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Primary Should Never Be 'Secondary'

Mr Brendan Gorman - Headmaster

‘A dream is just a dream. A goal is a dream with a plan and a deadline. Take action to make your goal a reality’. Harvey Mackay.

It has been a great joy to be conversing with members of the St. Peter’s Community about the potential of growing our ‘little’ school into a full Prep - Year 12 school. There has been much speculation about the where, the how and the potential impact on Broughton Anglican College specifically. 

Simon Sinek advocates starting with the ‘why’. I have been incredibly impressed with members of the Schools’ Council who have determined to undertake a full Feasibility Study to determine how this might become a reality in the near future. 

So why is the Council considering this expansion? From my perspective, as Headmaster, parents have been asking for the expansion of our school for many years. We have an ideal base for the establishment of secondary and our vision certainly encourages reaching a larger group of students. Parents prefer one school for their family and those that have left St. Peter’s in many cases, have done so reluctantly, but necessarily, for convenience. 

The introduction of the International Baccalaureate, Primary Years Programme (PYP) as our learning framework, provides great opportunities for inclusion of the Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the Diploma (DP), catering for students who learn in a variety of ways. 

It’s certainly an exciting prospect. 

The greatest fear I have personally about the expansion of St. Peter’s, is that the benefits of being a standalone Primary School, become less as the focus shifts to the secondary years. We have utilised the phrase ‘purposefully primary’ and anyone who has encountered a K-12 or P-12 school, knows full well that secondary is usually the tail that wags the dog. Primary is often considered after Secondary. 

My focus, as Headmaster, will very much be on ensuring that this does not happen. Our school, our community and our offerings are tailored to ensuring our students are central. We need to ensure that the primary section of the School does not become ‘secondary’, as in an after-thought. 

I believe that St. Peter’s needs to expand and I am excited to have the privilege of being the Headmaster of our school. My commitment will be to retain the great benefits of being a standalone Primary School and expanding those benefits to cater for the needs of those who will join for secondary. 

Please continue to pray for the Council as they fully consider and look to making a firm decision on the expansion, early in the new year. 

A dream is developing into a series of goals. I look forward to the potential reality of what St. Peter’s will become. 

Feedback, questions and suggestions welcome.

secondary@stpeters.nsw.edu.au

Student Leaders For 2021

Congratulations to the following students who have been elected as Student Leaders for 2021.
 
Please note, our School Captain and Vice Captain will be announce at our Whole School Assembly on Monday, 30 November 2020.
 
Prefects for 2021
 
Lily O
Lily C
Evangeline C
Saskia W 
Jenson C
Thomas B
Joshua M
Kieren C
 
House Captains
 
Argyle
Captain: Indianah P
Vice Captain: Kyle C
 
Bligh
Captain: Meredith J
Vice Captain: Lela B
 
Cook
Captain: Amity-Rose C
Vice Captain: Matthew T
 
Cumberland
Captain: Timaima F
Vice Captain: Nile B
 
Durham
Captain: Owen A
Vice Captain: Ahaana K
 
Roxburgh
Captain: Ethan W
Vice Captain: Alyssa M
 

Learning Enhancement & Holidays

Mrs Deborah Nash - Head of Learning Enhancement
Throughout the coming school holidays, we hope all our students and families have a much-needed break and a chance to re-charge.
 
As lifelong learners, children need to continue learning through the break, particularly our younger students. Perhaps visiting the local Library would encourage them to keep reading, helping you in the kitchen or with maintenance tasks around the house, could assist them to apply their Mathematics learning to real life situations. Brief yet intentional revision of Sounds and Sight Words a couple of times each week for Kindergarten and Year 1 students, would support your child to retain the knowledge and skills they have learned this year.
 
The University of New South Wales (UNSW) offers holiday programmes for gifted and talented students. More information can be found at: https://www.arts.unsw.edu.au/education/professional-learning/gerric/gifted-students?mc_cid=6c4dd58a88&mc_eid=d29fdc76c1
 
The following link has plenty of ideas for continuing your child's learning over the holidays. From NASA to Scholastic, National Geographic and educational games and activities and more. https://schoolholidays.com.au/blog/fun-online-educational-activities-for-kids
 
Above all, remember to enjoy the time you have with your children and celebrate the unique people that have been entrusted to your care.

