Dear Parents & Caregivers,
I am writing this newsletter to you on White Ribbon Day (22nd November).
I must admit I struggle with the statistics on the prevalence of violence against women and children in Australia.
These statistics can be found here:
We know that it is a serious social problem. But we also know that we can do something about it, as individuals. That is why days like White Ribbon Day are so important because they make us stop and think about helping our community to feel safe, included and respected.
As a school, we do what we can to support anyone who experiences domestic and family violence. And I would like to take this opportunity to share some resources with you:
Preventing violence – What can we all do:
National Sexual Assault, Domestic Family Violence Counselling Service
Phone: 1800 737 732
Safety and respect is what we should all expect whether it is at school, at home or anywhere in the community. It’s something I’m passionate about for everyone – for my own family, for you and for all the 160 amazing kids we have the privilege to work with every day.
We have been very fortunate to retain all of our teachers for 2020.
We have two teachers returning from maternity leave (Tammy Yeates and Nikki Blott) and I am just waiting to be able to fill one contract position.
By week 8 we will have students placed in classes with teachers and support staff allocated, which will enable our students to have a transition visit with their new teacher.
On Friday, 29th November, we are having a student free day for all staff to be involved in 2020 School Improvement Planning, which will also include targeted reading intervention strategies for all students.
I am still seeking your feedback through the parent survey.
Here is the link to the survey.
It contains 10 questions and should only take 2 minutes to complete.
Your feedback is highly valued and part of our improvement agenda.
Please feel free to have a chat in the yard with me at any time.
‘Very proud’ Principal of Hincks
We have received a letter from Carol Williams, Education Director, addressed to parents and community of Whyalla. It addresses the new school in development and its progress. Please read the letter below.
Have a look at interactive, detailed images of the new school here:
PE week was celebrated during week 5 this term. Throughout the week we introduced two new awards. There was a staff versus students competition where there were four sports played over the week. These included: dodge ball, basketball, soccer and netball. Staff and students were competing to hold up the shield at the end. At the completion of each game a TPSR (Teaching Personal Social Responsibility) MVP was voted by both staff and students. The winner received a medal at the end of the week. Special congratulations to Katelin Webb, student, and Kirsty Sampson, staff, they both took out the TPSR MVP for their respective teams. In the end the staff took out the inaugural staff versus students Geoff Clarke shield.
On Friday we finished PE week with an activities afternoon. The year 6/7’s from The Hive successfully ran this event. This allowed the whole school to celebrate the end of PE week and celebrate the award winners.
Geoff Clarke was a highly respected and valued member of our school community and he was a great example of our school values. Unfortunately, many years ago, he passed away in an accident. Each year, for the last 24 years, we have given two students an award in Geoffs name, these students uphold our school values through attitude and action. It is a very special award and our students are proud to receive it.
This year it was awarded to Connor Giles and Kane Walsh. Both of these boys are in year 7 and have been great leaders and examples for our younger students here at Hincks.
At Hincks we have a ‘NO HAT, NO PLAY’ policy. Students without hats are not allowed to play in the yard; they must stay in shaded areas. Unfortunately there are a number of students currently in the shade.
If your child does not have a hat, they are available from our front office for $10 each.