HEPS Newsletter

20 June 2018
No 2/6
Supporting Students To Take Control of Their Learning and Behaviour
Student Free Days Feedback
School News
French Day  ​at Hackham East Primary School
Dates to Remember
Road Crossing Monitors
Community News
Hackham East Primary School
08 8382 3824
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Hackham, SA, 5163

Supporting Students To Take Control of Their Learning and Behaviour

Last week, both Hackham East Primary School Parents/Caregivers and Staff, were treated to an inspiring Play Is The Way workshop.  Wilson McCaskill is such an engaging presenter who is very honest about society’s challenges that are affecting the students of today and why supporting student’s health and wellbeing is so important.

Issues that Wilson touched on included.

  • The need for instant gratification through social networking and the negative impact this is having on people 
  • People losing the ability to be able to communicate effectively. 
  • Mental Health issues that are affecting children as young as 5years
  • The importance of positive role modelling by adults
  • The absolute need to build persistence and resilience within our children 

Parent/Caregiver Workshop

The key focus for the Parents/Caregivers workshop was in supporting Parents/Caregivers to assist their child/children in developing resilience and social skills. A number of important points were emphasised by Wilson.

  • The importance of positive role modelling, learn as we do, not as we say. The importance of modelling positive self-control in front of children and supporting them to understand that life isn't always fun and at times it is hard work. 
  • Raising children with good manners and the positive impact this has on their peer relationships. 
  • The need for parents to be a parent first before a friend. 
  •  The impact that constantly rescuing children can have on our children’s ability to cope and build resilience when they face challenges within their life. 

What Play is the Way looks like at Hackham East

PLAY IS THE WAY is a games based methodology for teaching social and emotional learning. PLAY IS THE WAY uses guided play, classroom activities and an empowering language. It is a methodology that we use at Hackham East Primary to develop, improve and entrench the personal and social capabilities of students. Our aim is for the students at Hackham East Primary School to become self motivated, self regulated learners in charge of their own learning and behaviour.

There are three parts to the methodology:

1. A program of physically interactive games that students play regularly each and every week.

Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning each class takes part in the whole school Play is The Way games.  The purpose of the games is to help students develop patterns of behaviour that are socially accepted. Every game has a focused learning objective. They help students to respond appropriately to the thrill of success and the disappointment of failure.  They assist students in controlling impulsive behaviour.  The games also assist students to strengthen their skills of teamwork and cooperation through working together as a class for a common outcome.  The challenge for the teachers, SSOs and students is to relate the learning from the games back to challenges in the classroom, out at recess and lunch and in the home environment.


2.  A simple and effective "reflective language" that helps children to master their own behaviour.

The simple and reflective language is based around asking questions rather than telling.  Six basic questions that teachers use in the classroom that parents can use at home are...

  • Is that the right or wrong thing to do?
  • Are you having a strong or weak moment?
  • Are your feelings in charge of your actions or is your thinking in charge?
  • Are you running away from the problem or are you dealing with it?
  • Are you being your own boss or are you inviting me to be your boss?
  • Am I trying to help you or hurt you?

By simply asking a question, allows the student to do the thinking rather than the teacher, SSO or parent.  You don’t need to use one of the questions above, just ask a question, followed by another question and so on.  It allows the student to do all the thinking and to reflect on how their behaviours or actions may be affecting them self or someone else.


3. Five key concepts that when understood and are embedded, help to guide and direct the way students live and learn.  These key concepts are known as Life Rafts.

The 5 key concepts are…

  • Have reasons for the things you see and do
  • Pursue your personal best no matter who you work with
  • Treat others as you would like them to treat you
  • It takes great strength to be sensible
  • Be brave – participate to progress

The Life Raft lessons are explicitly taught throughout the year. The Life Rafts’ are used in conjunction with the Play is The Way games and the reflective language.  Each concept is unpacked using activities and scenarios that encourage reflection, critical thinking and discussion.


