Reynella Primary School Grapevine

Term 4, Week 2 | 2021

From the Leadership Team

Welcome to Term 4

Welcome to term 4; we hope you have all had a wonderful break and are feeling refreshed and raring to go this term. We would like to formally welcome Richard Kemp, our new Senior Leader, who has settled in very quickly to Reynella PS, making strong connections with children and families. Mr Paul Smith has also returned to us, working Mondays and Tuesdays in D6 and taking PE on Fridays. Ms Georgia Frangoulis will be working Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays in A1 with Mrs Patterson.


Despite being the busiest term, term 4 always seems to go the fastest. Our priority is to maintain our focus on learning and we know that teachers and staff are planning many exciting opportunities that our children are able to participate in this term. End of year activities celebrating the year of learning, graduation and our End of Year concert to name a few. However, involvement in these activities is not an entitlement but a privilege and we look forward to everyone participating as they continue to follow our school agreements and make positive choices both in the classroom and the yard. All planned activities will be subject to COVID restrictions and please be aware that conditions may change at any moment. We will continue to be guided by SA Health and the Department for Education.


We have begun the very long and arduous process of class placement. Thank you to those parents who have sent in parent requests; it is important to remember that we are not considering friendship requests or requests for particular teachers. Although we will rely predominantly on teacher judgement when placing students, other information that might guide our decision is welcome. 

Welcome to Richard Kemp

Hello everyone!

I am very excited to be working with you at Reynella Primary School for the next 3 terms. The students at Reynella have an amazing reputation in the local community for being creative thinkers and thoughtful citizens, I am very happy to join the cohesive leadership team to support teachers and families to ensure we push children to meet their potential and create lifelong learners.


I have been a teacher for 15 years and worked at a variety of locations, including Mintabie Area School and Augusta Park Primary School in the country, and worked at Pimpala, Coorara and Ascot Park Primary Schools while in Adelaide. As a teacher, my favourite lessons to teach were Mathematics, Reading and Inquiry units. I love watching students develop confidence in themselves, particularly when they learn to develop a voice while they are learning.


I have a large family at home who keep me very busy! I have 4 sons and 1 daughter ages ranging from 18 to 5 months old. My children love soccer and dancing, which takes us all over Adelaide and means lots of time in the car for me! When not going to sport, we enjoy time in the garden, going to the park to run and riding bikes. We are also mad Adelaide United fans and try to get to as many games as possible.


Thank you to everyone for the warm welcome so far, this is an amazing community with dedicated professionals supporting the children. I look forward to meeting everyone over the next three terms.

Kind regards,


Digital Citizenship

The internet is a fundamental part of our modern lives, providing easy access to services, social media, entertainment and, most importantly, education. Responsible use of the internet is everyone's business - this includes users, parents, schools and communities. Unfortunately, the internet can be a harmful place for users that are not equipped with the tools to navigate it safely.

This term, as a staff, we have narrowed our focus on cyber safety. We believe it is our collective responsibility as a community to raise the digital citizens of tomorrow - this means fostering awareness and critical thinking in our young people.

Alongside our efforts to promote cyber safety at school, we encourage families to start those 'hard-to-have' conversations with their children, preparing them for online risks such as cyber bullying, unwanted contact, online pornography and sexting. Research suggests that exposure to these risks is happening much younger than we sometimes think. Many resources have been created over recent years to support families and schools to address these issues.

We recommend checking out the eSafety commissioner website, which has a section dedicated to 'parents'.

Below is a brief information sheet about 'Helping kids to Thrive Online'. 

Helping Kids to Thrive Online


Student News

Learning with F2

In term 3 we discovered new skills when we learnt to program and write codes for Edison robots, designed comfortable and efficient vehicles and were introduced to Maker’s Empire. Like many other classes we developed our collaborative skills when we worked in small groups to design and build our vehicles. We looked at the history of transport to see how it had developed over the years.

Term 4’s inquiry involves setting ourselves a research question about the oceans and seas in our world. David Attenborough has been helping us out with this as we have watched his Our Planet programs on Coastal Seas and The High Seas.

Here are just a few of the questions we are investigating

·         What kind of food chains exist in the oceans and seas and why are they important?

