HEPS Newsletter

20 February 2019
No 2/2
Personal & Social Capability The Australian Curriculum
School News
Pastoral Care Worker News
Governing Council Annual General Meeting Friday 22 February 2019
Dates to Remember
Road Crossing Monitors
Community News
Hackham East Primary School
08 8382 3824
Collins Parade
Hackham, SA, 5163

Personal & Social Capability
The Australian Curriculum

The Australian Curriculum  (ACARA) is made up of three components: Learning Areas, General Capabilities and Cross-curriculum priorities.  All three components are important and overlap each other in supporting each of our student's to access a well-rounded education.


When it comes to the Personal and Social Capability, students come to school with different levels of ability and understanding of: resilience, motivation, empathy, ability to develop friendships, understanding what is acceptable behaviour, ability to deal with problems and general self worth – I could go on and on!


Just as a teacher teaches English and Mathematics and would use strategies to support a child’s learning, a teacher explicitly models strategies and uses questions to help develop Hackham East student's Personal and Social development in order for them to become responsible and valued members of our school community.


To quote from the Personal and Social Capability in ACARA.


"Students develop personal and social capability as they learn to understand themselves and others, and manage their relationships, lives, work and learning more effectively. The capability involves students in a range of practices including recognising and regulating emotions, developing empathy for others and understanding relationships, establishing and building positive relationships, making responsible decisions, working effectively in teams, handling challenging situations constructively and developing leadership skills."


At Hackham East Primary School we support students to develop the Personal and Social Capability in a multitude of ways.  We use the Play Is The Way games based approach alongside our School Values of Good Manners, Tolerance, Resilience, Persistence, Courage, Friendliness and Compassion.  Through this approach we support and challenge our students learning in regards to building empathy for others, developing their collaborative skills, supporting students to make responsible decisions as well as developing the skills needed to build positive relationships with their peers.  

Interoception is explicitly taught to support our students to work towards being able to recognize their emotions, identify what their body is telling them, enabling students to act on it appropriately.  Interoception exercises are taught daily to give students the skills and strategies needed for self-management and to self-regulate.  It provides students with the tools to know when they are developing emotional reactions and the skills to be in control of those actions.


The reality is that as all students come to school with differing academic abilities students also come to school with a differing capacity to collaborate with their peers, get along with others, ability to deal with problems, skills to develop friendships as well as their level of empathy and their ability to self-regulate their emotions.  In partnership with parents/caregivers we need to work together to support and develop all of these areas in our students.

Scott Megson, Deputy Principal

School News

2019 School Fees - Special Earlybird Discount Offer

Hurry! Hurry! If you pay your school fees in FULL before Thursday 28/2 you will receive a 5% discount.  That is a saving of $12.05 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 and/or child's name (eg SMIT00 J Smith schlfees).

Car Parks at Hackham East Primary School

Parents/Caregivers are reminded that the car parks either side of the school are for Staff and parents with parking permits only and not to be used for the drop off and pick up of students.  For the safety of our school community we ask that you use carparking available on the street near the school. Thank you.

Sally Slattery, Principal

Sausage Sizzle

Notes are being sent home this week to all families for a Sausage Sizzle to be held by the Canteen on Tuesday 5/3.  Please return all orders to the Canteen by Monday 4/3. No late orders can be accepted. Please see Coralie Goodman if you need additional order forms.  Normal lunch orders are also available on Tuesday 5/3.  Thank you for supporting this event.

2019 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 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).


Parents/Caregivers, family and friends are invited to attend the Assembly on Friday 22/2 from 9:00am in the Penney Space and stay for a coffee and morning tea afterwards.

We look forward to seeing you there. 

School Banking - Commonwealth Bank

A reminder that school banking day is on a WEDNESDAY.  If you would like to open a new account for your child/children you 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.

IGNITE - A program for Gifted Students

IGNITE is a specialist program for students with high intellectual potential.  Aberfoyle Park High School is the official Department for Eduction school for gifted students in the southern metropolitan area of Adelaide.  Year 7 students in 2019 are eligible to sit the test for a place in the IGNITE program for 2020.  The IGNITE test will be held on Saturday 23/2 from 9:00am to 1:00pm at Aberfoyle Park High School.  To register your child visit www.aphs.sa.edu.au or [email protected]. Registrations close on Friday 15/2.

Reducing Lost Property

It is recommended that all items of clothing and items brought to school by your child/children are clearly named.  Please check regularly to ensure the name is still visible.  A few minutes spent in labelling items will help to reduce the number of items found that cannot be returned to students.  Lost property boxes are located in each teaching unit. Students can check if an item they have misplaced is located in the box in their Unit.

