Hallett Cove East Primary School

Keeping you in the loop ....


  • Pupil Free Day Tuesday 14th June
  • Pupil Free Day Monday 25th July


Dear Parents/Caregivers,

We are continuing to take advice from the Department for Education and SA Health around health and safety protocols. As such we are continuing to do all we can to minimise the spread of viruses, including COVID 19, whilst being mindful of the needs of our community.


A friendly reminder of the requirements to be a volunteer. Each newsletter we are asking for canteen volunteers and I know that some teachers have made frequent requests for classroom volunteers. We all know how much benefit our students get from reading with an adult who can help them with corrections and make connections to the text.

As we know we have increased responsibilities for duty of care from years gone by. As an example we like to offer our students as many opportunities as possible. For our older students to participate in SAPSASA events, which involve single or double teams, we need parents to assist with transport, supervision and minor officiating roles on the day. For our classes to go on excursions we need to ensure we cover or exceed defined supervision ratios.

Any of our volunteering roles can be regular or ad hoc depending on your circumstances and our needs. To volunteer at our school you do not have to be a current parent. If you know someone who is interested please ask them to get in touch with us.

All our volunteers need their volunteer training but this is not onerous. For those new to volunteering there are three on-line components and some paper work but again, it is not as onerous as it seems. Many of our volunteers from previous years only need to update their RRHAN-EC training. This is done on line and a certificate presented straight away. The Working with Children Check (WWCC) is done on line and is the only section of the process which may take time to be cleared. There are no fees for volunteers.

Our friendly office staff can answer all your questions.

Webinar from The Minister and Chief Executive.

This week there was a webinar for leaders from the Minister for Education, Training and Skills, Blair Boyce, and the Chief Executive of the Department for Education, Martin Westwell.

We heard from Blair Boyce that the department’s name was to remain Department for Education. The midyear intake is returning. This will occur in preschools from 2023 and in schools for reception students from 2024. So our reception students will either spend 4 terms or 6 terms in reception from 2024. We will have more information about this later. Autism lead teachers are going to be appointed in primary schools. There are also going to be extra well-being officers in the department.

We heard from Martin Westwell about the direction for the department. He is a passionate educator with a strong delivery. He discussed the purpose of public education in South Australia. This included learning: contemporary academic achievement, wellbeing (Human Flourishing), self-regulation and participation. What resonated from the presentation was the desire to support our kids to flourish. This is very true of our vision at Hallett Cove East.

Reconciliation Week may have ended for 2022 but we know that the message of “Be Brave; Make Change” is important all year round. Classes have been involved in a wide variety of activities. Aaron Charlton led the staff through an awareness session on racial literacy based on a partial viewing of “The Final Quarter”. This powerful and thought provoking documentary is just as relevant today as when it was made in 2017.  I would recommend all who have not seen it to endeavour to do so.

Interviews Week 9 Term 2

By now I hope you have all been able to book your interview times with your child’s teacher. This is such a valuable time for your child to share their thinking about their progress and for you and the teacher to exchange your thoughts on moving your child’s learning forward.

Pupil Free Day on Tuesday 14th June

I hope all our families have enjoyable times together over the extra-long weekend and we look forward to welcoming the students back on Wednesday morning.

With regards

Andrea Hayden


PLEASE, A REMINDER TO ARRIVE AT SCHOOL ON TIME ..........The Gates are open at 8:30am and all students should be in their classrooms by 8:40am. The learning program starts at 8:45am.


Dear Parents and Caregivers,

A couple of big sporting events happened over the last two weeks. Please read the School Sports News Below for more information.

This term the Charity Champions is focusing on Treasure Boxes. This organisation is donating resources to the Ukraine refugee students in order to help them settle into their new school life here. We hope to send one backpack per class to the Treasure Box organisation. Please read the Charity Champions post below for information regarding the items which can be donated to fill the backpacks

On Thursday June 2nd I was fortunate enough to join House 8 in their Inquiry Play lesson. It was wonderful seeing the students develop their social skills, oral language, imagination, creativity and problem solving skills through a variety of hands on activities.

PLEASE HELP!!! If you are available, even for just an hour a week, we would love for you to volunteer in the canteen. Any amount of time is greatly appreciated.

