Newsletter – Friday 18 March 2022

Message from the Principal

St Patrick’s Prayer
May the Strength of God pilot us.
May the Power of God preserve us.
May the Wisdom of God instruct us.
May the Hand of God protect us.
May the Way of God direct us.
May the Shield of God defend us.
May the Host of God guard us
Against the snares of the evil ones,
Against temptations of the world.
May Christ be with us!
May Christ be before us!
May Christ be in us,
Christ be over all!
May Thy Salvation, Lord,
Always be ours,
This day, O Lord, and evermore.
Amen.

Dear Parents and Guardians

As we head well into the second half of Term One, one can only wonder where time is going. Schools are busy places – they were before COVID-19 – but now we’re doing the same and adding COVID to an already crowded workspace. How are you going? I know many families have been affected. Every Friday, I touch base with our families to ensure they know that we are all thinking and praying for them. I do feel my work has a definite tilt towards the Health Department these days. Listening carefully to the Chief Medical Officer, the Premier, the Education Minister and the Catholic Education Office have now become part of my daily routine. We are all doing different things and following advice which can frequently change. What is heartening is the support from so many of you in this challenging time. Thank you for acknowledging the communication we must make available to keep everyone informed and safe. Please read the correspondence carefully to make sure you keep informed of any changes to the way we are operating. In the words of Pope Francis, he said, that amidst this pandemic we, ‘have realised that we cannot go on thinking of ourselves, but only together we can do this.’

LENT- During this liturgical season of Lent, we are all invited to think about our lives and reflect on how we can in our own way support those around us. This is especially important with the challenges we are all facing with the prevalence of COVID-19. Lent is a time to reflect and remember that it is the small acts of kindness that we can all do, daily, to improve someone else’s day. This has certainly been reflected in our St Peter’s community over the last few weeks and has once again demonstrated why we truly are part of a blessed school community. As the number of positive cases in WA increases so does uncertainty and some element of fear. Whilst these are all valid and understandable responses, they have not overridden the human element involved at our school. Each family has fully offered their support with such graciousness. This is something our community must be commended on. Thank you. We also wish to acknowledge the wonderful staff at St Peter’s who are working together in Unity and all playing a vital role in making sure things keep moving forward despite the obstacles they are facing. It really is remarkable how our staff always focus on the students learning and well-being rather than themselves. They have increased responsibilities including additional duties, cleaning classrooms and areas around the school, managing the extra planning involved in teaching face to face and providing remote learning for children who must isolate. Thank you to all the St Peter’s staff for their determined dedication. Our students are also to be commended. They have proven time and time again what a resilient group they are. They have adapted to mask wearing seamlessly and continue to work hard despite change and uncertainty. Our student leaders should be very proud of themselves. They are doing a wonderful job leading our online school assemblies and assisting with various tasks around the school. All the children throughout our school are demonstrating a growth mindset by trying to find the positive in challenging situations. All the above is truly a reflection of how our community is shining brightly through adversity and how closely our community is following COVID safe practices.

PARENT-TEACHER INTERVIEWS – Due to current circumstances preventing parents from entering the school, parent teacher interviews are taking place on the phone. These interviews are a great opportunity to speak with your child’s teacher and find out how your child has settled and how they are progressing in their learning. Please ensure you are punctual for your phone call with the teacher and please be aware that they have many parents to call in a short period of time. If a teacher needs to end a phone call, it is because they need to speak to another parent. Please ensure you have completed your booking. Please email your class teacher should you have any queries.
Kindy link – https://bit.ly/3tb3swz 
PP – Year 6 Link – https://bit.ly/3w3dzFH

HARMONY WEEK – The message of Harmony Week is that everyone belongs. It is about inclusiveness, respect and belonging for all Australians, regardless of cultural or linguistic background, united by a set of core Australian values. Our school will be celebrating Harmony Day with a variety of activities and providing students with orange wrist bands. This will take place on throughout the week commencing Monday 21st March. We have intentionally ensured there is no onus on our families as we are fully aware of the pressures facing some of our families during this time.

PROJECT COMPASSION – Families at St Peter’s are encouraged to donate to Project Compassion over the period of Lent. We are aware that this is a challenging time financially for some families, but if you can donate, the money raised goes directly to worthy causes around the world through Caritas. A focus this year is on providing aid to the Ukraine as they continue to be ravaged by war. For further information about Project Compassion, please visit the Caritas website. www.caritas.org.au/project-compassion

Ciao and keep smiling

Pina Hutcheson

Principal

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