2 December 2021
- The End of the 2021 School Year
- Summer Reading Program
- Premier’s Be Active Reception
- Academic Achievement
- 2022 Graduate Uniform Design
- Remembrance Day
- Helping Hands Disco
- Market Day
- Reports and Classes
- Results of the Poll for 2022 Material & Services Charges
- Lunch Orders
- Christmas Giving Tree
- Sports Uniforms
- Lost Property
- Early Dismissal
- Vacation Care Program
- 2022 School Sports Registration
- Blackwood Christmas Tree Festival
- Year 7 to High School
- School 2022
- School Uniform Orders 2022
- Bushfire Prevention
- Community Notices
The End of the 2021 School Year
As 2021 draws to a close, I would like to extend my appreciation to all our community for your ongoing efforts in supporting our wonderful school throughout the year.
Despite the year continuing to present ongoing challenges we were able to maintain our improvement trajectory and provide quality learning opportunities and experiences for our students. It is also with a mix of pride and sadness that we say farewell to our graduating Year 6 and 7 students as they embark on the next stage of their learning at high school. We wish them all the very best for the future and look forward to hearing about their achievements in the next phase of their learning journeys.
We now enter a new phase of improvement planning with the new Site Improvement Plan 2022 – 2024 template. After final consolidation of our actions and alignment with our School Review directions we have the following challenges of practice developed:
If we deliver a common evidence-based approach (using the guidebook resource) to the teaching and assessing of multiple-step mathematical problem solving tasks / investigations, then we will increase student achievement in mathematics, particularly in the number and measurement strands.
If we prioritize the teaching and assessing of writing using Brightpath, then we will increase student achievement in writing. Specifically, if we agree to explicitly teach the genres relevant to our curriculum area, we will improve students’ ability to develop and structure texts related to the topic and purpose for their writing.
If we consistently design learning that teaches the critical thinking competency of student agency then students' A-E achievement will increase in HASS, Science and English. Specifically, if we share assessments and the progression of learning with students we will improve their ability to set, monitor and review explicit learning goals.
Emergency Management Directions
On November 16, the Commissioner of Police, acting in his role as the State Coordinator responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, announced the Emergency Management (Education and Early Childhood Settings Vaccination) (COVID-19) Direction 2021.
- All of our staff and contractors
- Anyone who visits our schools/preschool/children’s centre for work purposes
- Our Governing Council members
- All volunteers and parent helpers (people who assist with reading, camps, excursions, canteen, fundraising etc).
Under this Direction, all of the above-mentioned people must receive at least 1 dose of a Therapeutic Goods Association (TGA) approved COVID-19 vaccination and a booking to receive a second dose by 11.59pm on 10 December 2021, which is the last day of term.
The Direction does not apply to students, parents dropping off or picking up children, attending parent teacher interviews, events or similar, as long as they are not working or volunteering at the event and COVID safe measures are followed.
More information about the Direction is available on The Department for Education website:
On Monday we began the recruitment process for our OSHC Director while Diane takes Long Service Leave. This process involves a written application, interview and referee checks. We hope to secure a successful applicant next week and will then advise the community of the outcome.
We say thank you and farewell to Georgia Knight and Trenna Albrecht, two of our wonderful SSOs who are leaving us to take on new roles. Georgia has won a permanent administration position at Warradale PS and Trenna has secured a counselling position at Tabor College. We thank both of them for their wonderful contributions to Eden Hills Primary School. They will both be dearly missed.
Reports and Classes
The end of year reports and notification of next year’s classes will be sent home on Thursday 9 December. We will have a transition visit to the new classes during that day where the students will get to know their classmates and hopefully their new teacher.
We say farewell and thank you to the families who will be leaving us at the end of the year. Thank you for the privilege of educating your children at Eden Hills Primary and we wish them all the very best for the next stage of their learning.
Farewell to these families:
Wilson / Mirabello
To the rest of our community, I hope that you and your families have a wonderful Christmas / Summer break and we look forward to seeing you back in 2022 when school returns on Monday 31 January.
Summer Reading Program
If you and your family would like to participate in the inaugural EHPS Summer Reading Program please ensure that you return your signed contracts by Monday 6 December.
Premier’s Be Active Reception
On Tuesday 23 November, room 9 went on an excursion to Netball SA for the Premier’s Be Active Challenge. The first activity was a hip-hop dance routine and the second activity was learning circus skills from CirKids. After the activities we represented the school to receive an award from the Premier Steven Marshall. We also got to watch a performance by another school and a circus performance by CirKids. It was a really fun day!
Congratulations to Eliana who received an award for Outstanding Academic Achievement in French at the School of Languages.
2022 Graduate Uniform Design
The winning entry for the 2022 Graduate Uniform was designed by Sienna.
Great Work Sienna!
While the weather forced us indoors this year, the Remembrance Day ceremony was very moving. The SRC Executives acknowledged that we were meeting on the traditional Country of the Kaurna people and recited the poem In Flanders Fields and the Ode of Remembrance. A special thank you to Joel Walker who played the Last Post and Rouse. In the lead up our students got together with their buddy classes and made wreaths to lay on the day.