Play is The Way  continues to be embedded into everything we do at Hackham East Primary School. It helps us to support students towards our ultimate goal of all students taking control of their own learning and behaviour.

Wilson McCaskill's 10 Tips for Parents/Caregivers

  1. Accept your importance as a role model and make every effort to be the best role model you can be. Recognize that this may call for personal change and improvement.
  2. Trusting that your children love you, allows you to do the "parent things" that may sometimes make them dislike you for a while.
  3. Try to always be the adult you claim to be and have the emotional self-control to offer firm guidance, support and moral leadership. Sympathize with them but try not to solve their problems for them.
  4. Separate your needs from those of your children. They cannot live your dreams.
  5. Try to always use reason not rage. Avoid fighting fire with fire. Be in control of your feelings and your actions so that your children can learn to be in control of theirs.
  6. Show faith in your school. Prepare your children to work hard so that teachers can help them to learn well. Establish rights, rules, responsibilities and routines in your household and let every child do their bit. Give them chores, square meals, the time to talk and the sleep they need.
  7. Turn the TV off when you can and turn the conversation on where possible. And remember; loving them is easy, it's rearing them that's hard but it does get easier with practise.
  8. Role model good manners at all times and ask for them in return. Good manners often diffuse conflict situations.
  9. By acknowledging small improvements in behaviour you make it easier for big improvements to follow.
  10. Try to avoid thinking that you can save your children from getting hurt (emotionally or physically). Instead, prepare them to cope.

Scott Megson, Senior Leader

Student Free Days Feedback

Student Free Days

We have had two Student Free Days this term. The first was the Partnership Conference attended by all staff from the 2 Secondary Schools, 9 primary and 9 Kindy/Pre Schools in our Partnership.

The focus was on Learning Design and Moderation, particularly in Mathematics. There were also workshops for SSOs including language development strategies for supporting students’ learning. Three of our SSOs, Martyne, Tanya and Deb Scarff presented a workshop on our Interoception program which Sally had a major role in planning. This received very positive feedback from all those who attended.

Play Is The Workshop Student Free Day

Held last Friday (15/6) was so beneficial for all staff. Wilson McAskill mesmerised the staff with his wisdom and strategies for supporting children to develop socially and personally.


Some of his gems of wisdom:

  • It takes a village to raise a child. Primary schools are the only “villages” left where this occurs in our society. How can our village support every child? The village needs to know the child to do this. 
  • If you’re not modelling what you teach (self regulation, calm problem solving…) you are not teaching what you think.
  • Nothing is more important than the child knowing that he/she is important to you.
  • The toughest kids change last.
  • Strength of character equals doing the right thing because it is the best thing…for everyone.
  • Kids must be able to self evaluate. Not to feel their worth is in others opinions or likes. 
  • Self evaluation is the ultimate health strategy.
  • Cannot have people whose self worth is ruled by others opinions.


We are grappling with how to best meet the social, emotional and academic needs of every child. Those children who are “mucking up” in class and distracting others’ learning are in need of the greatest support. It is important that what we do is done with a full understanding of why these children are behaving this way. Inevitably it is due to some kind of trauma or developmental issue in their lives. Children do not come to school to be failures and be outcast by others. Too often what we do as educators and parents, reinforces that they are failures or naughty children. Once the children believe this of themselves, it becomes self fulfilling. We need to break this nexus. Play Is The Way strategies, values, Life Rafts help us to do this.


If the village cannot support and help the most challenging child, the entire village suffers in the end through anti social behaviours.

Bob Thiele, Principal

School News

Head Lice 

Head lice are small parasitic insects that lie close to the human scalp. Outbreaks can be minimised if parents/caregivers regularly check children for head lice. If eggs or live head lice are found, please advise the school.  You will need to treat the child's hair with an appropriate head lice treatment and check all family members' hair.  It is also necessary to wash any hats and bedding that your child has been in contact with.  Please ensure your child's school hat is taken home and washed as students sometimes leave their hats in their trays or in the classroom and these can be overlooked.

