Friday 2nd September 2022

Principal's News

Career experts are advocating for children to be thinking about potential vocations as young as nine and are calling on the Australian Curriculum to introduce a career education to students following a parliamentary inquiry in the UK.

At Annesley, we understand the need to prepare our students for an ever-changing future and there are many ways that we are preparing our primary-aged students for their future in the strong belief we hold in the capability of the young people we work alongside each day.

  • Strength-focused program: Our students are continually given opportunities to reflect upon their strengths and what this means for working alongside others.
  • Enterprise: Students from Reception to Year 7 are given time each week to explore their passions and add value to the world around them through innovative, creative pursuits.
  • Mentor programs: Our students regularly connect with industry experts as mentors to deepen and extend their learning, including Annesley administration staff such as our Business Manager, our Risk and Compliance officer and our Accounts team.
  • Cleland partnership: Our Base 6/7 students enjoy a 5 week program at Cleland as part of The Quest. In this time they choose a professional to shadow for the day, it may be a Scientist, Vet, Café Manager, Wildlife Keeper or Operations Manager.
  • Baptist Care partnerhip: During Base 6/7 Quest, students again partner with Baptist SA and engage in volunteering opportunities to serve lunch and coffee to their community.
  • Bouncing Bean Café: Our student-led café has been created as an authentic learning space for our Year 6/7 students to develop work related skills. They run one hour shifts across the week and are appointed to this role once they have submitted a resume and been through an interview.
  • Unify: A Year 6 student enterprise ‘Unify’ from 2021 now provides the opportunity for a group of Year 4 students to work in the Unify shop. Twice a week, they collect donations, label items, promote, display and sell.
  • Roles at Annesley: Students at Annesley regularly engage in roles around the school to give them a sense of purpose and belonging, examples being collecting and delivering mail, sorting lost property, school crossing duty, assisting with uniforms.

Contemporary Learning Tour

On Tuesday of Week 5, we hosted 35 teachers from Lutheran schools across Adelaide, regional South Australia and interstate. They requested a visit to Annesley as part of their Contemporary Learning Tour to inspire innovation and creativity with their professional network. Our Leadership Team shared the vision and practices of Annesley, sharing our approach to develop student voice in their learning, empowering them as Assessment Capable Learners and also our Enterprise program where we are enabling students to create impact and take action. A highlight was these educators visiting Base 6/7 and seeing these students engage in highly personalised and co-constructed, goal-orientated learning programs facilitated by their mentor Dylan. They were then served coffee by these students at the Bouncing Bean afterwards.

Staffing Update

We have received the resignation of Tayla who was a key member of the Grevillea Team in the ELC. We are grateful for the impact she had while working at Annesley in the lives of our young students and know that she will be missed.

We have successfully appointed two new staff to Administration roles, one as an EA to the Executive (Principal, Leadership Team and School Council) and an Admin Assistant to replace Kathy’s previous role. Catherine and Lauren will be able to start in the final week of Term 3 at Annesley. We can’t wait for them to join our team!


Students in Reception – Year 7 can arrive at school from 8:30am. For the safety of our students, students arriving earlier than 8:30am must be supervised by their parent/carer or attend our Before School Care Program. Please contact Leigh Laidler , Co-ordinator of Licensed Services, to arrange either casual or permanent bookings at our OSHC service.


This year we have been able to add Debating to our Strength programs for students in Base 5 and Base 6/7. The students have been fortunate to work with our expert Debating Coach, Ann Langman each week to prepare for five debates held over two terms against other schools on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. We are proud of the skills that our students have brought to this challenge and the new ones they have developed through their workshops with Ann, their growth mindset and willingness to try new things.

Congratulations to the following students who have represented Annesley exceptionally well this year in our three debating teams, who enjoyed wins and losses and many received ‘Speaker of the Debate’ awards!

Base 6/7


Base 5


The PYP Advantage Part 3: Concept Based Curriculum

Spotlight on Enterprise

Enterprise in Reception and Year 1 provides students with regular time to explore and develop their passions, interests and skills in creative ways through play. Students are encouraged to refine and extend their ideas and creations over time and are exposed to the idea that we can create products that add value for ourselves and others.

This term, a group of passionate Reception students have been working with our Property Manager Jim to build a cubby made out of cardboard. Seeing their vision come to life has been very exciting and their skills and passions furthered as they have worked alongside their expert mentor.

Primary News

Reception Jodie and Katie Video News

Science News - Oliphant Science Awards

The Oliphant Science Awards is an annual competition for students from Reception to Year 12. Learning science encourages students to develop a range of skills such as observation, prediction and communication as well as expanding their knowledge within and between the diverse domains of science.

The Oliphant Science Awards provide students with an opportunity to expand their scientific literacy, by showing interest and understanding in the world around them and engaging in discussions about science.

The South Australian Science Teachers Association (SASTA) has conducted The Oliphant Science Awards every year since their inception in 1981, with Sir Mark Oliphant the patron of the competition named in his honour. The Awards recognise the excellent work of students with prizes in each age group and category, along with Sponsor and school prizes for outstanding achievements.

Congratulations to the following students who entered the awards this year:

Lachlan, Kira, Oliver, Daisy, Isabella, Stella, Elsie, James, Harriet, Pascha, Benjamin, Sophie, Evo, Tobias, Ginevra, Amelie, Arthur, Elise, Eliza, Audrey, Bella, Saskia and Lucy.


Special mention to:

Audrey for a Highly Commended in R-2 Scientific Inquiry

Ginevra for a Highly Commended in R-2 Scientific Inquiry

Tobias for a Highly Commended in 4-5 Games


All prize winners were on display at the recent Science Alive event at the Wayville showgrounds and the award winning entries are now available to view on the Oliphant Science Awards website.

Quest News

And so continues The Quest!

Resilience has been a key focus of Base 5’s Quest adventures. Only a week after summiting Mt Lofty, Base 5 battled icy winds and consistent rain at Glenthorne National Park. Students assisted park rangers to plant a variety native species as the state government’s work continues in creating a new National Park.

Base 3 returned to Adelaide Zoo after a week at the Adelaide Botanic Gardens. Students met with Zoo staff and discussed the key features of habitats. Finally, they took this information and created a unique habitat for one of the Zoo’s resident lizards. Annesley staff and parents were blown away by the depth of knowledge and understanding that Base 3 students displayed in what was a truly memorable day!

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