EPS News

Term 4 Week 10 Update

10-Dec-2021 Dear Families As the end of the school year fast approaches, and we can all look forward to some rest over the summer and aim to fully recover from another year of challenge and disruption. Celebrating successes and acknowledging the great work of our students is an important cultural aspect of our great school and next week we have a number of activities planned to help our students head into the break energised and looking forward to a wonderful 2022. A number of these events on school premises...

Term 4 Week 9 Update

3-Dec-2021 Dear Families “Difficult times make us develop determination and inner strength.” - Dalai Lama With December comes great excitement and energy in schools. Our students have been magnificent adapting to the new timetable this week where they have enjoyed the slightly longer morning learning sessions and the shorter afternoon ones. Throughout this week’s transition sessions our current, and new students who will start with us at Edithvale Primary next year, have successfully and seamlessly embraced their new classmates, teachers and classrooms. It is a credit to the positive...

Term 4 Week 8 Update

26-Nov-2021 Dear Families The school’s Christmas tree has arrived and now takes pride of place outside the office and the sight and smell of it signals the end of the school year is nigh. It is an exciting and busy time of the year and we have plenty of activities and events planned to help our students enjoy their final 15 days of school. The possibility of a school closure is very real. In conversation with Principals at other schools, and families I know impacted by a sudden school...

Timetable Changes for the last 3 weeks of school

23-Nov-2021 Dear Families We continue to work towards a successful end of the school year and prepare for 2022 – and an important piece to this is our transition program that starts in a week from today. Our transition program will run from Tuesday-Thursday next week throughout the morning sessions for all current Year 1-5 students. Our Foundation students’ transition will run from Wednesday-Friday. During all sessions students will get to meet their 2022 teacher and classmates. To help our students, and hopefully families, prepare for next year ALL...

Changes to School COVID processes

19-Nov-2021 Dear Families As promised, some information regarding school procedures if we are impacted by a positive/confirmed case. The most important change, is that non-household contacts will now only be required to quarantine until they complete a standard PCR test and receive a negative result. The Department of Health will no longer send a text to confirm the quarantine requirements of contacts. This applies to all students and staff who are identified as a school-based contact (formerly primary close contacts or PCCs) and listed on the web-based form you...

Term 4 Week 7 Update

19-Nov-2021 Dear Families Today’s KABOOM sports sessions created an exciting and colourful atmosphere at school. It was great seeing students in their house colours enjoying the challenge of trying to master different skills and games with their peers. It is the first of several events and activities to be run for our students between now and the end of the year that aims to support wellbeing and positive socialisation. Our aim over the last few weeks, and for the remainder of the year is to ensure that we continue...

A message from the Science Team – Baby Chicks

18-Nov-2021 Dear Families You may have heard about the new arrivals in the Science lab this week which have been causing a great deal of excitement around the school! Chickens Biological Science During our science program our students learn about biological science. This involves learning about living things, their features and needs. Our students are lucky enough to be involved in a hatching program over the next two weeks. This program is tailored to help them develop Science Inquiry skills such as, questioning and predicting, evaluating, and communicating as...

Invitation to our Community Christmas Market – Sunday 28 November

15-Nov-2021 Dear Families We are thrilled to be able to host the Community Christmas Market on Sunday 28 November from 9am until 2pm. This is a much needed event that will enable us to come together as a community to shop and socialise in the outdoor space. We will have a fun filled day leading up to Christmas. Shout it out from the rooftops and spread the word as Edithvale Primary School will be the place to be on Sunday 28 November! We will have around 25 shopping stalls to...

Term 4 Week 6 Update

12-Nov-2021 Dear Families “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” — Maya Angelou. Tomorrow is World Kindness Day. This is a global day that promotes the importance of being kind to each other, to yourself, and to the world. The purpose of this day, celebrated on November 13 of each year, is to help everyone understand that compassion for others is what binds us all together. Kindness is closely linked to...

Term 4 Week 4 Update

29-Oct-2021 Dear Families The wild and woolly weather over the last 24 hours has not missed us at school – with a few fences and a number of trees coming down on our property and in the surrounding streets. The clean up has begun and this will continue over the  weekend. This week’s School Operations update has given the green light to ease some of the restrictions currently in place in schools as ALL students can finally return to face to face learning from Monday November 1. There are...

Storm Damage

29-Oct-2021 Dear Families The storm has caused a fair of damage in and around our school last night and this morning Please be careful of a fallen tree in French avenue that is impacting on traffic. There are also a couple of trees and two fences that have fallen down on our property. The power has been on and off this morning and we are struggling with Internet connection. The phone lines have been temperamental as well. DET Emergency Management are aware of the damage and we're hoping to...

EPS Epic Mental Health Marathon

25-Oct-2021 Hi Everyone, We have been so excited to have the children starting their transition back to onsite learning with the countdown to everyone being back looming closer every day. To celebrate having students onsite, to highlight our awesome new synthetic school oval and emphasise the importance of positive mental health, we are launching the EPS Epic Mental Health Marathon. What is the challenge I hear you ask? Well, October is Mental Health month in Australia. We thought a terrific way to promote looking after our mental health would be...

Return to School for ALL students November 1

25-Oct-2021 Dear Families Some great news yesterday with the announcement that ALL students will return to on-site learning from next Monday- November 1. The attached DET communication details a few of the changes that we can make as we start to move back to more normal settings at school. From Monday 1 November, a range of school activities will be able to take place in line with the community settings and vaccination requirements) graduations and other assemblies (outside) consistent with community density limits travel across Victoria for camps and...

