St Leonards Primary School

Newsletter 13, 20 August 2021

From the Leadership

Before Dave left for his long service leave break, we celebrated both Principals Day and SSO WEEK. Dave was thrilled to receive so many kind words and special attention from the community that included a special sock exhibition from the staff wearing their crazy socks and a caravan book made by the classes.

We would like to acknowledge the dedicated care and commitment of our amazing SSO’s as they support the SLPS community in a variety of ways. On Tuesday evening, they voluntarily joined staff to learn about epilepsy and seizure management plans. Their support and willingness to participate fully in all that we do is truly amazing. They are super heroes in our school.

Their duties are varied, ranging from classroom support, administration, data management, first aid and grounds and facilities maintenance. Our team consists of:

Mel WordenOffice Manager
Victoria SierrosFinance Manager
Kelly Peterson ICT and Library Manager
Liv BradleyFront Office
Heather PronkChildren's University, Sport, 100 Years
Sue SmithStudent Support/WHS/Finance
Nicola RossGardens and Student Support
Tair VaidenfeldStudent Support
Julianne WhiteheadStudent Support
Natalie WilsonStudent Support
Shannon BakerStudent Support
Sasha KerleyStudent Support
Sara BatoolStudent Support
Deb McDonaldStudent Support
Jen ScholesStudent Support

Cvija MitrovicBilingual Student Support
Sam ColleyPCW
Zac Scott


Jim GoudieGroundsman
Katrina JamesCanteen Manager

Dave will be on leave for the remainder of this term as he heads north to enjoy the sunshine. We look forward to “stepping into his socks” and maintaining the momentum of another exciting and busy term.

Kathy Baker - Acting Principal

Heidi Bevan - Acting Deputy



Recently we have had a number of students unwell with tummy upsets. For the wellbeing of our school community, if your child is unwell, please keep them home until they are fully recovered. As gastro is highly contagious, the guidelines are that a child should not return to school until 24 hours after the last gastric episode. 


As per our Uniform Policy, we ask that necklaces not be worn to school as they present a strangling hazard. These items are often precious to the wearer and it can be distressing when the items are lost or broken. We also encourage students to wear stud or sleeper earrings only as dangling or hoop earrings can get caught in hair or on  equipment. For more information please visit our school website to view the Uniform Policy.


Diary Dates

Week 6 

Book Week - Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds

  • Year 7 SAPSASA Soccer - Wednesday 25 August
  • Senior Choir Rehearsal at Entertainment Centre - Wednesday 25 August, 11am - 5pm
  • Year 7 SAPSASA Soccer - Thursday 26 August
  • Year 7 SAPSASA Soccer - Friday 27 August
  • Book Week Dress Up Assembly - Friday 27 August

Week 7

  • Year 6 SAPSASA Soccer - Wednesday 1 September
  • Year 6/7 SAPSASA Hockey - Wednesday 1 September
  • Year 6 SAPSASA Soccer - Thursday 2 September
  • Year 6/7 SAPSASA Hockey - Thursday 2 September
  • Year 6 SAPSASA Soccer -Friday 3 September
  • Year 6/7 SAPSASA Hockey - Friday 3 September
  • Last day of Premier's Reading Challenge - Friday 3 September

Save the Date

School Disco - 16 September

Cancelled Events

Book Fair

Fathers Day Breakfast

Know Your Country

Book Week

Book Week is a celebration of reading and engaging with the books that have been shortlisted by the Children's Book Council of Australia. Shortlisted books in various categories are read throughout the term and classes participate in activities based on those books. Book Week is held in August every year and we culminate the week of activities with a dress up parade at assembly on Friday of Week 6 (27 August). 

The dress up parade is a fun way to show off your favourite book character. Costumes can be as simple or elaborate as you like. Some of the most creative costumes are pulled together from clothes you already own and some cardboard. Op shops are also a great place to find items. Please note that it is not a casual day. If your child is not wearing a costume then they are required to wear school uniform.

At this stage, due to current COVID restrictions we will not be able to have families on site this year. We will be posting snap shots of the day through Seesaw and an overview in our next newsletter.


Author Visit

For Book Week we will be hosting self published author Madelyn Hannagan who wrote The Very Marvellous Monarch,  A Butterfly  Story on Monday 23 August.  Classes will come to the library to listen to Madelyn read her book and have the opportunity to ask questions about the process of writing and publishing a book. 

On the day we will have expression of interest forms for students to take home if they wish to purchase one of Maddie's books.


We have now started planning for the 2022 school year. This is a long process that takes into consideration new reception enrolments, current enrolments and the movement of students into high school. 2022 is a unique year as we will farewell both our Year 7 and Year 6 students as Year 7 becomes the first year of high school.

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.


Tickets for the Festival of Music will now be on sale to the general public on:

Monday 9 August from 2:00pm

Tickets are priced at $48 per ticket (excluding booking fee).

Tickets are purchased directly through Ticketek. The school is not involved in this process. 

Students performing DO NOT require a ticket. 

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)


100 Years Celebration - 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

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.

