Eden Hills Primary School
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Eden Hills SA 5050
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24 June 2021

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Term 2

It has been a busy and productive term for our students and staff, it’s hard to believe we are almost half way through the year! The wonderful student learning has coincided with many significant events including our involvement in the Colebrook Reconciliation production, upgrades to our facilities, NAPLAN, excursions, the ongoing development of our Nature Play space and the new Graduate garden.

I hope you all have an opportunity over the holidays to relax and spend quality time with your family and we look forward to seeing you all back in Term 3 on Tuesday 20 July.

Staffing

After an extensive panel process involving Site Leadership, a Union Representative and an external Site Leader we are thrilled to announce that Kellie Bowden has been successful in winning the Deputy Principal position for the next 3.5 years. Kellie was up against a quality field of applicants and through her written application, interview and referee validations demonstrated to the panel an exceptional capacity to fulfil the role. I'm sure the school community will join me in congratulating Kellie on this fantastic and well-deserved achievement.

We also welcome back Ainslie to our Upper Primary class and Kat who will be returning to share our year 1/2 class next semester with Danielle. It is wonderful to have both Ainslie and Kat’s wealth of experience back as part of our teams. We would like to deeply thank Leanne for all her flexibility and efforts in supporting and providing continuity to our upper primary students over the last 18 months.

It is with sadness that we farewell Sian. Sian and her family have taken up an opportunity and made the decision to move to Sydney. We wish Sian and her family all the best during their time interstate and thank her for all her amazing work in educating our students in Physical Education. We are currently in the process of securing a replacement to continue Physical Education at Eden Hills Primary next term.

We also farewell Tracy who will be taking leave for the remainder of the year. Tracy has provided a fantastic Literacy intervention program to many of our students and we wish her all the best and thank her for the amazing support and contributions to student learning at our school.

External Review

As part of our continuous school improvement process, we will be involved in an external school review with a Department for Education review panel. The purpose of external school reviews is to support us to raise achievement, sustain high performance and provide quality assurance to build public confidence in government schools.

All government schools are externally reviewed every 3 years.

The focus of the external school review is to evaluate our school’s performance. The review panel includes a review officer and a trained review principal. Our school review will occur in week 3 of Term 3. The review panel will identify aspects of our school’s improvement that have been verified through the review processes, as well as the improvements that we need to make in the future.

During the external school review, some students, parents, governing council members and staff will be asked to provide information to the review panel in a number of ways. These include:

  • individual interviews
  • group discussions (with students or staff or parents)
  • meetings (governing council, staff meeting)
  • visits into classrooms.

We appreciate everyone’s support and time in helping us with this external school review process.

Reports

You will be receiving your child’s report at the end of next week. For our year 1 to 7 students it will include a grade and an effort and attitude indicator. The grading system is explained below.

  • An A grade is given for consistently demonstrating exceptional level of understanding at this academic year level.
  • A B grade is given for demonstrating a high level of achievement of what is expected at this year level.
  • A C grade is given for demonstrating the academic requirements expected at this year level.  To be awarded a C grade using these standards represents a significant achievement and should be celebrated as the student has met the high expectations of the ACARA standards.
  • Students receiving a D grade at this stage of their journey have demonstrated partial achievement of what is expected at this year level but are showing continued growth.
  • An E grade is given to students for demonstrating minimal achievement of what is expected at this year level.

Kind regards,
Andrew Dowling

Children’s Second-hand Book Sale

Thank you so very much for all of your generous donations.

We are pleased to announce that the book sale will be happening next week. Come down to the Resource Centre and grab yourself a bargain!

Graduate Garden News

We are very excited to announce that Eden Hills PS has recently won a Woolworths Junior Landcare Grant to help fund our Graduate Garden project.

Woolworths, in partnership with Landcare Australia’s Junior Landcare program, invited primary schools and early learning centres to apply for funding for environmental projects through the program. “This national program seeks to inspire the next generation of environmental champions by funding vegetable gardens, recycling and enhancing native habitat projects.” Our graduate garden project sounded like a perfect fit, as the students had already decided they wanted a garden to enhance native habitats, so we applied – and won!

The manager from Blackwood Woolworths, Brad Tamblyn, visited our school recently to meet the Graduate Garden committee, see their developing project and present them with a Certificate.

At the beginning of the year the 6/7 teachers, Leanne and Jake, invited competition entries for a concept plan for a ‘Graduate Garden’ to be established in front of rooms 11 and 12. This area needed beautifying, especially as it is an area where we have totem poles and tiles to record and remember previous years’ EHPS graduates. The graduates voted on three garden designs at the end of term 1.

At the beginning of this term, Leanne and Jake called for applications to form a committee. The nine applications were all of such high quality, evidencing much interest in gardening, the environment and being part of a team, that it was decided to give every applicant the opportunity to be involved. The team has done an outstanding job with the planning and planting.

