Henley Beach Primary School Newsletter

Term 2 week 10 - Wednesday 30 June 2021

From the Principal

This is our final newsletter for the term and I would like to thank all students and staff for their efforts. Thank you also to the many family helpers who contribute to school life; your ongoing support is appreciated. Our staff work very hard to provide an environment where all students are progressing and engaged in their learning, along with feeling safe and happy. It is always a pleasure to spend time in classes and see students striving to achieve their personal best; this is a particularly important area for our students as we have a strong emphasis on growth and effort. With semester 1 reports being made available to families this Thursday, it is timely to reflect on the work of Carol Dweck, who has researched the concept of fixed and growth mindsets and how this informs our understanding of what traits support students to be successful learners. Her research has shown that students who develop a ‘growth mindset’ believe that they can improve their ability, no matter what their current level is, through perseverance and effort. On the other hand, those with a ‘fixed mindset’ tend to believe that talent, knowledge or skill is something you either have or don’t have and no matter what, it does not change. Indicators of this include a fear of making mistakes and a belief that you need to be ‘fast’ at something to be successful (eg. maths problems). Recent neurological research on the brain indicates that mistakes are not only opportunities for learning but are also the times when our brains grow. Our students will often hear their teacher say that mistakes are ok as each mistake takes us closer to the right outcome, thus reinforcing the value of persistence and effort.

COVID-19 Update

As has been communicated via the media, South Australia has increased the level of vigilance around this matter. If any school related developments occur we will strive to communicate this information in a timely manner. As such, this is an appropriate time to reflect on current expectations and arrangements:

  • When on site, all parents/carers are required to maintain a distance of 1.5m between others, including children (other than your own). 
  • All families are strongly encouraged to ensure you have access to your child's class Seesaw platform and Skoolbag. If you do not, and require assistance with this, please contact the front office.
  • In the instance of a school closure and 'at home' learning is activated, learning materials will be sent out to families via Seesaw (or other electronic options as organised by the teacher eg. One Note for year 7 students). If you do not have access to an electronic device at home (or printer) please contact the school.
  • If children are unwell, they are required to stay at home.

Management of a school closure in the instance of a confirmed COVID-19 case in our school community.

During school hours 

In the event of a confirmed case of COVID-19 at Henley Beach PS during school hours the following steps will apply:

·       Emergency Management Team (DfE and SA Health) will respond and provide strategic directions and actions for the school.

·       Communication will be sent to all families using email, SMS and Skoolbag.

·       If a site evacuation is required, parents/carers will need to collect their child/ren at their earliest convenience. All children will be checked off as part of the dismissal process. 

·       In the case of receiving an Emergency Notification please do not contact the front office via phone unless it is an emergency. We need the phones clear for support services.

·       All children will be kept in their regular learning area and supervised until they are dismissed. Those approved to go home independently will be able to leave the school. 

·       No students or staff will be allowed back onto site until clearance is provided by DfE and SA Health. 

Out of school hours

In the event of a confirmed case of COVID-19 at Henley Beach PS outside of regular school hours the following steps will apply:

·       Emergency Management Team (DfE and SA Health) will respond and provide strategic directions and actions for the school.

·       Communication will occur for all staff and families using email, SMS and Skoolbag. 

·       No students or staff (excluding the Principal) will be allowed back onto site until clearance provided by DfE and SA Health. 

School of Languages Update

At our most recent Governing Council meeting we discussed further the possibility of the school hosting an after-hours language opportunity for next year. It was decided to go ahead with this proposal with Japanese being the nominated focus language. In terms of next steps, staff from the School of Languages will provide an information session for families in term 4 who are considering enrolling their children.

Grounds Update

Also at Governing Council it was decided, as a part of the school grounds masterplan, that the yard area where the bird cage is currently located will be upgraded this year. Included in this newsletter is the concept drawing that has been developed. Teachers will be sharing this with their class to seek any ideas students may have and you are also welcome to provide any feedback via the attached response. Over the next 2-3 years the intention is to re-develop several areas of the grounds with the goal of enhancing the overall school environment.

