Hallett Cove East Primary School

Keeping you in the loop ....

Diary Dates

  • Tuesday 10th November - 7 East incursion Pluka's Art  Studio
  • Tuesday 1st - Wednesday 2nd December - 6 East Zoo Snooze


Dear Parents/Caregivers,


The Premier’s Reading Challenge concluded at the end of last term and the medals and certificates have arrived. Students again excelled in participation in this program.

This year we had 377 students (16 more than last year), complete the challenge of reading 12 age appropriate books over the first 8 months of the year. As we know the value of developing reading skills can never be underestimated. The 377 students achieved the following:

·         85 1st year certificates

·         68 bronze medals

·         60 silver medals

·         73 gold medals

·         41 Champion medals

·         24 Legend medals

·         12 Hall of Fame medals

·         14 Readers for Life certificates (8 years in the challenge)

Well done to all 377 students and we look forward to even more students taking on the challenge next year.


We had a fabulous Book Week program last week with many very interesting and engaging activities during the week including an Art show where not only curious creatures from every class were on display but several also had poetry, descriptive and narrative writing. One set of art creations were also made from recycled materials. We also had a Museum of Curiosities display in the Resource Centre. Staff members had brought along implements and things from another time. Students were invited to guess what they were and how they were used. Splash Theatre and Book Week parade were obviously the highlights of the week. Throughout the week we also had a number of other activities for students. A week like this takes a lot of planning and thought and our thanks and congratulations need to go to Nicole Gully who organised all the activities. Nicole also had the support of many staff members who helped to organise and set up activities and bring things in to share. A very big thank you also to 4E and 6E who organised and led the Book Week parade assembly. Please enjoy our selection of Book Week photos. 


Parent input forms for the class placement process were due by today. I will extend this to Monday by 3:00pm for anyone who missed this information in the last newsletter. (Please note that these forms are available via download from the Week 2 newsletter.) Forms received after Monday at 3:00pm will not be able to be considered as the placement process begins on Tuesday.

Please also notify the school as a matter of urgency if your child/ren will be moving to another school to commence in 2020.


Congratulations to Dylan Burdett who has won our permanent Groundsperson position from the start of 2021. Dylan has been working in this position on a temporary basis for about a term and has done a fantastic job. So we are very pleased he has won this in an ongoing position.

As Evie Donoghue is moving on to other things next year, Tania Bailey is going to lead the Performing Arts program. Tania has been a Performing Arts teacher in the past and brings appropriate skills to this position. She is looking forward to leading this program.


As most of you know, we usually have a breakfast to say thank you to our volunteers in the last week of Term 4. Unfortunately due to COVID restrictions it will be too hard to do this for volunteers this year. We will instead find an alternative to thank our wonderful volunteers with the hope that you understand the challenges involved in a breakfast.

Anne Rathjen



9W    Imogen & Boris  9N       9S       Lauren & Holly         4W   Vian & Reva   4E       Olivia & Noah           2N  Bayley & Tilly     2S       Neil & Grace 3N    Rebeka & Hudson   3S  Ellie & Casey     6W      6E       Scarlett & Billy          7E       Keira & Bria   8E            Mason & Matilda      8W      Riley & Erin   7W      Lily & Cruz    6AS    Seth & Leonie          6AN     Dane & Amalya       Music             Japanese  Roxaun  2S & Miley 9W    PE/Science   Heidi 4E & James 6AN 

Congratulations to all recipients for showing our school values!!


A Few Words from the Deputy Principal

We have begun welcoming our new receptions for 2021 to our school community.

On Wednesday of this week we had a parent meeting to discuss some of that information that we all need when starting school. Many of our new students have siblings here at school already so their parents already know how important it is to be in the classroom at 8:40am preparing to start the day!

We have our 2021 reception students visiting for the next three Wednesday mornings so, just a heads up, it may be a bit busier when parking. Mrs Clews and Ms Patterson will be meeting with these students so their classes will be taken by a relief teacher on these mornings.

