Hallett Cove East Primary School

Keeping you in the loop ....


Dear Parents/Caregivers, 


Teachers will be working with other teachers from local partnership schools on LDAM. The OSHC will be open for child care that day. Please book in with Lissy or Sally on 8381 7577.


Like me, you would have probably been affected by the images in the media of racial tensions in the USA during the last week. Closer to home, there have also been a number of media stories about indigenous Australians that have been equally thought provoking. At HCEPS Aboriginal perspectives and culture, other aspects of the Australian Curriculum and our values are all providing the basis for our students to learn about indigenous peoples, and respect, tolerance and fairness to ensure that as adults, students are able to live harmoniously with all Australians, both indigenous and non-indigenous. Reconciliation Week has just been commemorated in Australia. In the last newsletter, Andrea Hayden wrote about the history and meaning of Reconciliation in Australia. Last Friday, Jonathon Warren-White and House 9 teachers led most classes in a recreation of the Sydney Harbour Bridge Walk for Reconciliation held in 2000. Further down in the newsletter, 2 of our Communication leaders have written a report about this walk and there are photos after that.


We have many students who are sick at the moment and we thank all those parents who are doing the right thing and keeping them home until well. This is just a reminder that if your child is sick please keep him/her at home until well. If you have more than one child, you only need to keep the child who is sick at home, but if any other of your children show any illness symptoms you are then asked to keep them home as well. Because of the very close nature of working with others in a school, viruses spread very quickly and particularly in the winter months. We do need to be vigilant and especially during this pandemic.

As you know from previous Skoolbag notifications and from the media coverage, SA Health and Department for Education recommend testing for coronavirus if a sick child shows COVID like symptoms (eg sore throat).


As you may know, Year 7 is moving to high school in 2022. This means that if your child is in Year 5 or 6 this year, they will graduate from primary school next year. Having two year levels graduate at the same time is a unique situation and we want to assure you that our students will experience a positive and successful transition from primary to high school. To ensure the experience is memorable, we are considering how leadership opportunities, seniors’ jumpers, graduation ceremonies and participation in programs that were historically 'Year 7' events will include year 6 students. We will provide you with further information about our plans as time goes on.


The following information is very important for all parents who at any time use the drop zone for dropping off for or picking up children from school. The afternoon session has always been very busy, but this term the morning session has also become very busy. I believe this is probably due to the fact that many parents are now just dropping off rather than parking somewhere and walking children into school, (due to COVID restrictions on parent access).

For the safety of our students and staff who have to monitor this zone, I have the following requests for both before and after school:

·         Please remember that children can be impulsive, are still learning road rules and therefore may make unsafe decisions when crossing the road. It is very important that adults make the right decision at all times in the drop zone to help the staff member who is there to keep students safe.

·         Please always stop and check the drop zone pedestrian crossing, both ways. (Cars that are stopped in the bays near the crossing also make it hard for both children and drivers to see each other.)

·         Please always follow any directions of the staff member and especially if the person has walked out into the crossing to stop the traffic moving through

·         Please move immediately up to the next available bay as you move through the zone, so as not to block traffic behind you

·         Please do not stop to let your children out anywhere along the zone except in the designated stopping bays

·         Please always drive slowly in the zone

At the busiest part of each session, this is a challenging duty for staff members but if all parents/caregivers do the right thing and follow these simple and obvious requests, it means staff just need to concentrate on students.

I thank you for your cooperation in this matter.


From the media you would be aware that the government have allowed sports groups to recommence. With regard to our out of school sports programs (such as Soccer), the associated restrictions on how they can operate safely are still too difficult to manage. So these continue to be postponed until further restrictions are lifted. After 6pm Pavilion hirers, however, have been able to recommence within very strict guidelines relating to required data collection, numbers of people involved and specialised cleaning/hygiene requirements.

Other restrictions remain in place

Anne Rathjen


Please ...