In other news, work on the school fence is well underway and when completed it will be a positive addition to our grounds. Another recent upgrade has been the installation of new doors in several of the junior classes which have replaced older, heavier sliding doors. Later in the year we will be looking to construct a shelter in the grub club, install volleyball goal posts and re-locate the long jump pit.

A reminder that Semester 1 reports will be available on Thursday July 1 via the Sentral platform.

Reminder Early Dismissal Friday 2 July @ 2.00pm

Literacy Update Vicky Jones - Assistant Principal

It has been another busy term and I have enjoyed visiting classes to see writing in action as well enjoying writing which has been shared in assemblies.

You may have heard children talking about ‘sizzling starts’ as one of the strategies that they use in their writing. This is one of the seven steps to writing success that we use at school.


What is a sizzling start? A sizzling start is a beginning to a piece of writing that immediately grabs the reader's attention and makes them want to read more. It is not boring. Why? When a reader picks up a book, usually three things happen: they look at the cover; read the blurb on the back and read the first paragraph to see if they like it. A sizzling start is vital! That first paragraph has to grab the reader's attention instantly, so start fast with action and impact. There are lots of strategies to create a sizzling start, here are just some. * Start with a bang (where the action is.) I wondered why the baseball was getting bigger. Then it hit me. * Make the reader curious. Let me explain about the accident, the beach house and the bacon. * Use humour. Never let your three year old brother hold a tomato. * Ask a question. Can you guess what happened to me last night? * Use dialogue. "It's just a rat," I said breathing hard. "It's an old house”. "Rats don't growl," whispered Mike. * The Power of three. Location, location, location. Mind, body, spirit. Past, present, future. * Surprise the reader with the unexpected. There were too many elephants in Eric's house. One of the first steps is to recognise sizzling starts in texts, movies, commercials, novels and picture story books. We are fast becoming experts at spotting sizzling starts.

See how many you can spot together at home!


On our recent pupil free day, staff received PD training on how to use our new online reading library – myON.

A personalised digital library at every student’s fingertips

Renaissance myON® Reader is a student-centered, personalised literacy environment that gives students access to more than 6,000 enhanced digital books. Titles are dynamically matched to each individual student’s interests, grade and reading level. Combined with a suite of close reading tools and embedded supports, myON Reader fosters student engagement and achievement.

All students have access to the digital library at school and at home.

Across Y3-5, staff have also started trialling ‘Accelerated Reader’. This enables teachers to track student reading progress, identify next steps in reading and provide opportunities to engage students in reading activities.

Linda has been very busy in our school library, aligning our books with the program to enable students to access books at their right level. Once students have read a book, they can access an online quiz to test their comprehension skills.

Premier's Reading Challenge

Many students have already started to complete this years ‘Premier’s Reading Challenge’. The school holiday provides a good opportunity to enjoy some extra reading! 

Charles Sturt Library Services are also running a reading competition during the July school holidays with prizes on offer!

Challenge starts July 1 and ends August 31

Register at Beanstack: Reading Challenges and Personalized Recommendations and get reading today. 

If you would like more information please contact -

Kerryn McDonald & Julia Orlowski

Literacy & Learning Officer - Children's

Charles Sturt Library Services

72 Woodville Road, Woodville 5011

T: (08) 8408 1333, F: (08) 8408 1122





Sport Report - Renee Hanna

There has been a lot happening lately in SAPSASA and school sport.

Cross Country

We had 8 students selected to represent the Airport district at Cross Country. They had to run and place top six in local selections to make the Airport team. James M came 19th in the 10yo boys, Olivia L came 5th in the 10yo girls. Both competed in fields of over 170 competitors so, fantastic results. Ruby R ran 15th in the 11yo girls and her team ran 3rd on the day. In the 12yo boys Xavier P came 85th. Olivia B came 31st in the 13yo girls race and their team placed 4th overall. In the 13yo boys Van R came 43rd and the team came 2nd. Mikaela Mc came 1st in the Girls 13+ Multiclass. It was a great effort from all competitors on what was a cold and wet day at Oakbank.