We call these our ‘transition visits’ but when Mrs Rathjen and I were at a Marion Coast Partnership meeting yesterday we were reminded yesterday that we should perhaps be referring to these visits as ‘orientation visits’. School visits provide a short term orientation to school but effective transition takes time and builds a child’s identity and sense of belonging.

 We also need to remind our year seven students, and those who are leaving us at the end of the year, that transition doesn’t occur in a bubble and takes time. We know that our students who are leaving will take with them our school values and continue to grow and flourish in all their new situations.

“For some children the winds of change blow fair, for others the passage can be stormy, for others still they drift into the new, and for some they set off on a huge adventure, as explorers in search of something new. It is in this very variety of possible experience, including how parents experience their child’s transition to school, and the educators working with them, that demand we work together to support children to maximise the opportunities and learning at times of change.” ( Dunlop & Fabuan, 2007)

And so it is that your children will transition to a new class and, probably, a new teacher next year. You can help your child by encouraging a growth mindset and helping them to develop resilience as they jump into 2021.

A reminder to all families that all playgrounds are out of bounds before and after school.

Kind Regards,

Andrea Hayden

Deputy Principal

Finance Information from the Business Manager

2021 Materials and Services charge has been approved by the Governing Council for our polling process.  A letter and voting slip have been distributed to classes for children to take home.  If your child is enrolled to begin in 2021 you will receive a letter in the mail.  Poll closes on the 17th November 2020. 

Due to the unusual circumstances this year there are a number of variance to invoices.  Please make sure you check your statements for any credits that can be applied to your invoices and clear any outstanding debt.  If you are unsure please email the finance officer to verify the total amount to be paid.

If you are yet to pay your 2020 Materials and Services fees we remind families to clear all outstanding accounts, final notices have been issued.   If no contact has been made with the business manager or finance officer debt collection will commence at the end of this month.

If you believe you qualify for the 2020 School Card Scheme and you have not submitted your application as yet please be advise the last date for new applications to be accepted for the 2020 school year is 20th November 2020.

To determine eligibility for School Card please click on this link 

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

Imelda Jolly

Acting Business Manager

An update from our IT Coordinator

Jonathon Warren-White

IT Coordinator



News from our Wellbeing Leader

Dear Parents, 

Evie Donoghue 

HCEPS Wellbeing Coordinator 


Book Week Museum of Curiosity

Book Week 2020

Excursion to Belair House 2, 3 and 6W

4E Art Class

A message from our Pastoral Care Worker

Are you a thermometer or a thermostat?  

Some people are wonderful thermometers, they react to their environment quickly and reflect the emotional state of those around them. Just a quick look at this person can reveal what the rest of the people in the room may be feeling.  

Other people are great thermostats, they change their environment. That person who greets everyone with a smile, and makes the whole room happier.  

There is a general belief that it is more productive to be a thermostat than a thermometer. It is also a lot more effort, and can take a lot of practise to develop the skills. Being a thermostat is really about being proactive, rather than reactive, and this is something that a lot of us struggle with in our hectic lives.  

An effective thermostat notices when emotions are rising and acts to counter them. This may include acting in a calming manner, listening to people’s concerns, offering support and direction. They also recognise when people are travelling too slowly and they help people to move along. This may include gentle encouraging, reminding of the goals, or even turning tasks into a fun game.  

Every group of people; family, friendship, class, will benefit from people who are proactively working to improve the environment. I encourage you to be part of this improvement.  

Joey Traeger,


at HCEPS on Wednesdays and Fridays  



Volunteers Wanted !!

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

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!

ll orders via Qkr! ONLY

  • Counter sales at recess or lunch
  • Limited Lunch menu 
  • Orders by 9.15
  • We thank you for your continued understanding and support.