·         How are we connected to the seas and oceans?

·         What sort of creatures live in deep water and how are they different to others?

·         Climate change - how is it affecting our oceans and what can be done to stop the negative effects?

Look out for our presentations- COMING SOON!!!!!

Learning with F3

This year for our big stem showcase the school focus was the future of transportation and our class focussed on programming and coding drones. The drones were a bit confusing to start with but we got the hang of it quickly then Mr Simmons told us to do a challenge to make us land the drones multiple times on some pads. I think that we got the closest to the pads because it looked like we landed on them. Mr Simmons taught us how to turn the drone and how to flip the drones and that was really cool. By the end of this task we learnt how to code the drones to do heaps of cool stuff like flipping and doing 180s. At the end of the showcase it was announced that we had won the most innovative solution award for our year level because we made it so that the carriage underneath avoided the sensors at the bottom of the drone so that it would land functionally instead of just going up and up. During this task we nearly broke the whole of the billabong ceiling because when the carriage was underneath it would make the drone keep going up and up until it hit the roof and made a mark on the tile. Whoops!!! Jack Dylan Brody

Littlescribes Writing Festival 2021

During term 2 the students from Reception to year 7 took part in the Littlescribes Writing Festival.

Littlescribes is an interactive live writing festival with 15 Australian authors presenting workshops to develop writing skills.

Students worked with authors including Andrew Daddo, Jackie French, James Foley and Tristan Bancks.

Students saw how a published author constructs a piece of writing, how to be creative and use an array of different writing techniques to write a well-structured, entertaining story.

We ran our own narrative writing competition across the school with the theme, “Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds”. 

Stories were judged on originality and narrative structure. From the over 70 finalists, year level winners were chosen.  These winners had their stories sent to the Littlescribes team and Andrew Daddo, who chose three overall winners.  Littlescribes is featuring our Reynella writing competition in a national newspaper later in the year.  I look forward to sharing this link with you.

Congratulations to our year level winners.

Reception: Saxon W

Year 1: Maddison D                                            

Year 2: Meika O and Eliza W             

Year 3: Izabelle G                                  

Year 4: Charlotte A

Year 5: Lachlan H and Archer D

Year 6: Indi P

Year 7: Suliaman W and Lauren D

Littlescribes Writing Festival 2021

Overall Winners:

R-2: Eliza W

3-5: Izabelle G

6/7: Lauren D


School News

Scholastic Book Fair

Scholastic Book Club term brochures were sent home last week. The last day to order from Issue 7 is next Monday 25 October. Orders will then be submitted the next day and are delivered to Reynella PS 7-10 days later. Orders for book club can only be made online through the LOOP app. Remember to use the ‘gift’ option if you don’t want the order delivered to your child. We will hold gift items back and let you know by phone that it is ready for pickup. Issue 8 is the last brochure for the year which you are welcome to order from but as we only process one order a term, you will need to pay the delivery fee for the order to be delivered to your home address.

Our annual Scholastic Book Fair will be held in the library from Wednesday 10 November until Tuesday 16 November. This is an opportunity to browse and purchase some early Christmas gifts with many popular books and stationery items available. It is a great fundraiser, as the school receives a percentage of Book Fair sales, enabling us to select a variety of books and resources for use across the school. Parents, family and friends have the opportunity to visit the Book Fair before and after school to browse and purchase items.

Due to COVID restrictions you will be required to wear a mask, check in using the QR code and socially distance as much as possible. We will need to limit the number of people inside the library so there may be a short waiting time. Students will visit the fair with their class and can also purchase items. EFTPOS and cash payments are to be made when purchasing and also when ordering a backorder.

Thank you, Sharon and Wolf.

Book Fair opening hours 2021




10 Nov – Wednesday


3.00 – 4.30pm

11 Nov – Thursday

8.15am – 9.00am

3.00 – 4.30pm

12 Nov -  Friday

8.15am – 9.00am

3.00 – 4.30pm

15 Nov – Monday

8.15am – 9.00am

3.00 – 4.00pm

16 Nov - Tuesday

8.15am – 9.00am



Have you seen our website?

Did you know you can access information about STEM, student support and wellbeing on our website at any time?

