Reynella Primary School Grapevine

Term 2, Week 5 | 2022

From the Leadership Team

Welcome to week 5 and the onslaught of winter where we spend a lot of time trying to keep students out of the puddles! Although making a huge splash in puddles is a right of passage, if your child is unable to resist, we would encourage you to pack a spare pair of clothes. We are also entering the prime cold and flu symptoms and encourage you to continue to keep children home if they have symptoms and RAT test them if possible, just to be sure.

Thank you for your flexibility and making the time to speak with teachers about the learning progress of your child(ren). I know teachers have greatly appreciated this opportunity to celebrate success and develop plans for future growth.


In 2020 the South Australian government passed legislation regarding the use of digital devices in primary schools. RPS developed a mobile phone policy that was ratified by Governing Council early in term 1 of that year. This was communicated to parents and the policy can be found in full on our website. See excerpt below:

Mobile phone use for primary school students

The department’s position is that primary aged students cannot use their mobile phones and personal devices at school during school hours. Digital devices include, but are not limited to, smartwatches, tablets or laptops that are not part of a separate Bring Your Own Device arrangement. This policy applies while students are at school, or attending an authorised school activity such as an excursion, during school hours.

It has come to our attention that a few parents are texting their children on their smart watches during the school day. We request that this practice cease immediately as it puts your child in a difficult position. Any messages can be passed on via the Front Office.


After a tumultuous start to the year staff are very much looking forward to gathering for our upcoming Pupil Free Day – Friday June 10. This will give us the opportunity to explore Differentiation; what it is and what it isn’t, addressing misconceptions and working towards developing whole school alignment in our approach. This day will build on our capacity to design learning that gives all children the opportunity to make progress and feel successful.

"Differentiation can be defined as a way of teaching in which teachers proactively modify curriculum, teaching methods, resources, learning activities, and student products. The needs of individual students and/or small groups of students are addressed to maximize the learning opportunity for each student in the classroom." — Tomlinson, et al.


The Emergency Management Committee has announced changes to face mask requirements in education settings.

From Monday 30 May, face masks will be:

·         Strongly recommended (but not required) for all adults - including visitors and parents - while indoors, except when teaching or interacting with children

·         Strongly recommended (but not required) for students in years 3 to 12 while indoors.

Students and staff will be encouraged and supported to continue wearing a face mask if they choose to.

Supplies of surgical face masks will continue to be provided by the Department for Education to our school. They are strongly recommended (but not required) for classroom contacts and close contacts.

Face mask use in outbreaks

The Department for Education and SA Health have advised that face masks will be required to be worn in education settings where COVID-19 transmission reaches certain thresholds, based on SA Health advice.

In these instances, face masks will be required to be worn indoors by all staff and visitors in the school, preschool or and children’s centre for a 14-day period. You will be advised of the dates that face masks will be required if we reach these outbreak thresholds at our school.

Exemptions will be made for students or staff who have a medical condition, such as problems with their breathing, a serious skin condition on the face, a disability, or a mental health condition.

Thank you to all parents and students for your cooperation and assistance in implementing the face mask measures at Reynella Primary School.


Inquiry takes critical and creative thinking to a deeper level than knowledge transmission can offer. It means our students will become more independent, curious learners – a crucially important goal because we don’t know what kind of world they will emerge into as adults. We are pleased to announce that, once again, we will be showcasing students’ critical and creative thinking at the end of term 3. Classes are just beginning to embark on another whole-school inquiry journey. We can’t wait to share more with you as the learning unfolds – watch this space!


Our wellbeing leader, Fiona Brown, will be extending her leave until the end of term 2. Belle Padgett will continue in this role during this time and Cassie Blackler will continue working with the students in D6.



Student News

Learning with D2

Reconciliation Week

27th MAY TO 3rd  JUNE 


The National Reconciliation Week 2022 theme, “Be Brave. Make Change.” is a challenge to all Australians— individuals, families, communities, organisations and government—to Be Brave and tackle the unfinished business of reconciliation so we can Make Change for the benefit of all Australians. 


National Reconciliation Week is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia. 


This week I am running activities with classes to build their understanding of Reconciliation from Monday 30th to Friday 3rd June. Classes have the opportunity to visit, learn and then complete some activities, explore information displays and discuss 'bravery'.  

 Activities include:  

  •  Learning about Kaurna History and some Kaurna words and phrases 
  • Tracing of hands-on paper, colouring them in and placing them on a tree   
  • Tracing of hands-on paper, colouring them in and placing them together to make a rainbow serpent  
  • Making of origami spears heads/boomerangs 

Ngaityalya (thank you)


SAPSASA 2022 Update

What a different start to the year it has been on 2022 the sporting calendar. Luckily, after a first term reshuffle of Sports Day and some SAPSASA events, we are back on-track to return to normality on the sporting landscape.

Despite the challenges, we have still managed to see some SAPSASA sports underway and some impressive results from our Reynella Primary School representatives.

Swimming – Our first congratulations goes to Archer. Archer swam incredibly well at the Southern Valley Swimming Carnival, winning the 50m backstroke and 50m freestyle. This qualified Archer to represented the Southern Valley and Reynella at the 2022 Metro Swimming Championships in both events. Archer swam well in both events, particularly in the backstroke, just finishing outside the placings.

