St Leonards Primary School

Newsletter 8, 29 May 2020

From the Leadership

Building a community that inspires curious, creative and innovative thinkers underpins our philosophy here at St Leonards. We want our learners to be able to think for themselves and to develop their skills in being curious and creative.  Learning is a product of thinking. If we want our students to learn well and develop understanding, we must create cultures of thinking that actively engage students in thinking on an ongoing basis.

One of the unexpected positives of the Covid issue is the independence our learners are now showing when entering the class.  Teachers are reporting that learners are straight into their learning and have become a lot more confident.

All Education Department schools are required to have a site improvement plan.  These plans are developed in consultation with learners, staff, parents and our education team and focussed on data indicating areas our school can improve.  

·        To improve student achievement in writing across the whole site.

·        To increase the number of students in the top levels of achievement in reading.

·       To increase the number of high achieving students in numeracy.

Our three goals are integral to all we do and decisions we make about staffing, resources and support for all of our learners.  Our detailed plan can be seen on our school website



Please be careful. Our Kiss and drop Zone is not a parking area. We have been in dialogue with the council about this ongoing issue.  Please, please obey street signage and think about our neighbours.  A number of people have been issued infringements.  The school is working with council on some new designs to improve traffic flow and look after the safety of our learners


We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the volunteers we have had St Leonards.  We appreciate your time and effort.  You help create this wonderful, unique school community. We know times are a little strange, however we can’t wait for the day that all of you can help us again at school. Please remember that to volunteer, you need to go through the volunteer process at school.  This includes all sports coaches.  This is particularly important as school sport looks to be close to starting up again. For more information on the volunteer process, please see our Volunteering at St Leonards page on our website.

Superheros  Dress up Day

Thanks to all our wonderful learners and of course our caregivers. We were able to raise $430 from the day.  We donated the money to the professionals at Flinders Private Hospital.  They certainly enjoyed their beverages. 

Dave Henty-Smith, Principal

Jo Meredith, Deputy Principal

Kathy Baker, Inclusive Education Coordinator

Flinders Private Hospital Staff

A Thank You to our Teachers and Staff from the RAA

Reconciliation Week at St Leonards

This week students at SLPS have celebrated National Reconciliation Week. Students have participated in numerous activities across the school including-

·         Aboriginal artwork

·         Listening to the panel discussion hosted by Reconciliation Australia- 20 years of the Reconciliation Bridge Walk in Sydney

·         Listening to Aboriginal music artists

·         Analysing Kevin Rudd’s Apology speech in 2008

·         Reading Eddie Betts’ book ‘My people’

·         Creating hand displays for National Sorry Day (Tuesday 26th May)

·         Reading Dreamtime stories; and many more activities!

The theme for National Reconciliation Week #NRW2020 – In this together – is now resonating in ways no one could have foreseen when announced last year, but it reminds us whether in a crisis or in Reconciliation we are all #InThisTogether.

Students have thoroughly enjoyed the activities throughout the week and have shown a keen interest in wanting to learn more about Aboriginal culture and our shared history in Australia.

Don’t forget to keep an eye out around the school for artwork displays!

Next week the Year 4-7’s will have guest visitors Taliqua Clancy and Tjimarri Sanderson-Milera come in to do a Q & A session. Taliqua is Australia’s first Aboriginal female to represent us at the Olympics and is currently training for Tokyo 2021. Tjimarri Sanderson-Milera is a local sprinter and recently had success at the Stawell Gift in 2017. Tjimarri is a youth mentor within the community and more recently has become an ambassador for Lululemon. More to come next week on this exciting session!

Jasmine Miller - Year 4/5 Teacher

Reconciliation Week and Sorry Day



Pupil Free Day on Tuesday 9 June has been cancelled.

Scholastic Book Club

Book Club Issue 4 has been sent home and orders are due  Wednesday 17 June.

All orders accrue scholastic rewards points for the school to use to purchase new Library resources.

Kelly Peterson, Library Manager

Sibling Enrolment at SLPS in 2021

If you have a Reception student commencing school in 2021 and have not let the Office know, please do so by emailing me at or by  telephoning 8294 9811. Enrolment forms can be sent home with older siblings.

Mel Worden, Enrolment Officer


Overview of Current Changes and Restrictions

  • Onsite visits from providers eg OT, Speech, Psychology allowed with approval
  • No school banking
  • Limited volunteers onsite and only with Principal permission
  • Kiss and Drop for school drop off and pick up (as much as possible)
  • No families on school grounds from 3:15pm
  • Before or after school Library has reopened for students only
  • If you need to collect your child early sign out at the Office and we will collect your child/ren for you
  • Canteen has reopened

Absences, Late Arrivals and Early Leaving

The SMS number 0427 016 460 is our preferred method for letting us know about any absences.

Messages should include name, room number and reason for absence eg illness or family.

Alternatively, please call the Office on 8294 9811 to leave a message with office staff.

Unfortunately, Facebook messages and emails don't always make it to the Office.


