Dear Parents and Carers
Eastwood Public School- where a love of learning is born!
Eastwood Public School provides a nurturing environment where the welfare of students and their families is paramount. Our staff are committed to building self-esteem in students and, by working closely with parents and students, ensuring that both responsible behaviour and a strong sense of civic pride exist. Our staff will, at all times, provide your child(ren) with the most amazing educational opportunities.
2017 proved to be not just an outstanding year for our wonderful school in many curriculum and extracurricular areas, but an exceptional one. Our children continued to be afforded with a wealth of learning and extra-curricular opportunities. The school’s National Assessment, university test and school based assessment results were a testament to the quality teaching and learning embedded into each and every classroom. These outstanding achievements were also very much evident in the sporting and cultural arenas in PSSA, Creative and Performing Arts and in the development of leadership skills within our senior students, as was evidenced through the school’s representative council.
I am looking forward to leading our school into the future to ensure our students imagine the possibilities, believe in themselves and create their brightest future. Keep an eye out for some brand- new technology that we will be unveiling in classrooms over the next term. We have purchased ‘state of the art’ touchscreen panels for 6 classrooms which provide the most dynamic and interactive learning environment for students. We will always provide our students with the most cutting edge and latest resources, Eastwood Public School you deserve the very best!
Thank you to our wonderful community who attended our Kindergarten and Stage 1 ‘Meet the Teacher’ sessions last week, we are excited to work in partnership with you to ensure our children achieve their best. Please make sure you chat with your child’s class teacher if you have any concerns or need further information. To ensure that our wonderfully committed staff can allocate the time you need to discuss and resolve any issues, please make an appointment. Appointments can be made via contacting the office.
2018 P&C Committee
On Wednesday 14th February we held our P&C Meeting, thank you to all of our parents, carers and community members for attending and being so keen to invest in our wonderful school community.
I would like to officially welcome the 2018 P&C Association, Sally Fong (President), Winnie Cheung (Vice-President), Vijay Kumar (Secretary) and Jade Zhang (Treasurer).
I would also like to express my deepest thanks and gratitude to our 2017 P&C Association, led by President Tim Radnidge, and to the sub-committees for all the dedication and commitment you have provided to our children at Eastwood Public School. Thank you is not enough- it means so much to the school to have such significant and meaningful support of our parents and families.
Eastwood Public School recognises, acknowledges and is grateful for the many ways parents and carers contribute to our school each year, through donation of time, expertise, vibrant community spirit as well as financial contributions. I am looking forward to collaborating closely with the school community to provide the best opportunities for our students.
‘Meet The Teacher’ Sessions
We will be holding our two remaining ‘Meet the Teacher’ information sessions this week.
All sessions will begin in the hall at 5.00pm and will conclude at 6.00pm. These sessions are designed to give a general overview of what is happening in the stage/grade for the year. If you wish to speak individually to a teacher regarding your child, please make an appointment for another time so we can ensure that sufficient time is allocated to ensure your needs are met and all queries can be answered.
Stage 2 (Years 3&4) –Tuesday 20 February
Stage 3 (Years 5&6) – Wednesday 21 February
If your child has any medical or health needs please contact the front office as soon as possible. This way we can ensure all essential paperwork is completed and we have the most up to date information from you and your medical practitioner/s resulting in the best care and support for your child whilst at school. Please contact Ms Sue Leitch, Deputy Principal, to make an appointment to discuss your child’s healthcare needs. Thank you for your ongoing support to keep our students safe here at Eastwood Public School.
Positive Communication at Eastwood Public School
In 2018, Eastwood’s executive structure includes Assistant Principals, Deputy Principals and myself. Each of the Assistant Principals has direct responsibility for supporting and supervising our classes, in addition to ensuring quality teaching and learning. Mrs Krystal Webb and Ms Angela Kouts have direct supervision for Kindergarten, Mrs Jo Eadie has direct supervision of Stage 1, Mrs Cora Cuasay has direct supervision of Stage 2 and Mrs Karen Sparrow has direct supervision of Stage 3.
If you need to discuss any issues concerning your child, please speak with your child’s class teacher in the first instance and then contact the Stage Assistant Principal, followed by the Deputy Principals, Ms Sue Leitch and Mrs Louise Winsor.
