Eden Hills Primary School
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78 Wilpena Street
Eden Hills SA 5050
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12 November 2021

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Happy World Teachers’ Day

Last week we celebrated the amazing group of educators we have at Eden Hills Primary School on World Teachers’ Day. This day recognises the important role teachers play in society and the vital part they play in shaping our students’ futures. A big thank you to:

Upper Primary

Jake

Ainslie

Year 4/5

Marilla

Lachie

Leanne

Year 2/3/4

Julie

Kelly

Matilda

Year 1/2

Kat

Danielle

Jade

Rec/Year 1

Michelle

Edie

Emily

Specialist Subjects

Josie

Maya

Elin

Premiers Be Active

We were excited to receive the news that Eden Hills Primary School has been selected as one of the 50 High Achieving Premier’s Be Active Challenge Schools for 2021. Part of this recognition involves a group of our students attending the Premier’s Reception on Tuesday 23 November 2021 at Netball SA Stadium. During the reception the Premier and Minister for Education will present awards to 2 student representatives from our school. Congratulations to all our students for their wonderful efforts.

Site Improvement Plan

As part of our Pupil Free Day we will be focusing on development of our 2022 – 2024 Site Improvement Plan. Our Professional Learning Communities made up of teachers across years levels have been busy reviewing and evaluating our student learning progress in 2021 to establish our next steps.

The new Site Improvement Plan forms the strategic focus of our work moving forward over the next three years. We will continue to hold the line in the 3 areas of Literacy, Numeracy and Critical Thinking.

Our challenge of practice for Numeracy will continue to develop Multi Stage problem solving. In Literacy we will continue to use the Brightpath moderation tool as our driver for improvement in writing and our Critical Thinking challenge of practice now expands to HASS, Science and English with a focus on student goal setting.

Netball Court

Last year leadership was approached by two of our year seven students, Eve and Maya with a letter and petition in hand. They suggested that while well-loved, our netball court was in desperate need of an upgrade. The girls then provided photographs that they had taken of netball courts at other schools, as evidence of what was possible for our school. The girls were ecstatic to hear that their campaign had been successful. Eve and Maya were consulted during the design process choosing colour combinations. During the last school holidays our courts were cleaned, marked out and resurfaced in stages. What an amazing transformation! Eve and Maya hope that resurfacing our netball court will inspire more children to play sports and boost school pride.

Nature Play Update

Over the last few months there has been considerable progress with the development of the EHPS Nature Play space. In September, one dedicated parent and small group of volunteer staff, spent a day digging, painting, planting, sorting sticks, moving rocks & mulch, paving, levelling and organising. Groups of students from every class participated eagerly throughout the day and their contributions were fantastic.

We now have in place an inviting fire pit/talking circle area, a natural looking dry creek bed, raised garden beds with vegetables growing, storage areas for sticks and loose parts, a mud kitchen area complete with pots and pans, and spaces dedicated for the creation of a cubby town and small worlds. The striking student mural, although still requiring some finishing touches, is looking great and provides a colourful surprise as you walk down into the area. Check out some of our progress photos below!

Funds raised from last term’s Colour Fun Run will be put towards a hand water pump, 3 large cubby pods and natural log seating for around the fire pit. Although we still have a little way to go before completion, and are patiently waiting on suppliers, we will be inviting class teachers to use the area for some initial sessions towards the end of term.

We still need plenty more sticks for our cubby/teepee building stocks and any donations of straight or forked sticks 2.5 - 3m long would be most appreciated. Donations can be left outside the propagation shed. Other donations such as wooden or plastic animals, or anything that may be useful for an outdoor fairy garden or dinosaur world would also be much welcomed. Please contact Perdita for further information (perdita.hope720@schools.sa.edu.au).

Graduate Garden Update

Now that spring has sprung, our plants sourced from State Flora are starting to grow. We were able to purchase a large number of plants thanks to the Woolworths Junior Landcare Grant we received in term 2. All of the graduates are now involved in maintaining the garden, keeping it free of weeds and litter. One of the first big tasks was to lay mulch in the area, which improved its appearance markedly. Our fledgling plants have survived the winter, and it promises to look amazing in the months and years to come. I hope our 2021 Graduates will be able to return to see the garden they have started.

