Hallett Cove East Primary School

Keeping you in the loop ....


  • Monday August 23rd - School Photos
  • Friday September 10th - School Closure Day 
  • Friday September 17th - Sports Day


Dear Parents/Caregivers,


We have begun the process of gathering student numbers for 2022 and determining the impacts these will have on our staffing and numbers of classes. If we were to base our class groups on what we know today, we would only be able to start with 14 classes, (we currently have16). A big part of the issue is to do with Reception enrolments. At this stage the number of enrolments we have received is nowhere near the projected numbers. So I am seeking urgent support of the school community. If you have a child at Pre-School due to start in Reception next year and have not already done so, I would please ask that you complete enrolment processes for your child asap. If you know someone who is considering schooling either for Reception or any other year level, (perhaps a family moving into our area), please encourage them to contact the school asap. While we have not been able to do enrolment tours due to COVID restrictions, these restrictions have been eased slightly so that small enrolment meetings with strict COVID practices in place can commence again. If your child is moving schools next year, (apart from current Yr 6 and Yr 7 students), regardless of the reason, could you please let me know asap.

If you are wondering why there is such urgency for this at this time of the year, it is because of the significant impact of Yr 7s moving to High School and the time it is taking to organise structures in schools, especially primary schools, a result. I thank you for your timely responses.


As some programs that usually operate with volunteer support have recommenced since slight easing of restrictions were announced, (eg excursions/camps, school sports, canteen), we are able to begin utilising volunteers for these programs again. If you are a volunteer who has been previously asked to support a planned excursion/camp or work in the canteen you may start again but are asked to adhere to strict COVID conditions. These include: coming to the Admin gate and ringing to request someone to give you access, signing into the school through SINE at the front desk, scanning into the school QR code, maintaining social distancing and wearing of a mask. Soccer coaches and associated support personnel already have your COVID expectations in place as you started last week. (Because DfE is still expecting schools to otherwise minimise unauthorised adults onsite, we will continue to suspend other volunteering processes, eg classroom support, gardening, fundraising and school banking until further information is received. We hope that won’t be too long.)

Please note that the Canteen menu will stay with the limited menu for the time being until we are able to determine how many volunteers are able to return to support Helen.


Congratulations to Jo Berry who has now won extra permanent hours in Finance/Administration. Jo has been filling in temporarily behind firstly Henny Smith until she retired, and then Imelda Jolly while she was acting in Jenny McFadyen’s position until she retired. Because Imelda has now won the Business Manager position, it left the Finance/Admin officer position vacant. We are very lucky that Jo has all the necessary skills to now continue in the role in an ongoing capacity.

Dylan Burdett our Groundsperson has taken a private job in the country so has resigned from HCEPS. We have welcomed a new Groundsperson, Richard Watson, who is working on Wednesdays for the remainder of this term. He will pick up an extra day next term until we can run a proper vacancy process. Richard currently works as a Groundsperson in 2 other schools.

Our school has many very experienced teachers who often mentor pre-service teachers. This year we have hosted a number of these. This semester we are most fortunate to also be hosting 2 pre-service Social Workers. These ladies are currently working with key Wellbeing staff and teachers to support the implementation of Wellbeing programs and processes.


I am sure those of you who have been associated with the school for a number of years will be very pleased to hear that the plans for the new air conditioner in the Pavilion are currently with 3 tender groups, with their quotes expected very soon. Depending on availability of materials, we are now hoping it could be approved by Governing Council and installed as early as the September holidays or some time up to the Christmas holidays.

Our Yr 4 and 5 students have also been invited to pick the winning design for the new playground to replace the blue oval playground. This has now been done and approved by Governing Council and we hope that the work will also commence on this project in the near future. To view the new playground design please click here.