Premier's Reading Challenge

Our Reading Tree class tally display is starting to take shape as learners from all year levels hand in their record sheets and soon individual leaves will start to sprout. Reading is a big focus for St Leonards as it sets children up for success in school and life. I would love to see a leaf with every student’s name on it in 2020.

Information for Parents

The Premier’s Reading Challenge is a literacy engagement program that was introduced by the Premier in 2004 to encourage students to read more books, enjoy reading and to improve literacy levels. The Challenge requires students to read 12 books between the beginning of the school year and early September.

How can you find out about the Challenge?

All information about the Premier’s Reading Challenge can be found at:

Who can participate?

All students from Reception to Year 12 are encouraged to participate.

What can students read?

Students can read a combination of books from the Challenge booklists and books of their own choosing. The book lists are available on the PRC website.

Reception to Year 7 students select at least eight books from the booklists on the Premier’s Reading Challenge website and four books of their own choice. Reading as a family is a great way to add more books to your child’s record sheet.

PRC books are labelled in our library. Reception—Year 2 have orange stickers, Year 3 –5 have green stickers and Year 6/7 have yellow stickers.

All awards are distributed in Term 4.



What's Been Happening at St Leonards

Garden News

Tuesday morning one of our students rescued a Monarch butterfly off the road on the way to school. It was probably struggling with the cold like the rest of us. ?We placed gently in the garden on a swan plant so it could warm up and dry out. Monarch butterflies lay their eggs on swan plants and it’s the food source for caterpillars. We planted swan plants in the hope of attracting more butterflies to lay eggs and flowering plants like salvias and hardenbergia to feed them. Love seeing our learners looking after nature ❤️???


Simultaneous Story Time - Chicken Divas

Around the School


Karen's Corner

Hi Everyone,

As we say goodbye to another week here at St Leonards, I hope you and your family are really well and not only surviving but thriving as we take another step here in S.A. towards a more familiar state of being.  Isn’t it wonderful to be able to meet for a coffee or a meal if you so desire?  So lovely to see small businesses open back up slowly but surely and to see people moving about in a safe but happy manner! 

How are you going?  How are your children?  All too often we might get caught up in the day to day stresses and tasks (and let’s face it, for some, the overwhelming challenges that life, particularly right now, can bring are extreme) to forget that our precious children might be struggling to process and make sense of everything around them!  We should not lose sight of the fact that whilst it’s business as usual at school now, our children are still having to process a lot of information (even if we are trying to limit the amount of news infiltrating their lives, it would be impossible to think that we can completely protect them from knowing what is happening in our world).  Adding into the mix, it’s Week 5 for what might seem to many as being an extremely long term already … would you agree?  Therefore, it would be reasonable to suggest that your children might be tired, really tired … certainly by the end of each week!  Children can’t always verbalise how they’re feeling (they may not even be able to recognise or realise that their behaviour is a reflection of external forces at play) so, if your children are exhibiting behaviour that is out of the norm (for them at least) please be aware that they may in fact be exhausted, not only physically but also by the end of the week, emotionally exhausted also.  It may be very similar to how you might be feeling yourself!

As we return to a new ‘normal’ and as we all start to gently and carefully become more relaxed with our movements out and about, we might be aware of a level of anxiety we’ve not know before … we have been forced to live and work with limited contact (for some, in complete isolation for some time now) and even though it has brought about many challenges no doubt, it may have afforded you a safe, even comfortable existence (especially the longer the isolation goes on) and now that we are able to embrace life outside of our four walls, it can be with trepidation and certainly caution that we do so.  Our children may be feeling similarly about the current situation, so it may be worthwhile having a conversation to reassure them that moving forward, all measures are in place to ensure everyone’s safety as much as possible in every situation.  We cannot always know what our children are thinking and whether or not they are managing to process all that is happening around them … particularly at an unprecedented time such as this.

Please continue to reach out and remain connected with those within your community … continue to check in with neighbours, friends and family, and as restrictions continue to be lifted, thankfully we are able to do so safely and sensibly, in person more and more.

Continue to be gentle and kind to those you hold dear, particularly keeping watch on your children, which at this time is so very important.

May these coming weeks bring joy and happiness into your life in ways we all may have taken for granted before now.  Look after yourself too please … reach out if you are struggling with the current state of affairs, do not think you have to have all the answers or that you have to have ‘it all together’ … this is a time like no other and we are entering a new phase and whilst exciting for many, can be challenging for others.  If you need to talk, please don’t hesitate contacting myself or Kathy Baker during school hours or a health professional or suitable organisation at any time. 

Have a fabulous weekend … I look forward to seeing your smiling faces very soon!  Take care of yourself and those you love, please!

Karen Marks (Thorogood)

Pastoral care worker

Karen Marks (Thorogood), Pastoral Care worker

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St Leonards Primary School

Learning Together

Respect, Resilience, Readiness

"Building a community that inspires curious, creative and innovative thinkers."

Principal: Dave Henty-Smith

Deputy: Jo Meredith

Inclusive Education Coordinator: Kathy Baker