HEPS Newsletter

04 April 2018
No 1/4
Sticks and Learning
School News
Early Finish 2:00pm  ​Friday 13 April 2018
SAPSASA District Athletics
Canteen News
2018/2019  ​Entertainment Books
Coles Sports for Schools 2018
Pastoral Care Worker News
Dates to Remember
Road Crossing Monitors
Community News
Hackham East Primary School
08 8382 3824
Collins Parade
Hackham, SA, 5163

Sticks and Learning

As a child, I used to build the best cubby houses with my sister. We would collect anything that could be useful to construct the most elaborate structures. We would not always agree on our designs and would occasionally argue about what should go where and what the cubby was for -a fort, a hideout, a doll’s hospital, etc. We would spend a little time playing our make believe games in them and then deconstruct to build something more elaborate. Sometimes our cubbies fell down on top of us. Luckily there were not too severe injuries.


Dad finally got sick of the cubbies popping up in surprise places in the backyard. “Eyesores” he called them but palaces, space stations, pirate ships they were to us. He built us a strong, safe cubby house. We still imagined this to be all manner of things, but it was never the same as our own creation. It also killed a lot of wonderful learning opportunities that we had building our own.


Building these cubbies helped us to learn how to share, solve problems, compromise and co-operate with each other. We would have some big arguments but we learnt from these. We took risks and learned that with risk comes consequence. Standing on the roof of a flimsy structure can lead to significant injury. I have the scars to prove it. I learnt many lessons the hard way.


Play is essential, vital, critical, and fundamental to every child’s social, emotional, physical, and intellectual development. Play is essential for learning and learning is the centre of everything we do at school. This is why we allow children to build cubbies and play with sticks. We know that there will be arguments and disagreements. These occur in all play situations with children whether it be in a game of soccer, football, handball or a game of chess. It is in this real life problem solving that the best, lifelong learning occurs. Just as we do not ban children playing soccer because they argue about the rules, we do not ban all children because some argue or interfere with other children’s cubbies. Instead we help the children learn to solve their issues in an increasingly mature manner.


There are consequences for those children who continually find it difficult to play appropriately, whether it is building cubbies or playing any other game. The consequences are fashioned to help these children learn the skills to play co-operatively, to share and to solve problems without resorting to name calling and fighting. Structured Play is where children are restricted to certain areas of the school including the library, gym, a section of the oval, basketball court, etc where they must play until they can demonstrate that they can be successful in the yard. Children who have been involved in altercations will eventually be required to play together, to build positive relationships and empathy. This is a restorative justice process where children learn to “make things right” with the person they have wronged.


Children who are violent may be suspended according to the DECD Suspension and Exclusion Policy or placed in the office during play time for them to reflect on their behavior. They will then be moved into the Structured Play program to help them learn the skills to play successfully.


Just like my “Dad built” cubby, our adult designed steel and plastic playgrounds do not attract the same interest, passion and creativity from our students, as do a pile of sticks, logs, branches and planks of wood. Nor do they provide as many wonderful learning opportunities for children to be creative, constructive and to learn essential social skills.


We hope that our students and staff have a safe and relaxing holiday break after a long 11 week term. Perhaps take the electronic devices away and give the children some large cardboard boxes, planks of wood, branches and other “junk” and rather than them creating worlds on Mindcraft, they can create their own imaginary worlds through their cubbies….and learn.

Bob Thiele, Principal

School News

2019 Special Interest Programs

Unley High School offers 3 Special Interest Programs (Rowing, French Bilingual/Binational & French Immersion) for Yr 8 students in 2019.  You are invited to attend an Information Evening on Thursday 5/4 at 6:30pm in the George Cresswell Hall, Unley High School.


Lost Property

Please check Lost Property boxes located in each teaching unit for any item your child may have lost during the school term.  It is recommended that all items brought to school by your child are clearly labelled so that items can be returned if found.  Please check to make sure the name is still clearly visible.