As Principal, my first and most important priority is to ensure the safety and wellbeing of each and every student at Eastwood Public School. Our dedicated staff are on duty from 8.40am, with lessons commencing at 9.10am and concluding at 3.10pm daily. Please note that there is no supervision outside of these hours. Please book your child into EBASCC (our wonderful onsite before and after school care service) if you need to drop your child off or collect them outside of these hours. Alternative before and after school care arrangements can be sourced via Ryde Council. If you are running late (for example due to traffic congestion) to collect your child in the afternoon please contact the office so we can let your child know. Children who are not collected by 3.30pm will sit on the silver seats near the administration building and parents will be contacted to collect their children.
I am always available to meet with parents and family members so please feel free to pop in and see me anytime to have a chat. I value suggestions and feedback from students, parents and families so we can keep providing the best educational opportunities for our children. Please come and see me if you are around the school, I would love to meet you so we can work together to best support your child.
Eastwood Public School- you are the very best!
Mufti Day and Cultural Assembly
There will be a Mufti Day and Cultural Assembly in the School Hall on Thursday, 22nd February from 9:30 am to 10:20 am. For more information, please see the attached flyer.
Stage 3 – High School Placement Information Sessions
On Wednesday 21st February, at 6pm in the school hall, after the Meet the Teacher evening, will be an information session for parents of Year 6 students about the High School Application forms for Year 7 entry in 2019.
On Thursday 8th March in the school hall at 6pm, will be an information evening for those seeking a Selective High School placement in 2020. This evening is for our current Year 5 cohort.
At Eastwood Public School supervision of students before school is from 8.40am until 9.10am. Our playgrounds are mostly identified by their alphabet letter.
‘A’ playground (shadecloth area) is supervised from 8.40am-9.10am and ‘C’ playground (in front of EBASCC) is supervised from 8.55am-9.10am.
‘D’ playground (green kindergarten area adjacent to Rowe Street) is supervised at recess and lunch only.
In order to keep our playgrounds as safe as possible handball and other ballgames are not to be played before school.
The grass area and play equipment is out of bounds in the morning and all students need to be in the supervised ‘A’ or ‘C’ playgrounds between 8.40am and 9.10am.
Kindergarten Playground Supervision
The children are settling into their new playground routines. Thank you to our parents who are helping the children understand and respect the rules and expectations that are in place to keep our students safe and happy.
Upon arrival at school, all kindergarten children must leave their school bags in ‘D’ playground in their assigned class area.
All kindergarten students must then walk to ‘A’ playground and wait there until the bell rings. After the 9.10 bell rings they walk back to their bags and assemble in ‘D’ playground where the class teachers will be waiting.
Girls Tee-ball did not play
Boys Tee-ball did not play
Boys Softball did not play
Girls Softball did not play
Jnr Cricket lost 164 to 27. Player of the match: Jay
Snr Cricket lost 1/71 to 8/30. Player of the match: Brannavan
Newcombe Ball Junior lost 2- 0. Player of the match: Grace
Newcombe Ball Senior lost 2 – 0 Player of the match: Calleigh
Volleyball lost 3- 0 Player of the match: Hanna
Round 2 of Summer PSSA will be held this coming Friday, 23rd of February. All draws and dates can be found on http://www.pssa.net.au/Ryde/
A special mention to our four Eastwood Public students who participated in trials to represent the Ryde district in Tennis. All students performed to the best of their ability and Eastwood was able to have Eva and Marcus qualify for the next round.
Click here to see the menu for Week 5. Please order before Friday 23rd February.
P&C Association – Elected Members 2018
The P&C meeting was successfully held last Wednesday, 14th February. On behalf of the P&C, we’d like to thank all the parents and teachers that had given up their valuable time on the night.
This year’s new Committee has been elected as follows:
President: Sally Fong
Vice President: Winnie Cheung
Secretary: Vijay Kumar
Treasurer: Jade Zhang
Special thanks to our 2017 P&C Association, Tim Radnidge (President), Jenny Li (Treasurer), Whitney Jiang (Secretary) and the sub-committee for all your dedication and commitment you have provided to our children at EPS.
Our next P&C meeting will be held Wednesday, 21st March at 7.30pm. We welcome all parents and anyone who is interested from the school community to attend. The P&C is a group of school parents who work together to improve the school experiences for all students and families. We would love for you to come along to our upcoming meeting. We will be in the same building as the school office at the opposite end.
