HEPS Newsletter

04 July 2018
No 1/7
School News
Student's Success
Early Finish on Friday 6/7 2:00pm
Pastoral Care Worker ​News
The Smith Family
Dates to Remember
Road Crossing Monitors
Community News
Hackham East Primary School
08 8382 3824
Collins Parade
Hackham, SA, 5163


I was a very good Primary school student according to my teachers and parents. I did what I was told. I sat still in my desk and tried hard to please. School was so different back then. We sat in rows. We sat. We worked alone. We did not talk. Children should be seen but not heard. We did not move. We did all of our work in books with a margin ruled on the left side and the date on the top. We were all taught the same thing at the same time in the same way at the same time. We learnt Reading, Writing and Arithmetic. We had Friday tests. If we passed the tests we would go to the next year and if children “flunked” they would repeat the year. All of us would go on to get a job of some kind and we would probably stay in that job all our lives. The kids who weren’t “brainy” could get a blue collar job or go on the assembly line while those who were successful would get a white collar job or in a few cases go on to Uni.

The world we live in has been dramatically changed in every aspect by technology. A billion “teachers” exist inside a mobile phone or iPad. If you need to know anything, just Google it or ask Siri to find it for you. So many of the jobs of the past have disappeared having been taken over by robots. Apps have replaced occupations and entire industries have been disrupted or disappeared to be replaced by others never dreamed of 20 years ago. We communicate with anyone, anywhere in the world. We live our lives on social media. Music is now streamed. Data is stored in the Cloud and fewer and fewer of us watch live TV but instead binge on Netflix, iView, Stan etc. Everything now is either instantaneous or discarded.

The education system has changed to meet the needs of students growing up in this world of rapid change and technology disruption. The skills that were important to acquire in the past are no longer relevant. For children to be successful adults they need to be active ongoing learners, complex and creative problem solvers and be critical thinkers.


Year 3/4 Teacher, Ms Tori Hay and I presented a workshop on our school’s STEM journey at the STEM Works Leaders Summit at the Convention Centre this week. I felt great pride in speaking about how teachers are using the redeveloped flexible learning spaces developing deep STEM learning through questioning. How we are trying to develop our children to be problem finders as well as problem solvers. How teachers are increasingly designing learning tasks that require students to work interdependently and collaboratively in teams to solve their real life problems. How students utilize mathematics, science, technology and engineering to creatively solve complex problems, critically examine and test their designs, build prototypes, test, redesign and assess until they arrive at a successful solution. How they have access to 3D printers, video, audio, digital tools, apps, robotics, drones… - so many of these not dreamed of when I was at school. Students now choose the best tools and best spaces to learn. They are given choice and are becoming increasingly involved in designing their own learning.


Castle students are currently working on solving the plastics pollution problem. Stillwell students are inquiring into sustainable packaging and next term will be working with the CSIRO on a vegetables research program. Holly Unit are part of the Climate Ready Schools project looking at the impact of climate change on the Adelaide metropolitan area.


The students cannot investigate these things sitting still at tables set in rows. They cannot be successful by keeping silent as I had to. The challenges confronting us all now cannot be solved by the thinking of the past. We are equipping our students to be the problem finders and problem solvers of the future.

Bob Thiele, Principal

School News

French Day 6/7

Parents/Caregivers are reminded that on Friday 6/7 we will be holding a French Day at Hackham East Primary School.  Students can dress in the French colours, red, white and blue.  Please join us for an Assembly at 9:00am.
Students can purchase french themed food (eclairs, crepes, croissants, baguettes, cookies etc) from the Canteen at Recess.  Prices will range from $0.50 to $2.00 per item.  


School Photographs

School photographs will be taken of the children at our school on Friday 24/8 (Week 5, Term 3).  It is anticipated that the photograph information will arrive at our school early next term and this will then be distributed to your child's class teacher as soon as it arrives.  Each student will receive information and instructions regarding the school photograph process.

Book Week

Book Week will be celebrated from 20/8 to 24/8.  The theme for Book Week this year is "Find Your Treasure". There will be a Book Week Parade on Thursday 23/8 where students can dress according to the theme.

School Watch

Can neighbours and the school community please watch the school for any sign of trespassers, vandals or anyone acting suspiciously in or around the school grounds during the holidays.  Please call Police Patrols on 131444 .  Thank you for caring for our school.

Change of Clothing

If your child required a change of clothing during the Term please ensure all items are washed and returned by Friday 6/7. 

