HEPS Newsletter

10 May 2017
No 1/5
Welcome to Our First Online iNewsletter.
Dates To Remember
School News 
Pastoral Care Worker News
French News
Road Crossing Monitors
Community News
Hackham East Primary School
08 8382 3824
Collins Parade
Hackham, SA, 5163

Welcome to Our First Online iNewsletter.

We are constantly trying to improve everything that we do at our school. We are in a constant state of self review to identify what is working well, how we can make it even better and what is not working as we hoped and trying to improve it.


Teachers and SSOs constantly interrogate students’ learning, formally through testing and informally through observations, work samples, conversations and “conferences”, questioning and other activities. Formal data comes from tests such as NAPLAN which is occurring this week. NAPLAN tests Literacy aspects of Reading, Spelling, Writing and Grammar while Numeracy tests different aspects of Maths understanding. Other formal data sets are collected and used by teachers to find out what each student understands and what their next learning steps will be.


Students should not be worried about assessment testing. They should see it the same as a health check or a car safety check. It shows what is working well and what can be improved.


The school will be undertaking an External Review on Monday and Tuesday of Week 3 (15/5 & 16/5). This is the school’s “health check”. Two Principals will come in to speak with representatives of the school community, students, teachers, SSOs, parents/caregivers and from this advise the school on what they see working well and recommendations on things we can do to improve student learning. We see this as an exciting opportunity to learn.


We are hoping that parents and caregivers will find the time to meet with the Review team on Tuesday morning (16/5) from 9.00-9.30am in the Conference Room.


We are always trying to improve our communication with our families and school community. This new online newsletter will hopefully provide more interactive opportunities for us to keep you informed of what is happening in our school and ways for us to support you and your children in their learning journey.  The digital online newsletter will enable us to provide you with more information, coloured photos, video and will also save time for Jean Bradshaw who creates the newsletter.

If we have your email address, each newsletter will be “pushed” to your device or computer. Please provide your email address to [email protected] if the school does not have it or you have changed your email address. The newsletter will also be posted on the school’s Facebook Group, placed on the Skoolbag app and posted on the school website.


The Skoolbag app for either iPhone or Android devices helps us communicate more effectively with our Parent/Student community.  If you do not have Skoolbag app just search for our school name "Hackham East Primary School" in either the Apple App Store, or Google Play Store.  Once installed, set up Push Notifications to receive notifications of newsletters, information and events. You can also notify the school if your child is absent.


A printed copy of the newsletter will be available for collection from the Front Office for those who like a hard copy. Obviously the printed copy will not have videos and interactive links.


Your feedback, in all areas will help us to improve.

Bob Thiele




Dates To Remember

Diary Dates

Fridays - Parent Afternoon Tea held in the Conference Room, Penney Unit from 2:30pm.  All parents/caregivers welcome.


MAY 2017

Thursday 11 May - Mothers Day Gift Stall, Conference Room, Penney Unit from 8:30-9:00am

Friday 19 May - All Swimming Notes to be signed and returned, money to be paid to Finance Manager, Tracy Rowley

Thursday 25 May - French Meal Deal, all orders to be returned by Tuesday 23 May

29/5 - 1/6 - Students Reception to Yr 5 attending Swimming Program at Noarlunga Leisure Centre


JUNE 2017

Friday 2 June - Student Free Day, All Staff undertaking Professional Development

Friday 9 June - Student Free Day, All Staff undertaking Professional Development

Monday 12 June - Public Holiday






School News 

Mothers Day Gift Stall

Parents/caregivers are invited to come along to the Mother’s Day Gift Stall on Thursday 11 May 2017 from 8:30-9:00am in the Conference Room (Penney Unit, behind the Canteen).  Students will be able to purchase items when they attend with their class during the day.  Gifts are priced from $0.50 upwards. 

If all items are not sold the Gift Stall will be open on Thursday afternoon from 2:30-3:15pm and on Friday 12 May 2017 from 8:30-9:00am.

Thank you for supporting our fundraising event.

Fundraising Committee 

Student Free Days

Two Student Free Days are planned for this term for staff to undertake Professional Development.  OSHC will be available on these days – please contact Jacky Smith, OSHC Director (0499228039) if you would like to arrange care for your child/children.

The Student Free Days are Friday 2 June and Friday 9 June 2017.

