Hallett Cove East Primary School

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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. 


  • Monday August 21st - School Photos
  • Friday September 8th - School Closure Day
  • Monday September 11th - Student Fee Day
  • Friday September 29th - Sports Day (last day term three)


Dear Parents/Caregivers,

I am delighted to be appointed Principal of Hallett Cove East Primary School for the next five years and look forward to building on the many things that make our school community a great place to work and learn. Thank you to parents who have stopped to offer their congratulations. It means a lot to me. I really enjoy the many interactions with families before and after school.

Today is the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence. The day is held annually and is a key bullying prevention initiative for all schools to embrace. This week, many of our classes have undertaken a lesson or learning activities to increase students’ understanding of bullying behaviours and how to seek help from others if it happens. Each year, through the Department’s Wellbeing and Engagement Collection Survey, students in years 4-6 are asked to report bullying prevalence across the school year. In 2023, our students provided very positive responses which indicate extremely low prevalence of bullying at our school. As part of this survey, students also indicated high levels of peer belonging and social support as well as strong connections with their teachers and other adults at the school.  This is important because if bullying does occur, students can identify trusted adults or peer support to be able to do something about the issue. As always, when issues arise the first point of contact should be through your child’s class teacher.

You have received a link to the annual parent survey. We are very keen to hear your voice on the things we are doing well and the things we could consider for improvement. If you haven’t done so already, please use the following link: here. The survey closes soon! Responses are anonymous. Our school only receives collated results, so please take the time to complete the survey and tell us what really matters to you.

Thank you to the many parents , grandparents and extended family who came to support the 3N musical, "Big Wide Wonderful World" on Thursday night. What a truly wonderful performance the students put on! Thank you to Mr Marks, Mrs Mauger and Ella for your work and thank you students for putting a smile on our faces with your performance. It was a privilege to see you shine!

As the OSHC community was informed earlier this week, Sally Mitchell has resigned as OSHC Director. She will be spending more time with family who live in the UK. We are very pleased for Sally to be able to do this, but also sad to see her leave our school community. As we say farewell, I am sure you will join with me in saying a big thank you to Sally for the wonderful contributions she has made. I know she will take with her many fond memories of the children and families she has worked with over her time at Hallett Cove East. A process will begin shortly, to identify a new OSHC Director.

On Wednesday 23 August, our school is very fortunate to be having a visit from the SA Police Band. They will be providing a free concert for our students with songs from movie themes and television shows as well as presenting key community safety messages. Should be a fun morning for everyone!

With regards

Matthew Chapman



Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Statewide Inclusive Education Services (SIES) (formerly SERU) holds regular parent forums for parents or carers of children and students with disability or additional needs.

The forums are an opportunity for parents and carers to:

*network with other parents and carers of children with disability

*connect with relevant disability organisations and information across the state

*access the extensive resource library that houses approximately 20,000 resources including:      -  books and developmental learning materials       -  access equipment      -  assistive technologies      -  classroom amplification/acoustic equipment.

SIES Parent forum: Friday 15 September 9.45am to 2.45pm 72a Marlborough St, Henley Beach

Contact Statewide Inclusive Education Services (SIES) Inclusive Teaching and Learning Support and Inclusion Division Phone: 8235 2871      Email: education.ParentForum@sa.gov.au


School Photo Day Monday 21st August.

Please be at school promptly on Monday as the first class is pretty well straight up to the pavilion. If you have any appointments where you need to take your child during the day could you please check with the front office? Family photographs do not start until after recess at the earliest and they may even be starting after lunch. Please ensure that your children know whether you want a family photograph or not. Keep smiling everyone!

Pirate Day and the Numeracy Challenge

Well wasn’t it fun to dress up for such a good cause on Friday.

 This week’s numeracy challenge was to make maps of all our school treasures (well, all of things we need and use in the yard) during the week. On Friday we had students rush around at lunchtime securing all our treasures by locating them on the maps and putting them on our secure register.

We had many plundering and pillaging pirates around the place Friday so thank you to all those students who provided maps and in particular the whole class of 7E, 6W, 6E, 2N and a student from 9E.

Thank you to the many students who rushed all over the yard at lunch time trying to secure our treasures. I hope you all had fun. And we certainly learnt that maps have to be very clear and accurate or it makes life difficult!

