EPS News

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

15-Oct-2021 Dear Families Thank you for supporting your children and our school staff during this challenging time. We are planning for a staggered return to face-to-face learning, which for our Foundation – Year 2 students commences next week. We are excited at the prospect of seeing our students back at school with their friends and teachers. Our highest priorities will again include: the wellbeing, particularly the mental health, of every student. This means effectively using all available resources to support our most vulnerable students and continuing to support students...

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...

End of Term Update

17-September-2021 Dear Families As the term comes to an end, and on behalf of all of our staff (Teaching, Education support and Administration) I wish to thank you and your children for the extraordinary efforts we have seen over the last 10 weeks. We understand and appreciate that, in schools across the state - Government, Independent and Catholic - that students are tired and well and truly over remote and flexible learning. We are holding out hope that the Premier’s announcement on Sunday provides us with some good news...

Parkmore School Rewards program

September 10th Update

10-September-2021 Dear Families Regional Victoria has welcomed back their Foundation- Year 2 students for the last week of this term and although Metropolitan Melbourne schools remain closed, this announcement provides us with some hope. Consistently over the last  12-18 months our schools have followed a similar path back to normal as our regional counterparts and we are excited at the prospect of welcoming some, if not all, students back for the start of Term 4. There has been NO official communication to us yet about what school will look...

Edi Explorers Rally – Friday 10 September

Dear Families, Thank you for joining us on our ‘Edi Explorers Rally’. This is a completely OPTIONAL activity. We sincerely hope that you enjoy this activity and a chance to get in some exercise as well as seeing some of our staff on the streets of Edithvale. Our first ever Edi Explorers rally will be held between 1pm and 2pm on Friday September 10 It’s designed to be a bit of fun and a chance for teachers, students and families to see each other. At the same time, students will...

September 3rd Update

03-September-2021 Dear Families When the History of this pandemic is written, the efforts of our students, families and staff will be written in bold type! The roles that we play together to support the wellbeing and learning of our students has been extraordinary and the genius thing we have all done is to not give up! DEVICE FREE DAY Friday September 10. Today we posted out Year Level activity grids for students to complete next Friday. There are a range of tasks for students to attempt - some independent...

Screen Free Day – Friday 10/9

01-Sep-2021 Dear EPS Families, Next Friday - September 10 - we are having a ‘screen-free day’ and encouraging students to put down their laptops and iPads before they get square eyes! 🙂 With this in mind, students’ work on Friday September 10 will focus more on wellbeing activities that require no access to SeeSaw or Webex. Next week we will be posting out hard copies of activities that are fun and engaging which, hopefully, families can spend some time together to complete. This break in screen time and the...

NAPLAN Update

01-Sep-2021 Dear Families Today we were able to access this year’s NAPLAN results and in the interests of sharing, reflecting and celebrating, I have included a quick whole school snapshot below. Considering the disruption of recent times, it is a remarkable effort to have our school's Highest scores in 5 years for half of the categories below and a testament to the hard work of our students, families and teachers. These results do not define us or our students, and there are some very pleasing results. We are proud...

August 27 Update

27-August-2021 Dear Families We are in the middle of a very difficult time. But please take a moment today to say to your child, to friends and to other parents and carers in our community, and to yourself – you are doing an amazing job! The wellbeing of all our students, as always, is our main priority and we continue to work with the cards we have been dealt to try to support each and every student so that they can return to school in a positive frame of...

Sunday update- masks recommendation

22-August-2021 Dear Families I hope you have enjoyed the sunshine over the weekend and had a chance to relax and unwind as much as you can during these uncertain times. Apologies for the lateness of this message. At a Saturday Statewide Principal briefing we were told that an updated School Operations Guide and communications would arrive soon - and at 7:51 pm tonight it finally did! At this briefing key messages were repeated- namely the importance of connection and wellbeing. We have again been reminded of the importance of...

