Dear Parents and Caregivers,
Welcome back for Term 4. I enjoyed my break at the end of last term, but it is great to be back with our school community again. This term there is a lot planned: Peter Combe, Book-week, 2 camps, transition days, Naidoc Week, Sports day, Colour Run and then finishing the term with Beach day.
For those of you who were kids and teenagers in the 90s and noughties, Peter Combe was a household sensation. This week we were exceptionally happy to have Peter entertain us on his birthday! For many of our staff this was a musical tour down memory lane with Peter singing all his best-known songs. For our students the show was thoroughly entertaining and created new memories for them to share. The enthusiastic singing, dancing and swaying in the crowd showed that no matter how old you are, Peter Combe brings out a smile as big as his songs…in everyone! This was a fabulous opportunity for our school and Gabmididi Manoo to share together.
And speaking of entertainment…Last week, we released a video about our school to showcase the amazing things we offer at Hincks. Our purpose was to show our school in a way that may be surprising to others. Particularly in explicitly Teaching Personal and Social Responsibility (TPSR), closing the gaps for our Aboriginal learners, Teaching specialist PE and Music and having great access to a wide range of innovative technologies. If you have not seen the video already, we are on both Facebook and Youtube (under Hincks Avenue Primary School). Please feel free to subscribe and share with your friends.
This week we also celebrated Book-Week and having the parade outside was a delightful and welcome change. Again, this was a combined event with Gabmididi
Manoo and we shared a story and the parade together. In the open space we were able to welcome more parents and our crowd swelled to the point that we ran out of chairs! It fills us all with great pride to see such a fabulous community response to our school event. We were also surprised and thrilled by the amount of children who dressed up for book week this year, bringing cheer and celebration to the school day. This made it exceptionally hard to choose prize winners for each age group, who are pictured here.
The photos of all our students look spectacular and will be shared on the TV in the front office, the Whyalla news and in this newsletter. If you would like a copy of a photo, please feel free to ask Tayla to email it to you.
World Teachers Day (30th October 2020)
World Teacher’s day is being commemorated in SA on the 30th October.
As your Principal, I would like to publicly acknowledge how much I truly appreciate our teachers:
Our teachers are the philosophers, mentors and guides for all our children. Be it helping them with their schoolwork or guiding them towards stronger choices, our teachers are the most helpful and guiding stars for all our students. Their
day-to-day duties are many and varied, but in doing what they do, they manage to elevate minds and give energy to building good characters. Every teacher is essential to helping our children and our school thrive and flourish and I would like to publicly thank them for their amazing work, care, compassion, dedication and accomplishments this year.
Over the next few weeks, if you could take some time to share your own appreciative thoughts with your child’s teacher this would brighten up their day and let them know they are truly special, valued and cherished by us all.
‘Very proud’ Principal of Hincks
Its that time of year again, only 63 more days until Father Christmas comes to town. Raffle ticket books will be sent home this week or early next week, please check your child’s bag for them. First prize is a packed full Christmas stocking, second prize is a Christmas hamper and third prize is a delicious Christmas cake being baked by our very own Elly. Tickets are $1.00 each, you need to be in it to win it!! If you would like extra tickets, books can be collected from the front office.
Any donations towards our Christmas raffle would be greatly appreciated. They can be dropped into our front office. Toys, wrapping paper, plates, decorations, mince pies etc would be terrific.
In Week 7, we will run a Christmas stall for our children to buy Christmas presents for their families. I will send out a flyer in week 6. All monies raised go towards improvements to our school.
This term is our transition term where we see our Year 7’s visit their new high schools and we welcome our new Receptions for 2021. Please see the timetable below for our transition visits for our new Receptions.
This week we visit Mrs Brown and the Legends, our Year 6/7 class.
In the Legends class, students were asked to write a creative story in Maths, about where the Metre came from. These are three of the most creative from the class.
By Amelia Docherty
One metre, we all use it. We are going back in time to see when and where it came from as we also find out why they needed this.
Well 50 years ago, people used yards and inches. Rulers didn’t have centi or millimetres.
People wanted something different. An unknown person changed that and introduced metres!!
Now, we are here, with 2 systems. The people didn’t want change became ‘Imperial’, the people who did want change became a part of “Metric”. The 2 groups are forever at war, but, the Metric (the good) went into hiding. No-one knows where they have gone, but without them The Imperial went on to rule the world………….
By Jessie Nieborg
The nugget people are the Ancient species that invented length. In the country of Nuggentonia, in the city of Nuggedelphia, a longness Professor named Professor George McNuggins created a new length unit called metres. It changed everything and when I mean everything I mean everything. Nuggetonia broke loose in despair and destruction. Meanwhile in space at the Internuggetal space station. They were getting weird readings from all over the galaxy, metres were discovered on Mars, the Drumstick planet and Venus, The Wicked Wings planet. Now the solar system is breaking out in a terrible turn of events. Nuggetonia’s hell was moved and connected to Nuggunia than Nugestaly, THEN… the biggest ….. Nuggesia. Thousands of nuggets have lost their lives. The God of the Galaxy, Chicken dinner has decided he must do something to stop this… Years after the invention of the metre, the Earth will never be the same.
Where did Metres come from?
By Braiden Giles
Long ago in a galaxy far, far away. Four Ancient beings were being formed, Yard, Inch, Foot and Miles. These four ancient beings were having an argument and out of that argument, another being was formed. It’s name was Metre and it created little minions named Centimetre and Millimetre, who created another minion Nanometer. But Metre felt empty, being the most powerful Deity, so he created a more powerful Deity called Kilometre with 1000 times the power of Metre. Finally, Metre could rest while all the other Gods Inch, Foot, Yard and Miles watched in jealousy. In present day those Gods are somewhere in the Universe, while we use their names in our own language.
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.
Last week, The Little Llamas did a fabulous job of hosting our whole school assembly.
Here are our award winners from last week.
Our next Assembly will be hosted by The Super Sloths in Week 3 (Friday 30th October) at 10.30am
We have mentioned this project in a few newsletters, but we are now at the stage where we would like you to participate in our ‘community yarns’
These are being held at Gabmididi Manoo on:
Monday 2nd November at 1.30pm is an open yarn for our Aboriginal families.
Tuesday 3rd November at 4pm is our community yarn for interested families and community organisations.
Watch out for the flyers that will be displayed soon.
If you are keen to come along for a chat about this project, please let either the school or the kindy know that you would like to attend.
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).
Letters are in the process of going out to families to invite them to a Parent Information Session on Wednesday 4th October. Enrolled pre-school students will then start weekly school visits in Week 5.
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 new families.
This week we have been celebrating Book Week, with our Parade held on Thursday. It was fantastic to see so many children and staff get into the spirit and show off some fun and creative costumes. Please enjoy some photos from our parade.