Friday June 21

Annesley News Issue 224

Principal’s News from the Director of Learning and Teaching

Student-Led Conferences


Last year a teacher-initiated focus group undertook a review of our practices for reporting on student learning with parents. This review included a survey of staff and parents to ascertain which of our reporting practices were most valued and how they could be enhanced.

A key finding from the survey was that parents would value the opportunity to speak with their class teachers at our conferences. Based on the feedback and recommendations of the group we are adjusting the format of our Student Led Conference this year to include a 15-minute 3-Way Conference in our Primary School between the student, parents and their class teacher.

What is a 3-Way Conference?
A 3-Way Conference actively involves students, parents and teachers in reflecting on student progress and setting future goals together. Our 3-Way Conferences will continue to place the student at the heart of the assessment and reporting process. Students will share what they have learnt, identifying the next steps and discussing with parents and teachers how they can achieve them. An effective 3-Way Conference will strengthen home-school partnerships and allow children to see their parents and teacher working together with and for them.

Conference Times and Bookings
Student Led Conferences will take place once this year in Weeks 2 and 3 of Term 3 at the following dates and times:

On Day 1 of Term 3, we will invite you via School Stream to schedule a 15-minute 3-Way Conference with your child’s class teacher using Parent Teacher Online (PTO).

The format for visiting Specialist areas during our Student Led Conferences has not changed. In addition to the classroom 3-Way Conference, your child can take you to some of their specialist learning spaces to discuss and share their learning in other areas (Science, Technologies, Art, Health & Physical Education, French, and the Performing Arts).

We hope you will all be able to join us for Student Led Conferences in Term 3, helping our children to build their assessment-capability, so essential for their ongoing success as life-long learners.

David Taylor
Director of Learning and Teaching

"STAR WARTS" A SMASH HIT! A Base 5 production

Last night, the Base 5 play, “Star Warts – The Umpire Strikes Back,” delighted audiences with its incredible and comedic performance. The students’ portrayal of eccentric characters was both brilliant and endearing, bringing laughter and joy to the audience. 

The performances were nothing short of brilliant, each student embodying their characters with humour and heart.

We are immensely proud of our students for their dedication and hard work in learning their lines and choreography, and for their courage in stepping onto the stage with such confidence. This production wouldn’t have been the success it was without the guidance and creativity of our amazing Performing Arts teacher, Sophie Waller. A big thank you also goes out to Kim Probin, Darren Richardson, Pete Morton, and Matt Eldridge for their invaluable support throughout this celestial journey. The evening was not just a showcase of talent but a celebration of learning, growth, and the wonderful spirit of our Annesley school community.

Join us for a celebration!

Term 2 Quest finale

Base 6 have rounded out their Quest Outdoor Classroom program for the term with a visit to the Forktree Project along with Mt Biking and Kayaking at Happy Valley Reservoir.

The Forktree project provided the perfect backdrop for students to put into action some of the concepts they had been unpacking throughout the term. They volunteered their time to plant a variety of native trees onsite and help out with various tasks across the day.

Happy Valley Reservoir turned on a cold day for students as they rode the Boundary Track and completed a 12km mt bike loop. The day finished with a paddle and play on the water, refreshing and honing their skills in preparation for the Road Trip kayaking experiences that lay ahead in Term 4.

Congratulations to our young poets

Congratulations to Alba and Max for representing Annesley at the IPSHA Interschool Poetry Recital Competition 2024, held at St Peter’s College. Competing against 30 participants from IPSHA schools across Adelaide, you made us incredibly proud. Your performances were confident and expressive using all the skills learnt in practices in performance and text analysis. Well done on your outstanding efforts. Special mention to Larry Waller who assisted both students with their understanding and performing techniques to bring Shakespeare to life and Sophie Waller who facilitated Annesley students to be part of this competition.

Grandparents and Special Friends Day

Last week, Annesley was delighted to welcome Grandparents and Special Friends to join our Base 3 and ELC students for two special mornings. We made special memories while laughing, sharing, and learning together. Thank you to everyone who came along.