If you have any items of school dress code clothing in good condition that you no longer need please consider donating them to the school. We are in need of track pants for the younger students.  Donations can be left at the Front Office.

Student Free Day

Parents/Caregivers are reminded that the first day of Term 3 (Monday 23/7) is a Student Free Day for staff to undertake professional development.  OSHC is available if you require care for your child/children.  Please contact Jacky Smith, OSHC Director to make a booking.  Students will start Term 3 on Tuesday 24/7.

Premier's Reading Challenge

A reminder that the Premier's Reading Challenge finishes on Friday 7/9 (Week 7, Term 3).  Please return all completed forms to staff in the Library.  Please continue to enjoy reading books during the holidays.

Southern Expressway

South Australian Police (SAPOL) have issued a request for all residents in the community to report any suspicious behavour on or near the Southern Expressway.  

You can report any information regarding criminal activity by phoning the Police Assistance line on 131444,  Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000 or online at www.sa.crimestoppers.com.au.  You can remain anonymous.


Fundraising Committee

The Fundraising Committee would like to thank the students, parents, caregivers and staff for their support of fundraising events during this Term.

Canteen News

Thank you to the volunteers who have been available during this Term to work in the Canteen.  Without your valuable help the Canteen would not be able to operate to provide students/staff with recess and lunch plus cater for functions held at the school.

Volunteers are always needed at the Canteen.  If you can spare any time to assist in the Canteen please speak with Scott Megson or Coralie Goodman.  

Thank you to the school community for supporting the Canteen.

Coralie Goodman, Canteen Manager

Student's Success

Congratulations to Zeke who has had a story published as a bookmark by the Smith Family. Take a moment to read Zeke's inspirational journey to being a successful reader and writer.


Early Finish on Friday 6/7

School Finishes Early on Friday 6/7

Parents/Caregivers are reminded that school finishes at 2:00pm on Friday 6/7, the last day of Term 2. Please ensure you are on time to pick up your child/children as staff have end of term duties which may need them to be away from the Front Office.

OSHC is available if you require care for your child/children.  Please contact Jacky Smith, 0499228039, to make a booking.

Wishing everyone a happy and safe holiday period.

Pastoral Care Worker

Change and Loss situations in life can be difficult to handle. Stress is a normal part of life but it is when these things are overwhelming that we need to attend to our feelings because grief can turn to depression if the signs are not heeded. Grief and loss can occur when you have lost someone dear to you, or lost an important memento: separation, divorce, violence in the home, losing your job, moving house and relationship problems are just a few of the top stresses in our lives.


Children can also feel very stressed and anxious at times, especially when there’s a lot of change in family circumstances. Above all else, children need to feel safe and secure in knowing that they have food, shelter and love. Family violence and breakdown can adversely affect children, as well as friendship issues, bullying or learning problems.


When a child loses a family member, it can make them feel insecure and worried that a main caregiver will also die. They may become more clingy or revert to behaviours of a younger child. They may also feel angry, sad and anxious. Grief is a very real and normal reaction to a loss in a child’s or adult’s life, however, when sad feelings won’t go away, it is time for action! Too many of our young people have taken their own life and anxiety and depression can begin early in a child, especially when they are feeling overwhelmed and hopeless about a situation.


The most important way to help a child or adult through depression and anxiety is to TALK about it and to know that for every Question, there is an ANSWER. There is a lot of help for people with depression and I urge you to seek help if you or a loved one have symptoms of anxiety or depression, which can include tiredness, no motivation to enter into daily activities, a change in behaviours, excessive crying, excessive fear, low self esteem, feeling worthless or hopeless and negative thinking.


Please seek help from on-going Counselling, which can be accessed through your family Doctor and go on medication if you need to. You can also go on-line to find resources to help, such as the Black Dog Institute, Beyond Blue or Good Grief websites and Headspace is an excellent resource for teenagers and young adults. Please come and have a chat with me if you would like someone to talk with or for more information on these matters.


Just a Reminder that Parent Afternoon Tea is on Friday at 1.30pm this week, due to an early release on the last day of school.


I hope you are managing to stay warm on these chilly days.


Every Blessing,

Cherie Love


The Smith Family

The Smith Family

For families currently receiving scholarship support through The Smith Family, Kalindi, our Partnership Coordinator will be available at the school to meet with parents and caregivers as an opportunity to provide additional support (as required).

If you would like to book in a time to see Kalindi, please speak with our Senior Leader, Scott Megson, to arrange. 


