HEPS Newsletter

25 September 2018
No 2/9
Term 3 Reflection
School News
Sports Day 21 September
Instrumental Music 2019
Pastoral Care Worker News
Early Finish Friday 28/9
Dates to Remember
Road Crossing Monitors
Community News
Hackham East Primary School
08 8382 3824
Collins Parade
Hackham, SA, 5163

Term 3 Reflection

As I walk around the school visiting classrooms and when we have whole school events involving our community, it reminds me of the positive feedback that we always have when visitors come to our school  observing our programs and when I do enrolment tours.


People who visit from outside of our school, often comment about the ‘community feel,’ the ‘engagement of our students’ and the ‘friendliness and good manners’ displayed by staff and students. One educator from a school recently commented that;

"your staff and students seem so connected and it is obvious that you focus on the school culture as well as the high expectations for learning and wellbeing."


This should make us all feel proud to be a part of a very special School Community, and how we will continue to foster this.

Term Wrap Up

It has been another busy term with a number of Whole School Events, including Sports Day which was so wonderfully supported and enjoyed by our school community. We are finishing off the term with the ‘Run4Colour Explosion' this Friday (28/9) as a fundraiser towards our Nature Play Space. We hope to see many of you there cheering on our staff and students.

Our Nature Play Space at the end of Castle Unit is coming along, and the Project Manager now informs me that it will be completed by the end of the School Holidays.

More information will come regarding access for all students, an official opening and a process for seeking suggestions regarding an official name for the playground space in the future.


There has continued to be engaging learning across all classes this term in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths,(STEM) with students involved in coming up with solutions to problems around sustaining the environment, using the Design Thinking Process.


These are some of the essential thinking skills for the future and involve students in collaborating and using dispositions of Critical and Creative Thinking. We want our students to be engaged in real world problems and see themselves as capable of having a positive impact in shaping their world for the future.


Word Study/Spelling

Recently we had a consultant, Chris Killey visit to observe and facilitate further training for staff in our Word Study Approach. Chris has done a number of training sessions with our staff over the past 3 years. She was very impressed around the strategies and meta-cognition (thinking and articulating about spelling strategies) displayed by our students across the school. Chris provided training for key staff to support us with the next steps in our whole school approach and commented about recommending that other sites implementing this approach come to see the exemplary job our staff are doing in teaching. This is just another example of the wonderful job that our staff do with their willingness to take on research based ideas to support our students in learning, and that staff are doing it to an outstanding level.


Writer’s Workshop Approach

All of our staff teach using the Writer’s Workshop approach. This involves students having ‘voice and choice’ when they are learning a writing ‘genre’ and learning from Author’s using Mentor texts, eg when we are learning to write a Non-Fiction text to teach the reader, students look at lots of different Non-Fiction text written by real authors, to decide what features they will include in their writing.

This Friday (28/9) the R-2 classes will be showcasing their Non-Fiction writing and we hope to have many parents/carers attend to see the amazing published works by our younger Authors. Please see the class Facebook pages for details.

Staffing for Term 4

We welcome Mr Jonathon Kaesler back from extended leave and thank Mr Kaz Krupa who did a wonderful job of taking the Year 5/6 class in his absence.

We welcome Mrs Gill Dowd back from parenting leave. She will be taking the Reception class in Term 4.


Ms Kas Hillan is having to take leave due to having surgery on her ACL and will be away for all of Term 4 to recover. Mrs Gab Martin will take the Year 5/6 class on Mondays and Fridays and Ms Rachelle Bennett, who has been teaching the French Program for the second half of this term will teach Kas’ class on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.


Wishing all of our School Community a restful, happy and safe break and please take the opportunity to spend time with your children outside in the warmer weather.


We look forward to another busy, but productive Term 4.

Sally Slattery, Principal

School News

NAPLAN Results

Parents/Caregivers will soon receive results for NAPLAN held earlier this year for students in Yr 3, 5 & 7.  If you wish to speak to your child's teacher regarding the results please make a mutually convenient time with the teacher. 

Student Placement in 2019

Parents/Caregivers are reminded that ALL requests for student placement in 2019 need to be lodged by Wednesday 26/9.

We value your opinion regarding the learning nees of your child and invite you to make any comments you feel we should take into account in determing your child's placement.  

