Newsletter – Friday 18 September 2020

Message from the Principal

A Prayer for Self-Forgiveness

Dear God, 
Please help me to forgive myself for the mistakes I think I’ve made.
Please help me to release and heal guilt, shame, regret, and fear.
Please help me to love, value, and appreciate myself as you love, value and appreciate me.

Dear Parents and Guardians

SCHOOL FEES – I would like to thank you for the contribution you make to your child’s education and our school community through the fees you pay. Decisions around school fees always consider accessibility and affordability, to ensure that all families who seek a Catholic education for their child can access one.
Any fee increases at St Peter’s, like other Catholic schools, are made within limits set by our governing body, the Catholic Education Commission of Western Australia (CECWA), with affordability in mind. In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the current recession, CECWA decided in their September meeting that Catholic schools would not increase fees for 2021. Therefore, I am pleased to announce that there will be 0% fee increase for 2021.

ATHLETICS CARNIVAL – Yesterday, our prayers were answered with outstanding weather for our students to enjoy their Sport Carnival. I extend my sincere thanks and congratulate Miss Miles on another fabulous Sports Carnival where the children were all involved in supporting their faction and one another.
I sincerely thank the staff and parents for their involvement in the many roles required to ensure the success of the carnival throughout the day. I thank all our families for their wonderful support of this school event and for your encouragement of the children.
Congratulations to SIENA on their fabulous win!
We now look forward to our St Peter’s team representing our school at the Interschool Carnival in Term 4.
Congratulations to everyone for another wonderful example of what makes our St Peter’s community one which we are all very proud.

FIRST RECONCILIATION – Our Year Three children have been busy preparing for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Reconciliation offers us a way to keep close to Jesus, it acknowledges that as humans we are not perfect, and we do make poor choices.
Interestingly one of the symbols often associated with reconciliation is keys. A single
key or a pair of keys, usually crisscrossed in the shape of an “X,” or one on top of the other, is the most common symbol for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The symbol originates with Jesus’ words to Peter, “I will give you the keys to the Kingdom of heaven” (Mt 16:19a), by which Jesus imparted his authority to the Church.
We find it incredibly comforting to know that we can be forgiven for those times when we do make the poor choices and not the good choices. We can restore our relationship with God and move forward in love.
Let us pray for all our Year Three children who will make their First Reconciliation on the Tuesday and Wednesday evening of next week.

Deanna Gibson –
It is with a heavy heart that I inform you that Deanna Gibson has tendered her resignation, effective Friday, 25 September (end of Term 3). Deanna looks forward to embarking on new personal and professional, artistic and musical pursuits. In addition, she is hoping to have more time to spend with family and ageing parents and, once border restrictions allow, opportunities to visit her adult children and grandchild who live in the Eastern States.
Deanna has given 23 years of commitment and dedication to the St Peter’s school community and has made lifelong friends on her journey. She will miss being part of the caring community she has grown to love and cherish and looks forward to the possibility of relief teaching at St Peter’s in the future.

Clare Magee – Clare Magee has decided to take leave, effective from the end of Term 3 2020 to the end of 2021. We look forward to welcoming her back to St Peter’s in 2022. We wish her well on her break as she looks forward to adventures down south and beyond.

Julia O’Meara – In Term 4, we will welcome Mrs Julia O’Meara as our GATE teacher. Julia comes highly recommended, has a Masters in Gifted and Talented, and is currently the GATE teacher at St Helena’s in Ellenbrook. Julia looks forward to joining us in Term 4 on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Alice Oliver – In Term 4, Miss Alice Oliver will be teaching Kindy White on a Wednesday. Mrs Rita Panebianco will be preparing for our
Pre Kindy-Program which is commencing next year. Miss Oliver will continue her Friday in Year 4.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS – As this is our last newsletter for this term, I thank everyone in our wonderful community for their support of their children, and one another. I thank you all for your precious children whom I thoroughly enjoy sharing in their learning journey. I thank our amazing teachers and supportive community for their combined efforts in helping our children grow towards God’s vision for them. I wish you all a safe and happy holiday and that you return rested and ready for Term Four which commences staff and students on Monday 12th October. Summer uniform is to be worn!!

Ciao and keep smiling

Pina Hutcheson


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