HEPS Newsletter

21 June 2017
Problem Solving
School News
Pastoral Care Worker News
3D Printing in Primary Schools Showcase
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Family Catch up
Dates To Remember
Road Crossing Monitors
Community News
Hackham East Primary School
08 8382 3824
Collins Parade
Hackham, SA, 5163

Problem Solving

What do all of these things have in common…?


Bey Blades, playing football, building cubbies, playing with sticks, iPads, boyfriends/girlfriends, scooters, playing rugby, lining up after play, moving from one class to another, running on the asphalt, playing on the playground, taking turns, fidget spinners, playing with Lego, playing soccer, handball, taking turns, collaborating in groups, students being challenged with their learning and friendships... The list could go on.


If you haven’t guessed yet, I’ll tell you.  This is a list of things that cause issues with, or between our students.   Sometimes on a daily basis, and trust me the list could go on!


You are probably looking at the list now and thinking, I can relate to this.  The Bey Blades caused an issue with my children this morning before breakfast, my children had an argument playing football after school last night or my children can’t take turns, they fought over who is going to pour the milk first on their cereal, it always turns into an argument.


There is one seemingly obvious solution to fix things that cause issues – Ban it!


Ban things that cause issues… hang on a second.  Ban the playground? Ban lining up after play? Ban play?  Ban students being challenged with their learning? Ban friendships...?


Is it the playground that causes the issue?  Is it playing football that causes the issue?  Is it being friends with your friends that cause the issue?  Or is it the collaborative skills associated with taking part in the activity?  Are the problem solving skills associated with working through a problem still developing? 


Banning an activity generally does not solve the problem. 

We need to teach students:- 

  • How to play appropriately
  • How to share
  • How to take turns  
  • How to tackle in sport safely 
  • How to win graciously 
  • How to lose graciously 
  • When it is the appropriate time to play with their fidget spinner, iPad or listen to music in class
  • How to cope when they find their learning hard.  How to treat their friends and others with respect


Some Problem Solving skills and strategies:

  • Clarify the problem
  • Listen to the other person’s perspective
  • Stay calm and speak respectfully towards each other - wait until all people involved are calm
  • Use prior knowledge – what have you done in the past that enabled you to be successful
  • Solve one part of the problem at a time
  • Roll play the problem – it helps people to visualise the problem and eliminate misunderstandings or misconceptions
  • Put yourself in the other person’s shoes – how are they feeling?
  • Work with the facts, avoid making assumptions
  • Take responsibility for your actions.  Identify what you could have done or could do differently next time


For our students, everything that causes an issue should be looked at as a learning opportunity.  Throughout their lives, students will be constantly put in situations that they find challenging.  

Our job as educators and parents is to equip students with the skills and strategies to be able to collaborate effectively and to work through a problem successfully. 

Scott Megson, Senior Leader



School News

Kids Lock-In Games Night


Hurry, Hurry! tickets selling fast - have you bought your ticket for the Kids Lock-In Games Night to be held on  Saturday 1 July?   The cost is just $10.00 per child for a 2-hour session, including a hot dog, fruit box, snack and supervised games and activities.

There will be 2 sessions;

Reception – Year 2 (5:00pm-7:00pm) and

Year 3- 7 (7:30-9:30).

A Permission form and payment need to be given to Tracy Rowley, Finance Manager in the Front Office by Friday 23 June for tickets to then be issued for each child.

All money raised will contribute to the planned nature play area.

Thank you once again for your continued support.

Fundraising Committee

Entertainment Books

Only 3 remaining - see me if you would like to purchase a book(s) or read the attached information to see how you can order your digital version online.

REMEMBER: 20% from every membership sold contributes to supporting our school.

Tracy Rowley, Finance Manager


Assembly Friday 23 June

Parents/Caregivers and family are invited to attend the school assembly on Friday 23/6 at 9:00am in the Penney Unit.  After the assembly you are invited to stay for Morning Tea in the Conference Room.  We look forward to seeing you there.

2017 School Card Applications

School card applications must be filled out and submitted EVERY year.  Spare applications are available at the Front Office and need to be handed to our Finance Officer, Tracy Rowley as soon as possible.


Flinders Medical Centre have contacted our school as a parent has left a bag at the Kiosk of Flinders Medical Centre. If you are missing some items please contact Lee at the Front Office with a description of what items you are missing.

A shelter left at Hackham East Primary School after the concert at the end of last year.  Please see Lee at the Front Office to claim the missing item.

Canteen News

A Sausage Sizzle will be held on the last day of the school this term, Friday 7/7.  Forms will be sent home soon.  Normal lunches will also be available for students/staff.

Earn & Learn

Woolworths are running their Earn & Learn promotion from 26/7 to 19/9/2017.  During this time for every $10.00 you spend at Woolworths you receive a sticker.  Sticker Sheets are available from Woolworths or  from staff in the Library.  The school will receive a variety of resources.  Completed Sticker Sheets can be returned to staff in the Library.  To find out more information visit www.woolworths.com.au/earnandlearn. 

