EPS Newsletter Term 3 Week 3

From the Principal TERM 3 WEEK 3


Term 2 SWPBS Focus - Resilience

Kindness, Responsibility, Resilience.

School Vision:

Our school’s vision is to prepare young people to become active, engaged and responsible citizens of the local and global community. 

  • We will provide a safe, calm and welcoming learning environment where every child is treated as an individual.
  • We will develop children who have a strong relationship to school and their community. The children will have a sense of self & understand how they learn.
  • We will build and support an open, healthy and welcoming community that is visible in its practical support for the learning and wellbeing of each child. Children will be encouraged to embrace and celebrate difference and they will experience positive interactions with adults.
  • We aim to foster a love of and for our natural environment and nurture a strong sense of stewardship within our students.  Eppalock PS prioritises environmental sustainability.

Important Change in Mask information

Important to note that mask information has changed slightly again.  Masks are now strongly recommended in school settings for staff and students over the age of 8, this also includes visitors to schools. They are not mandatory at this stage, except for anyone who is a household contact.  Processes around positive Covid cases remain the same, please contact the school if there is a positive Covid case.  Students who are a household contact can attend school if they wear a mask.  School will continue to provide hand sanitiser and have spare masks at school for those who wish to use them but have left them at home.  Visitors and students who are showing symptoms should stay at home.  Thanks for your continued understanding and patience.  Staff really appreciate the support of our school community as we work through another challenging time.

Week 3 Term 3 2022

Students have continued to do an amazing job across the school.  Their resilience, positive mindset and regular display of all school values has been outstanding.  Despite the continued challenges and changes over the past couple of years, the student group has remained settled and connected to their peers. 

Some of our 456 students participated in the school netball tournament last week.  They did a great job during the day and won a couple of games, however what was even more pleasing to hear was that some of the umpires commented on how polite and well-mannered our students were.  This is a fantastic thing to have said about the students of our school when interacting with others in a public event.  A huge congratulations to all involved.  Thanks to staff for organising and attending the event and for the parents that attended to support on the day.  This week we have some students heading off to participate in the football tournament as part of the Axedale team.  It is great to see our students stepping out of their comfort zone and participating in these types of events with other schools.  It is a great way to meet new people and grow as a person.

We are attending Jett’s gym each Friday for the next 5 weeks.  This has been well received and enjoyed by all involved.  During the session the students rotate around about 6 activities on different apparatus.  They are learning how to control and manage their bodies through balance and movement that they might not get in regular play at school.  All activities allow students to participate at a level they are comfortable with and can be easily adjusted for age levels and abilities.  We hope to make this an annual part of our school program through the sporting schools funding.  Check out the Facebook page for some great pictures of the students at the gym.


  • Staff duty of care operates from 8:45am-9:00am in the mornings and from 3:15pm-3:30pm at the end of the school day.
  • Tying back of long hair. It is important that all students with longer hair, have it tied back when attending school.  Now that mullets are back, this may be a more common requirement for all students.  Please communicate this with your child/ren if they have longer hair.  A simple hair tie is all that is required to ensure it is tied back during the school day.
  • Please ensure all school items are labelled clearly. This includes drink bottles as they are sometimes taken o excursions and out of school activities.  A clear label will usually ensure it being returned.
  • Pie Warmer takes place every Wednesday this term. Students can bring along a food item that can be warmed up in a pie warmer to eat for lunch.  Please make sure it is clearly named and students know what they have.

Our Patch

Our After School care provider operates 5 days a week in the old school building.  We now have two daily on-site supervisers.  It has been great to see up to 5-6 students attending on some nights.  Our Patch are currently offering dance sessions as part of the regular program.  Families can take advantage of Child Care subsidies, if you qualify, to assist with payments.  Anyone can join in after school care, even on a casual basis.  Just check out the Our Patch website.

Emergency Drill

This week staff and students will participate in an emergency drill as part of our regular preparation in this area.  Staff will speak with classes at school about the process so that everyone is aware that it is a practice.  Students may come home and talk about this with you which is encouraged.  Do you have your own fire drill plan in place? 


Lydia has spent some time away from school on Long Service Leave recently.  She is due back in the next week or so to return to the Living Green and STEM role.  We are looking forward to her return.

Mr McCartney will be heading overseas for 3 weeks shortly.  We will have Miss Jordon Nevin replacing him in the classroom.  Jordon has worked at our school in the past and knows the students well. 

