Hallett Cove East Primary School

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Diary Dates

  • Friday 4th September - Premier's Reading Challenge FINISHES
  • Tuesday 8th September - House 8 Nature Play SA - Cubby Building Belair National Park Excursion
  • Wednesday Day 9th September - House 3 Marion History Trail Excursion
  • Tuesday 22nd September - House 4 and Year 5's 9 South AFL Max Excursion
  • Wednesday 23rd September - Kid Biz Ed Family Growth and Development Sessions
  • Wednesday 28th October - Splash Theatre
  • Monday 26th - 30th October  - BOOK WEEK


Dear Parents/Caregivers,


At HCEPS we are very lucky to have a wonderful staff team and our Support Staff are a very important part of that team. This week is National Support Staff Week and this has provided us with an opportunity to acknowledge the work of our support staff. At school, teachers provided a special Morning Tea on Wednesday and classes made cards. I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank all our support staff members for their work in our school. Without them our programs would not be able to operate at the high quality level that they do.

Thank you to:

Jenny McFadyen – Finance, Facilities, Administration

Imelda Jolly – Finance, Administration

Irene Sulcs – Resource Centre, Student Support

Nola Chalakas-Stopp – Administration

Joanne Berry – Student Support, Administration, Finance

Narelle Muller – Student Support

Scott Panton – IT Support

Maddison Govan – Student Support

Carina Dias-Cocks – Student Support

Donna de Michele – Student Support

Janelle Skuse – Student Support

Alexander Haynes – Student Support

Dylan Burdett – Grounds and Maintenance (see Staff News section below)

Adam Hackett – IT Support

Joey Traeger – Pastoral Care Worker

Cherie Bishop-Kinlyside – Student Support (currently on leave)


I have just read a very interesting article called “Education Reimagined: the future of learning”. Basically the article is about the significant change to the delivery of learning that has resulted due to the impact of the response to COVID. It talks about 3 phases of change being Disruption – the shift to remote learning, Transition – the return to schooling and Reimagining Learning – the changes that are made to learning as a result. As a system we have certainly worked through the first 2 phases (and may again if a second wave occurs), but now our focus is on what the lesson of the changes are for the way we develop and deliver learning in the future. The article also focusses on the need for Deep Learning, a process defined as the process of acquiring the 6Cs. These are a set of global competencies or the skills and attributes needed for learners to flourish as citizens of the world, encompassing compassion, empathy, social and emotional learning, entrepreneurialism and the related skills to be successful. It talks about how learning design needs to address these 6Cs.

The 6 Cs are:

·         Character – the ability to be proactive in life and towards learning, being positive, showing persistence and resilience, empathy, compassion and integrity

·         Citizenship – showing a genuine interest in in global perspectives especially around human and environmental issues, equity and an understanding of and empathy for different values and world views

·         Collaboration – the ability to work with others and in teams for specific outcomes, to develop positive interpersonal (including social, emotional and intercultural) skills

·         Communication – the ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences and reflect on and improve communication processes, and, the ability to voice opinions in a positive way

·         Creativity – the ability to ask good questions and to turn ideas into action

·         Critical Thinking – the ability to evaluate information, discuss, reason, debate, make connections, see patterns, experiment reflect and take action on ideas

Our several years of development in areas such as Growth Mindset, Resilience, Stretch Thinking, Proficiencies in Maths (Fluency, Problem Solving, Reasoning and Understanding), and, specific elements of English including Reading and Writing, along with a school focus on the 4 school Values, and the key strategies in the LDAM project, see our students well on the way to acquiring the 6Cs for a positive and successful future.


Students have been working very hard all term and we want to make public acknowledgments of the work. Because we are not holding assemblies we have not been distributing Shining Light awards but there is a solution! Every even week  Friday I will be distributing Shining Light awards to students over the new paging system. I will also include recipients at the bottom of my article in each of the newsletters.


Welcome back to Helen Jefferson who returned to work in the Canteen this week. This is a very big thank you to Kylie Barnes-Sparks, Judy Hart and Linda Batten who have very capably managed the Canteen in Helen’s absence. Kylie will continue to support Helen on Fridays for the remainder of the term until Helen is able to organise more volunteers. (So if you are interested in volunteering in the canteen, please let our admin staff know!!)

This is also a very big welcome to Dylan Burdett who is our new Groundsperson. Dylan also works as the Groundsperson at Macclesfield and Old Noarlunga Primary Schools. Dylan works on Mondays and Thursdays.


This is a friendly reminder that due to a number of safety reasons dogs are not allowed anywhere on school grounds at any time, both during school time and outside of school, (eg picking up/dropping off at OSHC or when using the oval for sport or weekend activities). Thank you for your cooperation.


In the first 2 newsletters in Term 4, you will be given the opportunity to complete a placement request form for your child for 2021 regarding friendships and teaching styles dependent upon needs. This year has seen quite a disruption to enrolments in the school due to the impact of COVID. For this reason we are having to look at numbers more closely a bit earlier than we would have in the past. So rather than waiting until Term 4, if your child(ren) will be leaving either before the end of the year or at the end of the year, could you please contact the front office, either via phone on 8322 3677 or via email on dl.1053.info@schools.sa.edu.au. It would also help us to know in which school your child(ren) will be enrolling. I thank you in advance for your support in this matter.

