Henley Beach Primary School Newsletter

Term 4 week 4 - Wednesday 3 November 2021

From the Principal

School Improvement Planning

This Friday we have our final staff training and development day for the year. The focus of the day will be on writing where we will look to build upon existing teaching practices occurring across the school. An information session will be facilitated by the Brightpath Writing team that will cover the structure of different types of sentences and how they can be taught. Following this, staff will work on developing policy documents that will support the consistent teaching of writing across the school.

 Writing has been a prominent area of focus within the school’s Site Improvement Plan, which we are currently reviewing. The 3 year cycle of the existing Site Improvement Plan concludes at the end of 2021 so we are looking to establish what the teaching and learning priorities in Literacy and Numeracy will look like for the next 3 year period. These decisions will be based on extensive analysis of student achievement data, teacher professional learning needs and a review of the progress made towards existing priorities.

2022 Reception Transition Visits

On Tuesday we held our first visit from next year’s intake of Reception students. A series of 3 weekly visits have been scheduled which will help this group of children become familiar with our school environment. It was great to see their enthusiasm and excitement during their first experience of school life.

School of Languages

Next year the School of Languages will be offering, providing there is sufficient interest, an R-6 Japanese program at our school. The lessons will be offered on Mondays from 3.10-4.40pm. An information for interested families will be held Tuesday 16 November, 5.30-6.30pm in the gym.

The School of Languages is a government school established in 1986 to offer language learning, aligned to the Australian Curriculum, that complements and supplements language programs in mainstream schools and ethnic schools. They offer 23 languages after hours, in various locations around the metropolitan area to over 2,000 students from all schooling sectors.

End of year school concert

We are working towards a whole school end of year concert on Tuesday 30 November. Details will come out soon.

Staffing News

Vicky Jones has been appointed to the position of Deputy Principal position at West Beach Primary School from the beginning of 2022. During her time at Henley Beach PS Vicky has made a strong contribution to the school community and we wish her all the best in this new role.

Use of school grounds after dismissal time

A valued aspect of our school environment is the opportunity for students and their families to be on the school grounds after dismissal time in the afternoons. Unfortunately there has been a number of occasions when unsupervised children (primary and upper year levels) have not behaved appropriately or made safe decisions. Our schools grounds are utilised by OSHC, families and sporting organisations therefore it is an expectation that all children who are on the school grounds after 3.10pm are supervised by an adult and if not accompanied by an adult, behave in a responsible manner. Children will be directed off the site by staff for any instances of inappropriate behaviour. If your child does visit the school after hours we would appreciate you reinforcing the importance of playing safely and being respectful of others.

Term 4 Swimming Lessons

A reminder that the swimming lessons for Reception to Yr 5 students will occur in week 7 this term, Mon 22 Nov – Fri 26 Nov. Please contact the front office or your child’s class teacher if further information is required.

Friday 29 October was World Teachers day

Last Friday was World Teachers Day. This was a great opportunity to reflect on the powerful and influential role teachers have on the development of young people, as learners and as a person. Teaching is both an incredible privilege and responsibility. Staff at Henley Beach strive to do their best to support our students and to provide a safe and productive environment for learning.

Gelato Day - Thursday 4 November

The sun is shining, the end of year is near………it’s time to have…………Gelato Day!

When is it?

Week 4, Thursday the 4 November.

Gelato will be on sale for $2 outside the Italian room.

Please support this special day and come along with your $2 coin.

Flavours: Strawberry, Chocolate, Lemon and Mango (see skoolbag post)

If your child has food sensitivities, please fill out the e-form on skoolbag.


Mary Taheny and Deanna Disotto


Pupil Free Day - Friday 5 November

OSHC is available  - Limited spots available please book 0401 121 087

Remembrance Day 2021

Henley Beach Primary will be commemorating Remembrance Day with a ceremony on the Metcalfe Lawn on 11 November from 10.40am - 11.10am.

Parents and carers are welcome to join us. Please QR check in and it is recommended to wear a mask.

Poppies will be on sale before school from Bella, Lillian, Zaria and their Year 6 friends.  Funds from poppy sales go directly to the SA RSL.  Please support our returned soldiers and remember those who did not come home.

Wellbeing Leader - Dr Donna

Congratulations to Indi, Connor, Isaak and Olivia for organising their very successful Backpack 4 Kids event.  Thanks to the generosity of the HBPS community, we filled an SUV with items which were delivered to the support group last week.  It was a great idea from our students which started with concern for our recent Afghan refugees.  Well done and thanks to all involved! 

Please keep an eye out for notices about our Christmas fundraiser/donation event for St Vincent de Paul in the next newsletter.

Our students have become very creative in their Student Voice initiatives.  A quick scan of other recent and ongoing activities finds these examples:

  • the successful completion of the Rubik's Cube Speed Competition.  Prizes for this event will be presented in three categories at assembly in Week 5.
  • the commencement of a bookmaking competition that runs from Week 4 to Week 6 that has been organised by three Year 3 students.
  • the establishment of a lunchtime Art Club, also initiated by some Year 3 students.
By now, you have heard a few times about the successful video entry to the Healthy Bones competition.  At our last assembly, HBPS hosted Professor Fitbones from the Healthy Bones Foundation who presented us with our prize a $500.00 voucher for new sports equipment.  Professor Fitbones and her offsider from the Foundation were most impressed by the quality of our winning entry, the beautiful singing of our school choir and the general behaviour/responsiveness of our students during assembly.  

