School Organisation

School Hours

The playground is supervised from 8.30am to 3.00pm.  Children are not to arrive at school before 8.30am.

8.30am: Students enter yard and yard duty starts.

8.50am: First bell, students enter their class and lessons commence

10.40-11.00am: Recess play

12.40-12.50pm: Class eating time (supervised).

12.50-1.20pm: Lunch play

3.00pm: Dismissal

Children are dismissed at 2:00 pm on the last day of each term.

 

Office Hours

The Front Office is open from 8.30am-4.00pm, Monday to Friday.

Attendance

Regular attendance and punctuality is an essential aspect for your child’s development. Once enrolled, children are required to attend school each day.  If children arrive at school late, they need to be signed in at the School Front Office.  Letters/notes of explanation are required, by law to cover all occasions when your child is not at school - full day and partial day.

Ring 8356 2117 or SMS 0476 857 370 if your child is going to be absent from school. If we haven't heard we will need to contact you via SMS to find out why your child is not at school.

 
Communication
 

School newsletters are distributed via Skoolbag to families fortnightly. The newsletter is a very important link between the school, the home and the community. Skoolbag (an app based platform) is used to communicate a variety information to the school community, including the distribution of the school newsletter. Where needed, important reminders and information regarding attendance are communicated via our SMS system. All parents are encouraged to register their mobile phone numbers with the school office to ensure they receive important information.

Teachers utilise the online communication tool See Saw for communicating with families, including class events, reminders, activities etc.

 

Mobile Phones

Students in Reception to year 7 are not permitted to use mobile phones while at school.  Mobile phones are collected at the beginning of each day and held in the front office.

 
Class Structure

 

Class structures vary from year to year and are influenced by the enrolment numbers in year level cohorts and the total number of students across the school. The development of class structures is reviewed prior to each school year. Currently Henley Beach PS has predominantly single year level classes with some composite classes. A composite class is composed of 2 year levels and can occur if overall enrolment numbers do not allow a single year level class to be formed. At Henley Beach Primary School we make every effort to cater for the individual needs of children whether in a single year level or multi-age classes. All classes, regardless of their structure, are developed in a way to ensure they are balanced in regards to overall class size, gender distribution and academic achievement. 

 

Learning Benchmarks

 

Student progress and achievement is monitored consistently by their teacher. Regardless of a student's starting point, our focus is on all children achieving progress in their learning. To support this, a range of key benchmarks are used including the Department for Education's Standard for Education Achievement and the documented achievement standards for each learning area in the Australian Curriculum.