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Diary Dates

25/10/19  World Teachers Day 

1/11/19  Assembly 9S & 7W - 2:15 pm

4/11/19  Pupil Free Day please note OSHC will be available for care, please make a booking

6/11/19  Transition Meeting for 2020 Reception Parents Only - 9:00 - 11:00 am

13/11/19  1st Transition Visit for 2020 Reception Students - 8:45 - 10:15 am

20/11/19  2nd Transition Visit for 2020 Reception Students - 8:40 - 11:30 am

22/11/19  Assembly 9W & 8E - 2:15 pm

27/11/19  3rd Transition Visit for 2020 Reception Students - 8:40 am - 12:00 pm

27 - 29/11/19  Year 6/7 Aquatics

3/12/19  Canteen Christmas Special Lunch

4/12/19  End of Year Concert

4/12/19  Year 7-8 Transition Visit for Mitcham Girls High

5 & 6/12/19  Year 7-8 Transition Visit for Hallett Cove R-12 School

12/12/19  6E, 6AN & 6AS Radicool Reptile incursion

12/12/19  Year 7 Graduation

13/12/19 Years 5,6,7 Last day excursion to the Marion Aquatic Centre

13/12/19  Last Day of Term - 2:05 pm Early Dismissal


Dear Parents/Caregivers,


Welcome to the 10 new students who have commenced with us this term and to your families. We look forward to working closely with you all over the time of your child’s primary schooling.


PUPIL FREE DAY IN WEEK 4 ON MONDAY NOVEMBER 4th for teachers to work together with other teachers in like year levels to moderate learning in preparation for reporting. OSHC will be available that day for childcare. Please contact Lissy and Sally to book in.


What a fabulous day we had this week on Tuesday for our Japanese celebration, perfect weather and an amazing day of activities and community involvement! Our Yr 5-7 students also led a range of stalls, spoke at the assembly and provided some demonstrations. The Tea making ceremony facilitated by one of our regular TRTs Fe Gilbey, the Manga drawing facilitated by Mitch Hearn and a performance by the Hawthorndene PS Taiko Drumming group were also excellent. Thank you to those of you who were able to attend during the morning and stay on for a picnic lunch. We also celebrated the 20th birthday of our Japanese Garden which had undergone a refurbishment for the occasion.

Special thanks to Kirsten Wallis, Kirsty Gray, Jenny McFadyen and Tony Shepherd along with many teachers, SSOs and our IT contractor who also gave a lot of support before and on the day. I am sure those of you who attended will agree it was a fabulous day.

If you were unable to attend, you may not be aware that Henny Smith has announced that she is retiring in December. We thank the OSHC which has planted a weeping cherry blossom tree in the refurbished Japanese Garden in Henny's name as an acknowledgement of 25 years service to our school.


Today is (Australian) World Teachers’ Day. This day is a wonderful opportunity to draw public attention to the important role of teachers in our local communities. While International World Teachers’ Day is actually celebrated on the first Friday in October this is usually in the Australian school holidays, so Australia celebrates it on the last Friday.

Celebrated in over 100 countries worldwide, World Teachers’ Day acknowledges the efforts of teachers in an increasingly complex, multicultural and technological society. It is a day when we hope that students, parents and communities can show their appreciation for the contributions teachers have made to the lives of children and their communities. Please join me in thanking your children’s teachers for their hard work, professionalism and commitment to your children’s learning. I would also like to thank the Governing Council parents and Canteen staff who provided a wonderful morning tea and lunch for staff today. 


We will shortly begin the process of developing class groupings for 2020. If you would like to provide information relevant to your child’s 2020 placement, PLEASE CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD  the “2020 CLASS PLACEMENT PARENT INPUT FORM”. Please download and complete the proforma and return to me in an envelope marked ATTENTION: Anne Rathjen, Class Placement Process, by no later than Friday November 8th. Letters received after this date will not be able to be considered as our placement process will begin shortly afterwards. Please note that for many reasons, while every request is considered closely, none are able to be guaranteed. Requests about specific teachers are not considered.

