10th November 2023

Highgate Happenings 10/11/2023

Hot off the Press………..



Given the current upgrades to our School Oval, we are very pleased to share that Unley High School is able to host our End of Year Concert on

More information about this will be sent out soon.

TEATOWELS for Reception/year 1’s – please see attached flyer

Reception 1 teatowel PDF

P & F Movie Night – Sunday 10/12/23 at 2pm

Movie night information flyer

$15 per ticket – available in QkR under EVENTS

 2024 New Enrolments

We are open for 2024 enrolments at years R-4.  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.

La Nature Climate Watch has begun!

Our Year 5 La Nature leaders went to The Urrbrae Wetlands this week on Tuesday to begin their weekly Climate Watch observations. They have begun by selecting 4 plant species and the Australian Magpie as their observation focal points. Their observational data will be added to the global data on the Climate Watch application, to help maintain a global register of any climatic effects on living things. It’s a great opportunity to hone observational skills, understand and participate in the scientific process of data collection and recording and to learn about native flora and fauna.


School Card

The 2023 School Card scheme is available for Low-income families who attend government school can get financial help with school fees – materials and services charges – through the School Card scheme.

School Card is available to families with children aged 4 and over who attend a school full-time.

Applications close: 24th November 2023

For more information and this years income limits please use the following link: https://www.sa.gov.au/topics/education-and-learning/financial-help-scholarships-and-grants/school-card-scheme#title1


Upcoming Events



School Calendar

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

Hamper of Hope donations welcome

This Christmas, The Salvation Army is preparing hampers of non-perishable food items to bring cheer to people in need. To support this worthy cause, we will have Hamper of Hope bags in the library and are asking for students/parents to bring any donations to the library to place in the Hamper of Hope bags before the end of the term. See below for the list of suggested items for donation:

Tinned food (ring-pull cans only) – fruits in juice, vegetables (eg peas, corn), legumes (eg lentils, chickpeas), soups, meat or fish, meals (baked beans, spaghetti).

Sweets and treats – custard powder, tinned plum pudding, shortbread, packets of jelly, chocolate and lollies, pancake mix, cake mixes, sweet biscuits, potato chips, popcorn.

Meal bases – dry pasta, rice, noodles, cooking oil, stir-fry/curry/pasta sauces, meal kits

Breakfast foods – cereal, spreads, savoury biscuits, sugar, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, long life milk or juice, iced tea.

Please make sure the expiry dates are not too soon. Thank you in advance for any donations you are able to make.

Term 4 Assemblies

Term 4 Assemblies

13/11 11.35am Remembrance Day assembly

17/11 9am Whole School Assembly

24/11 9am  Rooms 21,25,27 – Year 1s Communicators NOTE CHANGE OF DATE DUE TO SPORTS DAY

1/12 9am Year 3-6 – Specialists Balanced

8/12 9am Year 2 Balanced

15/12 9:15am Leaver’s Assembly – students dismissed at 2.15pm


New Library Management System and Term 4 borrowing

As we continue to develop our library to support students’ recreational and research based reading, we will be upgrading our library management system at the end of the term. The new system will allow parents and students to search our catalogue online at school and from home, as well as to access electronic books from the same system as our library search engine. In addition, the new system will allow users to access the system in a range of languages, including French, Chinese and several other family languages. There are other great features of the new system which will allow us to better support student learning.

In order to implement this new system, we have set the last day for parents and students to borrow books as Friday 17th November, with all books due back at school by Friday 24th November. We recognise that there will still be three weeks left of school after that, so students will be able to access books in their classrooms until the end of the term, as well as in the library itself. The new system will be installed during the week ending December 1st. Next year, we will ensure that students are provided with training on how to use the new system and will similarly provide training for parents to access it from home and in the library.










Learning at Highgate



The International Baccalaureate (IB), Australian and French Curricula at Highgate School

A commonly asked question about the IB, Primary Years Program (PYP) is around the relationship between the PYP and curriculum. At our school, this includes both the Australian and French Curricula. Because there are a range of different types of schools using the PYP framework, there is no universal graphic to illustrate this relationship. I have created one to try to explain how it works at Highgate School.

