Hallett Cove East Primary School

Keeping you in the loop ....


  • Pupil Free Day Tuesday 14th June
  • Pupil Free Day Monday 25th July


Dear Parents/Caregivers,

National Reconciliation Week.

“National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.

The dates for NRW remain the same each year; 27 May to 3 June. These dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey— the successful 1967 referendum, and the High Court Mabo decision respectively. Reconciliation must live in the hearts, minds and actions of all Australians as we move forward, creating a nation strengthened by respectful relationships between the wider Australian community, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

We all have a role to play when it comes to reconciliation, and in playing our part we collectively build relationships and communities that value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, histories, cultures, and futures.

Be Brave. Make Change. is a challenge to us all to Be Brave and tackle the unfinished business of reconciliation so we can Make Change for all.

Change begins with brave actions in your daily life – where you live, work, play and socialise.

Take these Actions to Make Change with you every day of the year, not just during National Reconciliation Week.”

This information has been copied directly from the Reconciliation Australia website https://www.reconciliation.org.au/ and I would encourage everyone to visit this website and others such as Reconciliation SA website.

You may also like to discuss with your children if they have done any activities around this theme or the NAIDOC theme “Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up!” this term.

Mask News

On Tuesday we were sent the following information from the CE, DfE:

“From the start of week 5, face masks in education and care settings (schools, preschools and children’s centres) will be:

 ·        Strongly recommended (but not required) for all adults (including visitors) while indoors, except when it impedes ability to teach

·        Strongly recommended (but not required) for students in years 3 to 12 while indoors.”

So in some ways, the mask mandate has changed but in many ways we are still strongly recommended to be in masks. If there needs to be changes to this due to outbreaks we will be informed.

We are continuing to send daily updates of COVID numbers and year levels if we have a reported case of a student or staff member who was onsite while potentially infectious. We only include those who were not on site when potentially infectious as one of the number if we are already sending out an update.


A big congratulations to all students who participated in NAPLAN during week 2 and those who completed the assessments during week 3. As we have said, I believe you will be notified of the results later in the year, possibly September.


Last Friday we had our first Assembly in what feels like such a long time. I would like to congratulate our Light House Leaders Grace, Jake, Jacob, Lewis, Pippa and Cooper for the manner in which they conducted the assembly. In the week prior they prepared their scripts and then ran the assembly like seasoned leaders. Please see their article below.

The student audience also conducted themselves brilliantly, especially all those students for whom this was a “first”, and endeavoured to display our school values of respect, responsibility, fairness and excellence at all times.

Term 2 Pupil Free Day – Tuesday 14th  June ( Week 7)

Staff will be training and planning curriculum and other elements of the Site Plan. If you need child care, the OSHC will be open that day. Please contact Sally Mitchell on 8381 7577 to book in.

Parent/Teacher/Student Interviews – week 9 term 2.

More information including booking processes will be out next week via Skoolbag. The night where appointments may be available until around 7:30pm is Tuesday 28th June. If these later times suit your family I would advise you to get your request in as soon as possible once you receive the details.

Please note that end of semester 1 written reports will be tabled at these meetings.

With regards

Andrea Hayden


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.


Dear Parents and Caregivers,

All the students love it when the canteen offers special lunch order days. Currently, the canteen can’t do things like this because there are not enough volunteers. Also, students LOVE it when they see their parent/ grandparent helping in the canteen. It’s a big highlight of their day. So, if you are available to help out please let us know.

As COVID restrictions ease, students have been able to commence activities such as Buddy class and the Leadership programs. It is great to be able to have students from different classes interacting with each other again.

Last Friday, we had our first assembly for the year. Due to COVID restrictions, it was the first assembly in a VERY long time. The Lighthouse Leaders did a fabulous job running the assembly.

Over the last couple of weeks I have been able to visit classes. It has been great to see all the hard thinking the students have been doing. All the students were so welcoming and eager to share with me what they were doing and what they had learnt.

Kind Regards,

Renee Fisher

Deputy Principal


All leadership groups have been busy this term with their mentor teachers.

The Lighthouse Leaders have independently planned, organized and run the whole school assembly that was held last Friday.