Sally Slattery, Principal

2019 Enrolments

If you know of any families who are intending to enrol at Hackham East Primary School in 2019, please have them contact the school to organise for a tour as soon as possible as we are starting to look at our classes for next year and it is important that we have accurate numbers.

Sally Slattery, Principal

Emergency Clothing

If your child has been given a change of clothing during this Term please ensure the item(s) is washed and returned to staff in the Front Office by Friday 28/9.

If you have any spare dress code clothing in good condition and you no longer need please consider donating items to be used for Emergency clothing, particularly in smaller sizes.  All donations can be left with staff in the Front Office.

Lost Property

Please check the Lost Property boxes located in each teaching unit for any item that may belong to your child/children.

It is recommended that all items brought to school are clearly labelled with your child's name so they can be returned.  Please check regularly to make sure the name is still clearly visible.

School Watch

We ask our school community to keep watch for any signs of trespassers, vandals or anyone acting suspiciously in or around the school grounds during the holidays.  Please call Police Patrols on 131444.

Thank you for caring for our school.

Sports Day 21 September

Sports Day at Hackham East Primary School

Thank you to the parents/caregivers, family and friends who attended Sports Day and supported their child/children and team colours on the day.

Congratulations to all students who participated on the day and demonstrated good sportsmanship, persistence, resilience and doing their personal best.

The results were:

Green, 1395

Red, 1360

Blue, 1245

Yellow, 1150

Gab Martin & Derryn Amoroso, PE/Health Teachers


House Captains & Vice Captains 2018

The House Captains and Vice Captains for 2018 were:

Green (Vert):

Captains: Quentin & Adison

Vice Captains: Niña & Chiara-Lee

Red (Rouge):

Captains: Tylah & Tyler L

Vice Captains: Jade & Zach

Blue (Bleu):

Captains: Kayli & Wyatt

Vice Captains: Montana & Madison

Yellow (Jaune):

Captains: Dylan & Hamish

Vice Captains: Hayley & Max


Instrumental Music 2019

Is your child interested in learning to play a musical instrument in 2019?

If yes, Hackham East Primary School provides an excellent Instrumental Music Program for Year 3-7 students. The Service offers tuition in Strings (violin, viola and cello), and Guitar. The minimum year level for Strings tuition is Year 3 while guitar tuition begins at Year 5. Unfortunately, children in lower year levels cannot be accepted.

Students attend weekly lessons, which are held during class time. 


Possible available instruments for Tuition

String (violin, viola and cell) - Year 3 to 7.

Brass, woodwind, percussion, classical guitar, double bass and recorder - Year 5 to 7.


Watch the link below to learn about the benefits of learning a musical instrument. 



If your child is interested, please see Claire McGarvey for a 2019 New Student Enrolment form. 

Pastoral Care Worker News

Operation Christmas Child

Just a reminder that we are collecting items for Operation Xmas Child again this year and a tub for donations of new toys, clothes or books/pencils is in the Reception area of the Front Office.  

Donations can be made until Friday of Week 1, Term 4 (19/10).  

Thank you for your generosity in helping others in need.

Cherie Love, Pastoral Care Worker


Early Finish Friday 28/9

End of Term 3

Parents/Caregivers are reminded that school finishes at 2:00pm on Friday 28/9 - last day of Term 3.  Please ensure you are on time to pick up your child/children as staff have end of term duties to attend to which may need them to be away from the Front Office.

If you require care for your child/children please contact Jacky Smith, OSHC Director (0499228039) to arrange care.

Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday period.

Dates to Remember

September 2018 

Wednesday 26/9 - All Requests for Student Placement in 2019 to be returned

Friday 28/9 - 11:10am Castle Unit, Junior Authors Showcase 

Friday 28/9 - 1:00pm School Run4 Colour, School Oval

Friday 28/9 - 2:00pm Finish - Last Day of Term 3

October 2018

Monday1/10 - Public Holiday

Sunday 7/10 - Daylight Saving, Clocks Go Forward 1 Hour

Monday 15/10 - First school day of Term 4

Road Crossing Monitors

Term 4

Week 1 (15/10-19/10)


Wyatt Broadbent

Axel Freeman

Riley Duffield


Hayley Ferguson

Selene Brock

Leia Brock



Week 2 (22/10-29/10)


Aiden Harris

Mark Reynolds

Tabyss Jackson


Jade Chadwick

Layla Barry

Isabelle McCormack

Community News

Cricket Blast

The Cricket Blast program teaches boys and girls of all abilities how to bat, bowl, field and catch in a fun and social environment at local clubs - Morphett Vale CC (Wheatsheaf Rd, Morphett Vale), Friday 19/10 from 5:00-6:00pm, Reynella Oval (Oval Rd, Reynella), Saturday 27/10 from 9:00-10:00am and Port Noarlunga CC (Britain Dr, Port Noarlunga), Wednesday 17/10 5:00-6:00pm.  For more information visit www.playcricket.com.au.

