Hallett Cove East Primary School

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Diary Dates

7/4/20 - Hot Cross Bun Drive Delivery

7th-8th May 20 - Mothers Day Stall

13/06/20 - Quiz Night (TBA)


Dear Parents/Caregivers,


Congratulations to our new Governing Council for 2020. The new Governing Council met for the first time this week. All the office bearers and sub-committee representatives were chosen.

 Congratulations and thank you to the following office bearers and representatives:

Chairperson – Simon Gierke

Deputy Chairperson – Yvette Eglinton

Secretary – Simone Green

Treasurer – Melissa Vlachos

Assets and Grounds – Sally Matthews

Canteen – Gaylene Clark

Education – Keith Simpson – Lyttle

Finance – Melissa Vlachos

Fundraising – Melissa Vlachos

OSHC – April Lim

Sport – Jessica Chaplin/Melissa Vlachos

Uniform – Rachel Peake

Other reps – Claire Boardman, Tracey Dettmer, Amber Pellerin and Leanne Craig.

Any issues or queries for Governing Council can be raised either through the front office or the school’s email address and marked ATTENTION GOVERNING COUNCIL.


I have been visiting classes this week and it has been such a joy talking to children about their learning and listening to classroom conversations around Reading, Numeracy, Music and work they have been doing together in a range of other curriculum areas. It is wonderful to hear the engagement of students in their work.

Tomorrow is Harmony Day. Both today and on other days this week I have spent in the yard at some breaks and chatted with and observed students happily sharing, playing, talking, participating in a range of structured games/sports activities and basically having a lot of fun together. We are very lucky to be in a school where students truly understand the messages of Respect and working and living in harmony with others. This has also been very apparent in my class visits and is evidence that our students are all working towards being respectful citizens of the future. 

                                                                                                             INTEROCEPTION TRAINING

As part of our pupil fee day training on Wednesday last week, we had a facilitator from state office conduct an introduction to Interoception. Interoception is our 8th sense. I wonder how many of you knew we had 8 senses. I must admit until recently I didn’t. Apart from the standard 5 of Hearing, Vision, Taste, Touch and Smell, we also have the senses of Proprioception (which is the body's ability to sense its location, movements, and actions), Vestibular (which contributes to our ability to maintain balance and body posture) and Interoception (which is an internal sensory system in which the internal physical and emotional states of the body are noticed, recognised, identified and responded to). Basically our Interoception sense helps us to feel what is going on inside our bodies such as changes in heartbeat and breathing, and in turn to be able to self-regulate our responses to our feelings, events and environment.  There are many simple, physical activities and strategies that can be undertaken to develop the sense of Interoception. All teachers are currently trialling some of the activities at least twice a day after the breaks. They are easy to do and only take about 5mins. Teachers are also teaching the vocabulary of Interoception. (Some aspects of Interoception also align well with Mindfulness strategies.) Why don’t you ask your child if s/he knows what it is and can explain some of the things s/he has been doing together with classmates? Perhaps you can do the interoception activities with them too. 


We are certainly living in uncertain times with the widespread impact of COVID19. All the media sources are constantly full of stories and updates around this issue, some of it from reputable sources and some that could be described as less than helpful. We know that your children may be feeling worried, frightened and overwhelmed by what they are hearing and seeing. Being at school is important for our students. Not only does learning continue, but when engaged in learning, students are able to participate in their normal routines and it gives them a chance to concentrate on other things of importance in their lives. I would like to reassure families that we are ensuring that except for cancellation of some non-essential programs and events, we are keeping the rest of our programs as routine as possible for our students. We have also been teaching our students about safe hygiene practices and have posters from SA Health around the school to help remind them of these.

As you know, the Prime Minister has said that all schools will remain open. Until we are advised otherwise, this will also be the case for our OSHC and VacCare programs. Both school and OSHC will follow the same expectations, (eg no excursions, a focus on extra hygiene protocols and, in the event of a school closure an OSHC closure will occur). All schools have also been allocated an increase in cleaning contract hours to ensure daily disinfecting of all surfaces can be done fully and effectively.

While we do definitely understand and respect the individual rights of parents to keep children home at this time, the school is open and we encourage all children to attend. Children or parents/caregivers who are in the high risk/vunerable health categories may seek an exemption from school based on risk, with the appropriate documentation from a doctor, and we are very happy to support the provision of work for these children. Every school in SA is currently determining how they can provide a package of learning materials for children in the event of a school closure.

We look forward to continuing to work closely with all families to keep school life as normal as possible for students.

For more useful information about how you can support children with their worries during this time, please click this link.  


Complete Edge landscaping company will commence top dressing of our oval on Monday of next week and the oval will be out of bounds for the remainder of the term.


Welcome to Alex Haynes who has started with us as an SSO. Some of our children already know Alex as he is also an Educator with the OSHC.

Unfortunately last newsletter I forgot to thank and farewell Aisha Venner who finished her teaching contract with us last Friday. For the first 7 weeks of this term Aisha released all teachers to enable organisation of a number of student support processes including time to trial how to use the new One Plan template. Aisha is due to have a baby in the next few weeks and we wish her all the very best.

Anne Rathjen



A message from the Deputy Principal

It was great seeing so many students acknowledging the importance of Harmony Day by wearing a splash of orange today. We did not have a large scale celebration this year but I know that students have continued to discuss the messages in their classrooms not just today but every day.

Being kind and caring for each other continues to be an important part of how our society needs to function. On Friday morning one of our teachers came to see me because, unfortunately, her car had been hit in our carpark yesterday. She was most disappointed that there was not even a note left to explain what had happened, all she could see was that it must have been a white vehicle. We would ask that if this happens again could you please let us know in the front office and we can put you in touch with the owner of the vehicle. We all need to be doing what we can to be kind and caring of each other.

