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Dreaming of the Future

Mr Brendan Gorman - Headmaster

I received an email from my Superannuation Fund recently encouraging me to give further consideration to my retirement plans. I initially laughed at the prospect, acknowledging I have a good few decades before this will inevitably occur. My retirement isn't something I've given a whole lot of thought to, yet thinking about the future is something we need to continue to do. 

As a school, this is no different. Being future focused and considering the prospect of 'What's next', is essential and worthy of consideration. In this year of years, consideration of innovations and prospects of change, adaptation and opportunities are essential. 
 
It has been very encouraging reading through the results of our survey post remote learning. Like all surveys, there are things that have been highlighted outlining areas where the School could do better. This is helpful and as a school, we commit to taking this feedback on board. It has also been incredibly encouraging to consider the many suggestions made for the future of our school. Keep them coming, as these suggestions all help shape the plans and potential for our school. Where appropriate, these summaries have been shared with the Schools' Council. 
 
As a school, we have recently become a member of the Future Schools Alliance.  A group of schools and educational leaders, who desire to be thinking about the future, adjusting practices and challenging the status quo.
 
The School will be working through a programme known as the Momentum Series. This series will have us continue to consider the future landscape of education. When we are embarking on a new Curriculum in NSW, being taught under the framework of the PYP, this is an exciting future for our students. 
 
Innovation challenges the status quo and if an innovation benefits our students, then I will support it, and I know that our parents will also. 
 
Thanks to those who have responded with feedback on the trial of our opt in Homework Policy. A relatively simple innovation like this, proves we are thinking about the future, about what's best for our students and that we are prepared to do this in partnership and consultation with our parent community. 
 
I do not know what I'll be doing in retirement, but I do know that St. Peter's, education and schooling will look very different to what it looks like today. It is indeed a privilege to consider the landscape of future schooling. 
 
As always, please feel free to offer any suggestions, recommendations or challenges to: feedback@stpeters.nsw.edu.au
 
Eleanor Roosevelt once said, 'The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.' 
 
What are you dreaming about for our school? 

Staffing Announcements

We wish Mrs George and her husband Victor well as Mrs George commences her maternity leave this afternoon.

Congratulations to Mrs Zylstra and her husband Matthew who have announced they are expecting their first child early next year.

Prep and Kindergarten Information Sessions 2021

Mrs Michelle McDonnell - Head of Development & Operations

We have enjoyed welcoming prospective families to our Prep and Kindergarten 2021 Information Sessions this week.

Visitors were entertained as students performed in both Senior Strings and Band Ensembles while our School Captains welcomed families and demonstrated just where our 2 and 3 year old visitors could be in 8 to 9 years time following a St. Peter's education.

If you know of any families interested in St. Peter's, please direct them to our website to apply: https://enrol.stpeters.nsw.edu.au/student/enrolment

Photo Day Reminder

We continue our annual Photo Days next week. Please see below for details:

Photo Day 2: Monday, 10 August 2020 - Co-Curricular, Music Groups, Koalas, Kangaroos and Possums Prep Classes, Make up day for individual photos.

·         Full school Winter Uniform should be worn by all students. Girls should wear long socks. Primary boys must wear long pants.

·         Musical Instruments are to be brought to school for Band and Orchestra photographs.

Photo Day 3: Wednesday, 12 August 2020 - IPSSO Representative Sport Photos and IPSHA Swimming

·         Full winter sport uniform, tracksuit pants, tracksuit jacket, including white sport shoes.

·        Year 6 students must wear house polo, not Year 6 polo shirt.

 

Nationally Consistent Collection of Data

Mrs Deborah Nash - Head of Learning Enhancement

At times, St. Peter's is required to submit numerical data concerning students to the Federal or State Governments for assessment and funding purposes. Next week we will be taking part in the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD).

