- Term 4 Week 4 2020
- Principals Report
- Foundation - Year 2
- Year 3 - 5 Class
- Year 6 - 12 Class
- Mathematics and Science
- Adventures in the Library
- Kitchen Garden
- Material and Service Charges 2021
- WEBINAR - Parent Forum for Parents and Carers of childern with disability
- Vac Swim
- Hawker Region Karate and Self Defence
- Nunga Screen 2020
- HAS Calendar - Whats Happening / Coming Up Next Term
We are into the final term of our school year and the year has certainly passed by seemingly quickly in the face of the challenges we have confronted. The year has been a testing one, as we have had to adjust to the new reality for a while, which still lingers potentially in the background. I would like to thank all the staff at the school for the efforts that they have put in through these times as we have adjusted to a new way of doing some things.
The final term of a school year is always a busy one with a list of events (some already passed) worth sharing at this stage:
- Governing Council Meetings on October 26th and November 30th.
- Book Week with the book parade no October 21st.
- Book Fair on October 27th to 29th.
- NAIDOC day in Leigh Creek on Thursday November 12th.
- Pupil Free Days on November 19th and 20th.
- Our Kindy transition program will run on Thursdays progressively throughout the term.
- Presentation Night on Tuesday December 8th.
- Last day of term Thursday December 10th.
Our External Review which happened finally during term three has reached it’s conclusion with the completion of the final report. The report addresses how we have addressed the directions of our previous report from 2016 as well as setting three key directions based on the lines of inquiry that the review team looked into. The lines of inquiry addressed were based around ‘Effective school improvement planning’, ‘Effective teaching and student learning’ and ‘Conditions for effective student learning’. From this the following directions were recommended by the review:
- Direction 1 - Strengthen the focus on improved student learning through furthering effective structures to monitor impact and progress towards goals and practice actions against the success criteria of the SIP.
- Direction 2 - To enable students to be partners in their learning, strengthen teacher knowledge and action to embed student agency into the formative assessment and feedback processes between students and teachers, to impact on students’ capabilities and self-drive to improve.
- Direction 3 - To ensure a culture of high expectation from all students with their learning, embed teaching practices and structures within the learning environment that are student-centered, aspirational and improvement-focused.
I have presented the report to the Governing Council and the final stage of publicising this will be to post it on our school website with our other school reports.
As a follow up to the report staff now have the opportunity to commence their planning for the next school year and I have requested the above two pupil free days that will occur on Thursday November 19th and Friday November 20th. The first day will continue our professional learning from this year in LDAM (Learning Design Assessment and Moderation) which will involve a further look into formative assessment and reporting in line with the Australian Curriculum. The second day will specifically be about our planning for 2021, looking at our individual student data, setting up the processes to help students succeed in 2021.
From late in the second term and throughout the third term we have already been preparing for our school production of The Lion King. Students have already been involved in practicing, gaining roles, learning dance steps and singing the songs from this musical. This participation will increase over the third term as different classes take a role in different aspects of the production. I already have the feeling this is going to be a big event as students take on the engaging and challenging roles involved. As in previous years the production is a major focus for our students and staff at this time of the year. We look forward to presenting this at the end of term on Presentation night.
In this newsletter you will be able to read up on the plans set aside for this term by our teachers. Enjoy the reading and be ready to ask your kids how they are going with their work. I look forward to seeing parents more this term hopefully around the school, as always if parents have any questions they can contact me at the school through the front office on 86484003or my email firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr Daren O'Neill
From the land of the little people...
The students at Hawker are lovely and friendly, making this a really enjoyable place to work.
Plans and activities for term 4 include:
A focus on writing numbers clearly and helping some students to move beyond writing them in “mirror” format, a problem that I also had as a young child. We are also working on counting beyond 20 and working with two dimensional and three dimensional shapes such as squares and cubes.
We are continuing the Read, Write Inc. program and it is my goal to have as many students as possible able to write pieces of work using simple complete sentences.
At the moment we are looking at the fascinating world of shadows, how they are cast, how they move and change as the sun makes its way through the sky. We are conducting some very simple experiments as part of our activities.
In the History lessons we are looking at expeditions of explorers in the days of the Australian colonies. In the process students are thinking about what is needed to organise such a large project and what could go wrong. I am particularly interested in having students consider how Aboriginal groups were affected by explorers crossing their country. In the Geography lessons we are experimenting with the creation and use of simple maps, including the use of the main compass directions.
It looks like being an interesting term while I work with the class and enjoy the scenery around Hawker during my non-teaching time. Best wishes to all.
Mr Harold Walther
Foundation - Yr2 Teacher
Welcome to term 4! We have another busy term in store with preparations for the end of year performance well under way.
In English this term, the 3-5 class will be writing and learning about poetry. Some of the types of poems they will write include haikus, free verse, cinquains and my favourite, limericks. In HASS we will be learning about inspiring Australians in history and writing reports about them. We will begin the term learning how to play lawn bowls. We are lucky enough to have the sport centre across the road so will be walking over for PE lessons.
I hope everyone has a great term!
Miss Hayley Brown
Year 3-5 Teacher / HPE Coordinator
This term we are studying a picture book called ‘Maralinga, The Anangu Story’. This is a unique book detailing the impacts and details of the atomic testing at Maralinga in the 1950’s. The story is written by the Yalata and Oak Valley Communities and details many first-hand accounts of the people at the time. It includes beautiful illustrations and a great deal of background information on the culture and experiences of the Anangu people. We are looking at how points of view can influence a story and the reader, and the importance of primary sources.
Having completed her Stage 1 English components, our SACE student is now working on her first assignment for Stage 2. After an in depth study of Macbeth, we are now looking at the literary devices used by Shakespeare to engage an audience. By the end of this term we should have completed at least 2 of the assessment tasks for Stage 2 English, hopefully taking some pressure off next year which will be very busy for our only year 12.