If you have a child who will be transferring to another school I ask that you please complete the relevant section of the proforma and return to me as soon as possible. Accurate numbers are required to ensure our correct staffing levels.


I need to acknowledge and sincerely thank one of our parents who wishes to remain anonymous, for participating in a program in which she won a wonderful prize; the the school has received $25 000 worth of outdoor learning equipment including benches and raised garden beds. Fabulous, thank you!


We have just commenced the Annual School Parent Opinion data gathering process and hopefully you have received the survey that was distributed via Skoolbag last Tuesday. Parents are invited to participate anonymously. I would encourage you to please take the time to participate as the feedback provides us with valuable information to help inform our planning.


Just a reminder to Yrs 3, 5 and 7 parents that there are still NAPLAN results awaiting collection from the front office.





Anne Rathjen



8 East and 8 West Kaurna Cultural Centre Excursion - Perfect day of learning and enjoying the great outdoors

6 West and 7 East Narnu Farm - So much fun and a sensational learning experience, checkout our photo gallery

Japanese Festival Day, a whole school celebration and wonderful cultural learning experience, see our gallery of photos.

Our Japanese Garden

Thank you Lissy and Sally and the OSHC Community for making Japanese Festival Day a very special day marking the dedication of a weeping cherry tree to mark the upcoming retirement of Henny Smith after 28 years as a highly valued and integral member of Hallett Cove East Primary School Community

The Waste Warriors - The Challenge is on!

Our Year 7 Waste Warriors have shared an educational video with all classes here at HCEPS to inspire them to keep our oceans and environment free of rubbish.  They have shared information about this South Australia's recommended waste resource whichbin.com.au to help households decide which bin to put different types of waste in as well as community locations to take special types of household waste.  Students have been encouraged to try using this resource at home with their families when managing their waste. 

Now the challenge here at school for Term 4 is to have lots of Nude Food days!  Each classroom has a chart where students can record their name when they have a Nude Food Day here at school.  There is plenty of room in each week's section for students who have many Nude Food Days in a week!  On the video, classes were shown some ideas for reducing packaging in lunchboxes.  Students discussed these and may be able to share ideas with you at home over the holidays.  The stakes are high (not just for our environment!)...the class with the most entries by second assembly Term 4 will get a shout-out at assembly and set the bar for other classes to beat for the remainder of the year.  Good luck!


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.

A message from Joey - Pastoral Care Worker

Supporting an anxious person

It is hard work supporting an anxious person. And it can be even harder when we hear that sometimes the way that we show care can accidentally be rewarding or reinforcing the behaviours that we are trying to cease. 

 Accidental rewarding or reinforcing of young people’s anxious (or “avoiding”) behaviour

 A factor studies have found to be associated with anxiety in young people is how parents/caregivers respond when their children are feeling anxious or acting in an anxious way. Studies have found that accidentally rewarding or reinforcing of anxious behaviour by parents/caregivers is associated with more anxiety in young people over time.

 Here are some examples of rewarding/reinforcing anxious behaviour:

·         Showing children/young people excessive and repeated sympathy or interest in their anxiety (asking about anxiety or difficult situations very frequently or in a very anxious manner)

·         Showing children/young people anxiety or distress when they tell them about worries or when they go through difficult situation (oh NO! that’s terrible!). 

·         Allowing (or encouraging) young people to avoid situations which make them anxious.

·         Not requiring children/young people to do anything which worries them

Accidentally rewarding or reinforcing anxious behaviour might include sentences such as:

You feel anxious?/That happened?  That’s terrible/awful. If you are worried, you shouldn’t ever do it. Wait until you feel confident before you try things I’ll help you get out of that/avoid that situation. You don’t have to do anything that feels scary We must fix this, it’s not okay that you feel anxious. (When child/young person tells them about anxiety) Oh no, that’s terrible (When child/young person tells them about difficult situations they feel anxious about) How awful

In contrast, parental reinforcement and encouragement of brave and confident behaviour in children is associated with less anxiety in young people over time.

