HEPS Newsletter

10 May 2018
No 1/5
A Year 5, Lost Cities, Llamas and a Dream
School News
2018/2019  ​Entertainment Books
Pastoral Care Worker ​News
Fundraising News
Dates to Remember
Road Crossing Monitors
Community News
Hackham East Primary School
08 8382 3824
Collins Parade
Hackham, SA, 5163

A Year 5, Lost Cities,
Llamas and a Dream

I will never forget my Year 5 teacher, Mr Van Vught. He was of Dutch heritage but came from Jakarta, once the capital of the Dutch East Indies, now Indonesia. He had a passion for history which he shared with our class. He introduced me to the How and Why Wonder Book series. The contents page was a series of questions which excited my imagination. I can still remember the cover of one particular book entitled “Lost Cities”. Near the back of the book was a small sketch of llamas in front of a ruin in the rainforest in the Peruvian Andes. Wouldn’t it be amazing to visit this place? It seemed like a dream beyond reach.


Why did I not collect encyclopedia books? They would have had the same information. What was it about the How and Why books that made me want to collect almost an entire set? It wasn’t high quality photographs or graphics as most of the images were hand drawn. It wasn’t the glossy production as they certainly weren’t that. It was the questions. The contents page of each volume that you can see in the attached photo, was entirely made up of questions.


Each question got my brain asking more questions.  I wanted to discover more and more. My teacher did not have to encourage me to read. I wanted to read to discover more about these lost cities, lost civilizations, about archaeology, discovering ruins and treasures. Back then I wanted to be an archaeologist or a teacher.

How to ask good questions to drive deep learning is the main focus of our Site Improvement Plan. Learning is driven by the brain grappling with questions. Everything that we have ever learned has come from questions in one form or another. At Hackham East, Teachers and SSOs are learning to ask the “right” questions at the right time. Learning is no longer about being told something and having to remember it. Anyone now can just search for anything on any topic on the internet. Learning is about developing the skills of reasoning, critical thinking, making sense of information, making judgements, collaborating and problem solving. These skills come from grappling with questions which require deep thinking. Questions that are open and require judgement where one must make a stand and have good reasons for choices. Questions that may have no correct answers because the answers may be in conflict with each other. In real life, are we not constantly faced with such dilemmas where we are required to make a choice between options for which there are valid arguments for and against?


Just as I became passionate about Lost Cities, good questions can excite the brain. An excited brain will seek its own learning and who knows where that will lead. For me it set a dream in place to visit these lost cities which was fulfilled many years after reading this book.


It has been a long time since I was in Year 5 and the memory of a small sketch near the back of the book tantalized me over the decades. In writing this editorial, I searched the internet for the How and Why Wonder Book series and located a scanned copy of Lost Cities. There in the back I found the tiny sketch of Macchu Pichu, the lost city of the Incas, just as I remembered. I was astonished to see the similarity to a photo that I had taken when the sketch was a very distant memory.


The dream that I had as a child was created by a book, intriguing questions and a skilled teacher. Which books will inspire dreams in your children? Where will their questions lead? May they, like the Year 5 me, dream big.

Bob Thiele, Principal

School News


Parents of Year 7 students have received an Enrolment in Secondary School for 2019 pack, with brochures, and an ED176 form. When you have decided on the choice of school for your child please complete the ED176 and return with all relevant forms to Lee Clements at the Front Office before Friday 25th May, 2018, Term 2, Week 4, to process. Please note:

  • Sibling Rights Rule-A photocopy of the ID card is required of the student/sibling currently attending the out of zone school (see page 8 in the Starting Secondary School Brochure)
  • Students applying for enrolment in out of zone schools will need to pay particular attention to page 8 of the “Starting Secondary School” brochure-out of zone enrolments.

Thank you

Lee Clements

Naplan Online

During Week 3 and 4 this term along with all other students across the nation, our Year 3, 5 and 7 students will participate in NAPLAN Testing.  Hackham East is one of the schools who are doing the testing Online this year, rather than pencil and paper testing as it has been in the past.

