- Year 1 from 9:30am
- Year 2 from 1:30pm
- Year 4 from 9:30am
- Kindergarten from 11:30am
- Year 6 from 1:30pm
- Year 5 from 9:30am
- Year 3 from 11:30am
Our Year 6 students were able to enjoy three beautiful days at Year 6 Camp, at Lake Macquarie last week. Camps are such a pivotal part of the learning that occurs at St. Peter's and our students had the best time. It was great to share in the fun with Year 6, as they draw their time at St. Peter's to a close.
As we near the end of another busy school year, it is hard not to look back and reflect on the rollercoaster ride that 2020 has been. Despite the circumstances, it is a good feeling to come to this point in a year of unforeseen curveballs and still feel assured that our students are happy, love coming to school and are thriving in their daily experiences. With all of its challenges, 2020 has been an amazing year of growth and opportunity for our students and staff at St. Peter’s and we have so much to be thankful for as a School Community.
For our youngest learners in Prep, this is no exception. Over the years, our Prep programme has evolved and grown in amazing ways to celebrate the incredible journey that takes place in the early years of child development. We place great value on providing a quality transition programme that aims to give our students the best opportunity to thrive as they commence formal schooling. At St. Peter’s we have a team of Early Learning Professionals and Executive Staff who draw on current educational research to identify the best practice for supporting our students as they start school. Much of this transition takes place in an ongoing manner throughout the school year, with the culmination of our Kindergarten Orientation, Class Orientation events and modifications to our programmes and routines to enable our students to ready themselves for the inevitable and exciting changes ahead.
Throughout 2020, transition has continued to be a significant focus and priority for our Prep Team and we have been overjoyed to be able to provide our students with a slightly modified experience for our Prep and Kindergarten Orientation events.
During Week 2, our current Prep students were welcomed into a Kindergarten classroom to enjoy a snapshot of the exciting things to come in 2021. Our Kindergarten teachers treated our Prep students to a shared story and creative activity. As students familiarised themselves with the Kindergarten learning environments, they were introduced to daily routines such as lining up with their class, moving around our school and participating in structured learning activities. All of these experiences aimed at helping our students to feel more at ease about the prospect of starting school in the new year. We look forward to having our Prep children meet their 2021 Kindergarten teacher and class friends during our ‘Class Orientation’ events later this term.
In the coming weeks, we will also have our 2021 Prep Orientation where our new Prep students will join their class teachers in the Hall Playground for a 'Story and Play' Session. Prep Orientation sessions will take place during Week 6 for each of our four 2021 Prep classes. Although these orientation events will have some significant changes this year, we are so grateful to be able to meet our new Prep friends as part of their transition into our learning spaces in the new year.
We have all had moments during 2020 when we have needed to demonstrate agility, to accept new challenges and to adapt to the unexpected. Despite all of the little ‘speed humps’ along the way, this year has provided us with a wonderful opportunity to evaluate and reflect on our current practices and to refocus our vision for the future. Rest assured that preparing young learners for formal schooling is something that we will continue to be passionate about in the years ahead.
We look forward to 2021 with excitement and anticipation as we embark on a new journey for our youngest learners at St. Peter’s.
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Our Run4Fun Colour Explosion day was held on Friday, 6 November 2020. It was certainly full of colour with the added bonus of all students throwing a finale bag of colour into the air at the end of the event to finish off with a bang.
Online donations have now closed and it is time to order your child’s prizes through their online portal.
This must be completed by Wednesday, 18 November 2020. Any cash donations must be handed to the school to be processed ASAP.
As a school, we raised just over $11,000 after expenses. KL raised the most with a total of $2,305.
Top 4 fundraising students were Charlotte C, Harlem K, Lachlan W and Mackenzie K.
We appreciate all the efforts made by families to raise funds for our school in what has been a difficult year.
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.
In a year of so much change and disruption, it was fantastic that Year 6 were able to get away on a camp. I think every student was relieved and excited as the bus pulled away from school, to be able to spend a few days with their friend's and participate in fishing, sailing, canoeing, paddleboarding, climbing, abseiling and more. For our students, being able to get away from it all and not having to think about ‘2020', was a welcomed relief.
Whilst talking with one of our students, Surjin, at breakfast, she said ‘We build so many memories on camps, memories we will have forever'. This summed up a lot of the sentiment of camp.
While we as educators like to fill every moment of the day with learning opportunities, on camp they can learn some skills they don’t usually experience. These may include being a risk-taker and pushing themselves in rock climbing, balancing on a standup paddleboard and learning how to spot and anticipate the shifting patterns of the wind while sailing.
Students were encouraged to think about their character, and what type of a person they are becoming. It was encouraging to see students being patient, kind and helping each other.
Camps are such a vital aspect of school. Memories are formed, jokes are enjoyed, friendships are established, and boundaries are stretched. Henry Ford once said, “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.” So when a student says ‘I don’t like heights’ and attempt rock climbing making it to the top, then they have pushed themselves and grown. Camps provide such wonderful opportunities.
Our fantastic Crusader Leaders helped our students think about what Jesus has done for them, by looking at the person of Saul and his transformation and name change to be Paul. The students learnt about how Saul didn’t like Jesus or his followers and would go out of his way to persecute them. However, one day Saul met Jesus and his life was forever changed. The hatred that Saul had for Jesus was forgiven and Saul, who later became Paul, started to follow Jesus.
