2nd June 2023

Highgate Happenings 2/6/2023

Reconciliation Assembly

A special time to acknowledge and reflect on our journey of learning about Reconciliation. Special thanks to our Choir and Band who performed beautifully this morning.

Upcoming Events



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Visiting Author


Mr Mark Greenwood is visiting Highgate school on Tuesday and Wednesday 6th and 7th of June to speak with all classes about being an author. This event was delayed due to a bereavement in Mr Greenwood’s family but we are very excited to welcome him on the 6th and 7th June instead. Some of our Year 5 students will be introducing and thanking Mr Greenwood for his presentations. Sessions have been arranged to cause minimum impact on specialist lessons as follows in the gymnasium:

Tuesday 6th June from 9:20-10:20 Reception and Year 1 classes

Tuesday 6th June from 11:10-12:10 Year 2 classes

Wednesday 7th June from 9:20-10:20 Year 3 and 4 classes

Wednesday 7th June from 11:10-12:10 Year 5 and 6 classes

Mr Greenwood’s books are on display in the library for students who are keen to read them prior to or following the presentation. They connect very well with the Australian Curriculum and our units of inquiry on Where we are in place and time. If you have not yet responded to the consent slip sent out, please do so before June 6th.

Class Parent Reps Catch-up

Join Nicola and Sarah for an informal catch-up outside the Canteen on Wednesday 7/6 at 9am.


Pupil Free Day & King’s Birthday Reminder

A reminder that school is closed for staff training on Friday 9/6/23  and the King’s birthday public holiday on Monday 13/6/23.


Reading Workshop for R-2 parents

We are hosting a workshop for R-2 parents with a focus on how we teach reading at Highgate and how you can support at home. This will be on Tuesday 27/6/23 5:15-6:15pm.

More information will follow.



Centenary Cocktail Evening

We are looking forward to celebrating the Highgate School Centenary on the evening of July 29th . 184 parents and staff have bought tickets so far and the remaining tickets are selling quickly. If you haven’t purchased your tickets yet, please do so through QkR.


Sushi Canteen Special – Thursday 8/6/23

Please order via the Qkr app by Tuesday 6th June. As we pre-order, late orders cannot be accepted.

$5.50 for sushi or cold roll and a Juicee Fruitbox. Extra rolls $3.00

Options include:

Sushi: Chicken, tuna or veg     Cold rolls: Chicken

Working Bee – Sat 24/6/23


Parent Cyber-Safety Session with Susan McLean – June 14th

The ‘Growing up online’ session with Susan McLean is suited for parents and educators of primary school age students.

You may be navigating your child accessing an electronic device, online gaming, group chats, social media, your child having access to a phone for the first time now or you know that it is coming.

You may think that you will have to ‘deal’ with this in the later years of primary school or even high school, but our young people need our support now. Your child may click on a ‘pop-up’ when playing an age-appropriate game on a device, your child might be at a friend has who has older siblings that ‘posts’ online or your child may have a friend who has access to a device and joins a group chat.

The importance of knowing how we can best guide our young people online will help support us as parents and educators when we will have to ‘deal’ with it.

We highly encourage you to consider making the most of this wonderful opportunity to hear from one of the very best Cyber safety presenters in Australia.

 We encourage everyone to book through Qkr.



Book Fair Update

Thank you to everyone who visited the Book Fair this term. It was great to see such enthusiasm for this event and so many people visiting our library and the fair!

As a result, the school has received over $1000 worth of books from Scholastic for the library and we have re-booked to run a Book Fair again in 2024.


Wellbeing Update



Friendology at Highgate


We’re excited to have recently joined the URSTRONG Schools community. URSTRONG is all about empowering kids with friendship skills while providing the adults in their lives, both parents and teachers, with a common language to support them. Kids learn what’s normal in a friendship, the difference between healthy and unhealthy friendships and how to stand up for themselves with kid-friendly concepts. As a URSTRONG School we’ll have access to a variety of resources, lesson plans, videos and URSTRONG’s Friendology 101 friendship curriculum. Please see your child’s teacher if you would like more information about how it can be used in all classrooms or if you would like some resources.

For other wellbeing information, visit our website for information about Wellbeing at Highgate School.

Learning at Highgate

Approaches to learning

The PYP weaves a focus on students’ approach to learning into the program. It identifies five key approaches to learning and targets a range of subskills for teachers to explicitly teach through their units of inquiry. These skills are essential elements for helping students become independent and lifelong learners and are taught through a variety of contexts over the course of a student’s primary school education.

