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Congratulations Hannah Errington winner of the Jean Pavey Award

Hannah Errignton is the 20th Le Fevre High School student to be awarded a merit ( 20/20) in the 20 year history of the subject out of 70 such winners across the state. To celebrate this amazing milestone for Hannah and our school The Jean Pavey Award was recently presented to Hannah by Hon Dr Susan Close MP, Minister of Education and member for Port Adelaide at Le Fevre  in front of an audience of previous Le Fevre High recipients, staff and proud family members. We offer our sincere congratulations to Hannah on this wonderful achievement  and also acknowledge the outstanding work of teachers Anne Bourke and Gedda Dale Little who have delivered this course  to so many highly achieving students at Le Fevre over the 20 year period.

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Welcome to the new school year

I would like to share some preliminary news of the school and to welcome all students, staff members, parents and friends to the 2016 school year. I will be Acting Principal for the first four weeks of term 1 as Rob Shepherd is taking some well-deserved leave. Sarah Craddock will be Acting Assistant Principal of Daily Operations during this period of time whilst Craig Bailey and Troy Barker will be continuing in their respective Assistant Principal roles of Student Well-being and Curriculum.


Communication is vital in supporting our students in both academic performance and well-being. We would encourage all our families to ensure you have provided the school with your email address as this is often a more convenient method of communication for some people, along with your mobile phone number. These are even more crucial this year given the changes to the postal system and the delay which is more likely to occur in receiving mail. We would also encourage you to regularly visit the school web site as this contains a lot of useful information including the school calendar and Newsletter.


Throughout this year we will be having some facility upgrades. Over the course of the holidays we have already had some of our “temporary” buildings removed which has significantly changed the landscape of the school to the west of the site. These buildings will eventually be replaced by a new block of general purpose classrooms but in the meantime we are doing our best to cause minimal disruption to our curriculum. One of our buildings will be transformed into a Visual Arts Centre and the old one will be removed, along with another “temporary” building close to the admin area. Whilst a lot of work is being done during the course of school holidays, we will at times have some work happening during the term and will endeavour to keep this disruption to a minimum as well.


Our 2015 Year 12 students have again obtained very strong results, with many getting into their first choices at University and into other successful post school options. On behalf of the staff of the school, I congratulate these students on their achievements and wish them all every success in their endeavours. More information regarding our 2015 Year 12 results will be forthcoming in due course.


We have a number of staff appointments to the school at this time and I would like to inform you of those:


  • Marie Boettcher, Information Processing & Publishing/English teacher
  • George Moreitis, Mathematics teacher
  • Vandana Mahajan, Home Economics teacher
  • Peter Jamieson, Lab Manager
  • Terry Hortop, Administrative SSO


We welcome back Margie Tilbrook and Emily Newcombe from leave in 2015 and are very pleased to have them back on board. This term Rita Papillo will be taking leave and will return in term 2. We also have two new appointments to Coordinator roles this year: Shona Mishra will be Arts Coordinator and Andrea West will be VET Coordinator.


Our Year Level Coordinators in Semester 1 as at 29 January are as follows:  Year 8: Mr Ty Duerden and Mr Liam Narcys who will also oversee the Transition programs with Mr Craig Bailey Assistant Principal, Year 9: Mr Ben Earle and Ms Andee Kalatzis, Year10: Mr James Dekort and Ms Marija Poljak-Nikolic, Year 11: Mr Ben Jones, and Year 12: Ms Kylie Hill for the first four weeks then Ms Sarah Craddock will return to this role.


As a school community we have many exciting opportunities unfolding before us. This year we will continue with developments in the Maritime Engineering Program as a part of our Maritime High School and the STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) programs, especially in relation to our emerging partnerships with the neighbouring Primary Schools. We also look forward to welcoming a number of new International students and visiting programs from Indonesia into the school this year.


We look forward to a very successful academic year again in 2016.  Our “Focus on Learning” will be at the centre of our endeavours and students will be expected to arrive punctually at class with their appropriate learning equipment. Further we will not permit students to use their mobile phones in class or access social media sites during lesson time unless they are given explicit approval by the relevant class teacher at the time. (See the Parent and Student Handbook in our Policies section of this website for further information on Mobile Phones and other relevant policies.)


Please feel welcome to drop into the school to say hello and meet me (or Rob Shepherd upon his return) if you have not already done so. There is a special Year 8 Parent’s Acquaintance evening on Monday 15 February followed by the Annual General Meeting of the Governing Council. Please think about nominating for the Governing Council and attending this important meeting. Also on Wednesday 10 February there will be a Year 12 Parent and Student information evening. More details will be sent out via students about these functions. I will be available for informal discussions at the conclusion of these meetings.


I wish all students a very successful and happy year.


Kindest regards,


Jean Perry

Acting Principal


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Le Fevre Students awarded at the Subs in Schools project

LE FEVRE HIGH SCHOOL has a triumph at Sea…

Our Submariner Students ( Stage 1 Naval Engineering ) HAVE WON THE SEA TRIALS in the  – Submarines in Schools –  Competition overseen by ASC and the SAAB Corporation. THIS MEANS THAT WE HAVE THE BEST OPERATIONAL SUBMARINE OF ANY SCHOOL ANYWHERE IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA AND QUEENSLAND (who were competing guests also).

