I extend a very warm welcome to all students and families for the start of the 2023 school year. We commence the new school year with 359 students. Day one was a true delight as we welcomed 30 reception children in House 8, starting school for the very first time. Our staff is looking forward to working closely with the school community throughout the year.
We have had a very settled start after several disrupted school years with COVID. I acknowledge the thorough work of our dedicated staff in preparing classrooms and learning programs for the start of the school year. On a personal note, it has been wonderful to be greeted warmly, with many friendly smiles by children and families in the yard each day, which has made me feel very welcome in the school community. I have been particularly impressed so far, with the settled and calm nature of our classrooms and the engagement by all students in their learning.
Welcome to the following staff to Hallett Cove East:
· Mr James Martin, teaching PE and Science
· Ms Chelsea Easton who is our Music teacher for term one, whilst Ms Tania Bailey takes long service leave.
· Mr Paul Besanko who is providing additional classroom teacher support across the school
· Ms Erin Finch as Pastoral Care Worker. Erin is working with our school Tuesdays and Fridays and has been busy meeting many children and visiting all classrooms in the first couple of weeks.
I know each staff member will add great things to our school.
You will receive a notice via the Skoolbag app about our Acquaintance Night on Wednesday 15 February. Classroom teachers are running two sessions (5:30 and 6:15) to enable as many parents as possible to attend either one of the classroom sessions. We are looking forward to seeing you on the night.
National Assessment Plan – Literacy & Numeracy (NAPLAN)
This year, NAPLAN testing will take place during term one, from Monday 15 March for students in year 3 and 5, which is earlier than normal in the school year, but in line with the national assessment schedule. Students will participate in a practice test, towards the end of this month to help prepare for the test environment with their classes. More information will follow shortly.
Student Free Day
We have an upcoming student free day on Thursday 23 February where staff will be working on Literacy professional learning. For families who require the OSHC service on that day, please arrange your bookings as soon as possible with OSHC.
Student leaders play an important role at Hallett Cove East Primary School. Each year students in year 6 provide a written application for the variety of leadership roles with interviews undertaken with a panel of staff and students to determine appropriate leadership positions. I have been very impressed with the calibre of applications and the way students have conducted themselves during an interview. Such talented young people! We look forward to announcing all student leadership positions shortly. Students will be recognised at our upcoming school assembly in week 3.
Governing Council – Annual General Meeting
Our Governing Council Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday 06 March at 7pm, which is Monday of week 6. Please look out for further information when it becomes available, including information about nominating for a representative role on Governing Council.
You may have received a reminder from your child’s class teacher about providing a Medical e-form for your child. It is very important that the school has the most current medical information about your child to assist in safe planning for school events and class excursions. Please ensure this is completed at your earliest convenience.