EPS News

Term 3 Week 9 Update

09-Sep-2022 Dear Families What an absolutely AMAZING night we had at our Concert Extravaganza! The talent and skill of so many of our students (and a few staff as well ), never ceases to amaze us and we were certainly treated to an incredible performance last night. It takes a special skill set from all involved to create such a wonderful performance and to watch our students collaborate, problem solve and enjoy being part of a cohesive concert item was a pleasure to behold. The joy on our students’...

Term 3 Week 7 Update

26-Aug-2022 Dear Families Week 7 has seen a ramping up of excitement as our School Concert draws nearer and nearer. Practice is in full swing and our students have embraced the changes to routine and learning something new. We can’t wait to see the fruits of their labour on stage on September 8. On Thursday 1 September, more tickets will go on sale (worth every cent to see the kids have a great time and watch our wonderful staff attempt to dance too ). A reminder also that there...

Term 3 Week 4 Update

05-Aug-2022 Dear Families The Year 4 Surf camp was an amazing experience for our students and staff. The cold water didn’t stop our kids getting in and trying their hand at surfing – and pretty much all of them with a lot more success than me and our other teachers It is such a pleasure taking our students on camps, excursions and out in public. Exemplary manners, and kindness and respect on display at all times. Swimming  Despite our best efforts to ensure our students in our Junior Year...

School Concert Update

04-Aug-2022 Dear Families School Concert - Thursday 8 September - 7.00 - 8.30 pm (approximately) We are so excited to present our school concert and to showcase our students’ acting, dancing and performing talents.  The concert will be at the Robert Blackwood Theatre - 49 Scenic Blvd, Clayton, Monash Uni. Tickets will go on sale later in the term and will be $25 for adults and $15 for children (12 years and under) who are not performing. Please note: all Edithvale Primary Students attend free of charge. Initially there will be a...

Term 3 Week 2 Update

22-Jul-2022 Dear Families Weekly Update A huge thanks to our families for your patience and understanding as we deal with significant staffing pressures this week. Up to 7 staff and 90 students have been absent on any given day and our your children have shown great resilience and adaptability to adjust so well to these changes. To help keep us all safe, we will continue to use the air purifiers that we have, try to keep our classrooms ventilated (yet comfortable) and offer the use of hand sanitiser and...

TRIVIA NIGHT details and Updated Calendar of Events

08-Jul-2022 Dear Parents and Carers, Firstly I sincerely hope that you have enjoyed some special time together over the last fortnight and that you too are looking forward to a jam packed Term at school. A quick glance at the calendar highlights the number of events and activities scheduled over the next 10 weeks. The first of these events is our TRIVIA NIGHT - to be held next Friday evening. Our Quiz masters were amazed at how quickly tickets for this event were purchased and we will look at...

Changes to Pandemic Orders for schools

21-Jun-2022 Dear Parents and Carers, As you would be aware, following advice from the Acting Chief Health Officer, the Victorian Government recently announced changes to the pandemic orders. There will no longer be a mandated vaccination requirement for staff working in mainstream schools. This change will come in from 11.59pm Friday 24 June, so in effect from the start of Term 3 2022. With almost 100% of school staff now vaccinated across Victoria, this will cause little change to our school. As part of the changes, from 11.59pm Friday...

Term 2 Week 8 Update

16-Jun-2022 Dear Families As we approach the end of another term, I often find myself reflecting on our successes and achievements of our students, however this time my reflection is more about our staff and parents I’m grateful to be a principal at a school where the staff and parents care deeply about our school and broader community. Our staff are knowledgeable and skilful in their practice, and have a mindset focused on continuous improvement. When  roaming the school each day I see firsthand the respectful and engaging interactions...

Term 2 Week 7 Update

10-Jun-2022 Dear Families Parent partnership meetings A reminder that there is an opportunity to discuss your child’s end of Semester 1 report (which will be live on COMPASS on Friday June 17), with their teacher. To book a time to meet, please head to the Conferences section in COMPASS. To help staff with the planning and organisation of these meetings, and to give us enough time to get confirmation emails out to families, we will be locking the booking system on Wednesday next week from 4pm. If there are...

Free Camp – Year 4

10-Jun-2022 Dear Year 4 Families I am very pleased to confirm that we have been offered a School Camp for our Year 4 students during Term 3 - and it is completely FREE! It was lovely to go and visit the student’s last week at Camp Manyung and see them complete all the activities with such enthusiasm and determination.  Upon their return we have loved hearing about the great experiences, enjoyment, and camaraderie. It is exciting to think that we can offer another wonderful school camp! This also gives...

Free Camp – Year 5 & 6

10-Jun-2022 Dear Families, I am very pleased to confirm that we have been offered a FREE School Camp for our Year 5 and Year 6 students in the last week of Term 3 - and it is completely FREE! Having experienced the Waratah Beach camp last week, and seeing the enjoyment and camaraderie, it is exciting to think that we can offer another wonderful school camp experience - and also give students who were unable to participate last week with a unique experience in their final year or 2...

Term 2 Week 6 Update

03-Jun-2022 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...

