Principal’s Report

We were very excited to have the EPS Disco last Saturday. The disco ran from 4pm to 8pm in the EPS Stadium, with food truck options available, but also families brought picnics – which was lovely to see! A very large thanks goes to Peta Woodyard, our School Council Fundraising Co-ordinator for organising such a fun event for everyone. Thank you also to the team who supported her!

Any families considering enrolling their children at Emerald Primary School for Prep 2025 were invited to visit our school yesterday for our Open Day. We held school tours all day for our visitors to see EPS “in action”. It was great to meet everyone! If you would still like to book a tour, please go to the EPS website, as they run everyone Tuesday and Thursday.

Link to enrol in a State Government School: https://students.educationapps.vic.gov.au/s/

  • Friday 10th May – Walk to School Day
  • Friday 10th May @ 2.30pm – Mother’s Day Celebration
  • Monday 13th May – Prep to Grade 3 Swimming Program starts
  • Wednesday 15th May – EDEC Cross Country Competition
  • Thursday 16th May @ 7.15pm – School Council meeting
  • Friday 17th May @ 9.15am – Whole school assembly
  • Saturday 18th May – Hills Ukulele Festival (HUF) Day 1
  • Sunday 19th May – Hills Ukulele Festival (HUF) Day 2
  • Monday 20th May – Prep to Grade 3 Swimming Program continues
  • Monday 27th May – Grade 4 to Grade 6 Swimming Program starts
  • Friday 31st May @ 9.15am – Whole school assembly
  • Monday 3rd June – Grade 4 to Grade 6 Swimming Program continues
  • Monday 10th June – King’s Birthday public holiday
  • Wednesday 12th June – Grade 6 Lightning Premierships
  • Friday 14th June @ 9.15am – Whole school assembly
  • Monday 17th June – School Photos
  • Thursday 20th June @ 7.15pm – School Council meeting
  • Tuesday 25th June @ 4.00pm – Semester 1 Reports available on Compass
  • Thursday 27th June – Parent-Teacher Interview Day (11.30am to 6.30pm); no students required at school
  • Friday 28th June @ 9.15am – Whole school assembly
  • Friday 28th June @ 2.30pm – Finish Term 2
  • Monday 15th July – Curriculum Day; no students required at school
  • Tuesday 16th July – Students start Term 3

Emma Clark

Principal

Star of the week!

For her focused, caring and helpful approach to school life!

For your insightful contributions to our classroom discussions. You are a wise and wonderful star!

For working hard on staying focused in learning time. You are being such a responsible and independent learner!!!

For your AMAZINGLY efficient Maths strategies and always showing strong personal learning skills!

For amazing efforts with her writing, especially during UFLI. Well done for trying hard with your learning.

For his willingness to add detail to our discussions on any topic.

For outstanding effort in all areas. I am particularly proud of all your logical reasons brainstorm during our persuasive writing. Well done!

For being a constant super legend in class, always trying your best, being a great friend and bringing 100% positive vibes to 4SB! Champion!!

For his thoughtful contributions to class discussions and being willing to get out of his comfort zone and give new things a go! What a STAR!

For your fantastic persuasive paragraph. We loved it when you shared with the grade.

*Student Choice*

For being a kind and determined learner, and for always making us laugh!

For showing great organization skills and always being ready to work. You are a legend!

For always working so well and hearing sounds in words to help her write.

For your enthusiasm with all literacy related tasks. Your willingness to always try your best is admirable! You are a star!

For her consistent focus on her decoding and accuracy during our UFLI sessions. Well done Daisy.

For always being a calm, kind, hardworking student and showing an excellent understanding of subtraction strategies.

For your focus in UFLI when we learned about long vowel VCL words (most & kind). You are a UFLI star and ‘Pilot’ – Thanks for doing the timer!

For incorporating powerful adjectives into your persuasive writing. Your arguments were compelling!

For amazing contribution to our class discussion on contractions.

For persistent excellence in everything! Not only a role model student, you are a fantastic human being with your beautiful manners and caring nature! Legend!

*STUDENT AWARD*

For being a kind and responsible class member who is motivated, an independent learner and shows a passion for learning. What a STAR!

For working so hard on your Brown Belt Maths Masters skills.

*Student Choice*

For focusing very well on her work, showing kindness and for always being her hilarious self! Awesome!

For working responsibly and effectively to achieve your counting master!

For her regular participation in class discussions. Annalise always adds her amazing ideas.

For all the effort you put into your learning. You are improving so much in all areas. What a star!!!

For her wonderful focus and effort towards all her tasks. What a STAR.

For his thoughtful, sensible contributions to class discussions and for always looking for ways to help out in our classroom!

For the amazing job she did on her persuasive writing options. Well done!

For incorporating well constructed sentence openers and transitions within your persuasive writing.

For being Sam. Such a happy, helpful, delightful member of 4O, you make me smile everyday Sam.

For demonstrating a ‘Growth Mindset’ and seeking help when he finds things to difficult to manage independently. What a STAR!

For your ability to persevere when faced with a learning challenge as demonstrated in our maths sessions when using the area strategy. What a maths STAR!!

*Student Choice*

For being the nicest person whose smile lights up the school, and for showing great determination when facing every challenge that comes her way!

For your effort and focus to start this term. Keep it up!!!

For your enthusiasm and helpfulness with HPV!!!

Exciting Events last week …

On Saturday 4th May, the grade sixes headed down to Calder Park Raceway for our first Human Powered Vehicle race. It was a huge day, being a 7-hour endurance race. In the spots of sunshine, the grade six students did an amazing job racing! The track was part of the existing drag racing strip and it also had a massive hill that a lot of teams struggled with! The race began at 9am and the students took turns racing for around half an hour in the carts at a time right up until 5pm. There was a sense of fun and a can-do attitude in the air, and the students had a fabulous time. We are so grateful for all the parent support on the day, without which, events like this do not happen. It was such a wonderful experience. A special thank you to Mr Jason McLeod for towing the carts in the big trailer to and from the race and for the parents who helped us out with marshalling on the track – including pushing the struggling carts up the hill all day. We really appreciate you all!

Thanks and regards,

The Grade Six Team

Last Saturday saw us host the EPS Disco Family Fun Night, it was a fantastic turn out with over 400 tickets sold!

There was plenty of singing and dancing and lots of fun had by all.

A huge heartfelt thanks goes to DJ CAPZ, AKA Carl Weinberg who kindly volunteered his time, expertise, and equipment for the event. I truly appreciate his enthusiasm and generosity.

Thankyou also to Olivia McLeod, Narelle Oberin, Shannon and Adam Bird, Bonnie Weinberg and their families for their help in setting up and running the night.

The kids are already asking when’s the next one!

This week …

It’s Walk to School day on Friday 10th May!

Any students that participate can get a “walk to school tattoo” from Mr Stella.

Education Week is an annual celebration of education in Victoria.

In 2024, Victoria will celebrate Education Week from Monday 13 May to Friday 17 May.

This year’s theme, Spotlight on STEM, highlights the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) in our everyday lives, in the classroom and beyond.

Throughout Education Week, students, parents/carers, teachers, and school communities are encouraged to celebrate and share ideas to learn more about the endless possibilities of STEM.

EPS will be celebrating Education Week in the following ways:

  • This week’s Buddy Grade session will be focusing on a fun STEM activity to get us ready and excited for the fun plans of next week’s STEM classes.
  • Mrs Nelmes and Mrs Seamer have planned their classes where they will run some ‘STEMonstrations’ to excite EPS students and bring more curiosity to the world around them.

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