Dear Parents and Carers
As the term draws to a close I sit here and reflect on what an unusual term it has been. Over the past month we have been seen increasing numbers of students, staff and families affected by all things COVID, and even more so this week. I, along with the staff, am very much looking forward to the holidays. After the holidays the operating guidelines change for schools – I posted these on Seesaw yesterday and include them again in the newsletter for you.
Room 7 Assembly
Last Friday, Room 7 presented a very entertaining assembly on the subject of ‘jokes’ – a great way to finish off the term and as Mr Jones’ class said – we all need a good laugh at the moment. Thank you Room 7 for your presentations skills and for giving us such an entertaining and funny way to start our Friday.
Assembly Award Winners – 1 April
Congratulations to this week’s award winners:
|Medallions A huge congratulations to:|
|Rm 2||Ciara , Indie|
|Rm 5||Summer, Patrick|
EVPPS Principal Position
This has yet to be finalised. I will inform the school community of the outcome of the Principal selection process when it is announced – this is likely to be the beginning of Term 2.
Staffing Term 2
We have a few changes happening for the beginning of Term 2.
I am taking Long Service Leave for the first two weeks of term. Mrs Brewer will be stepping into the role of Principal and Miss Hannah Cox and Mr Rhys Thurston will be stepping into the role of Deputy Principal for the two weeks.
Mr Tristan Jones is also on Long Service Leave for the first two weeks and Mrs Deb Gerstorfer will be on leave for Week 1 of term.
P&C Raffle Winners
A huge thankyou to our P&C for the raffle – there were some very excited children collecting their prizes from the office on Wednesday afternoon. However, I don’t think there was anyone more excited than Mrs Brewer!! Thank you also for the yummy hot cross bun orders.
Our winners were:
|Easter Raffle Winners|
ECE Easter Hat Parade
What a way to end the term. Thank you to the staff for the invite to your parade – what fun it was to see you all parading and dancing around this afternoon.
Finally, I would like to acknowledge the work of our teachers in continuing to focus on teaching and learning in what for many students, has been a very disrupted term. A special mention to Mrs Brewer who has managed our staff shortages so very well. She ensured that we had a teacher in front of every class, every day and that those students needing additional support were provided for. A very big thank you to our students who have worked so hard on their learning this term, continuing to grow in challenging times. Thank you to the parent community who have been so very supportive and patient with the school while we tackled COVID-19 head on.
I wish you all a fabulous break and that you enjoy some family time as well as some down time. Happy holidays and see you back at school on Wednesday 27 April, 2022.
In other news…….
New Term 2 Operating Guidelines for Schools
As you may be aware, public health and social measures have been eased for schools for Term 2, details at wa.gov.au. Wecontinue to follow the current health advice and I am writing to let you know what the changes mean for our school.
We are pleased to advise that parents/carers are allowed on school sites in Term 2 for the following purposes:
- to attend year group assemblies
- to attend face to face parent/teacher meetings
- to attend indoor and outdoor sporting events, infrequent special events, performances and other interschool events with masks and physical distancing
- to attend face to face meeting e.g. P&C and school board/council meetings
- to volunteer in roles outside of the classroom, including the canteen and uniform shop
- drop-off/pick up outside of classrooms
- visit their children in residential facilities, with proof of vaccination (if required).
Parents/carers attending school sites must wear masks on school grounds and adhere to physical distancing, where possible. Please note parents/carers are not allowed inside classrooms.
A number of school activities can resume, including infrequent special events, and we will provide more detail on these in Term 2.
Please note you do not need to report COVID-19 positive cases to the school during the school holidays. However, all positive RATs must be reported to WA Health via www.healthywa.wa.gov.au/ratregister.
The Synergy Schools Solar Challenge is a joint initiative between Synergy and the Science Teachers’ Association of WA (STAWA) held annually to engage and educate the next generation of Western Australians on the benefits of solar and renewable energy.
