3rd November 2023

Highgate Happenings 2/11/2023

Hot off the Press………..



Looking at the weather forecast, we are in for a hot day.

We will monitor the situation closely, in line with our Hot Weather Policy

If the BOM forecast for Friday is 36C and above at 12pm on Thursday, we will have to cancel Sports Day.

If the BOM forecast at 12pm on Thursday is between 30-35C, we will run a modified program and this will be communicated on Thursday.

Unfortunately, it is unlikely that we will be ablet reschedule if we do have to cancel, due to the number of external organisations involved in making this event possible.

Thank you to all of our volunteers – we have enough people stepping up to support 🙂 Fingers crossed, we can go ahead.


As you may be aware, the AEU has voted to take strike action next Thursday, unless a positive outcome to negotiations eventuates on Monday.

The school will notify families about whether our school will be open with a modified program, or closed as soon as possible.

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.

Library Leaders: Friday Lunch time activities

Our Year 5 Library Leaders are running a variety of lunch time clubs this term. Today was R-2 Story Time and next week will be Comic Club for the R-2 students. Week 4 will be another origami session. We will then decide on other activities based on the popularity and feedback from these sessions.

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

Term 4 Assemblies

17/11 Whole School Assembly

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

1/12 Whole School – Specialists Balanced

8/12 Year 2 Balanced

15/12 Leaver’s Assembly

Volunteer Induction

In person, in the Library on Wed 8-11-23 at 9am.

Term 4 Whole School Events – Save The Dates

Fri 10/11/23 Sports Day

Mon 4/12/23 Student Free Day

Thurs 7/12/23 EOY Concert

Sun 10/12/23 2pm Exclusive advance screening of ‘Wish’ (P & F event)

Wed 13/12/23 Year 6 Graduation

Fri 15/12/23 EOY Assembly

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.









SRC Executive Leaders morning

Thursday 25th October 2023, 11 of our SRC Executives went to Unley PS with Sarah and Clare to work with the DfE Wellbeing and Engagement team. Other school executives that attended were: Linden Park, Parkside, Goodwood, Black Forest, Unley and Highgate.

This was the second time we had all come together to work collaboratively on Wellbeing throughout our partnership. It was also an opportunity to get together with students from other schools going to the same secondary schools.

In week 3 we will begin the process of electing our Year 6, 12 SRC Executives for 2024.

6 SRC Executives, 2 SRC Bilingual Executives, 2 Wellbeing and Sports Executives, 2 Environment Executives.

Students need to nominate for a position and then are interviewed by Sarah and a current Executive member. We then shortlist students based on a student created criteria. Students then prepare a speech for their peers and votes are taken. All nominees are then reviewed by teachers and leadership.

It is an excellent opportunity to develop leadership skills and meaningfully contribute to the school community. If you have a student in year 5 who is interested please encourage them to apply. Leaders will be elected by week 5 to work with the existing SRC Executive team and to handover the Wellbeing Action Plan (created from these leadership sessions) as well as introduce some new initiatives this term ready to roll over into 2024.






Learning at Highgate



Traditional vs IB, PYP teaching and learning

From discussions with parents at our PYP information sessions last term, there was some interest in seeing a comparative document explaining the similarities and differences between traditional schooling and that provided through the IB, PYP framework. Whilst the IB doesn’t specifically have such a document, I have put the following diagram together, to hopefully explain this in simple terms. If you have further questions, or any feedback on this, I would love to hear from you in one of the information sessions running next week on Wednesday afternoon or Thursday morning.

Traditional PYP
Teacher centred: Teachers decide on contexts and how curriculum is presented. Student centred: Student interests help direct the context and how curriculum is presented.
Students are required to listen, memorise, repeat to learn. Students are encouraged to explore, discover, apply and present to learn.
Independent work. Collaborative tasks (with some independent work).
Teachers make decisions on student learning. Students make decisions on their learning.
Direct instruction. Varied forms of instruction including explicit teaching and research-based learning.
Short isolated lessons with predetermined answers. Long term investigative lessons with open ended results and opportunities to delve deeper or more broadly into subject matter.
Australian/French standards-based curriculum. Australian/French standards-based curriculum.
Assessment via tests with grades given for set responses. Assessment is ongoing, include feedback and opportunities for improvement.
School based activities. Real-world connections and experiences.
Values the curriculum and test results. Values student questions and interests.
Quizzes and tests to inform teachers at the end of units. Reflective practices to build students’ awareness of their learning skills and inform teachers during and at the end of units.
Teaching to the test: knowledge and skills. Teaching conceptually so skills and knowledge can be transferred to a range of situations.
May be some differentiation to meet ability levels but generally all students create the same end product to show their learning eg. “We made posters about our favourite mammal” Differentiation is mandated by the IB so teaching is individualised to meet students’ needs and students make choices to show their learning and specific areas of interest/skill eg “Some of us made posters and others did presentations, a play, or a book.”
Provides opportunities for students to do research, be social, manage their learning, communicate and think with or without explicitly teaching how to do these things and improve them over time. Directly builds students’ non-academic skills to prepare them to be responsible and confident learners in Secondary and Tertiary education eg research skills, social skills, self-management skills, communication skills and thinking skills.
Based on Australia and Australian culture. Can be applied to all countries and cultures.
Local mindedness. International mindedness.
Isolated skills valued by schools are assessed but not necessarily explicitly taught or connected with each other so students can identify their own set of learning skills and apply them beyond school. The IB learner profile is explicitly taught so students can articulate their strengths, challenges and how to improve their ability to continue to learn beyond school.
Future fragile: information (like encyclopedias) rapidly becomes obsolete. Do students have the skills to keep up? Future proof: concepts do not become obsolete and neither do the attributes of the learner profile so even as adults they have the skills to keep up.
Values and utilises English. Values and utilises all languages.
Focus on finishing the worksheet. Focus on developing and deepening ideas.

PYP (International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program) Parent Sessions

Please remember to book in for one of this term’s parent sessions (information sent through EdSmart last week). The sessions will be as follows:

A Unit of inquiry experience

Wednesday 1st November from 3pm until 4pm

Thursday 2nd November from 8:30 am until 9:15am

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

Delegates from Highgate School and Unley High School attended the Australian Association of French-English Bilingual Schools (AAFEBS) Conference in Sydney last week.  For the first time, the conference also welcomed delegations from New Caledonia and New Zealand.

It was a great networking event allowing our teachers to receive bilingual professional development and continuing to advocate for bilingual education across Australia.


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 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.

Term 4 Netball Program

Taught and Bowled – Beginners Netball Program T423 (1)

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-2), Wednesdays (for 3-6)
*All year levels may move to Fridays if necessary to make minimum class numbers*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 October holiday clinic 2023

Foundation Tennis Highgate afterschool program term 4 2023

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.


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

Goodwood Cricket Club

Goodwood Cricket Club

French tutoring

Do you struggle to support your children to do their French homework? No worries, I would be happy to do it for you! 

My name is Marie, I am 33 yo and I am a French speaker. I worked in a French kindergarten in Melbourne for 3 years, and I have been supporting students’ learning in French for a year now. I would be available on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoon/evening. 

I am based in Glenelg. 

I have my Working with Children check and character references if needed. 

You can contact me at fisselier.marie@hotmail.fr to discuss further. A bientôt ! 

Alliance Française


French wine trail

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

La guingette

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.

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