Reintroducing Expectations of What School Should Be

Mr Brendan Gorman - Headmaster
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:6
 
It has been delightful to see the progress each day as we reintroduce more of our expectations of what school should be. Whilst some things have been unable to happen just yet, we have begun with the reintroduction of Stage Based Chapels, in the School Hall.
 
Miss Burns visited on Thursday and it almost felt as it should. Other stages watched Mr Twist on the big screen and sang together and prayed, as we continue to trust that our God is bigger than COVID-19. 
 
Our school being a Christian school, focuses on the importance of Reconciliation and Restoration. Last week was National Reconciliation Week with the theme of 'In this together'. Sadly we've seen some horrific actions of a few that cause us to consider what our response might be. In a primary school we are mindful of the age of our students and encourage ongoing conversations at home. 
 
We are certainly reminded that our God knows and understands reconciliation, with the perfect example of His son, who died and was resurrected for us, so that we might be reconciled to God for eternity.
 
Please continue to pray for the state of our world at this challenging time. 

Safety and the New Normal

I continue to be asked when things will return to normal. As is my nature to be somewhat provocative, what if we don't return to 'normal'? It can be and should be argued that there are things that should not return and that there are things that must be done differently. 
 
As we seek to understand this better and make informed decisions, it has been helpful to consider your feedback on remote learning. Constructive criticism helps us become better, so please take the opportunity, if you haven't done so already.
 
We will continue to reintroduce things into our day as we are able. We continue to follow the advice of Governments, Health Authorities and The Association of Independent Schools.
 
Thanks for your patience as we navigate this space. 
 

Traffic Management

I have been largely impressed with the patience and understanding as we seek to ensure the safety of our community each morning and afternoon. This will require the ongoing support of everyone. We have been averaging having 550 students collected in around 15 minutes, which has been fantastic!
 
The key points you should be aware of:
 
* Only join the queue at the appropriate time. Our 'Kiss N Drop' is a 2 minute parking zone only. Please do not join the queue prior to 3.00pm. 
* Please abide by the road rules. Coming after 3:20 may be a wiser decision to avoid traffic infringements. 
* Ensure your name label is clearly displayed for staff to read. If you need a new sign, please contact the Office. 
* Please follow the directions of staff who are seeking to help you and ensure the safety of everyone. 
* Please maintain social distancing if you are waiting at the gate to collect your children.
 
As we continue to make changes to support you, I ask for your continued patience and support. Verbal or physical abuse of staff will not be tolerated. 
 
Here is a reminder from our Student Leaders - Video Link - Car Park Video

Pete's Cafe

Pete's Cafe is re-opening next Friday, 19 June 2020.

Opening from 8.30 am - 10.00 am

Specials Available!

 

 

Write4Fun

Mrs Melinda Richardson - Head of Learning & Music / PYP Coordinator
Write 4 Fun is an optional, enrichment Writing Competition, where students are able to enter their personal compositions in any written style, within any topic. 
 
We are proud to have been recognised within the top 5% of schools, for the excellent writing contributions of our students. A number of our entrants have progressed past the initial judging.
 
We congratulate them for their efforts and await eagerly to hear the results on Wednesday, 24 June 2020. 
 

Mother's Day Stall

Mrs Michelle McDonnell - Head of Development & Operations
A reminder that we will be holding a belated Mother's Day Stall.
 
Gifts will be available for purchase at school on  Friday, 19 June (Week 8) and Tuesday, 16 June (Prep Koalas and Kangaroos Only)
 
This year, we will be taking payments for these electronically through the Trybooking link: Mother's Day - Gift Purchasing
Once payment is made, students will be issued with 'Pete's Cash' so that they can select a gift from our stall to take home.   
 
Payments should be made by Thursday, 18 June 2020. 
 
We look forward to celebrating our Mums in this way!
 

Uniform Matters

Thank you for ensuring your child comes to school each day well groomed and with all the correct pieces of uniform. 
 
Just a reminder that during Term 2 and 3, all students must wear their school tracksuit pants and jacket to and from school each Wednesday.  Year 6 should also wear these items each Friday.
 
