Hallett Cove East Primary School

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Diary Dates

10/03/20  -  Pupil Free Day

11/03/20  -  Pupil Free Day

12/3/20 - School Soccer Registrations 

18/03/20  -  Growth and Development Family Sessions

21/03/20  -  Harmony Day

23/03/20  -  National NAPLAN Practice Test

27/03/20  -  Whole School Assembly 4E & 6W (2:15 pm)

27/03/20 -  School Disco

7/4/20 - Hot Cross Bun Drive Delivery

7th-8th May 20 - Mothers Day Stall

13/06/20 - Quiz Night 

School Banking

Please be advised that due to the Public Holiday (Monday, 9th March) and the two Pupil Free Days (Tuesday, 10th & Wednesday, 11th March), there will be NO School Banking for this week.

The next School Banking day will be on Monday, 16th March.


Dear Parents/Caregivers,


This is just a reminder that our first Pupil Free Days will be held this coming Tuesday March 10th and Wednesday March 11th. The OSHC is available for child care if required. Please contact Sally or Lissy on 8381 7577 to book in.

It is already half way through Term 1 and our students and staff are all working very hard on many interesting and challenging activities across the curriculum. I would like to specifically acknowledge 5 of our classes – 3N, 3S, 2S, 9N and 8W which last Friday participated in Clean up Australia Day for Schools. Students from these classes spent time working together cleaning up along the creek and bike path near the school. This task aligns very closely with the Cross Curriculum Priority of Sustainability, from within the Australian Curriculum.  Embedded across the curriculum, the priorities give students the tools and language to engage with and better understand their world at a range of levels. Incorporation of the priorities encourages conversations between students, teachers and the wider community. 


Thank you to the parents who were able to attend the AGM on Monday night. It was great to see the number of parents present and hopefully enjoy the highlights of 2019 that were presented by our student leaders. I would like to thank all the Student Leaders for their presentation, they did a fantastic job. A very special thank you also needs to also be given to Jonathon Warren-White who prepared the photo display and Andrea Hayden for helping me support our Student Leaders in preparation for their presentation.

The new Governing Council was also officially approved. Thank you to all those parents for your future work for and commitment to the governance of our school. The members of the 2020/21 Governing Council including a list of office bearers and other positions will appear in the next newsletter after our first meeting of the new Governing Council.


I have been made aware that a number of drivers are blocking the entrance and also Quailo Avenue both down the hill towards the south and from the north when drivers are waiting to turn right, when waiting to enter the drop zone after school. These practices not only blocks traffic including buses along the road, but is very unsafe for our students who, in many cases, are too young to have developed the skills to navigate heavy traffic safely. I would ask that all drivers coming into the school please consider students and all road and school carpark/drop zone users, and move to another appropriate place to park, if the traffic at the entrance is building. I thank you for your cooperation.


For students who are currently in Year 5 and 6, 2021 will be their last year in primary school. Please follow this link to read the latest information on this important new strategy.


We would like to welcome Janelle Skuse to our staff and another new SSO for our team. Janelle started this week and is working in our learning support programs.



School Pavilion March 18th from 6:40pm.

Booking is via Skoolbag and we would appreciate a gold coin on entry.




A message from the Deputy Principal

What a busy week it has been here with our R-5 students going to swimming. When I was chatting with some classes about their very positive and enjoyable experiences it was particularly pleasing to hear about students’ growth through taking on a variety of personal and group challenges. Our weather has not always been ideal, especially for travelling back in wet bathers, but again our students have shown developing resilience and responsibility. If your child has lost any items please ask them to check lost property in the front office as soon as possible.

In the last couple of weeks I had to miss a few days, some of which were planned and some of which weren’t.  I was reminded, in a very personal way, how difficult it is to catch up on lost learning opportunities. I wasn’t part of the group discussion at meetings and I am now left trying to catch up with many requests and requirements as best I can. The same applies to our students. Of course I could not do my work when I was sick and our students cannot come to school when they are sick. But it is just another reminder that being here, on time, as often as possible enables students, or staff,  to feel engaged and actively part of the big picture.

We continue to offer small group tours of the school for prospective parents and families. We have tours coming up over the next few weeks and then into next term. If you know of any families who are considering sending their children to Hallett Cove East in 2021 please ask them to contact the school either by phone or via email to arrange a place on one of our tours.

Andrea Hayden

Deputy Principal

Finance Information from the Business Manager

We are now half way through the first half of term 1 and planning and preparation is being carried out for Class Excursions, Zoo Snooze, Build a Cubby excursion and much more.  A timely reminder that incursions/excursions/camps etc must be paid prior to students attending and participating.

Please make sure you have cleared your accounts to allow your child to attend and participate in all planned activities.

