8th September 2023

Highgate Happenings 08/09/2023

Hot off the Press………..




2024 Enrolment Intentions

We are currently looking at class configurations for next year.  Please ensure that you have completed the Enrolment Intentions form which was emailed to you on 4/9/23.

Slight change to next week’s assembly – Rooms 22,23,26

As we have 3 classes hosting, we have decided to have our Year 1 students presenting. Those students who have received Caring or Reflective awards so far this year will also be recognised.

Festival of Music Songbook cover art competition

Highgate Students, get creative! Create a piece of art to represent the festival of music! Students are invited to design the Songbook Cover for the Festival of Music 2024. One winner will have their artwork professionally incorporated for the Songbook Cover for 2024, on the website and the app, concert programs, certificates and more. For further details or to enter, click the link: https://festivalofmusic.org.au/students/songbook-cover-competition


Lego League

The Highgate School, 2023 Lego League teams have begun planning and are looking to liaise with adults who have a particular interest/skills/knowledge/experience in any of the following fields: Food, photography, soccer and/or hiking. If you think you may be able to support them, please contact Lucy.

New bin system

We are in the process of rolling out new bins, in line with new departmental requirements.  As a result, we have a number of bins to give away to new homes, as they are not in the correct colours. Great for storing excess garden refuse, outdoor toys, pool gear….the possibilities are endless.

Purple bins are first to go – if you would like one, please let us know. Deadline for pickup is the end of week 9 (Fri 22/9)

Oval Update

A date at last……project is due to commence on 31/10/23 and scheduled to be finished before the end of the Jan holidays.

R-3 Play Equipment

Almost there – should be ready to re-open next week.

Upcoming Events



School Calendar

Check out our school calendar for upcoming events and assemblies.
Highgate Calendar


Next Parent Rep Catch Up

Thursday 14/9/23 at 2:30pm in the Glass room


Term 3 Assemblies

15/9 Rooms 22,23,26 Year 1 (Early Years) Principled

22/9 Rooms 4 & 18 (Primary) Principled

29/9 Whole School






Mindfulness strategies are all about being ‘present’ by connecting with one or more of your five senses. They are sight, sound, smell, taste and touch. Here are some mindfulness techniques you can try:

  • Focus on 3 things you can hear, 3 things you can smell, and 3 things your body can physically feel
  • Touch is a great way to be present – you might stomp your feet, pat your cat or even have a massage
  • Get absorbed in the moment – playing sport, playing a video game or just having fun with friends is a great way to have a mental break from worries
  • Focus on really listening to an awesome song
  • Eat something yummy really slowly, savouring the taste
  • Splash cool water on your face – this can trigger the ‘mammalian dive reflex’ which is an automatic response that slows your heart rate and brain waves (designed to help us survive when swimming underwater)

Why does mindfulness help you feel calm?

Our mind has a unique ability to venture into the past or future!

For example, we can stress over a fight with had with a friend yesterday, or worry about a test we have next week.

But our body is always in the present moment.

Mindfulness is about grounding and reconnecting with your body so your mind can also be in the present moment.

This can be effective at breaking worrying mental thought patterns.

Please click on the QR code for more resources from Kids Helpline.




Learning at Highgate

Parent information sessions on the PYP this week

It was great to welcome 24 parents to the PYP information sessions this week. In the sessions, we looked at the vision and mission statements of the school via a PYP style lesson structure. Parents were very creative in their representations of our mission statement using playdough and drawings. The discussions lead us to some valuable ideas for further developing our statements. We also discussed student learning journey folders, outlining how these are integral to including parents, by providing a context for discussions about learning. Thanks to the questions and feedback from these sessions, we will run further sessions in Term 4. Keep an eye out for information on when these will be and we hope to see you there!

Further information

We have lots of information about learning at Highgate on our website. Select the main menu button and then Learning.





French Program News

Tips to support your child’s use of French at home

…if you speak French at home …if you don’t speak French at home
Play video games, computer games or board games in French. Encourage your child to create games (board games, puzzles) and to ‘publish stories’ in French.  These could be shared at school.