The Department for Education coordinates an annual survey to better understand the things we’re doing well, where we can improve, and what’s important to you as a parent. On Monday 2 August you would have received an email or SMS from the Parent Survey Team with a unique link to participate in the survey. I encourage you to complete the survey, which takes less than 10 minutes. Your feedback will be used locally in our school improvement planning and more broadly to inform other key initiatives to improve education in South Australia. Your answers will not identify you or your child. Only collated feedback will be provided to our school. If you did not receive an email or SMS with your unique survey link, please contact education.ParentSurvey@sa.gov.au and include our school’s name in your email. For more information, visit https://education.sa.gov.au/parentsurvey.


With regards

Anne Rathjen







A Few Words from the Deputy Principal

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

These last two weeks have been busy as usual. Wearing masks has been a challenge for the adults but our students seem to all be coping very well with any changes due to COVID. As at any time, please let us know, via your class teacher, if there are any disruptions or challenges in your child’s life so that we can support him or her as best we can. Keeping lines of communication open continues to be a priority.

It has been a pleasure to work with our Year 6 and 7 students this year. They are a unique group as they are all leaders of our school. The Year 6 students are our first group of Year 6 student leaders and our Year 7 students are our final group of leaders of this age. They have responded with maturity to any request and have offered forth suggestions in a variety of student learning areas. Their report in this newsletter is a snapshot of some of the things we have been doing.

As indicated in the Principal’s section we are continuing to seek enrolments for next year and beyond. If you know anyone who is considering enrolling in 2022 or beyond please encourage them to contact the front office via email or phone.

Kind Regards,

Andrea Hayden

Deputy Principal

A Few Words from the Wellbeing Leader

Interoception for parents and caregivers


Dear Parent/Caregiver,

At our school, we have been learning about interoception, which is our 8th sense. It can broadly be defined as our conscious perception of our internal body signals which let us know how to respond to human needs or relate to our emotional experiences. Interoception is the pre-requisite for self-regulation.

Interoception activities take less than 2 minutes to complete and they help your child to identify their body signals, recognise when their body signals change and act or respond to these body signals for their self-regulation.

The booklet provided has a range of activities that you can complete with your child and the whole family. You can complete these activities throughout the day, some examples could be:

·         Starting their day with an Interoception activity

·         Break time between online lessons/activities

·         Going for a walk or a bike ride

·         Shooting some hoops or kicking a ball

·         Playing on a swing set

·         Jumping on a trampoline


The great thing about Interoception activities is that you can create your own with your child. It can be any activity that changes your child’s body state and while encouraging them to notice how their body feels.

To find out more information about Interoception, please visit the Department for Education’s Interoception web page, which can be found at: https://www.education.sa.gov.au/supporting-students/health-e-safety-and-wellbeing/health-support-planning/managing-health-education-and-care/neurodiversity/interoception

This week, the Interoception Room opened. This is a space where students can attend (Monday, Wednesday and Fridays) when they feel they are not ready for learning, due to social and emotional regulation. This space is supervised and allows students to focus on their feelings and bodies, co-regulating so that they can re-engage in learning.

If you have any further questions or need further support with implementing Interoception activities with your child, please contact the school on 8322 3677.


Kind Regards,

Naomi Pudney

To parents/caregivers, 

Our names are Serena and Danielle, and we are completing a school-based social work placement through the University of South Australia at Hallett Cove East Primary School, until the end of term 4. During our time at Hallett Cove East Primary School, we will be working alongside Naomi Pudney, to implement wellbeing across the school community. We have been working to prepare the Interoception Room, where students are welcome throughout the school day. The Interoception Room consists of interoception activities and wellbeing games to assist children to regulate their emotions and feel more prepared for classroom learning. We will be conducting Kimochis (which means “feelings” in Japanese) lessons with the younger years, which will be a fun and engaging way for children to understand different emotions and behaviours. 

Throughout our time here, we will also be organising lunch time activities which will be inclusive to students of all year levels. These activities will have a First Nations Culture Influence/Focus, with Move it Mob Style Dancing, Dreaming Stories and various engaging crafts. These activities will start this term in Week 5 on Tuesday, Wednesday and Fridays and be located in House 4.

