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Embracing Challenge

Mr Andrew Raft - Head of Students & Innovation

Whilst taking your children to the park, one runs ahead of the other. Your older child reaches the playground equipment and the younger sibling throws themselves on the ground because they weren’t ‘first’. Or what about this scenario? Your child is completing homework and is stuck on a question, they quickly become frustrated and slam their book closed.

Do you have moments like these in your house? Likely, the answer is yes, we all do! What is the natural thing to do in these situations? Tell your older child to let their younger sibling be first? Jump in and do their homework for them? Problem solved. Crisis averted.

Learning how to regulate emotions is a key aspect of childhood development. Viewing challenges such as failure, frustration and disappointment as an opportunity to learn and grow is a vital step in developing resilience and allowing young people to thrive in later life.

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We Want To Hear From You

The satisfaction of our stakeholders is something that we value and take seriously. This is true of any business and schools are no different in this regard. In 2017, we surveyed all of our families regarding their satisfaction and we are about to commence this survey once again. 

In the coming weeks, you will be sent a link to a short survey that will allow us to know what our community is thinking. 
 
We would love for all families to complete this. This will assist us as we evaluate our strategic plans and consider what is next for St. Peter's.
 
Please look out for our Family Satisfaction Survey and complete it to provide this essential feedback.
 
Thank you for your partnership.
 

Parent Advocates

We are looking to create a number of short videos with existing parents of the school speaking about why they chose St. Peter's and the benefits this decision has provided for your child/ children. 

If you might be interested in this, please contact Mrs Chamberlain ea@stpeters.nsw.edu.au
 
 

White Sports Shirts

Thank you to the many families who provided feedback on the proposal to phase out the White Sports Shirts. This has been met with an overwhelming response of families agreeing that this is the correct move. 
 
As such, from Term 1 2020, students in Kindergarten to Year 6 may wear the coloured House Polo Shirts on Wednesdays instead of the White Sports Polo Shirts. 
 
NB: At this time, Prep students will continue to wear the White Shirts. 
 
The school shop will therefore be drastically reducing the price of our current supply of White Sport Shirts.
 
Come and grab a bargain! On sale until the end of the year!
 
A number of families have also made recommendations in relation to our Prep uniform, sports uniform and tracksuits. As such, I have asked Mrs McDonnell to reconvene our Uniform Committee. We are looking for a small number of parents who may be interested in serving on this committee on an ad-hoc basis.

If you are interested in serving on this committee, please contact feedback@stpeters.nsw.edu.au

Living Eggs - Chicken Hatching Programme

Over the past two weeks Prep have had the delight in following the natural life cycle of a chicken. We predicted what might be growing inside the eggs before observing the hatching process.

Our students have made the connection between how cycles follow a pattern and bring about change.

We have all marveled in God's wonderful creation.


St. Peter's Anglican Primary School - Promotional Video

St. Peter's is such a vibrant learning community.  There is so much happening and many opportunities for students to get involved! 

In this newsletter, we are excited to share with you our Primary Years Video. We hope you enjoy this glimpse into the many wonderful things our school has to offer!

Father's Day Breakfast

What a wonderful way to start our Father’s Day weekend with our annual, Father’s Day Breakfast.

Thank you to those who assisted with cooking and serving, and we trust our Dads enjoyed the opportunity of an early breakfast with their children.  

Wishing all the Dads, Grandads and other amazing people who fill this role a very special Father's Day!

Spring Fair

We are on the final countdown to our Spring Fair on Saturday, 14 September.
 
We are looking forward to an outstanding day. Our Spring Fair relies on parent volunteers and we are still in need of assistance in some areas.
 
We are also seeking donations for our silent auction and sponsorship of school run stalls.  If this is an area in which you can contribute, we would love to hear from you.
 
Please contact Mrs Ryder 
events@stpeters.nsw.edu.au or our School Office on 4627 2990. 
 
Ride Armbands need to be purchased before the day. This ensures any profits made, go toward the school, and therefore your children, rather than the ride company. Armbands are $30.00 each and can be purchased now from our School Office. 

Student of the Month

Lily is a well deserving recipient of this award. She always displays the qualities of a safe, respectful and responsible learner. Lily consistently works to the best of her ability with a no fuss attitude and is on top of things as she strives for her best, requesting feedback and acting on it.

She is always kind to others by showing she listens to their ideas and is sought after by her peers.

