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. 


  • Wednesday 10th-11th August House 3 Camp
  • Wednesday 10th August Canteen Closed
  • Monday 22nd August School Photo Day
  • Monday 22nd-26th August Book Week 
  • Thursday 1st  September Father's Day Stall
  • Friday 9th September is our School Closure Day
  • Thursday 22nd September Kidz Biz Family Growth and Development Sessions
  • Friday 30th September Sports Day


Dear Parents/Caregivers,

We are well and truly into the second half of the year now. You will notice that some weeks are extremely busy, especially week 5. Our information regarding COVID safe practices has not really changed and we are doing our best to minimise the impact of COVID and other illnesses on our students.

Staff Change

I need to tell you that our Well Being Leader, Naomi Pudney, has decided to be with her family more and has relinquished her position. Aaron Charlton has now been placed in the Well Being Leader role until the end of the year. Should you wish to contact him about any issues please do so via the front office. If you were emailing with Naomi could you now redirect your messages to Aaron? Aaron will be working as the Well Being Leader on Monday to Wednesday and as the PE/Science teacher on Thursdays and Fridays. Kimberley Chamberlain will pick up the PE/Science classes on Monday to Wednesday.


The Importance of Well Being

I was looking at some information about the importance of joy in enhancing learning, well-being and school connectedness when I came across the following statement that resonated with me.

“Children and young people develop coping skills through exposure to manageable amounts of stress. Overcoming small stresses helps them with all the challenges they’ll meet.”

We know that stress needs to be managed and with so much going on in the world at the moment adding to our collective stress levels that we sometimes need a reminder of the importance of the protective factors which we can develop.

“Examples of protective factors for children and young people faced with stress include: • a stable and warm home environment • a belief in themselves that they can manage based on past experiences • an optimistic outlook and hopefulness about the future • social and emotional skills, such as being able to recognise and talk about emotions • good communication skills • previous experiences of asking for and receiving support when they need it • strong relationships with family, peers and educators • a supportive environment in their early learning service or school • routines and consistency in their lives • achieving developmental milestones • play and participating in a range of interests (like reading, art, sport and music) • being in good physical health • having access to supports if required, such as a mentor or counsellor.”

The stress management fact sheet from BeYou can be found on the following link

https://beyou.edu.au/fact-sheets/wellbeing/stress-management  I am sure that you have heard of the term “helicopter parent” but I recently came across the term “lawn mower parent”.  It made me wonder if some of my best intentions with my own children made me guilty of either of these. It is so much easier to be a perfect parent in theory and hindsight.



Year 6 to 7 Transition 2023

In week 3 of term 3, enrolment offers for secondary school will be sent to the families of our year 6 students.

Most families will receive their offer by email on 10, 11 or 12 August.

If you think you have not received your enrolment offer from your secondary school, you need to check your junk folder for an email from education.noreply@sa.gov.au.

If you did not provide an email address on your registration of interest form, you will receive your enrolment offer in the mail or it will be handed to you by your child.

If your enrolment offer has not arrived by 15 August, please let the front office staff here at HCEPS know and we can follow up with the secondary school on your behalf.

If you need support to accept your enrolment offer visit https://www.education.sa.gov.au/parents-and-families/enrol-school-or-preschool/school-enrolment contact your allocated secondary school and they can step you through the process.


2023 Enrolments

If you know anyone who is interested in enrolling at HCEPS for 2023 please ask them to contact our front office as soon as possible as we have begun the process to staff classes for next year.

If your child is not in year 6 and you know that they will not be attending HCEPS in 2023 could you please inform us in writing at your earliest convenience? We also need to record where they will be enrolled.


Parent survey

You’re invited to complete the 2022 annual parent survey, which is now open.

In the week beginning Monday 1 August you should have received an email or SMS from the Parent Survey Team with a unique link to participate in the survey. If you did not receive an email or SMS with your unique survey link, contact education.ParentSurvey@sa.gov.au and include our school’s name in your email.

The survey takes less than 10 minutes and will help us understand:

·        what we’re doing well

·        where we can improve

·        what’s important to you.

It has been coordinated centrally so that added administration workload isn't placed on the school. Your answers will not identify you or your child. Only collated feedback will be provided to our school.

Information collected will inform school improvement planning and activities at the school. The survey closes 5pm Sunday 28 August. For more information visit the department’s website.

Carpark and the Drop Zone

A friendly reminder that some parents and staff need to be able to access the carpark at all times of the day. This means that if you are in the driveway to the drop zone could you please be on the far right side and leave the carpark entrance accessible? Earlier this week one of our parents was blocked in.

With regards

Andrea Hayden


PLEASE, A REMINDER TO ARRIVE AT SCHOOL ON TIME ..........The Gates are open at 8:30am and all students should be in their classrooms by 8:40am. The learning program starts at 8:45am.


Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Welcome back to Term 3! It was wonderful to see students return from the break refreshed and ready to learn. It has been a fabulous start to the term and we are all looking forward to a jam packed 10 weeks, full of lots of fun. This term we have School photos, Book Week, School closure day, Father’s Day stall, Sports Day as well as many other activities.

On the evening of Thursday 22nd September we are offering a Family Information Session run by Kidz Biz Education. These highly interactive sessions will provide students and their parents / care providers with an introduction to basic personal and social development education; traditionally known as the ‘facts of life’. There will be 2 sessions the first, Session 1 (6:40pm- 7:30pm): ‘Where Did We Come From’ (suitable for Year 2 to Year 4 students), Session 2 (7:40pm- 8:30pm) ‘What’s Happening To Us” (suitable for Year 5 to 6 students). Families can choose to attend one or both sessions. At the end of each session, a list of recommended and age–appropriate books for both students and parents will be provided or alternatively they can be downloaded from the Kidz Biz website http://www.kidzbiz.edu.au/. Please keep an eye on Skoolbag for more information as well as an eform to let us know if you will be attending.

