Newsletter – Friday 29 April 2022

Message from the Principal

Remember, O Lord,
all those the brave and the true, who have died the death of honour
and are departed in the hope of the resurrection to eternal life.
In that place of light from which sorrow and mourning are far banished, give them rest,
O Lord, thou lover of men.
Amen

Dear Parents and Guardians

WELCOME BACK – I hope you all had a wonderful holiday break. I have enjoyed listening to stories from students and staff about camping trips with families, swimming with whale sharks, surfing down south, and visiting relatives throughout WA and within Australia. Thank you to all the families who entered positive test results on the
Self- Reporting Portal located on our school website over the course of the school holidays. This assists us in supporting families and monitoring our provision of online learning.

WINTER UNIFORM – Children need to wear full winter uniform in Term 2. Please check the school website for information regarding school uniforms and our secondhand uniform shop days.

TERM 2 – is set to be a very busy term. Please continue to check the school calendar for what’s coming up. Below is a snippet as to what to expect:

  • Yr3 & Yr5 NAPLAN
  • Mothers’ Day celebrations
  • First Reconciliation
  • Cross Country
  • School Photos
  • St Peter’s Feast Day
  • Semester 1 Reports

ANZAC DAY A wonderful opportunity for our Year 6 Leaders to pay their respects and lay a wreath on behalf of the St Peter’s School Community at the Mt Lawley RSL service. I thank Mr Matt Nettleton for coordinating the Year 6 students and I sincerely thank the parents who joined us there for the moving service to honour the sacrifices of those who gave so willingly so that we can today enjoy the wonderful lives we lead here in Australia.
Also thank you to our Year 6 students for their recording of our commemoration that was shared with all classes and on all our social media.

HOLIDAY WORKS – Thank you to our grounds staff for the work that was done over the school holidays. The school looked wonderful for our return. We are very excited by the complete renovation of the Music room which is now ready for Mrs Powell’s return in Week 3 from Long Service Leave. We are diligently working on the renovation of the Library, GATE Room and Inquiry Area. This new multipurpose space will be enjoyed by all our students by the end of Term 2.

MONTH OF MAY – During the month of May, we dedicate our prayers to Our Spiritual Mother Mary. Our Year 6 Leaders will lead us in a decade of the Rosary, on Thursday after lunch, throughout the Month of May.

NAPLAN – A reminder that students in Year 3 and 5 will participate in the annual NAPLAN tests in reading, writing, language conventions (spelling, grammar, and punctuation) and numeracy. All the tests will be completed online except for the Year 3 writing test which will be a paper test. The NAPLAN assessments provide parents and schools with an understanding of how individual students are performing at the time of the tests. However, NAPLAN is only one aspect of a schools reporting and assessment process. It does not replace ongoing assessments administered by teachers to determine student performance over time.

Some helpful NAPLAN tips:

  • Reinforce that your expectation is for them to try their best
  • Maintain a caring and positive attitude
  • Keep perspective – This is just one test in time: just one form of assessment; success is not determined by one test
  • Prepare your child – Have your child go to bed early so they are well rested and make sure they have eaten a good breakfast.

Important Dates:

Tuesday 10 May – Writing

Wednesday 11 May – Reading

Monday 16 May – Conventions of Language

Tuesday 17 May – Numeracy

12/5, 13/5, 18/5, 19/5 and 20/5 – Catch up tests

SCHOOL ORGANISATIONAL CLIMATE SURVEY – In Week 3 of this term, we are excited to launch our online School Climate survey. The survey is an opportunity for our school to receive feedback and to respond to what is said. The feedback does NOT include the data of individuals: rather, feedback involves a graph based on the feedback of all participants. To ensure anonymity there are aggravated scores on the graphs. The feedback is captured from staff, students, and parents. There are no right or wrong answers. The questions are set around two sets of responses. Actual and preferred. The actual responses inform the school of what our community think is happening in the school. The preferred responses tell the school what the community would like to be happening in the school. The response format of the survey involves a five-point frequency response scale of Almost, Never, Rarely, Sometimes, Often and Almost Always.
You will receive a link to the survey in Week 3 and we appreciate your participation and feedback as we work as a school to meet the needs of all our stakeholders within the St Peter’s community.

This morning Catholic Principal’s from around WA met with the Director of CEWA (via Teams) to discuss the changes and implications of the WA health regulations that come into effect today. These changes will form the basis as to what the remainder of the term will look like. I will publish these changes early next week in a Covid 19 update.

It is important to remember that :

Close contacts with no symptoms are not required to isolate for 7 days but must do the following:

  • Undertake a daily Rapid Antigen Test
  • Wear a mask when leaving the house
  • Avoid high risk settings such as hospitals and aged care facilities
  • Avoid non-essential gatherings and contact with people at risk of severe illness

For schools, this means a child will no longer be identified as a close contact at school. Please continue to use the Self-Reporting Form as required as well as WA Health. These forms can be accessed via the links below:

CEWA Self Reporting Form

Healthy WA Positive Test Registry

Any child who becomes symptomatic should stay home and be tested for COVID-19. Please continue to refer to healthywa.wa.gov.au for information on close contact definition, testing and isolation requirements.

As of today, Friday 29 April masks are no longer mandatory at school. It is your choice whether your child continues to wear a mask at school.  Masks are still required on public transport, in taxis and rideshare vehicles and other passenger transport.  Masks are encouraged where physical distancing is not possible. 

Ciao and keep smiling

Pina Hutcheson

Principal

Please see below for our gallery of photos