Hallett Cove East Primary School

Keeping you in the loop ....

Diary Dates

  • Tuesday 4th August, 6AS, 6AN, 7W Nature Play Excursion  - Build a Cubby - Belair National Park
  • Monday 24th August - School Photograph Day
  • Science Week - 3rd - 7th August.


Dear Parents/Caregivers,

Welcome back to Term 3 and especially to students and families new to our school.

We look forward to a long and happy association working with you.


Every Tuesday James Martin has been releasing Jonathon Warren-White for his IT Coordinator role. James is now working full time in House 9 providing support in student programs.

Welcome to 4 pre-service teachers, Lucy Rowett, Stevie Brown, Chelsea Mcgarry and Rebecka Jury who are working in 7W, 8W, 3N and 3S respectively.


Thank you to all families for your ongoing understanding and cooperation as schools continue to operate under levels of restrictions due to COVID. Continuing to social distance, not enter classrooms and signing in when volunteering, are greatly appreciated.

A number of big community events in the school had been planned for the second half of the year. We are currently trying to determine what we are reasonably able to manage and organise risk free under the current restriction protocols and what we can’t. More information will be provided in the coming newsletters. It is certainly important now more than ever to ensure we do everything we can to keep safe and especially when you consider what is happening interstate, (and with the unknowns about any so-called COVID second wave affecting SA, long term planning is unable to be considered for some of our bigger events.)


HCEPS is extremely lucky to have a fabulous OSHC/VacCare service. On Wednesday it was the inaugural National OSHC Educators Day to recognise the very important role of educators in the provision of care and wellbeing support of children in OSHC services around Australia.

We have a wonderful team of educators led very ably by Lisbeth Oppert and Sally Mitchell who bring years of experience to their roles as Directors. Our Governing Council with the staff provided flowers to the OSHC team on behalf of the whole school community to thank them for their work.


During the last 2 weeks teachers have been meeting with SSOs to review support programs and organise the next semester of programs in literacy and numeracy. There has been a big focus on phonics and comprehension strategies in literacy, and building basic number skills, problem solving and reasoning in numeracy. Some classes are also using these sessions to provide higher order thinking programs for more able students. 


All schools are required to collect information about the numbers of students for whom they provide adjustments under the Disability Discrimination Act (1992) and Disability Standards of Education. This data is used as the basis for national funding. The NCCD involves the collection of:

·         the number of students receiving adjustments to enable them to participate in education on the same basis as other students

·         the level of adjustment provided to students

·         student’s type of disability if known

Under the model the definition of disability is broad and includes learning difficulties, health and mental health conditions. If your child is identified for inclusion in the Collection, the required information will be included in this year’s data collection. If you have any questions about the data collection, please contact me on 8322 3677. Further information can be found at:  http://www.education.gov.au/nationally-consistent-collection-data-school-students-disability.


Many of you have noticed that the Admin/OSHC gate (and the gate next to House 8) are closed during the day. This is to support processes around some of our very young students. The gates are not locked. If you need to come into the office through the Admin gate during school hours, just open the bolt on the gate to gain access. Please make sure that when you go through the gate, the bolt is closed over again, so gates remain closed at all times. Thank you for your understanding.

Anne Rathjen



A Few Words from the Deputy Principal

It has been wonderful to see the resilience and adaptability shown by our students during these uncertain times. We are very proud of our students and the way they display our school values of Respect, Responsibility, Excellence and Fairness.

School Tours

If you know any families who are considering enrolling their children at our school next year could you please ask them to contact the front office by phone or email to organise a school tour as soon as possible?  If they already have children at the school they do not need to do a tour but we do need their enrolment forms as soon as possible. This year has been disruptive in many ways but we now need to know how many students we will have in each year level in 2021 for staffing purposes.

Misplaced Items of Clothing

Please ensure your child’s jumper or jacket has their name very clearly marked. When it is sunny children often warm up as they run around and some take their jumpers off and leave them outside. Now that we are back to wearing hats, the issue of lost hats is the same.

On this matter please help your child to check each day that they have brought their own jumper or hat home. If it is not theirs it is often just a switch and they can easily change back the next day. Obviously if the items are not named then this is not a simple process.

