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The Year of 2020

Mr Brendan Gorman - Headmaster
I continue to be both challenged and encouraged by the reality of 2020. Despite so many unknowns and obstacles that continue to impact on our sense of normalcy, we have adapted incredibly well and the resilience of our students continues to impress. 
 
I have been eagerly awaiting a briefing that I am hoping will outline some ability to include parents in our end of year events, even in some small way. Whilst this hasn't occurred just yet, we have planned for a number of possibilities and regret the disconnect that we have at this stage with our families. 
 
Safety of our community has always been at the heart of the decisions we have been forced to make this year. I trust that some of what is being shared on our Social Media pages and the brief encounters we have had this year, have allowed you to feel connected in some small way. There will be much joy and celebration when we are able to open the gates to parents again!
 
Our precautions and requirements to exclude students who are unwell remain in place. St. Peter's will continue to temperature check, provide sanitiser and exclude anyone who is unwell, both students and staff. Thanks for your understanding as staff enforce my expectations in this regard.
Any visitors to the school for any reason must complete the required declarations and have their temperature checked. 
 
Thanks to our parents who are appropriately distancing themselves from one another. We also regret that important events such as Student Led Conferences and Grandparents Day were unable to occur this year.
 
However, the news hasn't all been disappointing. 

Camps

We are delighted that our Year 6 students will be attending Camp early next week. Whilst not the Canberra/Snow experience they were expecting, they are very much looking forward to the new Lake Macquarie Campsite and spending their time engaged in a range of water activities.
 
Years 3-5 students will be undertaking Day Camps and we are ecstatic to be partnering with Wedderburn Christian Campsite to make this a reality.

Year 6 Valedictory/Graduation

Our Year 6 culmination events will take place at school (to comply with COVID requirements) and more details will be provided once we have clarity on parental involvement, physically or virtually. 
Students will undertake dinner in the hall and dancing will be permitted outside.
 
Year 6 will be sure to celebrate in style.

Music

Mrs Richardson has provided a separate email earlier this term regarding Bands, Strings and Musical rehearsals. 
 

Assemblies

We have made the decision to maintain our outdoor Award Assemblies on Monday mornings although are planning for a short Whole School Assembly at the end of the term.

Chapels

We have recommended physical Chapels and Miss Burns, Mr Bullen and Mr Twist are visiting to meet with our students in the hall.
 
Years 3-6 Chapel is happening on Wednesday, Kindergarten on Thursday and Years 1-2 on Friday. 
 
Singing is still not permitted although we are delighted to not be relying on screens.
 

Inter-School Sport

We have been pleased to have some friendly competition against two local schools this term. Unfortunately parents are unable to attend. 
 

Presentation Evening

We are planning for a number of contingencies here and the likely result will be that Presentation Evening will be held in smaller groups, at school. We hope to provide further details on this in the coming week or so. It is likely that students will be presented awards in our hall. I will keep you posted. 
 
The Cube have indicated we cannot hold our events there due to the number of students and staff exceeding their COVID plans. 
 
Again I want to commend our community for their understanding and patience. 
 

Student Led Conferences

Mrs Melinda Richardson - Head of Learning & Music / PYP Coordinator
Our annual Student Led Conferences were to take place on the afternoon of Wednesday, 25 November (Week 7). As families are still unable to come on site, this event will not be able to take place for 2020.
 
Thank you for your understanding.
 

Peripatetic Tutors

St. Peter's is very proud to offer a range of tutors for those seeking private Music Tuition during school hours. A listing of the tutors available, and their contact details, may be found on our School Website. 
 
As we approach the end of the school year, vacancies do arise, so I encourage you to consider this opportunity for your child.
 

Recognising Success

Mrs Michelle McDonnell - Head of Development & Operations

What is success?  For each one of our students at St. Peter’s this will look very different.  Success is learning to independently complete a task that has previously required scaffolding; it is reading the 'Magic 100 Words' for the first time; it is writing a sentence, including more complex language; it is solving a tough mathematical problem; it is taking action in response to learning; it is finally kicking a goal or hitting a tennis ball over the net; it is getting through the first day of Prep and it is completing Primary School at the end of Year 6.

Success is something to be recognised and indeed celebrated, both at the end of the journey and along the way.  At St. Peter’s we daily celebrate the small successes with a verbal congratulations or a note home in the student diary, encouraging pride in effort.  We recognise individual successes through our reporting of effort and achievement.  We have more formal opportunities at Assemblies and Presentation events.  As a teacher, however, there is no greater joy than the recognition of personal success when a student proudly announces their latest learning achievement!

