Welcome back for Term 2.
Our return to school this term was not what we had really expected or planned for, but it has given us an opportunity to think about delivering learning a little differently to all our children.
The South Australian government is encouraging all students to return to school for Term 2. However, Remote learning will continue for those students who are vulnerable, have chronic medical conditions and whose parents choose to keep them home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Remote learning may also be required in the event of a confirmed case or the school site is temporarily closed for cleaning and contact tracing.
Our staff all continue to monitor the learning and wellbeing of their students, whether they are learning at school or learning at home. As a staff we have agreed to continue to support both in class and remote learning during the pandemic. This is easier for our primary students, who have embraced the change and will take time to build these skills with our JP learners.
I am so exceptionally proud of the way our staff have adapted to the regular updates, changes and additional planning requirements of an unpredictable pandemic. I am also exceptionally proud of how our staff have embraced this opportunity to change our timetabling structure, explore new classroom practices, share this practice with each other and deliver learning through online and visual platforms. Teachers have designed intentional learning tasks for their classes that are also able to be replicated for children to access remotely from home.
A copy of our new timetable is included with this newsletter. The groups in both the JP and Primary rotate on a 3 week cycle, so that every group has an equal amount of time in each subject area. This new timetable will start next week and will be a trial until the end of week 4. We will then review our current practices, reflect on what is happening in our community and make informed decisions about planning for the rest of 2020. Our Primary teachers and students are particularly embracing student learning through Microsoft TEAMS and this is likely to become an ongoing practice.
I would like to congratulate Paul Campbell, who has joined the Primary Teacher team this term, as teacher of The Hogwarts (Year 4/5 class).
On the new timetable, you will have noticed that we only have one whole school break during the day. Teachers self-release for small breaks between learning tasks, but the children only play together in one ‘big’ break between 12.30 and 1.30. This seems to be working well and has received positive feedback from our students.
I really do apologise for not enabling parents to come onto school grounds. This is still a restriction put in place by the Department for Education. All ‘non-essential’ people are not permitted. This unfortunately includes Departmental Support Services and therapists. We are still able to continue with the teaching of Music on a weekly basis and our construction work, but with stricter guidelines.
You may have noticed that during the holidays we lost a building! The ‘old gym’ was demolished and this area will become a grassed, central focus for our school.
The Junior primary students are also very excited about moving into their new classrooms. They are beautifully bright, open, spacious and welcoming where both teachers and students have made good use of each space. The veranda and deck will hopefully be finished in a few weeks and then each classroom will also be able to use their doors!
I have been your Principal for one whole year from this week! It feels like that time has flown by, but I still remain a very proud Principal of this whole school community. I look forward to our community getting back to a little more ‘normal’, but continue to enjoy the adventures that a little change can sometimes bring.
If you have any questions about our new timetable and learning online, please feel free to call the school.
‘Very proud’ Principal of Hincks
Welcome back for Term 2! It has been lovely to see most of our children back at school, keen and ready for their learning. Next weekend is a very special day, it is a time to let one of the most important people in our lives know how much they mean to us—our Mums. We are holding a Mothers Day stall at lunchtime next Wednesday, Thursday and Friday which allows you to purchase a special gift for your Mum. Its also a great time to make your Mum breakfast in bed on the Sunday. All monies raised go towards improvements at Hincks.
Senior Leader – Deb Smith
Mrs Gloede interviewed students about the new timetable, new term and about learning through Microsoft TEAMS…This is what they had to say-
Feedback from our primary learners has been exceptionally positive, with some of the students saying:
We love the chance to use technology for more of the time
And that we get to choose which task we want to do first
We find it easier to understand the instructions…Things are explained really well
We don’t have to wait for our teacher to get the class to be quiet to give us the instructions
We like that we can get straight into the work
We are getting more work done
And it is easier to catch up with work
We can watch the videos again if we don’t understand them the first time
We can talk with people who are at home
We have PE every day!
Love the one hour for lunch
And we don’t use much paper!
When they were asked if they would like to continue with learning in this manner, they unanimously said YES.
Feedback from our junior primary learners has also included:
We like getting to meet new people
We like how different people get together
We are liking the different kinds of things that we get to do
We like having PE every day
We like the big play time
And they all said…We love our new classrooms!
In the middle of the term, we would like to have a ‘facilities meeting’ with interested members of our school community. We have made some changes to the central area in our school and will need to develop this area, as well as the bus loop area on Hincks Avenue.
We are really keen to hear your thoughts on what would make your child’s school a more welcoming venue. If you would like to be part of this planning session, please let Tayla know in the front office and she will keep a list of names to make sure you don’t miss the date.
On Tuesday of week 5 (26th May) there will be a Student Free Day. This day was originally booked across the Whyalla Partnership for specific staff training in mathematics. Unfortunately, our Maths presenter is unable to travel interstate and this day will have a different focus.
Even though it is winter, there are days when children still require hats.
Last year, as a school community we voted on a new ‘Hat policy’ that reflected the practices of Australian Cancer Council. This is what was decided:
Hats are compulsory in Terms 1 and 4
Hats are not compulsory in Terms 2 and 3, but are dependent on the UV rating.
If UV rating is above 3, then students need to wear hats.
The UV rating is displayed on an ipad each day in the staffroom and on big screens in classrooms using a Sun Safe app.
Please make sure your child has a hat they can leave at school for these days.
The Department Covid-19 recommendations are still suggesting that we don’t resume assemblies at this point in time. We will keep you posted, through our newsletters, about when these can take place again. We will also explore ways of celebrating our learning with you through videos and other means.
From Tuesday Week 3 (and then every Tuesday) we will be selling SOUP and DAMPER for $1
Your child will be asked to pre-order their soup and then bring their $1 on Tuesday with their own coffee cup.
Order forms will come out at the end of next week.