If you have any concerns or questions regarding  your child participating in the NAPLAN Testing, please communicate this with your child’s classroom teacher or feel free to call me to discuss.

Sally Slattery, Deputy Principal


Congratulations to Quentin Reweti-Bell who has been  nominated for the SAPSASA 12 and Under Softball Team to participate at a School Sport Australia Championship.


Swimming R-5

Students in Reception to Yr 5 will be participating in a water safety program at Noarlunga Leisure Centre on 4/6, 5/6, 6/6 & 7/6.  This program is part of the education curriculum and all students are expected to attend.  The cost is $24.00 and notes have been sent home at the end of last term.  Please return all signed notes and money to Tracy Rowley, Finance Officer by Friday 25 May 2018 so that we can confirm the number of students attending.

​Entertainment Books

Mother's Day 

Give Mum an Entertainment Membership this Mother's Day and she can enjoy more than 12 months of valuable dining, shopping and travel offers.  Your purchase will be supporting our school.

Hurry, they are selling fast!

Hackham East Primary School
Tracy Rowley
[email protected]


Pastoral Care Worker

I have just begun a program with some Yr 3 boys called Operation Boy Code which is a social development program around masculinity and what that means. This week we are studying King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Their code of conduct and character traits were to be Brave, Loyal, Dignity and Honour.

We discuss these traits which are very like our School Values and hold up the Knights as being good role models. The Knights bore shields and standards to differentiate them in their armour so they could be identified in the arenas.

The boys then make their own Shield which reflects their personality and character.












You can see from the photo that I have made my own shield to show the boys. Each colour and symbol represents something.

For instance on my shield I have the colour Gold/Yellow, which represents wisdom, joy and happiness. The silver colour has the meaning of Peace and Serenity and the Green colour represents Hope, Joy and Love. The bear symbolises protection of family and friends; the snake means Wisdom and the tree represents New Life and Personal Growth. I am very excited to see how the boy's shields turn out.


This program allows the boys to discover who they are becoming and it promotes friendship and communication skills which help increase their self-esteem. I will put a few photos up in the next newsletter of some of the shields the students have made.  


I am also running this part of the program with the Year 7 Girls in our Superchicks lunchtime group. The other lunchtime program I run with Jacky (OHSC) and Belinda (a Mum) is a Sewing group and the children are loving making cushions and teddies and learning a new skill which is self-esteem building and promotes friendship.

I hope you are having a great week.  Rug up – it’s getting colder.


Every Blessing,

Cherie Love

Fundraising News

Mother's Day Stall

Parents/Caregivers and staff are invited to attend the Mother's Day Stall on Thursday 10/5 from 8:30am in the Library.  Gifts will be available from $1.00 with all money raised going to the school.

Students will have the opportunity to purchase a gift when their class attends during the day.

Wishing all the Mums/Grandmothers and Carers a wonderful day on Sunday.

Thank you for supporting this event.

Dates to Remember

May 2018

Thursday 10/5 - 8:30am Mothers Day Stall, Library

15/5 to 25/5 - NAPLAN Testing, Yr 3, 5 & 7 

June 2018

4/6 to 7/6 - Swimming at Noarlunga Leisure Centre - Reception to Yr 5 students

Friday 8/6 - Student Free Day - Staff Attending PD

Monday 11/6 - Public Holiday, Queen's Birthday

Friday 15/6 - Student Free Day - Staff Attending PD

July 2018

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

August 2018

Friday 31/8 - School Closure Day

September 2018 

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

Road Crossing Monitors

Term 2

Week 3 (14/5-18/5)


Rose-Marie Ralston

Larni Smith

Kaylee Beens


Natasha Mazik

Chiara-Lee Brodie

Abigail Keays



Week 4 (21/5-25/5)


Adison Harris

Ambrose Latham

Cooper Rannanaho


Isaih Waller-McDougall

Cohen Farnden

Coen Bentley-Davidson


Community News

Bringing Up Great Kids

A highly recognised interactive program for parents of young children to help us raise happy and confident children.  A 7 Week course starting Monday 21/5 from 12:30-2:30pm at Community Connections, 72 Collins Pde, Hackham.  Ph 81866944 to register or for more information.


