St Leonards Primary School

Newsletter 21, 29 November 2019

From the Leadership

We can hardly believe that it's almost the end of the year. It has been an exceptionally busy yet highly successful one. The progress that our learners have made has been terrific and seeing students grow and mature is certainly a rewarding feeling. We are really proud of all our students’ efforts during 2019.

The last two weeks have been extremely busy ones. Students from years 4 -7 walked to Glenelg beach to participate in a beach volleyball competition. The efforts of all our teams were first class.  

Our school was also recently involved in the Glenelg Christmas Pageant. We would like to thank Karen Thorogood and her team for coordinating the event, as well as a number of parents who willingly gave up their own time.

We are all really excited about our Celebration Night. Programs and full details will be emailed shortly and posted on our school Facebook page. This year’s theme is ‘Move n Groove  “Music of the Movies” The children have enjoyed practising their routines. We hope you enjoy their show.

 Classes 2020

Classes have now been finalised and staff have started the handover of student information for the upcoming year.

Teachers have started to be allocated to classes but we won’t be releasing this information until all of our staffing has been confirmed by the Department for Education.  Our Learners will meet their new teachers in Week 9 of this term on change up day. 

It is always an emotional time for our learners as they transition to their new classes.  Please take a calm and positive approach with your child as you support their journey into their new class. One of our school values is resilience which is what we try to instill in all our learners. Your support would be greatly appreciated


Our 2020 structures are seen below

Reception                           Room 8

Reception                           Room 9

Year 1 / 2                           Room 12

Year 1 / 2                           Room 14

Year 1 / 2                           Room 15

Year 1 / 2                           Room 16

Year 2 / 3                           Room 7 (previously the Science Room)

Year 3                                 Room 3

Year 3                                 Room 4

Year 4 / 5                           Room 1

Year 4 / 5                           Room 2

Year 4 / 5                           Room 5

Year 4 / 5                           Room 6

Year 6                                 Room 11A (separated rooms)

Year 6                                 Room 11B (separated rooms)

Year 7                                  Room 10

Dave Henty-Smith, Principal

Jo Meredith, Deputy Principal

Kathy Baker, Inclusive Education Coordinator

Diary Dates

Week 8

  • School Banking - Tuesday 3 December ( all bank books to the Cash Office by 9:00am)
  • 7:00pm Governing Council - Tuesday 3 December
  • Kindy Transition Visit - Wednesday 4 December
  • 2:30pm Volunteers Afternoon Tea - Wednesday 4 December
  • Celebration Night - Friday 6 December 

Week 9

  • School Banking - Tuesday 10 December ( all bank books to the Cash Office by 9:00am)
  • Year 7 Beachouse excursion - Wednesday 11 December
  • Reports go home - Wednesday 11 December
  • Change up day - Wednesday 11 December
  • Year 7 Graduation - Thursday 12 December
  • Change up Day - Thursday 12 December
  • Last newsletter of 2019
  • Casual Day - Friday 13 December
  • 9:00am Assembly - Friday 13 December
  • 2:05pm Early Dismissal - Friday 13 December

A Term Planner is available as a link  on the Skoolbag app. Please check it regularly as it is a live document that updates as items are added. 

Save the Date

Term 1 2020 starts Tuesday  28 January


Casual Day

Friday 13 December

Gold Coin Donation

Raising funds to buy consumable materials for recess and lunch time clubs.

Please wear appropriate sun smart clothing and appropriate footwear ( no tank tops, spaghetti straps or thongs/flipfops)

Parent Survey 2019

Dear Parents

Each year we collect information about how our school is doing.  If you have time, could you please take a few minutes to complete this survey.  We appreciate your support 

Volunteer Afternoon Tea

We are very lucky at St Leonards to have a wonderful community of parents, caregivers and family members who volunteer in many capacities. A school this size would not be able to function without your support. 

As a thank you we invite everyone who has volunteered in any capacity to come to the afternoon tea at 2:30pm on Wednesday 4 December. A flyer with the invitation went home early this week.

Please RSVP to by Monday 2 December.

Celebration Night 2019

Our annual Celebration Night is being held on Friday 6 December. The performances will run between 6:00pm and 7:00pm. Students should be delivered to their classes by 5:45pm to get ready. BYO a picnic dinner or purchase sausages and ice cream from 5:00pm.

Please note that this is a smoke and alcohol free event.

We hope to see you there.



End of Year

As the end of the 2019 school year is rapidly approaching borrowing will not be available from Week 8 onwards. 

