Newsletter – Friday 10 December 2021

Message from the Principal

I SEE YOU
It’s a time of badges, certificates, medals, trophies, recognition, awards, prizes and “seeing” of high achievement.
I love seeing the kids who shine at this time of year – a big heartfelt round of applause to you.
You so deserve it for the effort you have put in.
But this message is for the kids who didn’t get called up for any of the above …. I SEE YOU.
To the child who conquered their fear of heights, or sleeping in the dark, or riding without training wheels
or sleeping out the whole night for the first time this year, I SEE YOU.
To the child who managed to resolve more conflict than they started this year, to the child who learnt to say the impossible,
“I’m sorry”, and to the child who walked away from the fighting instead of getting involved, I SEE YOU.
To the child for whom school is a huge struggle, you get up everyday and you go, I SEE YOU.
To the child who battled all year with the maths, or reading, or concentration, or speaking out in class, or learning their words,
but persevered anyway, I SEE YOU.
To the child who found kindness in their heart to reach out in any way to another person or to an animal in need or in pain, I SEE YOU.
To the child who learnt to give and to share for the first time this year, and even found joy in doing so, I SEE YOU.
To the child who battles to make friends and to be social, you made new friends this year and, for that, I SEE YOU.
To the child who wanted so much to please, but was just out of sight of an adult who perhaps was too busy or too distracted, I SEE YOU.
To the child who lost a friend or a loved one this year, but bravely carried on bravely, even though their heart ached, I SEE YOU.
To the brave parents who try everyday to do the best for their kids, I SEE YOU.
May you and your children revel in small, but significant, victories that you have both experienced this year, as I will with my beautiful children.
For every year, there is progress and growth; we don’t need a podium or a handshake or a hall of applause to be seen.
Colleen Wilson

Dear Parents and Guardians

The end of the school year is a time to reflect as well as to celebrate. For each of us, 2021 has had different challenges and different highlights, but all of us at St Peter’s can be grateful for the learning, achievement and community that have been fostered here at our fabulous school.
I extend my gratitude to all the amazing staff at our school for your dedication and commitment to serve our community. It is in our safe, progressive classrooms and learning environments that our students are inspired to engage in their learning and strive towards their potential. It is in our welcoming and inclusive school where healthy and respectful relationships are modelled and nurtured. And it is in our Christ-centred community where Gospel values shape our understanding of the dignity and value of each individual and the importance of service and community.

This year, we were recognised at the Quality Catholic Education Awards for two of our outstanding and innovative projects and this is only a small snapshot of all the wonderful stories of learning, growth and faith formation throughout the year at our school.

Of course, one important milestone of the year is the completion of Year 6 by our class of 2021. Amidst the disruption and uncertainty that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought with it, these students have demonstrated outstanding resilience, as have their teachers, families and support networks. I congratulate and bid farewell to our graduating students and wish them every blessing as they embark on new beginnings, equipped with the gifts of their Christ-centred education and confident in knowing that they will continue to be part of the Catholic education community well beyond their days at St Peter’s. To the families who are leaving, after a long association with our school, I thank you for your support and wish you well with the continuing learning journey of your child.

While we can be thankful that our school and students at St Peter’s and students in WA, have not been challenged by the same level of lockdowns, remote learning, or risks of transmission that others around the country and world have navigated, we are all too aware that our lives will continue to be affected by COVID-19 into 2022 and beyond. We will continue to work together to support our children and demonstrate a collective resiliency and ability to pivot our thinking to meet the safety requirements of our children at St Peter’s.

SCHOOL LEADERS 2022 – I had the privilege of announcing the 2022 school leaders today. I was extremely impressed with their maturity, acceptance of their roles and encouragement of one another. Our School Leadership model ensures all students have an important role to play in the ministries which include Sport, Communication, Spiritual, Digital and Library. The teachers then rotate the roles in Semester Two. Every child has the opportunity to display their gifts and talents in leading our school in 2022. I thank our Year 5 teachers for facilitating this online process, which has been requested to share by other Catholic schools, as a process of excellence. Please click the link to see our 2022 School Leaders Year 6 Ministries 2022

STAFF FAREWELLS – I sincerely thank the staff, who are leaving us this year, for their dedicated service to the St Peter’s community. On behalf of us all, we wish them every success in their new ventures. We acknowledged these staff at our AGM, Final Assembly and will also have a special presentation for them on Thursday 16th December.
Mrs Danielle De Cinque, who is currently on Long Service Leave, met with me this week, to share her exciting news. Her and her husband Steve are the proud owners of the Canning Vale School of Early Learning. Danielle commences her new journey on Monday 13th December. She resigns from St Peter’s after 13 years of dedicated service to our community. Danielle will join the staff next Thursday for her farewell and celebrate with us at our Christmas lunch. I am sure you will join with me in congratulating her on this new business venture. Danielle is very excited and I know she will love all those little people in her care! We will interview for Danielle’s position in early 2022 and make announcements accordingly.

REPORTS – Student reports were accessible, via Seqta from Wednesday 8th December. Accompanying the report is a class list for 2022. Student reports were accessible, via Seqta from Wednesday 8th December. Accompanying the report is a class list for 2022.  Please note that access to SEQTA will be revoked by 9pm on
Monday, 20th December 2021 for students not returning to St Peter’s in 2022 (either graduating Year 6 this year or attending another school next year).
Please make it a priority to ensure you have downloaded and saved/printed copies of all documentation by this date (e.g. NAPLAN or previous reports).

ADMINISTRATION OFFICE – The School Administration will be closed at 3pm on Wednesday 15th December 2021 and will reopen at 8am on Thursday 20th January 2022. School Administration and school grounds will be closed on Thursday 27th January 2022 and Friday 28th January 2022 due to Staff Professional Development.
In 2022, there will be no need to factor in Stationery Drop-off as all of this is now managed by the school. We hope that this assists family in a stress-free start to the school year.

I am extremely grateful for the role that everyone has played in creating our marvellous school. The people at our school and the relationships between them are the strength of our school community. The dedicated staff and supportive parents enjoy working together. We encourage the students to be creative and confident through a tradition of academic rigour whilst nurturing a strong sense of social responsibility. Our students are a gift to all of us and their enthusiasm embodies our Vision and God’s love.

START DATE FOR 2022 – We welcome students back to St Peter’s on Monday 31st January 2022, wearing their correct Summer uniform.
Thank you for the gift of leading this amazing school. I wish you a blessed Christmas, and I look forward to working with you in the new year to strengthen our Christ-centred, child-focused school.

Ciao and keep smiling

Pina Hutcheson

Principal

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