Please call the Business Manager if you are having difficulty settling your school accounts.


Materials and services fees together with the 2020 incursion/excursion levy invoices of $60 should now be cleared,

if you have overlooked settling your account we urge

you to pay the $60 incursion/excursion levy as soon as possible

We provide our community with several payment options, cash, cheque, EFTPOS, a 24/7 BPOINT payment option via our school website, alternatively fees can be paid via the Qkr App which is our preferred form of payment.

We also have an online direct debit payment option which allows our families and caregivers to select a regular payment option to be deducted from a selected bank account or credit card on a weekly/ fortnightly or monthly basis. If you would like to take up this option please complete the application online via the school website. Details on how to access the Qkr App are available via the school website.

Please note this year school card applications should be submitted online, please read the attached information and click this link for step by step instructions to lodge your application online

If you do not qualify for the 2020  School Card but you are experiencing financial difficulty with settling your account please contact the school finance officer to arrange a payment plan.

News from our Wellbeing Leader

Harmony Day (21st March) and the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence (20th March) will be here soon.  In the lead up to the day it is a great opportunity for you to have a conversation to your child about diversity as well as what bullying is and is not, as well as bystander behaviour.

For Harmony Day why not try some new food dishes from the “Recipes for Harmony” link on the harmony.gov.au site (https://www.harmony.gov.au/get-involved/schools/recipes) or chat about diversity and what it means to belong.

For the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence talk about what bullying is and what it is not as well as what to do about it.  For information on bullying visit the Bullying. No Way! Website at https://bullyingnoway.gov.au/YourRole/Pages/For-Parents-and-carers.aspx

 Evie Donoghue

Wellbeing Coordinator

An update from the IT Coordinator

As a school we have a range of internet learning programs that the students have signed up to that they can access from home. 

Both Reading Eggs and Mathletics are two examples of these programs and allow for students to do short practice tasks (around 5-10 minutes per task on average) on topics in which  they are struggling or need extra help with.

The House 9 students have access to Google Suite and are learning how to edit and share their work online with each other which is leading to more complex and richer texts.

All of these programs are helping to provide out students with good learning opportunities and I am happy to talk to any parent who has more questions about them.

Jonathon Warren-White

News from the Resource Centre / Library

The first SCHOLASTIC BOOK CLUB catalogue will be going home with your child next week.  The orders will be due one week later.   You will find posters with the due date in the Library door window, in your child's classroom window and on the school electronic sign.

It is easy to order.  The book Club LOOP platform for parents allows you to pay by credit card.  Your child's order is submitted directly to school and the books, when they arrive will be delivered to class.  You place your child's order at scholastic.com.au/LOOP.

If there is a reason that you cannot order online, you may place a cash order.  Place the completed order form, from the catalogue with the correct money in an envelope and leave at the front office.

Our school BENEFITS from Book Club, as with every order placed, the school Library receives 20 percent of the order in REWARDS.  In 2019, the school received $1,300 worth of books from rewards.  THANK YOU.

If you have any questions, please come in and see me, before or after school in the Library (Tuesday to Friday).  Look forward to meeting you.


Resource Centre SSO

"When you open my world with books everything becomes possible"

3 South, togetherness ...

House 3 Helping Clean Up Australia

A snapshot of Lunchtime Play ...

Reception to Year 5 2020 Swimming Week

Much anticipated busy, coordinated week for our Reception to Year 5 classes and their teachers, so many different experiences and feelings throughout the week.  Excitement, Nerves, Fun, Supportive, Learning, Skills, Tired, Achievement, Success, Teamwork, Exhausted, Fun, Fun and More Fun, the best week of learning so far this year,  just some of the feelings, experiences and comments during a busy, busy week.

We had so much fun ...

A message from Joey - Pastoral Care Worker

Questions for Connection 

With the start of a new school year and new classes there has been plenty of time spent getting to know people. It’s strange how much effort we put into getting to know new people, and how little effort we put into getting to know those we see every day, our families. Sometimes it can be a real challenge to start a meaningful conversation. 

The following are 20 questions that encourage connection, the sharing of hopes and dreams and self-reflection. Maybe next time your family is travelling in the car, or waiting somewhere together you could pull out some of these questions to make the most of your time together. 