Our Year 6 students will have their successful learning journey through the primary years at St. Peter’s recognised in a number of ways over the next weeks.  They have all successfully completed their PYP Exhibition Unit of Inquiry, producing artworks, films, and written responses, but also demonstrating growth of character,  perseverance and a greater understanding of the world in which they live.  As a school community we want to recognise these successes and celebrate with Year 6 as they complete the final weeks of Primary School.

It is particularly pleasing to be able to recognise the success of many within the St. Peter’s Graduating Class of 2020, who have attained entry to Selective High Schools or received Scholarships to Independent Secondary Schools.  

Scholarships - 8

Selective High Schools - 2

This fantastic achievement is a testament to the quality programmes in place at St. Peter’s and the hard work and dedication of our staff and students.

Uniform Matters

Now that we are well into Term 4, we would like to remind parents/carers of the following Uniform requirements:

- Students should wear their School Badge on their uniform each day; girls on their white tie and boys on their shirt collar
- Walking hats must be worn to and from school each day. It is important that we continue sun protection for our students both in the morning before school and while waiting for collection in the afternoon
- In cooler weather, students should wear their grey school cardigan (girls) or jumper (boys).  Long sleeve tops should not be worn underneath either Summer Uniform and singlets should not be seen around the neckline of uniforms.
 
Please ensure all your child/ren's belongings are clearly labelled with their names. This will assist us in returning them if they misplace them.
 
We appreciate your assistance in these matters.
 
Kindergarten 2021 School Bags
 
Due to a supply issue, the decision has been made to use the current Prep black backpack for Kindergarten in 2021.  This will enable current Prep students to continue using the bag they have used for 2020 and following Kindergarten will continue to be used as our school excursion backpack.  
The red school backpacks will continue to be used from Year 1 onwards.

Grandparents Day

Our students thoroughly enjoyed creating artworks and writing letters and cards for their Grandparents last Monday, although sad to not be able to celebrate Grandparents Day in person.  We hope these were all able to be delivered, either in person, by post or through a photograph.  It has been lovely to hear of some of the deliveries that have been made!

 

 

Run4Fun Colour Explosion - (Kindy to Year 6)

A reminder that our Run4Fun Colour Explosion day is next Friday, 6 November 2020.

Parents will need to create an online profile for their child in order to raise funds. It is preferable that no cash donations are collected this year and that all donations are made online. Please go to myprofilepage.com.au to set it up if you are yet to do so.

 

Canteen - (Kindy to Year 6)

Students will have the opportunity to purchase 1 Token which will give each student two items from the canteen. Students may choose from chips, popcorn, ice block and juice boxes. Orders and Payments must be made online prior the day and students will use Pete’s Cash at the Run4Fun Colour Explosion Day.

Canteen Booking Link 

1 Token per student only to be purchased using the following link: Canteen Booking Link

Book Character Parade

We are looking forward to holding our annual Book Character Parade on Tuesday, 24 November 2020. This will also coincide with our Book Fair.
 
Students are encouraged to come to school dressed as their favourite book character and participate in our parade during our school day. 
 
Unfortunately parents and carers are unable to attend this event due to the current COVID-19 restrictions. 
 
We are excited to plan this fun event for our students. 

Birthday Celebrations & Food Sharing

We love to celebrate with your child for their birthday! Amidst current circumstances, we would like families to be aware of the following requirements.

Only commercial food items may be shared at school for these occasions, for example - grocery store purchased cupcakes / bakery items (in a sealed box) / ice blocks / lolly bags.

Unfortunately home made items are not able to be shared. Classroom teachers will be responsible for ensuring appropriate food handling processes which will entail the class teacher sharing items to individual students, with the use of tongs or gloves. In the case of lolly bags, students will be required to bring these home rather than consume them at school. 

Thank you for your support and understanding.

Year 1 Incursion

Mrs Lindsay Connell - Dean of Stage 3

On Thursday, 5 November (Week 4), Year 1 will be having a Ranger Jamie Incursion as part of their 'Sharing the Planet Unit of Inquiry'. One of the things we will be inquiring into for this unit is different forms of energy. This exciting Incursion will focus on how sound is produced, how sound energy travels, and how we hear it.

We look forward to a great morning with the students.

