Newsletter – Friday 29 May 2020

Message from the Principal

“Help one another.
This is what Jesus teaches us.
This is what I do,
and I do it with my heart.”
Pope Francis

Dear Parents and Guardians

I again thank you for your ongoing support, patience, and encouragement during this period of ever changing routines and restrictions. It has been a difficult time for us all in so many ways. The good news is, there is a flicker of light at the end of the tunnel, as we see further restrictions being removed in our state.
Ensuring meaningful learning experiences for our children is always at the forefront of our thinking, planning and systematic delivery of curriculum. A real positive that has come out of our current COVID-19 challenges has been the agility demonstrated by staff and parents in developing their own capacity through incredible commitment and creativity.
Even though we are all back together again at school, we cannot go back to ‘business as usual.’ Life is now very different for both adults and children alike. In saying this, I hope that each of us has the opportunity to take on board the many new learnings that have come our way over the past two months. The engagement of our students during online learning has highlighted the creativity, adaptability, and confidence of young people.
Moving forward, it will be important that we continue to leverage technology to enhance our programs. Being supported by parents and staff during this crisis has been and will continue to be an important part of our children’s coping strategies.
We look forward to taking on your feedback as we harness our new learning, please complete the attached anonymous survey by 3pm on Friday 5 June.
Online Learning Survey

I must say that I am really proud of the collaboration that has led us to where we are today, and of our students who are doing an amazing job in adapting to the new norm.
Drop-Off and Pick-Up have been our trickiest adjustments to manage. Your co-operation has enabled us to make these transitions as quick and as safe as possible. Current arrangements will necessarily remain in place until such time as the Premier removes the restrictions currently mandated.

GOODWILL DUTY – At St Peter’s, prior to COVID-19, the Leadership Team provided a ‘GOODWILL’ duty from 8.00-8.15am in the Undercover area, to assist our working parents. With the current Drop-Off and Pick-Up procedure, we have been unable to provide this ‘Good Will Duty.’ To assist our families and ensure the children are kept dry and out of the weather, we will provide supervision in the LIBRARY, from 8.00-8.15am for our Years 2 – 6 students. The students need to enter via the Wood Street gate and walk through to the Library. They will be dismissed to their classrooms at 8.15am.

DRINK FOUNTAINS – We will begin to use our drink fountains from this Tuesday coming. The cleaners will clean the drink fountains after recess and at the end of each day. Hopefully this will lighten the children’s bags.

REPORTS – School systems and sectors across the country have been offered flexibility in relation to reporting for Semester One 2020. The reporting and requirements for reporting for Pre Primary to Year 10, due to COVID-19 and the disruption to learning and teaching, have been amended. On 7 April 2020, the Education Council agreed that, ‘student progress will continue to be monitored and assessed by teachers with progress reports provided to parents and carers noting that existing assessment and reporting processes may have to be adjusted to accommodate broader changes to the teaching and learning environment.’

In reporting in Semester One, schools are required to provide to parents:
1. Information which gives an accurate and objective assessment of the student’s progress and achievement, report on the curriculum taught and for which teachers can make a fair and reasonable professional judgement regarding student progress. Schools are not required to report student achievement using the A, B, C, D and E.

2. Schools should include some information regarding affective domains such as attitude, behaviour, and effort. In giving feedback to parents, teachers have an opportunity to acknowledge the way in which students have coped with the challenges presented by the disruptions of COVID-19.
Therefore, in St Peter’s Primary School Semester One Reports 2020, all students from Pre Primary to Year 6 will be receiving the same report format.

Every learning area will be reported on using the three-point student progress scale:
• Above Expected Level
• At Expected Level
• Working Towards Expected Level

In all other learning areas, including; Religious Education and Specialist Learning Areas, only one overall student progress statement, using the three-point scale will be used.

STUDENT EFFORT
The grading scale used to determine student effort in each learning area:
A = Always, F = Frequently, U = Usually, I = Intermittently, N = Never

PERSONAL & SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT
C=Consistently, F=Frequently, S=Sometimes, N=Not demonstrated

GENERAL COMMENT
Every child will receive a General Comment at the end of their report.

TIMELINE
Parents will be able to access student reports on Wednesday 1st July 2020.

We will conduct Parent/Teacher meetings in Term 3. We will wait for advice from the Health Department and CEWA as to whether the meetings will be conducted face to face or via telephone.

BEHAVIOUR MANAGEMENT STRATEGY – At the beginning of the school year, we announced the trial of our Behaviour Management strategy (BMS) which we intended on releasing to our community along with parent workshops in Term 2. COVID-19 disruptions have delayed our release to parents along with the workshops. Whilst we continue to implement the strategy at school, we look forward to sharing it with our community in Term 3.
I thank the wonderful staff of St Peter’s who have worked together to develop a plan that can be utilised across the school. We look forward to sharing with our community and inviting feedback in Term 3. Thanks for your understanding regarding the delay in this process.

ASSEMBLY – Today we completed our online assembly. I congratulate the staff and students on their engagement and agility in moving to this new format, in the interim, so that we can continue to acknowledge our award winners and our birthdays. Photographs have been sent to the families of the award winners and although different, the spirit and community of St Peter’s continues to shine!

I wish you and your family a wonderful long weekend. Please stay safe and we will see you back at school on Tuesday 2nd June.

Ciao and keep smiling

Pina Hutcheson

Principal

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