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Dear Families,

Suddenly we are faced with a resurgence of COVID in South Australia. The school will endeavour to pass on alerts and advice from the Department for Education as they are made. Please be prepared for sudden changes in plans as we continue to be guided by SA Health and our Chief Health Minister.

As always, monitor your family’s health and seek COVID testing if unwell. Dr Spurrier has constantly insisted despite wait times that anyone with the slightest symptoms should be tested.

This latest development has affected planned end of term events and for the time being everything is on hold awaiting further advice. With only 3 weeks to go until the end of the year, please continue to monitor Seesaw and Skoolbag for notifications.

Thank you for your support as we all work to minimise the potential effects of this latest outbreak.

Padnipadniya tirntu

It was wonderful to welcome families back on site for Padnipadniya tirntu (Sports Day). Congratulations to all members of the Green team who assisted them to claim the trophy for 2020. Many thanks to Mr Lieman for his organisation and the Year 6/7 sports leaders who supported our R-3 classes on the Thursday.

Special thanks to all the families who helped the school remain COVID safe by following the protocols, staff and students appreciated this.

 

NAIDOC Week

The Cultural Perspectives Focus Group worked extremely hard behind the scenes to ensure another successful week. Thank you to Kyleigh Clarke and Lucy Pfeifer for your organisation. Special thanks to Elizabeth Close and Matt Jamieson for their support and contribution during to activities during the week. This important week highlights and celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. All Australians celebrate NAIDOC Week and for Hawthorndene students it provides another opportunity to learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Choir and Instrumental Concert

It was a pleasure to watch so many of our students perform at the annual concert. The talent at HPS is amazing. Thank you, Lucy Pfeifer for organising this event and again to parents who respected the COVID protocols.

All classes had the opportunity to watch the rehearsal on the Wednesday afternoon. Hopefully this will inspire more students to be involved next year.

The arrangements for external music providers appear to be working well and allows students the opportunity to continue or commence instrumental music. In week 3 and 4 students were invited to Come and Try sessions for choir, strings, woodwind and brass. Please return expression of interest notes as this ensures continuation of these programs.