Newsletter - Term 3, Week 6

Upcoming Events

Monday 1st September - Friday 5th September  
Ski Trip

Friday 5th September  
Student Free Day

Monday 8th September  
Whole School Closure Day

Monday 22nd September
Year 8-10 Round Tables

Thursday 25th September  
Arts & Food Festival

Friday 26th September
Last day of term 3 - School holidays commence

Student Free Days 2014

Friday 5th September

Monday 8th September
(Whole School Closure day)

Monday 13th October
(1st day of Term 4)

Student Absences

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Principal's Blog

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Numeracy and literacy skills are crucial in helping our students develop fully as individuals and live satisfying and rewarding lives as local and global citizens. We want the best education possible for our students, and we want our students to leave school with pathway options - and the confidence to pursue them. The DECD strategy  Great start – Strong Foundations – Powerful learners is designed to help all young people leave school as confident communicators, capable of reading, writing and using digital media and mathematics in their everyday lives.

This week Henley has used digital media and theatre to engage students in National Literacy and Numeracy Week, 25th – 31st August.

Jessica Reed our English Coordinator embraced the cross curricular perspective encouraging an appreciation of poetry amongst our students – both inside and outside of the classroom. By sharing the literacy vision with the Drama faculty; enabled both students and teachers [from a diverse range of teaching areas] to discover the joys of poetry by having the theatrical ensemble ‘Poetry in Action’ present a comical yet highly articulate and educational learning experience about the construct and 5 elements of poetry: rhythm, theme, rhyme, nonsense and alliteration.
By chance, or synchronicity or as Mr Ashley Noll the digital media teacher form the Arts faculty stated ‘synergy’ was at play.  Mr Noll stated he had just started a digital animation task with his Year 10s on illustrating a poem of their choice, with the following lesson; to start breaking down the students selected poems when "Poetry in Action" turned up and performed for us. This was a perfect learning experience for the students. Student comments -
“it was intriguing”
“they expressed the story in an interesting way and it was easy to understand”
“I learnt the aspects of poetry”
“it changed my way of thinking about poetry in a positive way”

Bonnie Churchett successfully continued with the promotion and running of the Premier's Reading challenge which concluded this week. The challenge supports literacy in that reading is one of the underpinning elements of increasing a child’s capacity to be literate. Research supports that all students benefit from reading practice, and books are the tools that provide students with the opportunities to practice. The books children choose to read and enjoy the most, increases their knowledge of the world, their vocabulary, written and oral communication.
As a whole school approach and professional development for staff; staff were also trained/retrained in Virtual Library as a means of increasing access to quality research and critical literacy.
Sonya Arnold our Mathematics coordinator was using a different type of ‘play’; using digital media and online gaming Mathletics to engage the students in the area of numeracy. Mathletics is a web-based learning program that integrates home and school learning via the Internet. It is one of the world's most used educational websites. As an online learning resource it is in line with the next generation in learning.

The ‘buzz in the middle school was amazing. Students were engaged and having fun whilst subliminally learning about mathematic skills and concepts whilst aligning the scope and sequence of the Australian Curriculum strands. Student comments -
“its better than doing bookwork, its more fun”
“more involving than text book work, its more rewarding and we can get medals”
“it has a good range of topics that we can learn from”
“we can self-test ourselves and have feedback strait away”
Henley High Schools literacy and numeracy strategy makes clear the expectations and standards expected for student numeracy and literacy achievement across all learning areas and year levels. To meet the needs of our 21st century learners the whole school approach is to use quality teaching practices, a student centred approach to assessment task design and an inquiry approach to learning. Our diverse curriculum offering enables students to successfully peruse and achieve their pathway choices.

Tania Duff-Tytler
Assistant Principal, Literacy & Numeracy

 Student Free Days 

Friday 5th September

Monday 8th September
(Whole School Closure day)


All Parents and Caregivers are invited to attend their child’s PLP Round Table presentation on Monday 22nd September, Week 10, Term 3.

Year 8, 9, 10 students will only be required to attend school for the time of their Round Table presentation.  Full school uniform must be worn by all students attending Round Table presentations
Following on with the process used for Course Confirmation, appointment times for the Round Table Presentations will be made online. This can be done by clicking here or going to the Henley High School website home page, click on the Round Table Presentations banner on the main home page, this will then link you to the Appointment Wizard site.  To book your timeslot with your child’s PLP Teacher select their PLP class, then choose your time. You will need to use the same Login (firstname lastname eg. sandra moran) and Password (Date of Birth dd/mm/yy  eg. 02/02/99) as used for Course Confirmation. When you have finished please print a copy of your appointment time for your records.

