HEPS Newsletter

07 June 2017
No 1/6
Term 2   ​French Program News
Health and PE News
The Arts Program News
Reconciliation Week
Pastoral Care Worker News
Dates To Remember
Road Crossing Monitors
School News
Community News
Hackham East Primary School
08 8382 3824
Collins Parade
Hackham, SA, 5163

Term 2  
French Program News

Bonjour tout le monde! (Hello everyone!)



Firstly, I would like to say un grand merci (a big thank you) to all parents, students and teachers who have become involved with the school’s French Instagram account. Some have clicked to follow the page, while others have added French objects and even written comments. It would be wonderful to see this continue and if you would like to get involved you can download the Instagram app on your device and follow heps_french. Using the hashtag #hepsfrench allows you to add your own images of things you have found which relate to France and the French language. Super! (Great!)


Later this term we will be celebrating Bastille Day with another French Day. Bastille Day is the French National Day, which is on the 14th of July each year. It is celebrated with fireworks, communal eating and parades. Last year’s French Day at HEPS was a brilliant success, with students and teachers getting involved in dressing up and different activities. Parents also attended the Sharing Assembly to see what their child/ren had participated in over the day. I am truly looking forward to our next French Day, with many exciting activities and learning opportunities to be had. Please stay tuned for more information on the confirmed date and times.



Mademoiselle Brooks


Health and PE News

Health and Physical Education News

Both this term and last term the Health & PE faculty have won a $3000 Sporting Schools Grant. There are two main ways that we have used this money.  In each term that we win a grant we must use part of that money to run a clinic. Last term we had SANFL run a 4-week clinic for over 200 of our students. The students learnt a lot and had loads of fun doing it. This term we have Spike Zone coming out to teach us about Volleyball, starting this Thursday (8/6). The rest of the money is used to purchase equipment to aid in our learning. Below is a photo of the equipment that we purchased last term and some of the students participating in the clinics.

Sports equipment included:-

50 cricket balls

30 volleyballs

20 indoor soccer balls

20 footys

40 reversible bibs

And 24 inflating needles


Girls SAPSASA Knockout Football

On Monday 22 April the Hackham East Girls Football Team hosted Port Elliott Primary School in a Knockout round of SAPSASA football.  The competition provided an opportunity for students to transfer knowledge from our recent focus on invasion games and practise skills from the Auskick Program funded through the ‘Sports in Schools’ grant we secured this year. With this grant we were also able to purchase new equipment including footballs, bibs, indoor soccerballs and volleyballs.


Well done to Tiana Tuapawa who demonstrated our school values of Persistence with her efforts to ruck all over the field. In recent weeks the AFL media coverage has addressed the issue of ‘sledging’ in sport and whether playing a game therefore makes it okay to behave in a way that is unkind as long as it is confined within the contest. The notion that this behaviour is okay is not consistent with what we teach our students at Hackham East Primary School. We were most impressed and proud of Tiana's ability as Captain to demonstrate concern and fairness through examples of Good Manners and Friendliness in her interactions with the visiting team during play. This was a great reflection of the Play is The Way pedagogy that the Hackham East teachers implement in their class each day.


Although outplayed on the day by a disciplined Port Elliott team, competitive second and fourth quarter efforts were rewarded with goals scored by Abria Anson, Rachael Mubake and a spectacular torpedo on the run by Latysha Jackson that would not have looked out of place if shown alongside an Eddie Betts highlight reel.


Without the ongoing support of parents and volunteers to assist with supervision, transport or umpiring we are unable to provide these sporting opportunities for students to represent our school. Thank you to Allana Nottle and Tara Salter who both volunteered their time and showed courage to assist as first time goal umpires.



Lunchtime Sports

Last term we had eight teams compete in our lunchtime basketball competition played every Thursday during lunch play time. Congratulations to the teacher representative side that collected both the minor Premiership and Grand Final victory.

This program will continue into Term 2 through teams of mixed gender playing indoor soccer every Thursday.  So far we have been able to engage the wider community thus having year 12 representatives from Cadijn College attend to help umpire games. We continue to look for ways to engage the wider community through our PE program with hopes of one day having enough student participants along with parents willing to volunteer as coaches and coordinators so that we may reintroduce an after school sports program at Hackham East Primary School.

