St Leonards Primary School

Newsletter 14, 4 September 2020

From the Leadership

Week 7 is done and dusted and we just can’t believe how quickly the term and year is progressing. A big thank you to all who attended our breakfast on Friday morning.  It was terrific to see so many faces connecting with each other over a coffee and snack.  A big thank you must go to all the volunteers who helped out on the day.  I know Jim our illustrious grounds person got a big surprise at 7:00am in the morning when the cooking started.  Another example of our wonderful community engagement.

Pupil Free Day

Our pupil free day on Monday presented our staff with the opportunity to work with experts from the Department for Education.  The focus of the day was the way we teach writing at St Leonards as well as providing teachers to improve their own skills and to moderate student work.

While our students were out playing in the sunshine on Monday, our staff were learning how to improve the quality of students’ writing. We did this by assessing and moderating a sample of writing from every student, based on the topic of ‘A surprise’. The expert presenters demonstrated some very engaging and informative ways to teach and learn about sentence structure, using a balanced approach of explicit teaching and playing games. There was a great deal of laughter and on-task chatter which we plan to transfer into classrooms to help move every student forward in their writing.  It was a brilliant day of learning.

Our SSO’s worked with Kathy Baker on supporting our students to learn, then joined the teachers in the afternoon in master classes.


We have started looking at our numbers and class configurations for next year.  This can be a challenging time for all involved and the utmost consideration of student learning is taken into account. To help us accurately construct classes could you please let Mel know at the Office if you intend to leave St Leonards at the end of 2020.

Whilst we would love to be able to offer straight classes in each level next year, varying learner numbers at times may make this  impossible.  For instance, at this stage we will have 38 Year 7 students next year. Our industrial agreement states that our funding supports 30 students per class in Years 3-7 and 26 in R-2 classes, so we will have to consider how we structure these classes to meet our obligations

This scenario is reflected throughout the school.  As a public school we have the responsibility to take all students within our zone so we are unable to cap our numbers as some private schools do.

School Events

As we all know, Covid 19 has wreaked havoc with our year. One of the downsides to this is not being allowed to have large numbers of people on site. We need to ensure we are compliant with SA Health regulations. Unfortunately this will have a major impact on some whole school events we have had scheduled. These include Sports Day and Celebration Night.  We are currently finalising our plans and will let our community know shortly.

Dave Henty-Smith - Principal

Jo Meredith - Deputy Principal

Kathy Baker - Inclusive Education Coordinator

Kindy Visit

Some of our staff and Reception students (aka 'half-way-to-year-1s') visited Baden Pattinson Kindergarten on Wednesday to support their transition to school. It was fabulous to see the Reception children feeling so grown up and modelling to the Kindy kids. Over the next few weeks we will be visiting children from 6 preschool centres to support smooth transition for all Reception children in 2021.  

Jo Meredith, Deputy Principal


Diary Dates

Week 8

  • School Photo Day - Tuesday 8 September
  • Governing Council - 7:00pm, Tuesday 8 September
  • Scholastic Book Club Issue 6 Due - Wednesday 9 September
  • RU OK Day - Thursday 10 September
  • Garden Sale - 8:30am, Friday 11 September
  • Assembly, Rooms 5 and 12 presenting - 9:00am Friday 11 September

Week 9

  • Children's University Lunchtime Workshop - Monday 14 September

Advance Notice: Pupil Free Day Monday 12 October

Admin Matters

Duty of Care/Early Arrivals

An increasing number of students arriving well before 8:30am and are in the yard unattended. Duty of care begins with the first yard duty  of the day at 8:30am. OSHC is available for students who need to be dropped to school earlier. For OSHC bookings please call 8294 1990.

Late Arrivals

To avoid getting a text message that says your child is absent unexplained please remind your children that all students who miss the roll or arrive late must sign in at the Office on arrival. 

School Photo Day

Say Cheese....  Our School Photo Day is: Tuesday 8 September 

 Have your child’s school memories captured forever

Please take time to read the relevant information on the MSP Photography payment envelopes and remember these helpful points:

  • Don’t seal envelopes inside each other.  You can pay for all children in one envelope however each child needs to have their own envelope on photo day
  • Family envelopes are available at the school office and need to be ordered before or on photography day. Please make sure your children are aware they are having a family photo your family photo envelope has been handed to the Office by Monday 7 September.
  • Please enclose correct money as no change is given.  Cash, cheques, credit card and money orders also accepted. 

Why not give ONLINE ORDERING a go!!

It’s the safest & easiest way to order

Should you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

email:    ph: 08 83913951

Reminder: Please check with Mel in the Office if you made payments online in Term 1 for photos by calling 8294 9811.

Vacation Care

Vacation care booking sheet and information.


  St Leonards Primary School is proud to now be stocking fully compostable, resealable food bags.

 Having been raised as a suggestion by Year 6 students, we are now selling these fabulous bags @ $3.30 for a packet of 20.

 This is at cost price, and therefore not intended to raise funds, but rather reduce the amount of soft plastic waste in our community.

Orders places by the end of Thursday will be filled and delivered to children’s classes on Friday.

Orders can be placed via Qkr! in the payments tab under sustainability.

