HEPS Newsletter

23 October 2018
No 1/10
The Importance of Play
School News
Instrumental Music 2019
Pastoral Care Worker News
Dates to Remember
Road Crossing Monitors
Community News
Hackham East Primary School
08 8382 3824
Collins Parade
Hackham, SA, 5163

The Importance of Play

If you walk into Castle Unit some afternoons, things may look and sound a little different. In the Learning Street, you may notice a busy doctors surgery, with a doctor and nurse healing their unwell patients. A restaurant, with a chef in the kitchen creating something delicious for the table of four who are chatting away, eagerly awaiting their food. In the travel agency, customers are looking at travel books, deciding on where to go, before hopping on a plane to a far-off destination.

When you enter the reception classrooms, the math and science tables are set up with exciting learning provocations to explore and the writing table is ready for our authors to create their next exciting book. This is play based learning.


The Early Years Learning Framework defines play-based learning as ‘a context for learning through which children organise and make sense of their social worlds, as they engage actively with people, objects and representations’. Our children learn so much through play. Play based learning allows children to be explorers, investigators, risk takers, creators and problem solvers all which are important for developing literacy, numeracy and social skills.


Play based experiences are planned so they incorporate the literacy, numeracy, STEM or social skills that children are currently learning in the classroom. The teachers’ role during play based learning is to provide opportunities to scaffold, challenge, question and guide students thinking and learning. For example, the students playing in the restaurant area are supported to write or draw a menu for their restaurant. The student who is interested in trains may be encouraged to discuss and create a book about trains.


To support the importance of play and learning and to celebrate the completion of our Nature play area, Hackham East Primary will be taking part in Outdoor Classroom Day.

Outdoor Classroom Day is a GLOBAL campaign that is happening on Thursday 1 November. The aim is to get children outdoors to play and learn at school, and as part of their everyday lives. To celebrate Outdoor Classroom Day, we have organised some great learning opportunities for our students to take part in and we would love our Hackham East Primary School families to join us.

Our students will be working with a buddy class and the learning activities will begin at 9:00am and run throughout the day.

More information regarding the Outdoor Learning Day activities will be posted on Facebook pages closer to the date. Come for one session or stay for the day.

Claire McGarvey, Senior Leader

School News

Outdoor Classroom Day

On Thursday 1/11, Hackham East Primary will be taking part in Outdoor Classroom Day. Outdoor Classroom Day is a GLOBAL campaign to get children outdoors to play and learn at school, and as part of their everyday lives. Why? Outdoor education improves children’s health, engages them with learning and leads to a greater connection with nature. Children are increasingly over-scheduled and dependant on screen-time. This is why it’s more crucial than ever to get children outdoors.


To celebrate Outdoor Classroom Day, we have organised some great learning opportunities for our students to take part in and we would love parents/caregivers to join us. Our students will be working with a buddy class and the learning activities will begin at 9:00am and run throughout the day. More information regarding the Outdoor Learning Day activities will be posted on Facebook pages closer to the date.


For more information about this initiative and about the benefits of outdoor play and learning, please visit the website  https://outdoorclassroomday.com.au/about/

Fundraising News

Do you have any items suitable to donate for the Christmas raffle?  If so, donations of items can be left in the box in the Front Office or boxes which will be in each teaching unit.

Items to be donated can include gift items suitable for adults, children, Christmas decorations, non perishable food items.
Thank you for your generosity.

Fundraising Committee

Canteen News

The Canteen are holding a Fundraising Sausage Sizzle on Sunday 4/11 from 9:00am to 4:00pm at Bunnings, Beach Road, Noarlunga.  If you can spare any time, half an hour, hour or more,  on the day to assist with the cooking and serving it would be very much appreciated.  Please see Coralie Goodman, Canteen Manager.  This is an excellent opportunity to raise money for our school. 

A reminder to check the Weekly Canteen Specials advertised on the blackboard outside the Canteen and on the school Facebook page.

Thank you for supporting the Canteen.

Coralie Goodman, Canteen Manager

Wirreanda Secondary School

Wirreanda Secondary School welcomes all new Year 8 students starting at the school in 2019 and remind parents that we are a BYOD (bring your own device) school.  

All students must have a device to learn with in every lesson.  More details are available at www.wirreandsecondarysa.edu.au/byod or email [email protected].

School Concert

Parents/Caregivers are advised that the Hackham East Primary School Concert will be held on Tuesday 4/12.  Further details will be available in the Newsletter closer to the event and on the school Facebook page. Keep the date free.

