Newsletter - Term 2, Week 10

Upcoming Events

Friday 4th July
Reports Issued Electronically

Friday 4th July
Last day of Term 2

Monday 21st July
Term 3 commences

Wednesday 23rd July
Year 9 - 11 SACE Info Night

Thursday 24th July
Year 12 Student/ Parent/ Teacher Interviews

Thursday 24th July
US College Scholarship Recruit Session - 6pm

Monday 28th July
Year 8 - 11 Optional Course Counselling

Wednesday 30th July
Governing Council Meeting

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.

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,

As part of the development of the Australian Curriculum Henley High School has embarked upon a programme to improve the quality of teaching and learning within the school. This has not only involved improving the tasks students undertake but also the methods we use to teach.
The Phase 1 Australian Curriculum areas (English, History, Geography, Mathematics and Science) have focused on strategies to engage students and increase their critical thinking and analysis skills. Zara Anderson, Coordinator Quality Teaching is involved in one of only two Learning Frontiers Design Hubs in Australia. Zara is supported by AITSL (Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership) with this project which is primarily focussed on connecting schools and other organisations to develop teaching practices and understandings that improve student engagement. 
One of the first projects undertaken by students and teachers has been in Florey Sub-school. They have been working together to develop new teaching methodologies that increase student engagement. Class 8FL1 and 8FL2 have been working together on a unit of work focussed on the movie Up! This unit of work has been undertaken in Maths, Science and English. The goal of the unit was to increase student responsibility, and as such, students were responsible for creating resources that help other students in the class and across the world in their learning.
Students were assigned roles during class, on a rotating roster. One student was the scribe who contributed notes to the class blog. Three students were researchers, who answered the questions of other students and found reliable and useful internet resources on the topic of the day. Other students were responsible for creating video tutorials that taught class concepts to others on the class YouTube channel. Following on from this, the student’s choice was promoted to ensure all students were successful in their assessment tasks. Students chose when they felt ready to undertake assessment, and these assessments were more authentic. In Maths, students carried out a number of measurements and calculations on a mystery object, and in English students had a conversation with their teacher to demonstrate their knowledge of film techniques. The development of this methodology is a work in progress – the student feedback has been extremely positive and fellow staff members have commented that they have never seen so many smiling faces in maths!
To see examples of student videos, please visit and
To see class blogs, please visit and
Some feedback included:
They look great Zara.  Brielle showed me part of hers at home, just watched her video.  I think she has enjoyed the process.
Margie (parent)
“I have never seen so many smiling faces in Maths” (Henley School Support Officer)

Part of the You tube video by belly101 from 8FL1
In mathematics the Year 9 students in 6 Year 9 classes have been participating in a mathematical art project. Students, working with Sonya Arnold, Coordinator Mathematics, have been writing various mathematical equations, such as equations for straight lines, circles and parabolas, to create a unique piece of art work. This work is produced digitally using a program called Desmos Graphing Calculator ( They have been trialling a tutorial approach to teaching this unit whereby students are able to choose from a list of tutorial topics run by the Year 9 Maths teachers. Tutorials are held at various times and locations during the lesson and students are free to choose how, when and in what manner they learn. Students must learn the mathematical equations that will draw various lines and put these together to produce a piece of art. All six classes are run at the same time, and twice a week we have the entire first floor of the middle school devoted to maths!
This approach has provided students with ownership of their learning, and as a result, we have seen an increased engagement and productivity in mathematics. The art work students have produced is amazing, with many containing upwards of 150 different equations! Some of the students work will be included in the upcoming SALA festival and be exhibited in the local area.

Mathematical Equation Graphs/Art by Luke Hondrovasilopoulos

Nick McNamara
Director of Studies

Year 9/10/11 SACE Parent Information Evening

Wednesday 23rd July 7.00 pm
Main Hall, Henley High School

Parents are invited to attend the Parent Information Evening to meet Sub-School Managers, Senior School and SACE Assistant Principals and Counsellors to find out the expectations for students studying Year 10, 11 and 12 at Henley High School in 2015.

Information regarding SACE and Course Selection for 2015 will be presented.

