5 August 2021
- Term 3
- 2021 Parent Survey
- Governing Council
- Book Week at Eden Hills Primary School – Week 7
- Resource Centre Fundraiser
- Canteen Lunch Service
- Mobile Phones and Personal Devices
- Student Absences, SMS Messaging and Attendance Update
- Parking Around School Zones
- Year 7 to High School
- Guitar Tuition
- Student Representative Council Executives
- Community Notices
It certainly has been an interesting beginning to Term 3 for our school community! I would like to thank our families, staff and students for the way they managed the transition to online learning over the lockdown period. We understand how challenging facilitating this style of learning can be, but it was wonderful to see the quality and volume of work being submitted through the Seesaw platform. We feel very lucky to have such a dedicated group of families and staff invested in supporting our children’s education through these challenging times.
We welcome Emily into the PE role for Term 3 to replace Sian. We also welcome back Kat to Room 5 on Monday, Thursday and Fridays and Ainslie to full time teaching in Room 12. Leanne now returns to our year 4/5s class on Fridays in Room 8. We would like to thank Leanne for all her time and effort teaching our graduates over the last 18 months. Her ability to maintain continuity and provide quality learning opportunities for our senior students was very much appreciated.
Site Improvement Plan (SIP) / Pupil Free Day
We had a productive Pupil Free Day to begin the term with a focus on our Site Improvement Plan and its trajectory for 2022 to 2024. Our morning session was spent looking at learning intentions and success criteria. Learning intentions are descriptions of what learners should know, understand and be able to do by the end of a learning period or unit. Learning intentions are the basis for tracking student progress, providing feedback and assessing achievement. In addition to learning intentions, students may also have individual learning goals that they address in their learning. Success criteria are the measures used to determine whether, and how well, learners have met the learning intentions. We also focused on the development of the SIP success criteria in relation to year levels. Teaching teams took our initial SIP criteria across Numeracy, Literacy and Critical Thinking (HASS) to develop curriculum linked year level aligned success criteria. Staff unpacked these curriculum areas using the Department Scope and Sequence documents, then aligned these with student data and evidence to develop criteria across each year level.
Our NIT teachers attended a training day at Blackwood Primary School. One of the actions in the Mitcham Hills partnership plan for 2021 is to support our specialist teachers to get together and participate in some shared task design. The partnership has 28 teachers across 6 primary schools that teach in specialist roles covering Science, HPE, the Arts and Languages. Recently, Maya and staff from other schools met with Sam Leane our Curriculum Lead to plan out this day. Staff used this opportunity to share practice and work on task design relevant to their curriculum areas.
Our SSOs attended Belair Primary School to be part of a variety of workshops in supporting and managing students delivered by the Department’s Support Services.
From Thursday 5 August, the following activities may resume:
- playgroup (parents should wear masks where possible)
- whole school assemblies, performances and concerts
- choir and dance rehearsals within the school
- all extracurricular activities within the school
- incursions, excursions and intrastate camps
- events held at offsite venues with approved COVID safe or COVID Management plans
- school sports including interschool / after school sport training, trials and competitions
- water safety/swimming/aquatic lessons.
The following measures remain in place until further notice:
- We have been asked to continue to minimise parents, volunteers, and non-urgent service providers entering the school. Wherever possible, please drop and collect your child at the gate and maintain the appropriate physical distance from other adults. If you need to visit the school, wear a mask, and sign in via QR code located around the school. Any scheduled parent teacher meetings should be held online or by phone.
- Adults wear masks while indoors, except when teaching or engaging with students
2021 Parent Survey
The 2021 parent survey is now open.
Parents and caregivers of school-aged children and young people are invited to complete the survey, which takes less than 10 minutes.
This survey gathers information from parents and schools across South Australia. It gives a broad picture of how parents engage with schools.
The department coordinates the survey centrally. This avoids adding administrative workload on your child’s school.
Completing the survey
You would have received a unique link to complete the survey.
The survey will ask about how you perceive your child’s school, including how well the school:
- supports your child’s learning and wellbeing
- communicates with you and your child.
The survey closes Sunday 29 August.
The Tokyo 2021 Summer Olympic Games is almost upon us!
We are very excited as we’re going to teach a unit of work focusing on the Olympics. The students will be learning about the adorable Olympic Games mascots Miraitowa and Someity, information about the host city Tokyo, sports vocabulary and how to say you play a particular sport. Some classes will also be learning how to say country names and the upper primary will have a research component about a Japanese Olympiad.