At the first meeting, the members divided into three groups and each nominated one area of the garden to develop. Teams selected plants in different ways - one group selected specific plants from a State Flora list, another group focused on colour, size and foliage, and the third group were keen to source grasses and flowers that produce seed and nectar to attract specific birds. They used the winning concept plans to help design their gardens, and mapped out where they wanted the plants, pathways, tables and benches.

COVID restrictions made it difficult for the committee to personally attend at State Flora, so I attended on their behalf with very clear guidelines on what to buy with our grant funds. The experts there were very helpful, and I returned to school with boxes of the plants that the committee had requested. It has been a learning curve for us all, noting restrictions for bushfire regulations next to the SAC, underground pipes and cables, soil type, plant availability, and hardiness. We have also used the expertise of our groundsman, Neil Gloyn, who has given the committee timely advice and tips, as has Leanne.

In week 6 all the graduates in rooms 11 and 12 managed to move a large truckload of mulch from the netball court to the garden area, and spread it out. It was a super effort!

Later that week the committee and a few helpers planted out the area.

Now we are waiting for everything to grow! In time we will get the benches fixed in place, and look forward to enjoying our little garden before the end of the year. All of the graduates are now starting to think about how this year’s very special double group of graduates will have their names affixed somewhere on a special wall - hopefully in their garden.

Josie Whitehead

Staff Green Team Member

Monarto

This term the JP classes have been learning about animals and their habitats in Science and Technology. In Week 8 Rooms 3, 4, 5 and 6 went to Monarto Zoo to see how some animals live in habitats that are close to their natural environments.

On the first part of our tour we went on the bus and explored the animal enclosures. The tour guide asked questions and gave students the opportunity to suggest how the environment is important for the animals and meets their needs. He also provided lots of interesting details about the animals and their surroundings.

The second part of the tour was a walking tour with a different guide. We walked through the bush looking for evidence of animals living in the area. This part finished with a visit to the chimpanzee enclosure and then to the meerkats.

It was a great experience to see so many different animals living as they would in the wild.

PE News

At the beginning of term 2 students in rooms 7, 8, 11 and 12 were busy planning and running Fundamental Movement Skill PE lessons for students in the Junior Primary as part of their PE assessment task. Students were asked to choose one of the 12 Fundamental Movement skills and to design a game or activity they could run with Junior Primary students to improve their ability to perform the chosen skill. Fundamental Movement Skills are a specific set of gross motor skills that involve different body parts. These skills are the building blocks for more complex skills that children will learn throughout their lives to competently participate in games, sports and recreational activities. All 4 classes did an absolutely amazing job and the feedback from both Junior Primary students and staff was overwhelmingly positive. The leadership, collaboration and creativity shown by the upper primary students was really exciting and they should all be proud of the work they produced.

Festival of Music News

Our school’s concert will be held at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre on

Wednesday 8 September 2021 7:00pm–9:00pm

Tickets will be on sale early next term.

In week five, we were visited by the Director of Music, Robyn Filmer, who complimented our choir on their achievements and gave us a few tips to improve.

As the Festival Theatre in Adelaide will again be closed during our Festival, the concerts will be held at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre for this year’s 130th Birthday Celebrations. The series was held there in 2017 for the same reason, but this year, the talented team at the PSMF office and the Department for Education also need to incorporate COVID protocols in their planning.

Our ‘Stars in the Arena’ will be singing in a massed choir of 1500 year 5-7 students and a new, larger stage is under construction for the four concerts in the series.

It takes hours of work individually for all choir members to rehearse their parts and to work in our weekly choir sessions. Thank you to all parents for your support of your children each week, as this plays a vital role in the success of this enormous project.

And there’s more!

Playing in front of the massed choir will be an orchestra of around 80 children, mainly from years 6-9. Part of the changes for this year is to have one orchestra and one troupe, which will perform at all four concerts. (Normally there are 3 smaller troupes and orchestras sharing 12 concerts.) The sound and vision of this concert series is going to be just amazing. In front of the orchestra will be a very talented group of dancers and singers, known as The Troupe.

Jessica, in year 7, has again successfully auditioned to be part of The Troupe in 2021. Weekly rehearsals and weekend workshops have started in earnest. Jessica’s two older siblings, Emma and Matthew, have also been troupe members, and the family has been continuously involved in the Festival of Music for a total of six years. Matthew was in the Arena Percussion in 2017 and the Changed Voice Choir for last year’s film. Both Matthew and Jessica were involved in the recording for ‘Sisi ni moja’ for rehearsal tools. I am very grateful for Jo and Andy’s support of the Festival of Music choir at our school over the years.