The Synergy Schools Solar Challenge forms part of a broader Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths ‘STEM’ program that supports and develops Western Australian students, empowering our future generations with knowledge and skills they need to drive our intelligent energy future as energy leaders.
The Challenge sees Year 6 students from across WA learn about solar energy, then build and race their own solar-powered model cars. Normally teams compete against other schools but that event was cancelled this year. Instead East Victoria Park students competed against each other and had a blast!
Mrs Martha Walters
Science Specialist Teacher
School Holiday Easter Trading Hours for Uniform Concepts
Uniform Concepts will be closed from Monday 11th April, reopening on Tuesday 19th April.
The store will also be closed on Monday 25th April for ANZAC day.
On behalf of all our families we would like to pass on a giant THANK YOU to Kim, Julie, all our teachers, office staff, relief teachers and cleaners for your amazing efforts in Term 1.
There have been a few new P&C members sign up this year. Welcome, and we are looking forward to meeting you next term when we hope to hold P&C meetings in person again. Meetings are on Monday nights in Week 3 and Week 8 each term.
Some things to know about being a P&C Member….
- You don’t have to attend P&C meetings. By being a member, you will receive the meeting minutes and it’s a great way to hear more about what is happening at school.
- Members can do as much or as little as they can manage. It could be offering an hour or two of your time for a single event, helping to spread the word, or joining one of our sub-committees such as the fundraising team. It all helps!
- You can offer in-kind support using your business or training skills. One of our dads is a graphic designer and is designing a new flyer for us. Thanks to Ben’s help, our flyer looks much better now.
- It’s a great way to meet others and make friends! A team of 6 of us met last Friday night to organise the Easter raffle tickets, hot cross bun orders & wrap the raffle prizes. We had a lot of fun & had a drink or two along with some nibbles.
If you would like to join us for some fun, it’s not too late! Complete the online membership form at https://forms.gle/zxkAQShWY7kzmduw8 ($1 membership fee is required as per the P&C constitution). We can never have too many members!
Our President Karen Gilgallon has stepped down from the role effective immediately. We would like to thank Karen for her efforts while President.
Under the constitution we need to fill the President role. We are seeking nominations for President for our next meeting on Monday 9th May. In the interim our Vice President Nicole Holt will cover both positions. She has served as President for 3 years in the past and is not able to step back into the President role due to her business commitments. The main function of the President is to be the link between the parents & the school administration. Nicole believes this is a great opportunity for a new person to take on the role with her support.
If you are interested in the position and would like to know more about what the role entails, please call Nicole on 0404 803 121.
We’ve joined the Containers for Change movement! It’s the easiest way ever to make a real difference to our school, and it helps the environment!
Simply, use the EVPPS Scheme ID C10600862 when you return your containers, and the money will be deposited straight into our P&C’s bank account.
Our nearest drop off:
Recycle To Change WA – Victoria Park Community Centre Drop-off
248 (Lot 10) Gloucester St, East Victoria Park
Democracy Sausage Sizzle – 21 or 28 May
Elections are big fundraising opportunities for the school. While we wait for the date to be confirmed, please consider how you can help!
It is a fun day where our school community has a couple of ways to fundraise including a sausage sizzle, cake stall and coffee van. People can volunteer their time in one- or two-hour blocks.
We need a small team of 3 to be the Lead Volunteers for the day. It will involve setting up the roster of volunteers, ordering the sausages & buns, and general coordination on the day. If this interests you, please call Leonie on 0403 974 900. We will need to start organising for this early Term 2.
The volunteer roster will be out the front of the office early next term. Please sign up!
Our Uniform Shop is a second-hand shop now. We have a few new track pants & jackets (older style) available for sale (mainly the bigger sizes). Second hand uniforms can continue to be dropped off at the office or the shop when it is open.
The Second-Hand Uniform Shop is open on the first Wednesday morning of the month, the next one being the 4th May.
We have a sample of the new uniform if you would like to check sizes before placing orders with Uniform Concepts Willetton Super Store at 30 Kembla Way, Willetton. You can also order through their website – https://www.nellgray.com.au with home delivery available.