St Leonards Primary School

Newsletter 7, 30 April 2021

From the Leadership

Welcome back. We hope you had a safe and wonderful break and enjoyed some time with your families. 

It was beautiful seeing our learners bound into the school gates looking forward to yet another successful term. There were also several parents and caregivers with big smiles on their faces as they dropped their children off. I'm not sure what that was about. :-) 

Term 2 is going to be another busy and rewarding term. 


Our Year 3, 5 and 7 students will be undertaking NAPLAN in Week 3 and families should have received a paper brochure with information about the tests. Parents have the right to withdraw their child on personal or religious grounds. If you intend to withdraw your child, you must sign a record of student withdrawal form located and available in our Office. 

Staffing updates 

Kathy Baker has now been appointed Deputy Principal for the remainder of the year. Congratulations Kathy.

Kristen Harris has been appointed as a Year 6-7 teacher for the first three weeks of the term, replacing Stevo Jukovic, who is on parenting leave. 

It's also been a busy holiday season for some of our staff. 

We congratulate Stevo Jurkovic and Tara on the birth of Aleksander. We also congratulate Jasmine Miller on her marriage  to Kyran during the holidays and  Jess Ogilvie on her engagement to Brad.

More to come :-) 

We also welcome our student teachers from Flinders University; Alice, Tristan, Bella and Kamaldeep.  We hope you enjoy your experiences here at our wonderful school. 

Outcomes of the External School Review 2021 

Our final report has now been completed and is available on our website.  The review is an extensive look at how we implemented our 2017 directions, as well as how we have progressed as a school.  I have included the summary paragraph for your information. 

“There is a welcoming atmosphere and a strong sense of school pride at St Leonards Primary School from staff, students and parents. Staff maintain positive relationships with students and their families, and a high level of trust exists for leaders and teachers by the community. Through collaborative processes there has been a strong commitment to building consistent and effective practices across the school. The leadership team have clarity of the next steps for further progress and the dedication and professionalism of staff provides a strong platform for continuous improvement. 

The Principal will work with the Education Director to implement the following directions: 

Direction 1

Strengthen self-review processes by regularly evaluating the impact of actions and strategies on student outcomes, to refine and consolidate effective practices across the school. 

Direction 2 

Strengthen staff understanding and implementation of effective formative assessment and feedback practices during the learning to stretch and challenge students daily. 

Direction 3

Strengthen student agency through a regular cyclic process of sharing assessments and feedback with students to set SMARTAR goals and self-direct their own improvement. 

Based on the school’s current performance, St Leonards Primary School will be externally reviewed again in 2024.” 

Dave Henty-Smith - Principal

Kathy Baker - Deputy Principal

Heidi Bevan - Wellbeing Leader

SLPS External Review 2021

Please see the attached document that outlines the findings and recommendations of the External Review Team.

Lunch Time Clubs

We are very lucky to have so many students who are keen to share their interests with others and run lunchtime clubs! Any student can apply to run a lunchtime club by collecting an application form from the Wellbeing Room. From here I meet with the student or group to talk through their choice and discuss it's suitability and assist them to choose a start time and day. We usually run the clubs for 5 week blocks, then switch to a new set of clubs, depending on how many applications we get each term. If a 5 week block has begun, the student can start their block in the following 5 weeks. Any students can participate in the clubs and can come and go week by week. 

Why Lunchtime Clubs?

These give students the opportunity to have a voice and input into their learning, share their ideas / interests, develop leadership skills and provide a fantastic setting for groups of students to develop important life skills such as collaboration, social skills and sometimes even new friendships!

This term we are looking forward to beginning clubs in Coding, Crafting, Drawing, Dancing, Sport and Boards Games. A timetable will be placed in each classroom and on exterior windows so students can see when each club is being held. Most clubs have also placed their own posters around the place to advertise. 

Ms Bevan, Wellbeing Leader


Diary Dates

Week 2

  • Year 4-7 Cross Country - Thursday 6  May

Week 3

  • NAPLAN for Year 3, 5 and 7 - Tuesday 11 May - Friday 14 May
  • Governing Council - 7:00pm - Tuesday 11 May
  • Assembly - Friday 14 May

NAPLAN Online - Information for Families

NAPLAN is being held in Week 3 (Tuesday 11 - Friday 14 May) for Year 3. 5 and 7 Students.

Please see the attached flyer for more information.




Ninna Marni (Hello, how are you?) 

St Leonards Primary School are currently in the process of establishing a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) across the school to develop and increase our relationship, knowledge and understanding with local Aboriginal people and the wider Aboriginal community.  

