EPS Remote Learning

On-site supervision possible changes for next week

03-Aug-2020 Dear families and I hope that you are safe and well. The move to stage 4 restrictions will have significant implications for our school and our community. I wish to acknowledge that this is a very confusing and somewhat frustrating time and we will continue to do our best to support all of our families navigate through this uncertainty together. The Government’s decision to establish new on-site arrangements was not taken lightly, and I understand that this may lead to further frustration and anxiety. I am assured that...

Important Update

02-Aug-2020 Dear Families, Good evening and I hope that you enjoyed the sunshine over the weekend. I firmly believe that Our finest hour is yet to come! Earlier today, the Victorian Government announced that, on the advice of the Victorian Chief Health Officer, regional and rural Victoria will move to Stage 3 restrictions and metropolitan Melbourne will move to Stage 4 restrictions to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). These requirements apply to all schools across the government, Catholic and independent sectors and across all metropolitan Melbourne and rural...

Weekly Overview and GEM Resources

31-Jul-2020 Dear Families, Thank you for your support of our students and staff as we all continue to learn and teach remotely. We appreciate that everyone is doing their very best and also recognise that in the next few weeks an element of fatigue (for us all) may set in. We will continue to work at getting the connection and content pieces just right and we will keep wellbeing at the forefront of our thinking. We recognise and understand that these difficult times bring challenges that we may not...

Onsite Attendance Monday 3 Aug – Friday 7 Aug

28-Jul-2020 Dear Families, Once again we would like to thank you for helping us support and manage the Victorian Government’s directive- that all students who can learn from home must learn from home. For a limited number of students we will once again be providing On-site supervision. This is available for children of parents who have exhausted all other options for getting supervision of their child/ren- older siblings, carers etc. and cannot work from home. Please see link below for the onsite attendance request online form for Monday 3 August - Friday...

A remote learning survival guide and GEM TV

28-Jul-2020 Good afternoon EPS families, I hope this sunny afternoon finds you safe and well. We have been so proud of the way our students and families continue to manage remote learning 2.0 and everyone deserves a big pat on the back for their effort so far. We know that balancing work, school and home life commitments is extremely challenging for a lot of families and every family will do it slightly differently depending on their personal circumstances. The attached PDF, ‘Managing Remote Learning (a survival guide for parents)’,...

Future Planning Information

27-Jul-2020 Dear Families and I hope that this finds you safe and well, Today, 3 Kingston Network schools have closed for deep cleaning, with confirmed COVID cases. We are NOT one of these and I want to briefly outline the process to you IF our school ever had to be closed to help with planning When a school is closed, generally on short notice, no one is allowed onsite for any reason, including all staff and students. COMPASS notifications and an SMS will be immediately sent out to ALL families. The timing of...

Weekly Overview and Family Fun Challenge

24-Jul-2020 Dear Families, Thankyou for your support, patience and positivity during this week. We have started our assent up the remote learning mountain and hoping that everyone has survived the week. “Check the ropes and the screws before entering a ladder. Cross the ladders slowly and carefully. Sometimes a nearby avalanche or heavy wind sets the ladder in motion. Just stay calm and focus on each step and you’ll be fine”-a climber’s guide to Everest We are all new to the Covid-19 Remote Learning Phase 2 scenario and the...

Onsite Attendance Week 3 27/7/20 – 31/7/20

21-Jul-2020 Dear Families, Once again we would like to thank you for helping us support and manage the Victorian Government’s directive- that all students who can learn from home must learn from home. As per Term 2 for a limited number of students we will once again be providing On-site supervision. This is available for children of parents who have exhausted all other options for getting supervision of their child/ren- older siblings, carers etc. and cannot work from home. Please see link below for the onsite attendance request online form for Monday...