If parents would like further information on this process, they may use the following link: https://www.nccd.edu.au/for-parents-guardians-and-carers

 

IPSSO Sport

Mrs Fiona Hornman - The Dean of Sport

With the increase in COVID-19 cases occurring in the greater Sydney area, IPSSO has been pushed back until September. I understand the disappointment this will cause for students, however, we will continue with a round robin style competition involving all Rep Sport students in a variety of sports.

Although further discussion still need to take place, it may be possible that the Winter Sport teams will compete next term instead of the Summer Sports returning if it does not go ahead this term. This provides all students picked in an IPSSO team this year with the opportunity to compete against other schools.

A reminder that Wednesday morning training will not occur until the IPSSO competition begins as teams will have the opportunity to train during sport time.

Student of the Month - June

Student of the Month

Evelyn Culbert is a very worthy recipient of the Student of the Month award. She is always focused and follows instructions from her teachers. She loves showing kindness towards others and doesn't even need to be asked to look after people.

Evelyn always sticks to the essential agreement and behaves in the way that her class has agreed to. Her work often shows that she is trying her best and sometimes she even does more than is expected. She loves to take what she has learned from school and think about how she can use her learning in other situations.

Evelyn is a great role model for other Year 1 students to follow and the Year 1 teachers are very proud of her.   

100 Days of Kindergarten!

What a fantastic reason to celebrate!

Teachers and students were able to mark the occasion with some special treats. Mr Gorman and Mrs McDonnell were both there to join in too! 

It was so much fun to have the four Kindergarten classes celebrating together. 

May the next 100 days of learning be as fruitful and fun!

New Students

We would like to welcome the following new students who have joined our school:
 
Prep 
Gurshan
Armen
Sashaa
Hudson
 
 
 

Library

The Library missed the children at the start of the term due to Covid restrictions.  It was wonderful to have the children come back mid term and start borrowing. Seeing the excitement and enthusiasm as they search for topics they like, or the next book in the series they are reading or discovering a new book that's been put on the shelf has been great fun.  The Juniors have been discovering a new selection of non-fiction (yellow dot) books just for them.
 
Unfortunately, some have missed out on this as they are yet to return all books from the recent lockdown.  Can I encourage you to ensure that all children return their books on time?
 
If you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to contact the Library directly at: library@stpeters.nsw.edu.au
 

School Shop - Pete's Threadz

Did you know that we are just a phone call or email away to help you with any needs you may have?  You may call the School Office and ask for the Uniform Shop or email us directly at: shop@stpeters.nsw.edu.au
 
The shop is running on a new system of being open every weekday by appointment.  This worked so well during the Covid 19 restrictions that we have decided to continue this way for the foreseeable future.  Please bear in mind that if you do turn up for 'just one thing', although you are most welcome, we will need to serve our customers with appointments first.
 
Hair Accessories
 
Our new hair accessories have been a huge hit!  We have constantly had to order more.  If you missed out, email us and we will contact you when new supplies have arrived.
 
White Long Sleeve T-Shirts
 
Our White long sleeve T-Shirts have been well received.  They can be worn not only under the House Sports Polo top but also under the standard winter uniform. We have all sizes from 3-22!
 
Special Orders
 
Did you know that you can special order some items?  For example, A size 10 tunic with size 12 length, or winter trousers with full lining (same lining that is in the blazers) and also with extra length. 
 
Feel free to contact us and see how we can cater to your individual needs.
 

Prayer Points

  • Pray for good health and rest as Mrs George commences her maternity leave next week.

  • Pray for the many local businesses affected by the current economic downturn.

  • Pray for the people of Beirut in the aftermath of this week's tragic explosion.

New Baby Announcement

We would like to congratulate Mr & Mrs Dave and Rhythm (Yr 2) as they welcome their new son/brother, Kris into their family.

We wish them every happiness as a family.

School Calendar

 Term 3

Monday, 27 July 2020 - Friday, 25 September 2020

Week 3

Monday, 10 August 2020

Photo Day (Co-Curricular & Prep Koalas, Kangaroos and Possums)

Wednesday, 12 August 2020 

Photo Day (Sports)

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