Hallett Cove East Primary School

Keeping you in the loop ....


  • NAPLAN Testing Tuesday 10th May - Friday 13th May
  • Pupil Free Day Tuesday 14th June
  • Pupil Free Day Monday 25th July


Dear Parents/Caregivers,



What a long and busy COVID affected term we have had. I would like to thank all staff and students for the excellent work they have done, and for just “getting on with it” in spite of very challenging circumstances this term.

Thank you also to the school community for your support throughout. With the constant changes to restrictions and updates from the SA Health and/or the Department for Education, sometimes it appears that schools have been out of sync with what is happening in the community. We have, however, remained constantly aligned with department expectations and your support throughout this has been greatly appreciated. At this stage we have not received updates regarding what Term 2 looks like in terms of any further lifting of restrictions. I will let you know when any updates become available including during the holidays. 


Congratulations to Kerry Patterson who will officially retire from the start of Term 2. We thank Kerry for her 16 excellent years of service to HCEPS and acknowledge her significant contribution to the learning of many, many students over all the years of her career. We wish her the very best in her future endeavours. Ellie Burford will continue to teach 7E for the rest of this year. Kimberley Chamberlain will also continue to teach in 9E on Thursdays and Fridays and Jess Dyer will teach in 8W on Fridays.

I would also like to let the school community know that this will in all probability be my final newsletter for HCEPS. I will be taking long service leave from the start of Term 2 until the end of the year. (I will also have enough to continue leave until the end of Term 1 2023.) At this stage I am planning to retire after that, although I have not made that very final decision yet. I plan to do that in Term 4, at which time I will also come back and say a proper goodbye to students.

In the event that I do retire and that this is my final newsletter, I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone in the school community. It has been an absolute privilege to work here for over 12 years. HCEPS is made up of fabulous students, a professional, hardworking, caring and wonderful staff and a very supportive parent community. I would particularly like to thank Andrea Hayden for her outstanding support of my work in her role as Deputy Principal over a number of years.

I will miss working with everyone, but after 43 years of working in schools in a career I have loved, feel it is the right time to do other things in my life. During my leave, my husband and I will travel to different places around Australia, (we particularly love bushwalking in national parks and great open spaces), and look forward to the safe arrival of our first grandchild.

Congratulations to Andrea Hayden who will be the Principal and Renee Fisher who will be Deputy Principal from Terms 2-4. Zac Schenkel will be the teacher in 8E behind Renee. 


Congratulations to our new Governing Council for 2022. The new Governing Council met for the first time this week. All the office bearers and sub-committee representatives were chosen.

Congratulations and a big thank you to the following office bearers and representatives:

Chairperson – Amber Pellerin

Deputy Chairperson – Nikki Dopson

Secretary – Yvette Eglinton

Treasurer/Finance – Melissa Vlachos

Assets and Grounds – Sally Matthews

Canteen – Sally Matthews

Education – Nikki Dopson

Fundraising – Melissa Vlachos

OSHC – Nadia Hodgson

Sport – Melissa Vlachos and Nadia Hodgson

Uniform – Rachel Peake

Other reps – Leanne Craig and Jessica Chaplin.

Any items, issues or queries for Governing Council can be raised either through the front office or the school’s email address marked ATTENTION GOVERNING COUNCIL. 


The Governing Council and Education Director have approved the following Pupil Free and School Closure Days:

  • Tuesday June 14th – Staff working on literacy and numeracy improvement initiatives
  • Monday 25th July – Teachers planning and developing new curriculum with teachers from partnership schools
  • Friday 9th September – School Closure Day for the Royal Adelaide Show
  • Monday 7th November – Teachers moderating curriculum in like year levels in preparation for the reports process


Despite this term being severely impacted by COVID, our staff has continued to work at a high professional level. Highlights aside from our routine programs included:

  • Student Leadership application process and commencement of roles
  • Traffic Monitor training and work
  • R-4 Swimming program
  • Schools Clean Up Australia day
  • Gymnastics
  • Student Leadership assembly
  • National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence and Harmony Day activities
  • Footsteps Dance program – cultural focus
  • Premier’s Reading and Be Active Challenges commenced
  • Cross country training


  • AGM
  • A new Governing Council elected


According to our SunSmart policy, students do not need to wear hats during Term 2. I would ask however, that students still bring their hats to school for the first week or two just in case we have weather where the UV reading is above 3.


