Hallett Cove East Primary School

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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. 


  • Monday May 29th - Year 3/4 Arbury Park Camp
  • Monday June 5th - Year 3/4 Woodhouse Camp
  • Friday June 9th - Pupil Free Day
  • Monday June 12th - Kings Birthday Public Holiday
  • Monday June 19th - Mr Huff Incursion


Dear Parents/Caregivers,

Here we are at the middle of term two. The days and weeks feel like they are really moving fast which is a good sign, that our school is a lively and positive place to work and learn.

Classroom Literacy

This term, our primary years classrooms have begun implementing a program called ‘Promoting Literacy Development’ or PLD. The program is an evidence-based approach to teaching of structured synthetic phonics across year 3-6 classrooms. Staff is engaged in establishing daily routines with students and creating positive classroom experiences with the literacy program. You will increasingly see elements of the program implemented, as teachers become more familiar with the resource, structured teaching approaches and student activities.  Our early years classes continue to work on their daily instructional routine which follows our Department for Education’s scope and sequence for teaching phonics and phonemic awareness. We are pleased with the work that classes are doing to support phonological skills and reading development. We know that the knowledge of phonics needs to be taught systematically, sequentially and on a daily basis for automaticity and fluency.

Wellbeing Collection of Data

This term, our students in years 4-6 have participated in the Department’s survey on Wellbeing and Engagement Collection of Data. The survey is available for all children across South Australia and seeks students’ views about their wellbeing and their engagement with school. It asks questions about their social and emotional wellbeing, school relationships, engagement and learning in school, physical health and wellbeing and after school activities. We look forward to receiving our results later in the year and working further with staff and student leaders to understand the data and identify priorities for whole school improvement.

Interviews and Semester One Reports

Information regarding booking processes for interviews will be available soon. As advised through last week’s newsletter, interviews will occur in week 9 and 10 of term two. The night where interview appointments may be available later in the evening, approximately 7:30pm will be Tuesday 27 June. In addition to your child’s class teacher interviews, specialist teachers will also be available so your child can share their learning with you. Further information about times will be sent separately. Teachers have begun report writing, based on their assessment of student learning and progress during the first half of the year with written reports distributed at interviews. 

Year 3/4 Camps

Next week students in House 3 and House 4 embark on their camp to Arbury Park. This is followed by House 6 students heading to Woodhouse in week 6. Camps are a wonderful experience for students to develop their independence and ability to work with others, whilst build lifelong memories together. For many it will be their first time away from home so no doubt there will be lots of nervous excitement next week! Our teachers have worked really hard in planning this experience and we wish them well for a successful time away.


We are very pleased to share that Isobella S in 9E has been selected to represent South Australia at the School Sport Australia Diving Championships, to be held in Sydney in August. Congratulations Isabella, we are very pleased for you and wish you well in your competition.

With regards

Matthew Champman



Dear Parents and Caregivers,

As we have been saying “thank you” to some of our many volunteers over the past few weeks the issue of not having enough volunteers in the canteen has again been highlighted.

The students enjoy the special lunches but we won’t be able to have another one for this term at least because Helen, our friendly canteen manager, does not have the help she requires on a Friday for this to occur. We’d like to remind you that you don’t have to be committed to a regular time to volunteer, or, if you do wish to make a regular time then a few hours once a fortnight would be all that is required. If you’d like to help with special lunches then we’d just need a bit of time before hand so that Helen could “train you up”.  I know our students love having their mothers, fathers, grandmothers, grandfathers or family friends helping out and it is a great way to connect with the school community.

Thank you to all those families who participated in Walk Safely to School Day last Friday. Even though it wasn’t one of our best autumn days weatherwise, it was great to see the interest. It also was a day to highlight those two key messages of ‘Active Kids are Healthy Kids’ and “children under 10 need to hold a hand of an adult to cross the road’.

Good luck to our students going on camps over the next couple of weeks and thank you to all the parents who offered to help. Thank you also to all the staff who have spent so much time ensuring that these special activities can go ahead.

Kind Regards,

Andrea Hayden

Deputy Principal


Dear Parents and Caregivers, 

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. 

Next week is National Reconciliation Week and it is an opportunity for all Australians to learn about First Nations shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia. The theme for National Reconciliation Week 2023, Be a Voice for Generations, encourages all Australians to be a voice for reconciliation in tangible ways in our everyday lives – where we live, work and socialise. It urges all Australians to use their power, their words and their actions to create a better, more just Australia for all of us. 