Lily guides groups with her leadership in a thoughtful and encouraging way and maintains positive relationships with others. She has a gentle nature with impeccable manners, showing respect at all times.

Lily involves herself in various co-curricular groups and is an excellent role model for other students to follow.

Kindergarten's Excursion to Featherdale

Last week Kindergarten visited Featherdale Wildlife Park as part of our inquiry into the natural world. Students consolidated their learning about living and nonliving things and the various habitats of Australian animals, as well as investigating the requirements for survival. 

Favourite things included seeing a crocodile come out of the water, spying the joey in the rock wallaby’s pouch, watching an echidna lick up some ants, and patting a koala and a tawny frogmouth. 

A huge thank you must go to the wonderful parent helpers who gave their time and energy to ensure that every student had a safe, enjoyable and worthwhile time.  A wonderful day was had by all and we are certain that all of Kindergarten (including the teachers) slept well that night. 

Year 3 Camp

Year 3 attended their first overnight camp at St. Peter’s and had a fantastic time. We are thankful for the Summit Educational Camps team and Wedderburn Christian Campsite for hosting us throughout the day.

The camp was a great opportunity for students to bond together through BMX bike riding, damper cooking by the fire, bush walking and taking aim in archery. For many of our students this was their first time away from family overnight and we couldn’t be prouder of their confidence and courage. Some student reflections of the day:

“At night it was very hard to get to sleep”

“I loved cooking damper around the fire”

“I liked the freedom we had to join in or just watch”

“It was great having a sleepover with our friends"

“It was great to have the opportunity to do things that we wouldn’t get to do at school”

 

Meet Our School Dog - Barbara

Barbara is a welcomed addition here at St. Peter's.

Barbara lives with Mr Matthew Richards (Class teacher - 5R) who is her primary carer.

You may have seen Barbara at our Assemblies or out and about around our school.

Mr Gorman is incredibly pleased with the benefits that Barbara is providing to our School Community.

From helping children with reading and writing - to being a friendly face when someone is having a bad day.

We're thankful to Mr Richards for his willingness to share Barbara with us.

RoboCup

On Monday, 19 August, a group of 18 students from Years 4 & 5 travelled to Olympic Park with Miss Oberle and Mr Connell. 

The students attended and observed the 2019 RoboCup Junior NSW Tournament in order to gain a deeper understanding of Lego Robotics, and develop a stronger sense of direction for their involvement in our co-curricular Robotics Programme.

They witnessed students from schools all over NSW utilise the immeasurable capabilities of Lego Mindstorms EV3, and returned to St Peter's with a renewed enthusiasm for Robotics and strong intentions to be formidable competitors in RoboCup 2020. 

 

NSW State Championships For Irish Dancing

On Sunday, 25 August, Mikayla competed in the NSW State Championship for Irish Dancing in the 6 and Under mixed Championship.
 
Congratulations to Mikayla for her amazing achievement!
 

Birth Announcements

Congratulations Mr Matthew Richards!

Mr Richards (Year 5 teacher) and his wife Amy welcomed Emmy Rose on Thursday, 29 August 2019.

We give thanks to God for Emmy's safe arrival and pray for them as Mr Richards commences his parental leave.

Sport - Results

By Fiona Hornman

Week 4 results against Mount Annan Christian College

Junior Sport: Wednesday, 21 August 2019 

SPORT

RESULT

SPAPS

MACC

Soccer

Won

3

2

AFL

Loss

8

32

Netball

Loss

6

8

Newcombe

Ball

Loss

0

2

Senior Sport: Wednesday, 21 August 2019 

SPORT

RESULT

SPAPS

MACC

Soccer

Loss

0

2

AFL

Loss

22

30

Netball

Loss

8

19

Volleyball                 

Loss

0

2

Players of the Match: 

Junior Soccer: Calvin J 

Senior Soccer: Ethan G

Junior AFL: Sebastian L

Senior AFL: Zach W

Junior Newcombeball: Ethan E

Senior Volleyball: Angela I

Junior Netball: Ahaana K

Senior Netball: Madison T

 

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IPSHA Athletics

On Monday, 26 August, a team of 40 students travelled to Homebush Athletics Stadium for the IPSHA Athletics Carnival. Students were met with difficult conditions and had to deal with the cold and rain. Students performed so well with 7 students finishing in the Top 10 in their event.

