Henley Beach Primary School Newsletter

Term 2 week 8 - Wednesday 17 June 2020

From the Principal - Shane Misso

As SA continues to be a leader in managing the COVID situation new information on relaxing restrictions is arriving regularly.  We received information from DfE regarding some changes and easing of restrictions that will come into effect in a couple of weeks from now as the overall SA restrictions are relaxed.


Volunteers will soon be able to start again at Henley Beach Primary School - from the first day of term 3; Monday 20 July. We look forward to welcoming back volunteers in roles such as the canteen, Grub Club etc. It will be a requirement (until SA Health inform us otherwise) that all volunteers complete the site access form on entry at the front office before volunteering each day.

Parent visitors 

From term 3 parents will be able to come further into school grounds at drop-off and pick-up times but will need to respect the 4 metres squared. Physical Distancing practices currently in place. This will mean congregating near classrooms and STEM area will not be possible.   A detailed map of accessible areas and access guidelines will be developed and published with the next newsletter.   Parents are still not allowed to go into school buildings unless it is for a pre-arranged meeting with a staff member. As with volunteers, parents coming in for a meeting must complete the site access form on entry at the front office prior to the meeting. This is an SA Health requirement that we must follow until further notice.  The front office only has space for 4 persons in the foyer at any one time.

School sport

This will be quite complicated. Some sports are intending to resume again from the start of Term 3, we will need to wait for individual sporting groups (football / soccer/ basketball) to make their own decisions and then contact us with details of how the modified season will look. Soccer with North West Junior Soccer Association has been cancelled for 2020. We will continue to let parents know whenever we have firm information.


These are allowed to resume again in Term 3. We have some additional factors regarding bookings, notice to families, payment etc. which mean any excursions might be towards the later parts of term 3 rather than earlier. We also have to make sure that enhanced hygiene and physical distancing measures can be practiced on excursions so excursions will need to be considered on a case by case basis. Additionally, we have been advised that students and accompanying adults must not attend an excursion if they are unwell (even mildly unwell).

‘Sibling’ children enrolling for 2021?

Do you have a child that will be joining siblings at Henley Beach PS in 2021? Please complete the “Registration of Interest” on the school website if you haven’t yet done so. We are already starting the planning process for 2021 and have confirmed Round 1 Enrolments.  Round 2 Offers will be decided in late August. Please don’t assume the Kindy arranges enrolment. It would also be greatly appreciated and really helpful if you pass this message on to other local families you know of who might be intending to have a child start at Henley Beach in 2021.


Marking attendance is a legal requirement within the school and this needs to be done accurately by the classroom teacher and the front office staff. Therefore, we would like to remind our parents/caregivers about their roles and responsibilities for their child/children's attendance: 

  provide the school with an appropriate explanation for a child’s non-attendance prior to 8.50am.  This can be an email, Seesaw message, SMS text message 0476 857 370 or a telephone call from a parent/caregiver . After three days of non-attendance, a written explanation is required.  If for medical reasons please provide a certificate.

  for lateness after 8.50am, explain why your child is late to school when signing in at the front office. The child must collect the printed LATE slip which they must give to the teacher on arrival at their class. 

 for longer known absence complete an Application for Exemption Form (ED175) if their child is to be absent for a period of more than 5 school days and submit this to the front office for approval by the principal. Forms are available from the front office. 

Children should be in their classroom when the 8.50 am bell rings (not just on the school grounds) otherwise they are late and will be marked accordingly.  If you get an unexplained text message you must notify the reason your child is late to the front office staff.

The number of children who are continually late for school is alarming. Each day we have children arriving late and missing out on the vital  settling-in time, class activities, the day’s programme being explained and in some cases instructions for the first lesson. This is really frustrating for the children and the teachers and over time, equates to a significant amount of missed opportunity for learning as outlined in the table below:

SMS Absence number - 0476 857 370

Consent Forms

Please sign and return any consent or personal information forms that have been sent home. These are outstanding forms from week 1, term 1. Some children will not be able to join in class activities, use a device or participate in local walks until consent has been received by the front office.

Thank you to all those parents that have already returned these forms.

Mark Beech - Finance Officer

Thank you to all the families who have paid their school fees for 2020.  A reminder to all families that school fees are a legally recoverable debt and are now overdue. If you think you may be eligible for school card assistance please make sure you have completed the online application form. A new application is required each year. If you are experiencing financial difficulties, please contact me to arrange a payment plan.

