Newsletter – Friday 22 March 2019

Message from the Principal

When Pope Francis launched the ‘Day of the Poor,’ he said:

“Blessed are the open hands that embrace the poor and help them: they are hands that bring hope,
Blessed are the hands that reach beyond every barrier of culture, religion and nationality,
and pour the balm of consolation over the wounds of humanity,
Blessed are the open hands that ask nothing in exchange, with no ‘ifs’ or ‘buts’ or ‘maybes:’
they are hands that call down God’s blessing upon their brothers and sisters”.

We are called to give expression to that care through practical action…
let us not love in word or speech alone, but also in deed and in truth.

Dear Parents and Guardians,

RIDE TO SCHOOL – Congratulations to the many families who participated in the ‘Ride to School’ initiative. There were a few parents who made comment that they had discovered some new muscles! We had in total 65 bikes, 35 scooters and 178 certificates distributed today. The Epton family rode from East Perth with their cargo bike. The Hotham Street Walking School Bus had a strong presence and I was very impressed with the parents on blades today! We had such a great morning that I have been asked to make every Friday – Ride to School Day. We look forward to seeing everyone back with their bikes next Friday!

SPECIAL CELEBRATIONS – This week we have ‘Rocked our Socks’ for Down Syndrome Awareness day and partnered up with our buddy Class for Harmony Day. Our community was alive with colour and an appreciation of the message that “Everyone belongs,” reinforcing the importance of inclusiveness to all Australians.

LITERACY AND NUMERACY PARENT VOLUNTEER WORKSHOP – My sincere thanks to the large group of parents who attended these workshops facilitated by Angela Seal and Rosey Martin. We are truly blessed to have such dedicated parents working alongside us for the benefit of all our students.
Parents and families play an important role in supporting their child’s education. Research has shown that when schools and families work together, children do better, stay in school longer, are more engaged with their school work, go to school more regularly, behave better, and have better social skills. Parent engagement also results in longer term economic, social and emotional benefits.
I sincerely thank Rosey and Angela for the comprehensive workshop they facilitated and for sharing their passion for these learning areas with the parents in our community.

CLASS VISITS – I have thoroughly enjoyed seeing the joy on children’s faces when they see their parents in class as volunteers. The pride and love are something very special that I get to witness first hand. I know the class teachers always appreciate the help too.

PLAYGROUND AND SCHOOL AUDIT – Next week we will have ‘Play Safe’ conduct a full audit of our playground and play equipment. We look forward to ensuring our environment is safe for our students to enjoy their free play. We will also have Protek come and do a full audit of the school as we work to meet the OHS requirements set out by CEWA.

SCHOOL MAINTENANCE – Over the coming weeks we will see improvements to school signage (OHS requirements), lighting around the school (OHS requirements) and line markings to ensure more choice for children at play breaks and for equity in terms of netball markings.

NEW FLAG POLE – Our school now has two flag poles. One with the Australian Flag and one with the Aboriginal Flag. We have the Aboriginal Flag to acknowledge and show our community’s respect to the Custodians of the land where our school is built. It is also a sign of our commitment to the ongoing journey of reconciliation.

OPEN DAYS – We have had 30 sets of parents take up the offer for a tour of the school. The Year 6 leaders have been outstanding in facilitating these tours. On our school website we will now have a ‘Book a Tour.’ We will have this as a permanent opportunity to enhance our reach for enrolments. Please share this with people who may be interested in enrolling in our fabulous school.

CONFIRMATION COMMITMENT MASSES – I thank our families for supporting their children on their faith journey. Their attendance at the Commitment Masses is an important part of the preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation.

STAFFING – Recently we have had some staff changes due to maternity leave, opportunity and illness. They are as follows:

KARYN MCGEEVER and her husband Michael are expecting their first child in August this year. Mrs McGeever will be with us until the end of Term Two. Miss Rikki Armstrong will be teaching in Year 2 White for Semester 2. Rikki is an experienced teacher who is very familiar with St Peter’s Primary School.
MRS CLARE FRANCIONI will take up an opportunity to work in the Kimberley region during Term Two. She will cover a long service leave at Christ the King Catholic School, Lombadina. Clare has a passion to work in the Kimberley and I know she will thoroughly enjoy the opportunity. Miss Silvia Varrone will be our Science Teacher in Term Two. She is an experienced teacher who has held a Science position in the Education Department.
MRS MARGARET WARRENER will be on sick leave until the end of this term due to personal reasons. Mr Bruce Plint will be taking over Year 5 Maroon for the rest of the term. Mr Plint has worked at Padbury Catholic Primary School, primarily in Year 5, and comes to us with vast experience in Technology and Mathematics.
Finally, I have been advised by my doctor that I require a day procedure at Hollywood Hospital on Monday 25th March. I am anticipating a speedy recovery. However, in my absence, please contact Mr Paul Brennan or Miss Courtney Dunsire with any queries or concerns. Thank you in anticipation of your continued support.

Please see below for all photos of the week!!

Ciao and keep smiling!

Pina Hutcheson

Principal

Ride to School Day 2019

Rock your Socks Day – Down Syndrome Awareness Day 2019

Harmony Day 2019