Our School

School Communication


Letter to Parents 28th January 2022 Return to School

Letter to Parents 28th January 2022 COVID Safety

Letter to Parents 20th January 2022

Letter to Parents 17th January 2022


10th December 2021 Leadership Update

10th December Year 7 to High School Update SAPOL

3rd December 2021 Leadership Update

3rd December 2021 Year 7 to High School Update

3rd December 2021 Year 7 to High School Update SAPOL

26th November 2021 Leadership Update

26th November 2021 Year 7 to High School Update

19th November 2021 Leadership Update

19th November 2021 Year 7 to High School Update

12th November 2021 Leadership Update

12th November 2021 Year 7 to High School Update

5th November 2021 Leadership Update

5th November 2021 Year 7 to High School Update

29 October 2021 Leadership Update

22 October 2021 Leadership Update

22 October Year 7 to High School Update

15 October 2021 Leadership Update

15 October 2021 Vaccination Letter to Parents

24 September 2021 Leadership Update

17 September 2021 Leadership Update

2 September 2021 Leadership Update

27 August 2021 Book Week Leadership Update

20 August 2021 Leadership Update

13 August 2021 Leadership Update

6 August 2021 Leadership Update

2 August 2021 Year 6/7 to High School Update

2 August 2021 Leadership Update

30 July 2021 Leadership Update

27 July 2021 Covid Update

20 July 2021 Covid Update

20 July 2021 Covid Update

2 July 2021 Leadership Update

24 June 2021 Year 7 to High School Update

24 June 2021 NCCD Letter

24 June 2021 Leadership Update

18 June 2021 Leadership Update

11 June 2021 Year 6 to High School Update

11 June 2021 Leadership Update

4 June 2021 Fact Sheet for Parents Guardians and Carers

4 June 2021 Leadership Update

28 May 2021 Year 7 to High School Update

28 May 2021 Leadership Update

21 May 2021 Leadership Update

14 May 2021 Uniform Policy

14 May 2021 Leadership Update

14 May 2021 Year 7 to High School Update

7 May 2021 Leadership Update

30 April 2021 Year 7 Update

30 April 2021 NAPLAN Testing

30 April Leadership Update

26 April 2021 Leadership Update

9 April 2021 Leadership Update

1 April 2021 Year 7 to High School Update

1 April 2021 Leadership Update

12 March 2021 Year 7 Parent Information Evening

12 March 2021 Sports Day Program

12 March 2021 Leadership Update

12 March 2021 WEC Parent Letter

4 March 2021 Year 7 to High School Update

4 March 2021 NAPLAN 2021

4 March 2021 Leadership Update

26 February 2021 Leadership Update

19 February 2021 Leadership Update

12 February 2021 Leadership Update

5 February 2021 Leadership Update

29 January 2021 Acquaintance Night

29 January 2021 Canberra Update

22 January 2021 Leadership Update

Term Calendars


Paul Taylor Principal
Anthea Bartlett Deputy Principal
Office Administration
Joanne Aylmore SSO – Finance Officer
Joanne Hines SSO – Administration
Sam Slattery SSO – Administration
Trudy McCard SSO – Uniform Shop Manager
Junior Primary Unit
Amy Lawson/Adele Taylor Teacher – Reception
Jackie Wood/Vanessa Chaptini Teacher – Reception/Year 1
Lesia Phillips/Dean Carter Teacher - Year 1/2
Katharine Pooley/Alicia Parrish Teacher – Year 1/2
Middle Primary Unit
Merri James/Danielle Butcher Teacher – Year 2/3
Liz Loveday/Lauren Rawling Teacher – Year 3/4
Upper Primary Unit
Claire Bosworth Teacher - Year 4/5
Cameron Wright Teacher – Year 5/6
Wendy Lane Teacher – Year 6/7
Kathryn Liscombe Teacher – Year 6/7
Specialist Teachers
Angela Kay Teacher – Digital Technologies
Jack Beaton Teacher – Japanese
Dean Carter Teacher – Physical Education & Health
Angela Kay Teacher – Performing Arts/Choir
Student Service Officer (SSO)
Sheena-Margot Lavelle SSO – SAKG Kitchen Specialist
Cheryl Huxtable SSO – Class Support
Carlee Hay SSO – Class Support
Courtney Nicolle SSO – Class Support
Miriam Edwards SSO – Class Support
Christine Thomas SSO – Class Support
Robyn Overduin SSO – Class Support/Library Officer
Wendy Nicolle SSO – Class Support/SAKG Garden Specialist
Pastoral Care Worker
Caragh Larsen
The School Day

