Newsletter – Friday 17 May 2019

Message from the Principal

Hail Mary full of Grace, the Lord is with thee.
Blessed are thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus.
Holy Mary Mother of God,
pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.
Amen.

Dear Parents and Guardians,

RESPECT – We all appreciate the great importance RESPECT plays in our everyday life. As children we are taught to respect our parents, teachers, elders, school rules, family and cultural traditions, other people’s feelings and rights, our country, the truth and people’s differing opinions. We develop great respect for people we consider exemplary and we also come to believe that all people are worthy of respect. We may also learn that the quality of our lives depends every bit as much on whether we respect ourselves. The value of self-respect may be something we can take for granted, or we may discover how very important it is when our self-respect is threatened, or we lose it and must work to regain it, or we must struggle to develop or maintain it.
Despite the widespread acknowledgment of the importance of respect and self-respect in our lives, we must work hard to model through our actions and words the importance we place on RESPECT to our children. At St Peter’s, we work hard to enliven our motto of ‘Veritas’ and to demonstrate our understanding of RESPECT through our everyday interactions. As Jesus our teacher demonstrated to the world we look to embrace RESPECT within our community. At our school, this translates in valuing each other’s points of views. It means being open to being wrong. It means accepting people as they are. We look forward to your support in making real our core value of RESPECT.

BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL SUPERVISION 2019 – A reminder to parents that we currently provide supervision of students from 8am in the morning and until 3.20pm in the afternoon. Currently we have children being dropped off as early as 7.30am. Our concern is that these children are unsupervised, and their safety is at risk. Please adhere to the 8am and 3.20pm guidelines to ensure we work together to keep your children safe.

BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL CARE 2020 – Thank you for the overwhelming response we have received to our recent survey. I look forward to having information to share with our community early next term.

MARY OUR MOTHER – The month of May is devoted to Mary, the Mother of Jesus. Mary’s participation in Christ’s Church in communion began at the Annunciation. Like Jesus, she obeyed the Father’s will. From that moment she was in communion with him.

MONTH OF MAY – DEDICATION TO MARY – THE ROSARY – The month of May has traditionally been a time when we pray to Mary. The ‘Rosary’ is often prayed during this time. The Rosary tells of some of the very important events in Mary’s life. Outlined below is a summary explaining what each of the mysteries of the Rosary are about.

JOYFUL MYSTERIES – At the joyful time in her life an angel, Gabriel, announces to Mary that she is to be the mother of Jesus. Mary then shares this news with her cousin Elizabeth. Jesus is born and then, as a baby, He is presented in the Temple. Later, as a twelve year old, Jesus shares a special message with the teachers at the temple.

SORROWFUL MYSTERIES – During the sorrowful part of her life, Mary watched as Jesus prayed in the garden before the soldiers came to take Him away. She was there when He was crowned with thorns and led off to die. She saw Jesus die on the cross.

GLORIOUS MYSTERIES – The last part of Mary’s life can be seen as a glorious time. To begin Jesus rose from the dead and went to Heaven. Jesus then came back to see and talk with His friends. Finally, Mary goes to Heaven to become the mother for all of Jesus’ friends. She is then crowned Queen of Heaven and Earth.

MYSTERIES OF LIGHT – In October 2002, Pope John Paul II added the Mysteries of Light to the Holy Rosary, calling us to pray the rosary daily; for our families.

SACRAMENTAL PROGRAM – My sincere thanks to our families for supporting their children on their Sacramental journey. We currently have children preparing for the Sacrament of Penance and Sacrament of Confirmation. We will come together as a faith community to celebrate Confirmation on 8th and 9th June. Our students will establish as young adults that they are full-fledged members of the faith. Their faith given in Baptism will be confirmed and made strong.

FATHER JERONIMO’S 10TH ANNIVERSARY MASS – will take place at 6pm on Saturday 8th June. On behalf of the school community, I would like to congratulate Father Jeronimo on his 10 year anniversary.

NAPLAN – Congratulations to our Year 3 and Year 5 students for their mature approach to the testing this week. Whilst I know the children have been well prepared, I have also noticed their calm approach to this formal testing procedure. I congratulate our parents for your support in ensuring a realistic approach to this testing which is considered just another part of the curriculum.

In this fortnight of standardised testing, I would like to leave you with some wise words from Albert Einstein:

At St Peter’s Primary School, we will continue to celebrate and nurture the many and varied gifts our students possess, as they strive to reach, their God given potential.

Ciao and keep smiling!

Pina Hutcheson

Principal

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