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. 


  • Friday 30th September Sports Day
  • Monday 7th November Pupil Free Day


Dear Parents/Caregivers,


As you know teachers are lifelong learners and are always being challenged with new, and not so new, thinking. Handwriting has become a renewed topic of discussion for us through our learning about the connections made by the brain when “putting pen to paper”.

We also realise that many of us do not use our handwriting as frequently as we once did.

We investigated how many of our students used a tripod pencil grip, the most commonly suggested grip to assist flowing handwriting. We encourage you to look at your children’s grip and help them understand that making changes, while very worthwhile, do not come easily. If you have any queries please contact your class teacher.


We have received the hard copies of the NAPLAN results for 2022. Our results are generally very pleasing with most students achieving the National Minimum Standards (NMS) in all areas.


% of students who achieved the NMS in year 3.

% of students who achieved the NMS in year 3.










Grammar and Punctuation







 We have sorted the parent copies and arranged for staff to read them. On Tuesday I intend to send a Skoolbag notice informing parents of Year 3 and 5 students that they can come in to the front office to collect their child’s report. If a parent is unable to get in to the office they can write a note for their child to give to the front office requesting the report be put in an envelope and sent home with the child at the end of the day.

Updated Procedure and Guidelines.

This week we received a new procedure, guidelines and resources regarding ‘Sexual behaviour in children and young people’. These have been developed to respond to children and young people’s sexual behaviour, and the prevention of sexual harm. Staff will be looking at these in upcoming staff meetings.

We also received brochures entitled “Children and young people’s sexual behaviour in education and care settings – A guide for parents and carers”.  These brochures are available in the front office or you can ask your class teacher to place one in your child’s bag if you wish.

Kindy to Reception Transition and 2023 Classes

At the end of this term we plan to email parents of 2023 Reception students information about our Kindergarten to Reception transition visits. These are planned for Wednesday mornings over four weeks next term.

We will also begin allocating our current students to their 2023 classes. Your child’s teachers know your child very well, however, we understand that sometimes parents have further considerations that they would like us to know when placing their child in a class for 2023. In the last newsletter for this term we will include a document for parents to fill out and bring in to the front office during weeks one and two of term four. Early next term we will be asking students to name five friends that they may wish to be with so that we can guarantee they will be with at least one of these. This will complement the very thorough process that we go through to ensure that we can best fit all our students into balanced classes.

Sports Day

Sports Day is now not far away so please be on the lookout for information elsewhere in this newsletter and on Skoolbag over the next two weeks. Whilst we are very eager to have our families on site on the day could I please ask those who are unwell to please stay at home and, where possible, for adults not to enter the classrooms or buildings?  On the day House 1 will be open for parents to access the toilet for themselves or their younger children, with hand sanitiser just inside the door to be used on entering.

During week 10 we will be having various activities in preparation for Sports Day. We will stay in school uniform, although students are advised to be in shoes suitable for running in each day as our activities will be weather dependent. On Friday students are encouraged to wear their house colours but the school hat and suitable running shoes still need to be worn.

So, here’s hoping that the weather improves over the next two weeks and we can end the term with a really fun and exciting day.

With regards

Andrea Hayden



Dear Parents and Caregivers,

On Sports Day, Friday week 10, 30th September, the canteen will be open at recess and the first part of lunch for students only. Due to COVID restrictions, parents and children not enrolled at the school cannot access the canteen. Families attending Spots Day will need to bring their own food/ drinks. The only lunch order available on this day is the special lunch order, which was advertised on Skoolbag last week. This can be ordered through QKR!

The Kidz Biz Ed’s Family Evening Sessions was booked for Thursday 22nd September. As you all know this is now a pubic holiday which means we have had to reschedule the information sessions.

It will now take place Term 4, Week 4, Thursday 10th November. The sessions will be held at the same time in the Pavilion.

Can you please complete the Skoolbag eform (Term 4 week 4 Thursday 10th November- Kidz Biz Ed’s Family Evening Sessions), if you can attend this new date.

