St Leonards Primary School

Newsletter 3, 2 March 2021

From the Leadership

Welcome to Week 6. As the long weekend looms, we must congratulate our wonderful learners for their excellent start to the year. You certainly make our staff feel proud.

We would like to apologise for the lateness of our newsletter. We have recently undergone an Internet and Firewall upgrade, providing a big uplift in speed as well as a new suite of tools which will benefit our learners.  Unfortunately some of the current tools that we use for communication have been broken in this process. We hope have this back to normal and up and running  as soon as possible as our department engineers are working on the solution.

Thank you for your patience and understanding

External School Review

On Tuesday 9 and Wednesday 10 March, St Leonards Primary School will undergo an external school review. The review looks at many of the things that we are doing well, but also examines things that we can work on and improve over the next three years.

Every school in the state undergoes this review as we strive towards our goal of becoming a world class education system.

We would like to offer our community the opportunity to speak to the panel. Two time slots have been made available.

The first will be held at 2:15pm on Tuesday 9 March.

The second session will be held on Wednesday 10 March at 8:20am.

If you would like to attend, you please email the Principal at

We will keep our community informed of the outcomes in the upcoming weeks.

Dave Henty-Smith - Principal

Kathy Baker - Deputy Principal

Heidi Bevan - Wellbeing Leader


Diary Dates

Week 6 

  • School Photo Day - Monday 1 March
  • Children's University Lunch Time Workshop - Monday 1 March
  • Year 4-7 Lacrosse Clinic - Monday 1 March
  • Volunteer Workshop, 2:00pm - 3:00pm - Tuesday 2 March
  • Year 4-7 Lacrosse Clinic - Wednesday 3 March
  • Volunteer Workshop, 2:00pm - 3:00pm - Thursday 4 March
  • School Clean Up Day - Friday 5 March
  • Assembly, 9:00am - Friday 5 March

Week 7 2021

  • Adelaide Cup Public Holiday - Monday 8 March
  • Year 4-7 Lacrosse Carnival - Friday 12 March

Upcoming event 

Public Holiday - Monday 8 March

Year 7 to High School update

Please see the attached file for an update for families from the Department.

Admin Matters

Due to ongoing upgrades being conducted on our internet and firewall the SMS system is currently unavailable. Please call the Office on 8294 9811 for any absences. Thank you for your patience and we will inform you when the SMS system is available again.

Volunteer Site Induction Dates

For those who have completed all previous steps in the volunteer process the following dates are available.

Monday 22 March at 5:30pm

Friday 26 March at 9:00am

Please email to book or to check where you are in the process.

Mel Worden, Office Manager

Uniform Reminder

As per our uniform policy, items that are not to be worn include:

  • Black, denim or grey clothing
  • Visible non-school logo clothing
  • Necklaces, dangling earrings, bangles/bracelets or chokers
  • Make up
  • Hooded tops or tops with drawstrings round the neck
  • Note: Leggings and bike shorts must be bottle green and worn under dresses and skirts only
  • Note: Hair accessories are to be white, red or green and not oversized
  • Note: Footwear must be enclosed and supportive of the growing foot ie sandshoes/sneakers or school shoe/sandal
  • Note: Socks are to be plain white or black


Hats must be worn in Term 1 and 4 as per the sun safe guidelines. Students without a hat must play in the shade. We have a number of students who are asking for spare hats daily. 

Hats can be purchased through the Belgravia portal which you can access from our website under the uniform tab.

Absences, Late Arrivals and Early Leaving

The SMS number is 0436 483 127. This is our preferred method for letting us know about any absences.

Messages should include name, room number and reason for absence eg illness or family.

Alternatively, please call the Office on 8294 9811 to leave a message with office staff.

Students arriving late to school must go to the Office and receive a late slip before entering the classroom.



QKR app

It has come to my attention that there has been 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

OSHC Lost Property

If you believe that any of these items are yours, please come to OSHC and ask the staff and they can reunite you with your lost item.

Sustainability - Eco Friendly Lunch Bags

We are again selling these fabulous bags @ $3.30 for a packet of 20.

 This is cost price, and therefore not intended to raise funds, but rather reduce the amount of soft plastic waste in our community.

Orders places by the ends of Thursday will be filled and delivered to children’s classes on Friday.

100 Years Celebration

This year is a very special year for St Leonards. We are celebrating 100 years of education in the community.  We are planning a big celebration with an Open Day on Saturday 30 October, so save the date. 

We are looking for parents who have businesses and services who may be able to help with things such as food trucks, market stalls, entertainment, stage hire etc. We are also looking for loans, donations or copies of any old memorabilia which can be shared at the event.