Gab Martin & Derryn Amoroso

Health and PE Teachers


The Arts Program News

Semester One - The Arts

Term 2, Week 8 (22/6) comes to the end of our very first semester for the Arts and French programs.

Recently our school held a very special National Sorry Day assembly followed by creating individual Sorry Day flags and our students did us all proud in singing and performing the ‘I am Australian’ song.

We also had a visit from the SA Police Band who delighted our students with their ‘hip’ repertoire of music and shared valuable education in understanding the role of the Police in our communities.


We have had a fun-filled and full semester exploring the areas of Drama and Dance and how the Arts contribute to our lives on a daily basis with the ability to challenge norms, be creative and further appreciating and developing our student’s cooperative learning skills when working with others.  We are all in essence, artists.


"An Arts education helps build academic skills and increase academic performance, while also providing alternative opportunities to reward the skills of children who learn differently."

Gavin Newsom


We look forward to starting Semester 2, which will commence from Week 9 (27/6) through to the end of the year with our next group of classes and students.


The Arts – Mrs Morunga 

Reconciliation Week

Reconciliation Week Events at Hackham East Primary

Reconciliation Week celebrations began with an assembly to mark National Sorry Day on  26 May . At the assembly we watched Kevin Rudd’s National Apology.   Mr Thiele and several students talked about the significance of National Sorry Day.

Each student was involved in painting his or her own sorry message onto a message flag, which will then be hung up around the school. The concept of message flags is that the wind then picks up the message and carries it through the breeze.


Southern Reconciliation Week Event - Real Voices, Real Action

On Tuesday 30  May, Lorraine, Dianne and Gill caught the bus with 8 of our Year 4- 7 students to Ramsay Place for the Southern Reconciliation Week Event run by Joining Hands and Minds. The theme for the event this year was Real Voices, Real Action; students were immersed in a day of culture and learning. Chiara-Lee and Latysha used their courage and represented our school community up on the stage when Aunty Georgina did her Welcome to Country. The students took part in a fishing workshop run by Clem Newchurch, a local Aboriginal Man, where they learnt about some of the fish in our local waters and also learnt an easy step-by-step way to draw fish.



Aboriginal Cultural Presentation with Clem Newchurch

On Wednesday 31 May Clem Newchurch came to Hackham East Primary School for the day and ran 50-minute Aboriginal Cultural presentations for all Reception – Year 7 students. Clem shared some of his fishing adventures with the students showing photos and videos of different fish in our local waters. He made cultural links to how Aboriginal People in the past would have hunted fish and tying in the importance of family and sustainability. Students were able to see and learn about some Aboriginal artifacts that Clem has made himself, sharing with the students how they were constructed and what uses they have. All class groups showed they had listened attentively and were interested in the new learning by the well thought out questions they asked Clem. Many students were able to make connections to the local places Clem’s stories were from as many students had been to these places too.

Gill Dowd, Aboriginal Education Teacher


Wow, what a term we have had so far. The children have been busy creating a box fort, which has meant they have had to use a variety of skills and learning. They have been engineers, working out which design structure will best stay up (which led to discussions on structural walls and support beams in real buildings). They have had to be architects designing layouts and how to fit in not just one but two secret rooms. They have had to be interior designers, planning and decorating the room to suit not only their own individual tastes, but those of all the children. But most importantly they have had to be communicators, problem solvers and mediators. This project involved everyone, so any decisions made needed to be fair for all the children, any problems needed to be discussed and worked out. It was very interesting to watch as leaders emerged in the group as did mediators who were good at conflict resolution. Staff purposely didn’t ‘solve’ their problems for them, allowing the children space, time and support (in the way of guidance and role modelling) to work out a solution that all would be happy with. At first there were a few squabbles, “I want the bath here”, “no it belongs here”, but eventually when they listened to each other they worked out a solution and began to ask questions instead of stating what they thought was right, “Why do you want the bath there?” “It would be better to put the bath here so it doesn’t block the doorway”. As a result, they have created an amazing space, complete with bath, fridge, table, tv, bed, secret rooms, and outdoor entertaining area. Without realising it, they have created a space that is also inclusive and equitable. This type of play is exactly what makes OSHC such an amazing place to be, for both children and staff.


