HEPS Newsletter

23 May 2018
No 2/5
Building Wellbeing for Learning – Interoception Room and Program
Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability   (NCCD) TERM 2, 2018
School News
Play Is The Way Free Workshop Thursday 14 June 
Pastoral Care Worker News
Canteen News
Reconciliation Week  ​Don’t Keep History A Mystery: Learn, Share & Grow
Road Crossing Monitors
Dates to Remember
Community News
Hackham East Primary School
08 8382 3824
Collins Parade
Hackham, SA, 5163

Building Wellbeing for Learning –
Interoception Room and Program

Interoception is the ability to recognise and listen to the internal signals of your body and mind and the physical reactions that this can cause.

e.g. My tummy hurts.  I feel sick, I’m hungry so if I eat something I will feel better, or My heart is beating fast, I am feeling nervous, I can do some breathing to help me tackle this challenge. My face is getting hot, I know I am getting upset/anxious/worried…


At Hackham East Primary School we understand, and spend a great deal of time teaching the ‘whole child’, which includes our focus on ‘Wellbeing for Learning.’ When students become upset, angry or anxious and do not have tools to help recognize these emotions and build strategies to deal with the emotions and reactions, engaging in learning often becomes difficult, and impacts on their learning and the learning of others.

Interoception is another program and strategy, along with Play Is The Way that we implement whole school to support with this.

What does the Interoception Program look like at HEPS?

We have an established Interoception Room in the Library. This room is a calming space that is available throughout the day and trained staff are rostered to support students needing to access the space.









The room is open from 8.45am each morning. Some children are scheduled to start their day in the room, but it is also open to any child or parent who feels that their child may benefit in coming to the room first in the morning to help them if they are emotional and not quite ready for the ‘busyness’ of the classroom at the beginning of the day. Students are then walked to class by one of the adults when they are calm and ready for learning.


During the day, Teachers may ask students to go to the room or students may ask to go to the room to support them when they need some additional support with regulating emotions and feelings. Students bring the learning task that they were engaging in at the time in the classroom, which supports the Interoception room to be seen as a positive intervention, not as a space where you come to avoid ‘hard learning.’

When accessing the room during learning time students:

  • Bring a slip from an adult about why they are accessing the room (this enables us to keep data on which students access it and when.)
  • Take their Heart Rate with an over the finger heart rate monitor – to help children make the link between breathing and heart rate being a signal as to when their feelings are taking over.
  • Choose an Interoception exercise which is designed to support noticing how their body feels and reacts eg. It may be a stretching or breathing exercise which helps them to notice how their body feels tense/tight or a breathing exercise which helps to make the link between breathing and heart rate.
  • Engage in a calming activity which may be colouring, sitting quietly with a timer or fiddle toy for a few minutes.
  • De-brief with the adult around what led them to come to the Interoception room and they then go on with the learning task for about 5 minutes so that they can then re-enter the classroom calmly and be back on track for learning.

In total a student may be in the Interoception room for around 10-15 minutes,  and we see this as a positive intervention that can prevent a meltdown that may have previously seen the child having to come to the office and spend a much longer period of time out of the classroom learning environment.


Small Group Interoception Teaching

Staff have identified a number of children who participate in  small Interoception groups. These children come to the room in a small group for 2-3 15 min sessions with one of the trained adults each week.

During these sessions, the children participate in an Interoception exercise and then are exposed to a book or video linked to feelings and emotions and discuss how the characters may feel and their bodies may react in different ways to help them make personal links to their feelings and body reactions. We also make the link to the Play Is The Way questions of ‘are their feelings or thinking in control? How could they get their thinking back in control?’

The goal of the small groups is to build student awareness of their feelings, body reactions and give tools that they can use in class when they know their ‘feelings’ are becoming in control, rather than their thinking.

Results of the Interoception Program in our second year…

There have been so many positive responses and anecdotes from students, staff and parents over the time we have been implementing this and we look forward to seeing many more positive outcomes which will ultimately lead to children being self-aware, self-regulated and have strategies to help them deal with feelings and emotions in a way that helps them to become more in control.

We have had approximately 100 staff from other schools around the State come to observe this positive intervention in action and have many more enquiries on a weekly basis to visit.

