Newsletter – Friday 2 July 2021

Message from the Principal

Grant, we pray, O Lord our God,
that we may be sustained
by the intercession of the blessed Apostles Peter and Paul,
that, as through them you gave your Church
the foundations of her heavenly office,
so through them you may help her to eternal salvation.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Dear Parents and Guardians

THE FEAST OF ST PETER AND ST PAUL – The Pope recently tweeted that Peter and Paul did not believe in words, but in deeds. Peter did not speak about mission, he was a fisher of men; Paul did not write learned books, but letters of what he experienced as he travelled and bore witness. Both St Peter and St Paul were Unique Men. We pray that we too are influenced by our Patron Saint to not only use TRUE, in our words, but also in our actions.
Our Whole School Mass, Mission Day and Colour Run to celebrate our patron saint, St Peter has had to be postponed due to COVID Restrictions. The good news is we have rescheduled it for Friday 23rd July, restrictions permitting.

PRAYERS – On behalf of the Smolic family, I ask that our community pray for Regan, a long-time student of St Peter’s, and his siblings at our school Hope and Roman. The Smolic family require our prayers of support and courage as they continue to support Regan with his long battle with cancer.

CEWA SHOWCASE – It is with great pride that I inform our community that the Catholic Education Office have requested time next term to film and showcase our Inquiry Learning program. This year, our school has developed the TRUE Inquiry Model to foster St Peter’s students’ critical and creative skills for the future. TRUE Inquiry has been introduced as a whole school approach. Students in Pre-Primary to Year 6 engage in Inquiry lessons each week with both the Inquiry specialist teacher, Miss Holly Jacob and their classroom teacher, which then continues across the curriculum in the classroom. My sincere gratitude to our outstanding teachers and the outstanding pedagogical leadership provided by Miss Holly Jacob. Projects are student-driven, with a focus on exploring the world around them. Inquiry projects centre around the school’s TRUE values; Trust, Respect, Unity, and Excellence. Students have made connections with the wider community, including supporting Vinnies WA, as well as working with a local Noongar educator to create a native bush food garden.
The Digital Learning Team will have a SharePoint Site, with a section called, ‘School Showcase.’ It is here that they will profile St Peter’s School. Once completed, we will share the finished product with parents and students.

COVID RESTRICTIONS – The evolving situation of COVID restrictions has been an extremely difficult burden for families to go through during the last week of term. I thank you for your understanding and patience as we have made decisions ‘on the hop.’ These are exceptionally challenging circumstances for us all but let us hope that there is positive news as we enter the school holidays.

I wish our St Peter’s community a safe and happy holiday time. I hope you are all able to rest and enjoy the gift of being together.
I thank the staff of St Peter’s for being an exceptional group of dedicated professionals. I am constantly in awe of their commitment. The depths of their conversations reflect professionals who have a highly developed understanding of good pedagogical practice. I wish to take this opportunity to acknowledge all their wonderful work.

May God bless all members of our school community, stay safe and we will see everyone back for the start of Term 3 on Tuesday 20th July.

Ciao and keep smiling

Pina Hutcheson

Principal

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