In term 3 the Governing Council approved an earlier closure in term 4 only of 1:00pm rather than the regular end of term finish at 2:10pm. This change was announced in the 9th of August 2018 newsletter and has been referred to on calendars since.

 1:00pm is when students would normally start eating their lunch. As I am sure you can appreciate the last day of the year is not the most productive and so rather than coming back to class for 20 minutes after lunch, we will end the 2018 school year at lunchtime after students return to class after our final whole school assembly.

As reported previously arrangements were put in place for OSHC will begin as soon as school is dismissed. Bookings however are not limited.


Staff met this morning and have decided upon the following adjustments to ensure student safety and wellbeing due to the projected high temperature.

1.    The concert start will be delayed until 7:00pm, with the pre-concert items now starting at 6:30pm.

2.    Therefore children now need to report to their classrooms at 6:45pm.

3.    Teachers will limit the time the students will be outside watching items, spending 10 to 15 minutes in their air-conditioned rooms prior to their performance and another 10 to 15 minutes afterwards before coming to watch some other performances.

4.    We will maximise the use of any shade if we can still view the performances.

5.    Parents may choose to collect their child and leave to go home after your child performs, however you will need to do so from the classroom once the students leave the stage.

6.    We ask that you do not collect your child while they are sitting on the grass when other classes are performing.

7.    Teachers will continue to monitor their students during the night and younger students in particular may spend less time outside than the older students.

8.    All classes will be on the oval watching the final acts.

9.    We have hired 2 mist fans to help with the heat.

10. We understand that parents and caregivers know their children the best, so if these adjustments do not meet your needsplease don’t come to the concert.

If your child is attending please ensure that:

  • They have eaten and are hydrated before reporting to the classroom
  • Sunscreen is applied before coming
  • They have a sun safe hat
  • They have a water bottle

Parents and carers are welcome to bring shade shelters however they will need to be set up in the nominated areas at the back and on the sides. Please look after yourself.

School Concert Update

The weather forecast for tomorrow is for a maximum of 39 degrees. This is unfortunate, however logistically it is not possible to reschedule the concert to another time due to the availability of the many others who provide the necessary equipment and food options. This date is booked with these providers many months in advance. Our suppliers have other commitments to honour on Friday or next week. We either need to go ahead with some modifications or cancel it completely. We have spent too much time and effort to consider cancelling. As the concert does not start until 6:30pm, we anticipate that it will be a little cooler by this time.

As a school we will ensure that our students are not sitting in the direct sunlight for the whole 90 minutes. Staff are meeting before school tomorrow to consider measures and put plans in place to protect our students and staff. We will completely understand if some families and the elderly choose not to attend. Any parents, relatives and caregivers need to make sure they come prepared to sit on the oval and also protect themselves. We are fortunate that it is on the oval as some families may choose to erect some sun shade protection at the very back or side where they will still see and hear the concert. So in short, we will ensure we look after the students and we ask those attending to take every measure to look after themselves, even if this means not coming.

Christmas decorations- Deck the halls of Room 18

Good afternoon,

I hope everyone is going well. In the last couple of weeks I am bringing Christmas to Room 18. If you have any old decorations that you do not mind your child bringing in that would be great as we enjoy this festive time of the school year. Your Christmas decorations would be greatly appreciated. There may be a possibility that these decorations may not return in it’s original form, or at all, please keep this in mind when sending these.

It is optional so please do not feel obligated to bring in decorations.

Kind regards, Katina.

Thursday 29th November

Site Open – Modified Education Program – 29 November 2018

Dear Families,

I am writing to inform you that Colonel Light Gardens Primary School will be open but providing a modified education program until 12.10pm on the morning of Thursday 29 November 2018 due to a vote for industrial action by members of the Australian Education Union at this site.

The Education Director has approved the provision of a modified program on the grounds that there will be sufficient staff on duty to enable me as principal to ensure that adequate standards of children/student safety and welfare can be provided. Families can send their children to the site as normal. OSHC will be running in the morning and after school as per usual.