The Wellbeing Leaders have been going to the buddy bench every Wednesday to put up board games and car games for the students. They have also been going around the school in pink vests helping all the students at lunch and recess. They will also be putting on movies and holding interception sessions in the interception room.

The Literacy Lovers have huge plans this year for reading lovers. They have been thinking of ways to get people enthusiastic about their upcoming plans. One of their plans is to do a book battle. 

The Digital Citizens have been learning how to set up the assembly I.T. They haven’t been able to start coding club yet. They are hoping they can start coding in term 3 or 4. They have also been working with little robots called the Edisons which are controlled by computers, laptops and iPads.

The Environmental Leaders have been busy in the garden. They’ve planted broccoli, radish, sweet peas and snow peas. Another Nude Food Day is being planned and they are hoping to put more plants into the garden beds.

The Charity Champions organised the Crazy Clothes Day and raised $505 which was amazing. They are going to start making treasure boxes which will include stationery items for children in need in Adelaide. They will be asking for donations, so look out for notices on Skoolbag.

The Physical Activity Leaders have been a big help around the school lately. They have been going to different classes and asking if they need more sports equipment. At the end of last term, they helped set up all the equipment for gymnastics and this term for the netball sessions. 

The Light House Leaders.



A friendly reminder from Governing Council that the HCEPS uniform policy does not include BLACK leggings, however GREY or MAROON leggings are accepted with a skirt/skort over the top. Please see our friendly volunteers in the second hand uniform shop if you need to stock up.

We would also like to remind you to please label all your clothing items as the office is currently accumulating a large number of unnamed school hoodies. If unclaimed these will be donated to the second hand uniform shop. We thank you kindly for your cooperation! 


We are continuing to provide the quality educational 2022 program planned for all students at Hallett Cove East Primary School.  To allow our program to be sustained we ask families to support us by clearing outstanding accounts as soon as possible.  If you are experiencing financial difficulties we ask you contact the Business Manager via email to dl.1053.finance@schools.sa.edu.au.

Imelda Jolly

Business Manager


Positive Practices Produce Optimistic Kids

I’d like to share an article from sunshine-parenting.com with you. 

This week, we're talking about the importance of creating a positive family culture and encouraging the growth of our children's - and our own - optimism.

A study in the American Journal of Epidemiology found that optimists were less likely to die from cancer, heart disease, strokes, respiratory disease and infection.

Optimists tend to lead healthier lifestyles and have a better social support network than pessimists. They’re also likely to describe news using positive language and believe that the future will be better than today. Pessimists are likely to blame themselves for mistakes, believe that the situation is unlikely to improve, and think that life is likely to be worse in the future.

Another important aspect of optimism is seeing our mistakes and failures as learning opportunities. All of us know the stories of the multiple failures of many highly successful individuals. But, unfortunately, we’re living in a time when parents often “rescue” their children from failure rather than letting them learn from it. As a parent, one of the most difficult things we need to do is sit by and watch as our children fail at something. Allowing our children to fail gives them a great opportunity for learning and growth. We can be supportive and help them regroup and learn from the failure, so that they can do better next time.

People, by nature, lean towards being optimistic or pessimistic, however, we can work towards being more optimistic. Tips for building optimism and creating a positive family culture:

  • Practice positive language both in your heads and to the people around you
  • Teach your kids to have an “I can” attitude going into new activities and challenges
  • Encourage family members to see tiny achievements as success
  • Go outside as a family
  • When we’re intentional about engaging in activities that allow us to laugh with our children, we’re creating an environment where optimism will flourish. 

Joey Traeger

Pastoral Care Worker at HCEPS Wednesday and Friday



Do you know someone that runs a coffee van and might be interested in setting up on Saturday morning for our soccer games.

Please either email hcepssoccer@gmail.com the details or have them email directly. 

Thank you 

Mel Vlachos


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


"Thank you to all that came to the sale last week.  It was very busy - but we still have a lot of pants & track pants available. So till the end of term we will be selling 2 pairs for $5.00."

Open every Wednesday 8:30-9am and 3:00-3:30pm in House 1 - first building near the gates at the drop off/pick up point.  The shop is stocked with a variety of second hand uniform items. The money raised is given back to the school and utilised in fundraising projects. Remember that if you have any uniforms that no longer fit or are not being worn and in good clean condition, we'd love to receive them. Thank you.




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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