Kind Regards,

Renee Fisher

Deputy Principal


A big Hello to the Hallett Cove East Primary School community, 

I have had an enjoyable first week, in my new short-term position, as the HCEPS Wellbeing Leader. I spent my first couple of days saying hi to all of the classes around the school and letting the students know that I am available for a chat if they ever feel the need. Quite a few have already taken me up on the offer which was great to see. I have also spent some time in the Interoception room with those who needed a little bit of a break to reset and be ready for some more vigorous learning. I almost got as many steps in, walking around and meeting with students, as I do in my role as the PE teacher. I am looking forward to the next 4 weeks of term and working with all our fantastic students at HCEPS. 


Aaron Charlton

PE / Science Teacher

Hallett Cove East Primary School


You may have read about the state government’s initiative to provide a $100 discount on both the 2022 and 2023 Materials and Services Charge. I am pleased to provide you with a letter signed by the Premier and the Minister for Education, Skills and Training. The letter provides additional information about the initiative. You can access the letter via this linkhttps://www.education.sa.gov.au/sites/default/files/letter-from-premier-and-minister-materials-services-charges-7-june-2022.pdf

You will receive a statement of your account along with a letter of explanation from the Principal. Please read this carefully and return your rebate slip if required.

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


“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” – Jim Rohn


I recently read an article about how if you include yourself as one of the five people the quote is rather accurate. I believe that there is a lot of truth in the idea that the people we spend time with influence who we become. 

It is crazy how quickly bad habits rub off on us, without us even realising that it is happening. We run late when we spend time with people who are always late. As we witness others eating unhealthily, not exercising, or being unfocussed, we quickly follow in their footsteps.   

When we spend time with negative people we tend to become more pessimistic. Conversely, when we spend time with positive people we develop a positive frame of mind.  

I’ve learnt that if there is a good habit that I want to develop I need to find a role model that I can spend time with to encourage the behaviour. Then they can help to bring out the best in me.

Point to ponder: Do the people that you spend the most time with bring out the best in you? Or, is there someone who does bring out the best in you, who you should be spending more time with? 

Joey Traeger

Pastoral Care Worker at HCEPS Wednesday and Friday



It has been a very busy term for sport at HCEPS. 

It all started in week 1 when our Cross Country Team competed at the Southern Valley Carnival where everyone ran wonderfully. Mitchell, Harry and Alex competed at the SAPSASA Metro Swimming Competition where they all swam well. A special mention to Alex who came away with 2 silver medals. Congratulations to Isobella who won a silver medal at the State Diving Championships. Zachary made it into the Southern Valley AFL team where they finished runners up in the Division 2 competition. Well done to Lachlan, Fraser, Jacob and Cooper who yesterday represented Southern Valley at the State Cross Country Day. Gemma has also just informed me that she has been selected in the State girls cricket team where she will be travelling to Bendigo later this year for the National Championships, good luck Gemma. It is amazing to see so many of our students representing our school at State and National sporting competitions. 

Our school has also nominated teams for the School Sport SAPSASA knockout competitions. Last week our girls played 3 great games of netball at HCEPS and the boys rugby team made it to the Preliminary Final at the Southern Valley Carnival. In weeks 8 and 9 the boys AFL and Soccer teams will be playing their first round of knockout matches and I wish them all the best.  

Thank you to all the parents who support our school in being able to participate in these events by helping to transport and supervise our students. Without an adequate number of volunteers we will need to cancel our involvement in these types of events. We have been finding it increasingly difficult to find enough helpers so if your child is wanting to compete in SAPSASA events please contact the front office to make sure your volunteer’s details are up to date. I thank you in advance. 

Kind Regards,

Aaron Charlton

PE / Science Teacher



Charity Champions need your support


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


" We still have a lot of pants & track pants available. So till the end of term 2 we will be selling 2 pairs for $5.00."

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.



KIDS TAEKWONDO CLASSES - Fitness, Resilience, Confidence, Discipline

  • Children can start at the age of 5
  • Experienced & Qualified Instructors WWCC cleared

Enrolments Open Now - enquiries email info@worldtaekwondo.com.au or Phone: 0412 909 500

DEVELOPING MINDS - Online Chilled Kids Group

Help manage frustration, disappointment and anger.  FREE 4 week Tuesday afternoon group (5:00 - 6:15 pm) starting 7th June for children and parents.  Run by a clinical child psychologist.  Group held via Zoom, a secure online meeting platform.  For more information email Amy at amy@developingminds.net.au for bookings or questions.


We encourage, challenge and inspire girls as they learn to sing, dance and perform.  Join us at our JUNE Open Day.

Register now at ausgirlschoir.com.au/joinagc or Phone: 8271 1622



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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