Henley Beach Primary School Newsletter

Term 3 week 2 - Wednesday 28 July 2021

From the Principal

Dear families,

It has been a unique and challenging start to term 3 and on behalf of all staff, we hope that everyone in the school community is keeping well during this time. It has been fantastic to see students return to school today and re-connect with their classmates and teachers.

Our online attendance was quite high during the lockdown period and I would like to congratulate our students who were working from home; your efforts to complete tasks and send them into your teacher was very impressive. Thank you to all parents and carers; we know during this time a significant effort was required to support your child’s home learning whilst balancing other responsibilities. I would also like to acknowledge the efforts of our staff, teachers and SSOs, who worked very hard to manage the home learning experience and support the children who attended school. Whilst all staff did their best to ensure home learning was delivered effectively, we acknowledge that there will be areas for us to work on if this situation arises again. Please feel free to provide any feedback via the eform in Skoolbag.

As was communicated yesterday, there are a number of expectations and restrictions in place and these have been provided again in the newsletter. If you have any queries about this information, please contact the school.

Nationally Consistent Collection of Data: Students with disability.

An important focus for staff at the beginning of this term is their engagement with the Nationally Consistent Collection of data of students with disability. Annually, all approved authorities for schools in Australia participate in the mandated Nationally Consistence Collection of Data (NCCD) on school students with a disability. Information is collected about students with disability across Australia in a consistent, reliable and systematic way around the student’s disability category and the level of adjustment provided. This process provides information to inform improved practices within South Australia and nationally, to support the participation of all students with disability in education on the same basis as those without disability. The NCCD is also used as the basis for determining national funding for students with disability.

Volunteer Information

The Department for Education has released new mandatory notification training which is available for staff and volunteers. It is called Responding to Risks of Harm, Abuse and Neglect - Education and Care (RRHAN-EC). There are 2 approved courses for RRHAN-EC:

·        Fundamental online course

·        Masterclass facilitator-led online workshop

Both of the above courses can be accessed via the Department’s website. The Fundamental course is a 2-hour online course that covers essential knowledge and is suitable for volunteers. All volunteers must update their current mandatory notification certificate with this new training by 31 December 2021. The new certificate will have an expiry date of 31 December 2024.

Term 3 reminders:

·        Pets on school grounds: thank you for your support in regards to our request for no pets to be brought on school grounds throughout the day, including at morning bell and dismissal times.

·        Student arrival at school: the first yard duty of the day commences at 8.30am, students should not be on school grounds prior to this time.

·        Traffic and parking: all parents/carers are requested to remain vigilant of pedestrians when driving to and from school, particularly with the onset of wet weather and its implications for driver visibility. All parents/carers are encouraged to speak to their children about safe pedestrian habits also, including the importance of using the designated crossing areas.


COVID-19 Update


NCCD parent carer letter


COVID-SAfe check in

It’s vital that all staff, contractors and visitors, including parents, use the COVID-SAfe check in whenever entering one of our buildings.

This information allows SA Health contact tracers to act rapidly any time, day or night, and to directly notify you if you have been in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19.

If you’re unwell, get tested

People who have any of the symptoms below, even if mild, should stay home and get tested for COVID-19 as soon as symptoms appear:

·       fever or chills

·       cough

·       sore throat

·       runny nose

·       shortness of breath

·       loss of taste or smell

·       diarrhoea and vomiting.

Visit SA Health’s website for details of testing centres and clinics.

Drink taps and water fountains in schools

SA Health encourages parents to provide children with their own personal, labelled and named drink water bottles. These can then be refilled at the drink fountains or water taps, rather than children drinking directly from the taps.

Enrolments to High School

This term enrolment offers for High School will be sent to the families of our year 6 and 7 students. It is important for you to know that not all schools will send out their enrolment offers at the same time, but they will be sent as close as possible to 13 August 2021.

Most families will receive their offer via email.

If you think you have not received your enrolment offer from your High School, you need to check your junk folder for an email from education.noreply@sa.gov.au.

If you did not provide an email address on your Registration of Interest form, you will receive your enrolment offer in the mail or it will be handed to you by your child.

If your enrolment offer has not arrived by 18 August, please email the  Front Office via DL.0177_info@schools.sa.edu.au and we can follow up with the High School on your behalf.

If you need support to accept your enrolment offer, it is best to contact your allocated Hign School and they can step you through the process.

Book Week 2021

Book week will be taking place in Week 5 this Term.

We will be holding a dress up day during that week (day TBC) and staff are planning art and writing activities around the theme of settings.

We look forward to seeing your imaginative and creative costume ideas linked with the theme of old worlds, new worlds and other worlds.

NATIONAL SCIENCE WEEK 14 - 22 August 2021

The students at Henley Beach Primary School will join in on the scientific celebrations this year with a visit from Bright Sparks Entertainment! How are bubbles created? Why do they pop? What shapes and colours can bubbles make? What is surface tension and why is it important? Children will discover these concepts and more with links to the science curriculum in the learning area of chemistry. Exploring evaporation, and the properties of liquids and gases will be all part of the fun and learning. Get ready for bubbles! Get ready for fun! Get ready for discovery! Consent notes and payment information will come home next week.

Ms Marks and Ms Stone  R - 7 Science

School Pupil/Closure days 2021




Term 2 Dates

Can be found in Skoolbag - click on Events tab. The calendar date with a dot represents an activity.

Canteen Menu


OSHC - Andrew D'Amico 0401 121 087

We made it through our first Vacation Care! What an overwhelming success. Now completed, we have the opportunity to reflect, seek feedback and find areas for improvement going forward. It was amazing to see our older children supporting and guiding our younger children, particularly on excursion days and when in the gym. Our roller-skating excursions stands out as one of the highlights. Roller skating is certainly a challenging art to master. Most of the students started the session unwilling to let go of the rail. As the session progressed, the children took to the challenge and overcame their initial fears. Their level of perseverance was commendable. No doubt, they all would have been bit sore the next day.

Our OSHC staff provided some really engaging structured activities, but also allowed time for unstructured, spontaneous and exploration activities. This is a key outcome in our learning framework.

Opportunities for family feedback will be sent out to those who used Vacation Care. In the coming weeks, we will start planning for term 3 Vacation Care. 

Of course, we are still running Before and After School Care throughout the term. Naturally, we have been impacted by the lockdown and are looking forward to filling the OSHC Room again.

Vacation Care - July School Holidays

Community News


The HBPS P&C Committee are about to kick off a fundraising initiative to raise money for the school. We set ourselves a fundraising target of $10k this year. The money we raise will go towards upgrading some classroom furniture (e.g. new mobile/movable desks, stools) and the upgrade of canteen equipment (e.g. dishwasher). Press the download button for the details to see how you can get involved.