Principal’s Report

How wonderful to be back at school this week with all of our students and staff! The excitement and energy is fantastic, as we look towards a great year ahead full of learning and lots of fun!

There is a lot going on this term to keep us all extra busy – Smile Squad, EDEC Swimming, Parent/Teacher Connect Meetings, NAPLAN, Grade 3-6 Athletics and Grade 5 Camp, to mention a few things!

I will be going into more detail next week about what our school goals are for the term and the year – it is a School Review year, where we set up our next 4-year Strategic Plan.

  • A reminder to all students that classrooms open at 8.50am and that entry to all classrooms is from the external doors, not via the corridors in the Main Building please.
  • Hats on for all students this term. Please contact the Office Staff : Pauline (Polly), Kerry, Fiona or Bronwyn if you need to purchase another one for your child.
  • In coming weeks, all teachers of last year’s grades meet with the teachers of the new grades to do a handover of information to best support students in the coming year. Please contact your child’s grade teacher if there is anything that you would like them to know, but there will also be an      opportunity for this at the Parent/Teacher Connect meetings on Thursday 16th February with book ings open on Friday this week via Compass.
  • Please record all Student Absences via Compass – contact the office staff – Kerry, Fiona, Bronwyn, Pauline (Polly) if you are not sure how to use this platform or have lost/forgotten your password!

Parents and Carers are a key part of EPS and the education of our students – we are all in a partnership together to educate and support our young people.

Our EPS communication methods include Class Dojo, school email, Compass, phone call or face-to-face meetings. As a guide, please use the following platforms for these types of communication:

Class Dojo – Events and reminders to parents and carers, news on events or student work samples sent home. NB. This is not always monitored by the grade teacher during the day, so if more urgent (ie. changed arrangements to being collected from school that day), please contact the office via phone.

School email (emerald.ps@education.vic.gov.au) – Any non-urgent queries to our office staff (Polly, Kerry, Fiona or Bronwyn), teaching staff, Emma or Carice.

Compass – Student absences advised via Compass, payments made, permission given for excursions, whole school/grade level notices sent home.

Phone – For more urgent queries and advising of information.

Meeting – Staff are very happy to meet with parents and carers regarding any concerns they have regarding a student’s academic, social or emotional progress. Please feel free to advise your grade teacher of anything they may need to know for the day ahead to support your child via private Class Dojo message, or a quick drop-in of a morning. For more serious concerns or extensive conversations, please make a separate meeting time with the teacher, or Carice and/or myself.

Congratulations and good luck to Edith Rode of Grade 4 – as she represents our school (and herself!) in interschool equestrian events on some weekends over this year. Edith will be competing on her pony, Jude, and should be in her first event on 18th February – very exciting!

Emma Clark
Principal

Camps, Sports & Excursions FUND (CSEF)

If you hold a Centrelink Pensioner Concession card or Health care card which is current from 30th January 2023 (start of Term 1) you are eligible to

receive CSEF  –   $125 per year.

Forms are available from the office and we need a copy of your eligible card.

In Schools Music Program is starting again for Senior students.

Students have a lesson on a Wednesday or Thursday in school hours.

Phone Andrew McAlister on 0408 467 147  if you are interested or have more   questions.

As shown in the picture there is still a huge amount of unclaimed school uniform  in our Lost Property box which is located outside the School Office at the moment.

We would appreciate if families could take the time and check for any missing items, named items will  be easier to find.

The box will be cleared in the next couple of weeks.

Thank you for your assistance.

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Breaking up is hard to do!!!!!!!!

It’s time for the canteen to break up with single use straws, these will not be available in 2023

More than 8 million tonnes of plastic enters the world’s ocean every year and over 90% is single use plastic.

So let’s say bye bye to straws and hello to BYO.  We highly recommend reusable options over all disposables.  Students can purchase a reusable silicone straw in its own case with the school Emblem for $4 from the canteen (over the counter or via online) or uniform shop.

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