Hallett Cove East Primary School

Keeping you in the loop ....

Diary Dates

  • Monday 24th August - School Photograph Day
  • Wednesday 26th August - School Photograph Catch Up (for students absent on Photo Day)
  • Friday 4th September - Premier's Reading Challenge FINISHES
  • Tuesday 8th September - House 8 Nature Play SA - Cubby Building Belair National Park Excursion
  • Wednesday 28th October - Splash Theatre
  • Monday 26th - 30th October  - BOOK WEEK


Dear Parents/Caregivers,


In South Australia we have been extremely lucky to have lived reasonably safely in our community during the pandemic. Our students have also been able to continue to enjoy schooling perhaps much more than others in different parts of Australia. The threat of a second wave is, however, ever present. 

As you would already be aware, the SA Government currently has clear restrictions in place around events and gatherings to try to minimise COVID risk. While schools are allowed to hold some big events with parent attendance, there are very strict expectations that must be followed to ensure the risks are minimised. These include:

·         School personnel on all entry points to sign all parents/families/friends in

·         Parents required to socially distance at all times and school personnel to move around to ensure this happens throughout the event

·         Hand sanitisation and hygiene stations at several places throughout the area of the event

·         Comprehensive cleaning processes in place to manage toilets being used by the public

·         No barbecue or extended food service mainly due to hygiene protocols and social distancing issues

·         The school is expected to create a COVID plan for every event

As you can appreciate, the level of management of these expectations by school personnel throughout each of the events would be extremely challenging. Because the above expectations are required generally for all events where parents may usually be present, our staff with support of the Governing Council, has made the tough decision to cancel parent attendance at Sports Day, Concert and Book Week Assembly this year. Class led Assemblies and Disco have been cancelled outright. (These events are considered non-essential anyway.)

Graduation, Drama Club performance and KidzBiz presentation (see Andrea Hayden’s article below), only involve small numbers of students and we believe that we can readily manage the protocols around holding these events with parents attending, so at this stage, it is expected they will go ahead.

Wherever possible we will ensure events go ahead for our students because they are after all our focus. Of course things may change if our COVID status changes in the state and restrictions are increased. Staging events like a Concert for example can be an expensive process and take a lot of time to organise. So we also have to carefully weigh up the impact of time spent on organising an event against a possible second wave of COVID cancelling it.

We understand that parents/caregivers will be disappointed at not being able to attend some of our big community events this year, but hope you understand the responsibility the school has to ensure we do everything to keep students and staff safe.  


It is really fantastic to see almost all students in full and appropriate school uniform while also remembering other expectations including simple stud or sleeper and watch as the only jewellery. Correct uniform shows a pride in and respect for our school. We have, however, started to noticing a number of students with brightly coloured hair, or hair colour that is very different to their natural hair colour. We respectfully remind families that hair colouring should be limited to only those colours that are close to the normal hair colour for school. We thank you all for your support.


I have been made aware that a number of drivers are not following speeding and parking restrictions around the school. Please ensure you consider the safety of all students and families and drive at the correct speed and park only in the areas that are available during school pickup/drop off times. Please also remember that the carpark on the school side of the red line is for staff only and that children are expected to walk through the drop zone gate when coming into school from the carpark. The staff carpark gates are not for general pedestrian use. I would also remind all drivers coming into the school drop zone or carpark to please consider students and all road and school carpark/drop zone users, and move on to find another appropriate place to park, if the traffic at the entrance is building. I thank you for your cooperation in keeping our students safe.

With Regards,

Anne Rathjen



A Few Words from the Deputy Principal

As we approach the half way point of term three I have paused to reflect on comments I have read on line about some overseas children returning to school after five months of being at home. Even though we haven’t been able to have parents on site for a considerable time and some events which involve our community have been cancelled, postponed or modified we really are fortunate that we have been able to keep our children learning and at school for most of the year so far. In fact our school has been open to our students all year. Our hard working staff have ensured that the needs of our students are always at the heart of everything we do.

Enrolments for 2021

I am repeating my message from the previous newsletter because we are beginning our processes for 2021 and everything starts with knowing how many children we are to going to have enrolled at our school!

School Tours

If you know any families who are considering enrolling their children at our school next year could you please ask them to contact the front office by phone or email to organise a school tour as soon as possible?  If they already have children at the school they do not need to do a tour but we do need their enrolment forms as soon as possible. This year has been disruptive in many ways but we now need to know how many students we will have in each year level in 2021 for staffing purposes.

