HEPS Newsletter

21 February 2018
No 2/2
Comprehension Strategies – Reading Equals Thinking
School News
Canteen News
Pastoral Care Worker News
Coles Sports for Schools 2018
Road Crossing Monitors
Dates to Remember
Community News
Hackham East Primary School
08 8382 3824
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Hackham, SA, 5163

Comprehension Strategies – Reading Equals Thinking

Reading is much more than just being able to read the words. We want our students to be able to laugh at the funny parts, have conversations about the characters and their actions and make connections to their own lives.
At the beginning of this school year classes have been reviewing and introducing a range of comprehension strategies. These comprehension strategies are a big part of the school reading curriculum and are important strategies for parents to understand in order to have conversations with your child when reading at home. Below are some tips, strategies and language to try at home.

Making Connections

Good readers make connections when they read.  It might sound like, “Oh that’s happened to me before…” or “I felt the same exact way when…”

It is important that young readers not only make connections, but that the connections they make are meaningful.  Meaningful connections are those that connect to the bigger ideas (the main idea, the lesson being taught, the plot)  in the story. 

For example, the fact that the main character in the book has her bedroom walls painted the same color as your child’s does not make for a meaningful connection.  But if the character in the book is disappointed about something, your child could think back to a time when they were disappointed.  By doing this, he/she can relate to how the character feels as well as predict what he/she thinks the character might do about it.

There are three different kinds of meaningful connections kids can make:

1. Text-to-Self Connections

When your child reads, you want them to think about how it reminds them of something they have done or something they know.  A good connection will help them understand the text better.  As they are reading, help them share those connections out loud and be willing to share your own connections as you read together.

A good text-to-self connection might sound like…

  • This reminds me of the time that I…
  • I know exactly how the character feels because when that happened to me…
  • Remember when…
  • Because I know about ______, I can understand _______.

2. Text-to-Text

Sometimes we are able to use knowledge about another book to help us understand another text.  We might notice this especially when we read a book series or books by the same author.  The style or the story line makes the book more predictable and easier to comprehend.

A good text-to-text connection might sound like…

  • This character reminds me of the character in this book because…
  • This part reminds me of the book I read yesterday…
  • I think the book will end this way because in this other book…

3. Text-to-World

Things we read can remind us of events happening in our world.  It might be something from history, something currently happening in our community. Children can use that knowledge and apply it to help them comprehend the texts they read.

A good text-to-world connection might sound like…

  • This reminds me of something I heard on the news…
  • I think this has happened in history before…
  • It seems like this book happened a long time ago because…
  • This is the same problem we’re facing right now in Australia…

Making Predictions

Predicting is probably the most familiar of all the comprehension strategies, but it can be a tricky strategy.  It requires readers to use the clues the author gives them, tap into their own prior knowledge (making connections), and make an educated guess as to what might happen next. Many times our predictions are not correct and we are constantly monitoring and modifying our predictions as we read on.  When kids make predictions, probing with further questions is a great idea.  “Why did you predict that?” or “What’s the thinking behind your prediction?”  This helps you to see their thinking and label their strategy for predicting.

Your child may answer: “Well, I guessed she would do that because when that happened to me, I did that.”

You could then reinforce what they have done as a reader, eg. “So you just made a text-to-self connection.  You thought about a time when it happened to you and you used that prior knowledge to predict.  That’s exactly what good readers do! ”

Asking Questions

One of the things that good readers do is ask themselves questions as they read.  This makes them want to keep reading to find the answer.  When modelling this comprehension strategy, I explicitly talk about what makes a good question.

Good Questions:

  • You don’t already know the answer
  • You really do wonder about it
  • The answer might require further research because it may not be answered in the text
  • Make us want to keep reading to find the answer

When talking about reading with your child ask, “what are you wondering? What questions do you have? Have you had any of your questions answered? What do you think the answer to your question could be?”