To help prevent vandalism and other crime in the school during the holidays, we seek your support to please report any suspicious behaviour you may observe in and around the school to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or direct to Police on 131 444. I thank you in advance for doing so.


Please stay healthy and safe during the holiday break with your children. Staff look forward to working with all students from the start of Term 2, Monday May 2nd.





With regards

Anne Rathjen


PLEASE, A REMINDER TO ARRIVE AT SCHOOL ON TIME ..........The Gates are open at 8:30am and all students should be in their classrooms by 8:40am. The learning program starts at 8:45am.

A Few Words from the Deputy Principal

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

What a bright and colourful end to our week ten! It was so pleasing to see our students joining in with great spirit for such a worthy cause. It also brought a smile to many a face, especially our visiting “unicorn teacher”.

I would also like to remind families that hats are not required for outside activities and play time next term unless the UV rating is 3 or above. Students may, of course, continue to wear their hats if they wish. I would like to ask parents to talk to their children about the choices they make during play time, especially as the weather starts to change. If it is spitting with rain children can choose to run off the oval before the weather bells go as we have so many covered areas to play or wait out the few minutes of a shower. If there is a muddy section in the yard, please remind your children to avoid it. Our students know which areas are safe and suitable for play and which are not. Getting muddy at soccer on a Saturday is usually considered “okay” but getting muddy at school at lunchtime is not.

As Anzac Day falls in the middle of our break this year we have not organised a school Anzac Service. This does not mean that we do not want our students to reflect on the importance of this day as we will still talk about it when we are back from holidays. Students are often invited to share any of their experiences.

As you have read in Mrs Rathjen’s information she will be on leave for the remainder of the year and I have been appointed as the principal. I am very much looking forward to continuing to work with our staff, our students and our school community in this new capacity. I hope we all have a great break over the next couple of weeks and return refreshed for term 2.

Kind Regards,

Andrea Hayden

Deputy Principal


Dear Parents and Carers of students of HCEPS,

We are part of the Lighthouse Leaders team and one of our jobs is to let others in our school community know about exciting things happening in our school, for example writing newsletter items.

Over the past few weeks, the Charity Champions have been organising a crazy clothes day for today to raise funds for the damage from the floods in Qld and NSW. Thank you to everyone for your support. Today we raised $502.50 which is fantastic. Thank you to Charity Champions for organising it.

The Environment Leaders are organising a Nude Food day that they hope will happen soon. It is planned that the class with the least amount of soft plastic will win a watermelon from the garden to share.

The Wellbeing Leaders are organising a project that will be a big surprise and we should hear about it at the start of next term.

The Digital Citizenship Leaders are organising a coding club where they do not use devices. They are also going to learn how to set up the IT for assemblies.

The Physical Activity Leaders are organising some activities for students for break times.

The Literature Lovers are talking about writing book reviews to put in the library.

We also have some exciting news that the upper primary students are getting a new playground.

Next week 2 of the Lighthouse Leaders are running a special assembly for Ms Patterson who is retiring.

We are looking forward to a busy and exciting Term 2.

From Grace, Lewis and Pippa (Lighthouse Leaders)



Families would have received their account statements through their child's class this week.

If you are yet to pay your 2022 Materials and Services fees we remind families to clear all outstanding accounts as soon as possible to avoid debt collection services to be appointed.  Please remember to contact the finance office so any credits can be applied to you account prior to final payments being made.

Please note this year school card applications should be submitted online, please read the attached information and click this link for step by step instructions to lodge your application online.

If you are experiencing financial difficulties we ask you contact the Business Manager via email at dl.1053.finance@schools.sa.edu.au.

Imelda Jolly

Business Manager

A Few Words from Joey

One-on-one time

It is impossible to overestimate a child’s need for your complete attention. So much of my time spent in the yard at recess and lunch is devoted to listening with undivided attention to individual students. Some of what they tell me is big, and other things seem small, but one thing is clear: it is all extremely important to the storyteller.  And consequently it means so much to them when I listen and show them that it is important to me as well.

For some families, spending one on one time is a daily occurrence. For others, particularly larger families, it can be quite challenging to find the time. As our lives get busier we need to make time to become aware of the unspoken needs, and make steps towards fulfilling them.

