Hallett Cove East Primary School

Keeping you in the loop ....


  • Friday September 10th - School Closure Day 
  • Friday September 17th - Sports Day


Dear Parents/Caregivers,


The school closure day on Friday September 10th will go ahead as planned. We have been told that schools can still have their closure days even though the Adelaide Show has been cancelled. The annual closure day is meant to be for a “day of local significance” and for almost all schools in SA that is to allow families a day to attend the Show. (Because of the strict restrictions on non-essential adults in schools at this point in time we are unable to have another community event in its place as a day of local significance.)

If you need care for your children on the closure day, please contact Sally Mitchell in the OSHC. PLEASE NOTE: There will be no school staff on site that day.


At HCEPS we are very lucky to have a wonderful staff team and our Support Staff are a very important part of that team. Last week was National Support Staff Week and this provided us with an opportunity to acknowledge the work of our support staff. At school, teachers provided a special lunch on Tuesday and classes made cards and other acknowledgements throughout the week. I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank all our support staff members for their work in our school. Without them our programs would not be able to operate at the high quality level that they do.

Thank you to:

Imelda Jolly – Finance, Facilities, Administration

Joanne Berry – Finance, Administration

Nola Chalakas-Stopp – Administration

Irene Sulcs – Resource Centre, Student Support

Narelle Muller – Student Support

Cherie Bishop-Kinlyside – Student Support

Scott Panton – IT Support

Carina Dias-Cocks – Student Support

Donna de Michele – Student Support

Janelle Skuse – Student Support

Alexander Haynes – Student Support

Kelly Thomas – Student Support

Kate Hunt – Student Support

Richard Watson – Grounds and Maintenance

Adam Hackett – IT Support

Joey Traeger – Pastoral Care Worker


What a fabulous week we have had this week as we celebrated Book Week. Students have participated in a range of interesting and exciting activities including: a student writing competition, classes each making a bird for a whole school display, participating in a buddy Mad Hatter’s Tea Party recess where everyone made a hat to wear, participating in a variety of lunchtime activities in the Resource Centre, dressing up in the theme of “old worlds, new worlds, other worlds” or as a favourite book character for an assembly and parade and watching the Splash Theatre production last week. Everyone also read some of the shortlisted children’s books of the year. Staff also participated with a “guess what we are reading” competition and enjoyed dressing up as well. Our Book Week assembly was led by students in 6AS, 6E and the Literature Lovers leadership group and they did a fabulous job! What a busy week!!

This is a very big thank you to Nicole Gully who organised the full program and to her committee who helped with planning of activities. Special thanks must also go to the students in the Literature Lovers leadership group who also helped with some of the student activities.


In the first 2 newsletters in Term 4, you will be given the opportunity to complete a placement request form for your child for 2022, regarding friendships and teaching styles dependent upon needs. Like last year, this year has seen quite a disruption to enrolments in the school due to the ongoing impact of COVID. As explained last newsletter, the move of Yr 7 to High School is also going to have a significant impact on our enrolments and staffing for 2022. For this reason we are having to look at numbers and class structures more closely a bit earlier than we would have in the past. So rather than waiting until Term 4, if your child(ren) will be leaving either before the end of the year or at the end of the year, could you please contact the front office, either via phone on 8322 3677 or via email on dl.1053.info@schools.sa.edu.au. It would also help us to know in which school your child(ren) will be enrolling. I thank you in advance for your support in this matter.

With regards

Anne Rathjen







A Few Words from the Deputy Principal

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Why do we have three bells in the morning?

You’ll have noticed that above my article is a graphic reminder to arrive at school on time. All of our classes start literacy activities at 8:45am so any children who arrive after this time are missing out on valuable learning activities.

I would like to remind families that there is an 8:30 am bell and the gates and classrooms are opened at this time. At the 8:40am bell students are expected to be settling in for their learning to commence on the 8:45am bell when the roll is sent in, and the hours of instruction officially start.

Any one arriving to the classroom after 8:45am is recorded as late and their learning is disrupted.

If your child is in the school grounds by the 8:40 bell then they are not going to be officially late for class no matter where their classroom is. They may, however, be a little flustered as they try to get themselves organised ready for their learning.  As someone who does yard duty before school I would advise all students to aim to be at school before the 8:40am bell.

We fully realise that families have issues from time to time which makes arriving at school on time to be difficult. Currently any children who arrive from 8:45am need to go to the OSHC gate with their parent, who can then ring the front office. When we are able to have parents back on site we would still need children who arrive after the 8:45am bell to come to the front office with their parent to sign in late.

We also need to remind families that it is important, where ever possible, for students to stay at school until the 3:05pm dismissal time.

What has been happening at HCEPS?

Even though we still have not been able to freely have parents and families on site we have continued to put the needs of our students at the forefront.

The students have had a great time during Book Week, enjoying the many activities organised by teachers and SSOs and lead by Mrs Gully.

Excursions are still going ahead, we have had a Splash Theatre incursion and have a science incursion coming up on Tuesday.

Many sporting activities are happening including preparing for our Sports Day on Friday 17th September. We are disappointed that we cannot have a full day with our parent and friends included but we are prioritising ensuring the students still have a great day. There will be a special lunch of Hot Dog and Quelch stick (ice block) for lunch plus a Quelch stick at recess. Look out for the order form on Qkr soon. We have our fingers crossed for good weather too!

We are working with the fundraising team to try to still offer the Father’s Day stall on Thursday 2nd September so please look on Qkr to organise your payments ASAP.