A friendly reminder that as we are in Term 3 students need to wear their hats when they are outside.

Kind Regards,

Renee Fisher

Deputy Principal


Dear Parents and Caregivers, 

Welcome back to Term 3. I hope that everyone had a happy, safe and enjoyable 2 week break. During the first half of the term, we will be having a whole school wellbeing focus on empathy. At different stages, each class will have discussions around empathy and run specific lessons that explore what empathy looks like, sounds like and feels like as well as thinking about others. We hope that you can continue these discussions at home. 

Below are three excerpts from the Educator Toolkit that define three forms of empathy. 

Emotional empathy is when a person puts themselves in someone else’s shoes and feels the same emotion (emotional contagion). Some people can feel personal distress that may or may not mirror the emotion that the other person is feeling (Hodges & Myers, 2007). 

Compassionate empathy involves feeling concern about another’s suffering, but from more of a distance and with a desire to help the person in need (Wallace, 2017). Developmentally, this skill emerges later and requires a level of self-control. 

Cognitive empathy (sometimes called perspective taking), involves imagining and understanding what someone else is thinking and feeling, such as relating to a character in a novel or taking someone’s perspective during a discussion. It requires sensitivity and knowledge about emotions but does not necessarily lead to caring about the other person. Cognitive empathy typically develops between 3 and 5 years of age (Hodges & Myers, 2007). 


Aaron Charlton

PE / Science Teacher

News from the Light House Leaders

We are the Lighthouse Leaders (Lewis, Jacob, Jake, Cooper, Pippa and Grace). It's the start of Term 3 and we’ve got a busy Term. This Term we have Sports day and Book Week coming up, Sports day will be held on the last day of school for this Term and Book Week is in week five and Book Week Dress up Day is on that Friday.

SAPSASA tryouts 

This term for the past 2 weeks the Physical activity leaders have been running athletics. Students born from 2012 to 2010 have been trying out for events to qualify for district athletics at Reynella East College, such as high jump, long jump, shot put, discus, 800m, 200m and 100m. In week 6 the qualifiers will go compete against the district.

Sports Day 

Sports day has been officially announced and it will be the last term of the day. Most students will know which House team they are in. The Houses are Perry-Barr (Yellow), Tate (Blue), Kaurna (Green), and Hallett (Red). On Sports Day, we would like students to wear their colour to show support of their team. More information will be given towards the end of the term.

 SAPSASA Volleyball

In week 6 teams will be competing against other schools from the district. It will be held at the Marion Leisure Centre. Students in Year 4,5 and 6 will be able to compete. 

Literature Lovers 

The Literature Lovers have a busy term. This Term there’s a Limerick competition like last year’s writing competition. This Term we also have a Door walk, a Door walk is when all the classes decorate their doors in a theme of a Book Week book. After ever class finishes their

Doors all classes go around looking at other class designed doors. We will also do a book swap to raise money. Students will bring books from home that are in good condition and donate them to the people who’d like to read them.


From the Lighthouse Leaders, Lewis, Grace, Pippa, Cooper, Jacob and Jake.


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

Imelda Jolly

Business Manager

Physical Education

Welcome to a very busy term for School Sport. Last week we began our school trials to select students born in 2010, 2011 and 2012 to compete at the Southern Valley District Athletics day on Wednesday 31st of August. We have also started to put together volleyball teams of year 4, 5 and 6 students who will be participating at the Southern Volleyball carnival on Friday 2nd of September. Next week our boys’ soccer team is playing in the second round of the State knockout competition. If any students were absent on the day of a particular trial, please remind them to let me know and I will organise a time for them to try out. Needless to say, many of our students are very excited about these opportunities and I wish all successful students’ good luck in their upcoming events. I know you will all represent our school with pride. 


Aaron Charlton PE / Science Teacher

BOOK WEEK (August 22nd – August 26th)

Week 5 is Book Week! We have lots of great activities planned across our school that week to celebrate this year’s CBCA nominated books and to promote the joy of reading. This year’s Book Week theme is “Dreaming With Eyes Open”.

On the Monday and Tuesday (Aug 22nd and 23rd) we are fortunate enough to have award winning author Janeen Brian visiting our school to share her books and poems with all classes. We are super excited to have this opportunity and information about this incursion, including permission forms, has been sent out via SkoolBag.

As part of Book Week this year the Charity Champions and Literacy Leaders will be raising money for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. A Pyjama Day is planned for the Tuesday (August 23rd) and we will be taking part in the Great Book Swap on the Thursday (August 25th). Our student leaders have been visiting classes to promote these events and more information will be posted on SkoolBag.

On the Friday (August 26th) we will have our dress up parade. Students are invited to dress up as their favourite book character or to dress up as something related to this year’s theme. This is always good fun and after two years of restrictions we are excited to invite parents along to the Big Cola at 9am (weather permitting) to watch our Book Week parade. After the parade students will go to the pavilion for our Book Week assembly, but due to continued Covid restrictions related to large numbers of people in an enclosed space within a school, this will need to be for staff and students only. Thankyou in advance for your understanding.

Classes will also link up with their Buddies throughout Book Week and lunchtime activities related to this year’s nominated books will be held in the library each day.

Book Week is one of the highlights for the school year and we are really looking forward to a terrific week celebrating children’s literature across the school.


SAY CHEESE - School Photo Day is Monday 22nd August 2022

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 - it's safe and easy!


Term 4 – Week 2 Friday Night October 28th*(restrictions permitting)

The Fundraising Committee are organising a school disco

Look out for details closer to the date.


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


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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