- 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 – email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
We appreciate your support.
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.
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
Check out our school calendar for upcoming events and assemblies.
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
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.
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”.
We have lots of information about learning at Highgate on our website. Select the main menu button and then Learning.
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.
Highgate Snack Shack (Canteen) News
SPORTS DAY ENERGY BOX
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.
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 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 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
MissFit Movement – Hip Hop Dance
Kelly Sports Term 4 2023
Foundation Tennis October Holiday Clinics
Club de Petanque d’Adelaide – November Calendar and Melbourne Cup Luncheon
Grand Slam Tennis Clinics
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
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 email@example.com
Goodwood Cricket Club
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss further. A bientôt !
Friday 3 November – from 7pm319 Young St, Wayville
French wine trail
Thursday 16 November, 6:30pm to 8pm319 Young St, Wayville
Save the date: Saturday 2 DecemberVillage Green Unley
Children’s Art Classes
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
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
https://highgates.sa.edu.au/ – at the bottom of the landing page there is a subscription link.
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When a new Highgate Happenings post is created on the school website, a subscriber will receive an email with a link to the new post.
If you do not wish to subscribe, you can view the new posts by visiting the school website https://highgates.sa.edu.au/ and scrolling down to the bottom of that page, or view the newsletter page directly here https://highgates.sa.edu.au/connect/news/
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.