Some of the positive outcomes we have observed are:

  • Students independently using the Interoception exercises when learning is hard eg. A number of staff reported students using the ‘hand stretching’ activity during NAPLAN testing. Having access to the INTEROCEPTION space to deal with difficult emotions gives our students a safe and calming place that is disassociated from the punitive aspects of 'the office'. They associate the experience with being heard, having their feelings acknowledged and learning elements of self mastery. It's like chill out 101. SSO feedback.
  • Students verbalising that the Interoception room is a positive place that they can come to help them before they get out of control and do the wrong thing when they get upset, “I came here at lunch time when I was getting angry and I was about to hit someone, but I knew that would get me into trouble and I would end up in the office.” – Year 5 student.
  • Students using Interoception exercises out in the yard – “...came back in from lunch and said that during playtime she had no friend to play with. This made her upset so she did an Interoception activity (hand stretching).Teacher feedback
  • Anecdotal data indicates that there has been a reduction of around 60% of Leadership time having to deal with inappropriate behaviours in the office after playtimes – which would often lead to students being out for key learning times.
  • Less students having to come to the office during learning time for ‘disruptive’ behaviours.


We continue to see positive results of having the Interoception Room as a safe place to access and in supporting students in being able to self-regulate, rather than have a huge ‘melt down’ that then sees them having to come to the office.


Please feel free to pop in to see the room at any time and chat to one of the staff that may be there at that time, or see myself or Scott Megson in person if you would like more information.


Sally Slattery, Deputy Principal

Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability   (NCCD)
TERM 2, 2018

All schools are required to collect information about the numbers of students that they provide adjustments to under the Disability Discrimination Act (1992) and Disability Standards of Education (2005). From 2018, this data will be used as the basis for national funding.

The NCCD involves the collection of:

  • the number of students receiving adjustments to enable them to participate in education on the same basis as other students
  • the level of adjustment provided to students
  • student’s type of disability if known

Under the model the definition of disability is broad and includes learning difficulties, health and mental health conditions.

If your child is identified for inclusion in the Collection, the required information will be included in this year’s data collection. If your child will be included a letter will come home from your child’s teacher to inform you of this.

If you DO NOT wish for your child to be included, you need to complete the sign off sheet on the letter and send it  back to school.

If you have any questions about the data collection, please contact Sally Slattery  on 83823824.  Further information can be found at: http://www.education.gov.au/nationally-consistent-collection-data-school-students-disability.


School News

Year 7/8 Transition for 2019

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.

Lee Clements

Fundraising News

Thank you to the parents, caregivers, students and staff who supported the Mother's Day stall.  We raised $1592.00.

Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease

We have a reported case confirmed in Castle and Stillwell Units. This disease is a virus which is contracted through contact with the fluid in the blisters, most likely to occur when the virus becomes airborne during coughing and talking. Contact with faeces can also spread the infection.

Symptoms include a slight fever, tiredness, loss of appetite, blisters in the mouth and on the hands and feet and a sore mouth for a few days before the ulcers or blisters appear. Affected children may refuse to eat or drink.

The infectious period is as long as there is fluid in the blisters. The faeces can remain infectious for weeks. The blisters should not be deliberately pierced or broken as the fluid within the blisters is infectious. The blisters will dry naturally.  Students are to be excluded until all blisters have dried. Following good hand washing techniques and keeping areas clean will aid in prevention.

Student Free Days

Parents/Caregivers are advised that there will be Student Free Days on Friday 8/6 and Friday 15/6 for staff to undertake Professional Development.  If you require care for your child/children please contact Jacky Smith, OSHC Director to make a booking.

Swimming R-5

Students in Reception to Year 5 will be participating in a Water Safety program at Noarlunga Leisure Centre on 4/6, 5/6, 6/6 and 7/6.  This program is part of the education curriculum and all students are expected to attend.  Please return all signed notes and money ($24.00 per student) to Tracy Rowley, Finance Officer by Friday 25/5 so that we can confirm the number of students attending.

Parents are able to attend to watch their child and we remind you that there is no photography at the Noarlunga Leisure Centre for the privacy of all patrons.

Kids Asthma Masterclasses

Asthma Australia is running Kids Asthma Masterclasses during school holidays in 2018 in order to provide asthma education to children and parents in an engaging, interactive way.  The information sessions are aimed towards children aged 5-12years.

The Kids Asthma Masterclasses will be held on Thursday 12/7 and Monday 8/10 from 10:00-11:30am at 300 South Road, Hilton.  To book a place for you and your child email [email protected] or phone 1800278462.

Assembly Friday 1/6

Parents/Caregivers and friends are invited to attend the Reconciliation Assembly on Friday 1/6 at 9:00am in the Penney Unit.  You are invited to stay for morning tea after the Assembly.


Can You Help?

Would you like to be involved in our great school community?  Currently the Canteen is looking for a range of volunteers.  Whether you are available for a full day each week, a couple of hours 1 or 2 days a week or perhaps only for a few hours a few times a term.  Any time you can spare to help keep our canteen running would be greatly appreciated.  Please come and see the Canteen Manger, Coralie Goodman for more information.

