Hallett Cove East Primary School

Keeping you in the loop ....

22/7/19 Pupil Free Day, our OSHC service is available - please call to book your child/children in

23/7/19 First Day Term 3 we welcome our students and school community back

24/7/19 6 West and 7 East are off on an excursion to Adelaide Zoo they will Explore the life cycles of real live animals at the zoo.  They are scheduled to depart at 9.05 am and travel by bus to the Zoo and return to school at approximately 3.00 pm.

26/7/19 National Tree Day today - GREEN CASUAL DAY we ask our staff and students to wear something green today in recognition of National Tree Day.  A gold coin donation would be appreciated, all funds raised will be used to purchase trees to plant throughout the school grounds.  

16/8/19 Trent Hill an Indigenous educator, will be sharing with students from 4W, 4E, 5W, 5E, 6W, 6E and 7E.  

20/8/19 School Photo Day

26/8/19 Book Week commences, there will be a whole school incursion presented by Splash Theatre on Tuesday 27th August, this year the Book Week Theme -  Reading is My Secret Power. We will also be conducting a fundraiser during this week.

30/8/19 SCHOOL CLOSURE DAY - OSHC available for care, please book in

9/9/19 The year 3's are heading to Narnu Farm, Hindmarsh Island, for a camp.  Travelling by private bus, leaving school on Monday 9th September around 9:30am, and returning to school on Tuesday 10th September around 2:30pm.

20/9/19 Sports Day a fantastic whole school and community day for all

15/10/19  6W and 7E will be attending an overnight camp at Narnu Farm on Tuesday 15 October returning to school on Wednesday 16 October (Term 4, week 1)  students will be travelling to and from Narnu Farm by coach and staying in the camp accommodation. 

Dear Parents and Caregivers,



Please contact OSHC if you require care.

School will reopen for Term 3 for students on Tuesday 23rd July. 


In Week 9, staff were most fortunate to participate in training to develop strategies to improve student writing skills through the framework of Writing Workshop facilitated by Lisa Burman. Writing Workshop creates a culture of thinking like a writer and sharing this thinking within a community of writers. Writing Workshop provides the time, quality models, explicit teaching and feedback where novice writers can learn the skills of drafting, revising and editing, along with the fluency, confidence and disposition to see themselves as writers. ‘Bookmaking’ and ‘Writer’s Notebook’ are both ways to implement the Writing Workshop pedagogy. They are the ‘containers’ for the writing – the teaching principles are the same. This makes Writing Workshop a strong whole-school approach as it will grow and evolve with the development of young writers. Several classes are already implementing some of the strategies and your child may have told you about Bookmaking (generally early years) or Writer’s Notebook (generally primary and middle years). I have included a brochure that explains what Bookmaking is in the early developmental stages of Writing Workshop, with this newsletter. A brochure explaining Writer’s Notebook is currently being developed by Lisa and as soon as this has been done, I will also send a link to that through to you. WHAT IS BOOKMAKING? click here


Congratulations and well done to our Year 2 and 3 students for your fantastic performance on Monday night. All students practised hard and performed very well with a few stand out leads as well!! Thank you to Evie Donoghue for her leadership of this program and to the several teaching staff who supported Evie before and/or during the performance. 


CONGRATULATIONS to Andrea Hayden, who has won the Deputy Principal position for the next 4½ years. This is very well deserved. 

We are currently waiting to find out who will be teaching in 9N for the remainder of 2019.

Robyn Sumner will be on long service leave for the first 5 weeks of the Term 3 and Zachary Schenkel will be the teacher in her absence. Zach knows many of the students and also currently teaches with Nicole Gully.

Scott Panton, our IT SSO, will be on long service leave for the first 3 weeks of the term. 


Congratulations to Jett from 9W who has been successful in winning a place in the SAPSASA - Primary School Sport 12 and under boys Football (Soccer team) and will represent SA in the national competition to be held in Canberra at the end of August. Jett had to participate in 9 trials before his selection in the final squad and now has a rigorous practice program in the lead up to the competition. Jett is also the only representative from southern Adelaide. Well done Jett this is a fabulous effort! Good luck. 


Your children have been most fortunate to have participated in a wide range of fantastic learning experiences this term whether that be in the classroom or through student leadership processes or through special events, the latter including: Peter Pan, various SAPSASA and sporting competitions and clinics, FYI Health Education, First Aid Training for Children, Cubby building excursions, Market Day and Cleland NP.


The Governing Council and Education Director have approved a full school closure day for a day of local significance (being the Royal Adelaide Show). This closure day will be on Friday 30th August. OSHC will be available for care if required. Please contact Lissy and Sally on 8381 7577 to book in.


There was reminder to all families about the playgrounds being out of bounds both before and after school in the last newsletter. Unfortunately, we are still having to ask parents and students to move off the playgrounds before and after school. When families play on the playgrounds this disrupts the OSHC program and makes it very challenging for OSHC educators to adequately supervise students for whom they are providing care. I respectfully request that families please follow this expectation.


