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Helping your child with Mathematics

Mrs Deborah Nash - Director of Student Support

Mathematics is everywhere! In the playground, at the shops, in an airport, at home – Mathematics is all around us. It is noticing numbers, shapes, patterns, size, time and measurement.

For students in the younger grades, helping your child with Mathematics can be as simple as using mathematical language, such as asking your child to get the ‘one litre’ milk carton from the fridge, discussing whether the carton is empty or full, and telling them to put it on the table next to the cereal. Counting is one of the first experiences of Mathematics for young children. They can listen for the counting sequence in songs and rhymes such as 5 Little Ducks, or count how many people on the bus, how many steps it takes from the kitchen to their bedroom, the number of apples you buy at the fruit shop. Talk about which building is the tallest and shortest, ask your child to find ways to balance their weight with a friend on a See-Saw, allow them to create patterns with the coloured pegs when you are hanging out the washing. There are so many ideas to assist your child to develop number sense.

 

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Staffing Update

Mrs Michelle McDonnell - Deputy Head - Operations and Development
As we continue to consider the needs of our school moving forward, I have made some changes to our Senior Executive Team. From the commencement of 2020, the following structure will be in place, as the Senior Leaders assisting the Headmaster in various areas.
 
 
 
 
Mrs Michelle McDonnell - Deputy Head - Operations and Development
Michelle will take oversight of the operational needs of the school and ensure our Strategic Plan is implemented. She will also be involved in pastoral wellbeing and community engagement, alongside others. 

Mr Andrew Raft - Head of Students & Innovation
Mr Andrew Raft - Head of Students & Innovation
Andrew will take oversight of students and families from Prep - Year 6. He will work with middle leaders to ensure our students are well cared for and our programmes are meeting these needs. He will lead the implementation of our innovation across the school.

Mrs Deborah Nash - Head of Student Success
Mrs Deborah Nash - Head of Student Success
Deborah will continue to oversee and lead our teams in Learning Enhancement, counselling, EAL/D and track our student development. Deborah also oversees our teacher accreditation area.

Mrs Melinda Richardson - Head of Learning
Mrs Melinda Richardson - Head of Learning
Melinda will continue to oversee all Learning, programmes, assessment and PYP requirements. She will work alongside teachers and assists in classrooms to ensure learning is exemplary. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I thank the staff for their work over many years and look forward to this realignment of responsibilities. 
 

Family Satisfaction Survey

Thank you to the many parents and carers who responded to our family satisfaction survey. We are delighted with the very high levels of satisfaction in the school and the recommendations /comments for consideration. The Senior Executive Team will continue to consider these responses.  

Introduction of Bus Runs

Given the very high interest in bus runs being explored, the school will be formulating a plan to introduce some bus runs from the commencement of 2020. More details will be provided at the commencement of Term 4 to allow sufficient planning. 

Barbara our School Therapy Dog

Barbara Richards - Therapy Dog

Barbara is now famous! She is in the current addition of the Macarthur Advertiser. Please refer to the link below for full details.

Barbara the dog helps St. Peter's Anglican Primary School students

Holidays

I would like to take the opportunity to wish our families a safe and relaxing term break. We look forward to seeing you back Monday, 14 October ready for the final term of 2019.


Premier's Reading Challenge for 2019

Congratulations to the 75 students who completed the Premier’s Reading Challenge this year. The certificates will be distributed once they are received by the school next term.

The winners of the St. Peter’s Reading Challenge were announced on Monday at our Whole School Assembly.

Well done Florosei M, Veruschka B, Ashen T, Stephanie B, Aaron Z and Shreya M. These students received a book voucher for the next Book Fair.

Keep an eye out for the next Premier’s Reading Challenge starting in March 2020!

Student of the Month

John is a mature and reliable student.  He is always ready to help his classmates and teachers. He loves to cheer people up and is ready with a joke and a smile.