Year 12 Parent/ Teacher/ Student Interviews

Parent/ Teacher/ Student Interviews will be held on Thursday 24th July, starting at 3.30pm and continuing until 5.00pm.  Interviews will be restricted to 10 mins in length. 
Click here to log on to make an appointment.

To log in you will need;
i.   Username: firstname  lastname   (eg. bob smith )
ii.  Password : Birthdate - dd/mm/yy   (eg. 23/02/95)

Then select Appointments tab

Term 2 Student Reports

As flagged in the last newsletter, end of term reports will no longer be printed and mailed but will be available on the Parent Portal for parent access.
Parents/caregivers will be able to log onto the Henley High School Parent Portal to access their child's report. This is the first time we have used this system of reporting to parents.
The Term 2 report and all previous school reports for your child can be found following this path:
  2. Scholaris Portal Login
  3. Login using Username and Password provided at the end of Term 1
  4. Click on My Child
  5. Click Progress Tab
  6. Select 'Student Report Term 2 2014'
These reports are in PDF format and can be downloaded and printed if necessary. They will remain on the Henley High School Parent Portal while students remain at school.
Currently, only the primary parent/caregiver has access to the Portal. If parents usually receive a second report, Henley High School Parent Portal access will be forwarded to those parents in the very near future.
If you experience difficulties please email Nat Harrison or phone 8355 7069. Full details will need to be supplied to obtain a secure password.
If there are discrepancies with the report please contact the subject teacher or the mentor of your child.

Nick McNamara
Director of Studies

Greg Pascoe
ICT in the Curriculum, Scholaris & Data Coordinator
2015 Subject Selection and Course Confirmation Important Dates
Week 10 Friday 4th July Reports go home with Subject Recommendations for 2015
Week 1 Monday 21st July Course Selection goes “live” online
  Wednesday 23rd July, 7pm, Main Hall Year 9/10/11 Parent Evening: SACE, Course Information & Subject Selection for 2015
  Mon-Fri Sub School Managers discuss Subject Selections with all Year 11 students in their Sub School
Week 2 Monday 28th July, 2.40-5pm, PLP & 11 Mentor rooms Year 8/9/10/ Optional Parent/PLP/ 11 Mentor Teacher meeting to discuss Subject Selections for 2015 Appointments made online, opens 30th June
  Tuesday 29th July 5.45pm, Main Hall Year 9/10/11 STEM Information Evening: The University of Adelaide presents information on STEM subjects
Week 3 Monday 4th August Year 8/9/10/11 Draft Subject Selection sheet signed by Parents and returned to PLP/Mentor teacher
Due Mon 18th August Parents & Students enter Course selection information online.
Print off 2 copies, sign and return to Mentor Teacher
Week 5 Tuesday 19th August,
Year 11 Course Confirmation Parent meeting
  Wednesday 20th August All Year 8,9,10,11 Course Confirmation closes

SSP Applications 2015

Please be reminded that Applications for the SSP Program are currently open for Students who will be in Years 9 - 12 in 2015.

Applications close Friday 25th July.  

Please click here for more information or to apply.

Enquiries can be directed to Dian McMurtrie or Caitlin Carrol by phone 8355 7000 or email or

Sporting Scholarships in the USA

Henley High School is collaborating with Aus Recruit to support our students who may be interested in obtaining a sporting scholarship in the USA once they have finished their secondary education.

As part of the collaboration Aus Recruit in conjunction with Henley High School will be holding an information evening for interested families on Thursday the 24th of July at 6:00pm in the Senior Centre.

If you would like to attend please RSVP to Caitlin Carrol by phone 8355 7000 or email


Visit by Mr Christopher Pyne

On June 30, Henley High School welcomed Mr Christopher Pyne, Minister for Education – Leader of the House and Federal Minister for Sturt and also Mr Matt Williams, Federal Member for Hindmarsh.

