Hallett Cove East Primary School

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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. 


  • Monday October 31st - November 2nd - Yr 6Camp to Wirraway
  • Monday November 7th - Pupil Free Day
  • Thursday November 10th - Kidz Biz sessions
  • Wednesday November 9th - Japanese Whole School Picnic
  • Tuesday November 29th - Yr 5/6 Aquatics program
  • Wednesday December 7th - School Concert
  • Thursday December 15th - Yr 6 Graduations


Dear Parents/Caregivers,

Today has been World Teacher’s Day. Thank you to the governing council for their support and generosity for all staff today. We appreciate the recognition in all its forms.

This is a very busy term with many activities planned for the next seven weeks. Please look out for Skoolbag notices and future newsletters for information. As you already know the whole school concert will be on Wednesday 7th December starting at 6pm. Look out for further information via Skoolbag and Class Dojo as we hope all our students will be able to attend and we don’t have the audience restrictions of last year.

Class Placements 2023

Thank you to all the parents who have sent information they wish to have considered for class placements in 2023. The final day for this is today 28th October. The link was on the previous newsletter and in the Skoolbag notice sent home last week.

Transition can be a difficult time for anyone, but especially so for children.

You will see the link to “Understanding key transition points during childhood and adolescence”.

I would suggest parents of kindy and year six students to read it but it is of interest to any parent. We are giving paper copies to our 2023 Reception parents at our first transition meeting in week 4.


Our year six families have all their information for transition days at the new school.

At the beginning of the term the proposed 2023 Materials and Services fee notice and invitation to discuss this was sent out via Skoolbag. A copy of this information is later in this newsletter.

NAPLAN Dates 2023 I know some families need to take their children out of school for a variety of reasons. We also know that you try to minimise disruptions and most families are keen to avoid NAPLAN. I have copied the following from the DfE intranet.

“In 2023 NAPLAN will be earlier than in previous years. Traditionally it has been held in May but this is changing to March. From 2023 NAPLAN will be held in term 1. Moving NAPLAN to term 1 will allow schools to access their students’ results earlier in the school year, helping teachers to better identify what support students may need.

The NAPLAN 9-day test period will be in week 7, term 1 – Wednesday 15 March until Monday 27 March 2023.  Note that NAPLAN begins on a Wednesday, not Tuesday as it has done in previous years.”

We will have more information closer to the date but the four tests will probably be done by our year 3 and year 5 students over four school days from Wednesday 15th March.

With regards

Andrea Hayden



Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Tonight is the School Disco. I hope everyone who attends has a great time. A BIG thank you to all the parents, especially Mel Vlachos, who helped to organise and run it as well as the teachers who were able to help the parents supervise.

Japanese Picnic- The canteen is in need of volunteers for the Japanese Picnic. If you are planning to come on the day, and are a registered volunteer with the school, the canteen would appreciate your help to distribute the special lunch orders. If you are able to volunteer, please let either Helen or the Office staff know.  

Reminder: Kidz Biz Ed’s Family Evening Sessions are Thursday 10th November. 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’. There will be 2 sessions the first, Session 1 (6:40pm- 7:30pm): ‘Where Did We Come From’ (suitable for Year 2 to Year 4 students), Session 2 (7:40pm- 8:30pm) ‘What’s Happening To Us” (suitable for Year 5 to 6 students). Families can choose to attend one or both sessions. 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 www.kidzbiz.edu.au

We have already had a large number of families stating that they will be attending. If you haven’t completed a form and would like to attend, can you please complete the Skoolbag eform (Term 4 week 4 Thursday 10th November- Kidz Biz Ed’s Family Evening Sessions). The sessions will be held in the Pavilion.

Save the Date: Auskick 2023

There will be an Auskick Program running next year at the school from week 3 of term 1 through to the end of the term (8 weeks).

Further details to be confirmed.