New volunteers will need a current DCSI (Department for Communities & Social Inclusion) clearance before they can commence volunteering within the school.  Scott Megson can be contacted via Lee Clements in the Front Office for more information regarding this easy process.

Scott Megson, Senior Leader

Indoor Cricket

Hackham East Primary School is looking at starting an Indoor Cricket team for students in Years 3 - 7.  Games would be played after school on Wednesday or Thursday afternoons from 4.00pm at the Morphett Vale ICA.  If you are interested in more details please see Governing Councillor Mike Guidera or Senior Leader Scott Megson.

Play Is The Way
Free Workshop
Thursday 14 June 

Play Is The Way Free Workshop 

Parents/caregivers are invited to attend a Play Is The Way Free Workshop presented by Wilson McCaskill on Thursday 14 June 2018 in the Penney Unit at Hackham East Primary School from 6:30-8:00pm. Finger food will be provided at 6:00pm.  Creche facilities will be available (bookings essential).

Notes have been sent home with students with information on the event.  To attend please register on the Facebook Event, speak with Lee Clements (Front Office), phone 83823824 or return the slip on the note you have received.

Play Is The Way has had a major, positive impact on the culture of our school and we look forward to seeing you on Thursday 14 June.


Pastoral Care Worker News

I was talking to a parent the other day about gaming and what games his child plays. I recently went to a Resilient Kids Conference and we were discussing gaming addictions and cyber safety, amongst other things.


The latest guidelines recommend that screen time for primary students (TV, computer games, iPad) should only occur after a child has finished chores and homework and should be limited to 1-2 hours per day.


Extreme cases of gaming addiction can be seen even in young children, who may be playing games up to 30 hours a week. If a child’s gaming is affecting other parts of their life eg. conflict with parents, poor sleep habits, loss of friends and loss of interest in other activities or hobbies, then it could become a problem. Playing video games is not all negative as it can lead to improvement in attention skills, cognitive functions and spacial awareness. However, many parts of the brain light up when playing games, especially the reward system in the brain, which is linked to addictive behaviours. Playing violent games has been linked to a desensitising of the emotions such as empathy, and an increase in aggressive behaviour. It over-stimulates the brain and affects the nervous system and heart rate. This is because playing video games mimics the brain’s sense of perceived danger (whether real or not) and thus makes it hard for a child to suddenly stop or calm down afterwards.


If you would like to discuss any concerns you may have on this subject please feel free to drop in or leave your name and number with Lee in the Front Office and I can contact you.  I am at school each Tuesday and Friday.


Cherie Love, Pastoral Care Worker 


Canteen News

Sausage Sizzle


On Tuesday 29/5 students can participate in the Sausage Sizzle.  Notes have been sent home to all families for students to place an order.  If you did not receive an order form please speak with Coralie Goodman, Canteen Manager.
All orders need to be returned by Monday 28/5.  No orders can be taken on the day.

Students can still order from the regular Canteen Menu.

Thank you for supporting this event.

Coralie Goodman, Canteen Manager

Reconciliation Week 
Don’t Keep History A Mystery:
Learn, Share & Grow

“Don’t Keep History A Mystery: Learn, Share & Grow" explores history hidden just beneath the surface, ready and waiting to be uncovered. This National Reconciliation Week learn more about the Australian story.


Join the celebrations 27 May – 3 June


You are invited to attend our combined Stillwell and Special Reconciliation Assembly held on Friday 1/6 from 9:00am in the Penney Unit. Students are able to wear plain clothing (no logos) in the colours of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags.





Our school is continuously working at raising the visibility and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and identity. Please come and share in your student’s learning about Reconciliation. You are also invited to join us at our morning tea straight after the assembly. We look forward to seeing you there.


There is also a Southern Reconciliation Event on Wednesday 30/5 at the Colonnades Shopping Centre, Noarlunga from 10:30am - 2:30pm for the community to attend.

Erina Morunga & Jae Gillett 



What’s been happening at OSHC

Dinosaurs and everything dinosaur related has been dominating OSHC over the last few weeks. The children have turned their home corner into a Dinosaur Cave, we have had dinosaur paintings, dinosaur eggs for late snack, dinosaur games, dinosaur role plays, and dinosaur puppet shows. Educators are even knitting dinosaurs for the children to play with at OSHC and take home when the dinosaur cave is changed to something new.








