Reynella Primary School Grapevine

Term 1, Week 1 | 2022

From the Leadership Team

Welcome to the 2022 school year. We hope you have all had a great holiday with your friends and families and are looking forward to an exciting year of learning. Despite the hybrid start to the year it has been great to see so many smiling faces – even if many of them are obscured by masks.

Clearly this is not the start we anticipated or prefer but all staff have been working extremely hard to support all of our students with their learning, whether it be online or face-to-face. Please know we are all here to support you and your children to navigate through these challenging times.

We implore you to follow the directions as set out in previous emails; as of Monday no parents will be allowed on site. Reception teachers will meet their classes at the front of the school and year 1 students can walk through the front gate to the Junior Primary courtyard. All other students must be signed in at the tables at the front of the school by an adult before moving to the amphitheatre for further instructions. Please ensure you maintain physical distancing requirement at all times and be patient; we have an extremely large cohort of students from years 2-6 attending school.

All year 3 – 6 students are asked to wear masks as it is strongly recommended by SA Health. We are able to give them to students while we have stocks. Unfortunately we have already had our first positive case of COVID. In these times we will be following department protocols to ensure we minimise the spread and details of who has tested positive will not be shared with the community.

Below is the protocol we will be following for your information:

o Students (and staff) are identified as a classroom contact if they shared a classroom or interacted with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 (teacher, SSO, ancillary staff or student)

o Parents will be informed if their child has been identified as a classroom contact initially via text then with a follow up email. Students are then required to follow the instructions on the letter which include:

· if the student has symptoms, they must not attend school and get tested as soon as possible

· students (aside from the positive case/s) will be encouraged to continue attending school if they don’t have any symptoms

· student attendance at OSHC should be avoided where possible for 7 days

These are challenging times for us all and we will need to continue to work together as we move into the school year. Despite this we are happy to welcome two new teachers to our staff; Tom Clayton and Marty Czerwinski. Sharon K is working at another site and we are very lucky to have Tracey McNeil as her replacement in the Front Office. I am sure you will give them a warm welcome when the time is right.

We are all very much looking forward to seeing you all on Monday of week 3, February 14. Until that time – thank you to all the parents who have supported their children with remote learning and our amazing community who continue to show us kindness and understanding in these trickiest of times.

Welcome Tom - C6

Hello everyone! My name is Tom Clayton and I’m ecstatic to be joining the Reynella Primary School team for 2022. I hope that you have all had an amazing holiday and are excited about all the wonderful things 2022 will bring.

I have just moved back to Adelaide after teaching in the country for 5 years. I started my teaching career in 2017, at a small area school in a town called Orroroo. I then moved to Port Augusta and stayed there for 4 years.

I’m very excited about starting the next chapter of my teaching career and I couldn’t be happier than starting it here, at Reynella Primary School. I would just like to thank everyone for being so welcoming and I cannot wait to see all the students face to face in week 3.

Welcome Marty

Hi, I'm Marty Czerwinski. I have spent the last 10 years as the Coordinator of the Better Behaviour Centre at Huntfield Heights Primary School. I am looking forward to new challenges and learning opportunities at Reynella Primary School, and have been really impressed by the hard-working and positive students and staff that I have met at this site this year! 

Welcome Tracey

Hi my name is Tracey McNeil and I am very happy to be joining Reynella Primary for 2022. I have worked as a Classroom SSO in a Special School for 5 years before spending the next 15 years in finance at Goodwood Primary and Forbes Primary. Thank you everyone for making me feel so welcome.


School News

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.

Finance News

As previously communicated to parents of students enrolled at Reynella Primary School in 2022, Our Governing Council conducted an Online Poll, where parents voted for the $310 to be the Prescribed Sum in 2022.

2022 Poll Results

YES: 117    NO: 39     No Response: 344

This result means the poll was successful, which means the whole amount is legally recoverable.

Thank you to all parents who participated.

2022 Materials and Service Charge invoices were posted this week with some other important information. They are due to be paid in full by Thursday 14 April. If you wish to claim the Early bird discount, $285 must be paid by 10am, Thursday 11 March 2022.

2021 Materials and Service Charges were due on Friday 9 April, if they have not been paid, they are long overdue. Thank you to families who have paid their 2021 fees in full.

Instalment Plan

We are happy to set up an Instalment Plan for prior years or 2022 fees. Please contact Kay Starczak to make arrangements. You can email Kay at to arrange an Instalment Plan via email, or phone her on 8381 1493.

School Card 2022

Information on applying for School Card is in the Start of Year and Sport Information note uploaded to Skoolbag this week.

Canteen News

Thanks Jacqui

Jacqui is working in our canteen to keep it open over the first 2 weeks of the school term with a reduced menu.  Jacqui comes from Willunga as a canteen manager and we are very thankful for her time and effort.

After School Sport

Basketball News

A big thank you to Cherie Meekins for all of her hard working sorting out the school basketball teams and volunteering her time and effort to make this happen.

2022 Teams and coaches

R/1 Rockets- Chelsea Springfield

R/1 Raptors- Emma & Tim Rodda

2/3 Rockets- Justin Knight

2/3 Raptors- Coach Needed

3/4 Rockets- Peter Waters

3/4 Raptors- Trevor

5/6 Rebels - Suzi & Andy Everton

5/6 Raging Rhinos- Tim & Emma Rodda

5/6 Raptors - Luke Robinson

NEEDED - 1 coach for year 2-3 team and a few more players for a year 3/4 team.

For more information, please contact our Basketball Co-ordinator

Cherie Meekins 0434 579 079


2022 Fundraising

If all goes well, we will run our annual Easter Raffle again this year. Raffle books will be sent home to families in March.

We will have a Polling Booth at the school for the next State Election on Saturday 19 March 2022. If COVID-19 restrictions allow, we will have some kind of fundraiser. Stay tuned!

Our Mothers' Day Stall will be in the week prior to Mothers' Day, which is Sunday 8 May this year.

If you sell products in your own small business that might be suitable for us to buy for our Mothers' Day Stall, please email Kay.

If you are interested in helping out our Fundraising Team this year, either as irregular involvement that suits your life, or in a more involved capacity. Please email Kay.

Kay Starczak

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

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

Community Noticeboard

Leadership Team

PrincipalMichele Russell
Deputy PrincipalMatt Simmons
Senior LeaderRichard Kemp
Wellbeing LeaderFiona Brown

55 Concord Drive, Old Reynella, SA 5161

08 8381 1493     sms 0416 905 323




p. 0439 432 722