Henley Beach Primary School Newsletter

Term 1 week 6 - Wednesday 3 March 2021

From the Principal

We are at the mid-point of term 1 and so far it has been a busy and productive start to the year. There are many positive activities happening across the school, first and foremost being the teaching and learning happening in classrooms; I am always impressed with the application and effort displayed by our students. I have also been very pleased with the level of student attendance. So far this term our average weekly attendance has been 98% which is outstanding. Regular attendance is a crucial foundation for learning and success at school. Children and young people who do not regularly attend school miss out on planned learning experiences, sequences of instruction and class participation. Teachers formally record attendance every day therefore if your child is absent, we require families to SMS 0476 857 370 or phone 83562117 to state why the child is absent.

Along with regular attendance, punctual arrival at school is also important. If a student does arrive late, they need to sign in at the front office; please be aware that student lateness will be marked as unexplained unless they bring in a signed note or if the office is contacted by a parent/carer.

COVID-19 Update

Henley Beach PS is a member of a network of schools in the western suburbs that meet to collaborate and keep informed of departmental priorities. A recent partnership meeting it was emphasised the importance of schools staying prepared in regards to managing any COVID-19 scenarios. If the need arises our school has a management plan ready to implement, including the potential instance of a school closure. In preparing for this scenario, last week a request for information was sent home to families which is a high priority; if you have not returned this information yet, please do so as soon as possible.

Currently there are a number of practices that need to be maintained including visitors using the QR code on site and parents/carers to not come into classroom spaces. A further expectation of families is that they maintain physical distancing from students/children of other families. This is an important consideration and will influence our planning for Sports Day in week 10. Final arrangements for this event will be shared with families once confirmed.

External School Review

The External School Review process concluded last week. Across the two days the review officers met with students, staff and families to gain an insight into the school with the purpose of identifying areas of strength and areas for future development. Whilst a formal report of the review’s findings will be published towards the end of the term, initial feedback, based on the interviews with students, parents and staff commented favourably on on the school’s positive student culture and the impact of work done in the early years around the Initialit literacy program and strengthening kindy to school transition processes. Other aspects which were identified as strengths included the presence of processes to support school improvement priorities. Along with these aspects, some recommendations were also provided as future goals for the school which included building our capacity to stretch our students in their learning and ensuring site improvement actions are focused on a narrow set of priorities that are then translated into classroom practice. It was noted that the school is in a sound position to work toward achieving growth in these areas.

 Parent Teacher Interviews

Parent-teacher interviews will be held in Week (commencing March 22nd). All families are encouraged to make an appointment as interviews provide an excellent opportunity to discuss your child’s progress at school. Information on how to make a booking has been provided in this week’s newsletter. Please do not hesitate to ring the school if you have any queries or need help to make a booking. Specialist teachers will be available on Tuesday for families to informally chat with, alternatively, parents/carers can contact them directly to make an appointment.

Grievances Process

We recognise that sometimes things go wrong and you may feel that your expectations are not being met. If you have an unresolved complaint it’s important to work together, talk, listen and find solutions in a courteous and respectful manner. If your concern cannot be resolved at the school level, families have the option of contacting the Department for Education. For further information about this grievance process please refer to the information provided on the school’s website.

School Assemblies

Our school assemblies are held every fortnight on Thursdays from 2.15pm. It has been great to see families come along as a part of our audience. At this stage, due to COVID-19 perspectives only family members of the classes presenting are able to attend. Your child’s teacher will inform you via Seesaw if this is the case; we request only one parent/carer per child attends.

School Sport

School basketball has commenced with 4 teams being nominated: Yr 6/7, Yr 5, Yr 4 and Rec/Yr 1. A big thank you to the parents/carers who are helping out with coaching and managing these teams; parent/carer support is integral to the success of all school sport so we really appreciate volunteer help in this aspect of school life. Nominations have also been received for school soccer and football which will commence next term.

Today we had 15 students from yr 4-7 represent our school at the local SAPSASA Swimming tryouts.

It is great to see such positive participation amongst our student population.


School Teacher Interview Bookings

Please find attached how to book School Teacher Interviews.

The system will open from Thursday 4 March at 4.00pm


School Pupil/Closure days 2021





Term 1 Dates

Assemblies odd weeks at 2.15pm

School Photos - Thursday 4 March

Harmony Day - Thursday 25 March

Parent-teacher interviews:  22 March – 26March (Week 9).