In the last week of term 3, Edie, Maya, Lucia and Norah were able to make one of their ideas a reality – to repurpose a bench to put in the garden. First, the team repainted it, and then all the graduates put their handprints over it – very carefully! - using the school colours. It looks very striking. A great idea team!

A Feathered Adventure

Last week we were visited by a very young owl on the tiger turf. The students were very concerned for its welfare so the staff caught it and called Minton Farm Animal Rescue Centre for their assistance. Bev Langley from Minton Farm confirmed that it was a very young Boobook Owl; she said that they would assess the owl, feed it up and return it back to our school at night. Bev informed us that there is a two week window that a baby owl can be reunited with its mother.

The following day we spotted what we think was the mother Boobook. It was perched low in the tree next to the cubby house. There were a lot of enthusiastic onlookers keen to see our nocturnal resident. Later that morning it have moved to a much higher position to survey its surroundings.

Over the weekend Bev released the young Boobook Owl back onto our school grounds, below is her recount.

‘Just had a wonderful experience releasing the owl fledgling! As soon as we walked into the Eden Hill Primary School we could hear mum owl calling to her babies. As the fledgling flew out of our pet carrier, mum flew straight down onto a bench seat. The sibling flew down onto the ground behind her. So wonderful to be able to reunite the family again!’

Thank you to Minton Farm for your dedication to our native fauna and for taking care of our very own baby Boobook Owl.

http://www.mintonfarm.org/

Breakfast Club

We would love and appreciate store bought donations of Jam. Please be aware we cannot accept homemade goods or items containing nuts due to health regulations.

Fundraising

People’s Choice Community Lottery

We are taking part in the People’s Choice Community Lottery to help reach our fundraising goals for 2021/2022. All funds will be going towards a school project to be decided on.

What’s the Community Lottery?

Every year, the People’s Choice Community Lottery gives local sporting clubs, schools, charities, volunteer groups and other not-for-profit community groups around Australia the opportunity to raise funds and achieve fundraising goals.

If you’d like to help us raise money this year, please buy tickets and help us reach our goal so we can keep supporting our local community.

Tickets are only $2 each and by buying from us, not only do you support us, you also go into the draw to win one of 70 prizes worth a total of over $300,000.

How do I buy tickets?

To buy tickets, head to communitylottery.com.au, click buy tickets tab, select the Schools and Education tile, then locate the Eden Hills Primary School tile and follow the prompts. Or follow the link below:

https://communitylottery.peopleschoice.com.au/collections/schools-and-education/products/eden-hills-primary-school

Each ticket is another entry to win! The Community Lottery closes Thursday 24 February 2022.

Thank you for your support.

For full Terms & conditions go to communitylottery.com.au 700,000 tickets to be sold. Chances of winning a prize are 1:10,000. Lottery to be drawn on 3 March 2022. Promoter is People’s Choice Community Foundation Limited. SA Lottery Licence No. M13910. Vic Raffle Permit No. 10306/20. Declared Organisation No. 58545. ACT Permit No. ACT R 20/00148. NSW Art Union Authority no. GOCAU/2338.

Dental for Schools

Reminder that Dental for Schools will be here next Monday 15 November for those families that have returned a completed form.

The Christmas Giving Tree

Eden Hills Primary School will again be assisting the local Lions Club in supporting families in need in our local community.

We ask that next time you go shopping, you purchase a non-perishable item of foodand/or a toy to place under the Giving Tree in the Office.

The Lions Club will collect the items from school on Friday 26 November.

We thank you for your assistance in helping us help those in need in our local community.

Year 7 to High School

SA Health

SA Health has put together a brochure about the COVID-19 vaccine for children and teenagers.

Bush Fire Prevention

Community Notices

NOTICEBOARD

25 Oct 2022 - 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM

02 Nov 2022 - 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM

30 Nov 2022 - 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM