- Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
- Term 4 Week 9 2020
- Principals Report
- Foundation - Year 2
- Year 3 - 5 Class
- Year 6 - 12 Class
- Mathematics and Science
- Adventures in the Library
- Kitchen Garden
- HAS Presentation Night 2020
- School Holiday Activities
- Material and Service Charges 2021
- Girl Guides SA School Holiday Program
- Vac Swim
Well here we are at the end of the busiest year I can remember. Nothing can compare to what people in general have gone through this year……….and when we compare it to experiences elsewhere we can count ourselves fortunate in comparison. This however does not detract from what we have been up against; a virus that takes lives and as a community and a state we have had to take action to address this that is justifiable. I want to thank all our staff, students and the school community for their efforts this year in these challenging times.
It has been a year with a focus in this area that has fluctuated and come back again at the end of the year. Our production of the Lion King and Presentation Night is an example of the changes we have had to make to how we do things. School closures, online learning from home and extensive hygiene practices at school have all been part of our new practices and I can’t see this changing for a while yet. On the other side of this we have learnt new modes of learning and interaction through Microsoft Teams in particular that give us a glimpse of what the future will be like.
So we come to the end of the year and I would like to say farewell and thanks to Jacqui Schulz, Malcolm Thompson and Harald Walther. Jacqui arrived at the start of term two, taking on Indonesian and Performing Arts. She has worked tirelessly in these areas developing contacts and resources as well as attending professional learning to build her knowledge. Malcolm came to the school again for five weeks in term four working in the Special Ed area and also doing some relief work at the same time. Harald came in for Amanda Hilder for term four, taking on the teaching of the Foundation to Year 2 class and has built excellent relationships with the kids. We wish them all the best for 2021.
Apart from this next year our staffing takes on a familiar feel. Ailsa Green will be Teacher Librarian and our AET, and teach Visual Arts and Digital Literacy. Sharon Bates will have the Secondary Home Group and will teach English, HASS, HPE, and Home Ec. Lidia Szlezak will also teach in the Secondary area in Science and Maths, and will also teach Polish across all three of our classes. Hayley Brown will return to a full time role as our Year 3-5 Home Group teacher with responsibilities in English, Maths, HASS, Science and HPE. Amanda Hilder will take on the new role of Special Education while keeping her responsibilities with our Read Write Inc program in addition to teaching Intervention. Penny McCulloch joins our team for next year as our Foundation to Year 2 teacher. Penny has an excellent background in the Junior Primary area, having taught at Leigh Creek, Marree, Port Augusta and Gladstone. Her experience and energy will be a real asset. Finally Travis McDonald will be back as a teacher in the Design and Technology area, teaching the Year 3-5 and 6-9 classes.
All of our Ancillary staff will also be back, Leonie McKenzie, Letisha McKenzie, Esther Eager, Joelle Sharples, Lauren Johnson, Rachel Sinkinson McInnis, Rosie Luckraft, Julieanne Ashenden, Steve Green, Lisa O’Neill, Paul Lowe and Tommy Crossman. They will be providing valuable support in a variety of areas through roles in Admin, Library, in class support, Speech, Read Write Inc, Students with Disabilities, Intervention, ICT, Grounds and the school bus.
School returns next year on January 27th for our students. Our administration returns the week before on Monday January 18th, with teachers and the rest of our Ancillary staff starting on Thursday January 21st. I would like to wish everyone in our school community a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year.
Mr Daren O'Neill
From the land of the little people...
Well, it’s almost the Christmas/New Year summer break time. The students in F-2 have been very busy during the last few weeks finishing off their work and learning to use a new maths app called “Mathletics”. This enables them to work on various maths challenges, based on their level of ability and experience. Most recently they have joined the rest of the school, preparing for the school production, “The Lion King”. I enjoyed working with this class and wish all students, families and staff the very best for the holidays and for 2021.
Mr Harold Walther
Foundation - Yr2 Teacher
Term 4 is always a busy term without covid restrictions so I’m very glad it has gone by so fast! Students have done a fantastic job rehearsing their parts for the school production; I am so proud of every one of them, and relieved it can go ahead.
In English the 3-5 class put together their own poetry books, some writing up to 16 of their own poems. I hope they will read these to you once they take them home. In HASS the students wrote reports on an inspiring person in Australia’s history. Some of these included Cathy Freeman, Archie Roach, Eddie Mabo and of course Don Bradman.
In PE the 3-9 group learned how to play lawn bowls with the expert advice of Jane Tanner and Marlene McAuley. We appreciated their support in lessons very much!
It’s been a whirlwind year with lots of ups and downs but we did it! I hope everyone has a fun filled holiday and I look forward to seeing everyone in the New Year.
Miss Hayley Brown
Year 3-5 Teacher / HPE Coordinator
Here we are at the end of the weirdest year ever. Even though we are all hanging out for the end, I’m thinking our friend COVID will continue to challenge us in the coming year. And we will manage. Just like we did this year.
The year 6-12 class finished HASS studies for the year with a look at Australia’s worst bushfires. They researched a particular fire, its causes, the damage done to property, animals and human life, and what changes have been implemented to aid prevention. One discovery the students found fascinating was that even though last summer’s fires were devastating in terms of wildlife and property lost, they were relatively well managed in terms of human life. This was because of the change to the ‘stay and defend or go’ policy, which became the ‘just go’ policy, meaning people were evacuated rather than trying to defend their properties.
For English we focused on personal narratives, where students were asked to look at a particular moment or event in their life and write about that. Some struggled to come up with ideas, we looked at an example from my own memories (being SO OLD I had no trouble coming up with past events!) and this helped get the creative juices flowing. We have continued working on grammar, spelling and vocabulary, and I feel all students have improved in these areas over the year.
For the last two weeks of the year we are working around play practice to design, bake and construct our own gingerbread houses. These are coming along nicely and will be assembled and decorated on Friday afternoon. I apologise for the sugar rush that will no doubt follow.
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank parents and community members for giving me the opportunity to teach my first year at Hawker Area School. I have thoroughly enjoyed my year and hope the kids have as well. I will be returning next year to teach English and HASS for the secondary students, and will also be taking on Home Ec and HPE for years 6-9. I’m excited and in the early planning stages for the two new subjects, as well as planning for a new cohort of students for my core subjects.
I hope everyone has a lovely Christmas, and stays safe and sane during the silly season. I look forward to whatever 2021 brings us.
Mrs Sharon Bates
Year 6-12 Teacher / SACE Coordinator
The past year has certainly been a rollercoaster for all of us. But the key constants throughout the last four weeks, and indeed the whole of 2020, has been our relationships and partnerships with you as a whole Hawker Area School community.
This has been a real strength, that has helped to continue the learning for students. I had high and low moments this year but on looking back over the year, I feel nothing but pride. Pride for our children who built their resilience and grew stronger by continuing with their learning. Regardless of the Covid -19 some of our students achieved very pleasing results.
I would like to acknowledge our senior school students of year 11 and 12. They worked extremely hard and created a great example to the younger generation of students on how to study and behave in the last two years of high school and study SACE. Our senior students demonstrated how to stay on task and never give up as well as how to push yourself to do your personal best. Great job Rebekah, Katika and Sean. Congratulations on your personal successes.
I am looking forward to next year when I am going to teach not only mathematics and science but also share with our students my culture – Polish, by teaching students Polish language. Languages are the bedrock of the world’s cultural heritage. Every language offers a rich and unique insight into different ways of thinking and living as well as into the history of the myriad of cultures and peoples across the globe. By learning Polish, students gain access to the second most widely spoken Slavic language – with some 55 million native speakers, the only more common Slavic language is Russian. And considering that the Polish diaspora (traditionally called Polonia) has been one of the most active and mobile elements of the nations’ forming big centres in the US, Canada, Germany and Britain ( Polish is currently England’s second most common language).
I hope that you all have a great holiday break and I am looking forward to teaching at Hawker Area School in 2021.
Mrs Lidia Szelzak
Mathematics and Science Teacher
Premier’s Reading Challenge 2020
“Reading is a passport to countless adventures.” In a year of many changes, it is comforting to know that some things don’t change. So, even though we could not travel very far this year, we could still escape to other places.
In 2020, the students in Years F-5 were once again involved in the Premier’s Reading Challenge. To complete the challenge, students had to read 12 books between February and September.
Congratulations to the following students who completed the challenge this year. They will receive their awards at the end-of-year assembly.
Ada Fels, Samantha Haywood, Rachelle Johnson, Ivy Smart
George Bayley, Bayley Hatch, Jim Johnson, Sierra Wiltshire
Markesha Coulthard, Eli Johnson, Ruby Johnson, Paola Lobosco, Archie Morgan
Nicole Oakey, William Du Bois, Deborah Bayley,
Lachlan Hilder, Harry McAuley, Angus McInnis, Jimmy Morgan,
Paul Haywood, Katrina Stuart
The following books for young adults are on the list: How it Feels to Float, The Honeyman and the Hunted, When the Ground is Hard, This is How We Change the Ending (all in our library) and The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling (which can be borrowed as an eBook).
And these books for children: Cheeky Dogs: To Lake Nash and Back, One Careless Night, Catch a Falling Star, Cooee Mittigar (all in our library) and Winter of the White Bear.
Library Opening Times over the Summer Holidays
From Friday, December 11, the Library will be open following the School Holiday timetable.
How to read for free when the library is closed …... eBooks and Audio books through the One Card Network of Public Libraries in South Australia.
The One Card Network gives you access to a massive range of OverDrive eBook & Audiobook titles. Titles include classics, new releases, nonfiction & bestsellers for all ages. Borrow anytime & enjoy automatic returns with no late fees. You will need access to the Internet to access these.
IMPORTANT: due to licensing, their service is NOT compatible with Kindle e-Readers.
You'll need SA OneCard Library Membership (which gives you an "X0" or "D0" barcode number and PIN). If you don't have library membership, then use the online sign-up form…www.libraries.sa.gov.au
If you need help, access the Libby Help Guide here
and the overdrive Help guide here Help Over Drive
It is recommended that you install the app on a Smartphone/tablet (through the App Store, Google Play or Windows). When you install and open the app, you'll be prompted to select your library and sign in with your Library Card Number ("X0" or "D0" barcode number) and PIN.
If you would like to read/listen using your laptop or computer, follow this link…
Mrs Ailsa Green Teacher Librarian and Ms Rosie Luckraft CLA
This term our students have been investigating and practicing a range of cooking techniques. One example of this was how to extract colours from vegetables. Students blended different vegetables to extract the colours to make rainbow potatoes, which could be reproduced with any food, ‘rainbow rice!’ ‘rainbow fish!’ These colours can be used in making pastry.
After our monster dust storm our students put in a team effort from Foundation to Year 8 to tidy up our garden area. Everyone had a job – rehooking the shade cloths, raking leaves, composting dead materials, dusting the plants leaves by gentle watering and checking on plant damage for Lauren our appointed gardener, she was very thankful for the help given.
Students produced their own photographic documentaries on ‘Spring in the garden’ at Hawker Area School. Many photos were taken of the various plants that were now appearing. Students noticed our very healthy Artichoke, flowering plants with different and varied colours and the lizards that suddenly appeared.
There has been a variety of dishes cooked up this term. We made Crème Au Beurre, which is a custard mixed with butter, that is found in French eclairs. The result was a tasty creamy dish for the students to enjoy on biscuits.
During NAIDOC week students celebrated by cooking up some damper. We discussed and explored this ancient Aboriginal recipe, looking at the different ways it can be served. We talked about harvesting the seeds that were harvested over thousands of years.
This is my last newsletter article as our SAKG chef. It has been a fun ten years where I have learnt a lot as a teacher and seeing the children develop as cooks, enjoying their tasty treats. I have enjoyed the experience a lot but I am not going anywhere yet! My involvement will still be with Hawker Area School in other areas of great importance! I look forward to seeing everyone next year. Thanks for the kitchen garden memories!
Mrs Joelle Sharples
Kitchen Garden Specialist
Congratulations to the following award winners.
F-2 Class Award
Recipient - Archie Morgan
Years 3-5 Class Award
Recipient— William DuBois
Years 6-12 Class Award
Recipient— Stella Stanwix
HAS Sports Award
Recipients– Tayla McInnis & Harry McAuley
Recipient— Emily Hilder
Pearl McKenzie Yura Muda Award
Recipient— Deborah Bayley
Sandra McKenzie Peace Award
Recipient— William DuBois
Junior/Middle School All Rounder Award
Donated by the Dobson family
Recipient— Jack Allen
Senior Student Award –
Recipient – Rebekah O’ Neill
Donated by the Reynolds family
Recipient— Angus McInnis
Donated by Beth Walsh
Recipient – Rihanna McKenzie
Outstanding Achievement Awards – Dan Van Holst Pellekaan – Medals
Recipients – Rebekah O‘Neill & Jimmy Morgan
Year 7 Graduation
Donated by Quorn Masonic Lodge & Freemasons (Calculator)
Recipients – Rihanna McKenzie, Callie McInnis, Nathan Warren, Stella Stanwix, Madison Hately
Rowan Ramsey School Community / Volunteers Award –
Recipient – Mopsy Daniel
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.
Girls Wellness School Holiday Activity Program
Do you want your daughter to build skills in confidence, self-love and independence? During the January school holidays Girl Guides SA is hosting a Girls Wellness Activity Day aimed at helping young women develop confidence, resilience and independence. The event is open to all girls aged 8 - 12 years old.
During this fun, uplifting and action-packed day, your daughter will:
- Build her confidence, gratitude and self-love
- Learn about the importance of protecting the environment
- Learn to cook healthy and delicious snacks
- Relax with yoga and meditation on the beach
- Make DIY face masks and lip scrubs using natural ingredients
- Create vision boards, affirmation boards and mindfulness jars to help her relieve anxiety and develop mindfulness strategies
- Contribute to the community through community engagement initiatives
Date: 12 January 2021, Time: 9:00am - 3:00pm, Location: Dolphin Campsite (43 George Robertson Drive, Largs North SA 5016)
Booking Link: Eventbrite
Our Girls Wellness Activity Day is the perfect holiday activity for young women looking to spend time outside with their friends, make new friends and develop invaluable life long skills.
This event will be run by Girl Guides South Australia, a reputable not for profit organisation that has been working with girls and young women for over 100 years.