7 French landmarks offering virtual resources

Le Louvre – Online tours (louvre.fr)

Le Musée des Beau-Arts de Lyon – 30 Masterpieces From the Lyon Museum of Fine Arts — Google Arts & Culture

Le Musée d’Orsay – Les collections | Musée d’Orsay (musee-orsay.fr)

Le Centre Pompidou – Home – Centre Pompidou

La cave de Lascaux – Lascaux cave virtual visit | Lascaux cave (culture.gouv.fr)

Le Mont Saint-Michel – Mont Saint-Michel – HistoryView

Le Musée l’Orangerie – Les Nymphéas de Claude Monet | Musée de l’Orangerie (musee-orangerie.fr)

French Homework Club

Every Mondays from 1.05pm until 1.35pm in the Glassroom.  Support is provided in French for all learning areas.

Volunteers needed

If you have completed your volunteer requirements and you have some time to come read with students in FRENCH, please contact Genevieve.  This could mean listening to students read in French or even sharing one of your favourites with a class.

A bit time poor, but would like to share a book?  Organise to video yourself reading and share with Genevieve. Alternatively, come in at school for support with filming.


New research findings 

Why bilinguals may have a memory advantage – new research – Philippine Canadian Inquirer Nationwide Filipino Newspaper

Did you know that our Mission and Vision for the French Bilingual/Binational program is on our website, along with answers to FAQs. Visit our website, Main Menu, Learning and then French.


Other News


Last weekend, Sita (Yr 5) won three gold medals out of four events and was honored with the Silver Cup at the Women’s Arthistic Gymnastics State level Championship in her grade – this is a remarkable State level achievement.
Floor Champion
Vault Champion
Beam Champion
All round 2nd place!

Highgate Snack Shack (Canteen) News


Can you help?  The Snack Shack is looking for volunteers, especially for our special days.  If you can help, please contact the front office.

Do you have ideas for our menu or special days?  We would love to hear from you.  Currently we have a special Sushi Day and Ice Cream day each term, but we are looking for other creative ideas for both our specials and our everyday menu.  If you have ideas you would like to share, please complete this form.

Did you know we are now making our own pizza in the Snack Shack?  We use “light” cheese and ham to make sure they fit with the Right Bite strategy.


2024 Enrolments

We are open for 2024 enrolments at all year levels, with some remaining spaces for this year. The department has relaxed restrictions around zoning and we are able to accept out-of-zone enrolments where capacity exists. If you have children at Kindy/Pre-school and intend to enrol them with us, please make sure that you have completed an EOI.


Spare Clothes

We have had an increase in students requiring a change of clothes recently. Although we do have an emergency supply in the Front Office we are running low on certain items. If your child has borrowed clothes to change into we ask that you please wash and return these items to the Front Office. Additionally, please check that your child has extra clothes packed in their school bag for any accidents that may occur during the school day, especially during the wet weather.


Sport News


Boys and Girls Knockout Netball Finals Day

On Monday 28/9, both Highgate’s knockout netball teams played on State finals day at Priceline Stadium.

The boys had matches against Henley Beach, St Martin de Porres and Stella Maris, finishing 2nd in the pool stage which meant they went on to play Stella Maris in the Grand Final.

The boys had to fight hard but eventually triumphed 34-18. Well done boys.

The girls had a tough pool of Westminster and Tatachilla. A close loss to Westminster and with Tatachilla being too strong, Highgate girls played off for 5th and 6th against Marrayatville.

Terrifically they prevailed. Super job girls.

Athletics Carnival

On Wednesday 6/9, a team of 30 Highgate students participated in our district athletics carnival at Santos Stadium.

Highgate had a fabulous day, particularly on the track, winning many events and coming 4th in the large schools competition.

Well done to all those who competed.


External Provider & Community News


External providers are external businesses who run programs/clinics/lessons for students at Highgate School. Other providers are included for your information, but parents should give due consideration to the programs as they are not endorsed by the school.

If you wish your child(ren) to be a part of any of the below programs, please contact them directly.

Holiday Swim

Holiday Swim is a Royal Life Saving Society South Australia initiative bringing affordable and educational swimming and water safety lessons to pools and inland waterway locations across Metro and Regional South Australia since the 1950’s. The aim of the program is to teach children critical life saving skills and basic swimming skills, to equip them with the knowledge to stay safe in, on and around the water.

The aim of keeping the program affordable, is to reach families and communities that might otherwise miss out on the opportunity to participate in swimming lessons, and as we approach the busy Summer months now is the time to equip them with the knowledge to save a life.

The program will be returning in December 2023 and January 2024 with the newly adapted Royal Life Saving Swim & Survive program.

