Newsletter – Friday 23 July 2021

Message from the Principal

The Importance of Listening
Words of St Peter taken from the Bible 1 Peter 4:10
Each of you has been blessed with one of God’s many wonderful gifts to be used in the service of others, so use your gift well.
My Gifts are Especially Chosen. What does this mean?
Our talents and abilities have been given to us by God.
God calls us to use our talents creatively and boldly in service to God.
Do not second guess the Lord by wanting something you do not have.
Trust that God has blessed you with gifts you need and use them!

God's Gift of Prayer | Prayer & Possibilities

Dear Parents and Guardians

WELCOME BACK – Welcome back to Term Three. I trust that the school holidays provided time to connect with family and friends. For many in our Catholic education community, travel restrictions continue to prevent visits with family, friends and loved ones who are interstate and overseas, which might often be a highlight of the holidays. As we are a community of faith as well as learning, I encourage you to keep those separated from family and friends, and all of those affected by COVID-19 across Australia and the world in your prayers.

PAUL LITHERLAND CYBER SAFETY – I encourage Year 4 – 6 parents to enrol in the Parent Workshop we are hosting on 28th July at 6pm, in the staffroom. Paul is a renowned cyber safety speaker and owner of Surf Online Safe.
Paul will share his experiences as a WA Police Officer in the Technology Crime Investigation Unit and speak about the need for students and parents to remember the impact of their digital footprint, maintain levels of privacy when using apps and apply methods to remain safe in an online environment. Paul’s parent presentations will cover a wide range of topics and will last between 1 to 1.5 hours depending on questions.
Subjects covered may include:
– Cyber Bullying – Legislation surrounding this and how it is affecting our children.
– Digital Citizenship – Where our children are going online, the Apps they are using and the information they are sharing.
– Online Footprint – How easy it is to find children online and what they can do to minimise their risk.
– Social Networking & Networking in general – How the systems work and how to overcome their reach.
– Online Gaming and Website Use – Risks and uses.
– Tips & Tricks – How to keep an eye on your children through software and hardware. Easy instructions on what we can do to keep them safe.
Paul is very much in demand and has been presenting to children and parents at many schools over the years.
Please visit the following website which includes a bio for Paul and further information on Surf Online Safe. http://www.surfonlinesafe.com.au

PERFORMING ARTS – Mr Brennan and I were accompanied by Grace Davis and Rafferty Carter to St Mary’s Cathedral on Wednesday, to a liturgical celebration, of the opening of the Performing Arts Festival. Father Vincent Glynn encouraged and challenged us all to identify the gifts given to us by God and to use them in the service of others. We enjoyed singing and liturgical movement preformed by a variety of Catholic Schools across our state. We look forward to the many opportunities our St Peter’s children will experience through their participation in the festival. I sincerely appreciate the enormous effort made by Mrs Marina Powell, our music tutors, students and parents in ensuring our students share their musical and performing gifts with others.

STAFF PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT – Our staff recently participated in The T.I.T.U.S. Program (Testament In Teachers Using Scripture). This was presented by Ms Jessica Fic from the Catholic Institute of WA. The intention of the day was to support staff in their knowledge of the content of the Catholic faith and the pedagogical principles for transmitting it. Staff are now keen to translate their learning into class activities for our students. These activities will provide opportunities for spiritual formation, reflection and discernment.

BE AWARE – We have had a number of parents informing us of suspect strangers in cars within the Bedford / Inglewood areas. Please remind your children about not talking to strangers and to be extra vigilant if walking home.

REGAN SMOLIC’S FUNERAL – On Thursday, we had many of our staff attend Regan’s funeral. It was a celebration of Regan’s life that we were blessed to participate in. It was heartening to see many families, past and present, support the Smolic family and indicates the respect and love many have for Regan. At a time, appropriate to the Smolic family, we will discuss their wishes in our memorial for Regan.

MISSION DAY – We were extremely excited to carry out our schedule of exciting events for our recently postponed Mission Day. The Colour Run was a wonderful addition to the day. It was fabulous to have so many of our parents attend the Mass, assist at the stalls and enjoy the festivities of the Colour Run. The photographs depict the fun and festivities enjoyed by all as we commemorated our patron St Peter. We raised $3593.75!!! What a wonderful amount – so thank you to everyone for your contributions!!

GRAND PROM LUNCHTIMES – The students have provided overwhelmingly positive feedback regarding the play at Grand Prom. They appreciate the space to play their games and the photographs show the hive of activity.

Ciao and keep smiling

Pina Hutcheson

Principal

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