Thank you

And finally thank you to all the students and families who greet me in the mornings as I am standing there in the very variable weather doing yard duty!

Kind Regards,

Andrea Hayden

Deputy Principal

A Few Words from the Wellbeing Leader

Book Week  

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” Dr Seuss  

 What fun we have had dressing up for Book Week. All of the amazing costumes that we saw today were a window into a multitude of worlds. It is wonderful to see so many people excited about sharing their love of characters and worlds with the school.  

 Our Wellbeing Team have been introducing Kimochis to the early years. Kimochis is the Japanese word for feelings. It is a social and emotional learning program that uses toys to help us talk about character traits and feelings. Together we develop skills and tools to support emotional literacy, communication and self-regulation.   

 In our lessons this week, we met Huggtopus and learnt about their key emotions of silly, happy and frustrated. As a team we continued this learning into our costumes. We celebrated the world of Kimochis Way by dressing as Huggtopus and our focus emotions.  

 Interoception Room  

The interoception room continues to be accessed by numerous students. The room is a space for more than interoception, it also features a Kimochis Corner, cultural awareness and a variety of sensory activities. Feedback from staff and students has been positive and we look forward to its continued growth.  

 We would love to have a name for our space that better describes the room. As Hallett Cove East Primary School embeds wellbeing in all areas we would like the room name to reflect that it is a space to support the entire school’s wellbeing practices. This space belongs to the students, and we would like the name to also belong to the students.  

 Stay tuned for news on how our Student Wellbeing Leaders will discover a new name!   

Naomi Pudney (Wellbeing Leader) and Joey Traeger (Pastoral Care Worker)  

To parents/caregivers,

On Wednesday the 8th of September (week 8), we will be celebrating ‘r u ok?’ day at Hallett Cove East. ‘R u ok?’ day encourages students to have conversations with those around them. There are four steps to have a meaningful conversation:

1.      Ask R U OK?

2.      Listen

3.      Encourage action

4.      Check in

We will be providing teachers with resources to help students identify and recognise when their friends might need a meaningful conversation. On the day, there will be ‘conversation benches’ set up in black and gold, to provide students with a safe space where they feel comfortable to talk with their friends or the wellbeing team. We will have ‘r u ok?’ day resources available for students to take home if they wish. We encourage students to wear something yellow on the day, such as a ribbon or bracelet.

Danielle and Serena

Social Work Students

University of South Australia 


Just a reminder that our teaching staff have been busy planning incursions and excursions for the remainder of the year.  Please ensure you have paid your $60 levy to avoid students not being able to participate. 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

Book Week 2021 'Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds'

Father’s Day Stall – Cashless

Our Father’s Day stall will be held on Thursday 2nd September & Friday 3rd of September.  

It will be completely cashless; no money will be taken on the day.  Pre-purchasing of $5 or multiples, will need to be made via Qkr from Tuesday the 24th August till Tuesday 31st August.  Items are still $5 each or smaller items 2 for $5.

The stall is held to give the children an opportunity to buy their parents / caregivers a surprise present without them being there. Every gift is priced at $5 each or small items are 2 for $5, so it makes it completely straightforward for the children. We make every effort to provide quality items and to choose a variety of gifts. The children in the morning will come to the Pavilion with their class at a time chosen by their teacher, to buy their gifts.  Hopefully at the end of it all we have very happy children and happy parents / caregivers!!  If a child is away on the Thursday, there is a chance for them to visit Friday morning to select something – so no one will miss out.


A One Time Offer Only - we have some Boys, Grey School Trousers and Shorts for sale.

Trousers available in Sizes 16 & 12, limited stock and we are letting them go for a ridiculous $10.00 !!  Some trousers have a double thickness knee - WOW!

Also available are some boys, grey shorts in sizes 10 & 12 for only $7.00.

Get in quickly for these fantastic bargains!

Call into the school office and ask one of our friendly staff for assistance.


Limited menu available until further notice
  • Available via Qkr!
  • Limited Lunch menu 
  • Orders by 9.15
  • We thank you for your continued understanding and support.

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

Canteen Roster

Please download and view the CANTEEN ROSTER, you will see there are many blank spaces on the roster, we would love you to select a time slot and become part of our team.

We would welcome and thank you for volunteering your time to help and ensure our children have access to varied interesting food and snacks offered from the canteen.





Helen Jefferson : 8322 3677

(9.30 am - 1.30 pm)

RECESS ROSTER APPROX TIME 10.00 am - 11.30 am

LUNCH ROSTER APPROX TIME 11.30 am - 1.30 pm


Secondhand Uniform Shop

If you have any uniform items in good condition that are now surplus to your needs our volunteers would appreciate donations.  

Donations can be left at the administration office.  Thank you.

Opening hours :- House 1, through the carport - facing Forresters Rd

Wednesday morning 8.30-9.00

Wednesday afternoon 3.00-3.30




With the recent successes in Tokyo of our Australian athletes, including our divers, Diving South Australia is participating in the National “Jump In” Day on Saturday September 4th.  

The event is free for children 6 years or older and will give them the opportunity to try the sport of springboard and platform diving in a fun safe environment with qualified coaches. It will be attended by local and international Diving ‘Celebrities’.  Children can come and meet past, present and future Olympians and perhaps see some of them in action in the dive pool! Pre-registration is essential.

The South Australian Jump In event will be held at the SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre (SAALC) at Oaklands Park.

T: 0400 746 466      W: www.divingsa.com.au 

E: operations.manager@divingsa.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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