Kalindi will be available at the school on the following dates: 

Term 3, Week 2 - 01/08/2018 – 8:30am to 10:00am 

Term 3, Week 7 - 05/09/2018 - 8.30am to 10:00am

Term 4, Week 4 - 07/11/2018 - 8.30am to 10:00am

Term 4, Week 8 - 05/12/2018 - 8.30am to 10:00am


If you are seeking information regarding the ‘Learning for Life’ scholarship program offered by The Smith Family, Kalindi will also be available to families who are interested, and not currently receiving support – Please note that you will need to meet with our Senior Leader, Scott Megson, for a scholarship referral.


Please contact Scott via the front office for further information.

Dates to Remember

July 2018

Friday 6/7 - French Day at HEPS

Friday 6/7 - 2:00pm Finish - Last day of Term 2

Monday 23/7 - Student Free Day - Staff Attending PD

Tuesday 24/7 - First school day of Term 3 for all students

August 2018

20/8 - 24/8 - Book Week

Thursday 23/8 - Book Week Parade

Friday 24/8 - Whole School Photographs

Friday 31/8 - School Closure Day

September 2018 

Monday 3/9 - Student Free Day - Staff Attending PD

Friday 7/9 - Last Day for Premier's Reading Challenge forms to be lodged

Road Crossing Monitors

Term 3

Week 1 (24/7 - 27/7)


Wyatt Broadbent

Axel Freeman

Riley Duffield


Hayley Ferguson

Selene Brock

Leia Brock


Week 2 (30/7 - 3/8)


Aiden Harris

Mark Reynolds

Tabyss Jackson


Jade Chedwick

Layla Barry

Isabelle McCormack

Community News

Women Are Strong... Women Do Survive

A group for women in the southern suburbs.  Join us in an 8 week support group for women starting on Friday 3/8 from 10:00am-12:30pm in the Aldinga area.  There is also a program starting on Thursday 2/8 in the O'Sullivan Beach area.   Ph 82156310 to register or for more information.


Step Up for SA

A group program for parents and young people to address violence in the home.  Held at Hackham West Community Centre each Wednesday from 5:00-7:30pm starting on 25/7 and finishing on 26/9. FREE.  Ph 83775400 or email [email protected] to register or for more information.


Who's In Charge

An 8 session course for those struggling with adolescents that use violence and abuse towards them and other family members.  Held each Monday from 30/7 to 17/9  (10:00am-12:00pm) at Community Connections Hackham, 72 Collins Pde, Hackham.  Ph 83923000 to register or for more information.


Onkaparinga Libraries July School Holiday Activities

Various events held at Libraries in the Onkaparinga district.  Parental supervision is required at all events.  Contact your library to book or visit https://tinyurl.com/hyw2qu9 .


Which Way Home

ILBIJERRI Theatre Company presents Which Way Home at the Domain Theatre on Thursday 5/7 from 7:30pm.  All tickets $15.00.  


Circle of Security

An 8 week FREE program to provide the tools to strengthen the relationship between you and your child/children.  Held every Tuesday (31/7to18/9) from 9:30-11:30am at O'Sullivan Beach Children's Centre, 51A Galloway Rd, O'Sullivan Beach.  Ph 83822850 to register or for more information.


Community Connections School Holiday Program

Free play sessions on 9/7, 10/7, 12/7, 17/7 and 19/7.  Held at Community Connections Hackham, 72 Collins Pde, Hackham.  Ph 81866944 for more information.


Spike Zone School Holiday Clinics

Yr 4-7 School Holiday Clinics held on 12/7 and 18/7 for experienced and beginner players of volleyball.  Ph 83631265 for more information.


SANFL School Holiday Footy Clinics

Held on Tuesday 10/7 & 17/7 at Hickinbotham Oval from 10:00am-12:30pm.  Cost $25.00 per child.  Develop your footy skills with the help of South Adelaide players, enjoy skill drills, a mini game and kick and catch with players.  Forms available from the Front Office.

HEPS Newsletter
Letter from SA Police.pdf
Women are strong flyer OSB 02-08 2018.pdf
Women are strong flyer TERM 3 ALD 2018.pdf
Step Up Hackham T3 2018 flyer.pdf
Who's In Charge flyer Term 3 2018.pdf
July School Holiday brochure 2018.pdf
Which Way Home Portrait.pdf
Circle of Security.pdf
Community Connections Holiday program.pdf
Zeke's Story.pdf