That’s about all from the 6-12 class for the beginning of term 4. Hope everyone has enjoyed the rain and is able to get out and enjoy this beautiful green countryside while we can.
Mrs Sharon Bates
Year 6-12 Teacher / SACE Coordinator
During term four Hawker Are School science students going to learn about 'why is biodiversity important?'
Biodiversity provides us with clean air and water, soil for crops and forests, and to sustain the productivity of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. Students are going to learn about biodiversity in the classroom and the going to explore and observe the biodiversity of the school grounds. They going to conduct a biodiversity survey with a focus on plant variety and vegetative layers as plants are the foundation upon which most ecosystems are based. The activities are designed to get the students to view their playground from a different perspective, with a biodiversity focus, and establish a sense of place.
This topic of biodiversity is designed for year 8- 9 students to develop a deeper understanding of the interrelationships between plants and animals and the non-living elements of an environment Year 6 – 7s will learn about ecosystems and food webs, while the Year 3-5s are going to explore the ecosystem and the human role in sustainable living. In the school grounds, the students will look for small scale ecosystems, examples include the bark of a tree, under a log, in the mulch or leaf litter, even the accumulated leaves at the entrance to a drain or school garden. The students will gently explore the biodiversity within the small ecosystem. They will also take a digital photos or sketch their small-scale ecosystems and list or label the variety of species with it.
Mrs Lidia Szelzak
Mathematics and Science Teacher
Book Week 2020 Theme: Curious Creatures, Wild Minds
The highlight of Book Week this year was the annual Dress-up Day and parade. It is always exciting watching the anticipation of the students in the lead up to the event. And so it was that on a glorious warm sunny spring morning, the Curious Creatures and Wild Minds of Hawker Area School and Kindy paraded around the school grounds and into the Multipurpose Room to the sounds of the jungle and other wild music. Before the winners of the competition were announced, the students worked in groups to discover some of the items that have been invented by Australians over the years, such as improving the hand tool for sheep shearing (David Unaipon), developing spray on skin for burn patients (Fiona Wood) and Vegemite (Cyril P Callister).
The winners of the Dress-up Parade Competition are…
Most Creative Costume: Student-Will Du Bois; Adult-Florence Galarita
Most Glamorous Costume: Student-Ivy Smart; Adult Bobbi Hatley
Most Unique Costume: Student: Ollie Du Bois; Adult Esther Eager
Most Original Costume: Student-Jim Johnson; Adult: Harald Walther
Most Interesting Costume: Student-Tayla McInnis; Adult: Ailsa Green
Most Colourful Costume: Students: Noah and Eden Merchant; Adult: Taleeya Oakey
Most Elaborate Costume: Student: Jimmy Morgan; Adult(family): Kat, Rowan and Fin Bevan
Most Inspirational Costume: Student: Ruby Johnson; Adult: Leonie McKenzie
Each of the student winners has received a voucher for use at the Scholastic Book Fair, which will be held in Week 3 of this Term.
A big thank you to Steve Green for setting up and manning the sound system so that we could have the music playing, to Bek O’Neill for her great photos, to Leonie McKenzie and Harald Walther for judging the competition (no easy task), to Deborah Bayley and Vai Uran for presenting the Acknowledgement to Country and to all who attended and supported the event. It is very much appreciated.
Photos taken by Rebekah O'Neill.
In our last newsletter, I shared about the work the Year F-5 students were doing in 3D design using the iPad app Maker’s Empire. The brief for the students was to design a toy or gadget that a child their age could take to Mars. This competition is open to anyone under the age of 18 within South Australia. The most creative, useful and cool designs will feature in a public exhibition at the MOD. (Museum of Discovery) in November.
I am excited to announce that the toy/gadget designed by Jimmy Morgan will be part of that display.
Jimmy named his creation ‘Fix Bot’. This is his explanation of how it works: “The ‘fix bot’ enables you to program it to make screws with the iron fillings to fix stuff. It poops out screws. It also has a remote, so it comes to you.
The exhibition is open from the 23 Oct to 28 November on the Ground Level and Level 1 of the MOD., which is on North Terrace, Adelaide, adjacent to the Morphett St. Bridge. Entry is free. Click on this link to find out more information.
Mrs Ailsa Green Teacher Librarian and Ms Rosie Luckraft CLA
This was the day in Term 3 Week 10 that some of the Foundation to 2 students turned into rabbits. I say some children turned into rabbits because the carrots they harvested did not have the chance to reach the kitchen.
The proof: some children are showing signs of developing rabbits ears!
The students have started a new project: “Presenting their Personal Impressions of Spring 2020” in pictures from the garden, using their iPad”. This year the garden is looking lush and some vegetable have developed extraordinarily sized leaves.
Mrs Joelle Sharples
Kitchen Garden Specialist
2021 Material and Services Charge – School Fees
The 2021 prescribed amounts as determined by Education and Children’s Services Regulations are:
for a student enrolled in primary education F-7: $246
for a student enrolled in secondary education 8-12: $325
We are proposing to keep the charges at the recommended amount and invite all parents to make any comment by the next Governing Council meeting on Monday 30th November before the final approval is given to proceed.
Webinar on Children’s Behaviour Support
Please share this link with parents and carers of children with disability to the webinar to be held on Wednesday 4th November 2020 from 11:00am to 12:00 noon.
If they have any questions about Children’s Behaviour Support email prior to the event to our mailbag Education.ParentForumConference@sa.gov.au or
Log in to the webinar on the day and join in the chat line.
Instructions for the webinar link visit the SERU website by clicking on the link below -