In a year where our Year 6 students have missed so much, being able to get away and have some time together and some ‘good old fashioned fun’ was just spectacular!
What will Campbelltown be like in 200 years?
It has been 200 years since Governor Lachlan Macquarie founded and named Campbelltown and Year 3 have been inquiring into our local history. We know that the story of the area stretches far beyond 200 years beginning with the Dharawal people. Through time, more and more people have come to call Campbelltown home and each group of people have added to the cultural richness and diversity of the area.
Through this Unit of Inquiry, students will investigate significant events in local history and use a range of primary sources like written accounts, maps and photographs to determine features of our community that have changed over time. As we explore changes over time, we hope to discover that individuals are also able to make choices that contribute towards and impact our community. Who knows what Campbelltown will be like in 200 years from now?
Here are some of our initial thoughts!
Video link: What will Campbelltown be like in 200 Years?
What does it mean to be human?
Year 5 are currently inquiring into ‘Who We Are’. To begin, students asked themselves "What does it mean to be human?"
They had some pretty interesting perspectives! This question will be revisited later to see how thinking has changed.
Throughout their inquiries students will use field work, testable questions, observations and research to consider human connection, family structures, emotion, loyalty and beliefs. They will compare this with various animal groups and packs.
This will lead students to wonderings about the human brain and analysis of function and anatomy of the brain.
Students will be exploring what the Bible has to say about humanity. In particular students will be reading Gen 1:27, Romans 12:5 and Corinthians 12:12–27. These passages will assist students in thinking about how humans were created in God's image and the impact this has on our lives.
They will reflect on how in control of our own identity we are.
Video link: What does it mean to be human?
On Thursday, 5 November 2020, Year 1 had a visit from Ranger Jamie and Ranger Brad as part of their 'Sharing the Planet' Unit of Inquiry.
Students learned all about sound waves and how sound occurs through vibrations. Students were very excited to explore different ways that sound works through some experiments with the rangers. In the afternoon they worked in groups to make their own guitars and 'telephones' to talk to each other!
It was a great day and the teachers were so pleased with the students' efforts.
Week 4, games against St Greg’s
Junior Sport: Wednesday, 4 November, 2020
Players of the Match:
Junior Soccer: Anthony P
Junior AFL: Adrian G
Junior Newcombeball: Marshall B
Junior Netball: Sophie T
Junior Sport: Wednesday, 11 November, 2020
Senior Sport: Wednesday, 11 November, 2020
Players of the Match:
Junior Soccer: Nkolisakwu
Senior Soccer: Mathias M
Junior AFL: Danijela G and Ella M
Senior AFL: Elise B and Evelyn R
The final game against Broughton Anglican College saw the Junior AFL and Senior Volleyball teams both take a clean sweep to win the best of 3.
We look forward to seeing if they can do the same against St Greg’s next week.
Based on current health advice, at this stage St. Peter's is offering Vacation Care during the 2020 December School Holidays. If this changes we will advise.
The 2020 December Vacation Care booking system will open on Monday, 16 November 2020 @ 8.00 pm.
Care is available on the following days at a cost of $32.00 per day:
To obtain a vacation care booking for your child / children please follow the steps below:
Step 1: Click on the link below to read through the Vacation Care programme.
Step 2: Click on the link below to book your child / children into your required days for vacation care. You will recieve an email confirmation from trybooking.
Step 3: If you were unable to obtain Vacation Care bookings for your selected days, please click on the link below to go onto the Vacation Care waitlist using Google form.
Students and their household should remain away from Vacation Care if any member of the household is being tested for COVID-19. In line with school requirements a negative result must be sited prior to returning to Vacation Care.
Ellie is a model student who displays kindness and respect to staff and students. She is always polite, using her impeccable manners when speaking to others. Ellie comes to school each and every day with a positive attitude. Her gentle nature sees her caring for others, regularly offering assistance in the classroom through encouraging and thoughtful leadership.
Ellie is a diligent learner who demonstrates dedication, consistent work habits and perseverance in all learning activities. She is conscientious, focused and takes pride in the work she presents. Ellie enthusiastically requests frequent feedback and applies this to improve. She eagerly contributes to class discussions, listens carefully to the contributions of others and asks thoughtful questions to extend her learning. She is highly devoted in all her endeavours.
Ellie is trustworthy, always making sensible decisions and choices that allow her to be a productive learner. She is a very deserving recipient of Student of the Month.
|OSHC Assistant Traineeships x 2||2 Year Traineeship/Part time||Commencing in 2021||Closing: 13/11/2020|
|Facilities Manager||Permanent/Full time||Commencing in 2020||Closing: 26/11/2020|
|Prep/Learning Enhancement Teacher Assistant (Thursday/Friday)||Temporary/Part time||Commencing 2021||Closing: 3/12/2020|
|Junior Administration Traineeship (Monday - Friday)||12 Months Traineeship||Commencing 2021||Closing: 3/12/2020|
If you are aware of anyone who you feel may be suitable, please encourage them to visit the website and apply.
We have registered to participate in Toys ‘n’ Tucker again this year. This is a wonderful way to share the joy of Christmas with people in need.
Together we can provide Christmas food and gifts to thousands of families who would otherwise go without.
We plan to collect donations between:
Monday, 16 November 2020 until Wednesday, 2 December 2020.
If you would prefer to donate online please click on the link: Donate to Toys 'n' Tucker