August 20 Update

20-August-2021 Dear Families Thank you once again for your efforts and support in helping to maintain continuity of learning for our students this week. The scavenger hunt seems a distant memory now and we were fortunate with the timing of this event - and the weather for it too 😊 Increasingly, mental health and wellbeing is becoming a focus of many schools in our Network – and I assume, throughout metropolitan Melbourne, and today’s update aims to provide suggestions and tips and how we can all help to manage...

Bunnings Sausage Sizzle cancelled

17-August-2021 Good Afternoon Families Due to the extension of Lockdown 6.0, our scheduled Bunnings Sausage Sizzle date of Saturday 28th August has been cancelled. It was great to see so many people volunteer for the event. Unfortunately, we will not be able to reschedule the Bunnings BBQ this year (as all future dates are taken), but we hope to secure a date for some time in 2022. Our relationship with Bunnings Keysborough is a good one, and they have generously donated some gift card vouchers to the school, which...

August 16 Update – with more to come later

16-August-2021 Dear Families “The comeback is always stronger than the setback.” Now more than ever we are focused on providing our community with as much certainty as possible and helping our students, families and staff to overcome this latest setback and bounce back higher than ever before. We know that September 3 is the earliest date that we will get to see our students back on site and that we have thirteen days of Remote and Flexible Learning. We know that routine and predictability will be the key for...

Hugh on ‘The Project’

16-August-2021 Good afternoon EPS families, In light of what is currently going on in our community, we thought it would be beneficial to share a clip of Hugh van Cuylenburg from the Resilience Project appearing on Channel 10’s ‘The Project’ last week. In the video, Hugh discusses strategies to support our mental health during this difficult time. We hope you find it helpful. The Resilience Project on "The Project"  Also, TRP@Home is a great resource where you can find a hub of activities and ideas to bring gratitude, empathy...

Edi Scavenger Hunt

12-August-2021 Hi EPS Families, Today James and I have been out and about creating a Scavenger Hunt for our students. We are hoping that it is a fun, engaging and active learning activity with a bit of a difference. We will be posting details about the activity on SeeSaw in the morning which will hopefully generate some excitement and help with connection. We are aware that not every student or family will be able to complete the task tomorrow and the ‘orienteering/regaining exercise’ will still be accessible across...

Quick Update regarding lockdown extension

11-August-2021 Dear families Today’s announcement by the Premier was a bit of a kick to the guts, but one that was not completely unexpected. It means that nothing changes for us for the next 6 school days. Continuity for every student in metropolitan Melbourne remains a challenge and we’re hoping that we can, in part, offset the frustration by providing something for our students to look forward to when they return- hopefully next week. “Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.”-...

Year 0 – 3 Swimming Cancelled

11-August-2021 Dear families Sadly, due to today's 7 day extension to the current lockdown, we have had to cancel the Year 0 - 3 swimming program, as we are unable to secure a future date, at this stage.  We hope that students in Years 4 to 6 will still be able to participate in their program when School returns. If you have paid for swimming, the money will be refunded to your family account, to be used for future charges. The charge will be removed from the accounts of those who have not...

August 6 Update

06-August-2021 Dear families Lockdown 6.0 is here and the silver lining to this is ‘we KNOW what to do.’ After the Flexible and Remote Learning times we have been through together, our students returned to school energised and eager to continue their learning – and we’re aiming for the same to happen again this time. Most of this information has been sent during previous Lockdowns and this is a refresher of the structures, guidelines and details that will be most important for the next 5 days of school. We...

Welcome back

27-July-2021 Dear families "No one can whistle a symphony. It takes a whole orchestra to play it." – H.E. Luccock Thank you for your extraordinary efforts throughout the most recent period of remote learning. The energy that learning from home requires can be intense and at a time when many families, have exhausted nearly all of their energy reserves, the response from our community has been extraordinary. Thank you for your support and commitment to enhancing our students’ wellbeing and helping them to maintain continuity with their learning. Based...

Details for tomorrow’s Return to school

27-July-2021 Good Evening and apologies once again for the lateness of this communication. Thank you once more for your extraordinary efforts over the last fortnight to help our students to learn in such challenging and uncertain times and for your support of our staff. As alluded to earlier today, we have been encouraged to keep our community safe by implementing a number of strategies - similar to ones we had in place in term 4 last year. These will not be perfect for everyone and I'm hopeful that if...

