Newsletter - Term 3, Week 8

Upcoming Events

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

Monday 13th October
Student Free Day

Tuesday 14th October
Term 4 Commences

Thursday 23rd October
Year 12 Graduation

Student Free Days 2014

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

Year 12 Graduation

Thursday 23rd October

Please RSVP by
Wednesday 15th October 2014
to Michelle Taylor via email

Please advise student name and how many Guests will be attending with the Student

Student Absences

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

Interactive links

Please click on the links below for more details

Specialist Program Links

Specialist Sport Program
Inclusion & Supported Learning Centre
Trade Training Centre
Home Ec & Community Services
The Arts
Career Development

Principal's Blog

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Building strong and effective relationships between staff, students and their families is the main exemplary characteristic that underpins our Middle School Philosophy. Supporting and nurturing our year 8-9 students and the recognition, awareness and understanding that all are unique individuals with specific social, emotional and physical needs forms the basis of our Middle School environment. We encourage and foster open communication within the student-teacher-parent/caregiver relationship.

A devoted and caring team of teachers not only support their student’s learning and development of skills and qualities but provide mentoring on their academic and future pathway. Preparing them for a successful transition into the Senior Years of schooling and supporting them to achieve their best as future global citizens in the wider community stand as a priority.
To encourage and foster team building and relationships a number of strategies have been incorporated:
  • Our State of the art open spaced middle school building which opened in 2008 allows all students to have their own learning spaces and to develop a sense of identity, belonging, pride and ownership.
  • The students are housed in the same Sub School for their Middle Years (8/9) and where possible have the same team of teachers for their “non-practical subjects” (Maths, English, HASS and Science). Where possible the Year 8 and Year 9 Care Group Teacher will teach a minimum of two subjects to their class. We also encourage teachers to follow their year 8 groups into year 9 as a support mechanism for relationship establishment between the students, teachers and their families. A Sub School Manager who cares for and monitors the well-being of their students compliments the role of the Care Group Teacher. “Knowing all students, supporting all students” is our Middle School motto.
  • The team of teachers are committed Middle Years Educators who are supported with Training & Development opportunities to further support the needs of this group of students and to maintain present research into 21st Century teaching practices.
  • A central Common Room allows for curriculum diversity, group work, team teaching and vertical innovation and Sub School assemblies to promote student success, achievement and leadership opportunities.
  • A “broad based experiential curriculum” operates at Year 8 with some choice implemented at Year 9. A student centred approach, Project based task design, an ICT focus and differentiation of the curriculum to allow for “outcomes for all” are some of the strategies that guide our curriculum/learning delivery.
Finally, our Middle School Ethos and Culture is supported by a Middle School Shield implemented for the first time in 2013 where a variety of activities are used and recognised to award points on a Sub School basis. The winning Sub school is presented with “The Middle School Shield” at the 8-11 Presentation afternoon and is a means to foster teamwork, collaboration and recognition amongst individual sub schools. These include:
  • Swimming Carnival and Sports Day.
  • Involvement in curriculum based but DECD organised competitions such ICAS Maths, Premiers Reading Challenge, etc
  • Internally school based  Curriculum House Competitions (Theatre Sports, Volleyball Competition, Cross Country ,rubrics cube)
  • Academic Achievement (AA) and Outstanding Academic Achievement (OAA) awards which acknowledge student success and are celebrated each term with families and teachers.
  • GPA averages per class.
Currently we are looking at our Year 7-8 transition processes in preparation for our new cohort of students in 2015.

Trevor Cibich
Assistant Principal Middle School


Congratulations to all Students & Staff involved in the Caica Cup today.  Henley High School defeated St Michaels.  More details in the next Newsletter.


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.

Congratulations to Jye Dodd

Congratulations to Jye Dodd on being successfully selected as a worthy recipient to participate in the Spirit of Science - Maurice de Rohan Scholarship 2014. 

The  Spirit of  Science  Program is a unique opportunity for 10 students to travel to London accompanied by 2 teachers.  The Scholarship was established in 2005 when Baroness Professor Susan Greenfield visited Adelaide as a Thinker in Residence.
Jye will travel to London in December this year and attend the Christmas Lectures at the Royal Institution of Great Britain.
Science has been Jye’s passion throughout his high school years. He is very proud to have been selected and is really looking forward to this amazing opportunity.
The ATSI Team

Student Illnesses

Anyone who has a student with a Healthcare Plan that is older than 12 months we ask that you complete a new one, (you can click here to access form). Also if your child did have a Health care plan but now no longer requires it because they have either grown out of the condition eg asthma, can you please email the school on, to advise us of this.

To help prevent the spread of illnesses throughout the school could we please ask that you do not send your child to school if they are unwell. If your child is unwell you can use the online absence notification on the top right hand corner of the home page of the Henley High School website, or alternately ring the school on 83557014 or 83557015.

Thank you 
Chris Gardner
Student Services

Homestays Needed

We are seeking Homestays for our International visitors and we would love them to be hosted by the Henley High School community.

We require homestays for -
1 Male Student from New Caledonian - 20th to 27th September
14 Students, Ritsumeikan Study Tour - 19th Novemeber to 2nd December.

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 during the above tour or 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 

International Surf Lifesaving

SSP Surf Lifesaving students have been involved in running lessons for the visiting Japanese schools of Koishikawa and Ushiku.  The surf lifesavers were able to educate the Japanese students on roles of surf lifesavers and what precautions need to be taken when going to the beach. Our students also took them through some beach activities.

Russell Watkin

Year 9 DESMOS Graphing Project

During the final weeks of term 2, all year 9s in our maths classes were set the task of creating a face, house or a rainbow on is a website where you can create pictures using graphs. The purpose of this exercise was to combine our mathematical skills with our artistic creativity. During the assessment, there were tutorials in the sub schools to teach us how to use the equations and create circles, parabolas, lines and for colour shading.

The SALA Art Festival opening night was held on the 1st of August at the Woodville Charles Sturt Council library. Only eight students had their desmos art project entered into the SALA Art Festival, I was lucky enough to have mine featured. I went to the opening night with Cerys Colquhoun and Luke Hondrovasilopoulos, who also had their artwork featured. It was wonderful to see so many interesting displays, not just paintings/drawings but lyrics, jewellery and pottery. There was a great atmosphere, lots of arty people, live music and a buffet table.

As the year 9s had been learning about equations during term 2, the desmos assignment was slightly easier to understand and complete. I thought it was entertaining to be able to work with my friends, give them help and receive help from them. Overall, the desmos art project was really interesting and a fun experience to participate in.

By Annaliese Abbot
Student 9Mi1

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