EPS News

The Resilience Project

19-Apr-2021 Good Afternoon EPS families, Wellbeing is of utmost importance to our school and we are excited by the upcoming opportunity for our parents and community to hear from The Resilience Project, who influence our daily wellbeing lessons greatly at our school. On Monday 26/4, Hugh Van Cuylenburg, the founder of The Resilience Project, will present to our school community via Zoom from 6.30pm - 7.30pm.  The Resilience Project delivers emotionally engaging programs to schools, sports clubs and businesses and provides them with evidence-based, practical strategies to build resilience...

Department COVID update

29-Mar-2021 Dear parents and carers, The following information came through from DET on Friday afternoon The Victorian Government further relaxed its COVIDSafe settings from 6pm last Friday, 26 March 2021. Changes to the COVIDSafe settings include allowing more visitors in the home, changes to mask wearing in some settings and updates to density limits in some settings. There are limited operational changes for schools. Visitors continue to be welcomed at our school, however face masks must be carried by individuals 12 years and over at all times and worn when physical...

Week 9 Update

26-Mar-2021 Dear Families, As I write this today, there is a hive of activity outside with final arrangements being made for our first ever Twilight Market. We’re excited to be able to open our school site up to our community once again and have our collective fingers crossed that the weather holds and everyone has a great time. Earlier this week the Victorian Government announced more relaxed COVIDSafe settings to take effect from 6pm this Friday. The Department is working to update the School Operations Guide, and we will...

Progress reports

25-Mar-2021 Dear Families, We are continuing with our progressive reporting in 2021 to give more frequent and timely feedback to students and parents. Our first Progress Reports will be available from 4pm tomorrow - Friday March 26 through COMPASS. The statements you read have been generated by our staff and reflect the learning and teaching foci for each Year level so far this year.  These statements help provide detail about the skills, concepts and knowledge acquired by your child during this term, which included a short circuit breaker lockdown. These reports...

Week 7 Update

12-Mar-2021 Dear Families, Our First Student Free Day for the whole school was held last Friday with two foci for our professional learning and development. The first was run by our Literacy critical friend who we engaged with during 2020. Cathy Harrison’s work has helped us consolidate our knowledge of phonics and assisted us to develop some scope and sequences for teaching the morphology of words in the middle and senior schools. The session examined ways we continue to effectively use flash cards with substitution of phonemes and digraphs...

School Council News

10-Mar-2021 Last night we inducted our newest School Council members and appointed Office Bearers after our Annual General Meeting. I am very pleased to report that Natalie Firth has been elected unopposed to the vacant President position and Aileen Dyce has likewise been elected unopposed to the vacant Vice–President position. They are joined by other new parent representatives Thomas Beilken and Andrew Murray. Experienced Councillors Nikki Brown, Mark Eddey, Laura Moore and Mike Smits continue in their roles too. Steve Smith who has been a tireless contributor to our...

Week 5 Update

26-Feb-2021 Dear Families Already we have taken a number of school tours for prospective families starting in 2022 at Edithvale and I have to say that it is an absolute joy to walk through the school every morning and see and hear calm classrooms focussing on phonics. Students continue to practise segmenting and blending strategies and use the language of digraphs and phonemes effortlessly. The excellent classroom practise is complemented by our READ program teacher/tutors. This week’s Department of Education online channel “In our Classrooms”, after hearing about the...

Week 4 Update

19-Feb-2021 Dear Families A huge thank you to our school community for your support and understanding during this ‘Circuit Breaker’. As quickly as we were forced into learning from home, we have bounced straight back into regular learning structures and routines back at school. Our students have recommenced where they left off and barely missed a beat. I am extremely  grateful to our dedicated staff who suspended time with family, friends and loved ones over the weekend to ensure our students had the opportunity to continue to learn at...

Results of School Council Election

School’s Back !

17-Feb-2021 Dear Families Today's announcement from the Premier that school's are reopening is GREAT news for our community and we're excited to have the chance to get stuck into the learning tomorrow, Thursday 18 February. Thank you for supporting your children and our school staff this week. We can’t wait to see our students back at school with their friends and teachers from 8:40 am tomorrow when the gates re-open. Parents are permitted on-site and we are looking forward to keeping connected with you then. The circuit breaker actions that came...