Term 4 Week 3 Update

22-Oct-2021 Dear Families There has been a completely different feel (thankfully) at school this week after the long-awaited return of most students. Those who have returned to face-to-face learning have made a seamless transition back to school and teachers have mentioned how proud they are of the students’ attitude and effort. We have also noticed that, understandably, the need to work on building the stamina and focus for all students in the next few weeks so that we can maximise learning opportunities. While the phased return inevitably creates some...

Further Facemask Update

15-Oct-2021 Dear Families, Apologies for interrupting your weekend with another message but as we pride ourselves on doing, we are getting this information to our community as soon as we can so that we can keep our families as up to date as possible with information coming from the Department of Education. There are two attachments that I have received from the DET in the last hour that aim to provide direction and support for our students and broader community to keep us safe. I encourage you to read...

Term 4 Week 2 Update

15-Oct-2021 Dear Families We are excited to welcome our Foundation, Year 1 and Year 2 students back to school next week and our Year 3-6 students in the following week. It's been a long, tough road and hopefully the end is in sight. Over the past two weeks we have been preparing for the return of students to on-site learning. You may have read about the extensive health and safety protocols that have been mandated for schools by the Chief Health Officer and Victorian Government.  We will implement all...

Update for return to school

25-Oct-2021 Dear Families Thank you for your efforts in Term 4 to help support the transition to onsite schooling, including getting your family vaccinated and encouraging mask wearing at school. We are very excited to share that following the vaccination targets in Victoria, the staged return to onsite learning is being brought forward, with all onsite schooling to commence full time from Monday 1 November. All metropolitan Melbourne students and school levels will return to onsite learning from Monday 1 November, joining regional Victorian students who returned to onsite...

Year 3 – 6 Face Masks Information

15-Oct-2021 Dear Parents/Carers, As you may have heard last week, it was announced that students in Years 3-6 are required to wear face masks when attending school. As we continue to deal with this health crisis, all schools must enact the advice of the Chief Health Officer where they have any onsite learning occurring. There has been a lack of clarity and direction for schools since this announcement and we have sought further detail before sending this communication. At a recent Department of Education briefing with other school Principals...

What we do if there is a COVID case

14-Oct-2021 Dear Families, With a number of schools in our Network impacted directly by positive COVID cases recently, I thought it worthwhile to help our community prepare for the possibility that we too, may be affected. In conversation with many of my colleagues to help leverage their wisdom from recent experiences, I have tried here to detail the steps involved for our school if a positive case attends school. I am assured that there is a very clear and detailed process that will take place and that ALL COMMUNICATIONS...

Resources for parents to support the return to onsite learning

13-Oct-2021 Dear Families, With the return to onsite learning approaching the staff at Kingston Student Support Services have provided some support materials that may be of use to some families. Please see below: RCH (Royal Children's Hospital) is running an online event tomorrow – Thursday 14th October, 10 to 11 am - "Supporting primary school children in their return to onsite learning" https://facebook.com/events/s/supporting-primary-school-chil/588140825716635/ There is also some information available on the Beyond Blue website: Managing your child’s transition back to school https://coronavirus.beyondblue.org.au/covid-normal/family-life/managing-your-childs-transition-back-to-school?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=organicsocial_bb&utm_demo=all&utm_targeting=null&utm_format=link&utm_creative=photo&utm_objective=null&utm_id=organicsocial_bb1389&fbclid=IwAR3ee36kUmegxvbRrlp38PNymBfxn12lWfTlII0t5cKuJpxPRj2KP-_GH7w Generation Next also have articles and podcasts that are...

Youth Mental Health Parent Workshop – 13/10

Term 4 Week 1 Update

08-Oct-2021 Dear Families The Term ahead will be exciting and offer great opportunities for students and families to start to get back to regular and familiar routines. The term will have its challenges and the strength and resilience of our community will continue to be important in helping our students settle back in to school life. Our students continue to learn through observing the flexibility, determination and resilience shown by all adults around them which has helped them to learn throughout this pandemic. Included below is some recent correspondence...

French Competition news

07-Oct-2021 During Term 3, our Year 5 & 6 students had the opportunity to enrol in a French competition organised by the AFTV (Association of French Teachers in Victoria). The objective was to promote the French teaching and learning in Victorian primary schools and also to offer primary students an opportunity to showcase their abilities in French. The task description for the Students was to research the typical daily activities of a French student of their age. Based on their research, they had to create a PowerPoint presentation in...

Term 4 Week 1

03-Oct-2021 Dear Families Tomorrow we begin Term 4 with a 2 week extension of remote and flexible learning for all students in Metropolitan Melbourne. It is exciting to know that in a few short weeks, we will start seeing students back at school and that from November 5  onwards, when all students are back, we can start to get back to ‘normal’ Not too much changes over the next fortnight other than a couple of minor timetabling adjustments that we have made. These have been made with the intention...

Term 4 Update

01-Oct-2021 Dear Families I hope that the last few weeks have been a little less hectic than stages of last term and that there have been plenty of joyful moments. We have to wait just a little longer to have all students back on-site but we’re excited to know that we’ll be together again soon. We continue to abide by the Chief Health Officer’s advice and as at the time of writing, we are still awaiting further  Department of Education guidelines. Although Term 4 might be a challenging one...

Key dates for Term 4

19-September-2021 Dear Families Today's announcement from the Premier was a bit of a mixed bag for us. There is more information being sent to schools shortly but I thought I'd take a few moments to share what I learnt this afternoon on a State-wide Principal briefing. There was some good news- most notably that we have a proposed date (November 5) when ALL students will be back on-site for face to face teaching. Two points to start with - all dates and plans are subject to change and will...

Parkmore School Rewards program