“We keep moving forward, opening new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious, and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” Walt Disney
The story of Alice in Wonderland is a clear demonstration of the power of curiosity. From tumbling down a rabbit hole and exploring the myriad of whimsical environments and characters, Alice certainly allows her curiosity to take her on an amazing, yet precarious, adventure. Her curiosity leads her to see the world in a different way and encourages her to keep searching for answers. Alice’s mind is constantly active, and whilst her curiosity often gets her into trouble, she needs to think critically and creatively in order to move forward.
Curiosity comes naturally to children as they try to make sense of the world around them. It starts from very early on, as we fearfully watch babies put everything in their mouth, to toddlers and the ‘why’ questions. Research shows that a curious nature impacts learning in positive ways. Students who are curious, desire to learn more. They display self-motivation and initiative in exploring to find the answers, often demonstrating a deeper connection with what has been learned.
Sadly, we run the risk of diminishing this natural curiosity with the way in which we as adults respond to children. I know as a parent myself, I can resort to ‘just Google it’, when asked a particularly tricky question that I perhaps don’t know the answer to. Upon reflection, this is a complete shut down, rather than an opportunity to let my curiosity also unfold. The power of modeling that we too don’t know all the answers, and the vulnerability that comes with that honesty, is profound.
A part of the intentional planning for our Units of Inquiry, is the inclusion of provocations. These are designed to pique interest and engage students with the learning to come. At times these provocations seek an emotional response, of which we have found the most powerful connections amongst students. Students are invited to develop curiosity and wonderings, and to frame this using questions. These questions become the basis of their investigations, whether individual, as a small group or a whole class.
In a world that is rapidly changing, curiosity is key. We need our children to continue to wonder in order to become active participants in the future.
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 Prep Video. We hope you enjoy this glimpse into the many wonderful things our school has to offer!
The gates will be open between 9.00 am and 3.00 pm.
Our Spring Fair is the culmination of hard work and organisation of both a significant number of parents and staff within our community. From rides, stalls, displays, auctions and food, the day is also an Open Day for prospective families to get a feel for our school grounds and the community that exists here.
As our major fundraiser for the year, our Spring Fair is important in providing opportunities for our students.
We have some fantastic items that have been donated to our silent auction.
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We look forward to sharing this amazing day with our community.
By Fiona Hornman
Week 6 results against Macarthur Anglican
Junior Sport: Wednesday, 4 September 2019
Senior Sport: Wednesday, 4 September 2019
Players of the Match:
Junior Soccer: Mathias M
Senior Soccer: Oscar A
Junior AFL: Leila B
Senior AFL: Samantha B
Junior Newcombeball: Amity-Rose C
Senior Volleyball: Jonah A
Junior Netball: Matilda S
Senior Netball: Louise F
St. Peter’s Cup
It was wild and windy on Monday, 9 September 2019 for the St. Peter’s Cup Gala Day at Ron Dine Reserve, Camden.
The boys team unfortunately did not progress to the finals, however the girls finished 2nd in their pool with 2 draws and 2 wins, qualifying for the Grand Final.
The final was against TIGS, who they had drawn with in the round game so it was going to be a tight match. With a 1 all score line at full time, the game went into extra time and remained drawn after another 10 minutes, resulting in a penalty shootout.
The girls played so well all day but unfortunately were beaten in the penalty shootout with TIGS taking home the St. Peter’s Cup for the 4th year in a row in the Girls Competition as well as winning the Boys Competition.
Torah and Mackenzie competed at the Australian Championships, held at Mt Buller, Victoria, from Friday, 6 September to Sunday, 8 September. It was their first National Championships and Torah’s first time competing at Interschools on a snowboard. Both girls performed amazingly well, exceeding their personal expectations.
Mackenzie finished 15th in the Snowboard Giant Slalom and 24th in the Boarder Cross after a fall in the final run. Torah, who raced up a division in Giant Slalom to be in a team with Mackenzie, finished 34th and both girls came 8th as a team. Torah finished 23rd in the Boarder Cross.
Congratulations to both girls on their achievements.
Isabelle, Blessing and Lachlan competed at the CIS athlete carnival held at Homebush Olympic Stadium on Thursday 12th September. Isabelle competed in long jump, Blessing in shot put and Lachlan in the 100m. They all put in 100% effort and should be proud of making it that far.
