Dear Parents / Carers,
As we head into the middle of Term 4 we get a chance to celebrate all the successes of our students and school community. Our junior primary students are loving reading and tracking their progress, our Year 3 and 5 students challenged their fears on a courageous camp to Errappa and our Year 7 students are away this week braving the cold waters of Coffin Bay (I’m sure you will hear more about that in the next newsletter).
This also includes celebrating our teachers. Since I wrote to you last we have celebrated World Teachers Day which is a chance to recognise the important contribution our teachers make to our learners and the community as a whole.
The education environment today is more dynamic and the role of teachers (and SSOs) more complex than at any time in the past. Our teachers are responsible for supporting learners to develop literacy and numeracy skills, critical thinking, collaboration skills, global awareness, responsible digital citizenship, positive mental health strategies and so much more…. It is an immense responsibility and it is important that we recognise our teachers and thank them for the vital role they play in helping our children to learn and grow.
I am constantly in awe of the time that our teachers dedicate to our school to ensure their students’ learning and wellbeing needs are met. They work in teams to examine current research, observe each other’s practice, analyse student data and adjust teaching strategies to meet the diverse needs of their learners. But our teachers go above and beyond their classroom responsibilities. They give up time with their families to ensure their classes get to experience life at camps and spend their weekends looking for resources that will make their science lessons more engaging. Our teachers work incredibly hard to make our school a happy, fun and safe place to learn. So I want to sincerely thank all our teachers at Hincks Avenue Primary School for their dedication, professionalism, and care for all our children.
If you get an opportunity, please let our teachers know that they are appreciated for all that they do.
This week our Governing Council members were invited to have a look at the stunning designs of the new high school for Whyalla. This is an exciting chapter for our community, with our current Year 4 students to be the first Year 7s in the new school. If you would like to learn more about the concepts and designs, feel free to talk with staff, governing council members or have a look on the department website where there is a walk through of the new facility. Here is a link:
As the year draws to a close, I would genuinely like to get your feedback about our school as part of our Improvement Agenda. I have attached a link (and a QR Code) for access to our very quick survey. The survey asks 10 questions that are very quick to complete and greatly appreciated by staff.
Thanks in advance for your feedback
‘Very proud’ Principal of Hincks
Steps to take if you have a complaint...
Step 1: Talk to the school
We try to resolve concerns or complaints at the local level wherever possible.
The teacher or staff member involved should always be your first point of contact.
Make a time to talk to them to discuss your concerns, either in person or over the phone.
You may want to put your concerns in a letter or email.
If your concern is about the staff member, then you may wish to contact a member o the school leadership team. They will work with you and the staff member to resolve the issue.
Most complaints are resolved quickly, often within days.
The Leadership team will aim to resolve your complaint within four weeks, although complex and contentious matters may take longer. If this is the case we will advise you.
Step 2: Central resolution
If you are not satisfied that your complaint has been resolved at the local level, you may choose to seek support from our complaints resolution services:
Complaints about education and early childhood services
We can help you by:
- providing advice and support about the issues behind the complaint
- advocating with local sites to ensure all options for resolution have been explored
- objectively reviewing complaints that have not been resolved at the local level, including through a formal review.
Step 3: Other ways to resolve your issue
If we can’t resolve your issue through the previous steps, you may choose to seek independent advice and review by an external agency.
The circumstances of your complaint will influence whether this option is available.
External agency contact point:
SA Ombudsman Toll free: 1800 182 150
Phone: 8226 8699
Depending on the nature of the matter, the Office of the Ombudsman will usually ask if you have taken your complaint to the school or to the DECD Education Complaint Unit before approaching the Ombudsman.
For more information, please read:
Staff at Hincks look for ways to improve their school and value parent feedback as a chance to ensure our practices meet the needs of the community. They ensure that complaints raised with them are acknowledged and responded to in a fair and consistent manner, or referred to the appropriate party for a response, in accordance with the policy and procedures.
Please remember that staff at Hincks have the best interests of all our students at heart and respond to complaints and people respectfully. In accordance with our school values, we ask that our community partners and parents do the same.
Next week on Friday, 15th November, we are putting on a fun glow in the dark disco. It is being held in our school gym from 7.00-9.00pm.
There will be some fun disco items, fruit boxes and light snacks available for purchase on the night. Prices range from $1 - $4.
This will be a lock in event and no children will be allowed to leave unless collected by an adult. Please arrive for collection by 9pm.
We are looking forward to a fun filled event. Bring your dancing shoes!
Each year our school holds a Christmas raffle that is drawn at the end of Term 4.
We are looking for donations from our school community to go towards the prizes. Some ideas could include: wrapping paper, Christmas crackers, toys etc. Please have donations in to our front office by the end of week 6, this allows us time to put the prizes together ready for the draw. All donations are greatly appreciated
In October an ABC film crew from Sydney visited our school to film some of our students who are participating in a new program at Hincks. Last year the school applied for instruments through a donation program that was offered from an ABC show called "Don't Stop the Music". We were lucky enough to be accepted and received several violins which enabled our school to offer our students instrumental music lessons. The ABC made contact to investigate the possibility of doing a follow on segment to see how our school was using the instruments. Due to the success of the violin lessons they brought some woodwind instruments which were presented to our new music students during the interview. The students involved made the school proud during their interviews and involvement with the ABC. The segment should be available to view in mid November.
We are selling these items at half price.
Please note the yellow and black polo shirts can still be worn by students until the end of Term 1, 2020. Students will be expected to be in the new tops at the start of Term 2, 2020.
These items are also open to the community, please pass on to family and friends. We will not be putting any items on hold.. first in, first served.
Limited sizing on some items:
Polo Shirts - Sizes 3-16, S-XL
Cargo Shorts - Sizes 4-8
Cargo Pants - Sizes 4-8
Gaberdine Long Pants - Sizes 4-16
Long Sleeve Tops - Sizes 4-10
Rugby Knit Shorts - Sizes 3-16
Pleated Skorts - Sizes 3-6
Black/Yellow Trim Polo - Sizes 4-14, S-L
Come in and get yourself a bargain.