Reynella Primary School Grapevine

Term 3, Week 10 | 2021

From the Leadership Team

As term 3 draws to a close there is much to reflect on. Despite COVID closing in on our borders South Australia has managed to keep safe and we survived a lockdown with minimal interruption to schooling. In addition to our continued learning we all participated in the Little Scribes Mini Writing Festival and are now in the process of judging the winners of the Writing Competition – to be announced early in term 4. We had a low key Bookweek but still managed to enjoy our traditional parade and poster competition.

However, the highlight would have to be our STEM showcase; Innovative Infrastructure held last Thursday. This was Reynella Primary School’s moment to shine. Despite the pressures of COVID, community spirit was alive and well in our school Hall last night. Watching our students show their families through the showcase, their eyes lighting up with pride as they shared their learning was a wonderful thing.

For much of this term, students from R-7 were engaged in rigorous learning opportunities in preparation for this event. What an outstanding example of what children can achieve when they are involved in learning that is authentic and challenging. The level of thinking that our students demonstrated to reach a solution for their problem was next level; we had high expectations of our students and they didn’t disappoint.

We would like to thank all the parents and families who took the time to visit our showcase and give us feedback. We congratulate the students who showed persistence, commitment and were relentless in finding solutions. I would also like to acknowledge the teachers for their enormous efforts; many, many hours have been spent on not only supporting our students but preparing for the presentation. Most importantly we owe a huge debt of gratitude to Matt Simmons who has been the key driver of our STEM inquiry as well as the members of his STEM Action Team. His passion and commitment to our school to build our students capacity to think critically and creatively is outstanding. A precis of the showcase can be found further into this newsletter.

There are minimal changes to our staffing next term. As I am sure you are aware by now, Sarah Bradbury has taken maternity leave until the end of term 2, 2022. Matt Simmons will be acting Deputy Principal during this time. We are very pleased to welcome Richard Kemp, currently acting deputy at Ascot Park PS. He will take on the role of Senior Leader: Data and Learning Improvement until the end of term 2, 2022.

We hope you enjoy a wonderful holiday over the next two weeks and look forward to seeing you all again next term which always passes too quickly.


The class placement process for 2022 has begun. Due to the movement of year 7s to high school we anticipate starting the year with much smaller numbers than in previous years.

We aim to arrange class groupings that optimise the learning needs of our students and uses to full advantage the resources, skills and teaching styles of staff members. In order to form classes for 2022 it is important that we estimate our 2022 student enrolment numbers as accurately as possible. If your child will not be attending Reynella Primary School next year, please let the front office know, ASAP. If you have a child due to start school next year who is not yet enrolled, please enrol them now. Alternatively, if you know of someone who is considering sending their child/children to our school could you please encourage them to make contact with us very soon.

Placing students in class groups is a complex process, which takes staff many weeks to work through. It is about creating a group of students with gender balance, a range of learning abilities and behavioural and social needs in each class. Factors such as social dynamics, which children to keep together and who would be better apart, social and emotional maturity, and even physical size are all considered when making class groups.

We have a very strong team of excellent teachers and we expect that wherever your child is placed, there will be learning success. Most parents are happy to leave this process to the class teachers. We anticipate that many classes next year will be composite due to the increasing needs of the students. Research, which has been predominantly conducted in primary schools, suggests there is no discernible difference between composite and straight grade classrooms in terms of academic performance. However, benefits relating to student independence, responsibility, resilience and study habits have been highlighted. Some say composite classrooms are more flexible; allow children to work at their own pace; offer a wider range of friendship opportunities; and encourage more co-operation and tolerance. It is the quality of teaching, combined with student interest and engagement that are considered important factors contributing to student success rather than class structure.


Teachers provide information on the social, emotional, behavioural and academic needs of students. Students are asked to give input on their preferred friendship groups. Some parents may wish to draw our attention to their child’s learning needs; academic, social and emotional and any other confidential information which could have an impact on their child’s class placement. We ask that parents do not request specific teachers or make friendship requests

unless you believe your child needs to be separated from others to optimize their learning. We will consider all requests but cannot guarantee that they will be fulfilled and ask that parents trust this process.