Frankston Line Major Works

10-Sep-2021 Dear Families, An Important Message from the LXRA - Upcoming works. From Monday 13 September until early November, the Level Crossing Removal Project will be working around the clock at Edithvale, Chelsea and Bonbeach. We ask everyone to take extra care while getting around during this period. Please refer to the attached flyer for more information. LXRP Truck Safety Update During this period there will be an increase in truck movements in the area, especially along Station Street, Edithvale Road , Thames Promenade and McLeod Road. We...

Remote Learning extended

20-July-2021 Dear Families, I would like to thank our community during this challenging time for its positivity and focus on those most precious to us: the children in our care. Like me, many of you would have been intently waiting to hear from Premier Dan Andrews today. His message, though somewhat disappointing, was unsurprising – all schools will continue with remote and flexible learning until midnight on Tuesday July 27. We are planning, and hoping for, a return to face to face teaching and learning in the middle of...

Weekly Update – Week 1

16-July-2021 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...

SEESAW tasks for July 16

16-July-2021 Good morning Families I hope this finds you safe and well and that you are feeling ok about the next few days. Our amazing staff have been working late the last night to offer and provide some learning tasks for your child to complete today via SEESAW. I am very grateful for their time after hours last night and wish to acknowledge their efforts. The activities are designed to be completed independently and to help keep our students in a rhythm for learning and again get use to...

Snap lockdown Update

15-July-2021 Good evening I have just completed a statewide webex information session with the Department's Deputy Secretary which spelt out the expectations for school's over the next 5 days of the lockdown. It left more questions than answers but I am comforted by the knowledge that our students, parents and staff, as they always do, will rise to the challenge we all face over the next few days. Firstly, there is no expectation that schools and teachers flick a switch and jump straight into the Remote and Flexible...

Fundraising Team News – July 2021

13-July-2021 Below is a summary from the Fundraising Team for Term 2.   Fundraising Team News - T2 Summary July 2021 You will have seen the Plant-A-Difference fundraising information come home by now (if you haven't, please ask your child's teacher). Our school receives 60% of the money raised through this fundraiser with the remaining money going to purchase trees to be planted on our behalf in the Yarra Yarra biodiversity corridor. The Community Christmas Market will be held on Sunday 28th November from 9.00am to 2.00pm. If you would...

A message from our new School Council President – Nat Firth

17-June-2021 Hi Everyone I wanted to introduce myself as your new School Council President. My family and I moved to Edithvale last year, and my two daughters (Grades 1 and 2) moved to this wonderful school. What struck me immediately is the warm community and tight knit feel here at EPS and I am delighted to be a part of the school community and to lead our School Council for the next 2 years. I am lucky to have wonderful Councillors to work with and I am very excited...

Welcome Back On-site

17-June-2021 Dear Families Today we are able to take another step forward in reconnecting with each other and welcome parents and carers back on-site. Today’s School Operations Guide includes "Non-essential visitors can attend school sites however, density limits must be applied to any spaces accessed and record keeping obligations must be adhered to by any visitors attending the school site." It is important to have our families back on-site and we are keen to make this happen as soon as we can. The energy and atmosphere your presence contributes to our...

Week 8 Update

11-June-2021 Dear Families Congratulations and thank you to all of our families for once again showing great determination and resilience during the past fortnight to successfully navigate another period of remote and flexible learning. Thank you for your understanding and assistance this morning with the new drop off structures we have in place too.  Students arrived excitedly to school and helped create a great buzz and energy today. This is a wonderful reflection of the entire school community. Thank you! It was terrific to see vast numbers of students engaging...

An important message from our Student Leaders

11-June-2021 Dear EPS families, Our Student Leaders have decided that next Friday 18 June will be "The Edi Big Freeze" Pyjama Day at school to support "Fight MND" They have requested that students bring a gold coin to help raise much needed funds for Fight MND Edi Freeze and Pyjama day for MND As part of our role as student leaders we are selecting courses that we would like to raise awareness and funds for. This term we have chosen MND. On Friday 18th of June we are running...

