- Principal's Report
- Pre-school to school transition information
- Around the classrooms
- Physical distancing restrictions on site
- Access Gate & 'Kiss and Drop' on Hincks
- Aboriginal Bush Foods Community Project
- Gabmididi Manoo Yarning Circle
- Girls Basketball Carnival
- Coming Events
- Community News
Dear Parents and Caregivers,
Each year I forget just how busy Term 3 can get for our teachers, until it actually hits. But this year, we are also trying to fit in things that were missed in term 2, due to COVID and now it feels a little more crazy than usual. But luckily we can see the end of the tunnel.
At the moment, all of our students from Year 1 onwards, are participating in Progressive Achievement Tests (PATs) for Reading and Mathematics. SA teachers use a variety of tests to determine what level students are at, what progress they are making, and where they may need extra help. PATs are one of the main sets of tests that SA schools use. PATs are multiple-choice tests designed to help teachers determine achievement levels of and help teachers decide what kinds of teaching materials are most suitable for their students. PATs are also important because they identify the progress a student is making from year to year. We will be able to share this information with you early in Term 4.
In addition to this, our JP students are also being assessed using ‘The Phonics Screening Check.’ The phonics screening check is a short, simple assessment that tells teachers how students are progressing in phonics. It takes only 5–7 minutes and is carried out by class teachers with each student individually. Teachers then analyse the results and, if necessary, plan for any additional support that students might require.
Our Primary Classes, are currently participating in the Wellbeing Engagement Collection (WEC). A letter about this was included with the newsletter last week, but the WEC is a survey that collects information from students from Year 4 to Year 12 about non-academic factors relevant to their learning and participation. The WEC gives schools, the community and the government an insight into what needs to occur to ensure students experience success and are provided with resources and opportunities to reach their full potential.
At Hincks, we use our WEC data as a baseline for wellbeing actions for improvement across the areas of engagement: Emotional wellbeing, Engagement with school, learning readiness and health and wellbeing out of school. This data was last collected in Term 2, 2019 and we are hopeful that our TPSR focus has driven improvement across all of these domains. I look forward to sharing the results with you next term.
And while trying to fit this all in, our teachers are also completing portfolios to moderate students in English. At the end of Week 9, our teachers will join with
teachers from LSPS to moderate student work samples, based on the Australian Curriculum Achievement standards. This is valuable work for teaching and learning and I seriously appreciate the dedication and professionalism they have all applied to this task.
On Monday we will have a digital designer here at Hincks to design a creative video to showcase some of the prospective opportunities available at Hincks. The day will run as normal (with some rearrangements for primary swimming lessons) and students will have the opportunity to engage with Adam and his camera throughout the day. We look forward to sharing this with you next term.
As mentioned in my last newsletter, I am taking some leave from the end of next week. Nikki is looking forward to being your principal for the last 2 weeks of term while I enjoy spending some time doing some house restorations and hanging out with my family.
Thankyou for the chance to continue to experience proud moments as your principal. Please think about joining some of the community opportunities mentioned below and I look forward to seeing you again next term.
‘Very proud’ Principal of Hincks
Last week, The Merry Minions hosted our whole school assembly.
Here are our junior primary and primary award winners from last week’s assembly.
Due to the next 2 Fridays being school closure days, our next Assembly will be hosted by The Perfect Penguins in Week 10 at 10.30am
Weekly transition visits will start in Week 4 of next term for all enrolled students. This will give our future receptions six authentic lessons in their new school making friends with their new junior primary peers.
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
This week we are fortunate to visit two classes, our year 1/2 class and also our year 6/7 class. First up we have Miss Kuhl and the Perfect Penguins.
This week in investigations the Perfect Penguins have been working on our Design and Technology and our Digital Technology skills. We have been learning to work collaboratively to design, construct and create.
Next, we visit the Mrs Brown and the Legends.
The year 6/7’s have been learning about angles in Maths. Students learnt about angle reflections and measuring angles with protractors. They have also been learning about angles formed by transversal lines crossing parallel lines.
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.
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).
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.
During weeks 8 and 9 our students will be going swimming with their classes. Below are the times and dates for each class:
Week 8 Monday 7th—Thursday 10th September
Minecrafters + year 6 Legends 11.45am—1.00pm
Week 9 Monday 14th—Thursday 17th September
Llamas 12.30pm– 1.45pm
Penguins and Minions 1.15pm—2.30pm
Please do not forget to pack your child’s swimming gear.
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.
Last Friday our year 6/7 girls, along with Mr Turner and Kirsty, attended the Whyalla wide Basketball Carnival. None of our girls play basketball outside of school but were all eager and excited to give it a go. They managed to score in every game they played, kept up a positive attitude, trying their absolute best every time they stepped on the court.
Although they were not able to come away with the win, their positivity and sportsmanship was noticed, winning the overall attitude shield for the day. The girls and their ‘coaches’ were very happy with their day.
|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|
|Friday 25th September 2020||Last day of Term 3|
|Monday 12th October 2020||First day of Term 4|