Uniform Donations

Due to the cooler weather our second hand uniform stock for accidents and mishaps has been depleted. If you have size 4 to 6 clothing including track pants, long pants, jumpers etc that your child no longer needs, please consider donating to the front office.

We ask that your child keeps a spare set of clothes in their school bag this will help if accidents occur.

Is your Email Address correct?

Mid year reports will be emailed in term 2 week 10. If you need to update or add your email address details, please email the front office on DL.0177_info@schools.sa.edu.au 

Aileen Clancy - Assistant Principal

For teachers, our Pupil Free Day in Week 7 was focused on The Big Ideas in Number.

The Big Ideas in number are: trusting the count, place value, multiplicative thinking, partitioning, proportional reasoning and generalising. Mastery of each of the big ideas is important. Year level teachers focus more strongly on certain big ideas according to their year level and each student’s understanding.

Teachers spent the morning investigating the different Big Ideas and looking at ways that they related to and could be incorporated into their lessons.

What do we mean by the Big Ideas in Number?

Trusting the count is the foundation of all other work with numbers; in particular developing flexible mental objects for numbers.

Place value underpins fluency in arithmetic calculations and helps the learner understand larger numbers and decimals.

Multiplicative thinking is a prerequisite for the understanding of rational number and proportional reasoning: fractions, decimals, ratio, percent and proportion.

Partitioning  - the teaching and learning of fractions, particularly in the middle years and beyond, is a key aspect of numeracy, as it underpins the proportional reasoning used every day.

Being able to think and reason proportionally is an essential element for understanding and applying mathematics. Ratios – the relationship between quantities. Proportional Reasoning

Identifying pattern and structure, or generalising is at the heart of mathematics. Algebra, patterns, identifying rules.


Maths Word of the Week


Algebra is about seeing mathematical patterns, understanding the patterns and describing them using words or symbols. Patterns that are true in lots of different situations are called generalisations.

This week, Reception students have been creating their own patterns using coloured counters. Year 6 and 7 algebra is much more complex, but builds on from this basic knowledge. 

Family Math Corner

Which Balloon is left?

Pop any balloon which is a:

·       Multiple of 9

·       Square number

·       Prime number

Term 2 Wk 6 Answer

Dr Donna - Wellbeing Leader

Wellbeing and Mindset

Understanding your mindset is very important for people who want to become the best learners they can possibly be.  Mindset is a way of talking about how your general beliefs and attitudes shape how you think about and react to anything new.  It’s about how you speak to yourself and understand life, the universe and everything around you.  Carol Dweck, one of the leading researchers in the study of mindset, talks about the two main types of mindset.  One is called the ‘fixed mindset’.  When you have a fixed mindset, you think about things in a rigid, ‘that’s just how it always is’ sort of way.  For example, when you think about yourself using a fixed mindset, you will say things like, ‘I am always smart/dumb/nervous…etc’.  When it comes to learning, you will be more worried about looking smart—or not looking dumb, than what needs to be learned.  Your focus is on what others might think and this affects the risks you are willing to take with new learning situations.  It also affects where you put your attention when you are meant to be learning.  With the other mindset, the ‘growth mindset’, when you think about yourself, the way you frame things is more about what things are like now and what needs to happen to improve or develop.  You focus on the learning and understand that mistakes are part of the learning process.  Here is Carol Dweck’s explanation between the two:

Mindsets frame the running account that’s taking place in people’s heads. They guide the whole interpretation process. The fixed mindset creates an internal monologue that is focused on judging: “This means I’m a loser.” “This means I’m a better person than they are.” “This means I’m a bad husband.” “This means my partner is selfish.”

People with a growth mindset are also constantly monitoring what’s going on, but their internal monologue is not about judging themselves and others in this way. Certainly they’re sensitive to positive and negative information, but they’re attuned to its implications for learning and constructive action: What can I learn from this? How can I improve? How can I help my partner do this better? 

If you want to learn more about mindset and its affects on learning, check out this website:


NUNGA NEWS - Katherine Moore (ACEO)

Niina marni (Hi, How are you?),   

 Last week we celebrated National Reconciliation Week (NRW). The theme for this year was ‘In this Together’. Our school did some amazing activities in the classrooms to celebrate NRW, including a wonderful display n the front office.

This year, Reconciliation Australia marks twenty years of shaping Australia’s journey towards a more just, equitable and reconciled nation. Much has happened since the early days of the peoples' movement for reconciliation, including greater acknowledgement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights to land and sea, understanding of the impact of government policies and frontier conflicts, and an embracing of stories of Indigenous success and contribution.

