Newsletter - Term 3, Week 2

Upcoming Events

Monday 18th August - Wednesday 20th August
Year 12 Exams

Tuesday 19th August
Year 11 Course Confirmation Interviews

Tuesday 19th August - Saturday 30th August
Ushika Study Tour

Wednesday 27th August 
Governing Council Meeting

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

Student Free Days 2014

Friday 5th September

Monday 8th September
(Whole School Closure day)

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

Student Absences

To report a Student absence please report online via our Website or phone Student Services on 8355 7014 or 8355 7015.

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Principal's Blog

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Important Information RE: Year 12 Entry for Students in 2015

Year 12 is a very important year in a young person’s education. It is the culmination of 4 years at secondary school and is critical in terms of SACE completion and the foundation for pathways to careers, further education and/or training.
Henley High School is therefore determined to ensure success for all students and has put in place some safeguards to assist all students wishing to undertake Year 12 in 2015.
Firstly, during course counselling the Senior School Team led by the Assistant Principal – Senior School and comprising the Senior School Coordinator and Sub-School Managers, will meet with every Year 11 student. This is to ensure that appropriate subjects have been chosen, based on students’ interests, aspirations, abilities and teacher recommendations.

Secondly, when subject selections are finalised during Term 4 (week2), students’ enrolment in Year 12, 2015 will be probationary and will be confirmed based on the following criteria:
That students have:
  • Achieved a C grade or better in Stage 1 compulsory subjects – Literacy, Numeracy and the PLP.
  • Achieved a C grade or better in the compulsory Research Project in the term 3 2014 Report.
  • Successfully completed the Research Project at the end of the 2014 academic year.
  • Achieved passing grades in their ‘free choice’ pre-requisite subjects.
  • Successfully completed 1 task in each of their year 12 subjects by the end of 2014.
  • Attended Senior Week Session at Uni SA City West Campus – during Week 2 of Term 1 in 2015.
Where students have not met the following criteria a meeting with you and the student will occur to discuss options for 2015. These options could include:
  • Repeating Year 11, particularly in the case of not successfully completing Stage 1 compulsory subjects
  • Finding alternative pathways including full time work, traineeships, apprenticeships or enrolment at other institutions such as Thebarton Senior College or TAFE.
We believe that this is the best way to ensure that students fully understand the standards and commitment required at Year 12 level and are fully prepared to strive for their personal best in what is an important year. 

Mark Adams
Assistant Principal - Senior School

2015 Subject Selection & Course Confirmation Important Dates

Weeks 3-4 Due Mon 18th August Parents & Students enter Course selection information online through the Enrolment Wizard.
Print off 2 copies, sign and return to Mentor Teacher
Week 5 Tuesday 19th August,
Year 11 Course Confirmation Parent meeting
Appointments made online through Appointment Wizard
  Wednesday 20th August All Year 8,9,10,11 Course Confirmation closes

Parent Information for Year 8-11 2015 Course Selection

Over the next 3 weeks Year 8-11 Students will finalise their Subjects for 2015 in collaboration with their Parents, PLP/Mentor and Subject Teachers and enter them online through the Enrolment Wizard.
Log on for students is: User name – firstname lastname eg. Sandra Moran Password – (date of birth) dd/mm/yy
  • Year 8/9/10 Students will work through Subject Information in PLP with their PLP Teachers and Sub School Managers
  • Year 11’s will work through a similar process to PLP with their Year 11 Mentor teachers, 3-4, Term 3.  Sub School Managers and the Senior Team have met with Year 11 students to discuss their Year 12 Subject choices for 2015 and their post school Career pathway plan.
  • Year 8/9/10/11 Parents who have any questions regarding Subject Selection should contact their child’s PLP/Mentor Teacher or Sub School Manager to discuss these.
  • PLP Teachers work with Year 8/9/10 Students, their Parents and Sub School Managers to complete an appropriate Course selection and approve it on-line by Monday 18th August Week 5, Term 3. The PLP Teacher approves final subject selection online.
  • Year 11 students should enter their course online by Monday 18th August and then Parents and students come in for Course Confirmation on Tuesday 19th August, 1.30-8pm, Week 5. Appointments can be made online through the Appointment Wizard (log in same as above). Course Confirmation is done in Sub School groups with Sub School Manager, Senior School team and Admin.
  • All Subject Choices for 2015 must be entered online and approved by Wednesday 20th August, Week 5 Term 3.