Alumni

This South Australian institution has been a very fertile ground for many successful musicians, including the composer of this year’s commissioned work, ‘Water is Life’, Glyn Lehmann. As part of the special 130 Years celebrations, the organizers have now in search for Alumni. Their plan is to create a Virtual Choir featuring Alumni from the past, especially if you still have some involvement in the Arts. (They’re looking for 2000, so I don’t think you need to be opera singers – any form of continuing involvement in music).

“All you need to do is learn the song and record yourself singing it and upload it – we’ll do the rest. At the concert we will have the virtual choir singing on the screens while our 1,500 students sing along live. It’s going to be spectacular. The videographer’s goal – 2000 entries!! Registration is open NOW! -

https://festivalofmusic.org.au/alumni

Green Team Update

School Grounds

The Green Team has been working hard around the school grounds this term. We have planted up a new garden bed alongside the front office with Nandinas, prepared seedlings for our raised garden beds and also moved mulch to existing garden beds around the school.

Casual Day

In week 6 a Casual Day was held in recognition of World Environment Day. Students got involved by dressing in floral or green clothing, and at lunch time many volunteered to plant out seedlings and decorate garden pots with a World Environment Day theme. Congratulations to our amazing School Community who raised $212.10 for the Minton Farm Native Animal Rescue Centre. This donation was gratefully received.

Bunnings Warehouse Workshop

A few weeks ago, two workshop leaders from Bunnings, Briana and Kim, came to our class to help us make a garden behind our playground. We planted different vegetable plants, seeds, herbs and companion plants, which were all donated by Bunnings. We all had to mix in different soil and fertiliser, and then we got busy planting. Wilfred and Carter put bamboo sticks in the ground for plants to climb on. We dug in a worm farm to compost things such as banana peels, apple cores and orange skins.

We were also given gifts from Briana and Kim. They brought us water bottles, hats and pencil cases. Everyone was grateful for their gifts and said thank you to them. It was great fun and everyone contributed.

By Chelsea and Wifred - Room 10

Thanks,
The Green Team

Nature Play Update

The Nature Play Space continues as an ongoing project and we are hoping to see some significant progress during Term 3. We would like to thank everyone that has donated sticks & stones, pots & pans, and other items that were on our wish list. In particular, we thank one of our families that took time out on their weekend to drop off a trailer load of sticks for cubby building, along with 4 big stumps that we will use as seating. Additionally, a big shout out to Jarrad from Stonecraft who donated 8 bags of polished river stones via one of our parents. Checkout Stonecraft’s website at the link below:

https://www.stonecraftimports.com.au/

A reminder that donation bins for smaller items will remain outside the front office during school hours.

For donations of any larger items please contact Perdita at perdita.hope720@schools.sa.edu.au to arrange drop off.

Thanks,

The Nature Play Team

Breakfast Club Donations

We are very grateful to those who have kindly donated produce to our breakfast club this year. We are still in need of jam. It can be any flavour but it needs to be store bought and not homemade due to health regulations.

All donations can be delivered to the Front Office. Thank you in advance.

Head Lice

Head lice are a perennial problem and we have had cases across the school. It is recommended that you check all members of your household carefully. Treating the hair is no guarantee that the lice have 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.

Last Day Term 2

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

Vacation Care Holiday Program

Year 7 to High School Parent Update

First Day Term 3

Reminder that the first day of Term 3 is a Pupil Free Day
Students return to school Tuesday 20 July

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.

Pedestrian Crossing Petition

Dear parents /relatives and friends,

I have started a petition in regards to a potential new pedestrian crossing where the Blackwood Skate Park is on Shepherds Hill Road, west of Northcote Street and near the Caltex service station.

My motivation to start this now is that our Year 7s are starting high school next year and it is dangerous for anyone to cross Shepherds Hill Road without using a crossing. Traffic is increasing and cars are driving fast which poses a significant safety risk.

As well as making sure Blackwood High School students cross safely, a pedestrian crossing would benefit everyone who uses the Skate Park, Soccer Oval, Scout Hall and service station.

Heather Holmes-Ross, the City of Mitcham mayor, is actively supporting this idea but we need community help to make it happen.

We will need thousands of signatures.

Please consider collecting a petition form from the School Office, ask your child to bring one home or download a copy via the link below. Gather as many signatures as you can - try your child’s sporting event, family BBQs, your friends and family. If you feel strongly about this idea you could also ask general community members such as people coming out of the supermarket.

Thank you.
Kind regards,
Camilla Boseley

Student Representative Council Executives

Name: Lincoln

Year: 7

Role: SRC Executive

Why is the SRC Executive role important to you?

Because I’ve always wanted to be a leader and now I’m an SRC executive I can make a difference by making the school an even better place.

Favourite Colour: Blue

Favourite Food: Steak

Favourite Thing to Do: Footy and cricket.

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