St Leonards Primary School

Newsletter 17, 18 October 2019

From the Leadership

Welcome back to Term 4.  I trust that you have all had a wonderful break and enjoyed the company of your children over the past two weeks.  We start the term with many exciting events and new challenges ahead.

I would like to welcome our new families to St Leonards and look forward to welcoming you into our wonderful community.  We welcome Bella in Room 12, Gabriella in Room 1, Sophia in Room 6 and Georgia in Room11B, we hope you enjoy your time with us.


Late last term we received our NAPLAN results.  These were really exciting and we have maintained our improvement from 2018.   Some Highlights of note for 2019 include:

48 percent of our Year 3 students are in the top two Bands for reading and above the Australian average

Our Year 5 students achieved fantastic results in both Reading and Numeracy and are above the Australian average in Numeracy

Our Year 7 students had 47 percent of achieving high growth in numeracy.

This continues the steady improvement we have seen over the past few years and is a credit to our staff at St Leonards.

Social Media

Over the past two months we have had some issues after school hours, involving some inappropriate behaviour on social media.  Unfortunately, some of this has had an impact in the classroom and the welfare of some of our students. These incidents are happening through Tic Toc, Snapchat and Instagram.

I would like to remind all parents and caregivers that all three of these sites have a minimum age restriction of 13 years old.  Students younger that this should not have an account.

SAPOL will be at St Leonards later this year and will be running a cyber safety program for all parents.  We have had one for our middle to upper primary student last term.

Please consider attending this event.

Dave Henty-Smith, Principal

Jo Meredith, Deputy Principal

Kathy Baker, Inclusive Education Coordinator

Diary Dates

Week 2

  • School Banking - Tuesday 22 October
  • Clean Up Australia Day Part Two - Tuesday 22 October
  • 9:00am - 10:00am RAN (Responding to Abuse and Neglect) Training for volunteers - Tuesday 22 October
  • Sports Day (families welcome) - Friday 25 October
  • World Teachers Day - Friday 25 October
  • Year 4 - 7 Spikezone Volleyball starts.

Week 3

  • Year 7 Bike Ed - Monday 28 October
  • Children's University Lunchtime Workshop - Monday 28 October
  • Scholastic Book Club orders due - Monday 28 October
  • Year 6/7 Bullying and Violence Prevention - Tuesday 29 October
  • School Banking - Tuesday 29 October
  • Volunteers Induction - Tuesday 29 October
  • Youth Council - Tuesday 29 October
  • 7:00pm Governing Council - Tuesday 29 October
  • 9:00am Assembly: Rooms 6 & 9 presenting - Friday 1 November

A Term Planner is available as a link  on the Skoolbag app. Please check it regularly as it is a live document that updates as items are added. 

Save the Date

Clean Up Australia Day Part 2

We will be holding a second student lead clean up day on Tuesday 23 October. Volunteers must sign in and meet at 1:05pm in the Quad.

Students will be doing a litter report for Clean Up Australia to help them map littering trends across Australia.

Sports Day Friday 25 October 

Families are welcome to attend. We are having a breakfast BBQ, cake stall and a coffee van.

Volunteers will be needed to help with stalls and to help deliver the lunchtime sausage sizzle. Please add your name to the volunteer roster in the Office. We are also looking for baked goods for the cake stall. 

The Sports Day program will be sent to families early next week.


Materials and Services Charges for 2020

The watermarked notice of our 2020 Materials and Services Charges is for your perusal. We will be holding a special Governing Council meeting at which the school community is invited to attend and discuss the 2020 charges.

This is to be held on Tuesday, 29 October at 7:00pm in the staff room. If you are unable to attend, you can express your views in writing to Melanie Perkins, Chairperson of Governing Council.

Please note that the recommended fees for 2020 will be $360 (an increase of $10.00 from 2019) with an early bird incentive of 5% off for fees paid before the end of the third week of Term 1, Friday 14 February, 2019.

Victoria Sierros, Finance Officer


2020 Class Placement Process

The class placement process has now begun.

A note has gone home today regarding specific placement considerations for 2020.  Please note that teacher and class structure requests are not a part of this process. 

