Reynella Primary School Grapevine

Term 1, Week 11 | 2021

From the Leadership Team

Celebrating Term 1!

What a big term we have had in Term 1! As we sit here and reflect on how far we have come since week 1 this term, we are reminded of all of the fantastic learning opportunities that have occurred for our students already in 2021 at Reynella Primary School. We have also been able to regain some sense of normality with the easing of COVID restrictions, which has meant we have been able to welcome our community more on site and hold important events on our calendar such as Parent Teacher Interviews and Sports Day. We have been thrilled to reconnect with our community more ‘face to face’ because we know how much more of a difference this makes to children’s learning and we look forward to these continued opportunities as we (hopefully!) continue to have a smooth and uninterrupted year in South Australia.

Back at our first whole school assembly we set the school a challenge of 2021 being our year of ‘passion’! Passion is so important for lifelong learning because it is the great force that unleashes creativity - it gets us excited, driven and more willing to take risks in learning. It is when we are challenged and excited that real learning is happening. As we have walked around classrooms this term it has been wonderful to see students finding, engaging in and sharing their passions, letting it take them on a journey of discovery, excitement and learning.

Not only have children been engaging in their passions in class, sharing their passions at Assemblies, they have also been exposed to a number of ‘passion finding opportunities’ through a number of whole school and cohort specific events, such as:

  • Sports Day
  • Aquatics
  • Citizenship Day
  • Establishment of our Student Action Teams
  • STEM Projects
  • iTime Project 
  • Footsteps
  • Life Education

As from Term 2 we will continue to see the easing of COVID restrictions as per Department for Education Guidelines, which includes being able to invite families to our school assemblies once again. We excitedly look forward to sharing children’s learning with our community through this forum which we haven’t been able to do for quite some time!

It has been a big and very busy term for all, especially our brand new receptions who have now settled well into ‘school life’, and we hope that you all manage some much needed down time as families over the school holiday break. We look forward to seeing you ready for another great term of learning in Term 2.

Sarah, Michele, Matt and Fiona

Student News

Woolworths Pots of Fun head to kids in Kangaroo Island!

Thank you to our wonderful Reynella community for all of your Woolworths Pots of Fun donations! We managed to fill a whole entire car with donations and they were presented to Sharon and Kristy from SA Bushfire Garden Revival by Braeden and Paige from the Citizenship Action Team.

As you would remember, Kangaroo Island was hit hard last year by the bushfires which were devastating for the community. Sharon, Kristy and SA Bushfire Garden Revival are currently packaging up donations to be gifted to children in Kangaroo Island to revive their personal gardens. Kangaroo Island does not have any big supermarket chains, so were unable to participate in the Pots of Fun initiative. It is great to know that our donations will be heading to children who will really benefit using them.

A big thank you also to Woolworths Woodcroft for also donating some pots of fun and gardening trays!

Citizenship Day - Be an Upstander!

On Monday the 22nd of March, we celebrated our annual Citizenship Day, bringing together the important messages from Harmony Week and National Day Against Bullying and Violence!

Our wonderful Citizenship Student Action Team planned and ran a whole school assembly sharing the message of “being an Upstander!” and organised a whole school activity where students made their own Superhero Upstanders learning about these important qualities.

Staff even surprised students by dressing up as Superhero Upstanders to show that being an Upstander is like being a superhero!

Well done to the Citizenship Action Team for all their efforts in organising and running such a successful day!

Reynella Superhero Upstanders!

Sports Day 2021

There is no other way to say it - what a great day!  Reynella Sports Day 2021 was a huge success. Firstly, a big thank you to all the committee, staff, volunteers, parents and the weather for building a great culture and atmosphere around Sports Day over the last few years. However, most importantly, the big congratulations goes to the students. The atmosphere, sportsmanship, effort and great behaviour brought to the day by all the children was amazing to see. We were fortunate to witness fantastic skill, teamwork, competition and fair play at all the different events throughout day. Congratulations to the 2011, 2010, 2009 & 2008 students who will qualify for the Reynella Primary Athletics team to compete in the Southern Valley championships later in the year; information around qualification will be sent home later in Term 2.

As for the Houses, firstly, I would like to thank the captains! We had particularly engaged and motivated captains this year, who helped build the amazing atmosphere we witnessed.

