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. 


  • Tuesday, 28th November - Year 5/6 Aquatics House 9
  • Thursday, 30th November - 6W Food on the Table Excursion
  • Thursday, 30th November - Year 6 Japanese Dinner at 5:30 pm
  • Wednesday, 6th December - School Concert at 2:00 pm


Dear Parents/Caregivers,

We have been delighted to welcome our new reception children in recent weeks for their transition visits from kindy. It is such an exciting time for children and their families. At one of the visits, I asked parents about their wishes for their child when they eventually leave our school, at the end of year six. Some of the things highlighted were:

  • Confidence
  • Strong social skills
  • Love of learning
  • Willingness to try new things (and fail)
  • Active and healthy, sporty and creative
  • Community minded
  • Being connected to peers and teachers

 There were many more thoughts…. It’s a great list! I truly hope we can provide all of that and more for all children attending Hallett Cove East Primary School.

As part of the transition visits, our Lighthouse Leaders took parents on an unscripted tour of the school, from their perspective. Although they were a little nervous, our student leaders did a brilliant job. The feedback from parents was very positive about the students’ confidence, with one parent stating: “The Lighthouse Leaders’ tour and confidence was fantastic.” It is a great reminder of how much our students develop by the time they are ready to exit their primary education.

 We have recently received notice that Robyn Sumner intends to retire at the end of the 2023 school year. Robyn has been a long-serving teacher at our school, mainly in primary and upper primary classrooms. She  came to Hallett Cove East some 18 years ago and many students and their siblings have had the privilege of being in Mrs Sumner’s class during that time. Mrs Sumner has served public education for more than 40 years which is a really significant contribution and one to be admired. I know Robyn takes with her many fond memories of her time here at Hallett Cove East PS and will be missed by our school community. I am sure you will join with me in wishing Mrs Sumner a very happy retirement and sincere thanks for her longstanding contribution to our school community.

 On Thursday night, I along with many parents and extended family members had the privilege of seeing students from 6W and 3S perform ‘The BEE Musical’ and what a great performance it was! It is truly wonderful to see the students on stage, performing in such a confident manner and being afforded such a wonderful opportunity to perform in front of an audience.  I would like to thank Ms Burford and Ms Stanfield for their time and energy in bringing the musical to life.

Preparations are well underway for our end of year school concert. Everyone is in full swing practising for the big event. This year, as you know we have moved to an afternoon concert commencing on Wednesday 6th December at 2pm. The concert will be held in the large COLA.  Whilst we understand the time will impact attendance for some families, we hope that many of you are able to join us for the afternoon. You are welcome to bring along chairs and picnic rugs to set up in a designated grassed area. The COLA will be sectioned off for the stage and class performers. Children will sit with their classes for the duration of the concert. At the end of the concert, students will return to classrooms with their teachers and will be safely dismissed from classrooms. More information about the concert will follow, following the newsletter.

Finally, our class placement process continues, with teachers working very hard to ensure that students are placed appropriately for the 2024 school year. As you know, there is a lot to consider in the class placement process. We expect to be able to notify you of your child's class placement, prior to the end of the school year. Even better, students will be able to visit their new classroom and teacher during the last week of the school term. 

With regards

Matthew Chapman



Dear Parents and Caregivers,

I was very fortunate over the last 2 weeks to participate in two fantastic learning opportunities for our students. Firstly, I attended the Year 6 camp to Wirraway Homestead where I was lucky enough to get about 4 hours sleep on the first night and then a full 7 hours on the second night. However, I must say that they were a very resilient and well behaved group of students this year who thoroughly enjoyed themselves. It was a joy to see them riding horses, chasing sheep, forming new friendships and being out of their comfort zone.

Secondly, I was blown away by our incredibly talented students at the evening session of the BEE Musical. My sons and I were very lucky to be in the audience to witness such a wonderful performance and I was very proud of every student involved. Who knew we had so many stars in the making.

I would also like to acknowledge the unbelievably hard working teachers who make sure that these types of events can happen. Thank you to Mrs Stanfield and Miss Burford for the BEE musical; Mrs Govender, Mrs Burgess and Mr White for the year 6 camp; and all of our other teachers for the engaging excursions that you have organised and run this term.

Just a reminder for the school drop off and pick up zone. Over the past few weeks I have noticed quite a few cars driving a little too quicky through this space. Morning drop off and afternoon pick up can be a very busy time with lots of children moving about and I ask for everyone to take care and drive safely while on the road.


Aaron Charlton


Dear Parents/Caregivers,

As we approach the end of the year, it's natural for our students to feel a whirlwind of emotions in response to the changes around them. Navigating these emotions can be challenging, but it's crucial to support our children during these moments and reassure them that it's okay to feel the way they do. Remember, feelings are transient, and providing a strong support system helps them develop resilience.

I'd like to share valuable insights and resources from The Resilience Project's blog. The Resilience Podcast blog explores effective strategies for connected parenting, offering tips and links to helpful resources. These resources can empower you to guide your children through their emotions and build the resilience they need to face life's challenges.


I hope you find these resources beneficial as, together, we continue to create a supportive environment that fosters resilience and helps students navigate the complexities of their emotions.