Circuit Breaker Information for Families

14-Feb-2021 Dear Families I hope that this finds you safe and well and you and those closest to you have successfully navigated the first days of this lockdown. The information included here helps to detail what the next 3 day Circuit Breaker means for our students and broader school community. The Victorian Government on Friday announced new directions to prevent the spread of the COVID-19. As a result, in line with the directions issued from Victoria’s Chief Health Officer, all Victorian schools will move to a period of remote...

Week 3 Update

12-Feb-2021 Dear Families As I write this, there is a sense of dread that at any moment a snap state wide lockdown might be called. If this is indeed the case we’ll be hurriedly getting information out to our families as soon as it becomes available - and hopefully this will provide appropriate direction and support to get us through this period. On a more positive note, our staff continue to be delighted with the attitude, effort and application of our students towards their learning this week. All classes...

Today’s BBQ postponed

12-Feb-2021 Dear families As we await the outcome of this morning's CABINET meeting and the possibility of a snap lock down across Melbourne, we have decided to postpone the planned Welcome Back BBQ scheduled for this evening. In light of the current climate we believe that this is in the best interests of our broader community and is a prudent measure in helping to reduce the chances of COVID-19 transmission and keep our students, families and staff safe. We apologise for the short notice and for any inconvenience caused....

2021 School Council Election

08-Feb-2021 Nominations are now open for four parent vacancies and one staff vacancy on our School Council. School councils are groups who make decisions that set the direction of the school. They: Help create and check the school’s budget Contribute to the school strategic plan Make decisions on policies like investments and payments by parents If you are an enthusiastic parent interested in getting more involved and having a say in what our school is doing, or know someone who is, we would love to hear from you. We are looking...

Camps, Sports & Excursions Fund (CSEF)

08-Feb-2021 School camps provide children with inspiring experiences in the great outdoors, excursions encourage a deeper understanding of how the world works, while sports teach teamwork, discipline and leadership. All are part of a healthy curriculum. CSEF is provided by the Victorian Government to assist eligible families to cover the costs of school trips, camps and sporting activities. If you hold a valid means-tested concession card or are a temporary foster parent, you may be eligible for CSEF. A special consideration category also exists for asylum seeker and refugee...

Week 2 Update

05-Feb-2021 Dear Families The first full week back at school has been a very successful one and our students should be congratulated on the way they have embraced every learning opportunity. In visits to classrooms we can see calm and focused students developing their phonological awareness at the start of each day and using this to build on their reading and spelling skills. Challenging maths tasks that encourage students to apply their Number knowledge and a focus on students’ wellbeing follow, along with (on some days) Science, French, Art,...

Week 1 Update

29-Jan-2021 Dear Families It was fabulous to see our students and families back at school yesterday. The energy and excitement could be felt throughout the school and our students were incredible in the way they transitioned into their new surroundings. Thanks also to our families who helped to make the start of the year such a smooth one. It was wonderful to see many friendly and familiar faces in the yard before and after school and to meet many of our new families as well. Information from each Year...

A Message from the Science Team

See you in the morning

27-Jan-2021 Dear Families The wait is almost over and tomorrow we are excited to welcome our students and community back to Edithvale Primary. Our staff have been eagerly planning for 2021 and we are keen to make it a GREAT year. Just a few last minute reminders to help tomorrow run as smoothly and as safely as possible..... 1. If you are attending onsite for more than 15 minutes, we respectfully ask that you sign in using the QR codes that are scattered throughout our school 2. Our school gates...

Start of Year School Operations

22-Jan-2021 Dear Families Welcome to the 2021 school year. We hope that the vacation period has been relaxing, successful and rewarding and that you and ready to join us on an exciting journey this year. After a disruptive 2020 we’re keen to get back to doing what we do best- creating great learning opportunities in a supportive and engaging school environment. And we can’t wait to work for, and with, you throughout 2021. Our school will continue to grow and develop. Our staff and students will continue to learn...