One idea is to hold a “date night” where an outing is scheduled for just one child, and just one parent. Some of the fun is in planning beforehand, and reminiscing afterwards, but the greatest benefit is the conversations you can have without so many distractions. The child has the opportunity to talk about themselves, their dreams and desires, and they don’t have to share the spotlight. And in this environment they don’t need to fight or argue, their need for attention is being fulfilled by you.

“Date night” doesn’t need to be expensive. It just needs to be something that your child will enjoy. Maybe it is as simple as going to the supermarket with you and helping choose what your family will eat for dinner. Or going to the library and reading books about things they love but their siblings can’t stand.

For older children a traditional date of dinner and a movie can be a way to show them how they should expect to be treated when they start dating. And also, how they should treat others.       

Experiment with it, and as long as your child feels loved and understands that you value time spent with them, it has been a success. 


Joey Traeger

Pastoral Care Worker at HCEPS Wednesday and Friday



Congratulations to Alex, Mitchell and Harry who made it into the Southern Valley District swim team.  They will be representing our school and local District at the State Metropolitan Championships at the SA Aquatic Center.  Alex will be competing in the 50m Freestyle and Breaststroke, Mitchell in the 50m Freestyle and Backstroke, and Harry in the 100m Open Freestyle, 50m Freestyle and Breaststroke.  Well done and good luck.


Aaron Charlton



Well done to our Year 5 & 6 knockout cricket team who had a fantastic first round match against Woodcroft PS on Friday of week 7.  It was an awesome whole team effort and we are excited to find out our opponents for the second round match later this term.


 Aaron Charlton



Volunteers Wanted !!

Volunteers are important to our school community. Our canteen relies on help from volunteers to deliver a meal service to our pupils.

To enable us to provide a varied recess and lunch menu offer to our pupils we really do need your help.   

If you have a spare hour or more we would welcome your support.

Not registered with the school as a volunteer?  Volunteer application packs are available from the front office containing all the information you need to submit your registration as a volunteer...... WE NEED YOU

Secondhand Uniform Shop

Great news – the Second-hand uniform shop is back up and running and loaded full of clothes of all sizes.

It will be run a little differently until parents/caregivers are allowed back on site.

If you are wanting something from the shop, either please email hcepsfundraising@gmail.com what you are after or contact the school office and let them know.

Items will then be left at the office to be placed into your child’s class pigeon hole once payment is made via the Qkr app under Payments – Optional Payments.

If you have any uniform items in good condition that are now surplus to your needs our volunteers would appreciate donations.  

Donations can be left at the administration office. Thank you.

Volunteers for Mothers Day Stall

Volunteers are urgently needed to help with next terms Mother’s Day stall. Week 1 - Thursday 5th May morning (8.30-10.30). Even if only an hour or so - it will help out enormously. This is a fun event to help out with, helping the kids choose gifts for their loved ones.

You must have completed all the volunteering requirements & shown proof of double vaccination or willing to do so.

If interested or have any questions please email hcepsfundraising@gmail.com




Hallett Cove East Primary School:

  • Learning for tomorrow’s world
  • Working together
  • Valuing each other and our future

Our Mission is to ensure that our students are able to successfully interact and achieve within andbeyond their own community, now and in the future.

This may be evidenced by:

A Strong Sense of Identity
  • Students will be resilient and reflective, confident in their own opinions and provide leadership.
Creative Thinking
  • Students will be creative and critical thinkers who draw upon a range of strategies to deal with new situations or information.
Success in Interactions
  • Students will value diversity and successfully interact with others within and beyond their community in a collaborative manner.
Preparedness for the Future
  • Students will demonstrate initiative, enterprise and adaptability and will be able to successfully manage change within their own lives and as part of a global community.
Skill in Communication
  • Students will be able to successfully communicate in a range of settings within and beyond their own community.
Success in Learning
  • Students will develop and apply knowledge, competencies and skills, which enable them to be successful now and in the future.
Self-Directed Learners
  • Students will be able to initiate and implement their own learning plans. Based on constructivist theory, students will be supported in self-assessment procedures in order to reflect on and guide future learning.

The school Values identified by the school community are reflected in the everyday language atschool by staff, parents, students and community members. The Values are

  • Excellence
  • Fairness
  • Respect
  • Responsibility

Our ongoing commitment to our Values is reflected in our Student and Staff Wellbeing programs including the Year 7 Student Leaders program, Buddy and assembly programs.

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