St Leonards Primary School

Newsletter 8, 14 May 2021

From the Leadership

Welcome to the Week 3 wrap up.


This week has seen our Year 3, 5 and 7 students complete their NAPLAN testing for 2021. Our learners completed the testing with great confidence and should be commended for their efforts. For parents and your caregivers, please recognise that this is one test and is a snapshot of their learning on that particular day. As a school we use this data to set our future directions and to validate some of the initiatives we have been working on over the past two years. We look forward to sharing the results with  you when the time comes. 

High School Transition

Starting high school is a big and exciting step for any student. For our current Year 6s, it will also be historic, as they will be part of the first class to begin Year 7 in South Australia’s public high schools in 2022. 

The Department for Education website provides information and advice on the Year 7 to high school move for families, students and school staff. Visit and click on the ‘Year 7 to High School’ icon on the website’s home page, or search 

Registrations of interest are open for families to apply for their Year 6 or 7 child to start secondary school in 2022. 

Registrations will close Friday 21 May 2021. Families will receive an enrolment offer from their allocated secondary school by Friday 13 August 2021. 

National Volunteer Week in Week 4 

At  Leonards Primary School we have 110 registered volunteers with more going through the process. Our volunteers help out with school sport, classroom programs, governing council, children's university and canteen, just to mention a few. 

We would like to invite all registered volunteers to a special assembly Friday afternoon at 2:30pm.  Our volunteers should have received an email with the invitation attached. We hope to see you there and we thank you for all you do for us. 


Dave Henty-Smith - Principal

Kathy Baker - Deputy Principal

Heidi Bevan - Wellbeing Leader

Student Well-Being

As mentioned in previous newsletters, we had hoped to build an association with a company Grow Wellbeing, offering a number of services including OT, Speech Pathologists and Psychologists delivered on-site.

Unfortunately, this is no longer available and the workshop planned for Wednesday 26 May has been cancelled.

However, we will be able to, once again, offer the services of a psychologist through In-School Psychology. We have previously had a very positive and successful association with this company and are very pleased that we can offer this service to our school community.

To access 10 free sessions with a psychologist on-site, you need to organise a double appointment with your GP and they can assist with a mental health care plan. If you have any queries, please contact Heidi Bevan or Kathy Baker and they can assist you with your enquiries.

Around this time in 2020 ACSSO released their first Australian family survey on schooling during the Covid-19 pandemic. More than 3000 families responded, and their answers have helped tremendously with advocacy to governments and schools.

You can read the summary of the first survey here

ACSSO is pleased to announce in the launch of a follow-up survey, which will pursue the major themes from their first survey: family and child wellbeing; access to adequate equipment and appropriate learning formats; and questions of engagement with schools under pandemic conditions. If you would like to participate please follow the attached link and  you have until 21 May to complete the survey.


Diary Dates

Week 4

  • National Simultaneous Storytime - Wednesday 19 May
  • Volunteer Thank You Assembly - invite only - Friday 21 May, 2:30PM

Week 5

  • Community Breakfast 8:00am -8:45am - Tuesday 25 May
  • Sorry Day - Wednesday 26 May

2022 Enrolments

If your child/ren is currently in Reception to Year 5 and will not be returning to St Leonards in 2022, please email with the name of the school your child/ren will be attending or use the online form on Skoolbag. If you have a student commencing school in 2022 and have yet to return their enrolment form and birth certificate, please do so by Friday 21 May.

Mel Worden, Office Manager/Enrollment Officer

Admin Matters


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.

Colour Explosion School Fun Run

Who loves a FUN afternoon at school?   I think you will really enjoy the Colour Explosion Fun Run we have planned for Friday 11 June.  It will be a BLAST!

The reason we are doing this is because we want to say NO to bullying.  We need to be kind to each other and make sure we speak up if we see someone being mean to someone else.  Our Colour Explosion Fun Run is a way that we can say no to bullying and cyber bullying, and instead, choose to be kind and help each other. 

We will also raise funds for Dolly’s Dream, a charity set up by Dolly’s parents and sister to act as a voice for those who can’t speak for themselves. 

Dolly’s Dream empowers and educates families, schools and communities about bullying prevention and the power of kindness.  This has never been more important. 

With your help, together we can take a stand against bullying, act as a voice for those who cannot speak for themselves and spread kindness to create a sense of togetherness and community.

So….Do YOU want to help?  This is what you can do!  Set up your online profile page with your parents help, ask people to sponsor you to raise funds for Dolly’s Dream and if you raise more than $10, you can win a prize. 

