Hallett Cove East Primary School

Keeping you in the loop ....

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 July 7th - Early Dismissal 2.05
  • Friday September 8th - School Closure Day
  • Monday September 11th - Student Fee Day
  • Friday September 29th - Sports Day (last day term three)


Dear Parents/Caregivers,

The end of term is rapidly approaching. The cold and wet weather certainly has its challenges! It has been a busy and productive period for our school.

Local Education Team – School Visit

A couple of weeks ago I shared with you that we had a visit from the Local Education Team, including our Education Director. This week we received written feedback and some of the things the team highlighted were:

  • High quality teacher instruction in each classroom
  • Teachers’ deep understanding of individual students
  • High level of dialogue by students about their learning
  • Culture of calm and consideration across our school.

These highlights are a credit to the teachers and students of our fantastic school.

Member of Parliament Visit

Last week we welcomed our local member of state parliament, the Hon. David Speirs, MP to the school on Friday. Three of our Lighthouse Leaders; Casey, Cooper and Alex did a wonderful job promoting their school, answering questions and accompanying Mr Speirs on his school tour. Well done and thank you to our student leaders!

Student Free Day – 09 June

We had a very productive Student Free Day on Friday 09 June with a focus on Mathematics problem solving, moderation of Maths student learning tasks in preparation for term two reports and further discussions on the implementation of Literacy practices across the school. On non-teaching staff engaged in professional learning from a visiting speech pathologist as well as learning more about Decodable texts with our own Nicole Gully. Such days are highly valued by our staff and we truly extend our gratitude to the school community for supporting these days.

Student Parent Teacher Discussions

Thank you to all families who booked student, parent, teacher learning discussions using our new online booking system this term. We hope this transition to an online booking system is a more efficient approach for everyone.

We look forward to the learning discussions during week 9. This is an excellent opportunity for teachers to talk through the mid-year progress report with you and for students to share their learning in a meaningful way. We ask that you arrive slightly ahead of your scheduled time and that learning discussions with teachers are kept to the allotted 15 minutes. Our specialist classrooms will be open between 3:30 and 7pm on Tuesday night. Please also note that there will not be staff available to supervise siblings during interviews. Andrea and I will be available in the yard or near classrooms on most days if you would like to catch up for a quick chat or to say hello.

Uniform Survey

Last newsletter I notified you of the uniform survey that was completed by the Lighthouse Leaders. We conducted a second uniform survey on behalf of the Governing Council who set the agreed uniform for our school and we can share that 85-86% of students were identified as being in correct school colours, consistent with our previous survey. One of the non-school colours identified was black (black shorts / track pants / black leggings). Black is not a school colour and we encourage all students to dress appropriately, every day in school colours which are maroon, grey and light blue. We thank you for your cooperation with this.

Nationally Consistent Collection of Data

Our teachers have commenced recording information for the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data for students with disabilities. This data collection process requires schools across Australia to identify all students with disabilities or learning difficulties and ensure appropriate learning supports are in place to enable all students to access learning on the same basis as their peers. We will send further information separate to the newsletter.

Here’s hoping for a happy and settled end to term two.

With regards

Matthew Chapman



Dear Parents and Caregivers,

On Thursday 8th June the four year 5/6 classes went on an excursion to the Art Gallery of South Australia.

One of the tour guides from the day sent the following feedback to the Education Support Officer of AGSA Karina Morgan.

“Dear Karina,
Feedback from today’s tour with Hallet Cove East Primary School (HCEPS) Yr 6…..

I took one of the many Hallet Cove East Primary School tours today and I just wanted to let you know what a joy it was.  The students were very well prepared with lots of existing knowledge about colonisation. Not only that, all of the students were fully engaged and interested as we went from piece to piece. They were polite, respectful of the space and the works (despite some challenging concepts - colonial violence, Aboriginal servitude etc): making intelligent, interesting and insightful comments and questions.  Talking to Max (another Guide) after his tour with another group from HCEPS we both agreed that they were a most impressive group of students. Some of the best we’ve ever had the pleasure of taking around the Art Gallery of South Australia. 

Please invite them back….we haven’t finished!!  Feel free to pass this feedback on to the School/teachers.