Kind Regards,

Andrea Hayden

Deputy Principal


Dear Parents and Caregivers,

During terms 2 and 3 our year 5 students have begun building relationships with the children from Karrara Kindergarten. We are doing this because this year’s year 5s will be our student leaders next year and some of the kindy children will be our new Receptions. In small groups our students have walked to Karrara Kindergarten where they have assisted with a range of different activities such as reading, book making, STEM experiments, art and craft activities as well as lots of fun play. On the latest visit, one of our students organised about 5 kindy kids to tidy their cubby house which included completely rearranging the dress up section onto a cloths rack. I was very impressed.

This valuable leadership opportunity has been a wonderful experience for all students involved. Our year 5’s have demonstrated our school values of Excellence, Respect, Fairness and Responsibility with pride and have been excellent role models to the kindy children.


Aaron Charlton


Hi Everyone,

I know we are back to some wet weather for this weekend, but hasn’t it been so lovely to have some warmer weather. We are not too far away from Spring now! I was asked the other day what my favourite thing about Spring was, I said the blossoms. As others in the group shared, I realized there is so much more that I like about Spring or can appreciate about it, others said the smell of cut grass, flowers blooming, longer days, new life, and then someone shared their not-so-favourite thing, hay fever. This question was a good way to stop and appreciate the beauty of the season to come. Sometimes we can find times and seasons pass us by, but do we ever just stop to notice the changes that occur? What are you looking forward to in Spring, what are you hoping for? 

The last couple of weeks I have met one-on-one with students, continued to run a friendship group, gone on an excursion to AFL Max with 7E and 7W and spent time out in the playground areas chatting to students or having them show me their gymnastic talent on the low bars. What an interesting couple of weeks, I wonder what the next two will bring! 

Have a great weekend everyone! 



CATCH UP DAY for those students who are absent, will be on FRIDAY, 1st SEPTEMBER at 9:00 am.

Have your child's school memories captured forever.

You would have now received your child's individual photo envelope.  Please send this envelope and payment to school, ON PHOTO DAY, with your child.  Send the exact payment as there is no change available on the day.

Try the easy option of On-Line Ordering, where you are able to select your preferred package online and make your payment.

Placing your child's order online is the safest and easiest way to order school photos.  Just enter the shootkey number 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 the school's front office) and you are done.  It is really that easy.

Our 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 have the option to purchase a High Resolution Digital Download of their child's individual portrait and of the Sibling image.

For all photo orders, payments or general enquiries, please contact MSP Photography directly on 8391 3951.


This year we are celebrating Book Week in Week 7 with dress up day being held on Thursday September 7th.

This year’s theme is “Read, Grow, Inspire”. Students are invited to come to school that day wearing a costume of a book character, something that grows, or of an inspirational person.

The Book Week parade will be held on the pavilion courts at 9am with families welcome to attend.

There will be activities held throughout Book Week celebrating the theme as well as this year’s nominated books.

We look forward to a great week celebrating children’s literature!

Hiragana Blackbelt

Omedeto! Congratulations to Evie, Kira and Sage on achieving their Hiragana Blackbelts.

To be awarded a Hiragana blackbelt students need to be able to read the Hiragana alphabet, Hiragana characters which change sounds with ten tens and marus, blended sounds and a variety of words consisting of blends, ten tens and marus.

At Japanese Year 5/6 students participate in our ‘Hiragana and beyond- Aim for the stars program, where they work independently on their Hiragana/ Katakana karate club goals through student- directed games and activities.

In Week 9 of this term, 8 students will have the opportunity to represent our school in the Southern Inter-school Hiragana Challenge at Reynella East College, and early next term all Year 5/6 students will participate in the HCEPS Hiragana Fun Challenge. Further details will be shared in the coming weeks.

Kirsten Wallis

Teacher of Japanese 


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


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.




Psychologist led online 6 session group for parents / caregivers of children with emotional health challenges called Coach, Connect and Take Charge.  Next group is from 13th October to 23rd November.

Digital psychoeducation program (Calmkidcentral) for families with primary school aged children with big feeling and life challenges:

  • Worries and get frustrated
  • Has difficulties in making / managing friendships
  • Has been through tough life situations
  • Might have a mental or emotional health challenge or diagnosis

For further information about counselling services visit:


For further information about online supports visit:


Developing Minds Psychology and Education:




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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