Hallett Cove East Primary School

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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. 


  • Wednesday, 15th November - Year 6 Wirraway Camp House 9
  • Wednesday, 15th November - Year 5 only Beachouse Excursion House 9
  • Tuesday, 21st November - Glenthorne National Park Geocaching Excursion - 6E, 6W, 3S, 4E
  • Tuesday, 28th November - Year 5/6 Aquatics House 9
  •  Thursday, 30th November - 6W Food on the Table Excursion


Dear Parents/Caregivers,

I trust term four is progressing well for you all. As we get into the middle of term, I am reminded of how busy we all are and just how fast paced schools become at this time of year. We have a number of excursions and special events taking place, which are terrific learning opportunities for our students. I extend my thanks to our staff and wonderful volunteers for enabling these occasions to happen.

In late October we acknowledged World Teacher’s Day in recognition of our fantastic teaching staff here at Hallett Cove East. The theme was ‘Hats off to our teachers.’ Lighthouse Leaders gathered comments from students about their teachers to share at our recent assembly. Thank you to the Governing Council for providing a morning tea.

We have commenced class placement process for 2024. As you saw in our last newsletter, a great deal of care goes into placing children correctly, based on student requests, parent information and teacher knowledge. We were very pleased this week to welcome families of new reception children commencing in 2024. It was a great turn out and lovely to meet new and continuing parents to our school.

Today our Lighthouse Leaders led an assembly to recognise Remembrance Day, which of course is on November 11. The leaders did a heartfelt and commendable job in leading this very important occasion.

At our recent student free day, we spent considerable time analysing student achievement data in reading. Teachers spent time considering the data from an individual student, team and school-wide perspective and the implications for teaching and learning. Following this, teachers were able to moderate student work samples to support consistency with assessment and reporting across the school. As a staff, we are very grateful for these days as it allows opportunity for deeper level of shared discussions on teaching, learning and assessment.

As you are aware, the Department for Education launched a new strategy and purpose statement earlier this year for public education in South Australia. Our school’s thinking is focused on how we incorporate and utilise the opportunities presented by the new statement to enhance our teaching and learning in classrooms and strengthen our whole school approaches. The four Areas of Impact from the strategy provide the vehicle for our thinking:

  • Wellbeing
  • Effective Learners
  • Equity and Excellence
  • Learner Agency

One area we have begun thinking about is that of Effective Learners. Specifically, what it means to be an effective learner at Hallett Cove East Primary School. Some of the areas we are thinking about include creativity and curiosity, making meaningful connections with learning and having the strategic awareness and metacognition to know what to do when you encounter problems and challenges. Over the coming weeks, we will be reviewing our current school plans and teacher actions to incorporate some of our thinking in this area, ready for 2024. I look forward to updating you further on our work with the new strategy.

Classes are eagerly preparing for our School Concert on Wednesday 6th December. There appears to be a great mix of dance and musical items this year. We will be performing in the Big COLA and will provide further details of the event shortly. A number of our early years and primary students have been doing weekly lessons with a dance education company called Footsteps. Their learning will be a highlight of our concert!

With regards

Matthew Chapman



Dear Parents and Caregivers,

What a wonderful two discos we had last week. The students were all amazing and I was very impressed with some of the dance moves. A big thank you needs to go to all of the teachers and parent volunteers who helped on the night. A special mention needs to go out to our fabulous DJs, Dj Burford and Dj Belshaw, and Mel Vlachos who made it all possible. Thank you for all the extra effort that the three of you put in to ensure our students had such a great time.

With term 4, comes the inevitability of change. Whether it is moving up a year level, a new teacher, new classmates, changing schools or graduating to High School each child can react differently to change. Providing children with opportunities to talk about how they are feeling can help to minimize some of the stress that change can bring. Below is an excerpt from the Educator Toolkit – Coping with Stress, Managing change (Department for Education 2019) that discusses change and transition.

“Any form of change can cause stress. Change is a normal part of life and can be positive or negative. Regardless of how a change arises (naturally, by choice, or imposed) it can present new opportunities, new problems and demand new responses. Transition, on the other hand, is internal: it’s what happens in people’s minds as they go through change. It involves leaving what we know and settling into what is new.

At times of predictable change and transition, schools and teachers can create supportive environments and processes. It is important to allow children and young people to talk about what they are feeling and support them to apply skills and knowledge that will help them cope positively.

