Newsletter – Friday 25 November 2022

Message from the Principal

I’m raising average kids.
They will not be going pro in any sport.
They will not be the Dux of the school.
They will not be landing on the moon.
And they will not be President.
But I pray that they will be extraordinary at love.
They will be the friend who makes homemade soup and delivers it when a family loses a loved one.
They will always return their grocery carts.
They will mow their neighbour’s lawn or take their bin out- just because.
They will know how to listen—especially to those who need it most.
They will make time to return phone calls.
They will still send cards on birthdays.
They will know how to forgive.
They will be empathy givers.
They will know how to say, “I’m sorry.”
They will know how to act vulnerable and cry in someone else’s arms.
Oh, and this one’s important—they’ll know how to love themselves by giving themselves grace, love, time off, and setting boundaries.
Yup. I’m raising average kids.
Average kids who will be extraordinary at LOVE.

Dear Parents and Guardians

The reflection in the newsletter this week challenges us as parents to look to what is important. We all strive to raise healthy, productive, genuinely happy individuals who will one day use their talents to serve God and love those around them. Unfortunately for us, there is not a manual to help us with our children. We all do our best to bring up our children with love without spoiling them and guidance without being too firm. As we enter the School Report time of year, let us as parents, remember that childhood is not a race to be the best academic, but rather provide them with opportunities to see the ripple effect of their decisions and hard work.

REPORTS – These will be accessible to parents on Wednesday 7th December. Parents have an opportunity to touch base with staff before the end of the term if there are any queries or points of clarification.

EXCURSION DAY – This will take place on Wednesday 7th December. Further information will become available from your class teacher. As always, we welcome parent volunteers to assist with the day. The kids are always very excited for this date in the school calendar.

ACM / PARENT VOLUNTEER THANK YOU – Thank you for the outstanding attendance at our recent gathering on Tuesday night to acknowledge the hard work of our volunteers and to conduct our ACM. We were delighted to have so many of our parents nominate for both the School Advisory Council and the P&F. We are so very blessed at our school to have an engaged community who work to support our school in service of our community. We look forward to working with the following new members of our community in 2023:

SAC –  Keith D’Sa.

P&F –  Stephen Catania, Jo Aleksoski and Dave Dawes.

PERFORMING ARTS CONCERT – We look forward to celebrating the Arts at our concert on Thursday 1st December at 2pm. We will gather for this feast of talent in the Library. The co-ordinator of this event, Mrs Powell, has notified all participants of their times and requirements.We look forward to seeing you there.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT –  We look forward to our Christmas Concert on Friday 2nd December. We have provided a schedule events to all parents via Seesaw and it is listed below. We do not provide specific times as we will run through the items based on the children and flow of events.

8.45am – Final Assembly including Staff Dance
9.45am – Kindy – Year 2 Christmas Concert
11.45am – Year 3 – 6 Christmas Concert

TRANSITION DAY – On Tuesday 6th December, we will enjoy our Transition Day. This will be an opportunity for children to meet their new teacher, peers and complete their Learning Map.

CHRISTMAS P&F SUNDOWNER – We look forward to celebrating another wonderful year with our hardworking P&F volunteers and community on Sunday 4th December from 3-6pm.There’s an opportunity to pre order pizzas using Trybooking and the fun activities will require our children to have enclosed shoes. We look forward to seeing you all at this popular event on the social calendar. Please look further along in this newsletter for more information.

ABOUT TODAY – FRIDAY 25TH NOVEMBER – Today has been such a memorable day at St Peter’s which our students will treasure for many years to come.
The day started with a Thanksgiving Mass, where every student in the school donated an item to The Vinnies Christmas Appeal. The altar was full of food and Christmas items which will now be forwarded to those in need in our immediate vicinity.
Charlie McGettigan gave an emotional speech to the children to thank all the families in our school for their generosity in supporting this initiative.
Following a short morning tea, the whole school met in our quiet area. The students and staff were privileged to meet Daniel Garlett, a Noongar man from Whadjuk Country, and his two children, as he performed a Smoking Ceremony to officially open our new Bush Tucker Garden. The children watched on in awe as Mr Garlett conducted a Welcome to Country, played traditional Aboriginal music using a digeridoo and burnt eucalyptus leaves to cleanse our grounds and make a pathway for a brighter future.
St Peter’s Bush Tucker Garden has officially been named, ‘Ngnalla Maya,’ meaning ‘Our Place’ in Noongar language. The word ‘Place’ is used as an acronym, standing for People Learning About Cultural Engagement. At St Peter’s school, we are continuing to build on our cultural awareness and this is one way we can learn more about Aboriginal histories and cultures. We thank Mr Garlett and his children immensely for joining us today and performing a ceremony so close to their hearts.

We then transitioned to the oval to start our ‘Move for a cause.’ Father Jeronimo led the way, closely followed by 700 eager students trying to complete as many laps as possibly to raise funds for our Parish. The weather was beautiful and both children and teachers, walked, ran, and danced their way around the school and Parish grounds.
With current building costs escalating, our Parish Community need to raise some funds to complete the upgrade of the modern and contemporary facilities that our school community will benefit greatly from.
All children have been collecting voluntary donations from our families to support our Parish and we have already been overwhelmed by the generosity of our families that have already contributed to the Parish via our online link.
All students received an envelope for cash donations which need to be returned to school by Wednesday 30th November.

Ciao and keep smiling

Pina Hutcheson

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