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. 


  • Adelaide Cup Day: Monday 11th March
  • NAPLAN 13th, 14th, 15th and 18th March  - Year 3 & 5 students
  • Governing Council 18th March
  • School Assembly: Friday 22nd March 2:15pm
  • Harmony Week Celebration: Wednesday 20th March. Whole school picnic at 12.40pm, families invited to join.


Dear Parents/Caregivers,

On Monday of this week I was fortunate to join principals and education leaders across the state at the annual Education Leaders Day. Much of the day was centered on advancing the new purpose and strategy for public education in South Australia with examples of how schools are implementing their focus. One of the key challenges issued by our Chief Executive was “Being the best at getting better.” To me this quote challenges our school to continue its improvement journey by identifying the focus areas that really matter for our community. As you know, for our school, this is in Literacy, Numeracy and Wellbeing.  Our school is on journey of continuous improvement and our focus is firmly on developing effective learners with the knowledge, skills and attributes for now and into the future.

Student Free Day - Friday 1st March

Last Friday we had a very successful student free day. We had the opportunity to direct our focus on Effective Learners and identify areas of teaching practice to impact student learning in the classroom. We also had a very enjoyable and productive session on The Resilience Project, sharing ideas and planning for further implementation. We are very grateful to have access to student free days, as time for teachers to come together to improve teaching and learning is a very valuable occurrence. Thank you to our community for your support to enable this to occur.

Swimming Week

This week we have had the annual swimming week for our Reception to year 4 students. It has been great to see the students participating in their lessons with such enthusiasm and energy. Both Robyn and I were able to visit at different stages during the week and really enjoyed seeing students experience their swimming lessons. I am sure you appreciate the effort, planning and organisation that goes into a full week of swimming lessons for our students. A big thank you to our teachers and SSO staff for their hard work this week Lessons for our students extend beyond the pool to being organised, maintaining routines and following our school values at all times.  I am really proud of our students for showing fantastic behaviour and attitude this week.

Annual General Meeting

Thank you to families who attended our Annual General Meeting on Tuesday night. A copy of the annual report will be available on our website in the very near future. The Department for Education has changed the way schools report to their community so the format may be slightly different from previous years. I extend my thanks and congratulations to new and continuing governing council representatives. I will be able to share the full governing council including office holders in our next newsletter and look forward to engaging further with your governing council representatives.


Next week is the start of the National Assessment Program in Literacy and Numeracy or NAPLAN for our year 3 and 5 children. NAPLAN is a national assessment program, used to monitor and report on student achievement in critical numeracy and literacy skills. We wish all of our students and teachers the very best for a successful week. 

With regards

Matthew Chapman



We are delighted to introduce to you our Lighthouse Leaders for the year 2024! Each Lighthouse Leader has already demonstrated exceptional dedication and enthusiasm in their role, setting a shining example for their peers and embodying the school values of responsibility, excellence, fairness and respect.

Our Lighthouse Leaders wasted no time in getting involved and making a positive impact within our school community. Last week, they took the initiative to lead our first school tour of the year, showcasing the outstanding opportunities and highlights that Hallett Cove East Primary School has to offer prospective families. With confidence and clarity, they presented a PowerPoint presentation, providing insights into the unique educational experiences available here at HCEPS.

 After the presentation our Lighthouse Leaders were the personal guides to families around the school, offering firsthand insights into the student experience at HCEPS. We were thrilled to receive overwhelmingly positive feedback from our visitors, who praised our Lighthouse Leaders for their exceptional communication skills and genuine enthusiasm for their school community.

 Our Lighthouse Leaders played an active role during our recent Annual General Meeting on Tuesday night, leading the presentation with professionalism and poise. Their contributions have undoubtedly set the tone for a successful year ahead, inspiring confidence and enthusiasm among our school community.

Kind regards,

Robyn Physick

Deputy Principal

Lighthouse Leaders 2024 HCEPS

Meet Rebeka

What I am looking forward to most this year as a Lighthouse Leader is talking at all the assemblies and concerts.

Meet Kira

I am excited to be a Lighthouse Leader of the school. I am also looking forward to public speaking, tours and the end of year concert, of course.

Meet Nik

What I am looking forward to the most this year with being a Lighthouse Leader is attending meetings, socialising and communicating with different people, as well as listening and making up vital presentations.

Meet Jazmin

What I am looking forward to the most this year being a Lighthouse Leader is the end of year concert because we get to write jokes and I love organising stuff. It will be really fun. 

Meet Aaron

What I am looking forward to the most this year while being a Lighthouse Leader is overcoming the challenges of the role. I think that the end of concert will be fun and I look forward to it very much. I also look forward to meeting new people and organising the next tour. 

Meet Keira

I am excited to be able to say the end of year jokes and make people laugh.

Kidz Biz Ed's Family Evening Sessions- Week 9, Term 1

Hallett Cove East Primary School will be hosting a Growth & Development Family Evening on Wednesday 27.3.24.


The sessions are conducted by Kidz Biz Education and are designed to be fun, informative and easy to understand. These highly interactive sessions will provide students and their parents / care providers with an introduction to basic personal and social development education; traditionally known as the ‘facts of life’. By all means, sessions will be facilitated in a manner that is not conducive to an awkward or threatening environment.


