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 8th July 2:05pm Dismissal
  • Pupil Free Day Monday 25th July
  • Friday 9th September is our School Closure Day


Dear Parents/Caregivers,

This term has been very busy for all and challenges have presented themselves but we have shown resilience and persistence as we have worked together. Thank you to all the families, students and teachers for the efforts you put into the recent interviews. This is such an important time for sharing progress, successes and areas on which to continue to keep working.

This would be a timely reminder that our very hard working staff will be having a well-earned break over the next two weeks too. Many have multiple professional development sessions booked in and will be on site for various preparations for term three but they have all been asked to ensure they get a decent break to recharge their batteries. To help with this I would ask parents to please refrain from sending any necessary dojo messages or emails until just before the resumption of school. I know that you are all aware that some teachers receive multiple messages during a school day and school afternoon plus into the evening. Teachers have a duty of care to all their students during the day plus other meetings and teaching preparation commitments out of hours which precludes them from being able to participate in message threads. Teachers will continue to reply when they can.

I would also like to remind parents and families that any emails that need to come to leadership or staff should be sent through the email address for the front office dl.1053.info@schools.sa.edu.au

When the front office staff reply to you their email address is used. If the particular front office staff member is on leave then the email is not read until they return to school, however, emails sent to the above address will be read and passed on each day.

On Wednesday morning I had the privilege of watching half the school do a dance performance in their class groups in front of the whole student body. All dancers were fabulous and the audience conducted themselves very well. Congratulations to Emma Belshaw on the great program she has been running in semester one and I look forward to seeing the other half of the school get to showcase their dance learning at our end of year concert. We have our fingers crossed that we will be able to run a concert for all students and families in the Big COLA in early December. I was writing that the photographs are below but unfortunately there were technical difficulties with the camera.

Term Three also looks very busy, with many varied class activities and some whole school foci.

Week 5 is Book Week so look out for more information to come from our Literacy Leaders and Mrs Gully and the team.

The Monday of week 5, Monday 22nd August, is also our planned School Photo Day. Look out for further information early next term.

Our 2022 school closure day is Friday 9th September and don’t forget the pupil free day on the first day of term, Monday 25th July. If you need care for your children for either of these days please be in contact with Sally and the team at HCEPS OSHC.

And as a way to round out a great term we are preparing to hold Sports Day on the final day, Friday 30th September. As this will be a traditional early closure day some of our activities will be held during that week. Our PE staff and Physical Activity Leaders will have more information into the term.

Enjoy the two week break from school whatever you and your family are doing. We look forward to seeing those who are not holidaying in Australia or overseas on Tuesday 26th July.

Reminder that the last day of this term has a 2:05pm finish.

With regards

Andrea Hayden


PLEASE, A REMINDER TO ARRIVE AT SCHOOL ON TIME ..........The Gates are open at 8:30am and all students should be in their classrooms by 8:40am. The learning program starts at 8:45am.


Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Thank you to all the families who attended the Student, Parent, Teacher interviews during week 9. If you were not able to attend your meeting I hope you have been able to reschedule it to another time. The interviews are a great opportunity for your child to share their learning with you.

Thursday Week 9 Houses 6, 7 and 8 participated in a Hahndorf Farm Barn incursion. Members of the Farm Barn came to the school to talk about farming. What made the incursion extra special was the animals they bought along for the students to interact with. There was a calf, lamb, a couple of goats, chickens, a rabbit and a guinea pig. The students and staff had a wonderful time.

The students who have had Dance this semester performed what they had learnt during a dance performance on Wednesday, Week 10. It was wonderful to see what the students had been working so hard on.

What a fabulous term 2 we have had. All the students have been very busy with their learning which has made the term go very quickly. Everyone is in need of a well-deserved break. I hope all the students have a wonderful holiday and I look forward to seeing them all refreshed next term.

Kind Regards,

Renee Fisher

Deputy Principal


Dear Parents and Caregivers, 

I hope that everyone has enjoyed the music that has been playing over the speakers this past week. It has been a celebration of NAIDOC week and the wonderfully talented First Nations musicians and artists from all over the country. Many of the songs are in the artists traditional language and discuss important messages about culture, history and reconciliation. When I was putting the playlist together my wife suggested that I included some songs from King Stingray and I think that I have found my new favorite song, Milkumana. Other artists that have been on the playlist include Dan Sultan, Briggs, Baker Boy, Thelma Plum, Jessica Mauboy, Mitch Tambo, Electric Fields, Emily Wurramara, Yothu Yindi, Gurramul and Archie Roach. 

Finally, thank you to everyone who has welcomed and chatted to me over the past 5 weeks while I was working in the wellbeing leader position at the school. I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know some of the students a little bit more and being there for students who needed a little extra support. I hope you all have a fantastic two week break and I am looking forward to a busy term 3.


Aaron Charlton

PE / Science Teacher

News from the Light House Leaders


M&S Rebate

If you have requested a reimbursement of the M&S rebate these have been paid this week.  if you are yet to notify the school please return your  slip  with the request to either use your credit for other charges or a request for reimbursement (if applicable).

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


During the school holidays there can be so much happening, but sometimes we actually have a chance to sit down and have a meal as a family without the stress of needing to run off to sport or a meeting. Perhaps you can take this as an opportunity to try something new as a family.

