Newsletter – Friday 20 March 2020

Message from the Principal

Since you, O God, are with us,
nothing has happened, nothing still to come, 
can rob us of our hope in Christ.
Sustain us, we beg you,
during this time of uncertainty.
Bless all the emergency and medical personnel
who are caring for the sick and working to contain the outbreak.
Grant swift recovery to those who are affected
and comfort to their families and loved ones.
Encourage those who are afraid.
Bind us now, more than ever,
to you and to each other,
so that we may triumph
by the power of him who loves us,
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

THANK YOU – I would like to begin my newsletter by congratulating the amazing staff of St Peter’s for maintaining a positive learning environment at our school, in these unprecedented times. I also wish to recognise the agility and resilience of the amazing students in our care. New hygiene and social distancing procedures have been introduced and they have taken it in their stride and continued with business as usual. Fabulous skills that will prepare them for the life challenges ahead.
I also congratulate the students in the manner they approached the new assembly format today. They do not cease to amaze me with their enthusiasm and resilience.
My sincere gratitude to the supportive parent community of St Peter’s who have provided verbal and written positive feedback for the way the school is meeting the challenges presented with COVID 19. It means so much to us all!

“Pina, St Peters Leadership team, and all St Peters teachers. Thanks for being unified, the leaders you are, and a voice of calm during these unsettling times. The parents and children look to you all and your approach helps everyone.”

“Hi all. Just wanted to say, you guys are doing a great job on this . Such a challenging time, but I feel you are communicating well and making the right calls.”

HARMONY DAY – Today at St Peter’s, we celebrated Harmony Day. This special day celebrates Australia’s cultural diversity. It’s about inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone. I’m sure parents will enjoy the many activities and costumes through the class Seesaw pages.

PARENT/TEACHER MEETINGS – As previously mentioned, we will continue with our Parent/Teacher meetings, but they will not be face to face. We will have the early close and parents will then have the opportunity to speak via a telephone conversation with their class teacher.
The online booking system will close at 3pm on Wednesday 25th March. You need to email your class teacher with a preferred contact number, and they will call you at the time you had booked a face to face meeting. If your teacher does not receive an email from you, they will assume you do not require a meeting. We thank you in advance for your support, as we endeavour to provide feedback, in these unprecedented times.

NAPLAN – Education Ministers met today and decided that NAPLAN will not proceed in 2020. The decision to not proceed with NAPLAN in 2020 has been taken to assist school leaders, teachers and support staff to focus on the well-being of students and continuity of education; including potential online and remote learning.
Further, the impact of responses to the COVID-19 virus may affect the delivery of NAPLAN testing; including the operation of centralised marking centres and the implications for nationally comparable data if an insufficient number of students are available to the test.

DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES – Here at St Peter’s, we embrace the positive impact that digital technologies can have on the learning and overall development of our students. As a part of our role as educators, we inform the students of the ways they can stay safe when working online.
Recently it has become apparent that several students are accessing messaging apps during school hours. This has been occurring on the school grounds, before and after the bell. Doing so breaches the terms of the ICT contract / agreement, which can be found on the school’s website.
We hope that we can work together as a school community to provide the students with the knowledge and understanding of how to use their devices appropriately. The ‘Screen Time’ on Apple devices allows parents to block access to messaging apps, ensuring that they are unable to access these apps during school hours.
We appreciate your support and look forward to working together to ensure the safety of your child.

I wish you well for the coming week and leave you with this quote from Doe Zantamata,
“It is only in our darkest hours that we may discover the true strength of the brilliant light within ourselves that can never, ever, be dimmed.”

Stay Healthy, Stay Calm and Stay United.

Pina Hutcheson

Principal

Please see our gallery of photos from the last two weeks below!