Our Uniform Shop continues to operate by appointment only.  Appointments can be made any day of the week by contacting our School Office.  In addition, if you need your child fitted for a specific piece of clothing, our Uniform Shop staff can do this for you during the school day and then you will be called for payment.

Importance of Sport

Mrs Fiona Hornman - The Dean of Sport

Teaching PE and Sport in schools for the last 19 years, has allowed me to develop great insight into the vast array of benefits that physical education offers. It is certainly a passion of mine to share my love of physical activity with those I teach.

There are endless amounts of research that demonstrates the positive benefits of physical education and sport (PES) in schools on both children and educational systems. The benefits of children's development are not just physical but extend to lifestyle, affective, social, and cognitive domains. It is suggested that PES has the potential to make distinctive contributions to the development of children’s fundamental movement skills and physical competences, which are necessary precursors of participation in later lifestyle and sporting physical activities. They also can support the development of social skills and social behaviours, selfesteem and positive attitudes, and academic and cognitive development.

It is imperative that students develop a positive attitude towards physical activity and understand that it is not just about the physical skills that are developed during PE and sport lessons but the opportunity to extend social skills, thinking skills; both critical and creative, communication skills, boost self-esteem and cognitive development.

The buzz word of the last few years in the PE world has been ‘Physical Literacy’. In short it means having the competence, confidence and motivation to participate in sport. It’s about having more than just the physical skills to participate but also having the knowledge, behaviours and confidence that motivates us to live active lives. Our level of physical literacy impacts how we think and process information, our attitudes, emotions and feelings and how we interact with others when being physically active. It is about developing our whole self and not just the physical skills of running, jumping and throwing. Increasing your knowledge and physical skills gives you the confidence to solve problems and take action in everyday life.

Physical literacy can lead to better performance in the classroom with increased focus and motivation, as well as stronger social connections. By developing physical literacy and making daily physical activity the norm, we can set ourselves and our children up for active, healthy and fulfilling lives.

I challenge you to start considering what you can do to improve your physical literacy and that of your children. Encourage them to develop their movement skills by running, jumping, throwing and swimming. Let them play and learn every day. For more information on physical literacy, visit sportAUS.gov.au

 

OSHC

Mrs Lana Schwigtenberg - OSHC Coordinator

We would like to share the work the children recently participated in during National Reconciliation Week. Each year National Reconciliation Week celebrates and builds on the respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians. 

The children at OSHC have been researching and learning about the history of the Indigenous cultures, especially the Dharawal people. The children have investigated through many mediums including discussions with educators and each other, texts, videos and hands on experiences.

Through these experiences the children are gaining an understanding that reconciliation is about recognising and healing the past. They are learning that through uniting, together we will provide for a positive future where we value the First Australians and provide justice and equity for everyone.

 

Fun Run Obstacle Course for Intumbane

On Wednesday we (1Z) had our Fun Run Obstacle Course for Intumbane and even though it didn't go according to plan because of the rain, we moved it inside and still had a blast.

Our goal was to raise $299 for Intumbane Primary School and on Wednesday we collected over $600! We cannot express how thankful we are for the School community and how excited we are to help other kids like us. It has been amazing to see what young minds can do when they feel passionate about a cause.

Thank you so much for your support! 

Staffing Update

Congratulations to Mrs Alison Smith, our wonderful EAL/D teacher and her husband, Grant who have announced that they are expecting their second child in December this year. 
 
Please join us in congratulating them on this exciting news. 
 

Positions Vacant

* School Bus Driver - Permanent Part time - Applications close on Friday, 26 June 2020.
 

Prayer Points

  • Pray for our friends at Intumbance Primary School, South Africa, and for the provision of their daily needs.

  • Pray for good health across our St. Peter's Community, particularly throughout the Winter months.

  • Give thanks for the gradual lifting of restrictions across our Nation.

School Calendar

Term 2 

Tuesday, 28 April 2020 - Friday, 3 July 2020

Week 8

Tuesday, 16 June 2020 

Mother's Day Stall - (Prep Koalas and Kangaroos Only)

Friday, 19 June 2020 

Mother's Day Stall

Week 9

Monday, 22 June 2020 

 

 

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