Swimming Reception to Year 5

The swimming program for students Reception to Yr 5 will be held from Monday 29 May to Thursday 1 June 2017There will be no swimming on Friday 2 June 2017 as this will be a Student Free Day.

The times for swimming will remain the same and the cost for students to attend is now $22.00 per student.  If you have already paid for the swimming program you will receive a $5.00 credit.  All notes and money need to be returned by Friday 19 May.

The students will be attending swimming at the following times:

 9:30am - 11:00am (L Connolly, A Woods and M Ratcliff Yr 3)

11:00am - 12:30pm (M Thiele/F Dealtry, S Dunn and M Ratcliff Yr 4)

1:00pm - 1:45pm (E Shillum, J Nagel and C McGarvey Yr 1)

1:45pm - 2:30pm (T Hay, C Morton and C McGarvey Rec)

It has been necessary to split some classes so Noarlunga Leisure Centre have the required number of swimming instructors for the students attending. 

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we apologise for any inconvenience the change to the swimming program may have caused. 

Canteen News

French Meal Deal – Thursday 25 May 2017

Notes will be sent home this week to all students regarding a French Meal Deal available through the Canteen on Thursday 25 May.  All orders need to be returned by Tuesday 23 Mayno late orders can be accepted.  Normal lunch orders will also be available for students and staff.

If you are available to assist in the Canteen at any time during the week, for an hour or more or assist with any of the catering events provided by the Canteen, your help would be very much appreciated.  Please speak with Coralie Goodman, Canteen Manager or Scott Megson if you would like more information or you are available to volunteer.


Congratulations to Hackham East Primary School Health and PE teacher Derryn Amoroso for being nominated for Best Actor at the SA Film Awards. Derryn is not only an outstanding teacher but also a distinguished actor. The winner will be announced at a ceremony later this month. We wish him success. 


Pastoral Care Worker News

News from Cherie Love

I thought I would let you know what I have been up to at Hackham East Primary School.  

We have started a Knitting/Crochet Club at lunch times each Friday with some Yr 4 girls.

I am very blessed to have Jacky  (OSHC Director) and Belinda (parent) help teach the girls knitting and crocheting. This not only teaches the students a new and difficult skill but it also promotes friendships and positive self esteem.


I have recently begun a Yr 7 girls group called Superchicks at lunch times on Tuesdays and this gives the girls an opportunity of self discovery and increasing their self esteem through discussions and craft projects.  It also gives us all a chance to know each other better.


I am at Hackham East Primary School each Tuesday and Friday (Easton Unit, second door on the left) if you want to have a chat or please leave a message with Lee Clements at the Front Office with your contact details if you would like me to call you.


Parent Afternoon Tea is  held each Friday in the Conference Room, Penney Unit from 2:30pm and is a chance to meet and chat with other parents over a coffee/tea  before picking up your child/children at the end of the school day.  I would welcome the opportunity to meet you.


French News

French Instagram Account

I am pleased to announce that we now have a French Instagram account where students, parents and staff can share any French related images, words and phrases found in everyday life. For example, I have added images of French words on clothing I have seen in stores, French food I have seen in supermarkets and French writing on packaging.  


Please go to the Instagram account heps_french to view the images and use the hashtag #hepsfrench to allow your own images to be approved and shared. If you do not have an Instragram account, you can easily download this app for free on your smartphone or other devices. 


This is a wonderful opportunity for the school community to explore the many diverse places French words and culture are used in Australia. 


I look forward to seeing what we can find - happy hunting.


Mademoiselle Brooks



Road Crossing Monitors

Term 2, Week 3 (15/5 - 19/5)


Joseph Coole

Mitchell Wasser

Zac Summers


Kassady Buttfield

Tylah Schmock

Selene Brock


Term 2, Week 4 (22/5 - 26/5)


James Williams

Adison Harris

George Mavraidis


Madison O'Donnell

Wyatt Brophy

Jimmy Lenard

Community News

Women Are Strong, Women Do Survive  A group for women in the Southern Suburbs.  Do you sometimes feel like you are walking on egg shells?  Are you confused by your partner or ex-partner’s behaviour towards you, and think it might be abusive?  Do you feel alone or uncertain what to do?  Join us in an 8 week support group for women starting on Friday 12/5 from 12:00-2:30pm in the Christies Beach Area (address provided on registration).  Ph 82156310 to register.

