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Moving The Goalposts

Mr Brendan Gorman - Headmaster
I am a fan of the St George Illawarra Dragons and have been since Highschool. The Dragons give me greater joy at times, and at other times, cause me great frustration. Consistency has been something that many commentators have questioned about this club and I have a feeling that 2020 is a year where consistency has been lacking also.
 
As a Headmaster, there is little you can prepare for in leading a school through a once in a lifetime pandemic. You read everything available, you speak with other Head's and gain advice and follow the directives and suggestions of health and education officials. Being an 'Independent' school also means the buck stops with me. I am acutely aware of my responsibility as Headmaster of St. Peter's, to make decisions that are in the best interest of the wellbeing of our school community. The Schools' Council have been very supportive as we have navigated the lack of consistency and the changing goalposts. 
 
This week, further correspondence has been issued to schools which included a list of 'cease immediately' areas. This included the change to Choirs and our Vocal Ensemble being permitted to rehearse, as well as Woodwind instruments being banned from rehearsals. Whilst we are planning on having some online versions of rehearsals in these areas, it is not the same as being able to rehearse in the group you are part of. 
 
The Heads of all schools involved in IPSSO had already taken a cautious approach in delaying the reintroduction of Inter School Sport. This will now remain until the end of Term 3, at the earliest.
 
Camps, excursions and social events are unable to occur for Term 3. Whilst the majority of our camps have already been delayed until Term 4, we are yet to have a clear understanding of what restrictions may still be in place for Term 4. I am incredibly conscious of just how much our Year 6 students have already missed out on. The School will continue to plan for contingency options for our Year 6 Valedictory Dinner and Graduation Ceremony and indeed our annual Presentation Evening. 
 
We are continually reminded that our world is changing and therefore the changing goalposts of what schools look like, should not surprise us. I continue to be incredibly thankful to our teachers and support staff, many who are doing in excess of three duties per day to ensure the safety of our community. I thank our amazing parents for your continued flexibility, understanding and support. 
 
Our community is stronger due to the willingness of everyone to work together. Please continue to question, clarify and suggest options for consideration. St. Peter's is a more consistent team than the Dragons and one I'm proud to lead and support. 

Father's Day - Gifts Purchasing

Mrs Michelle McDonnell - Head of Development & Operations
Father's Day is quickly approaching. We are sure students would like the opportunity to thank their Father's, Grandfather's and other special people who play this role. We will be having our annual 'Father's Day Stall' at school on Thursday, 3 September (Week 6).
(Prep Kangaroos and Prep Koalas will purchase on Tuesday, 1 September).
 
This year, we will be taking payments for these electronically through the following Trybooking link: Father's Day - Gift Purchasing
 
Payments must be made by 9.00 am on Thursday, 3 September 2020. 
 
There is no need to print any tickets at home, following payment we will take care of this process. 
 
Students will shop in family groups to allow them to select from our range of gifts together.
 
We look forward to celebrating our Dad's in this way!
 

New Bus Service

We are excited to be introducing a new St. Peter's School Bus Service, beginning Monday, 24 August 2020. 

The new service, along with alterations to existing routes, mean that we will now have buses servicing the following additional areas: Wedderburn, St Helens Park, Rosemeadow, Glen Alpine, Harrington Park and Blair Athol. 

The cost per trip for the first child is $2.00 per trip and every sibling thereafter is $1.50 per trip.

In the morning, students will be collected from specified bus stops along the route. Upon arrival at school, students will be met by school staff, and escorted into school. Prep students will be taken to the Prep Classrooms and supervised by Prep Staff. All other students will be supervised as per the normal daily routine.

In the afternoon, students will be escorted to the bus by school staff and then dropped off to parents/carers at their specified bus stop.

If you would like to make a booking for our St. Peter's Bus Service, please email busservice@stpeters.nsw.edu.au and we will send you the Bus Service Procedure and Agreement.

We look forward to commencing our new runs.

Premier's Reading Challenge

Mrs Deborah Nash - Head of Learning Enhancement
A reminder that the Premier's Reading Challenge closes on Friday, 28 August 2020.
 
All books must be entered online by this date in order for your child to receive a certificate. Details of requirements for the Challenge have been in previous newsletters and can also be found on the PRC website:   https://online.det.nsw.edu.au/prc/home.html 
 
The School Challenge closes on Monday, 31 August 2020 - if students want to participate in this extra challenge, they should bring in a list of additional books they have read (do not include the ones entered online for the official PRC Challenge), signed by a parent, and give it to the School Office.
 
If you have any questions, please email administration@stpeters.nsw.edu.au with Attn: Mrs Nash - PRC.
 

Upcoming Science Day

Mrs Lindsay Connell - Dean of Stage 3

On the Friday, 18 September 2020 (Week 8) we will have our annual school Science Day.  

This year our Science Day will follow the National Science Week theme of 'Deep Blue: Innovations for the Future of our Oceans'.

During the course of the day, students will develop their scientific inquiry skills through a variety of hands-on science, technology and engineering activities, organised by the classroom teachers.

They will participate in a show run by Fizzics Education, exploring scientific principles through fun experiments and exciting displays. More information relevant to each grade may be provided by classroom teachers.

 

IPSSO Sport Update

Mrs Fiona Hornman - The Dean of Sport

 It is now confirmed that IPSSO Sport will not return in Term 3.

