Hallett Cove East Primary School

Keeping you in the loop ....


  • 9/2/21 - Safer Internet Day
  • 10/2/21 - Acquaintance Night (6:00 - 7:00 pm)
  • 1/3/21 - AGM
  • 1/3/21 - 5/3/21 - R-5 Swimming
  • 5/3/21 - Schools Clean up Day
  • 19/3/21 - Harmony Day / Bullying No Way Day
  • 19/3/21 - Ride Safely to School Day
  • 25/3/21 - NAPLAN Practice Test


Dear Parents/Caregivers,



We have had an excellent start to 2021 having started the year with 415 students and a staff that is looking forward to working closely with students and the school community throughout the year ahead. Students were very settled, happy and working closely with staff when Andrea Hayden, Naomi Pudney and I visited during the first day and subsequently throughout the last 2 weeks.


Have you been in the school and noticed new paving near House 9 and a number of new games painted on the ground in different places? If you have I am sure you will agree that they are bright and provide extra focal points for play around the school. I would like to sincerely thank the OSHC, (and therefore its families), for providing these additions to our schoolyard for all students to enjoy. This contribution is greatly appreciated.


Naomi Pudney, (our new Wellbeing Leader), is the only new staff member this year, with all other staff working at some time during 2020.  I would, however, like to give a special welcome back to Aisha Venner who has returned to HCEPS after the birth of her daughter last year, and Emma Belshaw, who has returned to support our specialist programs. Tania Bailey has also changed from classroom teacher to providing classes lessons in the Performing Arts (specifically Music and Drama). A full list of staff and their roles/responsibilities is attached to the newsletter notification and is called "2021 Staff List".


It is with some sadness that I announce that Jenny McFadyen, our long term Finance Officer/Business Manager has now officially retired from HCEPS. Jenny has been a very important member of staff for many years, starting firstly as a parent, then becoming a regular volunteer, then classroom support SSO and then moving into Finance. Many of you will have worked closely with Jenny around Finance matters over the year and know she has been very supportive and accommodating. What you may not be aware of is that with the unique structure of the school in domestic housing, the Facilities management in the school is much more complex than in a regular school site. Much of Jenny’s work over the years has also been managing the Facilities in the school. I am sure you will agree with me when I say that the fruits of her work in this area are very evident throughout the school, with our grounds and buildings being beautiful.

On behalf of the school and students I would like to say a very big thank you to Jenny for her significant contribution to our school over many years and wish her well as she starts a new chapter in her life, enjoying time with family including watching her 3 grandchildren grow up, travelling and spending time with her other interests.

Imelda Jolly will be Business Manager for 2 terms until a process to choose a permanent replacement for Jenny is found. Joanne Berry will also continue fulltime in Finance during that time.


By now you should have received an invitation to the Acquaintance Meeting evening to be held next Wednesday 10th February from 6:00pm-7:00pm. Hopefully you have been able to book into a session with your child’s teacher. I encourage all families to have a representative attend these meetings.

Individual parent/teacher/student meetings will be held later in the year and we will provide further details of these meetings in due course.


As you are no doubt aware, there is currently an increase in cases of gastro enteritis in the community. We have already had a couple of cases reported this week. I would ask that you please let us know if your child is sick with gastro and please keep him/her home until fully well. Thank you.


Thank you to our many wonderful volunteers who support the school in a variety of ways throughout the year. We highly value positive working relationships with volunteers and the support you provide to our school programs. If you are interested in volunteering we would love to have you. There are some official processes that do need to be undertaken first but please do not let that put you off. Please contact the front office to ask for a Volunteer pack, discuss the Working with Children Check process and any other information you need. Due to COVID restrictions regarding parents in classrooms, volunteers must sign in at the front office and will be issued with a Visitor sticker to show that you are authorised to be in the buildings.


