8th August 2023

Highgate Happenings 8/8/2023

Centenary News

Cocktail Evening

The cocktail evening was a huge success and thoroughly enjoyed by parents and staff.  Many thanks go to Stacey and Manjiri for leading this event; to Sarah and our admin support team; to all of our class parent reps for pulling class baskets together;  and to all of our very generous sponsors and bidders on the night. We raised $13700, which will go towards our Music Garden – keep a look out for more info about this over the next few weeks.

If you have photos from the evening and are happy to share, please upload them at the following link.


PIN: 8639

Centenary Day

Our Centenary Day on Friday was very successful, despite the inclement weather. We hosted almost 30 old scholars and the students enjoyed taking their parents and special guests on tours to search out information about Highgate’s long history.  The school staff team had a lot of fun ‘role playing’ various scenarios for the students and drawing comparisons across the last 100 years. Some areas were very busy during the afternoon, so the history room will remain open until the end of this term at least.  Please see next week’s HH for opening times.

The new Centenary Garden will soon be finalised with planting around the peace pole and the fixing of the time capsule.

A special mention to Wendy for leading our centenary plans and spending many weekends in the history room.

PS – Enjoy our latest ‘through the decades’ music bell.

Centenary disco

We raised around $300 for the Centenary Pedal Prix team – gold coin donations are still very welcome if you happened to forget.

Recipe Book

A reminder that we are still collecting family favourites from 2023 to add to this. Please email recipes 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.


Both styles can be purchased at the Front Office, with Qkr opening shortly.


Hot off the Press………..

Special Guests

On Wednesday 26/7/23, we were pleased to welcome several special guests to our school.  Our tour guides Monty, Ava and Lilou led dignitaries, staff and students from Highgate and Unley High School on a tour that celebrated the success of our French program and the way that our staff, students and community are working together across both learning pathways.  Guests included the Hon Susan Close, the Hon Blair Boyer, the Hon David Pisoni, the Hon Marcia McLachlan (French Honorary Consul), Linda Richardson (Education Director – Unley HS) and Sandy Richardson (Education Director – Highgate School) , Greg Rolton (Principal Unley HS), Karmen Petric (Assistant Principal – Unley HS), four Unley HS students and Highgate School parents, Heath Brumby and Zoe Downer. Our guests were extremely impressed with the quality of programs being offered at our school.

Oval Update

A date at last……project is due to commence on 31/10/23 and scheduled to be finished before the end of the holidays.

R-3 Play Equipment

The remaining play equipment will be installed at the beginning of September.


Upcoming Events



School Calendar

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

Class Parent Reps Catch-up

In the library on Thursday 10/8/23 at 2:30pm.

Term 3 Assemblies

11/8 Rooms 20 & 3 (Primary) Open minded

18/8 Rooms 21 & 25 (Early Years) Open minded

25/8 Whole School – Book Week

15/9 Rooms 22,23,26 (Early Years) Principled

22/9 Rooms 4 & 18 (Primary) Principled

29/9 Whole School

Book Week is coming up !

This year, the theme for Book Week is “Read. Grow. Inspire.” As a result, we are working hard to inspire students to be authors and contribute a piece of writing to our Highgate Authors’ Headquarters. Many students have already completed their pieces of writing in class and some have asked if they can write more at home to add to the space. They certainly can if they want to. We will check contributions to make sure they are appropriate for all students to read. This will be in the Glass Room in the library during Book Week. Students can visit that space during lunch and library times to read each other’s texts. Parents are welcome to visit as well before (8:30-8:55) or after school (3:15-3:30) that week.

Thanks to our Year 5 Library Leaders, various reading and book-related activities will be available during the week for students to engage with. Our Library Leaders have been busy surveying students to find out their favourite books, so there will be something for everyone! Start thinking about a character costume for the Book Character Parade during assembly on Friday, 25th August. Home made creations are VERY welcome. Please do not include weapons such as toy swords or guns in your child’s costume. If your child is likely to be uncomfortable in the costume all day long, please make sure they can independently arrive at an alternative for after the parade.




Wellbeing for our staff team too…..

A few astute students have noticed that staff are dressing a little unusually on Wednesdays.  Wear It Wednesdays is about bringing some fun into our working week, boosting staff morale and bringing our community back together after covid.  Themes so far….’black and white’ and ‘through the decades’.

Starting next week in HH will be snapshots of some of our team members, focusing on their interests outside of Highgate.







Learning at Highgate

Teachers will be spending this week’s staff meeting with colleagues from local PYP schools. The conversation focus is around Student Learning Journeys and how best to share information with families.

There will be a further update about the connections between student end of semester reports and other documentation in next week’s HH.

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

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.


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

Mosaic Leaves and Named Pavers

Our mosaic leaves are finally up, with plenty of room to add more.  A big thank you to everyone who purchased one in support of the flood repairs last year. We hope to be able to run this project again in the future.

The named pavers that were also generously supported will be installed as part of the oval works.


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.


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.


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


More sports news to follow next week.


Term 3 sees the continuation of knockout sports in Boys AFL/Netball and Girls Netball/Soccer.

We also have Table Tennis championships, Basketball Carnival, Volleyball Carnival and District Athletics.

External Provider News

External providers are external businesses 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.

World Taekwondo

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

Sturt Academy Flyer pdf

Sturt Academy Flyer


Christmas Pageant Mini Float Competition


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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