Media Concern

Some of you may be aware of the Netflix series Squid Games. Squid Games is a South Korean Netflix series where characters compete in well-known children’s games with sometimes extreme and violent outcomes. There are reports that children at some schools have been acting out these games in the school yard and on Social Media platforms. The series is rated MA 15+ in Australia. Under the government’s classifications and advisory category, children under the age of 15 may not legally watch, buy or hire MA 15+ rated material unless they are in the company of a parent or adult guardian.

If your child/ren have not seen the series it is possible they have seen aspects of it on social media. If they have seen the series or aspects of it, we encourage you to monitor their reactions and engage in open and honest conversations about the content and their online activity.

If this series has triggered any concerns for your child/ren, the following supports are available:

Kids helpline: 1800 55 1800

Lifeline: 13 11 14


If you have any questions about the information above, please get in touch.

Yr6 Senior polo tops and Jumpers 2022

Westside Schoolwear is now taking orders for year 6 students in 2022.

HBPS Polo Tops and Senior Jumpers are now available to order.

Orders for Senior Jumpers close on Friday 3 December 2021.

You can order online or visit the uniform shop.

Open hours

Monday  - Wednesday 10.00am - 5.00pm

Thursday - 10.00am - 7.00pm


Henley High School Tours

Wednesday 10th November 9am - 10.30am

Monday 22nd November 9am - 10.30am

 To book in for a tour, parents can visit https://henleyhighschool.wufoo.com/forms/zqkt44312j71ka/

Literacy Update Vicky Jones - Assistant Principal

Reception/Year1 - Kylie Cook

Sports Report - Renee Hanna PE teacher

State Athletics Championships

From the District Athletics day a team was chosen to represent Airport at the Athletics State Championships at Mile End Stadium. We had 11 students make this team and all of these students put in great performances across their selected events. Mikaela Mc. competed at the Multiclass Athletics- she placed first in the 200m, 800m and Long Jump. James CZ. ran the 800m, Xavier P. the 1500m, Ruby R in the 200m and 800m and Jordy N. competed in Long Jump. All these athletes did well to line up and compete in what is a very big competition. Olivia L. and Nahla S. competed in one of the girls relay teams taking out gold, and Nahla S. got a 3rd in shot put while Olivia L. also competed in Long Jump and 800m with good results. Tate W. won the Long Jump and 200m and came 3rd in the 100m. He was also part of the winning boys relay team in his age group. Irini C. ran in the girls relay team in her age group coming 3rd overall. Ava S. ran in the winning relay team in her age group, as did Georgie F. Georgie F also competed in long Jump, 100m and 200m and took an amazing 3 gold medals across all 3 individual events.

Viva all Schools

The Viva All Schools was also held recently. This is a competition where students compete as part of their school in the senior side of Athletics. Ava S. competed in this event and placed 1st in Long Jump and 3rd in Triple Jump. Congratulations Ava.

SAPSASA Girls Footy

In Week 2 the SAPSASA Girls Football State Championships were held for the first time. Our school had 4 girls make the Airport team and go on to play for our District. Congratulations to Georgie F, Ava S, Issy TP and Lara M. This was a big achievement with almost 50 girls trialing for positions in the team. The team was put in Division 1 and played 9 matches (only losing 1). They came second overall at the State Championships- Congratulations girls and well done.


Congratulations to Charlie G. who made the Airport District Tennis team. He will go on to compete at the State Championships in Week 5.

Hockey 5s

We have a team entered in the Hockey 5s competition at West Beach in Week 5. Good luck to Connor P., Isaak L., James R., Olivia L., Naish F., Aidan D. and Jack W. who will represent our school.

State Athletics

CANTEEN - Julie Stamatialis

  • New summer menu introduced on Thursday 11 November on QKR. Please order by Tuesday 9 November.  Try our Singapore noodle salad, crispy chicken wrap (not available in GF unfortunately) or one of our snack boxes .  These lunches are perfect for the hot weather.
  • As usual, these lunches are made entirely by the canteen.
  • Very limited lunch menu also available on the day.
  • Brekky muffin day on Wednesday 17 November, QKR only.  Limited number available to get in quick!
  • Slams are back!  Bring your $1 and choose from seasonal flavours.


OSHC - Andrew D'Amico 0401 121 087

Friday 5 November is a Pupil Free Day and OSHC will be open all day. We will be running a Mario Kart tournament! If you wish to book your child in, please contact Andrew ASAP!

Open: Monday 13/12/21 – Wednesday 22/12/21

Closed: Thursday 23/12/21 – Monday 3/1/21

*Open*: Tuesday 4/1/21 – Friday 7/1/21*

Open: Monday 10/1/21 – Friday 28/1/21 (closed for Australia Day – Jan 26)

Calendar Dates

  • Whole School Beach Day - Wednesday 17 November
  • Christmas Concert  - Tuesday evening 30 November
  • Year 7 Graduation - Monday 6 December
  • Year 6 Graduation - Tuesday 7 December
  • Last Day of school  - Friday 10 December @ 2.00pm

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