St Leonards Primary School

Newsletter 1, 29 January 2021

From the Leadership

Welcome to 2021. We hope everyone had a great break and enjoyed time with family and friends . We have had a fantastic start to the 2021 school year and hopefully this will continue for the remainder. 


This year has seen a number of staff changes. We welcome Kathy Baker who has taken up the position of Deputy Principal. Kathy has been an outstanding leader in our community for several years and brings a wealth of experience to this role. Heidi Bevan has taken on the role of Wellbeing Leader for the remainder of 2021. Heidi has had experience in this area as a leader in the past and we look forward to her working with our learners, families and our community. 

There have been number of teaching changes as well. We welcome, Melissa Barnes who has been appointed as our Physical Education teacher for 2021 and Cher Zhang who has been appointed for LOTE, teaching Mandarin three days a week. 

We would also like to welcome three new SSO’s to our school this year. Liv Bradley has taken on front office duties from Mel Worden.  Mel has now become our Office Manager and Personal Assistant to the leadership team. Sara Batool will be working with a reception class 2 days a week and Natalie Wilson has started with us in the area of student support. 

School Numbers

We have started the school year with 422 students and expect another five students to start with us shortly. 

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome all new members to the St Leonards community. This year we start with 62 new Reception children. They have made a terrific start to their school life. We did however, have to break the news to a few of them that yes, they have to come back to school next the next day as they had not finished school yet. 

We have had quite a number of new enrolments in the other year levels, and we welcome you to our beautiful school.   


COVID 19 is still an issue for us here in South Australia.  Our aim is to keep our community members and children as safe as possible. This at times can lead to great deal of frustration from parents and caregivers, especially around entry into classrooms and corridors. Unfortunately, we are unable to maintain social distancing in these areas. 

We encourage you to meet with your child's teacher when needed by arranging times via email or phoning the office. 

Acquaintance Night 

We will be holding our Acquaintance Night on Tuesday 9th February. This year we'll see a slightly different format from the past and it will resemble more of a meet and greet. We encourage children to attend and show parents and caregivers around the school , introducing them to their class teacher as well as their specialist teachers. 

Due to COVID-19 restrictions we ask families to follow SA Health guidelines. This means scanning our QR code when you arrive. These are located at all entry points to buildings or in classrooms. We ask that there only be 16 adults per room at any one time. 

Families whose surnames that begin with A to J will be able to attend their child's class from 6:00pm to 6:30pm to meet the teacher. 

Then the reminder of parents and caregivers from K- Z have priority from 6:30pm to 7:00pm.  

Annual General Meeting 

All families should have received an invitation to our Annual General Meeting which will be held after our acquaintance night at 7:15pm in the staff room.  This will provide an opportunity for community members to hear about the school's achievements during 2020.  

Drop Off and Pick Up

School officially starts at 8:45am and finishes at 3:05pm. Please be aware that our duty of care begins at 8:30am and finishes at 3:15pm. Before and after school we have teachers on yard duty at these times .

If you need your child to be at school prior to 8:30am or after 3:15pm out of school hours care (OSHC) is available. Please contact Lou our OSHC Director on 8294 1990 to book.

Pastoral Care Worker

It is with great sadness that I announce our pastoral care worker, Karen Marks will not be taking up her position this year. Karen has been an amazing asset to our school and will be missed by our community. The process for appointing a new pastoral care worker will commence shortly. 


By now you would have noticed a number of changes around the school. We have been working with council and other community members to solve issues with traffic management around the school. This is about child safety. Please observe the necessary signage around the school, counsel will be patrolling the areas and issuing fines for noncompliance. We have attached guide to road rules around school for your information.  We as adults need to model exceptional behavior to our children. Please don't stop in the middle of the road and pick up your child, please cross at marked crossings and please observe the no parking areas around the school. 

Thank you for your cooperation. 

Dave Henty-Smith - Principal

Kathy Baker - Deputy Principal

Heidi Bevan - Wellbeing Leader

School Traffic and Parking Information


Wellbeing at SLPS

Hello everyone. Most of you have noticed I am not in the PE role this term and you are very lucky to have Mrs Barnes for Physical Education. I'm excited to be working alongside Mrs Baker as Wellbeing Leader, where I am based in the Wellbeing room, located next to Room 6 in the main building.