Communication skills: The skills to exchange ideas, including listening, speaking, interpreting, reading, writing and ICT skills. The Reception and Year 1 students are currently focused on their verbal communication skills as they listen and talk about invertebrates

Research skills: The skills to seek and record information including media literacy and the ethical use of information. Currently, the Year 2s are focusing on finding information from different sources and asking relevant questions to further their understanding about the past as it compares to the present.

Social skills: The skills to work in a team, respect others, take on responsibility, resolve conflicts and make considered decisions. The Year 5 and 6 students have been learning to consider other people’s perspectives and human rights through their year long inquiry into Who we are.

Self management skills: The skills to organise themselves and their resources to complete tasks in a timely manner. This also includes mindsets such as perseverance, emotional regulation, self-motivation and resilience. The Year 3s and 4s are currently focusing on persisting through challenges and completing set tasks.

Thinking skills: The skills to critically comprehend, analyse, synthesize, apply and transfer understandings to new contexts as well as to understand how they think and organise ideas with creativity. Currently, the R/1 students are focusing on observing carefully and suggesting solutions to problems they observe in the nature play area.

We have lots of information about learning at Highgate on our website. Select the main menu button and then Learning. This section will include updates in future editions.


French Program News

French Homework Club

French homework club – Monday 5 June at 1.05pm in the Glassroom years 3 – 6. An opportunity for students to complete homework at school or ask for extra clarification.

Rallye de lecture

Is your child participating in the French Bilingual and Binational Program in years 2 – 6?  If so, make sure they participate in our French version of the Premier’s Reading Challenge!  A range of books is made available in students’ classrooms, and they may be able to complete the challenge at school.

Useful Resources

Have you visited our website for some useful French resources?  Visit French websites and Apps

Are you…………?

Currently using French digital resources that are easy and engaging and would like to share with our community? Please let Genevieve know @ genevieve.papineau947@schools.sa.edu.au


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

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.

Centenary hats

To celebrate our school’s birthday, we are gifting centenary hats to each student.  You should have received an email asking for your child’s size so that we can order correctly.  Please take the time to respond, as we cannot guarantee a second order.

R/1 Excursion to Belair

On Wednesday, the R/1 classes had a fantastic time on our excursion to Belair National Park. We were very lucky – the weather was beautiful, and we avoided the rain. The students enjoyed a range of nature-based activities including: building cubby houses, potion making, painting, making clay sculpture and crowns and bracelets with leaves and other plants. This excursion was in line with our current unit of inquiry on “How the world works” and directly links to our plans to improve our Nature Play space. If you would like to be involved, we will have a Working Bee on Saturday 24th June and we are looking for any donations of any old, unwanted pots, pans, colanders, PVC pipe and/or metal/wooden spoons.

Finally, we would like to thank our parent volunteers that came on the day as they allowed this incredible learning experience to happen and run smoothly.

Yr 2 SRC Excursion for Reconciliation Week

On Wednesday 31st May, our Year 2 student representative council members had the opportunity to visit the Unley Town Hall for their annual Reconciliation Week event. Special thanks to our volunteer parents: Alice, Ben, Scott and Zoey for joining us and helping out with transportation to and from the event. It was a great opportunity for our students to watch and then participate in a modern indigenous dance and to present our own students’ work from Years 2, 5 and 6 based on contemporary indigenous media artists (Kent Morris and Naomi Hobson). They certainly represented Highgate School well, with a principled and courageous approach to this unique scenario. Several other schools also attended and presented poetry and an explanation of their own steps towards reconciliation. You can see the students’ media art on display in the hallway near the Year 3/4 classrooms and during our own Reconciliation Week assembly.


Extra-Curricular News

Cross Country

On Friday 26/5, 35 students from Highgate attended the District Cross Country carnival at Kensington Oval.  All the students ran terrific races with 6 of our students making it to the State Cross Country Carnival next week at Oakbank. Well done to Theo, Sam W, Henriette, Jack, Hugh K and Jimmy who will participate on that day.


Further information about our other extra-curricular activities is available: Visit our website, Main Menu, Learning and then Extracurricular.

Community News

Club De Petanque d’Adelaide Inc.

June 2023 Calendar


Christmas Pageant Mini Float Competition

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.