Bringing Up Great Kids A highly recognised interactive program for parents of young children to help us raise happy and confident children.  Commences on Thursday 1/6 for 6 weeks from 12:30-2:30pm at Community Connections Hackham, 72 Collins Parade, Hackham. Afternoon tea provided and Creche available, limited spaces.  Ph 81866944 to register or for more information.

Does Your Child or Teen Have a Sleep Problem?  The Child & Adolescent Sleep Clinic at Flinders University offers treatments for children and adolescents of all ages (including infants from 6 months of age).  To book an appointment Ph 82017587 or email [email protected] .

Hub Recreation Centre  Free Come & Try Session for Spike Zone (volleyball) at the Hub Recreation Centre, Park Avenue (opposite Mitre 10), Aberfoyle Park on 16/5, 23/5 & 30/5 from 4:00-5:00pm.  Suitable for students in Yr 4-7, both experienced and new players.  Visit www.voleyballsa.com.au/spikezone  or Ph 83631265.

Codecraft  Learn and create using online platforms and games, such as Minecraft, Roblox, Code.org, Scratch, Tynker and GameMaker Studio at Noarlunga Library, Hannah Rd, Noarlunga Centre each Wednesday from 4:00-5:00pm.  Suitable for ages 7+years.  Ph 83840655 or visit www.onkaparingacity.com/libraries for more information.

DV-Alert One Day DV-Aware Session  Lifeline is committed to raising the awareness of domestic and family violence.  An information session will be held on Thursday 11/5 from 9:30am-5:00pm at Hackham West  Children’s Centre Unit of Hackham West Primary School, 50 Glynville Drive, Hackham.  Ph 82025820 or email [email protected] for more information.

Pregnancy & Birth Seminar  Join Marijke Eastaugh, Midwife & Lactation Consultant and Allie Ackland-Prpic, Psychologist and Hypnotherapist in a seminar to educate and support you about positive birth choices and optimism in the journey to motherhood.  Held at O’Sullivan Beach Childrens Centre, Galloway Road, O’Sullivan Beach on Thursday 11/5 from 1:30-3:00pm. Free.  Email [email protected] for more information or to register.

Multicultural Gathering  Come along and join us to share a meal to celebrate our inclusive multicultural community.  If you can, please bring a plate of food to share.  Held on Friday 12/5 from 6:00-9:00pm at Christie Downs Community House, Morton Rd, Christies Downs.  Free.  Ph Rosalind 83840739 for more information.

Stem Squad  Design, build and program your own micro-controller projects.  Engage in fun, problem solving activities using STEMSEL’s easy to use technology.  Held  at Noarlunga Library, Hannah Rd, Noarlunga Centre each fortnight beginning Saturday 13/5 from 10:30am-12:30pm.  First session free with subsequent sessions $10.00 each.  For ages 8+years.  Ph 83840655 to book, bookings essential.

Helping Children & Families Manage Their Stress & Anxiety Madhavi Nawana Parker is a Behaviour Consultant and published author of ‘The Resilience and Wellbeing Toolbox’.  This presentation will offer practical solutions to build confidence and skills for parents, educators and health professionals to support children and young people experiencing anxiety.  Held on Wednesday 17/5 from 6:00-7:30pm at Aldinga Beach   B-7 School, Quinliven Rd, Aldinga. Ph 85576208 or  book online https://abchildrenscentre.eventbrite.com.au  - bookings essential.

Christies Beach Blue Light Bounds & Sounds – Held on Friday 19/5 from 7:00-9:00pm at Inflatable World, Morphett Vale.  Suitable for 10-14yr olds.  Cost $5.00 per person, tickets on sale from Colonnades Info Desk and Inflatable World.

Sleep Tips For 0-3 Yr Olds – A 4 part parent information and problem solving series to be held on Monday 22/5, 5/6, 19/6 and 3/7 at Woodcroft Heights Children’s Centre, 25 Investigator Dr, Woodcroft from 1:00-2:30pm.  Ph Sara 83818005 or email [email protected] to register.

Understanding Dyslexia  Presented by Kay Bosworth, classroom teacher, special education and intervention coordinator, specialist literacy teacher and educational consultant.  This session is beneficial for parents and caregivers to support at home those who process and learn differently.  Held on Tuesday 23/5 from 7:00-8:30pm at SA Aquatic & Leisure Centre, Marshalling Room, 443 Morphett Road, Oaklands Park.  Cost $45.  To book visit https://littlelessonskay.eventbrite.com.au

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