Student Absences

We ask that all Student absences, including early departures and late arrivals be reported directly to Student Services by 10am.

You can report via  telephone on 8355 7014 or 8355 7015 or via our website.

Please do not email Staff directly or reply to other emails sent (such as the Newsletter) as this eliminates any absences being missed should that email address be unattended.

We thank you for your assistance in this matter.
Student Services

To Parents and Caregivers of Year 11 and 12 Students 

You are invited to attend a powerful Road Awareness Program that could save your life


Thursday 28th August 7.00PM - School Hall

RSVP by 22nd August via email to Michelle Taylor:

Prepare to be challenged, moved and enlightened in this 90 minute investment in your safety and that of your children.
HHS has partnered with the SA Metropolitan Fire Service, Save a Life Australia and Adelaide BMW to deliver this presentation towards the parents of children learning to drive. It will focus on our role as responsible drivers and road users and how we can pass our knowledge onto the next generation of drivers.

Road crashes are the number one cause of death of 16–24 year olds throughout Australia.  This RAP presentation will be as confronting as it will be inspiring.

“The benefits to all communities are far reaching. We believe that we really can start to make a difference to how all future and current drivers behave on our roads.” Darren Davis, Save a Life Australia

Please note;
  • HHS Year 11 students will attend their own RAP presentation held the next day, hence are not required to attend this event.
  • This presentation is not suitable for young children

Singers Day

On the 6th and 7th of August, Henley High School students participated in Singers Day, a two day inter school workshop with the IMS (Instrumental Music Service).  Students from all over South Australia came to our school to perform five songs (Man in the Mirror, Feel Like Going Back Home, On Broadway, If I Had Words and Happy) that we learnt over the course of the two days.  We were guided by five IMS vocal teachers, including our very own Sarah-Jane, to execute a fantastic final performance. Year 12 students and local a Capella group ‘Local Vocal’ (consisting of the five teachers) also performed to us. The audience was very appreciative of the fantastic sound produced and we learnt so much about being a vocalist.

Anushka & Afra

Maths Quiz Night

On Wednesday the 6th of August, Henley’s Mathematics faculty hosted the 2014 Mathematical Association of South Australia’s annual Quiz night. Over 100 students, staff and parents from schools including St Michaels, Nazareth, Immanuel, Urrbrae and Henley congregated in our middle school for a night of fun problem solving. In teams, the students battled over both mathematical and general knowledge questions for two hours. It was a fantastic night with a lot of fast-paced calculator skills on display!
One of our year 9 teams won the overall champion prize for the junior section – as well as coming first in the maths section! This is a commendable achievement and we are very proud of them. The winning team consisted of: Sahara Boniface; Enayah Kong; Alice Murphy; Jasmine Thomas and Matthew Groves. Well done team!
Sonya Arnold
Mathematics Coordinator

Major Assessment for Year 12 Food and Hospitality Students

On Friday the 1st August the Year 12 Food and Hospitality students successfully served a Five course meal to 100 guests for the ‘WORLD CHALLENGE FUNDRAISING DINNER’ at the Thebarton Community Centre.

This was done as their major collaborative assessment and was actually months in making to ensure a successful night. Leading up to the event the Year 12 students designed and discussed the menu ideas with the World Challenge student committee, practised recipes and plating ideas and organised the extensive amount of equipment needed for an off-site catering event. They delegated roles and responsibilities, costed recipes and calculated the large quantities of ingredients required.

I would like to commend all the Year 12 Food and Hospitality students for their professionalism, work ethic and pride in what they produced. This was a large scale event that would not have been possible without their dedication and enthusiasm. Great work!!!
Shannon Lim

World Challenge Major Fundraiser Friday 1st August 2014

The World Challenge Laos and Vietnam Groups 1 & 2 and their School Coordinators would like to thank all those who supported our recent Major Fundraiser held at the Thebarton Community Centre.  Our appreciation goes to the City of West Torrens Council who allowed us to use their fabulous venue with no charge.