School Run4Fun Colour Explosion

Thank you to the students who participated in the Run4Fun Colour Explosion at the end of last Term - it was an event enjoyed by all and a great way to finish off the school Term. Thank you to the parents/caregivers, family, friends and staff who donated money for the event. Money raised is still being calculated.


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

I just want to thank everyone who donated goods to our Operation Christmas Child project. We worked closely with the Hackham Family Baptist Church who came over to our school on Friday with their donations and we packed together.


A huge thank you to Aileen Winstanley who helped me sort through all of the toys and pencils which we divided so that we could share them between the boxes. Georgia, Katie, Ethan, Griffin, Haylee, Phoenix and Lauren helped the adults pack the boxes.


The 70 boxes we were able to send will be going to children in a third nation who have nothing and probably have never even received a present. In the boxes we packed something for them to love (like a small teddy) something to wear (a t-shirt) something to draw with (pencils and paper) something to play with (a small toy) and some personal care items such as a toothbrush and soap. These shoeboxes of love will be greatly appreciated by those who receive them, I can assure you.


Thank you to Ps. Ross, Val & Caitlin from the Hackham Family Baptist Church, Aileen and one of our other Mums Jessica (who helped us pack the last few boxes and carried them out to the car for us).


The Church (HFBC around the corner from our school) is giving away containers of either herbs or veggies and they are also looking for volunteers with their community garden which is being set up in conjunction with the School and Junction Australia. If you are a keen gardener come and see me for details.


Afternoon Tea

Please drop in for a cup of tea/coffee on Friday afternoon from 2:30pm in the Conference Room, Penney Unit.  Meet other parents and have a chat before picking up your child/children at the end of the school day.  

Cherie Love, Pastoral Care Worker

Dates to Remember

October 2018

Friday 26/10 - World Teachers Day

Friday 26/10 - 2:30pm Parent Afternoon Tea, Penney Unit

November 2018

Thursday 1/11 - Outdoor Classroom Day

Sunday 4/11 - Canteen Fundraising Sausage Sizzle, Bunnings at Noarlunga

Friday 9/11 - 9:00am Assembly, Penney Unit

Friday 30/11 - 10:30-11:00am, Volunteers Morning Tea Celebration

December 2018

Tuesday 4/12 - Hackham East Primary School Concert

Friday 7/12 - Step Up Transition day to new classes - visit 1 for 1 hour

Friday 7/12 - School Reports sent home

Monday 10/12 - Step Up Transition day to new classes - visit 2 for 1 hour

Wednesday 12/12 - Year 7 Graduation

Friday 14/12 - Hackham Has Talent

Friday 14/12 - 2:00pm FINISH - LAST DAY OF THE SCHOOL YEAR

Road Crossing Monitors

Term 4

Week 3 (29/10-2/11)


Rose-Marie Ralston

Larni Smith

Kaylee Beens


Natasha Mazik

Chiara-Lee Brodie

Abigail Keays



Week 4 (5/11-9/11)


Addison Harris

Ambrose Latham

Cooper Rannanaho


Isaih Waller-McDougall

Cohen Farnden

Coen Bentley-Davidson

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.  Held at Community Connections Hackham, 72 Collins Pde, Hackham on 22/10, 29/10, 5/11, 12/11, 19/11, 26/11, 3/12 & 10/12.  Ph 8392300 for more information.


Art Therapy

A 3 week program for parents/carers and your child aged 3+ starting on Wednesday 24/10 from 10:00-11:00am at Community Connections Hackham, 72 Collins Pde, Hackham.  Ph 81866944 to register or for more information.


Teddy Bears' Picnic

Join us for a day of fun and activities on Thursday 25/10 from 12:00-2:00pm at Hackham Community Centre, 72 Collins Pde, Hackham. There will be teddy bears hospital, nature crowns, magic potions, water colours, clay and playdough.  FREE.  Ph 81866944 to book or for more information.


Healthy Hearts, Healthy Homes

Would you like to get more out of your relationships? Whether your 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 at AnglicareSA, Outer Southern Hub, 111 Beach Rd, Christies Beach from 6:30-9:00pm.  Phone Joy or Helen 81868900 to book.


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.  A 5 week program held each Wednesday starting on 31/10 from 12:30-2:30pm at Hackham West Community Centre, 44 Glynville Dr, Hackham West.  Ph 83841065 to book or for more information.


Circle of Security

Do you want to have more understanding about your child's behaviour? A 4 week program held each Tuesday starting 30/10 at Hackham Community Centre, 72 Collins Pde, Hackham from 12:00-2:00pm. Ph 81866944 to book or email [email protected]. Bookings essential.


