Newsletter – Friday 16 September 2022

Message from the Principal

Dear God, we abound in hope by the power of Your Holy Spirit.
Fill us with all joy and peace as we believe in You. Holy Spirit,
empower our lives to produce Your fruit of love, joy, peace, patience,
kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
Amen

Dear Parents and Guardians

Dei gratia Regina,
Eternal rest grant unto Her, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon Her.
May Her soul and all the souls of the faithful departed,
through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
Amen

PUBLIC HOLIDAY – Thursday 22 September 2022 will be a Public Holiday for a National Day of Mourning for Her Majesty the Queen. School will be closed on this day. We resume school on Friday 23rd September.

In a recent tweet by Pope Francis, he invites young people to sharpen their perspective on life. He states:

“Dear young people,
Christ asks you to be wide awake and alert,
to see the things in life that really matter.”

NAPLAN – Recently, I read a letter sent out to a local primary school following the NAPLAN testing. Whilst I congratulate our students and teachers on our outstanding results, I also applaud the message of this letter. It reminds all of us that just as we are called by Pope Francis to focus on what really matters in life, let us celebrate the gifts of the whole child, that which cannot be measured by one test. I would like to share the letter with our community in the hope that we all take the time to celebrate the gifts and talents of our children as they grow to be the light of God in our world today.

A Letter to all students who sat NAPLAN this year.

This week, you would have received your NAPLAN test results. We are pleased that you tried your very best in these challenging tests and during the weeks and months leading up to them.
I’d like you, your family, friends and teachers to remember that these tests are unable to measure all of what it is that makes you the valued person who you are. The people who have created these tests and those that mark them don’t know you as well as your teachers know you, to the extent to which I know you and certainly not the way your family and friends know you.
They don’t know that many children at our school speak one or more languages other than English. They also don’t know that you may be a great singer and dancer or that you can play a musical instrument really well. They also don’t know how well you can draw beautiful pictures.
They don’t know that you have a sense of humour which can bring a smile to your friend’s faces and make them laugh or that they can rely upon you to support them when they need a kind and encouraging word. They wouldn’t know that you can write poetry and stories, play all types of different sports and have interesting and enjoyable hobbies.
They also don’t know that you probably accept responsibility for taking care of your brothers or sisters from time to time. They don’t know that you have travelled to or come from fascinating places and had amazing experiences.
They don’t know how much you love spending time with your family and your close friends and they won’t know how much you are appreciated and loved by them.
You are trustworthy, kind and thoughtful and you try to do your best every day. Do they know that?
The NAPLAN test results give you some very specific information about yourself, but it can’t say everything about who you are and what you have achieved.
I hope you are happy with your results and that they inspire you to do even better in Literacy and Numeracy. Just remember that there is so much more to describe who you are that can’t be shown in these scores.
All St Peter’s students will receive their results by the end of this term. You might like to share this letter with your child.

RESILIENCY AND GRIT – In our school, we have great teachers who adjust to the learner, not the other way around. Not accepting failure is important to be successful in serving our children. What works for one, might not work for another, and as educational leaders, we work hard to develop a culture that focuses on doing whatever we can to ensure that we are successful in serving our students. This “napkin drawing” by comedian Demetri Martin, beautifully outlines this process.
The part of this process that is imperative is resiliency and grit. Resiliency, in this case, being the ability to come back after a defeat or unsuccessful attempt, and grit meaning a “resolve or strength of character.” These are characteristics that are important to our innovative learning environment as we continuously develop new and better ways to serve our students.

Success is messy, as is learning. Although I love this picture, the one thing that needs to be pointed out is that on both sides of the drawing, the endpoint of the arrow is pointing in the same direction. We are always aiming towards a better way in the end.

“Success is failure that tried one more time.”- Anonymous

CONFIRMATION – Our Year Six students will be receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation this Friday 16th September at 6pm and Saturday 17th September at 11am. The Confirmation Retreat will be Monday 19th September as a reflection on their Sacramental journey.
Confirmation, a sacrament of initiation, establishes young adults as fully fledged members of faith. This sacrament Is called Confirmation because the faith given in Baptism is now confirmed and made strong.
During Baptism, parents and godparents make promises to believe in God and the Church on the child’s behalf.
At Confirmation, students renew those same promises. This time speaking for themselves. During Confirmation, the focus is on the Holy Spirit, who confirmed the apostles on Pentecost and gave them courage to practise their faith. Catholics believe that the same Holy Spirit confirms Catholics during the Sacrament of Confirmation and gives them the same gifts. Please keep the candidates, their families, and teachers in your prayers during this special time.

SECONDHAND UNIFORM SHOP – A huge thank you to Claire Perlini for her volunteer role as the Secondhand Uniform Shop Co-ordinator over the past few years. Due to work commitments, Claire will finish up at the end of the year. If you would like to volunteer your time to take over from Claire, please email our P&F President, Renee Bennett at renee.bennett@encanta.com.au

SPORTS CARNIVAL – A reminder that due to poor weather this week, our Years 1-6 Sports Carnival has been rescheduled for Wednesday 19th October at Noranda Sporting Complex. Many thanks for your understanding regarding this matter. We all pray for fine weather next term.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS – As this is our last newsletter for the term, I thank everyone in our wonderful community for their support of their children and one another. I wish you all a safe and happy holiday and that you return rested and ready for Term four on Monday 10th October in summer uniform. I thank our amazing staff and supportive community for their combined efforts in helping our children grow towards God’s vision for them.

Ciao and keep smiling

Pina Hutcheson
Principal

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