Kathleen Rollings and Natalie Baggio - Sustainability Team

Premier's Reading Challenge


The Premier's Reading Challenge ends today. All Forms are now due. Forms can be placed in class boxes or the red PRC mailbox in the library. I will be accepting completed forms up until Friday 11 September.

As a school 75% of students (322) have already handed in their completed forms and we have six classes who have reached 100% participation. I cant wait to see more reach that goal. 

Certificates and medals for all who have completed the challenge will be presented in Term 4.

Happy Reading

Kelly Peterson, Library Manager


Last week saw four students go forwards and represent the South West District.

Lily K had a great few days in the girls hockey team, she scored her team’s first goal for the tournament and they finished 3rd overall with only 1 point between 2nd and 3rd, Lily is excited about trying out again next year.

Jake R loved every minute of his few days with the South West soccer team, he said spending time with people who played the same sport as him was great and he made a heap of new friends from different schools.

Elijah C and Mason R Played hockey for the boys team and whilst it isn’t either of their first choice in sports they are both very athletic and stepped up to help their team win five games.

Well done to all, you all showed great St Leonards values for the week and did your school and your families very proud..

Congratulations to Summer J, Winter L, Maisie M and Ella J who have progressed to volleyball finals today. They met with some stiff competition and represented their school well.

Heather Pronk, Inter-School Sport/SAPSASA

Community & Fundraising News

A fantastic turnout to both Men’s and Ladies’ night, with over 80 of our parent and staff community joining to socialise or meet new people. We raised $300 towards upgrading the school playground, every bit helps.

Activity update: We have a MASSIVE month planned for our Spring season

-          TerraCycle Garden competition continues, bring in those old oral care products and go online to vote, every vote helps towards our monthly entry

-          Students are busy with Crazy Camel Art, more information coming soon on how to order ready in time for Christmas

-          Community Breakfast held on Friday 4 September, thank you to Foodland Glenelg North and La Crema Coffee

-          Ms Mandy’s Year 4/5 students are trialling our newest fundraiser ‘Billy G’s Cookie Dough’. Pending how this goes administratively, get yourselves ready for a super whole of school competition with great incentive prizes

-          End of Term ‘Footy Colours’ Gold Coin Donation

-          Volunteer Recognition event will be offsite this year combining all our volunteer groups, our school is successful not just because of dedicated staff but also because of our volunteers

Volunteer update

We have 58 registered Volunteers in our school community and we are just about to launch a SkoolBag group to drive additional communication to our valuable Volunteers. If you haven’t completed your checks or would like to start the process, please see Mel in the Office as we’d love to have you on board.

There are many small but important volunteering opportunities to support individual organised activities, examples include:

-          Drivers to pick up products

-          Data entry of orders/administration

-          Individual Event support

-          Developing marketing materials and communication

-          Obtaining quotes

A special call out for volunteers to be part of the 100 Year Organising Committee, we need an additional four people to ensure success and spread of workload. There will continue to be ad hoc requests for volunteers throughout planning and on-the-day of the event. Please contact Heather Pronk to join,

Thank you to everyone for the show of support for ‘Friend-raising’, ‘Fun-Raising’ and ‘Fundraising’!

From the Community and Fundraising Sub-Committee

Absences, Late Arrivals and Early Leaving

The SMS number 0427 016 460 is our preferred method for letting us know about any absences.

Messages should include name, room number and reason for absence eg illness or family.

Alternatively, please call the Office on 8294 9811 to leave a message with office staff.

Unfortunately, Facebook messages and emails don't always make it to the Office.


Children's University

Reminder: Please hand in your passports so that the hours can be tallied.

Heather Pronk, CU Coordinator

Garden News

 Spring has arrived in the garden and we have started to plant our summer vegetables.  The Year 6 classes have embarked on their Masterchef project and have been requesting tomatoes, lettuce, zucchini, carrots, and celery.  They are learning about seasonality, growing periods, and harvesting produce.  Room 14 are patiently waiting for their sweet potatoes to grow big enough to harvest.  They have chosen to make sweet potato fries with their produce.  The sunflowers planted by Room 12 in Term 1 at the start of the Covid crisis are all in bloom now and you can see the beautiful cheerful flowers along the basketball court fence.

Our next plant sale is on Friday 11 September at 8:15am.  We have strawberry, mint and rosemary plants for sale.

Nicola Ross, Gardens

What's Been Happening at St Leonards

Around the School

Book Week Parade

Community News

Community Garden

School Signage

We are excited to announce that we are now offering signage on our school’s fence line in Glenelg North.

This is an opportunity for SLPS to partner with the community and help with promoting local businesses.

You can benefit by purchasing your space and gain invaluable exposure to families, passing motorists and locals as well as showing your support for our school community. 

 There is a limited number of signs so get in before they are all gone.  

 If you are interested or know of someone that might benefit from advertising to our local community please contact  

 Michael on 0414 350 225 or

Come and Try

School Holidays

St Leonards Primary School

Learning Together

Respect, Resilience, Readiness

"Building a community that inspires curious, creative and innovative thinkers."

Principal: Dave Henty-Smith

Deputy: Jo Meredith

Inclusive Education Coordinator: Kathy Baker

Enrolment Officer: Mel Worden