Prior to my time at St Leonards Primary, I worked as a Wellbeing Leader at Greenwith Primary School and as part of Leadership at North Ingle and Ingle Farm East Primary. My passion is behaviour support and assisting all children to self regulate their emotions to be resilient and successful learners.  I believe physical activity and mindfulness play an extremely important role in this and as every child is different, so too, are the strategies they can learn to navigate through emotions, friendships and life's ups and downs.

This year we will be focusing on developing St Leonards Behaviour Support plan to include the new recommendations of the 2021 DfE policy which places an emphasis on wellbeing and social skills lessons across Rec-Yr7. We will continue to use the Wellbeing Room as a hub for family and student support and are excited to introduce some Interoception resources this space! 

It has been fantastic seeing so many happy learners back after the holidays, as well as some new faces. I look forward to seeing you all, so please pop past and say hello. If I'm not in the Wellbeing Room, I'm often in the yard, catching up with our learners and making the most of the sunshine.

If you would like to get in touch, or book a meeting my email is my best point of contact

Heidi Bevan, Wellbeing Leader


Diary Dates

Week 2 2021

  • Premier's Reading Challenge starts

Week 3 2021

  • Acquaintance Night - Tuesday 9 February, 6:00pm 
  • Governing Council AGM - Tuesday 9 February, 7:15pm
  • Assembly - Friday, 12 February


School Account Credit Balances

There are many families with credit balances in their school account as at the end of 2020 which need to be utilised, some of which are reasonably large.  Prior to making any payments this year for the Materials & Services Charge, Excursion levy and other school costs (via cash/cheque, direct debit, Eftpos or QKR), can you please contact the school to determine your credit balance.  Many thanks.

Materials & Services Charge 2021 & Excursion Levy 2021

Please note that the school fees and excursion levy will be invoiced to all families this week.  Payments made for the school fees by Friday, 12 February, 2021 will receive a 5% early bird discount.

Payment by QKR! is preferred or pay at the Cash Office. 

When paying the levy by QKR!  you can pay the one off $50 excursion levy by selecting "full amount" or pay as you go by selecting "enter amount" then noting the name of the excursion in the comments.

Victoria Sierros, Finance Manager 

School Card Scheme 2021

The school card scheme provides financial relief for eligible low-income families in relation to education costs.

Applications for all types of School Card can be completed online.

Parents and students can access School Card information and application forms using the link


School Card is available to:

  • families with children aged four years and over who attend a school full time
  • independent full time students studying Year 10, 11 or 12
  • adult re-entry students undertaking subjects to complete their SACE


Applicants need to complete an application form at the beginning of each year. Online applications will work on any device connected to the internet. This includes mobile phones, tablets and computers.

- School Card A

This is the most commonly used School Card application. Use this form if you are responsible for your child's school fees.

Do not use this form if you are:

  • Self employed
  • An independent youth
  • An adult re-entry student
  •  A migrant who arrived in Australia after 1 July 2018
  • Receiving Veteran's Affairs benefits
  • Applying on behalf of a foster child in your care


All School Card forms (A, B, C etc)  are available on the website for parents and students wishing to apply for a School Card


School Card

Phone: 1800 672 758


Admin Matters

  • Please return all student detail forms as soon as possible. Accurate student details are essential for communication especially in the case of student illness at school.

    Mark all changes on the the student detail form clearly, sign and return to the Office. If there are no changes, please initial and return the form to the Office.

  • Skoolbag and QKR! are a convenient way to get current information about what is happening at St Leonards and to make payments or order canteen items. If you have not already done so please go to either the app store or google play store to download the apps and connect to St Leonards Primary School.  

Mel Worden, Office Manager

Volunteering at SLPS

At St Leonards Primary School we value the involvement of parents within our school community. This may take on many forms, including classroom support, attending excursions and camps, supporting sport and music opportunities, assisting in the canteen and library and being a member of our Governing Council or a volunteer on one of the many committees.