Lastly, what a tight battle between the houses throughout the day; every House except Reynell took the lead at some stage. That is taking nothing away from Reynell, who were always hot on the heels of the other teams. However, we are happy to say, for the first time in many years, Hardy took out the day’s honours for 2021. Congratulations Hardy and to everyone involved, see you next year!

Kaurna Excursion to AFL Max

On Wednesday the 24th February, the year 3/4 Kaurna classes went on an excursion to AFL Max where we participated in the ‘A Day in the Life of an Elite Sportsperson’ session. We enjoyed the various challenges that made up an exciting day of fun.

Braxton Obstacle Course

The obstacle course was all about effort, teamwork, cheering people on, courage, help and making people happy. The obstacles were very interesting and tricky. We had to jump and crawl through without touching the obstacles. It was basically an inside obstacle course and doing it was good for our health.

Rock Climbing - Isla R

Rock climbing was about bravery. Some people may not have gone too high, but they still had a try no matter what. Some people were afraid of heights, but they faced their fears and still had lots of fun.

These are the steps for rock climbing at AFL max:

1.    Strap yourself into your harness

2.    Tighten the straps

3.    Listen to the instructions

4.    Find a rock climbing wall that is empty and climb

5.    Once you have completed one, you must go on at least one more.

Fake Media Conference - Mase

The Media Conference was a very good experience for all the students because we got to ask the panel questions about themselves. We were some of the people in the audience out of 1.5 million people. The panel got accused of putting unauthorized content on Facebook.

The Aiming Wall

The aiming wall was very tricky but it was fun because we got to practice our throwing and kicking skills. There were footy goals and we got to kick the football. It was really fun. We moved round in groups to practice on different parts of the aiming wall.

Interactive games - Isla T

In the interactive games we got to throw a ball at the screen, it was all about teamwork. We played galactic squares on the wall of the projector. Some people were calling out top left, top right, bottom left, bottom right. Then we did a bunny game with colours boards on them, so all of those games were all about teamwork.

Here are the steps to play galactic squares:

1. Grab a soft ball/doge ball.

2. Start aiming at the squares

3. You have a timer if you don’t get one and it hits the circle one of your lives are gone

Try and win!

AFL Max excursion

Lilly Shines at the SAPSASA State Swimming Championships

Lilly , a new student to RPS in 2021, has brought much needed expertise to the swimming field since our loss of Nicole at the end of last year. Lilly performed highly at the Southern Valley Swimming trials and earned entry into a number of events for the highly coveted state championships. Lilly continued her strong performance at the SAPSASA State Swimming Championships placing in two events. Lilly placed 2nd in the 4 x 50m relay and 3rd in the 50m butterfly. A fantastic effort. Big congratulations to you Lilly!

School News

One Plan Meetings

The One Plan is an online personlised learning plan that contains information to support your child's inclusion and achievement in school. It is a working document that is reviewed and updated throughout the year, and is developed in partnership with families, the child, school staff and relevant personnel.

Students qualify for a One Plan if they are identified as:

  • having a disability through the Inclusive Education Support Program
  • are an Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander Person
  • are a Child in Care
  • having significant learning difficulties

Over the second half of this term, teachers and curriculum SSO's have been working on One Plans for 2021. We have a significant number of children with a One Plan at Reynella Primary School.

One Plan Meetings will be held in early Term 2 with families/carers to share the plan and provide opportunity to input into the plan.

Further details about these One Plan meetings will be made available to relevant families/carers in Week 1.


Sarah Bradbury 

Australian Early Development Census (AEDC)

Year 7 to High School Update

Transition to High School 2022

The transition to high school process will commence in mid term 2 and is processed online by parents.

To ensure all necessary information and applications are completed in a timely manner and meet the allocated time frames, please make sure our Front Office has an up to date parent email address.  This is how information will be communicated. 




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.

Our new fence will soon be here!

We are very pleased to let you know, that the fence around the school, which has been planned for the past two years, will finally commence construction during the school holidays. The building is expected to continue into the first few weeks of Term 2. 

We understand that this may cause some disruption around areas of our school and some inconvenience during pick up and drop off times, but please be assured that the final product will be well worth the short disruption.

The fence will allow us to continue to improve the school grounds, without the impact of vandalism which often occurs outside of school hours.

Many thanks for your support.

Canteen News

Can you help?

