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. 


  • Thursday April 6th - Charity Champions Easter Raffle Drawn
  • Friday April 7th - Good Friday Holiday
  • Monday April 10th - Easter Monday Holiday
  • Friday April 14th - End of Term - Early Dismissal


Dear Parents/Caregivers,

I would like to acknowledge the 2023 Governing Council who met for the first time on Monday night as a newly formed council for the school year.

  • Chairperson: Amber Pellerin
  • Deputy Chairperson:  Yvie Eglinton
  • Secretary:  Yvie Eglinton
  • Treasurer & Finance: Melissa Vlachos
  • Education: Nikki Dopson
  • Fundraising: Melissa Vlachos
  • OSHC:  Nadia Hodgson
  • Assets and Grounds: Melissa Vlachos
  • Sport: Nadia Hodgson
  • Canteen: Amber Pellerin
  • Uniform: Yvie Eglington
  • Council Members: Leanne Craig, Erryn Busby, Aaron Dunn and Alana Phipps

We still have vacancies on our Governing Council and it would be great to have those filled for the 2023. Please don’t underestimate the importance of your voice to the school.

Any items, issues or queries for Governing Council can be raised either through the front office or the school’s email address marked ATTENTION GOVERNING COUNCIL. 

Harmony Day

Thank you to staff and students for celebrating Harmony Day on Tuesday, even if the untimely rain shower interrupted our planned picnic on the oval! It was great to see students of all ages interacting together on the student-led activities. Well done everyone!

Student Free Days for 2023

At Monday night’s meeting, Governing Council approved the following student free days for 2023. These days are important for our staff to work on aspects of the site improvement plan and their professional development.

  • Term 2: Friday 9 June - Site Improvement - Literacy & Numeracy Focus
  • Term 3: Monday 11 September - Site improvement - Literacy & Numeracy Focus
  • Term 4: Friday 3 November Site Improvement - Moderation and Assessment.

 School Closure Day

In addition, Governing Council has approved a school closure day for Friday 8 September. Please note these dates in your diary. We will provide further details on each day, closer to the date. 

COVID Updates

You may have noticed that we continue to send daily updates to classes where a COVID case has been reported. This is because we are still required to report all known COVID cases to families where classes may be affected. It remains a requirement for all schools to report cases to our department for monitoring and tracking purposes. Please notify the front office if your child tests positive for COVID.


Congratulations to our year 3 and year 5 students for completing the NAPLAN process for 2023. The testing process went really well and overall, our students showed persistence and resilience to complete their tests. I would like to acknowledge Mr Jonathon White for his outstanding organisation and leadership throughout the testing process to ensure everything ran smoothly, no small task with so many students accessing technology at once! We will notify you when results are available and provide you with further details on how to interpret your child’s data, later in the year.


Make every day count! We want every child here at school, every day, to give them the best chance of progressing in their learning. We monitor attendance closely and will contact families direct, where we are concerned about individual children.  

Please also remember that lesson one starts at 8:45am and it is important that all children arrive with time to prepare themselves for that first lesson of the day. It is often essential literacy teaching and learning time and we do not want anyone missing this important part of the day.

If you are having difficulty getting your child to school, please talk with your child’s teacher in the first instance. We are very well placed to support you with issues of separation or school refusal and we can put support plans in place that could assist your individual circumstances. Working in partnership between school and family is the best approach to supporting attendance.

With regards

Matthew Champman



Dear Parents and Caregivers,

We realise there has been quite some delay but we have been told that the Junior Primary Playground will be ready for the children to use at Monday lunch time. We didn’t realise how much we would miss being able to use it until it was fenced off. We really are fortunate, though, to have many other great play areas around the school.

In Weeks 10 and 11 we are having parent meetings for those students who are required by DfE to have a One Plan. The families of these students will receive a letter early next week indicating the time that has been allocated for the teacher and myself to meet with them to discuss and sign off the One Plan. If parents are unable to make this meeting they can either ask for the One Plan to be sent home to be returned signed or organise a mutually convenient alternate time. Some of our other students have One Plans to inform of adjustments. The families of these children can contact teachers to make informal arrangements to discuss progress as needed.

We have had a parent request regarding the Kiss and Drop Zone. When it is particularly busy the request is to try to move quickly through and not spend a lot of time stopped in your spot plus minimal time out of your vehicle.

There will be a Buddy Assembly at Noon on Friday 14th April presented by 9S (Mrs Govender) and 3S (Mrs Stanfield). This had originally been planned for week nine but we have decided it will be a fun way to end term one.

Don’t forget the Easter Egg Raffle organised by the Charity Champions. Tickets are $1 and available on Qkr. There are three prize baskets, one for Reception to Year 2, one for Years 3 and 4 and one for Years 5 and 6.  The raffle will be drawn on Thursday 6th April.

Kind Regards,

Andrea Hayden

Deputy Principal


Hi Everyone,

It has been another fantastic couple of weeks at HCEPS, from connecting and supporting students in class, providing a listening ear when things are tough, watching a dance performance in the yard or having a kick of the soccer ball. These are all things that tell me I am starting to build good connections at HCEPS. I find this exciting, challenging and such a privilege to be part of the lives of those who are in the school community.

