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. 


  • Yr 5/6 Aquatics - Tuesday 12th December
  • Yr 6 Graduation -  Thursday 14th December 
  • Last Day of School - Friday 15th December - Early Dismissal 2:05pm


Dear Parents/Caregivers,

During week 9 we are celebrating the valuable contribution of our volunteers throughout the year. We are so very grateful for the involvement and tireless work of parents and carers on Governing Council and the various sub-committees, support with fundraising and events, working in classrooms, venturing on excursions and camps or managing and coaching after hours sport to name some of the many ways our community contributes. As a show of our appreciation, parent volunteers are invited to light breakfast after school drop off on Wednesday. We hope to see many of our invited volunteers there.  If you are considering volunteering at school, in 2024 we would love to have you! Being a volunteer in your child’s education is a wonderful gift to the school community. Please contact the front office for a volunteer package.

School Concert

What a fantastic afternoon we had, showcasing our performing arts program through our annual whole school concert. The student performances were of a very high quality and hugely entertaining. As mentioned on the day, my heartfelt thanks go to Mr Aaron Charlton and Ms Ellie Burford for their organisation and support to ensure a successful concert. I also wish to thank the many family members who attended, our wonderful staff for their tireless work in preparing for the event and the students who gave us all such joy with their performance. Such a proud moment for our school.


At this time of the year, it is unfortunate that we are saying goodbye to staff who will not be returning in 2024. As you are aware, Robyn Sumner is retiring after many years at HCEPS. You can read about her career journey below. James Martin, our PE and Science teacher is not returning next year and we wish him well in his future endeavors. Our long serving resource center SSO, Irene Sulcs is also retiring after many years of service at the school. She will be missed. Our Pastoral Care Worker, Erin Finch is leaving us after 12 months here at the school and finally, grounds person Richard Watson will retire at the end of the year. We wish all departing staff the very best for their future and thank you all for your contributions to our school community.

2024 Classroom Visits

Students will be visiting their 2024 teachers and classrooms on Wednesday 13th December. An enormous amount of time, information and discussion has gone into constructing classes for 2024. Focusing on the positives of your child’s 2024 class placement and being optimistic about the transition will have a very positive influence on your child’s psychological and academic success in the new school year. Children don’t have to be immediately excited about their teacher, to learn from that teacher in the long run. The same goes for their new classmates. Your reaction to next year’s teacher news is hugely important to your child and your confidence in the school and the placement decisions is vital. By framing your child’s thinking to focus on the positive qualities in their new teachers will help build a positive connection for the start of the 2024 school year. On Wednesday, you will also receive your child’s report for semester two as well as a letter confirming your child’s class for 2024.

Year 6 Graduation

Next Thursday night we will farewell our graduating year 6 students who begin their secondary school education next year. We know our students will take many fond memories with them of their time at Hallett Cove East Primary School. Congratulations on reaching this major life milestone and best wishes on your next adventure in life.

Early Dismissal

Please be reminded that school finishes early on Friday 15th December at 2:05pm.  During the holiday period there will be limited contact available with the school office. The front office will reopen on Monday 22nd January, however there may be some availability in the week prior for urgent enquiries. Teachers will return to work on the Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25th January to prepare for the new school year.


As some of you would be aware, the Adelaide Strikers won the Women’s Big Bash League cricket title on Saturday night. Captaining the team was a former student of Hallett Cove East PS, Tahlia McGrath. Tahlia’s photo adorns the entry of our school pavilion and we are very proud to call her one of our own. Check out the photo when you next pass through the pavilion. Her family maintains a strong connection to our school’s OSHC and we are very proud of her achievement.  Congratulations Tahlia!

And finally.... thank you

As the school year draws to a close, I would like to take the opportunity to thank the whole school community for your support in my first year as principal of our fantastic school. I would like to wish everybody and safe and relaxing holiday period. I am very much looking forward to some downtime with my family, plenty of golf and no doubt some cricket viewing over the Summer break! I trust you are all able to do the things that make you happy outside of school. I look forward to welcoming you all back to school when we commence again on 29 January 2024.

With regards

Matthew Chapman



Dear Parents and Caregivers,

What a wonderful concert we had on Wednesday afternoon. How lucky were we to end the year on such a high note. I was blown away by our students and all the talent that was on display. Everyone put so much effort into learning, rehearsing and performing so many fabulous songs and dances that you should all be very proud of yourselves. I certainly wasn’t expecting the worm and robot to make an appearance but I am sure glad they did. It was fantastic to see so many children with huge smiles on their faces. While there must have been plenty of nerves, with such a large and engaged audience watching on, it definitely didn’t show. Thank you to everyone who played a part in making this concert happen. We are very fortunate to have so many hard working and talented people in our school community. Also, thank you to everyone who stayed behind to help pack up, it was greatly appreciated. A special shout out needs to go to the student Lighthouse Leaders who were our amazing MCs for the afternoon. They wrote and prepared the script themselves which kept us all thoroughly entertained in between each act. Well done, I am sure you made your family members very proud!

