Hallett Cove East Primary School

Keeping you in the loop ....

DIARY DATES

  • 2/4/21 Good Friday Public Holiday
  • 5/4/21 Easter Monday Public Holiday
  • 9/4/21  Casual Day for Charity
  • 9/4/21  Early dismissal - 2:05pm
  • 6/5/21 Mother's Day Stall
  • 11/5/21 - 21/5/21 - NAPLAN testing program
  • Pupil Free Day - Friday June 11th (Term 2)
  • Pupil Free Day - Monday July 19th (Term 3)

REQUEST FROM STUDENT LIGHTHOUSE LEADERS

DON'T FORGET CASUAL DAY FRIDAY APRIL 9th

On the last day of term, Friday April 9th, there will be a casual day to raise money for a South Australian charity called KickStart for Kids. KickStart for Kids is a not-for-profit organisation that helps disadvantaged school children to achieve positive outcomes at school and increased self-esteem, through breakfast, lunch, mentoring and Camp KickStart school holiday care programs. We chose this charity because we know that many families across SA found it very tough to afford things to live happily during COVID and especially in families where parents lost jobs. We know that KickStart for Kids currently supports 350 schools, some not far from us. So we want to support this charity to help them support those kids who really need it.

We ask students to please wear casual clothes (that are appropriate for school), and bring a gold coin donation to support this wonderful charity. Your donation will help to provide 50 000 breakfasts and 10 000 lunches to kids across South Australian schools each week.

Thank you for your support,

From the HCEPS Student Lighthouse Leaders.

A FEW WORDS FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Dear Parents/Caregivers,

EARLY DISMISSAL ON FRIDAY APRIL 9th 

Please note there is an early dismissal time of 2:05pm on the last day of school, April 9th.

GOVERNING COUNCIL FOLLOW UP FROM LAST NEWSLETTER

In my last newsletter article I inadvertently missed thanking outgoing Chairperson Simon Gierke. Simon has been our Chairperson for a number of years and a member of Governing Council much longer. In his roles, Simon worked tirelessly on behalf of parents working closely with me as Principal and with the school. He also provided strong support for our OSHC and Canteen personnel. On behalf of the school community I would like to thank Simon for his work on Governing Council. It has been greatly appreciated.

FAREWELL LISSY OPPERT

Those of you who utilise OSHC and Vacation Care services will know that our OSHC Director Lissy Oppert officially retired this week. A presentation was made to Lissy on behalf of Governing Council and the OSHC family community. On behalf of the whole school community, we thank Lissy for the outstanding leadership she has shown in OSHC and wish her all the very best for the next chapter of her life with her family.

NEW STAFF

2 new SSOs have been working in the front office. Rod McGuiness, who has a number of years’ experience working in schools, started at the end of Week 8. Simone Green, who recently completed study and is now an SSO, is also providing office support. We welcome both of these people to our team.

HIGHLIGHTS OF TERM 1 2021

When you think back to this time last year and that Week 11 was made up of 4 pupil free days for staff to organise a home learning program, it has certainly been a pleasure to operate almost as normal in Term 1 this year. This term we have participated in a range of activities aside from our routine programs including:

  • Student Leadership application process and commencement of roles
  • Genki Kids program
  • Traffic Monitor training and work
  • R-5 Swimming program
  • Assembly
  • National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence and Harmony Day activities
  • Premier’s Reading and Be Active Challenges commenced
  • SAPSASA district swimming competitions
  • Cross country training
  • Incursions and excursions: Schools Clean Up day, Woodhouse, Glenthorne Park, Newry Studio of Irish Dancing, native animals visiting from the Nature Education Centre
  • External School Review
  • AGM
  • A new Governing Council elected
  • Acquaintance meetings

UNIFORM POLICY

Thank you to all families for ensuring your children are wearing the correct uniform every day. Our uniform is smart, supports our school values and engenders pride in our school as a whole. During offsite, school activities it also ensures staff and volunteers can readily identify students whom they are supervising. If you are unclear about expectations, please refer to the updated Uniform Policy approved recently by Governing Council that can be found in the school’s website.

HATS IN TERM 2

According to our SunSmart policy, students do not need to wear hats during Term 2. I would ask however, that students still bring their hats to school for the first week or two just in case we have weather where the UV reading is above 3. Hats are also still required for all sporting events (eg SAPSASA) and excursions.

