Dear Parents and Caregivers,
I’m so excited to let you know that you are now allowed back on site from Monday. Yay :)
All adults must continue to follow the density and physical distancing guidelines outlined by SA Health:
- no more than 1 person per 4-square metres in an enclosed space
- maintain a minimum social distance of 1.5 metres.
From Monday 29 June, there will also be no cap on the number of people in 1 room, however the above physical distancing and room density requirements must be
followed by adults. This means we can have a school assembly this Friday and we will just make sure that we space the adult seating around the gym.
From Monday, camps and excursions, sport competitions, sports days, choirs, bands and discos can also go ahead. We had Year 5 and 7 camps organised for the end of the year, so information about these will come out next term. We also have a disco booked in for the middle of next term.
While some previous restrictions have been eased, there are still some requirements that need to stay in place:
- It’s important that students and staff stay home if they are unwell.
- Physical contact (even between students) should be limited and non-physical greetings should be encouraged.
- The general public should not access school playgrounds or play equipment.
- Parents must continue to physical distance, including at school pick up and drop off.
When you come onto school grounds next week, we are hoping that you will be able to use the deck area outside our new JP classrooms. This is due to be completed this Friday and our JP classes are excited about being able to use their classroom doors and stop the thoroughfare through their classes each day.
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.
This is our last newsletter for the term, so please take care over the holidays. Stay safe and well and look after each other. We look forward to starting Term 3 in a calmer manner and continuing to make great gains with our students.
‘Very proud’ Principal of Hincks
A big thank you to our Junior Primary parents for their generous donations for our scarecrows. We are going to have some very fancy looking scarecrows in our gardens.
SAVE THE DATE! Due to popularity and success of our last glow-in-the-dark disco, we have scheduled a tentative date for our next one—Term 3, week 5, Friday 21st August. More information will come out closer to the date.
Swimming Term 3—we are currently looking at booking our whole school swimming lessons in term 3. We will keep you informed of the details.
Enjoy your winter holidays and we will see you back safe and happy next term.
Senior Leader – Deb Smith
As term 2 comes to an end, we now have 60 students who are recognised as Chronic non-attenders. We are really concerned about this and the impact it is having on our young learners and their future
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.
This 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.
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.
We will be holding an assembly on the last Friday of term, 3rd July at 10.30am
The change in time is due to our Music students having instrumental Music lessons on Friday Mornings and then Read Write Inc Groups from 9.30.
Hopefully, you are still able to make it. This assembly will be run by leadership staff, it will feature 2 songs by our school choir and we will make sure chairs are adequately spaced throughout the gym to ensure physical
Tuesday Morning (30th June) at 9.15am
Please come along for information sharing and a tour with Melissa Gloede. We are exceptionally proud of all the great things happening at Hincks. If you know someone with a child who is turning 5 before May 1st next year, please encourage them to come and check out Hincks as a potential school option for 2021.
It is that time of year, where teachers are writing reports for our students for Semester 1. Mrs Gloede has seriously loved reading their comments. She is very proud of the way our teachers show a great understanding of their students, their strengths and their areas for development. They then use this invaluable insight to provide helpful comments with constructive feedback for you, as parents. This year, Mrs Gloede has found these reports to be individualised, precise, thoughtful and very well written.
Please take the time to reflect on your child’s achievements in the Australian Curriculum and then share your positive comments, thoughts and feedback with your child’s teacher.
Unfortunately our soup and damper day next Tuesday, 30th June has been CANCELLED. At this stage there is no details about this program for next term. If any further details are decided regarding this program, we will let you know.
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 Legends, our 6/7 class.
In the Legends class, the 6/7’s have been researching about Ancient Pompeii and the effects of the volcano on Mount Vesuvius had on the Earth. Students have completed power point information reports.
In Maths, Kirsty’s group have been learning about money and how to give change. In Mrs Brown’s group, students have been learning about Cartesian Planes and plotting points on a grid.
This Thursday (2nd July) Gabmididi Manoo are hosting an Aboriginal Art Expo at D’Faces Art Centre. The flyer is attached, but this is also an opportunity to see the Reconciliation Art Projects that each class at our school completed this term. Here are some example (completed by our JP classes).