Newsletter – Friday 29 October 2021

Message from the Principal

God gives the Church the task of being, “the Hope of the World.”
In the Scriptures we see God give many tasks to many people.
As we work together in the final term for the year,
I wish everyone the strength and determination to help each other, to achieve the hope,
for all those within our school community.

Dear Parents and Guardians

SCHOOL POLICY – As you are all aware, our school operates under mandated policies and procedures. In many cases, as I’m sure you know, enrolment is dependent upon adhering to these policies and procedures. Recently I have noticed several “haircuts” that are not compliant with our policies. I ask you all to ensure that you adhere to the correct policies and ensure our children are presented in accordance with requirements. I appreciate that styles of fashion come and go…however, that does not negate our responsibilities to adhere to the requirements of our enrolment obligations. I thank you in advance for supporting our policy. To assist parents, I have provided the link below. Thank you to all who are well-presented and do adhere to these agreements. Please click here to review uniform policy 2021CorrectUniform (1)

STATIONERY ORDER 2022 – Due to staff and parent feedback, we have reviewed our process for ordering stationery for the beginning of the school year, and for 2022 we are excited to trial a bulk stationery order. All stationery items required for next year will be bulk purchased through the school and this will be included on the 2022 school fees.
St Peter’s will purchase all the necessary items in bulk as a back-to-school requirement for each student. This option allows our school to order high-quality items in bulk at exceptionally competitive prices. All stationery items will be delivered to each specific classroom. We envisage this new initiative saving you time, money, and resources.

From the uniform shop, our Kindy parents are required to purchase:
• Library Bag
• Homework Bag

Each year your child/ren will be required to retain:
• Library Bag (Purchased in Kindy from the Uniform Shop)
• Homework Bag (Purchased in Kindy from the Uniform Shop)
• Art Shirt (Supplied in the Year One Bulk Order)
• Headphones (Supplied in the Pre Primary Bulk Order)

If a child misplaces or damages any of the above items, it is the parents’ responsibility to provide a replacement.

SCHOOL BANKING – You may be aware that, in the past months, a number of State and Territory Governments have announced bans on banks delivering programs in their schools because of a report from the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC).
Due to this ASIC review and government decisions, the CommBank is unable to continue providing programs in schools and have made the decision to close the School Banking program nationally. As a result, the CommBank School Banking program will not be returning to schools in 2022.

YEAR 5 STUDENT LEADERSHIP – In preparation for their leadership roles in 2022, we had our Year 5 students participating in a Leadership Retreat today. We look forward to their contribution in developing our Leadership Committees and making ‘TRUE’ real at our school.

LOOSE PARTS – Loose Parts are open-ended materials that children can adapt, move, design and transform in many different ways through play. They can be moved, combined, redesigned, lined-up, taken apart and put back together in multiple ways. Thank you to our community for the abundant donations we received, and to our amazing P&F who has funded, not only the storage boxes, but large games and monkey bars for the Pirate Ship area. Our students are thoroughly enjoying the new play opportunities.

The benefits of Loose Parts Play include:
– Enter a world of ‘Inquiry’
– Problem solving
– Think imaginatively
– See solutions
– Bring a sense of adventure and excitement to play
– Foster cooperation and socialisation
– Less conflict more inclusivity
– Facilitate communication and negotiation skills
– Encourage open-ended learning
– Enjoyed by all ages

INTERSCHOOL ATHLETICS – Yesterday, the Interschool Athletics Carnival was another opportunity to build community spirit and support our children and staff. Mrs Perrin and her team of support teachers have worked closely with the athletes each morning to ensure our students were prepared for the day. I thank our parents who have supported the before school training sessions and to Mr Nettleton and Mrs O’Mara for working to support Mrs Perrin and the students. The school placed 6th overall. Please see below for photos of the day.

SCHOOL ADVISORY COUNCIL & P&F NOMINATIONS – Please consider nominating for a School Advisory Council or P&F position for 2022. There are so many exciting things happening around
St Peter’s in the future and YOU could play a vital role in the planning and process of things which will benefit all children in our school. Nomination Forms are in this newsletter for your convenience.

KINDY ORIENTATION – On Tuesday night, we welcomed the families of our 94 Kindy students for 2022. The welcome workshops are always well-attended by parents. We will welcome back our families for our whole school TRANSITION DAY on Wednesday 24th November.

CLASS SELECTION – You are welcome to provide teachers with feedback which will be added to the myriad of factors that are taken into consideration with class lists. We work with a program called Class Solver that saves all information provided by parents and past teachers, throughout your child’s learning journey at St Peter’s.
Factors which will be considered when balancing classes include academic ability, gender and social and emotional needs. In addition, children with any specific needs are also accommodated. Parents are not privy to this information and therefore entrust the staff and their professional judgment to make the best decisions for the individual children and the class as a whole. We thank you in advance for this trust.
Students are also asked to name 5 friends. These are not placed in order of importance, rather are named as, a close circle of friends. Children will have one or two of these friends in their class whilst taking into consideration ALL the factors outlined above.
Meeting new and different people is a fact of life and it is our role as parents and teachers to support our children through change rather than protect them from it. I am confident that the teachers put a great deal of thought into the class lists and I ask you to trust that the environment your child is going to next year is one in which they will thrive and experienece TRUE.

I thought it timely to leave you with the top 10 job skills of 2020. As we prepare our children for change we are also future proofing them for a successful life.

WORLD TEACHERS’ DAY – Today we demonstrated our sincere gratitude to the St Peter’s staff for their commitment, dedication, professionalism and abiding sense of vocation. They enable our wonderful students to realise their God given potential. Thank you to our wonderful P&F who treated all our teachers, education assistants and all other support staff with an early morning coffee van and pastries. This was a sign of the appreciation for all who contribute to developing the whole child at St Peter’s School.

At St Peter’s: We plant seeds that one day will grow. We water seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future promise. We lay foundations that will need further development. We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that we may never see the end result, but that is the difference between the master builder and the worker we are workers, not master builders; ministers, not messiahs. We are prophets of a future not our own.

As we march quickly towards the end of the year, I leave you with this thought. Christ was never in a hurry. There was no rushing forward, no anticipating, no fretting over might be. Each day’s duties were done as each day brought them, and the rest was left with God.

What a challenge for all of us! We need to remember that yesterday is gone, can’t change it. Tomorrow is yet to come; we can’t control it. But today is a gift – that’s why it’s called the present!

Ciao and keep smiling

Pina Hutcheson


Please see below for our gallery of photos