Hallett Cove East Primary School

Keeping you in the loop ....


  • Friday 4th December - Year 7 Sleepover
  • Monday 7th December - PJ Dress up Day
  • Monday 7th December - Genki Kids special lunch
  • Tuesday 8th December - Yr 7 Japanese lunch
  • Thursday 10th December - Yr 7 Graduation Ceremony and Dinner
  • Friday 11th December - House 9 visit to the SA Aquatics Centre


Dear Parents/Caregivers,




From 8th November to 15th November it was NAIDOC Week across Australia.

The theme for this year’s NAIDOC Week: Always Was, Always Will Be, helped us to recognise that First Nations people have occupied and cared for this continent and understand their spiritual and cultural connection to it for over 65,000 years. It was about seeing, hearing and learning about the First Nations’ history and stories. This term classes have spent time working on Australian Indigenous cultural studies as well as participating in the Bedtime Stories.  Students got to hear Aboriginal stories told by Aboriginal people. (See the article about PJ dress up day in the section below the Principal's report.)

I would like to particularly acknowledge and thank students from 2S and Ms Burgess for a beautiful art piece that they created using Aboriginal style painting on gum leaves with the Kaurna Acknowledgement of Country in the centre. This art piece is now hanging in the front office.



Well, we have certainly experienced a very different year this year with many of our volunteering programs affected significantly by COVID. Unfortunately, we are also unable to have our annual thank you celebration as well. Volunteers have continued to support the school in a number of ways when they could and for that I would like to say a big thank you on behalf of students and teachers for the difference you have made through the support you have provided. Given we can’t meet for breakfast, please accept this as a small acknowledgement of your work this year.

You may or may not be aware that the school has a Volunteer of the Year perpetual trophy that hangs in the front office. Each year we present the award to a volunteer who has given significant and positive support across a number of years, and whose last child is finishing in the school.

This year we would like to present the award to Simone Green.

Aside from general volunteer support for her children’s classroom activities over the years, Simone has been in Governing Council for almost all the years she has been here and has repeatedly held the position of Secretary. She has also been the parent advisor and liaison working with Evie Donoghue over several years, working on developing parent participation processes, through the Wellbeing work. Simone also made the beautiful costumes for the Wakakirri Chinese fable item last year. These were acknowledged specifically by the judges.

Congratulations Simone, a well-deserved award!


On Monday we had a special end of year assembly celebration in place of a concert. It actually took us a long time to finalise details due to the lockdown and other COVID factors, but finally confirmed the simple, low key, sharing event we had on Monday. Students shared work they had made or produced, danced, sang or presented a poem. It was a most enjoyable assembly.

I have received feedback that there was not enough communication about “Concert” this year. Earlier in the year we notified families that Concert in either way we have done previously, would not go ahead due to COVID restrictions. Staff made a commitment to run an assembly and share student items instead. Each teacher was responsible for contacting families if any costumes or specific props were required. (Please remember that official notifications to the school community will be made through Skoolbag – Newsletter or direct Notice, or Dojo. Please check these apps regularly.)


Class placement information for 2021 will be sent out to families and students will visit 2021 classrooms by the end of next week.


This is our final Newsletter for the year and is therefore a time to recognise and acknowledge the hard work and achievements of students and staff over the year.

Firstly I would like to thank all students for showing our Values throughout the year and working to be the best they can through developing skills in growth mindset, problem solving and hard thinking, showing resilience and perseverance and using their voice more effectively in their learning, and, showing behaviours to a high standard. This year more than ever before students have needed to show resilience in their schooling, and they most certainly have! These skills will hold our students in good stead in the future.

I would like to thank our Year 7s for their commitment to our student leadership program throughout year and working as positive role models for all other students in the school. This group of students, more than any before, have faced a number of disappointments with various programs and events this year with COVID restrictions, but have continued to be resilient and move forward. I wish our Yr 7s the best of luck for a successful future as they move on to various secondary schools. I would also like to wish those students who are moving to other primary and middle schools all the best in your new schools.

Kath Milne will be retiring at the end of the year. Kath has made a significant contribution to HCEPS over many years. On behalf of the school community I would like to thank her for all her work for the school. We wish Kath all the very best as she starts a new chapter in her life with grandchildren and hobbies.

