Hallett Cove East Primary School

Keeping you in the loop ....

We would like to acknowledge and pay our respects to the Kaurna people, the traditional custodians whose ancestral lands we gather on. We acknowledge the deep feelings of attachment and relationship of the Kaurna people to country and we respect and value their past, present and ongoing connection to the land and cultural beliefs. 


  • Monday 22nd August School Photo Day
  • Monday 22nd-26th August Book Week 
  • Thursday 1st  September Father's Day Stall
  • Friday 9th September is our School Closure Day
  • Thursday 22nd September Kidz Biz Family Growth and Development Sessions
  • Friday 30th September Sports Day


Dear Parents/Caregivers,

What a busy week we have coming up.

Monday is Photo Day. Please send your children to school with their forms and be clear with your children if you want a family photograph. These forms have been available from the front office for a while and you can still grab one first thing on Monday morning if you’d like a family photo. The class and individual photos are scheduled from the start of the school day and when these are finished the family photos will be taken.

Monday is also the start of Book Week and we start with half the school participating in the author incursion. There are Book Week activities and happenings all week, please see the information which has been previously shared and is repeated later in this newsletter. I would particularly like to mention the generosity of our families who have been sending in books for the Book Swap fundraiser on Thursday. Thank you.

On Thursday morning we also have a visit from our school’s Education Director, Heather Makris, Principal Consultant, Chris Tippett and Curriculum Lead, Tom Porta. The team will be speaking with Leadership, Staff and 10 of our students. They will also be visiting classrooms to see the wonderful learning that is occurring at our school.

At the end of the week we will round out activities with a Book Week Parade and assembly. On Friday morning, once you have dropped your children at the classroom door, we encourage you to come down to the big COLA to view all the students and their wonderful costumes and creations. Classes will be there as soon as they can after they have done their roll and become organised for the day. Please stand around the perimeter and follow appropriate COVID safe practices. We have our fingers crossed for fine weather.

You may have heard the announcement of an Autism Lead Teacher for all primary schools from 2023. We have received notification that our funding will be 0.1 FTE. For your information, a 0.1 FTE equates to a half a day a week or twenty days for a year. We will receive further information but we know that this time will be used to train a teacher to undertake this role which includes providing support to their fellow educators on how best to support and educate students with Autism.

If you have queries about the Autism Lead Teacher roles we have been asked to refer you to the Department for Education website for further information. 

We have had a query regarding closing or locking our gates during the school day. After a discussion with Governing Council we have decided to keep the gates as they are. Many are closed over during the day and sometimes the school makes a decision to close or lock specific gates. If you try to access the gate and it is locked please come to the administration or OSHC gate on Forresters Ave and ring the front office should this one be locked too. The safety of our students is always our highest priority.

Don’t forget the hours for our school day are 8:45am until 3:05pm.

If you have siblings that you are dropping at school after 8:40am you may find that one can get themselves to the classroom before 8:45am and the other has further to walk so they may not. We would like to remind all families that the learning program starts at 8:45am and students are expected to be in their classrooms at 8:40am. As we have mentioned before students who arrive late can not only disrupt their learning but can disrupt the learning of others in the class. As you know from our twice yearly written reports absence and late are shared with you on this document.

There will be a Skoolbag notice next week clarifying the time when a child is recorded as late or having missed the morning.

Our latest COVID update has confirmed that we need to continue to report positive cases of both students and staff. Should we have an outbreak we will seek guidance as to our actions. There does not seem to be any changes which relate to students.

Students and staff who are a close contact cannot attend an overnight camp during the 7-day period following exposure. People who have recovered from COVID-19 will not be considered a close contact for 28 days after their release from isolation. After 28 days, you will still be considered a close contact if you are exposed to COVID-19 and meet the close contact definition.

And congratulations to our SAPSASA Soccer team who have made it to the finals of the Middle Sized Primary Schools Competition. They will be competing on Monday 12th September at Gepps Cross. Good luck to you all.

With regards

Andrea Hayden



Dear Parents and Caregivers,

On the evening of Thursday 22nd September we are offering a Family Information Session run by Kidz Biz Education. These highly interactive sessions will provide students and their parents / care providers with an introduction to basic personal and social development education; traditionally known as the ‘facts of life’. There will be 2 sessions the first, Session 1 (6:40pm- 7:30pm): ‘Where Did We Come From’ (suitable for Year 2 to Year 4 students), Session 2 (7:40pm- 8:30pm) ‘What’s Happening To Us” (suitable for Year 5 to 6 students). Families can choose to attend one or both sessions. At the end of each session, a list of recommended and age–appropriate books for both students and parents will be provided or alternatively they can be downloaded from the Kidz Biz website  www.kidzbiz.edu.au. Please keep an eye on Skoolbag, next week, for more information as well as an eform to let us know if you will be attending.

Kind Regards,

Renee Fisher

Deputy Principal


Setting Boundaries

How well do you set boundaries (and stick to them)? It’s something that I’m working on at the moment as it isn’t one of my natural strengths.