Kind Regards, 

Ellie Burford


Hi Everybody, 

Wow, week six already, this term has definitely flown by! Only three more weeks till the summer holidays; if you are anything like me, this time can just sneak up on you and before you know it, Christmas is here. Christmas can be such a busy time of year. Depending on what it means for each of us, it can be a joyous time with loved ones, a stressful time of traveling and organising, a sad time because loved ones are no longer with us, or perhaps Christmas is not something you engage in at all. No matter what your experience is, I would encourage you to take a moment just to breathe, reflect on the things you are grateful for and then perhaps find a friend to connect with at this busy time of the year. 

I was reminded of the importance of connection this week when I rang a friend. Sometimes life can be overwhelming for each of us but talking it out with someone else can help. It may not change the situation but, “a burden shared is a burden halved,” as the saying goes. Who can you connect with today? 

This fortnight 7E have learnt about two of the Kimochis’ Communication Keys. This has allowed the children to practice the use of each other's name, the communication tap, giving eye contact, and identifying a talking tone of voice over a fighting tone of voice. A great percentage of communication includes non-verbal cues. They can tell us whether someone is joyful by a smile on their face, upset by tears in their eyes, or disappointed by a head that is down and eyes that lack enthusiasm, just to name a few. Understanding non-verbal cues is a such a helpful life skill.  

I hope you all have a great weekend and manage to stay dry! 

 Erin Finch


2024 Materials and Services charge will be presented at the governing council meeting scheduled for Tuesday the 5th of December.

An invitation is extended to the whole school community on Audiri last week and have been included below 

Please click this link to visit the Governing Council Invitation to Community

To view the 2024 Materials and Services charge please click here.

If you are yet to pay your Materials and Services fees we remind families to clear all outstanding accounts, final notices have been issued. 

If you believe you qualify for the 202 School Card Scheme and you have not submitted your application as yet please be advise the last date for new applications to be accepted for the 2023 school year is TODAY the 24th November 2023.

To determine eligibility for School Card please click on this link.

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

HCEP’S Governing Council Soccer Coordinator 2024

The Governing Council are seeking a new Soccer Coordinator for next year. This can be one parent or a group of parents willing to take on the role. Thank you to Lee Silvester who took on the role this year. PLEASE NOTE: If we do not have any volunteers for this role, there will be no soccer program next year. This is a school community run program. Any enquiries or nominations to current soccer coordinator Lee Silvester: 0413 671 431 or Sports Coordinator Nadia Hodgson 0433 480 788.

HCEPS Auskick Coach 2024

The Governing Council are seeking a parent or small group of parents that are willing to run the Auskick sessions in Term 1 of 2024. The program runs for 8-9 weeks for a duration of 1 hour once a week. Any interested parties, please contact HCEPS sports coordinator Nadia Hodgson on 0433 480 788.

BEE Musical

2023 Year 6 Camp

Year 5 Excursion to The Beach House


Logan and Neil represented our school in the Southern Valley SAPSASA Cricket team. Today, the team won the Division 3 Grand Final against the Lower South East. This is the first time in over 10 years, that Southern Valley has won the competition and will be moving up a Division in 2024. Well done team.


2024 Volunteers Needed!
Can You Help?

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 Monday & Wednesday 8:30-9am and 3:00-3:30pm in House 1 - (music) closest to the drop off/pick up zone. Entrance faces Forresters Rd.  

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 unused uniform items in good clean condition, we'd love to receive them.  They can be left at the office anytime. Thank you.




Saturday, 2nd December 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm at 12-16 King George Avenue, North Brighton. Entry by Gold Coin Donation. Parking $5 via Southern entrance.

Live Music & Entertainment, Christmas Carols, Market Stalls & Food Trucks, Rides & Amusements, Visit Santa's Cave, Face Painting, Petting Zoo.

Money raised will go back into creating experiences and memories for MINDA clients, who don't have the funds to go out into the community and take part in external events. A chance to meet new people, socialise and create lasting memories.


School Holiday Program - Explore the world of Dolphins and discover their secret lives. Learn all about dolphins through experiments and games. 19th - 22nd December. Session times: 10:30 - 11:30 am & 1:00 - 2:00 pm. Cost: $13 per child includes access to the Whale Centre displays. Phone: 0403 378 459 or visit: https://www.fleurieumarineeducation.com.au/ 


Rotary Park, Christies Beach 28th January 11:00 am - 2:00 pm. Are your kids missing kicking the footy with friends? Are you looking to keep them active and having fun? Come join the Summer Auskick term for 4-12 year olds. Included on the day - Free Sausage Sizzle & fruit box for participants and Football Games. For more information: Renee - 0402 582 400 or email: renee.gilbert.cbfc@outlook.com.au


SWIM and SURVIVE program. Enrolments Open Now! Many locations around SA.

December 2023 / January 2024 Summer Holidays. Holiday Swim is a Royal Life Saving Society SA initiative bringing affordable and education swimming and water safety lessons to pools and inland waterway locations. The aim of the program is to teach children critical life saving skills and basic swimming skills, to equip them with the knowledge to stay safe in, on and around the water.

Visit: www.holidayswim.com.au or email: holidayswim@royallifesavingsa.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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