Newsletter – Friday 15 October 2021

Message from the Principal

“The Rosary is the most beautiful and the most rich in graces of all prayers”- Pope Saint Pius X

Dear Parents and Guardians

THE ROSARY – October is the Month of the Rosary. We are encouraged to spend time in prayer each day. The Rosary is a great prayer to focus our attention on Jesus, to express our gratitude and to place our intercessions before God. Current scholarship traces the development of the Rosary to the High Middle Ages period. The month of October each year is dedicated to the Most Holy Rosary. This is primarily due to the fact that the liturgical feast of Our Lady of the Rosary is celebrated annually on October 7. It was instituted to honour the Blessed Virgin Mary in gratitude for the protection that she gives the Church in answer to the praying of the Rosary by the faithful. The feast was introduced by Pope St Pius V (1504-1572) in the year 1571 to commemorate the miraculous victory of the Christian forces in the Battle of Lepanto on October 7, 1571. The Pope attributed more to the “arms” of the Rosary than the power of cannons and the valour of the soldiers who fought there. Legend tells us that the Rosary as a form of prayer was given to St Dominic (1170- 1221) by Mary, the Mother of Our Lord, who entrusted it to him as an aid in the conflicts with the Albigensians.
The Dominican Pope, St Pius V, did much to further the spread of the Rosary and it thereafter became one of the most popular devotions in Christendom.

WELCOME BACK – Welcome back to Term Four. How fast the year seems to have passed. Term Four is always an exciting term and one full of many events and obligations. Please ensure you check the term calendar and mark dates for any events pending that your families will be required to attend. E.g., Graduation, End of Year Celebrations, Interschool Sports Carnivals etc.

SCHOOL UNIFORM – Our summer uniform is now the official uniform. We allow a two-week period of grace between the summer and winter uniform and to make sure any cooler weather has passed. This term, we have the addition of shorts for our girls. This initiative driven by our students and presented to both the School Advisory Committee and P&F, has been immediately endorsed. Therefore, parents have the CHOICE of purchasing the unisex GREY shorts already in stock and combine that with the white polo t-shirt already worn by our male student population. The girls have the CHOICE to wear the GREY shorts or dress. Hats, sunscreen, and water bottles are also required. Thank you to all families who ensure our students are well-presented and groomed. High standards in presentation are well-valued and help build our students’ school pride.

As we begin our last term for the year, let us reflect on the new opportunities that will be presented to us. How will we respond to what will be placed before us? Will we see new opportunities to grow or will we see difficulty too hard to overcome?
There is an old saying that states: “If the mountain was smooth you couldn’t climb it.”
What a powerful statement! Our lives are sure to be full of trials and tribulation, this is inevitable, but it is our perspective on things that will shape how we see these trials and how we will resolve the tribulation. With prayer, reflective thought, fortitude of character, wisdom, and the knowledge that we are people of God. We can turn hard times into the stepping stones to our maturity and growth.

There are certainly many times when we as the adults need to stand back and let the child process the situation, reflect for themselves and attempt to build their own way forward. The following is a very brief list that pertain to behaviours that are normal and certainly what we would expect of a child.
1. A child’s misbehaviour fits into the normal behavioural range. Working out what’s normal is a challenge for inexperienced parents. But for all children misbehaviour it is part of growing up.
2. A child is moving from one stage to the next. e.g., boys can give mum a hard-time at five and again in early adolescence; some girls develop an ‘attitude’ at seven, and again at thirteen; boys vocabularies shrink to three words in early teens; and fourteen-year-old girls will often have little time for their dads. These behaviours are indicative of different stages of development.
3. A child is displaying an independent streak. Sometimes children put their foot down and say, “NO! I’m not trying at that sport or activity anymore because I don’t enjoy it.” They are no longer willing to unquestioningly do the things that you want them to do because you think those things are good for them. A show of independence is usually a healthy thing, although it can be difficult for parents to swallow.
4. A child struggles periodically at school, either socially or academically. The ups and downs of growing up mean that children do not always learn on an even trajectory. They have good years and bad years at school. They also have good years and bad years socially. That is, they have years where they sit next to their best friends and have a ball. And other years finding and keeping friends can be a little tougher. Helping our children ride the lows and the highs is part of the parenting job. Sometimes we worry at the first sign of a problem. Time and children themselves solve many problems when they get the chance. This also helps with the building of problem-solving skills and resiliency. Unfortunately, we know the research is strong suggesting many young people today are lacking in resilience.

If in doubt, talk honestly and openly with some trusted parents, preferably with some experience. Also talk with your child’s teachers who generally have had more experience of children of your child’s age group than you do. We all worry as parents, it’s a worry being a parent. But it doesn’t always have to be! Complied with reference to Michael Gross and taken from

P&F EVENTS – The Dad’s Sleep Out on Saturday 30th October is an exciting event on the calendar. Thank you to David and his group of helpers for preparing the flyer and organising the event.
Thank you to Emma Butler for her work on the P&F Survey. We look forward to the feedback guiding P&F activities in the future.

WORLD TEACHERS’ DAY – We will be acknowledging our dedicated staff on Friday 29th October with a coffee van and morning tea. I sincerely thank our P&F who are funding this sign of appreciation.

FATHER JERONIMO’S BIRTHDAY – We celebrated, at the Parish Mass on Thursday, Father Jeronimo’s Birthday. We acknowledged the enormous contribution Father Jeronimo makes to our school community with a small gift. We truly appreciate the wonderful working relationship we have and his commitment to our school.

BEGINNING OF TERM MASS – Our wonderful and very proud Pre Primary students led us in our Mass today. It was wonderful to be joyed by parents as we gave thanks for the beginning of Term 4 and all the excitement that comes with our end of year celebrations.

VOLUNTEERS’ MASS – Mr Brennan and I will join the Parish community in celebrating the Thanksgiving Mass on Friday 29th October at 6pm. This will be followed by dinner at St Peter’s in the Quiet Area.

WARM WEATHER APPROACHING! – Hydrating: Water is an essential nutrient for life, needed for many processes in the body. The body constantly loses water through the skin and lungs. Active children may become dehydrated more easily than adults, so it is important to replace fluids regularly throughout the school day. Plain water should be the most commonly consumed drink, as it provides fluid without any kilojoules. Having a water bottle at school allows the students to access it during class and stay hydrated.

SUN SAFETY – SLIP SLOP SLAP! – We advise students to apply sunscreen in the mornings before they come to school and require all students to wear their School Hat when they are outside, to protect them from the hot Australian sun. The school policy is NO HAT, NO PLAY. Please provide your child with a correct school hat, so that the children can play happily and stay protected.

SCHOOL FEES – The St Peter’s Primary School Advisory Council requests that all school fee accounts were finalised prior to the end of Term three
– Friday 24th September 2021, unless families have been paying regular payments on a school approved payment plan. Fee activity statements for Term four will be sent out next week. Please contact Mrs Tracy Arnold, 9338 9900 or email if you have any questions in regard to your families school fee account.

STUDENTS NOT RETURNING TO ST PETER’S 2022 – Just a reminder to any of our families/students who may not be returning to St Peter’s in 2022
(not including Year 6 Graduates). It would be very much appreciated if you would advise our Enrolments Officer (Mrs Cunningham) in writing at at your very earliest convenience as we have an extensive waiting list.

Ciao and keep smiling

Pina Hutcheson


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