HEPS Newsletter

06 November 2018
No 1/11
Outdoor Classroom Day
School News
Instrumental Music 2019
Canteen News
Pastoral Care Worker News
Dates to Remember
Road Crossing Monitors
Community News
Hackham East Primary School
08 8382 3824
Collins Parade
Hackham, SA, 5163

Outdoor Classroom Day

Last Thursday, 1/11,  was Outdoor Classroom Day, which Hackham East Primary School students and staff celebrated and took part in.  Over 300,000 students Australia wide and almost 3.5 million students worldwide took part in this event.  Outdoor Classroom Day also coincided with the opening of our new nature play space.   The nature play space was officially opened by Hackham East Primary School Principal, Ms Sally Slattery, Governing Council Chairperson, Aileen Winstanley and Member of Kaurna, Chris Picton MP.  The naming of the nature play space will go through a consultation process with students, staff and the wider school community.






Outdoor Classroom Day is a global campaign to inspire and celebrate outdoor learning and play.  All classes engaged in learning with a buddy class throughout the day taking part in learning activities such as poem writing, buddy reading, creating characters with natural materials, creating mandalas, engaging in a nature scavenger hunt, cubby building and of course exploring the new nature play space.

As has been stated before, learning  doesn’t just  happen within the four walls of a classroom.  The importance of outdoor learning and play can’t be underestimated to a child’s development.  Professor Guy Claxton, a leading expert in relation to Powerful Learning has 8 key words in his Powerful Learning Vocabulary.  They can be related to experiences that occur outside during  play/learning time as well as those that occur during inside learning times. 


Wondering – questioning, doubting, curiosity

Engaging – risking, persisting, applying

Explaining – noticing, researching, concentrating

Experimenting – tinkering, practicing, re-drafting

Imagining – rehearsing, dreaming, empathising

Reasoning – analysing, arguing, critiquing

Collaborating – listening, team playing, working together

Reflecting – planning, self evaluating


On Thursday our students, Reception to Year 7 and our staff through the engaging learning opportunities were most definitely in this ‘learning space’.



‘The mud kitchen was the best, I made lots of mud pies’ – Year 4 student


‘When can we go in the new playground all the time, it is the best’ – Year 6 student


‘I loved building cubbies with our buddy class’ – Year 1 student

Scott Megson, A/Deputy Principal

School News

Special Order School Photographs

All photographs were handed out to students on Tuesday 16 October, 2018.

Special Order Photographs are now available for viewing at the Front Office. These include Mess Up Photos of ALL classes, Year 7 Graduates Mess Up, Year 7 Graduates Traditional and Hackham East School Sports. Copies are $15.00. Please collect an envelope from the front office to place your order. Payment can be made in the envelope using cash, cheque, Visa, Mastercard or Bankcard. If paying by credit card a surcharge of $1.00 applies.

Last day to place your order via the school is Friday 16 /11, Week 5. Orders after this date will need to be made directly to the photographers.

Should you have any queries in relation to your child’s school photographs please contact the photographers direct. Master School Portraits, Unit 1-15 Light Crescent, Mount Barker SA 5251. Telephone: 83913951 or email [email protected]

Lee Clements, Front Office

Overdue School Fees

Outstanding school fees need to be paid immediately.  Please see Tracy Rowley, Finance Manager  to finalise your account.  Debt recovery assessments are in progress.

2018  School Card  Applications – Closing Date

2018 school card applications need to be given to Tracy Rowley before Friday 23/11.  Any applications submitted after this date will not be accepted by the ‘School Card Section’ and consequently parents/caregivers will be accountable for finalising all outstanding school fees.


REMINDER:  Applications need to be submitted EVERY year so if you have any queries or uncertain as to whether your application has been approved etc please speak to Tracy Rowley or Megan Lewis in the finance office as soon as possible … before it’s too late!


Parents/Caregivers are invited to the school Assembly on Friday 9/11 from 9:00am in Penney Unit.  Chris Picton, MP, Member for Kaurna will be attending our Assembly for the Premier's Reading Challenge acknowledgement presentation.  Students will receive their certificates and awards when they have been delivered to the school.  You are invited to stay for morning tea in the Conference Room afterwards.

Year 8 Transition Day

Year 7 students who are enrolled with Wirreanda Secondary School in 2019 will have a Transition Day on Friday 30/11 for a Day in the Life of a Wirreanda Secondary School Learner.  Students will attend from 9:00am to 3:30pm.


Casual Day

At Hackham East Primary School we are in the process of setting up a breakfast program.  This program will provide a healthy breakfast for students who may otherwise arrive at school hungry.  We are doing this in conjunction with KICKSTART FOR KIDS.  KICKSTART FOR KIDS is the only South Australian organisation that provides a breakfast and lunch program for children in South Australia.  KICKSTART FOR KIDS will be providing the supplies we need to run our breakfast program as well as organising volunteers to help it run smoothly.

KICKSTART FOR KIDS are holding a "Happy Day" on Thursday 29/11 to raise money for their organisation.  This is their biggest fundraiser for the year and helps fund next year's breakfast programs.  To say thank you to KICKSTART FOR KIDS, we are going to take part in the fundraising day.





Students will have the opportunity to wear casual clothes for a gold coin donation.  Casual clothing needs to be appropriate for school and participating in outdoor activities eg PE, recess, lunch play.  School dress code hats are to be worn when outdoors.


We are really excited to be working with this not for profit organisation and for the opening of our breakfast program.  More information about the breakfast program will be available soon.


For more information about KICKSTART FOR KIDS please go to https://www.kickstartforkids.com.au .

Claire McGarvey, A/Senior Leader


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

Canteen News

Thank You

Thank you to the volunteers who assisted at the Bunnings Sausage Sizzle fundraising event on Sunday 4/11 - your help was invaluable and very much appreciated.  It was a very successful day with sales totalling $2006.00.


