Newsletter – Friday 26 July 2019

Message from the Principal

Dear God our Father in Heaven,
Thank you for the wonderful gifts that we each possess
and thank you for bringing us together to celebrate these gifts with each other.
Please guide us to use our gifts to succeed and to express ourselves through the Arts.
May you always guide us with your grace to do the right thing.
May you help us to try our best always in everything we do, and bless the festival and its participants.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Amen

Dear Parents and Guardians,

STAFF PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT – On Monday, we participated in a day facilitated by Caritas Australia and centred around ‘Creating a More Just World’. The day prompted us, as staff, to reflect on the Catholic social teaching principles of Dignity of the Human Person, Preferential Option for the Poor, Solidarity, Stewardship of Creation, The Common Good and Subsidiarity and Participation.
The day had inspired ideas around our Evangelisation Plan for 2020 and reminded us how fortunate we all are to live the lives we lead.

WELCOME – This term, we have 4 new students at St Peter’s. We welcome Oliver Wilson to Kindy Blue, Ella Dodd to Kindy Maroon, Harrison Nielsen Murray to Year 1 White and James Haydon to Year 2 Maroon. I wish them well on their learning adventure at our school.
We also welcome 14 students from China who will be in classrooms across the school. We have one student staying for 4 weeks and 13 students staying for 2 weeks. We look forward to learning more about their life in China and sharing our community with them.

MEMORIAL GARDEN – A huge thank you to our P&F, Dads of St Peter’s, Rita Panebianco, Paulette Aquino, Michelle Glanville and the Hora/Brown family for the wonderful memorial Garden that was created over the holiday break. The space is a place to honour and remember loved ones and to gather and build friendships. Anika Brown is in God’s arms but forever in all our hearts.

PARKING – I thank the many parents who have congratulated us on the new signage in the Kiss and Drop Area. The signage indicates clearly the point where children can be dropped off at and advises parents to remain in their cars. In following the rules, we ensure student safety and the steady flow of traffic. I thank you all in advance for supporting our parking guidelines and the system wide Code of conduct.

DOUGAL THE THERAPY DOG – Dougal is certainly a superstar at our school. We hope to have introduced him to every class by the end of next week. This newsletter outlines the benefits of a Therapy Dog and the considerations made before our Dougal was selected. Please do not hesitate to see me or Mr Brennan, if you have any queries or concerns regarding the newest addition to the St Peter’s community.

PERFORMING ARTS OPENING MASS – Yesterday, our Term 3 student leaders, Amy Allen and Alex Ando attended St Mary’s Cathedral with Mr Brennan and me to celebrate the opening of the Catholic Education Performing Arts Festival. It was a wonderful opportunity to see and experience the many talents of students across our system in a Eucharistic celebration. We now look forward to the many events our St Peter’s students are involved in. I thank Mrs Powell, in advance for her enthusiasm and dedication in preparing our students for the many opportunities they are to participate in throughout this term.

SCHOOL IMPROVEMENTS – Over the holiday break, we have had murals painted depicting our core values and waste wise initiative, outdoor learning spaces upgraded, turf laid at the front of the school and upgrades to the Kindergarten and Pre Primary playground. I sincerely appreciate the positive feedback students and parents have shared when viewing the new improvements.

NAIDOC CELEBRATIONS – Today, we enjoyed a traditional smoking ceremony, prior to our NAIDOC Mass. I thank our Year 6 teachers and students for leading the school in acknowledging and celebrating Aboriginal history, culture and achievements. Our Mass celebrated Aboriginal culture and a call to work together for a shared future. The Mass also included a crucifix from Beagle Bay, given to us as gift of thanks, for Maths resources we sent to the community over the holiday break. Students from
Sacred Heart School, Beagle Bay, created the crucifix, with natural resources from the community.

Ciao and keep smiling!

Pina Hutcheson

Principal

Please see our gallery of photos from the last 2 weeks below!