HEPS Newsletter

12 September 2018
No 1/9
  STEM:  ​Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
School News
Sporst Day 21 September
Pastoral Care Worker News
Early Finish Friday 28/9
Dates to Remember
Road Crossing Monitors
Community Notices
Hackham East Primary School
08 8382 3824
Collins Parade
Hackham, SA, 5163

​Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

“STEM is not just content - It Is A PROCESS For Solving REAL LIFE Problems”

In recent years, so much has been spoken about STEM education and its link to our everchanging and competitive workforce. With more jobs requiring a background in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), our teachers have integrated STEM across the curriculum. By engaging our students in authentic and challenging STEM learning experiences, they are exposed to and learn a broad range of valuable skills that they can use in many career paths. These skills include collaboration, problem solving, risk taking, testing and questioning.


Real-world problems are becoming the centre of our STEM investigations at HEPS. By providing students with the opportunity to identify and solve real-world problems we can increase student engagement and help students become more driven and compassionate members of our community. Students are currently identifying and tackling authentic problems that impact them and others. These are some of the real-world problems our students are currently exploring and finding solutions for.

Castle Unit: Reception Class

The Yr 1/2 classes have been looking at how they can make our school more sustainable and environmentally friendly. The students are collecting bottles in their recycle bins and have started a compost bin to use within our gardens. The students also noticed that their lunch boxes contained lots of plastic. They brainstormed and came up with the idea of making a nude food lunch box to limit the amount of plastic they brought to school.

Stillwell Unit

In Stillwell Unit, students have been investigating the use of plastic packaging within the school and the community. After discussions surrounding this issue, students came up with a range of solutions to help solve the problem, the most feasible being the design and production of new types of bags and containers. Students have spent the first 5 weeks of Term 3 researching and designing and are currently creating prototypes of their ideas. It is fantastic to see the creativity flowing and students using their Persistence and Resilience to make their ideas a reality.

Holly Unit

This term, students in the Holly Unit have been using the STEM model - Empathise> Define> Ideate> Prototype> Test> Evaluate, to investigate environmental issues in our school and local community. In the Empathise and Define phases, students identified a range of issues and the impacts including recyclable materials going in the red landfill bins, litter on the grounds, unnecessary food packaging and single use plastics. Students then engaged in the ideate phase of the model to come up with possible solutions for the identified issues. Next, they will be selecting one of their ideas to take to the prototype phase where they will create a model of their design and collect feedback from their peers before moving into the Test and Evaluate phase of the model.

Claire McGarvey, Acting Senior Leader

School News

Father's Day Stall

Thank you to parents/caregivers, students and staff for supporting the Father's Day Stall on 30/8.  We raised $1287.00 on the day.  We trust that the Dads enjoyed their day.

School Run4Colour Explosion

Get excited!  Hackham East Primary School is hosting our first School Run4Colour Explosion.  This fundraising event will be held on Friday 28 September  - the last day of Term 3 at 1.00pm.  Fundraising packs have been sent home last week.  Please ensure your child(s) permission slip is returned to their class teacher as soon as possible.  Happy Fundraising!

Scott Megson, Acting Deputy Principal

Canteen News

Order forms have been sent home to all families for the Sausage Sizzle to be held on Friday 21/9 (Sports Day).  Parents/caregivers, family and friends can pre order through their child's class or extras will be available on the day.  All orders to be returned by Wednesday 19/9.

Weekly special Meal Deals will be available until the end of Term 3. Details will be advertised on the blackboard outside the Canteen or check on the School Facebook page.

Head Lice

Please check your child/children's hair regularly for any signs of headlice.  If eggs or live lice are found please ensure all eggs are removed and treat your child/children's hair. Please advise the Front Office staff or your child's teacher that you have treated the hair.  With your assistance we can reduced the incidence of head lice at our school.

Lost Property

Please check the Lost Property boxes located in each teaching unit for any items that may belong to your child/children.  It is recommended that all clothing or items brought to school are clearly labelled with your child's name so they can be returned.

Emergency Clothing

If your child has been given a change of clothing during this Term please ensure the item/items are washed and returned to staff in the Front Office.

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

Student Placement in 2019

A note regarding student placement for 2019 has been sent home to all families.  If you did not receive the note spare copies are available from the Front Office.

Early next term, staff at Hackham East Primary School will be involved in the process of class organisation and placement of children for 2019. During this process we take into consideration student friendship groups and information provided by the class teacher and parents/caregivers.

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

Please complete the form when you receive it and return it to staff in the Front Office by Wednesday 26 September 2018.

Sally Slattery, Acting Principal

Sporst Day 21 September

Sports Day at Hackham East Primary School

Parents/Caregivers, family and friends are invited to attend Sports Day at Hackham East Primary School on Friday 21 September 2018.  All students need to be at school by 8:40am for the normal beginning of day activities ready to participate in the events on Sports Day.

Students need to wear a school hat throughout the day, have a drink bottle and sun safe clothing in their team colour.  Coloured hairspray can be applied at home.  For the health and safety of students and adults no coloured hairspray is to be brought to school.

