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. 


  • Friday September 29th - Sports Day Early Dismissal 
  • Monday October 16th - Term 4 Begins


Dear Parents/Caregivers,

As you have been informed, our Deputy Principal, Andrea Hayden is departing our school to work at Belair Primary School for term four. This is an exciting opportunity for Andrea and we wish her well on her new journey. We will miss her significant knowledge and expertise in our school community. I am pleased to advise you that Aaron Charlton will step into the role of Deputy Principal for term 4. Aaron has been our wellbeing leader so I am pleased that he will provide a level of continuity to the leadership of Hallett Cove East Primary School.

We have had an incredibly successful term three with Bookweek and today’s Sports Day being highlights. Equally significant has been the enthusiasm and engagement students are showing towards their learning. Overall, teachers have reported significant growth in the learning of our students and their learning as the year has progressed. Looking forward to term four we have excursions and year 6 camp to look forward to along with kindy and secondary school transition visits, school concert and the end of year graduation for or year 6 students. We will be busy!

Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending the school’s soccer presentations. It was wonderful to see so many family members and students enjoying the morning and celebrating their season’s achievements. I was really taken by the way coaches spoke about our students. I regularly heard descriptions like “resilient, competitor, team player, great sporting behaviour, always trying.” Great word\s to hear about our students and fantastic character traits being developed. I also wanted to acknowledge the unbelievable amount of work by our soccer coordinator, Lee Silvester and Kristian Fuchs. Volunteers are the lifeblood of school sport and I sincerely thank both Lee and Kristian for their work.

Thank you to the many parent volunteers who so generously give their time to assist soccer each week, from team managing, line refereeing and assisting with trainings through to line marking and turning the occasional BBQ sausage. Your efforts are not lost on me or the wider school community. Thank you! Finally, thank you to parents and extended family for transporting your children to games, washing uniforms and supporting the soccer program from the sidelines throughout the year.

Our students in House 9 hosted an amazingly successful Market Day last week. It was really impressive to see the thought, learning and creativity of the students on show. Thank you teachers for facilitating this authentic learning opportunity and to parents for your support of the students in their learning. It was a most enjoyable and fun morning for everyone.

During term four we will be commencing our class placement exercise for the 2024 school year. At this time of the year, I know we can become anxious about where children will be placed. Early in the new term, you will be invited to make a contribution to this process which will be considered by our staff in the class placement exercise. Please know that our staff have your child’s best interests in mind when working through this process. I once again remind you that if your child is leaving Hallett Cove East PS, we would appreciate you notifying the front office on 8322 3677 or dl.1053.info@schools.sa.edu.au .

I wish everybody a safe and happy holiday period. We look forward to seeing everyone when school recommences on Monday October 16.

With regards

Matthew Chapman



Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Thank you Hallett Cove East Primary School. What a fabulous last day.

The final Sports Day scores are -


1st     931 points    Perry-Barr

2nd    930 points    Kaurna

3rd    922 points    Tate

4th    894 points    Hallett


1st    1910 points    Hallett

2nd    1860 points    Tate

3rd    1795 points    Kaurna

4th    1750 points    Perry-Barr

Well done everyone.

Kind Regards,

Andrea Hayden

Deputy Principal


Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Wow, term 3 flew by and what a way to end the term with Sports Day. All the students did such a great job and well done to all the teachers who made it through the day. A big thank you also needs to go out to Mr Martin and Ms Hayden for all their hard work behind the scenes that ensured a fun day was had by all.

I hope everyone has a fun and safe two week break. I can’t wait to get stuck into some photography assignment marking. If anyway needs support during the break please see these helpful resources for young people and the adults who care for them.


In addition to a number of youth friendly mental health services spread across Australia, the National Youth Mental Health Foundation has a website which includes information suitable for a range of audiences. eHeadspace is their e-counciling service which is run for young people 12-25.

YouthInMind Australia
Visitors to this website can fill in the Strengths and Difficulties questionnaire. This questionnaire can give feedback on the presence of emotional, conduct, hyperactivity and peer problems. It can be completed by a young person aged 11-17 or their parents and when completed, gives a readable report about the results and a technical result that can be shown to a health professional. It also directs the user to books and websites that are useful for the problems identified by the questionnaire.


Kids Help Line
1900 55 1800
This is a telephone, web-based and email counselling service that is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for young people aged up to 25 years.

On a personnel note, I would like to wish Andrea all the best at her new school and into the future. They are very lucky to have you join their team and you will be greatly missed at HCEPS. You have supported me so much during my first years of teaching and I will be forever grateful for the guidance and encouragement you have given me. Plus, it’s never good loosing a fellow Crows supporter. Thank you and good luck.


