Newsletter – Friday 14 June 2019

Message from the Principal

“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible;
and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”

Francis of Assisi

Dear Parents and Guardians,

This quote challenges us as parents to look to what is important. We all strive to raise healthy, productive, genuinely happy individuals who will one day use their talents to serve God and love those around them. Unfortunately for us there is not a manual to help us with our children. We all do our best to bring up our children with love without spoiling them and guidance without being too firm. An article in the West Australian prompted much discussion among parents. Like a lot of things in life, it is prudent to sit back and reflect on how we handle issues in our busy lives. Although we all need to be wary of the “Perfect Parent”, the Education Editor of the West Australian, groups parents into seven major categories:

Permissive Parenting – Rarely disciplining their children to avoid confrontation.
Authoritative – Expecting children to follow all rules and guidelines.
Lawnmower Parent – Mow down any obstacles in their child’s path.
Drone – Mostly on autopilot, do not hover over their children all the time, but they can strike at any minute and can cause tremendous collateral damage.
Helicopter Parents – Discourage a child’s independence by being too involved in every aspect of their life, hovering over them and swooping in at any challenge, disagreement or discomfort.
Free-Range – Encourage children to be independent, make mistakes and explore without always being under close supervision.
Uninvolved – Meet their child’s basic needs but remain emotionally detached.

As we strive to be the best parent we can be, is timely to recall how we learnt best; through challenge, experience and at times discomfort. At St Peter’s, we believe that children deserve the opportunity to learn and grow in a safe and non-judgmental environment. We ask that parents support us by allowing the school to deal with any challenges or discomforts that come along in the normal pattern of life and trust that we always have the children and their best interest at the heart of what we do. This is how we work to develop the whole child and show our TRUE values.

STAFFING – This term, we have had our Science teacher, Mrs Clare Francioni working in the Kimberley, in Lombardina. She is thoroughly enjoying her experience and has extended her leave until the end of the school year. Miss Silvia Varrone will continue as our Science teacher until the end of the 2019. Mrs Margaret Warrener will not return to St Peter’s in 2019 due to personal reasons. Mr Bruce Plint will continue in Year 5 until the end of the school year. Mrs Clare Magee, our GATE teacher, has unfortunately been away sick with the flu, bronchitis and pneumonia. Under doctors’ orders she is unable to return to work until Term 3. We pray for her speedy recovery.
This term, we will farewell our Finance Officer, Miss Kelly Brown. Kelly has taken up an exciting opportunity in a consultancy company. On behalf of the St Peter’s community, I thank her for her dedicated service over the last 18 months. We will thank Kelly with a staff farewell on Friday 28th June. We wish her every success in her new adventure.

CLASS VISITS – Each morning, I am fortunate enough to visit classrooms across the school. I witness a variety of lessons where there is evidence of certain consistencies. I see children engaged in their learning, enjoying each other’s company and happy to share their experiences with me. When speaking with the children, I will ask them about their learning. The questions I ask can include:

1. What are you learning?
2. How are you doing?
3. How do you know?
4. How can you improve?
5. Where do you go for help?

Our students have the capacity to answer these questions. They can do so because our dedicated and talented staff are attending to:

1. Explicit outcomes.
2. Developing processes for self – evaluation and assessment.
3. Providing feedback which sets goals.
4. The creation of a trust environment.

I witness an environment by which every child is encouraged to develop their God given gifts. As a faith community, we work together to empower our children. We strive to develop both practical skills and spiritual confidence, in God’s help and love.

SACRED SAINTS – I was very proud of our Netball, Soccer and Football teams this week. They represented our school with enthusiasm and pride. I sincerely thank our amazing St Peter’s staff and parents for their dedicated support as coaches, umpires and cheer squads. The weather was kind to us and the students thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

PIRATE DAY – I would like to thank all the children, staff and parents for their generous donations on Pirate Day. Together we raised $1133.95. This money will go to The Kid’s Cancer Project.

This is why I love my job!!

Ciao and keep smiling!

Pina Hutcheson

Principal

Please see our gallery of photos from the last 2 weeks below!