I would also like to take this opportunity to say what a pleasure it was this term being the acting Deputy Principal at Hallett Cove East Primary School. I learnt a great deal and it certainly had its challenges, however, I felt a great deal of joy being able to work with each and every one of our students. Thank you to all the staff, students and members of the school community who helped me along the way. Mr Chapman and my family, in particular, were nothing but supportive. I am looking forward to being back in the classroom next year and am very excited for our new Leadership team in 2024.

Finally, to all the students and staff members who are leaving us this year, I wish you all the best for your futures. We are saying goodbye to a significant amount of knowledge and experience, which can never be replaced. Please know that you have impacted the lives of so many people during your time here in such a positive way and you will be missed.

Have a safe and fabulous break. I look forward to another eventful year in 2024.


Aaron Charlton

Acting Deputy Principal


Dear Parents/Caregivers,

As the academic year draws to a close, I wanted to take a moment to acknowledge the array of emotions that may accompany the prospect of your children transitioning to new classes. Change, though inevitable, can sometimes stir feelings of uncertainty and concern, both for students and parents alike.

It's completely natural to feel a mix of emotions during times of transition. As your children prepare to embark on a new chapter, they might experience excitement, curiosity, but also perhaps a touch of worry. Rest assured, we are committed to ensuring a smooth and supportive transition for each student. Our goal is to create an environment where they feel comfortable, valued, and ready to embrace the opportunities that lie ahead.

As we approach the holiday season, I want to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a safe, joyful, and rejuvenating break. May this time be filled with laughter, warmth, and precious moments with loved ones. We look forward to welcoming the new year with renewed energy and enthusiasm.

I will leave you with some resources you may wish to access during the break.

Kids Help Line:


1800 551 800

Student Wellbeing Hub: 


Emerging Minds:


The Resilience Project, Parent Hub:


The Resilience Project, At Home for Kids:


Kind Regards, 

Ellie Burford


Dear families of Hallett Cove East Primary School 

This will be my final year at Hallett Cove East Primary School. After a long deliberation I have decided to retire. I have been teaching for 45 years of which the last 18 years have been at this school. 

I started my career at Tarcoola Special Rural School in outback South Australia. I had never lived away from home and I had just turned 20 so it was quite an eye opener. I was 750 kilometres away from Adelaide and my only connection was a 13 hour train trip to see my family. I certainly gained my independence and I’ve never looked back. After 2 years I transferred to Jamestown Primary School in the mid north. I had bought a car so I was able to commute on weekends. I was there for 2 years. Now that I had completed 4 years of service I was able to exercise my right of return to the metropolitan area. I was appointed to Lonsdale Heights Primary School where I stayed for 7 years. My next appointment was to Willunga Primary School where I spent another 7 years. After this I transferred to Woodcroft Primary School for the next 9 years and then on to Hallett Cove for my final posting. It’s been quite a journey and I’ve appreciated every minute of it. 

When I came to Hallett Cove East it was originally a 10 year position. The department abolished the 10 year tenure requirements so I was able to stay on for much longer. I started out in House 1 with a 6/7 class. I then moved to House 2 before House 9 was opened. I taught in House 9 for a number of years before requesting a change of year level. Since then I have taught 3/4, 4/5 and 5/6 combinations. I have not had any straight year levels. I have worked with many inspirational people over the years. I have been guided and provided guidance when required. 

The demands of teaching have changed considerably so adjustments have needed to be made along the way. I pride myself on being very flexible and have undertaken professional development in many areas so as to best serve the students and their individual needs. I have appreciated the support from the school community. The students at this school have always been respectful, responsible and adaptable. I have enjoyed watching them grow. They have shown a positive attitude and pride in their school. 

To all parents and caregivers of these wonderful students - Thank you so much for all the support given to me and the other teachers at this school. Without your help the school would not operate effectively. I have treasured memories of my time at Hallett Cove East Primary School. 

I’m not quite sure what the future holds. My husband Kent and I hope to travel. There are still many places in the world that are on our bucket list. I may return as a TRT occasionally in the next couple of years. 

I hope I’m ready for this new chapter in my life! 

Kind Regards

Robyn Sumner


 Hi Everyone, 

Well, we have made it to the end of Week 8. Only one more week of the 2023 school year left!  

What has 2023 been like for you? Has it led to new beginnings, continuing in the day to day or growing in some area of life? 

For me, it has been a good year of growing personally in my role as PCW at Hallett Cove East Primary School. In my role as PCW, I have had the privilege of travelling alongside others in life. I have been able to journey with them through the tough and happy times. It truly is a blessing to hear about the students’ perspectives, pets, sporting achievements, friendships, and interests, and engage with them in their learning. The connections that are built are just so precious!  