On Friday 11 June, the day of the Colour Explosion Fun Run, you will need to wear a white t-shirt to make the colour extra bright.  But your teachers will remind you closer to the time.

Here is a short video of what the Colour Explosion Fun Run looks like:

100 Years Celebration

Planning is in full swing for the St Leonards Primary School 100 Years Celebration. Please remember to save the date: Saturday 30 October.

We are looking for help from our wonderful community. We would love:

  • Children's entertainment
  • Auction items
  • Vintage items for display
  • Marquees
  • Food and Beverages
  • Volunteers
  • ...and more

If you can help please email

Australian Early Development Census

Reception families please see the attached flyer. Reception teachers will be taking part in the survey in the coming weeks.

Around the School

Sports News

SAPSASA Cross Country

Congratulations to the fantastic group of SLPS students who competed in the South West District Cross Country trials on Thursday 6 May. You all did your very best and we are proud of your efforts.

We would also like to congratulate Paul, Javier, Mitchell, Ella and Lily who finished in the top 10 of their divisions.

Winter Sports

The winter sports season has commenced. We are still looking for volunteers to help assist with the mini groups. If you are keen on helping out please email

All volunteers need to have completed the volunteer registration process. If you would like to start this process please email

Children's University

Lunchtime Workshop

On Monday 10 May we held our first lunch time workshop for Term 2. The students had a great time making beautiful art with autumn leaves. They can collect their work next week.


Sustainability News

Hello everyone. What a crazy busy start to Term 2 we have had.

Have you heard we are now a part of the wonder recycle rewards program? Until the end of June, we are collecting bread/wrap bags, which will be converted into reward points that we can then buy new sports equipment with. The bags are then being recycled into playground equipment. This is such a great program and we are super excited to get collecting. Bags can be delivered to the box inside the art room.

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

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


Hello Everyone, 

Already into week 3, how time flies! OSHC had yet another successful Vacation Care for the April School Holidays which was enjoyed by all. We had numerous activities to do including: Tree Climb, Adelaide Zoo, Roy Marten Playground, Belair National Park as our Excursions.  Incursions included Video Game Day, Old MacDonalds Farm and Games 2 U.  OSHC also had a cooking day where the children got to make their own yummy lasagnes to eat for lunch, and apple turnovers for afternoon tea.  We also enjoyed the inaugural OSHC Cup (which we will be continuing every year in the April School Holidays).  Each team (in their school sports team) voted one Team member for outstanding sportsmanship and they each received a medal.  We also organised to have an OSHC Cup made up that will represent which team wins each year.

We are busy working on the July Vacation Care Program at the moment and hope to send it out by end of Week 4.   We ask that if you do not require a day that you have booked (especially on Excursion Days), please ring and let us know that you do not need it. Unfortunately we had 2 Excursion days where 5 children didn’t attend (and no cancellations) which resulted in those 5 spaces not being filled.  This is quite frustrating when we had other children whom could have attended.

We are currently working on OSHC going Online for all our bookings.  Once the app is up and running, we will be letting you know via a link on your Account/Invoice and will be here to explain and show you how to use it.  This is another initiative I am organising to make OSHC more streamlined and user friendly for all families. We are aiming to have this ready to go for the July Vacation Care bookings.

Many thanks for all your support as always,

Lou, OSHC Director

SLPS Garden

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. 

History of SA from a Kaurna Perspective workshop

Saturday 29 May

10am – 2pm

Kauri Community & Sports Centre, Seacliff  

Ages 16+, booking essential


Working and Painting with Ochre workshop

Sunday 30 May  

9.30am – 11am

Partridge House, Glenelg

Ages 16+, booking essential


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


SLPS Community Events

Ladies and Men's Nights

It is almost time for our annual men’s and ladies nights being held at Glenelg Surf Lifesaving Club. These nights are a great opportunity to meet new parents outside of the school yard.

For just $25 you get a choice of :

o   Surf Club Salad w/grilled haloumi

o   Wagyu burger with chips

o   Salt & Pepper squid w/chips & salad

o   Chicken Schnitzel w/chips & salad

Plus a pint for the men’s and bubbles for the ladies ( pint/ bubbles swap available on request)

Due to a double booking with the club the dates have changed and the events are now on Thursday 10 June for the ladies and Thursday 17 June for the men.

The surf club generously donate a door prize and give a  contribution towards the school fundraising.

Tickets are available on Qkr!  now and please feel free to bring along friends and neighbours for what for what is sure to be a fantastic night.


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!

Somerton Park Kindy Open Day

Tae Kwon Do for Kids

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

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.

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