Pastoral Care Worker News

Last week we talked about Discipline.  When making Rules or Guidelines be aware of what is age appropriate for your child.

  • Make sure that the rules are clear.  A toddler will have less understanding than a 12 year old for instance.
  • Be aware that understanding of words may be different.  For example saying “be polite” might mean little to a young child unless you have explained the meaning of the words.
  • Time it well.  Trying to correct a child while he/she is playing a computer game may not work as the child is concentrating on the game.
  • Know the abilities of your child ie what they are able to do.
  • Be prepared that your child may have a different opinion than you.
  • Back up what you saw with an action.
  • Pick your battles.  Most people do not like change, so choose one behaviour at a time that you want to see improve eg doing homework, answering back etc.



Parent Afternoon Tea – Every Friday

Come in out of the cold before you pick up your child/children and enjoy a hot of cup of tea/coffee with other parents in the Conference Room, Penney Unit every Friday from 2:30pm.  Everyone welcome.



Our year 6/7 football team had a fantastic day last Thursday (15/6) at Gliderol Stadium for the Crows Cup. From the beginning of the day through to the end they improved substantially. They had many great successes including coming 7th on the day out of 14 teams.

Our players embraced and looked after a girl from another school that didn't have a team to play with and made her feel very welcome.

The girls represented Hackham East Primary School both on and off the field to a very high standard, I for one am super proud of them.

Gab Martin, PE Teacher


3D Printing in Primary Schools Showcase

On Friday 16/6 several of our students attended at Grange Primary School with Mr Ratcliff and Mr Cronin at the 3D Printing in Primary Schools Showcase.  Our students were wonderful ambassords for our school, asking deep questions, speaking eloquently when presenting their 3D printed models and explaining their thinking and learning.




Student Comments

  • We did a sticker passport and we also watched movies from other schools about how they did it - Max
  • On Friday I went to Grange Primary School with other students for a Makers Empire Expo.  It was a lot of fun and really pushed children to get on to their electronics and play with 3D designing - Aiden


  • At Grange Primary School I had a lot of fun - it was different to what I expected.  It was fun looking at designs by other students.  I learnt what a 3D printer was - Rachael
  • I had heaps of fun looking at everyones creations while I was at Grange Primary School.  It was interesting and I learnt a lot about Makers Empire - Abria


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Family Catch up

Term 2 Pizza Tea

Come and join us for an early pizza tea on Wednesday 5/7 from 4:30-6:00pm in the Penney Unit.   Meet up with other families from the School and Kindy.  

RSVP to Jae ([email protected]) or Gill ([email protected]). 

We look forward to seeing you there.


Dates To Remember

Diary Dates:

Fridays - Parent Afternoon Tea held in the Conference Room, Penney Unit from 2:30pm.  All parents/caregivers welcome.

June 2017

Friday 23 June - 9:00am Assembly, Penney Unit

Friday 23 June - Morning tea for parents/caregivers following Assembly

Friday 23 June - 1:30pm Governing Council Meeting


July 2017

Saturday 1 July - Fundraising Event, Kids Lock In/Games Night at HEPS

Wednesday 5 July - Aborginal and Torres Strait Island Family Catch Up, 4:30-6:00pm

Friday 7 July - 2:00pm Finish for last day of Term 2



Road Crossing Monitors

Week 9 (26/6-30/6


Zoe Moore

Rose-Marie Ralston

Tanyka Dennis


Grace Connolly

Kekoa Jordan

Caitlin Read


Week 10 (3/7-7/7)


