St Leonards Primary School

Newsletter 12, 7 August 2020

From the Leadership

It has been wonderful to see so many parents connecting with children and their teachers over the past couple of weeks during Parent/Teacher interviews. For many parents, it has been a long time since they’ve stepped into a classroom and we’ve really valued the opportunity to share the fabulous learning with so many of you. During these uncertain times, its super important that we maintain strong connections with each other and as a community.

People who feel more connected to others have lower levels of anxiety and depression. Moreover, studies show they also have higher self-esteemgreater empathy for others, are more trusting and cooperative and, as a consequence, others are more open to trusting and cooperating with them. In other words, social connectedness generates a positive feedback loop of social, emotional and physical well-being. (Seppala, 2014)

We are working hard to overcome challenges presented by COVID19 safe practices to maintain our strong community. Thank you also, for continuing to respect the protocols we have implemented to keep everyone safe. We will continue to respond to the evolving situation according to Department directions. We have much to celebrate and look forward to:

·        The community pantry is well stocked (located near the Finance Window) and we invite you to give what you can and take what you need.

·        Our school disco is going ahead on Thursday for some FUN-raising and FUND-raising for a playground upgrade.

·        Our sustainability team has purchased new bins and implemented a new waste management system with the aim to achieve zero waste in landfill.

·        We have another Garden Sale on Friday morning 8:30 (proceeds from the last Sale funded new plants for our butterfly and indigenous gardens)

·        Over 40 students are attending a volleyball carnival on Wednesday.

·        Science Week with the theme of ‘Deep Blue’ is in Week 5, offering a curious trail of discoveries during class time and during lunchtimes.

·        The Book Week Parade will be on Friday, Week 6 – dress up as your favourite book character or to the theme of ‘Curious Creatures, Wild Minds’. We anticipate that parents will be able to watch the parade, and will confirm this on Tuesday, Week 6 via Skoolbag and Facebook. This way we can accommodate weather and COVID conditions responsibly.

·        “Meet the Author” in Week 6 provides an opportunity for you to see some of the incredible writing that our students have ‘published’. Unfortunately we can’t accommodate parents to come on site this year, but we will find a way to share these achievements with digital tools.

·        School sport has started with Netball and Soccer teams proudly representing St Leonards PS.

·        61 volunteers have completed their registration with many regularly rolling up their sleeves to make a positive impact in our school.


There’s a lot of positive energy there! Thanks for being a part of it.

Dave Henty-Smith, Principal

Jo Meredith, Deputy Principal

Kathy Baker, Inclusive Education Coordinator

Varicella-Zoster Virus (Chicken Pox/Shingles)

There has been two confirmed cases of chicken pox in our community.  

Chicken pox is a viral infection caused by the varicella-zoster virus.

Symptoms include fever and “cold-like” symptoms followed by a rash. The rash appeared blisters which crust to form scabs to form scabs. The rash is more noticeable on the trunk than on the limbs and may affect the scalp and the inside of the mouth, nose and throat. The rash is usually itchy.

Incubation period (time between becoming infected and developing symptoms) is two - three weeks, commonly thirteen – seventeen days.

Infectious period (time during which an infected person can infect others) is from two days before the rash appears (during coughing, runny nose stage) until 5 days after the appearance of the first blister

Control of spread

•   exclude person with chickenpox until fully recovered or for at least five days after the rash first appears. Note that some remaining scabs are not a reason for continued exclusion

•   any child  with an immune deficiency (eg leukaemia) or receiving chemotherapy should be excluded from contact with a case of chicken pox or shingles for their own protection

•   wash hands after contact with soiled articles (tissues, etc) Dispose of tissues appropriately

•   persons with shingles should cover the moist shingles rash with a dry bandage to ensure that others are not exposed


•           specific antiviral treatment for both chicken pos and shingles is available

•    medical advice should be sought if:

•   a child or adult with chicken pox has a high fever, cough, shortness of breath or chest pain

•   a pregnant woman has chicken pox

•   a person over 50 years of age has shingles

For all cases, calamine lotion or phenergan (available from chemists) may be useful for the itch. If treatment to reduce temperature or discomfort is necessary, paracetamol is recommended.

Student Ambassadors Kindy Visit

Congratulations to our six Student Ambassadors ( five pictured) who have made St Leonards proud by conducting many school tours with new and prospective parents in recent weeks. The feedback has been enormously positive, as was the feedback from children at Baden Pattinson Kindergarten after they visited on Wednesday.



