St Leonards Primary School

Newsletter 12, 30 July 2021

From the Leadership

Wow what a start we have had to this term. We're really hoping that we can get some sort of normality happening over the next few weeks for all our wellbeing. 

I would like to start by saying a massive thank you to our community for their understanding during this time. We are saddened by not having parents on site, but you have understood why this is necessary at this time and have been fantastic helping us all stay safe. 

Our learners during this time have also been special and boy did we miss them and are so happy that they are all back. 

I must also thank our teachers and other support staff for their work behind the scenes during our lockdown. The coordination behind our flip to an online learning environment was massive, but everyone did their job to near perfection. 

We would like to gain some feedback on what worked well and areas for improvement just in case we must do this all over again.  

 A massive thank you again and please be safe during what is a challenging time for us all.  

 We also welcome or are about to welcome five new learners and their families to our school and into our community.  Louis F in Year 1, Lila F and Fred D in Year 4,  Connie D in Year 2 and Reggie D in Reception. 

I would also like to congratulate Jasmine Miller on her appointment as a permanent teacher at St Leonards.  We are hoping to hear about other staffing as soon as we can. 

Dave Henty-Smith - Principal

Kathy Baker - Deputy Principal

Heidi Bevan - Wellbeing Leader


Please see the attached letter re the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability.


Semester 1 Reports

Semester 1 reports have been posted home. If you have not yet received yours, please contact Mel via email

Some reports may have gone astray if you have moved house in the last few months and not updated your mailing address. Please let us know of any changes of address, email or phone number as soon as possible as correct contact details are important for communication and in case of emergency. 


We are starting our preliminary 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, as soon as possible with your childs' name, current year level and destination school.

Secondary School Enrolment Offers

This term enrolment offers for secondary school will be sent to the families of our Year 6 and 7 students. It is important for you to know that not all schools will send out their enrolment offers at the same time, but they will be sent as close as possible to 13 August 2021.

Most families will receive their offer via email. If you think you have not received your enrolment offer from your secondary school, you need to check your junk folder for an email from

If you did not provide an email address on your Registration of Interest form, you will receive your enrolment offer in the mail or it will be handed to you by your child.

If your enrolment offer has not arrived by 18 August, please let our Enrolment Officer, Mel Worden know via email or phone 82949811 and we can follow up with the secondary school on your behalf.

If you need support to accept your enrolment offer, it is best to contact your allocated secondary school and they can step you through the process.

Diary Dates

Week 3

  • Assembly - Friday 6 August

Week 4

  • 7:00pm Governing Council - Tuesday 10 August

Cancelled/Postponed Events

Unfortunately due to the lockdown and on going restrictions we have had to cancel the Book Fair. We may get the opportunity to reschedule and will let families know as soon as we can.

The Holdfast Minifest for Junior Choir has been postponed. New details will be provided once confirmed.

SAPSASA Soccer (Year 7s) has been moved to Wednesday 25 August - Friday 27 August


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. 

Sustainability News

Hello everyone. Welcome back for Term 3. We are excited to continue our SLPS rubbish revolution this term.

Ziplock Bags

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. 

10c Recycling

Do you recycle your 10c cans/bottle/cartons at home? If not we would love to recycle them at school. You can drop them into the grey lidded wheelie bin at any time. If bottle are glass then please drop them to Miss Rollings in Room 6 to keep them safe until recycling. We use this money to continue with sustainability efforts around the school such as the fruit and veg garden.

Face Masks

Unfortunately due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic face masks have become necessary.  All single use face masks must be disposed of in the regular rubbish. A good habit to get into is cutting the elastic loops off before placing them in the rubbish as the loops can get tanged around wildlife if any manage to get into our environment or waterways.

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

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.

Canteen News

Showdown Donuts

Showdown Donuts available  Friday 6 August for Recess only.

Pre order a Port or Crows Donut or Banana Bread for  $3

Orders in by Wednesday 4 August via Qkr!

Around the School

Music is Fun Band

The Music is Fun band visited St Leonards at the end of Term 2 and it was a fabulous afternoon of music, singing and dancing. 

The performance featured a 7-piece band, lots of costumes and props, some weird and wacky instruments and also our very own student performers! 

Special mention to the Year 5s who performed beautifully, singing the song ‘Somewhere only we know’ which they learnt in only two sessions. 

At the conclusion of the concert, St Leonards students were praised for their excellent audience manners, enthusiasm and participation.

Liz Condous, Music Teacher

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.

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. 

Kelly Peterson, Library

Around the Classrooms

Community News

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 

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.

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