8th December 2023

Highgate Happenings 8/12/2023

Hot off the Press………..



Announcing our Deputy Principal Position

I can now confirm that David DeBoer has been appointed to a three year tenured position at Highgate.  We look forward to sharing David’s expertise in curriculum, pedagogy and inquiry approaches as we move forward into 2024.

Governing Council EOY Survey

Following on from the Education Departments’ Parent Survey last term, our GC Community & Communication Committee (CCC) is seeking some additional feedback around Communication.  Please take a few moments to complete this short survey, which will remain open until the end of the holiday period.



End of Term Ice Cream Day – THURSDAY


It’s time to order your end of term ice creams.  Orders must be placed through QkR by MONDAY and Ice Cream Day is THURSDAY.




P & F Movie Night

Sports Day

Thanks to the energy and sheer grit of Emily SB, we managed to reschedule and enjoy our Sports Day together.  Many thanks to our parent volunteers, teachers and support staff for making the day possible.  Our Centenary Winners will be announced at the final assembly next Friday.

EOY Concert

A wonderful evening to celebrate our birthday year together.  Special thanks to Hayley & Corrie, school leaders, teachers and support staff and also to Unley High School for hosting us.

Pedal Prix and the P & F wine wall raised around $900 each. Thank you to everyone who supported these fundraisers.


New Murals

This week we have watched the creation of two new murals at our school, as indigenous artist Scott Rathman brought the inspiration and ideas of our Year 5 students to life.


Parking Issues

Unfortunately, I have received complaints from our neighbours regarding inconsiderate and illegal parking at drop off and pick up times.  I would like to remind everyone that no-one should be blocking driveways, preventing access to or from houses or parking in dangerous positions over yellow lines obstructing the view (extremely dangerous when there are children crossing the road or walking the footpaths). I also have reports that parents are parking their cars and leaving their vehicles across driveways, meaning that neighbours have no way of communicating their need to leave their house.  It should also be noted that Hampstead Avenue has a “no parking zone” and parents are expected to stay in their vehicles during school pick up and  drop off times.

I have been supplied with three photos showing cars that have been illegally parked.

I thank everyone who does the right thing and ask those who choose otherwise to behave in a more considerate and respectful way.



Upcoming Events



School Calendar

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

P & F Movie Night – Sunday 10/12/23 at 2pm

Salvation Army Hamper of Hope donations still welcome

After our Year 2 assembly this morning, several parents asked whether donations can still be brought in – the answer is YES!

Please bring any donations to the library before the end of the term. See below for the list of suggested items for donation:

Tinned food (ring-pull cans only) – fruits in juice, vegetables (eg peas, corn), legumes (eg lentils, chickpeas), soups, meat or fish, meals (baked beans, spaghetti).

Sweets and treats – custard powder, tinned plum pudding, shortbread, packets of jelly, chocolate and lollies, pancake mix, cake mixes, sweet biscuits, potato chips, popcorn.

Meal bases – dry pasta, rice, noodles, cooking oil, stir-fry/curry/pasta sauces, meal kits

Breakfast foods – cereal, spreads, savoury biscuits, sugar, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, long life milk or juice, iced tea.

Please make sure the expiry dates are not too soon. Thank you in advance for any donations you are able to make.

Term 4 Assemblies

15/12 9:15am Leaver’s Assembly – students dismissed at 2.15pm











Structured school days can keep kids healthy. How can we maintain it over school holidays?

During the school term kids get up around 7am, get into their uniforms make their way to school, eat food from their lunchboxes or canteens, play at recess and lunch, have PE lessons, sit in class, and then head home. Their day is highly structured.

However during school holidays, all this goes out the window. Research shows in the summer holidays, kids are getting less physical activity, more screentime, and eating more junk food and less fruit than they do during term time.

So what can families do?

Families could try getting their kids outdoors. Research shows kids are likely to be more active outdoors. Families may also try getting their kids to do something physically active before allowing them screentime – this could even be doing chores like mopping the floor.

Families could look at school holiday programs, such as sports and activity clubs, schools, museums and art galleries, disability groups, as well as the private sector which also offer summer camps.

Some ways to get everyone out of the house and moving could include the family enjoying a day out at the zoo, going climbing (tree climb) spending the day swimming and sliding at your local aquatic centre, or spending the time with the animals at Handorf’s Farm Barn.

Organising play dates and class catch up’s will help kids maintain connections with their peers and future class mates.

In order to maintain healthy eating habits, it could be beneficial to include kids in meal preparations so they have some agency over their health and wellbeing, it might even assist them to be more independent to make school lunches and snacks.

Most importantly the summer holidays are an opportunity to rest and recuperate and come back to school refreshed and ready to learn !!



Learning at Highgate


The Highgate School program of inquiry is on display!

Teachers have collaborated all year to create our transdisciplinary program of inquiry. It’s been a big job but we are proud of the program and have it on display outside the library for all to see. I have included an image of it here too. This program shows what students in the different year levels have been learning about this year under the 6 PYP transdisciplinary units of inquiry. We have already begun the process of developing next year’s program of inquiry to ensure students do not repeat the same unit ideas next year in the same way as this year. Please feel free to check out the display outside the library and ask if you have any questions.