Nippon ganbare!! (Go Japan!!)
Osutoraria ganbare!! (Go Australia!!)
Elin and Kelly Sensei
The Governing Council are keen to re-establish an Eden Hills P&F Committee to further enhance the sense of school community and connectivity. You are invited to come along to The Belair Hotel on Thursday 12 August (Week 4) 7.00 - 9.00pm for a chance to get to know other parents and discuss opportunities for involvement. If you can’t make that evening but would love to be involved please email (secretary of the governing council). We hope to see you there!
Eden Hills Governing Council
Book Week at Eden Hills Primary School – Week 7
The official CBCA Book Week 2021 “Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds” is in Week 6 of this term. However, at Eden Hills our Week 6 is already jam-packed full of other commitments so we will be celebrating Book Week in Week 7 (Monday 30 August – Friday 3 September). During this week the Year 6/7 Resource Centre team will run special activities for each class instead of their usual Borrowing/Browsing session.
And, of course, in keeping with tradition, Wednesday (1 September) will be Dress as a Book Character day. There will be an assembly in the morning and a chance during the day to share costumes with buddy classes.
Resource Centre Fundraiser
The Year 6/7 Resource Centre team raised just over $600 from last term’s Second-hand Book sale! What an amazing effort! Thank you so much to all of you who donated and/or purchased. When Book Week is done and dusted the team will look at purchasing new books for the Resource Centre and will report back in a future newsletter.
Canteen Lunch Service
We would like to show our appreciation to Jen Catt who has coordinated the Canteen Lunch Orders for the last 4 years. Without her commitment to coordinating the parent volunteers who collect orders from the High School our students wouldn’t be able to access special lunches two days a week.
Jen is no longer continuing with this role and we are desperate for a parent to step up and take this on, otherwise the lunch orders will cease to run. If you are able to help please contact the Front Office ASAP.
The Departmental 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.
Mobile Phones and Personal Devices
The Department’s student use of mobile phones and personal devices policy has now been finalized.
Under this policy, primary aged students will not be permitted to access their mobile phones during the school day.
All students must continue to hand their mobile phones and personal devices in to the Front Office at the beginning of the day and collect them when they depart school.
Student Absences, SMS Messaging and Attendance Update
We had a number of students absent from school due to illness last term. Parents are asked to notify the school via text on 0427 016 460, by using the Schoolzine App or by phoning the school directly on 82782243 by 9.00am if your child is going to be absent or arrive after 9.00am.
We are continuing to use the electronic roll marking system and if your child is marked as an unexplained absence you will automatically receive a text from us. If your child is late or leaving early you must sign in or out in the Front Office.
Parking Around School Zones
Mitcham Council continually monitors schools to enforce parking zones and restrictions to ensure the safety of students. By parking appropriately when you drop your children off to school, you can help to ensure there is no danger to students and avoid traffic congestion around schools.
Please be aware any breaches of the Australian Road Rules 1999 observed by Community Safety Officers may result in the issue of an expiation notice.
Please click the link below to the ‘Children Schools & Traffic’ brochure which has information to inform drivers about public safety and provide for student safety around roadways at schools’ drop off and pick up times.
Year 7 to High School
This term, enrolment offers for secondary school will be sent to the families of our year 6 and 7 students. It is important for you to know that not all schools will send out their enrolment offers at the same time, but they will be sent as close as possible to August 13 2021.
If you did not provide an email address on your Registration of Interest form, you will receive your enrolment offer in the mail or it will be handed to you by your child.
If your enrolment offer has not arrived by 18 August, please let the Rebecca in the Front Office know and she can follow up with the secondary school on your behalf.
If you need support to accept your enrolment offer, it is best to contact your allocated secondary school and they can step you through the process.
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:
Brad Iversen, a Bachelor of Music graduate and experienced guitar teacher of 15 years has spaces available for the new semester. Contact Brad on 0413551987 or for more information and to ensure a space in the schedule.
Thank you to all those families who purchased wine, you raised $470 towards the Nature Play Area.
Student Representative Council Executives
Role: SRC Executive
Why is the SRC Executive role important to you? It is important to me because I’ve always wanted to be a leader and I’ve worked through the SRC ranks to be a SRC Executive. Now I can make a difference.
Favourite Colour: Aqua
Favourite Food: Chicken Schnitzel
Favourite Thing To Do: Minecraft, diving, CFS cadets