THE LATEST YR 7 TO HIGH SCHOOL UPDATE FOR PARENTS CAN BE FOUND here.

SCHOOL SECURITY IN THE HOLIDAYS

To help prevent vandalism and other crime in the school during the holidays, we seek your support to please report any suspicious behaviour you may observe in and around the school to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or direct to Police on 131 444. I thank you in advance for doing so.

…..AND FINALLY

Please stay safe during the holiday break with your children. We look forward to seeing all students back at school from the start of Term 2, Tuesday 27th April.

DON’T FORGET 

PUPIL FREE DAYS

FRIDAY JUNE 11TH (FRIDAY BEFORE LONG WEEKEND IN TERM 2)

AND

MONDAY 19TH JULY (FIRST DAY OF TERM 3). 

With regards,

Anne Rathjen

Principal

 

PLEASE, A REMINDER ARRIVE AT SCHOOL ON TIME ...

A Few Words from the Deputy Principal

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Our very busy term one is now drawing to a close. I hope you all have some fun family time over the Easter break and school holidays.

This week we handed our volunteer traffic monitors their certificates. We appreciate the effort they make to help keep our community safe.

Next term the fundraising committee will run their annual Mother’s Day Stall for children to purchase items on Thursday May 6th.  Look for more information next term on Skoolbag.

Information about the AEDC.

In early 2021, our school, along with thousands of others across the country will begin preparations for the fifth Australian Early Development Census (AEDC).

The AEDC gives us a national picture of the development, health and wellbeing of children in their first year of full-time school. Since 2009, the census results have helped communities, schools and governments plan services and develop better policies to target support for children and families.

Children don’t miss any class time, and parents/carers don’t need to supply schools with any new information for the census. The AEDC gives us data at a school and community level - it isn’t an assessment of individual children.

Some teachers have also noticed that completing the assessments made them more aware of the needs of individual children and the class as a whole and that the census results are useful in planning for transitions to Year 1 and developing class programs.

Participation in the AEDC is voluntary. Parents/carers don’t need to take any action unless they choose not to include their children in the census.

To find out more about the census and how communities are using the data to help children and families visit the AEDC website: www.aedc.gov.au.

If you have any questions, you can contact me via the school email address or through the front office. Parents of Reception children will be sent a more detailed note early next term via Skoolbag.

Kind Regards,

Andrea

Andrea Hayden
Deputy Principal

Our 2021 Traffic Monitors

FINANCE INFORMATION FROM OUR BUSINESS MANAGER

Families would have received their account statements through your child's class last week.   

If you are yet to pay your 2020 Materials and Services fees we remind families to clear all outstanding accounts as soon as possible to avoid debt collection services to be appointed.  Please remember to contact the finance office so any credits can be applied to your account prior to final payments being made.

Please note this year school card applications should be submitted online, please read the attached information and click this link for step by step instructions to lodge your application online

If you are experiencing financial difficulties we ask you contact the Business Manager  via email dl.1053.finance@schools.sa.edu.au 

Imelda Jolly

Acting Business Manager


A MESSAGE FROM OUR PASTORAL CARE WORKER

Accidently encouraging kids to act in difficult ways

(The following is an excerpt from www.calmkidcentral.com)   

One reason why children act in challenging ways is:  they feel the way they are doing things is just fine and in fact, works well for them. If it works for them or benefits them in some way, children are at least somewhat more likely to act that way again in similar situations

Challenging behaviour can be potentially reinforced by several different reinforcers.  Here are some we find it useful to help parents/carers look out for:

  • Attention or "connection seeking" – Many parents/carers talk about "attention seeking" - and speak about it about negatively. However, a more useful term is “connection-seeking”.  This is where the behaviour may be working for the child by providing them with a connection to or a sense of closeness with someone else. For example, when a child makes a funny face, it may be reinforced by the attention or laughter they get back from their peers or siblings.
  • Tangible reinforcement – This is when kids get an object or more time on a preferred task.  For example, when kids ignore parents/carers when they tell them to turn off the TV or Playstation, the ignoring may be benefiting them if it works in helping them spend longer doing the activity they wanted.
  • Escape – This is when kids do difficult things in order to get out of doing a boring/unwanted/difficult task.  For example, if the child cries because they don’t want to pack up their toys and they are consoled or sent to their room and get out of packing up, this may be remembered as being effective for them.
  • Emotional release – A difficult behaviour may exist because there is a sensory or emotional coping benefit.  For example, screaming might be a way of helping a child relieve their frustration or cope with their distress.  Placing hands over their ears and hiding may be a way of coping with noise which would otherwise be overwhelming.