Vacation Care Program

In this newsletter, you will also find the July Vacation Care Program and Booking sheet, which is again jam packed with fun, amazing and creative activities to do. While you may notice the price has increased slightly to $52.00 per day once Childcare Benefits (CCB) & Childcare Rebates (CCR) are applied, there will be little or no difference in the gap most parents pay. If you would like an estimate on how much you will be required to pay, please contact me. Depending on your circumstances, for some families it can be less than $10.00 per day.  Our prices are all inclusive, so there is no extra payment for excursions or incursions.


OSHC Art Class & Art Exhibition

One of the activities that has already got our children excited and thinking creatively is our OSHC Art Class & Art Exhibition. Did you know that I majored in Visual Arts when I studied my Bachelor of Education and prior to working here at OSHC, spent time working at the Art Gallery of South Australia? I will be using these skills to help the children discover their inner artist, and showing them techniques to produce their own masterpieces. I have included photos below of some of the incredible work children in the past have produced on similar days/activities. Once the children have decided on their style, technique and medium, they will create their masterpiece for display in the OSHC Art Exhibition. This could be a sculpture, canvas painting, pastel on paper, photography, chef inspired piece; the options are only limited by their creativity. The children will be involved in the exhibition process as well, and most children will play a role such as curator, resident artist, security guard, floor manager, guest speaker, official photographer etc. Parents are invited to view the exhibition as they pick up their children and are often treated to hors d'oeuvres. At the end of the day, the children can take their master piece home to be displayed or gifted. I for one cannot wait to see what the children create, who will be the next Van Gogh, Picasso, Piccinini, Renoir, Degas or Heyson?


Pastoral Care Worker News


Some parents struggle with knowing the best way to discipline their children.  Times have certainly changed!  How our grandparents disciplined or even spoke to their children is completely different to how you might communicate with your child.  In past years children were sometimes dealt with in a harsh way which produced anger, fear and rejection in children.  They were "seen and not heard" and expected to be completely obedient and if they weren't they were often beaten with a strap.

Children need discipline and boundaries in their lives and the best discipline leads to children learning self-management.  We reinforce this learning at school through our Play is The Way, Interoception and What's The Buzz programs.

Discipline is about being positive and encouraging good behaviour as well as stopping behaviour that you do not want your child/children doing.  Not always an easy task.

Discipline is about understanding the rules of the home, school and community and understanding what happens when the rules are broken.  It is about learning to be responsible.  For us as adults that might mean that when we break the law, like speeding, then the consequences will be a substantial fine.

We will talk more about discipline in further articles.

Parent Afternoon Tea will commence on Friday 16/6 from 2:30pm in the Conference Room (next to the Canteen).  I would love to see you there.  Come along and relax before you pick up your child/children from school.

Cherie Love, Pastoral Care Worker


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

Thursday 8 June - All Yr 6/7 students attending Transition Visit to Wirreanda High School (8:45am-1:00pm)

Thursday 8 June - All orders to be returned to the Canteen for Sausage Sizzle

Friday 9 June - Student Free Day, All Staff undertaking Professional Development

Monday 12 June - Public Holiday

Tuesday 13 June - Sausage Sizzle (Canteen) 

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


July 2017

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

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

Road Crossing Monitors

Term 2

Week 7 (13/6 - 16/6)


Dema Liddicoat

Axel Freeman

Wyatt Broadbent


Andrew Millar

Mark Reynolds

Joshua Vereyken

Week 8 (19/6 - 23/6)


Hamish Bradbury-Manie

Caleb Bradbury-Manie

Bailey Stopp


Kallem Illingworth

Isaih Waller

Tyler Lenard

School News

Canteen News

Notes have been sent home to all families for a Sausage Sizzle on Tuesday 13 June.  Please return all orders by Thursday 8 June.  Students/staff can still order from the normal Canteen Menu on the day.  Thank you for supporting the Canteen.