With the cooler weather, we have also been enjoying some quality outdoor time, playing football, handball, chasey, quoits and a number of other group games. We won’t let anything stop our fun, even when it rained, it was a great opportunity to ‘dance in the rain’ and come in for hot chocolates afterwards. The excitement was contagious when the children saw a rainbow and chased it around the gym, to see where it was going. Ethan one of our kindy children has also been checking our vegetables each week, to make sure they are growing. He can’t wait to try the broad beans and snow peas and feed Penny a carrot.


We are also preparing for the upcoming student free days, where we will have some fun activities planned. Please remember to book in if you require care on these days. It will cost the same as Vacation Care - $52 minus Childcare Benefits and Rebates, and includes Breakfast, Morning Tea, Afternoon Tea, Late Snack, and all activities. Children just need to wear appropriate clothing for the activities and bring their lunch and drink bottle.

Vacation Care News

These holidays had our over 8’s group take on more responsibility and enjoy more privileges as a result. They were responsible for preparing afternoon tea for up to 40 children each day, do all the cooking for the Teddy Bears Picnic (they then offered to serve as well) booking excursions for the July holidays, assist with and set a good example for the younger children, set up some of the activities and show strong school values throughout.













I am very proud to say they lived up to the challenge and worked very well together. As a result they were provided with a few special activities we would not have otherwise been able to offer, such as their own over 8’s wheels day and an excursion to Club Marion for lunch.


The under 8’s were great too, taking their lead from the older children, they took on a few extra responsibilities too, including going around the school on the last day of the holidays and picking up any rubbish that had blown in, so that parents and students could have a clean school for the beginning of term.


We all enjoyed an incredible excursion to the Adelaide Zoo, where the children had tons of questions for the very patient volunteers and staff. We learnt all about the Red Pandas, what many of the animals were called, what they ate, how old they were, how long they had lived at the zoo, how many babies they had and more. Towards the end of the day, we were almost late due to being held up slightly as Zoo staff prepared for His Royal Highness  Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex KG GCVO to visit. The children spotted his car while we were getting ready to get on the bus, they noted it didn’t have normal number plates but did have two Union Jack flags on the front of the vehicle.


Road Crossing Monitors

Term 2

Week 5 (28/5-1/6)


Tyler Lenard

Logan Addison-Black

Ryan Jarrad


Max Connolly

Harrison Brook

Ethan Buttfield




Week 6 (4/6-8/6)


Nina Abanilla

Alicia Coole

Madison Bichard


Patrick Connolly

Zeke Farquhar

Beau Carslake

Dates to Remember

May 2018

Friday 25/5 - All Swimming notes and money to be returned to Tracy Rowley

June 2018

Friday 1/6 - 9:00am Reconciliation Assembly, Penney Unit followed by morning tea

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

Friday 6/7 - 2:00pm Finish - Last day of Term 2

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

Community News

Homestay Program for Overseas Students

Wirreanda Secondary School is hosting a group of 20 Year 9 students from Koishikawa Secondary Education School in Tokyo, Japan and is looking for local families to host a student for the 11 day visit (6-17 August).  Financial support is provided for families who host.  Ph Sue Bogumil 83297246 for more information or to register your interest.

Child & Adolescent Sleep Clinic

The Child & Adolescent Sleep Clinic at Flinders University offers treatments for children and adolescents of all ages (including infants from 6 months of age).  To book an appointment Ph 82017587.


Reconcilliation Week

Don't keep history a mystery - learn, share and grow.  Living Kaurna Cultural Centre are offering free workshops for Weaving with the Southern Elders Weaving Group, Warriparinga Afternoon Tour, Cultural Connection & Mindfulness and Aboriginal Art on Monday 28/5.


2018 Mayor's Garden Competition

The Mayor's Garden Competition is held annually to recognise local gardeners and encourage community interest in enhancing the presentation and liveability of our city.  Nomination forms will be available at our libraries, council offices and online at www.onkapringacity.com.  Nominations close on Friday 6/7.


Step Up for SA

A group program for parents and young people to address violence in the home.  Held at Hackham West Community Centre, Cnr Majorca Rd & Glynville Dr, Hackham West each Wednesday during Term 3 from 5:00-7:30pm.  Free.  Ph 83775400 to register.


Green Light Basketball

Green Light Basketball program has been developed by Robert Linton 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.  Held in venues north and south of the city.  Ph Fiona 0402063833 or email [email protected] for more information.

HEPS Newsletter
Child & Adolescent Sleep Clinic.pdf
Reconciliation Week.pdf
MayorGardenComp2018_NominationForm (2).pdf
MayorGardenComp2018_NominationForm (2).pdf
Step Up Hackham 2018 flyer.pdf
Play Is The Way 14-06.pdf
Play Is The Way 12-06.pdf
Play Is The Way 14-06.pdf
2018Reconciliation RamsayFlyer 30May.pdf