House Captains & Vice Captains 2018

The House Captains and Vice Captains for 2018 are:

Blue (Bleu):

Captains: Kayli & Wyatt

Vice Captains: Montana & Madison

Red (Rouge):

Captains: Tylah & Tyler L

Vice Captains: Jade & Zach

Yellow (Jaune):

Captains: Dylan & Hamish

Vice Captains: Hayley & Max

Green (Vert):

Captains: Quentin & Adison

Vice Captains: Niña & Chiara-Lee

The Canteen will be holding a Sausage Sizzle and order forms have been sent home to all families. You can order through your child's class or extra sausages will be available on the day.  The Canteen will also have ice creams and drinks available during the day.


Penney Unit will be open for parents/caregivers, family and friends to take a break during the day, with tea and coffee available.


We look forward to seeing you on Sports Day and support our students and enjoy a fun filled day.

Gab Martin & Derryn Amoroso, Health & PE Teachers 

Pastoral Care Worker News


The relationships we have with other people can sometimes be the hardest things we have to deal with.

We all learn through what is being modelled to us (first at home and then at school) and also through our experiences, which can be positive and negative.

Even as adults we are navigating stormy seas at times.   It is imprerative that we do all we can to help young people by maintaining healthy relationships with them.  Research has shown that developmental relationships (that contribute to a young person's growth, learning and thriving) can be experienced across many different types of relationships such as with parents, mentors, friends, teachers and community program leaders.

Young people are most likely to do well when they have at least one well rounded, strong and sustained relationship in their lives, as well as a broader web of many positive relationships accross the places they spend time and the people with whom they interact.

Relationships are the oxygen of human development.  All young people need and deserve many adults who connect, and connect deeply with them.  

The information in the article can be found at www.search-institute.org .

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.

Dates to Remember

September 2018 

Wednesday 19/9 - All Sausage Sizzle Orders to be returned

Friday 21/9 - School Sports Day

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

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

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

October 2018

Monday 15/10 - First school day of Term 4

Road Crossing Monitors

Term 3

Week 9 (17/9-21/9)


Adison Harris

Ambrose Latham

Cooper Rannanaho


Hayley Ferguson

Brianna Farmer

Layla Barry




Week 10 (24/9-28/9)


Aiden Harris

Mark Reynolds

Tabyss Jackson


Jade Chadwick

Selene Brock

Leia Brock

Community Notices

Dare to Dream

Athletics Holiday Clinic held on 3/10 & 10/10 for 5-17yr olds to learn, have fun, improve their athletics skills and meet Australian Olympic Race Walker, Claire Tallent, and Australian Para-Athlete Thrower, Daniel Kirk.  Ph 83528133 for more information.


Kid's Week 2018

At Aldinga Community Centre from 2/10-5/10, 9:30am-12:00noon for primary school aged children. Ph Lisa 0426174194 for more information or to register.


Glad To Be Me

Discover your qualities and strengths.  Held at Community Connections, 72 Collins Pde, Hackham on 5/11, 12/11, 19/11, 26/11 3/12 & 10/12.  Ph 81866944 to register.


Kids & Dads

Free weekly activity for children (0-12yrs) and the significant male in their life to enjoy fun activities together, share food, learn new skills and build relationships.  Held Wednesdays 3:30-5:00pm at Community Connections, 72 Collins Pde, Hackham. Ph Malcolm 0437232124 for more information.


Southern Domestic Violence Forum

Forum 3: Intersection Between Criminal Justice System and Domestic Violence. A FREE forum at the Hopgood Theatre, Noarlunga on Tuesday 9/10 from 6:00-8:30pm.  Book through Eventbrite: https://bit.ly/2zM9uu2.


Noarlunga Tennis Club

Noarlunga Tennis Club is a family orientated, community club located in Old Noarlunga on Patapinda Rd, adjacent to the Noarlunga Football Oval.  If you are interested in playing tennis or for more information Ph 0421961828 or visit www.noarlungatennisclub.com .

Indoor Sports Junior Soccer

Junior Soccer is starting up again soon at Action Indoor Sports Morphett Vale, 205 Main South Rd, Morphett Vale.  Ph 83841244 to organise putting a team into the Summer competition.


Emotional Wellbeing & Resilience

Explore a dynamic and interactive FREE program, assisting you to enhance your emotional wellbeing and build resilience to create your best life.  Held each Wednesday for 5 weeks starting on 31/10 from 12:30-2:30pm at Hackham West Community Centre.  Ph 83841065 to register. Creche available.


Seaford Summer Sevens

7 Aside Soccer Competition from 19/10-30/11.  All games played from 5:15pm.  Visit www.seafordsummersevens.com.au for more information.


HEPS Newsletter
2018 Dare to Dream Athletics Holiday Clinic Flyer.pdf
Kids Week.pdf
Glad To Be Me flyer.pdf
kids dads poster CCH 2018term3.pdf
Domestic Violence Forum.pdf
Emotional Wellbeing Term 4.pdf
Seaford Summer.pdf