Dear Parent’s and Caregivers,
As we move into the term, many of the same government recommendations continue. Children are encouraged to return to school. However, remote learning continues for those students who are vulnerable, have chronic medical conditions and whose parents choose to keep them home during the COVID-19 pandemic. We now have the majority of our students back at school, so face-to-face teaching has become our main priority. As a staff we are
committed to building valuable ICT skills for our young people so they are prepared for any eventuality.
Last week, I mentioned that I was exceptionally proud of our team here at Hincks and this continues to be the case. We have been engaging in brave, creative, productive and stimulating conversations about delivering learning in new and exciting ways with the aim of extracting the best possible outcomes for our children.
On Wednesday week 5, we will start our new timetable. This timetable takes in all the ‘good bits’ from our flexible timetable created in week 11 last term and adds some more routine and structure so that our children get the most out of their schooling. The ‘good bits’ include:
- Some R-3 vertical grouping in junior primary classes, to help build vocabulary
development, oral language skills and social interaction skills with modelling from older students.
- Continuing with the one big play time each day and making sure we have engaging activities in the yard for students.
- Continuing with one big morning block and classes self-releasing for small play times and eating breaks around their class learning schedule.
- These small breaks will include ‘Play is the Way’ activities to explicitly teach Personal and Social responsibility (TPSR) to our children in their class groups.
- Primary classes will have alternative integrated learning activities in STEM, The Arts and HPE each afternoon to creatively problem solve and work effectively in small groups.
-Primary students will continue with their self-directed learning options through Microsoft Teams that can also be easily accessed at home.
- Read Write Inc groups will continue across our JP classes with targeted Fresh Start groups also building students’ reading and writing skills in the primary.
- Our highly successful small targeted ‘special class’ will continue to be an option for students for Monday and Tuesday each week.
I hope to include a copy of the next new timetable in the Week 5 newsletter.
Our facilities continue to take on a new look as we now have lawn in the middle of our school. It opens the space up beautifully and creates a whole new potential for re-energising this space. If you have ideas for what we could do in this central location, please feel free to talk to me when I’m out on yard duty each morning. I would really love to hear your ideas for improving our school facilities. The building of the new deck is also still in progress and hopefully in the next few weeks our JP students will be able to use their classroom doors.
I really do apologise for not enabling parents to come into our school buildings. This is still a restriction put in place by the Department for Education. All ‘non-essential’ people are not permitted, which unfortunately still includes Departmental Support Services and therapists.
If you have any questions about our new timetable, please feel free to call the school.
‘Very proud’ Principal of Hincks
Our Mother’s Day stall was a great success. We raised approximately $600. We hope all our Mums enjoyed their special day.
It is time to start planning for schooling in 2021. If you have a child at pre-school or know someone who does, tell them all the fabulous things, including our new junior primary classrooms, that are happening at Hincks. Please encourage them to make an appointment for a tour and to complete an enrolment pack. If you intend to enrol a sibling, please come into the front office and ask Tayla or Belinda for an enrolment pack.
Did you know that between kindergarten and twelfth grade, students with an average daily reading time of 30+ minutes are projected to encounter 13.7 million words. At graduation, their peers who averaged less than 15 minutes of reading per day are likely to be exposed to only 1.5 million words.
If you would like to know how to support your child’s reading at home, please talk to your child’s teacher.
Senior Leader – Deb Smith
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.
EVERY TUESDAY we will be selling SOUP and DAMPER for $1
Your child will be asked to pay and pre-order their soup and then bring their own coffee cup on Tuesday.
Order forms will come home on Wednesday the week before.
This is a joint program between Hincks students and Gabmididi Manoo students.
We sincerely thank Jeanette Cowan, Anita Taylor and Bronwyn Thornton for providing their time and dedication to this valuable program for our combined students
This week we visit the Little Llamas, one of our R/1 classes.
In health we have been learning about our own personal strengths and what make us special. Students of The Little Llamas drew a picture of themselves and then told Miss Selby why and what makes them special. Here is some of our work!
“I am special because I am a good brother” - Cody
“I am special because I can run really fast” - Kaine
“I am special because I help people” - Zoey
“I am special because I am a good sister” - Amy
“I am special because I make people laugh” - Rahkeem
Tuesday week 5 (26th May). 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. On this day our staff will be focusing on designing learning to improve students’ writing abilities.
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 still exploring ways of celebrating our learning with you through videos and other means.
As a parent of a Year 7 child/children, you would have recently received an email from the Department for
Education asking you to register your interest of preferred High School in Whyalla by May 22nd. This process is a state-wide initiative, with a new online registration of interest. If you are not able to access the online form, or if you need help or have questions about to complete it, please contact your child’s Primary School.
I can assure you that Primary and High Schools have been developing opportunities for your child/children to engage with the different transition options.
The Transition planning includes;
- Information Nights
- School Visits
- Open Nights—Stuart High School and Whyalla High School
- Subject Counselling
The process of indicating which school your child/children will attend as part of their transition, allows each High School the opportunity to plan ahead with class structures and resourcing, as well as implementing the best
possible strategies to assist your child/children and family, as thy commence High School.
Due to the current restrictions surrounding Covid-19, our drink taps at school are currently closed. They cannot be used to drink out of but are still able to be used to fill drink bottles. Please ensure your child brings a drink bottle so they can continue to stay hydrated while at school.
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. If you have ideas, please come and talk with Melissa Gloede in the yard on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday mornings when she is on yard duty. Or give your ideas to a member of the Governing Council.
Lunch orders are back on, orders need to be in by 8.50am through the QKR App Wednesday, Thursday and Fridays. If you are unsure on how to order, please visit our front office for instructions.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions we are unable to send Scholastic Book Club catalogues home with your children. You can however place orders online and they will still be delivered to our school for distribution.
Please follow the link below for access to the catalogue and how to order.
Our rescheduled school photo day now has a date, Wednesday 24th June. If you have not placed your order, please have the form filled in and returned or online order done by Tuesday 23rd June. See Tayla in the office if you need another form.
Attached is some information regarding The Smith Family, an organisation that supports Primary based school students. Please have a read, if you would like any further information there are numbers included for contact. For an application form please see Tayla in the office.