It is lovely to be at the front of the school each morning, greeting our students as they arrive with a smile for another day of learning. Our Kindergarten students have come so far in such a short time, many now confidently using the drop off facility and enjoying time in the playground in the morning before school begins.
Beginning next week, we will have some of our Year 6 students near the Kindergarten classrooms before school, to assist with this process. Year 6 students will encourage students to come with them to the playground for a run around or game. We request that parents do not go around into the playground in the mornings. If your child is having difficulty separating from you and you would like some assistance with this process, please let the class teacher know in the first instance.
Just a reminder that we would like all students to arrive at school by 8.45 am so farewells may be made before the morning bell rings at 8.55 am. This will ensure that students have enough time to hang their bags on their hook outside the classroom and to play in the playground with their friends.
Parents of students in Kindergarten and Year 1 may assist their child to hang their bag outside the classroom when they arrive at school. Students in Years 2 - 6 should carry their bags upstairs and hang them on their hook outside the classroom. We request that parents and younger siblings do not accompany these students upstairs. This will ensure our stairs and verandahs remain uncongested, as this can create a safety issue.
Children arriving after the bell rings at 8.55 am will be required to enter through our School Office in order to obtain a late note to give to their teacher and then walk through to the classroom by themselves.
If students are running late on the morning when they have Chapel, we would appreciate parents escorting them to Chapel once they have obtained their late note from the School Office.
We appreciate your support in these matters.
Last week, you would have received our Photography / Video / Image Consent information. This is now due and we would appreciate you returning this to school as soon as possible. This enables us to have accurate records of your wishes in this area.
Harmony Week is held each year in March. This year we will be celebrating our cultural diversity with International Day on Thursday, 19 March 2020.
Students are invited to wear National dress or orange clothing and accessories to school on this day.
At St. Peter’s, we have the privilege of providing Early Years programmes across Prep and Kindergarten, aiming to honour the significant impact that early years education has in aiding children’s successful transition into formal schooling. These programmes have evolved over the years with the contributions and insights of many passionate and skilled leaders and teaching practitioners, all of whom have applied their knowledge of educational research and best practice to develop high quality teaching and learning programmes to support our youngest learners.
2020 will be a year of excitement and celebration across Prep and Kindergarten. We will continue to offer a balance of play-based and structured learning experiences where children have opportunities to interact, inquire, explore, question, develop critical and creative thinking skills and to become active members of our classroom communities.
As play is at the heart of our Early Years programme, children’s mathematical understanding will be nurtured through practical exploration and investigation. Prep students will develop early number sense through playful provocations, which provide foundations for mathematical thinking and problem solving. In Kindergarten these explorations continue and grow rich in conversation as students measure, compare, tally, manipulate, model and engage in mathematical processes.
Early literacy development will be an ongoing focus in Prep as students begin to acquire pre-reading and writing skills through group learning activities, songs, shared reading experiences and literacy-based play. Children will tune into sounds and rhyming patterns within spoken words and will start to recognise when words begin with the same sound.
As students commence the year in Kindergarten they will build upon these pre-reading skills to develop explicit strategies for decoding and composing texts. Our Kindergarten students will work towards becoming confident and proficient readers and writers who access a broad range of literacy skills and strategies to support their learning.
Our 4 to 6 year old students are naturally inquisitive and eager to learn more about their surroundings. This Term, Prep students will conduct an inquiry into the ways our differences make us unique and Kindergarten will focus on the Central idea ‘We can learn and work together as members of community.’ As we progress through the year our Early Years Units of Inquiry will provide opportunities for students to experience storytelling through the arts, investigate how natural cycles follow patterns, look at human impact on the natural world and to explore positive action that will bring about sustainability. Each of these units, and others, aim to foster global perspectives, intercultural respect and care for the world in which we live.
As an early years educator and in both my past and present roles, I find considerable joy in observing the astounding growth that takes place in a child’s first few years of schooling. The young learners that are welcomed into our care enter St. Peter’s with eyes wide in wonder and curiosity. They are fueled by an innate desire to build connections and to make sense of the world around them. Parents and carers may agree that we too are entering 2020 with eyes wide in wonder and curiosity, fueled with an innate and shared desire for our students to make sense of their world. We each play a vital part in recognising and facilitating the strengths, competencies and resources that each child brings with them, nurturing solid foundations of learning that our children will continue to build upon for a lifetime.
