St Leonards Primary School

Newsletter 18, 12 November 2021

From the Leadership

Can you believe that Week 6 is just around the corner?  Boy is this term starting to fly!  

100 Years Celebration

I need to start by thanking everybody for their efforts for what was a magnificent 100 Year Celebration day. Early figures indicate we had approximately 3,500 people come through the gates. It was awesome to see old scholars attend, many of who were amazed at the changes within the school and also reminiscing with old acquaintances. 

A huge thank you must go to the organising committee, staff and volunteers. They spent an immense amount of time ensuring the event was the success that it was. We were so proud of our community on the day. 

Celebration Night

Our learners are busy working on their dazzling dance moves in preparation for our Celebration Concert which will be held on Friday 3 December at 6:00pm. 

We look forward to welcoming parents and caregivers back onto our grounds for the event. Please remember that Covid protocols still apply, such as social distancing, during the event. 

2022 Class Structure

We have been busily constructing classes for 2022.  Whist we endeavour to have straight classes, this isn't always possible due to varying numbers within year levels. 

2022 will see St Leonards have 14 classes:

2 - Reception 

2 - Year 1 

1 - Year 1/2

1 - Year 2

1 - Year 2/3

1 - Year 3

1 - Year 3/4

1 - Year 4

2 - Year 5

2 - Year 6

We will inform our community of staffing very shortly. 

Dave Henty-Smith - Principal

Kathy Baker - Deputy Principal

Heidi Bevan - Wellbeing Leader

2022 Planning

Class structures for the 2022 school year are now being developed. The number and structure of those classes depends on accurate enrolment information.

If your child/ren are currently in Reception - Year 5 and they are not returning to St Leonards, please email Mel Worden, Office Manager, as soon as possible with your child's name, current year level and destination school.


Diary Dates

Hats on for Term 4

No Hat, Shade Play

Week 6

  • Reception Transition Visit, 9:00am -11:15am - Monday 15 November
  • Beachfront Hub Music Band Performance  - Wednesday 17 November
  • Move and Groove - Wednesday 17 November
  • Assembly - Friday 19 November

Week 7

  • Reception Transition Visit, 9:00am -12:30pm - Monday 22 November
  • Volunteer Thank You Night 7:00pm - Tuesday 23 November
  • Move and Groove - Wednesday 24 November


Celebration Night - Friday 3 December

Materials and Services 2022

The watermarked notice of our 2022 Materials and Services Charges is attached for your perusal. We will be holding a special Governing Council meeting at which the school community is invited to attend and discuss the 2022 charges.

This will be held on Tuesday 30 November at 7:00pm in the staff room. If you are unable to attend, you can express your views in writing marked to the attention of Melanie Perkins, Chairperson of Governing Council at the school office.

Please note that the recommended fees for 2022 will be $365 (an increase of $5 from 2021) with an early bird incentive of 5% off for fees paid before the end of the third week of Term 1, Friday 18 February 2022.

Victoria Sierros, Finance


Vacation Care Program - December 2021 - January 2022

Dear Families,

It is almost unbelievable that there are only four weeks left to go for Term 4, and that means that vacation care begins at OSHC. The five-week program has been emailed to OSHC families and will be unloaded on the Schoolbag app.

The wide range of activities were carefully planned to ensure that each child’s interests and needs are catered for. If your child is not enrolled at OSHC and you would like to enrol them, please download our enrolment forms from the Skoolbag app or request a copy from us and we will be more than happy to email you one.

Please note that the Service/OSHC will be closed during the Christmas break from Friday 24th December 2021 to Friday 7th January 2022 inclusive, returning on Monday 10th January 2021.

Thank you in advance for choosing our Vacation Care program and we look forward to receiving your bookings.

Catherine and the St Leonards OSHC Team

Vacation care program


Hats must be worn for all outside play and PE lessons during Term 4 and Term 1. If a student does not have a hat they are directed to play in the shade.

We have currently been providing a spare hat to up to 20 students a day who have lost or forgotten their hats however, with the warmer weather, nits can become an issue and it is not recommended to share hats.

Hats can be purchased online through Belgravia 

Remembrance Day

On Thursday 11 September five of our Year 5 students braved the cold weather to take part in the Remembrance Day ceremony held at Moseley Square. Luca P, Peyton D, Michael S, Levi P and Ryan G accompanied Mr Henty-Smith and Ms Rollings, where they read the Pledge of Remembrance by Rubert McCall and presented two books to symbolise a wreath. They did a wonderful job and represented St Leonards beautifully. 

Back at school we held a ceremony in the Hall, students wore poppies that they had made.

Lest we forget.