Please see staff at the Front Office to sign the Declaration of Head Lice Treatment form if head lice have been detected.

To prevent the spread of head lice it is recommended to:

  • check for head lice weekly - daily during head lice outbreaks
  • treat head lice as soon as they are detected
  • avoid direct head-to-head contact
  • keep long hair firmly plaited or braided and slick down stray hairs with hairspray or gel
  • avoid sharing brushes, combs, hats and helmets.

If you are concerned about head lice or want more information

Please Keep Sick Children At Home

School is not the place for sick children. Children are sometimes sent to school when they are ill.

  • School is for learning not caring for sick children
  • Children who are sick risk infecting others

Children who are sent to school ill will be sent home by contacting aprents at home or at work.  Where contact cannot be made, the emergency contact person will be expected to collect the child.

School is no place for sick children. Please do the right think and keep sick children at home or make alternative arrangements for their care.


Sausage Sizzle

The Canteen is having a Sausage Sizzle on Tuesday 26/6.  Order forms have been sent out to all families.  Please return all orders by Monday 25/6.

Normal lunch orders are available on Tuesday 26/6 for students and staff.

Thank you for supporting this event.

Coralie Goodman, Canteen Manager

Assembly 22/6

Parents/Caregivers, family and friends are invited to attend the Assembly on Friday 22/6 from 9:00am in the Penney Unit.  You are invited to stay for morning tea after the Assembly.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Early Finish Last Day of Term

School finishes at 2:00pm on Friday 6/7 (last day of Term 2).  Parents/Caregivers are asked to be 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 area.  Please contact Jacky Smith, OSHC Director, if you require after school care for your child/children.

French Day 
at Hackham East Primary School


Last week your child would have received two notes to take home regarding French Day. Please take a look if you have not seen this already and if you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask me.


My email address for any contributions to the ‘Travel Wall’ is [email protected]

I look forward to seeing where our families and staff have travelled.


Remember there is also a French Day art competition and entries can be handed to your child’s classroom teacher.  Please remember to attach the form to your child’s entry.



Madame Mawson



Child Care Subsidy

Have you transitioned to your new Child Care Subsidy?  If you have not yet done this please visit the MyGov website and follow the prompts.  Please attend to this as soon as possible, time is running out.

Vacation Care

I am currently finalising details for the upcoming Vacation Care program.  If you would like to arrange  care for your child/children during the holidays please contact me to make a booking.

Details of the Vacation Care program will be available in the next Newsletter.

Jacky Smith, OSHC Director (0499228039)

Dates to Remember

June 2018

Friday 22/6 - 9:00am Assembly, Penney Unit, followed by morning tea

Tuesday 26/6 - Canteen Sausage Sizzle, all orders returned by Monday 25/6

July 2018

Friday 6/7 - French Day at HEPS

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

Monday 23/7 - Student Free Day - Staff Attending PD

Tuesday 24/7 - First school day of Term 3 for all students

August 2018

Friday 31/8 - School Closure Day

September 2018 

Monday 3/9 - Student Free Day - Staff Attending PD

Road Crossing Monitors

Term 2

Week 9 (25/6 - 29/6)


Addison Harris

Ambrose Latham

Cooper Rannanaho


Hayley Ferguson

Brianna Farmer

Layla Barry



Week 10 (2/7 - 6/7)


Aiden Harris

Mark Reynolds

Tabyss Jackson


Jade Chadwick

Selene Brock

Leia Brock

Community News

Rumble In The Jungle

Held at Seaford Bunnings on Saturday 30/6 & Sunday 1/7. Fun for the whole family with indoor plants, expert gardening advice, ideas on how to create a jungle in your own home, latest pot designs, free kids workshops, face painting and lots more.


