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. 


  • Friday 9th September is our School Closure Day
  • Thursday 22nd September Kidz Biz Family Growth and Development Sessions
  • Friday 30th September Sports Day
  • Monday 7th November Pupil Free Day


Dear Parents/Caregivers,

As I write each newsletter article I wonder if I am ever going to say “what a quiet fortnight we have had” and then I have a laugh.

Week 5 was Book Week and we detailed all the exciting events last newsletter. Thank you to all our organisers and in particular to Nicole Gully. It was wonderful to see some of our parent community on the hard court area to enjoy the parade. Look for some of the pictures below.

We had a very successful visit from the Education Director and her team. Heather, Chris and Tom were very impressed with the way our students spoke and answered questions both in the meeting and in the classrooms they visited. Well done also to our staff who presented themselves with professionalism and enthusiasm.

In Week 6 we celebrated SSO Week at HCEPS.

I would like to acknowledge all the wonderful work done by our diligent and caring School Support Officers and our other support staff. As we know our children are at the centre of everything we do at HCEPS and all the staff need to work together to ensure that our students get the best educational experience that we can offer. We also could not operate without our friendly and efficient administration team. Every position or job in a school requires a multitude of skills and our support staff are highly valued.

A massive “thank you” to Irene Sulcs, Cherie Bishop-Kinslyside, Narelle Muller, Nola Chalakas-Stopp, Jo Berry, Imelda Jolly, Kelly Thomas, Carina Dias-Cocks, Alex Haynes, Janelle Skuse, Kate Hunt, Sally Johnson, Scott Panton, Joey Traeger, Adam Hackett and Richard Watson.

Well done to the District Athletics team which represented our school with pride and the Volleyball teams who embodied our school values over the last few days.

I know I mentioned gates in the last newsletter but this time I need to remind families to leave the gate as they found it. If you go through a closed gate please ensure it is closed and the bolt is fully across behind you. This is particularly important for our parents utilising the OSHC service.

And another reminder to please inform us ASAP if you intend to move your child from HCEPS this year or next. We are really trying to firm up the number of teachers we require and we know, in this current climate of teacher shortages, that the earlier we can do this the better. Obviously if you know of any families considering bringing their children to our school please ask them to get in touch with us. Thank you for your help with this.

We are looking forward to our upcoming Sports Day and are anticipating parents, grandparents and family friends will all be able to enjoy this energetic day! We will have more information closer to the last week of the term.

Thank you to our wonderful fund raising committee and volunteers, who are very ably led by Mel Vlachos, for another excellent Father’s Day Stall.

Friendly Reminder….. Friday 9th September is our School Closure Day. OSHC is open all day and may still be able to take bookings. There will not be other school staff on site.

If you are going to the Royal Show I hope you have a wonderful time.

With regards

Andrea Hayden



Dear Parents and Caregivers,

What a fabulous Book Week HCEPS had last week. There were a variety of fun things happening throughout the week. It was wonderful to see the students and staff so enthusiastic to celebrate the occasion. This week we celebrated Support Staff week. Classes found their own way to say thank you to the SSOs which support them in the classroom, yard and Office. All the SSOs are highly valued members of our community and the school would not be able to function without them.

There have been many families’ sign up to attend the Kidz Biz Education evening on Thursday 22nd September. If you would like to attend and haven’t completed the eform on Skoolbag, there is still time to do so. The information sessions will be held in the Pavilion.

Well done to the many students who participated in District Athletic and State Volleyball Carnival this week.

I hope your child/ren enjoy the School closure day next Friday 9th September.

Kind Regards,

Renee Fisher

Deputy Principal


Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Wow, this term has flown by and we have now passed the halfway mark of the term. In doing so, we have completed our 5 week focus on Empathy. Below is an excerpt from the book Once upon a word which defines three terms that include the word path and relate to feelings and emotions.

Sympathy: to understand someone else’s feelings, often sadness after something bad happens to another person (Jess Zafarris, 2020).

Empathy: The ability to feel the emotions of other people (Jess Zafarris, 2020).

Apathy: Having no feeling or emotion about a situation (Jess Zafarris, 2020).

We hope that your children have enjoyed learning about empathy and will, at some point in time, stop to think about what it might be like to walk in someone else’s shoes.

