades continue to enhance our amazing school and we are excited for our students to have the opportunity to learn and play in the quality resources.
This term NAPLAN will be beginning in week 3 and will run over two weeks. It will be administered in an online environment and encompass Writing (year 3 paper based), Conventions of Language, Reading Comprehension and Numeracy. If your child is in Year 3, 5 or 7 please keep an eye out for an email regarding participation in the testing.
On 25 April 2021, Daniel and Shane, two of our SRC Executive members, represented the school at a very cold ANZAC Day Dawn Service in Blackwood. The students laid a wreath on the monument and carried themselves with an exceptional level of respect and responsibility. It was a very proud moment for both students!
Eden Hills PS celebrated Australia’s Harmony Day on 24 March. This year’s focus was ‘Everyone Belongs’. The staff and students were encouraged to wear orange and Buddy classes worked collaboratively to design the ‘We Walk Together’ display on show in the Sports Art Centre. We also have the Lotus collage on the office window that depicts the core meaning of Harmony Day to our students.
On 26 March rooms 5, 6, 7 and 8 received a joyful visit form Honey and her carer Rae.
First Rae explained to us some very interesting facts such as koalas have two eye lids, one that is see-through and one that is similar to humans. We also learnt that koalas have very sensitive faces and that their biggest predator is the dog.
After that, we all got to pat and take photos with Honey. Honey’s fur was nice and soft. It turns out the koala’s skin is only as thick as a sheet of newspaper.
High School Enrolments
The senior students received a ‘Starting Secondary School in 2022’ booklet on Wednesday for parents to access. This booklet contains useful information about the process of enrolling students into secondary schools. Parents will receive an email by the end of this week providing you with an online registration of interest form for high school. The form allows you to nominate a public high school or schools you would like your child to attend in 2022. Complete and submit the form by 21 May 2021.
High School Information
Reminder breakfast club will be open for business in week 2, Wednesday 5 May.
Attention there is NO Breakfast Club in Week 3 & 4 due to the room being set up for NAPLAN
Casual Day Fund Raiser
Congratulations Eden Hills Primary School, the Casual Day raised $255.20 towards our World Vision Community.
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Absences, Every Day Counts
We all want our students to get a great education, and the building blocks for a great education begin with students coming to school each and every day. Missing school can have a major impact on a child’s future. There is no safe number of days for missing school – each day a student misses puts them behind, and can affect their educational outcomes. If your child must miss school, speak with your classroom teacher as early as possible. If you’re having attendance issues with your child, please let your classroom teacher know so we can work together to get your child to school every day. We understand that on the odd occasion your child may be late for school or need to leave earlier than 3:10pm. On these occasions please collect either a late arrival or an early departure card from the office.
A reminder to please let the office know of any changes to family contact details should they occur. Email addresses and mobile phone numbers are particularly important as we have whole school contact lists for both forms of communication, allowing us to contact families in case of an emergency or for important reminders.
If you have changed you residential address the Department for Education require proof of residence via a copy of a utilities bill or a rental or sales agreement. While we are not zoned and your address has no impact on your enrolment at Eden Hills PS it does affect your zoned high school area.
Student Representative Council Executives
Each edition of the newsletter will have a short article introducing the SRC Executives for 2021.
Role: SRC Executive
Why is the SRC Executive role important to you?
Because I would like to make a difference this year.
Favourite Colour: Purple
Favourite Food: Pies
Favourite Thing To Do: Reading and playing sports.