Congratulations to Cumberland for leading our House Points tally this fortnight.
Year 5 had a fantastic time on camp in Week 6. Our camp experience started at Lutunda in Mount Victoria, where our Crusader leaders shared God’s word with us in Christian Discovery sessions and we attempted a range of challenge by choice activities. These challenge by choice activities included the high ropes, flying fox, bush walking and the crate climb. As a grade we enjoyed the wide game ‘Safari’ where students worked in small groups to capture a range of exotic animals to gain points for their team.
On Thursday morning, we travelled to the Bathurst Goldfields where we experienced colonial life. Students played traditional games, panned for gold, cooked damper over the fire and put up tents. Our final night of camp concluded with singing and sharing stories around the campfire and some bush dancing.
On our final day, we then went to the Bathurst Museum and Courthouse where our fabulous guides told us stories of the original colonial settlement established in Bathurst, including how the Gold Rush changed the settlement. Students interacted with a range of historical items from colonial times and consider how life today is very different.
All of our Year 5 students demonstrated exceptional behaviour and manners throughout Camp and we are extremely proud of them. We are grateful to God for the opportunity to have been able to spend this time together.
Families have the option to pay the Annual Fees for 2020 at current years rates if paid in full by Wednesday, 31 October 2019.
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Morning: 8.00 am – 10.45 am
Afternoon: 1.00 pm – 3.45 pm
Morning: 8.00 am – 10.45 am
9.00 am – 9.30 am: Chapel Years 3 & 4
9.00 am – 9.30 am: Chapel Years 5 & 6
9.00 am – 9.30 am: Chapel Kindergarten & Morning Tea
9.00 am – 9.30 am: Chapel Years 1 & 2
Fridays: 8.30 am - 10.00 am
Please join us for a coffee and a chat.
The viewing and ordering of all School Group Photos are now available online at: www.advancedlife.com.au
Photos available for purchase are as follows: Sport and Co-Curricular photos.
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:
It would be appreciated if you could forward a copy of this statement to the School Office.
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.
Wollongong Campus Dates:
Little Learning Labs (Years 1 and 2):
Monday, 30 September – Wednesday, 2 October 2019
Early Learning Labs (Years 3 to 6):
Wednesday, 2 October – Friday, 4 October 2019
Mr Greg Warren MP, Member for Campbelltown is holding a Christmas Card Competition for primary school students. The winning submissions will feature on the front of his Christmas Cards this year.
The competition is open to all students in Stages 2 & 3, with one winner from each Stage being selected by a panel of local community leaders. The theme for the competition is 'Christmas in Campbelltown'.
All submissions are to be forwarded to Mr Warren's Office no later than Monday, 28 October 2019.
Submissions can be posted to PO Box 895 Campbelltown NSW 2560 or via email Campbelltown@parliament.nsw.
Please find the hyperlink to Nigel Fortescue's latest Newsletter article for our School.
· 5/9/2019 “Baptism Sunday” - http://campbelltownanglican.
Monday 16 September 2019
11.30 am: Junior Primary Assembly (KW Leading)
2.30pm: Primary Assembly
Tuesday 17 September 2019
Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6 ICAS English
Wednesday 18 September 2019
IPSSO Finals (Back up)
3.20 pm - 4.20 pm: Football Development League
Thursday 19 September 2019
Year 3, Year 4 and Year 6 ICAS Mathematics
2.00 pm: School Tour for new families
Monday 23 September 2019
11.30 am - 12.30 pm: Whole School Assembly
4.30 pm: School Tour for new families
Wednesday 25 September 2019
Friday 27 September 2019
9.00 am - 1.00 pm: Prep - Year 2 Junior Primary Athletics Carnival
8.30 am: Executive Drop in
Last Day of Term 3
TERM 4: Monday, 14 October - Tuesday, 10 December 2019
9.00 am: Welcome Assembly
2.00 pm: School Tour for new families
Year 4 Camp
Year 1 & 2 Swim Programme
Year 4 Camp
Year 4 Camp
9.30 am: School Tour for new families
10.00 am - 11.00 am: Prep Story & Play