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. 


  • Friday September 29th - Sports Day Early Dismissal 


Dear Parents/Caregivers,

Our Deputy Principal, Andrea Hayden has been successful in gaining a position at Belair Primary School as Deputy Principal for term 4. Whilst we extend our congratulations to Andrea, we will certainly miss her presence in our school community. Andrea has been at HCEPS for nearly 20 years as a teacher and leader, so that makes me think of the many students and families that Andrea has worked with and influenced during that time! I am sure you will join with me in wishing Andrea all the very best in her new role. We will hold a process to appoint an acting DP for term 4. 

Our teachers of children in year one recently completed phonics screening checks (PSC) with their students. This is an annual assessment that tells schools how students are progressing in phonics, which as you know is a critical early skill when learning to read. We are really pleased to report that our students have shown significant improvement in the PSC in 2023.

  • 78% of students achieved the benchmark score which is an increase on 61.5% in 2022 and 65% in 2021.
  • Of students achieving benchmarks, over 53% achieved a very high level of achievement.

Our teachers and students are working really hard to implement a daily instructional routine in phonics to ensure our children R-2 are getting the best possible start to school. I would like to acknowledge our R-2 teachers’ work, which is having a very positive impact for students.

 We had a fantastic week celebrating Bookweek. Students engaged in a range of activities including silhouetted book characters, whole school picnic and beanie day, buddy class hide and seek and of course the dress ups! The Bookweek assembly and parade was a lot of fun and really well attended, despite the weather! I would like to acknowledge the work of Mrs Nicole Gully and Literature Lovers student leaders whose passion for literature and leadership of Bookweek has ensured we had a successful week.

 We are pleased to advise our community that we will be implementing The Resilience Project from the start of 2024. The TRP is a widely acclaimed classroom program which is being implemented by schools Australia-wide. It contains presentations, teacher resources, classroom curriculum and digital content to support children’s mental health and wellbeing in the classroom and family home. TRP seeks to cultivate positive emotion for students through Gratitude, Empathy and Mindfulness. We can't wait to start this work with our students and share it with you in 2024.

 We had a fantastic day of professional learning at our Student Free Day on Monday. Teachers spent time examining student results from the recently completed Progressive Achievement Test in Mathematics and the available teaching resources to address class or individual student concerns. We really value the time to focus on teaching and learning on these days.

All staff also participated in a planning and meaning making session about the Purpose of public education and the four areas for impact; Wellbeing, Equity & excellence, Learner agency and Effective learners. It was great to unpack each area in detail with staff and identify possible areas of focus as a first step. I look forward to working with students and parents to further these discussions.

 This week is our ‘go live’ day to launch the department’s new administration system called the Education Management System or EMS for short. The EMS is intended to streamline many school functions and management tasks. Whilst you may not notice anything too different, the EMS represents a significant change for the way administration is conducted for our front office team so things may take a little extra time to complete whilst we learn a new system. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

All students in year 1 – 6 have completed their Progressive Achievement Tests in Mathematics and will soon complete their PAT-Reading assessment. The assessments are important to us as a school, to measure student achievement growth and to ensure teaching aligns with student needs. If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s learning progress, please contact their class teacher to arrange a suitable meeting time.

 Lastly, as mentioned in our previous newsletter, if your child is leaving the school at the end of 2023 (apart from year 6), please advise our front office staff. This is very important to our class planning for 2024. 

With regards

Matthew Chapman



Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Sports Day is now only a fortnight away. We are hoping for glorious weather which will help families be able to come along to support their children on the day. There are so many ways that you can contribute to ensuring the day is a success for all.

Thank you to all those parents who have already volunteered for the BBQ and the canteen.

On the day we open House 1 so that parents can use the two toilets in that building.

The oval is closed during recess but families and children are welcome to sit around all the other areas of the school. At lunch the oval will be cleared so families are welcome to sit together out there too.

Students can pre order the special lunch through the canteen. For everyone there is a BBQ selling sausages, fruit boxes and flavoured milk which is being run by the soccer community. Plus for adults we have a coffee van being run by one of our parents.

How can you help before the day? Talk with them about respectful supporting. Explain the importance of following instructions, especially as it is harder to hear the teacher when they are outdoors. Reinforce how having a positive attitude makes the day so much more fun. Ensure their sports day outfit is sun safe and suitable for doing activities all day plus their school hat easily stays on their head. Ensure your child has a reasonable sized, clearly named drink bottle for the day which they may need to carry themselves.

So how could you help on the day?

Help with the equipment either during an event or during the pack up (which occurs when the class goes back to the classroom for their lunch). “Many hands make light work” is so true for this day!

Offer to record places or help with scoring for the teacher. Maybe rake the sand or fill up the bucket? What about pick up hats or stand by the hurdles to put them back in the right spot, the right way around. Encourage your child’s team. Be mindful of walking through events that a class are trying to organise.

It is great if your child can stay all day but if your child needs to leave before 2:05pm you will need to let the teacher know you are going to go to the office to sign your child out. You will then need to bring the signed slip to the teacher who will keep the slip, record that your child has left on their class sheet and then your child can leave with you. If you need to leave after lunch but before 2:05pm please negotiate with the teacher before lunch where your child’s bag will be because teachers are unable to unlock the classrooms once they have left them at the end of lunch. (We will all be on the oval)

Please model wearing a hat and apply your child’s sunscreen as necessary.

So we plan to have a fun and active last day of term and hope that families can join with us for part or all of the day. The program for the day will be on Audiri shortly.

Kind Regards,

Andrea Hayden

Deputy Principal


Hi Everyone,

It has been so nice to have some warmer weather this week, I hope you have all had the opportunity to be able to enjoy some sunshine.

It has been a busy couple of weeks and just like that we are at the end of Week 8 of Term 3. This week I met for the final time with the friendship group I have been running since Term 1. As part of our last catchup, the students were each able to decorate their very own ‘gratitude’ jar as a fun activity to finish up our time together. The students enjoyed decorating their jars and some shared what they were thankful for.

Being thankful and practicing thankfulness daily has been shown to support an individual’s state of mind to be more positive and healthier. I have personally engaged in this practice before myself, being thankful for three things each day, is quite an interesting practice. This encourages you to be thankful for what has occurred in your day, including things we often take for granted. Have you ever been thankful that you can tie your shoelaces up, or that you have a home to live in? Why not give it a go – you might surprise yourself at how amazing your life really is!

Have a great weekend!


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

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

Sports Day Lunch

A Sports Day Special Lunch for students is available  to order via Qkr!.

Your choice of a Beef or Veggie Burger with lettuce plus a Sugar Donut and a Frozen Juice Stick for $7.00.

Orders must be placed no later than Wednesday 27th September at 9.15am.



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.




8 week course helps parents, delivered in Mandarin, to create strong, secure bonds with their children.

Topics include: 

  • Learning to read your child's emotional needs
  • Successfully managing emotions
  • Building child's self esteem
  • Helping child to feel secure



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.

QKR APP (Quicker)

Qkr App (pronounced quicker) is Hallett Cove East Primary School and Out of School Hours/Vacation Care preferred form of payment. 

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