Newsletter – Friday 15 November 2019

Message from the Principal

A Prayer for Remembrance 

Ever-living God,
We remember those whom you have
gathered from the storm of war
into the peace of your presence;
may that same peace calm our fears;
bring justice to all peoples
and establish harmony among the nations,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Dear Parents and Guardians,

BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL CARE – We had over 55 parents attend our Information Session for OshClub in 2020 at St Peter’s. The renovations to the dedicated space outside the Canteen will take place in January 2020. The licensed areas will also include the E-Hub, Library, Undercover area and outside play spaces. Thank you for your support of this new initiative.

SCHOOL ENROLMENT – I am pleased to announce that our enrolments have increased from 718 to 728. 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.

AGM / PARENT VOLUNTEER THANK YOU – I encourage families to join us at 6pm on Tuesday, 3 December for wine and cheese. This is an opportunity to thank all our parents for their continued support of our school. The AGM will commence at 6.30pm and staff for 2020 will be announced at this meeting.

NAPLAN – I am pleased to report that our NAPLAN results have been excellent. We have seen fabulous student growth and our results are far higher than both the Australian mean and that of similar Catholic Schools. We have had the CEWA School Support Consultant report that St Peter’s results are some of the best they have seen in comparison to other CEWA schools. I congratulate students, parents and teachers for this outstanding achievement.

WASTE WISE GRANT – Our school was successful in winning first prize in the City of Stirling Wonder of Waste competition. The competition was open to all primary aged children and 164 students from our school completed a multiple-choice quiz. The $1,000 will go towards to recycling and waste wise initiatives in 2020. I thank Kirsty Maher and Sophie Stajka for driving this initiative.

LOCAL GOVERNMENT COMMUNITY GRANT – We have successfully received a Community Grant of $10,000. I thank Rita Panebianco for developing the application. These funds will go towards the upgrade of our ECE area.

KINDY ORIENTATION – We have enjoyed welcoming our 92 Kindy students for 2020. Two of our three sessions are now complete. The welcome workshop was well attended by parents and our new kindy students enjoyed their new learning environment.

INTERSCHOOL SPELLING BEE – Today, we hosted this fantastic Interschool event and welcomed finalists from six other schools. I congratulate all the students involved for their determination and resilience. I thank the wonderful staff of St Peter’s for coordinating this event. Well done to Zoe Radford (4W) and Jacob Tran (3M) who were
Runner-Ups in their Year level.

TRANSITION DAY – On Wednesday, 4 December all our students will be attending our whole school transition morning 9am-10.40am. This will give our students an opportunity to meet with their 2020 classroom teacher and fellow students. On this day, we ask that our current Kindy Blue students also attend school from 9am-10.40am to meet their Pre-Primary teacher and fellow classmates. We believe this initiative will relieve concern around the beginning of the 2020 school year.

REMEMBRANCE DAY – We held a special ceremony on Monday, led by our Year 6 leaders, to remember all those who have died in war. 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.

CONCERT DAY – Friday, 6 December will be our end of year concert day. Please see the schedule below of how the day will go. Parents are invited to come and watch!

11am – Pre Primary – Year 3 Concert
12.20pm – 1pm – Lunch
1.30pm – Year 4 – 6 Concert (including the Year 3/4 choir performance)
2.45pm –  Staff Dance

As we march quickly towards the end of the year, I leave you with this thought. Christ was never in a hurry. There was no rushing forward, no anticipating, no fretting over might be. Each day’s duties were done as each day brought them, and the rest was left with God.

What a challenge for all of us! We need to remember that yesterday is gone, can’t change it.
Tomorrow is yet to come, we can’t control it. But today is a gift- that’s why it’s called the present!

Ciao and keep smiling

Pina Hutcheson

Principal

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