Membership of the Governing Council provides an opportunity to participate in discussions around a variety of school issues as a representative of the parent community and is a great way to learn how schools operate. The Hallett Cove East Primary School Governing Council Constitution states that the Governing Council will consist of 17 Council members. This is comprised of the Principal, 2 Staff of the School and 14 elected Parents.  Currently there are some vacancies that are required to be filled. We now welcome applications for the new Governing Council. If you are interested, information regarding nominating for Governing Council will be sent separately through Skoolbag early next week, so please look out for this notification. Nominations will close on Friday 26th February.


Attendance is a key priority for all schools and it is vital that students are at school and on time every day. Even being late in the morning, means they miss part or all of the R-7 Reading Block. Children are expected to arrive at school between 8:30am and 8:40am and be in classrooms ready to commence tasks at 8:45am. If children arrive at classrooms after this time, they are deemed to be late and will need to check into the front office to have their electronic attendance status changed from Absent to Late. We ask please that students are signed in with parents through the front office when arriving late. At a designated time each morning, a text will be automatically sent to the parents of any students with unexplained absences who have not arrived by then. (If you receive an absence text, we ask that you please either reply to the text with the reason for absence, or, ring the school.)

Not being at school at all, means 6 hours and 20 minutes of important learning time is lost. Obviously we understand that children do become ill and that families have urgent issues that arise from time to time. If these events occur we ask that you please ring the school. Not only is it important that students maximise their time in learning, this information also helps you and us to know where your child is ensuring s/he is safe. Attendance is a key Department for Education (DfE) priority and as such is subject to ongoing monitoring. The school’s Attendance brochure and policy are on the school’s website and can provide further information. I thank you in advance for your cooperation with this process.  



The School AGM will be held on Monday March 1st at 7:00pm in the Pavilion.

Please save this date!

The AGM is a very important event because it gives us an opportunity to share work from 2020 with the school community, through delivery of the Annual Report. This year, due to COVID restrictions around social distancing, we will not be able to hold our usual student presentations at our AGM. Instead I will present the highlights of 2020. After the presentation the Governing Council for 2021 will be approved. This year there will be a number of vacancies on Governing Council and we encourage you to consider membership of this very important school committee. Early next week, I will send out more information via Skoolbag, about the vacancies and how you can nominate to Governing Council. (Please refer to the information about membership of Governing Council in the previous section). More information about AGM will be out soon.


Please note that R-5 Swimming will be held in Week 6 (March 1st – 5th). More information will be out shortly.


Due to some restrictions still in place around COVID, the staff has decided to have Sports Day in Term 3 on a date to be decided. We hope that by delaying, this will maximise the possibility of as many parents/caregivers being able to attend. You will be provided further information in due course.

With regards,

Anne Rathjen




A Few Words from the Deputy Principal

Welcome Back

As I am writing this we have had 7 days of school for 2021. I have been very fortunate to spend some time with our youngest students at the start of each day. It has been wonderful to see their growth in independence and resilience over such a short time. As I have been visiting all of the classrooms it has been wonderful to see all of our students settle so quickly to new routines. They are all actively participating and developing learning environments which are conducive to learning.

Duty of Care

I would like to remind families that students are not allowed on the school grounds before the 8:30am bell unless they are accompanied by an adult. The gates which have been opened before this time are only for families going to OSHC or parents/caregivers going to classrooms. In addition I would like to remind families that students and siblings should not play on the play equipment before or after school. Both of these are duty of care issues. We thank you for your cooperation with this important matter of safety.

Volunteers for the Canteen

Please see the information from the Canteen Manager.

Traffic Monitor Training

Traffic Monitor training will occur on Monday 15th February for all of our students who have turned 10 by that date.


And finally it has been great getting to greet so many members of our school community in the morning and afternoon each day. Thank you for your smiles.


Kind Regards,

Andrea Hayden

Deputy Principal


All families should have received their materials and services fees $340 and incursion/excursion levy invoices for 2021 $60. A poll of the school community was conducted at the end of the 2020 school year which overwhelmingly resulted in our families agreeing to the 2021 Materials and Services Charge being set at the core charge of $340 for Reception to Year 7 students, this amount is known as the ‘prescribed sum’.