It is vital for readers to be able to decipher important information from the not-so-important information when reading a text.  Have you ever asked a child to tell you about the story and they begin to tell you every single detail. Instead you could ask your child to tell you what happened in the beginning, middle and end. Have them talk about the main characters, the problem and how the problem was solved.

With non-fiction texts, ask your child to summarise a section of the text or tell 5 important facts they learned from that page of reading. You can also ask, ‘what do you think the author wanted you to learn?'


When good readers read, their thinking grows as they progress through the text.  They might initially think one thing as they begin reading and their initial thoughts are sometimes challenged or added to later in the text.  Debbie Miller compares it to throwing a rock into a pond: “first there’s the splash, and then the water ripples out, making little waves that get bigger and bigger…as you read, your thinking evolves and the meaning gets bigger and bigger…” (Reading with Meaning , pg. 159) Talking to your child about how their thinking has changed and why, is one way to support them to synthesize what they have read.


We are partners in your child’s learning. We can only do so much at school, the conversations and support you can give at home with reading does matter and has a significant impact on your child’s attitude towards reading and their ongoing development. Make the discussion about reading a conversation, not an interrogation so that your child looks forward to sharing their thinking about reading with you!

Sally Slattery, Deputy Principal


School News

2018 School Fees - Special Earlybird Discount Offer

Hurry… if you pay your school fees in FULL before Wednesday 28/2 you will receive a 5% discount!  That is a saving of $11.75 per student.  Payments can be made by cash, cheque, credit card, EFTPOS or EFT. If you would like to pay online (EFT) our bank account details are:  BSB: 105-136  A/C No: 510448140 and please include your family code &/or child’s name.  (eg SMIT00 J Smith schlfees).

2018 School Card Applications

School card applications must be filled out and submitted EVERY year. The state government has raised the school card income threshold to help families with the cost of living.  Families with 1 child and a gross income of $57,870 in the 2016-17 finacial year are able to apply for a school card.

Spare applications are available at the front office and need to be handed in to our Finance Manager, Tracy Rowley as soon as possible. 

Alternatively you can apply for School Card online at www.sa.gov.au

(Finance Education & Learning / Financial Help / School Card Scheme Applications).

School Banking – Commonwealth Bank

A reminder that school banking day is on WEDNESDAYS.  If you would like to open a new account for your child(ren) you can apply online at www.commbank.com.au/schoolbanking and click on the link to open a  Youthsaver account.

Check out the latest news regarding School Banking with incentives for students to save.

Governing Council AGM

Parents/caregivers are invited to attend the Governing Council AGM on Friday 2/3 at 10:00am in the Conference Room.

If you are interested in being a member of the Governing Council and unable to attend on the above date please leave your name and contact details with staff in the Front Office.

iPad Covers

iPad covers are now available from Tracy Rowley, Finance Officer for $15.00 each.  They are available in black, red, blue and green.

Wirreanda Secondary School Open Night

Parents and families are invited to attend the Open Night at Wirreanda Secondary School, 105 Richards Drive, Morphett Vale on Thursday 22/3 from 4:00-7:00pm.  The Principal's address will be at 6:00pm.  Ph 83297200 or visit www.wirreandasecondary.sa.edu.au for more information.


Disability Policy & Programs Parent Forum

Parents or carers of children or young people with a disability are invited to attend the first Disability Policy and Programs 2018 Parent Forum. Held on Wednesday 21/3 from 9:30am-2:00pm at Special Education Resource Unit, 72A Marlborough Street, Henley Beach.  See attachment below for more information.


Health Support Plan


Please ensure that Health Care Plans and Medication Forms are up to date.  It is the responsibility of parents/caregivers to provide information for changes to dosages, times, that medication is current (check expiry date) and must be updated every year.  Please see Lee Clements in the Front Office for more information.


What’s Been Happening at OSHC

The weeks are flying by. We have been very busy, reviewing our OSHC rules, cooking, building Lego towers, putting together our new tables, designing car tracks, building a box fort, celebrating Chinese New Year, creating Flextangles, and last week doing random acts of kindness.