Looking after your child’s wellbeing

Picking up learning materials from school

14-Jul-2020 Good afternoon 🙂 In the rush to extend students’ holidays and plan for a return to remote learning, the chance to provide students with essential learning materials and resources has initially been missed. We want to remedy this by putting together small packages of important materials and resources that will help all of our students successfully learn remotely. Today staff will spend time identifying the most important materials (exercise books, lined paper, pencil cases, materials etc) and bag these up ready for collection. On Wednesday and Thursday...

Onsite attendance during remote learning

14-Jul-2020 Dear Parents and Carers, Once again we would like to thank you for helping us support and manage the Victorian Government’s directive- that all students who can learn from home must learn from home. As per Term 2 for a limited number of students we will once again be providing On-site supervision. This is available for children of parents who have exhausted all other options for getting supervision of their child- older siblings, carers etc. and cannot work from home. Using feedback we have received from Term 2 we have...

Access to Devices and Networks

14-Jul-2020 Dear Parents and Carers, I hope that this finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy. I wish to also thank you for your patience, understanding and support in these uncertain times. Devices such as laptops and iPads will again be made available on loan to students who do not have access to digital technologies at home. These devices are provided free-of-charge and aims to ensure that no student misses out on being able to access remote and flexible learning opportunities. We are aiming to loan...

A letter on behalf of DET and temperature testing procedures

13-Jul-2020 Dear Families Good evening and I hope that this finds you safe and well. I hope that you have been spending some quality time with your family, in what can only be described as a strange holiday break! I have been encouraged to forward a DET letter and have included it here, along with our testing proceedures for all students and staff. I thank you for your ongoing kindness and understanding, as we enter phase two of remote learning and am hopeful that when this all ends...

It’s Official. Remote and Flexible learning is back!

12-Jul-2020 Dear Families Today’s announcement from Premier Dan Andrews has confirmed what many of us thought was inevitable- a return to remote and flexible learning. We’ve done this before and we can do it again and I am confident that we can continue to build upon the many successes we experienced during the first round of remote learning and make this round even better. We know that this will be a challenging period in our lives and we know that there will be a few ups and downs...

On-Site attendance

10-Jul-2020 Dear Parents and Carers We are once again heading into uncertain times and we are awaiting updates and information from the DET. We are conscious of the timing of the messages we are sending and hope that they are received as they are intended- to keep our families as updated and as informed as possible. The extension of the school holidays next week has no doubt thrown some family plans into disarray and there will be a few students (who meet the on-site attendance criteria) requiring some...

Pupil Free Days

09-Jul-2020 Dear Families and Friends of Edithvale I sincerely hope that you and your loved ones remain safe and healthy and that the current COVID19 headlines have not impacted too greatly upon the time you have spent with your family over the holiday period. This was certainly not a message I envisaged writing so soon after school had returned to some sort of normality at the end of last term and I’m certain that there will be a few more messages sent out in the coming days. You...

A message from James Whitla

08-Jun-2020 Dear Families, Tomorrow we welcome back our Year 3-6 students as part of the staged and staggered return to school. It is an exciting time for us all and we are hopeful that our Year 3-6 students transition back into school as well as our Foundation – Year 2 students have over the past fortnight. We can’t wait to have ALL of our students back! Details of the changes to the regular school day have been distributed previously and included below are some key points for consideration...

Entry and Exit Points for Years 3, 4, 5/6

03-Jun-2020 Dear Families, Dear Year 3, 4, and 5/6 Families On Tuesday 9 June, we welcome back our Year 3-6 students as part of the Government’s staggered return to school plans. It is an exciting time and we are very much looking forward to seeing our students again. To ensure a safe and smooth return to school, we have implemented a range of measures to support our students. We will need the help of every member of our school community to help transition back successfully and we will...

Weekly Overview – Week 8

31-May-2020 Dear Families Thank you for helping us to welcome many of our students back to school last week. We were exceptionally proud of the way the students managed their reintroduction to face to face teaching and the operational changes we made. It was wonderful to see so many eager students walking through each gate and the resilience, optimism, and focus that they displayed was amazing. Our Foundation to Year 2 students launched excitedly into their face to face learning while our Senior school students continued, determinedly, with...

