Newsletter – Friday 10 June 2022

Message from the Principal

Almighty and loving God,
you who created ALL people in your image.
Lead us to seek your compassion as we listen to the stories of our past.
You gave your only Son, Jesus, who died and rose again
so that sins will be forgiven.
We place before you the pain and anguish of dispossession
of land, language, lore, culture, and family kinship that
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have experienced.
We live in faith that all people will rise
from the depths of despair and hopelessness.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families have endured the pain and loss of loved ones,
through the separation of children from their families.
We are sorry and ask God’s forgiveness.
Touch the hearts of the broken, homeless, and inflicted and heal their spirits.
In your mercy and compassion walk with us
as we continue our journey of healing
to create a future that is just and equitable.
Lord, you are our hope.
Amen.

Dear Parents and Guardians

SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION – As Catholics, we recognise that we are human and make mistakes and when we sin, we turn our back on God. Through the Sacrament of Reconciliation, we are able to talk to God about our sins, seek forgiveness and make amends. Congratulations to our Year 3 students who received the Sacrament of Reconciliation on Tuesday and Wednesday evening. I would like to congratulate and thank our Assistant Principal, Mr Paul Brennan, Cluster Leaders, Mr Matt Nettleton and Mrs Bianca Flamini and Year 3 Teachers Miss Rebecca Vaccaro, Miss Victoria May and Miss Bianca Pengilley for preparing the children so well and for the co-ordination of the event, which allowed it to be such a beautiful ceremony for children and their families. Thank you also to Fr Jeronimo and his visiting priests who ensured the night ran smoothly. Thank you to our Parish Co-ordinator, Mrs Marina Tassone for working alongside the school. Our sincere gratitude to our families for their ongoing support of the sacramental program.
“Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.” Matthew 18: 21-22
This scripture passage reminds us that God places no limit on how many times he forgives us and so we should also forgive others and forgive often.

SORRY DAY – On 26 May, Australians came together to commemorate Sorry Day, the anniversary of the historic Bringing Them Home report and the Stolen Generations apology. Ceremonies, marches, speeches and presentations are held around the country to commemorate Sorry Day, the day on which Australians express regret for the historical mistreatment of Aboriginal people. Last week our students carried out a variety of activities with their buddy group.  They were also introduced to the  five-petal ‘Native Desert Rose’ was chosen by members of the Stolen Generation to symbolise the scattering of its members throughout Australia and also for its resilience and survivor instinct. It is found widely across Australia, and its colour denotes compassion and spiritual healing.

PAUL LITHERLAND – On Wednesday 1 June, we hosted a Cyber Safety Workshop for both students and parents with Western Australian of the Year, Paul Litherland. He talked to both groups about being aware of online safety and having an open communication with their children whilst navigating through some of today’s most popular apps. We received positive feedback from our parents who attended. It can be summarised by the following –

“Thank you for the opportunity to attend the very informative, eye opening Cyber Safety Talk with Paul Litherland last night.
It was extremely informative! It was by far one of the best presentations I have been a part of at St Peter’s. My boys have not experienced his presentation as yet because they are a bit too young, but I am looking forward to them having the opportunity to in the coming years. The information that Paul presented had opened my eyes to a lot of things that I was very much unaware of. My sons are not big gamers but we can still be educated on things that we as parents can look out for. Yes it was a bit terrifying to hear what goes on in our own homes, it made me realise I can’t live with my head in the sand and I need to educate myself so that I can educate my boys on these topics.
Thank you again. I feel so grateful to be a part of this St Peter’s caring community.”

LIFELINK – The LifeLink organisation was established by the Archdiocese of Perth in 1994 to provide for the ongoing financial and promotional support of agencies established or assisted by the Church. LifeLink’s agencies deliver professional services and support to thousands of people in need throughout Western Australia each year. LifeLink Day 2022 will officially be launched on Wednesday 8 June during WA Week. LifeLink Day provides a wonderful opportunity for students attending Catholic schools within the Archdiocese of Perth, to join together to show their collective support for the many Church social service agencies – agencies which on behalf of us all, reach out to provide practical care and direct assistance to thousands of people in need within the community. On St Peter’s Feast Day, Friday 1st July, our fundraising will be dedicated to the Lifelink agencies.

SUNDAY MASS – Next Sunday 19th June, we encourage our families to join staff at the Sunday Mass at 5pm. The choir will be led by The Teachers’ Band, and we will join as a community in prayer and song. We look forward to seeing as many of our families there as we join our parish in this Eucharistic celebration.

Ciao and keep smiling

Pina Hutcheson

Principal

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