At HCEPS we will be dedicating part of our staff meeting to reflect, look into the state of Reconciliation in Australia and learn about the 1946 Pilbara strike. The Pilbara strike of 1946-49 is one of the most dramatic moments in Australia’s indigenous history. Aboriginal people not only defied the owners of pastoral stations in North-West Western Australia by demanding better wages and conditions, but also sought to win independence from their colonial masters. In its aftermath, they acquired considerable freedom and autonomy through co-operative mining and other ventures. The story of this struggle inspired the campaign for Aboriginal rights throughout Australia. 


Aaron Charlton

Wellbeing Leader and Year 5/6 Teacher


Hi Everyone, 

Wow! Week 4 of Term 2 already, how fast time flies! It has been a busy couple of weeks, last week I was able to attend the yearly Pastoral Care Worker’s Conference on Tuesday and Wednesday. This was a time to hear from the new CEO of Schools Ministry Group about how he is continuing to enable the work and support PCW’s can provide within schools. I was also able to connect with other PCW’s, and to hear from a keynote speaker on how to support community growth by tapping into the skills, abilities, and talents of those within our communities.  

I heard about a man who had one talent – to make a beautiful garden. He was asked to help a man transform his garden, who he then encouraged to help another neighbour to look after her lawn. These acts of kindness had a ripple effect that ended up improving the lives of 30 people within their local community. Who would have thought that a simple act of kindness and generosity could have such an impact? Whose life can you make a difference to in this coming week? I would love to hear your stories about how you have started transforming your own community. 

As the weather becomes colder, it can be hard to keep children occupied if they are not able to get outside, so you may like to check out these ideas of things you can do at home with your children 50 Super Fun Rainy Day Activities For Kids of All Ages (mykidstime.com). By engaging with your child in these activities you will be building a positive relationship with them as well as having fun at the same time Positive relationships: parents & children | Raising Children Network.  

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

Have a great weekend!

Erin Finch


We are continuing to provide the quality educational 2023 program planned for all students at Hallett Cove East Primary School.  To allow our program to be sustained we ask families to support us by clearing outstanding accounts as soon as possible. 

Statements will be sent to families next week which will identify outstanding amounts due.

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


Last week we had a waste audit, where we counted all of the rubbish in our school in one day. We worked with Allison from Marion Council, Kate from Green Adelaide, Lee from Kesab, Bhoomika from Cleanaway and the year 4’s. 

We were very disappointed with the amount of uneaten food being thrown away. Can you please talk to your children about what they should do if they don’t like their food? 

Maybe your child could help pack their own food so they are only taking what they will eat. 

Thanks for your help,  

The Waste Warriors (Jayden, Curtis, Koby, Gabby and Ethan)


Dear Parents and Caregivers

We have decided that our first fund raiser for this term is Pyjama or Oodie day. It will be held on the 1st June, the first day of winter. Students can come to school dressed in their pyjamas or an Oodie. Please send a gold coin donation on the day. All monies collected on the day will go to a homeless shelter that is still to be decided. Thank you for being generous and supporting our fund-raising efforts.

The Charity Champions

Barramundi Drive & Quailo Avenue Intersection Upgrade

Please read below Works Notification re Barramundi Drive & Quailo Avenue 


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.



Please refer to the important Community Notification letter included in this Newsletter, regarding road closures in Hallett Cove.

MOVIE NIGHT FUNDRAISER - Hosted by Rimas Luncheon

Enjoy a lovely evening viewing the new romcom "Love Again"

DATE & TIME:  Wednesday, 17th May at 7:00 pm

WHERE:  Event Cinemas at Glenelg

COST: $30 + booking fee

Proceeds will be donated to the Centacare Cooklock House

Tickets includes: 1 movie pass to "Love Again", 1 glass of champagne,  1 entry for raffle prize and complimentary lolly bar and desserts.

To buy tickets visit www.eventbrite.com/e/movie-night-fundraiser-hosted-by-rimas-luncheon-tickets-614937804527


Term 2 Clinics (6 weeks)

When:  Every Wednesday 10th May - 14th June

Time:  4:00 - 5:00 pm      COST:  $65

To book or find out more visit: www.fhgc.com.au/golf/junior-golf


Resilience Confidence Discipline Fitness

  • Children can start at age 5
  • Self defence and anti bullying program
  • Non-contact Training
  • Experienced WWCC Instructors
  • Sports Voucher approved provider
  • Olympic Sport
  • Beginners welcome anytime

Enquiries: info@worldtaekwondo.com.au  Ph: 0412 909 500

Website: www.worldtaekwondo.com.au 

Sports Voucher Approved Provider



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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