Softball – Allirah and Jessica trialled and earned their spot in the Southern Valley Softball Team. The girls travelled to West Beach to participate in the State Softball SAPSASA Carnival. The girls showed great resilience to learn a sport they had never played competitively before and they both felt like they played to a good standard. The girls came away with one win and one draw for the carnival, fantastic work Allirah and Jessica.

Girls’ Football – Girls’ football is  very rapidly gaining popularity in the Southern Valley. We had quite a few Reynella students’ trial to make the Southern Valley team, with every student earning their spot.  Jessica, Allirah, Madison and Laila all represented Reynella and the Southern Valley at the State Metro Football Carnival, played at West Beach. Many of the girls were new to football, but showed great determination at trainings and the carnival, to gel as a new team. Although the girls did not win a game they all said they loved the experience of playing SAPSASA football.

Boys’ Football – What a year for boys’ football in the Southern Valley. Probably the most tightly contested trials in recent memory, with 70 students turning up to try out. Our Reynella boys all trialled extremely well, with Eddie, Logan and Kai earning their spots in the 16-man squad. There was a lot of talent running around in that team and it showed at the State Metro Football Carnival. Our southern Valley team ran-out with the second-place medallions. Fantastic work boys!



School News

Have you seen our website?

Did you know you can access information about STEM, student support and wellbeing on our website at any time?

We are regularly updating information on our website so that you can find out more about what we have on offer at Reynella and what's coming up on the calendar!

Canteen News

Cancelled Lunch Orders

If you child is absent please:

  • cancel your lunch order via QKR before 9am


  • call the canteen before 9:30am to have the order cancelled. If you cancel an order with the canteen (not through Qkr) they will postpone the order to an alternate day. You will need to let the canteen know what day you want the postponed order.

NB. If the order is not cancelled before 9:30am the order will not be replaced as it has missed the cut off and will have financial implications to the canteen.

Canteen Increasing Costs

Due to increasing costs, our canteen are performing a thorough cost analysis of the canteen menu this term. We anticipate some of our menu items will need to have a price increase in term 3 to ensure the canteen doesn't run at a loss this year.

Excerpt from Adelaide Now: "pantry basics have had the biggest price rise in a decade as food manufacturers are forced to pass on cost increases".

After School Sport

Holiday Basketball Clinic

Cherie Meekins, our After School Basketball Co-ordinator, together with Roddy from Rodman Training organised a very successful holiday Basketball Clinic for 47 of our players during the last school holidays.

The participants enjoyed:

  • improving the skills with Roddy
  • lunch and snacks
  • games, prizes and a take home gift

A big thank you to Cherie and Roddy for taking the time to run the Clinic for our kids.

They are planning to run another one in the next school holidays, so watch out for more news as there will once again be limited spaces.


Finance and Communication

School Fees

Materials and Service Charges for 2022 are now overdue. They were due to be paid in full by Thursday 14 April 2022.

If you have not made arrangements for payment by instalment, then your fees are now overdue. If you are eligible for School Card this year, please apply now (information in this Grapevine).

If you are experiencing financial difficulties, please contact the school to speak with Kay Starczak, Business Manager. You can phone: 8381 1493 or email her at

School Card 2022

Low-income families who attend a government school can get financial help with school fees – materials and services charges – through the School Card scheme. Click on this link or speak to Tracey or Kay in our Finance Office for more information.

Don't miss out on Skoolbag Notifications

To ensure you don't miss out on school communication, please ensure you turn Skoolbag notifications on and make sure you are part of your child's year group in addition to class and this will ensure you are kept up to date will all the information.

Follow this link for instructions. 

Qkr on Your Computer

Click on this link to access Qkr on your computer.

Important Dates and Information

Information sent home since last Grapevine

Festival Choir T-Shirt Order Form

Adelaide Zoo Excursion  - F7 & F8

Adelaide Zoo Excursion - Change of date F7 & F8


Swimming Group 1 and Group 2 - Reception to Year 4

Important Dates

8 June 2022

Adelaide Zoo Excursion F7 & F8

10 June 2022

Pupil Free Day

13 June 2022

Public Holiday

27 June – 8 July 2022

R-4 Swimming lessons

25 July 2022

Student Free Day

27 July 2022

School Photo Day

29 July 2022

Make up School Photo Day

5 September 2022

Pupil Free Day

23 September 2022

Run 4 Fun

3 November 2022

Sports Day

4 November 2022

Pupil Free Day

1 December 2022

End Of Year Concert

2 December 2022

School Closure Day

14 December 2022

Year 6 Graduation

Please check the google calendar regularly to keep up to date with events happening at Reynella Primary School.

Community Noticeboard

Belle is at our school on Monday and Friday mornings from 8:30am in the ampitheatre (weather permitting) if you are after a coffee or morning snack. Please see menu as Belle overs quite an alternative menu to cater for all.  Parents welcome.

Leadership Team

PrincipalMichele Russell
Deputy PrincipalMatt Simmons
Senior LeaderRichard Kemp
Wellbeing LeaderFiona Brown

55 Concord Drive, Old Reynella, SA 5161

08 8381 1493     sms 0416 905 323




p. 0439 432 722