If your child cannot locate their jumper or hat in their room, and have asked their teacher and classmates, they might like to check the music room, pavilion or Japanese rooms then lost property in the front office.

Kind Regards,

Andrea Hayden

Deputy Principal

Finance Information from the Business Manager

Monday is the start of Science Week, all class will be participating.  Each student is required to have a minimum of $5 paid against their Incursion/Excursion levy to cover the cost of activities.  If you are yet to pay your Incursion levy we ask that you forward payment via the Qkr App immediately to avoid disappointment. 

If you are yet to pay your 2020 Materials and Services fees we remind families to clear all outstanding accounts as soon as possible to avoid debt collection services to be appointed. 

If you are experiencing financial difficulties we ask you contact the Business Manager  via email dl.1053.finance@schools.sa.edu.au 

Jenny McFadyen

Business Manager

An update from the IT Coordinator

I have started to head back out into classes over the first few weeks of term 3 and it has been excellent to see students engage so well with the Digital curriculum.


3 South has been looking at different information systems they have around the house. I will be working with both 2 North and 6 West to start looking at pixel images and how computers display pictures in the upcoming weeks. 

Jonathon Warren-White

3 North What are you making?


On Thursday our SAPSASA football team played in a knockout competition at Happy Valley Primary School. 

HCEPS played two games, our first game was a close contest, we played against Happy Valley Primary School and were only just defeated.

 Happy Valley PS - 9 Goals 9 Points VS  Hallett Cove East PS  - 8 Goals 2 Points 

We won our second game which was against Pimpala Primary School 

Hallett Cove East PS 10 Goals 6 points VS Pimpala Primary School 4 Goals 12 points

All players represented our school well. Brad had a great day out, kicking 9 goals in total for the day.


Our Genki Kids team this year is made up of Taylah, Evie, Addy, Izzy, Maddie, Rychelle, Grace and Amelia.

We have been running Genki Kids sessions on Monday lunchtimes since week 6 this term. The 3 sessions running are Genki Art, Wellbeing Games and Mindfulness Movement. We have had a very good turnout of students wanting to participate and lots of them returning each week.

In Genki Art we’ve done a number of activities including Rainbow (niji) art, uchiwa fans, cherry blossom trees and free choice mindful drawing. In Wellbeing Games we’ve played a lot of different games including Jan Ken Pon with hoops and the very popular duck, duck, goose. In Mindfulness Movement we have been following some Just Dance videos and creating our own movement pieces to music.

The Genki Kids Team.


A message from our Pastoral Care Worker

Bad days  

When was the last time you had a bad day? One of those days when you’re already running late for work and you need to stop for petrol, and then there are roadworks, and then you are stuck behind a slow driver… and then you are looking for the next bad thing to happen. One bad thing follows another like dominoes.

When we are feeling down, we start focusing on problems that we would normally overlook. Even the most optimistic person can fall into the trap of the domino effect. While we can’t control everything that happens to us, we can control how we respond to these events. We can choose to have a positive mindset.

When you find yourself thinking negatively, make an active effort to change:

  • Focus on what you can do – it creates results
  • Adopt an attitude of gratitude, e.g., while you are stuck in traffic appreciate that you get to hear a song you like on the radio
  • Do something fun to distract yourself
  • Set a time-limit for self-pity, e.g., I will allow myself to feel sad for 5 minutes and then I will make peace with what I can’t change
  • Spend time with positive people – when we spend time around people who are complaining it is really easy to encourage each other in our complaints and feel justified
  • Ask for help if you need it 

When you notice others who are experiencing a tough day encourage them to adopt a positive mindset. As you support your child, your partner, your friend, your own positivity will grow too.

Having a positive mindset takes practice, so don’t give up!                                                                                                                                                       

Joey Traeger,


at HCEPS on Wednesdays and Fridays


School Banking is Back

 Monday is School Banking at our school . 

For every deposit made at school, students will receive a silver Dollarmites token. Once students have individually collected 10 tokens they can redeem them for an exclusive School Banking reward item in recognition of their regular savings habits. 