Looking ahead to Term 4, the current plan is that Winter Sports will commence and Summer Sports will not return in 2020. This is the most up-to-date information at this point. If your child was in a Summer IPSSO team and has not returned their shirt (Cricket and Basketball) or their Oz Tag shorts, please return these at your earliest convenience.

 

 

 

Tennis Coaching

This term has seen the return of Tennis Coaching to School Sport.

We have developed a new partnership with the local Tennis Club and as interest builds, private lessons during class time on a Tuesday as well as lunchtime on Tuesday and Wednesday will begin.

If you are interested in small group lessons with 4-6 students, call Jared from Centre Court Tennis on 0404 457 088. Alternatively check out their website at

www.centrecourttennis.com.au

We hope to start lessons by around Week 6.

 

Primary Athletics Carnival

Students were able to compete in a modified Running Carnival at the Campbelltown Showground on Wednesday of this week. We held the standard races of 100m, 200m and 800m. While the track layout was not perfect in comparison to what we have become accustomed to at the Campbelltown Stadium, and we had no parent helpers or spectators, students still had a great time and appreciated the opportunity to move beyond the school gates and experience a ‘normal’ school event. Field events have taken place during lunch time and PE lessons and points have been added to running results to calculate Age Champions and House winners.

The winning House, based on participation points, was Roxburgh on 90, closely followed by Argyle on 89 and Cumberland in 3rd place on 85 points. The overall Carnival winner was Argyle on 425 points, well ahead of their closest rivals Cumberland on 326, Roxburgh on 234 and Cook on 320.

Age Champions:

Jnr: 1st- Jacob M and Alicia W

2nd Elijah H and Georgia R

3rd Lachlan C and Danijela G

11 years: 1st Dylan B and Ella F

2nd- Nile B and Timaima F

3rd- Matias M and Sienna Z

12 years- 1st Trisitan C and Evelyn R

2nd- Lachlan R and Tehlia S

3rd- Oliver A and Brooke D

AFL Community Auskick

I have recently been informed by NSW AFL that the Community Auskick programme that commenced in Term 2, will not return this year.

There has been some confusion over emails received by parents stating that packs have been delivered to school. They have not yet arrived, however when they do, all students will receive their pack and parents will also receive an email from NSW AFL with a link to receive a partial refund for the programme.

OSHC

Mrs Lana Schwigtenberg - OSHC Coordinator

The children have been very busy at OSHC since the beginning of Term 3. They have been continuing to care for our garden which we updated during Vacation Care. There are still some more plants to be planted which the children will be working on next week. They have also been busy making some totem poles that will be displayed in the garden.

The children have continued to be very busy with their drawing and have been working hard exploring with many mediums including pencils, textas, oil pastels and charcoal. The children created an OSHC Art Exhibition for their peers and teachers to come and see their work. As you can see from the pictures they have done some awesome work!

Student of the Month - August

Student of the Month - Matilda

A well deserving recipient of this award, Matilda is a student who always strives to achieve her very best with focus and enthusiasm. She has a gentle and kind approach to her friendships and has a carefree and resilient attitude which means she is sought after by others.

Matilda approaches her learning with creativity and flair as she goes ‘outside the box’ to demonstrate her learning and is a real ‘go-getter’. She can be an effective leader as well as a compassionate listener and encourager, always displaying beautiful manners.

Matilda involves herself in various co-curricular groups and is an excellent role model for others to follow.

Congratulations Matilda!

New Student

We would like to welcome the following new student who has joined our school:
 
Prep 
Austin

Staffing Announcement - Farewell Mr Robert Baker

Mr Robert Baker - Facilities Manager
It is with sadness, we announce that Mr Robert Baker, our Facilities Manager will be leaving us today. Rob has been provided with an opportunity to lead a Commercial Building team.
 
His expertise and experience has been a blessing for St. Peter's.
 
We wish Mr Baker every happiness as he commences this new role, he will be sorely missed by us all at St. Peter's.
 

Staffing Announcement - Acting Facilities Manager

Mr Joe Mizzi - Acting Facilities Manager

Mr Joseph Mizzi will be Acting Facilities Manager as from Monday, 24 August 2020. Mr Mizzi is currently a member of our facilities team.

Staffing Announcement - Welcome Mr Frank Millazo

Mr Frank Millazo - Bus Driver
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Frank Millazo as our new Bus Driver.
 
Mr Millazo commenced on Monday, 17 August 2020 working each morning and afternoon. Mr Millazo has driven buses for almost thirty years and is excited to be joining our Christian Community. 
 

Immunisation Statement History

Prayer Points

  • Give thanks for the successful completion of Years 3 - 6 Athletics running events this week.

  • Give thanks for the Ministry Team at St. Peter's Anglican Church who creatively minister to our students each week.

  • Continue to pray for the safety and wellbeing of our community and for those seeking a vaccine.

Howe Street Car Park

The Campbelltown City Bowling Club have notified the School that the Howe Street Car Park will be unavailable for parents to use on the following Wednesday mornings between 7.00am to 9.30am:

  • Wednesday, 26 August 2020
  • Wednesday, 2 September 2020
  • Wednesday, 9 September 2020
  • Wednesday, 16 September 2020
  • Wednesday, 23 September 2020

Thank you for your understanding. 

 

School Calendar

 Term 3

Monday, 27 July 2020 - Friday, 25 September 2020

Week 5

Monday, 24 August 2020

ICAS - English

Tuesday, 25 August 2020 

ICAS - Digital Technology 

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