This week has been a very big week for school sport. On Wednesday we had the Southern Valley District Athletics day where we took a team of 32 students from years 4 to 6 and competed against the other schools in our district. All students displayed our school values and had a wonderful day. We finished 4th for Big Schools and 6th place overall. Congratulations to three of the students who made the district team and well done to everyone on their fantastic effort on the day.  

Then today we entered 10 teams into the Southern Area State Volleyball Carnival. We took almost 60 students in the years 4 to 6 and had an excellent day playing volleyball. Once again our school values were on show and we represented our school with pride. Four teams made the Finals and 2 played off in the Grand Final.

Good luck to our year 5/6 boys’ soccer team who have made it to the State middle sized school Knockout Finals. The finals will be played at Football SA Stadium (Services FM) Matilda Drive Gepps Cross. No matter the result, it will be a valuable experience for all our players.


Aaron Charlton

Wellbeing Leader / PE / Science Teacher


Angry Feelings

In my role I use the What’s the Buzz? social skills program with many different classes and small groups. Each session of the program has an After the Buzz, ideas for parents, guardians and educators to encourage the generalisation of the social thinking the children have learnt in the session. The following comes from session 10 of What’s the Buzz? For Early Learners: Angry Feelings.

Our children learn from us

The best way to show children how to handle angry feelings is to model ours beautifully. When a child is struggling with their emotion the last thing that will help is an out-of-control adult.

When your child is angry, think!

Try not to reward your child's angry behaviours by being angry yourself and going on and on at them. Tactical ignoring is about ignoring misbehaviour that can be ignored – it is not about ignoring your child and all of their behaviour. Hindsight tells us that so many childish behaviours drop out with maturity. Whatever you do, avoid power struggles and extreme emotions.  From now on, when you find yourself in conflict with an angry child, try this. Try and react to it in the same way you’d treat the child of your most precious friend who is struggling with this emotion. Do you see the difference?


Let your children know that feeling angry is normal and should not be hidden. However, when someone becomes angry and breaks things, hurts others and says mean things it is not okay. When this happens there will always be a negative consequence later on. It is up to each of us to be the boss of our angry feelings. The best way to stay in charge of all kinds of feelings is to use, ‘smart thinking’ – a plan to stay calm, think and make good choices. Help your child rehearse these two vital steps:

  • State, to yourself or to another, why you feel angry…
  • Take action considering if it will hurt people, property, or your person (yourself) 
  • Joey,


    at HCEPS on Wednesdays and Fridays


    P.S. There is no confirmed funding for pastoral care worker positions next year.  PCWs are uniquely placed in schools to connect relationally with students and become adult role models and mentors to them. The Federal Government is currently undergoing a review of the National School Chaplaincy Program (NSCP) model used to fund Pastoral Care Workers (commonly called Chaplains across Australia), and it seeks input from the community to inform its decision-making process. 

    If you value my role and would like to see it continue I would appreciate if you could complete this survey  NSCP Online Consultation Survey Platform. It is quite long, but you can skip as many questions as you like or even just put in a single comment on an area that is relevant to you. Submissions close Tuesday 13 September. Thanks. 


    If you are yet to pay your 2022 Materials and Services fees we remind families to clear all outstanding accounts prior to debt collection process.

    If you are yet to notify the school in regards to using any credits for other charges or a request for reimbursement (if applicable) please contact the office ASAP and we will send you a rebate slip.

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

    Imelda Jolly

    Business Manager

    Year 5/6 Hiragana Fun Challenge

    On Monday the 29th of August, the Year 5/6 students participated in our Hallett Cove East Primary School ‘Hiragana Fun Challenge’. Students, in teams of 4, competed against each other in reading the 46 Hiragana alphabet and words. All students are to be commended for having a go and trying their best.

    Congratulations to ‘The Big Totoros’ Samuel, Cooper, Luke and Harry who won the Championship Round.

    Year 6 students, consisting of two teams of 4 will now have the opportunity to represent Hallett Cove East Primary School in the Southern Districts Inter-School Hiragana Reading Competition on Wednesday 14th of September, at Reynella East College.

    Kirsten Wallis                                                         

    R-6 Teacher of Japanese


    Term 4 – Week 2 Friday Night October 28th*(restrictions permitting)

    The Fundraising Committee are organising a school disco

    Look out for details closer to the date.


    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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