Aaron Charlton


Hi Everyone,

Well, we have made it to week 10! What a way to finish off the term with Sports Day and such amazing weather!

It has been a busy couple of weeks for me, continuing to spend one-on-one times with students, planning and starting new friendship groups, running the Kimochis program in 7E and offering craft activities outside at lunchtimes to students who might like to make something. As well as being able to experience my first sports day at HCEPS, I hope everyone has had the best day.

I hope you all get the opportunity to spend some time with loved ones over the holidays or do something you love and enjoy. At times we need to be intentional with taking a break, maybe it is just ten minutes or maybe it is a couple of hours, whatever is possible this is my wish for you all these holidays.

Have a great break everyone!

Have a great weekend!

Japanese Inter-school Hiragana Competition

On the 20th of September, Year 6 students Riley, Mitchell, Neil, Cooper, Malika, Zoe, Evie, and Sage participated in the Japanese Inter-school Hiragana competition at Reynella East College. 27 teams competed from a range of schools across Adelaide.

We entered two teams of four, the Hallett Cove East Koi(carpfish)and Hallett Cove East Hoshi (stars). We trained hard to get ready for the competition.

Gilbey sensei welcomed us all to the competition, the acknowledgement of country and national anthems were in both English and Japanese. All students then did the traditional Japanese Rajio Taiso (Radio exercise) before commencing the challenge.

Two teams versed each other at a time, with Japanese volunteers holding up a Hiragana letter. The first player to call out the correct sound received a pop stick. At the end of each round, the pop sticks were counted, and scores recorded.

Hallett Cove East Koi made it through to the Preliminary final. We didn’t make it to the top 4, but it was an amazing experience, we felt excited and nervous at the same time. We would love to do it again, given the chance.

By Zoe and Riley.



There is a T20 competition playing in December, that is in it's second year.

It is called Adelaide Premier League and there were over a hundred kids nominated in the U12 cohort.

Logan was drafted by the Eastern Comets to represent them in their team this season. It was so exciting, especially when the draft was live streamed on his birthday.

Congratulations Logan!


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 Monday & Wednesday 8:30-9am and 3:00-3:30pm in House 1 - (music) closest to the drop off/pick up zone. Entrance faces Forresters Rd.  

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 unused uniform items in good clean condition, we'd love to receive them.  They can be left at the office anytime. Thank you.







Dress up in your spookiest costume for this Halloween themed party supporting Mental Health Awareness Month! Featuring a Disco, Magician, Laughter and Spooky Face Painting.

Date:  Thursday, 5th October          Time:  1:00 to 3:00 pm

Venue:  Base 10 Youth Centre, 10 Main South Road, Reynella

Ages:  8-12 years            Tickets:  $5.00

To book, click on the link below:



We all know an unsung hero in our school community who inspires us to be a better Australian. Shine the spotlight on their contributions and nominate a legend for a City of Onkaparinga Australia Day Award.

Nominations for the 2024 City of Onkaparinga Australia Day Awards are now open!

The awards celebrate valuable contributions to the local community in six categories:

  • Citizen of the Year
  • Young Citizen of the Year (aged 13-30)
  • Little Hero of the Year (aged 12 or less)
  • Sportsperson of the Year
  • Community Event of the Year and
  • Active Citizenship (non-Australian Citizen)

Nominations should include specific examples that illustrate how the nominee's contribution has been outstanding and an inspiration to the community.  Let's give them the recognition they deserve!

Nominations close on Friday, 17th November 2023.

Visit: Australia Day Awards City of Onkaparinga (onkaparingacity.com or call 8384 0666 for more information.


Touch a Truck is happening this school holidays and we are inviting the school community of Hallett Cove East Primary School.

This is a FREE community and school holiday event and we hope to see you there.

Location:  Mitchell Park Sports and Community Centre

Date:  6 October 2023

Time:  9:30 am to 2:00 pm

An action packed day with 'Truck Loads' of fun for everyone.

We have over 40 vehicles and are even running 'Quiet Hour' from 9:30 am to 10:30 am on the day to ensure a comfortable experience for all, with no loud noises.

The event will showcase many vehicles that keep our community safe as well as coffee and food trucks, children's interactive activities and much more.

If you have any questions, please email events@marion.sa.gov.au 


New players wanted. 

Friday 6th October - U10 10:00 - 11:00 am, U12-U18  11:30 am to 1:00 pm

Morphett Vale Basketball Stadium.  NO cost.

Visit website for more information: southerntigers.com.au/clinics 



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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