Newsletter – Friday 23 April 2021

Message from the Principal

A Prayer for Remembrance

Ever-living God, 
We remember those whom you have
gathered from the storm of war
into the peace of your presence;
may that same peace calm our fears,
bring justice to all peoples
and establish harmony among the nations,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Dear Parents and Guardians

WELCOME BACK – As we commence another term at St Peter’s Primary School, it is with excitement that I welcome you all back to our wonderful school. Our core values of ‘TRUE’ are lived out in our mission of growing as a faith community seeking to be enlivened by Christ. From our students through to our parents, staff, Parish and wider community, we strive to continue to be agents of Christ. Our wonderful community has at its heart a commitment of truth, love and service. As we commence our term, let us ask God’s blessing on our combined efforts to help our children grow towards God’s vision for them.
As we begin this term with optimism and endeavour, and as we commemorate Anzac Day this coming Sunday, I share with you with the words of Viktor Frankl,
‘Man’s Search for Meaning.’
“We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
I thank Aniela Hooper, Lily Simons and Escher Clover from Year 6 who will represent our school and lay a wreath at the ANZAC Day Service at Mt Lawley War Memorial.

WEEK OF WELLNESS – This term, we introduce WOW week. In Week 5 of each term, we will dedicate time to wellness. In this week, there will be NO HOMEWORK. There will be NO requirements placed on our students to work after school hours. We will not conduct any after school meetings and the week is dedicated to connecting with family and friends once the school day is over. I am positive that WOW week will be an enjoyable and celebrated week for all members of our St Peter’s community. Enjoy the freedom that WOW WEEK provides.

ITALIAN – This week, we commenced our Italian program. I welcome both Ms Alda Costa and Mr Richard Smiroldo to our school. We look forward to the exciting opportunities that await our students and their learning. Please see further on in this newsletter for the Ciao section, where they introduce themselves.

NAPLAN – In Week 4, our Year 3 and 5 students are involved in national testing in Literacy and Numeracy. Please ensure your children get a good night’s sleep and eat their breakfast before coming to school. It is important that children do not feel extra pressure placed on them during this time.
All Year 3 and Year 5 students will be assessed between 17th and 21st May. Results will be forwarded to the school later in the year and will be issued to parents in
Term 4. An information brochure has been sent home to our Year 3 and Year 5 parents. If you have any queries regarding NAPLAN testing, please see your classroom teacher.
As a Principal, the great thing about NAPLAN is that it gives us big picture data. We analyse the data and look for trends. It allows us to use it as a tool for future planning. The other important thing about the whole NAPLAN process is that some children are going to love it and do extremely well, others will perform at lower levels due to their stress levels during this time. As adults, we are the same, some of us love test situations, while others find them extremely stressful. Remember our children are the same. NAPLAN is one test, that complements a suite of data and that we collect on our students throughout the entire school year.

MOTHERS’ DAY STALL – On Thursday 6th May and Friday 7th May, our P&F will be running the Mothers’ Day Stall. Our Year 2 class will lead an assembly on the Friday to celebrate our wonderful mothers. A day in which we celebrate and honour mothers and all they do in loving unconditionally.

COVID – 19 PHASE 4 GUIDELINES UPDATE – This week, all principals received the latest COVID -19 Phase 4 Update. The guidelines do not change any of the current operations at St Peter’s.

In summary:
• All school activities may operate with the ongoing promotion and practice of good hygiene principles and physical distancing of one adult per 2m2.

Onsite school events – The 2m2 per adult rule continues to apply for seated events/activities. Physical distancing of children IS NOT required. However, physical distancing between family groups and other adults, is mandatory.

Parent and Caregiver Access – Parents are permitted to enter school sites and attend classrooms on the provision that they follow school sign-in processes, adhere to health and hygiene requirements, and abide by the 2m2 rule. Therefore, parents are welcome in the classroom if they have signed in at the front office. We will continue with kiss and drop, at the classroom door, for those who do not wish to sign in.

As we return to Term 2, refreshed after the school holidays, it is important that we maintain our sense of gratitude, acknowledging just how fortunate we are in Western Australia that the education of children is largely unaffected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Finally, we gathered today at a whole school Mass to celebrate everything St Peter’s. The Year 3 students performed a beautiful service on Community. We thank the parents and parishioners who attended and Father Jeronimo for his important message to all our students.

With so much planned for Term 2, I know it will be productive and fulfilling, as we work together as a community to help our students at St Peter’s to thrive in a
Christ-centred, child-focused school.

Ciao and keep smiling

Pina Hutcheson


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