Thank you to all families who have been able to attend an interview with your child and his/her teacher. If you did, you would have received and discussed your child’s written report at that meeting. Those of you who did not attend should now have received your child’s report through your child.


Thank you to the families who have generously donated from the list of non-perishable food items and quality clothing for HYPA, supporting homeless youth. We will continue to accept items in Term 3 until the end of Week 2, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.


We have a lot of unnamed lost property in the front office at the moment. It is really important to name all items so we can return anything that comes in to students.


To help prevent vandalism and other crime in the school during the holidays, we seek your support to please report any suspicious behaviour you may observe in and around the school to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or direct to Police on 131 444. I thank you in advance for doing so.


Please enjoy a safe and happy holiday break with your children. We look forward to seeing all students safely back for the start of Term 3 on Tuesday 23rd July.


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Anne Rathjen


Congratulations Nick Marks

Congratulations and thank you to Nick Marks who has won a two part grant totaling $2500 from Marion Council with an environmental focus (recycling/waste), for the school. Nick was presented with the grant cheque at a special Marion Council meeting. 

Congratulations Andrea Hayden

We are so pleased to announce Andrea Hayden has won the Deputy Principal position for the next 4½ years. This is very well deserved, Andrea has been teaching, leading and learning at HCEPS for 15 years.  Andrea is looking forward to continuing her work as Deputy Principal working collaboratively with students, staff, and the school community improving outcomes for all. 

In the classroom

This edition features a pictorial of 5 East Year 4 Students hosting the students from 6AN to breakfast, a morning enjoyed by all....

The year 2/3 students together with Ms Donoghue have been so busy working to produce Peter Pan and showcase their hard work to families and school community. 

The production was on Monday evening, the students were enthusiastic and engaged and overall it was a fantastic display and a credit to all involved.

Children, staff, parents, family and our extended community totally enjoyed the production. 


This week I attended a Be You workshop. One point in particular really made me think, so I wanted to share it with the school community. The adults in young peoples’ lives (parents, educators, and other role models) need to model help-seeking, and possibly more importantly, help-accepting.


How can we expect children to accept help, when they really need it, if they have only ever seen us brush off offers of help? It can be hard to accept help when it is offered. We might be too proud, or too ashamed. Sometimes we misinterpret being resilient as requiring us to be self-sufficient. However, seeking help and accepting help when it is required demonstrates great resilience. Help can allow us to bounce back much faster than would be possible on our own.


I know there are many times that I could be better at seeking and accepting help. Even something as simple as asking someone to hold the door instead of juggling boxes while manoeuvring a door. Or letting my husband help with the washing even though he does it differently to me…


Maybe there are times in your life when you could model asking for or accepting help. When you are running late you could try asking, ‘I’m worried that I’m going to be late for a meeting, can you please help me by setting the table.’ Or accepting when someone offers to buy you a coffee because you look like you could use one.


Be You’s aim is to transform Australia’s approach to supporting children’s and young people’s mental health in early learning services and schools. Their vision is that every learning community is positive, inclusive and resilient – a place where every child, young person, educator and family and achieve their best possible mental health. Be You is led by Beyond Blue with delivery partners Early Childhood Australia and headspace. Be You is supporting our school in a variety of ways including professional learning, resources and tools. For further information about Be You visit their website click here





at HCEPS on Wednesdays and Fridays



Don't forget the Charity Champions and the Garden Gurus are joining forces to work as a team for National School Tree Day on the 26th of July.

Please wear green to school and donate a gold coin to allow us to purchase trees to be planted throughout the school grounds.

Sports Update

SAPSASA Athletics

Well done HCEPS representatives for Southern Valley at the State Champions Athletics 

Jet ran in the 200m

Jack ran in the relay

Maddie ran in 100m, 200m and the relay

SAPSASA Knockout Netball

Our Girls played so well in the second round of the knockout competition, unfortunately we were defeated in both games.

Our games were played against Nativity and Happy Valley, the umpire made special mention of the fantastic sportsmanship of all players. 

CONGRATULATIONS Jett - SAPSASA - Primary School Sport 12 and under boys Football (Soccer team)

Good Luck from the school community.

Fundraising Events

Bakery Drive Thank You 

A big thank you to the school community for supporting the Bakery Drive.  Over $ 1500 worth of orders were made, 20% of this will come back into the school.

80's Quiz Night - Great success, a fantastic evening of fun.  We had fantastic support from our community  and wonderful donations for prizes .  

Community Notice Board

Activities and Interests

For more information click on the links

Literacy and Numeracy Parent and Community Festival click here

School Holiday Gym Fun click here

School Holiday Soccer Program click here

Marion Council School Holiday Fun click he

Community Support ....

A BIG THANK YOU to all of our families and community members who collected Earn and Learn stickers for our school.  We have tallied over 25,500 stickers.  Thank you so much for your  support, we will let you know in our next newsletter what we were able to purchase as a result of your fantastic support. 

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.

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