Hallett Cove East Primary School

Keeping you in the loop ....


 Should you continue to keep your child at home, please ring the front office team on 8322 3677.


Dear Parents/Caregivers,


Update on Learning – Weeks 1 and 2

This week we have reached 80% attendance at school. This has meant that students have returned to normal class groups and rooms, normal timetables are in operation and most students are present in each room. While we continue to understand and respect the decision of families to keep their children home throughout this pandemic, the need to revert to normal timetables where teachers no longer have release time to do the direct home communications means it is no longer feasible to provide online learning.

Students Learning at School

From Week 3, the focus of the learning will be on face-to-face learners at school where normal programs will be in place.

Students Learning at Home

For students who continue to learn at home:

·         Teachers will continue to supply learning activities/tasks with resources being sent via Skoolbag or in a hard copy pack if requested

·         Students are asked to complete tasks and return through Class Dojo, Google Classroom or in hard copy form (depending on how work has been previously submitted or requested)

·         Teachers will mark/comment/give feedback on the work

Not all learning activities and tasks will be able to be supported. As students at school will be undertaking normal programs, teachers will not be expected to set alternative work for at-home learners. Webex sessions and regular/direct communications via Class Dojo, email or phone will no longer be available due to constraints on teacher availability.

Should you wish to continue to keep your child at home, please ring the front office team on 8322 3677.

Current Restrictions and Cleaning Practices

To continue to ensure we maintain a safe environment for all students and staff, our current restrictions have been reduced to:

·         No parents/caregivers permitted on site and we would also encourage parents arriving to drop off or waiting for pick up to undertake social distancing processes while you wait outside the gates

·         No excursions, assemblies or other major gathering events will occur

·         No out of hours activities/groups/clubs/sports

To reassure families of our site hygiene processes, our ongoing cleaning includes:

·         Cleaning each afternoon

·         Additional cleaning throughout the day, focusing on touch surfaces including doors and doorknobs

·         Additional cleaning of playgrounds

·         Hand sanitisers in classrooms and front office for student access

·         Signage located around the site encouraging students to maintain positive hygiene practices.

(Please be aware that social distancing in classrooms is not possible.)

Sick Children

If your child is sick, do not send her/him to school.

If your child presents with symptoms of being unwell, you will be contacted and asked to collect her/him.

Notification of a case of Coronavirus

While there is currently a low likelihood of a case of Coronavirus occurring given recent trends, we cannot assume there won’t be. The school has a process ready to follow in the event of a notification.

Thank You

We thank you for your ongoing support, patience and understanding as we have navigated this unique situation. We also recognise and thank all our teachers and support staff, for the development of innovative online learning opportunities and adapting to an ever-evolving environment.

Should you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher or the front office team.


Parents/Caregivers of Yr 7 students are reminded to please complete your online application for Yr 8 for your child asap and certainly by May 22nd. If you need any support that the form does not provide, please contact the front office team.


Good luck and best wishes to Hannah Sripada as she starts leave in preparation for the birth of her baby. We thank Hannah for her significant contribution to our 2 Yr 1/2 classes this year.

A message from the Deputy Principal

Our first two weeks have been very busy and challenging for us at school. It has been a joy for me to get to visit classrooms each morning to say “good morning” and have many students talk to me during the day. In many ways next week will have many aspects of our daily school life returning to normal now that our numbers are going to be back to 100% on site in some classes and nearing that in others. However not all aspects will be ‘business as normal’.

Drop Off and Pick Up

 As usual students are expected at school from 8:30 am. We also continue to expect students to be unpacked and ready to settle at 8:40am (the second bell) with everyone ready to learn by the 8:45 bell. As usual students who arrive in their classroom after 8:45am are late to school and need to be recorded as such on the roll. These students need to have this recorded in the front office as the classroom roll, which is recorded at 8:45am, does not have the capacity to record late students. These late arrivals often disrupt the processes and learning of their classmates as well as making their start to the day difficult. If your child arrives at school after the 8:45am bell you need to ring the school and ask a member of the front office to come to the administration/OSHC gate to let them in.

At this stage we are continuing with no unauthorised adults on site which means that parents need to continue to drop off and pick up from the gates. It has been very encouraging to see the growing independence of even our youngest students. It has been an opportunity for each student to display our school values. I, together with the teachers of our younger students, have been at the gate near the junior primary playground each morning and after school. From week three I will be at the Drop Zone gate in the mornings but the teachers of our younger students will continue to be at the gate by the Junior Primary Playground. If your child wishes to walk to the classroom with a teacher I would suggest that you arrive by 8:35am at the latest as some of the teachers will be going to classrooms at this stage.

We have had a message from a member of our school community mentioning that some parents and caregivers are not socially distancing whilst waiting during drop off and pick up.

We have had a phone call from a resident who lives near the school to explain that she had difficulty driving at the end of the school day due to parents in vehicles blocking the roads. We fully understand that the drop off area is busier than usual due to our current restrictions.

We are reminding our school community to please be considerate of others and ensure the safety of all.


The following is an excerpt from the Premier’s Reading Challenge Update.

Due to many schools having students learning from home, we are altering the requirements for completing the Challenge for 2020. Information about this can be found in the “News Flash” section on the PRC website home page.

 Essentially: - Students can read any 12 books they wish, but the preference is still for students to read books from the PRC list as per usual.