As you already know, Evie Donoghue is not returning in 2021. Evie has made a significant contribution to HCEPS through her Wellbeing role, working with Joey and students in both classroom and targeted Wellbeing groups, working with parents in a range of initiatives in Kids Matter, Be You and Parents in Education processes and working with staff in training programs. Evie’s skills in the Performing Arts have also been excellent and she has certainly made a huge impact on the Arts programs in the school. On behalf of the school community, I would like to thank Evie for all her work and wish her all the very best as she moves out into a different area of work.

Jonathon Warren-White has been the school’s IT and e-Learning Coordinator for 4 years. In that time he has trained staff in a range of IT programs, processes and policies, and led the online testing initiatives. The coordinator position is being discontinued in 2021 so I would like to thank Jonathon for his valuable contribution throughout his time as coordinator.

We have just been advised that most of our contract staff will be placed in positions again next year. We sincerely thank Krista Goodman, Lea Billerwell and Emma Belshaw for their contributions to our school this year. At this stage we are unable to offer contract work for these teachers. At this stage all our SSOs will continue in some capacity next year.

I would like to thank all staff for their hard work and commitment to the academic and social learning and development of your children.

I would also like to thank our parent community for your ongoing support of school programs, events, staff and this year, restrictions. Parent support is high at our school and I wish to acknowledge the level of cooperation we enjoy as we work together towards the learning and social development of your children.


Despite the big interruptions throughout the year, a very busy and productive year is quickly coming to a close. Aside from the daily routines in each classroom, there have been a number of highlights during Term 4 that again reflect the commitment and planning by staff to make programs interesting and engaging for students. Some of the key highlights include:

  • Living Safely with Pets visit
  • Book Week activities, parade and Splash Theatre performance
  • Wakakirri
  • Drama Club – Aladdin
  • Class Drama performances – Wizard of Oz
  • Cubby building excursion
  • Student Voice in Learning team workshop
  • Year 7 Student leadership and Genki Kids programs
  • Indigenous Artist incursions
  • Remembrance Day commemoration ceremony
  • K-R Transition visits
  • Year 7 Japanese Lunch
  • Genki Kids lunch
  • Year 6/7 Aquatics
  • Year 7 Transition days
  • World Teachers Day
  • End of Year Celebration Assembly
  • Staff working together to plan, assess and moderate student work
  • Premier’s Challenges awards
  • Excursion to Noarlunga Cinema and Jubilee Playground
  • Yr 6/7 excursion to Wirraway
  • Yr 7 sleepover
  • Excursion to South Australian Aquatic Centre
  • Year 7 Graduation celebration
  • South Australian Aquatic Centre excursion


To help prevent vandalism and other crime in the school during the holidays, we seek your support to please report any suspicious behaviour you may observe in and around the school to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or direct to Police on 131 444. I thank you in advance for doing so.


Students will be dismissed at 2:05pm on Friday for the Christmas holidays.


The Front Office will reopen on Monday 18th January, 2021. 

Please enjoy a safe and happy Christmas and holiday season with your children. We look forward to seeing students return safely for the commencement of school on Wednesday January 27th 2021 (after the holiday on Tuesday for Australia Day).

Anne Rathjen



9W - Marley M & Evie D   9N - Lacey-Jay, Catherine, Evie J-W, & Amaya F   9S - Amelia, Aarohan, Connor W & All the students of 9 South  4W - Oliver K & Eli    4E - Jacques-Louis & Asher  2N - Alice D, Chase K, Ivy O & Pippa    2S - All students in 2S    3N - Lachy A, Leo P & Tyler O   3S - Cham & Jacob H-G & All of 3 South    6W - Jamie, Gabrielle R, Aaron H & Alex G-C   6E - Violet & Billy   7E - Ava Z & Jaxon   8E - Dylan B & Willow    8W - Ella & Liam M   7W - Max G & Isla    6AS - Seb & Grace K   6AN - Kade, Robbie & Ashton   Music - Classes 6W & 6E    Japanese - Grace, Emad, Ava Z & Lily C.  Hiragana Karate Black Belt - Evie B, Noah J, Ashlee, Mitchell S, Connor W & Marley M, Alex P   PE/Science - Team 1 - 9S (Touch Football) - Addy, Emily, Presley, Michel, Leila, Roshelle & Griffin  Team 2 - 9S Finn, Gabby, Alannah, Nadia, Zane, Lochlan & Evie D. Team 5 - House 4 - Jacob K, Lewis, Oliver K, Ethan P, Lyla B, Georgia O & Asher M  Team 4 - 9W / 9N - Kody, Kobie, Blake A, Ashley J, Rosie & Brandy.  