All learners will have input regarding their friendship groups which will be done in conjunction with their class teacher. 

Mel Worden, Enrolment Officer



Sports Day BBQ

Thank you to Somerton Rotary for providing their BBQ and volunteers to cook .  The canteen needs two volunteers to serve at the BBQ during the day. Any time you can spare would be greatly appreciated.

Also, two volunteers are required for each class room.  This is to pick up the pre ordered sausages, bread, sauces and onion from the canteen at lunch time and deliver to the class and distribute the orders as per the list.

Final orders are Monday 21 October 9:15am.

Any late/ forgotten orders can be purchased on the day from the BBQ at lunch time.

Thanks, Katrina.


Hats must be worn at recess and lunch play times. Learners who forget their hats will need to play in the shaded areas. Hats can be purchased from the uniform shop for $10.

Sports News

Year 4-7 Beach Volleyball Carnival

All Year 4-7 students will have received a note today for the Beach Volleyball Carnival to be held Friday 15 November. The cost is $12 and can be paid via QKR!. All notes must be returned by Wednesday 30 October. Teams will be created based on numbers as of that date and there will be no late entries accepted.

Heidi Bevan, PE


Congratulations to Riley A who has been selected to be a part of the South West District team and State team for cricket. Well done Riley.

What's Been Happening at St Leonards

Year 7 Art Biographies

In Room 10, we had to produce an artist biography. We researched some of the artists' achievements, their early life and one of their most famous art pieces. From that, we then had to replicate a piece of their artwork. We had to use the same medium as them and we were not allowed to trace their piece.

Tayla Kemp, Teacher

Year 7 Art Biographies

Karen's Corner

Hi Friends

Week One? Helloooo??!!! Where are you?? Oh wait …. whoosh …. Week One, well that was fun … but now you’re gone!!

Well, that was ridiculously quick … And now, Week Two …. I hope you’re just as exciting!!

Hope this note finds you all happy, relaxed and heading into Term 4 with a positive energy and attitude!  It’s been a whirlwind start to our last term of 2019 at St. Leonards!  You may have noticed a fresh new, fabulous Reception area greeting you as you enter our school … it’s wonderful to have such a beautiful, fresh, modern, updated space to greet our Learners, families and professionals who visit our amazing school!

Thinking of renovations … sometimes, renovations are not only about physical spaces we inhabit in our daily lives, but sometimes renovations are about updating ourselves, not only our physical bodies but also our minds … think of yourself and your children as works in progress (I certainly am just that!) …. Are there areas in your life or the lives of your children that could do with renovating or updating?  A fresh start to routines, ideas or ways of approaching things or ways of thinking?  Are there things that aren’t working as well as they used to (just because you’ve always done things a certain way, may not mean that they are effective for you and your family now)   Albert Einstein put it perfectly in a quote that’s been attributed to him, ‘Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results’ 

Sometimes when we have the opportunity to evaluate whether things are working for us and those around us, we find that certain ideas, routines etc may no longer serve us well.      ‘Now’ is always a great time to contemplate changing things up, embracing new options and new thought patterns … sometimes by involving your family when you are looking to implement new concepts, it can have a really positive effect … perhaps a family meeting to discuss possibilities, giving everyone an opportunity to brainstorm ideas and be involved!      I invite you to think about taking stock of things in your family life and open your mind to the possibility of renovating or updating any areas that may be outdated, tired or old!  Challenge accepted?  I hope so!! 

If you’d like to chat about the exciting possibility of potentially instigating new routines and embracing positive change, please don’t hesitate contacting me … I’d love to have the opportunity to talk anytime! 

Until then, may the weeks ahead be filled with love, laughter and happy times!  Take care of yourself, be gentle and kind, particularly if you are planning to make changes to routines within your family unit … change, whilst positive, can sometimes evoke feelings of uncertainty and fear … be bold, brave and fabulous always, dear friends!!

Here’s to new starts, fresh attitudes and ideas and lots and lots of positivity surrounding you and those you love at all times!

 Karen Thorogood, Pastoral Care Worker

Community Notices

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