Royal Life Saving also offer pathways into the aquatic industry with their ICONIC Bronze Awards. The Bronze Star, Bronze Medallion, Bronze Cross , Award of Merit and Distinction levels are designed for those wanting to further their knowledge and skill set, before moving into the aquatic industry as Lifeguards and Swim Teachers within the local communities.


🎨🌋 Join the Volcano Art Prize (VAP) and Unleash Your Inner Artist! 🌋🎨

Hey there, young artists and creative minds! Have you heard about the amazing Volcano Art Prize? It’s a super cool art competition hosted by The LEAD Group, and it’s all about making art and learning about lead-safety at the same time. 🖌️

🌟 Guess what? It’s open to ALL of you, no matter how old you are! So, if you’re into drawing, painting, collage, digital art, or even making videos, writing plays or poetry, this is your chance to shine!

The best part? It’s TOTALLY FREE for kids like you! (For adults, it’s a tiny $10 entry fee.)


🗓️ Now, here’s the scoop:

The deadline to send in your awesome artworks is 25 Sept 2023, so don’t wait too long! You can submit your masterpiece right here: www.volcanoartprize.com/submitentry.


🏆💰Check out the fantastic prizes waiting for our super talented artists:

  • The Judge’s Choice Cash Prize is a whopping $400! 💵
  • The People’s Choice Cash Prize is $200 💸
  • 30 lucky winners chosen by the Judge will have their artwork printed on a special mug with the VAP logo. 🎁
  • Every child entrant receives an A4 Certificate showing their artwork and Lead-Safety Message for their portfolio folder 🎨

🖼️ And every single artwork will become part of The LEAD Group Art Collection get archived and maybe illustrate web articles, like a piece of history!

So, come on, join the fun, and let your creativity burst like a volcano!


🌋🎨 The Volcano Art Prize is not just about art; it’s about making the world lead-safe.

Show us your amazing talent and be part of this fantastic adventure!

#VolcanoArtPrize #YoungArtists #CreativeKids #LeadSafety #TheLEADGroup #SubmitYourArt #GetCreative #AwesomePrizes #JoinTheFun


Piano lessons – Chloe Grossman


Adelaide Comets Soccer Club

Fullarton Scouts

If you are a boy or girl aged 6 to 18, come and try Scouts at the Fullarton Scout Group. We are currently recruiting in all age sections, and you and your family are invited to come to our hall at 1A Culross Ave, Myrtle Bank to have a look.

Our Joeys meet Wed at 6.15 to 7.15, Cubs Thurs 7.00 to 8.30, and Scouts Fri 7.00 to 9.00 during school terms.

It costs nothing to come and try, so give it a go!

For more details contact James Gardiner 0488507686 or gl.fullarton@sa.scouts.com.au


World Taekwondo

Code Camp
We are excited to continue running Code Camp at Highgate School in Term 4, and have an exciting new term of content planned for your students to further build their coding skills.
Your enrolment link is HEREHere are the dates and timings for Term 4 sessions:Class Type: CodingDay: FridaysDates: 20 OCT to 08 DECTimes: 3:30pm – 4:45pm
All questions should be directed to afterschool@codecamp.com.au.

MissFit Movement – Dance


Please direct any questions to Sara Pettet at sara@missfitmovement.com.au or 0410 836 368.

Kelly Sports Term 4 2023

Kelly Sports T4 2023

French book sale

Thursday 28 to 30 September

319 Young Street, Wayville

For more information, visit Alliance Francaise Adelaide – Book Sale (af.org.au)

Learning French by doing yoga

Children’s Art Classes

Fullarton PCC

Sturt Academy Flyer


Christmas Pageant Mini Float Competition


Les olympiadelaides de la francophone – Alliance Française d’Adélaïde

For more information visit https://www.af.org.au/community/event-rsvp/?event_id=463


University of Adelaide – Fun and interactive workshop

No prior knowledge of French required

For more information, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/annual-french-workshop-tickets-518272395687?aff=oddtdtcreator

Adelaide Accueil – Attend their general assembly

For more information, visit Assemblée Générale 2023 Tickets, Sat 30/09/2023 at 6:00 pm | Eventbrite



Contact Us

Please visit our website at Highgate School for calendar dates and further information about our school.

Our Front Office team are always happy to help with questions and can be contacted on 08 82719622.

Website Sign Up Option

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