Term 2 Week 6 Update


Dear Families

Reconciliation week

Our school is on Bunurong land, which forms part of the eastern Kulin Nations, and we acknowledge the traditional owners of this land and pay respects to elders past present and emerging.

This year the theme for National Reconciliation Week is Be Brave Make Change. It asks everyone to make a change beginning with brave actions in our daily lives – taking action where we live, work, play, learn and socialize.

As part of being Brave, we as a school are making a change in recognition of a shared history. One such way that we can change in our community is by recognizing the impact words or names can have on our community.

Our House names of Cook, Flinders, Murray, and Tasman recognize 4 explorers who have been credited throughout history as being some of the first Europeans to visit Australia and the Mornington Peninsula.

But this is only a short part of the history of this land which we meet on and we believe that it is time to make a change to recognise the language that has been spoken by the traditional owners of this land for generations as well as the speakers of this language.

Throughout the year our Student leadership team, Principals, and the entire Edithvale community have the chance to contribute to a journey that will allow us as a school to build a stronger connection to the Bunurong land and its custodian’s
Bunurong culture and language are unique and irreplaceable and as such requires greater recognition and protection.

Bunurong culture and language exists throughout all aspects of the landscape; the lands, waters, and the Bunurong People.


School Trivia Night – Save the date

Our School Council have been busy putting the finishing touches on a School Trivia Night that we have locked in for Friday July 15 at the Mordialloc Bowls Club. Details on how to book, prices etc will be available soon. There will be 150 tickets available.

2021 Annual Report to the Community

The Improvement Support Unit have completed the quality assurance process of our 2021 Annual Report. I am pleased to inform our community that the report has met all quality assurance criteria required by the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA).

The Annual Report is now available to be shared and celebrated with our school community. It can be located on our website using this link.

Uniform display

In Term 4 we will be in a position to roll out our new School Uniform and start the 2 year process of phasing out our current uniform. The new logo, better quality and brighter uniforms, are on display in the Administration Area and have already generated great excitement amongst our students and staff. Next time you are up at school, please feel free to pop in and have a look.

The new stock will be available in the first week of the September School holidays from PSW in Carrum Downs.

We asked a couple of our students to try on and test the new uniforms and both students gave the uniform their tick of approval.

Students’ Last day of Term 2

A reminder that the last day for students this Term is Thursday June 23. School will finish at 3:30 pm as usual. Staff will be undertaking a whole school Professional Practice Day on Mathematics with a focus on Number fluency, Reasoning and Understanding. Team Kids will be open and available to take bookings for families who may need to
access this service.

Parent Partnership Meetings

We invite you to attend a Parent Partnership Meeting (Parent/Teacher Interviews) to discuss your child’s progress and goals for the future. These interviews will take place in the last week of Term with the majority of these on Wednesday (for our Year F-2 students) and Thursday (for our Year 3-6) students

The purpose of these meetings is to discuss the Semester 1 Report that your child’s teachers have put together and importantly to collaboratively discuss your child’s learning.

These meetings will all be conducted via Webex Meetings due to the uncertainty around restrictions that may be in place for the week of the meetings. Our Specialist teachers will be available and you can book a meeting with them too.

On WEDNESDAY JUNE 8 (next week) we will make the booking system accessible to families. If you wish to make a time to meet with your child’s teacher, please identify a time that can work for you and lock it in.

In order to book in with the teachers for Conferences using the Compass app on an Apple or Android device you will first need to login using your parent login credentials.

From the homepage click the hamburger menu button at the top left (three horizontal bars) and then select ‘Conferences’ from the menu that slides open.

We will CLOSE this window on WEDNESDAY JUNE 15 so that staff can organise their schedules and yard duties before sending a confirming email on THURSDAY JUNE 16. This email will be sent to all families WHO HAVE BOOKED A TIME TO MEET via the CONFERENCE option on Compass.

Please use the COMPASS portal to book a 15-minute meeting with your child’s teachers.

For these meetings to run smoothly we respectfully ask that you please note the start and finish time of your meeting and be logged in and ready. Our staff will endeavour to also be prompt for each meeting and aim to be running on time too.

Child safety and wellbeing at Edithvale primary School: information for families and the school community

The Victorian Government has announced new Child Safe Standards to further strengthen child safety across organisations, including schools. The new standards recognise the critical importance of families and the broader school community in maintaining and promoting child safety and wellbeing.

Edithvale Primary is currently reviewing and updating the child safety policies and procedures using Department of education recommended language and templates. Our current policies were updated and approved by the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority last year as part of our School review. We are revisiting these to ensure all policies meet the requirements of the new standards. The most up to date policies are available to view on our school’s website, and copies will shortly be available at our school’s front office.

We are committed to continuous improvement in our approach to child safety and wellbeing and welcome feedback from families and members of our school community on ways we can further strengthen our child safety policies, procedures and practices. Our Child Safe Code of Conduct and Child safety responding and reporting DRAFT policies can be found here: School Policies (edithvaleps.vic.edu.au)

If you have any suggestions, comments, feedback, or questions, please contact James (Principal) or Hayley (Assistant Principal)