As we settle back into term time now, we have well and truly returned to the traditionally busy week at Hallett Cove School in Week 2.

This week our Junior School children have been getting ready for Mother’s Day where each class had the opportunity to visit our little Mother’s Day stall that was organised by our fabulous P&F Committee. They had so much choice, the little ones struggled to choose something but they all walked away with something special for mum.

Elsewhere in the Junior School this week, our Reception’s and Year 1’s had a blast making newspaper hats to celebrate Children’s Day! It was a big team effort from our SSO’s, Sandy and Amelia and our Year 5 Buddies. Don’t they look great?

Our Year 4 class have also just returned to school from a busy day in the city visiting the South Australian Museum and Adelaide Oval! I’m sure they learnt lots and will have plenty of stories to tell mum and dad tonight!

Over in our High School this week, it’s been very exciting in our Science Labs with Mr Jenkinson’s Year 10 Science class making Elephant Toothpaste (check out our socials for that one!) and Ms Davis’ Year 12 Chemistry doing a summative practical on volumetric analysis. In this one, the students were determining the concentration of tartaric acid in grapes by titrating them with a standardised solution of sodium hydroxide. I wish I could say I knew what I was talking about but that bit came from Ms Davis!

Our Year 11’s also went on a little adventure of their own today, heading out to the Careers Expo at Wayville Showgrounds. The expo hosted over 130 organisations and employers with career opportunities available for all ages and every level of study. Hopefully their brains will be swimming with future possibilities over the weekend!

Our Year 7/8 Boys Basketball team also competed in the first round of the School Sport SA Statewide Basketball competition at Seaford Secondary School this week. With the team being mainly year 7’s and most not quite having had their growth spurt yet, the boys put in a great effort and played with a positive attitude and determination to be proud of. Unfortunately, they lost both of their games but gained some valuable experience working as a team and developing their skills, which will no doubt help them out in next year’s competition when they are all year 8’s…and a little bit taller! Well done boys!

In other fantastic news, our Hallett Cove School Canteen has been awarded a 5 star Food Safety Rating! While our kitchens have always received top marks on inspections, this is the first year we have a certificate to prove it! A huge thank you and well done to Polly, Tracey and Dianne for all of your super-duper hard work!

And finally, the main event of the week technically hasn’t happened yet. As I type this, I imagine our Year 12’s are getting their hair done, polishing their shoes and steaming their dresses getting ready for their special night! We wish them all the fun in the world and hope they take the opportunity to celebrate their last year of schooling with each other and make memories that will last a lifetime!

Looking forward to next week, we have another busy week celebrating National Volunteers Week, National Walk Safely to School Day on Friday and IDAHOBIT Day on Wednesday. All students are encouraged to wear their rainbow colours or casual clothes which express their identity. A gold coin donation from those in casual clothes will raise funds for Mius18, a foundation that promotes and builds social inclusion and advocates for LGBTQIA+ young people.

Check in next week for pictures of these special days and some from our Year 12 formal. This week I leave you getting to know a face you might already recognise: