Burton Primary School Newsletter

Term 1, Week 1 2024

From the Principal

Dear Families,

Welcome back to another school year. We wish all new and returning families a great 2024, and look forward to working collaboratively to support the growth of each and every one of your children. A special welcome goes to our new Receptions and students in other year groups starting Burton Primary School for the first time. Starting a new school requires a lot of bravery, so it is great to see how quickly they have settled in.

Along with new students, we welcome a number of new staff too. These are highlighted, alongside their role, below:

- Claire Morichaud – Wellbeing and Inclusion Leader

- Brianna Manoel – Class Teacher – Room 23

- Eliza Abejo – Class Teacher – Room 14

- Sophie Clery – SSO

- Kylie Miles – SSO

- Emily Bini – SSO

As you are all probably aware, I am also new as your Principal. My name is Kaylem Short and I am very proud to be the Principal of Burton Primary School. I would like to acknowledge you all for the warm welcome I have received. Michael Hosking retired at the end of last year and we thank him for all his hard work during his time at Burton, and wish him all the best in retirement.

I have worked for the Department for the last 7 years, where I began as a teacher at a school in the Adelaide Hills, before moving to Ingle Farm Primary School taking up a number of roles in leadership. Prior to this, I taught in the UK for the Department for Education over a period of 2 years.

A little bit about me. I grew up in Kent, England before moving to Australia in 2014. I have a partner (Stacey) who also works in education and a son (Leo) who is 2 years old. Stacey is currently pregnant with twins, so if I disappear for a short time at the end of February, I haven’t left, I’m looking after my family as she recovers. I love sport and staying active, where I still play state level football (soccer). Receiving a quality education and having teachers that invested in me played a huge part in who and where I am today, and I see it as my duty to continue to provide similar opportunities for the children of today.

We are extremely confident that our students will enjoy their year at Burton Primary School. We look forward in continuing to get to know each family and grow the connections between home and school. I would like to encourage communication as a strong focus, so please continue to communicate through Seesaw for day-to-day contact.

Please be reminded that school starts at 8:45am (gates open at 8:30am) and finishes at 3:05pm. It is important that students attend for the entirety of the school day. Early dismissal or late arrival needs to go through the Front Office. Reasons for these need to be provided to the class teacher and/or office as soon as possible

Term 1 is also a term that requires students to where hats. Please ensure your child has a bucket hat with their name on it. Students without a hat will be required to be in the shade during lunch and recess.

Looking forward to working in partnership with you for a great 2024,

Kaylem Short


Welcome back!

I hope you have enjoyed your break and that you are excited for the new year ahead.

Like some of you, I am new to the site and would like to introduce myself.

My name is Claire Morichaud and I am the new Assistant Principal – Wellbeing and Inclusion. My role is to support students/families and staff with any wellbeing matter and making sure that every student is being catered for so they can positively engage in their learning.

Prior to join Burton Primary School, I was the Wellbeing Leader and the Autism Inclusion Teacher at Nuriootpa Primary School as well as the Autism Inclusion Teacher at Angaston Primary School.

My goal for 2024 is to build stronger relationships between school, students, families and the community in order to increase engagement and enjoyment around learning and school in general.

Being an active part of a community is something that means a lot to me and that is why I spend a lot of my spare time supporting my local CFS Brigade as an active firefighter as well as supporting rural communities on Yorke Peninsula as a volunteer Ambulance Officer.

I also enjoy spending time with my horses, playing Beach Volleyball and going surfing.

I value pro-active communication and therefore have an open door policy so don’t hesitate to come and say hi.

Have a great school year!

Claire Morichaud

Assistant Principal - Wellbeing and Inclusion

Friendly reminder - Morning drop off area

Friendly reminder to all families and students.  Each morning, all student's must remain within the Courtyard area.  All others areas are out of bounds to all, due to not having any staff members on duty in those areas.

Thank you

Road Crossing training - Year 5/6 students

Our Year 5/6 students will be trained to act as Road Crossing Monitors on Monday 5th February 2024 at 2.15pm. As a Road Crossing Monitors, the students will be authorised in accordance with the Road Traffic Act to exhibit a stop sign on a children’s crossing, for the purpose of requiring drivers to stop before driving over the children’s crossing; and to give reasonable directions to pedestrians at or on the crossing.

Meet and Greet Night - Tuesday February 13th

Dear Families and carers,

We would like to invite you to our Meet and Greet Night on Tuesday 13th February 2024 from 4.30pm to 5.30pm.

It is a great opportunity for the school community to meet and get to know each other.