Around the School

Olympian Visit

On Thursday this week, we had Olympian, Jessica Stenson, visit our school. Jessica grew up in Naracoorte South Australia and she shared with the Year 4 - 7s her marathon running journey. She spoke about setting goals, never giving up, maintaining a healthy diet, positive mindset and pursuing things that are your passion.

Jessica showed us her Rio Olympic jacket, which is lined with all the names of Australian Olympic gold medallists. Last year she had a baby boy called Billie, but has continue to run and hopes to for as long as she lives.  

Jessica won a bronze medal in the Commonwealth Games and is now training for the 2024 Paris Olympics. She never gave up through injuries and set backs and she always believed in herself and her goals. 

By Arib, Lyla, Nate and Ryder – Year 5  

Science Week

National Science Week is Australia’s annual celebration of science and technology, and in 2021, the theme is Food: Different by Design.

When exploring the topic of agriculture and food in Australia, we can also learn more about the rich history in Indigenous culture and understand how Australia’s traditional owners harnessed the land’s natural resources in innovative and sustainable ways that would feed their communities whilst protecting county across generations.

Making saltbush damper has been very popular, so today we built a campfire and cooked our saltbush damper in hot coals.  Students were able to observe the fire changing from flames to coals and watch the damper being buried under hot coals to cook.  When it was ready (eventually) they got to taste it with freshly made butter.

Thanks so much to Zac Scott for providing Indigenous cultural perspective and expertise, and to our leadership team for supporting the idea.

Chinese Culture week

In Week  9 I have organised activities and a special lunch for Chinese Culture Week. There will be different activities every day. The lunches can be pre ordered now for delivery on their specified days in Week 9. The lunches are not a fundraiser for the canteen and supports local businesses. Please see the flyers for more information.

Video Competition

Chinese Language Teachers’ Association of South Australia has a Chinese Video Competition for all students in South Australian schools, who learn Chinese as a second language. It needs students to combine Chinese language skills with creativity and acting skills to make a 2-minute film to include this year’s signature phrase, which is 朋友péng yǒu Friend. Every school is allowed to submit 2 videos for R-2, 2 videos for Year 3-6 and 2 videos for Year 7 students.

 I would like to see some students from our school to participate in this year competition. Please send me an email by the end of week 7, 27 August, if you interested in. I can give you some ideas and create a winning video together.

 Ms Chan (Chinese Teacher)

Sustainability News

This term is flying by! Can you believe we are already at the end of Week 5?

Are you looking for a great way to help reduce your lunchbox rubbish? We have the prefect answer. Compostable ziplock bags. Available now through QKR! A box of 20 for $3.30 They will be delivered to classrooms every Friday. 

We are very excited to be launching St Leonards Primary schools first Student Sustainability Council. This council will be made up of students from across the school and overseen by staff. They will be the driving force of sustainability at the school, and will help us to continue to implement change to reduce our rubbish and waste. We look forward to introducing you to our first council members soon.

 ?Natalie Baggio, Nicola Ross and Kathleen Rollings – SLPS sustainability team

Premier's Reading Challenge

The Premier's Reading Challenge finishes Friday 3 September so you still have plenty of time to finish reading your 8 PRC books and 4 free choice books. If you need a new form please see me in the Library or collect one from the Office. 

So far I have had over 200 returned forms. Well done.

Kelly Peterson, Library

Around the Classrooms

Sam's Corner

Hello, St Leonards parents, friends and community members.

My name is Sam Colley and I am the new Pastoral Care Worker (PCW) at St Leonards Primary School. This is my first time in a school undertaking this role, however, I am currently finishing off my final year of a secondary school degree at the University of Adelaide with a focus on geography and world history.

I look forward to carrying out my role as the PCW in supporting the wellbeing of students, their families and staff members; to help further develop and continue the positive learning environment that St Leonards currently embodies. 

Together with the Wellbeing Team and teachers, I hope to support students in improving social skills and other key attributes such as confidence, teamwork and positive relationship building. I am working alongside the school to implement strategies such as the ‘The Resilience Project’ (TRP) to build up resilience, empathy and mindfulness something which we can all benefit from in the current circumstances. I also hope to utilise the use of additional therapy dogs to help nurture self-confidence and belief in students through their training and skill sets. Part of my role includes working with local communities’ groups in Glenelg some of which have generously agreed to support the school through donations of food vouchers and other goods & services.

I have also spent much of my early working period setting up and supporting various lunchtime activities and clubs such as the Running Club and also looking at coaching a Tournament of the Minds (TOMS) club that works on building up students critical and creative thinking skills through unique problems. Such as the infamous ‘petals around the rose’ game, send me an email if you can figure it out!! (see picture below).

Outside of work and study, I enjoy my sports such as cricket and running, spending time with my family, friends and cat and have also recently taken up photography. I look forward to meeting you and working with you and your children over my time here at St Leonards. If you see me around the school yard, please feel free to come and say, ‘Hi’ and chat about sport, or footy (Go Swans!) or anything of interest. 

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