Glad to be Me

Discover your qualities and strengths.  Held each Wednesday 23/5-4/7 from 12:30-2:30pm at Community Connections, 72 Collins Pde, Hackham.  Ph 81866944 to register or for more information.


Baby Time

Baby Time is designed for babies 18 months and younger with their parent/carer.  Held weekly each Tuesday 8/5-3/7 at O'Sullivan Beach Children Centre, 51a Galloway Rd, O'Sullivan Beach from 1:30-2:45pm.  Ph Lee 83822850 to register or for more information.


Bringing Up Great Kids

A 5 week program each Tuesday 15/5-12/6 from 9:30-11:30am at O'Sullivan Beach Children's Centre, 51a Galloway Rd, O'Sullivan Beach.  Ph 83822850 for more information.


Monday Music Playgroup

Supported playgroup for children birth to 5yrs, enjoy singing, music, activities and snack time. Held each Monday 7/5-2/7 from 12:30-2:30pm at O'Sullivan Beach Children's Centre, 51a Galloway Rd, O'Sullivan Beach.  Ph 83822850 for more information.


Making Separation Manageable

This is a group for men and women who are considering separating or have separated within the last 3 months.  Held Wednesday from 16/5 to 20/6 from 9:30-11:30am at Darlington Children's Centre, 12a Kurrajong Place, Seacombe Gardens.  Free.  Ph 82962686 for more information.


Mindful Awareness Parenting

An 8 week Group Program - Mindful Awareness Parenting.  Held each Thursday 10/5-28/6 from 9:30-11:30am at Hackham West Children's Centre, 50 Glynville Dr, Hackham West.  Free.  Ph 81182672 to register or more information.


Women Are Strong, Women Do Survive

A Group for women in the southern suburbs to provide a confidential and safe space to gain knowledge and understanding.  Held on Friday 11/5 from 12:00-2:30pm.  Ph 82156310 for more information.

Game Time

Giant Games Challenge.  Kids & Dads is an ongoing FREE activity for children (0-12yrs) and the significant man in their life to enjoy fun activities together, tasty healthy food, learn new skills and build relationshops.  Held on Saturday 12/5 from 10:00am-12:30pm at Community Connections Hackham, 72 Collins Parade, Hackham.  Ph Malcolm 0437232124 to register or for more information.

Lego Design Group

Lego Design Group South at Aldinga offer design sessions for children on the Autism Spectrum and their siblings.  Come along and show your creativity and meet others who enjoy Lego building.  Held 12/5, 26/5, 9/6, 23/6 & 7/7 from 10:30am-12:00noon at Aldinga Children's Centre, Evans St, Aldinga.  Ph Meg 0422407855 to register.

Homestay Program for Overseas Students

Wirreanda Secondary School have 20 Japanese students coming from 6/8-17/8.  Can you give one of these students the chance of a lifetime, a short stay with your family?  It could make a world of difference for them and you.  Ph Sue Bogumil 83297246 for more information.

Are Your Grandchildren In Your Care?

Nunkuwarrin Yunti invites you to join our Grandparents Carers Group.  Held on 17/5, 31/5, 7/6, 21/6 & 5/7 at Taikurrendi Children & Family Centre, 8 Price St, Chriesties Beach from 9:30-11:30am.  Creche and transport avaliable.  Bookings essential.  Ph Kesha 84061638.


HEPS Newsletter
Bringing Up Great Kids2 Final VersionMay2018.pdf
Glad to be me flyerfinalversionMay2018.pdf
Baby Group Flyer.pub term 2 2018.pdf
Bringing Up Great Kids2 Final VersionMay2018.pdf
Monday Music Playgroup.pdf
Making Separation Manageable_Final2.pdf
Supporting Families Mindful Awareness Parenting group - Hackham West May - June 2018.pdf
Grandparent Carers Group flyer.pdf