Teachers, leadership and the front office team will be available to answer your questions.

We will also have special guests such as The Smith Family. Sarah is excited to meeting all our families. Our school Governing Council will also be in attendance. So if having an input into your child’s schooling is something you are interested in, feel free to come and meet our Governing Council.

Finally, we are also very privileged to have The Lions Club cooking a BBQ on the night – Gold coin donation. 


4.30pm - Principal's Welcome

4.45pm - 5:15pm BBQ will be running - gold coin donation

4.35pm - 5.30pm - classrooms will be open

Term 1 Calendar

Gates open : 8:30am - If you need to drop your child at school earlier than 8:30am, then they need to be booked into OSHC, as there is no teacher on duty until 8:30am.For all OSHC bookings, please call and speak to Michelle on 0488 200 207.

Start time: 8:45am - Anytime after 8:45am your child needs to come via the office to get a late slip.

Finish time: 3:05pm

School office hours: 8am-3:30pm.

For absences, please send an SMS before 9am to our absentee line: 0428218669 (available 24/7) or call the office on 82806277 during office hours.

Canteen orders available through the QKR app.

Parking:  Please make sure to park your vehicles in dedicated parking areas.  Please do not park your cars on the verge, especially the entrance near the oval.  The council monitor this on a regular basis, and do hand out fines to those parked in the incorrect areas.

2024 School Card application now open!

Nut Awareness and Allergies

To raise awareness regarding severe allergies and to provide a safe learning environment for all members of the Burton Primary School community, the following management strategies are in place:

·       Parents and caregivers are requested not to send food to school that contain nuts. This includes peanut paste, Nutella, all nuts and nut cooking oils, as well as foods containing nuts

·       Students are encouraged not to share food.

·       Students are encouraged to wash hands after eating.

·       Staff supervising eating at lunchtime. When teachers notice nut product being bought into the classroom the identified child will be sent to the front office to eat their lunch.

·       All children are encouraged to wash their hands.

·       Staff are made aware of students and staff who have anaphylactic responses, including nut allergies. 

·       Staff participating in first aid training in understanding and dealing with Anaphylaxis (severe allergic reactions).

·       School lunch providers complying with the Nut Awareness Policy.

·       Parents and caregivers being requested not to send boxes that have previously contained nut products, e.g. cereal boxes, muesli bars with nuts, cake boxes, biscuits.

Mobile Phones

If it is absolutely necessary for a student to bring a mobile phone to school it must be signed in at the school  office before school and collected by them at the end of the day after dismissal,.  This also relates to any watches which can make and receive phone calls/messages.

Disability parking spots

Please remember, unless you hold and display your Disability Permit, you are not permitted to park in the disabled parking spots.  We have many families who need to use these spots.

Please be considerate to others.

Thank you

How to install the QkR! app

Adelaide will host some of the fittest, fastest and strongest international and Australian athletes in the first national series event of the year – ahead of the 2024 Paris Olympics and Paralympics – at the 2024 Chemist Warehouse Adelaide Invitational. Come and see our biggest names in track and field, including Matthew Clarke, Matt Denny and Bree Masters. Tickets on sale now.

What: 2024 Chemist Warehouse Adelaide Invitational

When: February 10. Gates open at 5.00pm. Entertainment commences at 5.30pm. Athletics starts at 6.30pm.

Where: SA Athletics Stadium, 145 Railway Terrace, Mile End Info: https://www.athleticssa.com.au/our-events/adelaide-invitational/

We are on Facebook

Dear Families,   Burton Primary School is on Facebook! Being on Facebook will allow us to communicate more easily with families. 

Liking our page will enable you to see our posts. You can like our page by going to    


This page will be used alongside SeeSaw and Skoolbag to communicate about events and learning at the school and within the community. We encourage parents to comment and message to provide feedback, ask questions and contribute to the Burton Primary School community. We ask that you read the following guidelines to ensure the page is used safely and respectfully. 

Comments which are:  

- Abusive, harassing, threatening, defamatory, offensive or attacking others 

- Identifying students, staff, families or members of the community in a negative or disrespectful manner.  

Will be removed by our Administrators. 

 If you have a specific concern we recommend you contact the school directly via email dl.1844.info@schools.sa.edu.au or by phone on 8280 6277.  

Kind Regards,   

Burton Staff

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Our vision

Burton Primary School's vision is to develop lifelong learners who can positively contribute to their rapidly-changing world.  Our aim is for students to attain high levels of literacy and numeracy along with information and communication and technical skills.