Dear Parents and Caregivers,
I must admit, these very cold mornings and yard duties at only 1 degree have given us a very frosty start to winter. Hopefully, we will get some cloud cover soon and make our mornings a little more bearable.
This week we have had our first ‘Team around the Site.’ This team consists of our
local Department for Education (DfE) Behaviour Coach, Special Educator, Speech Pathologist, Child Wellbeing Practitioner, Psychologist, Social Worker for Truancy / Engagement as well as our Aboriginal Student Engagement Officer (ASEO). This team brings a range of complimentary skills, knowledge and experience to work together to support the school to improve outcomes for our most complex and vulnerable students. This was an extremely beneficial process and we look forward to continuing with these meetings each term.
Teachers with Year 1 students in their classes have been participating in online
Phonics Screening Check training over the past few weeks. These sessions have been delivered by live presenters and delivered after school hours. The Phonics Screening Check (PSC) is a simple and valuable assessment to monitor students’ progress when it comes to phonics and reading and is conducted in term 3 of each year. Due to the disruptions caused by COVID-19 , this annual check will be held 2 weeks later than usual (17 August to 11 September). This will give us more time to prepare, as well as give our year 1 students the best chance to consolidate their phonics knowledge. The check has 40 words, both pseudo-words and real words, and takes 5 to 7 minutes for teachers to do with each student. If you would like to practice with your child at home, please feel free to ask your child’s teacher for supporting resources. Please also refer to the packs sent home last term as there will be some resources in there.
Our contractors have assured us that the deck and veranda for the new junior primary classrooms will be completed at the end of week 9. The constant thoroughfare through our JP classes this term has been quite distracting for our students and teachers, so this is very welcomed news and we look forward to actually having door access in Term 3.
Last week we were extremely fortunate to have a full wiring and wireless access point upgrade throughout our site. This included a new server for our school and backup solution for all ICT practices. We were extremely lucky in that we only needed to contribute to wiring cost, while our DfE picked up the rest of the bill. This upgrade, combined with the SWIFT Fibre optic cabling enhancement, means we have accessible high-speed internet available for staff and students right throughout our school.
This is exceptionally exciting and necessary as we move towards building the digital literacy skills of all our students, at all year levels.
Please feel free to come and talk with me on yard duty in the mornings. I especially love hearing people’s ideas about ways to improve our school. You are a big part of our school community and your voice counts.
‘Very proud’ Principal of Hincks
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. In the information below, you will see there is a webinar being offered to parents and carers of young people with a disability to help with the transition process. If you are interested, please find information on the flyer below.
During this week I sent home a note asking for donations of old clothing to dress our scarecrows. Please if you have any old, clean children’s clothing that you are no longer using, could we please have them for our scarecrow designs. Any donations will be greatly appreciated.
Regular attendance at school is crucial to your child’s social and academic development. Please remember to call or text the school if your child is going to be absent. Our mobile number is 0431 180 480.
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
Senior Leader – Deb Smith
On any given day at Hincks, we have noticed that ¼ or 25% of our students are absent.
We are really concerned about this and the impact it is having on our young learners and their future education pathways.
Therefore we are:
- Identifying patterns of non-attendance
- Seeking ways that we can partner with you, as families, to get your children to school every day of the school week before they fall behind in their schooling
- Constantly building positive relationships with all students to support them in their wellbeing and learning while they are at school
- Actively engaging students in learning and addressing any barriers that children have in inclusively engaging in learning while they are at school.
- Helping children to feel accepted, valued, safe and respected while they are at school.
- Actively teaching all our children about personal and social responsibility.
Next week we are sending out letters to families, where a child is recognised as having chronic non- attendance. If you get one of these letters, please make an appointment to meet staff to discuss your circumstances and how we could possibly assist in getting your child to school for every day of the school week (unless they are unwell).
Department Categories for non-attendance
The department has adopted the following definitions consistent with best practice to identify students at risk through non-attendance:
- Habitual non-attendance where a student has 5 to 9 absences for any reason in a term
(This is an average of 1 day per fortnight).
- Chronic non-attendance where a student is absent for 10 days or more in a term for any reason
(Which is an average of 1 day per week).
These measures are different from other methods of student absences as they count the number of school days missed for any reason.
This acknowledges that children can be absent for many reasons, but there are also varying degrees of risk for students in relation to their learning and wellbeing, which is recognised by these definitions. These levels provide a way for schools to be alerted to the need to monitor a child’s circumstances and the degree of risk posed by their non-attendance.
This week we visit the Hogwarts, our 4/5 class.
This year for reconciliation week, we were able to design and paint a mural on some tin, it will be put up on the fence outside so everyone can see. Firstly we planned out what we wanted to go on our mural and Mr Campbell drew it on the whiteboard for us. Once we were happy with the design we asked Anita to come and have a look. Anita was happy with our drawing she gave us some pointers, like we could only draw the sun in orange and not in red as we had planned. We then decided that it would be good to have some people sitting around a campfire which is shown by the large black circle surrounded by smaller circles. We then added water and kangaroos along with Australia. We hope that you like the Hogwarts mural.
During Reconciliation week each class started a small mural based on this year’s reconciliation theme of ‘In this together.’ Here are some photos from the Minecrafters class, who designed their mural on the landscape of South Australia, Whyalla and Adelaide as meeting places, its animals, people and how we all come together in this great state. Classes will continue with these murals over the rest of the term and then receive a clear coat of lacquer over the holidays. Next term, they will be proudly displayed on the fence line along Hincks Avenue.
In the first few weeks of this term, our Primary classes had the opportunity to build shelters on the oval as part of a unit on survival strategies and using early Aboriginal housing designs from across the country as inspiration. Here are some of the shelters that were constructed by students during their lessons. The materials were left in the trees for students to continue to use throughout the term. This has proved to be a fun activity for students working together to build a variety of amazing structures during their lunch break.
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
Reminder that our school photo day is coming up in Week 9 on Wednesday 24th June. Order forms must be returned by then, you can also order online, instructions will be on the order form. If you have not got an order form or need another one, please see Tayla in the office.
The first class photos will begin at 9.15, please ensure all children are at school on time so no one misses out.