The School Day at Happy Valley runs as follows:

8.30am - 8.55am Arrive at School
8.55am School Starts
9.10am - 10.00am Lesson
10.00am - 10.50am Lesson
10.50am - 11.10am RECESS
11.10am - 12.05pm Lesson
12.05pm - 12.55pm Lesson
12.55pm - 1.05pm LUNCH - Eating
1.05pm - 1.35pm LUNCH - Playing
1.35pm - 2.25pm Lesson
2.25pm - 3.15pm Lesson
3.15pm School Finishes
3.15pm - 3.30pm Student Pickup
Term Dates


Term 1: 27 January - 9 April
Term 2: 27 April - 2 July
Term 3: 19 July - 24 September
Term 4: 11 October - 10 December


Term 1: 31 January - 14 April
Term 2: 2 May - 8 July
Term 3: 25 July - 30 September
Term 4: 17 October - 16 December


The Kookaburra Canteen is open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday offering a range of delicious, healthy, homemade meals and snacks.
Our Menu adheres to the Rite Bite SA criteria.

Our aim is to use our own organic produce, fresh and seasonal wherever possible and to encourage our kids to make healthy choices by offering plenty of GREEN foods and fewer AMBER foods.

Please show your support wherever possible and help us to make Happy Valley Primary School a happy, healthy eating school where we can watch our kids thrive!

Thank you and happy eating.

Chantel Merrett

Canteen Manager

Direct Phone Line 8322 6579

Kookaburra Canteen Menu available here..........

Order through the Qkr! App for easy payment. For instructions on downloading the Qkr! App please click here.....

School Stream App

Here at Happy Valley Primary School we are using the School Stream App for all our communication - events calendar, notices, attendance, contact with office, change of details, school interviews, school blog, canteen menu, uniform orders and access to the website.

Please Download the School Stream App for your device or computer.

Governing Council

All parents/caregivers are welcome to nominate to be a part of Governing Council at Happy Valley Primary School.

Our Annual General Meeting is held in February each year.

Governing Council meetings are held twice a term, usually on the third and eighth Monday.

The number of parents on council must constitute a majority.  In addition to elected parents, a council shall also have as members the Principal of the school (ex officio), representatives of the school staff.

Office bearers are elected for a one year term from members of the Council at the first meeting following the Annual General Meeting.  Positions include Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer.

The Governing Council monitors the site operations and progress towards the broad directions set and the targets of the Site Learning Plan.  This is done at each governing council meeting where the principal and treasurer provide information and data as a part of their reports against the plans, priorities and budget.  A summary of these forms the basis of the Annual Report.

Listed below are our current Governing Council Members and their roles:

Paul Taylor - Principal (ex officio)

Anthea Bartlett - Deputy Principal

Michael Field - Chairperson

James Rundell - Deputy Chairperson

Corryn Thomas - Secretary/Treasurer

Tara Allen - Member

Lauren Ash - Member

Karla Brown - Member

Kelly Caddle - Member

Tahnee Eldridge - Member

Wendy Lane - Teacher Representative

Liz Loveday - Teacher Representative

Trudy McCard - Member

Helen Morgan - Member

Baden Nicholas - Member

Wendy Nicolle - Community Member

Renee Rayment - Member

Jane Rymell - Member

Annual Report
Context Statement
Site Improvement Plan
School History

Happy Valley Primary School has a very long history.

In 1852 there was a Happy Valley School but the exact location has not been determined.

In 1896 Happy Valley School was closed because of the Happy Valley Reservoir being built.

The original site is now covered by water.

A new school was opened in 1898.  During the next 60 -70 years Happy Valley was a small country school, but it was obvious that urban development would occur.

In 1968 the Education Department purchased eleven acres in anticipation of this growth.

The original school is now Chandlers Hill Kindergarten.

In 1980 a new building was built to the west of Education Road. Enrolments continued to grow and peaked in 1991.

During 1986 it was decided to establish a Junior Primary School which worked with the Primary School.

In 1998 the School celebrated its Centenary.

In 2013 the two schools amalgamated to form Happy Valley Primary School.

External School Review Report May 2021