Registrations open 1st November 2022

Kind Regards,

Renee Fisher

Deputy Principal


Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Welcome back to Term 4. I hope that everyone had a happy, safe and enjoyable 2 week break. I sure did. Thank you to all the students, families and teachers who made Sports Day such an enjoyable day. The weather was great and it was fantastic that we could finally welcome back spectators to enjoy the day with us. I managed to eat a yummy sausage and drink a wonderful coffee which I burnt off with the 32,061 steps (27.2km) that I walked throughout the day and night. A big thank you to the teachers who helped set up for the day, particularly Miss Burford and Miss Chamberlain, and to the parents and teachers who helped pack up. Congratulations to all students for their effort but particularly the students in Kaurna for winning the Fair Play Award and Tate for being the Sports Day Champions.

With term 4, comes the inevitability of change. Whether it is moving up a year level, a new teacher, new classmates, changing schools or graduating to High School each child can react differently to change. Providing children with opportunities to talk about how they are feeling can help to minimize some of the stress that change can bring. Below is an excerpt from the Educator Toolkit – Coping with Stress, Managing change (Department for Education 2019) that discusses change and transition.

“Any form of change can cause stress. Change is a normal part of life and can be positive or negative. Regardless of how a change arises (naturally, by choice, or imposed) it can present new opportunities, new problems and demand new responses. Transition, on the other hand, is internal: it’s what happens in people’s minds as they go through change. It involves leaving what we know and settling into what is new.

At times of predictable change and transition, schools and teachers can create supportive environments and processes. It is important to allow children and young people to talk about what they are feeling and support them to apply skills and knowledge that will help them cope positively.

The effects of transition can be described in 3 stages:

  1. Separation – A change or move away from the person’s usual way of functioning (Fuller, 2016).
  2. Liminality – A time of confusion and lowered functioning as the person tries to make sense of changing circumstances (Fuller, 2016).
  3. Reintegration – An adaptation to new circumstances and an incorporation of new skills and experiences into the person’s next phase of life (Fuller, 2016).”

Finally, well done to our Yr 5/6 knockout Cricket team who played a very even and hard fought match this morning. Unfortunately the result did not go our way but everyone should be proud of their effort. A special mention to Gemma who top scored for us with the bat and took 2 wickets with the ball.


Aaron Charlton

Wellbeing Leader / PE / Science Teacher

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5 boosters to build up your emotional immunity

The following is an extract from an online article by therapist Marie Rowland. Read the full article here:



Fortify yourself by creating a strong network of support.

Many people believe in supplements or vitamins to boost their natural immune system. Think of friends, family and other supporters such as therapists, counsellors, yoga teachers, trainers as your own hand-selected range of emotional supplements. These human vitamins enrich the system and, taken on a daily basis, build up optimism and courage to ward off the stresses of life.


Seek meaning and purpose, not happiness.

The problem with happiness is that it is transitory and dependent on events exterior to your life going well. Leading a meaningful existence imbued with purpose is not contingent on external factors. So find what really matters to you and do it.


Be seen.

This seems deceptively simple, even simplistic, but it is harder than you may think. Many people live in the shroud of lack of self-worth or not showing up when they feel low. Putting on a brave face is not resilience. When we speak up and say things aren’t going well, we are seen. The mere act of being seen builds up our emotional immunity as we restore a sense of safety and wellbeing.


Have fun and be silly.

Do what feels good (if it doesn’t hurt yourself or anyone else). … We tend to live highly restrained lives where we must look, act and be a certain way, where we must aspire, achieve and attain all the time, and it is exhausting. So from time to time give yourself permission to let go. Treat yourself to unmitigated fun. Don’t think, just act on impulse by cranking up the music and dancing; diving into the ocean; watch funny movies and laugh out loud. Indulge and enjoy every minute of it.


Live consciously.

Anxiety and depression get the better of us when we don’t live in the present. Fretting is when we worry about an unknown future and ruminating is when we regret a past we cannot change. So be acutely aware of the now. When we live in the very now, we slow down time and we take back some control and agency in our lives.




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2023 Materials and Services charge will be presented at the governing council meeting scheduled for Monday the 7th of November.

An invitation is extended to the whole school community on Skoolbag last week and have been included below

Please click this link to view the Governing Council Invitation to Community.   

To view the 2023 Materials and Services charge please click here. 

REMINDER -  teaching staff are busy planning incursions, excursions and camps for the remainder of the year.  Please ensure you have paid your $60 levy to avoid students not being able to participate.

If you are yet to pay your 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 2022 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 2022 school year is 18th November 2022.

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

Business Manager


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


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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