Newsletter – Friday 6 March 2020

Message from the Principal

Heavenly Father,
As I enter another week of my Lenten journey, guide me to the path that leads to you.
Fill my heart with gratitude, patience, strength, and peace as I strive to become the-best-version-of-myself,
honestly admitting my shortcomings and sins.

As I renew my resolve each day to become a better person,
let me hear your voice in the deepest reaches of my heart. Give me rest in you.

Help me to accept others, showing them your great love instead of casting judgment.
Stay with me through the busy days this week and remind me that when I need comfort, solitude, wisdom, or guidance,
I can always turn to you.

Help me develop discipline and generosity through fasting and alms giving,
and come closer to you through prayer this Lent.

In your name I pray,
Amen.

Dear Parents and Guardians

KINDY INTERVIEWS – I am currently interviewing for Kindy 2021. I ask our new families the reason they have chosen St Peter’s Primary School for their child. The response is always that they have heard such positive feedback from parents already at the school. I sincerely thank you for sharing our good news stories. We enjoy a healthy list of applications. This is a credit to our school and all who work within it for the benefit of the wonderful children in our care. A reminder to our current families to ensure enrolment forms have been completed.

In the words of Catherine McAuley…

‘The blessing of unity still dwells amongst us- and oh what a blessing-
it should make all things else pass into nothing…
The true Spirit of Mercy-flowing on us.”

– Easter Monday, 1841

LENT – Lent is here and we are presented with the opportunity to give expression to the type of supporters we are. Some supporters celebrate only the happy time in Jesus’ life such as Easter and Christmas. As ‘true believers’ we should also pray with Him on Holy Thursday, stand by him on Good Friday and join Him in prayer and fasting during the forty days of Lent.
We were delighted to see many of our families at the Year 4 Ash Wednesday Mass. We encourage our families to continue this support by joining us this term as we celebrate Holy Week and renew our Christian commitment and express Christ’s message of love, care and forgiveness.

PICNIC ON THE GREEN – Thank you to our amazing P&F who organised another fabulous community event two weeks ago. Picnic blankets were rolled out and our families had the opportunity to celebrate each other’s company whilst the children enjoyed all the attractions. Thank you to all our families for your continued commitment of our school.

ZONES OF REGULATION – Today, we enjoyed our Year 3M Assembly where they demonstrated our Whole School Zones of Regulation. This emotional regulation strategy is working well across the whole school and students are self-regulating and expressing their feelings clearly with one another with a shared common language. We will facilitate a Parent workshop early next term to assist our parents with developing this common language in the home environment.
In assisting our students with their well-being, it is important as parents, that we focus on character strengths instead of solely academic achievement. This can have a more positive effect on a child’s confidence. Not every young person can get A grades or get A grades all the time. Children develop at different rates. But every child has the potential to develop their character strengths, for example, to use their sense of humour, to be braver, or kinder.
The most important character strengths for our well-being and happiness have been found to be gratitude, optimism, enthusiasm, curiosity and love.
If we are to encourage children to have long term happiness and fulfillment, we should be encouraging them to develop these strengths. This is certainly the focus of our whole school Well Being Strategy.

YEAR 4 NEWS – Congratulations to our Year 4s who made us famous in Yagan Square this week. Please see photos below!

EARLY CLOSE – Reminder – Monday 30 March will be an early close due to Parent – Teacher Interviews.

KINDY – will finish at 12pm
PRE PRIMARY –will finish at 12.15pm
YEARS 1 – 6 – will finish at 12.25pm

Ciao and keep smiling

Pina Hutcheson

Principal

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