There will be two sessions run on the evening and the topics covered in each are:


Session 1: ‘Where Did We Come From’ (suitable for Year 2 to Year 4 students)

·       Name and discuss basic female & male body parts of the reproductive system

·       Disperse myths about where babies come from

·       Discuss egg & sperm cells, sexual intercourse(age-appropriate), fertilization/conception

·       Discuss the 9 months of foetal development  

·       Explain natural and caesarian birth  processes


  Session (2) ‘What’s Happening To Us” (suitable for Year 5 to 6 students)

·       Name and discuss the female & male body parts of the reproductive system

·       Explain the physical & emotional changes during puberty, including menstruation, pads & tampons, sperm production, wet dreams etc

·       Discuss ways to improve self esteem and body image

·       Discuss the impact e media has on body image including photoshopping

·       Respectful relationships

·       Looking at ways of getting along with parents including being reasonable and learning to negotiate


The duration of each session will be approximately 50 minutes:

Session 1:  Commencing at 6.40pm and concluding at 7.30pm

Session 2:  Commencing at 7.40pm and concluding at 8.30pm


 At the end of each session, a list of recommended and age–appropriate books for both students and parents will be provided or alternatively they can be downloaded from the Kidz Biz website


Information has been sent home to families via Audiri for these sessions.


Harmony Week is the celebration that recognises our diversity and brings together Australians from all different backgrounds.

It’s about inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone.​

Harmony Week is celebrated Monday the 18th - Sunday the 24th of March, 2024. HCEPS is excited to be participating in a half-day incursion, Cultural Infusion on the 20th of March
Students will engage in three cultural arts performances; Classical Indian Dance, Hip-Hop Infusion and Rhythms and Instruments of West Africa. Following the incursion, families are invited to join us for a whole school picnic from 12.30pm - 12.50pm.

Please complete all consent forms and QKR orders by the 15th of March.

Kind regards,

Ellie Burford

Harmony Week Celebrations



 Materials and services fees together with the 2024 incursion/excursion levy invoices of $60 should now be cleared,

 if you have overlooked settling your account we urge you to pay the $60 incursion/excursion levy as soon as possible. 

  • We provide our community with several payment options, cash, cheque, EFTPOS, a 24/7 BPOINT payment option via our schoollwebsite, alternatively fees can be paid via the Qkr App which is our preferred form of payment.

We also have an online direct debit payment option which allows our families and caregivers to select a regular payment option to be deducted from a selected bank account or credit card on a weekly/ fortnightly or monthly basis. If you would like to take up this option please complete the application online via the school website. Details on how to access the Qkr App are available via the school website.

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 do not qualify for the 2024  School Card but you are experiencing financial difficulty with settling your account please contact the school finance officer to arrange a payment plan.

Kind Regards

Imelda Jolly

Business Manager


Dear Families,

The Charity Champions are hosting a fundraising casual day for Harmony Day on 20th March.

Students may come to school wearing something orange. Suitable clothing for school is essential, no singlets or short shorts please.

A gold coin donation is required and will be donated to Multicultural Youth SA. 

Multicultural Youth SA provides information, advice, training and other support to refugees and migrants; helping young people be the best they can be. 

We would love your support for this important charity. 

Kind Regards, Dennis, Lylah, Stepan and Ciara

HCEPS Soccer Registrations

Hi Parents/Carers,

Soccer season will commence again next term so it is time to get those registrations in. Registrations need to be done by the 29th March. Registration is easy, simply follow the steps below. If you would prefer a physical form, simply visit the school front office.    

Registration Steps:

1.       Online School Registration. https://forms.gle/ta3Ltu8QqgsB8VdXA  

2.       Football SA / Playfootball Registration.     



Any registration, volunteer, or general queries please email the soccer committee at hcepssoccer@gmail.com. It is recommended you join the HCEPS Soccer Facebook Group to keep up to date with everything https://www.facebook.com/groups/1317038618403400

Information from the City of Marion

As you may be aware, the City of Marion Community Safety Inspectors regularly patrol the streets surrounding your schools in the mornings and afternoons (during the school terms) for the safety of pedestrians and road users. 

Please find attached two brochures that may benefit you.

Parking in the City of Marion

Keep Kids Safe


2024 Volunteers Needed!
Can You Help?

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



Open every Monday 8:30-9am and 3:00-3:30pm in House 1 - (music) closest to the drop off/pick up zone. Entrance faces Forresters Rd.  

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 unused uniform items in good clean condition, we'd love to receive them.  They can be left at the office anytime. Thank you.



Could you use an extra $500 towards school costs in 2025? 

The Saver Plus Program is about boosting financial skills, to develop (and keep) good savings habits. 

You can put money towards education expenses including:

• Computers, laptops, and tablets

• Books, uniforms & shoes

• Sports & music, camps, excursions, and more…


If you save up to $50 a month for 10 months, Saver Plus will double it. $500 saved + $500 matched = $1000 (in 10 months). 

Visit www.saverplus.org.au for more details.

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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.

QKR APP (Quicker)

Qkr App (pronounced quicker) is Hallett Cove East Primary School and Out of School Hours/Vacation Care preferred form of payment. 

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