We are pleased to announce that we will be running the Premier’s Reading Challenge again this year. From Week 6, all students from Kindergarten to Year 6 will be issued with a sticker in the back of their school diary with the PRC website, start and finish dates, username and password. If parents are willing for their child to participate, they need to enter reading records online. The rules and processes for the Challenge are available on the PRC website. Please log-in as soon as possible after receiving the username and password to check it accesses the PRC website correctly.
If you have difficulties logging on, please contact me by emailing: email@example.com 'Attn Mrs Nash PRC' with your child’s details, and I will reset the password.
We will also be holding the St. Peter’s Challenge where students read books beyond the required number for the official PRC. Paper copies of Reading Records for this purpose will be available from the School Office or the Library. Please do not include the 20 or 30 required books for the official online PRC completion in the St. Peter’s Challenge list.
Happy reading, and thank you for your support of the Premier’s Reading Challenge.
Mrs Nash (PRC Coordinator)
IPSSO Sport was cancelled last week due to the Sports grounds being closed due to weather conditions.
This week teams played against Macarthur Anglican School.
Results were as follows:
Junior Sport: Wednesday, 19 February 2020
Senior Sport: Wednesday, 19 February 2020
Players of the Match:
Junior Soccer: Leona B
Senior Soccer: Alexia L
Junior Oz Tag: Alicia W
Senior Oz Tag: Brooke D
Junior Cricket: Jovanpreet M
Senior Cricket: Alexander C
Junior Basketball: Alexander M
Senior Basketball: Daniel F
A reminder that training for Rep Sport commences at 8.00 am each Wednesday and student attendance is an expectation of being in the team.
Congratulations to Roxburgh for leading the House Points Tally this fortnight.
St. Peter’s Anglican Primary School Scholarships for 2021 are available to new entry students and those enrolled in our school in Year 4, 2020. Scholarships are available in three categories:
Scholarship Information and Application Forms can be located on the School Website and from the School Office.
Scholarship applications close:
Thursday, 9 April 2020.
School Banking encourages children to save a little money each week (any amount) into their Commonwealth Bank Youthsaver account, helping them learn about the value of money and develop a good saving habit.
When you open a Commonwealth Bank Youthsaver account, your child will receive a Commonwealth Bank Dollarmites deposit wallet to use for School Banking. If they have an existing Commonwealth Bank Youthsaver account, visit your nearest branch to receive your Commonwealth Bank Dollarmites wallet.
Our School Banking programme has exciting rewards to encourage children to practice good savings habits. This year, include some environmentally friendly and reusable rewards, plus others that encourage creativity, as well as indoor and outdoor play.
Bring your deposit to school in your Commonwealth Bank Dollarmites deposit wallet on your weekly ‘School Banking Day’ to collect a silver Commonwealth Bank Dollarmites token.
Once you collect 10 tokens (if receiving physical tokens)(maximum one token per week) you can choose a reward by placing the redemption slip or card and 10 tokens in your Dollarmites deposit wallet and bring in on School Banking Day.
Our School Banking will take place every Wednesday morning from 9.30 am.
Congratulations to Sam (our School IT Assistant) and his wife Athi on the safe arrival of their new daughter who was born on Wednesday, 12 February 2020 and a new sister to Gopika in Year 3.
Our St. Peter's School Shop is open:
Monday: 8.00 am - 10.45 am and 1.00 pm - 3.45 pm
Wednesday: 8.00 am - 10.45 am
Tuesday 25 February 2020
2.00 pm: Parents Information Session
7.00 pm: Parents Information Session / Friends of St. Peter's Forum
Wednesday 26 February 2020
9.30 am - 10.30 am: School Banking
Friday 28 February 2020
8.15 am - 2.00 pm: Year 6 Taste of High School Day - Broughton Anglican College
8.30 am - 9.15 am Executive Drop in
Monday 2 March 2020
11.30 am: Junior Primary Assembly
2.30 pm: Primary Assembly
Wednesday 4 March 2020
Junior and Senior Rep Sports - BYE
5.50 am - 4.00 pm: IPSHA Swimming & Diving Carnival (Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre -Homebush)
Thursday 5 March 2020
6.00 pm - 8.00 pm:Prep & Kindergarten 2021 Information Evening
Friday 6 March 2020
Years 2 - 6 - Cross Country @ Broughton Anglican College
Wednesday 11 March 2020
9.30 am - 10.30 am: School Banking
12.00 pm - 12.45 pm: Junior Rep Sport
1.00 pm - 1.45 pm: Senior Rep Sport
Thursday 12 March 2020
6.00 pm - 8.00 pm: Kindergarten 2021 Interviews