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5/9/19 School banking information session, 2.30 - 3.15pm Location near the early years playground.

9/9/19 The year 3's are heading to Narnu Farm, Hindmarsh Island, for a camp. Travelling by private bus, leaving school on Monday 9th September around 9:30am,  returning to school on Tuesday 10th September around 2:30pm. 

12/9/19 9S/7W STEM Excursion an excursion to the Aldinga library where a STEM Robotics/Coding program has been organised by the Onkaparinga library service. On their way they will enjoy a ‘Picnic and Play’ at the Port Noarlunga wooden playground (weather permitting!)

20/9/19 Sports Day a fantastic whole school and community day for all

15/10/19 6W and 7E will be attending an overnight camp at Narnu Farm on Tuesday 15 October returning to school on Wednesday 16 October (Term 4, week 1). Students will be travelling to and from Narnu Farm by coach and staying in the camp accommodation. 

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

It has been a very busy 2 weeks since our last newsletter with a number of things happening! 


At HCEPS we are very lucky to have a wonderful staff team and our Support Staff are a very important part of that team. This week is National Support Staff Week and this has provided us with an opportunity to acknowledge the work of our support staff. At school, teachers provided a special combined Morning Tea and Lunch on Tuesday. I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank all our support staff members for their work in our school. Without them our programs would not be able to operate at the high quality level that they do.

Thank you to:

Jenny McFadyen – Finance, Facilities, Administration

Henny Smith – Finance, Administration

Irene Bywaters – Resource Centre, Student Support

Nola Chalakas-Stopp – Administration

Joanne Berry – Student Support, Administration, Finance

Cherie Bishop-Kinlyside – Student Support

Narelle Muller – Student Support

Scott Panton – IT Support

Lisbeth Oppert – Student Support

Carina Dias-Cocks – Student Support

Tony Shepherd – Grounds and Maintenance

Adam Hackett – IT Support


Congratulations and well done to our Wakakirri team which represented our school in an exemplary manner at the state competition last week. Our item was based on an old Chinese folktale. On the night our school won the award for Best Costumes. This is a special thank you to parents, Simone, for making all the costumes and Bev, who helped decorate the hats. Thank you to the students for their hard work and to Evie Donoghue, Soma Govender, Aisha Venner and Kath Milne for their tireless work training the team.

At the end of each Wakakirri performance, 3 students from each school are interviewed for the audience regarding their school’s presentation. The 3 students representing our school were Tyler, Evie and Cora. The following are their responses to the questions asked by the interviewer.

Why did you choose your story?

We chose this story because it shows that it matters to be honest and truthful. In the story Ling learnt that it didn’t matter if people had better things because it mattered to be honest and truthful instead of bringing beautiful looking plants that shouldn’t have been grown and then not being loyal, honest and truthful to the emperor. (Tyler)

How did you consider sustainability for your performance?

For our Wakakirri Performance we have tried to be 100% sustainable because we used scrap materials for the emperor’s hat, the flats and some of the poles will be reused for other school activities and the leggings we bought can be reused for uniform. The hats and some of the flats were donated by our Japanese teacher and parents. We used every piece of our costume material for spare costumes and extra props. (Evie)

Is there anyone you would like to thank?

We would like to give a big thank you to Mrs Green for all the time and effort she put into our amazing costumes. Another big thank you is to Ms D for organising our Wakakirri experience and also for choreographing our dance. This is another big thank you to Mrs Govender, Mrs Milne and Mrs Venner for giving up their break times for helping us get better and improve. We would also like to give a big thank you to all the staff and crew at the Entertainment Centre and to all the parents who supported us in our Wakakirri journey. (Cora)

Since the Wakakirri performance, we have even more exciting news to share. HCEPS has been nominated along with 5 others out of all the South Australian school entrants for Story of the Year. We also won the Division 2 schools Best Cultural Celebration Award. Truly outstanding achievements. 


Last week it was officially Book Week, but because of many different activities, we celebrated Book Week this week. Students have participated in a range of interesting and exciting activities including decorating a whole school phoenix with feathers, participating in a buddy shared reading session, getting involved with the Charity Champions in the Big Book Swap to raise money for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation, dressing up as “my secret power” or as a favourite book character, watching the Splash Theatre production, having fun with "Chalk boy Tuesday", participating in cracking daily secret codes and a variety of lunchtime activities in the Resource Centre. Everyone also read some of the shortlisted children’s books of the year. What a busy week!! This extensive program was developed by a dedicated Book Week team and we thank Nicole Gully, Sarah Clews, Karina Galloway, Aisha Venner, Kerry Patterson, Karen Evans, Jonathon Warren-White and Irene Sulcs for their work, and a special mention to Carina Dias-Cocks for the fabulous art work in the Resource Centre. Thank you too to Jenny McFadyen for a lot of behind the scenes work.


In an earlier newsletter this term I had an article about the T&D staff did with Lisa Burman on Writer's Workshop. In that newsletter I provided a link for her parent brochure on Bookmaking. She has now also completed a brochure on Writer's Notebook, which is the level after Bookmaking. Please click on this link to read her brochure.



 Anne Rathjen


Classification of movies and digital games 2019:  Does Australia's classification system suit your family's needs?  

