Newsletter – Friday 13 November 2020

Message from the Principal

In Flanders Fields
BY JOHN MCCRAE

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Dear Parents and Guardians

CONDOLENCES – Our prayers are with Finlay Wilson (6B) and his father Chris on the passing of his mum Rachelle Lord. As a community we will do our best to support Finlay during this difficult time.

SCHOOL ENROLMENT – I am pleased to announce that our Pre Kindy Program is full for 2021. At the end of this school year, we have an enrolment of 742 students.
St Peter’s continues to be a school of choice in the area. I thank staff, students and parents who all contribute to the excellent reputation our school upholds.

KINDY ORIENTATION – Over the next two weeks, we will welcome our 93 Kindy students for 2021. The welcome workshops are always well attended by parents and our new Kindy students enjoyed their first experience in their new learning environment.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT – As per our school calendar, this event will take place on Friday 4th December. A schedule of items will be issued early next week. We will run the concert whilst mindful of COVID restrictions. These restrictions were received by the Executive Director of CEWA and published in the last newsletter. Our aim is to provide parents with the opportunity to see their children perform a Christmas item and share in the spirit of Christmas with one another. We thank you in advance for supporting this event in a COVID Safe manner.

YEAR 6 GRADUATION – We are pleased to announce that our Year 6 students will enjoy their Graduation Ceremony on Tuesday 8th December. Our Leadership Team and Year 6 teachers have ensured the Graduation format complies with the recent COVID restrictions outlined by the Executive Director Dr Debra Sayce, and shared with the community, in the last newsletter.
We will begin our celebrations with a family picnic from 5-6pm on the School Oval. Families will bring their own food along with a picnic blanket. The picnic blankets will provide each family with a guide as to social distancing. You may also choose to bring along picnic chairs. We welcome immediate family members and grandparents only.
At 6pm, we will prepare to celebrate Mass. On the oval, we will have a large stage area and screen. When celebrating Mass, we will have picnic blankets ONLY, closest to the stage and chairs towards the back. This will enable all family members to enjoy the Graduation Service.
The Year 6 Graduation will end at 7.30pm with gates locked at 8pm.
Traditionally, our Year 5 parents have provided food. Due to these unprecedented times, we will look for an opportunity, on the final Year 6 excursion, for our Year 5 families to provide a treat for the Year 6 Graduates.
We are grateful to be able to provide our Year 6 students with a Graduation Service and thank you in advance for your patience and understanding around the changes required to meet restrictions.

REMEMBRANCE DAY – On Wednesday, we held a special ceremony, led by our Year 6 Spiritual Ministry Leaders, to remember all those who have died in war. A small group of our leaders also attended the local council Remembrance Day ceremony. We prayed that we will keep alive the memories of those who laid down their life for the sacred cause of freedom. The students were reverent, respectful and wore their red poppies with pride.

NAIDOC WEEK – celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
‘Always Was, Always Will Be.’ recognises that First Nations people have occupied & cared for this continent for over 65,000 years. Our classes have been involved in activities throughout the week. Thank you to the various classes for the outstanding piece of artwork.

AGM/PARENT VOLUNTEER THANK YOU – I encourage families to join us at 6pm on Tuesday 1st December for wine and nibbles. This is an opportunity to thank all our parents for their continued support of our school. The AGM will commence at 6.30pm and classroom teachers for 2021 will be announced.

TRANSITION DAY- On Wednesday 2nd December, all our students will be attending our whole school transition morning 9-10.25am. This will give our students an opportunity to meet their 2021 classroom teacher and fellow students. On this day, we ask that our current Kindy Blue students also attend school from 9-10.25am to meet their Pre-Primary teacher and fellow classmates. We believe this initiative will relieve concern around the beginning of the 2021 school year.

CLASS SELECTION – You are welcome to provide teachers with feedback which will be added to the myriad of factors that are taken into to consideration with class lists.
Factors which will be considered when balancing classes include academic ability, gender and social and emotional needs. In addition, children with any specific needs are also accommodated. Parents are not privy to this information and therefore entrust the staff and their professional judgment to make the best decisions for the individual children and the class as a whole. We thank you in advance for this trust.
Meeting new and different people is a fact of life and it is our role as parents and teachers to support our children through change rather than protect them from it. I am confident that the teachers put a great deal of thought into the class lists and I ask you to trust that the environment your child is going to next year is one in which they will thrive.
I thought it timely to leave you with the top 10 job skills of 2020. As we prepare our children for change we are also future proofing them for a successful life.

Ciao and keep smiling

Pina Hutcheson

Principal

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