- Principal's Report
- Senior Leader's Report
- Around the classrooms
- Pre-school to school transition information
- Physical distancing restrictions on site
- Library Bags
- PINK Day
- Book week 2020
- Gabmididi Manoo Yarning Circle
- Aboriginal Bush Foods Community Project
- Access Gate & 'Kiss and Drop' on Hincks
- Year 7 into High School 2022
- Coming Events
- Community News
Dear Parents and Caregivers,
Term 3 seems to be that time of year where things get a little busier, but it is also a time to reflect on good practices, good teamwork and celebrating the progress that our young people have made this year, due to the dedication of our teachers and support staff. We enjoy sharing graphs, celebrating the successes of improved reading and writing outcomes and sharing high yield strategies with our colleagues so that we can all grow together. Here is one example of reading growth for one of our classes. This is displayed in the staffroom for staff to honour, discuss and plan interventions, as required.
This term we have also had an opportunity to collaborate with community partners to support student wellbeing. Wellbeing is a critical part of how young people learn and grow. Research shows that children’s wellbeing affects their ability to engage with their education. It is also a lifelong outcome of learning. Children that engage more with education are more likely to experience greater wellbeing as adults. For these reasons we have partnered with Plaza Youth centre, as qualified Youth Workers and Social Workers, to develop and run small group programs. These programs are designed to meet all the criteria of the DfE Wellbeing Framework for learning and Life. Some children will bring consent notes home this week, so they are able to participate in these small group programs.
At the end of this term, I plan to take some long service leave. My husband put in for leave last year with the hope that we could take our girls to Queensland, but in the current climate this is not going to be possible.
However, I would still like to take this planned time off to spend some time with family and finish some much overdue painting projects at home. Therefore, in weeks 9 and 10, Nikki Blott (our current Aboriginal Education Teacher) will step in as acting principal.
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
Unfortunately due to COVID restrictions, we have had to cancel our much anticipated glow-in-the-dark disco. As soon as we are allowed, it will be re-scheduled as I know lots of our children were looking forward to showing off their dance moves.
I have been chatting to our governing council chairperson, Tracey Duffy, we are planning future fundraisers and will let you all know what we have planned when the details have been finalised.
We will have a Father’s Day stall in Week 7 on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in my classroom 12.30-1.00pm. I have purchased a variety of lovely gifts for Dads that can be bought on these days. Our SRC representatives will be providing the customer service at the Father’s Day stall. A flyer to advertise the stall will be sent home in Week 6.
Over the next few weeks most of our students will be undertaking some assessments that will inform our teachers on their learners’ next learning goals.
Phonics Screening Check
Our Year 1 students are required to undertake the Phonics Screening Check. This is a simple assessment that will tell us how our students are progressing in phonics. We will analyse the results of the check and plan for any additional support our students might need.
Progressive Achievement Tests
The Progressive Achievement Tests (PAT) are online assessments to provide diagnostic information to teachers relating to the learning strengths and needs of their students. The students will undertake PAT Reading Comprehension (PAT-R) and Maths (PAT-M) between weeks 7-10.
Last week, The Minecrafters hosted an assembly with a difference, where students created animated characters of themselves to present items and introduce speakers.
Here are our junior primary and primary award winners from last week’s assembly Our next Assembly will be hosted by The Merry Minions next week (Week 6 on Friday at 10.30am).
This week we visit two of our classes, first up Miss Steer and the Merry Minions:
In Spanish this term, the Merry Minions have been exploring how to greet and farewell each other. We have also been learning how to describe colours, fruits and vegetables we like in Spanish. When we were exploring how to greet and farewell each other in Spanish, we took the time to research and insert a picture into our work to liven up our poster. Here are some examples of our detailed Spanish research:
Next, we visit Mrs Campbell and the Minecrafters:
In the Minecrafters, over the last few weeks, we have been creating animations with Adobe Character Animator. From the animations we made, we used them to conduct our assembly last week. From watching the assembly, we learnt that we need to get closer to the microphone when recording our voices as it affects the volume of our animations when played. Here are some examples:
We are in the process of organising the transition timetable for Term 4, which will cater for our Gabmididi Manoo Families. 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. We are exceptionally proud of all the great things happening at Hincks and love a chance to share this with anyone who is interested.
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.
To help protect our Library books from ‘school bag’ or ‘sibling’ damages. ALL students require a bag to borrow, NO BAG—NO BORROWING!
We have a $10.00 Velcro school logo bag or a $2.50 Calico bag available and on display in the office. ANY bag you have at home is acceptable.
In memory of Teresa Brennan, who was an SSO at Hincks for many years, we raise awareness of Cancer while raising money for Whyalla Palliative Care.
Wed 16th September
- Gold coin for Pink Hairspray 8.30-8.50
- Dress up in PINK
- $2.00 ice-creams and assorted pink treats stall 12.15-1.15
(posters promoting the day will be coming out closer to the date)
Any cash donations towards the ‘Whyalla palliative Care Unit’ can be made to the front office and would be greatly appreciated.
Start planning your costume!
This years theme: “CURIOUS CREATURES, WILD MINDS”
Nominated books are available for classroom activities, these will be on display in the STEM building during that week. Details of the parade will be provided closer to the date, weather permitting.
Each Monday afternoon, Gabmididi Manoo hosts a Yarning Circle for women who are interested in Aboriginal Art, Craft and creative idea sharing. This group hosted an Aboriginal Art Expo last term and have been heavily involved in developing projects for our local community. One of these projects is the Aboriginal Bush Foods Community Garden project. If you would like to join this amazing group of women, please contact GMCFC for more information, or call in on Monday afternoon for a Yarn.
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. A steering committee has been developed to get the project off the ground and to start applying for grants to develop the strip of land along Hincks Avenue. In October, we will be calling for interested people from our community to be part of a ‘research yarn’ to talk about this project from a community perspective. We want to know what you would like in this garden and how you would like to use it. If you are interested in being part of this community yarn, please let our front office staff know and we will get in contact.
We have a new access gate and path that leads from the Hincks Avenue ‘Bus Loop / Kiss & drop’. It has a couple of different names, but they both serve the same purpose – it is a safe circuit off the main road where you can drop your children off in the morning or pick them up in the afternoon.
However, the circuit is designed to be a drop off only. PLEASE do not park in this circuit as it then blocks the traffic and defeats the purpose it is designed for. If you want to park and walk in to collect your children, Hincks Avenue has available parking on both sides of the road.
We are hoping that by having the additional access gate, it will help to ease the congestion on Schulz Avenue, as this street becomes quite dangerous with the amount of traffic it has had lately (with only the one gate open).
We have ongoing discussions with parents about our current year 5 students moving into High school in 2022. While this is an exciting time for our community, as students move into a brand new facility, we know that it also brings up a lot of questions. Primary schools across Whyalla will continue to provide you with information over the next year, but if you would like to do some further investigating you will find more information at this link below:
|24th August 2020 - 28th August 2020||SSO Week|
|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|