Instead of focusing on just Valentine’s Day on the 14th February, over the last few years, OSHC has focussed on “Random Act Of Kindness Week” which falls around the same time. It is a week to encourage everyone to do kind acts to others, something that is never a bad thing.


Last week, we gave the challenge to the children and asked what could they as individuals do and the group as a whole? As a result, we saw many acts of kindness, such as writing Thank You cards to each other, helping each other, saying kind words to each other, looking out for anyone who was sitting on their own (at OSHC and at recess/lunchtime), as well as cooking and giving away biscuits at the Acquaintance night (it should be noted, that all of the biscuits were given away either on Acquaintance night, at pick up time after school, or to the teachers in the staff room, the children didn’t eat any of them!). We hope to see these random acts of kindness continue throughout the year, as it creates a wonderfully positive atmosphere.


April Vacation Care

Good news for our over 8’s these April holidays. We will be having a special ‘over 8’s’ group during the April holidays. Children who are over 8 will have a choice of joining the day’s activity as set out in our program, or participating in a separate over 8’s activity, based on their interests and ideas.

Last holidays the over 8’s had several discussions with staff about how and what this will look like, and we trialled having an over 8’s group. As a result of these constructive discussions and a successful trial, we are now looking forward to having an even more vibrant and interactive program. All of the over 8’s activities will be based on what they have suggested and asked for.

As with life, this extra privilege comes with extra responsibility. In order for this to be an ongoing part of our vacation care program, the over 8’s will also have to help plan for the July holidays, including things like ringing and booking excursions, helping to budget the activities and so on. Of course they will be assisted in these responsibilities by staff, but it will help them to understand what goes into organising events and give them some vital life skills along the way.

Did You Know?

That the National Standards reinforces children’s right to experience quality education and care in an environment that provides for their health and safety?

Quality Area 2 of the National Standards is all about health and safety. Not only is OSHC required to provide a healthy and safe environment, but we must also teach children about healthy lifestyles, including nutrition, physical fitness, emotions, social relationships and personal hygiene (such as handwashing and dental hygiene).


OSHC also encourages children to take increasing responsibility for themselves and promote a sense of independence. When a child says “Mum forgot to pack my drink bottle” or something similar, we will generally ask “Whose drink bottle is it?” followed by “Who forgot to pack your drink bottle?” The next day, the child has checked or packed their drink bottle themselves. If a child approaches us and says “I can’t open this?” we will respond with “Oh, ok” or “that’s a shame”, the child will be confused at first, but eventually either find another way of opening it, such as getting a pair of scissors, or asking for help. By having children take on responsibility for their own things, actions and problems, it encourages resilience and independence.

You will see other examples of this at OSHC in our menus, the way the room is set up, our chore chart, Tooth brushing area, step stools available for children, even in the way our craft cupboard is set up. All aimed at helping children become independent and responsible.


We also provide a safe environment for children to take on this independent role. Educators are there to support and guide children or gently prod/remind, such as each child is asked in the morning “Have you had breakfast? Have you brushed your teeth?” (Some cheeky children, will often answer “yes, yes”, before I have even asked the questions). Educators will talk about everyday foods and sometimes foods when the children give their menu ideas. All our educators are now expected to have a First Aid certificate (including Anaphylaxis and Asthma Management). We have policies and procedures in place to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of the children.

By setting up the environment this way and by teaching the children responsibility in their self-care, I am proud to say we have very few injuries and incidents. That doesn’t mean we get complacent, we are constantly looking for ways we can improve in this area.

We are currently reviewing Quality Area 2 – Children’s Health and Safety, so if you have any suggestions or feedback we would love to hear it.


If you would like to book for Before or After School Care, enquire about OSHC, or have a suggestion, please contact us on 0499 228 039 or email [email protected]


If you would like to keep up to date on all things OSHC, follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/HackhamEastOSHC/ and instagram https://www.instagram.com/hackhameastoshc/.