Many people believe that setting boundaries will make people like them less. If I’m not available at the right moment then I will lose something (a job, social standing, etc.). Or we have FOMO (fear of missing out) and if we don’t continue to keep on top of everything in every sphere of life we will miss out on things. In this age of constant communication, it can be hard to set boundaries even if we want to.

It’s interesting to note that people who care about me greatly value my boundaries and respect me for having them. They understand that our work and lives are better when we have healthy boundaries. We can focus on one thing and do it well rather than trying to juggle too much and doing all of it to a lower standard.

Seeing the images below on positivepsychology.com provided the encouragement that I needed to persevere with my boundary setting, so I wanted to share them.  

For those of you who prefer all your reading in the same direction, the shape lists 7 types of boundaries: 

  1. Mental Boundaries: freedom to have your own thoughts, values, opinions
  2. Emotional Boundaries: how emotionally available are you to others
  3. Material Boundaries: monetary decisions, giving or lending to others
  4. Internal Boundaries: self-regulation, energy expended on self vs. others
  5. Conversational Boundaries: topics that you do and do not feel comfortable discussing
  6. Physical Boundaries: privacy, personal space, your body
  7. Time Boundaries: how much time you spend with someone or doing something 

I wonder how aware you are of your own boundaries and those of your family. More so, how do you show respect to those boundaries?   



at HCEPS on Wednesdays and Fridays



Statements have gone out today.  If you are yet to notify the school in regards to using any credits for other charges or a request for reimbursement (if applicable) please contact the office ASAP and we will send you a rebate slip.

If you are yet to pay your 2022 Materials and Services fees we remind families to clear all outstanding accounts.

If you are experiencing financial difficulties we ask you contact the Business Manager via email to  dl.1053.finance@schools.sa.edu.au.

Imelda Jolly

Business Manager


SAY CHEESE - School Photo Day is Monday 22nd August 2022

Have your child's school memories captured forever.

Parents can send the correct money to school in self-sealed envelope on the Photo Day, however, Online Ordering, where parents are able select their preferred package is the  safest and easiest way to order school photos.  Just enter the shootkey printed on your child's envelope and make your selection.  If you are having a Sibling photo taken, use the shootkey printed on the Sibling envelope. 

MSP offers a 10% discount for all Online orders over $90.00 per family.

To receive this discount online, your orders must be placed in one transaction.

Some important points:

  -  Each child needs their own photo envelope.

  -  Don't seal envelopes inside each other. 

  -  You can pay for all your children in one envelope.

  -  Please enclose the correct money as not change is given.

  -  Cash, cheques, credit card and money orders accepted.

  -  Family envelopes are available at the school office.

  -  Try Online Ordering - it's safe and easy!


BOOK WEEK (August 22nd – August 26th)

Week 5 is Book Week! We have lots of great activities planned across our school next week to celebrate this year’s CBCA nominated books and to promote the joy of reading. This year’s Book Week theme is “Dreaming With Eyes Open”.

On Monday and Tuesday (Aug 22nd and 23rd) we are fortunate enough to have award winning author Janeen Brian visiting our school to share her books and poems with all classes. We are super excited to have this opportunity and information about this incursion, including permission forms, has been sent out via SkoolBag.

As part of Book Week this year the Charity Champions and Literacy Leaders will be raising money for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. A Pyjama Day on Tuesday (August 23rd) and the Great Book Swap on the Thursday (August 25th). 

On Friday (August 26th) we will have our dress up parade. Students are invited to dress up as their favourite book character or to dress up as something related to this year’s theme. This is always good fun and after two years of restrictions we are excited to invite parents along to the Big Cola at 9am (weather permitting) to watch our Book Week parade. After the parade students will go to the pavilion for our Book Week assembly, but due to continued Covid restrictions related to large numbers of people in an enclosed space within a school, this will need to be for staff and students only. Thankyou in advance for your understanding.

Classes will also link up with their Buddies throughout Book Week and lunchtime activities related to this year’s nominated books will be held in the library each day.

Book Week is one of the highlights for the school year and we are really looking forward to a terrific week celebrating children’s literature across the school.



Our Father’s Day stall will be held on Thursday the 1st  of September & Friday 2nd of September. 

Pre-purchasing of $ 5 or multiples, will need to be made via Qkr under the fundraising section - from Tuesday the 23rd August till Tuesday 30th  August.   Items are still $5 each or smaller items 2 for $5.  

Term 4 – Week 2 Friday Night October 28th*(restrictions permitting)

The Fundraising Committee are organising a school disco

Look out for details closer to the date.


Volunteers Wanted !!

Volunteers are important to our school community. Our canteen relies on help from volunteers to deliver a meal service to our pupils.

To enable us to provide a varied recess and lunch menu offer to our pupils we really do need your help.   

If you have a spare hour or more we would welcome your support.

Not registered with the school as a volunteer?  Volunteer application packs are available from the front office containing all the information you need to submit your registration as a volunteer...... WE NEED YOU


Open every Wednesday 8:30-9am and 3:00-3:30pm in House 1 - first building near the gates at the drop off/pick up point.  The shop is stocked with a variety of second hand uniform items. The money raised is given back to the school and utilised in fundraising projects. Remember that if you have any uniforms that no longer fit or are not being worn and in good clean condition, we'd love to receive them. Thank you.




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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