Sports Day and Early Dismissal (Easter Long Weekend)  Thursday 1 April at 2.00pm  (Week 10) 

Early Dismissal (School Holidays) - 9 April at 2.00pm

Year 3 Mini Museum - Luke, Tracey and Deann

Earlier this term Luke, Deann and Tracey's year 3 classes created a shoebox mini museum. Students had to bring a collection of items that represent themselves or were important to them to display in a shoebox. We were able to look at each others' display and get to know our classmates better and see if we had any similar interests.

Sports Day, Athletics Selection and District Day

Sports Day is fast approaching and is a great opportunity for students to participate in a range of activities. On the day student results are used to help with selecting a team to represent our school at SAPSASA Athletics. SAPSASA Athletics, held later this year, is a formal opportunity for students to compete against students from other schools in a range of events, they being: 100m, 200m, 800m, Long Jump, High Jump, Shot Put, Discus and Relay.

This year, students born in 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008 and 2007 are eligible for the school team. An outline of the selection process is described below. If you have any queries please contact Renee Hanna.

  • Students born in the following age groups 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008 and 2007 and place 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th in Sprints, Marathon and Long Jump at Sports Day will be eligible to trial for a place in the Henley Beach team that will represent the school at District Day. The SAPSASA Athletics events that these students can trial for are the 100m, 200m, Long Jump, 800m and Relay.
  • A date for the school based trials, which will be managed by experienced school staff, will be communicated at a later date.
  • Students interested in trialing for either Discus, Shot Put or High Jump, due to their specific technique requirement, will only be invited to trial if they are a current member of Little Athletics. These students will need to submit their PB (a screenshot of Results HQ from the 2020/21 athletics season, with their name) for any of the 3 events they are interested in. Please email this to Renee.Hanna315@schools.sa.edu.au by 29 March 2021
  •    High Jump competitors invited to compete will be those with the highest PB within their age group.  This is due to safety, the application of start heights, potential jump limits and flop and scissor requirements at varying age groups.
  •  Discus and Shot Put competitors invited to trial/compete will be those with the either the highest PB or highest trial result (depending on age group, participation numbers and equipment weights).
  • Usually the student who places first in trials will go on to represent the school, however at times second place getters will be put in the team (this is a process coordinated by school staff).
  • At the completion of the school based trials, a team will be selected that will compete at District Day. Students who achieve a placing at the district event have a chance to be selected for the Airport team which will compete at the State Championships.
  • We do not, as yet have a date for either District Athletics or the State Championships.

A Coin for Life Charity Fundraiser

Three enterprising and community-minded Year 6 girls, Bella, Lillian and Zaria have created a Coin for Life competition.

What is it? A Coin for Life is a fundraiser when we do a fun activity with the school and students donate a gold coin to take part. The funds we raise are given to a place in need.

Why? We did it because the world should be a better place for humans and animals and some places are struggling, like the RSPCA. They are getting lots of animals now but money to support these animals does not come in so fast.  The RSPCA needs money to give the animals more food, toys and better shelters and to encourage more people to be volunteers so animals get the attention they need.

Please consider taking part in this fundraiser. Bella, Lillian and Zaria will collect your entries in the mornings before school.  Look for their table near the flagpoles in the Metcalf Lawns from Thursday 4 March.  Remember entries close on Friday 12 March.

Many thanks for Bella, Lillian and Zaria!!!!

Aquatics Year 6/7 Excursion

Aquatics – by Elijah. S and Harry. A

At the aquatics excursion we were offered 4 different activities: canoeing, sailing, kayaking and beach (boogie boards).

Canoeing: in canoeing we had to have one paddler, one steerer and two people to connect the boats. It was fun because we could go really fast in the water.

Sailing: when we went sailing it was very fun because the instructor would make the boat go very fast. He turned the left side of the boat, so the people in the left side nearly touched the water and the people on the right were so high up, it was a nice experience.

Kayaking: in kayaking we went by ourselves or in a double. I chose to go by myself but others chose pairs. When we were kayaking we went to two landmarks, a big rock and a dock.

Beach: for the beach, all we did was cross the road and we were there. We had to follow the given rules and afterwards we got to go on boogie boards and try and catch some waves. We had to wear a wetsuit for this activity.

My favourite activity was kayaking because I went really fast and it was amazing! – Elijah

My favourite was sailing and canoeing because we literally put our hands in the water and I found it fun paddling and holding the boats together. - Harry

School Photos


Have your child’s school memories captured forever.

Please read the relevant information on the MSP payment envelopes and remember these helpful points:

1.    Do not seal envelopes inside each other; you can pay for all children in one envelope however each child needs to have their own envelope on photo day.