Diary Dates

Week 4

  • Book Fair - Monday 10 August
  • Book Fair - Tuesday 11 August
  •  Disco - Thursday 13 August
  •  Garden Sale - 8:30am, Friday 14 August
  •  Assembly - Friday 14 August

Week 5

  •  Science Week - Deep Blue
  •  Men's Night - Thursday 20 August

Reminder -

Book Week - Week 6

Pupil Free Day, Monday 31 August

School Photo Day

Say Cheese....  Our School Photo Day is: Tuesday 8 September 

 Have your child’s school memories captured forever

Please take time to read the relevant information on the MSP Photography payment envelopes and remember these helpful points:

  • Don’t seal envelopes inside each other.  You can pay for all children in one envelope however each child needs to have their own envelope on photo day
  • Family envelopes are available at the school office and need to be ordered before or on photography day. Please make sure your children are aware they are having a family photo and present the family envelope to the photographer on the day.
  • Please enclose correct money as no change is given.  Cash, cheques, credit card and money orders also accepted. 

Why not give ONLINE ORDERING a go!!

It’s the safest & easiest way to order

Should you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

email:    ph: 08 83913951

Reminder: Please check with Mel in the Office if you made payments online in Term 1 for photos by calling 8294 9811.

Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group



Ninna Marni (Hello, how are you?) 

St Leonards Primary School is currently in the process of establishing a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)  to develop and increase our relationship, knowledge and understanding with local Aboriginal people and the wider Aboriginal community.  

The RAP Working Group is a volunteer-based group who will meet once a term to establish actions and create opportunities for SLPS students, parents and community members.  

We are currently seeking expressions of interest from two parents/caregivers who would like to be involved in this exciting journey which we are embarking on together. If you are interested in being a parent rep on the RAP working group, could you please email your name and contact details to Jasmine Miller (  by close of business, Friday the 14 August 2020.  

School Disco Procedures.

Please do not arrive more than 5 minutes before the start time and leave the site immediately afterwards.

Entrance to the hall/disco will be through the back hall doors, which face out onto Russell Street, parents are not permitted to enter the hall.

Registered Volunteers will be handing out pre purchased snacks inside the disco, there will be no sales on the night.

Parents are asked not to stay on site once the students have been dropped off.

Teachers will be Supervising in the Disco supported by volunteers.

Once the disco has finished  all students will be exiting the hall via the Quad doors, parents are asked to line up at 1.5 metre intervals.

Once they reach the doors students will be collected from their class group and reunited with the parent/ caregiver.

One parent per family for pick up please, where possible.

 Heather Pronk

Book Fair

We are excited to be able to run our annual Book Fair this year as it is our biggest fundraiser for the Library. For the classes it will run as normal with our viewing and wish list writing day where students come with their class to have a browse. They then have the opportunity to come with their class at a selected time to purchase. We will be open to families before school (8:15 - 8:45am) and after school (3:05 - 3:45pm) on Friday, Monday and Tuesday, however due to COVID and the space allocated we will be restricting the number to four adults at a time. Families will be able to wait in the quad for their turn. 

We are hoping to make it run as smoothly as possible. There will be eftpos available.  Books can be taken on the day on a first served basis but no one will miss out as we can order additional books online and they will be delivered to students approximately two weeks after the Book Fair. 

Hope to see you there.

Kelly Peterson, Library Manager

Premier's Reading Challenge

Term 3 is the time to start handing in your completed Premier's Reading Challenge forms. Forms are due no later than September 4 but there is still plenty of time to finish reading your eight PRC books (the ones with PRC stickers) and four free choice books. If you need any help selecting books to read please come and find me and I will help you out.

You may have noticed more trees springing up in the library and sprouting leaves with learners names on them. These students have all completed and handed in their forms. So far we have four classes reach 100% participation and I cant wait to see more reach that goal.

Happy Reading

Kelly Peterson, Library Manager

PE & Sport Update

Indoor Volleyball

Our Indoor Volleyball Tournament is set to go ahead next Wednesday 12 August. All students who registered received a hard copy letter this week detailing procedures about the day relating to Covid-19 policy.

One of the biggest changes is that there are NO SPECTATORS allowed. Parents will be expected to drop off and pick up their child directly to and from Marion Rec Centre. Any changes relating to the day will be posted on Skoolbag.

PE Lessons at SLPS

We have been busy learning about Traditional Indigenous Games so far this term. We have had lots of fun playing the games Jillora, Chu boo chu boo, Goan Ban Gan, Marn Grook and Millembaeyetch. We have been using our team work skills and resilience to work together to solve the movement challenges of the games. It has been interesting to see how many of the sports we play today come from an Indigenous background. A lot of these games can be played at home & I'm sure your child would love to share them with you!