 We are currently preparing for ‘R U OK?” day, which will be in Week 8 of the school term. ‘R U OK?” day focuses on supporting each other through life’s ups and downs, and starting conversations with someone you know might be struggling. We encourage all students to wear something yellow on the day, such as a hair ribbon or bracelet. We are looking forward to our time here at Hallett Cove East Primary School, and promoting both wellbeing and learning outcomes for students. 

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Naomi Pudney

Wellbeing Leader


The Yr 6/7 students have been meeting regularly with Ms Hayden to learn how to train other students across the school in a range of ideas. We meet on some Friday afternoons.

Firstly we discuss what the main focus idea is about then work out ways we will share the information in each class. In our first visit in classrooms last term, we led a Powerpoint about Walk Safely to School Day. The second time we went to classes we had a Powerpoint about a number of different things to do with safety. We had to get students to look at some pictures and line up across the room depending on whether they thought the action was safe to not safe.  For our third visit, we focussed on our value of Fairness. For this session, we had to first plan in groups what we were going to do in classrooms. It was a little bit different for each group and for different age levels but mostly focussed on what Fairness means. 

For our most recent meeting, the Yr 6/7s have been discussing the legacy we will leave at HCEPS. We had a discussion about making a difference, a feeling of worthiness, mentoring and legacy and what we thought they meant for us. Ms Hayden spoke about our group being unique because we are the final group of year sevens and the first group of year six leaders. We also talked about some things we could do to help the rest of the school. The first thing we have decided to do is teach all students how to sing our School Song. We realised that our reception and year one students have been to very few assemblies over the last eighteen months. We are going to start this at our next assembly. 

The Lighthouse Leaders,

Taylah and Eli


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


The following is a blog post on parentingideas.com.au from Michael Grose


Micro-habits to parent better every day

The Japanese concept of Kaizen states that small habits are easy to do as they require no willpower. In time, they become a natural part of what you do, and you’re performing better, in this case parenting better, before you know it.

Following are five micro-habits that will impact positively your relationship with your child. You are encouraged to create your own micro-habits, but this list will get you started.


Greet your child with a smile every day

“Make a good first impression as first impressions count.” There’s incredible wisdom in this saying as your first interaction with someone will set the tone for all the interactions that follow.  Make your first interaction with your child each day a happy, positive one by greeting them with a smile. Make your eyes light up and not only will you put yourself in a good mood, but you’ll establish an atmosphere of warmth for your child at the start of the day.


Point your feet toward your child when they have something important to tell you

Next time you are standing with someone at a party, social or networking event, glance down to see where their feet are pointing. If they are pointed your way, then you have their full attention. If they are pointed elsewhere, then you’d better talk quickly as they’ll soon be heading in the direction that their feet are pointing. This principle applies doubly to family life. When you know your child has something to say, point your feet toward them and they’ll know that you’re giving them your full attention. If you are sitting and can’t swing your toes around, point your nose in their direction to achieve the same result.


When your child is upset, acknowledge their feelings first

When a child is annoyed, angry, or visibly upset, focus on their feelings before their behaviour. Often, we parent down heavily on behaviour (“Stop that yelling!” “Sit down before you hurt someone.” “That’s an outside noise.”) as we are programmed to control or bring order to a situation. This focus is often ineffective as it’s meeting our needs rather than the immediate needs of the child. When we focus on feelings first, the behaviour will often improve because you’re meeting a child’s needs, or they finally feel understood. “I can see you’re angry at the moment.” “You seem very excited.” “I get it that your annoyed.”


Refer to good and bad behaviour as a choice

The advocates of respectful relationships rightfully say that all behaviours are a matter of choice, and aren’t driven by others, the environment or substance abuse. (There’s a caveat here for people experiencing severe mental health disorders where choice for many is not a sound option.) Parents can reinforce the idea of choice by consistently referring to a child’s positive or negative behaviour as a choice. “Good choice, sharing your toys with your brother.” “You could make a better choice and come home on time when your visit a friend.”


