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Dear Families,

There is a renewed level of energy and enthusiasm as Term 2 commences. The break has helped students and teachers recharge. Students are now settled with classroom routines and this ensured the school had a very steady start to the term.


Welcome to Debbie Kennet who joins our administration team. Debbie will be in the front office all day Monday and Thursday and Friday mornings.

Bella Leane has joined the team in the library on a Monday and Thursday.

Term 2 Calendar

This is now available as a ‘live’ calendar on the website, please check regularly for updates and changes. Please list events in your diary. Teachers will also send reminders via seesaw as more details are available for some of the planned activities.

It is important for families to continue to monitor school events and student opportunities through the newsletter, skoolbag app and seesaw. Be mindful of closing dates so that students do not miss out.

Heads up: the Adelaide Royal Show has changed its start date. Governing Council will consider a new date for the annual school closure day.


Over the break some minor works were carried out. The isolation of the server in the breakout room was completed upstairs. This included air conditioning which has helped reduce the ‘white noise’ in the remaining area used for our Early Intervention ‘MiniLit’ program.

There was some repair work on the outside stairs which sadly vandalism affected before and during the works. I urge the community to continue to be the eyes and ears of the school out of hours and report issues to the police.

Preparations are now underway to landscape around the new playground equipment.


As we move into Term 2 and 3, please do not send your child to school if they are unwell. By remaining at home the spread of illness can hopefully be contained causing less disruption to students and staff. This was very noticeable last year with the extra vigilance around COVID.


Our SRC is a hard-working group of students who are a delight to work with and I enjoy meeting with them regularly. The RSPCA were very appreciative of the donations because of the SRC casual day at the end of last term. The Mother’s Day stall was well organised, and students appeared to enjoy selecting their own gifts. Friday 14th May is National Walk to School Day and the SRC will be under the COMA in the morning assisting students who have walked to school to put their name in the draw for a recognition prize. SAT are facilitating Play at Lunchtime sessions this term. SRC and SAT are planning for Term 2 and 3, stay tuned!

Grounds and Sustainability

Thank you to Venessa Apthomas who is facilitating the focus on maintaining our beautiful school grounds and encouraging our sustainability efforts. Please complete and return the survey which was distributed as a hard copy to all families indicating your ability to assist as well as thoughts for any future directions. Venessa will meet with our Student Action Sustainability Team to ensure our students have a voice in the process.


There continues to be hope and some light ahead as DfE provide ongoing advice.

The following activities can resume/continue providing government health advice and physical distancing requirements are strictly followed:

  • parents, volunteers, departmental support and other service providers may enter school and preschool grounds
  • school assemblies (host class only) , graduations and concerts
  • all intrastate camps and excursions
  • all school sport competitions, sports days and carnivals, including inter-school competitions
  • inter-school choirs, bands and other performing art activities
  • school formals, socials and discos
  • playgroups and occasional care
  • professional learning activities.

At Hawthorndene, parents can now travel with students on the bus if they are accompanying an excursion.   For assemblies, the host class can invite a family member to attend.  Families will be notified via Seesaw.

Over time with increased number of vaccinations and no community transmission, further easing should occur. Please continue to support the school by using the QR code, hand sanitise, following DfE / school requirements and importantly do not enter the school if unwell.

Your efforts to keep us all safe and well have been much appreciated.


Play Time Clubs Term 2

Play Time Clubs at HPS kick off in week 2 this term. We have an exciting variety of options for students of all ages. The student leaders of these clubs have been working hard to build inviting and exciting environments where everyone can feel welcome.  The following clubs are on offer this term.


A fun way to spend your lunch and recess in an inclusive and friendly environment. On Mondays and Wednesdays you have fun and get to play and run around with your friends doing games. PAL welcomes all ages to come and play but is targeted to Reception to Year Four.  – Monique, Zoe and Lachie (PALS Leaders)


At Lego club we have a build challenge every week where people build to a certain theme. Lego club is fun because everybody’s welcome to build and have fun. It is for everyone. – Hayden (Lego Club Leader)


Chess club is a place for people to go to have fun and learn a new skill. People can come and interact with other people and hopefully make new friends. Everyone is welcome. We have chess boards to use.  – Will (Chess Club Leader)


Japanese club is perfect if you love Japanese culture. Head up to the Japanese room to enjoy Japanese games, activities and more Japanese learning if you want to. Sensei will be there to help you out with anything you need.

A special part of Japanese Club is CRANE CLUB. Come fold some cranes at crane club in the Japanese room during Thursday lunch times. Keep your cranes or contribute them to the cranes to be sent to the peace park in Hiroshima – Sakura (Crane Club Leader)

Loose Parts Play

Every lunch loose parts play is set up. It is for receptions and year ones. Students get to play with toy constructions and building blocks. It is a lot of fun and exciting for all the kids.  – Polly and Sia (Loose Parts Play Leaders)


Every Tuesday at lunch playtime there will be a yoyo club for people over year 2 and are interested in yoyos. It will be held under the coma (safely spread out). You can bring a yoyo or I have lots to share around. – Eli (Yoyo Club Leader)

Coding Club

Coding Club is a place for people to learn how to code, taught by people that know how to do it. It is for year fours and above. It is held in the Library.  – Liam (Coding Club Leader)

All clubs have adult supervision and guidance.


Student News

S.A. Refugee Week 2021 Youth Poster Award Exhibition

Every year on June 20th – United Nations World Refugee Day – the world celebrates the courage, resilience, strength, and contributions of people of refugee background.

Again, this year the Australian Migrant Resource Centre (AMRC), The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre and the School of Art, Architecture and Design at the University of South Australia are hosting the Youth Poster Awards Exhibition as part of SA Refugee Week (celebrated Sunday June 20th – Saturday June 26th, 2021).

Congratulations to Eli and Oisin, who will receive certificates at our next assembly. Oisin’s poster was judged by the AMRC judges to have reached the next stage. He will receive an Exhibition Catalogue and a Certificate of Merit, and if his poster reaches the final stage, he will receive a cash prizes for himself as well as for our school.

From almost 300 entries, 75 students from 39 schools have been selected to be included in the final Poster Exhibition which will be on display from 2nd June – 30th June in the Kerry Packer Civic Gallery, Hawke Centre, University of SA. Thanks to Lucy Pfeifer for sharing this opportunity with us, and congratulations to Eli and Oisin, for showing initiative and creativity.

Eli                                                           Oisin