Next week, we will be posting a nomination for SAPSASA Athletics Trials digitally on Skoolbag. The athletics carnival isn't until next term but trials are executed for every age group, for every event for both male and female participants & take some time to complete. We can only select ONE participant for each event, in each age group. We will only be trialling those students who have parent permission on Skoolbag. The events are sprints, 800m, long jump, high jump, shot put and discus. To nominate, students must be born in 2010 or older. Please keep an eye on Skoolbag for this form.

Ms Bevan

Baseball and Softball

Our tee-ball season came to a grinding halt in term one due to Covid-19. While a lot of our tee-ballers are still keen to play in term 4 many families aren't aware that we are currently in pre season for baseball and softball. Please find the flyers below for The Glenelg Baseball Club and Glenelg Softball Club should your child want to take their tee-ball to the next level.

Ms Bevan, PE 

Admin Matters

2021 Enrolments 

If your child/ren will not be returning to St Leonards Primary School in 2021, please advise Mel at the Office or email with your child's name, current year level and destination school.

Lost Property

It is very important to clearly name all uniform items, we have found that our lost property cupboard is overflowing with jackets and beanies and we can't reunite them with their owners without names. 

Second Hand Uniforms

We appreciate all the donations of second hand uniforms in good, clean condition that we receive from families. Please remember to remove or cover old name tags inside them as if they are bought and then lost they may end up back with your child. If you have purchased second hand items please name them as soon as possible.

Lost Items

These three items have been at the Office for a while looking for their owners. If any of these belong to you please see Mel in the Office.

Absences, Late Arrivals and Early Leaving

The SMS number 0427 016 460 is our preferred method for letting us know about any absences.

Messages should include name, room number and reason for absence eg illness or family.

Alternatively, please call the Office on 8294 9811 to leave a message with office staff.

Unfortunately, Facebook messages and emails don't always make it to the Office.


What's Been Happening at St Leonards


Stage one of The stem workshop has been in use this week. The students have been initially learning about safe working practices. They have enthusiastically constructed a wide range of cardboard objects. Consequently my supply of building materials is disappearing quickly. I would appreciate donations of cardboard rolls, small boxes and Ikea packaging. We can also use any small plastic objects.

Dennis Moyle, Technology

SLPS Kitchen Garden

National Tree Day on Friday 31 July saw us plant 3 new fruit trees, an apricot and two different varieties of nectarine.  They were selected based on what was most useful for the school canteen and complement our existing fruit trees.  We can’t wait for to see what fruit we get in summer.

Our next plant sale is Friday 14 August 8:30 am on the courts.  We will have strawberry plants, mint plants and a selection of succulents.  We will also have bunches for fresh herbs for sale, perfect for a weekend cooking session.  At the moment we have lots of parsley, rosemary, thyme, lemon thyme, lemon grass, oregano, bay leave and curry leaves to share.  All money raised from these sales goes back into the garden to buy seeds and seedlings for student to plant. If you would like more information about our kitchen garden please follow us on Facebook.

 Nicola Ross, Garden 

National Tree Day - Children's University

We celebrated National Tree Day by visiting 10 special trees around the school. There are some beautiful significant trees on the oval like the Lemon Scented Gum and the Ghost Gum. 

In the Kitchen Garden they stopped by the lemon tree, the Red Love apple tree and the flowering South Australian Blue Gum which was full of lorikeets. Students who finished early raced around the yards again on a scavenger hut.

Nicola Ross, Gardens

National Tree Day - Children's University

Around the School

Skipping Club

Community News

School Signage

We are excited to announce that we are now offering signage on our school’s fence line in Glenelg North.

This is an opportunity for SLPS to partner with the community and help with promoting local businesses.

You can benefit by purchasing your space and gain invaluable exposure to families, passing motorists and locals as well as showing your support for our school community. 

 There is a limited number of signs so get in before they are all gone.  

 If you are interested or know of someone that might benefit from advertising to our local community please contact  

 Michael on 0414 350 225 or

Brighton Secondary School Year 7 - In Zone Volleyball Trials

Brighton Secondary School Volleyball Program will be holding trials for current Year 7 students who are attending the school in 2021 as a Year 8:

 Thursday 27 August at 1:30pm

 If you would like to attend the trial, you must ring Brighton Secondary School on 8375 8207 to book your spot in the trials.

Baden Pattinson Kidy

If you wish to enrol your younger child at Baden Pattinson Kindy please find the attached registration form to complete and return by post to Baden Pattinson Kindergarten, Cnr of Alison St & Kibby Ave, Glenelg North 5045 or email


School Community Events

School Holiday Sports Camps

St Leonards Primary School

Learning Together

Respect, Resilience, Readiness

"Building a community that inspires curious, creative and innovative thinkers."

Principal: Dave Henty-Smith

Deputy: Jo Meredith

Inclusive Education Coordinator: Kathy Baker

Enrollment Officer: Mel Worden