Canteen News

Sausage Sizzle

Order forms have been sent home to families regarding a Sausage Sizzle to be held on Tuesday 6/3.  All orders need to be returned to the Canteen by Friday 2/3.  Normal lunch orders will also be available on this day.
Thank you for supporting the Canteen.



Volunteers to help in the Canteen are urgently needed.  If you have any time to spare, even an hour,  your help would be very much appreciated. 
Volunteers are needed to assist with the preparation of food for recess and lunches each day.  The Canteen also caters for functions held at our school and volunteers are needed to prepare and serve the food.
Please see Coralie Goodman or Scott Megson if you are interested in being a volunteer.  
Thank you to the volunteers who are currently assisting in the Canteen. Without the help of volunteers our school Canteen would not be able to provide the valuable service to our school community.


Pastoral Care Worker News

I have just begun a lunch time program today with the Year 7 girls, called ‘Superchicks.’  It is a fun program which promotes friendship, self-esteem and relationships.


We begin by thinking about our Personalities and who we are as a person. In the next few weeks we will also talk about our dreams and goals for our life and the hidden potential we all have, waiting to come out. We then explore where our passion is and I explain to the girls that our Personalities plus our Potential and Passion (goals) will lead us to our PURPOSE.  This helps the girls to begin thinking about their future and what they want to do with their life.


We also discuss how to deal with relationship issues in a positive way and speak about problem solving in this area. We have a different craft  every week and sip on Milo and the girls have a lot of fun, but are learning at the same time.

Last week Jackie (OSHC) Belinda (a Mum) and I started a sewing group on Friday lunchtimes and the children are half way through making either a teddy bear or a cushion.  We had around 25 children attend this session. Lunch - time programs are a great way to build friendships as well as learn a new skill and the children have a lot of fun with each other.


I am still visiting classrooms and helping out where needed, as this also helps me connect with the children. There is a small group of girls that I am working with and we are creating a ‘Friendship Book’ to help build resiliency and positive relationships.


My two days here (Tuesday and Friday) are very busy but I am loving it.  Remember each FRIDAY at 2.30pm we have a Parent Afternoon Tea in Penney Unit , so come and join us and put your feet up at the end of the week.  Everyone is most welcome.


Every Blessing,

Cherie Love


Coles Sports for Schools 2018

Coles Sports for Schools 2018

Our school has registered to be part of the Coles Sports for Schools in 2018. When shopping at Coles for each $10.00 you spend you will receive a coupon.  The coupons can be collected between now and 3 April 2018. These coupons can be deposited in the collection box in the Front Office or collected by the teachers.  Thank you for supporting this event.

Derryn Amoroso & Gab Martin, PE/Health Teachers 


Road Crossing Monitors

Term 1

Week 5 (26/2 - 2/3)


Tyler Lenard

Logan Addison-Black

Ryan Jarrad


Max Connolly

Harrison Brook

Ethan Buttfield



Week 6 (5/3-9/3)


Nina Abanilla

Alicia Coole

Madison Bichard


Patrick Connolly

Zeke Farquhar

Beau Carslake

Dates to Remember

February 2018

Wednesday 26/2 - Last day for Earlybird Discount on School Fees

March 2018

Friday 2/3 - Assembly

Friday 2/3 - Governing Council AGM, 10:00am, Conference Room

Friday 2/3 - All orders for Sausage Sizzle to be returned

Tuesday 6/3 - Sausage Sizzle - Canteen 

Monday 12/3 - Public Holiday, Adelaide Cup

Friday 30/3 - Public Holiday, Good Friday


April 2018

Monday 2/4 - Public Holiday, Easter Monday

Friday 13/4 - Last day of Term 1

Community News

States Road Upgrade

The project is currently in the preliminary design phase and it is ancipated that further details will be available by mid-March, including information about existing verge langscaping.  Ph 83840666 or visit www.onkaparingacity.com/communityengagemen for more information.

Take Home a Big Brother or Sister

In June each year, students aged 15-16yrs from France will be arriving in Australia to study at local schools for 12 weeks.  Oportunities are available to become a host family in a volunteer/unpaid capacity.  Ph Jenny Hanson 83230973 or email [email protected] for more information.