Finance Information from the Business Manager

A reminder we are continuing to provide the quality educational 2020 program planned for all students at Hallett Cove East Primary School.  To allow our program to be sustained we ask families to support us by clearing outstanding accounts as soon as possible.  We are very aware and understanding of the situation in regard to additional financial strains on families particularly this year and ask if you are experiencing financial difficulties we ask you contact the Business Manager  via email dl.1053.finance@schools.sa.edu.au 

Jenny McFadyen

Business Manager

News from our Wellbeing Leader

Did your child have a “bumpy” return back to school?  If so, he/she was not alone.  Other students too found the return to school challenging.  For many of our students the return back to school has been a “breeze” and they were eager to socialise, once again, face-to-face with their friends.  For others, spending time with family, mum and dad has been positive and they do not want to give this time up. 

BeyondBlue has some great resources and strategies that you may find helpful in easing that transition back to school including:

Managing your child’s transition back to school

How to alleviate worry and fear in children

How to recognise anxiety in your children

Reassuring your children about the unknown

These resources are useful for other times in which your child may experience worries, anxiety or fear.  BeyondBlue has a wide variety of resources on their website for both young people and adults.  It’s worth checking it out!!

Evie Donoghue (evie.donoghue503@schools.sa.edu.au)

HCEPS Wellbeing Coordinator

An update from the IT Coordinator

This week I had fun with 3 south pulling apart an old computer and seeing what it looks like on the inside.


This is something I recommend doing with any old appliance you might have around the house that you don’t mind breaking into small pieces. Tinkering and seeing what our electronic equipment looks like on the inside is something that all children enjoy and you will be amazed at some of the questions they come up. It does not matter if they don’t know what each piece does as long as they are exploring and investigating and asking questions. If you as parents don’t know the answers that is also okay. You can maybe investigate together as an added activity.


By doing this as well you can help explain some of the safety issues around electrical equipment and keep them informed about how to be safe with these devices around the house.


Jonathon Warren-White

9 North - Photography



At 12:00 last Friday, we were invited to walk from House 9, around the school and back to House 9 for about a kilometre. We did this walk to recreate the 1.1km Reconciliation Walk across the Sydney Harbour Bridge in 2000. This was the biggest political gathering together of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people at that time. The walk was to show they cared about the fact that non-Aboriginal people had made changes and decisions about different things that affected Aboriginal people over many years without their consent. As we did our walk, we were asked to think about someone who we had wronged or who had wronged us and to think about how we could reconcile with them. We were also challenged to talk to 10 people who we had never spoken to before.

Caeley Vowles and Riley Gierke

Yr 7 Communication Leaders

Reconciliation Walk

8 East Building Parachutes

News from the Resource Centre / Library

Due to the unprecedented times, the BOOK FAIR, which was due to be held next week, has been CANCELLED.

In place of the Fair, Scholastic is offering Book Club Issue 3 directly to families, along with home delivery.  They are sending all the parents on our LOOP database a link to the latest Book Club.  You will be able to click-and-go directly to Issue 3 and place your order via LOOP - just as you have before.

Please be aware that Book Club orders will be home delivered with a $5.99 delivery fee.

Thank you for your continued support.

Keep Safe and Keep Reading,


Resource Centre Officer

A message from Joey - Pastoral Care Worker

“I’m bored”  


Kirriliee Smout, a local child psychologist, suggests that we have 6 positive responses to a child’s comment of, “I’m bored.”


Option 1: Help the child generate new activity ideas

Brainstorm ideas with your child. It can be helpful to actually write down a list of options to make them easier to visualise.


Option 2:  Help them get involved in the start of an activity

Sometimes the idea of starting something can be daunting. When we spend 5 minutes helping to set up an activity, especially with a promise to check in to see how it is going, we are creating an environment where a child is able to challenge themselves for far longer than we are involved.


Option 3: Empathise and normalise.  

Sometimes a child needs to hear that entertaining ourselves isn’t easy, and that we can be bored too.


Option 4:  Help children take activities/tasks and make them more interesting or challenging.

Encourage your child to think creatively by asking questions such as, “Could you do it differently to make it more interesting?” or “How could you turn your chores into a game?”


Option 5: Consider making starting an activity compulsory but finishing it optional

Sitting around bored while waiting for screen time to start is a common problem. Encourage your child to fill in those minutes, “Sorry mate but you can't sit there doing nothing.  You need to pick an activity that we've discussed and do it for at least x minutes, and then if you still don't want to do it at that point then you can stop.”


