Hallett Cove East Primary School

Keeping you in the loop ....

We would like to acknowledge and pay our respects to the Kaurna people, the traditional custodians whose ancestral lands we gather on. We acknowledge the deep feelings of attachment and relationship of the Kaurna people to country and we respect and value their past, present and ongoing connection to the land and cultural beliefs. 


  • Friday April 7th - Good Friday Holiday
  • Monday April 10th - Easter Monday Holiday
  • Friday April 14th - End of Term - Early Dismissal
  • Thursday May 11th - Mothers Day Stall - Volunteers Wanted!
  • Monday May 8th - Whole School Japanese Day


Dear Parents/Caregivers,

As this is the last school newsletter before the school holidays, I thought it was important to reflect on some of our achievements so far in term one:

  • Governing Council AGM and election of our 2023 Governing Council
  • Student Leadership application process and commencement of role
  • Acquaintance Night where it was really terrific to welcome parents back to the school after some recent disruption
  • R-4 swimming program
  • NAPLAN testing for all year 3 and 5 students
  • Clean Up Australia Day
  • Harmony Day and student-led lunchtime activities


The continued high-quality learning that occurs every day across our school.

The list is not meant to be complete or extensive. Just to highlight those events where our staff and students have gone ‘above and beyond’ for their school community.

As you can see it has been a busy start to the year, however I am always impressed with the commitment to learning and wellbeing that is occurring in every classroom.  It is a highlight of my role to visit classrooms every day and interact with students about their learning.

Thank you to our whole community for your ongoing support of our school. It is so important that we maintain open lines of communication between home and school and your support is truly appreciated and valued.

Staff Change for term 2

We say farewell to Ms Chelsea Easton who has taught Music to our students for term one. Chelsea has had a very positive impact and we wish her the very best for her next role. We hope to see Chelsea in the school as a TRT again next term. Ms Tania Bailey will be returning to the Music role in term 2.

Also thank you and farewell to Kristy Lawless who has been here providing classroom support for the term. Thank you for your contribution to student learning and support Kristy! Ms Cherie Bishop-Kinlyside will return to our school in term two.

On a personal note, I am delighted to be continuing in the role of Principal for the remainder of the year. It is a real privilege to lead the Hallett Cove East school community and I am thoroughly enjoying my work with staff, students and parents.

I would like to take the opportunity to wish all families a very relaxing Easter break. I hope you all get the opportunity to refresh and recharge doing the things that are most important to you. For me, this most likely includes consuming way too much chocolate and watching the football, but most importantly spending quality time with my family and friends. Please be reminded that school continues in week 11, next week. Term 1 school holidays officially commence on Friday 14 April.

With regards

Matthew Champman



Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Governing Council has many subcommittees. These are a great way to meet other school parents and have a say in your child’s school experience.  The fundraising committee, which is very ably led by Melissa Vlachos, is an ideal group to join. Your commitment can be tailored to suit your circumstances. Melissa is looking for school community members to join her committee and, in particular, help with the up-coming Mother’s Day stall. If you are interested, please contact Melissa via the front office or by email (hcepsfundraising@gmail.com). 

On Wednesday of this week Aaron Charlton, Well Being Leader, and I had a chat to our year 5/6 students about harassment, bullying and keeping ourselves safe. Whilst these conversations occur as part of our everyday schooling through the Keeping Safe: Child Protection Curriculum, this talk had a specific focus on a few issues. I confess it was more of a mini lecture than a chat but next week we will be splitting into two groups and following up with the questions: How can we make our class and our community an even safer place? What things can you do to help yourself and ensure that everyone feels safe and supported? This will be an opportunity to ensure that everyone feels heard and has strategies. 

I would encourage all parents to ensure they feel informed about the ever changing field of cyberbullying. “Cyber Bullying: How can we help” from the eSafety Commissioner is a good place to start (https://www.esafety.gov.au/key-issues/cyberbullying) as is the Kids Helpline (https://kidshelpline.com.au/teens/issues/bullying).

If you know of anyone who has children who wish to enrol at HCEPS in the future please tell them to contact the front office. We are regularly running school tours and enrolments are open for next year.  

I would like to thank all in the school community for their great work this term, helping to ensure HCEPS is a great place to learn and work. 

I hope you have a great break over Easter and the upcoming holidays give us all a chance to reenergise ready for our busy term 2. 

Stay Safe. 

Kind Regards,

Andrea Hayden

Deputy Principal


Hi Everyone,

Wow! We have made it to week 10, time certainly goes fast. We only have one week left of Term 1 and it has been a great first term for me at HCEPS. I have had the opportunity to build some good relationships with students and staff by visiting classrooms, supporting students with their work, having conversations and playing with students at lunchtime. Some memories from the term are being able to see some beautiful drawings done by 7E connected to, “The Road to Regulation,” story we are currently reading together, playing soccer with students and there was even a time when an extra person was needed to help with a dance class taught by Ms Hayden – the memory of jumping like a kangaroo will certainly stay with me for a long time to come, but it certainly was a lot of fun joining in with the students. The beauty of these moments is that they build connections with others and in my role as the PCW this is the most important thing that I can do. Building connections, builds relationships and through that I can be a means of support to others, whether that is through practical help or being a listening ear. I look forward to getting involved even more in the school community next term. I hope you all have a great Easter long weekend and can spend some time relaxing or doing something you enjoy.

See you all next week for the final week of Term 1 😊

Erin Finch


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

I hope you enjoy a safe and happy Easter Break and Term Holidays.