I am thankful for my year here at HCEPS, but sadly I will not be able to continue building on these connections next year. My husband and I have been blessed to purchase a home north of Adelaide, and this purchase brings a change and a saying goodbye to all of those I have managed to connect with. I want to say thank you for allowing me to be your PCW and walk the journey of life with you all, and I wish you all the best for 2024. 

Have a great weekend! 

 Erin Finch


2024 Materials and Services charge has been approved by the Governing Council for our polling process.  The online polling process has begun.  If your child is enrolled to begin in 2024 you will receive an email.  Poll closes on the 20th December 2023. 

If you are yet to pay your 2023 Materials and Services fees we remind families to clear all outstanding accounts. 

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

Imelda Jolly

Business Manager

Food on the Table

Earlier in the term HCEPS held a casual day to raise money for Food on the Table charity. Food on the Table provides food for those less fortunate. 

In week 7 6W went on an excursion to Food on the Table to help make food for those less fortunate and donate the money raised at the casual day. 

In the morning we walked to the Puddle Jumpers food hub to see just where these foods go and how they help people in need. 

Following this, we made sausage rolls and pasties. We made over 900 items! We were lucky enough to sample the food too!

Some sausage rolls and pasties were going to be cooked the next day to provide a warm meal for people in need and others were frozen and sent to places like Hutt Street. Puddle Jumpers food hub plays a vital role in our community. It was great to see that so many companies donate to such causes and provide people with food. If you would like to see how you can help , visit https://www.puddlejumpers.org.au/getting-involved/

Food on the Table also would love volunteers in the school holidays. If you are interested please contact their fabulous Volunteer Coordinator Raegan Coleman on 0435 430 045 or email Volunteering@foodonthetable.org.au.

We had a really great time and were so excited to be giving back to our community!

Food on the Table

Whole School Concert 2023

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: hcepssoccer@gmail.com 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.

Congratulations to our lucky winners listed below!

Enjoy your prizes which can be collected from the front office from Monday 11th December. 

Thank you to the school community for raising over $530 for the school to use in future endeavours. 

National Parks 12 month vehicle pass voucher - $112 – Talia M-J 2N

Snorkelling pass voucher - $100 – Bruce T 7W

Dog bundle - large bin with lots of accessories - $95 – Maddie I 7W

Frozen dessert maker - $79 – Finnley G – 8E

Yankalilla visitor centre pack - $70 – Rocco S 3N

Family Pass Day Adventure Woodhouse Voucher - $62 – Savannah P 4E

The Local Coffee Shop - $50 voucher – Lily S 6E

Craft bundle x 2 – Sage McD 9S

Plaster paint x 2 – Arianna R 3N


We had SAPSASA carnival a few weeks ago. Logan and Neil were both selected and they opted to miss camp to represent the school at this carnival. 

Southern Valley are now the Divisional champions going through undefeated, to take out the trophy.

Next year, Southern Valley will go up into Division 2 and this has not happened in over 10 years, so very exciting.

Neil and Logan


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.




Tennis season is here and we are running our biggest holiday clinic yet.

When:  18th -21st December 2023 (Monday to Thursday)

Times:  9:30 am to 12:00 pm

Where:  31 Robe Terrace, Medindie


Hallett Cove Community Carols 2023 is a longstanding, well attended community event. All are welcome to enjoy a lovely family event at Hallett Cove Beach.

When:  Friday, 8th December, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Where:  The Amphitheatre, Heron Way.

Guest Artist and MC - Vanessa Kersting  BYO Picnic and Blanket


Join us for a fun & interactive session of skills and drills.

Date:  Sunday, 21st January 2024

Venue:  Marion Leisure & Fitness Centre, Cnr Oaklands Rd & Rosedale Ave, Morphettville

Time & Age: 10:00 - 11:00 am, 5-7 years, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm, 8-13 years

To register and more details:  www.cherionetball.com  secretary@cheerionetball.com or phone 0419 810 656


Drop the kids off while you shop. Let us entertain the kids with modified sports games including: Foam Hockey, Soccer, Basketball, Cricket, AFL, Netball, Teeball, Mini Olympics and Picnic Games.

We will also have dance, arts & crafts, scavenger hunt and a visit from SANTA! For boys and girls aged 5-12 years.

Please bring along a gold coin donation and / or a Christmas present which will be donated to KickStart for Kids for children experiencing hardship.

When:  Monday, 18th December 2023

Location:  Brighton Oval, Highet Avenue, Brighton

Time:  8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Cost:  $66.00 incl. GST

Sibling discount available - contact 0421 888 400  Bring appropriate clothing, hat, drink bottle, lunch and snacks.

To enrol register online at www.kellysports.com.au  Website: kellysports.com.au/events  Email: ianbarnes@kellysports.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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