- Principal's Report
- Senior Leaders Report
- Pre-School to School Information session
- Physical distancing restrictions on site
- National Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD)
- Pop-up display for new Whyalla Secondary School group
- Aboriginal Bush Foods Community Project
- School Photos
- Around the Classrooms
- Coming Events
Dear Parents and Caregivers,
Welcome back for Term 3. I hope you had an enjoyable holiday break with your children.
I would like to start by welcoming some new staff and letting you know about some changes to the Hincks Team this term:
Helen Huynh (Ms H) is the new teacher in our Hogwarts (Year 4/5) class and will stay with us for the rest of this year.
Stephano is a new SSO, supporting our upper primary students.
Zoe is working 3 days each week in the Penguins and sharing a role with Steph, who will be going on maternity leave in a few weeks.
Mr Campbell continues to support students in a variety of classes, but predominantly the Hogwarts class.
Charmaine has moved into the Little Llamas to primarily support with student
interventions and speech programs.
Tori is now working full time at Hincks in the Minions.
And Belinda will continue in Elly’s role in Finance until the end of this year.
Please feel free to talk with our staff in the yard, as we are very proud of the growing Hincks Team and the amazing things we are achieving together for our students.
One example of this is the student growth we are beholding in ‘Read Write Inc.’ Each student was assessed at the end of last term and 81% of students progressed at least one group, with some students progressing by 2 or 3 levels! This confident growth means that our students are on a positive trajectory to being fluent, enthusiastic readers and willing writers, which is exactly what we are striving for. It also provided us with strong evidence about good attendance, as the only children who didn’t make progress were our students who were regularly absent during Read Write Inc lessons.
Another amazing accomplishment of the Hincks Team, has been the way they have embraced TPSR (Teaching personal and social responsibility). By all being on the same page, when it comes to positively supporting our students with their behaviour, we have actively halved the behaviour data from this time last year. This means our classrooms are calmer, more focused and more conducive to learning for all students. It is a real pleasure when visitors to our site comment on the calm culture and motivated approach to learning.
At our assembly at the end of last term, we had a focus on bullying. Our new Student Representative Council (SRC) have embraced this as a focus area as they took this opportunity to talk about bullying with all our students. It is exciting to see student directed posters around the school, PowerPoint sharing and students actively
speaking with each other about this ongoing concern.
Through ‘relational time’ in classes, staff and students will continue to have open conversations to assist with reducing and dealing with the challenges of bullying.
Here is an example of one of the posters that has appeared in the office area at school, as well as SRC members addressing the assembly last term:
The classes are enjoying the freedom of the new JP deck and it is great seeing it as an extension of the classrooms as a sunny reading spot, a place for kitchen play and sand play, as well as a great spot to work with a small group. This job is now completed with the exception of access to the JP toilets, and these will be handed over shortly.
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
In Week 7, our Year 1 students will undertake a Phonics Screening Check with their teachers. The phonics screening check confirms if students are developing the phonics knowledge they need to be successful in their reading, spelling and writing programs. As a first step, teachers can respond to student performance in the phonics screening check by reviewing their existing phonics teaching and then design appropriate
differentiated learning and intervention processes for reading, spelling and writing for those students who demonstrate further support is required. The check takes approximately 10-20 minutes to administer and is performed by the classroom teacher with individual students. If you require further information, please chat to your child’s teacher or contact me on 86457266.
SAVE THE DATE!! Our glow-in-the-dark disco has been booked for Friday Week 5. The DJ is booked and our glow-in-the-dark and flashing merchandise has been ordered. A display will be set up in the front office to show you what can be purchased at the disco. So start saving your money and start counting down the days!!
Senior Leader – Deb Smith
Tuesday Morning (30th July) 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.
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 in the yard.
All schools are required to collect information about the numbers of students that they provide adjustments to under the Disability Discrimination Act (1992) and Disability Standards of Education This data is used as the
basis for national funding.
The NCCD involves the collection of;
- the number of students receiving adjustments to enable them to participate in education on the same basis as other students
- the level of adjustment provided to students
- student’s type of disability if known
Under the model the definition of disability is broad and includes learning difficulties, health and mental health conditions.
If your child is identified for inclusion in the Collection, the required information will be included in this year’s data collection.
If you have any questions about the data collection, please contact Melissa Gloede on 8645 7266 Further
information can be found at:
It was fabulous to see such a great turn out of parents at our assembly on the last day of term.
After not having an assembly for the whole term, we had a great many award recipients, as seen in the photographs below.
This assembly featured 2 songs by our school choir, which sounded amazing in the large Gym space. It was such a treat to see our students take such pride in their accomplishments and perform to a high standard for the whole school.
A Pop-up Display is planned to be held at Westland shopping centre on Wednesday 5th August. This will be a showcase of all the amazing things happening in secondary schooling in Whyalla and potentially also include information about the new secondary school. Please take some time to go and celebrate the combined efforts of the Whyalla Secondary Schools.
This is a combined community endeavour between Hincks, Gabmididi Manoo, the Aboriginal Women’s Yarning Circle, Uni SA Rural Health and other local interested parties. Ideally, we want this project to represent the needs, wants and vision of our local community. A steering committee has been developed to get the project off the ground, but we are really keen to get you, as our school community involved. If you have an interest in being part of this project, please let one of our staff know and we will get in contact.
You still have the opportunity to order photo packages of your child. These can only be ordered and paid for online and will incur a late fee.
Due to COVID-19, school photos that have already been ordered have been delayed and should hopefully arrive at the school by the middle of the term. We will notify parents when they arrive.
If you have any issues, please email Advanced Life Photography: firstname.lastname@example.org
This week we visit Miss Deb for Design and Technology.
In Design and Technology, the Junior Primary classes have been learning about food production. We have learnt that many of the foods we eat come from plants and animals. A lot of these plants and animals can be found on farms. We have begun growing our own vegetables and are designing and making our own scarecrows. We are using paper mache to make the scarecrow heads.
|Friday 7th August 2020||Year 7 half day transition to Whyalla High|
|Wednesday 12th August 2020||Hot Chocolate Fundraiser|
|Friday 21st August 2020||School Disco and Girls Basketball Carnival|
|Monday 24th August - Friday 28th August 2020||SSO Week|
|Friday 4th September 2020||Boys Basketball Carnival|
|Tuesday 8th September - Thursday 10th September 2020||Choir Performances at the theatre|
|Friday 11th September 2020||School Closure Day|
|Friday 18th September 2020||Student Free Day|