15th September 2023

Highgate Happenings 15/09/2023

Hot off the Press………..




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


Volunteers for Sports Day

We are seeking volunteers for this year’s Sports Day. Sports Day will be held at Waite Oval, Urrbrae on Friday November 10th, with the R-2 program running from 8:45am – 11:45am and the year 3 – 6 program running from 8:45am – 1:55pm.

 Volunteers are needed to assist classes in the smooth running of events and to accompany classes as they walk back to Highgate from Waite Oval at the end of the program. Volunteers will need to have completed a site induction and have a current Working With Children Check (WWCC) as well as the other Highgate Volunteer requirements. If you do not have a current WWCC, this can be obtained at:


We will conduct a volunteer induction closer to the date if we have volunteers who are yet to complete this. 

 If you would like to check your volunteer status please email – dl.1063.info@schools.sa.edu.au

If you are able to offer your time as a volunteer, please complete the form via this link: Sports Day Volunteers

Any enquiries regarding volunteering please email dl.1063.info@schools.sa.edu.au

We appreciate your support.

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.

Festival Choir

Good luck for Monday night’s performance!

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

Works will now commence on 3/10/23.


Upcoming Events



School Calendar

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


Term 3 Assemblies

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

It was great to welcome 24 parents to the PYP information sessions lastweek. 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
Organise video calls with French-speaking friends and relatives Ask your child to list the foods of a meal in French.

Online museums

Les Musée du Québec – Les musées du Québec s’invitent chez vous (musees.qc.ca)

Les Musée suisses – Au musée depuis la maison – Home museum vous offre une fenêtre sur la culture. Découvrez les musées suisses depuis chez vous et explorez les offres en ligne ! (museumzuhause.ch)

Les Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique – Expositions virtuelles – Musées royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique (fine-arts-museum.be)

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.


Research Findings 

Learning another language can open new doors of exploration and opportunity – The Blue Banner

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.


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


Good luck to our Pedal Prix team, competing at Murray Bridge this weekend!








Volleyball Carnival

On Monday 11/9, 34 students from Highgate played in a Volleyball SA Primary school carnival at YMCA Marion.

The students played in teams of four or five and between 4-6 matches throughout the day against various schools.

Well done to all those who attended.


Sport Registrations are open

A reminder that Term 4 2023 & Term 1 2024 Summer sports registrations are open currently on Qkr for Basketball (Year 2-6), Volleyball (Year 4-6) and Summer Netball (year 2-6).

Softball and Cricket teams remain the same as term 1 as term 4 is the second half of those seasons.

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.

Grand Slam Tennis Clinics

Grand Slam Tennis

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

Foundation Tennis October Holiday Clinics

Foundation Tennis October holiday clinic 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

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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