Look away and breathe when you want to yell

We’ve all experienced it. You’re at the end of your tether and you ask your child to clean up/help out/stop annoying a sibling and they flat out refuse. Before you know it, you’ve given your child some parenting advice that doesn’t come from any parenting books, only to regret it a few minutes later. Yes, you’ve just turned into a child yourself. When you are about to get upset with your child step back, look away (taking your senses away from the source of stress) take three or four deep belly breaths through your nose before you speak. These small steps will instantly relax, and help you think from your pre-frontal cortex (the thinking part of the brain), rather than the reactive lizard brain, which is responsible for the fight/flight response. The key is to practise this micro-habit in low or no stress situations, so it becomes automatic when you’re under stress.

Behaviours become habits become patterns. You practise a behaviour once and it’s just that – a behaviour. Practise it repeatedly and it becomes a habit, which can easily be broken. Keep the habit up for long enough and it becomes a pattern that becomes an entrenched part of the way that you parent.

Joey Traeger,


at HCEPS on Wednesdays and Fridays  



SAY CHEESE - School Photo Day is Monday 23rd August 2021

Have your child's school memories captured forever.

Parents can send the correct money to school in self-sealed envelope on the Photo Day, however, Online Ordering, where parents are able select their preferred package is the  safest and easiest way to order school photos.  Just enter the shootkey printed on your child's envelope and make your selection.  If you are having a Sibling photo taken, use the shootkey printed on the Sibling envelope

MSP offers a 10% discount for all Online orders over $90.00 per family.

To receive this discount online, your orders must be placed in one transaction.

Some important points:

  -  Each child needs their own photo envelope.

  -  Don't seal envelopes inside each other. 

  -  You can pay for all your children in one envelope.

  -  Please enclose the correct money as not change is given.

  -  Cash, cheques, credit card and money orders accepted.

  -  Family envelopes are available at the school office.

  -  Try Online Ordering a go - it's safe and easy!


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.

(PLEASE NOTE: Due to restrictions, we are currently deciding on a way to manage the stall itself without volunteers. Stay tuned for further information.)


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




Junior Boys & Girls players wanted.  2 x U10s, U12s, U14s, U16s & U18s Boys

Location: 21-43 Adams Rd, Sheidow Park Primary School.

Come & Try it out - SEASON LAUNCH - 10:30 am on Sunday, 29th August.

Registration at the club or via the MyCricket website, https://play.cricket.come.au/kids/club-cricket 

Contacts: Clive - 0422 435 543 or Rob - 0450 048 061


Now recruiting players for the upcoming summer season.  All players welcome.  Intermediate and Juniors (ages 7-17).

Trials held at Netball SA Stadium, Mile End.

Tuesday, 7th September 6:00 - 7:30 pm

Sunday, 12th September 9:00 - 10:30 am

Complete your expression of interest by visiting www.cheerionetball.com 

For any queries, phone: 0419 810 656 or email: secretary@cheerionetball.com 


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

Sunday, 5th September 2021 at Netball SA Stadium, Mile End

Time: 9:00 am - 10:30 am.  Ages: 7-13 years old.  Cost: FREE

To register or for more details:

Visit: cheerionetball.com   Email:  secretary@cheerionetball.com

Phone: 0419 810 656



Entries for the 2021 Mayor’s Garden Competition are now open.

It’s that time of year again, to celebrate our City’s keen and passionate gardeners have, in establishing and caring for their beautiful gardens.

The 2021 Mayor’s Garden Competition recognises local gardeners and encourages community interest in local gardens which enhances the presentation and liveability of our city.

Categories:  Urban, Rural, School, Community

Entries judged for:  First impressions, Design, Maintenance, Sustainability

Entries close on 17th September.  Judging occurs between 11th -15th Oct.

 For further information and entry forms please see our website www.onkaparingacity.com or contact Civic Governance on 8384 0666 or mail@onkaparinga.sa.gov.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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