Classes are formed before teacher appointments are finalised and sometimes subject to changes by the Department for Education well into January 2022. Once classes are finalised, placement changes will not be made except if there are enrolment variations or staff changes. If you would like to submit information for the class placement process please collect a form, available from the Front Office and return it filled in no later than Thursday 6 November. Alternatively, you may complete the Skoolbag eForm.

Innovative Infrastructure

It was a pleasure to see our community buzzing with excitement on Thursday 16 September as they perused the exceptional learning on display at our STEM showcase. Deep thinking and creativity were demonstrated in spades throughout this project... we couldn't be more proud of our students. 

We asked students to think about the future of transport in Australia and around the world. When given the opportunity to solve a real-world problem, their curiosity and passion took hold. Although classes took this challenge in all different directions, the Reynella 'Solution Cycle' was used across the school to develop a wide range of thoughtful solutions. Learn more about our Solution Cycle below...

The Reynella Solution Cycle

Empathise - Put yourself in the shoes of those experiencing the problem. How might they feel? What might they need? How might you find out?

Discover - Research as much as you can about the problem. Have other people tried to solve this problem? What did they discover?

Ideate - Think of as many different solutions as you can. Record all of your ideas and discuss them with others. Decide on one to create.

Create - Create a prototype of your solution. Make sure your prototype highlights the main features you want to present to your audience.

Improve - Share your prototype with an audience and be open to feedback. Test your solution under different conditions and find ways to improve your design.

Student News

Learning with A1 and A2

This term, in A1 and A2, we spent a large part of the term preparing for our amazing STEM Showcase. A1 used cardboard construction to make their vehicles and A2 used Lego. Throughout our inquiry we had to be focused, resilient and persistent in all the learning we did. We had lots of wheels fall off vehicles, axles falling apart and parts not sticking together! We had to do lots of problem-solving and keep trying until we found a solution. We learnt an enormous amount and we also had lots of fun.

A message from the Billabong Loo Crew!

We won a $4500 grant from the Engagement and Wellbeing team to upgrade and invigorate the toilets in Billabong.

We would like to paint a picture or small mural on the back toilet walls to help create an environment that promotes happiness, success and inclusion.

Do you have the skills to help us or know of someone with artistic abilities that would be willing to work with Fiona Brown and the Loo Crew in the design and then paint it for us? We are able to pay you for your work.

If you are interested or know someone who is please contact Fiona Brown (

Thank you,

Kind regards, Fiona Brown and the Billabong Loo Crew.

School News

Pupil Free Day - Term 4 - Friday 5 November (Week 4)

The Parent Engagement Survey is now open!

Every year we ask parents and guardians their thoughts on their child’s school, including how well the school supports learning and wellbeing and how well the school communicates with parents and students alike. The results help us better understand:

  • what you think we’re doing well
  • where we can improve
  • what’s important to you as a parent.

You’re encouraged to participate in the survey, which takes less than 10 minutes to complete. But hurry! The survey closes 5pm Sunday 29 August.

Please check your email for your unique link which has been provided by the Department for Education - we cannot provide this link as a school.

Children's Vision Screening - Year 3's

Flinder's University will be completing the Vision Screening on Wednesday 20 October 2021.

If you require a form to complete it has been uploaded to Skoolbag or come into the front office to collect one.

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 your 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


Lost Property

As always at the end of the term there is a fair amount of unnamed lost property - if there is an item without a name that you could use for your child/ren then please take it off of the hanger, take it home, wash and name it and it is yours.  Otherwise these items will be donated to Savers during the school holidays.


Dear families,

We made it!  Have a great two weeks, rest, relax and recharge.

Cheers Fiona

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 3 September - Southern Metro Music Festival

Friday 10 September - 6/7 Footsteps Dance

Wednesday 15 September - Kanga Cricket via Skoolbag

Wednesday 15 September - M & S Charges for 2022

Important Dates

20 September 2021

School Photo's

24 September 2021

Early Finish 2:05pm

11 October 2021

First day of Term 4

14 October 2021

Footsteps Year 6/7

20 October 2021

Year 3 Vision screening - Flinders Uni


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 PrincipalSarah Bradbury
Senior LeaderMatt Simmons
Wellbeing LeaderFiona Brown

55 Concord Drive, Old Reynella, SA 5161

08 8381 1493     sms 0416 905 323




p. 0439 432 722