We also ask that all books are returned no later than Friday 6 December for stock take in the holidays. This is especially important if you are not returning to St Leonards in 2020. 

Thank you

Kelly Peterson, Library Manager

Volunteer ‘Drop-in’ Workshops

There will be no Volunteer Drop-In session next week as we will be celebrating our wonderful volunteers' contribution to our school community with an afternoon tea at 2:30pm.

 Jo Meredith, Deputy Principal

ICAS Results

Last term some students elected to sit the ICAS tests run by the University of New South Wales. This year was the first time it was sat online. The following students completed the Writing test.

ICAS Writing

Taylah R – Distinction, Ella M – Credit,  Ryan G – Participation, Lyla S – Participation, Chase S – Participation, Chloe W – Participation, Zara D – Participation, Scarlett H – Participation, Alexander M – Participation, Josh H – Participation.


Class Parties

The canteen will be closed on Wednesday 11 December as most classes are holding their class parties on this day.

Money Owing

Reminders have gone out for any money owing including for lunches provided when your child had a missing Qkr order or no lunch.  It would be appreciated if any money owed can be paid as soon as possible.

Canteen Volunteers

Thanks very much to my trusty volunteers this year.  If you can spare some time next year to volunteer, that would be great. Please contact the Office for information regarding volunteering at St Leonards

Celebration Night/Canteen Fundraiser
Thank you to Rotary for providing us with their BBQ and cooking on the night. The BBQ will be running from 5:00pm to around 7.30pm. Bargain celebration night prices:

BBQ sausages /onion @ $2 each

Plenty of icey cold drinks @ $2 - water and cans of soft drink will be available.

Happy holiday

Katrina, Canteen Manager

Lost Property

The lost property cabinet is currently overflowing with lost jackets, hats, lunch boxes and drink bottles. If you have lost any items during the term please pop by and see if any are your missing items. 

The lost property cabinet is located in the hallway near the Cash Office and Uniform Shop.

What's Been Happening at St Leonards

Class of 2019

Congratulations to all of the Year 7 students for their achievements during their time at St Leonards. We wish them well as they enter high school.

Lucas B, Kassandra B, Ciara B, Lilly C, Anthony C, Robyn D, Jaida E, Cody G, Amelia H, Logan H, Erin J, Shahzeb K, Zahara L, E, Skye L, Maddison M, Tiarna M, Henry P, Noah P, Clara P, Iman R-N, Ryder S-U, Rebecca S, Anna T and Eva W.

Tayla Kemp and Tara Metzger 

Premier's Reading Challenge

Last week we presented over 400 certificates and medals to our learners who had completed the Premier's Reading Challenge in 2019. 

At the assembly we presented our Reader's for Life certificates to 10 students who have completed the challenge for either eight or nine years. Congratulations to Noah P, Rebecca S, Anna T (nine years participation), Nejla S, Lilly C, Robyn D, Amelia H, Sky L, Clara P and Eva W (eight years participation).

We are very proud of everyone's efforts and look forward growing a love of reading in 2020.

Kelly Peterson, Library Manager

Future Anything Conference

Last term I was approached by a business called Future Anything and was asked to go to Mercedes College and speak about me and my business which I started last year as part of $20 boss project. I had to present in front of hundreds of students from many schools in Years 7 to 10. following this a few weeks ago, I was invited to make a short two-minute video about my self and my business Sticky Pronk. This video was shown to the Youth X selection panel and I have lucky enough to be selected to attend an all expenses paid four-day boot-camp in Brisbane run by business professionals who want to grow and invest in youth businesses like mine. The boot camp is designed to select young entrepreneurs that Youth X will then support and guide throughout the year in 2020 with accounting, marketing, branding, and funding as well as the legal side of running a business.  The boot camp consists of a series of workshops and interactive activities designed by professionals to develop business skills. I am very excited to be going to Brisbane and be given such a special opportunity.

Noah  Year 7

Children's University

Earlier this term many of our Children's University learners attended a graduation ceremony at Bonython Hall. Some of our graduates where unable to attend the ceremony, however they were acknowledged for their awesome efforts in additional learning at our last assembly. Well done to everyone involved in the program.

Heather Pronk, Children's University Coordinator

Glenelg Christmas Pageant

Soft Toy Making

Community Notices

Beachfront Hub Music

Glenunga International IGNITE Assessment

School Holidays

St Leonards Primary School

Learning Together

Respect, Resilience, Readiness

"Building a community that inspires curious, creative and innovative thinkers."

Principal: Dave Henty-Smith

Deputy: Jo Meredith

Inclusive Education Coordinator: Kathy Baker