29th September 2023

Highgate Happenings 29/09/2023

Hot off the Press………..





Holiday Building Works

Please be aware that the following jobs will be undertaken during the holiday break:

  • Commencement of the Oval project
  • Replacement/refurbishment of the water feature in Nature Play
  • Removal of sections of exterior brickwork above rooms 10,11,12 (grapevine section) – this is to undertake water ingress repairs, so that our classrooms can be returned to a working state.
  • Gym floor perimeter repairs and resurfacing
  • Gardening

These works, as well as OSHC operations, will mean that access to the school grounds and facilities will be limited.


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.

 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










Let’s talk about our little worry bugs!

Some kids worry what their friend will do/say, or they worry about an upcoming test, or they worry about getting a needle at the doctor’s or they worry their teacher will be mad they didn’t do their homework.

Firstly, it’s normal to worry sometimes. And, for kids, they’re experiencing “firsts” all the time. Feeling nervous, anxious, unsettled, afraid, uncomfortable, unsure…. these emotions are part of the human experience. As children grow and develop their s0cial-emotional skills, they learn to self-manage these heightened feelings.

As grown-ups, we can try to give them tips and strategies. We can help them with perspective-taking, reminding them the worry is not as big as they think. We can be a Friendship Coach, role-playing to them. Or we can walk them through a ‘Worst Case Scenario’ to show them they can handle even the most challenging outcome.

But sometimes, their anxious little bodies and minds can’t absorb our well-intentioned lessons. They’re not ready. And instead, they simply need a break from their big, worried emotion…… and so do you!

This strategy gives you both permission to stop feeding the worry. ‘Pushing pause’ can sometimes break the vicious cycle that can happen when children/teens obsess and get hooked on a negative emotion. It allows you both a chance to reset, yet still lets them know you’re there if they need to revisit the thoughts later.

Take them for ice-cream, send them out to jump on the trampoline, turn on their fav music, go for a bike ride, get them to play with a friend….. Use the time-out to infuse positive emotions and watch what happens.

Happy Holidays everyone.

Miss Sarah


Learning at Highgate



UHS Year 8 students’ visit to Year 2

This week, our Year 2 students were treated to interactive performances by 20 of the Year 8 Unley High School students. The stories were largely familiar fairy tales, with a bit of a twist, written by the Unley High School students. The Year 8s were courageous and engaged their audience by using gestures and inviting our students to respond in specific ways at different parts of the stories. Our Year 2 students demonstrated excellent communication skills, by listening attentively and engaging as directed by the Year 8 presenters. Well done to both sets of students!

PYP Consultant Visit Summary

This week, we welcomed our IB, PYP consultant to Highgate School. This visit is part of the process towards obtaining accreditation as an IB, PYP school, with the purpose of seeing the school in action over two days and providing us with feedback to support the remainder of our journey. The consultant met with groups of parents, a governing council representative, students, teachers and the leadership team on Tuesday and Wednesday this week. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive and the experience has provided us with confidence and a clear set of goals to work towards next term and early next year. Many thanks to all who met with our consultant and a special thanks to our students, who spoke in detail and with confidence about their experience thus far.

Parent IB, PYP information sessions in Term 4…

Next term, we will be running four more information sessions for parents. As a direct result of feedback from parents and the Community and Communication Committee, these sessions will focus on the following aspects of the International Baccalaureate, Primary Years Program:

  1. How to get the most out of your child’s Learning Journey (aka Portfolio).
  2. A unit of inquiry experience – What is it and how does it work?

If you want to save the dates, they will be as follows:

Week 3 Wednesday from 8:30-9:15am and Thursday from 3:00-3:45pm

Week 8 Wednesday from 8:30-9:15am and 3:00-3:45pm

In addition, I will be posting further information next term on Highgate Happenings to

  • Compare traditional primary school teaching and learning with the IB, PYP
  • Explain how we use the IB – PYP, Australian and French curricula
  • Learner profile attribute reflection at the end of the year


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

Take your child to a restaurant that features the food and culture related to the language, and talk about the different food as you eat.  Feeling adventurous! Try cooking a recipe at home from a French-speaking country.

Here are some favourites:

Year 5 FBBP students visit Unley High School

Our Year 5 French Program students were invited to a friendly game of petanque at Unley High School before having a private tour of the school led by current year 7 students.

Students feedback was really positive. Some were impressed to learn that they would participate in lessons supporting their future careers.  Others had already identified their favourite areas including the woodwork workshop, the science labs, the kitchens and the visual arts area.  Students were amazed by the size of the school, but thought it looked good.  They also enjoyed the library.

Thinking in a foreign language improves decision-making

‘I couldn’t believe the data’: how thinking in a foreign language improves decision-making | Language | The Guardian

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


Pedal Prix Highgate ‘Hotrod’ Triumphs in Murray Bridge 15-17 Sept

The Highgate Hotrod team has had an amazing year of racing.

Competing in 3 races with results of 3rd, 3rd , and 4th. This success meant we were one of ten primary schools invited to race in the 24-
hour endurance race in Murray Bridge. Primary schools have not raced in this event since 2019.

How lucky, proud, and nervous we were. The 8 riders up for the challenge were Dylan K, Kai K, Luca H, Angus G, Aston A, Gabriel M, Sanuji A,
and Aidan S.

Friday evening had Kai, Sanuji and Gabe ride in the timed practice session, earning a grid position of #123.

The 24-hour race starts at noon Saturday with continuous riding until 12 noon Sunday.

It was hot, 30 degrees for the first 6 hours. Careful rider preparation was required, and shorter and
more frequent rides. Then it was freezing during the night, with feels like 3.6 degrees.

The team completed 382 laps of a 1.71km street circuit, riding a staggering 650Kms. Finishing the race in 4th place. Our fastest lap was 2:47:068 minutes.

Thanks to every parent involved, throughout the weekend and over the whole season of Pedal Prix. Thanks to Neil Dent who has provided support and guidance to the team over many years.
We are so incredibly proud of the team and have seen the kids grow in their endurance, skill, confidence, and teamwork over the past few months of Pedal Prix.




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  – Super Summer Doubles

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 ! 

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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