Hallett Cove East Primary School

Keeping you in the loop ....

2/8/19 National Principals Day

5th,6th,12th,13th,19th, 20th August Year 3-7 Lacrosse Clinic

7/8/19 Book Club orders are back today

8/8/19 Year 6-7 Knockout Soccer 

12/8/19 Science Week

12-14/8/19 Ignite VR click here for more information regarding this incursion

15-16/8/19 Living Safely with Pets

16/8/19 Trent Hill an Indigenous educator, will be sharing with students from 4W, 4E, 5W, 5E, 6W, 6E and 7E. 

19/8/19 SAPSASA Volleyball Years 5-7

20/8/19 Wakakirri Rehearsal and Performance

26/8/19 SSO Week

26/8/19 School Photo Day

26/8/19 Book Week commences  - Theme: Reading is My Secret Power.

27/8/19 a whole school incursion presented by Splash Theatre  

28/8/19 Big Book Swap Charity Champions fundraiser 

29/8/19  9am Dress Up Parade Assembly, this is a community event

28-29/8/19  Fundraising Committee will run the annual Fathers Day stall for students to make purchases for their fathers, grandfathers, caregivers.  Stall will open after conclusion of the Book Week Dress up Parade

30/8/19 SCHOOL CLOSURE DAY - OSHC available for care, please book in

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 our 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,

Welcome back to Term 3 and especially to students and families new to our school.

We look forward to a long and happy association working with you all.


This is a friendly reminder that as HCEPS is a SunSmart school, students and staff are expected to wear hats this term. Please ensure that your child’s hat is at school. (My apologies that I omitted to remind families in the newsletter at the end of Term 2.)


We are very lucky to have such a caring and successful OSHC service at HCEPS and this is very evident with the high number of students attending OSHC sessions. Unfortunately it also means that our capacity is now very close to being reached on a regular basis. This means anyone wanting to book in on the day of required care provision particularly, is possibly going to miss out on care. (As an education service, it also needs to be noted that the school itself is unable to provide childcare due to personnel involvement in school specific tasks before 8:30am and after 3:20pm.) So I would strongly encourage anyone needing childcare outside school hours to please book in with OSHC as soon as you know, and preferably before the day required, to avoid disappointment and to ensure you have enough time to make other childcare arrangements if they are already at capacity.

As a school we are also very lucky to have close partnership links with our OSHC and most of you will know that over the last few years the OSHC has provided garden and playground upgrades in the school. You will notice that next to the OSHC building there is another new fantasy garden that should be available for everyone to enjoy very soon. It has a grassed area to sit on and a concrete roadway where children can play with cars, trains and other fantasy play ideas. There is a table and logs for the children to sit at and a large shadeport sheltering the area.  The Fantasy Garden will be opened once the grassed area has fully established. On behalf of all students I would like to thank the OSHC community for this wonderful contribution to our school.


It is a pleasure to work with a very dedicated staff who all work hard to create and implement very engaging programs, many of which also have real-life and community connection.

We currently have a number of programs being developed that you have either already heard about or there is further information coming.

Some of these programs include those with a sustainability focus such as nude food cooking ideas and beeswax wrapper making for parents, students then classes, (and I know some of you are already booked into learning how to make the wrappers), Lids4Kids collection of specific plastic lids that will be used to create 3D filament material to produce prosthetic limbs for children, class composting bins for food waste and sustainability programs between students and the canteen.

Key staff are also busily planning for Book Week with many fun activities for students planned including Splash Theatre, a parade/assembly and also a Great Book Swap fundraiser with donations going to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation to develop books  for indigenous students from remote areas. These books will be written in their own language. SSOs also worked together on our pupil free day to reinvigorate the Resource Centre with a specific focus on Book Week. Thank you to our SSOs, it’s looking great!

Rehearsals for Wakakirri are in full swing with students busily preparing for their competition performance on Tuesday Wednesday 20th. 

Then of course, there is Sports Day, a very big community event that everyone enjoys and a dedicated team has already been at work planning the activities and program which will be available in due course.

Our Year 7 Student Leaders have also been working very hard on various activities. Charity Champions and Garden Gurus (see separate reports below), have been busy working on our fundraising activities. Waste Warriors have been planning film clips for students to highlight the importance of recycling and caring for our world in relation to waste. All these groups are working closely with staff mentors and each other, in the programs listed above.

Digital Citizenship, Fun’n’Fitness and Friendship/Peer Mediator leaders continue to offer lunchtime programs for students in IT, play and yard fun and support for simple issues while Communication leaders work with students from other schools in our partnership Student Voice in Learning program. These programs are also supported by staff mentors. All Year 7 leaders have now also been allocated as House leaders for Sports Day. Well done leaders you are all doing a fantastic job!

This is just a snapshot of the extra things that are happening, please talk to your child about all the good work s/he is also involved in within her/his classroom!


As you would already know , we ask that parents please do not park in the staff carpark on the school side of the line. This is to ensure our staff have enough spaces in which to park. There are now clearly identified carparks for both leaders, 2 for OSHC staff, a Canteen park and 3 parks designated for those with disability. I respectfully request that parents do not park in these particular parks at any time. Thank you for your cooperation.





If you need child care, the OSHC will be open that day. Please contact Lissy Oppert or Sally Mitchell on 8381 7577 to book in.


Anne Rathjen


Congratulations to Tyler!

Many of you will know Tyler, one of our students who has Duchenne's Muscular Dystrophy. What you may not know is that over the past few weeks Tyler has been interviewed and participated in a number of media events.