The RAP Working Group is a volunteer-based group who will meet once/twice a term to establish actions and create opportunities for SLPS students, parents and community members.  

We are currently seeking expressions of interest for two parents to be involved in this exciting journey which we are embarking on together. 

If you are interested in being a parent rep on the RAP working group, could you please email your name and contact details to Jasmine Miller by close of  business, Friday 7 May, 2021. 

Dawn Service

On ANZAC Day our School Ambassadors attended the Dawn Service at the Glenelg Memorial and lay a wreath in commemoration of our brave service men and women. 

Lest We Forget

New Volunteer Information Session

Tuesday 18 May


To be held in the Staffroom

Drinks and nibbles provided.

This session is being run for those wishing to find out more information around the volunteer process and the roles that can be undertaken.

Please rsvp to by Friday 14 May.

Colour Explosion School Fun Run

Did you hear the exciting news? We are hosting a Colour Explosion School Fun Run - the brightest day at school is coming later this term!! This will be a Community Fun'raising event and funds raised will support Dolly's Dream.  Dolly's Dream is one of Australia's leading charities, helping prevent bullying and cyber bullying in our schools.  

Fundraising will open within the next two weeks. Make sure you keep an eye out for your child's sponsorship booklet to get you started, coming home soon.

#schoolrun4fun #funrun #schoolfunrun#australianfundraising #fundraising #colourexplosion #doitfordolly

School Banking

NEW INSTRUCTIONS:  please place your yellow deposit book into the grey satchel in your classoom please no longer bring them to the office.

School Banking is a fun, interactive and engaging way to help teach your child the importance of saving. 

School Banking is also a great fundraiser for our school. Our school receives a Regular Savers Contribution of $5 for every 10 deposits processed per student. For more information about contribution payments, visit .

Getting involved in School Banking is easy!

All you need to get involved in the School Banking program is a Commonwealth Bank Youthsaver account. You can open an account for your child in one of two ways: 

1. Online

Visit  and click on the link to open a Youthsaver account.

2. In branch

Visit a Commonwealth Bank branch with identification for yourself and your child, like a driver’s licence and birth certificate.

If your child has an existing Commonwealth Bank Youthsaver account they can start banking straight away. They just need to bring their deposit in every week on School Banking day using their Dollarmites deposit wallet.

If you would like to know more about School Banking, please visit

Term 2 Planner


Around the School

ANZAC Commemoration

Today the Ambassadors held a special assembly so that our school could commemorate ANZAC day. The flags were at half mast as the students gathered on the oval in front of the memorial sign, holding poppies they had made.

A wreathe was laid as the Ode was read and the Last Post played before a minute of silence. The flags were raised as the Rouse played and everyone sang along to the National Anthem.

At the conclusion of the Assembly they placed their poppies in the ground creating a beautiful field of red. We are very proud of the way everyone showed respect to our ANZACs. 

Making Spring Rolls

In Week 11 students from Year 3 – Year 7 (including Room 3)  made and ate spring rolls in Chinese lesson. Thank you to Mrs Baggio, Ms Miller and parents /caregivers who volunteered their time to help.  The students learned the skills of making spring rolls and all had fun in tasting the yummy spring rolls.

Pui Heng Chan, Chinese Teacher

Windmill Theatre

One of St Leonards students, DJ in Year 6, is currently performing in Windmill Theatre's new documentary based performance "Creation, Creation". Well done DJ, we are very proud of your efforts and wish you all the best.


Creation Creation at DreamBIG Children's Festival is based on over 35 hours of interview with the general public, Creation Creation sees two unreliable experts build, battle and brawl their way through a series of life's biggest mysteries in a hilarious and big-hearted escapade. Blending mime, dance, sculpture, illustration, projection and animation, Creation Creation is unlike anything we've ever created before. Final seats are available via DreamBIG Children's Festival for 19-21 May.

Recommended for Years 5-12.

Space Theatre Adelaide Festival Centre

A Windmill Theatre Company production presented by DreamBIG Children's Festival

Library News

Scholastic Book Club

Issue 3 went home today. All orders are due no later than Thursday 13 May. Delivery times can vary.

Premiers Reading Challenge

I have been really pleased with the number of students who have already handed in their completed PRC forms. You still have plenty of time to read eight PRC books and four free choice books. Forms are due back by 4 September (Term 3). If you need any help choosing the appropriate PRC stickered book for your year level just pop by the library and I can help you out.

Community News

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.


NITS - Information for Families


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.

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