St Leonards Primary School

Newsletter 15, 17 September 2021

From the Leadership

Term 3 has certainly flown by. It is wonderful to see the warmer weather just in time for the school holidays. 

New Students

Three new students have recently joined our St Leonards community and we wish them well on their learning journey with us. Welcome to William, Charlie and Riley. From next week we also welcome Eliza, Will and James.

COVID Restrictions

We regretfully have had to cancel some events and/or family participation due to the ongoing COVID restrictions. Please refer to the letters that were emailed and put on Skoolbag earlier in the week regarding this for more information. We will continue to keep families updated as new information becomes available to us. We thank you for your patience and understanding.

Year 7 to High School

The following information has been provided by the Department for education regarding the Yr 7 to High School in 2022:

  • The move to having Year 7 students at high school has been under development for the last three years to make sure that the transition is a smooth as possible for both primary and high schools.
  • Infrastructure and staffing has been considered to cope with the enrolment demand on high schools.
  • Moving Year 7 into high school brings South Australia in line with the rest of country. The Year 7 curriculum (ACARA) was designed to be taught in a high school setting.
  • Public school enrolment has been steadily increasing in all primary schools and with Year 7 students moving into high school, spaces become available for other year levels.

School finishes at 2:05pm on Friday 24 September. We will see you all on Tuesday 12 October when school resumes as Monday 11 October is a Pupil Free Day (OSHC is available - please book early). 

Please note that whilst sports day t-shirts/plain t-shirts were able to be worn in Term 3 in the lead up to Sports Day, regular uniform is required to be worn in Term 4.  A reminder that hats must be worn in Term 4. No hat - shade play only.

We hope you enjoy a well earned school holiday break.

Kathy Baker - Acting Principal

Heidi Bevan - Acting Deputy

2022 Planning

Class structures for the 2022 school year are now being developed. The number and structure of those classes depends on accurate enrolment information.

If your child/ren are currently in Reception - Year 5 and they are not returning to St Leonards, please email Mel Worden, Office Manager, as soon as possible with your child's name, current year level and destination school.


Diary Dates

Week 10

  • SAPSASA Track and Field - Tuesday 21 September
  • Sports Day - Thursday 23 September
  • End of Term, Early Dismissal - 2:05pm, Friday 24 September

Week 1, Term 4

Hats on for Term 4

  • Pupil Free Day - Monday 11 October
  • First Day Term 4 - Tuesday 12 October

Absences, Late Arrivals and Early Leaving


We request that all absences, late arrivals and early leaving messages are either sent through our dedicated sms number 0436483127 or phoned directly to the school on 8294 9811.

Please include the student's name, room number and reason for absence eg family, illness, appointment etc.


Pupil Free Day bookings are now open for Monday 11th October 2021.

Please Book on the app or email booking to






IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Bookings opened from Monday 6th September and closes on Wednesday 6th October 2021. The cost for the day is $48.00

All bookings be made via the app or email

or phone 0882941990

New Opening Times

Finally, we are very pleased to inform you that that beginning next term, Before School Care session will operates from 7:00am-8:30am. This is to support our working families who need to drop off their children early and get to work. The Director has made a notification of the change in the OSHC service hours of operation to the Australian regulator, the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA).

We hope that as many parents/caregivers as possible will take the opportunity of early opening to fully utilise our OSHC service. Thank you for your continuous support.

Catherine & the OSHC Team

Sustainability News

Week 9 already! This term has flown by in the blink of an eye.   

Check out our new buddy bench. We entered a competition through Coles where we had to talk about our sustainability journey and we won! This bench is made up of 98% recycled soft plastics. What an amazing reminder of what we can do with our ‘rubbish’. Look out for the bench in the school yard soon.


We are very excited to announce the members of St Leonards Primary schools first Student Sustainability Council.

Room 1: Fletcher, Patience, Ava, Sophie and Abbey

Room 2: Zara, Piper, Alexa and Lily

Room 5: Chloe, James, Eva, Ollie and Robert

Room 6: Arib, Valentina, Ava and Ella

Room 7: Alana, George.S and Olivia

Room 12: Willow, Alexa, Alec, Sadie and Eva

Room 16: Henry, Lachlan and Rubianna

Room 17: Mackenzie and Myron

Room 18: Calin

?Natalie Baggio, Nicola Ross and Kathleen Rollings – SLPS Sustainability Team

100 Years Celebration

St Leonards Primary School Centenary Fair

We are excited to be getting closer and closer to the 100 year celebration event!

We hope you have Saturday 30 October saved in your calendar as the committee has a very exciting day planned. 

We still need a little bit more help to ensure it is a successful celebration of our school community. We appreciate if you are able to help out where you can.

Working Bee

Volunteers are required to get the school in ship-shape before the big day. We’ll also need nimble fingers to help us wrap raffle prizes and organise memorabilia. No clearances required, pizza lunch provided. Sign up here


It takes a village to make these events happen. If you can volunteer a few hours on the day (30 October) please sign up here

Parent Rep Fete stall/activity

Our wonderful parent reps will be organising some fun fete activities on the day. It’s a lot to organise, so please reach out to your class rep and see how you can help lighten their load.

Market Stalls

This is a great opportunity to showcase your business to the St Leonards School community.

We are accepting expressions of interest from local community who may wish to sell and promote their goods and services. Fill in the online form 

100 Years Memorabilia

Attached is an order form for 100 Years Celebration Memorabilia. 

The Pavers form will be attached to the email that came with this newsletter and Seesaw.

Orders can be paid via QKR! in the 100 Years Memorabilia section, at the Cash Office or call to order over the phone via credit/debit card. 

