Eden Hills Primary School
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78 Wilpena Street
Eden Hills SA 5050
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29 July 2022

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Welcome back to Term 3

Welcome back all our students and families to Term 3. It’s hard to believe we are now half way through the year. We hope you all had an opportunity to spend quality time with your families over the break.

In staffing news, Josie will be taking leave this term, we wish her a safe and well-deserved break. Maya will be replacing Josie for Music lessons and Choir.

Pupil Free Day

We had a fantastic collaborative shared Pupil Free Day with Hawthorndene Primary school on the first Monday back. The focus of the day was to continue our work on shared goals across our Site Improvement Plans. It was a great opportunity for staff to work alongside their peers to:

  • support our schools to develop a shared language about teacher practice
  • develop teacher reflection and inform the future professional learning
  • engage and motivate teachers to consider how their teaching practice can best support student learning.

The focus of the Literacy sessions was to support our work with Brightpath, Seven Steps and the ongoing goals of the Professional Learning Communities. Staff looked at mentor texts to promote and teach voice and punctuation while working in mixed school and year level groups to explore examples of how to use mentor texts in both of these areas.

In our Numeracy sessions staff were introduced to the Instruction Model to deliver a quality lesson structure. The instructional model is designed to allow for consistent and collaborative instruction across classes. The instructional model has been devised around evidence-based approaches using the High Impact Teaching Strategies.

A big thank you to Kellie and Jake for their organization and facilitation of the wonderful Literacy and Numeracy sessions.

Pathway upgrade

Over the holiday break we had the pathways around the Tiger Turf upgraded to replace the deteriorating rubber surface. The new paving looks fantastic and will provide a much more durable and safer surface for this high traffic area.

2022 Parent survey

You are invited to complete the 2022 annual parent survey.

In the week beginning Monday 1 August you will receive an email or SMS from the Parent Survey Team with a unique link to participate in the survey.

If you did not receive an email or SMS with your unique survey link, contact education.ParentSurvey@sa.gov.au and include our school’s name in your email.

The survey takes less than 10 minutes and will help us understand:

  • what we’re doing well
  • where we can improve
  • what’s important to you.

It has been coordinated centrally so that added administration workload isn't placed on the school. Your answers will not identify you or your child. Only collated feedback will be provided to our school. Information collected will inform school improvement planning and activities at the school.

The survey closes 5pm Sunday 28 August.

https://www.education.sa.gov.au/parents-and-families/parent-engagement/survey-parent-engagement-schools

COVID-19 update

We saw a sharp increase in the number of COVID-19 cases across classes in the second half of last term. You would have received a letter from SA Health and the Department for Education outlining the recommendation for mask use in school as well as preventative measure to stop the spread of COVID across schools and communities. The key messages are:

  • while not mandatory, it is recommended that all students in years 3 to 12 continue to wear face masks when indoors to help reduce the spread of the virus
  • for children who are deemed to be close contacts of cases (where other family members are positive for COVID) it remains mandatory to wear a mask outside of the home, and this includes at school, along with undertaking 5 Rapid Antigen Tests over 7 days
  • ensuring you and your family are fully vaccinated, getting tested and staying away from school with any symptoms, however mild, and practicing social distancing.

Kind regards,
Andrew

Book Week 2022

Because of other calendar commitments we will be celebrating Book Week in Week 7 of this term (instead of the official Week 5). This year’s theme is “Dreaming with eyes open”.

Wednesday 7 September will be our Dress as a book character day. Our Year 6 Resource Centre team will provide more details closer to the time.

Reception & Year 1 Belair National Park Excursion

The Reception and Year 1 children went on an excursion to the Belair National Park. They had a fantastic time exploring nature in the beautiful sunshine. They even got to have a sneak peek in the driver's compartment of the train on the way home.

“We saw koalas, kangaroos and a joey.” Niamh

“Nantu is kangaroo. It rhymes with kangaroo.” Lenny

“We saw a kuula at our excursion and in Kaurna, kuula means koala and ngangki kuula means a female koala.” Scarlet

“I liked it when we made the cubbies. We used sticks and leaves and weeds.” Blake

Buddies Rooms 3, 5 & 7

Room 3

“We built houses for insects.” Piper
“We went to Nature Play and made bug houses with our buddies in Rooms 5 and 7. Ours was for a spider. Then we got a photo. I felt happy.” Iris
“I built a house for an ant. It was fun. It was small.” Harry

Room 5

“We used grass and sticks to make houses for bugs.” Braxton
“On Friday we made houses for miniscule creatures.” Grace
“We used wood, rocks and leaves.” Henry
“We made houses for ants. We used sticks, rock and leaves.” Elaine
“We made a home for a ladybug and caterpillar. We used wood, rocks and sticks.” Charlotte, Alice and Harriet.

Room 7

“On Friday, the first of July we joined up with our buddy class. Our task was to create a house for a minuscule, and everyone did a great job. Me, Braxton and Hamish made a hut in between two tree branches, another one was made out of flat logs.” Hugh

“On Friday, the 1st of July we joined up with our buddies. We did nature play. In nature play we made homes for minuscules.” Iris

“On Friday the first of July, me, Henry, Grace and Charlotte made a house for a minuscule spider in the nature play. It was made of wood, rocks and a couple of leaves. There was a couple of leaves inside of the house. There was a gap in the roof for the spider to go inside. We got a little bit of mud to stick the parts together.” Abby

State SAPSASA Soccer Carnival

Congratulations to Felix, Josh, Ollie, Hannah and Pippa. These students have been selected to represent Southern Heights in the State SAPSASA Soccer Carnival. This is a great achievement, well done and good luck!

Pyjama Day Fundraiser

On the last day of Term 2 we had Pyjama Day, it was so cosy to be wearing our comfy PJs. Together we raised $151.50 towards our World Vision Contributions.

Thank you to everyone for such great efforts to support those in need.

Student Representative Council Executives

Each edition of the newsletter will have a short article introducing the SRC Executives for 2022.

Name: Evelyn
Year: 6
Role: SRC Executive
Why is the SRC Executive role important to you?
I have always looked up to the SRC Executives and I love to take the lead and help in any way possible
Favourite Colour: Pastel Green
Favourite Food: Pasta
Favourite Thing to Do: Dance and Netball

Piano Lessons

Laura has some vacancies for students interested in learning the piano. If you are interested, please complete the expression of interest, and return the form to Laura via the details provided.

Community Notices

NOTICEBOARD

06 Sep 2022 - 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM

21 Sep 2022 - 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM

27 Sep 2022 - 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM

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