HEPS Newsletter

01 August 2018
No 1/8
Good Manners
School News
Term 3 School Closure  and Student Free  ​Dates
School Interviews
Pastoral Care Worker News
Dates to Remember
Road Crossing Monitors
Community News
Hackham East Primary School
08 8382 3824
Collins Parade
Hackham, SA, 5163

Good Manners

Good Manners is one of the Virtues we endeavour to instil in every child. You see the signs with good manners at the entrance to the school that everyone who enters sees. The same poster is on the gym, outside the library and in every teaching space in the school. The photo on these signs shows a student holding the door open for other students.


We expect students in our school to:

  • Greet people with a smile and use their names. So often visitors comment on how friendly students are by greeting and welcoming them to our school. I appreciate it when students come up, say hello and ask me how my day is going.
  • Use courteous expressions such as “please”, “thank you”, “pardon?”, “excuse me” and “you’re welcome” as well as treating all people respectfully, speaking politely and calmly. Good Manners means listening attentively to whoever is speaking.
  • Be courteous and considerate of others whether in the classroom or in the yard. This means not disrupting others’ learning by distracting behaviour or being off task. In the yard it means playing co-operatively and being mindful of others’ wellbeing. It is seen when children walk scooters in walkways and play without interfering with others’ games. It is demonstrated when children share sticks and other building materials when making cubbies and solving problems calmly and respectfully.
  • Respect all property by putting rubbish in the bin, looking after school buildings and equipment, caring for gardens and not going in out of bounds areas.
  • Eat graciously by not speaking while eating and cleaning up any mess they have created.
  • Treat everyone the way they want to be treated. This is the “Golden Rule” which all the virtues are built on.


Each class has developed a process for students to give an official welcome to relieving teachers who take the class when their teacher is absent. In this welcome they speak of the school values and the expectations and routines of the class. They speak of their class’s honour and reputation and how they will strive to do their personal best. They ask the relieving teacher for feedback on how they demonstrate the values. This welcome is just as important for the students to hear as it is for the teacher. We want relieving teachers to leave our school speaking highly of our students and our school. Negative behaviour will reinforce the stereotypical negative Hackham reputation.  We aim, through our values, for Hackham East Primary School to have the best reputation possible and for our whole school community to be proud of their school.


Manners create the tone and culture of a school. They also create the tone for the school community.


Manners can be taught but they are mostly learnt from the modelling of adults. As we speak and act, so will our children.


We want all children at our school to act with good manners. Please support us in helping children develop them.


If you have an issue regarding harassment or bullying, it is essential that you report it to a teacher or member of the leadership team. Please do not take matters into your own hands and speak directly to someone else’s child. We guarantee that the issue will be thoroughly followed up and that you will be informed of the outcome.


Bob Thiele, Principal

School News

School Photographs 2018

Master School Portraits will be at our school on Friday 24/8 to take photographs of the children.

Please note that all children will be photographed individually and in their class photo, irrespective of whether photos are to be purchased.

Points to remember are:

  • Online payment is available. The range of options available online has increased. As well as the option to download a Low Resolution image for a Smart-phone, also available for purchase is a High Resolution Digital Download of your child’s image.
  • MSP now offers 10% discount for all family orders above $90.00 per family.
  • If you pay by cash, cheque, or money order, money is to be sent in the envelope ON THE DAY OF THE PHOTOGRAPH via your child’s class teacher.  Do not send money to school before Friday 24/8. Please enclose correct money as no change is given.
  • If paying by Credit Card, write payment details on a piece of paper and enclose in photo envelope
  • If there are two or more students in one family attending the school, payment can be made in the one envelope but each student must still submit a completed prepaid envelope to the photographer.
  • Envelopes are to be kept separate. Only payments are to be placed in envelopes, not messages or other children’s envelopes.
  • Please print details required clearly on the front of the pre-paid envelope, including a short note if payment is included in another student’s envelope.
  • Family photograph envelopes may be collected from the office.  If a family photograph is not requested none will be taken. Payment is made on the day, Friday24/8. No family envelopes are to be handed into the office.  NO ENVELOPE, NO FAMILY PHOTO.
  • Family/Sibling packages can also be ordered online.
  • No orders will be accepted at school after the photography day. Contact MSP on 83913951 for orders after this date.

For a really great photo make sure your child is neat and tidy.  All students must be in school dress code.