Head Lice

With the start of the school year comes the unwanted problem of head lice.  Please check your child/children's hair regularly for any signs of head lice.  All eggs need to be removed and the hair treated before your child can return to school.  Please inform staff in the Front Office and sign the declaration confirming you have treated and removed all eggs from the hair.  

With your assistance and regular checking we can endeavour to reduce the occurrence of head lice at our school.

Health Care Plans

It is the responsibility of parent's/caregiver's to ensure new Health Care Plans and Medication Forms are provided for any changes to dosages, times etc and must be updated every year.

Please check to ensure that all medication is current and has not passed its expiry date.

If your child has a medical condition please make sure that the school has been provided with up to date information from your medical professional.

Please speak with Lee Clements, Front Office, if you require more information.

Up To Date Information

Please make sure that Lee Clements, Front Office, is advised of any change(s) to your contact details.  

If you have changed your mobile number, moved house etc please provide the details as soon as possible either in person, phoning 83823824 or email [email protected].  

In the event of an emergency involving your child it is most important for us to have accurate information.

Dress Code Shop

The Dress Code Shop located at the end of Penney Unit (behind the Canteen) is open at the following times:

Monday             8:30 - 9:00am

Wednesday     9:00 - 9:30am 

Friday                2:30 - 3:00pm

SA Dental Service

Dental care is FREE to ALL babies, preschool and most children under 18 years at School Dental Service clinics.  The School Dental Service is a Child Dental Benefits Schedule provider. 

Your local clinic is Noarlunga GP Plus Dental Clinic, Ph 83849244 or visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/sadental.


Breakfast Club

The Breakfast Club will be continuing in 2019.  Students can come to the Library from 8:15-8:45am each Tuesday and Thursday to share a breakfast before the start of the school day.  Please wait at the front gate to be let in by a staff member.

Volunteers Needed

Can you help in the Canteen?  Help is needed in the Canteen to continue to provide healthy and affordable food for our school community at recess, lunch and after school.

Thank you to those who have recently advised they are available to assist, it is appreciated.  

If can spare any time as a volunteer in the Canteen please contact Coralie Goodman or Scott Megson.

All help is appreciated and valued.

Coralie Goodman, Canteen Manager

Wirreanda Secondary School Open Night

An Open Night is being held at Wirreanda Secondary School, 105 Richards Drive, Morphett Vale on Tuesday 19/3 between 4:00-7:00pm. Parents/Caregivers and students are welcome to attend.

Brighton Secondary School Yr 7 - Out of Zone Volleyball Trials

The initial trials for a position in the Brighton Secondary School Volleyball Program will be held on Monday 13/5 (Term 2, Week 3).  For boys it will be at 9:30am and girls at 11:30am.

If you would like to attend the trial, please phone Brighton Secondary School on 83758200 to book a trial time and request an application pack.


Pastoral Care Worker News

I thought I would share the 6 Dimensions of Chaplaincy with you to give you an idea of the wide range of services that a Chaplain can offer. Theses 6 dimensions are guidelines for Pastoral Care Workers to base their roles on, in line with the needs of the school.


A Pastoral Care Worker offers Chaplaincy services to the whole school, students, parents and staff so it is a wide ranging role and hard to explain sometimes. I hope giving you a run down in the six areas we work, may help you to understand my role in the school better.

Spiritual Support

Provide another dimension to the school’s care, guidance and support of students and staff spiritual well being that respects diversity and facilitates their quest for meaning, purpose and hope.

Social and Emotional Support

Provide a pastoral presence to nurture student and staff emotional well being and assist students to develop knowledge, understanding and skills that support learning, positive behavior and constructive social relationships.

Role Modelling and Mentoring

Be a role model in the community and assist students to develop supportive relationships with other students and adults.

School Engagement

Provide further social, emotional or spiritual support, especially for those students at risk of disengaging, through personal support and or group activities eg. Breakfast programs, clubs, social skills programs and grief and loss courses etc.

Community Engagement

Develop the links between the school and its community, working with school based support staff, community - based youth organisations, Churches, agencies, services and other networks to provide extra services eg. Christmas Hampers and Food Hampers.

Extra-Curricular Contribution

Participate in and contribute to general school activities, eg. Camps, excursions, sports days coaching, choirs and bands, SRC, fetes, Aquaintance Night etc.


I hope this gives you an idea of the underlying dimensions that undergird my role here at Hackham East Primary School.

Parent Afternoon Tea

Everyone is most welcome to come along on Friday afternoons from 2.30pm in the Conference Room (next to the Canteen) to have a relaxing time over a coffee and cake before picking up your children. It’s a great way to meet new parents too.

Every blessing.