Week 7 Overview

24-MAY-2020 The wait is almost over and there is a sense of excitement in the air! On Tuesday we welcome back our Foundation to Year 2 students and our staff are eager to help our students and families settle back into the rhythm of ‘normal’ school life as quickly as possible. For our students returning to face to face teaching this week, there will be a focus on wellbeing, supporting them to cope with the changes we have implemented to keep our community safe and re-establishing routines and...

Important Information for a Return to School

19-MAY-2020 Dear Families, I would like to sincerely thank the entire School Community for their support throughout this period of remote and flexible learning. Thank you once again for your outstanding work. Your commitment to enhancing our students’ wellbeing and educational outcomes has been incredible and helped pave the way for a return to school. Victoria’s return to on-site school attendance is based on the advice of the Victorian Chief Health Officer who, with the wellbeing and safety of students and staff in mind, has fully endorsed a return to...

Return of Loaned Devices

19-MAY-2020 Dear Families, Thank you for your commitment to remote learning and for supporting your child to access tasks remotely. This has been a huge undertaking by our students, parents and staff and we can see light at the end of the tunnel now. With students in years Foundation to 2 returning to school and face to face teaching next week, we are requesting that the loaned devices be returned. We will have 2 opportunities for you to return these to the school Admin office - Friday 22...

Weekly Overview – Week 6

17-MAY-2020 Stronger Together Remote Learning has been a herculean task to undertake for our students, families and staff and it is important that we take a collective pause and reflect on the great efforts of all involved to make this (mostly) highly successful. Thank you for the extra time and the extra work that YOU have invested into this learning. Our reward is the light at the end of the tunnel, and a clear timeline for a return to school. School will look and feel a little bit...

Friday update

15-MAY-2020 Good afternoon Families and I hope this week has been a rewarding one for you. It is a privilege to be part of our great community. Your hard work and commitment to remote learning has helped ensure that we can start to lay the foundations for a successful return to school. I promised that we would get some information about return to school plans to you as soon as it was received from the Department of Education. Today a ‘Return to School’ guide landed on my desk...

Onsite attendance for Wed 20 May – Tues 26 May

13-MAY-2020 Dear Families, Thank you for helping us support and manage the Victorian Government’s directive- that all students who can learn from home must learn from home. It is important that we continue to recognise and acknowledge the reasons for implementing a remote learning from home platform, this is because having around a million children and their parents in closer contact with teachers and other support staff has the potential to increase cases of coronavirus not just in schools but across the community. By having remote learning, it can contribute...

Return to School Information

12-MAY-2020 Dear Parents & Carers Thank you for all your encouragement during these past few weeks of remote and flexible learning. We understand that this has been a challenging time for our students and families. As a community, we can be proud of the support we have given each other, our adaptability, and unity. Thank you for your extraordinary work, support and dedication during this time- it takes a village to raise a child and the Edithvale village is a great one! One of the exciting tasks ahead...

Weekly Overview and Thank you

10-MAY-2020 Dear Families I hope that you enjoyed ‘wellbeing week’ as much as we did and that we achieved our aim of putting smiles on our students’ faces. The turn out for last Monday’s parade was beyond our wildest expectations, it was terrific seeing our students ‘live’ through Webex in the back half of the week and we are hopeful the staff Dance that was uploaded on Friday was a fun way to end the week. We are all part of such a wonderful community and “we are...

EPS Staff dance video – concluding Wellbeing Week

08-MAY-2020 We sincerely hope that Wellbeing Week bought some smiles to you and your families faces this week. This week has captured what a caring and creative team of teachers and staff we have at Edithvale Primary and also highlighted what a special community we are a part of. Thank you to all the families who turned out to wave and smile at our staff on Monday afternoon at the parade. Our teachers and staff were blown away by the amount of people who lined the streets and...