Update for return to school

10-June-2021 Dear Families Thank you for supporting your children and our school staff during this past fortnight. We return to face-to-face learning and teaching tomorrow Friday June 11, and we are excited at the prospect of seeing our students back at school with their friends and teachers. Our highest priorities will again include: the wellbeing, particularly the mental health, of every student. This means effectively using all available resources to support our most vulnerable students and continuing to support students to re-establish friendships and class groups when back on...

Parent Partnership Meetings

10-June-2021 Dear EPS families, We invite you to attend a Parent Partnership Meeting (Parent/Teacher Interviews) to discuss your child's progress and goals for the future. These meetings will take place in the final week of the term, from Monday 21/6 until Friday 26/6. The purpose of these meetings is to discuss the Semester 1 Report that your child's teachers have put together and importantly to collaboratively discuss your child's education. These meetings will all be conducted online via Webex Meetings due to the uncertainty around restrictions that may be...

A quick update with more to follow

09-June-2021 Dear Families Thank you again for your truly extraordinary contribution over the last fortnight to help us deliver a suite of learning opportunities and provide support for your child during another challenging time. Your efforts have helped maintain continuity of our students’ learning and supported their wellbeing. We return to face-to-face learning and teaching this Friday June 11 and we are excited to welcome our students back to school and start the process of successfully re-engaging them in more familiar face to face work. There will be again be restrictions...

We’re back on Friday!

Let’s Get Active

09-June-2021 Good morning We are forwarding this (from DET) today in the hope we can encourage our students to stay active while learning from home. The link below has some fabulous activities (for both inside and outside) that could be useful on a day like today. When children participate in regular physical activity, it boosts their physical and mental health and improves academic performance. Physical activity throughout the day also improves concentration, and the ability to retain information and solve problems. There are many benefits to being active and...

Fundraising Team News – June 2021

08-June-2021 We would like to introduce the new Fundraising Team News end of term summary to all of our Edithvale Primary School  families. This first summary is for the end of Term 1. We aim to have a summary at the end of each term to keep our community up to date with fundraising activities that are happening. If you would like to join the fundraising team please send an email with your contact details to edithvale.ps@education.vic.gov.au Please don't forget to put Fundraising Team in the subject heading. We hope you enjoy our...

Webinar: Your Roadmap For Surviving Snap Lockdowns

08-June-2021 Hello EPS families, We have just been made aware of a webinar run by Heidi Rogers which you right find helpful in the current setting. Please see below for the invite from Heidi: Now we're in the thick of Victoria's fourth lockdown, it's a good opportunity to sharpen our coping skills and feel empowered at a time when many of us are feeling exhausted. See below the details of a FREE webinar that tackles the specific challenges we're all facing, and how to nail the way we respond to them....

Weekly Update – Week 7

04-June-2021 Thank you for your support and commitment to remote and flexible learning this week. Based on advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer, all schools in metropolitan Melbourne will continue with remote and flexible learning, until Thursday 10 June 2021. We are very hopeful to be return to face-to-face teaching next Friday – just prior to the long weekend - and remain that way for the final 2 weeks of the Term. The large numbers of students we have had online has been a great way of staying...

Extended Lockdown Confirmation

02-June-2021 Good afternoon and I hope that this finds you and those closest to you, safe and well. Firstly and most importantly, thank you for your efforts and the extraordinary contribution that you are making to support your child and our staff during such a challenging period. The Acting Premier has announced an extension to Victoria’s lockdown procedures for the Melbourne Metropolitan Area.  Schools in metropolitan Melbourne will continue remote and flexible learning for Prep to Year 10 students. We have had huge numbers of students online and it...

