Newsletter – Friday 7 February 2020

Message from the Principal

A Student’s Prayer for a New School Year

Lord Jesus, I ask for Your help as I begin this new school year.
Allow me to experience Your presence in the many blessings You put before me.
Open my eyes to the new challenges and exciting opportunities that this new school year brings.
Open my heart and mind to new friends and new teachers.
Give me a generous spirit to be enthusiastic with my studies and courage to accept new opportunities.
Help me to be attentive to my teachers and let me experience Your presence in my new friends.
Jesus, inspire me to do my best this year!
Amen

Dear Parents and Guardians

Welcome to the start of what promises to be an exciting and fulfilling year for the staff, students and wider parent community at St Peter’s Primary School. Seeing the smiling faces of families getting into the swing of school this week has been fabulous. We welcome our new Kindy families who have joined us this year. We are delighted to also welcome 19 new students across the school, who have come from far and wide. We are very happy that they have joined our community. Our enrolment numbers now stand at 734 students.

I also wish to welcome to our school the following new staff – Tammy Hunter (ICT Coordinator), Matt Nettleton (Year 6), Mitzi Phoebe (Science / Year 6), Holly Jacob (Year 5), Sam Arnold (Kindy / Year 2 EA), Leanne Dutton (Kindy EA), Anna Voisey (Special Ed) and Nadia Martin (Kindy EA). We welcome Cassandra Visser (KM / KW) and Marg Warrener (Literacy Support) back to St Peter’s . They have all settled in well and have enjoyed the wonderful welcoming spirit of St Peter’s School.

Our classrooms look amazing and ready for learning. I thank our teachers and support staff for investing a lot of time in getting them to look welcoming and be truly functional. Our classrooms are learning spaces ready for the differentiated learning opportunities all students will experience through open-ended, hands-on and creative tasks. Our students are extremely fortunate to be engaged in these learning environments.

When we reflect on the many achievements of 2019, we are reminded that our focus has been, and will continue to be based on what is in the best interest of the child. Our commitment to each will continue to be at the forefront of our planning, our thinking and our doing.

We will continue to align our school direction with that of the Catholic Education Commission of Western Australia’s (CECWA) Strategic Directions 2019 – 2021, so that we are part of a collective vision and purpose. Integral to this direction will be ensuring that the needs of our community are met so that we continue to provide education of excellence in this changing and exciting educational landscape.

I ask all parents to refer to the school Code of Conduct which describes minimum standards of conduct in all behaviour and decision making within the school, to ensure the safety and well-being of students. https://www.stpeters.wa.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Code-of-Conduct-Policy-St-Peters.pdf

Thank you to the many parents who attended our Parent Information Evening this week. This year, we trialled a different format for the evening and I congratulate our dedicated staff for their commitment to engaging with this change. Our Student Learning Maps and Parent feedback were the focus of the sessions. It was an opportunity for us to share our work around Student Behaviour Support and Emotional Regulation. We will trial the Student Behaviour Support Plan throughout Term One and will then harness feedback from parents and student.
I thank the many parents who provided positive feedback following their experience. It can be summed up by one of the emails I recently received:

“Hi Pina,
I just wanted to say that I really loved the new format last night.
I felt that it really gets to the core of the children.
As parents we know them best. Two thumbs up from me.”

We were delighted to commence our Before and After School Care this week. I thank you for the keen support you have shown as our enrolment numbers flourish. I know this will be an excellent service for our children and busy parents.

As the school term begins, may we celebrate the amazing blessings we have. I am blessed to thoroughly enjoy my role at the school and the many visitors who drop in to see me. Let us all look forward to the many wonderful learning and community opportunities ahead.

Ciao and keep smiling

Pina Hutcheson

Principal

Please see our gallery of photos from the first week back below!