Hallett Cove East Primary School

Keeping you in the loop ....

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 March 3rd - Schools Clean Up Australia Day
  • Mon-Fri March 6th-10th - Rec-Yr4 Swimming Week
  • Monday March 6th - Governing Council AGM
  • Friday April 7th - Good Friday Holiday
  • Monday April 10th - Easter Monday Holiday
  • Friday April 14th - End of Term - Early Dismissal


Dear Parents/Caregivers,

Last week, I had the pleasure of interviewing a number of year six students for the role of Lighthouse Leader at Hallett Cove East Primary School. The Lighthouse Leaders are important student representatives who work closely with the Principal and Deputy Principal. They play a very significant role in sharing information about the school community and leading conversations with students about specific ideas or school issues. Congratulations to our year six Lighthouse Leaders for 2023:

  • Cooper C
  • Alex K
  • Casey N
  • Raya F
  • Neil L
  • Zoe M
  • Laura P

You will see the Lighthouse Leaders presenting to the school community through assemblies, school newsletters and at times to the Governing Council.

At Hallett Cove East, we have a range of other leadership opportunities for students in year six. I congratulate all students who have successfully applied for one of the following leadership positions. Leadership roles are:

  • Wellbeing Leaders
  • Digital Citizens
  • Charity Champions
  • Literature Lovers
  • Waste Warriors
  • Physical Activity Leaders
  • Garden Gurus
  • Genki Kids

All student leaders were presented with a certificate and acknowledged at our week 3 school assembly. We will highlight the important role that each leadership group plays in our school community, through the newsletter at various stages throughout the year.

Governing Council AGM

Monday 06 March at 7pm

All members of the school community are welcome to attend the Annual General Meeting. We have several vacancies on Governing Council for 2023 so you are encouraged to consider nominating for a position on this important committee. Governing Council meetings are held twice per term  and you have the option to attend in person or online.  Please refer to the information and nomination form sent earlier this week via Skoolbag or come by the front office and collect a nomination form. We warmly welcome new nominations for the school year.

Communication with school

Communication between parents/caregivers and school staff is very important. We know that when we all work in partnership, that children’s learning improves.

Our staff is genuinely committed to maintaining effective communication with all parents and caregivers. Contacting your child’s teacher through class Dojo is a good way of getting in touch. To help us maintain a positive relationship we ask that you consider the following:

  • Your child’s teacher is your first point of contact for learning concerns or wellbeing issues. Teachers may not get to see messages during the day until some time after they are sent. If you have an urgent message for your child’s class teacher please contact the front office and we will ensure your message is actioned appropriately.
  • If you would like to raise a more serious issue or concern with your child’s teacher you are welcome to send a message via Class Dojo. Teachers will make a time to talk about the matter in person or respond in writing. This may include raising the matter with a member of the leadership team.

Thank you for your support and assistance with this process.

 NAPLAN Practice Test

On Tuesday 28 February, students in year 3 and 5 will sit a NAPLAN practice test. The purpose of this practice is for students to familiarise themselves with the online test environment and to ensure they understand what is expected from them during NAPLAN test week. This practice test does not count towards the student’s assessment and there will not be any results generated from the test

Public Education Statement of Purpose

The Department for Education is developing a statement of purpose for public education in South Australia. Consultation will occur with staff, students and parents. The statement of purpose will define how education will be delivered in our public schools over the next decade. You will soon receive a letter with a link to a survey which all parents and students are encouraged to complete.

Cross Country Training (from Mr Martin)

Cross country training will begin Tuesday 28th February from 8:00-8:30. The consent form must be completed on SkoolBag before coming to training. To have access to the consent form, you must request to be part of SAPSASA 2023 group on Skoolbag.  

With regards

Matthew Champman



Dear Parents and Caregivers,

HCEPS Soccer

Thank you very much to Lee Silvester (father of Ryleigh) and the Under 9 team for offering to be the soccer co-ordinator for HCEPS. This is great news. Please look out for notifications for registration soon.

I would also like to thank Melissa Vlachos for all her considerable work over the years as the soccer coordinator, and especially recently when she no longer had a child playing!

Swimming:  6th -10th March 2023

It is very exciting that our swimming week is almost here. Our students have a lot to look forward to. They enjoy the bus trip, the sessions in the pool and the changes to routines. There are many accommodations that need to be made to recess and lunch breaks plus lessons and the curriculum, especially as the students become more tired towards the end of the week. Maybe the teachers are looking forward to this as much but we all know that it is such a memorable and valuable learning time.

If you have misplaced the information about swimming or have further queries please contact your child’s class teacher in the first instance.

This year if parents would like to visit their child during swimming they are welcome.

If you do please keep in mind the following information from the Noarlunga Centre:

“The school staff will be responsible for keeping parents away from classes. The stage area is off limits for parents for the safety of the staff and students.