I think Brene Brown is right when she says, “It turns out that trust is in fact earned in the smallest of moments. It is earned not through heroic deeds, or even highly visible actions, but through paying attention, listening, and gestures of genuine care and connection.” (Brené Brown: 20 of her most inspiring leadership quotes (theceomagazine.com). As human beings we all have this desire to belong, be heard and feel cared for and when this happens trust grows. I look forward to continuing to build relationships with those in the HCEPS community. I hope you all have a fantastic weekend and have the opportunity to share a small moment with someone you love or care for.

If you would like to get in touch with me please leave a note with the front office or you can email me at Erin.Finch444@schools.sa.edu.au.

Have a great weekend!

Erin Finch



 Materials and services fees together with the 2023 incursion/excursion levy invoices of $60 should now be cleared,

 if you have overlooked settling your account we urge

 you to pay the $60 incursion/excursion levy as soon as possible. 

We provide our community with several payment options, cash, cheque, EFTPOS, a 24/7 BPOINT payment option via our school website, alternatively

fees can be paid via the Qkr App which is our preferred form of payment.

We also have an online direct debit payment option which allows our families and caregivers to select a regular payment option to be deducted from a selected bank account or credit card on a weekly/ fortnightly or monthly basis. If you would like to take up this option please complete the application online via the school website. Details on how to access the Qkr App are available via the school website.

Please note this year school card applications should be submitted online, please read the attached information and click this link for step by step instructions to lodge your application online

If you do not qualify for the 2023  School Card but you are experiencing financial difficulty with settling your account please contact the school finance officer to arrange a payment plan.

Kind Regards

Imelda Jolly

Business Manager


In addition to the funds raised on Harmony Day this week we will also be raffling 3 easter baskets. There will be a prize for the early years, primary years and the middle primary. Tickets for the raffle will be on sale for $1 via the Qkr! App from Monday 27th March until Tuesday 4th April. The raffle will be drawn on Thursday 6th April before the Easter weekend. Please support our fund-raising for Charity efforts.



Did you know lunch orders can be placed up to 2 weeks in advance.  If you utilize the pre-order process via the Qkr App please be aware that you can also cancel the order prior to 9.15am if your child is going to be absent for the day.  All you need to do is simply login to your app, cancel the order and a credit will be placed on your Qkr App ready for the next time you order. We hope utilizing the pre-order system will alleviate some of the morning rush pressure and mininise the current issue regarding so many students presenting at the office with NO LUNCH, we understand everyone has busy lives and we do our best to accommodate our community by providing a quick and easy  ordering system via the Qkr App. Unfortunately it seems in the morning school rush more and more parents are forgetting to submit their children's lunch orders.  

We respectfully ask all families to please be diligent in regard to checking you have entered the correct order date and please make sure you finalize your order by entering submit.  It would be a great help to the office staff and our canteen manager if all parties can be diligent with the ordering system.  

We appreciate you support with this matter, thank you.



Wednesday, 29th March 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

Meet the Principal and take a self guided or guided tour of the school.

Email: info@hcs.sa.edu.au 


Come and meet our engaged students and teachers, for dynamic programs and state of the art technology.

All tours 9:00 am to 10:30 am.  Various dates.  Online booking essential via www.aphs.sa.edu.au


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


Are you free one morning (8.30-9.00am) a week or one afternoon (3.00-3.30pm) to open the uniform shop, then please contact Mel Vlachos on hcepsfundraising@gmail.com It would be great to have the shop open on a different day other than Wednesday to help those that can not get there on that day.

Clearance - ALL shorts, skirts & skorts are just $ 2!

Open every Wednesday 8:30-9am and 3:00-3:30pm in House 1 - first building near the gates at the drop off/pick up point.  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 uniforms that no longer fit or are not being worn and in good clean condition, we'd love to receive them. Thank you.


Welcome to HCEPS School Soccer for 2023.  HCEPS had a very successful and enjoyable season last year and we would like to continue that trend and strengthen this year.  Any and all children and Parents are welcome.  Each Team requires a Coach and a Manager, without both the kids will miss out so please consider putting your hand up.

 If your child or children are interested in playing, please complete this School form to register up to three children living at the same address.  After submitting your School registration, you will also need to register on the Play Football website, this needs to be done for players AND Coaches/Managers.

 If you would prefer to complete a physical form, please see the School Front Office, or email hcepssoccer@gmail.com (completed forms can be emailed here or dropped at the front office).

Important Dates:

  • School Registrations to be in by 28th March
  • Teams to be nominated and submitted to League 31st March
  • First round likely to be 6th May

Important Links:

  • Noarlunga & Districts Junior Soccer Association (NDJSA) Page
  • Play Football Registrations (HCEPS)

We are also looking to have a small Registration Day during March; kids can have a kick around, do some drills, have a BBQ and will also give anyone a chance to come and have a look, pick what you might like to help with, Date tba shortly.

 Any questions, please email hcepssoccer@gmail.com.






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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