Camps coming up

Our ¾ and 5/6 camps through positive start program are not far away.  In the next week or so students attending will be given some hard copy notes which are required to be filled out with up to date medical information and food requirements while on camp.  They will also be sent home a ‘what to bring’ list.  It is important not to over pack for camps, students should be able to carry their own bags where possible.  We are looking forward to these exciting events. 

HDFL Clean up

Please keep the Sunday after the HDFL Grand Final in your calendar.  It is Father’s Day, which is super important, however if you can spare a couple of hours in the morning of that day to help clean up at the Huntly Football Ground we would love your help.  School will receive $1000 to clean up after the Grand Final.  The more hands we have the quicker the job will get done.



Wednesday 27th - MARC Van 

Friday 29th - Gym 


Friday 5th - Gym 

Wednesday 10th - MARC Van 

Friday 12th - Gym

Wednesday 24th - MARC Van 

Monday 22nd - 3/4 Camp (Return 24th)

Monday 29th - 4/5/6 Camp (Return 31st)


Friday 16th - Last Day of Term - 1.30pm Finish (Casual clothes day)

AWARDS - Term 3 Week 3

  Watjarang 434

  Yuliwil       378

  Bunjil        468
  1st     -  4/5/6

  2nd    -   2/3

  3rd     -  P/1
  P/1     Ethan.N 

  2/3     Brodie.S  

  4/5/6  Jett.D


Get your callendars out for a family friendly social event.

Friday September 9th!
Fire & sausage sizzle at the school to celebrate Father's Day & Footy Colours Day.

Term 3 Social Events
Term 3 is a tricky one as the weather is cold & there a plenty of winter sports to be played on the weekends. We have many weekend & shift workers in our community, that can't always make weekend activities.

We are also mindful that it's easier for families to attend & socialise if we keep it simple, and to a time where you would already be together, such as school pick up & drop off.

We were thinking

Family social - Fire & Sausage sizzle after school on Friday 9th September starting from 2:30pm. Come & celebrate Father's Day & Footy Colours day with a kick of the footy and a sausage in bread around the fire.

Adults Social - Trivia night  & dinner at One Tree Hill pub on a Wednesday night in Term 3. It's a great atmosphere, & generous meals, as well as catering for those who normally work weekends.
What other activities would you like to see come out of our community?

If you have some input, or feedback please message me on face book or email knunnseps@outlook.com

Parent Community Meetings - 
Last meeting we worked on term 3 Fundraisers & Social events.
Details in social events & below

Term 3 Fundraiser 
Mango Drive - Lydia Ferring has offered to be our farm contact again & create the flyer. Thank you, Lydia!

 We are looking for one or two volunteers for this one please.
  • Someone to manage the orders, which involves the use of the Mango Drive e-mail account & a spread sheet.
  • The other to manage the face book page, pretty much adding the flyer on the page & updating with a post once a week, recipes, a countdown closer to the pick-up date etc.
If you think you could help out with this in term 3, please contact Kelly Nunns, Lydia Fehring, Alicia Martin via messenger or e-mail, or Nikki Mannes in the office

What’s Parent Community all about?
The best news is you don't have to join, if you have children at the school, you are already part of our Parent Community. 

Basically, once a month we meet up & look at what social events & fundraisers we would like to achieve throughout the year.

Simple tasks like showing up or being the contact for a gathering, to booking the bowling club or organizing sausages or bread are typically as hard as it gets.

Meetings are held in the old school building, staff room or at the pub & always involve a chat & either a cuppa or lunch depending on time or location.

For more information talk to Kelly Nunns (Lexi and Ethan's Mum) or Alicia Martin (Connor, Jacob & Max's Mum) or Nikki in the office (Charlie's Mum).

Parent Community Reminders & Dates to Remember
Social Events

Family Fire & Saussage sizzle - after school on Thursday 9th September starting at 2:30pm further details to come.

Trivia at One Tree Hill - date to be confirmed - it will be a Wednesday night in term 3.

Mango drive - August-October dates to be confirmed

ASC - Dancing Tuesdays

Dancing Tuesdays
Commencing Tuesday 26th July ( Incorrect date on Flyer)



Don’t forget to bring along your coins on Wednesday 27th July so you can swap them for some great books! We will be raising money to send to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.
We continue to be supported by the Terry Floyd Foundation and Dymocks Children’s Charities. Over the holidays I catalogued $1,000 worth of new books donated by these wonderful organisations, and they are all ready for borrowing!
CBCA Book Week celebrations at Eppalock will happen on Wednesday 24th August. You might want to dig around in the dress up box to see if you have something fabulous to wear! We will be sharing some of the short listed books and choosing our favourites before the winners are announced.
It’s going to be a big, brilliant, bookish term!
Mrs G