Kidstuff For Young Parents

Are you pregnant, a mum or dad under 25yrs?  Chill out and meet other your parents or join in with fun activities.  Gain information for your health and wellbeing.  Morning tea provided.  Held at Metroplitan Youth Health, Beach Rd, Christies Beach each Friday from 2/11-14/12 at 10:00am-12:30pm. Ph Emily or Payge 83266053 to book or for more information.


First Aid Course

An interactive First Aid session for the community.  Learn relevant first aid skills.  Held on Tuesday 27/11 from 9:00am-4:00pm at Community Connections Hackham, 72 Collins Pde, Hackham. Free. Ph 81866944 to book or for more information.


Bringing Up Great Kids

A highly recognised interactive program for parents of young children, to help us raise happy and confident children. Held at Hackham West Community Centre, 44 Glynville Dr, Hackham on 8/11, 15/11 & 22/11 from 10:00am-12:00pm.  Ph 83841065 to book or for more information.


Come and join New ROADS for delicious food and good conversation. Prepare, cook and eat a meal in a friendly, conversational environment and find out about New ROADS Drug & Alcohol programs.  Held on 1/11, 8/11, 15/11 & 22/11 from 12:30-2:30pm at 107 Dyson Rd, Christies Beach. For women aged 18+ who are seeking information on AOD services.  Ph Anushya or Susie 82025690.

SA Panthers FC 2019 Trials

Open to players, old and new - no experience necessary.  U6-U11 Boys held on  23/11 from 6:00-7:00pm and Girls & Women's Trials held on 23/11 from 6:00-7:30pm at O'Sullivan Beach Sports & Community Centre, Galloway Rd, O'Sullivan Beach.  Junior Boys enquiries Ph Mark Evans 0497030707 and Girls & Women's Ph Phil Webster 0410386100.


Being With Big Feelings

A series of 4 workshops for parents to better understand the emotional world of their children.  Held on 25/10, 8/11, 22/11 & 6/12 at Woodcroft Heights Children's Centre from 12:30-2:30pm. FREE.  Ph Lauren or Carla 83818005 to book.


St John's First Aid Course

St John's "Caring for Kids" First Aid Course will be held on Tuesday 20/11 from 6:00-9:00pm at The Woodcroft Heights Children's Centre.  Cost $35.00 pp (including a take home first aid book).  Ph 83818005 to register.  


Glad To Be Me

Discover your qualities and strengths.  Feel good about you.  Held on 5/11, 12/11, 19/11, 26/11, 3/12 & 10/12 at Community Connections, 72 Collins Pde, Hackham from 12:30-2:30pm.  Ph 81866944 to register or for more information.


Southern Domestic Violence Forum 4

Onkaparinga Collaborative Approach and Partners are holding a FREE forum at the Hopgood Theatre on "Impact of Domestic Violence on Children and Support Services" and the services available to victims and family members to prevent/protect them against violence.  Held on Tuesday 13/11 from 6:30-8:30pm.  Bookings through Eventbrite: https://bit.ly/2NWjgg4.


Women Are Strong, Women Do Survive

A group for women in the southern suburbs.  Join us in an 8 week support program for women starting on Friday 26/10 from 12:00-12:30pm in the Christies Beach area.  Ph 82166310 for more information.


Children's Week Celebration

Held on Saturday 27/10 from 10:00am-12:30pm at Aldinga Community Centre, Symonds Reserve, 7 Stewart Ave, Aldinga Beach.  Ph 85565940 for more information.


Community Garden Opening Day

Come and have your say in what you would like in a community garden in Hackham.  Held on Saturday 10/11 from 10:00am-1:00pm at 88 Penneys Hill Road, Hackham (off O'Halloran Lane).  FREE BBQ, plants to give away, children's activities and lots more.

HEPS Newsletter
Imagination Play Area - Travel Agency and Areoplane
Who's In Charge flyer Term 4 2018.pdf
Art Therapy with Jane term 4 2018.pdf
Teddy Bears' Picnic.pdf
Healthy Hearts, Healthy Homes.pdf
Emotional Wellbeing Term 4.pdf
Circle of Security Hackham 2018.pdf
First Aid Course (00000002).pdf
KS Flyer Term 4 2018 South .docx
Soccer Trials - Boys.pdf
Soccer Trials - Women & Girls.pdf
Being with big feelings woodcroft.pdf
Caring for Kids T4 2018 flyer.pdf
Glad To Be Me flyer.pdf
Domestic Violence Forum.pdf
Women are strong flyer TERM 4 2018.pdf
Women Are Strong Referral Form 1018.pdf
Childrens Week Post 2018 PDF.pdf