2.    Family envelopes are available at the school office upon request.

3.    Please enclose CORRECT money as no change is given – cash, cheques and money orders only. Credit card payments can only be made online.


5.    If there is a separated family situation please mark clearly IN BOLD on the envelope who is to receive the photos.

6.    Family photos will be taken between 8.15am -9.15am 

Please feel free to visit our website: www.msp.com.au

For photo enquiries phone: 8132 1148 or email: enquiries.adl@msp.com.au

Assistant Principal - Aileen Clancy (Maths Leader)

We are now in week 6 of term one and by now students have well established routines,  they  are getting used to the resources they will use in maths and beginning to  understand the expectations.

It has been lovely again to see the fabulous learning that is taking place across the school. Year 4 students have been building their understanding of number and place value and using mini whiteboards as well as their books to show their learning.  Students in this year level were keen to talk about how much they like maths and those who don’t enjoy it quite as much as the others were able to articulate that they don’t love it ‘yet,’  an excellent demonstration of the development of a growth mindset.  Year 6 students have been learning all about prime, composite, triangular and square numbers. They used unifix cubes to explore triangular numbers first so that they could really ‘see’ what they were. Year two students have been investigating numbers and place value using lots of resources such as MAB blocks and unifix cubes and they are now building towards problem solving. On Ms Suzy’s day in class, students are also learning to identify the properties of 2D and 3D shapes with lots of hands on activities. They will be moving on to an investigation where they will be able to demonstrate their understanding so far. Year 1 students have had great fun developing their understanding of number representation, counting and skip counting and using the outside area. Reception and year 1 students are also going home every two weeks with a fun maths game to play which is supporting the learning happening at school. 

As per the previous newsletter, out big focus in maths is differentiation. I have also seen some excellent examples of this happening across classes including a year 4 class where students got to choose their level of difficulty for a number task and in a year 5 class where students were able to do a similar thing with some problems solving tasks.

Maths Word of the Week

Skip Counting

Skip counting is a year 1 outcome. It can be defined as the method of counting forward by numbers other than 1. To skip count, we keep adding the same number each time to the previous number. Skip counting is important in the development of fluency in calculation, number sense and as the basis of multiplication and division. 

Year 2 Helen Papastamatis - 2F

Miss Helen's  have been learning about place value using MAB blocks. We had a challenge of building a castle or tower using MAB blocks. The task was to write how many hundreds, tens and ones were used and work out the total number of MAB blocks. Some children challenged themselves and used thousands blocks and worked out the place value of all the blocks used.

Principal Tours for term 1

Ban on single-use plastic

From 1 March single-use plastic drinking straws, cutlery and beverage stirrers will be prohibited from sale, supply or distribution in South Australia, including in schools, preschools, canteens and OSHC services.

Single-use plastic products are designed or intended to be used once, or for a limited number of times, often away from home, and thrown away after a brief use, commonly resulting in litter.

Please remind children to bring drink bottle daily and a spoon and fork when required as we can no longer supply these utensils.

OSHC - Andrew D'Amico 0401 121 087

It has been an enjoyable first half to the term. Our new staff are settling in well and building strong connections with the students. We have packed our mornings and afternoons with craft, allowing students to explore their creative side, along with badminton tournaments and other team-building games. Our main activity currently is to stitch together a variety of fabric squares, with different animal heads, to make one big quilt. This quilt is going to be displayed on our walls at OSHC. The students are choosing a variety of animals to draw and colour. Our creative minds have seen some unorthodox colours. Once complete, it will be worth seeing. 

Vacation Care is on the horizon! Governing Council and OSHC have been working to put a plan in place to start up a Vacation Care at Henley Beach Primary School. I am pleased to share that we have been achieved this outcome. Our goal is to begin this service in the July school holidays (end of term 2). Leading up to this, Governing Council and OSHC will work together to develop a strong foundation to which policies, structure and programs can be built upon. We want to make this service great. 

A reminder that OSHC is still taking enrolments and welcomes new students at any stage of the year. We also welcome back any past service users that have not used OSHC in a while. If you are looking for more information about OSHC, please get in contact. We look forward to continuing this journey to make OSHC a successful service within the community.

CANTEEN - Julie Stamatialis

Canteen Special

Cold rolls available week 8 from Monday to Thursday.  You can order multiple times and also order from the current menu along with the special. Sports Day menu will be released soon.

No plastic cutlery

As many of you are aware canteen hasn't used plastic in pacaking/serving since 2019.  We currently use bamboo cutlery and compostable/recyclable packaging where possible.  The cost of these items is currently in review and may lead to a slight rise in prices. 


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