Top results were as follows:
Isabelle S 7th Long jump, Jaxson S 7th Long Jump and 8th High Jump, Mackenzie H 7th High Jump, Trisitan C 8th Long Jump, Nkolisakwu 10th 100m.
We had 2 students qualify for CIS to be held on Thursday,12 September; Blessing 2nd Shot Put and Lachlan C 4th 100m.

There were many more students who finished in the top 20 as well as many ribbons received in heats for running events.

Well done to all students who performed their best!

Fortnightly House Point Tally

Congratulations to Cook for leading our House Points Tally this fortnight. 

Option To Pay 2020 Fees in Advance

Families have the option to pay the Annual Fees for 2020 at current years rates if paid in full by Wednesday, 31 October 2019.

Please email casc@casc.org.au to register your interest.

Notice of Intention to Leave St. Peter's

All parents are required to give a full term’s notice, in writing to the Headmaster, of their intention to withdraw. Of course we hope this isn't the case for any family in the school but understand that situations change.

The last day to provide notice of your intention to withdraw without financial penalty is:
Friday, 27 September 2019 (Last day Term 3).

School Shop - Opening Hours (During Term Time) copy

Mondays:
Morning: 8.00 am – 10.45 am
Afternoon: 1.00 pm – 3.45 pm

Wednesdays:
Morning: 8.00 am – 10.45 am

Chapel Roster

Tuesdays:

9.00 am – 9.30 am: Chapel Years 3 & 4

Wednesdays:

9.00 am – 9.30 am: Chapel Years 5 & 6

Thursdays:

9.00 am – 9.30 am: Chapel Kindergarten & Morning Tea

Fridays:

9.00 am – 9.30 am: Chapel Years 1 & 2

 

 

Prayer Points

Give thanks for the rain we have received this week and pray for further relief in drought affected regions.

Give thanks for all the Fathers and Father figures who contribute significantly in our lives.
 
Pray for our Year 5 students as they travel to Mount Victoria and Bathurst for camp next week.   

Coffee Cart (Pete's Cafe)

Fridays: 8.30 am - 10.00 am
Please join us for a coffee and a chat.


OSHC Would Like Your Help Please

We are in need of recycling materials including cardboard boxes both large and small. As well as jars, tins, bottle lids and anything that can be used for craft. These are needed for our upcoming Vacation Care Programme.

Please note we cannot except egg cartoons, toilet rolls and any packaging that has contained nut products. 

Thank you for your assistance.

 

 

 


Afternoon Supervision

A reminder that afternoon supervision is until 3.40 pm. After this time, the students will be signed into OSHC. If your child is signed into OSHC, a fee will be charged.

Thank you for your understanding.

Employment at St. Peter's

We are currently advertising for the position of Strings Conductor/Tutor for 2020.
 
Please encourage any suitable candidates to consider and apply through our website.

Applications close on 13 September 2019.

 

 

Immunisation History Statements

Now that it is Term 3, all of our Prep students have turned 4 and therefore should be up to date with their immunisations.  All parents will need to provide a copy of their child's updated Immunisation History Statements (IHS).

You are able to download a copy of the IHS from the MyGov website, please see the following link: 
https://www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/online-help/medicare/getting-your-immunisation-history-statement-using-your-medicare-online-account#a3 

It would be appreciated if you could forward a copy of this statement to the School Office.

Should you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact the School Office on 4627 2990.

Learning Labs Enrichment Programmes

Learning Labs is designed for motivated and passionate learners who are performing excellently in their area of interest. Learning Labs offers one or two day workshops during the school holidays that cover a range of interest areas. Workshops are challenging, as well as fun. 

Please visit the link below for further details. 
https://www.uow.edu.au/engage/outreach-pathways/learning-labs/wollongong-learning-labs/#d.en.60151

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TERM 3: 29 July – 27 September

Week 6

Monday 2 September 2019

11.30 am: Junior Primary Assembly (KL Leading)

2.30pm: Primary Assembly 

Tuesday 3 September 2019

Year 5 Camp

Year 3, Year 4 and Year 6 ICAS Digital Technologies

Wednesday 4 September 2019

Year 5 Camp

School Banking

11.35 am - 12.20 pm: Junior Rep Sport (Versing Macarthur Anglican School)

1.00 pm - 2.00 pm: Senior Rep Sport (Versing Macarthur Anglican School)

3.20 pm - 4.20 pm: Football Development League

Thursday 5 September 2019

Year 5 Camp

Year 3, Year 4 and Year 6 ICAS Science

Friday 6 September 2019

Year 5 Camp

8.30 am: Executive Drop In

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