All orders are due no later than Friday 24 September.

Orders will arrive early Term 4

(paver times may vary)


Class Raffle Item Collection

Each class is collecting items to make up raffle baskets for the 100 years celebration day. These are the themes for each class. If you are able to provide an item please place them in the raffle collection boxes in your child/rens class.




1 – Mr Schwarz


2 – Ms Hallam

Pamper pack

3 – Miss Hayley

Movie night

4 – Mr Smith


5 – Miss Mandy


6 – Miss Rollings

Health and Beauty

7 – Miss Jess


9 – Mrs Ireland

Pantry items

10 – Mrs Barr


11 – Mrs Brown &

12 – Mrs Sayers

Indoor activities

15 – Mrs Tohl


16 – Mrs Winter

Art & craft

17 – Mrs Baggio


18 – Miss Jasmine


20 – Mr J

Outdoor activities

100 Years Dress Up Day

Friday 29 October is World Teachers' Day and is also the day before our 100 Year Birthday Celebration so we encourage everyone to dress up in old fashioned clothes and make our school look like it did in the olden days.

Jump on google and find some inspiration.  Check out what is already in your wardrobe (you'll be surprised at what will work for older time periods) or popping into an op shop is a great option.

Around the School


On Saturday 11 September, students in the Senior Choir performed at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre as part of the Festival of Music. In its 130th year, the Festival of Music provides opportunities for students to expand and develop their performing arts skills through choral singing, instrumental music and dance. This year, St Leonards was represented in the mass choir, orchestra, solo positions and we also saw a familiar face in the virtual choir!

As always, our students represented our school values with excellence, and it was an incredible performance celebrating music education in South Australian public schools. Well done to everyone involved!

Liz Condous, Choir Teacher

Chinese Culture Week

Chinese Hacky Sack (Jian Zi) Incursion

On Wednesday and Thursday, the 8th and 9th September, two visitors from Confucius Institute, University of Adelaide came to school and teach students in Year 5, 6 and 7 playing Jian Zi.

First students had a brief introduction of the Jian Zi and they had a chance to play individually and in-group. The similarity skills of soccer and Jian Zi helped students to learn the Jian Zi very fast. We all have fun. Well done everyone for your sportsmanship.

Ms Chan (Chinese Teacher)

Around the Classrooms

Sam's Corner

Resilience Project Diaries

Hey everyone,

In the last edition of the newsletter we discussed the importance and benefits of practicing gratitude through the Resilience Project. However, I thought today I would provide some resources that students can do at home and resources that you can do as a family to practice these important skills. We will soon hopefully have a larger pack of these journals available at school and for use within the wellbeing room with students. However, I highly recommend buying both or one of these journals and giving it a go. Especially at the low prices they are offered at right now!

Family Journals


These journals can be completed as a family, perhaps in a dedicated family time like after/before dinner or another time, this journal generally lasts for 10 weeks if it is being used every night. The journal is filled with daily reflections, questions and practical activities designed for the whole family. Such as drawing/writing things that made people happy or laugh in their days. This can be a great way to start conversations about school or issues that might be occurring in a more informal way.

6 Month Journals


These journals can be completed individually and generally take about 5-10 minutes a night for up to 6 months a journal. Each day in the week varies in reflective tasks but roughly covers the Recording things that students are proud of (even the little things). As well as things they are looking forward to and things that went well today. In addition, to getting them monitor their physical health (sleep, exercise and eating).

If you would like to know more about either of these journals or the program as a whole feel free to contact me below ?

Tournament of the Minds Club

Throughout the last few weeks year 4/5 and some year 6 students have been participating in tournament of mind and problem-solving games to prepare for the challenge coming in 2022.

One of these challenges was the ‘paper tower challenge’ where students had to build the tallest tower they could using only 10 sheets of paper. Students could only tear or fold the papers without using scissors or sticky tape, within a 25-minute time limit. Students are rewarded and awarded points for the tallest tower stacks (the amount of flat white sheets) while also using the least amount of paper out of the ten.

Three students from Rooms 5 and 6 have already successful completed it, setting the record at 5 stacks & 6.5 pieces out of 10.

So, congrats to Leon K, Levi P, and Ella M who have set the current St Leonard record. If you think you can beat this current record, then come along every Friday lunchtime in the STEM room and have a go.

Sam Colley, PCW

2021 Uniform

Uniform Orders

To order our new 2021 Heritage Collection uniform please follow the link or visit the uniform page of our website.

Current uniform can still be worn. It will be phased out gradually over the next two years.

Please note: Fittings are by appointment only

Booking can be made by clicking the link 

Piano Lessons

As of Term 3 2021 St Leonards is excited to offer private piano lessons to students in Year 1 -7 throughout the school day.  Georgina is currently teaching piano to students from Our Lady of Grace, and will commence next term with us.  She has a wealth of knowledge in teaching students how to play the piano and/or prepare them for exams.  All lessons are offered individually and are on a rotating time basis.  Contact Georgina on 0431201936 as soon as possible to discuss and secure a place for your child next term.

Entertainment Book 2021

The Entertainment Book book is now digital. You get great savings and support our school fundraising efforts at the same time. Please see our email for more information.

Community News

Community Sports Groups

Tae Kwon Do for Kids

Please see attached if you or your child is interested in Tae Kwon Do classes for kids.

St Leonards Primary School

Learning Together

Respect, Resilience, Readiness

"Building a community that inspires curious, creative and innovative thinkers."

Principal: Dave Henty-Smith

Deputy: Kathy Baker

Well-being Leader: Heidi Bevan

Office Manager: Mel Worden