2020 also marks the twentieth anniversary of the reconciliation walks of 2000, when people came together to walk on bridges and roads across the nation and show their support for a more reconciled Australia.

As always, we stand on the shoulders of those who came before us, and Australians now benefit from the efforts and contributions of people committed to reconciliation in the past.

Today we work together to further that national journey towards a fully reconciled country.

Reconciliation is a journey for all Australians – as individuals, families, communities, organisations and importantly as a nation. At the heart of this journey are relationships between the broader Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

We strive towards a more just, equitable nation by championing unity and mutual respect as we come together and connect with one another. On this journey, Australians are all In This Together, every one of us has a role to play when it comes to reconciliation, and in playing our part we collectively build relationships and communities that value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, histories and cultures.


Reconciliation Week

Miss Danni's Yr5/6 class

For reconciliation week we read the book ‘Say Yes, a Story of Friendship, Fairness and a Vote for Hope’ by Jennifer Castles. We reflected on what it meant, the different rules that used to exist and created a piece of art each that represented what we took away from the book. We combined them all on the colours of the Aboriginal Flag.

Mrs Jones & Deann's REC class

Reception class have been listening to Dreamtime Stories and creating art work.

Kylie Cook's Yr1 class

Year 1 have been writing their own Dreamtime stories to explain how an animal got its special features.

 Savannah  Y1             How the Snake Lost His Legs


Once upon a time, there was a snake. He had legs. One day he wanted to get rid of his legs. He asked his friend, long neck giraffe. The snake said, “Can you help me get off my leg?” Giraffe said, “Try this medium hole!” But it didn’t work. So, he asked short crow. Snake said, “Can you help me get rid of these legs?’

Short crow said, “Try this big hole.” But it didn’t work. Snake found a small hole. He tried it then…they ripped off! Snake said, “Oh my gosh! They ripped off!” He was joyful. He slithered away happily ever after.


Liam Y1                 How the Crow Got a Black Body


Once upon a time in the Dreamtime there lived two birds. One was a colourful crow, the other a colourful cockatoo. The crow always hunted. He always gave himself the big and fat meat and the cocky the bony and small meat. One day the cocky said to the crow, “Why do you always get the good meat?” Then they started fighting. The cocky threw the crow into the fire they made and the crow said, “Oh look at me. I got thrown into the fire and turned black!” Then the crow said, “You will pay for that.” He tried to do the same to cocky but missed and the cocky was so puffed out he turned white.


Ms Sharee's class

“For reconciliation week our class played a game called ‘e-dor’. It is from the Aurukun Aboriginal community in Queensland. One person is the e-dor, they have to run to the soccer goal and if someone tags them then they are the e-dor, but if the e-dor makes it to their goal then their team gets a point. It was awesome, our class had a lot of fun playing it!”


Lu and Nikol's Yr2 class

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    Performing Arts - Judy Isaac

    Festival Choir

    The Festival Choir has enjoyed singing and filming their performances in various locations around the school. We have shared the videos with choir families on Seesaw. We hope to soon be able to perform to actual audiences. Some of our students have also been selected to be part of the official “SING 2020” movie that is being created to replace the Festival Theatre performances this year. They will soon start rehearsing and filming their parts in the movie.

    Sustainability - Ecowarriors

    Sustainability - EcoWarriors

    Year 7 – Luca G, Marcus N, Nell R.

    As a school we have put in more recycling bins to make our school more eco-friendly. In each classroom we have bins for food scraps, paper, mixed recycling and soft plastics. We also recycle our printer and photocopier cartridges, 10c containers, batteries, pens and markers, glue sticks and other small hard plastics. By doing this we can make our school a better and more sustainable place for everyone that comes here, and for the world!

    OSHC - Tammy Bahr

    Bookings on 0401 121 087 or tammyhbpsoshc@yahoo.com.au

    CANTEEN - Julie Stamatialis

    Please check that your QKR app is updated as well as any software running your phone. Also make sure you have finalised the transaction completely (You should get the "you paid " Henley Primary with amount screen). 

    Currently we have many lunch items made "in house". They include butter chicken, sausage rolls, spiralli bolognaise, chicken burgers and pancakes.

    Many others are made from partially prepared ingredients and put together in the canteen including nachos, muffins, chocolate mousse, frozen yogurt and smoothies. Many also are gluten free or have the option to be GF.


    Show Day School ClosureFriday 4 September
    Pupil Free Monday 7 September
    Pupil Free Friday 30 October

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