Green Light Basketball

Green Light Basketball program has been developed by Robert Linton (BHSPE) current Adelaide 36ers Development Player.  We focus on equipping athletes with on court skills, leadership, discipline, athleticism and mentally prepare them for what it takes to be successful on and off the court.  Ph Fiona 0402063833 or email [email protected] for more information.

Harmony Day

Harmony Day at Woodcroft Community Centre, 175 Bains Rd, Morphett Vale on Wednesday 21/3. Activities held during the day.  Ph 83840500 or visit www.onkaparingacity.com/libraries for more information.



Play mini volleyball at SpikeZone at Aberfoyle Hub Recreation Centre every Thursday from 22/2 to the end of term.  For students in Yr 4-7.  A 3 week come and try session will be held for free from 22/2 including coaching and game play.  Ph 83631265 or visit www.volleyballsa.com.au/spikezone for more information.


Being Onkaparinga

Expressions of interest are being sought from people living in the City of Onkaparinga to join a co-design cohort.  Through five experiential sessions, you will have the opportunity to explore and deepen your own practices of connecting to everyday nature in the region while contributing your own expertise, experiences and stories to help develop workshops for the wider community.  Held on 18/3, 21/3, 7/4, 11/4 and 22/4.  See attachment for more information.


SA Volleyball

Volleyball SA now have a new membership category "Casual Yellow".  Becoming a free member allows you to play in each of Volleyball SA's Junior Events. These events are the 'Schools Beach Festivals' in both March and November and our freshly branded 'VSA Primary School Carnival'.  For more information visit www.volleyballsa.com.

2018 School Soccer

Expressions of interest are being sought for students who would like to play soccer this season.  The season starts on Saturday 5/5 and is held each Saturday morning until September. Complete the attachment below by 23/2 if you are interested.


Raising Brilliantly Behaved Children

Are you the parent of a 5-12yr old and want fewer behaviour dramas at home?  You are invited to attend a FREE parenting seminar on Wednesday 21/3 from 7:00-9:00pm at the Adelaide Convention Centre, North Tce, Adelaide (Riverbank Rm 7 & 8).  Register to attend in person or view the live webcast at http://parentingsa.eventbrite.com.au or Ph 83031660.

Free Creche

Care for your child/ren while you study, attend appointments.  Held at 72 Collins Pde, Hackham on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday during term time.  See the attachment for times and how to book.


Sleep Problems

The Child & Adolescent Sleep Clinic at Flinders University offers treatments for children and adolescents of all ages (including infants from 6 months of age).  Ph 82017587 or email [email protected]


Be Kind & Unwind

Personal wellbeing.  Held on Wednesday 14/3 from 9:30am-2:30pm at Woodcroft-Morphett Vale Neighbourhood Centre, 175 Bains Rd, Morphett Vale.  Lunch provided.  Gold coin donation.  Ph Georgina 81868900 to book.

I Make I Do

Mini maker sessions for children aged 4-7yrs at Woodcroft Library, 175 Bains Rd, Morphett Vale. Held on the first and third Thursday of each month.  See the attachment below for more information.


Kangarilla Football Club

Kangarilla Football Club strives to encourage young people to participate in a team sport where they can continually improve their football skills and understanding of our great grame whilst having fun in a safe, family friendly environment.  For more information see the attachment below.


HEPS Newsletter
Take home a big brother or sister.pdf
Take home a big brother or sister.pdf
Woodcroft - Harmony Day poster 2018.pdf
Spikezone Aberfoyle Park Flyer.pdf
Being Onkaparingan.pdf
2018 School Soccer Expression of Interest.pdf
Free Creche While You Study.pdf
I Make, I dopdf.pdf
I Make, I dopdf.pdf
Kangarilla Football Club flyer.pdf
Kangarilla Football Club flyer.pdf
Wirreanda Open Night 2018.pdf
DPP Parent Forum Final.pdf