When we find something reinforcing a child's challenging behaviour, we then go on to think about whether it can be removed or reduced, or help the child find another more appropriate or helpful behaviour children can use to experience the "reward" instead (e.g., teaching and reinforcing more helpful ways of gaining connection, expressing emotions, coping with not getting something they want or not being able to get out of something they want to do).

To make this easier, we usually just consider one small and specific behaviour at a time (eg non compliance with instructions to go to bed).  Being really specific and targeted helps identify potential reinforcers more clearly and gives ideas to intervene more specifically too.

Something to keep in mind here is that these are not bad kids, it’s human nature to do the things which get us good stuff. Kids try and feel good, they try and avoid pain just like we do. This doesn’t make them bad, but if we can remove the accidental pay-offs, sometimes behaviour does change. 

 

Joey Traeger,

PASTORAL CARE WORKER

at HCEPS on Wednesdays and Fridays  

Joey.Traeger704@schools.sa.edu.au

Conservation House 3

Woodhouse Excursion House 9

CANTEEN

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!

  • Available via Qkr!
  • Counter sales are available at recess and lunch
  • Limited Lunch menu 
  • Orders by 9.15
  • We thank you for your continued understanding and support.


Our limited menu will be: 

  • Seasoned Wedges $4.50
  • Hot dogs $4.00
  • Pizza $5.00
  • Mac and Cheese $5.00
  • Lasagne  $5.00
  • Chicken Nuggets $4.00
  • Meat Pie $5.00
  • Sausage Rolls  $3.50
  • Muffins $1.00
  • Cookies $1.00

available until further notice.  


Canteen Roster

Please download and view the CANTEEN ROSTER,  you will see there are many blank spaces on the roster, we would love you to select a time slot and become part of our team.

We would welcome and thank you for volunteering your time to help and ensure our children have access to a varied interesting food and snack offer from the canteen.

YOUR ONGOING SUPPORT WOULD  BE GREATLY APPRECIATED.


PLEASE NOTIFY THE CANTEEN MANAGER OR CONTACT THE SCHOOL OFFICE STAFF IF YOU WISH TO VOLUNTEER.

HOPE TO HEAR FROM YOU SOON.

  THANK YOU!

Helen Jefferson : 8322 3677

(9.30 am - 1.30 pm)

RECESS ROSTER APPROX TIME 10.00 am - 11.30 am

LUNCH ROSTER APPROX TIME 11.30 am - 1.30 pm

Download

Secondhand Uniform Shop

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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HALLETT COVE EAST PRIMARY SCHOOL

Vision

Hallett Cove East Primary School:

  • Learning for tomorrow’s world
  • Working together
  • Valuing each other and our future
Mission

Our Mission is to ensure that our students are able to successfully interact and achieve within andbeyond their own community, now and in the future.

This may be evidenced by:

A Strong Sense of Identity
  • Students will be resilient and reflective, confident in their own opinions and provide leadership.
Creative Thinking
  • Students will be creative and critical thinkers who draw upon a range of strategies to deal with new situations or information.
Success in Interactions
  • Students will value diversity and successfully interact with others within and beyond their community in a collaborative manner.
Preparedness for the Future
  • Students will demonstrate initiative, enterprise and adaptability and will be able to successfully manage change within their own lives and as part of a global community.
Skill in Communication
  • Students will be able to successfully communicate in a range of settings within and beyond their own community.
Success in Learning
  • Students will develop and apply knowledge, competencies and skills, which enable them to be successful now and in the future.
Self-Directed Learners
  • Students will be able to initiate and implement their own learning plans. Based on constructivist theory, students will be supported in self-assessment procedures in order to reflect on and guide future learning.
Values

The school Values identified by the school community are reflected in the everyday language atschool by staff, parents, students and community members. The Values are

  • Excellence
  • Fairness
  • Respect
  • Responsibility

Our ongoing commitment to our Values is reflected in our Student and Staff Wellbeing programs including the Year 7 Student Leaders program, Buddy and assembly programs.

QKR APP (Quicker)

Qkr App (pronounced quicker) is Hallett Cove East Primary School and Out of School Hours/Vacation Care preferred form of payment. 

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