Firstly, Tyler was asked to help promote Muscular Dystrophy’s SA launch of their first home lottery called ‘The My Dream Lottery’. Tyler and his mum Amanda were asked how Muscular Dystrophy SA has helped their family. Tyler talked about what he loved at Muscular Dystrophy Camp and how he has made friends through the MD ninja group. Amanda talked about how they have supported their family, helped with information when needed and how it has been great to connect with other families in the same situation.

Tyler did such a great job they were asked if they would be involved in a Today Tonight piece around research that will be taking place in SA which will be funded by this lottery. Amanda said that he did a great job answering some pretty hard questions.

 Tyler and Amanda were also then asked to be involved in a piece for The Advertiser and had photos taken in the My Dream Lottery home.

Congratulations and well done Tyler on such a great effort, (and of course to his Mum as well)!


The performance date for our HCEPS Wakakirri troupe is Tuesday 20th August.  We will have a rehearsal at The Adelaide Entertainment Centre in the morning (10:00-10:30am).  Invoices were sent out earlier this week, please complete and submit your consent forms for this rehearsal via skoolbag.   Parents please purchase tickets through Ticketek: Ph 132 849 or via this link  please click here to open the link

Please ensure you select Adelaide Entertainment Centre Tuesday 20th August when purchasing your tickets.

Wakakirri costings are participation $20, costume $20 and bus TBA. 

If you have any questions please feel free to email me please click on this link to email me directly

Evie Donoghue

Wakakirri Coordinator

Today we celebrate our school leaders on Principals Day

Dear School Community,

Principals Day occurs this year on Friday, August 2nd. 

Our school leaders have an important and challenging job which has many priorities – at the head of the list is the education of Australia’s children.

The first Friday in August is a day when communities around Australia can do a little something (it doesn’t have to be much: a smile, a wave, a card, letter, morning tea …) in recognition of your principal and deputy principal. 

Maybe we can make the day a little special for our principals and school leaders – and in so doing, shine a light on the great places that are our Australian schools. 

With very kindest regards,

Malcolm Elliott President Australian Primary Principals Association

Book Week

This year Book Week will be held in Week 6 at our school. There are lots of wonderful things happening across the week to celebrate the power of reading, the 2019 nominated book list and this year’s theme: Reading is my secret power.

Some of the activities planned include classes holding their own voting for the Picture Book of the Year and the Early Childhood Book of the Year. We will also work together to produce a beautiful phoenix display for the library, attend a Splash Theatre performance, make a decorated chalk pathway (keep your eye open for this on Tuesday afternoon) and will be cracking secret codes each day. There will also be special Book Week activities held each lunchtime in the library.

On the Wednesday the Great Book Swap will be held and on the Thursday we will end the week with our special Book Week assembly and dress up parade being held at 9am in the pavilion.

We hope everyone will get involved in supporting this fabulous week!

Indigenous Literacy Foundation

The Great Book Swap

On Wednesday August 28th the Charity Champions will be holding The Great Book Swap as a fundraiser for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

Over the next few weeks we are asking students to bring in books they no longer need or have outgrown. These books will be collected by the Charity Champions and then sold at lunchtime for a gold coin donation on Wednesday August 28th.

The money gained from The Great Book Swap will be donated to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation who support Indigenous children living in remote areas to learn to read. There is a large gap between Indigenous children living in remote areas and non-Indigenous children living in cities. 35% of Year 5 Indigenous children are able to read whereas 95% of non-indigenous Year 5 children can read in the cities.

Donated books need to be in good condition (no rips of scribbles) and can be put in the drop off box in the Resource Centre or given to class teachers. Every book counts, to help fill the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous children. Each book purchased by your child will have a special sticker or bookmark inside. This event will be for Reception to Year 7.

Kind Regards,

The Charity Champions


The Charity Champions and The Garden Gurus would like to thank the whole school community for the fantastic support last week with Schools National Tree Day and Green Casual Day.  Together we raised $425 to put towards purchasing trees to plant in our school grounds.  We are sure you have seen that the pine trees between house 4 and house 9 have been removed during the vacation break. You may not have noticed that to date we have planted 45 trees and we plan to plant more. There have been 5 trees planted to replace the pines, they are ornamental pear trees which will grow tall and have large shady canopies.  In the north eastern corner of the school along the drop and go area we have also planted 40 ornamental pear trees but these are a different variety of ornamental pear that will grow very upright forming a beautiful avenue of trees  framing the entrance to the school. 

Sports Update


Evie competed in the primary schools national table tennis championship tournament  on Sunday 28th July.  The tournament was played at the Houghton Table Tennis Stadium. Evie excelled on the day and finished the tournament with a silver medal.  Congratulations and well done Evie.

Good Luck

Girls Knockout Soccer will be held on 8th August at Mount Barker South Primary School. We will be competing against two sides Mount Barker South Primary School and Gillies Street Primary School - Best of Luck Girls

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.

School Banking Information Session

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

Date: Thursday 22nd August 2019

Location: Outside the Resource Centre

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

Term 3 Tennis clinics click here for tennis information

Seacombe Softball Club for softball information click here

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.

Wednesday 21 August, 7pm – 8pm

Marion Cultural Centre – Domain Theatre, 287 Diagonal Road, OAKLANDS PARK  5046


KIDS TAEKWONDO CLASSES - Fitness, Resilience, Confidence, Discipline, Respect.


• Children can start at the age of 5

• Experienced & Qualified Instructors WWC cleared

• Classes starting now

Enquiries Ph: 0412 965 905 or Email: info@worldtaekwondo.com.au

Junction Garden Tool Library opening for more information click here


Community Support ....

A BIG THANK YOU to all of our families and community members who collected Earn and Learn stickers for our school.  Our final total stickers collection allowed us to place an order for 14 Ergerite Flexi Stools which will be distributed to classes once the order has been received.  Again we thank you so much for your support!

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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