To help accommodate this, SA Public Libraries have provided links to their online, free catalogue of e-books that students and families are welcome to access. These links are provided on the PRC website. 

Andrea Hayden

Deputy Principal

Please ...

Finance Information from the Business Manager

We are very aware and understanding of the situation in regards to the additional financial strains on family budgets during the current COVID19 Pandemic.   

Please do not hesitate to contact the Business Manager  via email dl.1053.finance@schools.sa.edu.au  to enable the appropriate steps to be put in place to ease the burden.

Jenny McFadyen

Business Manager

News from our Wellbeing Leader

It is fantastic to see students returning back to school. I have truly missed seeing their faces. As we return back to some “normality” we need to remember that things are changing all the time. We need to continue to be flexible, supportive and understanding. As we navigate new ways of being and thinking we need to ensure that we take care of our self and others.

COVID-19 continues to be the “hot-topic” around the world. This week, in my wellbeing coordinator role, I have had the opportunity to speak to some classes about COVID-19, germs, hand-washing and emotions.

I have attached a few of the resources that I have been using that you may like to follow-up at home. It is important that young people are aware of what is happening in our world and about the ways to keep safe and well.

After viewing any of the material you may want to ask some questions to continue the discussion? The focus may be on:

· How they are feeling about Coronavirus

· Identifying activities and ways of thinking that keep the mind and body healthy

· Discussing what to do when we are feeling worried

· Identifying those things everyone can do to help slow down the spread of Coronavirus.

Calm Kid Central - COVID-19  

SA Health- COVID-19 Children’s Book

Keep safe and well,

Evie Donoghue

HCEPS Wellbeing Coordinator

An update from the IT Coordinator

I just wanted to write today and give some praise to a few groups of people who have done some excellent work over the last few weeks of our online learning journey.

Teachers – Have had to push themselves into new learnings and uncomfortable places but have risen to the challenge and learned a lot of great new skills moving forward.

Students – Both here at school and those working from home have been flexible and resilient and have gained a level of independence that many of them did not have before.

Parents – Have been asked to become teachers and have risen to that challenge well. Coordinating with teachers to ensure their children get the best learning outcomes possible.

At the start of this journey I said the silver lining would be the increase in digital literacy across the school community and it has been wonderful to see that happen. Both teachers and students have learned many things and will be able to put them to use moving forward.

We are an adaptable, flexible and caring school community, we are dedicated to learning for all.

News from the Resource Centre / Library

Due to the unprecedented times, the BOOK FAIR, which was due to be held next week, has been CANCELLED.

In place of the Fair, Scholastic is offering Book Club Issue 3 directly to families, along with home delivery.  They are sending all the parents on our LOOP database a link to the latest Book Club.  You will be able to click-and-go directly to Issue 3 and place your order via LOOP - just as you have before.

Please be aware that Book Club orders will be home delivered with a $5.99 delivery fee.

Thank you for your continued support.

Keep Safe and Keep Reading,


Resource Centre Officer

A message from Joey - Pastoral Care Worker

Sharing and Not Sharing    

We are in a season of sharing and not sharing. In all our efforts to avoid sharing Coronavirus we have busily shared many other things:

  • Sharing teachers and classrooms
  • Sharing work time with learning from home time
  • Sharing screens (Webex meetings)
  • Sharing resources
  • Sharing ideas and opinions (sometimes helpful, sometimes not so much)
  • Even sharing a kindness pandemic

As we look now with hope towards days with eased restrictions there is more and more being shared about ongoing wellbeing. A new website has been launched this week that I would like to share with you www.openyourworld.sa.gov.au. This website has a variety of helpful information including:

  • Looking after yourself and your family – there is some great information about talking with your children about COVID-19
  • Connecting with others
  • Staying active and healthy
  • Learn and experience new things


And on a fun note, I have really been enjoying digital escape rooms. A chance to be absorbed into an adventure and escape from the confines of my home. I’ve found a list of digital escape rooms compiled by public libraries that I wanted to share. There are themes to appeal to everybody and a range of difficulties from young children (Pete the Cat) to adults. 





at HCEPS on Wednesdays and Fridays



We pleased to be offering a limited Canteen LUNCH service as of next Monday 11th May.  

  • Cashless service until further notice
  • All orders via Qkr! ONLY
  • No counter sales at recess or lunch
  • Limited Lunch menu 
  • Orders by 9.15
  • Unfortunately no Volunteers are allowed in school hence our limited menu offer.
  • We thank you for your continued understanding and support.

Our limited menu will be 

  • Hotdogs $4.00
  • Pizza $4.00
  • Mac and Cheese $5.00
  • Lasagna $5.00
  • Chicken Nuggets $4.00
  • Meat Pies $4.00
  • Sausage Rolls  $3.50
  • Muffins $1.00
  • Cookies $1.00

There will be no sandwiches, wraps, burgers and potatoes available

Secondhand Uniform Shop

Unfortunately due to COVID 19 the second hand uniform shop is closed until further notice.

Community News and Events

 The City of Marion has produced a brochure for your reference which explains the various parking restriction signs and their meaning in layman’s terms.  Please click this link to KEEP KIDS SAFE 

Kind regards

 Community Safety City of Marion

E communitysafety@marion.sa.gov.au | www.marion.sa.gov.au

PO Box 21 Oaklands Park SA 5046 245 Sturt Road Sturt SA 5047

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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