Regards, Tanya “

As Karina said in her email to Aaron Charlton: “Sounds like you have an impressive cohort of students, and that yourself and your other colleagues were very well prepared.  We hope you can share this with your students and the broader school community. We hope to see you all again soon.”

Congratulations 9 South, 9 West, 9 North and 9 East and well done to Aaron Charlton, Soma Govender, Jonathon Warren-White and Mariea Burgess for all your hard work.

After further discussion at Governing Council, then consultation with staff, we wish to let you know that Sports Day will be on the last day of term three. As this is an early finish day some activities will be done in the lead up to the day.

There was a consideration of having Sports Day on the Friday on week nine but that day has already been earmarked for a special day organised by the students in year 5/6. You will hear more about this day later next term.  We were also mindful that parents may have needed to take a day out of work for Friday of week seven as that is the School Closure Day and the Monday of Week 8, as that is the pupil free day. Parents will have almost three weeks until they may need to take time out from work if they wish to support their child on Sports Day.

I look forward to seeing some of you next week during our Parent/Teacher/Student interviews.

Kind Regards,

Andrea Hayden

Deputy Principal


Hi Everyone,

Wow! Only two weeks of term left to go before a holiday break! As the end of term draws closer, I have been noticing some tiredness around the school, and I guess we could say a school term is like running a marathon. You start off fresh and raring to go, but as you get further into the run, your muscles begin to ache and your body tires. Your body is begging you to stop and just when you think you can’t go much further the end is in sight. I haven’t personally run a marathon, but I imagine this might be some or all of us right now as we finish off the term. I just want to encourage you in these last couple of weeks as the term draws to a close, to say, “You are nearly there, it is not long to go now,” and if you can, take a moment of self-care. Ask yourself what does my body or brain need right now? For example, is it to have ten minutes sitting in silent reflection with that cup of tea or coffee, is it to read five pages of a book you have wanted to read for a while or is it to go for a run in the rain? What is it that you find joy in? I know it is hard with family and responsibilities but give yourself permission to stop for ten minutes. I know this can be easier said then done, but I know that for myself sometimes I must tell myself, “No you are stopping and doing this right now.” I have heard the analogy before of having to put your oxygen mask on in an airplane before you can help anyone else around you put theirs on. If we ignore the needs our bodies have, it limits the support or care we can give to others, so take a moment today.   

On another subject, I really enjoyed watching the Mr. Huff presentation with the R-2 classes on Monday, such a great production that really showed the children and us adults how much of an influence our emotions can really have on our day to day lives.  

Hope you all have a great weekend! 

Erin Finch


We would like to say a huge THANK YOU to our school community for your contributions to our Pyjama Day Fund Raiser on 1/06/23. A total amount of $403 was raised. The money will be donated to Catherine House. Catherine House provides accommodation and support for women who experience homelessness in Adelaide.


Olivia H. won First prize in the  Grade 2 Piano Solo Competition and Second prize in the 7 years and under Modern Piece Piano Solo. She competed in the Adelaide Eisteddfod Piano Competition. Olivia was so excited.  Congratulations Olivia!!

Did you see Fraser's special ride to school this morning? He won a radio competition and some of us were very impressed!



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


Are you free one morning (8.30-9.00am) a week or one afternoon (3.00-3.30pm) to open the uniform shop, then please contact Mel Vlachos on hcepsfundraising@gmail.com It would be great to have the shop open on a different day other than Wednesday to help those that can not get there on that day.

Clearance - ALL shorts, skirts & skorts are just $ 2!

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.



Australian Girls Choir is holding Open Days on Saturday, 24th June and Sunday, 1st July.  Your daughter will develop confidence, public speaking and presentation skills, resilience and friendships.  Now accepting Semester 2 enrolments for rehearsal venues in Glenelg, Glen Osmond and Walkerville.  Phone: 8271 1622 or Register at ausgirlschoir.com.au/joinagc 


Please be advised of a change of details for the office contact telephone for Good Shepherd Hallett Cove Lutheran Church.

New mobile number - 0431 825 445


Bedwetting is common in children.  Treatment should be started at five years of age if the condition persists.  Is bedwetting a problem?  A Bedwetting Fact Sheet can be discreetly obtained by visiting the website: www.bedwettinginstitute.com.au 



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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