Time to reflect on the attributes of the learner profile

Earlier this year, we invited parents to discuss their child(ren)’s and their own goals for the year in terms of the attributes of the learner profile. Whilst we encourage students to reflect throughout the year, approaching the end of the year, is a great time to look back on goals and consider them in light of the events of the year. We would like to encourage you to have a conversation with your child(ren) about themselves in terms of those attributes, to help motivate them to keep working on these attributes and to celebrate their successes through the year. Sometimes, students need some prompting to connect activities, events and outcomes with the attributes, so here are the attribute descriptions and some conversation starters to help you out:

Balanced – Students understand the importance of balance between the different aspects of their life, including physical, academic and emotional aspects. They recognise the interdependence of people and their environments.

Caring – Students are empathetic, compassionate and respectful towards others. They act to positively impact on others and their environment.

Communicator – Students collaborate and express themselves with confidence and creativity in more than one language. They listen actively and consider different perspectives.

Courageous – Students tackle new situations thoughtfully and with determination to work independently or collaboratively with new ideas. They access appropriate resources to innovate and respond to change with resilience towards challenges.

Inquirer – Students nurture their curiosity by learning skills for research, both independently and collaboratively throughout life. They have a passion for learning.

Knowledgeable – Students develop and use their knowledge and understanding across a range of subject areas and apply this to issues and ideas of global and local importance.

Open minded – Students appreciate their own and others’ cultures, histories, traditions and values. They seek different perspectives, to grow from that understanding.

Principled – Students are honest and behave with integrity, fairness and dignity. They appreciate the rights of others everywhere and are responsible for their actions.

Reflective – Students thoughtfully consider theirs and others’ ideas and experiences, working to understand their strengths and weaknesses and thereby develop personally.

Thinker – Students critically and creatively think through problems and ideas. They take initiative to make reasoned, appropriate choices.

In case you are looking for some ideas to start a conversation about the attributes of the learner profile, use the underlined words in the descriptions above to help generate an open ended question, like this:

For a reflective conversation about being principled: Tell me about when you remember being honest and fair at school this year?

For a reflective conversation about being balanced: How have you balanced the physical and academic parts of your life this year?

For a reflective conversation about being a thinker: What kinds of appropriate choices did you make this term at school?

For a reflective conversation about being a communicator: How did you communicate/ collaborate this year at school? / How do you listen actively to others?

For a reflective conversation about being an inquirer: What do you have a passion for learning about? / What were you most excited about learning about this year?

PYP (International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program) Parent Sessions

Thank you to the parents who came along to the Unit of inquiry experience sessions earlier this term. In preparation for your child’s Student Learning Journey book being sent home at the end of the year, the remaining parent information sessions will focus on how to interpret and use these records of your child’s learning.

Please remember to book in for the remaining parent sessions via the Eventbrite link sent via Edsmart. The sessions will be as follows:

Getting the most out of your child’s Student Learning Journey:

Wednesday 6th December from 8:30-9:15am or 3pm until 4pm

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

Bilingual brains better at ignoring distractions

Find out more by reading the conclusions of a new study from the University of Florida https://studyfinds.org/bilingual-brains-distractions/

Les langues parlées en Belgique


Des applis pour apprendre – Apps for learning

  • Graphogame français (for learning French phonemes and developing decoding skills)

Google: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.graphogroup.GGFrenchFree&hl=fr&pli=1

Apple: https://apps.apple.com/fr/app/graphogame-fran%C3%A7ais/id1347880049

  • Le clavier Metalo (support for spelling in French)

Google: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=fr.lexiclic.keyboard

Apple: https://apps.apple.com/fr/app/clavier-m%C3%A9talo/id1191489083

  • Domino des mots (blending and segmenting words and developing vocabulary)

Google: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=fr.lehovetzki.worddominofree&hl=fr

Apple:  https://apps.apple.com/ca/app/domino-des-mots-jeu-de-lettre/id445124476?l=fr-CA

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.




Sport News


Summer Sport Registrations are open for Cricket & Teeball/Softball.

Term 1 2024 & Term 4 2024 Summer sports registrations are open in Qkr for Cricket (Year 2-6) and Teeball/Softball (Year 2-6).

Two terms of school sport for $100. All school sport is open to all abilities and for both boys and girls. Teams are generally mixed.

Both seasons run oddly in that it is Term 1 & 4 of a school year.

Early registrations are appreciated and I am always looking for coaches.

Any questions,  please direct to Ben.Beazley939@schools.sa.edu.au











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.

Children’s Art Classes

Fullarton PCC

School of Languages

The School of languages is currently offering 2024 enrolments.  Please see the flyer for more information.


Appleton Sports School Holiday Cricket Academy

Appleton Sports School Holiday Cricket Academy

Code Camp

Code Camp
We are very excited to be running Code Camp at Highgate School in 2024!I have now created your course for Term 1 and they are on sale on our website.Please find the booking link HERE
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 1 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 3. Final session week 10, 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 1 2024

Foundation Tennis October Holiday Clinics

Foundation Tennis Highgate afterschool program term 4 2023

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










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.

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.