Onsite supervision form for Wednesday 13 May – Tuesday 19 May

06-MAY-2020 Dear Families, Thank you for helping us support and manage the Victorian Government’s directive- that all students who can learn from home must learn from home. It is important that we continue to recognise and acknowledge the reasons for implementing a remote learning from home platform, this is because having around a million children and their parents in closer contact with teachers and other support staff has the potential to increase cases of coronavirus not just in schools but across the community. By having remote learning, it can contribute...

WebEx Update

06-MAY-2020 Thank you for your patience and understanding this morning as we launched Webex Meetings. Overwhelmingly our students (and staff) were very excited at being able to see each other again 'live' Over the next couple of days we will keep learning how to best use the Webex platform to connect our students and determine how we can expand on this next week. The information in the attachment helps to outline a few processes and goals for us over the next few weeks. Stay Safe. Stay healthy and...

Teacher and Staff Gratitude/Thanks messages

05-MAY-2020 Dear Students and Families, Your teachers and our staff have been working exceptionally hard to keep you connected with the school and each other. I know they miss working with you in person and have been amazed at how you have taken to remote learning and the great work you are doing. If any of you would like to send a particular teacher or staff member a message of gratitude/thanks for what they have done for you please use this survey. You can be anonymous or add...

Wellbeing Week – Support for Parents & Carers

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Weekly Overview and Wellbeing Week

03-MAY-2020 Dear Families, Thank you for your patience and understanding over the first 3 weeks of the school term. Thank you for helping to keep our students happy, healthy, safe and learning Your attitude and willingness to adapt to changes and tackle challenges has helped our students’ to succeed and our community to remain strong. As a school, we remain committed to providing the best learning and teaching that we can. We have not perfected it- no school has-and we keep striving to improve and refine our work...

Edithvale Primary Teacher Parade – Monday 4/5 @ 3.00pm

01-MAY-2020 For the past 3 weeks most of our students have only seen their teachers through a screen and we are hoping to change this as we kick off Wellbeing Week. Our staff are missing seeing the smiles on our students’ faces and we hope to see these ‘live’ next week. On Monday 4/5 at 3.00pm or teachers will assemble in their cars and drive around Edithvale in the EPS Teacher Parade. This will be an opportunity for students to see their teachers ‘in real life’ and wave...

Wellbeing and Webex

01-MAY-2020 Dear Families We are all now exactly one quarter through the term. How time flies! Our heroes during the last 3 weeks have been our amazing students who continue to learn, and show us their learning, in extraordinary ways. Thank you for the work that you continue to do with our students and for the strong partnership you have with our school that helps ensure their continuous development. The information attached details our next steps in our rollout of remote learning for our students and continues our...

Onsite attendance form – 6/5 – 12/5

29-Apr-2020 Dear Families, Thank you for helping us support and manage the Victorian Government’s directive- that all students who can learn from home must learn from home. It is important that we continue to recognise and acknowledge the reasons for implementing a remote learning from home platform, this is because having around a million children and their parents in closer contact with teachers and other support staff has the potential to increase cases of coronavirus not just in schools but across the community. By having remote learning, it can contribute to...

Our students are amazing!

29-Apr-2020 There are 1,000,000 students in Victoria who are all trying to make sense of remote learning, isolation and social distancing. Each day our students roll their sleeves up and get to work. We are immensely proud of how they have handled themselves throughout this difficult time. Our students are having to fight the urge to do what comes naturally to them- socialise, play and have fun with friends. They are having a hard time being out of their normal routine and structure and for many their learning...

Remote ANZAC Day Ceremony

24-Apr-2020 Dear Families Firstly, thank you for your efforts again this week. It has been wonderful seeing so many student comments and videos being posted on SEESAW and now it's our turn 🙂 Tomorrow marks an important date on the Australian calendar- April 25- ANZAC Day- and is an opportunity for us to say thankyou to so many who have given so much. It was errie filming this but we wanted to have this significant date acknowledged- despite our isolation and the circumstances surrounding COVID-19. https://youtu.be/h_5w0Ta4-dg And as...