  1. How would you describe your perfect day?
  2. What’s the greatest thing about being you?
  3. What is your favourite word?
  4. How can you use your skills to help the community?
  5. What was the most challenging part of your day?
  6. If you had a million dollars to do anything you wanted, what would you do?
  7. How would you describe your dream holiday?
  8. What qualities make a great friend?
  9. What one word best describes you?
  10. What would a movie about your life be called?
  11. If you could magically change one thing in the world, what would you change?
  12. What is your favourite memory?
  13. What’s something you’d like to learn how to do?
  14. What is something you want to get better at?
  15. What three words would your friends use to describe you?
  16. What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever had to do? 
  17. What’s the nicest thing anyone has ever said to you?
  18. Who is someone in history you’d like to meet? 
  19. What is a dream you’ve had recently that you remember? What do you think it means?
  20. What is something that you’re thankful for?



at HCEPS on Wednesdays and Fridays


School Soccer Registrations

Reminder - 2020 Soccer Registrations are due by next Thursday the 12th of March.  Forms can be found in the front office or click this link to access the registration form

Any queries please email Mel Vlachos  - hcepssoccer@gmail.com

CANTEEN - New Summer Menu

The summer canteen menu is now available and the QKR App menu has been updated - please click here to view the full menu

Please remember we are always looking for volunteers, if you have the appropriate clearances please contact the Administration Office and we will pass your details onto Helen to contact you or you can speak to Helen in the Canteen.


Did you know lunch orders can be placed up to 2 weeks in advance.  If you utilize the pre-order process via the Qkr App please be aware that you can also cancel the order prior to 9.15am if your child is going to be absent for the day.  All you need to do is simply login to your app, cancel the order and a credit will be placed on your Qkr App ready for the next time you order. We hope utilizing the pre-order system will alleviate some of the morning rush pressure and mininise the current issue regarding so many students presenting at the office with NO LUNCH, we understand everyone has busy lives and we do our best to accommodate our community by providing a quick and easy  ordering system via the Qkr App. Unfortunately it seems in the morning school rush more and more parents are forgetting to submit their children's lunch orders.  

We respectfully ask all families to please be diligent in regard to checking you have entered the correct order date and please make sure you finalize your order by entering submit.  It would be a great help to the office staff and our canteen manager if all parties can be diligent with the ordering system.  

We appreciate you support with this matter, thank you.

Secondhand Uniform Shop

We have a very dedicated volunteer group of parents who coordinate our secondhand uniform shop.  If you have any uniforms 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 :-

Wednesday morning 8.30-9.00

Wednesday afternoon 3.00-3.30

Community News and Events

Scallywags (The Primary School Diso)

We’re pleased to let you know that Scallywags (The Primary School Aged Disco) is on again this term – on Friday March 13th

Once again it is held in the Hallett Cove Lutheran Church Complex 20 Ragamuffin Rd, Hallett Cove.

The other details are on the flyer click here to view flyer.

This is a Childsafe approved event. 

Brighton Special Interest Music

Information Evening for Years 6 & 7

Everything you need to know about auditioning for the

Brighton’s Special Interest Music Program

Tuesday 24 March 2020, 6.30 to 7.30pm

Brighton Secondary School Concert Hall

For all enquiries please call Pam Parsons 8375 8215

or email: 


Develop your coordination and motor skills with a professional basketball coach!

Basketball practises at Hallett Cove East Primary School in this term for boys and girls between 5-8 years old (school years 1 to 3).

Sessions are on Wednesdays from 5 pm to 5.45 pm. First session on Wednesday 19th of February. This is a hole year program.

Take the opportunity and call Frank for further details! 

Mobile: 0402 360 102

Feel free to come any session for a trial in this term!

Fee: $70/Term.

About the coach: Frank worked as a PE teacher in primary and secondary schools for 22 years and he was a professional basketball coach in the same time in different basketball clubs. He has bachelor and master degrees as a PE teacher (and also as a teacher of russian language) and has a bachelor degree as a coach specialized in basketball. He has a current and valid Working with Children Check, First Aid certicate and other certificates needed to work with kids as a volunteer and/or coach. Currently he works at Hungarian Community School Adelaide as a volunteer teacher.                            


Click the link for further information

Our website: https://www.fhgc.com.au/golf/junior-golf

Memford Way, FLAGSTAFF HILL,, SA   5159

Ph: (08) 8270 2300

Mobile: 0400 666 240

Email: manager@fhgc.com.au

Website: www.fhgc.com.au

 The City of Marion has produced a brochure for your reference which explains the various parking restriction signs and their meaning in layman’s terms.  Please click this link to KEEP KIDS SAFE 

Kind regards

 Community Safety City of Marion

E communitysafety@marion.sa.gov.au | www.marion.sa.gov.au

PO Box 21 Oaklands Park SA 5046 245 Sturt Road Sturt SA 5047

Noarlunga Football Club, we are on the hunt for some new players for the 2020 season. 

For more information please click the link for  Registration Day details

Kind regards

Tara Muller - Noarlunga Football Club Minis Coordinator

Ph. 0426237466

Hallett Cove East Primary School


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. 

Please click for more details Qkr App

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