St Leonards Primary School

Newsletter 10, 11 June 2021

From the Leadership

Winter has arrived at last with a wintry blast over the past few days. This reminds us to make sure that we rug up and keeping children them nice and warm. 


SeeSaw is a platform for learning which links families with their child's teacher.  It allows students to share work directly with their parents and caregivers.  On Wednesday 23 June, we will be running a session helping people connect to the App.  We will send out further information as the date approaches. 

Reconciliation Week 

Last week saw the final days of our reconciliation celebrations for 2021. You may have noticed our new mural on the quadrangle wall by artist Tjimari Sanderson-Milera.

We are really excited about our new piece of art, recognising the First Nations people of the area.   

We also held a special assembly, run by our Ambassadors, before creating an outline of the Aboriginal flag on the oval. 

Supporting Students

From time to time, we experience confrontations and issues at our school.  St Leonards prides itself on listening to our students and offering them well-being support if they need. Some of our students are still learning how to cooperate and get along with each other. This can be challenging for them at times.   If you feel you need to reach out, please contact your child's teacher as the first port of call or Heid Bevan, our Wellbeing Leader. 


Unfortunately, due to an external Telstra issue, our report writing software has been unavailable for the past two weeks. This thankfully has now been resolved.  As a result, we will now be sending out reports at the end of Week 1, Term 3.    


Have you got your tickets? 

Last night we held our annual Ladies night and on the 17th of June we will have  our annual Mens night at the Glenelg surf club.  Please consider popping along and mingling with some of the fantastic people we have in our community. Tickets available on QKR 

Safety around the school

 We have several drop-off and pickup zones around the school indicated by signs.  We strongly encourage all parents and caregivers to use these areas. These are not parking areas and can attract a fine from the council if inspectors do spot checks. 

Dave Henty-Smith - Principal

Kathy Baker - Deputy Principal

Heidi Bevan - Wellbeing Leader


Diary Dates

Week 8

  • Public Holiday - Monday 14 June
  • Pupil Free Day - Tuesday 15 June
  • Men's Night - Thursday 17 June

Week 9

  • SAPSASA AFL - Yr6 - Monday 21 June - Wednesday 23 June
  • SAPSASA AFL - Yr7 - Wednesday 23 June - Friday 25 June
  • Music is Fun - Whole School Incursion - Wednesday 23 June
  • Seesaw Workshop for Families - Wednesday 23 June
  • Assembly - Friday 25 June

Upcoming Events

Crazy Hair Day - Gold Coin Donation - Friday 2 July

2:05pm Early Dismissal - Friday 2 July

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.

Admin Matters

Lost Property

There are a large number of lost items in a box in the Art Room, mostly made up of drink bottles. If you are missing a drink bottle (or two) or lunch container please come and have a look.

We are also finding a large number of jackets around the school. Named items are returned in the class boxes or can be found at the Office. 

Second Hand Items

With the colder weather having an extra jacket or two is a great idea and we have plenty of second hand ones in most sizes available for a gold coin donation (please remember to put your child's name it as soon as possible). See the Office staff if you are interested.

Donating Pre Loved Uniforms

If you have any uniform items in good condition that you would like to donate to the school please remove your child's name from the items and hand them into the Office. we greatly appreciate these donations.

100 Years Celebration

In 2021, to acknowledge St Leonards 100 years, we will be holding an extra special Centenary Fair. This is a great opportunity to showcase your business to the St Leonards School community. We are accepting expressions of interest from members of the local community who may wish to sell and promote their goods and services. The Centenary Fair will take place on Saturday 30 October 10:00am-4:00pm at St Leonards Primary School, Jervois Street, Glenelg North. We anticipate over 2000 attendees to the event over the day. Please follow the QR code to access the online form.


Vacation Care Program

Please see the attached file for the July Vacation Care Program and booking sheets.


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.

Changes to Opening Hours 

Closed Saturday 12 June and Monday 14 June - Queens Birthday long weekend

Term 2 School Holidays

Closed Saturday 3 July 


Monday 12 July 8:30am - 4:00pm

Wednesday 14 July 8:30am - 4:00pm

Thursday 15 July 1:00pm - 6:00pm

Friday 16 July 8:00am - 4:00pm

Saturday 17 July 8:30pm - 11:30am

Please note: Fittings are by appointment only

Booking can be made by clicking the link 


Around the School

Reconciliation Week - Reconciliation Takes Action 2021

Story/Meanings of the Mural

 Central meeting place: Representing the school as the spot where all students are coming to learn

Brown Pathways: Representing the different journeys of students but also different places from which students travel/come from

Blue Dots: Representing the Patawalonga River water ways that is an important area for Kaurna people

Sun: Representing new beginnings and growth

Red Concentric circles/pathways: Representing the story of Tjilburke and the Journey he took. The stops along the way are  Tulukdangga (KingtsonPark) to complete the smoking, Karildlla (Hallet Cove) where tears made fresh water springs,  Patpangga (Rapid Bay) the burial cave, Burkungga, place of the hidden fire

100 orange dots representing 100 school years at St Leonards

Story Dogs

St Leonards Primary School is very excited to have a new regular visitor to our school to help our students with their reading. ‘Wendy and Essie’ will be visiting every Monday to help our Year 2-5 classes with their reading.

The Story Dogs program partners with the classroom teachers to help students with their reading. ‘Wendy and Essie’ will help the same 4 – 5 students each week. The students will come out of their classroom and sit one-on-one with ‘Wendy and Essie’ and read to ‘Essie’.  ‘Essie’ loves to listen and will not mind if the student makes a few mistakes, she just wants to have a fun time so that books and reading become a joyful experience.                             

‘Essie’ is a Miniature Schnauzer who loves walks, tummy rubs and food.   ‘Essie’ has been practicing at home with her new reading rug and books so that she will be ready to help the students. She is super excited about starting.

If you are interested in volunteering in this rewarding program, please contact The Northern Areas Coordinator, Natalie Bubner: 

Welcome ‘Wendy and Essie’

Around the Classrooms

SLPS Colour Run

Community News

Creative Holdfast

The City of Holdfast Creative Holdfast Winter Program which has several cultural activities, workshops and talks that you might like. 

Below is a list of the workshops and talks and the links for more information. 

Kaurna History and Culture talk

Thursday 15 July

10.30am – 12.30pm

Bay Discovery Centre, Glenelg

Ages 16+, booking essential


Bush Tucker Cooking Experience

Thursday 9 September

1.30pm – 3.30pm

Kingston House, Kingston Park

Ages 16+, booking essential


Introductory Kaurna Language workshop

Tuesday 21 September

1.30pm – 3.30pm

Bay Discovery Centre, Glenelg

Ages 16+, booking essential


To find out more about the local Kaurna history and culture in the City of Holdfast Bay and discover some handy educational resources and opportunities visit


Kind regards


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.

For the first time ever, anybody who purchases a $69.99 Single City Membership will be upgraded to a Multi City Membership valued at $119.99 for FREE! That’s a $50 saving and access to over 10,000 offers!!!

As we are currently unable to travel overseas, people are exploring Australia and New Zealand a LOT more, which makes the Multi City Membership the perfect option.We think this is going to be huge so there is one thing you need to do…let everybody know! This is a limited time offer and it ends Monday, May 31 at 11.59pm AEST, so be quick!

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