St Leonards Primary School

Newsletter 11, 25 June 2021

From the Leadership

With holidays looming, it's time we reflect on what has been a busy yet highly successful term. We have had excursions to the Art Gallery of South Australia, the Hahndorf Farm Barn,  the Adelaide Zoo as well as incursions such as the Music is Fun Band. The Year 3, 5 and 7 learners completed NAPLAN online. Our teachers have been busily writing reports to assess students and their learning. These will be sent out at the end of Week 1 Term 3. 

I continue to be proud of the way our learners approach their schooling and show manners. Parents and caregivers, you should be exceptionally proud of your children. We are often complemented on their behaviour when out on excursions.  

I've been informed recently that I have won the position of Principal at St Leonards Primary School for the next 5 years. I'm absolutely honoured to have been appointed to this position and look forward to continuing our journey together. To me it’s like my extended family. 

At St Leonards Primary School, we continually look at ways that we can improve our communication with parents as well as promote our students learning. 

This year, the school has invested in a site license for Seesaw, adding more features for us to use. We have run a number of professional development sessions for teachers and educators in the use of this resource. Please make sure you connect with your child on Seesaw and don't hesitate to contact our teachers if you have any issues. 

Once connected to your child on Seesaw you will begin to see samples of learning, videos and hints and tips from the teachers. We encourage you to comment on your child's learning using something that we call T.A.G.  You could focus on one question per piece of work. 

T- Tell me something that you really liked. 

A- Ask a question to better understand the work presented. 

G-Give a suggestion of how to make the work even better. 

We are all “Learning Together” but really hope this resource promotes student learning. 

OSHC News 

It is with great sadness that we announce that Lou has resigned from her position as OSHC Director. We have really appreciated the work Lou has done during her time as Director and we wish her all the best in the future. 


This week sees the end of one of our long serving cleaners Raj. Raj has now been with us for close to 10 years and today will be his last day.  We will really miss Raj but would like to take this opportunity to thank him for his work over the years. 


Thursday afternoon there were a number of people parked in non-parking areas and our kiss and drop zones. Council inspectors were present taking photos. Unfortunately, fines will be issued. Please observe the signs as student safety is our priority. 

Dave Henty-Smith - Principal

Kathy Baker - Deputy Principal

Heidi Bevan - Wellbeing Leader

Parking Signage

Wellbeing Update

Zones of Regulation 

Our staff have begun to look at the Zones of Regulation. This is a program teaching the identification and regulation of emotions. This is an important skill for children (and adults!) to have so that we can manage the way we are feeling and make the right choices to deal with those emotions. We will be sharing some resources soon for families to use at home. 

One Plans 

A One Plan is a documented learning support plan, created for students for a  varying range of needs.  The department is in the process of revamping the One Plan process. During this time we have been provided with an interim template to use. We are beginning to use this template when previous plans are due to expire. At this stage, existing One Plans remain in place until the expiry date approaches. From here we will contact parents via email to share the proposed changes to the plan, gather feedback and arrange a meeting time between the class teacher and parent(s). 

Lunchtime Clubs 

As part of promoting student voice, leadership and supported social skills programs we encourage students to lead lunchtime clubs. These are supported by a staff member and include the designing of sessions around a specific area of interest i.e. basketball, gardening, cartooning, origami etc. by leading a lunchtime club in their special area on interest a child develops a sense of confidence, organisation and responsibility. The clubs also act as a supportive network for students who are going through friendship bumps, where they can pop in if they cannot find anyone to play with. If your child has a particular area of interest and wishes to run a lunchtime club, please encourage them to speak with their class teacher. A timetable for our new lunchtime clubs will come out early next term. 

Heidi Bevan, Wellbeing Leader


Diary Dates

Week 10

  • Year 6/7 Adelaide Zoo Excursion - Thursday 1 July
  • Crazy Hair Day/Casual Day - Gold Coin Donation - Friday 2 July
  • 2:05pm Early Dismissal - Friday 2 July

Week 1 Term 3

  • Term 1 Starts - Monday 19 July
  • Newsletter - Friday 23 July

Upcoming Events

NAIDOC Week is held during the school holidays - please see local activity guides for events 

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


Thank you to our amazing volunteers for all their hard work during Term 2. Congratulations to our newest volunteers who have recently become fully registered. If you would like to join our volunteering team, please contact Liv or Mel in the Office.



Stock on Qkr! is selling fast. Please check out sizing availability and order before they're all gone.

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.


Around the School

Sports Updates

Year 4-7 SAPSASA Athletics trials 

Trials will begin next term at school for running, long jump, high jump, shot put and discus. If you would like to register your child's interest to try out please use the SkoolBag e-form.


Well done to all the boys who tried out for the AFL team and CONGRATULATIONS to Wil, Jake, Josh and Fin for making it into the South West Team. Good luck with your upcoming matches!

Cross Country

After a tough day of running for all the Cross Country participants at West Beach we are excited to announce that Luke R made it through to the South West Team. He competed in the State Championship at Oakbank and put in a huge effort to finish the challenging course. Well done.

Mel Barnes, PE Teacher


Colour Run

It is wonderful to share that our Colour Explosion School Fun Run was a huge success, and we were able to support the amazing work of Dolly’s Dream. With your help, Dolly’s Dream can continue to help prevent bullying and cyber bullying in our schools.  It is fantastic to see the spirit and enthusiasm that was displayed in supporting our school and, of course, the smiles on the student’s faces as they ran their Colour Explosion School Fun Run.  We raised $13,307 which will go towards supporting Dolly’s Dream.  This is the second highest amount raised for Dolly so far and the highest for SA!  Well done SLPS!!

 Special mentions go to:

Highest 3 Fundraisers - Grace N -  Room 7, Layla D – Room 16 and Jacob P – Room 5

Highest Fundraising Class–  Room 7

Class with most profile pages created – Room 6

For those that ordered incentive prizes, these have now been ordered and will be distributed in early Term 3. 

Again, our most sincere thanks for your support and fundraising efforts for such a worthwhile cause. Thank you also to the volunteers who helped out.  We couldn’t have done it without you! 

Bunnings BBQ

We will be holding a Bunnings BBQ fundraiser at the Adelaide Airport Bunnings this Sunday 27 June. We would love to see you there.

SLPS Community & Fundraising

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 winter school holidays is a great time to finish off (or get started on)  your premiers reading challenge reading. You still have plenty of time to read the eight books from the challenge list (these are available from the library and have coloured stickers on them) and four free choice books. If you have completed your reading record form please pop them in your class box or in the red PRC letter box in the library. If you need a new form, they can be downloaded from the school website, the Premier's Reading Challenge website or you can grab a paper copy from the library of Office. Last year we had 400 students complete the challenge and I would love for SLPS to reach that number again because we are a great community of readers. If you have any questions about the challenge or need help choosing books, please pop into the Library and I am happy to help.

Kelly Peterson, Library

Around the Classrooms

Community News

Ladies Night

City of Holdfast - July School Holiday Program

Have fun at the bay these school holidays from Saturday 3 July - Sunday 18 July with the July School Holiday Program. 

To find out more visit 

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.

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