Modified education programs will be provided to students until 12.10pm. Regular classes will not take place. This means that students will be supervised, but not necessarily with their current teacher or participating in their normal learning program. Regular classes will commence at the site from 12.10pm.

Please contact the school if you have any questions regarding this information.

Yours sincerely
Rick Bennallack

0412 261 231 Rick.Bennallack149@schools.sa.edu.au
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Concert t-shirts

Hi families

As you know the end of year concert is fast approaching. Our class along with Room 17 have chosen our song with a message:

Rise by Jonas Blue

For costumes we are asking that all students bring in a plain ( no logos) coloured top. On these tops we are going to do iron on transfers with the slogan ‘we don’t give up’. Students can choose any colour they like as long as it is not too dark. If students could bring their top in by the end of this week or Monday next weekthat would be great. Then I will do the transfers and send them home ready to wear on the night.

On the bottom students can wear black or denim (shorts, pants legging etc). They can style their outfit up with baseball caps, bandanas, sunglasses,  spiked/fancy hair, jackets etc. The song has a cool hip-hop vibe so we are trying to emmulate that feel.

Thank you,




Dear Parent/Guardian,

Some form of rain is very likely in tomorrow’s excursion and students will need to bring along a water-proof jacket / raincoat to wear and an extra pair of dry socks in a plastic bag that they can put on when they return back to school. The 48 hour forecast on Weather Zone or similar sites keeps changing on the predicted weather for the day.

The good news with this excursion is that the Willunga Coaches that are bringing us up to the park will be there all day and we can be picked up earlier if the weather becomes too inclement. The other good news is there is plenty of shelter for large groups to be underneath in the event of rain.

A note should have gone out come home on Friday with all the details on what to bring. Please speak to your child’s teacher if you have any questions.

Kind Regards

Des Norman, Krista Gill, Katina Athanasos



Dear Parent/Guardian,

This a short note on what is needed for Tuesday’s excursion to Belair National Park on the 27th November.

Students will need to wear their school sunhat and to wear sunscreen as we will be outside most of the school day. The forecast is for a maximum of 21 degrees with possible showers. Please refer to the Weather zone 48 hour forecast for Belair closer to the day. We will let students know on Monday if a raincoat or umbrella might be needed. Children are to bring their own water, recess, fruit and lunch. Students are to wear their school uniform. They can bring a smaller backpack instead of their school bag to carry their gear on the day or share a school back pack between two or more friends and take it in turns to carry. Shoes with a good tread should be worn as the track might be slippery or have loose stones.


Planned Itinerary

  • Students will need to arrive at school by 8:45am and come directly to the classroom to be checked on the roll. At 8:50am (first bell) we will head outside to line up outside the school. The bus will depart the school at 9:00am. The bus is expected to arrive at the park around 9:25am.
  • We will first be walking down to Playford Lake then onto Echo Tunnel. Once we are at Echo Tunnel we will check to see if it is safe to pass through and back. If so, groups will pass through this.
  • From Echo Tunnel we will go to the Belair Nursery and in staggered groups have a 5-10 minute walk around inside. After seeing the nursery we will walk around Old Government House on the outside then go down to the Adventure playground where we can have our lunch, explore the surroundings and play on the equipment.
  • Students will have the opportunity in pairs or small groups to do a very easy orienteering course from the Adventure Playground. If we have enough time after lunch, we will go for a further walk into the park.
  • The bus will pick us up from the Adventure Playground and we will depart at 2:10 pm. We will arrive back at the school at 2:30 pm.
  • Please make payment by this Friday. Thank you to the volunteering parents who have returned their slips and have current DCSI and RAN training we have sent confirmation to those involved. We look forward to having you along for the day.


Kind regards,

Des Norman, Krista Gill, Katina Athanasos

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