Stories from Base 3 camp

Budding Lunch invites the family to the table

On Wednesday, Annesley Families joined us to observe our students enjoy a nutritious Budding Lunch meal prepared by the talented Africola team. Afterwards, parents savoured the same delicious lunch crafted by Africola chef Duncan Welgemoed. Duncan passionately discussed the Budding Lunch program and the seasonal, healthy, sustainable focused menus they provide for our children to learn about food. Our Principal Jo emphasised its importance in encouraging healthy eating habits and social skills among our children to support their learning and grow healthy bodies.

We are very proud of our successful Budding Lunch program, keep an eye out for Term 3 registrations on School Stream.

Keeping it casual! Last day of term fun

Our student Board of Directors have arranged a causal clothes day on Friday for our R-6 students. Each class have also been invited to select a fun activity to enjoy as we celebrate the end of a busy and memorable term.

Local Buy Annesley Market

Musical Bingo! Parent event

Budding Canteen by Africola

Our partnership with Africola continues to provide a healthy and nutritious canteen option for our Annesley students. In line with our Nutrition Policy, we are committed to offering ‘real food’ to fuel our students’ bodies for learning, health, and growth. Budding Canteen by Africola delivers high-quality, child-friendly food as a convenient ‘take away’ option. Place your orders by 5pm every Thursday via the Qkr app for students to enjoy during their first break on Friday mornings.

Supervision before and after school

A reminder to Primary families that supervision for our students is provided from 8.30am on school grounds. Prior to this time, students are not to be left onsite without an adult family member. Our Before School OSHC Service is available to families requiring early supervision from 7.30am to 8.30am. Similarly, staff supervision is provided after school until 3.45pm. OSHC is available to families needing care after school until 6pm.

Annesley uniform

We have a uniform at Annesley to create a sense of belonging, identity and equity. It is an expectation that Annesley students are wearing correct Annesley uniform when attending school. As the cooler weather sets in, winter uniform items can be ordered through the Uniform Purchase Form on School Stream and purchases will be delivered to students within three days of ordering. Second-hand uniform items are available in Unify – our student, driven pre-loved uniform shop. This can be accessed any time in our Bouncing Bean Café which is open:

  • 8.15am – 9am each day
  • 3pm to 4pm Wednesdays


We welcome donations of pre-loved uniform for Unify to our Front Office anytime.

Calling for Unify donations

Calling all families to donate gently used Annesley uniforms to Unify, our student-led pop-up shop for second-hand uniforms. Your contribution not only promotes sustainability but also helps support many of the school’s initiatives. Your ongoing participation is greatly appreciated and contributes to the continued success of our school community. Donations can be left in the Unify tub located in the Front Office.

Bouncing Bean hours

Our Bouncing Bean Café and Unify Second-Hand store are open at the following times each week:

Before School: 8.15am – 9am, Everyday
Morning Break: 11.05am – 11.45am, Everyday
Wednesday Afternoons: 3pm – 4pm

Grandparents and Special Friends Days 2024

We warmly welcome our Grandparents and special friends to join us on the following dates. These special event dates have been planned and integrated into the students learning experiences in each year level. Teaching staff will share more details as these events approach.

ELC:  Wednesday 12th June
Reception: Wednesday 6th November
Year 1: Friday 30 August
Year 2: Thursday 8th August
Year 3: Tuesday 11th June
Year 4: Monday 19th August
Year 5: Thursday 17th October
Year 6: Tuesday 14th May 

Upcoming Dates Term 1 and Term 2

Friday 21st June: Mid Year Reception Transition Visit
Wednesday 26th June: ELC Orientation Day
Thursday 27th June: Local Buy Annesley Market
Friday 28th June: Last Day of Term 2

Wednesday 31st July: Community Celebration – Completion of Masterplan
Thursday 8th August: Year 2 Grandparents and Special Friends Day
Monday 19th August: Base 4 Grandparents and Special Friends Day
Friday 23rd August: Book Week Parade
Friday 30th August: Year 1 Grandparents and Special Friends Day



Would you like to volunteer at Annesley?

Our website now has a volunteering page under the Community Tab that outlines clearly the process we require our family members to follow to volunteer at Annesley. This process meets legislative requirements in order to keep our children and volunteers safe at Annesley. See more here.