Welcome to the end of Week 4!

This week, ironically, we start with something from last week when our Year 4 classes headed down to Narnu Farm on Hindmarsh Island for a 3 day camp full of animals, mud and mess!

Feeding the animals was a crowd favourite and Mr Martin’s karaoke never disappoints. The students also got to have a go at making their own go carts, damper and mud bricks.

A huge thank you to Ms Brand and Ms Lee for organising the trip and the fabulous SSO’s and parent helpers for making it possible.

Earlier this year Ms Bau’s Year 6 class joined the Australia Post School Pen Pal Club. Throughout the year they have been writing with a Year 6 class from Birmingham Primary School in Victoria and this week they received more letters.

They have been sharing about their hobbies and life at Hallett Cove School and the letters back are always highly anticipated and always a very exciting event. It’s lovely to see the students connecting with fellow students on the other side of the country but it’s also a great (sneaky) way to get some more writing out of the students!

In musical news this week, our music students were delighted to unbox their new instruments that were delivered on Wednesday. The instruments were purchased through an $8000 Department of Education Music Innovation Grant designed to allow all children and young people to have access to high quality music education that values and inspires learning.

We are looking forward to being able to offer more students the opportunity to learn an instrument in 2024 across both our Junior and High School.

Students are currently able to learn flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, bass guitar and drums from year 5 onwards. They will have access to lessons once a week and regular band lessons to really hone their skills. If your child is interested in learning a new instrument, have them speak to their music or arts teacher. We love music at HCS and would love to share it with as many students as we can.

Staff and students were treated to everyone’s favourite pastime this week…free food!

Our Year 11 students presented an amazing display of plant based finger food at recess on Wednesday and Friday as part of their final group task. Everything looked beautiful and the flavours were so creative. There was sushi and dumplings, bruschetta, mini Mexican bowls and the all-around crowd pleaser, mini spinach cob loaves (I will be stealing this recipe for our Christmas table this year!). Sweet treats also included a mini Chilean lemon pie and fresh raspberry tarts – Yum!

In preparation for Remembrance Day on Saturday 11 November, some of our High School students led some of our Junior School classes in activities to honour the brave people in their lives.

They were given poppies to write on the name of someone they know who has served in the military or someone they think is extremely brave. The poppies were then used to create a sign on our front gates to show the support of Hallett Cove School on Remembrance Day.

The students then had the chance to create their very own medal of bravery for their chosen person, adding their name and why they think they are brave enough to receive a medal.

Remembrance Day is an opportunity to remember the men, women and animals who have fought for their country over the years and honour them for delivering the future we are able to enjoy today.

Lest we forget.

We’d also like to say a big well done to our Year 12 students for surviving their first week of exams! Only one more week to go before freedom! You can do it!

In final news this week Hallett Cove School is saying goodbye to a person who is not always thought of when you think ‘school staff’ but who is maybe solely responsible for keeping the place running. This week we say good bye to our Business Leader of 8 years, Wendy Harrison. She has been the driving force behind all of the upgrades, renovations and building projects across the school grounds over the last 8 years and has built us a school we can be proud of. Thank you for all your early mornings and late nights Wendy, we will miss you.

We welcome Lorren Atwell as our new Business Leader and look forward to what she brings to the table.