HEPS Newsletter

06 July 2017
No 1/7
End of Term 2 Report
School News
Hackham East Kindy News
Public Education System
Kids Lock In
School Finishes Early 7/7
Dates to Remember
School Crossing Monitors
Community News
Hackham East Primary School
08 8382 3824
Collins Parade
Hackham, SA, 5163

End of Term 2 Report

End of Term, End of an Era and New Beginnings

It is hard to believe that we are half way through another year. Two terms down and we have seen our Receptions settle into class and learn how to “do school”.  We have seen improvements in student learning achievement as they grapple with questions that throw them into the learning pit, collaborate in problem solving and work together to push each other into deeper learning.


Teachers, as learners, have been involved in professional development in Interoception, Learning Dispositions, Metacognition, Aboriginal Perspectives as well as pedagogies in teaching English and Mathematics.


Our total focus is on learning, both as staff and students. Our play programs, wellbeing and Interoception programs, class and specialist programs, our behaviour expectations, our values and policies are all aimed at providing learning opportunities to help every member of the school community learn and improve. This culture of learning was acknowledged by the recent External Review echoed by our students, staff and parents.


The end of the term brings the end of an era. June Liston, our school cleaner, will retire after a lifetime at the school. June’s mother was the school’s original cleaner. The Stillwell Unit was named after her family who were pioneers in this area. June joined her mother cleaning the school and later took over the business. June was the main cleaning contractor to the school for many years until a large corporate cleaning company won the contract and employed June to stay on as cleaner.












June was the subject of a movie made by students and a teacher which won a movie making award. You can view the movie here: https://youtu.be/zZa5eftnjOQ


More than just a cleaner, June was a parent of students from the school and became an active volunteer. Her skills in art led her into supporting classes for concerts and performance including Wakakirri and culminating in 8 school musical extravaganzas performed at Hopgood Theatre over as many years. June’s stage sets, costumes, masks, puppets and props became extraordinarily creative and professional.  June also assisted backstage with make up and costume changes.

June will continue to work in the school as a relief SSO and will also continue her voluntary work. Thank you, June for your years of cleaning the school, cleaning up unmentionable things and doing the little extra things that only someone who really cares about a school would do. We wish you all the very best for your retirement but are very pleased that you will still be in the school at times.



Another era is ending with Penny, Erica and Isla Parker leaving our school to move to the mid north. Penny has been actively involved with the school for over 14 years. She was a member of the original Craft Group, was a long term member of the Governing Council as well as serving as the Chairperson for a year, convened numerous sub-committees and served the school as a volunteer in many ways for which she received a Volunteer Award from Amanda Rishworth. We wish Penny and the girls all the best for the future.


Term 3 will see the new beginning for the interior of our 45 year old Stillwell and Holly Units as the $1m STEMWorks redevelopment transforms these tired old units into modern, flexible learning spaces to enable students to develop creativity, curiosity and problem solving skills through Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths learning. The Castle Unit is also part of the program with large windows and doors being placed in the end wall to bring in light and provide access to a new nature play area being developed.


The builders’ yard will be created in the northern carpark. OSHC parents and caregivers will still be able to access OSHC but will have to park at the west end of the car park. The building begins on the first day of the holidays with completion date set for September 8. There will be significant restriction to areas in the Stillwell and Holly Units. Entry to the classes will be only through external doors as all the common space in the centre of the units will be subject to the redevelopment. A security fence and wheelchair ramp will be set up at the front of Stillwell to provide safe access to and from the classrooms to the main entrance for access to the rest of the school. All Stillwell classes will work flexibly and collaboratively across the three front rooms. There will be short term pain for a long term gain.


Lee Clements, our extraordinarily wonderful Receptionist will be on leave for the first 4 weeks of next term. We wish her a relaxing and well earned break. Sam Oakley and Tanya Black will take on Lee’s duties in her absence.


We celebrate a new beginning with Mr Scott Megson, his wife Biancamaria and son Patrick at the birth of their second child, Henry.


We all look forward to an exciting future.


Bob Thiele



School News

School Photographs

School photographs will be taken of the children at our school on Friday 25/8, Term 3, Week 5. We anticipate the photograph information will arrive at our school early next term and this will then be distributed to your child’s class teacher as soon as it arrives. Each student will receive information and instructions regarding the school photograph process.