Cherie Love, Pastoral Care Worker


Governing Council
Annual General Meeting
Friday 22 February 2019

Governing Council is a body of elected parents/caregivers that supports decision making around Policies and approves our Site Improvement Plan. They meet twice per term on a Friday afternoon.


The AGM will be held on Friday 22/2 at 1.30pm in the Penney Space, to elect the Council members.

If you are interested in being a member of the Governing Council we look forward to seeing you at this meeting, or please contact Sally Slattery, Principal to express your interest if unable to attend this at this time.

Dates to Remember

Fridays - 2:30pm, Coffee and Chat in Conference Room, Penney Space - Everyone welcome

Friday 22/2 - 9:00am Assembly, Penney Space, followed by morning tea

Friday 22/2 - 1:30pm, Governing Council AGM, Penney Space

Thursday 28/2 - Last day of Earlybird Discount for School Fees

March 2019

Tuesday 5/3 - Sausage Sizzle, please return all notes to the Canteen by 4/3

Monday 11/3 - Public Holiday, Adelaide Cup

Friday 15/3 - National Day of Action Against Bullying

Tuesday 19/3 - Wirreanda Secondary School Open Night between 4:00-7:00pm

April 2019

Friday 12/4 - 2:00pm Finish, Last Day of Term 1

Road Crossing Monitors

Term 1

Week 5(25/2-1/3)


Connie Hunt

Madison Nieass

Phoenix Bruse


Savannah Herreen

Ethan Buttfield

Wyatt Broadbent



Week 6 (4/3-8/3)


Stephany Mason

Seamus Stafford

Amira-Kate Nankervis


Nicola White

Brandon Roa

Katie Kirby

Community News

Aboriginal Youth Workshop

Are you 12-25yrs old? Do you want to share your thoughts, ideas and experiences with other Aboriginal youth? Come and join the yarn about an Aboriginal Youth Council.  Held on Wednesday 27/2 from 9:00am-3:30pm at Tauondi Aboriginal College, 1 Lipson St, Port Adelaide.  Free lunch provided.


Healthy Hearts, Healthy Homes

Would you like to get more out of your relationships? Whether you are single or a couple, join us as we share practical everyday tips and tools to improve your relationships from professional counsellors.  Held on Monday 25/3 from 6:30-9:00pm at Anglicare SA, 111 Beach Rd, Christies Beach.  Ph Joy or Helen 81868900 to book or through Event Brite https://www.leventbrite.com.au/e/healthy-hears-healthy-homes-relationship-education-tickets-54896100715. Gold coin donation.


My Time Supporting Parents of Children with Disabilities

My Time is a FREE program for mums, dads, grandparents and anyone caring for a child up to the age of 18 with a disability, chronic medical condition or developmental delay.  Held at Hackham West Children's Centre Unit, Glynville Dr, Hackham West each Tuesday, during school term, from 9:30-11:30am.


Theatre Bugs

Enrolments now open for children aged 1-18yrs.  Theatre Bugs has been teaching eprforming arts skills to Adelaide's children for over 20 yrs.  Open the flyer below for more information.


Come and Try Onkaparinga Rugby

For junior players 5-18yrs.  Held on 28/2 and 7/3 from 5:30-6:30pm at Wilfred Taylor Reserve, Sports Dr, Morphett Vale. No cost for Come and Try nights.


Family Drug Support Stepping Stones

Drug and alcohol use places immense emotional and practical strain on family members.  With support, they can improve their own wellbeing, those of other family members and improve outcomes for everyone. Stepping Stones Hackham held on 16/3, 23/3, 30/3 & 6/4 at Community Connections Hackham, 72 Collins Pde, Hackham from 9:30am-4:30pm each day.  Ph Chloe 0428271743 or Brendan 0457030805 to register.


Children's Art Display

Communities for Children Onkaparinga is again inviting children within the Onkaparinga area to participate in the CfC project "What is Important to Children".  The artwork will be displayed as part of a state-wide exhibition in Families Week  at the Woodcroft Library on 19/5.


Groundwork - A Free Career Service for Parents

Need to dig around to see your options? We will help you do the groundwork.  Our aim is to support parents to enter or return to the workforce.  Individual appointments are usually an hour and will help you plan your next move.  Ph Career Consultant, Ann Leenders 0499100756, 72315067 or email [email protected] for more information. 


HEPS Newsletter
Dental Service.pdf
Brighton Secondary School - Volleyball Trials.pdf
Aboriginal Youth Workshop.pdf
Healthy Hearts, Healthy Homes.pdf
MyTime Hackham West Flyer T12019.pdf
Come & Try Rugby.pdf
Family Drug Support - Stepping Stones Course - March-April 2019.pdf
ART CALENDAR - info for facilitators - 2019.pdf
Free Career Counselling.pdf