Newsletter – Friday 7 May 2021

Message from the Principal

A Mother’s Day Blessing

Blessed is the Mother,
Who lets the Lord be her guiding hand,
Whose faith brings her family courage,
Whose wisdom comes from God,
And whose children still stand and honour her.

Dear Parents and Guardians

MOTHER’S DAY – Today we welcomed our Year 2 mothers, grandmothers, aunties and carers to the morning assembly. The special guests were entertained by our Year 2 class and then they provided some of their own entertainment with some dance moves that had the audience clapping along. I sincerely thank our P&F for their enormous commitment of time and energy in ensuring that we give thanks for the mothers in the St Peter’s Community with the wonderful gifts at the Mothers’ Day stall. A huge commitment over two days and all the preparation leading up the event. The stall was amazing and there will be many happy mums this Sunday. I wish all our St Peter’s mothers, grandmothers, aunties and carers a wonderful day on Sunday. A day in which we celebrate and honour mothers and all they do in loving unconditionally. I leave you with this beautiful poem that captures the essence of a mother’s love:

A baby asked God, “They tell me you are sending me to earth tomorrow, but how am I going to live there being so small and helpless?”
“Your angel will be waiting for you and will take care of you.”
The child further inquired, “But tell me, here in heaven I don’t have to do anything but sing and smile to be happy.”
God said, “Your angel will sing for you and will also smile for you. And you will feel your angel’s love and be very happy.”
Again, the child asked, “And how am I going to be able to understand when people talk to me if I don’t know the language?”
God said, “Your angel will tell you the most beautiful and sweet words you will ever hear, and with much patience and care, your angel will teach you how to speak.”
“And what am I going to do when I want to talk to you?”
God said, “Your angel will place your hands together and will teach you how to pray.”
“Who will protect me?”
God said, “Your angel will defend you even if it means risking it’s life.”
“But I will always be sad because I will not see you anymore.”
God said, “Your angel will always talk to you about Me and will teach you the way to come back to Me, even though I will always be next to you.”
At that moment there was much peace in Heaven, but voices from Earth could be heard and the child hurriedly asked, “God, if I am to leave now, please tell me my angel’s name.”
“You will simply call her, ‘Mum.”

CUBS – The Cubs Program has started for Year 5 students this week. The program is an 8-week self-development program for primary school students. The program is primarily targeted at Year 5 & Year 6 students, teaching them the most important life skills they require to succeed in 2021 and beyond. These include skills such as social media usage, modern time management and resilience. The Cubs Program was built on the back of the hugely successful, ‘Wolf Pack Program’ that now runs in over 25+ high schools annually for Years 10-12 students. Our sincere gratitude to our P&F who are funding the 8-week program for our 91 students.

SCHOOL PHOTOGRAPHS – A reminder to our families that school photographs will be taken in Week 11 of this term. Please ensure that all students have their winter uniform including the school jumper ready for this memorable event.

NAPLAN – Next week, we will facilitate the NAPLAN testing at our school for Years 3 and 5. I have been impressed with the attitude of the children leading up to the testing. I know they will put their best effort into the testing but, at the same time, recognise that it is just another assessment. All children complete numerous assessments throughout the school year and it is through the analysis of these results that teachers tailor their programs to accommodate the needs of the children. NAPLAN does, however, provide us with valuable data about how we are progressing compared to other schools. We are also able to track children’s progress longitudinally by comparing results across the assessment years. This student data can highlight areas of both success and a need of improvement in our school. With this National Testing next week, and with school reports being issued at the end of this term, I would like to share with you some wise words from Albert Einstein:

At St Peter’s, we will continue to celebrate and nurture the many and varied gifts our students possess, as they strive to reach, their God given potential.

Ciao and keep smiling

Pina Hutcheson

Principal

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