Henley Beach Primary School Newsletter

Term 3 week 8 - Wednesday 8 September 2021

From the Principal

Department for Education Strategic Plan

The Department for Education has set its sights on building a world class education system and has recently updated its 10 year strategic plan. Key components of the plan include:

·        Support for leaders and teachers to continue to build and strengthen the skills and knowledge needed to enable growth for students.

·        Promote and facilitate engaged families and communities.

·        The presence of appropriate support services to assist student learning and engagement.

·        Allocation of resourcing and investment to ensure the quality and sustainability of public education.

As a part of this as plan, every school has an improvement plan that focuses on increasing outcomes for every student in Literacy and Numeracy. We are in the final year of our current 3 year improvement plan and over the next few months, we will be reviewing our progress towards existing goals and setting future directions. The school's current goals are focused on improving student achievement in writing, reading and mathematics. The school uses a range of achievement data to monitor student progress, including NAPLAN and the recently undertaken PAT Reading and Mathematics assessments. It is anticipated the achievement reports for this year’s NAPLAN will be made available to families in the coming weeks.

Pupil Free Day

Next Monday our staff will be participating in a professional development day focused on Literacy. As mentioned above, building the writing skills of students is a key area of growth and a strategy that the school has implemented over the past few years to support our work with students is a program called Brightpath. In Brightpath, teachers assess their students’ writing performance by making an on-balance judgement using a specific set of criteria. There are many components of writing, such as: spelling, grammar, sentence structure and subject matter. On the day staff will be looking at the area of vocabulary. Children can ‘up-level’ their writing through the effective use of vocabulary. For example, choosing descriptive words can help the reader form a picture in their mind of what is happening, adapting word choices to suit your audience can increase impact and using a variety of vocabulary can keep the reader interested.

Student Wellbeing Survey Reflection

Earlier in the year our yr 4-7 students completed the Department for Education’s Wellbeing and Engagement Survey. The survey covered a broad range of areas including children’s views about their Emotional wellbeing, Connectedness to school, School climate, Bullying, Perseverance and Cognitive engagement.

The survey results have provided an opportunity for staff to reflect on these areas. Some key take away points included increased levels of positive wellbeing being reported in all bullying types (physical, verbal, social and cyber) and school belonging. Our staff strive to stretch students in their learning along with developing their habits as effective learners; survey results noted an improvement in their cognitive engagement and perseverance.

As a part of our ongoing focus on student wellbeing and building student capacity in this area, we have booked an information session for our yr 4-7 students on the topic of Cybersafety. The session will cover a range of topics including: cyberbullying, digital footprint, social media, protecting online identity and other strategies for staying safe online and being a responsible digital citizen.

Home-School Communication

A valued element of school life is the presence of regular communication between home and school. All staff at Henley Beach are committed to ensuring parents and caregivers have the opportunity to discuss their child's learning progress. Teachers can be contacted at any time throughout the term, or alternatively, your child's teacher may also contact you if they have any areas that they wish to talk with you about. In light of COVID-19 guidelines, a level of flexibility with the format of these catch ups is necessary (eg. a telephone call) which can be negotiated between yourself and your child's teacher. If you would like to speak with your child's teacher, please contact them via email, Seesaw or calling the front office.

School events

This week our students are representing our school in two valued extra-curricular opportunities; the Primary Schools Choir Festival and Tournament of the Minds. Good luck to all students involved and thanks also to Mrs Sourbis and Mr Wuttke for coordinating these activities. We are also looking forward to tomorrow’s school disco. Thank you in advance to the parents and staff who will be assisting with this whole school event.


School Closure - Friday 10 September and Pupil Free Day - Monday 13 September

Early Dismissal last day of term - Friday 24 September @ 2pm

It is Department for Education policy that the guidelines below are followed. Thank you in anticipation of your support with this area.

If your child has flu like symptoms or is sick please keep them at home.

If your child has/had vomited and/or diarrhea they must not come to school for 24 hrs.

If a child presents to class with these symptoms you will be called to pick your child up and take them home.

Sick Certificate 

If your child is absent for 3 days you must provide the school with a sick certificate from a doctor.


Medication cannot be administered in an education or care service without written advice on a medication agreement (with the exception of emergency medication for anaphylaxis and asthma).