Calm & Confident Teens

A seminar for parents/caregivers to help adolescents manage stress, difficult times and to increase their confidence, motivation and wellbeing.  Held on Wednesday 4/7 at Seeds Uniting Church, 42 Sunnymeade Dr, Aberfoyle Park from 6:40 - 8:30pm.  Cost $30.00pp.  Visit https://seedskirrilie.eventbrite.com.au to book.


Kids & Dads

Free activity for children (0-12yrs) and the significant man in their life (fathers, step-fathers, grandfathers, uncles or mentors) to enjoy fun activities together.  Held on Wednesday 20/6 from 3:30-5:00pm at Woodcoft Morphett Vale Neighbourhood Centre, 175 Bains Rd, Morphett Vale.


Men's Wellbeing Yarning Day

Join us for our Men's Wellbeing Yarning Day at Warriparinga on Wednesday 27/6 from 10:30am-2:00pm. Ph 82090700 or email [email protected] for more information.  Transport available on request.


Mobile Family Connections

We offer free playgroups at 4 convenient locations for families with children 0-5yrs.  Ph Centacare Aldinga 82156310 for more information.


Community Dinner

Come along on Friday 29/6 from 5:00-7:00pm and enjoy the conversation, delicious food and wonderful company.  Held at Hackham West Community Centre.  $3.00 per adult, children eat for free.  Bookings essential Ph 83841065.


Resilient Leaders Workshop

Red Cross will be running the Resilient Leaders workshop in the City of Onkaparinga on Friday 22/6 and 29/6 at the Civic Area Noarlunga from 9:00am-4:00pm.  

Visit [email protected] to register.


Virtual Reality

Have you ever wondered how virtual reality feels?  Book a 20 minute session to explore some virtual worlds.  For ages 13+. Held at Woodcroft Library, 175 Bains Rd, Morphett Vale. Ph 83840050.


Basic Information, Digital Media & Technology

If you would like to learn basic skills to assist you with your mobile phone, computer or social media then this is the right workshop for you. Held every Thursday (5/7 to 20/9) at Neporendi Aboriginal Forum Inc, 7 Vine St, Old Reynella either from 10:00-11:30am or 1:00-2:30pm.  Ph 83221120 to register.


SA Dental Lift The Lip

SA Dental Health Professionals will be at Taikurrendi Children & Family Centre, 8 Price St, Christies Beach to check the health of your child/ren's teeth.  Drop in on Tuesday 26/6 (12:30-2:30pm) or Friday 29/6 (9:00-10:30am).  Ph 81861102 for more information.


Diabetes Education

With the support of Diabetes SA, reserarchers from Flinders Univery's College of Medicine and Public Health are trialling an innovative model of group education for persons living with Type 2 diabetes, specifically targeted towards those that feel blamed, shamed, or devalued because of their diabetes. Particpants need to be over 18yrs of age.  Ph Heath Pillen 0415127537 or email [email protected] for more information.


NAIDOC March & Family Fun Day

Held on Wednesday 4/7 from 10:00am-2:00pm.  Meet at 10:00am at the Market Grounds, Beach Rd (Near Coles) and march to Rotarty Park where celebrations will take place.  Ph Kelly Roe 83821511 for more information or to register to be part of the event.


HEPS Newsletter
French Day at HEPS 06-07.pdf
Bunnings Jungle in a Car Park Extravaganza a4.pdf
Calm and Confident Teens.pdf
Men's Wellbeing Yarning Day 27 June 2018.pdf
Updated May 2018 Mobile Family Connections flyer 4 sites.pdf
Community Dinner Friday 29th June.pdf
Resilient Leaders Onkaparinga Nov 2017.pdf
Virtual Reality - Woodcroft Library.pdf
Basic Information, Digital Medial and Technology.pdf
SA Dental Lift the Lip.pdf
SOffice Pho18051714040.pdf
naidoc day flyer 2018 save the date.pdf