Hallett Cove East Primary School

Keeping you in the loop ....


  • Pupil Free Day Tuesday 14th June
  • Pupil Free Day Monday 25th July


Dear Parents/Caregivers,


Welcome back to everyone for term 2 and a special welcome to our new families. We’ve had a great start to term two and I have really enjoyed my visits to classrooms. 

We have been able to welcome parents back on site, and although there are some restrictions we are creeping back towards operating as normal. We have to continue to wear masks for another couple of weeks at least and adults must still socially distance but we have been given the go ahead to have COVID safe assemblies. Unfortunately this means that parents are still unable to watch but we hope this may change. 

Parent Volunteers

We encourage as many parents as possible to become volunteers at our school. If you are interested please contact the front office for further assistance. 

School Tours for Prospective Families

We are ramping up our school tours as we know that we have a great school and want other students to get to experience all we have to offer. If you know of any interested parents of three, four and five year olds please encourage them to ring the front office to organise a school tour. Our children, who start in reception, do not need to live nearby to our school as long as we know by term three of the year prior to starting. 

The New Playground

Many of you will have noticed that the new playground has been completed. It has been designed for our older students and offers some great physical challenges for this age group. For safety reasons we have decided that the playground is only open to year 5 and 6 students at recess and lunch. These students have come up with initial guidelines, which have been approved by staff, and we are continuing to monitor the safety aspects. Some teachers may elect to take their year 3 and 4 students for in-class fitness sessions if the safety guidelines can be met. OSHC are aware of the guidelines and have begun to use it for some of their students. The planned second fence should be erected shortly. 

Starting Secondary School in 2023

Parents of Years 6 students are reminded that the online application procedure to start the transition process for your child to move to secondary schooling in 2023 is due to be completed by Friday 27th May. There are a number of applications that are still to be completed. If you are having difficulty with the process, please contact the office team for advice. 


Our students have been tackling the challenges of NAPLAN so well this week. One of the biggest challenges for our year 3 and 5 students is remaining seated for the duration of the test including needing to just sit there and wait for the allocated time to be up. We had an unexpected internet issue on Thursday but our year 5 students took it in their stride. The year 3s wrote their narratives in the supplied booklets and we were impressed with the endeavour shown by all.

We will notify you of results as soon as we get them which we understand will be around September. Next year there will be a change and the NAPLAN tests will occur in March in term 1.

From Monday 16th May until Friday 20th May the year 3 or year 5 students who missed any of the online tests will be able to do them in catch up sessions organised and supervised by myself and Jonathon Warren- White. 

Term 2 Pupil Free Day – Tuesday 14th June

Staff will be training, plus planning curriculum and exploring other actions of the Site Plan. If you need child care, the OSHC will be open that day. Please contact Sally Mitchell on 8381 7577 to book in. 

Parent/Teacher/Student Interviews- Week 9 Term 2 

At this stage we are planning to have our face to face parent/teacher/student interviews from Monday 27th June until Friday 1st July. The late night will be on Tuesday 28th June until around 7:30pm. We will send out information regarding booking in about three weeks. We are giving you advance notice because these meetings are so valuable for the child, the parent and the teacher. 

At this meeting the teacher will hand the parent the semester one written report. This will include a general comment, social capabilities indicators and grades for achievement and effort for each curriculum area taught by the classroom teacher. Our specialist teachers will award grades for achievement and effort in their curriculum areas as well as give a written comment.

At the interview the classroom teacher will explain the progress in each of the curriculum areas taught by them and areas for continued development. You will all be able to share strategies for continued improvement both in school and out. 

Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD)

Information from the Department for Education:

Every year, all schools in Australia participate in the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD). The NCCD process requires schools to identify information already available in the school about supports provided to students with disability. These relate to legislative requirements under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and the Disability Standards for Education 2005, in line with the NCCD guidelines (2019).

Information provided about students to the Australian Government for the NCCD includes:

• year of schooling

• category of disability: physical, cognitive, sensory or social/emotional

• level of adjustment provided: support provided within quality differentiated teaching practice, supplementary, substantial or extensive.

This information assists schools to:

• formally recognise the supports and adjustments provided to students with disability in schools

• consider how they can strengthen the support of students with disability in schools

• develop shared practices so that they can review their learning programs in order to improve educational outcomes for students with disability.

The NCCD provides state and federal governments with the information they need to plan more broadly for the support of students with disability. The NCCD will have no direct impact on your child and your child will not be involved in any testing process. The school will provide data to the Australian Government in such a way that no individual student will be able to be identified – the privacy and confidentiality of all students is ensured. All information is protected by privacy laws that regulate the collection, storage and disclosure of personal information.

To find out more about these matters, please refer to the Australian Government’s Privacy Policy (https://www.education.gov.au/privacy-policy). Further information about the NCCD can be found on the NCCD Portal (https://www.nccd.edu.au).If you have any questions about the NCCD, please contact the school.