The effects of transition can be described in 3 stages: 1. Separation – A change or move away from the person’s usual way of functioning (Fuller, 2016). 2. Liminality – A time of confusion and lowered functioning as the person tries to make sense of changing circumstances (Fuller, 2016). 3. Reintegration – An adaptation to new circumstances and an incorporation of new skills and experiences into the person’s next phase of life (Fuller, 2016).”


Aaron Charlton


Dear Parents/Caregivers,

 It has been a very busy but exciting few weeks as I learn the ropes of my new role. I wanted to take a moment to express my gratitude for the ongoing support I have received from staff, students, and families. 

Hallett Cove East Primary School is thrilled to announce our collaboration with The Resilience Project (TRP) in 2024 to introduce a whole-school wellbeing program. While we are still in the early stages, our teachers and staff are enthusiastic about getting this program up and running.

The Resilience Project's wellbeing program is designed to teach and support positive mental health in our classrooms and the wider community. It places a strong focus on three key pillars: Gratitude, Empathy, and Mindfulness (GEM). These pillars are the foundation of a resilient and flourishing community, and we believe that this program will have a positive impact on the wellbeing of our students and our school as a whole.

You may already be familiar with The Resilience Project through Hugh Van Cuylenburg's books or the podcast, The Imperfects. If you haven't explored these resources, I highly recommend giving them a listen. The podcasts cover a range of great topics and offer valuable insights that can benefit both our school community and our families.

Below I have attached a link to The Resilience Project Parent and Carer Hub. There are some great resources and videos to access.


We are excited to embark on this journey toward enhanced wellbeing and resilience. Stay tuned for more information about the program's implementation as we move forward. We look forward to working together to create a more positive and thriving school environment.

Kind Regards, 

Ellie Burford


Hi Everyone, 

Wow! Just like that it is the end of Week 4 of Term 4 already! I am certainly enjoying the sunshine and warmer weather, I hope you all are as well. It has been good to get outside and go for a walk or get some weeding done in the garden. 

This term I have continued to introduce the Kimochis to 7E. One of the Kimochis 7E has met this term is Bella Rose. Bella Rose is a sensitive Kimochi, and sometimes she finds other’s words and actions hurtful. This can lead to her putting her thorns out to protect herself, even though Bella Rose doesn’t want to hurt anyone. On the other hand, Bella Rose can be sensitive to the needs of others.  

I wonder if you can relate to Bella Rose. Do you find yourself feeling hurt by what others say or do to you? Do you find your heart hurting for the hurts of others? As 7E have heard with the Kimochis, it is okay to have these feelings – we all do. It is what we do with these feelings that can make the difference. If I am feeling hurt, it is not okay for me to hurt someone else, so how can I cope or heal when I feel hurt? Is there someone I can talk it out with? Can I talk to a teacher? Do I need to spend some time doing something I love to make me feel better?  

Feelings do not leave us as we become adults and in fact, I think they become more complex with an ever growing pull on our emotions in many directions. These directions could be through a spouse, children, parents, grandparents, or work. So, I would like to encourage you today to check in and see how you are doing. Do you need to have a catch up with a trusted friend; do you need to spend some intentional time with your family; or do you just need to sit outside for ten minutes to enjoy some sunshine?  

I hope you have a fantastic weekend everyone! 

Erin Finch


Just a reminder that our teaching staff have been busy planning incursions and excursions for the remainder of the year.  Please ensure you have paid your $60 levy to avoid students not being able to participate. Statements will be emailed to families next week.

If you are experiencing financial difficulties we ask you contact the Business Manager via email to  dl.1053.finance@schools.sa.edu.au.

Imelda Jolly

Business Manager

A message from our Year 6 Physical Activity Leaders

Sports Day Newsletter  

The last day of term 3, our Hallett Cove East Primary School held Sports Day. The sun was shining, and the school was anticipating a great day.  It was a day filled with enthusiasm, competition, and enjoyment for all students involved.  

The sports day kicked off with an opening ceremony, where the Physical Activity Leaders showcased their best dance moves by leading the school in a health hustle dance. The students then belted out as loud as they could, their teams house chants. Classes then went off and did some tabloid events which was very much enjoyed.  