Crows Cup

In week 8 a team of Year 6/7 girls played in the Crows Cup. There were 17 teams and our girls won their way to the grand final undefeated. All girls played really well and made up a strong team on the field. The girls went on to win the final 40 to 7. Congratulations girls - the State Championships are later this year.

SAPSASA Football

Congratulations to the 6 boys chosen in the SAPSASA Airport District Football Teams for the State Carnival. Van R, Luca B and Jensen F represented Airport in the Year 7 Competition and Tate W, Jalen S and Harrison W were the Year 6 Representatives. The Year 7 team were the Division 1 winners and the Year 6 team came 3rd overall. Great work by all.


Hayley D and Olivia L have been selected in the Girls SAPSASA Hockey Team to represent Airport at the upcoming State Carnival in Term 3. The boys selections will be made this Wednesday so more information on this to follow.


Ava S represented Airport at the Netball State Carnival. She played really well in a strong team. The girls went on to win Division 1, well done Ava.

Rugby State

Today we have a boys and girls team representing our school in the Rugby State Championships. Both teams put in strong performances in the district carnival held earlier in the term. Stay tuned for the results.

Sport Photo Gallery

Basketball Semester 1 update

Congratulations to all the teams for semester 1 Basketball. This couldn't be possible without the parent volunteers, coaches, managers etc. We are looking for players for the Year 6/7 team for semester 2, if interested please let the front office know. 

Semester 1 Basketball Season

Reception Bollywood Incursion

Chess Club - Dr Donna

Interschool Chess Competition

This year, we have entered a 5 person team into the Interschool Chess Competition held at Grange Primary.  The team has been doing quite well for their first foray into this level of competition.  Here are some of their comments:

Will:  I love how every fortnight you verse a different team and different players while learning their techniques and how they play so you can improve next fortnight.

Hayden:  I think it’s a great opportunity to represent our school and it’s fun to verse other schools which have good chess players.

Harry:  I think it’s good because you can get better at chess as you play and learn new rules.  Also, it’s really enjoyable to play and just have fun as well as representing our school.

Finlay:  It’s fun how every second week we get to verse a different team in a friendly but competitive match.  Whilst we play, we learn their techniques so we get better at playing chess too.

Luka:  It is fun because you get to play against people better than you.  This gives you an opportunity to get better at chess.

School-based Competition

During Term 2, the HBPS Chess Club has run a school-wide chess tournament.  This year, we have used the Swiss method which means every player plays every round as opposed to being eliminated from competition once they lose.  While this took a bit of adjustment for some players, most seemed to like the chance to keep playing and climb the competition ladder. 

The winners for the Term 2 competition received their trophies at the Week 9 assembly.  Trophies were designed and built by a team of Year 7 girls, using the school’s 3D printer and materials from Dr Donna’s place in the Hills.  This term, the competition was very tight and went down to the games in the last round.  Congratulations to:

1st Place Harry K.

2nd Place Hayden M.

3rd Place Will P.—on a computer countback. 

Two other players placed equal third on points and received an Inspiration Award.  Further congratulations go to Lachlan S. and Isaac W.

Additional Inspiration Awards were given to our best junior primary male player, Joshua D., and our best young female player, Summer R.  Josh and Summer played against our best Year 6 and 7 players as they progressed through the competition and finished 7th and 11th on the overall ladder respectively.