Lee Clements, Front Office


Volunteers Needed

Can you spare an hour, a few hours each day or week to assist in the Canteen?  Volunteers are needed to assist in the Canteen.  Without the help of volunteers the Canteen would not be able to operate to provide students/staff with recess and lunches plus cater for functions held at our school.  Any time you are able to help would be appreciated.  Please speak with Scott Megson or Coralie Goodman if you would like any information on what is involved or you are available to assist.

Canteen News

There will be a Sausage Sizzle for students and staff on Tuesday 7/8.  All orders need to be returned by Monday 6/8.  Students can still order from the regular Canteen menu.

If you did not receive an order form please speak with Coralie Goodman, Canteen Manager.

Thank you for supporting this event.

Coralie Goodman, Canteen Manager

Lost Property

Please regularly 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 items brought to school by your child/children be clearly named so they can be returned if found.  Please check regularly to ensure the name is clear and readable.

School Assembly

Parents/Cargivers, family and friends are invited to attend the Assembly on Friday 10/8 at 9:00am.  You are welcome to stay after the assembly for coffee/tea and morning tea.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Term 3
School Closure 
and Student Free 

Term 3, School Closure and Student Free Dates

Parents/Caregivers are advised that there will be a School Closure Day on Friday 31 August 2018 and a Student Free Day on Monday 3 September 2018.

OSHC is available if you require care for your child/children.  Please contact Jacky Smith, OSHC Director on 0499 228 039 to make a booking.  

School Interviews

School Interviews

Parent/Caregiver/ Teacher/ Student interviews will be held in Week 3, begining Monday 6/8.

All bookings for interviews will be done on-line.  Please follow the steps as per the attachment.  If you do not have access to a computer or smart phone there is a computer "kiosk" set up in the Library ready to enter your bookings.  See Nick Allen if you need assistance.


All bookings need to be finalised before Sunday 5 August 2018 by 5:00pm, when bookings for this event will close.

Interviews are strictly 15 minutes and spaces are limited.  If you require more time with a particular teacher, please arrange a separate meeting by telephoning the school on 83823824.


Pastoral Care Worker News

I am about to commence a grief and loss program in our School so I thought I would post this article up for you to help understand a child’s grief. 


Doris Zagdanski BA Dip ED

1. Children as young as two or three years of age can sense the impact of a death in the family, often signalled by changes in household routines or the appearance of lots of people in their home. Naturally they are too young to know the real meaning of death, but they are not too young to feel frightened, curious or insecure about the unusual comings and goings around them. Whilst children may not grieve like adults do, they will react to signs of stress around them. A major task for adults is to help children to feel safe amidst all this.

2. Parents generally underestimate the need to inform children, and their motivation to protect their children from hurt means they often refrain from giving children explanations about what has happened.

3. Children need to share in family grief - if adults can name their feelings, “I’m sad because Daddy has died”, it can be helpful to children who are trying to understand their own emotions.

4. The opportunity to participate in farewells is an important learning and healing experience - children sometimes report anger, disappointment and frustration at not being included in these events.

5. Given the opportunity and a safe environment, many children are keen to talk about issues surrounding death. They can be endlessly curious and their grief may involve asking many questions - simple, factual answers are the best response rather than a sweeping reassurance that “everything is fine”, which may not match what the child is observing. When a child’s need for involvement and information is not met, often they rely on their imagination to fill in the gaps.

6. Despite what adults may believe, the words ‘dead’ and ‘die’ are familiar to most young children. They have already heard various versions of these words around the home - “dead tired”, “dead easy”, “scared to death”, “drop dead”.-..the list is endless. They probably won’t have associated them with people dying - they know flowers die, a pet may die, and dead insects can be found in the garden.

7. Young children may not yet understand that death is permanent. So they often ask when the person is coming back or if they can go to see them. These questions are expected for this age group. The best way to approach such questions is simply to repeat the information: “No, we can’t see Daddy because he is dead, but we can look at his photos and see him in that way.”

8. It is important for children to know that dead is NOT like sleeping. It is about life ending - this means that the normal things your body does when you’re alive can’t be done anymore. It’s important for the child to know that dead people don’t feel anything - this is often an issue for them when it comes to being buried or cremated.

9. It is unhelpful for children to be told that they should be brave or that “big boys don’t cry” - we need to teach children that emotions are a normal part of loss, for boys and girls, for big kids and little kids.