Lee Clements – Front Office

Wirreanda Secondary School 2018 Specialist Sports Program

A reminder for year 7 students and parents that the second round for the 2018 Specialist Sports Program at Wirreanda Secondary School closes on 31/7/2017 with the trials to be held on Thursday 10/8.  Application packages are on the Wirreanda Secondary School website under Sports.  Any students who are new to our school or missed the first round of applications may now apply.

Website -  Specialist Sports Course application:


School Banking

Thank you so much for having "Pat the Dog" attend the Assembly on 23/6 to talk about School Banking.  It is never too late to start so if you would like to join, being involved in School Banking is easy.  All you need is a Commonwealth Bank Youthsaver account.  You can open an account for your child in one of two ways:

  • Online - visit commbank.com.au/schoolbanking and click on the link to open a Youthsaver account.
  • In Branch - visit a Commonwealth Bank branch with identification for yourself and your child (eg driver's licence and birth certificate).

If your child has an existing Commonwealth Bank Youthsaver account they can start banking straight away.  They just need to bring their deposit in every week on School Banking day (each Wednesday) using their Dollarmites deposit wallet.



School Watch

During the school holidays we ask the school community to keep a watch on the school grounds.

Please call the Police Patrols on 131444 or Police Security on 81169230 if you see anything suspicious on our school grounds during this time.

Thank you for caring for our school.

Bob Thiele, Principal

Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease

We have a reported case confirmed in Castle Unit. 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. The Students are to be excluded until all blisters have dried. Following good hand washing techniques and keeping areas clean will aid in prevention

Lost Property

Please check lost property boxes located in each teaching Unit for any items that may belong to your child/children.

It is recommended that all items your child brings to school be clearly marked with your child's name so that they can be returned.

Emergency School Clothing

If your child has been given emergency clothing can you please check to see that it has been returned.

All clothing needs to be washed before it is returned.  Please return any outstanding items to staff in the Front Office by Friday 7/7.

Thank you.

Slapped Cheek 

A case of Slapped Cheek has been reported in the Castle Unit. Slapped Cheek may appear with cold-like symptoms, then two to five days later, the child typically develops a ‘slapped cheek’ rash on the face and a lacy red rash on the trunk and limbs. The child is not very ill, though the rash may be itchy. The rash disappears after 7-10 days, although it may come and go for several weeks, often in response to heat.

The infection is diagnosed by a blood test. Spread of infection is by direct or indirect connection with airborne droplets from coughing or sneezing. Once the rash appears, the person is no longer infectious.

The Incubation period (time between becoming infected and developing symptoms) is 4-14 days from exposure, though may be up to 20 days. The Infectious period (time during which an infected person can infect others) in most cases, not infectious once the rash appears.

People are contagious before they develop the rash. It is recommended to wash hands regularly and clean surfaces contaminated by discharges from the nose or throat. Pregnant women who have been exposed to the virus should seek the advice of their Doctor.

Hackham East Kindy News

2018 Kindy Program

It’s time to register for our 2018 Kindy program.

Children can start Kindy in January if they turn 4 before 1 May 2018. ATSI children and children under guardianship can commence from age 3.

You can register over the phone – 8382 6551 or call in to see us.

We welcome visitors and would love for you to pop in and have a look around and find out about our service. We are located right next to the Hackham East Primary School.

Trudy Lawson

Acting Director, Hackham East Kindergarten


Public Education System

Our Public Education System- Worth Protecting

Many of us take our public education system for granted. It has just always been there. But changes over the decades have eroded the status and funding of our public schools. Alan Reid, a Professor at the University of South Australia has studied our public school system and is alerting us to its value to Australian society. The public system serves ALL children and seeks to ‘level the playing field’ in order to give every child equal access to the benefits of a good life. It is important that everyone understands the vital role that the public school systems plays in creating a fair Australian community.

Alan says that the public education system is there as a common good…that is a service to benefit all Australians regardless of income or background.

“The first step in defending and promoting public education is to return to the foundational understandings upon which public education has been built, to ensure that these inform policy and practice in Australian education, and that these foundational understandings are preserved and strengthened, rather than ignored or diminished.”


Inclusivity is something else that sets public schools apart. Our school takes all comers. Every child deserves a great education so we take every child that comes through our door. We pride ourselves on our cultural and social diversity and research shows that learning in such an environment is a real advantage. It develops dispositions of compassion, empathy and trust in children who have gone through an education system that welcomes and embraces diversity. That’s how the world is, so children who learn alongside children with diverse strengths, abilities and backgrounds are well prepared for the real world. School systems that are selective miss out on the opportunity to develop strength through diversity.