Parents/Caregivers and staff are advised that the price of a slushie has been reduced to $1.50 each.


Volunteers are always welcome at the Canteen.  If you can spare any time to asssit in the Canteen it is very much appreciated and valued.  As little as half an hour of a morning would assist.  Please speak with Coralie Goodman or Scott Megson if you are interested.

Pastoral Care Worker News

Term 4 is always so busy and it seems to fly past before you can blink.  Christmas is only 49 days away!!! Yikes!

I always try to shop early to spread the spending out and next newsletter I will talk about de-stressing Christmas.

I have managed to obtain around 20 Christmas Hampers for families in our School. Many families do it tough at this time of the year so we are seeking donations to put together more hampers to help our community. Normal pantry items and special Christmas treats such as lollies, chocolates, mince pies or puddings would be great, as well as some personal care items such as toothpaste or soap. Perhaps you have a few spare items in your pantry which you could donate or you could buy a few items with your next shop.  I really appreciate anything that you could donate. I have placed a box opposite the Reception desk in the front office which you can place your items in.

Other News

The Hackham Family Baptist Church are having a Family Fun day on Saturday 10 November  at 88 Pennys Hill Road to launch their Community Garden in partnership with Onkaparinga Council and Junction Australia. They are looking for volunteers to help in the garden, so if you are a keen gardener you may be interested. We are hoping to have a community garden in our school as well, so please get involved if you wish.

There will be fun activities for the children as well as a free sausage sizzle on the day, which is open from 10:00am to 1:00pm. I have some special Vouchers in my room which will allow you to take home your own vegetable or herb garden box on the day.  Please see me if you would like one. My Office is situated in the Uniform shop and I will be at school all day Tuesdays and Fridays as well as Wednesday afternoons. Leave a message with Lee if you would like to pop in and I will make sure I am in my office.

Parent Afternoon Tea

If you haven’t popped in lately, come and meet myself and other parents on Fridays in the Conference Room, Penney Unit from 2.30pm for free coffee and cake. It is a lovely relaxing way to end your week before picking your child/children up. I hope to see you there.

Cherie Love, Pastoral Care Worker


Dates to Remember

November 2018

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

Friday 16/11 - Closing Date for Special Order School Photographs

Friday 23/11 - Closing Date for 2018 School Card Applications

Thursday 29/11 - Casual Day to Support KICKSTART FOR KIDS Breakfast Program, gold coin donation

Friday 30/11 - Transition Day - A Day in the Life of a Wirreanda Secondary School Learner

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 5 (12/11-16/11)


Tyler Lenard

Logan Addison-Black

Ryan Jarrad


Max Connolly

Harrison Brook

Ethan Buttfield



Week 6 (19/11-23/11)


Nina Abanilla

Alicia Coole

Madison Bichard


Brianna Farmer

Layla Barry

Hayley Ferguson

Community News

Financial Counsellor at Taikurrendi

Christine, Financial Counsellor, with Uniting Communities is available every Monday at Taikurrendi, 8 Price St, Christies Beach during school term.  She is available for confidential and free service in a variety of areas (see attached flyer).  Ph 81861102 to make an appointment or for more information.


Private Rental Information Session

Free information session for young people aged 25yrs and under.  Learn how to be successful in securing your next private rental property.  Held on Tuesday 13/11 from 3:30-5:00pm at Headspace Onkaparinga, 3/50 Esplanade, Christies Beach.  Ph 83923000 to register.


Resume Builder Workshop

Free workshop for women who have been affected by domestic and family violence.  Held on Wednesday 5/12 from 9:30am-2:00pm at Hackham Community Connections, Collins Pde, Hackham.  Ph Zahra 83521889 to register or for more information.


Christmas Breakup

Come along for a Christmas breakup lunch on Tuesday 11/12 from 12:00-2:00pm at Wakefield House, 65 Acre Avenue, Morphett Vale.  Bookings essential, Ph 83840750 or 0414761045.

Our Time For Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Our Time is a fortnightly coffee and chat session for grandparents raising their grandchildren to come together with other grandparents who understand the challenges and joys of raising their grandchildren.  Held at Hackham West Children's Centre Unit, 60 Glynville Drive, Hackham West on 13/11, 27/11 and 11/12 from 12:00-2:00pm.  Ph Trish 0414761045 or 83840750 for more informaiton.


Sing and Move

Sing and Move is a music and movement program for families with young children.  All children up to school age welcome.  Held each Monday from 10:00-10:45am at Hackham West Children's Centre, 9 Vintners Walk, Hackham West.  Free.  Ph 83825950 or 83826161 for more information.


Family Fun & Fitness

Little Athletics is a modified program for children of all abilities aged 3-17yrs.  It is based on a wide range of track and field events including: running, jumping, throwing and walking.  

If you are interested in joining Little Athletics at Noarlunga or Reynella East Ph 83528133 or visit www.littleathleticssa.com.au

St John's "Caring for Kids" First Aid Course

Woodcroft Heights Children's Centre are holding a St Johns "Caring for Kids" First Aid Course on Tuesday 20/11 from 6:00-9:00pm.  The cost is $35.00 pp.  Ph 83818005 to register.


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 register.


HEPS Newsletter
Financial Counsellor At Taikurrendi.pdf
_Nov Rental Information Session Flyer_BT v2.pdf
Flier Resume Builder Hackham.pdf
Grandparents Ourtime Flyer Term 4.pdf
HWCC_Sing and Move_Term 4_2018.pdf
First Aid Course (00000002).pdf
Caring for Kids T4 2018 flyer.pdf
First Aid Course (00000002).pdf