24th May 2023

Highgate Happenings 26/05/2023

Upcoming Events



School Calendar

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


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.


Reconciliation Week Canteen Special – Wednesday 31/5/23

Order through QkR.

If your child is on excursion, we will deliver their jellies on Thursday.






Reconciliation Week Whole School Assembly – Fri 2/6/23

Everyone welcome.


Sushi Canteen Special – Week 6

More info to follow.

Working Bee – Sat 24/6/23


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

An excellent opportunity to learn more about how to keep your children safe online.  We encourage everyone to book through Qkr.




Wellbeing Update



Yesterday, the staff raised around $600 for the Cancer Council, with a morning tea and generous raffle donations from the team.  A special thank you to the students who braved the wet weather to deliver morning tea plates to classrooms at recess.

Coming next week….an update on ‘Friendology’

In the meantime, visit our website for information about Wellbeing at Highgate School.

Extra-Curricular News

Pedal Prix Success at Tailem Bend

On Saturday 20th May the Highgate Hot Rod Team put in a fantastic effort to win 3rd place in their first pedal prix race in the Australian HPV Super Series. The race was held at The Bend racetrack in Tailem Bend. 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.  For all the students it was their first experience of racing, and they demonstrated immense courage, endurance, and teamwork as they competed on the track with over 200 other vehicles riding almost 160km during the 6-hour race. The outstanding result is also thanks to the hard work of team coach Vajira, team manager Lyndal, and team mechanic Tim – who painted the Highgate hotrod with hot pink detailing in the lead up to the race. We certainly stood out! Thank you also to the parents who supported the team throughout the long race day. Given this was the team’s first race we are excited to see what they do over the rest of the season. Well done team!

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

Learning at Highgate

Here are some thoughts from Mitch, one of our Year 5/6 teachers about how our journey towards PYP accreditation is going……….

I think what’s been great about Highgate’s journey into the IB has been the opportunity for me to share and develop my strengths as a teacher. I’ve always felt drawn to an inquiry pedagogy and try to engage students by bringing global issues into the classroom. However, in the past I have felt that this approach wasn’t always viable when considering the curriculum and site improvement plan goals. However, with the tools and understanding I have gained since starting our journey, I now have the confidence that teaching in this way can bring out the best in my students. When looking at the curriculum through the lenses of the IB key concepts, learning opportunities unfold, and I get excited to explore topics with my students in a more meaningful way.

Students have taken to many aspects of IB very quickly and we are starting to see it in the classroom. Many students are now able to identify the learner profile attributes in themselves and their peers and confidently refer to them in conversations and reflections. When exploring topics within our units of inquiry, we are noticing that students are able to have increasingly deep and meaningful discussions. As we continue to reinforce the IB key concepts, I only see this happening more often.

Since I started at Highgate, we have always been a site that values collaboration and teamwork but since starting our IB journey, this has been taken to another level. Having time to plan units of inquiry with our teams and a member of leadership has allowed us to share strengths and interests we otherwise would never have seen. I have learnt from my colleagues and benefited greatly from being able to share our experiences of teaching the same unit.


Week 5 in Highgate Happenings: Approaches to learning

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…
Find something familiar, such as a translation of a favourite book, to capture your child’s interest. Encourage your child to tell you each day, in English, what they have learnt in French.


French Homework club 

For students who want to work ahead, those who want more support in all learning areas taught in French or even students who would like to practise reading. Currently available for Primary Years (3 – 6)

Monday 29 May from 1pm to 1.30pm in the Glassroom

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.

Applications to FBBP at Unley High School

All offers of enrolment have now been sent via email.  Thank you for confirming your interest promptly so the information can be communicated to the high school. If you have not received any communication, please contact Genevieve @ genevieve.papineau947@schools.sa.edu.au

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.


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.