8th June 2023

Highgate Happenings 9/6/2023





Upcoming Events



School Calendar

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

Pupil Free Day & King’s Birthday Reminder

A reminder that school is closed for staff training on Friday 9/6/23  and the King’s birthday public holiday on Monday 13/6/23.


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.

More information will follow.



Centenary Cocktail Evening

We are looking forward to celebrating the Highgate School Centenary on the evening of July 29th . The final tickets are selling quickly. If you haven’t purchased your tickets yet, please do so through QkR.


Working Bee – Sat 24/6/23


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

The ‘Growing up online’ session with Susan McLean is suited for parents and educators of primary school age students.

You may be navigating your child accessing an electronic device, online gaming, group chats, social media, your child having access to a phone for the first time now or you know that it is coming.

You may think that you will have to ‘deal’ with this in the later years of primary school or even high school, but our young people need our support now. Your child may click on a ‘pop-up’ when playing an age-appropriate game on a device, your child might be at a friend has who has older siblings that ‘posts’ online or your child may have a friend who has access to a device and joins a group chat.

The importance of knowing how we can best guide our young people online will help support us as parents and educators when we will have to ‘deal’ with it.

We highly encourage you to consider making the most of this wonderful opportunity to hear from one of the very best Cyber safety presenters in Australia.

 We encourage everyone to book through Qkr.




Wellbeing Update




Learning at Highgate

Approaches to learning

The PYP weaves a focus on students’ approach to learning into the program. It identifies five key approaches to learning and targets a range of subskills for teachers to explicitly teach through their units of inquiry. These skills are essential elements for helping students become independent and lifelong learners and are taught through a variety of contexts over the course of a student’s primary school education.

Communication skills: The skills to exchange ideas, including listening, speaking, interpreting, reading, writing and ICT skills. The Reception and Year 1 students are currently focused on their verbal communication skills as they listen and talk about invertebrates

Research skills: The skills to seek and record information including media literacy and the ethical use of information. Currently, the Year 2s are focusing on finding information from different sources and asking relevant questions to further their understanding about the past as it compares to the present.

Social skills: The skills to work in a team, respect others, take on responsibility, resolve conflicts and make considered decisions. The Year 5 and 6 students have been learning to consider other people’s perspectives and human rights through their year long inquiry into Who we are.

Self management skills: The skills to organise themselves and their resources to complete tasks in a timely manner. This also includes mindsets such as perseverance, emotional regulation, self-motivation and resilience. The Year 3s and 4s are currently focusing on persisting through challenges and completing set tasks.

Thinking skills: The skills to critically comprehend, analyse, synthesize, apply and transfer understandings to new contexts as well as to understand how they think and organise ideas with creativity. Currently, the R/1 students are focusing on observing carefully and suggesting solutions to problems they observe in the nature play area.

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…
Listen to your child read to you, and ask questions about what he or she has read. Encourage your child to tell stories in French.


Our Resource Centre has a wide variety of books for all reading abilities.

The French Experiment website has a variety of picture books with audio available.

Boukili app offers narration to a wide range of levelled books.

French Homework Club

French homework club – Monday 5 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


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

Canteen Update

Right Bite Food and Drink Supply Standards for South Australian schools

The Department for Education has revised the Right Bite Food and Drink Supply Standards to meet the
Australian Dietary Guidelines and the new Wellbeing SA nutrition classifications for schools.

The revised standards use a traffic light system to classify food and drinks into 4 categories:
• Green: best options
• Amber: choose carefully
• Red 1: limit
• Red 2: should not be supplied.

The revised standards recommend that 60% of food and drinks sold or supplied at schools should be from
the green category and 40% from the amber category. The revised standards also cover recommendations
on food safety practices, single use plastic legislation and the marketing of red category food and drinks.

Right Bite standards are recommended as best practice for all public schools and may be applied to all food
and drinks sold or provided in settings, such as canteens, breakfast programs, excursions and camps,
fundraising events, sports days, out of school hours care, celebrations, rewards, incentives, gifts, prizes and
giveaways and others.

Our school is working towards implementing these standards.

Please note, the standards do not apply to food and drinks brought from home for personal consumption.

For more information about the Right Bite Food and Drink Supply Standards, visit

Save Our Soles


This year we have already recycled 125 pairs of old shoes. As you can see, sneakers are the biggest group of shoes recycled. We think a good target for this year is 350 shoes.  We hope everyone keeps recycling so we can reach our goal.

Kindly supported by the Krinas family.

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.  Please take the time to respond by the cut off on June 29th, as we cannot guarantee a second order.





Extra-Curricular News

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

Community News

SA Dental Clinics

Club De Petanque d’Adelaide Inc.

June 2023 Calendar


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.