- Monday August 23rd - School Photos
- Friday September 10th - School Closure Day (Show Day)
- Friday September 17th - Sports Day
Well what an interesting start we have had to Term 3!!
I would like to start by thanking you all for your fantastic support throughout the lockdown. Parents, staff and students all worked fabulously as a team to ensure we were able to keep student learning going despite the challenges faced. We definitely now have many Webex experts across all levels of the school community!! As we watch the unfolding COVID impacts across Australia, and in NSW in particular, the SA Government, Police, Health and Education leaders will undoubtedly continue to monitor our state for any pending impacts and obviously changes could still occur at any time. This also means that for the foreseeable future, one would expect to live with some level of restrictions. For now though, students are back learning at school and we certainly hope that continues.
How wonderful it has been to watch the Olympics over the last week. The resilience, persistence and strength of athletes has been so obvious throughout along with the poise and calm they have shown under pressure including when they have expected to have achieved higher than they actually did. These people are excellent role models for our students in the way they have worked to achieve their goals. I also particularly value the stories of teamwork reflected in the revamp of the Olympic motto: Faster, Higher, Stronger – Together. Athletes have been heard providing encouraging words to peers and have been generous in congratulating fellow competitors on their win. Teamwork, and the associated care for others, supports achievement at both the Olympics and in within schools. Thank you for working with us as a team to build strong resilient children who work effectively with others.
SECONDARY SCHOOL 2022 ENROLMENTS FOR CURRENT YR 6 AND 7 STUDENTS
This term enrolment offers for secondary school will be sent to the families of our year 6 and 7 students. It is important for you to know that not all schools will send out their enrolment offers at the same time, but they will be sent as close as possible to Friday 13th August (end of Week 4). Most families will receive their offer via email. If you think you have not received your enrolment offer from your secondary school, you need to check your junk folder for an email from firstname.lastname@example.org. If you did not provide an email address on your Registration of Interest form, you will receive your enrolment offer in the mail or it will be handed to you by your child. If your enrolment offer has not arrived by Wednesday 18th August, please let the Front Office team know and we can follow up with the secondary school on your behalf. If you need support to accept your enrolment offer, it is best to contact your allocated secondary school and they can step you through the process.
WHAT’S WRONG WITH THE PHONES???
Have you been trying to ring our front office and either been unable to get through or had a response that appears as though the person answering you has hung up? If so, I apologise for any inconvenience. A few weeks ago our phone system was migrated over to the new NBN. Since then we have experienced some problems when answering phone calls. We are in the process of having that addressed but it is taking some time. In the meantime, we ask for your patience when calling the school. If you are not able to get through the first time, please keep trying until you do as the problem is intermittent. We hope the issue will be fixed within the next few days.
NATIONAL OSHC EDUCATORS DAY – WEDNESDAY 28th JULY
As you already know, Wednesday was OSHC Educators Day so I would like to again take the opportunity to sincerely thank our OSHC/VacCare team for the excellent service they provide for our students and those from our local Kindy. Governing Council and staff acknowledged the OSHC team with chocolates and flowers and they also enjoyed cake as a celebration of their work.
SCHOOL CLOSURE DAY – FRIDAY 10th SEPTEMBER
SPORTS DAY – FRIDAY 17th SEPTEMBER
Dear Parents and Caregivers,
What an unusual start to the term. These last two weeks have felt a lot longer yet in some ways we feel like we are only just settling in to term three now.
The students who attended during lockdown were very resilient and followed the programs set by their class teachers as best they could. A highlight for me was joining some Webex sessions with students of all ages. The joy of seeing their classmates and the conversations with the class and their teacher were worth the technical hassles. I improved my Webex skills as well! Thank you to all our families for their commitment to our state’s lock down and helping their children with their off-site learning.
The students may have been a little louder than usual when they returned, and I know of at least one teacher that was looking in vain for the mute button, but they quickly settled back into the routines and their on-site learning was recommenced.
