HAPPY RECONCILIATION WEEK
This year’s theme is “In This Together” and it marks the 20th anniversary of the reconciliation walks of 2000.
Being ‘in this together’ makes use of our collective effort and actions to move us forward to a positive future.
In the ‘Our history our story, our future’ video on the reconciliation website
https://nrw.reconciliation.org.au/ we hear “If we know we are stronger together, what lies ahead of us is a journey of truth”. That truth includes a celebration of stories of courage, of innovation and of triumph such as that of Vincent Lingiari.
Vincent is memorialised in the song ‘From little things big things grow’ by Paul Kelly and Kev Carmody, This song tells a story of a man who bravely and determinedly said ‘enough’ and then took action. In 1966 Gurindji man Vincent Lingiari supported his fellow stockman and their families to walk away from work conditions that were demeaning and unjust and to petition decision and law makers to redress this inequity as well as the issue of traditional land ownership. The Wave Hill walk off and following protests lasted 7 years, showing great courage and persistence to ultimate triumph. When in 1976 Prime Minister Gough Whitlam handed Vincent the deeds to his land, Vincent said in response “let us live happily together as mates, let us not make it hard for each other…we want to live in a better way together, Aboriginals and white men, let us not fight over anything, let us be mates.”
In 1976 Vincent was named a Member of the Order of Australia for his services to the Aboriginal people.
From Little Things Big Things Grow
Reconciliation Week invites us to continue this journey of togetherness, to live in a better way. We can all help this by being truth tellers, which includes surfacing our history’s blind spots. In doing so, we move forward, creating a nation strengthened by respectful relationships.
Wishing you the courage and persistence of Vincent Lingiari.
This week each class has designed a painting to represent the theme of In this together and these will be
displayed on the fence along Hincks Avenue. Our students have been the designers and will have opportunities to paint these creations over the next couple of weeks.
Next week we will start our ‘new normal’ timetable that was mentioned in the last newsletter. All children are now required to attend school and home schooling can only continue under exceptional agreed circumstances.
Site access restrictions have also eased so that therapists and student support services can continue to support our children, as required. Parents are also now able to visit the school yard, but we ask that parents please do not enter the buildings, as a 1.5m physical distance is required between all adults, and this is hard to achieve in confined spaces.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call the school.
‘Very proud’ Principal of Hincks
Please remember to call or text the school if your child is going to be absent. Our mobile number is 0431 180 480. Regular attendance at school is extremely important for your child to make progress in their learning.
We are looking forward to holding our glow-in-the-dark disco as soon as COVID19 regulations allow. We will be organizing some more fundraising opportunities soon. Please look out for the notes in your child’s bag.
Senior Leader – Deb Smith
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 be exploring ways of celebrating our learning with you through videos and other means.
In recognition of and to assist with the costs of sending children to school United Country SA have available Target Vouchers funded through the Foundation for Regional Renewal. Vouchers are to the value of $50 per child, maximum of 3 per family.
If you are in receipt of Centrelink Benefits, hold a Health Care Card and would like assistance meeting school costs, please contact Anneli (before 15/06/20) at Uniting Country SA-Whyalla to request an application form/telephone consultation.
While we have been supporting parent choice during this pandemic, all public-school students who are well and not considered vulnerable to COVID-19 are expected to attend school or preschool.
Students are required to attend school unless they are:
- Feeling unwell
- Have a chronic medical condition or compromised immune system and are not able to attend school on advice from their medical practitioner
- Live in a household with others that are deemed vulnerable to COVID-19 and are not able to attend school on advice of their medical practitioner
- Have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or have been required to self-isolate by SA Health
As a school, we have a high level of accountability about knowing where our students are for every day of the school week. If your child is unwell or needs to be absent for family reasons, please contact the school to let your child’s teacher or Tayla in the front office know.
Parents are now able to visit the school yard to pick up their children.
We do ask that parents please stay out of the buildings and maintain a physical distance of 1.5 m from other adults while on the school premises.
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.
School photo day is approaching (Wednesday 24th June). In addition to individual photos, we also prefer to have a class group photo and a whole school photo. Given our current climate, we are seeking your opinion in regards to grouping students for photos. If Parents are concerned about the group photos, please let the school know and we will discuss our options around changing the format for 2020 to just individual photos.
We look forward to hearing from you, please let us know by the 6th of June.
A note from our school photographers advancedlife
Thank you for this opportunity to reassure your school community that advancedlife is committed to delivering safe school photography. We have provided the school with a document detailing the new procedures we have put in place to ensure that we help your school to keep everyone safe and well when we photograph your students and staff. We have changed the way we photograph schools to ensure that our team always maintain a safe 1.5 metre distance from students and staff at all times, and we’ve minimised the handling of paperwork and many other aspects of the day of photography to make sure there is no close interaction with students. This includes no longer professionally preparing students for photography by adjusting hair, uniforms or posture. Our photographers will now ask students to do their own preparation for their portrait photo, according to the photographer’s instructions, and if the student needs assistance, then a supervising teacher will assist them. advancedlife will provide sanitised combs, wet wipes and hand sanitiser for students and staff to use when preparing themselves for photography. advancedlife will work with the school to keep everyone safe and well and deliver great school photos. If you would like to know more about our new safety procedures or if you wish to contact us directly, please visit www.advancedlife.com.au
This week we visit the Super Sloths, one of our R/1 classes.
The Super Sloths have been learning to measure using informal units of measurement. We measured our footprints and then we went around and compared the size of our footprints to others in the class. We found and recorded someone who had the same size footprint, a longer footprint and a shorter footprint. Here is some of our wonderful work!
Parents who are eligible for the school card, please return your forms or apply on-line at www.sa.gov.au and click on the school card section.
If you have any questions please see Belinda in the office.
If you or anyone you know have a child ready to start school next year, please come and see us. We will be
holding information sessions on;
Wednesday 17th June: 9:15am – 10:00am
Thursday 30th July: 9:15am – 10:00am
Register your interest in attending our sessions by visiting our front office or calling 8645 7266
On Tuesday 2nd June, the Minecrafters are holding a milkshake day. Order forms have been given out to all students. Please have your orders returned on Monday to allow for catering.
If you need another order form, please visit Tayla in the office on Monday.
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
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.