Mr Pyne and Mr Williams spoke with two students Ruby Bishop and Abbey Lukosius from the Girls in Technology class who showed projects they had designed and made. These included including laser cut clocks, jewellery and items made with the 3D printer. The girls explained how their teacher Ms Alex Pindral had encouraged them to develop their own designs and demonstrated the processes to be used. Ruby and Abbey also added how they valued their opportunity to work with advanced technologies.

Ms Liz Schneyder and some of the administration team then took the guests for a short tour of the school including the recently developed senior and middle school areas.
Mr Pyne was the presented with a set of earrings made by the students from the Girls in Technology class.

Champion Edge Assembly

On Friday, the 4th of July we were treated to a unique 90 minute motivational morning that included a presentation from Olympian Brennon Dowrick, the founder of Champion Edge and was be facilitated by MC Katrina Webb – herself a Gold Medal winning Paralympian.

Champion Edge is a motivation and education program with a focus on health and fitness for 13-16 year olds. It is designed to inspire Australian teenagers to find their own formula for success in life.

In the interactive presentation, MC Katrina Webb was supported by a number of other successful Olympic Athletes including Blake Gaudry (Trampoline) and Olympic Gold Medalist Steve Hooker (Pole Vault).

At its conclusion Declan Carruthers (Year 11 Henley Student and 2014 Youth Olympian) was involved in a Pole Vault demonstration / competition for students to watch.  This competition which included a number of highly ranked Australian Pole Vaulters provided our students a bird’s eye view of the skill and expertise required to compete in this event.

Tim Kloeden
Assistant Principal - Specialist Sport Program

We Came Here to Dance

On Wednesday 25th June, the Henley High School Dance and SSP Dance students presented We Came Here to Dance for the Evening of Dance. This was also the Stage 2 Dance Performance exam. All students did an amazing job. The Year 12 Students are a highly diverse group and were able to entertain the audience in the genres of Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Break and Contemporary. Congratulations to all involved!

World Challenge 2014

World Challenge has been running educational expeditions since 1987. Towards the end of this year two groups of 17 Henley High students are travelling to Vietnam and Laos for a total of 28 days as part of the World Challenge program. Overseas we will undertake local community projects, and are empowered with the responsibility of controlling the budget, booking accommodation and leading teams. Throughout the travel we will be exploring new cultures, trekking and supporting a local school or orphanage by building, teaching, and providing love and support. The students have been planning fundraising events and activities since early 2013. 

On The 1st of August at Thebarton Community Centre we will be hosting our major fundraising event for the community that we will be helping overseas. Whether it is a school or orphanage we strive to help improve their living arrangements and give them a happier life. 

The function will be catered for by year 12 Henley High School Food and Hospitality students as their major assessment task. Entertainment will be provided by the band Sound Factory and some of the school's music students. During the evening we will hold a silent and live auction and offer a five course meal. Our aim is that the night will be a huge success for our school and the community we will be visiting overseas. All are welcome.

Please click here for the Invitation to the event.

Thank you
Amelia Hutchinson- Student


Watch the Footy with Ben!

Do you like Football?
Do you barrack for Port Power or Sydney?

Then make sure you keep your eye on your emails in week 1 of next term.  There will be an opportunity to attend them game with Ben Everson on Saturday 9th August in a Corporate Box.  More details next term!

Choose Your Career

Choosing your dream job is now easier.  A new online tool designed to help make it easier for students to make good career choices is now available at
Choose your career provides valuable online information on training options and job prospects for 200 occupations across 32 industries in South Australia.
The tool is great for students who are trying to decide on what career to pursue by providing them with information on job prospects, qualifications and the training pathways to get them the job they want.

It is as simple as entering in the job you might like to do, or if you don’t know what job is for you, then you can search under different industries.

Choose your career can also be accessed via smart phones and tablet devices by searching careers and industries at  

WATS Newsletter Term 2 

The Term 2 Western Adelaide Trade School for the Future newsletter is now available on their website –

You can read the newsletter by clicking here  
This term’s Trade School newsletter showcases activities undertaken across our Western region schools this term, including:
  • Regional VET Programs
  • School-based Apprenticeships
  • Industry Skills Program
  • Advanced Technology Project and WASSN STEM (Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics)
  • Maritime High School Program

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