Newsletter – Friday 1 April 2022

Message from the Principal

“Father God, come be with us today.
Fill our hearts with joy. Fill our minds with learning.
Fill our classrooms with peace. Fill our lessons with fun.
Fill our friendships with kindness. Fill our school with love.”

Dear Parents and Guardians

LENT- May this Lenten season be a time for discovering what we can experience through fasting. As well as fasting from food, we might also:
– Fast from mindless entertainment in order to experience the Word of God in scripture.
– Fast from shopping for something new and needless in order to share what we can with others from whom simple everyday survival is a constant struggle.
– Fast from an overly demanding schedule in order to rediscover the love of family and friends.
– Fast from anger, impatience and our need to be in control in order to recognise our humbleness before God.
– Fast from whatever keeps us from being centred fully in the love of God that bis especially present to us during this Lenten season.

RIDE TO SCHOOL – Thank you to Tina Reardon for her co-ordination of the ‘Ride to School’ day. We had a great number of families riding to school and enjoying the fabulous weather and company of others in the community. We have certainly noticed an increase in the amount of bikes coming to school and will look at the purchase of more bike racks in the near future.

SWIMMING CARNIVAL – We are praying for beautiful weather to enjoy our Swimming Carnival on Tuesday 5th April, at Bayswater Waves. Although the carnival must run a little differently, due to COVID restrictions, I am sure the Years 4 – 6 children will still have an enjoyable day supporting each other and having fun in the pool.
I would like to thank Mrs Alison Perrin, our Sport Teacher, for her thorough planning and organisation to ensure we have a fabulous event. I know the staff are ready and eager to assist on the day. I thank our families, in advance, for adhering to the restrictions and supporting from the dedicated Spectator Zone. As outlined in previous correspondence, Bayswater Waves have informed us that we can only have immediate family members in attendance, to ensure spectator numbers are within the centre’s limits.

COVID – I sincerely appreciate the feedback I am receiving from parents as I touch base each week with our families in isolation. The constant message of being supported and children having access to their learning is encouraging for our team. We have spent a great deal of time planning our response should Covid numbers rise in our state. The constant messages of gratitude are encapsulated by the following email.
“I just wanted to send a thank you note. We received a very kind and thoughtful voice message from Mrs Hutcheson today and we really appreciated her checking in and wishing us and Arabella well. Whilst Arabella is not feeling great, she is handling it well and staying positive. She was so surprised and felt very special that her School Principal had rang to wish her well!!
I also wanted to mention the wonderful Mrs Cameron. We had a rough night last night and all four of us were resting in bed trying to muster up the energy to get up when a SeeSaw message came through. It was a very special video from Mrs Cameron singing a good morning song 😊. We have now listened to it lots and lots and we all love it. It really helped us start our day.
We feel very blessed to be part of such a supportive community.
Thank you.”

LEAVERS’ SHIRTS – Today there was excitement in the air! Our wonderful Year 6 Leaders wore their Leavers’ Shirts for the first time. They all looked magnificent and very proud! Thank you to our Year 6 teachers who worked with the students on the design and coordinated the shirts and the new style. Feedback has been very positive.

STAFFING – This term, we will farewell Mrs Mary Gibbons and thank her for her dedicated service for over 6 and a half years. In her time Mary developed a robust, award wining, well- known and loved Art program in our community. I congratulate Mary on fulfilling her dream to return to the classroom. She will commence as the Year 3 teacher at Whitfords Catholic, near her home, in Term 2. We will farewell Mary at the end of term one.
Next term, we will welcome Mrs Alicia Randazzo to Kindergarten White on a Wednesday. We will also welcome Miss Katrina Abreu to St Peter’s as our Art Specialist. Both ladies are experienced educators who will join our team at the beginning of Term 2.

YEAR 3 and YEAR 5 NAPLAN 2022 – This term, parents of Year 3 and Year 5 students have received an information brochure on NAPLAN 2022. The tests are scheduled to begin on Tuesday 10 May and will take place during Week 3 and Week 4 of Term 2. Any questions about NAPLAN in addition to the information provided are to be directed to classroom teachers.

Ciao and keep smiling

Pina Hutcheson


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