Henley Beach Primary School Newsletter

Term 2 week 4 - Wednesday 19 May 2021

From the Principal

This week we have our year 4 (Mon-Wed) and year 5 (Wed-Fri) classes participating in a camp to Arbury Park. Normally school camps are offered to students in year 4 (and year 6) however due to last year’s cancellation it was decided to plan a camp for our year 5 students this year. Camps offer many positive opportunities for students, some of which include:

·        Social skills:

Great opportunities exist to develop a wide range of social skills that strengthen established relationships and develop new ones.

·        Independence skills:

For some children, school camp may be their first time away from home. Camp provides an opportunity for kids to take care of themselves. Children often rise to this challenge, they enjoy this new found independence and recognise the need to look after themselves, each other and their environment.

·        Increased environmental awareness:

At school camps, students are exposed to nature-based experiences. Hands-on activities in the outdoors stimulate all senses and help learning. Students become more aware of the environment, develop outdoor skills and an appreciation for nature. 

We look forward to hearing about our students’ experiences when they return back to school. I would like to acknowledge the efforts of our teachers, Mr Johnston, Ms Roberts, Mrs Burner, Ms Stevens and Mr Kitchin in planning and organising this opportunity. Thank you also to the parents who will be attending as camp helpers; your assistance is greatly valued. 

This week is National Volunteer Week which focuses on recognising and celebrating the significant contribution of volunteers. As a part of this celebration we have some parents and carers who represented our school at the Minister for Education’s morning tea, an event intended to recognise and thank volunteers for their work in schools. Later in the year, in term 4, we will be having our own volunteer thank you morning tea. Further to this,  each year our school awards a community member The Minister for Education’s  Volunteering Award for Outstanding Service with the recipient receiving a certificate signed by the Minister thanking them for their service. Last year this award was presented to Audrey Hoskin, a grandparent, who has been a dedicated volunteer in the Grub Club (we will be seeking nominations for this award in term 4).

External School Review

Last term our school participated in an External School Review, a process established by the Department for Education to support all schools’ self-improvement systems and practices. During the review, a panel of department representatives met with staff, parents and students. From this, a report has been developed documenting both areas of strength along with areas of growth to focus on over the next 2-3 years. Key areas identified to strengthen include the consistent implementation of evidence based teaching and learning strategies and monitoring the impact of these strategies on student learning. The report notes that the school has a committed and professional staff and is well-placed to build upon existing practices and systems. 

Perimeter Fence Upgrade

Work will commence on this project next week and will take approximately 3 weeks to complete. During this time, areas of the yard will be cordoned off which students will not be able to access. The school’s Facilities Manager has indicated that the scope of the project requires the fence to be a 1.5m height around the entire perimeter.

Crossing Training

This week crossing monitor training will be offered to our year 6 and 7 students. The session will be facilitated by SAPOL. We are always looking for more monitors so please encourage your child to nominate when the timetable is being developed.

National Volunteer Week

On behalf of the students and staff of Henley Beach Primary, we want to thank all our volunteers for volunteering so generously to our school. We know your time is valuable, and your willingness to contribute some of that valuable time to Henley Beach Primary shows your commitment to the well-being of your child and all of our students. As you know, students, staff, and parents here at Henley Beach Primary enjoy a warm, caring community that fosters the highest standards of academic, social, and emotional growth. The efforts of volunteers like you all are a vital part of our community. Thank you again, and we look forward to the rest of the year.

We were grateful to have some of our volunteers attend the Department's Morning Tea on Tuesday 18 May at the Torrens Rowing Club with the Minister for Education - John Gardner MP

Year 6 and 7 Transition to High School Update

Our school is committed to ensuring a productive and meaningful transition experience for year 6 and 7 students and our staff have recently met with representatives from Henley High School to do some further planning in this area. As an outcome from this meeting, our staff will be looking to schedule times next semester for our year 6 and 7 students to participate in lessons at Henley High School. This initiative will involve upper primary teachers accompanying our students to the high school and using their facilities to teach lessons with the assistance of existing high school staff. This will be a great opportunity for our students to familiarise themselves with the high school environment, experience their different learning spaces and make connections with high school staff. Once the planning details have been finalised a further update will be provided.