John is a diligent worker who takes risks and is very curious about the world around him. John is always involved in classroom discussions and has wonderful ideas to share with others. He is polite, respectful and courteous.

John is an excellent role model and deserves the honour of receiving the award of Student of the Month for Kindergarten.

 

Year 1 Open Classrooms

Parents and caregivers of Year 1 students are welcome to come to our Museum of Learning from our 'How the World Works' Unit of Inquiry on:
Thursday, 24 October (Week 2, Term 4) from 2:15 pm - 3:00 pm.

Year 1 and 2 Swim School

We are once again running our Swim School Programme for Year 1 and 2 students in 2019.  This has been a very successful programme over the years, introducing some students to formal swimming lessons and giving others an additional opportunity to practise their skills. 

Year 1 and 2 will be involved in a swimming lesson each Wednesday for the first 5 weeks of Term 4 at the Gordon Fetterplace Aquatic Centre. A note was sent home on Friday, 20 September 2019.

Ordering of School Group Photos

The viewing and ordering of all School Group Photos are now available online at: www.advancedlife.com.au

Our 9 Digit Online Code is YRD 5R4 AAA. Photos available for purchase are as follows:  Sport and Co-Curricular photos. 

Spring Fair

We were blessed this year with beautiful weather, amazing volunteers and a large turnout from our community and visitors.
Whilst we are finalising costings, it appears that the day raised in excess of $10,000 which will be going towards our exciting new Primary Playground.


Once again, thank you to our volunteers who gave up their time, to making our Spring Fair a huge success.

 

Sport

By Fiona Hornman

Summer IPSSO Sport returns in Term 4.

There will be a BYE in Week 1 with training to occur during sport time rather than at 8.00 am. Training will recommence at 8.00 am on Wednesday morning of Week 2 for students in Girls Soccer, Cricket, Basketball and Oz tag. Please ensure your child is on time for training as a failure to train will impact the game time they receive. 

 

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Fortnightly House Point Tally

Congratulations to Durham 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.

Summer Uniform

All students will be required to wear their summer uniform from the commencement of Term 4. Please ensure all items of clothing are clearly marked with the students’ names.

School Shop - Holiday Opening Hours

 

For your convenience our School Shop is open on the following day:

Friday, 11 October 2019 (Morning only: 8.00 am - 11.00 am)

Please note, students are to wear their Summer uniform starting in Term 4, Monday, 14 October 2019.

 

 

White Sports Polo Shirts

In 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 Sports Polo Shirts. (Sizes 4 & 6 will not be discounted)
 
The school shop will therefore be drastically reducing the price of our current supply of White Sports Polo Shirts.
 
Come and grab a bargain! On sale until the end of the year!
 

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

 

 

Coffee Cart (Pete's Cafe)

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

Prayer Points

  • Give thanks for all the exciting learning experiences students engaged in throughout Term 3.
  • Pray for safety and a refreshing term break for students, staff and families.
  • Praise God for His unending love and faithfulness to us.

Immunisation History Statements

Now that it is the end of 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.

Church News

Please find the hyperlink to Nigel Fortescue's latest Newsletter article for our School. 

Mobile Blood Service

The Australian Red Cross Blood Service needs to collect over 25,000 blood donations every week. 
Every blood donation can help to save three lives. Please visit our Mobile Blood Service to make a huge difference in the lives of many people.

 


TERM 4 : 14 October - 10 December 2019

Week 1

Monday 14 October 2019

Students Commence Term 4 

9.00 am: Welcome Assembly 

2.00 pm: School Tour for new families 

Wednesday 16 October 2019

Year 4 Camp

School Banking

Year 1 & 2 Swim Programme

Junior & Senior Rep Sport - Bye

Thursday 17 October 2019

Year 4 Camp

Friday 18 October 2019

Year 4 Camp

9.30 am: School Tour for new families

10.00 am - 11.00 am: Prep Story & Play

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