Australia's National Classification Scheme for movies, digital games and apps uses the classifications G, PG, M, MA15+ and R18+.     The Australian Council on Children and the Media [ACCM] is seeking your help with its 2019 survey of parents' and carers' satisfaction with the Australian National Classification Scheme (NCS) for movies, digital games and apps.  This survey will update information gathered in 2017, and takes between 5 and 10 minutes.  Its URL is https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Y7CTFSR   Your input will provide valuable data for ACCM's ongoing review of the usefulness of the NCS and levels of protection for children that it provides.

As ACCM  is wanting to hear from as many parents and carers across Australia as possible over these next four weeks, it would be very grateful if you would circulate the survey amongst your own networks.

For more information on ACCM, visit its Movie Review service [Know Before You Go] and its App Review Service [Know Before You Load].   

Australian Council on Children and the Media PO Box 1240, Glenelg South, SA, 5045 Ph 61-8 8234 9396  F:  61-8-8234 9396   Alt Ph/F 61-8-8376 2111www.childrenandmedia.org.au 2019: 62 years’ service to Australia’s families and children

We were very lucky to hear from 2 ladies from the Red Cross today about the importance of being prepared. We talked about different emergency situations, prepared our mind by taking deep breaths, and tried to figure out the 6 best things to take with us in an emergency. We then had a chance to decorate our own pillow cases that students took home with them, to continue the conversation with their families.

4 East History Excursion

As part of our continued learning in History and The Arts our class went on an excursion to the Art Gallery and Migration Museum on Thursday August 22nd. At the Art Gallery the class was involved in a facilitated drawing workshop before looking through the current William Kentridge exhibition, ‘That which we do not remember’.

We then went on a guided tour of the Elder Wing which has been recently re-established as Australian History galleries. We focused on looking at perspectives of First Contacts during colonisation as well as the early setting up of the colony as told through art of the time. We then took a quick look at the Chiharu Shiota string installation which we will use to inspire some art works back at school later in the term.

In the afternoon we went to the Migration Museum where we participated in a workshop also based on First Contacts.

It was a very busy and full day, with lots of great learning experiences.

Sports Update


Well Done to all of the students who participated in and represented Hallett Cove East in the SAPSASA Volleyball Competition, everyone played so well and showed great sportsmanship, we are anxiously awaiting the outcome of the draw to see if we will advance in the competition.

A BIG CONGRATULATIONS  to 7 Students for being selected in the SAPSASA Southern Valley District Soccer Teams Amy, Bradley, Chloe, Cora, Evie, Tyrone, Jet

Girls Knockout Soccer Final will be played Thursday 26th September, we wish the girls the best of luck! 

Sports Day 20th September


Sports Day is a much anticipated day on the school calendar, a great deal of planning and practice goes into making the day the very best it can be for all.  We welcome students and their families to come along and enjoy watching and being involved in the activities.  The program for sports day activities will be finalised soon and will be included in SkoolBag for families to read.  As always we will have a BBQ on the day with bacon and egg sandwiches and the traditional sausage sizzle.  The canteen will be open to serve a variety of foods and beverages including Helen's famous cappuccinos and hot donuts.

To make the day even more successful we would appreciate help with early morning  set up, end of day pack up, bbq volunteers and canteen helpers.  If you can spare anytime at all please leave your name and details with the front office staff.  Your help will be very much appreciated.

SPORTS DAY IS COMING, if you have any spare time at all we would love your help cooking the BBQ or serving in the canteen.  Please leave your name with the administration staff if you can volunteer some time to help out on the 20th September, the more the merrier. 


Please note the canteen Winter Menu has been updated please click here to view the latest menu

School Banking Information Session

Activities and Interests

 Hallett Cove East Primary is excited to offer the Commonwealth Bank School Banking program to all students.

 School Banking is a fun, interactive and engaging way for young Australians to learn about money and develop good savings habits. Children who deposit money into their Youthsaver account through School Banking earn Dollarmites tokens, which they can save up and redeem for exciting rewards.

The rewards available during 2019 are:

·        Scented Stackable Highlighters 

·        Snowy Origami Set                

·        Icicle Slap band Ruler

·        Yeti Fluffy Notepad

·        Arctic Owl Fluffy Keyring

·        Scratch Art Cards

·        Water Skimming Bounce Ball

·        Polar Pencils & Pencil Toppers 

School Banking is also a great fundraiser for our school. Our school receives a Regular Savers Contribution of $5 for every 10 deposits processed per student as well as an Annual Contribution which is based on the number of students who made at least one School Banking deposit in the prior year.

School Banking day is MONDAY

We will be holding a School Banking Information Session at our school:

 Time: 2.30pm till 3.15pm

Please join us and find out more about the School Banking program and how your child can get involved.

If you are interested in opening a Commonwealth Bank Youthsaver account for your child you can visit commbank.com.au/schoolbanking and click on the link to open a Youthsaver account. A School Banking representative will be available at the Information Session to show you how you can do this. You can also visit your local branch. In order to verify yourself and your child, you will need a driver’s licence and your child’s birth certificate.


Community Notice Board

Activities and Interests

For more information click on the links

Meet the Author: Sonya Feldhoff in conversation with John Marsden 'The Art of Growing Up'

Books available for sale thanks to Booked at North Adelaide.

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Junction Garden Tool Library opening for more information click here

Marion Tennis Club Open Day for more information click the link

The 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 for more information please click this link

Southern Tigers Basketball Club has their annual District trials coming up on Sunday the 18th August and their Domestic League Competition Sign Up Day on Saturday the 31st August, for more information please click the link.

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 prim

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 


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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