We would especially like to thank the generous guests, made up of parents, friends and staff from the Henley High School Community who enjoyed a scrumptious five course meal catered for by the Year 12 Hospitality class, supervised by teachers Shannon Lim and Tania Duff-Tytler.

Thanks also to the community for strongly supporting the successful Silent Auction held on the night with goods provided by a wide variety of donors.  Thank you to Mark Conroy at Pirramimma Wines for supplying the delicious wines for the evening.

There are a number of Henley Staff who assisted in some way with this event , in particular SSO’s  Jane Doyle, Nadine Hicks, Jean-Marie Prime and Sandy Sloane and Teachers Ray Wilke, Barry Rusanoff, Jade Ambler and Vanessa Porritt, we appreciate their support.

Finally a huge thanks to the exceptional students of Henley High School who virtually ran the whole event, to the Year 12 Hospitality class for the excellent food, the Music students who entertained us in such a professional way and the World Challenge participants who set up the venue and made sure everything ran smoothly.  You should be very proud of your efforts.  According to comments of parents, staff and students regarding the night, it was acknowledged to be a hugely successful evening including the food, entertainment and venue.  As far as World Challenge is concerned it was a very successful night financially raising a substantial amount of money. This money is to be evenly distributed between Groups 1&2 for the Project Phase in Laos.

In conclusion the World Challenge Group would like to offer our appreciation to the local and wider communities for their fantastic support and look forward to future relationships with these entities.
Ian McGregor-Dey
Henley High School World Challenge Coordinator 

We would like to acknowledge and thank the following businesses for their support


Chris Hamlyn  Deb Dolman  Helen Bradley  Jordan Nash

Declan Carruthers represents Australia at the Youth Olympics, Nanjing, China

On Friday 22nd August Declan Carruthers will be competing in the Pole Vault Qualification round at the Youth Olympics, Nanjing, China. Declan is the current National U18 Pole Vault  Champion, a title which he gained with a personal best vault of 4.85m at the Athletics Australia National Age Championships earlier this year and earned him a place in the Youth Olympic team. This will be the first time that Declan has represented Australia at International level.  Declan will compete in the qualifying round for Pole Vault on Friday 22nd Aug., 6.30pm local time, followed by the Pole Vault Final on Monday 25th Aug., at either 10.50am B final or 6.45pm A Final.

You can find out more information about Declan and the Youth Olympics at and watch the competition on Channel Seven who will broadcast the YOG Highlights package on 7mate (Channel 73) daily from 17 – 29 August 2014. During the week the highlights will be programmed for 12pm.

You can also watch the Youth Olympics – online. The IOC will provide live and video on demand (VOD) coverage of select sports via its digital platforms, and as well as a new channel, available from 14 August 2014. The full production schedule is available here >>> 2014 Youth Olympic Games Digital Broadcast Schedule. There will also be a mobile app featuring live and VOD - for download on IOS and Android. This coverage includes the Opening and Closing Ceremonies as well as three daily highlights packages.

We wish Declan the best of luck in his first international competition and hope that he comes home with a new personal best vault.

Sandra Moran
Assistant Principal


Congratulations to Ethan Kesby

Ethan recently competed in the State Championships for Irish dancing.  He won his solo in the 14 Year old boys category, he is the current State Champion for the 5th year in a row. Ethan also came 1st in what is known as a 2 hand team dance 14 years.  His win means that he qualifies for the 2015 World championships in Montreal next year.  Well Done Ethan!

School Dental Service

The School Dental Service is a Child Dental Benefits Schedule provider. All babies, children and young people under 18 years are welcome to attend.
Dental care is FREE for most children. Children who do not qualify for the Child Dental Benefits Schedule can also attend – a small fee will apply for each course of general dental care provided.
All dental care provided is FREE for preschool children.
To locate your local School Dental Clinic, or for more information about the Child Dental Benefits Schedule, visit


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