Collaboration- That Is What Makes Public Education Special

Our public education system is precious and worth celebrating and protecting. The way schools work together is one of its strengths. All public schools and preschools are grouped into Local Partnerships. This structure helps us to collaborate closely together to improve student learning.

Together we moderate children’s work in the different learning areas, share ideas about good ways of teaching and tips on how to make the play spaces better, and share programs and strategies to support all students.

Our local public schools help each other to provide the best education for our children.

Bob Thiele, Principal


Only a few days to go and Vacation Care starts! We are so excited and have been making preparations for some time now.

There are still spaces left if you would like to book in, perhaps your child/ren would like to learn to be a scientist/investigator and solve crimes with our CSI day, where they will learn how to take fingerprints, measure footprints, learn some cool things about the human body that will help them solve a ‘crime’ with a small group. Please note the ‘crimes’ will be age appropriate, such as ‘who made a mess in the kitchen?’ or ‘who ate Jacky’s lunch?’.  Perhaps they would prefer something more creative like designing and painting their own t-shirt, exhibiting their master piece in the OSHC Art Gallery or creating a YouTube video where children will see that what appears on YouTube isn’t always ‘real’ or ‘easy’. Maybe they are the active type and can join us for our BBQ, fun and exploring at Old Noarlunga, or come for a fun afternoon Ice Skating at the Ice Arena (please note that younger children will be supported by staff to ensure they have a great day and learn balance too). Our volunteers have been busy making a gift for every child who comes and gives Ice Skating a try. Or does your child like getting dirty/messy? We have some great sensory activities planned for our Eat it or Wear it challenge and “I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here”, where the children will be the celebrities. Please note there will be no animals/insects/bugs eaten/used on these days. The children will need to use their courage to try new foods and experiences. If you would like to book, please contact us on 0499 228 039 or email [email protected]















Last time you may recall I was telling you about the cubby houses the children had been building and what skills they were using; this area has now been changed into the “Hackham East Primary School OSHC Hospital”. The children came up with a variety of suggestions for the space, such as vets, dinosaur cave, camping area, doctor’s office, boxing ring, pub and an OSHC. We then agreed on an idea that would suit everyone, that we would be able to physically create and the children made a list of everything the hospital would need. After this they created a plan/map of the area, cleared the space and helped create the OSHC hospital. We have been lucky enough to have a few parents/staff donate/lend items to have a real hospital feel, including swabs, x-rays etc.

The children have been taking their role plays very seriously and keeping the hospital clean and sterile (just like a real hospital) and ‘locking’ it at night or when we have afternoon tea. The level of communication skills in the children has been incredible, they are really listening to each other and responding accordingly, no child is ‘the boss’ or ‘running’ the role play, they have all been working well as a team. This type of role play has also been very inclusive; as children who find it difficult to join a group already playing, have the opportunity to take on the role of ‘patient’, where they are greeted at the front desk and shown to the waiting room, where the ‘doctor’ will see them when a bed becomes available and the front reception will get them some ‘tea or coffee’ while they wait. We are excited to see how this space and the children’s role playing evolves over the next few weeks.














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Kids Lock In

Fundraising News

Congratulations to Aileen Winstanley, Jennifer Buttfield, Julie Coole, Katie Freeman, Al Bayliss and Nicole Coole for organising and running the Kids Lock in on 1/7/2017.  The children literally had a ball with so many different games and activities.  They all played so well together.  They were treated to food and drinks and it was a very successful night.



" I loved sliding into the balloons and popping them" - Piper

"I liked playing the fishing game" - Payton

"Playing with all the other children was fun"- Lily

"I liked  trying the black rings on the number board and I loved eating the food" - Ben

"The boardgames were good, it was fun" - Jack

"I loved the bowling alley and I like Aileen being there" - Zachary

"I thought it was fun, all the stuff I could use was accessible.  I played ball games and snakes and ladders with mum and the Fundraising parents, who joined us.  If felt comfortable, welcomed and safe" - James

"It was great to see the school and the Fundraising team continue to foster and encourage acceptance and diversity.  It might have been just a Games Night but it means a lot to us that people have gone out of their way..." Parent


School Finishes Early 7/7

Parents/Caregivers are reminded that school finishes at 2:00pm on Friday 7 July 2017 - the last day of Term 2.  

