Over the past week there have been two incidents reported to the school involving unknown members of the community. The nature of these incidents is very concerning and addressing this situation is multifaceted. Staff have reviewed aspects of the school’s existing play time arrangements and some adjustments have been made, including determining areas that are out of bounds (to ensure children play in the line of sight of a supervising adult). Building children’s capacity through the Child Protection Curriculum is also a priority. This curriculum is taught throughout the year and teaches children to recognise abuse, the importance of speaking to a trusted adult if they are worried and to understand ways of keeping themselves safe. Further to this, the school will seek advice from the Department for Education regarding the suitability of existing boundary fencing. Henley Beach staff are very committed to providing a safe environment for all children and I encourage our school community to work together to ensure all students are safe.
If you wish to discuss this matter further please contact me.
School Community Survey
Thank you to all families who have provided responses via the recent school survey. The information has been very informative in regards to getting an insight into the areas valued by the school community and what aspirations our families have for the future. The sense of community, evident through friendly, supportive and respectful relationships is a highly valued element of the Henley Beach school environment. In terms of future aspirations, responses centred around building upon the positive work already happening within the school, including strengthening the teaching and learning opportunities for our students, the provision of a diverse curriculum and access to resources such as ICT equipment. I believe the school is well placed to enhance these areas and I am very committed to working with families, students and staff in progressing the school.
A valued element of school life is the presence of regular communication between home and school and all staff at are committed to ensuring parents and caregivers have the opportunity to discuss their child's learning progress. Teachers can be contacted at any time throughout the term, or alternatively, your child's teacher may also contact you if they have any areas that they wish to talk with you about. In light of COVID-19 guidelines, a level of flexibility with the format of these catch ups is necessary (eg. a face to face meeting, telephone call) which can be negotiated between yourself and your child's teacher. If you would like to speak with your child's teacher, please contact them via email, seesaw or calling the front office.
Curriculum Update: Literacy
One of the key improvement priorities for our school is to strengthen children’s writing skills and knowledge through engagement with the Brightpath program. Brightpath is a writing assessment program that enables teachers to compare and benchmark their students’ work with performance descriptors. This process enables teachers to clearly identify areas of growth at a class and individual level and adjust their work with students accordingly. In recent weeks all classes have completed a writing sample that has been assessed by their teacher against the relevant standards. Teachers have commented on the progress shown within their class, including students' ability to integrate the techniques and strategies within the Seven Steps to Writing program. This is a really pleasing outcome and something we will continue to build upon.
Sports Day Update
A decision has been made to re-schedule our school sports day to Friday September 18th. Unfortunately due to COVID-19 provisions we will be unable to have parents and other family members come onto the school grounds. Staff acknowledge that this is a disappointing outcome as sports day is a terrific school event, but we hope the community is understanding of this request. More information regarding the format of the day will follow in future newsletters.
The installation of the new basketball/netball goals and line marking has been completed and is a welcome addition to the school’s play areas. Thanks also to parent Simon Hutchinson for working with small groups of our students to plant trees along the perimeter fence lines.
School Closure Day: Friday September 4th
Pupil free date: Monday September 7th