With regards,

Anne Rathjen



9N     Riley & Alex       9W     Kourosh & Charlize       9S     Noah & Jayden       4E     Gemma & Cooper       4W       Luke & Maelie     2N     Kialee & Logan       2S     Xavier & Charlotte       3S   Ellie & Alex        3N    Kira & Jagger        6W      Izabella & Camden      6E      Elliot & Matilda      7E      Charlotte & Angus      8E     Jasmine & Leo       8W    Cecily & Braxton        7W    whole class        6AS     whole class       6AN       whole class    Japanese       Evie 9N, Marley 6W, Darius 8E & Billie 3S     Music   Olivia 6W & Emily 6W


A Few Words from the Deputy Principal

How lovely has it been to have been able to do yard duty and greet people in the sunshine this week?


Thank you to all the parents, grandparents and friends of the school who have been able to volunteer in the classrooms. This is such a help for the students and we really appreciate it.  The canteen really needs volunteers and Helen, our canteen manager, has more information about this in the Canteen section.

More volunteers would help us to open the canteen up. If you are thinking of volunteering for the canteen, or anything else at school, but are put off by the volunteer application process please speak to our friendly administration staff as they can assist you.


Speaking of the canteen we just need to remind families and students that the canteen orders are only being taken by Qkr and are only for lunches. Some children have been asking for part of their order at recess time but, at this stage due to COVID 19 changes, we are only offering lunch orders with the restricted menu. When this changes we will notify you via Skoolbag and/or the newsletter.

Peer Awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorder

At staff meeting on Tuesday I asked teachers how many of them had a student with diagnosed Autism Spectrum Disorder or a student who displayed traits of Autism Spectrum Disorder and the family was investigating this. Every teacher put their hand up.

Some classes at the school are going to share some information from Autism SA as part of a Peer Awareness Program. These classes will be seeking the permission of the parents of the student or students diagnosed with ASD.

Before this happens we would like to offer some parent sessions to help any parent understand a little more about Autism as well as go through the Peer Awareness PowerPoint and discussion which classes may use. This would be an interactive session as well as informative. I am no expert but I am able to share some insights and offer links to resources.

We would like to offer the session on Tuesday 1st September at 8:45 am in the Library. We will repeat the session on Monday 7th September at 2pm in the library.  If there is enough interest we will also repeat the session on Monday 7th September at 5:45-6:45pm in the Library.

Because of COVID19 social distancing restrictions we will need parents to book into the sessions prior to the day. Usually we would do this through Skoolbag but in this case we will get you to ring the front office on 83223677 to book in. You will then be told if there is a spot available for you. We will put out a Skoolbag notice cancelling the session if we do not have any people taking up the offer.

2020 Growth and Development Sessions with KidzBiz

Please remember that the KidzBiz Growth and Development Sessions are on Wednesday 23rd September. We have asked that you indicate your interest by today on the eform entitled 2020 Growth and Development Family Evening 23rd September 2020. As of this morning we have 37 families who have indicated they are coming so we will definitely go ahead. At this stage, because of the current social distance guidelines we will have the session in the Pavilion.

We strongly promote our school values with our children. In keeping with this could we respectfully ask our parents and caregivers to consider that what they wear to pick up and drop off does not cause some to take offense?

Kind Regards,

Andrea Hayden

Deputy Principal

Finance Information from the Business Manager

Just a reminder that our teaching staff are busy planning incursions and excursions for the remainder of the year.  Please ensure you have paid your $60 levy to avoid students not being able to participate.

Unfortunately as you know term 1 disco had to be cancelled, families who purchased disco tickets will have a credit on their statement which can be used against future expenses.

If you are yet to pay your 2020 Materials and Services fees we remind families to clear all outstanding accounts as soon as possible to avoid debt collection services being appointed. 

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

Jenny McFadyen

Business Manager

News from our Wellbeing Leader

Random Acts of Kindness

Did you know that participating in random acts of kindness (RAK) is good for your health?

RAK has a positive impact upon:

·         Mood

·         Blood pressure

·         Pain reduction

·         Trust

·         Generosity

·         Self-esteem

·         Self-worth

·         Optimism

·         General wellbeing


A single act of kindness makes us feel good but participating in repetitive kindness is so much better.

So what kinds of RAK activities can you participate in?

Following is a list of 10 simple RAK ideas:

·         Hold the door open for someone

·         Give a genuine compliment

·         Be polite on the road – let someone in!!

·         Donate blankets to a shelter

·         Say hi to a neighbour

·         Pick up litter

·         Share a favourite recipe

·         Smile at someone

·         Write a positive comment

·         Make a grateful card for someone

Importantly, RAK does not need to cost money, doesn’t take a lot of time, and can make a powerful connection with another - also making the recipient feel good.  In other words participating in RAK makes us better as human beings and builds a better community.