Congratulations to all recipients for showing our school values!!


Come to school wearing you PJ’s and bring along a gold coin donation to support the work of Common Ground.

Common Ground is a First Nations led not-for-profit organisation, that shares First Nations cultures, histories and lived experiences.

This term many classes across the school took part in the First Nations Bedtime Stories Challenge. This challenge is an initiative for people all over Australia. The aim is to share First Nations cultures with young people of today and tomorrow through the telling of Dreaming Stories recorded on video. It’s a unique and rare opportunity to hear these stories, told by the people who care for them, and from the beautiful places they belong to.

To support the continuation of Common Ground’s initiatives, we are having a Pyjama Day fundraiser. Students are invited to wear their pyjamas to school on Monday, 7th December and can even bring along a soft teddy. We ask students to bring along a gold coin donation that day.


A Few Words from the Deputy Principal

Remembrance Day 

At 11am on the 11th November our school fell silent.  

All students are to be commended for the way they listened and responded during the gathering near our flagpoles. 

I would like to congratulate Caeley, Alex, Riley, Evie, Amaya, Brad and Owen for the manner in which they conducted themselves on the day and for their research and efforts to prepare a suitable commemoration service for the school. 

It was a moving service. 

 Many children from across the school laid wreaths or planted poppies in the two planter boxes. These boxes have now been shifted from the flagpole area to in front of Mrs Rathjen’s office. 

Thank you again to all who contributed. 


As the 2020 School Year comes to an end.

This year we have done all we can to maintain a “business as usual” approach within the confines of the school fence. Although interactions with parents have been restricted I have, on many occasions, appreciated the support that you have given to ensure that we are all working together.

I would like to say what a pleasure it has been to work with your children this year. It is such a joy to be greeted in a cheery manner at the gates in the morning. Under my mask and sunglasses I am beaming. It has been wonderful to witness the growth and development in all our students.

It has been an honour to work with our diligent and dedicated staff. I know that everyone has the best interests of the students at the forefront of everything we do.

And finally, I would like to commend our principal, Anne Rathjen. It truly is a privilege to work with such a committed, conscientious and meticulous leader.

I hope all our families have a great break and I am looking forward to the excitement of 2021.


Kind Regards,

Andrea Hayden

Deputy Principal


Due to the unusual circumstances this year there are a number of variance to invoices.  Please make sure you check your statements for any credits that can be applied to your invoices and clear any outstanding debt.  If you are unsure please email the finance officer to verify the total amount to be paid.

Year 6/7 Wirraway Camp and 6E Zoo Snooze credits have been raised please check School Bag for more information.

If you are yet to pay your 2020 Materials and Services fees we remind families to clear all outstanding account.

The 2020 School Card Scheme is now closed.

If you are experiencing financial difficulties we ask you contact the Business Manager via email dl.1053.finance@schools.sa.edu.au.

I would like to wish you all a happy and safe Christmas and New Year. 

Imelda Jolly

Acting Business Manager


As we head into the final years of 2020 I would like to look back and reflect upon the changes we have had to adjust too over the last 12 months.

 Online learning was a chance for us all (Teachers, students and parents) to upskill and think about the way we engage with the curriculum and how we learn. Some students really relished the opportunity of working alone or with their families while some really struggled to adapt to the new situations. This forced move to an online platform will however in my opinion be looked back upon as a great learning moment for our students who are moving into an ever growing online space.

 2020 has been a hard year for us all but I think we need to take the small wins along the way. 

Jonathon Warren-White

IT Coordinator




Congratulations to our Genki Kids Team 

Taylah, Evie, Addy, Rychelle, Catherine, Maddie, Amelia, Izzy, Miley, Grace for all your efforts in planning and implementing a relaxing, exciting, and fun Wellbeing program for Reception to Year 4 students this year.

It has been wonderful seeing students walk away feeling GENKI after your sessions.

Thank you to all the students who have come along and participated in the program throughout the course of the year.

Kirsten Wallis,  Kirsty Gray, Karina Galloway




Happy Holidays

Christmas is fast approaching. Yet we don’t know exactly what Christmas will look like this year. Or how COVID will affect the holidays. 