The following is an extract from a mindful schools article


Four Mindful Activities for the Family Dinner Table

Starting at the heart of family life, the dinner table is an engaging and fun place to bring mindfulness into family life in a practical way. One of the foundations of our family program is what we call “Family Check-ins”––connecting activities that allow us to bring our full attention to one another and practice deep listening. Our full presence is the greatest gift of love we can offer one another. Here are some tips and activities for bringing this into mealtime. We encourage families to play around with these, pick the ones that speak most easily to your family dynamics, and adjust as you wish.


1) Practice Jedi Listening.

You might explore with your family what it means to be a ‘Jedi’ listener. Ask your children, “When you are speaking, what do you want from me as a listener? Do you want me to be thinking about my food? About what I’m going to say next? About the meeting I had this morning? Or do you want me to just let that all go and give you my full attention? I am going to do my best to be a master listener … a Jedi listener. Can you too?”  Variations: A+ listener, super-hero listener, etc.


2) Settle in with Sound.

We have found that tuning into sounds is a particularly great tool to help children (and adults!) pause and settle in. Upon sitting down for dinner, have your child lead a ‘mindful moment’ by ringing a bell or chime – anything that offers a pleasant, vibrating sound. Your child can ask everyone to raise their hand when they can’t hear the sound anymore. If you don’t have a chime, everyone can simply take one minute or less to close their eyes or look down and count the number of sounds they hear, in their body, in the room, and outside the room.  Expanded practice: Share around the following questions. What sounds did you hear? Were any particularly pleasant or unpleasant? Do you have a favorite sound? A least favorite sound? Are there sounds that remind you of home? School? Work? Nature? Food?


3) See the Universe on Your Plate.

Each family member chooses one piece of food on their plate for this activity. Explore all the things that made it possible for us to have this morsel sitting on our plate, ready for us to eat. The more that is shared, the more the entire universe unfolds before us, right on our plate – the workers, the sun, the moon, the clouds, the soil.  What is in the soil? Worms, bugs, fossils, eons of plants, dinosaurs, bones. This is a fun activity for kids and is great for bringing alive the truth of interconnection and interdependence with our world.


4) Check-In with a Simple Question.

Having a simple question that speaks to each of our experience is a great way to be present for each other amidst the busy-ness of family life. What do each of us most fundamentally need and want? Love and attention. Kindness and presence. Most of our lives are packed full, with many demands on our time. Just pausing to give each other our presence is a powerful gift. We are frequently given feedback by both children and parents that doing these Family Check-in activities is a highlight for them. Below are some of our favorites. Tip: these are also wonderful questions for bedtime.

  • Highs & Lows: Share your highs and lows of the day or the week.
  • Gratitude: Share three things you are grateful for. It can be a thing, person, animal, or activity.
  • Sharing appreciations: Each family member goes around the table and shares one thing they appreciate about each person.
  • Bucket filling: How did you fill someone’s ‘bucket’ today?  How did someone else fill your bucket?


Tip: Use a Talking Stick.

Dinnertime in Jen’s family can be a noisy affair, with people at times talking over or past one another to get the word in edgewise. If this is true to your experience, you might consider using the talking stick with these Family Check-ins. Jen has had good success with this. Any item will do––a pen is usually handiest, but it can be something more meaningful. Whoever is holding the stick is the speaker, with everyone else a Jedi listener.


Once you’ve experimented a bit, have your children come up with Family Check-Ins of their own. When we pass our children the torch, we are often amazed and humbled by the creative ideas they have!

Joey Traeger

Pastoral Care Worker at HCEPS Wednesday and Friday


A Word From The Charity Champions

We would like to thank everyone for their support with the Back Pack for Ukrainian Children Charity.  The photo shows this was very successful and the bags are on their way.

A Word From The Environmental Leaders

Hello, we are the environmental leaders and we thank everyone for participating in the Nude Food Days in weeks 7, 8, 9 & 10. The class that had the most nude food was 3 North, and they have won a delicious popcorn party. 

Farm Barn Incursion


Jaxon has been selected to play for South Australia for Ice Hockey in Newcastle for the under 12's team.

Well done Jaxon!


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


" We still have a lot of pants & track pants available. So till the end of term 2 we will be selling 2 pairs for $5.00."

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.



July School Holiday programs are almost sold out! 

Running a new range of holiday programs from nature and science, rock climbing, ziplining and mountain biking.

Various ages, dates and costs. 

For more information email: info@wildernessescape.com.au or phone: 8165 2022

Get Outside. Get Healthy. Stay Safe.


Hip Hop, Cheer Dance, T-shirt Design & Printing, Family Basket Weaving, Family Diverse Food Art, Meet the Bugs, Magic Show, Macrame Pendant, Barista Course and much more.

Various venues, dates and costs.

For further information visit: communityhubs@marion.sa.gov.au


Gymnastics gives children an opportunity to increase their strength, flexibility and agility in a Fun, Safe environment with highly qualified, experienced Gymnastics instructors.

Programs for all ages and abilities including classes for children with extra needs.  Our Club participates in the Sport in Schools Program.

For further information, email: sandy@beyondgymnastics.net.au or phone: 0403 626 389


Saturday, 23rd July 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Build confidence, Easy to Learn, Feel More Safe, Loads of Fun, Suits Ages 8 years +.

Bookings essential. Contact Shianne on: 0408 311 772 or email: shianne@tatakai.com.au

For more information: www.tatakai.com.au or find us on Facebook.




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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