Parents/caregivers who reinforce/encourage confident behaviour are caring towards their children when they are anxious, but act and speak calmly to them about their anxiety, and gently push their children/young people to do things (if they are important) which are initially scary or worrying for a young person.  They might say sentences such as:

You can do it I’ll help you do this – bit at a time I’m sorry you feel anxious, but I know this is safe I will be there for you but this is an important step for you to take I believe you can do this  I’m sorry that happened. Feeling really anxious is hard.  I do believe you can handle it.     Feeling worried is tough.  It happens to lots of people



at HCEPS on Wednesdays and Fridays



Please help us collect Lids 4 Kids

8W is learning about the importance of sustainability and recycling, and are participating in the Lids4Kids drive.

Did you know that lids from milk, water and soft drink bottles and bread tags can be shredded and made into filament for a 3D printer? This filament can then be made into prosthetics for children needing a hand or an arm.

We would appreciate it if the whole school community could help us to collect the lids to help these children.

Please can you drop off the clean lids to 8W or the front office.

Thanking you all in advance for your support.

Karina Galloway and the students of 8W

SPORTS UPDATE - Our soccer girls won the grand final - Well Done Girls!

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


ASO and The Voice star bring Sunset Symphony to Marion

For the first time, the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra will join star of TV’s The Voice Henry Olonga for a sunset picnic concert in Warriparinga Wetlands on Saturday, 9 November.  

Mr Olonga and the 47-piece Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (ASO) headline Marion Council’s Sunset Symphony which features wetland tours, family craft, and more.

 Set in the heart of Marion, the wetlands will provide Mr Olonga, a former international cricketer, and the ASO with a stage known for its natural beauty.

 Food trucks will sell cuisine from around the world, along with water and soft drinks. Alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase from event sponsor Patritti Wines.

City of Marion residents can purchase discounted tickets. Premium tickets will cost residents $20, while general admission tickets are priced at $12.

 Children aged five and under are free.

 Gates open at 5pm, with the ASO performing between 7pm and 9pm.

 Tickets are affordable, the area is accessible, and the show is going to be unmissable.

Find out more and book at www.sunsetsymphony.com.au



Sheidow Park Cricket Club - Players Required - Seniors / Juniors

The Sheidow Park Cricket Club needs players to play in the coming 2019/2020 season.  We have 5 senior teams who play Saturday afternoons and both an Under 14 and Under 16 junior squads who play Sunday mornings.  

If you or your child are interested in playing or for more information please contact : Craig Edwards (club secretary) on 0432850703 or John Ford (Junior Coordinator) on 0429034207


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

Free trial in school in this term.

Practices are on Wednesdays 15:30-16:15 on the next days: 06.11. and 13.11. and 20.11. and 27.11. and 04.12.

Take the opportunity and call Frank for further details!  Ph: 0402 360 102

DISCO - for full details of MD - Uglydolls disco please click here

VACSWIM SA 2019/2020 FOR MORE DETAIL click here 

Scallywags Disco click here for more details

Seacliff Surf Club click here for come and try information

Woman's Safety Services SA - to eliminate domestic violence for more information please click this link

Red Cross wants everyone in our school community to be prepared for any emergency, large or small. It has been an early start to the summer disaster season, but there are simple ways your family can be prepared.   

Three simple tools to help your family get prepared:

  • Create an emergency plan
  • Download the 'Get Prepared' app
  • Prepare your emergency survival kit
  • You can’t always prevent an emergency, but by being prepared families can reduce their stress and cope better afterwards.

    While other agencies fight the fires and clean up the streets, Red Cross looks after the people. We care about families and want everyone to stay safe.

    Thank you for helping keep your school community safer.