In the midst of change or the unknown it is helpful to focus on the things that are the same:

  • I will spend Christmas with my family. With my extended family if possible. And if not, I will still celebrate with my husband and daughter (and a few phone calls or zoom meetings).
  • There will be presents. I did more online shopping this year than ever before and that encouraged me to be organised nice and early.
  • There will be beautiful lights. We will still be able to go for a drive and see the amazing displays that some people put up.
  • There will be public holidays. I will have days where I don’t need to feel guilty about being unproductive.
  • I will be disappointed when my chocolate advent calendar runs out. For some reason, even though no more chocolates means that Christmas is actually here, and I am eating so much lovely food, I am always sad that I no longer have a chocolate designated for after breakfast.

So I encourage you to think about:

  • What will be the same for you?
  • What is your top priority?
  • What are the little things that you or your family look forward to?
  • What is the Christmas tradition that you can adapt to make work this year, even if it isn’t perfect?

May you have wonderful summer holidays finding some time to relax and enjoy being a family amongst all the busyness. Merry Christmas and best wishes for the New Year.

Joey Traeger,


at HCEPS on Wednesdays and Fridays  




Just N2 Tennis - December and January Hot Shots Tennis - Sundays.

13, 20 December and 3, 10, 17, 24 January 9:00 - 11:00 am.

Free Trials 6th December 9:00 - 10:00 am

Contact Justin on 0415 289 733 or visit www.justn2tennis-coaching.com 


Winter Season Trials - All players welcome.

Sunday 31st January, Wednesday 3rd and Sunday 7th February 2021.

Intermediate and Juniors (ages 8-17 years), 6:00 - 7:30 pm at Priceline Stadium, Mile End. 

Registrations Open January 2021. 

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


Players Wanted !   Boys Miniroos Under 6's - Under 9's. 

Register now thecovefc.com/juniors-miniroos  Come and Try sessions coming soon.


Monday, 14th December 5:45 to 8:00 pm at Marion Outdoor Pool, Cnr Hendrie Street and Oaklands Road, Parkholme.

Free carparking or Bus Stop 22A.

Please join me at the newly upgraded Marion Outdoor Pool for a Multicultural Pool Party.

A free family event.  You will have access to all the pool facilities, waterslides and the new splash park.   We will share a barbecue dinner.

Bookings are essential by phoning Julie Higgins on 8375 6868 or julie.higgins@marion.sa.gov.au



Christmas Holiday Fun!  Friday, 18th December 9:30 am to 12:30 pm.  Cost $5 for children 4 - 12 years.  Register: hallettcove.ucasa.org.au at Hallett Cove Uniting Church, 18-20 Zwerner Drive, Hallett Cove ph: 8322 1702


 Do you want your daughter to build skills in confidence, self-love and independence?  During the January school holidays Girl Guides SA is hosting a Girls Wellness Activity Day aimed at helping young women develop confidence, resilience and independence. The event is open to all girls aged 8 - 12 years old.

Your daughter will:

· Build her confidence, gratitude and self-love

· Learn about the importance of protecting the environment

· Learn to cook healthy and delicious snacks

· Relax with yoga and meditation on the beach

· Make DIY face masks and lip scrubs using natural ingredients

· Create vision boards, affirmation boards and mindfulness jars to help her relieve anxiety and develop mindfulness strategies 

· Contribute to the community through community engagement initiatives

 Date: 12 January 2021     Time: 9:00am - 3:00pm

Location: Dolphin Campsite (43 George Robertson Drive, Largs North SA 5016) 

Price: $54.95

Booking Link: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/girls-wellness-activity-day-tickets-131427375819?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&aff=escb&utm-source=cp&utm-term=listing

 This event will be run by Girl Guides South Australia, a reputable not for profit organisation that has been working with girls and young women for over 100 years. 


Volunteers Wanted !!

Volunteers are important to our school community. Our canteen relies on help from volunteers to deliver a meal service to our pupils.

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!

ll orders via Qkr! ONLY

  • Counter sales at recess or lunch
  • Limited Lunch menu 
  • Orders by 9.15
  • We thank you for your continued understanding and support.

Our limited menu will be: 

  • Hot dogs $4.00
  • Pizza $4.00
  • Mac and Cheese $5.00
  • Lasagne  $5.00
  • Chicken Nuggets $4.00
  • Meat Pies $4.00
  • Sausage Rolls  $3.50
  • Muffins $1.00
  • Cookies $1.00

There will be no sandwiches, wraps, burgers and potatoes available until further notice.

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 prepare and serve in 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




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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