Medication cannot be administered by education and care staff if:

  • a medication agreement has been modified, overwritten or is illegible
  • any of the ‘medication rights’ are in doubt.
  • the medication needs to be injected or administered rectally.

All sections of the medication instructions must be completed and match the pharmacy label on the medication.

All requirements listed in the 'authorisation and release' section must be checked and parent or guardian details entered.

The agreement section must be completed by a treating health professional where the medication is:

  • a controlled drug
  • oxygen
  • pain relief (ie paracetamol, ibuprofen) that is needed regularly or administered for more than 72 hours (3 days) in a week.

Wellbeing Coordinator - Dr Donna Nitschke

In the middle of 2020, HBPS launched VoiceIt, a new approach to encouraging and building student voice within the school.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank the many students who have come forward with some great initiatives coupled with enormous enthusiasm.  Some projects have been quickly implemented, while others have required design work, planning and multiple meetings.  At HBPS, we have a very creative and capable group of students.  Our aim is to give each one an opportunity to find their own voice to make positive contributions to our school community.

VoiceIt Charity Fundraisers

Congratulations are in order for a number of students this week. 

Firstly, a big thank you to Bella, Lillian, Cate, Zaria, Sarah and Nikki from Year 6 who organised and ran the Healthy Bones Active Day fundraiser for this term.  The girls collected $500 which is a new HBPS fundraising record.  As part of their fundraising effort, the girls visited all the Reception to Year 3 classes to teach the students about the importance of diet and exercise in building healthy bones.  They then ran some activities in each class.  With the help of Luke Springer, the girls made a video of their efforts.  This video was submitted to the Bone Health Foundation competition for the chance to win $500 worth of sports equipment.  Win or lose in relation to the equipment, the girls did a magnificent job!

I also want to thank Olivia L, Indi S, Sophie K, Penny W, and Evie J from Year4.  These girls organised and ran a cartoon drawing and story writing competition across the school.  I was greatly impressed by the dedication, organisation, cooperation and maturity displayed by the girls during this whole process.  The winners in the three age categories were:

Junior Primary: 1st Ben H (Year 2), 2nd  William D, 3rd Bohdi S

Primary: 1st Isaak L (Year 5), 2nd Gabby C, 3rd Aidan D

Upper Primary: 1st Irini C (Year 7), 2nd Miley, tied for 3rd Ollie H and Maddie W

Cyber Safety Education Sessions at Henley Beach PS Wednesday, 15 September

Cybersafe Families are coming to Henley Beach PS to present a Cyber Safety Education Program to our students in Years 3-7. The Program will be run by Cybersafe Families, a trusted eSafety Provider endorsed by the Office of the eSafety Commissioner. The aim of these sessions is to support positive online experiences and digital citizenship by encouraged students to navigate their way around their online world with responsibility, resilience, respect and empathy. Each session is customised, interactive and engaging for the students and covers the latest up to date information to complement the already valuable messages being shared by the our school community.

 The student sessions will include the following topics: 

Chess Club - Dr Donna

The Chess Club has continued to grow, attracting students from all ages.  This term, we have run three separate competitions along age lines.  The junior primary competition is complete but the primary and upper primary students are still competing in their finals rounds.  Winners will be announced at the next assembly.

Another piece of exciting chess news:  The five upper primary boys, Hayden M, Will P, Luka D, Harry K and Finlay Y who have competed in the interschool tournament on Friday evenings during Terms 2 and 3 placed second in this competition by a margin of three points behind the first place team.  As a result, they have been invited to play in the State chess finals on 17 September.

District Athletics Day

Congratulations to all the students who represented Henley Beach at the District Athletics Day last Friday the 3 September. Our school finished 2nd in the large schools section. Thank you to the volunteers who helped on the day, the school cannot support these activities without your help.

Congratulations also to the following students who have qualified in the State Athletics carnival to be held on Tuesday 21 September.

James CZ - 800m

Jordy N - Long Jump & Relay

Olivia L - 800m, 1500m, Long Jump (Wild card) & Relay

Nahla S- Shot Put & Relay

Ruby R - 200m & 800m

Tate W- 100m, 200m, Long Jump, Relay

Georgie F - 100m, 200m, Long Jump & Relay

Ava S - Relay

Irini C - Relay

The next newsletter will feature the report for SAPSASA soccer and hockey.