Reminder all Registrations for High School are due by Friday 21 May 2021.

Enter for Success – Information for parents of secondary students

Starting secondary school is a major milestone that can bring changes and new experiences. To support each Aboriginal student to become a proud and confident learner, achieving at their highest potential, the Enter for Success program provides Aboriginal students with the opportunity to enrol and be accepted into any government school they nominate the year before starting secondary school.

Students who identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander can apply for the program through their registration of interest for secondary school online form. 

Simply follow the steps below:

STEP 1 contact your primary school to discuss enrolment options, expectations, responsibilities and commitments of everyone involved

STEP 2 in Term 2 you would have received an email or letter with a unique URL for the registration of interest for secondary school form for your child

STEP 3 Complete all mandatory fields.

STEP 4 Once you have completed each page click on the ‘NEXT’ button.

STEP 5 Once you have filled out all pages click the ‘SUBMIT’ button. You will need to complete this before 21 May 2021.

More information can be found at: www.sa.gov.au/topics/education-and-learning/aboriginal-education/enter-for-success-program


Maths Hub News - Aileen Clancy Assistant Principal

This term our teachers have begun or are about to being a trial of a new strategy in maths (and specialist subjects) with the aim of working towards our school Improvement goal in Maths -  ‘Increase student achievement in Mathematics, particularly in the retention and elevation of students into the higher achievement levels’. The intention is to improve on the good practice that is already occurring by incorporating more differentiation in lessons. All teachers have undertaken some professional learning in differentiation and have spent time refining their ideas around what they believe would add value to the work they already do in this area and will be reflected in:

·        the types of questions teachers ask

·        the tasks that students do

·        how students show their learning

·        the composition of  collaborative groups 

·        the element of choice in the tasks students complete.

There are other ways that teachers differentiate all the time; this trial is intended to build on and develop that practice.

I have had the pleasure of seeing lots of maths learning this week. In Ms Anne’s Year 1 class, students were learning ten more and ten less. Students used MAB blocks to either work out or check their thinking. They then moved on to making groups of ten with the blocks and then used that information to work out other facts. In answer to Ms Anne’s question, ‘How many should you have if we need 100?’ a chorus of ‘TEN!’ reverberated around the room. This was very useful when it came to putting the correct number of blocks into the bags at the end; lots of counting, checking and valuable learning conversations occurred.

Maths Word of the Week


I was reminded of prime numbers this week when a reception student, Miss A, told Mrs Jones that 13 was a special number because you can’t divide it. I was very impressed with that level of thinking from a reception student!

In mathematics, a prime number is a number greater than one which has only two factors - one and itself. This concept is a year 6 outcome and sits alongside recognising the properties of square and triangular numbers.

5 is an example of a prime number. Can you and your child think of the next 3 prime numbers?

Sports Report - Renee Hanna PE teacher


We had a group of students represent our school at the Airport swimming trials.  All students put in good performances and represented the school well.  Abby H and Cate R were selected in the Airport Team for the Swimming State Championships.  Cate swam her Butterfly race really well and Abby came 2nd in 50m Backstroke.


5 students were selected in the Airport Boys and Girls Softball teams, Maya B, Sarah S, Stephanie K, Tate W and Isaak L.  These teams played all games at Barret Reserve and both played in Division 1.  The girls team placed 2nd and the boys team 3rd.  Great effort!

Cross Country

Recently we had a group of 19 students represent the school at the Airport Cross Country Trails.  Many ran well, and we await a list of those selected for the State Championships at Oakbank in June.


Football trials are underway. We have 10 boys trialing across Year 6 and 7 and wish them luck.  Netball trials have just finished. The trial numbers were high and places strongly contested.  We wish Ava S. congratulations for making the Year 7 squad.

Other sports.

SAPSASA Soccer and Crows Cup are still to come this term.  The SAPSASA Soccer District boys trials will start soon and we are awaiting information for the girls trials.  The district Rugby Competition will be run from our school in Week 5. The Year 7 teachers are training students and organising this event.  The Crows Cup is also approaching which is a Girls Football carnival. A team will soon be put together for this with information to follow.

