23rd June 2023

Highgate Happenings 23/6/2023

Centenary News

Centenary Recipe Book

A reminder to email your family favourites to Highgate.Centenary795@schools.sa.edu.au

Please use a WORD format.

Cut off is Term 3 week 5 (Fri 1/9/23) which will allow time for collation into an illustrated downloadable version.

Centenary Day – Friday 4/8/23

Our aim is to give the students an understanding of some of the ways that children would have experienced school 100 years ago and of course, to celebrate our 100th birthday.

A few things to note:

  • Students, staff (and parents if they wish) are welcome to come dressed in 1920s clothing.
  • Laptops to be left at home as students will be using traditional classroom materials
  • All lessons will be focused on 1920s experiences.
  • All staff to be addressed by title and last name during the day
  • All students will receive a centenary hat on the day.
  • There will be a canteen special.

Here is an outline for the day.


You will see that we will also hold our student discos on this day.

For those of you wondering, we will be having a Centenary theme for our end of year celebrations this year.

We hope that you can join us on this special day. If you happen to know any old scholars, please pass on the invitation to a tour and morning tea at 11:15am.

Hot off the Press…….

Visit from the Hon. Justin Hanson MLC


On Monday 19/6/23, we were visited by the Hon Justin Hanson MLC. Our tour guides Hallie and Hunter did an amazing job, telling him all about the learning programs that we offer, our recent renovations, our history and many other things. He was particularly impressed with our Hive as a support for student regulation, as well as the growing number of student initiatives such as Save Our Soles.

Room 19 Staffing Update

Chloe Bowman will be returning from leave next term, teaching Mon-Wed in room 19. Bethany Von Doussa will be joining our year 5/6 team, teaching the class on Thursday and Friday. Bethany has several years of experience at this year level and comes highly recommended. Mary Legoe has recently shared her news that she is expecting baby number 2 and will remain on leave.

We will therefore be ‘farewelling’ Belinda at the end of the term, although we hope to see her back with us as a relief teacher.

Upcoming Events



School Calendar

Check out our school calendar for upcoming events and assemblies.
Highgate Calendar

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.

Please register your attendance using the following link: https://forms.office.com/r/WH0M84J5j8

Location will be advised to registered parents on Monday next week.



Centenary Cocktail Evening – almost sold out!


We are pleased to announce that we have almost reached maximum capacity for our celebratory event.

Thank you to everyone who has bought tickets or has donated a basket/auction/wine wall item. Although tickets are coming to an end, we still welcome donations, with all funds raised going towards our Music Garden.

Seeking Wine Donations

Hello Highgate families. We are seeking donations of bottles of wine to use on the Wine Wall at the Centenary Cocktail party. Wine Wall donations can be dropped off at the front office. We would appreciate donations to be made by end of term 2 (Fri 7th July at the latest). Many thanks for your generosity! P & F

Working Bee – Sat 24/6/23


Odd Socks Day – last day of term

For more info, see below.


Wellbeing Update


Learning at Highgate


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

What can you do at home to support your child’s learning in French?

If you speak French… If you don’t speak French…
Share your experience of learning another language with your child. Find communalities and differences in the experiences. Adopt a friend / grand-parent in the neighbourhood who could read and speak with your child in French.

French Homework Club


French homework club – Monday 26 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

Bastille Day

Celebrate the French national day in style!

Celebration Lunch @ Garçon Bleu 14 July 2023 https://www.sofiteladelaide.com.au/sofitel-occasions/bastille-day/

Involve the children in the celebration @ the Goodwood Institute  16 July 2023 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bastille-day-2023-tickets-648550310437

Have family time @ Adelaide Central Market 14 and 15 July 2023 https://adelaidecentralmarket.com.au/event/bastille-day-market-save-date/

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.

Ice-Cream Day Term 2

Last day of term is ice-cream day.  If you would like to order a special ice-cream for your child for the last day of term, please place your order on Qkr! by 10am Tuesday 4th July.

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.  There will be a follow up email sent early next week – if you do not receive a follow up email, this means that we already have your order.


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


Boys Knockout Netball

On 14/6, the boys played knockout netball against Magill, St Michaels and Pulteney.

The boys were dominant winning all matches comfortably and progress to round 2 next term.

Highgate 28 vs St Michaels 14

Highgate 29 vs Magill 3

Highgate 32 vs Pulteney 11


Girls Knockout Soccer

On 16/6, the girls played knockout soccer against Burnside and Black Forest.

Drawing the first match against Burnside 1-1, meant Highgate needing to beat Black Forest 13-0 to progress to round 2.

Terrifically, we were able to win 16-0 and progress to the next round.

Team photo below.


Boys Knockout Soccer

The boys played the same day as the girls and beat Black Forest 5-0 in the first match.

Needing to win against Burnside to proceed to the 2nd round, the boys fell 0-2.

Team Photo below.


News from the Racetrack: Highgate ‘Hot Rod’ Triumph Again!

The Highgate Hot Rod, our very own Pedal Prix team, had a fantastic day at Victoria Park racetrack in their second race of the HPV Super Series season on Sunday 18th June.

The Highgate team had a challenging start with a flat tyre in the early minutes of the race meaning that at the end of the first hour they were sitting 30th out of the 31 other primary school teams in their division.

With courage, a great team spirit, and much hard work, the team clawed their way back to place 3rd at the end of the 6-hour race – what a spectacular result and achievement!
The year 4-6 pedal prix team includes Dylan K, Kai K, Luca H, Angus G, Aston A, Henry M, Oliver C, Tiffany S, Gabriel M, Sanuji A, and Aidan S.
Thanks again go to team coach Vajira, team manager Lyndal, team mechanic, Tim, and the other riders’ parents who provided support, and fuel throughout the day.
Certainly, we have seen the kids grow in their endurance, skill, confidence, and teamwork over the past few months of Pedal Prix.
If you’re interested in finding out more about pedal prix, check out the Australian HPV Super Series website, or watch this short Behind the News episode which gives a behind the scenes look at what’s involved in this team-based sport.
Coming up:
Knockout sport continues in the coming weeks. We have boys netball 2nd round; boys and girls football 2nd round; girls soccer 2nd round and then the boys and girls basketball carnival.

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

External Provider News

External providers are external business’ who run programs/clinics/lessons for students at Highgate School.

If you wish your child(ren) to be a part of any of the below programs, please contact them directly.

Code Camp

Code Camp
We are excited to be back at Highgate School for Term 3!
Flyer – Code Camp After-School – Highgate SchoolThe booking link is HEREThe dates and timings for Term 3 sessions:Class Type: Coding (Years 2-6)Day: Fridays in the Science RoomDates: 4th August to 22nd SeptemberTimes: 3:30pm-4:45pmWe are looking forward to continuing the students’ tech journey with Code Camp!
All questions should be directed to afterschool@codecamp.com.au.

MissFit Movement – Dance

Please direct any questions to Sara Pettet at sara@missfitmovement.com.au or 0410 836 368.

Community News


Christmas Pageant Mini Float Competition


Movie Screening

Children aged 9 and over, and their parents are invited to a free screening of Embrace Kids during the July School Holidays (Monday 10th July and Friday 21st July).


This is a free event, where attendees will be invited to complete a brief questionnaire before and after the film as part of a Flinders University research initiative to evaluate the impact of the film. Participation in this research is voluntary.



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.