Festival of Music

Our choir students had an offsite rehearsal at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre on August 25th. The students had a fantastic time and were really well-behaved. They were able to meet new people and witness firsthand what it takes to put on a large-scale performance. 1300 students from all across South Australia will be on stage for our event.  Our concert night is on the 11th of September, if you haven't already purchased your tickets, please head to Stars in the Arena tickets | Adelaide Entertainment Centre Arena | Ticketek Australia to purchase your tickets. A show not to be missed! 

Bubble Show

Bubbles, bubbles, bubbles! During Science Week we had Marty McBubble visit, and he taught us all about the different kinds of bubbles. Marty holds 2 world records for bubbles: the tallest bubble, and the largest free-floating indoor bubble. The tallest free-standing bubble was 10.75 metres tall and has not been broken. The largest bubble was 19.8 cubic metres but that has since been broken.  

We got to look at people in bubbles, all different types of bubbles! Big bubbles, small bubbles, medium bubbles and even bubbles with smoke. Due to evaporation and surface tension, the thickness of the bubbles decreased and caused the bubbles to pop. When you stick your hand in a bubble you are penetrating the soap and causing it to pop. Did you know a bubble consists of layers of soap and then water? 

Some students got put into bubbles and these were their reactions.

I felt nerded out with excitement!’ Noah.  

My vision was distorted, and I didn’t feel claustrophobic. I definitely recommend the experience.’ Mia, Blaize, Evie, Henry and Noah 6MB/AC 

Friday lunch time disco

In week one of term 3, Bridie, Sara, Hailey, and Alex (year 7 students) were given the permission to host a disco in the gym for students from Reception to Year 5. The fist disco we officially had was in Week 3 of Term 3 for the receptions and year ones. All the kids who attended explained to us that it was fun and enjoyable, some of the children said that it was the best thing ever! Throughout the disco, we play games, have a lot of dancing and sometimes even a bit of a challenge. We are open to any song or game requests that are 100% appropriate so that we can play different games and songs that students want to hear and play.

-       Bridie and Sara

Finance Officer - Mark Beech


Planning and information relating to excursions and camps is communicated to the school community in the normal timeframes. However due to Covid19 and the potential for events to be cancelled, invoices are being raised approximately one week prior to the event to mitigate the risk of payments being received and subsequent refunds or credits having to be processed.

Book Week Henley Staff

High school transition tips from South Australian secondary schools that have already started welcoming year 7s.

Parents and Community (P&C)

School Disco - Thursday 9 September

A big thank you to the Parent and Community committee for their efforts in organising this Disco for the students to enjoy.

We have had to do a few things different this year due to the COVID pandemic.

The tickets have now closed and students will come home tomorrow with a wrist band as their entry ticket into the disco.

Junior Disco (REC-Yr2) begins at 5.30pm - 6.45pm

Dance Party (Yr3-Yr7) begins at 7.00pm - 8.30pm


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.

School Pupil/Closure days 2021




Term 3 Dates

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

CANTEEN - Julie Stamatialis

Taco Tuesday 14 September! Bring your $3 (or more) and your appetite! Available recess and lunch.

 End of term Special – Cheeseburger or hot dog. Cheeseburger is made up of a burger patty, cheese and sauce on a white roll. You can choose to not have sauce.  The hot dog is in a white long roll and you can choose from sauce, cheese or both.  Please remember to choose or you will get just a plain hot dog.

A reminder that if you order lunch and have a snack ordered as well it will be ready for pickup at lunchtime not recess.  Canteen does not do orders of any kind for recess so snacks must be provided from home.

Also, we have EFTPOS available for adults only, over the counter or by phone.  This service is not available to students.  We ask that you do not send students with cards to pay for recess or lunch.

OSHC - Andrew D'Amico 0401 121 087

As we head into the last few weeks of the term, OSHC gets busier. The school has a Pupil Free Day and School Closure Day coming up Friday week 8 and Monday week 9. OSHC is open! If you need care for your child/ren, please contact Andrew ASAP. Friday will be Carnival Day and Monday is Slumber Party Day.


We also are heading into our second Vacation Care period. Spots are filling up fast! Don’t miss out. We are super excited, and have designed an even more engaging program. We appreciate all the feedback we received early this term and incorporated suggestions, not only into this program, but also into programs to come. From the recent vacation care survey, the overall satisfaction rating was 4.8/5.

Vacation Care Program September/ October 2021