Swimming R-5, Term 2

Students in Reception to Yr 5 will be participating in a water safety program at Noarlunga Leisure Centre on 4/6, 5/6, 6/6 & 7/6.  This program is part of the education curriculum and all students are expected to attend.  The cost is approximately $24.00 for each student. Notes will be sent home shortly with details of the time and confirmed cost.

School Watch

Can neighbours and community members please watch the school carefully for any sign of trespassers, vandals or anyone acting suspiciously in or around the school grounds over the holidays.  Please call Police Patrols on 131444.  Thank you for caring for our school.

Bob Thiele, Principal

Assembly 6/4

Parents/caregivers, family and friends are invited to attend the Assembly on Friday 6/4 at 9:00am in the Penney Unit.  You are invited to stay for morning tea after the Assembly and we look forward to seeing you there.

2018 School Card Applications

School card applications must be filled out and submitted EVERY year. The state government has raised the school card income threshold to help families with the cost of living.  Families with 1 child and a gross income of $57,870 in the 2016-17 finacial year are able to apply for a school card.

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).

Early Finish
​Friday 13 April 2018


Parents and Caregivers are reminded that school finishes at 2:00pm on Friday 13 April 2018.  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 desk.  
OSHC is available - please contact Jacky Smith to book your child into care.

Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday period.

SAPSASA District Athletics

SAPSASA District Athletics

On Tuesday the 20  March, 25 students from Hackham East Primary School competed in the annual SAPSASA District Athletics competition held at Tatachilla Lutheran College.  Our students performed both on and off the field like champions. Off the field they were not only supportive of our team but cheered on students from other teams who needed the extra support. On the field their successful performance was rewarded with the runners up trophy. Well done to everyone who participated.

Gab Martin, PE/Health Teacher



Canteen News

Sausage Sizzle Tuesday 10/4

Notes/order forms will be sent home this week for a Sausage Sizzle lunch on Tuesday 10/4.  All orders and money need to be returned by Monday 9/4 - no late orders can be accepted.

The regular Canteen Menu is also available on Tuesday 10/4.

Thank you for supporting the Canteen.

Coralie Goodman, Canteen Manager

Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are urgently needed to assist in the Canteen between recess and lunch.  If you have any time to assist it would be greatly appreciated. Without the generosity of our volunteers we would not be able to offer the variety of food available at the school Canteen.  If you value the service the Canteen provides our school community please consider being a volunteer.

Please speak with Coralie Goodman, Canteen Manager or Scott Megson if you would like further information or you are available to assist.

Thank you to the parents/caregivers who currently volunteer - your assistance is valued.

​Entertainment Books

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Hackham East Primary School
Tracy Rowley
[email protected]


Coles Sports for Schools 2018

Coles Sports for Schools 2018

The Coles Sports for Schools coupons promotion has now closed.

All coupons can be deposited in the box located in the Front Office or can be given to your child's class teacher.

Thank you to the parents/caregivers, friends and staff who have collected coupons for our school.  We appreciate you supporting this event.

Derryn Amoroso & Gab Martin, PE/Health Teachers 


Pastoral Care Worker News

Here are some more ideas on parenting by Dr. Darryl Cross, from his book, “Growing up Children”


  1. Your child will learn more from watching you than anything you actually say or try to teach!! Psychologists call this ‘Modelling.’  If you have good habits and can ‘respond’ rather than ‘react’ then your child will also model this behaviour. If you read yourself, then your child is more likely to read and if you exercise regularly, then your child is more likely to follow your footsteps in the same way. I heard at a weekend conference I went to, that children need to be walking 12,000 steps per day (I know that I am nowhere near that unfortunately).
  2. Monitor Screen time.  Darryl suggests that television or other screens should not be used in the mornings, while a child is getting  ready for school. The American Academy of Paediatrics suggests that children under 18months have no screen time AT ALL!  Children 2 -5yrs should have no more than one hour a day and Primary aged children should have screen time managed by parents and bedrooms should be media free.


I attended a “Resilient Kids” Conference which also underlined the problem of excessive gaming and cyber safety . Darryl also suggests we should be closely monitoring what DVD’s and games our children are watching. Too many students I see are being exposed to MA movies and games and this is not good for them, as they do not have the cognitive or emotional abilities to assess or fully understand what they are seeing.