Our limited menu will be: 

  • Hot dogs $4.00
  • Pizza $4.00
  • Mac and Cheese $5.00
  • Lasagne  $5.00
  • Chicken Nuggets $4.00
  • Meat Pies $4.00
  • Sausage Rolls  $3.50
  • Muffins $1.00
  • Cookies $1.00

There will be no sandwiches, wraps, burgers and potatoes available until further notice.

Canteen Roster

Please download and view the CANTEEN ROSTER,  you will see there are many blank spaces on the roster, we would love you to select a time slot and become part of our team.

We would welcome and thank you for volunteering your time to help prepare and serve in the canteen.





Helen Jefferson : 8322 3677

(9.30 am - 1.30 pm)

RECESS ROSTER APPROX TIME 10.00 am - 11.30 am

LUNCH ROSTER APPROX TIME 11.30 am - 1.30 pm


A message from Karrara kindy

The Director of Karrara Kindy has asked us to alert the community to the danger of falling pine cones from the large tree on the corner of Barrumundi Drive and Quailo Avenue.  Several of our school community and pedestrians access the footpath located outside the kindy where the tree overhangs.  Black cockatoos are nesting in the tree causing the pine cones to fall and a danger of injury to foot traffic .  Please be aware and the Kindy director is working towards resolving the problem as soon as possible. 

Uniform Price List

Did you know we have not had a Uniform price increase since 2015. Unfortunately our suppliers have and we are unable to cover these expenses with our current pricing.  Please find our new prices attached. For purchases please order via the QKR App or contact the Administration Office.


Secondhand Uniform Shop

Opening hours will be Wednesday morning 8.30-9.00 & Wednesday afternoon 3.00-3.30.

There is a lot in stock across all sizes.


Support us today! 20% of every Entertainment Membership sold goes to our fundraiser.  Buy a Membership and download the Entertainment App today.

Hallett Cove East Primary School 

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School Banking is Back

 Monday is School Banking at our school . 

For every deposit made at school, students will receive a silver Dollarmites token. Once students have individually collected 10 tokens they can redeem them for an exclusive School Banking reward item in recognition of their regular savings habits. 

School Banking is also a great fundraiser for our school. Our school receives a Regular Savers Contribution of $5 for every 10 deposits processed per student as well as an Annual Contribution which is based on the number of students who made at least one School Banking deposit in the prior year. 

If your child has lost their book, please contact your School Banking Co-ordinator for a replacement or visit any Commbank Branch. 

If you would like to know more about School Banking, please ask for a 2020 School Banking program information pack from the school office or visit www.commbank.com.au/schoolbanking

SA Dental

Children with poor oral health are more likely to experience pain, to miss days from school and to perform poorly in the classroom. 

Untreated tooth decay can lead to problems with speaking, eating and learning.

 SA Dental Service sees over 80,000 children for dental care each year, but data shows that 57.5% of eligible children in SA are not using the Medicare Child Dental Benefits Schedule.

 There are no out of pocket costs for children covered by the Medicare Child Dental Benefits Schedule   

 Help us improve the oral health of children in your school by promoting SA Dental Service.

All children are welcome at SA Dental clinics.


Community News


Look no further than the Australian Girls Choir because we encourage, challenge and inspire girls as they learn to sing, dance and perform.

Join us at our free Open Day - Sunday 22nd November.  Register now at ausgirlschoir.com.au/openday2020 or phone 1800 338 142.


Information Evening for students and parents interested in the Aberfoyle Park High School YEAR 7 & 8 IGNITE program from 2022.

IGNITE is a specialist program for students with high intellectual potential.  Aberfoyle Park High School is the official Department for Education school for gifted students in the southern metropolitan area of Adelaide.

Come along to our information evening to learn more about the structure and philosophies of the program, characteristics of gifted learners and the selection process.

Register your interest in attending by emailing ignite@aphs.sa.edu.au with your child's name, current school, year level. Please also advise of the number of attendees as places are limited.

12 November 2020 at 6:30 - 7:30 pm at Aberfoyle Park High School Stem Centre - enter the school via Taylors Road.

Hallett Cove East Primary School


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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