First Nations Bedtime Stories

Dreaming stories are sacred, and have played an important role in First Nations cultures since time immemorial. They are the foundation of First Nations ways of thinking, being and knowing. They carry knowledge and Law, and teach us how to care for Country.The stories are shared online to everyone that signs up. All you need to do is sign up with an email address. The films will arrive in your inbox at the beginning of each day, from 22-26 November.Everyone who signs up also gets access to free, educational resources. The resources will help you guide safe and informative learning with the young people in your life, whether you’re a parent, an Early Childhood educator or a Primary School teacher. The resources are developed by Common Ground and teachers, and are mapped to the relevant education curriculums to ensure everyone can learn from these stories, understand their meaning and appreciate their significance. 

School Banking update from Commonwealth Bank

For 90 years, our School Banking program has helped children learn about money, reinforced the importance of regular savings and provided structure for parents to support their children to save.

Though the program continues to have strong support from schools, parents and teachers, recent decisions by some state and territory governments because of a review by the corporate regulator mean we are unable to continue providing programs in schools, and we have had to make a difficult decision to close our School Banking program for all government and non-government schools across the country.

Our School Banking program was established in 1931 at a time when having a bank account was not commonplace, and since then we have helped more than 15 million Australians take their first financial steps. This would not have been possible without the wonderful support we have received from schools like yours, including all the parents and volunteers, and for this we are deeply grateful. Thank you.

Even though this is a sad time, School Banking has taught so many young Australians, past and present, the value of money and we believe this should be celebrated. We have created a place for you to share your stories, fondest memories and lessons learnt through the program. To share your story and access our financial education resources, please visit 

Even though the CommBank School Banking program will not be returning to your school after this year, you can continue to make deposits into your child’s Youthsaver account through online transfers or at any CommBank branch. If you need further information please phone 132 221 or visit your local CommBank branch.

2021 Uniform

Uniform Orders

To 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.

Please note: Fittings are by appointment only

Booking can be made by clicking the link 

News from our 100 Years Celebration Day

Messages from Old Scholars

Dear Mr Henty-Smith,

To all at St Leonards 

My name is Merilyn Rainsford (nee Larner) and I was a student at St Leonards from 1949 to 1957.  My sister and cousin were students before me and my Mother, her sister and brother were some of the first students when the school opened in 1921. 

The purpose of this email is to sincerely thank everyone who played a part in making Saturday 30th October the special day it was.  Obviously a huge amount of work and effort was required.  I attended the opening with my daughter, caught up with some former students, mainly from my sister’s era and took a nostalgic tour through the classrooms and the display in the hall.  Also went into the building which was our Home Economics centre at the time. 

I was especially taken with the school song and the singing of it brought a tear to my eye.  I’m afraid I couldn’t quite catch some of the words except of coursre “there’s a school by the sea and the Old Gum Tree” (which I can’t get out of my head), and I searched the internet to see if I could find them anywhere and was wondering if maybe you might be able to send them to me .

Once again a huge thankyou to everyone. 

Regards Merilyn Rainsford

PS  St Leonards, best school ever

Community Supporters

It's was our pleasure to help you celebrate such an wonderful milestone of your school and we hope we can maintain a relationship supporting such a great and historic school.

Warmest regards

Jason James & Gary Smith

We would like to thank Jason and Gary for their generous support of our 100 Year Celebration. 

100 Years Displays

Our Wonderful Celebration

SLPS Kitchen Garden

Community News

Marion City Brass Training Band

School of Languages 2022

Community Groups

Adelaide University Sports School Holiday Program

We have recently opened a program at our new West Beach location.

For information regarding this program please see our website below.


BrainWaves Camps

BRAINways Education, in conjunction with the University of South Australia, is pleased to offer the BRAINways Summer Camps – program for gifted and talented students of Adelaide.


The following topics will be offered to students in Years 2-4 and 5-8:


Stream 1

Planning for the Unpredictable: Trigonometry in Architecture

We’ve Been Here Before: The Medicine of Past Pandemics

The Science of Resilience

The Ultimate Guide to Black Holes


Stream 2

There is no such thing as a free lunch: An Introduction to Entrepreneurship

Panic in a Pandemic: The Psychology of Collective Fear

The History (and the Mathematics) behind Board Games

Creating Fictional Worlds: The Details that Matter


Could you please identify students in your school, and invite them to participate in the BRAINways Summer Camps programs?


Please find attached the documentation to be forwarded to the parents of nominated students.


For student registration, please follow the steps below:

  • The students are selected by their teachers.
  • Each selected student receives the following information: a) Nomination Letter, b) Program Information, c) Website address for enrolment at  
  • Parents complete the enrolment via the BRAINways online enrolment system.
  • Students are asked to bring the Nomination Letter when attending the programs, and present it upon arrival, at the registration desk

    Please note that, as limited places are available in the programs, the registration will be accepted on a first come, first served basis, and no reservations are possible. Therefore, it is advisable that parents log in to register their children as soon as possible.


    Looking forward to working with your students.


    Best regards,

    The BRAINways Team.


    Tae Kwon Do for Kids

    Please see attached if you or your child is interested in Tae Kwon Do classes for kids.

    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