Please make sure you are on time to pick up your child/children as staff have end of Term duties to attend to which may require them to be away from the office.

OSHC is available if you require care for your child/children.  Please contact Jacky Smith on 0499228039.

Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday period.

Term 3 starts on Monday 24 July 2017.


Dates to Remember

Diary Dates

Fridays - Afternoon Tea held in the Conference Room, Penney Unit from 2:30pm.  

All parents/caregivers welcome.

July 2017

Friday 7 July - 2:00pm finish, last day of Term 2

Friday 7 July - 1:30pm Afternoon tea for parents/caregivers in the Conference Room, Penney Unit

Monday 24 July - First day of Term 3

August 2017

Friday 4 August - French Day

Friday 25 August - School Photographs

September 2017

Thursday 7 September - Student Free Day

Friday 8 September - School Closure Day

Friday 22 September - School Sports Day

Friday 29 September - Last day of Term 3

October 2017

Monday 16 October - Student Free Day

School Crossing Monitors

Term 3 2017

Week 1 (24/7 - 28/7)


Simone Blyth

Hayllee Williams

Natasha Mazik


Grace Connolly

Taya Gallacher

Stephany Mason




Week 2 (31/7 - 4/8)


Haylee Ferguson

Jazmine Earl

Leia Brock


Ella Salter

Brianna Farmer

Kayli Snel

Community News

Mindfulness Awareness Parenting An 8 week group program for parents with a child under 16 years.  Creche available on request.  Held at Hackham West Children’s Centre, 50 Glynville Dr, Hackham West each Monday from 9:30-11:30am (7/8-25/9).  Ph Tara or Karen 83826161 to register or for more information or email [email protected] .

Magic Morphett Vale Netball Club New members welcome.  For girls aged 7 and up (boys 7-12yrs) come and join us at Morphett Vale Sporting Complex, Cnr Wheatsheaf Rd & Main South Rd, Morphett Vale.  Plays wanted for all age groups.  Ph Corina 0409044973 or Courtney 0423158286 for more information.

Geared 2Drive Do you need assistance to get your driving hours?  Geared2Drive can help you to reach your required supervised hours to be able to sit for your P’s.  For more information contact [email protected] or HYPA 84058540.

Engineering & Robotics Workshops Join us for a weekly workshop program that will unlock your child’s imagination by using a specially developed framework incorporating Plug & Play Electronics Hardware and Visual Programming using Click, Drag and Drop techniques.  Held each Thursday from 5:00-6:00pm at Woodcroft Library, 175 Bains Rd, Morphett Vale.  Ph 83840050 or visit www.RoboClub.com.au for more information.

Positive Steps Post-Separation This group is designed to assist you to navigate the challenges of separation and to parent your children more effectively through the times of transition.  An 8 week program from 7/8-25/9 each Monday from 1:00-2:30pm at Darlington Children’s Centre, 12a Kurrajong Pl, Seacombe Gardens.  Free.  Ph Deb 82962686 to register or for more information.

Victim’s Register Unit (DCS) Free Information Session on Wednesday 9/8 and 30/8 from 2:00-3:30pm at Women’s Safety Services SA, Building 2, Level 1, 32-56 Sir Donald Bradman Dr, Mile End.  Email [email protected] for more information or to register.

Kumangka Paringa Warriparinga Youth Events on Thursday 13/7 and 20/7 from 9:30am-3:00pm at Living Kaurna Cultural Centre, Warriparinga Way (off Sturt Rd), Bedford Park.  For 10-22yr olds, Free lunch.  Bookings essential.  Ph 83575900 or visit www.marion.sa.gov.au/lkcc for more information.

Yoga for Everyone Would you like to try Yoga in a supported environment?  Come and join us each Monday 5:30-6:30pm at Community Connections Hackham, 72 Collins Pde, Hackham.  Cost $15.00 per lesson or pay in advance, 5 sessions for $65.00.  Ph 81866944 for more information or to book or visit [email protected]u.

Grasshopper Soccer Australia’s No 1 non-competitive soccer program for girls and boys aged 2-12yrs.  Have fun and build confidence while learning new skills.  For more information visit www.grasshoppersoccer.com.au or Ph Daniel 0433422347.

