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. 


  • Tuesday November 29th - Yr 5/6 Aquatics program
  • Wednesday December 7th - School Concert
  • Thursday December 15th - Yr 6 Graduations


Dear Parents/Caregivers,

So much has been happening at HCEPS since our last newsletter.

Students have been participating in a wide variety of educational activities and continuing to learn and thrive.

Teachers have been moderating student’s work and begun preparing the end of year reports as well as continuing with planning and teaching their thorough educational programs. As we have said before the reports will go home on the last Wednesday of the school year.

Thank you to Wallis Sensei and Gray Sensei for their organisation to ensure our whole school Japanese Picnic was such a success. Although it was a bit warm on the day the wind was ideal for the kite flying. The students thoroughly enjoyed their picnic lunch and it was lovely to see the families who were able to join us. Many enjoyed their sushi and other picnic items from home. A very special thank you to the year 5 and 6 students who ran a great variety of activities across the school in the afternoon. I witnessed the year 5/6 students who worked with a reception class and they were all so engaged for the entire lesson. Well Done!

The Growth and Development sessions provided by Kidz Biz on Thursday evening were very informative for the families who attended with many expressing positive comments afterwards. The presentation was very well lead by Kerryn from Kidz Biz and students felt comfortable to ask questions and provide responses. Thank you to Mrs Fisher for her organisation and to Mr Schenkel, Ms Burford, and Mrs Govender for your help on the night. I found it to be worth the cost and effort to organise. I would recommend to all families with age appropriate children to go to either or both sessions when they are next offered.

Congratulations to the school community for an excellent participation rate for the 10 week Premier’s Be Active Challenge. Thank you to Aaron Charlton and our Student Physical Activity Leaders who represented the school on Wednesday 9th November to receive our high achievement recognition.

Thank you to our School Communication Leaders who lead our Remembrance Day Service today. If you come into the front office you may see a display of some of the poppies and wreaths which classes have made.

I hope you have all seen the announcement from Heather Makris, our Education Director, regarding the Term 1 Principal appointment of Matthew Chapman. I will be continuing in the Deputy Principal role during this term.

As you know Anne Rathjen has been on leave since the beginning of term 2 as she makes her decision about continuing or retiring. Although her leave is continuing into term one next year we would like to take this opportunity to thank Anne for her wonderful contribution to education in South Australia, and in particular, as our Principal since 2010.

On Friday 25th November the students have invited Anne to the assembly in the Pavilion so that they can say “Thank you”. Parents are welcome to attend, subject to numbers and potential COVID issues, as well as speak with Anne after the assembly on the courts outside the Pavilion. Anne will be out there until 3:30pm when staff have organised their Thank You Celebration in the form of a High Tea.

Hallett Cove East has been very fortunate to have had a leader of the calibre of Anne Rathjen over the years and the school has benefitted immensely from her strength, steadfastness and outstanding educational leadership. Should you wish to pass on a message to Anne, but are unable to be at school any time between 2:15pm and 3:30pm on Friday 25th November, please bring your message to the front office or email us at dl.1053.info@schools.sa.edu.au. We will collate them to present to her at the assembly.

Classes are also eagerly preparing for our School Concert on Wednesday 7th December at 6pm. We anticipate no restriction on numbers in the audience, at this stage, as we will be performing in the Big COLA again.

On this Wednesday morning we welcome our 2023 Reception students for their first transition visit. This may make the traffic a little busier for these three Wednesday mornings, so we thank you in advance for your understanding.

With regards

Andrea Hayden



Dear Parents and Caregivers,

We had our first Transition Session on Wednesday the 9th, which involved the parents coming to an information session. It was great to meet and talk to the families of the new 2023 students.

The Japanese Picnic was fantastic. The weather was perfect for kite flying! It was great to see so many families join us for the picnic lunch. Students were highly engaged with the afternoon activities, led by our Year 5/6 students.

Thank you to those families who attend the Kids Biz Family Evening Session. I hope you and your child/ren found it very informative.

Today we held a Remembrance Day Ceremony. The Light House Leaders did an exceptional job running the ceremony.

Save the Date: Auskick 2023

There will be an Auskick Program running next year at the school from week 3 of term 1 through to the end of the term (8 weeks).

Further details to be confirmed.

Registrations now open. 

Kind Regards,

Renee Fisher

Deputy Principal


Dear Parents and Caregivers,

I can’t believe that it’s almost time to put the Christmas tree up. I think I will try and avoid it for a little while yet. However, my boys did start asking when we could put it up a few weeks back, so I don’t like my chances.

Following on from my message last week on transitions and change, if you would like to learn more about ‘The transition from primary to secondary school’ please follow the link here below.

Or for children in the earlier years you can follow this link ‘The transition from early learning settings to primary school’ here.

Both links take you to the be you and Beyond Blue website where you can find some useful tips on successful transitions.

Earlier this week our Physical Activity Leaders represented our school at the Premier’s be active Challenge Reception where our school was recognised as one of the 50 High Achieving Premier’s be active Challenge Schools for 2022. We participated in some fun come and try sport clinics, Ruby and Xavier represented our school by accepting our certificate from the Premier and we witnessed two wonderful performances from Charles Campbell College (dance) and Cirkidz (acrobatics). Well done to all of the students involved this year.


Aaron Charlton

Wellbeing Leader / PE / Science Teacher


Friendship Matters

Today we had guests in to talk to the whole school about how Friendship Matters. It was lovely to hear the students talk about what is important in friendships and identifying what hurts friendships. 2 object lessons by the presenters stood out to me.

Puzzle: We are each an individual piece of a puzzle. We each have our own part to play, and the puzzle doesn’t work if there is a piece missing or if there are 2 identical pieces. We need to be true to ourselves. We also need to respect and treat the other puzzle pieces with respect, they are all as important and valuable as we are.

Bubbles: We can’t put the bubble solution back into the bottle. Once it is a bubble it is out in the world, and we can’t rewind time to have bubble solution again. Similarly, our words and actions can’t be rewound. When we say or do things that are conflict choices, people get hurt. We can’t undo the hurt, but we can ask for forgiveness and try to make friendly choices in the future.


Pastoral Care Worker

I would also like to share with the school community that I am finishing up in my role as pastoral care worker here at HCEPS at the end of the year. It is really hard to leave, I have loved working here and supporting wellbeing at HCEPS. However, family circumstances and the commute have led to me realising that it is time to say goodbye.

The position is currently being advertised for next year. If you have an interest in supporting and caring for the wellbeing of students, staff and families and also representing the local churches I encourage you to consider the role. For more information visit smg.asn.au/chaplaincy  

I’m also happy to answer any questions.  




at HCEPS on Wednesdays and Fridays



                          ‘CANS FOR CHRISTMAS!’

On Week 6 we will be collecting cans of food to donate to local families in need.

Each class will have a box in their classroom for donations during the week, cans only please.

These will then be distributed to the community.

Any canned food would be appreciated for example Baked Beans, tuna or soup.

Thank you in advance for your support. 


2023 Materials and Services charge has been approved by the Governing Council for our polling process.  The online polling process has begun.  If your child is enrolled to begin in 2023 you will receive an email.  Poll closes on the 24th November 2022. 

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

If you believe you qualify for the 2022 School Card Scheme and you have not submitted your application as yet please be advise the last date for new applications to be accepted for the 2022 school year is 18th November 2022.

To determine eligibility for School Card please click on this link 

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

Imelda Jolly

Business Manager

Whole School Japanese Picnic



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


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.




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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