Weekly Update - Week 1


Lockdown 5.0 is here and the silver lining to this is ‘we KNOW what to do.’ After the Term 1 and 2 Flexible and Remote Learning times, our students returned to school energised and eager to continue their learning – and we’re aiming for the same to happen again this time. Their resilience and determination are greatly admired and appreciated by all of our staff!

The restrictions announced by the Premier yesterday will be in place from 11.59pm Thursday 15 July for a 5-day period. A list of permitted activities at schools is attached.

Following advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer, all Victorian schools have moved to a period of Remote and Flexible Learning (RFL) from Friday 16 July to Tuesday 20 July inclusive.

Our School’s Remote and Flexible Learning programs will again be run through SEESAW and Webex. Each Year level will have learning tasks posted for students to begin completing early each morning. It was great to see so many students online this morning, keen and eager to engage with the tasks set.

Week 2 Overviews

A brief overview of what the next few days looks like for your child is included in the attachment below. Staff will be available at different times throughout the day to offer support and advice for students to help them attempt the learning tasks and provide feedback on their completed work. These varying times aim to take into account the needs of our families – noting that flexibility for all of us needs to be prioritised.

Further details are provided in the Week 2 overviews and our aim is to keep the structure and routine that our students are familiar with in place for the next couple of days.

Term 1 Canteen Price List  Foundation Term 3 Week 2 Overview Lockdown 5.0
Term 1 Canteen Price List  Year 1 Term 3 Week 2 Overview Lockdown 5.0
Term 1 Canteen Price List  Year 2 Week 2 Overview Lockdown 5.0
Term 1 Canteen Price List  Year 3 Term 3 Week 2 Overview Lockdown 5.0
Term 1 Canteen Price List  Year 4 Term3 Week 2 Overview Lockdown 5.0
Term 1 Canteen Price List  Year 5 and 6 Term 3 Week 2 Overview – Lockdown 5.0

Helping families get their kids active

Eligible families can now apply for a voucher that helps subsidise organised sport and recreation activities

Does your child love sport and being active? Does your family have a Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card? You may be eligible for up to $200 to put towards the cost of your child’s participation in physical activities.

The Get Active Kids Voucher Program helps eligible families get their kids involved in organised sport and active recreation activities.

Under the program, children may be eligible to receive up to $200 to help with the cost of membership and registration fees, uniforms, and equipment.

Special consideration also applies for children named on their own Australian Government Health Care Card or residing in care services as well as temporary or provisional visa holders, undocumented migrants or international students.
Applications for vouchers in round two of the program close at 5pm Friday 30 July.
For eligibility requirements and to apply, visit the Get Active Victoria website.

School Crossings

Due to the State Government announcing a snap 5-day lockdown, Council has suspended all school crossings effective immediately until the morning of the 21 July 2021 and we apologise if this causes any inconvenience. Council has taken into consideration the only children attending schools in this period, would be the children of essential workers who should be getting dropped at the school grounds by their parents/care giver.

Level Crossing Removals

On Monday 19 July, the next steps in the Level Crossing Removals in the Edithvale and Chelsea areas will take place.
We have received the attached information from the Level Crossing Removal Project (LXRP) about the upcoming major disruptions in Edithvale, Chelsea and Bonbeach starting next week. These disruptions will involve BIG changes and the closure of many level crossings and pedestrian access points starting on Monday between Station Street and the Nepean Highway.

Term 1 Canteen Price List  School_FLYERS_LXRP

No doubt this will cause some temporary disruption to traffic flow around Edithvale Primary and add extra travel time for the commute to and from school. As much as possible, and when we are all back at school, please try to factor these extended travel times into daily routines and help our students to start the day on time. Unfortunately, being late to school is a bit like missing the start of a movie and having to spend the next ten minutes trying to figure what is going on with the movie or what the focus of the lesson is all about. Sometimes being late is unavoidable, and we understand that this may happen more frequently due to the road works. If you are late arriving at school after 9.00am, please remind your child that they need to come to the office and sign in and collect a late pass.

Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund applications

The Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund helps eligible families to cover the costs of school trips, camps and sporting activities.

If you have a valid means-tested concession card, such as a Veterans Affairs Gold Card, Centrelink Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card, or are a temporary foster parent, you may be eligible. There is also a special consideration category for asylum seeker and refugee families.

Payment amounts this year are $125 for eligible primary school students. Payments are made direct to the school to use towards expenses relating to camps, excursions, and sporting activities for the benefit of your child.

If you applied for CSEF through our school last year, you do not need to complete an application form this year, unless there has been a change in your family circumstances.

If you would like to apply for the first time, please contact the school office on 9772 1393 and ask for an application form.

You can also download the form, and find out more about the program and eligibility, on the Department of Education and Training’s Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund web page.

Check with the school office if you are unsure, and please return completed forms to the school office as soon as possible.

We want to support all students and families to access every opportunity our school provides to engage with different learning experiences. If you are finding it difficult to afford these and would benefit from some financial support, please contact James or Luke at school. We can work together with you to create a plan and ensure that no student misses out.

On-site Supervision during Lockdown 5.0

As with other remote learning periods, our school will provide on-site supervision for students who are eligible (information has been sent previously).

To request on-site supervision, please use this link On Site Attendance Request Form  and complete the form. This needs to be submitted by 3pm on Sunday 18 July so that we can send confirmation letters later that afternoon as required.
The challenge for schools is not necessarily the move in to RFL or even while we are in the RFL stage. The challenge is helping to support our wonderful students to move out of RFL and back to face-to-face learning as smoothly as possible.  We have done this successfully before and I am very confident that, with the support of our amazing Edithvale community, we will do so again.

If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

Take care and keep safe

James Whitla

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