We are now looking forward to our planned activities for the rest of the term.
We are continuing to provide the quality educational 2021 program planned for all students at Hallett Cove East Primary School. To allow our program to be sustained we ask families to support us by clearing outstanding accounts as soon as possible. If you are experiencing financial difficulties we ask you contact the Business Manager via email to email@example.com.
Acting Business Manager
Anxiety shouldn’t be a taboo topic
When we consider COVID and our lockdown we tend to focus on all the negatives. There are, however, many positives to consider as well. Take a moment to consider what has been a blessing or a positive for you and your family.
One of the things that I have been thankful for during this pandemic is the focus on mental health. Over time mental health is being increasingly talked about and the number of amazing free resources increases every day. The lockdown has also provided me with the opportunity to investigate some of these resources.
Everyone experiences some anxiety and therefore it is normal. However, when high levels of anxiety stop you from doing what you want to do or what you need to do then it is a problem which requires mental health intervention.
Beyond Blue reports that anxiety is the most common mental health condition in Australia. On average, one in four people – one in three women and one in ﬁve men – will experience anxiety at some stage in their life. In a 12-month period, over two million Australians experience anxiety.
Brave reports that anxiety is the most common psychological problem amongst children and one in ten children will suffer from anxiety. This isn’t something to be ashamed of or to ignore. It is something that requires our attention and our time.
I would like to share with you the BRAVE program https://brave4you.psy.uq.edu.au/ The BRAVE program is an online self-help program that contains both resources and information for children, teenagers and their parents. It is designed specifically to develop skills and coping strategies so that worries and anxiety don’t stop young people from doing the things they want or need to do.
This lockdown I have completed the Young Child Program for parents of children aged 3-7. The program consists of 4 self-paced information sessions along with homework to apply the knowledge to your child. The program also has handy pdf summaries so that you can share what you have learnt with a co-parent. I would strongly recommend this program for any parent of a child up to the age of 10, whether they experience mild anxiety occasionally, or severe anxiety regularly.
There are also online child and parent programs for 8-12 year olds, and for teens and their parents. These other options are not as streamlined and a little bit more dated aesthetically, but still contain relevant information.
If you have discovered any other wellbeing resources or strategies that might be helpful for our school community I would love to hear about them.
PASTORAL CARE WORKER
at HCEPS on Wednesdays and Fridays
SAY CHEESE - School Photo Day is Monday 23rd August 2021
Have your child's school memories captured forever.
Parents can send the correct money to school in self-sealed envelope on the Photo Day, however, Online Ordering, where parents are able select their preferred package is the safest and easiest way to order school photos. Just enter the shootkey printed on your child's envelope and make your selection. If you are having a Sibling photo taken, use the shootkey printed on the Sibling envelope.
MSP offers a 10% discount for all Online orders over $90.00 per family.
To receive this discount online, your orders must be placed in one transaction.
Some important points:
- Each child needs their own photo envelope.
- Don't seal envelopes inside each other.
- You can pay for all your children in one envelope.
- Please enclose the correct money as not change is given.
- Cash, cheques, credit card and money orders accepted.
- Family envelopes are available at the school office.
- Try Online Ordering a go - it's safe and easy!
ALL ENQUIRIES PLEASE CALL MSP PHOTOGRAPHY ON 8391 3951
Volunteers Wanted !!
Volunteers are important to our school community. Our canteen relies on help from volunteers to deliver a meal service to our pupils.
To enable us to provide a varied recess and lunch menu offer to our pupils we really do need your help.
If you have a spare hour or more we would welcome your support.
Not registered with the school as a volunteer? Volunteer application packs are available from the front office containing all the information you need to submit your registration as a volunteer...... WE NEED YOU
If you have any uniform items in good condition that are now surplus to your needs our volunteers would appreciate donations.
Donations can be left at the administration office. Thank you.
Opening hours :- House 1, through the carport - facing Forresters Rd
Wednesday morning 8.30-9.00
Wednesday afternoon 3.00-3.30
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