If you would like to know more about RAK visit https://www.randomactsofkindness.org/ or watch the Science of Kindness: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O9UByLyOjBM

Evie Donoghue

HCEPS Wellbeing Coordinator

Evie Donoghue

Wellbeing leader

A snapshot of students at work and play ...

Physical Education

Year 4-7s have just completed a student led PE unit on basketball. Each student in the team had a role such as coach, captain, umpire, manager or scorer and each team had a skill they had to teach their peers. Students than participated in a mini tournament. 


Ellie Burford Hallett Cove East Primary School

Fundraising News - Fathers Day

Father’s Day Stall – Cashless

This year’s Father’s Day stall will be held this Thursday the 3rd of September & Friday the 4th of September in the morning.  It will be completely cashless, no money will be taken on the day.  Pre-purchasing of $ 5 or multiples, will need to be made via Qkr on Monday 31st August & Tuesday 1st September.  Items are still $5 each or smaller items 2 for $5.   Look out for Skoolbag message!


Grill'd Marion – September Burger Month

 For the month of September, Grill’d at Westfield Marion will have one jar on their counter dedicated to our school.  Anyone that buys a Burger receives a bottle top and that bottle needs to go into a jar.  Whatever jar has the most bottle tops at the end of the month, receives a donation of $300.  So if you are at Westfield Marion and are hungry please head to Grill’d – upstairs, outside, opposite New York Bar & Grill. September is Burger Month!!! Check out the menu https://www.grilld.com.au/menu    


Congratulations to our raffle winners!  Hope you all enjoy your prizes.  Thank you to the school community in supporting the raffle & raising $ 660 for the school.

1st Prize – Brett Family

2nd Prize – Gierke Family

3rd Prize – McCall Family

4th Prize – King Family

5th Prize – Lowies Family

Friday Couture

It may have come to your attention or perhaps it has not but we thought we would share with you what our staff have been doing to lighten the end of each week.  COVID has impacted on all of us to different extents,  to lighten the  the end of the week a decision was made that we would theme our attire each Friday.  Here is a snippet of some of the ways we have worked as a team and smiled together . 

Some of the themes have been

  • Christmas in July
  • Outback Adventures
  • Purple and Yellow (Daffodil Day)
  • Wear something on your head
  • Pretty in Pink
  • Shapes


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



We pleased to be offering a limited Canteen LUNCH service 

  • Cashless service until further notice
  • All orders via Qkr! ONLY
  • No 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 

  • Hotdogs $4.00
  • Pizza $4.00
  • Mac and Cheese $5.00
  • Lasagna $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

Updated 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 

Order your Memberships online today!


Raffle in August.  Keep a look out for more details via SkoolBag.  Prizes include Intencity bundle, Tent-it Teepee voucher, Patritti Wines.

Community News and Events


Are you interested in being involved in a vibrant, productive, family-oriented garden within our local community?  My name is Sarah Luscombe, a local parent, and my daughter attends the school.  Myself and a group of residents are working together with the Marion Council to develop a Community Garden in Hallett Cove.  We are looking at the Perry Barr Farm as a possible site.  Are you interested in contributing to our project?  We have lots of ways for you to get involved, and we want your input.  Please complete our online survey! https:/www.surveymonkey.com/r/6856VJ9 I can be contacted via E: sarah_luscombe@hotmail.com if you have any queries.  Thanks! 


LIVING WITH YOUNG PEOPLE - Parenting and Family Support Program

A free workshop that helps you as parents and carers build an understanding of your teenage and their healthy development.

Topics include:

    -  About young people

    -  Adolescent development

     -  What parents can do

    -  What about conflict?

    -  A positive approach to guiding behaviour

Workshops are based on the latest parent research and use information from Parenting SA.  Tea / Coffee provided.  BYO cup and water bottles.

WHERE:  Cove Civic Centre, 1 Ragamuffin Drive, Hallett Cove

WHEN:  Part 1 - Thursday 10 September 2020 

               Part 2 - Thursday 17 September 2020

TIME:  5:00 - 7:30 pm

FREE bookings essential.  Arrive 10 minutes early to register.


Summer Season Trials - all players welcome.

Sunday, 20th September 2020 - All Junior grades 9:00 - 10:30 am

Tuesday, 22nd September 2020 - All junior grades 6:00 - 7:30 pm

Priceline Stadium, Mile End.  Registrations close 18th September.

Visit www.cheerionetball.com  for further information.

Any queries - Ph: 0419 810 656 or email: secretary@cheerionetball.com


Athletics Holiday Clinic - at SA Athletics Stadium, Mile End

Wednesday 30th September & Wednesday 7th October 2020

A clinic for any 5-17 year olds to learn, have fun, improve their athletics skills and meet an Australian Commonwealth Medalist & Olympian.

Visit littleathleticssa.com.au/holidayclinics or Ph: 8352 8133

Registrations close Wednesday 23rd September 2020.

COVE CRICKET CLUB - Season 2020 / 21

Rego & Info Day - All Seniors & Juniors - SUNDAY 13TH SEPTEMBER 10:00 am - 12:00 pm at Cove Oval

Free BBQ & light training.

Ph:  0418 814 427 or covecricket@gmail.com

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.

Qkr App (quicker)

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

Please click for more details Qkr App

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