Option 6: Ignore it

Often children manage their boredom and find activities to do if we stay out of their way. However, the first 5 options can be an investment in decreasing the frequency of your child’s bouts of boredom.




at HCEPS on Wednesdays and Fridays



We pleased to be offering a limited Canteen LUNCH service as of next Monday 11th May.  

  • Cashless service until further notice
  • All orders via Qkr! ONLY
  • No counter sales at recess or lunch
  • Limited Lunch menu 
  • Orders by 9.15
  • Unfortunately no Volunteers are allowed in school hence our limited menu offer.
  • We thank you for your continued understanding and support.

Our limited menu will be 

  • Hotdogs $4.00
  • Pizza $4.00
  • Mac and Cheese $5.00
  • Lasagna $5.00
  • Chicken Nuggets $4.00
  • Meat Pies $4.00
  • Sausage Rolls  $3.50
  • Muffins $1.00
  • Cookies $1.00

There will be no sandwiches, wraps, burgers and potatoes available


We do our best to return LOST PROPERTY, Hoodies, Hats etc.  We are always sorting through uniforms BUT there are so many uniform items that have not been named/labelled.  PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE write your child's name on each piece of clothing, lunch box, drink bottle, sporting equipment that is send to school.

Updated Uniform Price List

Did you know we have not had a Uniform price increase since 2015. Unfortunately our suppliers have and we are unable to cover these expenses with our current pricing.  Please find our new prices attached. For purchases please order via the QKR App or contact the Administration Office.


Secondhand Uniform Shop

Unfortunately due to COVID 19 the second hand uniform shop is closed until further notice.


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Community News and Events

RELATIONSHIPS AUSTRALIA - COVID-19 is making life complex and uncertain for everyone. Relationships Australia South Australia is here to support you through this period of change.

Services in the SA metro area, which usually incur a fee, are FREE until 30 June. 

How can you stay grounded in a time of change?

Maintaining personal, social and emotional wellbeing can be difficult in uncertain and highly stressful times, such as during a pandemic. However, our wellbeing is central to our relationships with partners, family, friends and community, and is vital to thriving and doing well. Nurture and sustain your wellbeing in a time of change by: 

  • Staying connected online with friends and family
  • Taking time to rest and recharge 
  • Prioritising good food, exercise and sleep routines 
  • Making space for things that you enjoy – creative projects, hobbies 
  • Being kind and patient towards yourself 
  • Recognising the signs of stress & know where to get help if you need it 
  • Taking breaks from media to avoid becoming overwhelmed 
  • Get information from reliable, credible sources 
  • Acknowledging & accepting your feelings, even if they are uncomfortable   

Read more on wellbeing and access other resources:

Coping with COVID-19 - Wellbeing

Feeling stressed out? We can help.  

We are in this together. Keep safe and stay connected.   Stay up to date and get useful information and resources via our social media

COVE MARION - are a community driven female only soccer club.  We are after players for our Under 9's and 11's teams.  We are holding come and try nights every Wednesday at our grounds from 5:45pm to 6:45pm.  We are aware of the unique situation Covid-19 poses and we our following all guidelines to make sure that trainings are run to the highest level of safety and security. 

Our grounds are located at Club Marion, 262 Sturt Road, Marion.  Players of any experience are welcome to attend, and are encouraged to come out and give the world game a try.

We have highly qualified coaches that will take the girls through a night of new skills and enjoyment. 

To register or if you have any queries, please contact Leigh on either 0412 591 478 or leighmatt00@hotmail.com

NETBALL CLUB HUB - are looking for Under 9 & Under 11 players for the 2020 Winter season.  Boys & girls welcome - no experience necessary although fun is definitely a pre requisite.

Games are allowed to start from June 25th & are played Friday nights at Southern United Netball Assocation (SUNA), Wilfred Taylor Reserve, Morphett Vale.

Trainings held Monday nights at our home courts Oval Road, Old Reynella. If you would like more information, please contact Melissa Brennan on 0413 299 891 or email admin@hubnetballclub.com 

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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