    Marion and Bellevue Tennis Clubs for the first time in years have  some junior teams and a pathway for youngsters that want to engage in Tennis via Tennis Australia Hot Shots Programme. Please click this link for more information regarding Bellevue Tennis Club  Please click this link for more information regarding the Marion Tennis Club

    Smith Family are recruiting more families for their financial education and matched savings program.  This program ensures parents are able to afford the costs of their child’s education, including items such as school camps, laptops, uniform, books and extracurricular activities 

    Kristin Martin, a well-known South Australian poet and children’s author, presenting an interactive session based on poems from her latest poetry collection, To Rhyme or Not to Rhyme. The children will enjoy Kristin’s sense of fun, love of nature and her unique style of presenting the session. Time for Q & A after, and book signing by the author. Books available for purchase for $ 20.00. 

    Suits primary school aged children 


    Brighton Muay Thai and Fitness caters to all ages and skill levels. Offering more than an ordinary gym, we have Muay Thai, Personal Training, Self Defence and a strong focus on juniors, with sessions for all ages, from 4 years and older on offer three times a week. Our sessions are a great way to get kids off of the iPad and getting active. 

    Ascot Park Primary School - Specialist Physical Education and Sport School

    This coming school holiday break Tom Monsigneur will be conducting a soccer workshop here at our sports centre at Ascot Park Primary School, this may be of interest to some of your students. Please click here for more information

    Positive ways to help children behave is coming Wednesday 6 November, 7-9pm at the Adelaide Convention Centre.

    Nationally recognised parenting expert, Dr Justin Coulson will talk about guiding children’s behaviour with positive discipline strategies that lead to better behaviour, better relationships and happier families.

     You are welcome to attend the seminar in person, or to view the live webcast. Register for either of these here . The flier is attached, or download it here .

     If you register you will also be sent a link to view a recording of the seminar online from 8 November to 13 December 2019.

     Please pass this information on to family, friends, colleagues or others that you think may be interested.  If you have any enquiries phone 8303 1660 or send us an email.

    Kind regards from the Parenting SA team.

    Parenting SA  Women’s and Children’s Health Network 

    295 South Terrace | Adelaide SA 5000

    Tel: 08 8161 7158 Fax: 08 8161 7778  Email: Courtney.bunker@sa.gov.au   Website: ww.parenting.sa.gov.au

    The Thunderbirds school holiday clinics 10 percent discount.  Please click here for more information

    Taught and Bowled are a sports coaching company specialising in netball, cricket, junior sport and school programs. This summer we are offering a Netball Academy for school and club netballers to help prepare them for their 2020 winter season.

    The program is open to netballers of all abilities to give them a chance to develop their netball skills in a ‘high performance-style’ environment. The Academy Program will cover

    ·         Technical skill development, including area/positional specific coaching

    ·         Tactical skill development

    ·         Match play and video analysis

    ·         Netball specific testing

    ·         Take home programs (ball skills, footwork, core strength and balance)

     All squads will be coached by accredited, experienced coaches and the program has been developed using the Netball Australia Core Curriculum of Skills matrix.  Please click here for more information.  You can also click HERE to find out further information.

    City of Marion - Nannigai and Capella Reserves

    I am currently coordinating a project to upgrade the Nannigai and Capella Reserves in Hallett Cove.

     We are initially seeking feedback on the concept for Stage 1 – Nannigai Reserve and also seeking broader input to the Capella Reserve Stages 2 & 3.

    The current online survey is available until 4th November and we would encourage any feedback from the school and its families about the project. 

     The link below provides some information on the project including a project brochure with the concept options and staged plan for future developments.


    We will also be engaging with the community regarding the concept plan for Capella Reserve in early 2020 and if you would like to be further involved in this project please let me know and I would be happy to come and meet with you to explain the project in more detail.


    Amy Liddicoat Recreation and Open Space Planner | City of Marion Office Hours Tuesday to Wednesday P 08 7420 6492 | F 08 8377 0006 | M 0402 387 842 E Amy.Liddicoat@marion.sa.gov.au | www.marion.sa.gov.au PO Box 21 Oaklands Park SA 5046 935 Marion Rd Mitchell Park SA 5043

    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.

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