All teachers are working very hard to ensure that your children feel safe and secure here at school. We are receiving many suggestions through the media to help you and your children through these unprecedented times. Keeping our line of communication open is very important at all times. I would like to remind you that for any teaching and learning query the first port of call is your child’s teacher or teachers. Our friendly front office staff can take any phone calls for general queries and if you wish to email any teachers they can forward your message. If you have any queries that need to be addressed by myself or Mrs Rathjen then please email us through the school email and we will respond to this as soon as we physically can. Schools are always very busy places and like everywhere else it is even busier at the moment. Please continue to diligently check your Skoolbag notices as this is our main form of general communication.

Look after yourselves and your families.

Andrea Hayden

Deputy Principal

Finance Information from the Business Manager

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

Today is National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence and tomorrow is Harmony Day.  At school we have been doing activities to raise awareness around each. It is also 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

This is a time of uncertainty and stress.  We need to remember that everyone is affected by what is happening in the world.  It is a time when we need to support one another.  In particular children and young people need support to not only understand the importance of health and hygiene but also understanding what is happening. 

Beyond Blue has a great article on “Looking after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak”.   The section “conversations with children and young people” is particularly helpful as well as the video which gives some useful tips for talking to young people about scary stuff in the news.

I encourage you to always seek your information from reputable sources such as:

·         Australian Government coronavirus (COVID-19) health alert

·         Health Direct – Coronavirus (COVID-19)

·         smartraveller.gov.au – travel information for Australian citizens

·         World Health Organization – coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak

 If you are concerned about your child please talk to your child’s teacher, school leaders, Joey (Pastoral Care Worker) or myself (evie.donoghue503@schools.sa.edu.au)

 Stay calm and healthy,

Evie Donoghue

Wellbeing Coordinator

An update from the IT Coordinator

Hello to all parents,


With the current situation around the globe I thought it would be good to present a number of good learning options here for students who are at home sick.

*Study Ladder - Is an online learning platform which requires you to create a free account and then provides a wealth of resources for many subject areas, broken down into year levels.

*Young Explorers is an online magazine designed specifically for young children.

*Wonderopolis - Short videos and texts that answer various burning questions for children. There are vocabulary challenges and comprehension questions.

*Kahn Academy online resources for maths in particular.

*Grammaropolis - Work on the 8 parts of speech.


All of these are free to access and will provide rich learning tasks for students at home.


Jonathon Warren-White

News from the Resource Centre / Library

A snapshot 2 South ...

A message from Joey - Pastoral Care Worker

With today being scheduled as the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence I thought I would share an excerpt from an article by Headspace - the actual factsheet is much prettier so I encourage you to have a look at that  https://headspace.org.au/assets/Uploads/Resource-library/Family-and-friends/Bullying-FAF-web.pdf

Supporting young people involved in or experiencing bullying

What bullying is not:

  • single episode of social rejection or dislike
  • single episode acts of nastiness or spite
  • random acts of aggression or intimidation
  • mutual arguments, disagreements or fights.

These actions can cause great distress. However, they're not examples of bullying unless someone is deliberately and repeatedly doing them. In these instances, support and encourage your child to make sure they do not become repeated events.    

Bullying is repeated verbal, physical, or social behaviour directed towards another person by one or more individuals over time. Typically, this involves one person or a group of people exerting their power over others who are less powerful. For example, the bully may be stronger, have others to “back them up” or they may be socially manipulative.

Family and friends can play a critical role in supporting young people involved in or experiencing bullying. Positive relationships can help protect young people from the negative consequences associated with being bullied.

Young people who are well supported by their parents report fewer depressive symptoms than those who receive little parental support, regardless of whether they are the ones bullying or are the target.

Ways you can support a young person who is experiencing bullying:

  • Let them know that they are not alone. It may help them to know that a lot of other young people experience similar difficulties.
  • Make sure they are safe. Sometimes this may require taking action they are not happy with. Have a conversation with them if this might be the case.
  • Try to develop a trusting relationship and ask questions. Make sure the young person does not have to handle this situation by themselves.
  • Establish and maintain good communication. Ask open-ended questions and listen without judgment and without panicking.
  • Be involved. Show that you are interested in the young person’s life, relationships and hobbies.
  • Be prepared to seek help. Help them decide how to approach the situation. Discuss who they could talk to at school about the situation.
  • Provide reassurance. Emphasise that the bullying is not their fault and that they are not responsible for what is happening to them.
  • Support them to problem-solve. Work together to come up with as many sensible and helpful strategies as possible to try and control the bullying. This can increase self-esteem and discourage strategies that are unlikely to be helpful (e.g. starting a fight).
  • Support them to make new friends and maintain existing friendships. Encourage them to spend time with others away from where the bullying is happening.
  • Build their confidence. Identify their strengths as well as things they enjoy and find ways to develop these, especially social activities. This can help them to feel good about things in their lives.



PASTORAL CARE WORKER at HCEPS on Wednesdays and Fridays


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.

HCEPS Rain Jackets Order Closing Soon

Parents and caregivers can place a once off uniform order for maroon rain jackets with embroidered school logo.

The jackets are available to order in sizes 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, Small, Medium and Large. Please refer to the sizing chart in the previous Skoolbag notice for more detail.

Orders close on Monday 30th March and will be taken via the Qkr App only. They should be available early in Term 2.

To order please go to the Qkr App and submit your order with payment by 30/3/2020.  A sample of the jacket quality is available to view in the school office.

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

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 whole 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.

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