Newsletter – Friday 22 July 2022

Message from the Principal

THE GARDEN OF OUR DAILY LIVING:
PLANT THREE ROWS OF PEAS:
1. Peace of mind
2. Peace of heart
3. Peace of soul
PLANT FOUR ROWS OF SQUASH:
1. Squash gossip
2. Squash indifference
3. Squash grumbling
4. Squash selfishness
PLANT FOUR ROWS OF LETTUCE:
1. Lettuce be faithful
2. Lettuce be kind
3. Lettuce be patient
4. Lettuce really love one another
NO GARDEN IS WITHOUT TURNIPS:
1. Turnip for meetings
2. Turnip for service
3. Turnip to help one another
TO CONCLUDE OUR GARDEN, WE MUST HAVE THYME:
1. Thyme for each other
2. Thyme for family
3. Thyme for friends
WATER FREELY WITH PATIENCE AND CULTIVATE WITH LOVE. THERE IS MUCH FRUIT IN YOUR GARDEN. BECAUSE YOU REAP WHAT YOU SOW.

Dear Parents and Guardians

WELCOME BACK – I hope everyone enjoyed the holiday break as much as I did. It was fantastic to see all your smiling faces again, ready to begin yet another term.

STAFFING – We welcome three staff members to St Peter’s for Term 3: Erin Healy to Year 2W as Mrs Kym Zagar enjoys her Long Service Leave, Mrs Sophie Stajka returns from Maternity Leave and joins Year 2M with Mrs Carmel Cameron. Mrs Sarah Roberts will join the Administration Team on Tuesdays and Thursdays, as Ms Robyn Gianotti takes on increased hours at Mt Lawley High School. We wish them well in their roles in the school.

SLEEP – As we return to school, I take this opportunity to remind everyone of the importance of sleep. Sleep is the secret weapon of cognitive success. Across a range of activities, involving not just language but Mathematics, logic problems and spatial reasoning, sleep has been shown to enhance our brain power. That is why we are told to ‘sleep on it’ when we have a problem. The solution is often obvious in the morning. Young people need much more sleep than adults for the health of their bodies and their minds. Prioritise your sleep and your happy brain will help you get a lot more done and done well. Ensure your children have an abundance of sleep to organise their minds and you are I strongly encourage all parents to ensure your children have the adequate hours of sleep to support their learning at school. Tired children simply do not learn as well as rested children. Set sleep times, patterns and processes are required. E.g., go to bed at the same time every night, start by brushing teeth, preparing school bag and uniform for the next day. Try to read to your children every night, it really does improve a child’s reading if parents read to them at home regularly. Once children are in a pattern it is much easier to follow the routines and attain the correct amount of sleep.
Term 3 is once again a busy term. Please continue to check the school calendar and your class See Saw for upcoming events. Some of the bigger ones are listed below:

Week Two – Kindy Excursion, Year 4 Eucharist Retreat, Interschool Cross Country, Open Morning, Whole School Mass.
Week Three – Year 4 Eucharist Workshop, PP Parent – Speech Workshop, Year 4 Convict Day.
Week Four – Year 6 Incursion, Years 4-6 Athletics Trials, PP Assembly.
Week Five – WOW Week, Science Week, Book Week, Book Week Parade, Book Fair, Whole School Mass, Year 6 Speak Up, Holy Communion.
Week Six – Years 4-6 Performing Arts Dance Troupe at Perth Exhibition Centre
Week Seven – Years 3-6 Field Events Day, Father’s Day Breakfast.
Week Eight – GATE Excursion, Year 6 Confirmation Parent Workshop, School Disco.
Week Nine – Years 1 – 6 Athletics Carnival, Year 6 Confirmation.
Week Ten – Year 6 Confirmation Retreat – End of Term

EXTRA CURRICULA ACTIVITIES – Running Club, Reading Club, Coding Club, Interschool Training, Maths Club, Dance Troupe, Tournament of Minds, Choir, Guitar Ensemble, Concert Band, Flute, Clarinet, Brass, Athletics Club and Year One Handwriting Club.
Our students are very fortunate to have such dedicated staff who provide this myriad of opportunities for our fabulous children.

STAFF PD – On Monday 18th July, the whole staff participated in an Accreditation for RE workshop facilitated by the Director of Religious Education at CEWA,
Deacon Mark Powell. Following our day of learning and reflection, we look forward to naming parts of our school based on our faith and story history and include the local Noongar Language in this process.
Next year, we will hold a WOW week Wednesday afternoon dedicated once a term to a Faction Saint. This will provide our students with some information regarding their Faction Names and the significance of those names. It will also link well with the fun and excitement of WOW week.

WHITE POLO SHIRTS – The St Peter’s P & F Association is seeking community opinion on a change to the current school uniform policy, in regard to, the St Peter’s Primary School white polo shirt. In consultation with Uniform Concepts, two designs have been created and are available for viewing on mannequins situated in the P & F second hand uniform shop. The uniform transitional period, if accepted by the community, will be a three year period. A survey will be sent out to the community in our next newsletter and results will be provided.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION – Students in Year 4 will receive the Sacrament of Eucharist for the first time on either Saturday 20th August at 3.30pm or Sunday 21st August at 11.30am. Father Jeronimo will meet with parents and the children at 6pm on Tuesday 2nd August. This is an evening to share information about the Sacrament of Eucharist. When a young person receives Holy Communion for the first time it is a special occasion for them and their families. In the Eucharist we have Jesus, we have His sacrifice, we have His resurrection, and we have the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the children receiving their First Holy Communion, we pray that they will experience the promise of Christ in a unique way.

MATHS FOCUS – Last term, we had Ben Saulsman from CEWA model Maths lessons for our staff. This term, he will work with staff on their planning and assessment. This will form part of the coaching goals for teachers throughout the semester. This focus works alongside our increased program of Maths Intervention across the school in
Years 1-6.

FATHERING FIGURES – Our Fathering Group has been busy preparing events for this term. A Father’s Day Breakfast, followed by several activities, has been planned for Friday 2nd September commencing at 7.30am. A Dads and Kids AFL Footy Day is booked for Sunday 7th August and the much-anticipated Golf Day on Saturday 27th August.

P&F QUIZ NIGHT – This Saturday’s P&F Quiz Night is a sell-out! With a ‘Christmas in July’ theme it will be a fabulous night to make connections and have some fun along the way. A big thank you to the co-ordinators of the event. Claire Perlini, Kirsty Mainstone, Sarah Fandry and Nikki Maltese have given energy and time to this community raising event on the St Peter’s calendar. Thank you for your efforts and to the support of the community. Good luck to all involved. I have heard there are some great prizes to be won.

COVID UPDATE – Masks are encouraged where physical distancing is not possible. Please continue to register your child’s COVID-19 results via the CEWA Self-Reporting Portal and any positive COVID-19 RAT results on the WA Health RAT Register, as is required by the WA Government.
The school will receive another delivery of RATs for students. Primary students will once again, NOT BE ALLOWED to have RATS issued, directly to them. We have been advised that the RATs will primarily be nasal swab tests; there is an allocation of lollipop RATs for those children in the Early Learning Centres. We will inform families when they have arrived and create collection points.

The cold wet days can challenge our positive outlook on life. Whilst we have faith in the inevitable arrival of spring, let’s pray for the strength to welcome each new day as a gift from God. It has been said that there are two kinds of people –

Those that wake up with a smile and say, “Good morning, God.”
And those that wake with bleary eyes and say, “Good God, morning!”

Be kind to yourself and enjoy a restful weekend!

Ciao and keep smiling

Pina Hutcheson
Principal

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