Ranger Jamie Tours | Primary School Incursions & Excursions 

 

Sport

Mrs Fiona Hornman - The Dean of Sport

Week 2, games against St. Greg’s

Junior Sport: Wednesday, 21 October, 2020

SPORT

RESULT

SPAPS

St Greg’s

Soccer

Draw

3

3

AFL

Win

15

3

Netball

Loss

1

3

Newcomball

Draw

1

1

Senior Sport: Wednesday, 21 October, 2020

SPORT

RESULT

SPAPS

St Greg’s

Soccer

Loss

0

13

AFL

Loss

25

28

Netball

Loss

11

19

Volleyball

Draw

1

1

Players of the Match:

Junior Soccer: Calvin J

Senior Soccer: Aidan G

Junior AFL: William B

Senior AFL: Dylan J

Junior Newcomball: Jelena L

Senior Volleyball: Jensen C

Junior Netball: Ella M 

Senior Netball: Brooke D

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News from OSHC

Mrs Lana Schwigtenberg - OSHC Coordinator

St. Peter’s OSHC is a place where the children can relax, play, socialise and just be. The OSHC team work hard setting up and preparing activities for the children to enjoy. The children always voice their ideas which the educators assist with. The children are free to choose their activities and move from inside play and outdoor play freely. So far this Term the children have enjoyed puzzles, games, skipping, building marble runs, playing shops, string art, painting, table tennis, block play and group games.

We hope you enjoy these snap shots of the children at play.

News from OSHC

Positions Vacant

We are excited to advise we are currently advertising for two part time OSHC Traineeships for the commencement of 2021.
 
If you are aware of anyone who you feel may be suitable, please encourage them to visit the website and apply. 
 
Applications close on Friday, 13 November 2020.
 

The Book Fair is Coming!

Monday, 23 November to Friday, 27 November.
 
Although things will be different this year, the Book Fair is going ahead.  Each child will visit the Book Fair with their class to view the selection and make a wish list. Keep an eye out for your child's wish list, which may work itself to the bottom of your child's bag the week before the Book Fair begins!
 
Please stay tuned for more details in the coming weeks!
 
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Option To Pay 2021 Fees in Advance

Families have the option to pay the Annual Fees for 2021 at current years’ rates if paid in full by 31 October 2020.

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

 

Prayer Points

  • Give thanks for the wonderful news of Mr Stockinger and his wife expecting their first child in 2021.

  • Give thanks for the easing of some restrictions allowing for many of our students to enjoy end of year excursion sporting competitions.

  • Pray for our Year 6 teachers and students as they finalise preparations for Exhibition.

School Calendar

 Term 4

Monday, 12 October 2020 - Tuesday, 8 December 2020

Week 4

Monday, 2 November 2020 - Wednesday, 4 November 2020

Year 6 Crusader's Camp - Lake Macquarie

Wednesday, 4 November 2020

No Senior IPPSO Sport due to Year 6 being on Camp

Thursday, 5 November 2020

Year 1 - Incursion with Ranger Jamie

Friday, 6 November 2020

Run4Fun Colour Explosion Day

Week 5

Monday, 9 November 2020 

Year 4 Excursion to Wedderburn Christian Campsite

Year 5 CODA Zoom Meeting 'Sharing the Planet Unit'

Tuesday, 10 November 2020

Year 4 Excursion to Wedderburn Christian Campsite

Wednesday, 11 November 2020

Rememberance Day

Rep Sport - Broughton Anglican College

Thursday, 12 November 2020

Staff Professional Development Day/Pupil Free Day

Friday, 13 November 2020

Staff Professional Development Day/Pupil Free Day

 

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Greg Warren, MP - Christmas Card Competition

Once again Mr Greg Warren, MP, is asking students in Primary Schools to enter his Christmas Card Competition for 2020. 

This year has been very challenging for teachers, students, parents and care givers and he is hoping this will shed some joy to all. 

The artistic and creative ability of Campbelltown’s students never ceases to amaze him and he is looking forward to the entries this year. 

The Competition is open to all students in Campbelltown. The theme for the competition is 'Christmas in Campbelltown', for those students who do not celebrate Christmas for religious or other reasons, the theme is 'Happy Holidays'. 

All entries must be returned to his Office no later than Monday, 2 November 2020, to allow adequate time for judging and printing.  Students’ artwork can be submitted either by post or dropped off to his Campbelltown Office: 3/72 Queen St, Campbelltown NSW 2560. 

Please contact Mr Warren's Office on 4625 3344 if you require further information.