Friday Update – 28 May

28-May-2021 Good afternoon/evening families, “When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it” ― Henry Ford I hope that this finds you safe and well and that the first day of lockdown #4 has gone smoothly for you and those closest to you. Today our team continued to plan for next week’s remote and flexible learning and the attached PDF document includes an overview of what this means for our students at each Year Level.  Foundation Week 7...

Operations Update #2 including Student Free Day details

27-May-2021 Dear parents and carers, Apologies for the late email and as promised, I am sending this with updated information from the Department of Education and confirming that tomorrow May 28 IS a Student Free Day. Importantly, we will continue to focus on the health and wellbeing of our students and broader community over the next 7 days. Our school values launch this week could not have come at a better time. Respect, Kindness and Determination will help us successfully navigate the next week and ensure we return on June 4th, ready...

Lockdown Update from Mr Whitla

27-May-2021 Dear Families Without doubt you are aware by now that the Acting Premier has today announced a 7 day state-wide circuit breaker lockdown commencing at 11:59 pm tonight and effective until 11:59 pm Thursday 3 June. Obviously not where any of us want to be – but nothing we can’t handle together. In a nutshell this means: Schools will be closed and will transition to remote and flexible learning. Exception will be for the provision of onsite supervision for vulnerable children and those of essential workers. Monday 31...

School Operations Update

27-May-2021 Good morning families and I hope that this finds you safe and well despite the unnerving times we are all experiencing right now. Right now we are hoping for the best and planning for the worst. I have had NO contact or communication from the Department but the sense I get when talking to other Principals is that a circuit breaker is imminent. This, coupled with update Tier 1 Public Exposure sites that have extended to Mordialloc means that we will postpone the planned 'Open Mornings' for today...

Update 25-May

25-May-2021 Dear Parents /Carers, As you are no doubt aware, earlier today the State Government announced new restrictions in relation to the latest Corona Virus outbreak from the Northern Suburbs of Melbourne. The Chief Health Officer, Professor Brett Sutton has stated: From 6:00pm tonight, the following rules apply across metropolitan Melbourne and will be in place until at least June 4 (next Friday). Masks must be worn indoors unless there is an exemption. This applies to everyone 12 years and older and includes workplaces Private gatherings in the home are limited to five...

Weekly Update – Term 2 Week 5

21-May-2021 Dear families, Today marks the halfway point of the Term! The days and weeks seem to be flying past and sometimes it’s hard for us all to keep up. Next week is another packed week and one that we have been patiently waiting for as we get ready to launch our new school values. After feedback and suggestions from our students, parents and staff via surveys and conversations last year, the overwhelming belief is that the 3 VALUES of Being RESPECTFUL, KIND and DETERMINED will help drive a strong and inclusive school...

Weekly Update – Term 2 Week 3

07-May-2021 Dear families, A huge thanks to the army of volunteers who helped us transform a couple of outdoor spaces last week at our Working Bee. The results are fantastic, and we are excited to see the Veggie patches planted out with seasonal seedlings (beetroot, snow peas and carrots etc) and the Indigenous garden along Edithvale Rd. with 125 new plants and grasses now in the ground. The efforts of everyone in attendance has made a big difference to our school, and importantly, through the Veggie Patches, we are...

Weekly Update – Term 2 Week 1

23-Apr-2021 Good Afternoon EPS families, Welcome to Term 2 and it has been terrific to be back and enjoying the energy created by excited students. For those who have ventured on to the school grounds, you will have already noticed a new relocatable building on the back of the oval that has been kindly allocated to us by the Department. It will take a few weeks to fit out and be ready for occupation and the building will give us some flexible spaces to use for learning and teaching....

Mothers’ Day Gift Stall and Activity morning

22-Apr-2021 Good Afternoon EPS families, Mothers' Day is on Sunday 9 May. To celebrate our special Mothers' and Guardian's we will be holding the following events: A Mothers' Day gift stall - Thursday 6 May. This stall is not for profit and provides the opportunity for gifts to be chosen by our students. Gifts are pre purchased via QKR with a maximum of 2 gifts per child. Gifts are $8.00 each. We encourage the use of QKR where possible. If you need to pay by cash, please send this to the office...

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...