Wear It Purple Day

Wear It Purple is a youth-led organisation that exists to support and empower rainbow (i.e. sexuality and gender diverse) young people. We are young people, working for young people. This organisation believes that every young person is unique, important and worthy of love. We believe no one should be subject to bullying, belittlement or invalidation: whoever you are.

Henley High School participated in Wear it Purple on Friday August 29th by students wearing purple ribbons and staff wearing something purple. All who wore something purple pledged against saying ‘that’s so gay’ and creating a safe and positive learning environment for people of all sexualities.
For more information, please visit

Alycia Wright
Health, Home Ec & English Teacher


2014 South Australian Science Excellence Awards

The 2014 South Australian Science Excellence Awards Gala Dinner was held on Friday 8th August at the Adelaide Town Hall. Mr Simon Brooks (Design & Technology Teacher) was nominated for the Early Career Science, Technology, Education and Mathematics (STEM) Educator of the Year Award along with two other public school teachers. The award was received by Dr Sam Moyle from Brighton Secondary School. These awards recognise teachers who make an outstanding contribution to education and inspire students for further study in the STEM disciplines.
Well done to Simon for his nomination.

LEAN Manufacturing Workshop - Concept to Creation

On Tuesday 19th August 2014, three Year 10 Advanced Technology classes participated in a LEAN Manufacturing Workshop presented by Ron and Wendy Gommersall.
The way the information was presented about the processes and decision making about manufacturing efficiency in an experiential form was outstanding.

A foundation of understanding about manufacturing was developed through description of local examples of car production.

The students then engaged in actual team planning and decision making  experiences in the pursuit of efficiency and maintaining quality through the manufacture of paper aircraft.

The process had real world applications, as instant graphing of production outcomes revealed where the students costs were limiting their potential for profit.

No lecture or multi-media presentation could provide the level of student engagement and applied learning that is provided in the hands on experience that Lean Manufacturing delivered.
Michael Hern
Design and Technology Teacher

Open Boys Knockout Badminton Finals

Friday, the 22nd of August saw our Open Boys team play in the finals of the Open Boys Badminton Championships. The team consisting of Jonothon Norodom, Sam Shoder, Kal Azhar, Tristan and Keith Edsion were extremely competitive throughout the campaign with wins over Oakbank Area School, Adelaide High School, Norwood Morialta and Black Friars. Unfortunately we lost the final to Glenunga International High School to finish runner up in a high quality final with many spectators and organisers commenting on such a high standard for school level badminton. Our team is to be congratulated for their performance and how they conducted themselves throughout the tournament.

Tim Kloeden
Assistant Principal, Specialist Sport Program


A day at the Football with Ben Everson

On Saturday the 9th August, Henley High School held its major fundraiser in support of old scholar Ben Everson. Fifty members of the school community attended the Port Power vs Sydney Swans game at Adelaide Oval in the stadium’s Media Suite, Port Power players also joined us to watch the game.  The event raised over $6000 for Ben’s Trust fund.
I think all who attended would agree that it was a fantastic night and the view from the Media centre was unbelievable.
The school would also like to thank many of its supporters for the donations made to host the evening.
  • Port Power for providing the tickets to the game
  • Balfours who supplied a variety of pies, pasties, sausage rolls and frog cakes
  • Coke who donated a variety a soft drinks and water
In particular we would like to thank Darren Chandler of the Stadium Management Authority (SMA) for providing the Media Centre and providing a variety of other light refreshments.
In addition, we also have other members of the community that have supported the cause. Lucy Cornes, wife of Power player Kane Cornes, she has organised a Port Power gurnsey to be signed by the players which will be auctioned at Ben’s major fundraising dinner later in the year.
Also a huge thanks to Kooyong Natural Therapies, Sharron Macrow and Largs Bay Health and Yoga, Richard Roope who kindly made a donation for a Massage for Casey Simmons, Ben’s girlfriend in recognition of the support she had provided him over the past 8 months.
Finally, the evening would not have been the success it was without the support of our community and the donations that were made in support of Ben. On behalf of Ben we would like to thank all the people that made donations.
Tim Kloeden
Assistant Principal, Specialist Sport Program


Homestays Needed

We are seeking Homestays for our future visitors and would love them to be hosted by a Henley High School Family.  
Hosting an international student is a very rewarding experience, and gives you and your family an international experience without leaving home!  It also helps you make lifelong friends overseas.

Homestay families are paid approximately $250 per week to host a student.  
If you can host in the future and would like to be part of our Homestay database, we would love to hear from you. Please contact Yuka Asano, International Office on 8355 7007 or via email 

Thank you 
International Team 

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