Only teachers and official staff are able to take photographs according to the school policy. Parents and other relatives are not to take photographs, videos or take images using different media. No Instructors are to be photographed.”

Traffic Monitors

To all the parents of year 5 and 6 students, thank you for supporting your child to be a traffic monitor this year. We would remind you to please return the consent form as soon as possible if you haven’t done so already.

Pupil Free Day 23rd February

The focus of our day aligned with our literacy goals in our Site Improvement Plan.

Teachers and SSOs were able to find out more about Promoting Literacy Development (PLD) and how these resources could improve literacy across the school. We have begun to investigate how it could improve literacy outcomes, if it is manageable and feasible, particularly considering the substantial costs.

We were also fortunate to avoid yard duty on such a hot day and we hope all of our students were able to keep relatively cool too.

Kind Regards,

Andrea Hayden

Deputy Principal


Dear Parents and Caregivers,

In the early parts of the school year many students, of all ages, display varying levels of worry and fear. This can be described as anxiety. At different stages, everyone experiences some form of anxiety such as being anxious, stressed, uptight, nervous, frazzled, worried, tense or fearful. While these feelings can be uncomfortable and upsetting they are not all bad as they can help us to avoid dangerous situations or help solve problems. They can also vary in their severity, how long they last and how much they impact your everyday life. For some people, anxiety can stop them from doing the things they enjoy while for others it doesn’t negatively impact them at all. Young people can have similar symptoms to adults, however, the most common forms of anxiety found with young people is worry in general, what others think of them, social situations, past imperfections and separation from home or caregiver.

For severe cases of anxiety, it is important that it is recognised early and that strategies are put in place to help reduce the chance of problems later on in life. One way to do this is through the BRAVE program. I have completed the parents’ course for young children aged 3-7 and found that it provided lots of useful information and strategies to help reduce the impacts of anxiety. Below is the link to the website and an excerpt from the BRAVE program.


The BRAVE program is an online self-help program that contains both resources and information for children, teenagers and their parents. It is designed specifically to help young people with anxiety overcome their worries and improve the quality of their lives.

BRAVE is a cognitive behaviour therapy tool based on established clinical practice guidelines for the treatment of child and adolescent anxiety, as described by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists.

No matter how old or young you are, everyone experiences anxiety at times. We here at the BRAVE program know that worrying about things all the time is tough. The BRAVE program was developed to help young people and their parents develop skills and coping strategies so that your worries and anxiety don’t stop young people from doing the things you want or need to do.

The BRAVE Team also know how hard it can be to make the time to fit everything in! The BRAVE program is an online program that you can work through at your own speed in the privacy of your own home.


Aaron Charlton

Wellbeing Leader / Year 5/6 Teacher


Hi Everyone,

Wow! The term is just flying by we are already at the end of week 4. The last couple of weeks I have continued to spend time visiting the different classrooms, which has given me the opportunity to finally start learning some names. I am very excited about this, as this allows me a better ability to connect and communicate with the children. I have learned and know for myself how important it is to be known by name, it just brightens your day. When a person greets you using your name, it gives you the message that you are valuable, and cared for. I was also able to attend the school assembly last Friday, which was an opportunity to see the variety of student led groups within the school and the students that would be responsible for heading up these initiatives. It sounds like there are some great groups available for students to get involved in within the school community. As the term progresses, I will be looking to support teachers in providing wellbeing support where they think it might be helpful, this may look like taking some small groups of students to engage in social skill learning or it may be one-on-one support. The Pastoral Care role offers the unique opportunity to support students in emotional, social and spiritual ways, this can be through helping students who experience hard to have emotions by being a listening ear, helping students connect in with peers, and giving students the opportunity to share about spiritual beliefs/ideas as well as being able to answer questions students may have. I look forward to continuing to connect with the students and staff at HCEPS but would also love to connect with their families as well so if you would like to meet me in person, or have any questions for me please feel free to get in contact through the front office or have a chat with me in the yard. If you would like to know more about the benefits of the Pastoral Care Role in a school, you can go to this link SMG Chaplaincy.

Have a great weekend, enjoying the cooler weather 😊



Reminder it is only one week until swimming starts for Reception to year 4 students.  Consent forms must be completed and returned to class teachers.

Full payment must be received prior to allowing students to attend and participate. 

If you have not settled your account please forward your remittance as a matter of urgency.   Please call the Business Manager if you are having difficulty settling this account.

Kind Regards

Imelda Jolly

Business Manager


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


Clearance - ALL shorts, skirts & skorts are just $ 2!

Open every Wednesday 8:30-9am and 3:00-3:30pm in House 1 - first building near the gates at the drop off/pick up point.  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 uniforms that no longer fit or are not being worn and in good clean condition, we'd love to receive them. Thank you.



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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