Year 4 Fundraising Team

The Year 4 fundraising team, Nahla, Chloe, Minnie, Jordyn, Matilda and Eleni want to say a BIG thank you to all the students who entered the drawing competition to raise funds for the Adelaide Koala and Wildlife Hospital.  We raised $203.00.  The people at the Koala Hospital were very impressed with our efforts and our artwork.  They thought the drawing competition was a fantastic idea.  Here are the winners:

Age Category

First Place

Second Place

Reception to Year 2

Elle S

Isla W

Years 3-5

Larah W-C


Years 6-7

Isobella P

Madison W


Fundraising entries

Sustainability UPDATE – Bins, Recycling and EcoWarriors! Nancy Coleman

 We've been working hard on Sustainability at HBPS since our Groundswell incursion and waste audit in 2019 and it’s exciting to see the progress that we’ve made! We introduced brightly coloured Ecobins into all classrooms, the staffroom and offices in early 2020 and I've been supporting students and staff to use these effectively. Classes that have embraced this system are diverting at least 90% of their classroom waste from landfill into recycling, an amazing effort! Soft plastic waste has to be taken to the RedCycle bins at Coles or Woolworths and I’d like to thank staff, students and families who are going the extra mile to do this. It’s especially inspiring when students tell me they are now recycling their soft plastics at home too!!

During term 4 of 2020 we established an Outdoor Recycling Station located opposite the gym. These are colour coded just like our classroom bins. In our STEM area we have a mini recycling hub where pens/markers and oral waste can be recycled. In addition to this in our school office we recycle our printer/photocopier cartridges and batteries.

Our student EcoWarriors meet regularly and provide student leadership on Sustainability within the school. This year our EcoWarriors have focussed on the SA single use plastic ban which came into force on 1st March 2021. We collected the banned plastic straws, plastic cutlery and plastic stirrers, and recycled them thoughtfully in milk bottles, diverting them from landfill and reducing harm to ecosystems and wildlife. We calculated that we collected over 8,000 plastics items totalling 5.8kg of waste!

Please talk to your children about the bins and recycling at school and home. We would like to encourage the whole community to get involved in these recycling efforts!

Did you know that glue sticks CAN be recycled? Simply remove the sticky bits (these have to go to landfill) and put the lid and stick into a milk bottle. When the milk bottle is full put the lid on and drop it into your yellow bin. Lots of small hard plastics can be recycled inside milk bottles like this, it keeps the small pieces together instead of scattering them at the recycling facility, so they don’t drop through the machines. Why not start your own SMALL HARD PLASTICS milk bottle bin at home?!! 


School Pupil/Closure days 2021




Term 2 Dates

Semester 1 reports published (Sentral) July 1

Assemblies odd weeks at 2.20pm.

CANTEEN - Julie Stamatialis

Just a reminder if you have any credits on Qkr under canteen can you use it before the end of term 2 or you will loose your credit becuase the system is being upgraded for canteen.

Glee drinks have returned! These are a lightly fizzy juice in a small 250ml can. Introductory special $2.50.  They will be $3.00 from next term.  These are already popular with students.

Term 3 canteen will be charging 10c for utensils.  This does NOT include utensils that are part of an order or over the counter product. 

Keep an eye out for changes to the Qkr menu.  Students gave us feedback, we listened, and a few changes will be taking place for the second half of the year.

OSHC - Andrew D'Amico 0401 121 087

As the term comes to an end, this means that we embark on our first ever Vacation Care at Henley Beach. Bookings are still open! Some days are very close to capacity, so if you are interested, contact OSHC to see availability

Vacation Care Program July 2021


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.


The HBPS P&C Committee have been lucky enough to have the opportunity to host/run a Bunnings sausage sizzle in order to raise funds for our school.

We are seeking parents/carers to volunteer on the day to operate the sausage sizzle.

We will be running the following shifts for you to sign up for:

Shift 1 - Setup & Operate 8.30am to 10.30am

Shift 2 – Operate 10.30am to 12.30pm

Shift 3 - Operate 12.30pm to 2.30pm

Shift 4 – Operate & Pack up 2.30pm to 4.30pm

Bunnings Flyer

There is only one small prerequisite. Bunnings require 3 out of the 4 roles (on each shift) to complete the food safety training certificate. This training is free online.