St Leonards Primary School

Newsletter 9, 28 May 2021

From the Leadership

Can you believe it's the end of Week 5 and heading into Week 6 of Term 2 already!!   I wish someone would slow down time to allow us to catch up on a few things. 

Reconciliation Week

As we celebrate Reconciliation Week we draw your attention to our schools vision for reconciliation. 

St Leonards Primary School values respect, resilience and readiness in all that we say and do. We embrace, celebrate and acknowledge diversity through collaboration and with shared responsibility. We recognise that reconciliation is an ongoing journey to restore and repair harm to relationships.  

We recognise and respect the histories, cultures and contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as a part of our shared national story and identity, with a special focus on our local area. Our school is located on Kaurna land, and we recognise its significance in the coming together of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples in the history of South Australia. 

As a community we commit to embed reconciliation actions into everything we say and do. We commit to empower members of our community by developing a deep understanding of our shared place to learn together, share together, and move forward together. 

Our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) has been developed by school representatives and community members. We are one of the few public primary schools in the state that have developed this plan. Please have a look at our plan at  Narragunnawali - St Leonards Primary School 

This week will see start of our indigenous mural painted in the Quadrangle. The mural will represent significant areas around Glenelg as well as 100 dots representing the 100 years of our school's existence. Very exciting. 

Volunteer Week

Last Friday we celebrated volunteer week with an assembly run by our student leaders. We are so lucky to have so many parents, caregivers and other family members volunteer to help enhance educational opportunities at St Leonards Primary school. 

On the 10th of June and again on the 17th of June we will hold our annual Ladies and Mens nights at the Glenelg Surf Club.  Please consider popping along and mingling with some of the fantastic people we have in our community. Tickets are available on QKR! 

Safety Around the School

Unfortunately, we have had a number of near misses during pick up and drop off times. One of our biggest areas of concern is on Chalmers St, with reports of cars are stopping in the middle of the road to pick up their children. We have a number of drop-off and pickup zones around the school indicated by signs.  We strongly encourage all parents and caregivers to use these areas. 

Dave Henty-Smith - Principal

Kathy Baker - Deputy Principal

Heidi Bevan - Wellbeing Leader

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 6

  • Reconciliation Week
  • SAPSASA Year 7 Netball - Monday 31 May - Wednesday 2 June
  • Assembly - Friday 4 June

Week 7

  • Ladies Night - Thursday 10 June
  • Colour Run - Friday 11 June

Upcoming Events

Public Holiday - Monday 14 June

Pupil Free Day - Tuesday 15 June

Men's Night - Thursday 17 June

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


It has recently come to my attention that there is still confusion amongst many families concerning the information showing on the QKR app when making payments for school costs.  Please note that the app is not linked to your school account and therefore does not show outstanding amounts owed by you or credit balances available for you to use.  The app is simply another device available to families when making school payments, in addition to the existing eftpos and direct debit options, with the added bonus that all school costs are displayed on the app for families to select from when making payments.  If you require further clarification please don’t hesitate to contact me.

 Victoria Sierros, Finance Manager


Vacation Care Program

Please see the attached file for the July vacation care program and booking sheets.


Around the School

Year 5 - Parts of Me

Scholastic Book Club

Issue 4 of the scholastic book club will be going home Monday, Week 6. Orders are due no later than Thursday 10 June. You can order online or with cash only to the Office. 

The link below is a pdf of Issue 4 if you want to sneak a peek 

Community News

SLPS Community Breakfast

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