Coralie Goodman, Canteen Manager

Fundraising News

On Saturday 1 July  the Fundraising Committee, with the Governing Council, are holding a Kids Lock-In Games Night. 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 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


Community News

  • Every Girl An 8 week leadership development program for girls in Yr 6/7 that provides them with opportunities to develop their own leadership identity and become confident, capable leaders in their community.  Ph Jemma Taylor 82039400 or email [email protected] for more information.
  • Onka Tot’s Intergenerational Playgroup held at Onkaparinga Lodge, 28 Liddell Dr, Huntfield Heights each Wednesday from 10:00-11:30am.  Ph 81867099 or visit www.playgroupsa.coma.u for more information.
  • Women’s Yarnin Circle Women’s Group Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander families.  Held every fortnight from 14/6 at 7 Vine St, Old Reynella.  Arts, Crafts, Healing & Yarns over a cuppa and lunch.  Ph 83221120 for more information. Creche available.
  • Setting Up For Success Mark Le Messurier is a well-known educator, counsellor, author and conference presenter who works around Australasia, facilitating workshops for parents and teachers presents his free parent workshop “Real Ideas to Tame Ugly Behaviours and Build Better Ones”.  Held on Wednesday 14/6 from 7:00-8:30pm at Woodcroft Heights Children’s Centre, 25 Investigator Dr, Woodcroft.  Ph Sara 83818005 or email [email protected] for more information or to register.
  • Attachment Connection & Your Childs Behaviour Join Allie Ackland-Prpic, Child Psychologist & Hypnotherapist in a seminar to help you to understand how to build a positive connection to your child and how this can improve their behaviour now and in the future.  Held at Hackham West Primary School on 13/6 (9:00-10:30am), Morphett Vale Primary School on 16/6 (1:30-3:00pm) and Seaford Rise Primary School on 23/6 (1:30-3:00pm).  Free.
  • Social Badminton Games, fun and training each Monday from 6:30-8:30pm at Hub Recreation Centre, Taylors Rd, Aberfoyle Park (Ph 82701360) and Seaford Recreation Centre, Grand Blvd, Seaford Rise (Ph 0466305343). Cost $5.00 per person.  All ages.
  • Junior Soccer Clinic Held each Friday from 4:00-5:00pm at Hub Recreation Centre ([email protected]), Seaford Recreation Centre ([email protected]) and Aldinga Recreation Centre ([email protected]).  Cost $5.00 per person.  Starting 23/6 A The Hub.
  • Provide First Aid HLTAID003 A Free accredited First Aid Course.  You will be required to stay for the entire training to receive your certification.  Held on Friday 23/6 from 9:00am-5:00pm at O’Sullivan Beach Children’s Centre, 2 Roopena St, O’Sullivan Beach.  Ph Holly van Vliet 83923194 or email [email protected] for more information or to register.
  • Get Hooked Join the Fleurieu Fishing Club and try your hand at fishing.  Suitable for beginners to experienced fishers, all equipment provided.  Held on Saturday 24/6 from 8:00am-12:00pm for 8-18yr olds. Bookings essential 81865133 or [email protected]. FREE.
  • Healthy Hearts, Healthy Homes A Workshop which focuses on practical ways to improve relationships.  Suitable for individuals and couples.  Held on Monday 26/6 from 6:30-9:00pm at Woodcroft Morphett Vale Community Centre, 175 Bains Rd, Morphett Vale.  Ph Joy or Helen 81868900.
  • Understanding Autism The Understanding Autism Workshop will give you a fresh perspective on what it means to be autistic.  Held at The Hopgood Theatre, Lecture Theatre, Ramsay Place, Noarlunga Centre on Thursday 29/6 fropm 9:30am-2:30pm.  Free. See flyer below with registration details.


HEPS Newsletter
Vacation Care July 2017 Program.pdf
Vac Care booking sheet July 2017.pdf
06-Healthy Hearts Healthy Homes June 2017.pdf
GET HOOKED 24 June 2017 Flyer.pdf
GET HOOKED 24 June 2017 Flyer.pdf
GET HOOKED 24 June 2017 Flyer.pdf
Onka Tots updated Flyer with new time.pdf
Onkaparinga Food Assistance Brochure May 2017.pdf
Mark Le Messurier WHCC.pdf
CfC Provide First Aid - O'Sullivan Beach Children's Centre.pdf
CfC Provide First Aid - O'Sullivan Beach Children's Centre.pdf
Onka Tots updated Flyer with new time.pdf
Understanding Autism_Noarlunga 29062107.pdf