10. Be aware that children’s grief is often not expressed in words, but through their actions instead. You can expect angry outbursts, regressive behaviour like thumb-sucking, bed wetting, clinginess, fear of you being out of their sight or wanting your constant attention. They may develop a fear of the dark or sleeping problems. Children might also ‘act out’ what has happened - play dead games and re-enact hospital or ambulance or funeral scenes through their play. Don’t worry, this is their way of taking in information and trying to absorb it and make sense of it.


(Doris Zagdanski is a leading figure in modern day grief and loss education. Her seminars are included in vocational qualifications in Allied Health, Counselling and Funeral Directing. This Factsheet is adapted from Doris’ book What’s Dead Mean? How to help children cope with death, and is available at www.allaboutgrief.com).


I hope you are managing to stay warm in this chilly weather.

Just a reminder that our Parent Afternoon Tea is on every Friday from 2.30pm in the Conference Room. Come and have a coffee in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere and meet with myself and other parents in the school. It’s a great way to end the week! Everyone is very welcome.

Cherie Love, Pastoral Care Worker


Dates to Remember

August 2018

6/8 - 10/8 - Parent/Caregiver, Teacher, Student Interviews

Tuesday 7/8 - Sausage Sizzle (orders to be returned by 6/8)

Friday 10/8 - 9:00am Assembly, Penney Unit

20/8 - 24/8 - Book Week (Theme "Find Your Treasure")

Thursday 23/8 - Book Week Parade

Friday 24/8 - Whole School Photographs

Friday 31/8 - School Closure Day

September 2018 

Monday 3/9 - Student Free Day - Staff Attending PD

Friday 7/9 - Last Day for Premier's Reading Challenge forms to be lodged

Friday 21/9 - School Sports Day

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

Road Crossing Monitors

Term 3

Week 3 (6/8 - 10/8)


Rose-Marie Ralston

Larni Smith

Kaylee Beens


Natasha Mazik

Chiara-Lee Brodie

Abigail Keays



Week 4 (13/8 - 17/8)


Adison Harris

Ambrose Latham

Cooper Rannanaho


Isaih Waller-McDougall

Cohen Farnden

Coen Bentley-Davidson

Community News

Woodcroft Heights Children's Centre

What's On for Term 3 - information on what is available at Woodcroft Heights Children's Centre this term.


The Surviving & Thriving Playgroup

A free, supported playgroup for women and children (0-5yrs) who have experienced family and domestic violence.  Held each Thursday 10:00-11:00am at Hackham West Children's Centre, 50 Glynville Dr, Hackham West. 


Kids & Dads

Free weekly activity for children (0-12yrs) and the significant man in their life to enjoy fun activities together, share food, learn new skills and build relationships.  Held each Monday 3:20-5:00pm at O'Sullivan Beach Children's Centre, Roopena Building, Cnr Galloway Rd & Roopena St, O'Sullivan Beach.  Ph Malcolm 0437232124 for more information.


Free Mobile Showers

One Voice, in partnership with Christie Downs Community House will be providing free mobile showers every Monday from 10:00am-12:00pm at the Centre (Cnr Flaxmill & Morton Rd, Christie Downs).  Ph Allison 0406998917 for more information.

Women Are Strong.. Women Do Survive

A group for women in the southern suburbs.  An 8 week support group for women starting on Thursday 2/8 from 10:00am-12:30pm in the O'Sullivan's Beach area or Friday 3/8 in the Aldinga area.  Ph 82156310 to register or for more information.


Motivate to Communicate

This session on Friday 3/8 (10:00am-1:00pm) at Woodcroft Morphett Vale Neighbourhood Centre, 175 Bains Rd, Morphett Vale is being run jointly by Niva Nair and Rochelle Mutton (SA Speech & Hearing & Motivate Kids) for foster carers.  Ph 81313461 to register or for more information.


Code Club

Join Code Club for fun, creativity and learning by exploring a variety of projects and programming languages.  Held each Wednesday (4:00-5:00pm) at Woodcroft Library for students 7+ years.  Ph 83840050 for more information.


Every Generation Onkaparinga Awards

These awards recognise and celebrate the outstanding achievements and valuable contributions that people of all ages, cultures and abilities make to positive ageing in our communities.  Nominations can be made from now until 10/8.


Free Junior Softball Clinics

Southern Districts Saints Softball Club are offering free clinics on 5/8, 12/8 & 19/8 from 11:00am-12:30pm at the Southern District Baseball Club, Cnr Peregrine Cres & Flaxmill Rd, Christie Downs.  Ph 0411854114 for more information.