Simone Blyth

Haylee Williams

Natasha Mazik


Ella Salter

Phoenix Bruse

Stephany Mason

Community News

  • Family Bingo & Games Night presented by Morphett Vale Youth Club on Saturday 24/6 at Hackham East Primary School, Collins Parade, Hackham.  Doors open at 7:00pm, eyes down at 7:30pm.  BYO snacks, drinks (venue will be licensed) and plenty of spare change.  Cost $4.00 per Bingo set (5 games).  Come along for a few laughs, some healthy competition, great company and plenty of great prizes.  Ph Cindy 0402488057, Grant 0423230680, Kaya 0413499557 or Nev 0419326204 for more information.
  • Morphett Vale Youth Club Anniversary Founded in 1967, we will celebrate 50 years this year.  An Anniversary celebration dinner and reunion is planned for Saturday 21/10.  Past members and officials are invited.  Register your interest with Neville Gibbs 0419326204, [email protected] and further information will be forwarded.
  • Foster Care Foster Carers are needed to provide overnight emergency, long-term, short-term and respite care.  You can be either single, couples, working full-time, part-time or studying.  Free training and ongoing professional support (including 24 hour assistance) is provided. For more information or to book into one of our information sessions, please call Linda 81313456 or visit www.anglicarsa.com.au/foster-care.
  • My Time Are you caring for a child with a disability or chronic medical condition?  The My Time program provides an opportunity to relax, socialise and connect with other parents/carers who are raising child/ren with a disability or chronic illness.  Held at O’Sullivan Beach Children’s Centre, 51A Galloway Rd, O’Sullivan Beach on 26/6 & 3/7 from 9:30-11:30am.  Ph Chris 0466393805 or email [email protected] for more information.
  • Who’s In Charge?  An 8 session course, for those struggling with children or adolescents that use violence and abuse towards them and other family members.  Held each Monday, starting 31/7, from 10:00am-12:00pm at Community Connections Hackham, 72 Collins Pde, Hackham. Morning tea provided. Ph 83923000 to register or for more information.
  • Aboriginal Engagement Workshop Invitation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander consumers and carers.  This workshop is an opportunity for you to share your ideas about how you think primary health services can best provide services which are culturally safe and responsible. Held on Thursday 29/6 from 12:00-4:30pm at Woodcroft Morphett Vale Neighbourhood Centre, 175 Bains Rd, Morphett Vale.  Lunch provided.  For more information or to register visit http://bit.ly/2sg3XD5 or Ph 82195900.
  • Understanding Autism The Understanding Autism Workshop will give you a fresh perspective on what it means to be autistic.  Held on Thursday 29/6 from 9:30am-2:30pm at Hopgood Theatre, Lecture Theatre, Ramsay Place, Noarlunga Centre.  Register at http://bit.ly/2rFJuLf.
  • Naidoc March & Family Fun Day To be held on Thursday 6/7.  Meet at Market Grounds, Beach Rd (near Coles) at 10:00am, march to commence at 10:30am and proceed down to Rotary Park where celebrations will take place.  Free. 
  • Emotional Wellbeing Group Groups for adults aged 18-64yrs experiencing anxiety and/or depression.  Ph 81866944 for more information.
  • Fairy Gardens Would you like to buy and make your own Fairy garden with your child.  We are taking Expression of Interest to have a session for parents and their child/ren at the centre.  Cost $10.00 for each kit (boy or girl).  To be held at Community Connections Hackham, 72 Collins Pde, Hackham during the July school holidays.  Ph 81866944 or email [email protected].
  • Southern Menz-Bizz-Niss Program Mechanical Workshop Projects – Modifying Street Cars, Build Special Burn-our Rigs, Speed-way Rigs and Demolition Derby Rigs.  Ph Ross 0427397244 or Chris 0419212661 for more information. Held Monday & Tuesday weekly at The Stables, 12 Brodie Rd, Huntfield Heights. 
  • Women Are Strong, Women Do Survive  A group for women in the Southern Suburbs to share in an 8 week support group for women.  Commencing on Friday 4/8 from 10:00am-12:30pm in the Hackham Area (address provided on registration).  Ph 82156310 for more information.
  • One Night Two Plays Written by John Ovenden (former ABC TV & BBC world newsreader & Hills jounalist with The Weekend Herald).  Read by a cast of award winning Adelaide actors comprising of Sue Wylie, Penni Hamilton-Smith, Brian Knott & John Ovenden.  Held at Woodcroft Library, 175 Bains Rd, Morphett Vale on Friday 30/6 from 6:30-9:00pm.  Tickets $10.00.  Ph 83840050 to book.
  • Bushcare in Onkaparinga Join a local bushcare group, adopt a bushcare site and learn bushcare skills for your property.  Held on Monday 10/7. Registrations essential.  Ph 84060500 or [email protected] 
  • Southern Districts Softball Club If you are interested in playing softball this season there will be a Registration Day on Saturday 1/7 and Sunday 2/7.  Flyer attached.


HEPS Newsletter
Entertainment Book 2017 Advertising.docx
Entertainment Book 2017 Advertising.pdf
Aberfoyle Pk Term 2 - 3 2017 FLYER.pdf
Woodcroft - Hair and Body poster.pdf
Woodcroft - NAIDOC poster.pdf
Aberfoyle Pk Term 2 - 3 2017 FLYER.pdf
Aberfoyle Pk Term 2 - 3 2017 FLYER.pdf
SDSC 2017-18 Membership Flyer.pdf
Woodcroft - One Night Two Plays poster.pdf
Woodcroft - Hair and Body poster.pdf
Who's In Charge flyer Term 3 2017.pdf
Supporting Families Parents 2017 - August- September - Hackham West.pdf
Port Noarlunga 10_07_2017.pdf
Family Bingo & Games Night.docx
Bright Sparks 2017.pdf
Base 10 The Arvo Club Flyer Term 2 2017.pdf
Aboriginal Engagement Workshop Invitation 2017.pdf
Yoga for Everyone.pdf
Term 2 ATSI Family Catch Up.docx
term 2 pizza night.pdf
term 2 pizza night.pdf