Term 2 Week 4 Update

20-May-2022 Dear Families Thankyou for your understanding as we navigate our way through some rough Winter waters this week. With flu, gastro and Covid in our school community we have had to continually adapt and adjust the learning and teaching. I know through conversations with leaders at other local schools that we are not alone in this and that we are all doing everything we can to keep our students, families and staff safe while remaining open. It means that there may be times when we have to split...

Term 2 Week 3 Update

13-May-2022 Dear Families Welcome to Term 2 Today marks the end of a challenging week where we have seen, at times, over 100 students absent on any given day due to the flu, gastro and Covid. We are very grateful to all families who have helped us stay safe and open by helping students to rest up and recover at home. On a more positive note, our Year 3 and 5 students have embraced the challenge of NAPLAN through their great effort, attitude and determination. We know that this...

Term 2 Year Level Newsletters

Mothers and Special People Afternoon FRIDAY MAY 6TH

02-May-2022 Dear Families Everyone here at EPS is looking forward to hosting our Mothers and Special People afternoon this coming Friday (6/5) from 2.45 - 3.30 pm. Mothers/Special person can visit their child's classroom and participate in the fabulous experiences listed below: Foundation Our students and their special person will be making and decorating icy pole stick frames together and gluing in a photo. Year 1 Year One students will be making bracelets, sharing all that they know about their special person in an information text, and completing a...

Term 2 Week 1 Update

29-Apr-2022 Dear Families Welcome to Term 2 The slight easing of restrictions in schools means that we are looking forward to welcoming helpers and volunteers back in to classrooms, the canteen and assemblies in the Year 3/4 building during the colder months. It is a step towards getting back to normal and a great chance to continue to build community connections. These changes also mean that on Friday May 6 at 2:45 pm each Year level will be organising an experience or activity for our amazing mothers and special...

Term 2 Covid Safe Update

25-Apr-2022 Dear Families I hope you and your families enjoyed a wonderful break over the school holidays. The Victorian Government has announced some important changes to COVIDSafe measures for schools that will apply from the start of Term 2. Face masks From 11:59 pm Friday 22 April, face masks, while recommended, are not required in any school setting. This means students in grades 3 to 6, staff and visitors in primary schools are no longer required to wear face masks. Any student or staff member who wishes to wear...

Term 1 Week 10 Update

06-Apr-2022 Dear Families The end of the longest Term 1 in memory is upon us and it is worth taking a moment to reflect on the incredible efforts of our students, families and staff that made the term a successful one. Students have continued to display our school values by being Respectful, Kind and Determined – and they have been magnificent in settling back into the rhythm and structure of school. The support from all parents and carers to keep building community spirit has been invaluable in creating an...

Grade 6 Mini-Market – Thursday 7 April

04-Apr-2022 Dear Families Our Year 6 students have been honing their entrepreneurial skills in their PBIL unit this term and have created a small business idea to sell a product at a market. We will be holding a mini-market for the students of Edithvale PS to attend on Thursday 7 April. The classes will come through between 12-1.30 pm and the variety of offerings at the stalls are items such as stickers, bookmarks, Pokemon cards, clay sculptures, lollies, food, and drinks and range between 50c - $3. We ask that...

Edithvale Primary Twilight Market

29-Mar-2022 Dear Families There are only a few more sleeps to go before our first big community event of the Year – the Edithvale Primary Twilight Market. The School Council Fundraising team have been feverishly putting the finishing touches to this community event and have done a power of work behind the scenes to get 30 plus stall holders, entertainment and 10 plus food/coffee trucks organised 😊 The market will be held between 3:30 pm and 7:00 pm on Friday April 1. There will be heaps of fun activities,...

2022 ANZAC Day Appeal

28-Mar-2022 Dear Families This year, as part of our Edithvale Primary’s ANZAC Day 2022 program, the Student Leadership Team will be raising money for the RSL as part of the 2022 ANCAC Appeal. Over the next 2 weeks,  student leaders will be visiting classes to sell ANZAC Day badges as part of the appeal. The following items are available for purchase for the next two weeks either at the school office or from our student leaders. ANZAC Pin $1.00 Rising Sun Appeal Pin $2.00 I Remember Wrist band $3.00...

Term 1 Week 8 Update

25-Mar-2022 Dear Families There are only a few more sleeps to go before our first big community event of the Year – the Edithvale Primary Twilight Market  The market will be held between 3:30 pm and 7:00 pm next Friday April 1. There will be heaps of fun activities, food trucks and stalls for everyone to enjoy and we are excited to welcome our extended Edithvale Community to school and reconnect with each other. To help this EVENT to run smoothly we’d love an extra pair of hands to help...

Term 1 Week 7 Update

18-Mar-2022 Dear Families With the Twilight Easter Market just a fortnight away (Friday April 1 from 3:30 pm) the planning and organisation behind the scenes has continued at a frenetic pace. Donations of chocolate, lucky jars, and drinks continue to roll in and we are very grateful for the generosity of our community. Thank you. On the day of the market, we will run a slightly different schedule during the day with recess and lunch breaks taken at different times so that we can ensure a smooth set up...