You can see from the attached graphic that we are using the Australian and French Curricula as the basis for our teaching. The three pillars represent the International Baccalaureate, Primary Years Program (IB, PYP) framework. This is how we deliver the curriculum, with a view to our students’ completing their primary school education at Highgate matching the vision statement at the top of the graphic.

PYP AC FC graphic

PYP (International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program) Parent Sessions

Thank you to the parents who came along to the Unit of inquiry experience sessions earlier this term. In preparation for your child’s Student Learning Journey book being sent home at the end of the year, the remaining parent information sessions will focus on how to interpret and use these records of your child’s learning.

Please remember to book in for the remaining parent sessions via the Eventbrite link sent via Edsmart. The sessions will be as follows:

Getting the most out of your child’s Student Learning Journey:

Wednesday 6th December from 8:30-9:15am or 3pm until 4pm

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

Unley High School French Bilingual Students recognised

Congratulations to the Year 9 – 10 students in the FBBP class who have initiated actions to help and support victims of earthquakes in Syria / Turkey.  All funds were given to Doctors without borders.  2 of our year 9 students – Lavinia and Louann – accepted the Prize from the Association Nationale des Membres de l’Ordre du Mérite en Australie (ANMONM) on behalf of their classmates in Sydney last Monday.  You can read the full article Remise des Prix du Civisme 2023 par l’Association Nationale de l’Ordre du Mérite en Australie – LCANews

Research Finding: Brain hack for critical thinking and memory skills: think in a foreign language

University of Chicago psychologists found that when you process information in your secondary language, you make more rational and logical decision.  To find out more visit: https://www.msn.com/en-ca/health/other/uchicago-psychologist-shares-his-no-1-brain-hack-for-critical-thinking-and-memory-skills-think-in-a-foreign-language/ar-AA1j02Kv

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

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.


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


Sport Registrations will open for Cricket soon.

A heads up that Term 1 2024 & Term 4 2024 Summer sports registrations will open in Week 7 on Qkr for Cricket (Year 2-6).

The cricket season runs oddly in that it is Term 1 & 4 of a school year.

Any questions,  please direct to Ben.Beazley939@schools.sa.edu.au









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.

School of Languages

The School of languages is currently offering 2024 enrolments.  Please see the flyer for more information.


Appleton Sports School Holiday Cricket Academy

Appleton Sports School Holiday Cricket Academy

Code Camp

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 – Hip Hop Dance

We are looking forward to another great term of hip hop dance at Highgate School!
To enrol your child, please click HERE or email sara@missfitmovement.com.au
Info for Term 4 sessions below:Day: Fridays (for R-6), Time: 3:30pm – 4:15pm
Location: In the Highgate School gym
Dates: Starts week 1. Final session week 8, parents invited.
Cost: $100 for the 8 weeks, or FREE with your sports voucher. Download here.
Please direct any questions to sara@missfitmovement.com.au or 0410 836 368.

Kelly Sports Term 4 2023

Kelly Sports T4 2023

Foundation Tennis October Holiday Clinics

Foundation Tennis Highgate afterschool program term 4 2023

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.


Piano lessons – Chloe Grossman

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


French Australian Chamber of Commerce (FACCI) event at the Club de Petanque d’Adelaide

7th Dec 5.30pm – 8.30pm

Registration ⇽ SA | Christmas Tchin Tchin at Le Club de Pétanque | French-Australian Chamber of Commerce & Industry on Glue Up

Alliance Française

French wine trail

Thursday 16 November, 6:30pm to 8pm319 Young St, Wayville

La guinguette

Save the date: Saturday 2 DecemberVillage Green Unley

Alliance Francaise Adelaide – La Guinguette (af.org.au)

Children’s Art Classes

Fullarton PCC

Sturt Academy Flyer



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




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

We are now offering parents/caregivers and community members the opportunity to sign up to our newsletter through our school website
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Please be aware that when you first subscribe, you will receive all HH so far.  After this, you will only receive the new ones.

We will continue to send out Edsmart messages each week with the link to HH.