Newsletter – Friday 1 November 2019

Message from the Principal

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.
May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
Amen.

Dear Parents and Guardians,

WHY WERE SAINTS, SAINTS? – They were cheerful when it was difficult to be cheerful. They were patient when it was difficult to be patient and because they pushed on when others would have given up. They didn’t hear the inner voice of the spirit more often than others; they just obeyed the voice we all hear often. That was all. May we all have the courage to listen to the voice of the Spirit guiding our lives.

ALL SAINTS MASS – I thank our wonderful Pre Primary classes for preparing a wonderful Mass for All Saints Day. Our students were reverent throughout the celebration and we welcomed the parents and community members who were able to join us. We celebrated the good works of Saints and their dedicated life to the Church. We prayed together that we would be inspired to work for God as the saints did.

WORLD TEACHERS’ DAY MORNING TEA – I extend my sincere thanks to the generous P&F of St Peter’s who kindly provided Morning Tea for the staff on World Teachers’ Day. Thank you to the many parents and students who thanked the staff for their commitment and dedication. I am sure the staff felt appreciated on their special day.

INTERSCHOOL ATHLETICS CARNIVAL – Yesterday, I was very fortunate to witness our amazing St Peter’s athletes in action. They certainly gave their very best and there were some nail-biting finishes. I was very proud of the team spirit and the way the students supported and encouraged one another. It was very easy to get caught up in the atmosphere and to be screaming from the sidelines!
Congratulations to everyone involved in securing our fourth place achievement, in A Division.
Well done to all the athletes and Miss Miles on all the work involved in preparing for this event. I also wish to acknowledge the support in training provided by Mrs Carbone and Mrs Zagar. A team effort by students and staff.

SPORTING EVENTS – In my first year at this great school, I have been concerned by the tone of several emails sent to teachers regarding selection of students for all sporting events (including Interschool). I would like to remind our parent community that these events are a SCHOOL event and NOT an elite sport program.
In supporting your child, remember all children have different abilities and perform at different standards…No one is perfect, and everyone makes errors – it’s part of the game. Be quick to forgive and move on!
Sports are about staying active, feeling proud, developing as a player, and making friends. Above all, whether they play on a state team or at a weekend game, the point is to have fun. By keeping that as the priority, you can help your child learn to handle the stress that is a natural part of competition.

INTERSCHOOL SPELLING BEE – Congratulations to all our students who have successfully achieved a place in the Interschool Spelling Team. St Peter’s will be hosting the event on Friday 15 November. I wish all our competitors the best and acknowledge their dedication and persistence.

SPORTS SHOES 2020 – As I understand there are challenges of purchasing predominantly white sneakers. Moving forward for 2020, I have made a change to the Uniform Policy and students will be allowed to wear sneakers of any colour; However, please note fluorescent laces are not acceptable.

TELETHON – A huge thank you to all in our community who supported the Telethon cheque handover on Saturday and to all the staff who volunteered in the Call Room. A wonderful example of the UNITY of our St Peter’s community. It was wonderful yesterday to receive a visit from Regan as he continues to improve and work his way back to returning to school. We are very excited to have him back.

For many years Plutarch’s quote below has featured strongly on my personal philosophy of learning. I believe that we must empower our children to be active learners throughout their entire lives. To lay the strong foundation for enquiring minds to always seek knowledge. So, I share it with you and wish you all God’s Blessings.

‘The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.’

Ciao and keep smiling

Pina Hutcheson

Principal

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