The tug of war, whole school relay and sprint finals went after lunch and there was a great buzz around the place as the crowd anticipated the results that could determine who was going to take out the win.  

Then Miss Hayden called everyone over to announce the winners of the House Trophy and Sportsmanship Trophy. Perry Barr took out the sportsmanship trophy and Hallett went away with the House trophy.  

Special thanks to Neil McDonlad for supplying 2 portable aircons for us on the day. This was a massive help seeing as it was quite hot on the day. It allowed students, parents and staff a nice place to be to cool off. 


Allice and Thomas

Members of the Year 6 Physical Activity Leaders 

Congratulations to Jonathon Warren-White

Jonathon has been appointed as the Australian Women's Frisbee Coach and will be leading the women's team in Japan next year.

This is a fantastic achievement and a testament to Jonathon's dedication, passion, and expertise in the world of Frisbee. We have no doubt that his leadership will inspire and guide the Australian Women's Frisbee team to great success.

Congratulations Jonathon!

HCEP’S Governing Council Soccer Coordinator 2024

The Governing Council are seeking a new Soccer Coordinator for next year. This can be one parent or a group of parents willing to take on the role. Thank you to Lee Silvester who took on the role this year. PLEASE NOTE: If we do not have any volunteers for this role, there will be no soccer program next year. This is a school community run program. Any enquiries or nominations to current soccer coordinator Lee Silvester: 0413 671 431 or Sports Coordinator Nadia Hodgson 0433 480 788.

HCEPS Auskick Coach 2024

The Governing Council are seeking a parent or small group of parents that are willing to run the Auskick sessions in Term 1 of 2024. The program runs for 8-9 weeks for a duration of 1 hour once a week. Any interested parties, please contact HCEPS sports coordinator Nadia Hodgson on 0433 480 788.

School Disco

Remembrance Day


2024 Volunteers Needed!
Can You Help?

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.




Saturday, 2nd December 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm at 12-16 King George Avenue, North Brighton. Entry by Gold Coin Donation. Parking $5 via Southern entrance.

Live Music & Entertainment, Christmas Carols, Market Stalls & Food Trucks, Rides & Amusements, Visit Santa's Cave, Face Painting, Petting Zoo.

Money raised will go back into creating experiences and memories for MINDA clients, who don't have the funds to go out into the community and take part in external events. A chance to meet new people, socialise and create lasting memories.


Phase 2 Community Engagement Survey Open

In February, the community were asked to provide feedback on a proposal for a new community garden on council land at Perry Barr Farm, Hallett Cove. We received extensive feedback and based on this feedback, the Cove Community Garden Inc Group have made changes to the proposed garden design and are now inviting the community to participate in the next stage of consultation on the Amended Concept Plan. Find out more from our project team at the onsite community drop in session at Perry Barr Farm (near Madison Court, Hallett Cove) on Saturday, 11th November from 1:00 - 2:30 pm.  You are invited to review the amended concept plan that includes revised location and outlines and what is now proposed for the community garden. The survey will be open until 5:00 pm Monday, 26th November 2023. Have your say by filling in the survey here:  


School Holiday Program - Explore the world of Dolphins and discover their secret lives. Learn all about dolphins through experiments and games. 19th - 22nd December. Session times: 10:30 - 11:30 am & 1:00 - 2:00 pm. Cost: $13 per child includes access to the Whale Centre displays. Phone: 0403 378 459 or visit: https://www.fleurieumarineeducation.com.au/ 


Rotary Park, Christies Beach 28th January 11:00 am - 2:00 pm. Are your kids missing kicking the footy with friends? Are you looking to keep them active and having fun? Come join the Summer Auskick term for 4-12 year olds. Included on the day - Free Sausage Sizzle & fruit box for participants and Football Games. For more information: Renee - 0402 582 400 or email: renee.gilbert.cbfc@outlook.com.au


SWIM and SURVIVE program. Enrolments Open Now! Many locations around SA.

December 2023 / January 2024 Summer Holidays. Holiday Swim is a Royal Life Saving Society SA initiative bringing affordable and education swimming and water safety lessons to pools and inland waterway locations. The aim of the program is to teach children critical life saving skills and basic swimming skills, to equip them with the knowledge to stay safe in, on and around the water.

Visit: www.holidayswim.com.au or email: holidayswim@royallifesavingsa.com.au  



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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