Are you free from 9am until 12pm on a Wednesday or Friday? We would love some parent volunteers on these days if you are available. Come and see me in the canteen if you are interested and would like to find out more.

Plastic straws have been replaced by paper straws. Slushy's will be sold with no utensil, unless a spoon is requested. Most children do just drink them from the cup and paper straws don't work due to the iciness of the slushy.

Plastic cutlery has been replaced by bamboo cutlery.

We thank you all for your support of our Canteen and we want to extend a big thank you to our staff and volunteers for their untiring efforts to supply our school community with delicious, healthy food.

“South Australia is leading the way nationally with our action on single-use plastics and the ban will start from 1 March 2021.” 

“Our legislation at first bans single-use plastic items like straws, cutlery and beverage stirrers and will expand to include other items such as polystyrene cups, bowls and plates in early 2022. There is also a framework for adding more items in the future."

Canteen Lunch Order Cancellation Time Frame

Due to an overwhelming amount of wasted food and related costs incurred by the canteen, due to late cancelled orders, we have had to enforce stricter guidelines.

Cancellations will only be given a full credit, if the order is cancelled by 9am on the day of the lunch order. Of course the sooner the cancellation is made, the better.

No credit will be given if there has been no communication with the canteen prior to 9am.

Canteen Contact Information

phone: 8381 1493 - option 2



From Mrs Brown

Hi families,

We hope that everyone has a safe and fun holiday break. There are many great organizations in our community that support families who would like help with groceries and low cost meals.

Cheers, Fiona and Julie

Puddle Jumpers Incorporated

· Hackham Community Centre from 5:30-6:15 Fridays

· Christies Downs Cnr Flaxmill & Morton Rds Christies Downs 6:30 – 7:30

· See Puddle Jumpers Facebook page for more information or

The People’s Pantry 1708 Main South Road, O’Halloran Hill

· Monday, Wednesday, Fridays and Saturday mornings 10am to 2pm.

· $2.00 donation to community kitty per visit gives you access to any FRESH fruit, veg and bread for no cost. Other heavily discounted groceries available.

· Everyone is welcome! No restrictions, no healthcare card, centerlink or pension card required. No appointment necessary.

· Cash sales only, No EFTPOS, please bring your own shopping bags.

· For more information visit The People’s Pantry Facebook page.

Grow Free – Adelaide Metro South Facebook page has a list of grow free carts in the community see Facebook page for a list of carts in the Southern Suburbs.

· Carts have free fruit and vegetables for the community.

Noarlunga Church of Christ, CareWorks Beach road Christies Downs just near the Christies Beach Police Station. 08 8326 1153

· Emergency relief and Café

· Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings

· Provide food parcels to people in need

· Informal café

· Op Shop ·

The Vines Uniting Church, 152 Reynell Rd Woodcroft. 08 8322 8661

· Food hampers

· Grow free cart

Hackham Baptist church 88 Penneys Hill Rd Hackham 08 8382 7340 Tues and Friday am

· Grow free cart

· Community garden

Christies Beach Baptist Church, 8 Fowley St Christies Beach 08 7200 2501

· Emergency relief

· Food parcels

· PBS pharmacy medication

· Referrals to other agencies

· Limited help with bills

· Laundry and shower facilities

· Open Monday, Tuesday and Friday 9:30 -11am School terms only.

Salvation Army Noarlunga Corps, 186 Elizabeth Rd Morphett Vale 08 8382 1600

· Thrift shop

· Café life – 2 course lunch $4:00 donation

· Wednesday 11 am – 1 pm

CFC Church Donation

CFC South church meet in our school hall every weekend and are actively involved in our school community in various ways. Last year the church took up an offering to assist the programs facilitated by our PCW, Julie Mullins. On Sunday 28 March, Julie and some of our school staff were invited to attend their service, to be presented with their donation of $2,000.

Thank you CFC South!

Julie will give us an update of how this money will be utilised in Term 2.

After School Sport


Cherie Meekins has taken on the role of co-ordinator for our after school Basketball teams this year and what a big job it has been. We have had 6  teams playing at Morphett Vale Basketball Stadium on States Road, in Term 1 and at this stage another team will start in Term 2, with the possibility of 2 more. To fill those 2 teams we need a few more year 2, 3, 5, 6, 7 players and a coach.

Basketball is the up and coming sport at Reynella!

A big thank you also to our coaches, who give up their own time to train and coach our kids.

All players should have paid their Term 1 invoice and received 2 forms to complete and return: registration/medical form and player/parent contract. Please ensure these 2 forms are returned to the school asap. We need them before your first Term 2 game. Your Term 2 invoice will hopefully be sent home on the last day of term, but if you don't receive it, it will go home in week 1 of Term 2.

If your child would like to join our teams or more information about Reynella Basketball, please contact Cherie.

Cherie Meekins - 0434 579 079


Sara Rogers is our 2021 Netball Co-ordinator and has been very busy with preparations for games to start in Term 2. Thank you Sara.

All players should have received their 2021 invoice, plus a Registration/Medical Form and Player/Parent Contract. The invoice must be paid in full and the 2 forms returned completed and signed before the first game next term.

For more information please contact Sara.

Sara Rogers - 0412 737 630


Courtney Moule has volunteered to co-ordinate our Soccer teams this year. She has been doing lots of preparation and we are hoping that information will be sent home to all players on the last day of this term. All players registered for a team should receive:

  • introductory Letter to Parents
  • invoice - must be paid in full before the first game early in Term 2
  • registration Form/Medical Form plus Player/Parent Contract - both of these forms must be completed and returned to the school before the first game.

Courtney has also instigated a second hand Soccer Boot program, see information below.

For more information about Reynella Soccer, please contact Courtney.

Courtney Moule - 0423 473 528


Easter Raffle

Hot Cross Bun Fundraiser

Colour Explosion 2021

Put it in your Diary!

Friday 24 September 2021.

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. Follow this link for instructions. 

Skoolbag Notifications and eForms 2021

Parents please note in 2021 most of our correspondence will be via the Skoolbag app. Our aim is to drastically reduce paper copies going home, by having almost 100% of our parents using Skoolbag for communication and eForms.

Please ensure you have the app on your device:

  • set your child/children's profiles up
  • join all relevant groups
  • enable notifications

With Skoolbag set up correctly, you will always be in the loop with excursions, special lunches and any information relating to your child/ren.

This app has proven to be very successful during the COVID period. If your child isn't at school or 'forgets' to give you the note, you will still know what's going on and what needs to be returned or paid for.

Please help us improve communication and reduce paper use  by downloading the Skoolbag app and completing eForms instead of using paper. Come and see us in the front office if you require any assistance with the app.

Skoolbag can be accessed on your computer if you're unable to put it on your phone.

Qkr on Your Computer

Click on this link to access Qkr on your computer.

Important Dates and Information

Information sent home since last Grapevine

24 March 2021 - Netball Team list U9, U11, U13

24 March 2021 - Cross Country Trials

25 March 2021 -  B7 Class Excursion - Public Transport

8 April 2021 - F7 & F8 Woodhouse Excursion

8 April 2021 - Kidz Biz Family Evening Sessions - Years 2 - 7

8 April 2021 - Guess What - you're growing? Workshops -  Year 6 & 7

8 April 2021 - Busy Bodies Workshop - Years 5 & 5/6 classes

8 April 2021 - Busy Bodies Workshop - Year 4

9 April 2021 - Soccer information for all registered players

9 April 2021 - Magic Beach - 

Important Dates

Friday 9 April

Last day of Term 1 - 2:05pm Finish

Monday 26 April

Public Holiday

Tuesday 27 April

Term 2 Starts

Wednesday 28 April

B7 Public Transport Excursion

Thursday 29 April

Cross Country

Thursday 29 April

Kidz Biz - Family Sessions

Friday 30 April

Last Day to pay for Kidz Biz (Yrs 5,6,7)

Monday 3 May

Kidz Biz  

Monday 10 May

Kidz Biz

Monday 10 May

Last day to pay Woodhouse F7 & F8

Tuesday 11 May


Wednesday 12 May


Thursday 13 May


Friday 14 May


Monday 17 May

Kidz Biz

Monday 17 May

Last Day to pay Magic Beach Reynell & Morphett

Thursday 20 May

F7 & F8 Woodhouse Excursion

Friday 21 April

Last day to pay Kidz Biz (Yr 4)

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

Community Noticeboard

Please Keep our school safe during the holidays

Please keep our school safe over the holiday period and if you see anything suspicious please call Police Security Services on 8116 9230 and report it.

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