Thank you to Vanessa McCormick for managing the football teams this year.
Sports Day was held last week and all students are to be congratulated on striving for their best and showing great enthusiasm throughout the day. A big thank you to the many people who contributed to the success of the day: Ms Renee Hanna for her preparation and coordinating of the events, our Sports Captains for their great job with encouraging and assisting their team and our comperes who lead the whole school warm up and event announcements. Thanks also to the canteen team, including our parent helpers, who did a fantastic job catering for students, and Jim, our groundsman, for his excellent job in preparing the oval for each event.
Thank you to our families who supported the school’s request to stay outside the perimeter fencing. Your presence and support, even though at a distance, was appreciated. Congratulations to Sandpipers on being the winning team on the day.
Term 4 Planning
Over the past few weeks staff have been discussing strategies to re-engage with families during what has been a challenging time due to COVID-19. From next term, provided that there is no change in advice from SA Health and DfE, we are excited to be able to have families join us for some valued school events.
· Book Week Parade: Thursday 22nd October. The theme of Book Week is ‘Curious Creatures, Wild Minds’ and children are encouraged to come dressed in a costume that either reflects this theme or a favourite book character. We will have a school parade at the following times:
R-2, 9.00am – 9.30am
3-7, 9.50am – 10.20am
· Wk 4, 6 and 8 assemblies: Thursdays, from 2.20pm in the gym.
For each of these activities we will be setting up an online RSVP system to manage the number of parents on site. Further to this, if the opportunity arises, we will endeavour to film some of our Book Week parade and class presentations at assembly and upload them for families to view. Images of children will only be uploaded if consent has been given to do so via the media permission form eg. if your child had permission to have their photo taken on Sports Day. Details of the RSVP system will be shared at the beginning of next term.
Staff have appreciated the patience and understanding shown by families this term and we look forward to having an increased family presence at school in the future. Details regarding our end of year concert and year 7 graduation will be provided to families once arrangements have been finalised. Please be aware that the expectation of families not entering classrooms will remain in term 4 with the designated drop off/pick up areas being at the court spaces or Metcalfe Lawn.
Wellbeing and Engagement Survey.
Over the past week our year 4-7 students have completed the DfE Wellbeing and Engagement Survey. This survey provides an important insight from our students’ perspective into a variety of wellbeing areas related to their social, emotional and physical health. Attending to wellbeing and mental health is a vital part of our work with students. Research clearly indicates that when students have a positive level of wellbeing, they learn to function well in the world by showing respect towards others and possessing a sense of security and trust in themselves and other significant people in their life. Improved wellbeing outcomes are also linked to academic performance. Children’s wellbeing and engagement at school is influenced by self, peers, staff and family so the data gained from this survey will help inform how we can ensure our school community is being proactive in this very important area. The results of the survey are anonymous, with the data being presented at cohort levels rather than for individual students.
I would like to thank the Henley Beach community for making me feel very welcome this term. I have thoroughly enjoyed my short time here and am looking forward to the future with much optimism and excitement. The staff have been very supportive and their dedication and commitment toward student learning and maintaining a positive school culture is to be acknowledged. This term I have been provided with valuable insights into the school from staff, students and families and I am looking forward to working with the community to build on the positive foundations already in place; continually reflecting on, and improving the quality of teaching and learning are areas that will be central to this work.
I would also like to make a special mention to the students, it has been great getting to know them and I have been impressed with their friendliness, respectful behaviour and commitment to their learning.