Kid Biz Ed

We had planned family Growth and Development Sessions for term 1 with Kid Biz Ed but we had to postpone.

We have now rescheduled them to Wednesday 23rd September 2020 (week 10 of this term). We do however need to know if we have the numbers to make this viable. There is a cost to the school so we do not want to run with too few families. We also need to be able to socially distance so we need to ensure we do not have too many people to accommodate this.

The sessions are:

6:40pm   Where Did We Come From? (Year2 to Year4)

7:40pm    What’s Happening To Us?  (Year 5 to Year7)

Our year 6/7 students are doing Growth and Development Sessions in lessons during the latter part of term 3 so the second family session would be a great adjunct to this learning.

Early next week (week 5) we will send out a Skoolbag notice asking for an indication of intention to attend. If you replied that you wished to attend during term one could you please reply again as your circumstances may have changed.

If you have any queries please email or ring the front office.

Kind Regards,

Andrea Hayden

Deputy Principal

Finance Information from the Business Manager

Just a reminder that our teaching staff are 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.

Unfortunately as you know term 1 disco had to be cancelled, families who purchased disco tickets will have a credit on their statement which can be used against future expenses.

If you are yet to pay your 2020 Materials and Services fees we remind families to clear all outstanding accounts as soon as possible to avoid debt collection services being appointed. 

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

Jenny McFadyen

Business Manager

News from our Wellbeing Leader

The “What if’s?

What if my friends don’t want to play?

What if I don’t have any lunch?

What if I my best friend is away today?

What if mum/dad is late to pick me up?

Does this sound familiar? 

Sometimes the “what if’s” are important as it keeps us from threats and danger

Many young people are afraid of the unknown. The “what if’s” take over. 

What happens though when the “what if’s” keep them from trying something new, something fun, something worthwhile, something that is beneficial, something important?

What happens if it stops us from our best learning?  From making friends?  From going to school?

If you would like some strategies for encouraging children to try something new or want to be part of the conversation please visit https://dono1.edublogs.org/

Evie Donoghue

Wellbeing leader

An update from the IT Coordinator

In an ever changing world it is often quite easy to forget that our students and children grow up with different technology than we did.


We make assumptions about children’s ability to use a piece of equipment like a computer mouse and are often flabbergasted when they don’t know how to use it. We ask ourselves why they can’t double click on something or move the cursor to the right spot on the screen. After all, they use their tablet or our phone every day? 


These are skills that are still vitally important in most work based programs but unlike our generations the students are used to touch screen and swiping.


If you are at home using a mouse or a keyboard get your child to try something fun with it? Get them to draw something on the computer using the mouse? Try some touch typing practice and make a game out of it.


These are all valuable skills that can help your student navigate different computer systems as they progress through school.


They will naturally learn how to use the new technologies, it is what children do. They might need help understanding old technology and these could lead to some great conversations. 

Jonathon Warren-White


Earlier this week you would have received a skoolbag notification regarding the 2020 FUNDRAISING RAFFLE. 

Please support our fundraising committee and school by purchasing a raffle ticket or better still multiple raffle tickets.  Many of the regular fundraising events have not been able to occur this year due to restrictions, our fundraising committee are hoping you will be able to support the raffle as our target is to raise funds to support the purchase of much needed air conditioning for The Pavilion.

Hallett Cove East August 2020 Raffle

$ 5.00 per ticket bought through Qkr ONLY!

Available from Monday the 10th August till Monday 24st August.

Drawn on Tuesday 25th August.  Winners will be contacted during the day.

1st Prize -       Intencity Bundle ($70 value)

2nd Prize -      Tent-it Teepee Party Voucher($50 value)

3rd Prize -      Patritti Wines ($50 value)

4th Prize -      Patritti Wine ($25 value)

5th Prize -      Commonwealth Bank (school banking) bundle

No tickets will be sent home, names will go into the draw.

From The Charity Champions

Last term we held a Crazy Hair and Casual Day to raise money for Alopecia Areata Camps for Kids. We raised $551 and we would like to thank everyone who took part in the event.

From The Charity Champions

Kostya, Kiana, Rychelle, Henry and Ruben


Our Genki Kids team this year is made up of Taylah, Evie, Addy, Izzy, Maddie, Rychelle, Grace and Amelia.

