14 October 2021
- Welcome back
- Colour Fun Run
- Fundraising 2021
- SAPSASA State Athletics
- Rotary Food Donation Appeal
- Dental for Schools
- Class Placement
- Duty of Care of Students before 8:30am and after 3:30pm
- SA Health COVID-19 Update – Vaccinations
- New Student Career Website
- Year 7 to High School
- Community Notices
A warm welcome back to everyone for our final term. I hope you all had a safe and restful holiday with your families and loved ones. It’s hard to believe that Christmas will soon be upon us, we are looking forward to what is always a busy but rewarding end to the year, filled with many wonderful events.
After some weather delays the Netball court resurfacing has been completed and we are absolutely thrilled with the result. The colour scheme looks fantastic and it provides yet another visual lift to our beautiful school grounds. We have also upgraded our main oval soccer goal squares with a synthetic surface. This has improved the quality of this high traffic area to help reduce the need to regularly close it off to regenerate the grass.
Our external school review begins next week on Monday 18 and Tuesday 19 October.
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. The focus lines of inquiry will be:
- How effectively does the school monitor and enhance its improvement strategies and actions based on their impact on student learning?
- How effectively are teachers analysing assessment and feedback data to inform differentiated curriculum planning and instruction?
- To what extent do teachers ensure that students have authentic influence in their learning?
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 to classrooms.
We appreciate everyone’s support and time in helping us with this external school review process.
Colour Fun Run
What an amazing day! Students ran the Colour Run Circuit in teams of 2 classes, while being enthusiastically decorated with rainbow colours by the staff. The students, staff and school yard were a huge colourful mess and everyone wore a massive smile, including the parents who came to watch.
At the end of the day the roaring response after the announcement that Kat and Danielle’s class had raised the most money, could be heard throughout Eden Hills. Andrew was well prepared for the deluge of colour he was about to be covered in but he decided to take a detour before running the gauntlet.
Thank you so much to our wonderful school community, friends and family who supported us, the total raised so far is $11,000. The fun run portal is still open until tomorrow and the total amount will be finalised at the end of October.
We are so proud and grateful to all the people who generously contributed to our fund raising efforts this year. We set a challenging target of $12,500, we not only made that target we surpassed it!
While we have been making lots of progress in our nature play area we are now able to purchase things like a water pump and wooden stump seating. We will keep you up to date with all the new additions in the next newsletter.
SAPSASA State Athletics
Ethan, Evelyn, Felix and May represented Southern Heights in the State Track and Field Championship at SA Athletics Stadium. All students put in their best efforts on the day. Felix received a silver medal for placing 2nd in High Jump.
Rotary Food Donation Appeal
For the next 3 weeks, 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 have a long shelf life. These items will be collected weekly.
Reminder that the
Friday 12 November is a Pupil Free Day
Dental for Schools
Dental for Schools visit is Monday 15 November, please complete the form and return to the classroom teacher as soon as possible to confirm your booking.
We are currently in the process of preparing for 2022. We are now accepting requests from parents/caregivers regarding their child’s class placement for 2022 until Sunday 7 November (end of Week 4).
Requests will be considered and where possible acted upon. However, with only a finite number of class options and creating classes that are balanced academically, socially and behaviourally, the good of the whole group will take priority over the individual. Therefore requests are not guaranteed.
We assume that parents and caregivers who do not submit a request are comfortable with class teachers making informed decisions about their child’s placement in 2022.
When setting classes we consider parent/caregiver requests, student identified friendships and teacher input. Furthermore, it is important to understand that teachers have not been allocated year levels for 2022 at this stage, nor have the configuration of classes been finalised and the current structure is very likely to change for 2022.
All requests must be submitted via a class request form which can be found at the link below.
A separate form will need to be completed for each child.
Duty of Care of Students before 8:30am and after 3:30pm
We have noticed an increase in students arriving very early before school without supervision. Parents need to be aware that staff yard duty does not commence until 8:30am each morning and finishes at 3:30pm each afternoon. If your child needs to be at school outside these hours they must attend Out of School Hours Care (OSHC). See OSHC staff for details and registration forms.
Before School Yard Duty Starts
After School Yard Duty Ends
SA Health COVID-19 Update – Vaccinations
Professor Nicola Spurrier has written a letter to share with our school community about the COVID-19 vaccine and vaccination consent.
New Student Career Website
Student Pathways, the first website of its kind in South Australia, is aimed at students in years 7 to 12 to help them discover their passion.
The website is an excellent tool for teachers, parents and student wellbeing leaders to support students in their journey to finding a career that interests them.
Younger students (years 7 to 9) can begin their journey on Student Pathways with the World of Work (WOW) Challenge.
An interactive digital tool allows students to document work experience, industry challenges and plenty more to help them achieve 100 hours in the world of work.
It’s a great starting block for encouraging students to think about their passions and career options before entering the workforce.
Use the WOW challenge as a tool for students to document their experiences after a school related excursion or activity to reflect on key learnings and takeaways.
The website has a CV Builder function that takes experiences from the WOW challenge and auto populates into an editable CV template.
One of the most innovative aspects of the website is the Industry connections page.
This is where to direct students who are looking to connect with employers to find opportunities for work experience, school-based apprenticeships, and traineeships, along with other career activities that count towards your WOW challenge.
Students requiring guidance on what subjects to choose as they move into years eleven and twelve, can explore the website for career pathway inspiration.
More resources will be provided in coming weeks to help you understand more about the website and to support students to use it.
Interact with our new website here:
Year 7 to High School
Aberfoyle Park High School Ignite Program 2021