Bringing Up Great Kids

A highly recognised interactive program for parents of young children, to help us raise happy and confident children.  Held on 8/11, 15/11 & 22/11 at Hackham West Community Centre.  Ph 83841065 for more information or to book your place in this program.


Engage, Activate, Taste (E.A.T.)

Come and join New ROADS in November for delicious food and good conversation.  Held at 107 Dyson Rd, Christies Beach on 1/11, 8/11, 15/11 & 22/11 from 12:30-2:30pm.  Ph Anushya or Susie 82025690 to register.


Little Athletics

Little Athletics is a modified program for children of all abilities aged 3-17yrs.  To find your closest Centre visit www.littleathleticssa.com.au or for more information.


School Holiday Tennis Clinic

Collingrove Tennis Club are offering School Holiday Clinics from 8/10-10/10. Registration www.littletennisstars.com.au or for more information.


The Secret Life of Teenage Girls

Free parenting seminar on Tuesday 6/11 at City Rooms, Adelaide Convention Centre, North Tce, Adelaide from 7:00-9:00pm.  Come and join us or watch our live webcast.  Register online http://parentingsa.eventbrite.com.au or Ph 83031660 for more information.

Taught & Bowled

From October 2018 to February 2019 Taught & Bowled is offering aspiring netballers, aged 10-15yrs, the chance to be involved in a Netball Academy program.  The program is being offered at SAUCNA Netball Courts (cnr Anzac Hwy & Greenhill Rd) from 6:00-7:45pm on 29/10, 5/11, 12/11, 19/11, 26/11, 3/12, 10/12, 14/1, 21/1, 28/1 & 4/2.  Contact Alice Johnswood at [email protected] for more information. 


Community Day

Free Community Event on Friday 19/10 from 10:00am-2:00pm at Living Kaurna Cultural Centre, Warriparinga Way, Bedford Park.  Ph 83575900 for more information or visit www.marion.sa.gov.au/lkcc.


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 29/10 from 6:30-9:00pm at AnglicareSA, 111 Beach Rd, Christies Beach.  Ph Joy or Helen 81868900 to book.


The Wyatt Trust Small Grants

Acknowledging the difficulty of managing financial obligations on a fixed, low income.  The Wyatt Trust provides carefully targeted small grants to assist financially vulnerable South Australians.  For more information see the attachment below.


Make It Move: Mechanical Sculpture

Join us for a free school holiday acitivity, building your own sculpture then bringing it to life through movement.  Held at Seaford Community Centre, Beechwood Gr, Seaford on Thursday 4/10 either Session 1: 10:00am-12:30pm or Session 2: 1:30-4:00pm.


Nature Play Session about Aboriginal Culture

Join Clem Newchurch for an educational learning session about Aboriginal Culture.  For families with children (parents need to stay with and supervise their child/children throughout the excursion).  Held on Wednesday 3/10 from 10:00-11:30am at A.S. Perry Reserve, River Rd, Noarlunga Downs.  Ph 83923194 for more information.


HEPS Newsletter
Canteen supporting Sports Day
Bringing Up Great Kids T4 (1).pdf
From Silos to Symphonies.pdf
EAT Flyer.docx 3.pdf
Little Athletics.pdf
Little Tennis Stars Hotshots Holiday Clinic.pdf
Healthy Hearts, Healthy Homes.pdf
TB - Netball Academy 2018-2019.pdf
Save the Date Community-Day-19102018.pdf
Healthy Hearts, Healthy Homes.pdf
Wyatt Small Grants Program Overview 2016.pdf
C4C Make it Move - October School Holidays 2018 flyer.pdf
Onkaparinga River Nature Play - October 2018 flyer.pdf