Imelda Jolly

Business Manager


We will be hosting our whole school Japanese Incursion and Children’s Day Picnic on Monday 8th May (Week 2, Term 2) to celebrate Children’s Day ‘kodomo no hi’ Japan.

Students will attend a performance by Aiko from Wasabi Kids Japanese Cultural Show. Reception-Yr 4 students will attend a ‘Four Seasons Show’ learning about the beautiful Japanese seasons and culture with Taro a Samurai Puppet, using songs, games, traditional storytelling and dance. Year 5 and 6 students will attend a ‘Samurai and Ninja’ show learning about the history and lifestyle of the Samurai and Ninja and Japanese culture including traditional martial arts through games, songs and quizzes.

We invite your child to come to school on the day wearing something related to Japan. This could include Japanese style clothing, Japanese character costume, or something colored red, white or pink, representing the colours of the Japanese flag, and Japan’s national flower, the Cherry blossom.

Students are asked to bring a Japanese ‘obento’ lunch box wrapped in cloth (furoshiki style) for lunch. We encourage students to have input into what they would like to put into their obento lunch box and how they would like to present it.

We encourage parents/caregivers to join us for the picnic part of the day and an outline of the day will be sent home early next term.

The $4.50 incursion cost will come from the incursion levy, however please complete the Skoolbag consent form by Friday 14th April to give permission for your child to attend the performance.

Students and families are also able to pre-order sushi from the canteen via the school QKR app. QKR orders will need to be in no later than 9.15am, Friday 14th of April.

Kirsten Wallis & Kirsty Gray

Teachers of Japanese

Mother's Day Stall

Our Mother’s Day stall will be held on Thursday the 11th of May & Friday 12th of May. 

It is completely cashless; no money will be taken on the day.  Pre-purchasing of $ 5 or multiples, will need to be made via Qkr from Wednesday 3rd to Tuesday 9th May ONLY.  Items are $5 each or smaller items 2 for $5. 

MOTHER’S DAY STALL EXPLAINED  - The stall is held to give the children an opportunity to buy their parents / caregivers a surprise present without them being there. Every gift is priced at $5 each or small items are 2 for $5, so it makes it completely straightforward for the children. We make every effort to provide quality items and to choose a variety of gifts. The children in the morning will come to the Pavilion with their class at a time chosen by their teacher, to buy their gifts.  Hopefully at the end of it all we have very happy children and happy parents / caregivers!!  If a child is away on the Thursday, there is a chance for them to visit Friday morning to select something – so no one will miss out.

From the Waste Warriors to their fellow students:

Unlike other years could you please bring your own bag from home? This will help us to reduce single use plastics. If you forget, the Mother's Day Stall will still provide you with a biodegradable bag to take your gift home.


And the winners are EY - Hudson G, PY Ruby G, MY Tia F.  Congratulations.  Thank you for supporting our fund-raising for Charity efforts.  This term we have raised $976 for MYSA.



Term 2 Clinics (6 weeks)

When:  Every Wednesday 10th May - 14th June

Time:  4:00 - 5:00 pm      COST:  $65

To book or find out more visit: www.fhgc.com.au/golf/junior-golf


Friday, 28th April 3:00 - 6:00 pm at Cove Civic Centre, Hallett Cove.

Young entrepreneurs from post code 5158, coming together to share their products with the local community.  We hope to see you all there.

Cold Drinks, Fresh Baked Sweets, Gifts, Handmade Products and more.

Thank you to our sponsors - Sensory Room by Bright Star Support Service, Free Face Painting by Creative Face Painting, Hosted by Mirrored Hearts


Come and join us Fridays during school terms 4:00 - 4:45 pm or 5:00-5:45 pm at Take a Moment in Time, Christies Beach.  $15 / class.

Friendship and Community Relaxation and Meditation Healing Crystals.  More information crystalkidss@gmail.com


Have you got what it takes to become a treatment foster carer?

Young people do best when in family environments.  An internationally successful treatment foster care program has come to South Australia and OzChild needs your help to transform a young person's life in your community.

Call 1800 954 550 or visit ozchild.org.au


CLUB INCLUSION TEAM  - South Port Primary 4:15 - 6:15 pm

Gain confidence and learn new skills in a safe, welcoming environment. Opportunity to perform on stage.

Contact us via our Facebook page or visit our website www.seafordcalisthenicsclub.org.au 

Ages 6-10.  All welcome.


Keep your kids active while learning new skills and making new friends these school holidays.  Hockey SA Clinic is designed for all skill levels, focusing on development and sessions for ages 9-12 and 13-15 years.  All sessions held at MATE stadium.

9 - 12 YEARS

Friday, 21st April - 8:00 - 12:00 pm (morning session)

                                 1:00 - 5:00 pm (afternoon session)

13 - 15 YEARS

Wednesday, 26th April - 8:00 am - 12:00 pm (morning session)

                                            1:00 pm - 5:00 pm (afternoon session)


Fridays, 21st & 28th April - 9:30 to 10:30 am & 11:00 am - 12:00 pm.

Bring friends - bookings essential.  $10 per child - ages 0-6 


Play sessions Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday.

Open 10:00 am - 12:00 pm & 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

$10 per child - ages 4 - 14 at O'Sullivan Beach Sports & Recreation Centre.

Ph: 0403 626 389 or email contact@beyondgymnastics.net.au


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


Are you free one morning (8.30-9.00am) a week or one afternoon (3.00-3.30pm) to open the uniform shop, then please contact Mel Vlachos on hcepsfundraising@gmail.com It would be great to have the shop open on a different day other than Wednesday to help those that can not get there on that day.

Clearance - ALL shorts, skirts & skorts are just $ 2!

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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