We are regularly updating information on our website so that you can find out more about what we have on offer at Reynella and what's coming up on the calendar!


Just a reminder - during Terms 1, 3 and 4 hats are required be worn to play in the yard.

Please make sure you check your child's hat is named.

Canteen Important Information Please Read

Cancellations will only be given a full credit, if the order is cancelled by 9am on the day of the lunch order, this can be completed on QKR before cut off time 9am for the lunch order day.  Of course the sooner the cancellation is made, the better.

No credit will be given if there has been no communication with the canteen or cancelled via QKR prior to 9am.

If you forget to place your child's lunch order and can contact the canteen before 10am and pay on Qkr using the "money owing to canteen" option this will reflect immediate payment and the order can be fulfilled. If immediate payment is not received by the school, only an emergency sandwich will be provided (ie jam, vegemite, cheese) as we do not want children to go hungry. Chasing up parents for payment is time consuming and unfortunately some parents do not pay outstanding amounts in a timely manner therefore this option has now been removed.  An emergency lunch is now the only option.

Pizza's are no longer available on a Friday's and this option is no longer available on QKR.

Canteen Contact Information

phone: 8381 1493 - option 2



After School Sport

Basketball News

2021 school fees and Term 1, Term 2 and Term 3 Basketball fees are now all overdue. Please pay them asap, or arrange an Installment Plan with Kay Starczak, our Business Manager.


Rebel Sports Community Fundraising for Reynella Primary School

Rebel Sports Community Givebacks program is designed to allow schools to earn in store credit to purchase essential sporting equipment and teamwear.  Registered schools are rewarded with 5% back on all sales linked to a rebel active member.

Finance and Communication

Don't miss out on Skoolbag Notifications

To ensure you don't miss out on school communication, please ensure you turn Skoolbag notifications on and make sure you are part of your child's year group in addition to class and this will ensure you are kept up to date will all the information.

Follow this link for instructions. 

Qkr on Your Computer

Click on this link to access Qkr on your computer.

Important Dates and Information

Information sent home since last Grapevine

Friday 24 September - F5 & F6 AFL Max Excursion

Friday 24 September - C6 & C7 End of Year Concert T-Shirt order form

Wednesday 13 October - B6 & B7 Concert Costume order form

Friday 15 October - Bounce and Botanic Garden Excursion C7

Wednesday 20 October - Bounce Excursion F3 & F4

Important Dates

15 October 2021

Last Day to Pay C6 & C7 T-Shirts orders

21 October 2021

Last Day to Pay B6 & B7 Costume orders

21 October 2021

Last Day to Pay AFL Max F5 & F6

5 November 2021


17 November 2021

Last Day to Pay C7 Bounce and Botanic Gardens Excursion

18 November 2021

Last Day to Pay Bounce Excursion F3 & F4

24 November 2021

AFL Max Excursion F5 & F6

25 November 2021

End of Year Concert

26 November 2021


29 November 2021

F3 & F4 Bounce Excursion

30 November 2021

C7 Bounce and Botanic Garden Excursion

6 December 2021

Year 6 and 7 Graduation

Please check the google calendar regularly to keep up to date with events happening at Reynella Primary School.

Community Noticeboard

AMC- The Change Factor provides a safe space for your child to talk about their worries, emotions, and daily challenges.  Our empathic and experienced team consists of counsellors, social workers and mental health clinicians who can support your child with social and learning difficulties, friendship struggles, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), family breakdowns, grief, and loss. At AMC, we maintain a strengths-based and child centred approach which aims to equip children with the necessary tools to improve both their wellbeing and resilience. We also specialise in working with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse communities. Our team all hold valid police checks and the relevant state and government clearances to work with children and families. We can visit your child in their home or can obtain an office space upon request. Sessions may be funded by both Medicare (under a mental health plan from GP) and NDIS funding. For further information please get in touch.

0483 840 943


Leadership Team

PrincipalMichele Russell
Deputy PrincipalMatt Simmons
Wellbeing Leader
Fiona Brown
Senior LeaderRichard Kemp

55 Concord Drive, Old Reynella, SA 5161

08 8381 1493     sms 0416 905 323




p. 0439 432 722