We have been running Genki Kids sessions on Monday lunchtimes since week 6 this term. The 3 sessions running are Genki Art, Wellbeing Games and Mindfulness Movement. We have had a very good turnout of students wanting to participate and lots of them returning each week.

In Genki Art we’ve done a number of activities including Rainbow (niji) art, uchiwa fans, cherry blossom trees and free choice mindful drawing. In Wellbeing Games we’ve played a lot of different games including Jan Ken Pon with hoops and the very popular duck, duck, goose. In Mindfulness Movement we have been following some Just Dance videos and creating our own movement pieces to music.

The Genki Kids Team.


It has been a busy start to term 3 with lots of activities..Excursions, Incursions, Sport, Science and there is more to come...

Houses 6A and 7W build a Cubby Excursion

We were lucky enough to have perfect weather to enjoy our excursion to Belair National Park, students participated in a broad range of activities while building a cubby and caring for the natural environment.  Initially the students built small cubbies but  then moved on to build much larger cubbies that they could sit in and eat their lunch.  The children displayed great teamwork and problem solving skills, it was a fantastic learning experience and everyone had an enjoyable day.

House 3 Perry Barr Farm......how things change over time

SAPSASA Netball Knockout Carnival

On Friday last week Miss Burford hosted a netball carnival in the COLA, our team competed against Sheidow Park, Thiele and St Martin De Porres Primary School.  All players showed great sportsmanship.  Hallett Cove East Primary School team won both games against Sheidow Park and Thiele  Primary School.   St Martin De Porres narrowly won by 2 goals against Hallett Cove East Primary School.  

SAPSASA Soccer Girls and Boys Teams

Both our girls and boys teams recently competed in SAPSASA  Soccer Knockout competition.

Girls competed at Lockelys North Primary School and the Boys at Hallett Cove R-12.  All players displayed great competitive skills and  represented our school well. Thank you to the parent/caregivers who volunteered their time to allow our students to compete.

Volleyball SA Tournament .... great skills and great fun

Science Week Circus Show...a captive audience

A message from our Pastoral Care Worker


It is so easy for us to get scared. We can be scared of change, of a challenge, of a person or animal. Fear in and of itself is not a bad thing. In fact, fear can be very protective and can stop us from getting hurt. The important thing is that we understand the fear that we are feeling and we use it to our benefit.  

There is a wonderful quote:  

“F-E-A-R has two meanings: 'Forget Everything And Run' or 'Face Everything And Rise.' The choice is yours.” Zig Ziglar  

We can identify times when we do need to run away from the things that scare us, so that we don’t get hurt. And we can identify times when we need to have growth mindset and face a challenge even if it is scary.  

However, sometimes we are so caught up in the fear that it is impossible to tell if it is fear that we should listen to or not. In these times it is important to share our fears with someone we trust, maybe a friend or a family member.   

I recently read a psychological study about the truth behind ‘A problem shared is a problem halved.’ The results show that when people talk about their fears, particularly with someone who has experienced the same fears, their fear lessens significantly.  

Next time you are scared of something I encourage you to share your fear, and work through it together.  


at HCEPS on Wednesdays and Fridays


School Banking is Back

 Monday is School Banking at our school . 

For every deposit made at school, students will receive a silver Dollarmites token. Once students have individually collected 10 tokens they can redeem them for an exclusive School Banking reward item in recognition of their regular savings habits. 

School Banking is also a great fundraiser for our school. Our school receives a Regular Savers Contribution of $5 for every 10 deposits processed per student as well as an Annual Contribution which is based on the number of students who made at least one School Banking deposit in the prior year. 

If your child has lost their book, please contact your School Banking Co-ordinator for a replacement or visit any Commbank Branch. 

If you would like to know more about School Banking, please ask for a 2020 School Banking program information pack from the school office or visit www.commbank.com.au/schoolbanking


School Photography Day is coming soon!

School Photos will be taken at our school on Monday 24th August.

On Wednesday, 26th August the photographers will visit again to photograph students who were absent on School Photo Day.

Parents can send the money to the school in the self-sealed envelope supplied however On-Line Ordering, where parents are now able to select their preferred package online makes it much easier for our parent community.

Every student will need to bring their Photo Envelope with them on the day, regardless if you are purchasing photographs or not.

Do not seal envelopes inside each other. You can pay for all children in one envelope but each child will need their own envelope.

Please enclose correct money as NO CHANGE is given. Cash, cheques, credit card and money orders are accepted.

