End of Week 5 overview


Dear Families

Today marks the end of the 5th week back at school. We continue to amazed, and impressed, with the way our students have settled back in to the routine of a ‘normal’ school day. It is great to see them reconnecting with their peers and engaging with the learning programs.

We are in full swing with our 2021 planning which focuses on the Department’s priority areas

  • Learning catch-up and extension
  • Happy, active and healthy kids
  • Connected schools

2021 Tutoring Program
Yesterday all school Principals were contacted to explain the State Government’s $250 million Learning Tutoring program.
To ensure every school is able to participate effectively in the program, each school, irrespective of size, primary, secondary, or specialist, or level of disadvantage, will receive funding to engage tutor support.

The funding provided to Edithvale Primary School is as follows:
Total allocation to Tutor Support Program: 88,565.00, equivalent to 1.3 Full Time Equivalent (FTE) tutors to support an estimated 60 students. This includes New DET funding: $61,995.00 and our school’s allocation of an extra $26,570.00. This reinforces our commitment to support a range of students to catch up and extend their learning.

We are in the process of determining how the program can work most effectively at Edithvale and trying to identify students who will be included. This is likely to include students at all ability and achievement levels. The challenges of remote learning have not only impacted on students who struggle with learning. There are students across the full distribution of learning attainment who will not have made the progress they would have made if we had been able to proceed with a normal school year.

The primary means of identification will be teacher judgement using existing classroom-based observation and assessments. DET will be supporting all schools to identify which students should be provided targeted teaching in 2021.

The Victorian Chief Health Officer has written a letter to parents, carers and guardians reassuring them of the low transmission risk of coronavirus (COVID-19) in schools.
The letter also provides information on the effective risk-mitigation strategies in place at schools and links to useful information and resources.

Get Active Kids Voucher Program
To support community sport participation, families will be eligible for vouchers to help support their children get involved in organised activities as part of the Get Active Kids Voucher Program.

Under the program, up to 100,000 children will be eligible for $200 vouchers to help with the cost of sports equipment, uniforms or memberships.

Sport and Recreation Victoria will announce eligibility criteria and details on how families can apply for funding over the coming months.

To mark Remembrance Day next Wednesday 11 November, we will pause at 11am to observe a minute’s silence, to remember those who have died or suffered in wars, conflicts and peace operations.

Remembrance Day marks the date in 1918 when the First World War came to an end

French Avenue Traffic
A reminder that at certain times of the day, French Avenue remains a one-way thoroughfare. To help keep our students and the broader community safe, we encourage you to adhere to the conditions outlined on the signs along the Road.

Edithvale Rd Crossing
Please use the safest route possible when crossing Edithvale rd. The increased volume of traffic around our school , due in part to the surrounding roadworks and Crossing removal has the potential to create dangerous situations. Our Crossing Supervisor has recently reported a number of incidents of parents and students not using the lights. The crossing and lights were installed a few years ago after a tragic accident involving one of our students and we want to avoid anything like that happening again. Crossing at the lights helps model good habits for our students and keeps our community safe.

Take care and stay safe

James Whitla