I learnt a lot about Cyber Safety and I will write more about that next term. I was shocked by some of the things they shared and I know you will be too.


I have forms in my office and information on a Salvation Army Camp in the School Holidays if anyone is interested. I believe the cost is minimal and will have the information available if you are interested.


Please see the attachment if your child is interested in learning to play the guitar.

Wishing you and your family a safe and happy holiday period.

Cherie Love, Pastoral Care Worker



What’s Been Happening at OSHC

Along with our fun and exciting activities, this term we have been having a small group of children meet on Monday and Tuesday afternoons. While the main group has afternoon tea and then a meeting, this group has a meeting and then afternoon tea.


The group operates on the familiar motto “all for one, and one for all”. Which means if one person makes weak choices, the whole group suffers, whereas if the whole group makes strong choices, the whole group benefits. Everyone is equal, everyone has a responsibility to participate, everyone has the right to be heard and respected, and everyone has the responsibility to make strong choices.


The group meet and discuss emotions and feelings and then play a variety of games to help them learn to read other people’s emotions and feelings. Our focus has been on body language and expression, through the use of theatre sports and games. One of their favourite games is ‘gibberish’, where one child will stand up and be asked a question such as “how was your day?” and the child can only answer using ‘gibberish’, while the other children try to guess the emotion they are expressing. This forces the children to focus on tone, body language and facial expressions for clues, rather than just the words.


We have been amazed at the difference in the children’s behaviour and attitudes over the last few weeks. They are feeling better able to communicate their frustrations, which has led to them socialising with a wider friendship group and participating in new activities and experiences.


We hope to continue the group next term. If your child attends OSHC and you would like your child to participate in this special group, please speak to Jacky.


April Vacation Care

Have you booked in yet?

We have some amazing activities planned, including a trip to Laygo for our main group, while the over 8’s can choose to go to Laygo or attend a lunch at Club Marion (no chicken nuggets & chips, menu items include  items like arancini balls, salt & pepper squid, garlic prawns, wraps, and more).


We are looking forward to making our own puppets (there will be a variety of types to make), the OSHC Olympics, designing your own Temporary Tattoo and more.


The over 8’s only program includes a Wheels Day (Mon 23rd), Robotics, Gardening and a Master Class in Drawing.


On top of this, we will have available the everyday activities, such as looking after the pets, lego, construction toys, puzzles, games, Wii U, chill out zones, cooking, and so on.


Are you worried your child will get lost in amongst the large group? There is no need to be concerned, we separate the larger group into smaller groups (of 8-16 children), so we can maintain our family feel and ensure all children’s voices are heard. At the beginning of the day we have a “morning meeting” run by the children, which is when they choose which group to be in. Each group will have special conditions that need to be met, such as no siblings, over 8’s only, equal number of boys and girls or something similar. Each group is also assigned a responsibility for the day, such as preparing afternoon tea, setting up an activity, preparing for an excursion or the like. Once the group is set up, the children decide what their group will do and when. They may choose to spend the first half hour outside, they may decide to have lunch early and allow more time for an activity, it is completely up to them. With this set up, the children decide how their day will unfold, who to spend it with, but also use important communication and problem solving skills and take on responsibilities for the benefit of the whole group. A similar set up is used for excursions too, but in that case I (often with the children’s help) decide on who is in each group, based on the needs/age of the children, the needs of the venue, friendship groups and so on.


Bookings are filling up fast, but spaces are still currently available, so make sure you book in early to secure your child/rens places.


As usual, all activities, excursions, breakfast, morning tea, afternoon tea, toothbrush packs and a hat will be supplied. All the children need to bring is their lunch and a drink bottle.


If you would like to book for Before or After School Care, enquire about OSHC, or have a suggestion, please contact us on 0499 228 039 or email [email protected]


If you would like to keep up to date on all things OSHC, follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/HackhamEastOSHC/ and instagram https://www.instagram.com/hackhameastoshc/.