Placing your child’s order online is the safest & easiest way to order school photos. Just enter the shootkey printed on your child’s envelope and make your selection! If you are having a Sibling photo taken, do the same with the shootkey printed on that envelope (envelopes available from schools front office) and you’re done. It really is that easy!

The range of options available to you online has increased. As well as the option to download a Low Resolution image for a smart-phone, parents will now have the option to purchase a High Resolution Digital Download of their child.

An added incentive for our families is that MSP now offers a 10% discount for all orders above $90.00 a family. To receive this discount online your orders must be placed in one transaction. If you are paying with cash please total your order amount, then apply your discount and place the correct money in the self-seal envelope.

ALL ENQUIRIES, please contact MSP PHOTOGRAPHY on 8391 3951 or email: admin.adelaidesouth@msp.com.au 


We pleased to be offering a limited Canteen LUNCH service 

  • 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


If you have lost a SAMSUNG GALAXY S5 mobile phone, please see one of our friendly, front office staff, who have been keeping it safe for you.

We do our best to return LOST PROPERTY, Hoodies, Hats etc.  We are always sorting through uniforms BUT there are so many uniform items that have not been named/labelled.  PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE write your child's name on each piece of clothing, lunch box, drink bottle, sporting equipment that is send to school.

Updated Uniform Price List

Did you know we have not had a Uniform price increase since 2015. Unfortunately our suppliers have and we are unable to cover these expenses with our current pricing.  Please find our new prices attached. For purchases please order via the QKR App or contact the Administration Office.


Secondhand Uniform Shop

Opening hours will be Wednesday morning 8.30-9.00 & Wednesday afternoon 3.00-3.30.

There is a lot in stock across all sizes.


Support us today! 20% of every Entertainment Membership sold goes to our fundraiser.  Buy a Membership and download the Entertainment App today.

Hallett Cove East Primary School 

Order your Memberships online today!


Raffle in August.  Keep a look out for more details via SkoolBag.  Prizes include Intencity bundle, Tent-it Teepee voucher, Patritti Wines.

Community News and Events


We’re on the lookout for local “green thumbs” to enter the Mayor’s Garden Competition.

With gardeners spending more time at home in their gardens now is the perfect time to enter your garden into the competition.

 The annual competition recognises local gardeners and encourages community interest in local gardens, which enhances the presentation and liveability of our city.

 The Mayor will be awarding prizes in four categories:

* Urban         * School          * Rural         * Community

 Entries close on Friday 18 September 2020.

For further information and nomination forms, please see our website or contact Civic Governance on 8384 0666 or mail@onkaparinga.sa.gov.au


ANZ Tennis Australia Hot Shots Programme. For ages 4-12.

Join our experienced Tennis Australia Club Professional Justin Tredwell and his team. Register your child for a 'Come and Try' at our Open Day Sunday, 30th August. FREE Sausage Sizzle for all at 12:00 pm.

For more details call Justin: 0415 289 733 or visit www.justn2tennis-coaching.com.au 


Does your child or teen have a Sleep Problem?

Refuses to go to bed at night, trouble falling asleep, trouble waking / getting out of bed, sleep in parents' bed, miss school or feel fatigued?

The Child & Adolescent Sleep Clinic at Flinders University offers treatments for children and adolescents of all ages (including infants from 6 months of age). To book an appointment, call 8201 7587 or email casc.enquiries@flinders.edu.au 


The Awards aim to encourage, acknowledge and reward the valuable contributions that individuals, communities and businesses make throughout South Australia.

Nominations are now open for the following categories:

·         Office for Ageing Well for Tackling Ageism Award

·         Minister for Innovation and Skills Small Business Award

·         Carers SA Carer Achievement Award

·         Community Centres SA The Loneliness Cure Award

·         Australian Dental Foundation Community Welfare Innovation Award

·         Rural Doctors Workforce Agency Rural Community Health and  Wellbeing Award

·         Prime Super Employer Excellence in Aged Care Award

·         Ricoh Australia Customer Service Award

·         Jones Harley Toole Community Road Safety Award

·         Breakthrough Mental Health Research Foundation Innovation in Mental Health, Social and Emotional Wellbeing Award

·         Woolworths Sports in the Community Award

·         Prime Super Agricultural Innovation Award

For more information visit www.awardsaustralia.com  or call 8132 0753.


Please click on the following links to read important safety information from the City of Marion

School Students and Traffic Letter click here.

Keep Kids Safe - Traffic Rules Around Schools click here 

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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