Wellbeing - Dr Donna

The new term is here and in full swing. So, guess what, there is a new fundraiser.  It is for the Adelaide Koala and Wildlife Hospital, a not for profit team of dedicated professionals and volunteers passionate about saving the lives of injured wildlife.  The Adelaide Koala and Wildlife Hospital officially opened in February 2014 and was purpose built to help save South Australia's native wildlife. For more information see www.akawhospital.org.au  

 Here are the steps to enter our fundraiser competition.

1.     Draw and colour an Australian animal.

2.     Put in a gold coin donation with your picture when you enter.

3.     For a better chance to win, you can write three facts about the animal you have drawn.

Parents, you are allowed to help your children with their ideas if they need help.

We will announce the winners in our Week 9 assembly.

But of course there are some rules…

1.     Don’t print out the drawings—you need to draw them freehand.

2.     Write the facts you choose in your own words.

3.     Have fun.

Please remember these rules and we will see you at the table by the flagpoles in the Metcalfe Lawn area before school during Week 7.

A BIG thank you from Nahla, Chloe, Jordyn, Matilda, Eleni, and Minnie ( Mr J’s Year 4 Class)

Sanitary Products Funding

Schools with female enrolments in year 5 and above, have been allocated funding to provide free sanitary products to female students. This initiative is aimed at removing barriers to attending school which some students experience, by providing access to sanitary products. In the coming week a meeting will be held with our cohort of year 5-7 girls to discuss the school’s plan, which will include locations for where these products will be kept, how to access them and identified adults within the school that our students can speak to if any assistance is required. Our students will also have the opportunity to provide feedback on this plan. If you have any concerns regarding your child participating in this meeting please contact their class teacher as soon as possible.


In Child Protection this term, Anne and Megan’s Year 1 class have been addressing power in relationships with a focus on bullying.

A bully is someone who intentionally and repeatedly tries to hurt others by making them feel uncomfortable, for example:

Physically hurting people by kicking, punching, hitting, tripping, pushing and engaging in other physically unacceptable behaviour, such as taking off a child’s hat and throwing it or refusing to give it back.

The bully may also use emotional/psychological tactics to harass others. For example:

Name calling, spreading nasty gossip, using put downs, making negative comments about others food or clothes.

Our class has been differentiating between bullying and unkind or unsociable behaviour.

Bullying behaviour is constant and repetitive and the person being bullied feels they can’t do anything to stop it.

Bullying can have a major impact on a child’s physical, emotional and psychological well being.

Our class have been discussing strategies they can use to help cope with bullying.

Most importantly, they must tell someone in their network. For example,

Teachers, parents, older students, trusted adults.

NEVER KEEP BULLYING A SECRET!  Walk away from the bully and seek help.

BE BRAVE and remember, with help the bullying will stop.

NEVER be a bystander and watch someone being bullied. Get them help.

SPEAK UP! Stand up against bullying.


Student Movie and Meal night - Thursday 10 June

Parent Social Event - Thursday 10 June

School Pupil/Closure days 2021





Term 2 Dates

Assemblies odd weeks at 2.20pm.

NAPLAN  - Years 3, 5 and 7 from 11 May to 21 May 

Year 4/5 Camp     - Year 4 from 17 May - 19 May

                                 - Year 5 from 19 May  - 21 May

OSHC - Andrew D'Amico 0401 121 087

It has been a busy start to the term. With Vacation Care on the horizon, I thank those families who completed the Vac Care Expression of Interest survey in week 1 and 2. The Vacation Care Program will be released within the next 2 weeks. Due to our capacity being only 45 students per day, I recommend getting in quickly and securing your booking, once the program is released. Further information about OSHC will be accessible in our new Parent Handbook, which will be uploaded to the school website prior to the Vac Care program release. Of course, if you have any pressing questions, feel free to contact us at OSHC. If you have a open account with OSHC, and you still have an amount owing, I urge you to fix that ASAP, as priority will be given to those families whose accounts are balanced or in credit.

 Also, a reminder that there is a Pupil Free Day coming up in week 7, on Friday the 11  June. Bookings are now open for that day. Our theme for the day is MINUTE TO WIN IT.