20th October 2023

Highgate Happenings 20/10/2023

Hot off the Press………..


Building Works

  • The Oval project is tracking well , with no hiccups so far.
  • Nature Play will be back in operation next week – we needed to fix up a backflow valve which led to slight delays.
  • Waterproofing works above rooms 10,11,12 (grapevine section) is on track – we hope to have this area back in 4 weeks time.
  • All of the gym floor works have been finalised and the floor is once again looking great.
  • Gardens have been weeded and mulched – we will finish the areas around Opie and hopefully complete some planting at the upcoming working bee.


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.

Lego League

First Lego League 2023 Torrens Park Regional
will take place this Sunday 29th October at Scotch College 9:00am-3:30pm
with our very own Highgate School Mario Team (previously known as Red Team) competing there.
For the first time two junior teams, Highgate Headers and Mountain Goats will present their project outside the competition.
It is a fantastic opportunity for all involved to celebrate their learning, efforts and have fun with students from across South Australia.
This event is open to public with a free entry, so if you in the area please join us and cheer for Highgate students at the Fisher Chapel of the Scotch Collage.
Younger students’ presentations are scheduled for 2:30pm also at the Chapel.
Another round of regional competitions will take place on 18th November, Saturday at Riverbank College, Angle Vale with our very own Highgate School Luigi Team formerly known as the Red Team competing on the day. Once again, you are invited to show your support.
If you happen to have a Mario’s or Luigi’s outfit and you would be willing to lend it, I would like to hear from you, or if it easier please drop it off in the front office with your details, so we can return it afterward.
A big thank you to all parents and old scholars who have supported us by volunteering their time during the preparation and on competition days.
Have a fantastic weekend,
Lucy Jachacy

 2024 Enrolment Intentions – Continuing students

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.

2024 New 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.

Scholastic Book Club Issue 7 available to order online now

Thank you to all parents who have ordered books through Scholastic Book Club and Book Fair this year. Please note that Issue 7 is the final Scholastic Book Club issue for the year and orders are open until the end of the day on November 2nd. Details for how to order books and other treats in time for Christmas and the holidays, are available from the Edsmart Broadcast sent earlier this week. Please keep in mind that all orders contribute points to our school, which provides more books for our library.

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

31/11 Rooms 41 & 5 Communicators

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 27/10/23 Staff Appreciation Day (P & F event)

Sat 28/10/23 WORKING BEE

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.









Meet our staff

Victoria joined our team last year as a student on work placement.  She was since offered a position in our school.  Victoria moved to Australia from Sweden when she was in High School and she loves reading books of all genres.  She also loves watching basketball on the weekend and has a very adventurous Burmese cat named Milo.


Hikari arrived in 2007 from Japan to be with her husband.  They now have 2 daughters who are continuing their schooling in upper primary and middle school.  Hikari loves to cook and bake meals and desserts which are worthy of the Great Australian Bake Off.




Learning at Highgate



Student Learning Journeys

Student Learning Journeys were sent home this week for students to share their learning in Term 3 with their family members. These Learning Journeys are an important part of our reporting package (along with formal written reports and Parent-Teacher Interviews). Please take the time to sit and talk through your child(ren)’s Learning Journey because it provides the context for their learning and can generate some great discussions which will help you to better support your child at school. There is a feedback page in the front section of each child’s Learning Journey. Please take the time to write constructive feedback for your child in the “Term 3” space provided. In case you are unsure of what to write, here are some suggestions for feedback sentence starters you might want to use:

“I like the way you have…”

“Your writing really shows …. well”

“I can see that you have made great improvements with ….”

“You clearly are very knowledgeable about …. now”

“Thanks for teaching me about…Let’s find out more about it at home.”

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 earlier this week).

One of the links wasn’t working, so a new link is being sent today for Wednesday November 1st for the “PYP Parent Information Workshop: A unit of inquiry experience”.

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

Concours de la poésie récitée

Every year, the South Australian French Teachers’ Association organises a poetry contest for all learners of French.  This year, 3 of our Highgate School students received prizes for their excellent entries.

Marlowe – Prix du Jury (honours) in the year 1/2 category

Eva – 3rd prize in the year 3/4 category

Chloe – Mention Très Bien in the year 3/4 category

Great work to everyone who participated and a big congratulations to our winning students.

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


Orders will open on Qkr Monday for the Sports Day Energy Box  $8.50

Choose from the following:

ham/salad bread roll
cheese/salad bread roll
ham/cheese bread roll
with a Fruit box or water
Also included a small bag of popcorn and a fruit salad stick.

Did you know you can order ahead on the Qkr App for the whole term? Don’t get caught out on busy mornings.

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.


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

Club de Petanque d’Adelaide  – November Calendar and Melbourne Cup Luncheon

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

Cine-Club Halloween

Friday 3 November – from 7pm319 Young St, Wayville

Alliance Francaise Adelaide – Ciné-Club Halloween (af.org.au)

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


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




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