If you wish to contact us or learn how to be involved, please email us at email@example.com
The next fitting day is Tuesday 6th March from 9-10am only. On Tuesdays that we are not open, QKR and mail orders will still be processed and will be delivered to your child’s class.
Ordering Your Uniforms
Order before Tuesday 9am for same day delivery. For order forms and sizing information, or information about downloading the QKR app, please look at the school website under the Uniform Shop tab.
Returns and Exchanges
Please email the Uniform Shop to arrange returns/exchanges. Otherwise, you can leave the items that need to be returned/exchanged at the school office with a note and your child’s name and class. We do not accept returns of hats for hygiene reasons. Only items that are in their original condition as at purchase —with labels/tags and receipt will be accepted for returns and exchanges.
The Uniform Shop is run by volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us.
Maria Bridges and Sarah Nguyen
Uniform Shop Convenors
Most of the ensembles are settling in well and filling our school ground with music. Punctuality and consistent practice are keys to an enjoyable and successful year ahead. Anyone interested in joining please get in touch ASAP.
Enrolment Forms and Ensemble Fee Payments
Thank you to all members who already completed their online enrolment. It provides essential information for us to organise our day-to-day ensemble activities. If you have not already done so please kindly take a few minutes and register via the following link:
Please pay the ensemble fees via QKR by choosing the correct ensemble that your child attends. If there are any questions please contact us. Both of these need to be completed by week 4 in order for your child to participate in their ensemble.
Band Instrument Tryout
Would you like to join our Training Band but are not sure where to start or which instrument to learn? Interested year 3-6 students are invited to the Band Instrument Tryout on Thursday 22nd February at lunchtime in the school hall to meet our conductor, try out various band instruments and find out which one is for you. We can then direct you how to start your instrumental journey and join our ensemble community. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot ASAP. See the poster around school grounds for details.
Open Band Rehearsal
Come and watch our band in action this Wednesday morning before school.
To ensure the high standard of our music program, all students must follow the requirements below:
• Attendance of weekly rehearsals – arrive 10 minutes before the rehearsal time
• Practice for weekly rehearsals – home practice as required by conductor
• Attendance at performances – as required
Please notify the coordinator and provide legitimate proof when a student has to be absent from rehearsals and/or performances. In order to make sure we provide a quality music program we need your support in ensuring that all children follow these rules. Please refer to the details in the updated Music Handbook.
2018 Music Ensembles – Rehearsal Schedule
Concert Band – Monday 3:15pm and Wednesday 7:45am, School Hall
Training Band – Thursday 8am, School Hall
Senior Strings – Monday 8am, School Hall
Junior Strings – Thursday 3:15pm, School Hall
Symphony Orchestra Group – Wednesday 8.30am, School Hall
Music Camp – 9th and 10th April (Monday and Tuesday) at Powell Baden Scout Centre, Pennant Hills. Lots of volunteers are needed to make this exciting event possible. Please send us an email if you can help out.
EPS P&C Music Committee
Carlingford High School Information Day
On Wednesday, 7th March Carlingford High School will be having an Information Day for students going into year 7 in 2019. If you are interested in attending, please see the attached information sheet.
Epping Boys High School Information Afternoon for Year 7 2019 and 2020
Epping Boys High School will be holding an Information Afternoon on Thursday 22nd February for parents and students who are currently in years 5 and 6. For more information, please see the attached flyer.
Marsden High School Open Night
Marsden High School will be holding an Open Night on Tuesday, 6th March from 4pm to 7pm. For more information, please see the attached flyer.
Newtown High School of Performing Arts
Students currently in Year 6 who are seeking entrance into Year 7 2019 in Drama,Dance or Music at Newtown High School of Performing Arts must participate in audition workshops. Auditions will be held from Monday 25th June to Friday 6th July 2018. Initial registration for an audition is required via their website: www.nhspa.nsw.edu.au
Free Schools Table Tennis Challenge
There will be a free schools table tennis challenge for the Eastwood Lunar New Year Festival. Matches will be played after school and weekends until Friday 23rd February. The Mayor of Ryde will be giving Medals on stage on Saturday 24th February.
For more information please check the website www.AJHsports.com or contact Andrew Hill on 0447 827 788.