Carer Support This Carer Support Program is delivered over 7 weeks covering the issues facing families as they manage the impact of mental illness on their lives.  Held each Monday from 17/7-28/8 (1:15-4:15pm) at MIFSA Parnangga, 64 Elgin Ave, Christies Beach.  Bookings Essential.  Ph 83784100, email [email protected] or visit www.mifsa.org for more information.

Butterflies Group  A safe confidential support group for women who wish to explore the effects of violence and abuse on their lives and become aware of the various supports and services in the community.  A 5 week program.  Ph 81866944 or email [email protected] for more information or to register.

Who’s In Charge? An 8 session course for those struggling with children or adolescents that use violence and abuse, towards them and other family members.  Held each Monday (31/7-18/9) from 10:00am-12:00pm at Junction Australia, Commenity Connections Hackham, 72 Collins Pde, Hackham.  Ph 8392300 or visit www.junctionaustralia.org.au to register or for further information.  Free.

Free Creche Are you studying, seeking employment or attending courses?  If you are we have qualified educators to care for your child/ren.  We provide a safe place for children to play and be cared for at no cost for 2 hours each Wednesday during the hours of 9:30-12:30pm.  Bookings essential.  Held at Community Connections Hackham, 72 Collins Pde, Hackham.  Ph 81866944 to book.

MIFSA Therapeutic Groups 2017 Emotional Wellbeing for people experiencing anxiety and/or depression.  6 sessions held each Tuesday from 25/7-29/8 (12:45-2:45pm) at Community Connections, 72 Collins Pde, Hackham.  Ph 81866944 – bookings essential.   Email [email protected] for more information. Free Creche.

Beading & Weaving Workshop Join Janice Rigney from the Southern Elders Weaving Group to learn traditional techniques of weaving and coiling. Held on Thursday 6/7 from 10:00-11:00am at Woodcroft Heights Children’s Centre, 25 Investigator Dr, Woodcroft.  Suitable for adults and children aged 3+.  Free.  Ph Sara 83818005 to register.

YWCA Karuna Women’s Club Held each Wednesday during the school term from 10:00am-12:00pm at Hackham Football Club, Cnr Doctors & States Roads, Hackham.  Ph Suzanne 0412235031 or Lyn 0410919640 for more information.

Foster Care Foster Carers are needed to provide overnight emergency, long-term, short-term and respite care.  You can be either single, couples, working full-time, part-time or studying.  Free training and ongoing professional support is provided.  Ph Linda 81313456 or visit www.anglicaresa.com.au/foster-care for more information.

Financial Counselling Do you need support, help or guidance on money issues?  Do you want to overcome your debt and credit card problems?  Free, confidential and independent counselling held fortnightly on Tuesdays starting 18/7 at Community Connections Hackham, 72 Collins Pde, Hackham from 9:30-2:00pm.

Event Cinemas Marion Event Cinemas at Marion are having a July School Holiday Program with Movies and Activities each day. 

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) Club Come along to a series of fun interactive workshops designed for both children and adults to learn about CAD, Arduino and STEM.  Held Sunday (fortnightly) commencing 2/7 from 1:30-3:30pm at Woodcroft Library, 175 Bains Rd, Morphett Vale.  $10.00 p/p per session.  Ph 83840050 or visit www.onkaparingacity.com/libraries for more information.

Plastic Free July – A River’s Journey Come on an interactive journey through a story that follows a river from the hills to the sea.  As it flows we will add different pollutants and learn why keeping our waterways healthy is so important.  Held on 5/7 from 4:00-5:00pm at Woodcroft Library, 175 Bains Rd, Morphett Vale.  Suitable for 5-8yr olds.  Ph 83840050 for more information.


HEPS Newsletter
Community Connections Hackham Free Creche.pdf
Embracing Relaxation T3 2017.pdf
Emotional Wellbeing Junction Australia DRAFT.pdf
Engineering & Robotics Workshops.pdf
Event Cinemas Marion Winter 2017 School Holiday Program.pdf
Financial Counselling T3 2017.pdf
Glad to be me T3 2017.pdf
HIPPY Newsletter.pdf
July School Holiday brochure 2017.pdf
Positive Steps Post Separation_FINAL.pdf
Take care of yourself.pdf
Victim's Register Unit (DCS).pdf
Weaving poster.pdf
Who's in Charge T3 2017.pdf
Woodcroft - Rivers Journey poster.pdf
Woodcroft - STEM Club poster.pdf
YWCA Karuna Women's Club.pdf