If you can help in any way please email me at

 Heather Pronk, School Promotions

Children's University

Our students have the opportunity to be involved in an exciting program: Children's University Australasia (CUA). CUA aims to encourage high quality out of school hours activities for children aged between 5 and 14 years. The most important principles of CUA are that participation is voluntary and activities must take place outside the normal school day - during lunchtime workshops, after school, weekends and holidays.

In partnership with the University of Adelaide, CUA aims to raise aspirations and develop a love of learning by issuing students enrolled in CUA a "Passport to Learning", which records their individual learning journey. After 30hours of learning, the children are rewarded for their participation with certificates at a graduation ceremony to be held at the University of Adelaide. 

Participating students have access to activities at school and also in the wider community (Learning Destinations). These activities have been validated by CUA trained staff as good learning experiences. A full list of Learning Destinations can be seen at

CUA members are also able to earn 10 hours from Regular Restricted Activities. These are external organisations of which students are paying members and attend on a regular basis (eg sporting clubs, dance studios, swimming centres etc). In order to earn hours, students who participate in these activities must inform their CUA school coordinator who will pass on an appropriate "review" form.

CUA is not compulsory. The activities are all voluntary and the children choose what to do and when, and the learning always has a link to something they could do at a 'grown up' university.

Students are enrolled in Children's University when they receive their Passport to Learning. The annual fee for 2021 is $33.00.

If you would like to become a member of CUA for 2021 please complete the details of the form that went home (or pick up a copy from the Office) and return to Heather Pronk by Friday 12 March along with your payment (payment can also be made via Qkr! please quote the receipt number on the form). If you have any questions please email

Premier's Reading Challenge

Student PRC Reading Record

Around the School


Years One and Two Cyber Safety

This term the Year One and Two students been learning about online safety. In particular we have focused on some important messages for young children to remember when they are using technology such as the internet. To help us, we have been using a series of short animated videos from Hector’s WorldTM.   The videos feature Hector the dolphin and his friends, as they explore some of the exciting opportunities that technology brings, while at the same time learning about being safe and responsible online citizens. You can watch the animated episodes yourself or with your child online at It is a good idea that a child in this age group always has an adult with them when they are online. One of the most important concepts your child has been learning about, is that if something happens when they are online that worries or upsets them (such as coming across images they weren’t expecting, or when they are asked for their personal information), they should seek help from a trusted adult. Talking with them about this message can help build positive communication about the online environment. Other concepts we have covered include; learning to identify who the trusted adults are in children’s lives, recognising when something does not feel right, and the importance of only sharing our personal information with people we can trust.

Dennis Moyle, Technology 

Community News

Holdfast Bay Library Child/Parent Book Group

The Holdfast Bay Library Service has recently purchased some book sets of children’s titles.

We are keen to start up parent/child book group(s) within the local community and are seeking expressions of interest. We have eight copies of each title and ideally the group would be made up of four parents/caregivers and four children.

Venue ideas:

You could meet in the Glenelg library upstairs meeting room or Brighton library children’s area, at a café or in each other’s houses.

Format ideas:

Choose a day and time that is mutually convenient for your group

Decide how frequently you would all like to meet – it could be monthly, or bi-monthly. Books are usually on a four week loan and can be extended once.

Have one member who is responsible for picking up and dropping off the books to the library

There are discussion notes in the back of the book to help you get started

We are very happy to support your group or even lead it depending on when and where you decide to meet.

If you and your child are interested in this idea then please don’t hesitate to contact me – Tracy Glover at Holdfast Bay Library Service  - or 8179 9526 (Mon, Tues, Fri) 8229 9991 (Thurs).

Brighton Special Interest Music

Information Evening for Years 6 & 7

Everything you need to know about auditioning for the

Brighton’s Special Interest Music Program

 Tuesday 30 March 2021, 5.30 to 6.30pm

Brighton Secondary School Concert Hall

Followed by a free short concert on the front oval

(bring a picnic dinner and chairs)

For all enquiries please call Pam Parsons 8375 8215


School Traffic and Parking Information


Dover Kindergarten: Occasional Care Program

Please see the attached document for information regarding the Dover Kindergarten Occasional Care Program which caters for children aged 2-4 years old.


Australian Sports Camps

School Signage

We are excited to announce that we are now offering signage on our school’s fence line in Glenelg North.

This is an opportunity for SLPS to partner with the community and help with promoting local businesses.

You can benefit by purchasing your space and gain invaluable exposure to families, passing motorists and locals as well as showing your support for our school community. 

 There is a limited number of signs so get in before they are all gone.  

 If you are interested or know of someone that might benefit from advertising to our local community please contact  

 Michael on 0414 350 225 or

Child & Adolescent Sleep Clinic

For more information on the Flinders Child and Adolescent Sleep Clinic please see the attached file.

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