Wed 29 April – Tues 5 May – Onsite supervision form

22-Apr-2020 Dear Families, Thank you for helping us support and manage the Victorian Government’s directive- that all students who can learn from home must learn from home. It is important that we continue to recognise and acknowledge the reasons for implementing a remote learning from home platform, this is because having around a million children and their parents in closer contact with teachers and other support staff has the potential to increase cases of coronavirus not just in schools but across the community. By having remote learning, it can contribute...

Congratulations and Week 2 overview

19-Apr-2020 Dear families Thank you for your ongoing support and understanding throughout the last month as we reinvent the way that learning and teaching is undertaken at Edithvale Primary. I, and our entire staff, have been buoyed by the determination, attitude and commitment of our students and families and have greatly appreciated the positive feedback we have received. The creativity of our students has been a highlight for our staff and we are all hoping to see this continue in the ensuing days, weeks and months. We are...

Thank you, Forms and Updates

13-Apr-2020 Thank you for helping us support and manage the Victorian Government’s directive- that all students who can learn from home must learn from home. Our first foray into remote learning provided us, and many schools across the state, with some challenges and I wish to thank you for your patience and understanding with these matters. It is important that we continue to recognise and acknowledge the reasons for implementing a remote learning from home platform which were reiterated by Victoria’s Chief Health Officer, Dr Brett Sutton, who...

Message from the DET Secretary

Additional Information:  COVID-19 Return to School Policy (534...

Phoning the School – Change in Operations

15-Apr-2020 Good morning parents & carers. Due to the current Covid-19 Crisis, all of our office / administration staff are required to work from home if they are able to. We have had to alter the way we operate and manage school operations. This means that our telephones will not be attended at all times. When you call, if the phones are unattended, you will be asked to leave a message. This message is then automatically sent to the School email, which is being monitored by all of...

Good Luck- #we’vegotthis

14-Apr-2020 Good evening all, I want to wish you all the very best of success with the remote learning program that we are all undertaking for the first time. We know that this transition presents challenges and uncertainty for our families, our students and our staff and it will be certainly a term like no other. I want you to know that it’s ok if it feels uncomfortable and overwhelming. We are all in this together and we are here to help. Included below are some links to...

Best wishes and Learning and Teaching Supports

13-Apr-2020 Dear Families I write to wish you all the very best of success with the remote learning program that we are all learning and undertaking for the first time. “A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step” We as teachers and school leaders continue to prepare for this relatively unfamiliar and challenging world of remote learning and school closures. I want you to know that it’s ok if it feels uncomfortable and overwhelming. We are all in this together. At times, things may feel like...

Remote Learning and Acess to devices and networks update

25-Mar-2020 Dear Edithvale Families I hope that this finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy. I wish to also thank you for your patience, understanding and support in these uncertain times. Our talented and dedicated staff continue to work very hard behind the scenes to ensure our students and families will be supported in the best possible way to successfully translate to home/remote learning. Although somewhat daunting for us all, we are embracing this challenge and looking forward to the opportunities this learning provides. It will...

Connection, Communication, Caring, Curriculum Content

07-Apr-2020 Dear Edithvale Families I hope that this finds you safe and healthy and that the developments over the last few weeks have not impacted upon you too greatly. As Term 2 approaches I am hoping that the following information can assist in preparing for any remote learning that we may have to undertake in the coming weeks. I wish to also acknowledge that the social isolation we are all experiencing has delivered unwanted anxiousness and created different contexts that we are all experiencing right now. Now, more than...

Information on Stage 2- transition to Remote learning

25-Mar-2020 Dear Edithvale Families We are part of a strong and special community. We are here to support you and your family to navigate through these unchartered waters. Yesterday I am very proud to say that we had every single staff member volunteer their time to attend school so that we can take greater steps in our quest to deliver flexible and remote learning options for our students. We are striving to give all of our students’ opportunities to become more skilful and knowledgeable, albeit through a very...