To allow us to provide the quality program and resources that we have planned for the students in 2021, we ask for these invoices to be settled within 14 days. We provide several payment options, QKR App (our preferred option), EFTPOS, cash, cheque, or a 24/7 BPOINT payment option via our school website.  We also have an online direct debit payment option which allows our families and caregivers to select 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 www.halcoveeps.sa.edu.au.

Please note this year school card applications can be submitted online, please go to www.sa.gov.au and search school card to complete your application.

Should you have difficulty with settling your account please contact the school finance officer to put a payment plan in place.

Imelda Jolly

Acting Business Manager


Joey Traeger,


at HCEPS on Wednesdays and Fridays  


Premier's be active Challange

The Premier’s Be Active Challenge is a physical activity program introduced by the Premier in 2007 to: 

  • Encourage students to be more active more often. 
  • Improve the health and wellbeing of South Australian students.   The Challenge requires students to do at least 60 minutes of physical activity on at least 5 days of the week. Students generally complete the majority of their physical activity at school but are encouraged to participate in some form of activity at home and over the weekend.   Every year Hallett Cove East PS students aim to complete the 10-week challenge and teachers keep a progress chart in their class. As a school we have been greatly successful with 446 students completing the challenge last year. Every student who completes the Premier’s Be Active Challenge receives a medal. This year we are starting the challenge in week 4 and continuing into term 2. 


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!

  • Available via Qkr!
  • Counter sales are available at recess and lunch
  • Limited Lunch menu 
  • Orders by 9.15
  • We thank you for your continued understanding and support.

Our limited menu will be: 

  • Seasoned Wedges $4.50
  • Hot dogs $4.00
  • Pizza $5.00
  • Mac and Cheese $5.00
  • Lasagne  $5.00
  • Chicken Nuggets $4.00
  • Meat Pie $5.00
  • Sausage Rolls  $3.50
  • Muffins $1.00
  • Cookies $1.00

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 and ensure our children have access to a varied interesting food and snack offer from 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


Secondhand Uniform Shop

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.

Opening hours :- House 1, through the carport - facing Forresters Rd

Wednesday morning 8.30-9.00

Wednesday afternoon 3.00-3.30


School Soccer Volunteers

Soccer at HCEPS is very popular with over 100 children each year participating in the school competition each Saturday morning May through September. Before the 2021 school soccer season can go ahead, there are a number of volunteering positions that will need to be filled due to the current COVID requirements.

Each team will require a Coach, Team Manager & COVID Marshal (cannot be either coach or team manager).  All volunteers need to have completed the Working with Children Check and have completed Volunteer training requirements.  Contact front office to start the easy process.

If you are interested in doing any of these roles or have any questions – please contact Mel Vlachos via hcepssoccer@gmail.com

The more volunteers, the more likely the season will go ahead.  After last year was cancelled – I am sure all the kids are eager to get back on the pitch.



Winter Season Trials - all players welcome.

Sunday 7th February at Priceline Stadium, Mile End.

Registrations now open. www.cheerionetball.com 

Any queries phone: 0419 810 656 or emailsecretary@cheerionetall.com


2021 Junior Gold Clinics. All ages welcome. Term 1 clinic (6 weeks)

Every Wednesday 10th Feb to 17th March. 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Cost $65. For bookings or more information visit: www.fhgc.com.au/gold/junior-golf


Interact with cutting edge technologies at the Australian Science and Mathematics School. 27th February 2:00 - 4:00 pm. Tickets $5 through FringeTIX adelaidefringe.com.au/fringetix/stemtacular-af2021 


Come for a free trial lesson Sunday, 7th February from 10:00 am and meet the coaches at Blackwood Tennis Club, cnr Coromandel Parade and Cumming Street. 

To register visit www.mastertennisaccademy.com.au or call Ben 0458 428 383




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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