School Banking is also a great fundraiser for our school. Our school receives a Regular Savers Contribution of $5 for every 10 deposits processed per student as well as an Annual Contribution which is based on the number of students who made at least one School Banking deposit in the prior year. 

If your child has lost their book, please contact your School Banking Co-ordinator for a replacement or visit any Commbank Branch. 

If you would like to know more about School Banking, please ask for a 2020 School Banking program information pack from the school office or visit www.commbank.com.au/schoolbanking


School Photography Day is coming soon!

School Photos will be taken at our school on Monday 24th August.

We are proud that the country’s leading school photographer, MSP Photography will be taking our school photos this year.

Parents can send the money to the school in the self-sealed envelope supplied however On-Line Ordering, where parents are now able to select their preferred package online makes it much easier for our parent community.

Placing your child’s order online is the safest & easiest way to order school photos. Just enter the shootkey printed on your child’s envelope and make your selection! If you are having a Sibling photo taken, do the same with the shootkey printed on that envelope (envelopes available from schools front office) and you’re done. It really is that easy!

Your child's envelopes will be distributed early in Term 3.

The range of options available to you online has increased. As well as the option to download a Low Resolution image for a smart-phone, parents will now have the option to purchase a High Resolution Digital Download of their child.

An added incentive for our families is that MSP now offers a 10% discount for all orders above $90.00 a family. To receive this discount online your orders must be placed in one transaction. If you are paying with cash please total your order amount, then apply your discount and place the correct money in the self-seal envelope.


We pleased to be offering a limited Canteen LUNCH service 

  • Cashless service until further notice
  • All orders via Qkr! ONLY
  • No counter sales at recess or lunch
  • Limited Lunch menu 
  • Orders by 9.15
  • Unfortunately no Volunteers are allowed in school hence our limited menu offer.
  • We thank you for your continued understanding and support.

Our limited menu will be 

  • Hotdogs $4.00
  • Pizza $4.00
  • Mac and Cheese $5.00
  • Lasagna $5.00
  • Chicken Nuggets $4.00
  • Meat Pies $4.00
  • Sausage Rolls  $3.50
  • Muffins $1.00
  • Cookies $1.00

There will be no sandwiches, wraps, burgers and potatoes available


If you have lost a SAMSUNG GALAXY S5 mobile phone, please see one of our friendly, front office staff, who have been keeping it safe for you.

We do our best to return LOST PROPERTY, Hoodies, Hats etc.  We are always sorting through uniforms BUT there are so many uniform items that have not been named/labelled.  PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE write your child's name on each piece of clothing, lunch box, drink bottle, sporting equipment that is send to school.

Updated Uniform Price List

Did you know we have not had a Uniform price increase since 2015. Unfortunately our suppliers have and we are unable to cover these expenses with our current pricing.  Please find our new prices attached. For purchases please order via the QKR App or contact the Administration Office.


Secondhand Uniform Shop

Secondhand Uniform Shop will reopen at the beginning of Term 3

Opening hours will be Wednesday morning 8.30-9.00 & Wednesday afternoon 3.00-3.30.

There is a lot in stock across all sizes.


Support us today! 20% of every Entertainment Membership sold goes to our fundraiser.  Buy a Membership and download the Entertainment App today.

Hallett Cove East Primary School 

Order your Memberships online today!


Raffle in August.  Keep a look out for more details via SkoolBag.  Prizes include Intencity bundle, Tent-it Teepee voucher, Patritti Wines.

Community News and Events

Community Safety message from the City of Marion

Please click on the following links to read important safety information from the City of Marion

School Students and Traffic Letter click here.

Keep Kids Safe - Traffic Rules Around Schools click here 

E communitysafety@marion.sa.gov.au | www.marion.sa.gov.au PO Box 21 Oaklands Park SA 5046 245 Sturt Road Sturt SA 5047


Under 13 & Under 15 Girls soccer players wanted.  Players of any experience are encouraged to Come and Try.  All COVID-19 precautions are in place during training and games.  Contact Leigh on 0412 591 478 or email leighmatt00@hotmail for any enquiries.

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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