This is an excellent outcome for our “ Maritime High School of South Australia “ programs

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The names of our Submarine Technologies students are :

Nikayla Cartwright, Jake Cliff, Jason Dixon, Mitchell Lunnay, Jack Lyle, Ashley Mallon, Lachlan Mann, Ben McCormick, Miroslav Micanovic, Mikhalia Rowen, Tania Sensuree and Aaron Thorne.

Congratulations to these students and their very capable teacher, Mr Thierry Herman

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Le Fevre Students awarded at the Subs in Schools project


Our Submariner Students ( Stage 1 Naval Engineering ) HAVE WON THE SEA TRIALS in the  – Submarines in Schools –  Competition overseen by ASC and the SAAB Corporation. THIS MEANS THAT WE HAVE THE BEST OPERATIONAL SUBMARINE OF ANY SCHOOL ANYWHERE IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA AND QUEENSLAND( who were competing guests also ).

The names of our Submarine Technologies award winning studnets are :

Nikayla Cartwright, Jake Cliff, Jason Dixon, Mitchell Lunnay, Jack Lyle, Ashley Mallon, Lachlan Mann, Ben McCormick, Miroslav Micanovic, Mikhalia Rowen, Tania Sensuree and Aaron Thorne.

Congratulations all!

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RSL Virtual War Memorial

Congratulations to Rachel for her work on the RSL SA Virtual  Memorial  Reference group. LFHS students along with a group of other schools’ students will work to research individual service people’s military history on this web site. Great history work contributing to our national story! Relevant, engaging, and REAL. Great learning … spot on Rachel!

Regards Rob


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Australian Vocational Student Prize

We are delighted to announce that Cameron Seery and Jasmin Broadbridge, graduating students from 2014 have been recognised as recipients of the very prestigious AUSTRALIAN VOCATIONAL STUDENT PRIZE. These students have been recognised for their outstanding skill and achievement levels while completing vocational training in senior secondary years in 2014. We offer them our sincere congratulations.


Rob Shepherd, Principal



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Building upgrade and Redevelopments

I am delighted and proud  to advise that after making  what has been described to me as ‘consistent, compelling and persistent’ representations to our department Le Fevre High is one of 5 schools to have been identified in the State 2015-2016 budget to receive monies towards a building redevelopment. I was delighted to receive a phone call from local member for Lee the Hon Steve Mullighan MP Minister for Infrastructure and Transport on Thursday 18th June advising me of this outcome. The next day I heard from our Minister for Education and member for Port Adelaide the Hon Dr Susan Close MP. Please see an extract of her letter to me below:

Dear Mr Shepherd

 As part of the 2015/16 State Budget, I am pleased to advise your school is one of the five schools to be allocated capital funds for major works.

 This project is part of a $50 million Schools and Preschools Capital Works stimulus package designed to generate local employment following the closure of the automotive industry.

 This will involve an upgrade and refurbishment of your facilities.

 The other four schools to receive an allocation of funds under the Capital Works stimulus package are:

  • Christies Beach High School and South Vocational College Disability Unit
  • Christies Downs Primary School
  • Fremont-Elizabeth City High School
  • Swallowcliffe School P-7


There will be a meeting very soon with DECD representatives to begin the planning of this development as it will occur within the 2015-2016 financial year.  I will keep you informed of the details as they come to hand. I gratefully acknowledge the considerable support of our Governing Council and our Executive team in supporting my endeavours for this upgrade over several years!

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Soccer at Le Fevre High School

Special SOCCER Program Starting at LeFevre High in 2016


Dear Principals and Year 6/7 Students


Over many years Le Fevre High School has offered a specialist Rugby League course. Based on our consultation with primary and secondary age students and their parents, a number of Primary Principals, our staff and Governing Council and community members we have decided to phase out this program from 2016. We thought it important to pass this information to our local Primary School communities no was it is a variation from the prospectus distributed at the time of our Open Night in March2015.

Instead we will commence the offering of a special SOCCER program in association with the FFSA and local Soccer clubs initially for years 8 and 9 students in 2016.

This is a fantastic opportunity for both female and male students who have a passion for Soccer or who may have a budding interest in this area.

It is expected that students who choose this option will be committing to this high level program across Years 8-11; however, there will be various exit points at each year level. In order to remain a member of the program students will need to demonstrate their willingness to succeed, both academically and practically, in anongoing way.

An expression of interest form with more details will accompany enrolment documents sent out to all enrolling students once the allocation of year 7 students is made to High Schools later in the year.

For further information please do not hesitate to contact myself, or Liam Narcys here at LeFevre High School.


Kind regards,

Rob Shepherd


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Congratulations to Year 11 student Ben Mimlich

He has

  • been bowling for 5 years
  • won the 2014 NSW junior restricted masters championship.
  • came runner up in the 2015 SA junior restricted masters championship.
  • competed in tournaments in Orange
  • came first for league bowling 2 years in a row
  • won many other awards from league bowling


The accompanying photos  include an action shot of Ben whilst bowling which was taken during the 2014 NSW junior state championships and Ben  standing next to Jason Belmonte who is the current Ten Pin world champion three years in a row and Ben  holding a trophy that I won for coming second in the SA junior state championships for 2015.



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