Reducing Childhood Stress Through Outdoor Play in Nature

Terri and Daniel Harrison are Directors at Nature Nurture in Scotland, UK where they run a nature-based program for children who have been through anxiety, stress, trauma and neglect.  In this evening presentation they will explore strategies for understanding and managing behaviour for children of any age.  Held on Tuesday 7/8 from 6:45-8:30pm at Adelaide Entertainment Centre (Star Room).  Ph 84900868 or visit www.natureplaysa.org.au for more information.


Entrepreneurs At Woodcroft Library

Thinking about owning your own business or being your own boss? Come along to an information session held on Thursday 9/8 from 6:30pm at Woodcroft Library, 175 Bains Rd, Morphett Vale.  Ph Angela 83840050 for more information or to book.


Southern Community Justice Centre

The Legal Service of Southern Community Justice Centre provides free court representation, casework and advice in many areas of law.  Our solicitors are trained to provide holistic legal services which address your unique and specific needs.  Free information session held on 14/8 from 1:00-2:30pm at O'Sullivan Beach Children's Centre.  Ph Jo 83822850 for further information or to register.


Book Launch, The Paranormal Investigator

Dominic McNamara author of The Paranormal Investigator will launch his book on Sunday 26/8 from 2:00-3:00pm at Woodcroft Library.  Ph 83840050 - bookings essential.


Down The Line

Down The Line offer tennis coaching to students and adults.  Full details available on the attached flyer.


Rohingya Refugee Crisis Forum & Fundraiser

You are invited to attend a Forum & Fundraising event at Cardijn College, Honeypot Rd, Noarlunga Downs on Thursday 2/8 from 7:30pm. Ph 0422062112 or email [email protected] for more information.


Healthy Homes, Resilient Families

AFSS Community Safety and Wellbeing team are offering two programs - Growing Up Healthy & Routines and Rules every Friday for 8 weeks commencing on 24/8 at Junction Australia, 72 Collins Pde, Hackham from 10:00am-2:30pm.  Ph 81866944  for more information or to register Ph Julie Karidis 832541077.  Bookings essential.  Free.


All Things Autism

Come along and share your story.  Connect with other families and individuals living with ASD.  Held on Friday 3/8 from 9:30-11:00am at Hackham West Community Centre, 44 Glynville Dr, Hackham West.  Ph 83841065 to register.  


Southern Domestic Violence Forum

Forum 1: Supporting Men & Adolescents Who Use Violence in the Family. FREE.  Held on Tuesday 7/8 from 6:00-8:30pm at Hopgood Theatre, Ramsay Place, Noarlunga Centre.  Bookings through Eventbrite: https://bit.ly/2LniB5G.  There will be 4 Forums held between now and the end of the year.


Warriparinga Men's Group

Miyurna Kumangka - Men together in unity and support.  Held every second Wednesday (8/8, 22/8, 5/9, 19/9, 3/10, 17/10, 31/10, 14/11, 28/11, 12/12) from 11:00am-2:00pm at Living Kaurna Cultural Centre, Warriparinga Way (off Sturt Rd), Bedford Park

Sleep Tips for 0-3 Year Olds

3 part parent information and problem solving series held on 30/8, 13/9 and 27/9 from 1:00-3:00pm at Woodcroft Heights Children's Centre, 25 Investigator Dr, Woodcroft.  Ph Lauren or Carla 83818005 to register.


HEPS Newsletter
WHCC Term 3 2018 What's On FINAL.pdf
Survive and Thrive @ Hackham West Childrens Centre flyer.pdf
Kids and Dads.pdf
Women are strong flyer OSB TERM 3 2018.pdf
Women are strong flyer TERM 3 ALD 2018.pdf
Motivate to Communicate - 2018 August 3 flyer docx.pdf
Woodcroft - Code Club poster.pdf
Reducing childhood stress through outdoor play in nature.pdf
Southern Community Justice Centre information session.pdf
Woodcroft -Book Launch Dom poster.pdf
Tennis Term 3.pdf
Blue Stage Tennis Coaching.pdf
Adult Tennis Coaching Term 3 2018.pdf
Rohingya Refugee Forum flyer small.pdf
Healthy homes combined - Hackham Aug 18.pdf
Sleep Term 3 2018.pdf
Parents Letter Term 3 2018.pdf