Dates to Remember

April 2018

Friday 6/4 - 9:00am Assembly, Penney Unit followed by morning tea

Monday 9/4 - All orders/money for Sausage Sizzle to be given to Canteen

Tuesday 10/4 - Canteen  Sausage Sizzle lunch

Friday 13/4 - 2:00pm Finish - Last day of Term 1

Wednesday 25/4 - Anzac Day

Monday 30/4 - First day of Term 2

May 2018

15/5 to 25/5 - NAPLAN Testing, Yr 3, 5 & 7 

June 2018

4/6 to 7/6 - Swimming at Noarlunga Leisure Centre - Reception to Yr 5 students

Friday 8/6 - Student Free Day

Monday 11/6 - Public Holiday, Queen's Birthday

Road Crossing Monitors

Term 1

Week 11 (9/4-13/4)


Rose Ralston

Nina Abanilla

Alicia Coole


Natasha Mazik

Chiara-Lee Brodie

Abigail Keays

Term 2

Week 1 (30/4-4/5)

To be advised

Community News

Who's In Charge?

An 8 session course for those struggling with adolescents that use violence and abuse towards them and other family members.  Ph Junction Australia 83923000 for more information.


Being Dad

A men's group to chat about our role as fathers and what it means to have a good relationship with our family.  A 6 week program held on Wednesdays 12:00-2:00pm from 23/5-27/6.  Ph Milan 0403369791 to book.  Free.


Children's Yoga

Held at Woodcroft Heights Children's Centre on Monday 23/4 at 10:00am or 10:30am for 3-4yr olds.  Ph 83818005 before 11/4 to register.


Pregnancy 2 Parenting

For young pregnant women, 23yrs and under, and their partners or support people.  Ph Tanieka 82962686 for more information.


Navy Cadets Noarlunga

The Australian Navy Cadets is a not for profit voluntary youth based organisation which is sponsored in part by the Royal Australian Navy.  Navy cadets participate in community service such as citizenship ceremonies, Ex Service Association functions, ANZAC Day services, Clean Up Australia Day and many other community events.  Anyone aged 13-19years and holding Australian citizenship or has permanent residency in Australia can join.  For more information Ph Wayne Herreen, Comanding Officer 0417080646 or visit www.cadetnet.gov.au/anc for more details regarding the organisation.

Girls/Women's AFL Football 2018

If you want to play Girls or Women's AFL football in 2018 the Southern Football League Clubs have opportunities for U14, U16 Girls and Open Women's to play.  Ph Belinda Howden, Southern Football Director 0418895830 for more information.


Private Rental Information Session

Free information session for young people to age of 25yrs to find out about what you need to do to be successful in securing a private rental property.  Held on 8/5 from 3:30-5:00pm at Onkaparinga Youth Enterprise Hub, Ramsay Place, Noarlunga Centre.  Ph 83923000 to book.


Volleyball SA School Holiday Clinic

For students in Yr 4-7 - great for beginners and experienced players.  Held on Thursday 26/4 at Brighton Secondary School, Volleyball Gym from 9:00am-3:00pm.  Cost $55.00.  Ph 83631265 or visit www.volleyballsa.com.au/holidayclinics for more information.


Healthy Hearts, Healthy Homes

Would you like to get more out of your relationships?  AnglicareSA, Outer Southern Hub at 11 Beach Rd, Christies Beach invite you to join them to share practical everyday tips and tools to improve your relationships from professional counsellors.  Held on Monday 9/4 from 6:30-9:00pm.  Ph Joy/Helen 81868900 to book or for more information.


HEPS Newsletter
Who's In Charge flyer Term 2 2018.pdf
Being Dad T2 2018 HWCC.pdf
WHCC School Holiday Yoga.pdf
P2P Inner South term1 combined doc..doc
P2P Inner South term1 combined doc..doc
Want to Play Girls or Women's Football.docx
Quarterly Private Rental Information Session 25 under.pdf
Brighton Term 1 holiday clinic 2018.pdf
Healthy Hearts Healthy Homes flyer.pdf
Special Interest Programs Information Evening Unley High School.pdf