News from the Art Studio

18-Mar-2022 Dear Families Hold onto your bread bags, and start collecting! We will soon be collecting soft plastic bread bags for recycling as part of the "Wonder Recycling Rewards for Schools" program. You might ask: what is a bread bag for recycling purposes?  If it has contained bread of some sort and is a soft plastic, then it's a bread bag. How clean does the bag have to be? Bread bags should be free of crumbs but they do not need to be washed. We'll let you know when...

Term 1 Week 6 Update

11-Mar-2022 Dear Families Today’s staff professional learning has been amazing. Together with our Department Student Support Officer we dived deeply into the strength based Disability Inclusion initiative to understand how we can continue to make adjustments to our learning and teaching environment so that all students can access quality education. We learned, discussed in depth, and shared, knowledge together so that we have an expanded repertoire of inclusive education practices. RATs We are still awaiting the delivery of our next shipment of Rapid Antigen Tests. I am hopeful that...

Term 1 Week 5 Update

04-Mar-2022 Dear Families With so much devastation on the Eastern Coast of Australia and in Europe right now, it was very refreshing and insightful to be stopped in the yard by a few our Senior students this week to reflect upon how lucky we are. One student was overheard to say “I have a bed, a roof and some food – so I can live happy” Student Wellbeing There remains a very strong commitment to student wellbeing here at Edithvale Primary and our engagement with the Resilience Project is...

Term 1 Week 4 Update

25-Feb-2022 Dear Families A positive step forward with the announcement of altered restrictions for many workplaces this week. For our Year 3-6 students and staff it still means however that masks are still required to be worn indoors – except for when students are eating or drinking and teachers are explicitly teaching. As vaccination rates increase, so too does the probability of masks no longer being mandated in classrooms for our Year 3-6 students increase. Our students have been exceptionally understanding of the mask-wearing requirements and we are grateful...

Term 1 Week 3 Update

18-Feb-2022 Dear Families As Stephen Covey (habits of highly effective people) has said “We develop our character muscles by overcoming challenges and obstacles.” This week has given us all a few obstacles to overcome and as a staff we are greatly appreciative of the efforts of all students and families in helping us to overcome these. Thank you. Student leaders Today we were able to present our Student leaders with their ‘2022 leadership badges’. We are blessed to have outstanding student leaders again this year and we know that...

Save the Date! EPS Twilight Market is back for 2022!

17-Feb-2022 We are excited to announce that our Easter Twilight Market will be held on Friday 1 April 2022. Following on from the success of last year's Twilight Market, we will again be running the School BBQ, Lucky Jar, Choc-a-Block, and Cake stalls. These are popular stalls that raise money to improve our school. We are looking forward to continuing to build on last year’s successes and to do this, will need your help. Please see the attached flyer for further information. COMING SOON - Donation Drive April 2022...

School Council Election Update

15-Feb-2022 Dear Families, This year we will NOT require a School Council election. The number of nominations is equal to the number of vacancies in both membership categories, therefore I declare elected those who have nominated and that a ballot will not be held for either the Parent or School employee membership categories. We welcome: Lewis Brown, Emma Gierschick and Samantha Paxton to the Edithvale Primary School Council for the first time and we welcome back Laura Moore They join current parent category members Aileen Dyce, Nat Firth, Andrew Murray and Thomas Beilken. I...

Term 1 Week 2 Update

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Call for School Council Nominations 2022-2024

07-Feb-2022 Dear Families Please find information regarding the process for appointing our 2022-2024 Edithvale School Council If you are one of the many parents of our great school community who like to be involved with many aspects of Edithvale Primary School - we’d love to have you join us on School Council. Those with a desire to work with other enthusiastic and creative parents to help shape our School’s future are keenly sought after and encouraged to nominate (or be nominated) to become a member of a dynamic School...

Term 1 Week 1 Update

04-Feb-2022 Dear Families, Firstly I hope that all students and families who are, currently, or have recently had to isolate, are all safe and well and feeling fine. We have had a number of students and families impacted already this week and we are thinking of them at this time. A huge thank you to our community for helping us to stay safe and keep our school open by keeping us informed of any illness and following the guidelines for managing COVID. It really does help. What an exciting...

Brief update for tomorrow

29-Jan-2022 Dear Parents and Carers I hope that this finds you safe and well and that you and your child/ren are ready and raring to go. We’re excited to welcome all members of our community back to Edithvale primary. No doubt there are some challenging times ahead for us all but if we all do our little bit, we can help to stay safe and well and keep our school open. For the next 4 weeks, we will be operating under some fairly familiar Covid safe settings and be...

Back-to-school plan January 2022

25-Jan-2022 Dear Parents and Carers I hope you and your families have enjoyed a relaxing holiday break. As we prepare to welcome students back to our school next week, the Victorian Government has announced some new measures for the beginning of the 2022 school year across all Victorian schools. There’s no doubt that this term is going to be challenging for all of us, but we are also very excited to kick off the school year and welcome back all of our students. The plan maintains the importance of...