Helping Hands Disco
On Friday 19 November, the Helping Hands Managers held the 2021 EHPS school disco, and it was a huge success.
It took a lot of planning to bring it all together, and although there were some previous traditions that we couldn’t do, we still worked as hard as we could to make it fun for everyone. The biggest change was the fact that it was during the school day.
We allowed kids to bring a small number of snacks if they wanted, and it reduced the amount of rubbish afterwards. They loved the lighting effects and the music was completely up to the students. We gave out song suggestion sheets to each class, and collected them the next week. Then we chose a couple of managers to sort through them to make sure they were school appropriate
Overall, the whole thing was a massive success and everyone had a lot of fun. All of us are really proud of our work and are happy with what we accomplished.
Helping Hands Team
On 24 November, room 7 and 8 held a market day. In the weeks leading up to the market stall we had multiple lessons to create products to sell to the rest of the school. Each group had a $20 budget to purchase items that they would use to create their products. The group’s next task was to create marketing posters and take them to the other classes to advertise for their stalls. On the day of the market the students had to set up their stalls and get ready for the day. The stalls were set up in sections of 4 stalls with a money table at the end for the customer to pay for their purchases. Some of the most popular items were sensory bottles, stress balls, Hama bead creations, tie-die socks and jewellery. The prices ranged from 5 cents to $3.50. The total amount we raised was $776.60 but we spent $261.70 on our materials so our overall profit was $514.90. The day of the market stalls was quiet at first with a few sales with the lower primary but after 1 or 2 classes room 7 and 8 were bringing in plenty of profit for RSPCA and Cancer Council. Some groups had to make sure that each class got the same amount so a single class didn’t buy everything because the most popular items were being bought super quickly. It was stressful for some groups because so many people were crowding their store but since room 7 and 8 made so much profit it was good that we got so many customers. Room 7 and 8 were doing the market stalls to learn more about business skills, but came out learning about problems and solutions and how hard it can actually be running a small business. On behalf of room 7 and 8 to all the families who supported our stalls by buying our products thank you, you didn’t just help our chosen charities, but you taught kids great life skills.
Sienna, Charlotte, Char and Max
Reports and Classes
The end of year reports and notification of next year’s classes will be sent home on Thursday 9 December. We will have a transition visit to the new classes during that day where the students will get to know their classmates and hopefully their new teacher. We still have a number of classes where a teacher is yet to be placed and that may not be known until the students return in 2022.
Results of the Poll for 2022 Material & Services Charges
After the Governing Council meeting on the 27 October 2021, all our families were invited to vote in an online poll to make the 2022 Materials Services Charge legally recoverable. Thank you to the many families who voted. The result was overwhelmingly (88%) in favour of making our Materials & Services charge of $370 for 2022 fully legally recoverable. Invoices for 2022 will be issued early next year.
Reminder: NO Lunch Orders next week, the final week of Term 4
Christmas Giving Tree
Thank you to everyone who donated to the Christmas
The local Lions Club have collected our donations and
will distribute the goods to families in need in our local community.
Reminder to all students to please return their sport tops to the office. If we do not receive their tops back, families will be charged for them. (I know that sometimes the players get attached to their number and want to keep their tops for next year but please discourage this).
If coaches haven’t already done so, please return all black folders with registration forms, attendance records and uniform allocations to the office, so that all the information can be archived.
This is the last call of 2021 for lost property to be claimed!
All attempts have been made to reunite labeled/named clothing and food containers back to their owners. However there is still a large number of unclaimed items. A big thank you to Martine for all her help with sorting and stacking our lost items. There is a table outside the Office for you to check through the unnamed collection. All items remaining at the end of term will be donated or disposed of.
Reminder: The last day of Term 4, Friday 10 December is a 2.10pm Dismissal
2022 School Sports Registration
Registrations are now open for ALL sports in
Basketball, Cricket, Netball, Pedal Prix, Soccer, T-Ball and Volleyball
Come’N’Try Basketball, Come’N’Try Cricket and Come’N’Try Soccer
Age restrictions apply
We will require new coordinators and coaches for a number of sports so our students have continued opportunities to participate. Please indicate on your child’s registration if you are able to volunteer.
or for more information about sport availability
Blackwood Christmas Tree Festival
Our students have all been very creative in designing tree decorations for the Giving Tree which will be on display at the Blackwood Christmas Tree Festival. The Festival runs from the 11 - 12 December, it would be a great opportunity to see your child’s tree decoration artwork.
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?
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.
Year 7 to High School
Please click the links below for the Year 7 to High School Term 4, Parent Updates 2021
Term 1 begins Monday 31 January 2022
School Uniform Orders 2022
School uniform can be ordered on the QKR app at any time and will be ready for collection on Tuesday 25 January 2022. Alternatively you can come in and purchase uniform in person on this date.
Reminder that during Terms 1, 2 & 4 it is compulsory to wear hats outside, so you might want to add a hat to your uniform order.