18th December 2023

Highgate Happenings EOY 2023

Hot off the Press………..



Announcing our Year 6 Award Winners for 2023

Many congratulations to the following students:

Students of the Year – Antra and Hannah L

Highgate Spirit Awards – Michael M, Harlyn, Rayaan, Sophie W, Freya, Hunter

Performing Arts – Emma G and Hallie

Sports – Hugh K and India

Innovation – Isaac and Manyok

Bilingual Excellence – Eliza and Monty


2023 Perpetual Sports Awards

Softball – Amelia

Cricket – Billy

Sports Day Results

Congratulations to Patpa on winning both the Sports Day Shield and the Spirit Cup.

Spirit Cup runners up 

Wangka – 2nd

Marri – 3rd

Kauwanta – 4th

Shield runners up

Wangka – 2nd

Kauwanta – 3rd

Marri – 4th

Festival of Music Songbook Success

Congratulations to Antra on her winning design for the 2024 Festival Choir Songbook.  Her artistic skills will be on show across all marketing, information and merchandise next year.

2023 Chinese Language Video Award recipients

Felix & Miles – Third Place in the R-2 Second Language Learners Group

Dylan, Edward Mc, Sam W – Second place in the 3-6 Second Language Learners Group

Freya F, Vicki L, Tianyu – Third place in the First Language Learners Group


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.


M & S Polling Outcome

The M & S fee for 2024 has been set at $518, following a successful poll outcome.  206 respondents voted yes and 27 voted no.

This was agreed at the Governing Council meeting on 5/12/23.









Upcoming Events



School Calendar

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

Welcome Back to 2024

Reception student visit – Thursday 25/1/24 – 3:30pm

Reception student playdate – Thursday 25/1/24 – 9:30-11am at Highgate School (see parent flyer provided at Transition in term 4).













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


We have lots of information about learning at Highgate on our website. Select the main menu button and then Learning.





French Program News

Highgate School Band

Thank you to all families who supported our very own school band’s performance at the Guinguette organised by the Alliance Française d’Adélaide on Saturday 2 December.  What a performance!


Well done Eliza and Monty!

Congratulations to the two recipients of this year bilingual awards generously sponsored by the Alliance Française d’Adélaide.  Eliza and Monty were part of our first cohort of Bilingual Reception students in 2017 and they have made us all very proud.

Passez de bonnes vacances! – Have a good holiday!


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


A big thankyou to all the Highgate parents who have volunteered to coach/manage a Highgate sports team in 2023.

Without coaches, the school would have no sports teams.

Sport Volunteers 2023


Cathy Simons & Jess Cook

Andrew Beck

Stephen Hooper

Laura Kildea

Ben Beazley

Hammish Cameron

Brett Spears

Nicole Martin

Kate Guthrie

Ant Skeats

Yurana Webb

David Lindsay

Amber Lang

Sarah Dew

Nikki Wadewitz

Brian Golden

Sam & Tania Nairn

Josh Semmler

Nerida Chazal

Thierry Guillou


Adam Rosser

Yasas Jayasundera & Henry Downer

Sarah Rice

Tim Martin & Sean Ryan


Kylie Morris

Elizabeth Bello

Jo Hughes

Anne-Marie Packer

Kathryn Duncan

Sarah Alderton

Alice Barron

Alit Tessier

Richard Young

Zory Fior

James Lawlor

Nick Pembshaw


Michelle Holton

Simon Sellar


Caleb Reeves

Kylie Morris

Ben Beazley

Sam & Tania Nairn

Julien Anese

Jacqui McCann

SA School Sport Knockout/ Carnivals

Anne-Marie Packer & Lucy Wallace

Michael and Manjiri Malandris


2023 Sports Review: Highgate School at Knockout Sports/ SAPSASA Carnivals/ Sports Carnivals

District Swimming – 4th Overall (3rd in large school’s division)

Beach Volleyball – Girls teams finished 2nd, 3rd & 7th out of 11 teams entered; Boys finished 3rd, 5th, 6th our of 12 teams entered.

District Athletics – 4th Overall

District Cross Country

Boys Cricket – 1st Round

Girls Cricket – 1st Round

Volleyball SA Primary Schools Carnival

Boys Netball – State Knockout Champions

Girls Netball – State Knockout finalists

Boys Soccer – 1st Round

Girls Soccer – 2nd Round

Crows Cup Winners

Primary School Table Tennis

Boys Tennis – State Knockout Finalists

Girls Tennis – State Knockout Finalists

Girls Softball

Hot Shots Tennis Carnival

Boys AFL – 3rd Round

Girls AFL – 2nd Round

Boys Basketball – 1st Round

Girls Basketball – 1st Round


Congratulations to Students who made District Sport Teams

Swimming – Aidan Sanderson, Henriette Kellaway, Hugh Kellaway, Jack Freney, Louis Rice,

Softball – Hallie Malandris, India Watson, Sophie Walker

Cross Country – Henriette Kellaway, Sam Wells, Thei Legutko-Neretti, Constance Petrou, Hugh Kellaway, Jack Freney, Jimmy Guthrie

AFL – Hugh Kellaway, Hunter Wadewitz, Jack Freney, Poppy Ross, India Watson, Daisy Johnson, Surani Raymond, Kirra Dixon, Stella Griffiths

Netball – Hallie Malandris, India Watson, Amelia Packer

Hockey – Antra Docherty, Emmie Balzary, Hugo Ruchs, Jimmy Guthrie, Ethan Sellar

Soccer – Constance Petrou, Stella Griffiths

Athletics – Henriette Kellaway, Annie Dillon, Surani Raymond, Jack Freney, Austin Worthington, Hugh Kellaway

Cricket – Hugh Kellaway, Zander Stewart, Jack Freney, Daisy Johnson

Tennis – Hugh Kellaway, Hamish Shukla, Jacob Law, Pares Kosti


State Team Selections

Softball – Hallie Malandris

Cross Country – Henriette Kellaway

AFL – Hugh Kellaway

Hockey – Antra Docherty


Registration Numbers for After School Sports 2023

Summer Sports (T1 & T4)

Cricket – 4 teams – 47 players

Softball – 2 teams – 18 players

Winter Sports (T2 & T3)

AFL – no teams 2023

Netball – 6 teams – 53 players

Volleyball – 4 teams – 23 players

Basketball – 10 teams – 88 players

Soccer – 5 teams – 66 players

Hockey – no teams 2023

Summer Sports (T4 2023 & T1 2024)

Basketball – 12 teams – 88 players

Summer Netball – 3 teams – 29 players

Volleyball – 5 teams – 30 players


51 teams – 442 player registrations


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

Foundation Tennis 2024 Term 1 flyer

Nicholas Bradley 

Senior Coach

M: 0438801967 E: foundationtennis@hotmail.com

Volleyball Clinics

2024 January VSA School Holiday Clinics

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

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Our Front Office team are always happy to help with questions and can be contacted on 08 82719622.

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