We had a large response to families attending the original date. Which was GREAT!! We hope you can still come. If you have already completed an eform for the original date, we are very sorry but we need you to complete this new eform

Kind Regards,

Renee Fisher

Deputy Principal


Dear Parents and Caregivers,

I would like to introduce you to our school’s newest member. A, yet to be named, bearded dragon. Over the coming weeks we will be having a school wide vote to come up with the perfect name, which hopefully isn’t Bob. I will let you know when a decision is made. This week a few students at a time have been helping me feed our dragon at various stages throughout the day and whenever students go into the library, they get a chance to say hello.

A big congratulations to our Yr 5/6 boys’ soccer team who won the silver medal for the School Sport State Knockout middle sized school competition earlier this week. All students represented our school with pride and put in an awesome effort. Sadly, the final did not go our way, however, it was an amazing achievement just to make it to the gold medal match. Well done to everyone involved. Unfortunately, we could only take 12 players to the Final, yet we had 16 players play throughout the tournament. Each and every one of them helped us make it to the finals.

Finally, as you have already read, Sports Day is fast approaching. Students have been practicing the different tabloid events during PE lessons and our House Team meetings will begin next week. All students should know which colour they are in and can start preparing their outfits for the day.  We are hoping and planning for a fun filled day for everyone. 


Aaron Charlton

Wellbeing Leader / PE / Science Teacher

Light House Leaders

Dear parents/ caregivers! We would like to notify you of what is going on in our school or what is going to happen!

On Monday a few year 6 and 5 boys went to play the soccer semi final and grand final out of the whole state because they had won their district championship. They won their first game 3-1 and moved to the grand final. They faced Fulham in the grand final but they lost 7-1. Hallett Cove East came second in state.

2 weeks ago some year 4, 5 and 6 students went to play volleyball at the marion leisure center. Overall all the students went pretty well and everyone at least won one or two games! So well done to all students that participated in the volleyball.

Book week was a huge success and we raised a lot of money for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. The Great Book Swap went well and the parade was loads of fun, many parents came to enjoy the celebration.

On Wednesday two groups of four students went to Reynella East College and took part in the Hiragana Competition. Unfortunately, we didn’t win, but one team got to the finals. At the end of the competition there was a raffle and many students got prizes.

For the last few weeks we’ve had great days at school.

From Grace, Cooper, Jacob, Jake, Pippa and Lewis.


Angry Feelings Part 2

See the last newsletter for the first part of What’s the Buzz? For Early Learners: Angry Feelings


Deal with anger problems openly 

During calmer times talk to your child about their tricky, quick temper. Discuss early warning signals experienced just before explosion – start to tune them in to how they feel. Most children talk about feeling hot, breathing faster, wanting to cry or noticing a rapid heartbeat, and most say it helps when their parents set up ways to help them redirect this pent-up energy.


Develop an exit procedure – a way to escape the situation before their emotion spills over and their dignity remains intact. When they attempt to do it, reward them! In the meantime, teach them that you will always remain calm and remove yourself if you can’t. Continue to follow through with an appropriate negative consequence following the temper outburst, even if it means they become upset again – maintain consistency.  It is not failsafe, but an intelligent approach. 


An anger/frustration outlet

The key to dealing with anger for many youngsters is to redirect them to an acceptable way to let the raw emotion ‘loose’ without placing themselves or others at risk. There are a host of ways to transfer this wild surge of emotion into the physical. Best results happen when children latch on to a particular strategy and repeatedly use it. Getting into a habit reinforces a new pattern of behaviour and quite soon the new behaviour becomes automatic. For example, they could:

  • bounce on the trampoline
  • do some colouring in
  • listen to loud music
  • punch a pillow




at HCEPS on Wednesdays and Fridays



If you are yet to pay your 2022 Materials and Services fees we remind families to clear all outstanding accounts prior to debt collection process.

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


Please remember to order your child/s special sports day lunch from the canteen by Monday 26th September.

A Coffee Van will be on site for adults to purchase a hot beverage. Mochalicious will kindly donate some of their proceeds to the school. Thank you.


Term 4 – Week 2 Friday Night October 28th*(restrictions permitting)

The Fundraising Committee are organising a school disco

Look out for details closer to the date.


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


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.


Aberfoyle Park High School is the official Department for Education school for gifted students in the southern metropolitan area of Adelaide. Our IGNITE program is specifically designed to meet the needs of students with high intellectual potential.  

Please find attached a flyer for an upcoming IGNITE information evening which will be aimed at both parents and students interested in the program from 2024



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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