With regards

Andrea Hayden


PLEASE, A REMINDER TO ARRIVE AT SCHOOL ON TIME ..........The Gates are open at 8:30am and all students should be in their classrooms by 8:40am. The learning program starts at 8:45am.

A Few Words from the Deputy Principal

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Welcome to Term 2!

I am very excited to start my new role as Deputy Principal. Thank you to all the families for making me feel so welcome in this position.

It has been great to have the gates open and see families back on the school grounds again.

Thank you for everyone’s support while the canteen was closed for the first three days of the term. The canteen is in need of volunteers, so please let us know if you are available to help.

Well done to the students who participated in cross country on the Thursday of week one. While the weather was not the best all the students put in a mighty effort.

Thank you to Mel Vlachos and the volunteers for organising as well as running the Mother’s Day stall. Everything ran very smoothly and there were a great selection of gifts.

The new playground is now complete. It looks fantastic! The Year 5/6 students have been very busy creating rules to ensure everyone stays safe while playing on the playground. This has been the first week that it has been officially open for use and naturally the older students are very excited to be able to go on it during recess and lunch times.

Congratulations to the Year 3 and Year 5 students for participating in NAPLAN this week. It was the first time these students have participated in NAPLAN so they should be very proud of their efforts.

Kind Regards,

Renee Fisher

Deputy Principal

A Few Words from the Wellbeing Leader

Buddy Bench Reboot Initiative

This term, The Student Wellbeing Leaders will be out and about during lunch times. Students will be able to identify these Leaders easily, as they will be wearing bright pink vests! Some Leaders will also be set-up near the Buddy Bench, encouraging those who are a little lost to participate in a fun activity and to engage with others (Building Social Skills).

This initiative will re-introduce the concept and purpose of the Buddy Bench, encouraging those who feel lonely a safe place to go. There are signs up near the Buddy Bench, which state the expectations of the seat/area; for those sitting on it and for those walking past or noticing someone on it. Our Student Wellbeing Leaders will be there all term supporting and encouraging correct use of this area and providing fun activities – along with Mrs Pudney and Joey of course!

So if your young person tells you they have nowhere to go or no one to play with – encourage them to find us on The Buddy Bench!

The Wellbeing Leaders are so excited to be running the Buddy Bench Reboot Initiative and hope to see many young people accessing and joining in our fun activities!

A Letter from the Lighthouse Leaders

- This week the year 3's and 5's had NAPLAN

- The new playground was opened this week for the year 5's and 6's

- Last week we did very well at district cross country. 4 people made it to the State Finals at Oakbank and 3 out of the 4 were medalists at district cross country


Important Reminder

Last week the fundraising committee held our annual Mother’s Day stall. This event is always very popular and raises much needed funds for the school and I thank you for your support.

I would like to remind you however that all events held at the school including excursions, camps and fundraising create a number of administration duties and work for volunteer preparation hence we always request that payment and or consents are returned prior to the event date so as we can provide information to class teachers in a timely manner and that all involved are well prepared.  Please ensure your payments are made prior to or on the requested pay by date to ensure all preparations can be performed without undue pressure. Thank you.

Imelda Jolly

Business Manager

A Few Words from Joey

Navigating news coverage with your family in 2022 

I would like to encourage you to read: https://blog.smilingmind.com.au/navigating-news-coverage-with-your-family

If you need more convincing, here is the outline of the article.

The emotional toll from a global crisis can cause intense, confusing, and overwhelming emotions. Exposure to round-the-clock news coverage and endless social media posts can result in feelings of anxiety, among both parents and children.

Research shows that a constant stream of bad news can be traumatizing. Some symptoms of trauma in kids, to look out for include being withdrawn, more clingy than usual, or reverting to childhood habits such as thumbsucking.

Here are some tips to help your family work navigate the pandemic news:

1. Reassure your children that they are safe.

2. Limit media exposure. 

3. Focus on positive stories. 

4. Let them know what they can do.

5. Spend time as a family.

6. Look after yourself and seek help if necessary.


Further support or contact

If you would like any more support with this, or anything regarding ‘life skills’ or mental health please feel free to contact me by calling the front office to leave me a message, or sending me an email. 

Joey Traeger

Pastoral Care Worker at HCEPS Wednesday and Friday


Enjoying the new Playground


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

Secondhand Uniform Shop

Second-hand Uniform SALE

Due to the change into the cooler months and overstock in the Second-hand Uniform shop – we have decided to have a SALE.

ONE DAY ONLY – Wednesday the 18th May   Morning    8.30-9.00

                                                                                Afternoon 3.00-3.30

Cash or card available on the day.

Prices will be;

Hoodies/Jumpers                       $5.00

Track pants/skorts etc               $3.00

Polo Tops                                    $3.00

Winter Pinafore                      $ 10.00

School Bags                               $ 5.00



For all ages - COVID Safe Practices.

From more information & class times visit www.tatakai.com.au

1/61 O'Sullivan Beach Road, Lonsdale  Ph: 0408 311 772




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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