22nd September 2023

Highgate Happenings 22/09/2023

Hot off the Press………..




Festival Choir

On Monday, students performed on stage at the Adelaide Festival Theatre as part of the Public Primary Schools Festival of Music. Every student sang their hearts out and showcased the learning and hard work that has been happening behind the scenes this year.  A big thank you to the parents and teachers who helped out during rehearsals and to Lisa (our choir trainer), Britt and Hayley for making this all possible.  Congratulations to all.


Sustainable Schools

We are pleased to announce that Highgate School is now a part of the Green Adelaide Sustainable School’s Initiative. Our newly formed green group (known as ‘La Nature’) have met six times this term already to launch new ideas for our bin program (recycling, waste, 10 cent recycling and organic waste). They have come up with several ideas to encourage students to use the correct bin when sorting their recess, lunch and classroom waste. Green Adelaide will assist us with our SEMP (Site Environment Management Plan) to reach our sustainability goals and help link this work to the curriculum and our learning. Environmental Leaders in Years 5 and 6 have already toured a local school to see first-hand the initiatives started there – everything from how they manage their bins, design nature play, establish kitchen gardens and other environmental projects. 

Highgate School


Message and Survey from P & F

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Please take a few minutes over the weekend to complete our upcoming events survey, so that we can gather feedback and gauge community interest in our proposed upcoming events:


Thank you!

from your Highgate P&F


I am delighted to share some exciting news with you. Five of our Highgate School students are active members of the Primary School Strings Orchestra (PSSO), and they recently embarked on a memorable tour to Adare. During this tour, which took place from 23rd August to 25th August, our students had the incredible opportunity to perform music for five different schools in the southern region, including Mount Compass School and Goolwa School.

(Thank you to Huiling Li for sharing this with us)

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

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.

Outdoor Learning

It has been great to see a few examples of outdoor learning this term with the year 4 camp at Woodhouse involving many challenging activities such as hiking, obstacle courses and laser tag. The year 2 classes visited the Waite Arboretum in Unley this week and participated in scavenger hunts, orienteering and drawing/sketching local wildflowers. These activities provide students with loads of vitamin D, a love for nature, problem-solving challenges as well as group work skills which contribute to an enjoyment of learning and well-rounded cognitive and physical development.  Studies have shown that outdoor learning improves learning overall through physical and mental challenge, connection with nature and creativity.

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.

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 Whole School Events – Save The Dates

Fri 15/10/23 4:30-6:30pm Pizza/picnic in the park (Mitcham Reserve) – everyone welcome (P & F event)

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





Term 3 Assemblies

29/9 Whole School






Wear It Wednesday took a Western theme this week!

Tania joined the Highgate School team 5 years ago.  She has 5 children which no doubt explains her flexibility and open-mindedness.  She enjoys party planning in her spare time.  Her favourite canteen item is the Healthy Munchie Box.


South African born, Fiona moved to Australia more than 20 years ago.  She joined the Highgate School team 4 years ago.  She is a fervent tennis fan and doesn’t miss a chance to watch a match.  In her spare time, she supports her 3 children’s many sporting activities which she fully enjoys.  Her favourite canteen items are the Anzac Cookies which she bakes onsite.


Learning at Highgate

PYP Consultant Visit next week

As part of our journey towards accreditation as  PYP school our consultant will be visiting for two days next week to meet with staff, students and parents to discuss our journey so far.  The consultant will provide feedback to help us achieve our goal of accreditation in early 2024.


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

Consider ‘two-for-one reading’, where your child reads one book in French after every two English language books.

French Homework Club

No homework club in week 10

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.


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


Year 4 Hot Shots Tennis

On Thursday 21/9, 21 Year 4 Highgate students had the opporutnity to go to a come and try Hot Shots Tennis day at Tennis World, Millswood.

The weather was kind and the students enjoyed many matches against competing schools.


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.


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 Hightae 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

Club de Petanque d’Adelaide  – October calendar

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

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 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.

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