The following needs to be completed to volunteer in schools:

·           Fill out and return the Volunteer Application Form (available from the Office or can be sent home with your child on request)

·           Select roles to volunteer in (role statements will be provided to you for your information)

·         Complete the Working With Children Check (If you already have a current clearance, please email me using the address below. If you do not have a current clearance, I can start the process for you. There is no cost to you for this.)

·         Complete Responding to Abuse and Neglect Training (If you have a current RAN certificate, please email me using the address below. If you do not have a current RAN certificate please see link attached for setting up a Plink account).

·         Complete an online General Induction (this is done through the Plink account)

·         Attend a Site Induction (dates will be provided to volunteers once the above steps have been completed)

·         Sign the volunteer agreement (this is the final step and is done at the Site Induction)

If you have any questions regarding the volunteering process, please email me at or telephone the school on 8294 9811.

Mel Worden, Office Manager


QKR! How-to Guide


Skoolbag How-to Guide


Absences, Late Arrivals and Early Leaving

Please note that the school SMS number has now changed. The new 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.


Library News

Library Borrowing

The library is open every morning from 8:30am – 8:45am and after school from 3:05pm – 3:15pm for borrowing and returning books. Students can also use the library at lunchtime (second lunch) or with their classes at their set library time each week.

Reception to Year 2 students can borrow 2 books

Year 3 – Year 5 students can borrow 3 books

Year 6/7 students can borrow 4 books

All books are borrowed for 14 days.

If a book is overdue, students cannot borrow again until the book has been returned or if lost, has been paid for or replaced.

Overdue notices are sent home at least twice a term.

 Premier’s Reading Challenge

 1.     What is the Premier's Reading Challenge?

The Challenge is a literacy engagement strategy that requires students to read 12 age appropriate books in a year. Students who complete the Challenge receive an award in Term 4.

2.     Who can participate:

The Premier’s Reading Challenge is open to all students from Reception to Year 12 in South Australian government and non-government schools as well as home education students.

3.     What must students do:

·         Read 12 books: students are challenged to read 12 books from the start of the school year until the first Friday in September.

·         Recording: students will record the titles and authors of the books they read on the PRC recording form (can be found on the website for from the teacher)

·         Endorsement: Teachers, teacher librarians, public librarians or parents/carers must sign each entry on the Student Reading Record. This indicates that a student has read (or shared in the reading of) a book at an appropriate literacy level and that the book title and author are accurate.

4.     Number of free choice books:

Reception - Year 7

students will read 8 of the 12 books from the Premier’s Reading Challenge booklist at an appropriate literacy level. They may read 4 books of their own choice at a similar standard to books on the list. At the teacher's discretion, students may read more than 4 books not on the booklist.

Useful Information:

Book series: if at least one book from a series is included on the Premier’s Reading Challenge booklist, then any book from that series can also be included.

Awards: There is only one award  per student per year

Award order: first year - certificate signed by the Premier, second year - bronze medal, third year - silver medal, fourth year - gold medal, fifth year - champion medal, sixth year - legend medal, seventh year - hall of fame medal, eighth year – hall of fame reader for life award (R4L), ninth year – R4L bronze, tenth year – R4L silver, eleventh year – R4L gold, twelfth year – R4L champion, thirteenth year - R4L legend and fourteenth year – R4L hall of fame.

We encourage all families to visit the library. Feel free to ask me any questions either in person or by email 

Scholastic Book Club

The first issue of the scholastic book club will be going home next week. Orders are due by Wednesday 17 February. All orders are either cash to the Office or using the scholastic website LOOP payment system. 

All purchases earn the school library reward points that we use to purchase new resources for the Library.

Kelly Peterson, SSO ICT/Library Manager

2021 Uniform


All new uniform is held off site and can be ordered via the link below. We have a small amount of discontinued uniform stock available to order through QKR! until stock runs out.

Uniform Orders

To pre-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.

Beachfront Hub Music


Brighton Secondary School Music Centre

Wednesday February 10, 2021 (Term 1, Week 3)

9:00am – 10:00am


Community News

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.


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

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