Last Day of Term

Mrs Michelle McDonnell - Head of Development & Operations

To celebrate the end of the school year we will be having a School Picnic on the last day of term, with a beef sausage sizzle and ice block for all students, to replace our class parties.

If your child is unable to eat beef, we have a vegetarian option.

Please complete the following form if this is the case for your child:

Vegetarian Option

Mufti Day

To further celebrate the end of the year, all students may wear mufti to school on Tuesday, 8 December 2020.

Please ensure shoulders are covered and enclosed shoes are worn. Appropriate length shorts and skirts are to be worn.

Book Character Parade

 Last Tuesday we celebrated all things Reading with our annual Book Character Parade. Students and staff showed off their favourite characters in our parade.

St. Peter's Bus Service

As you are aware, at the beginning of 2020 St. Peter's introduced a Bus Service to assist families with transporting their children to and from school.  We would like to take this opportunity to thank families for their support of this service.  

We are planning to expand our Bus Service from the beginning of 2021 and would encourage feedback from all school families, even those who have not used the service this year.  

Thank you to those families who have already completed this feedback form. We would appreciate any families who have not yet done this to fill in the form by Sunday, 29 November 2020.

St. Peter's Bus Service 2021

 

Sport

Mrs Fiona Hornman - The Dean of Sport

This was the final match in our best of three Competition against St. Greg’s.

Congratulations to the Junior AFL team, who remained undefeated against both St. Greg’s and Broughton Anglican College. The Junior Newcomball and Soccer teams along with the Senior Volleyball team were also winners of the best of three against St. Greg’s.

All Rep Sport Uniforms should now be returned to Mrs Hornman.

Week 6, games against St. Greg’s.

Junior Sport: Wednesday, 18 November, 2020

SPORT

RESULT

SPAPS

St Greg’s

Soccer

Draw

3

3

AFL

Win

32

19

Netball

Loss

4

7

Newcomb ball

Draw

1

1

Senior Sport: Wednesday, 18 November, 2020

SPORT

RESULT

SPAPS

St Greg’s

Soccer

Loss

1

8

AFL

Loss

21

28

Netball

Loss

14

19

Volleyball

Win

2

1

Players of the Match:

Junior Soccer: Dominic K

Senior Soccer: Mathias M

Junior AFL: Ella M

Senior AFL: Tristan C

Junior Newcomball: Logan S

Senior Volleyball: Bella G

Junior Netball: Micah A

Senior Netball: Madison T 

OSHC

Mrs Lana Schwigtenberg - OSHC Coordinator

I would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to all of our OSHC families for your support this year. With the challenges we’ve all faced, this year has been like nothing any of us have ever experienced. The strength and resilience I have witnessed from our families has resonated through to the children. 

We’ve all had to make changes and sacrifices, however, there has been a steady constant throughout the year and that has been the relationships between the OSHC Staff and the children in our service. The OSHC Team are continually and consistently working hard to ensure they’re meeting the needs of the children, and planning many fun activities for the children to enjoy. We hope you have appreciated the photos of these activities we’ve shared with you through the school Newsletters, Facebook posts and Instagram. Although this process has been different to our usual communication style we hope it has brought a smile to your faces as you see how much fun your children are having. 

As the year comes to an end we would like to farewell our Year 6 students. Many of these students have been attending OSHC since they first started at St. Peter’s in Prep and Kindergarten. As you can imagine we’ve formed strong relationships with the children and families and it’s always hard to bid a fond farewell to our 'OOSHIES'. We wish our Year 6 students all the best as they embark on their journey into High School. 

We’d like to wish the parents, children and siblings of the greater School Community a safe and happy holiday period as we gather, albeit safely, with our loved ones to celebrate the birth of our Lord Baby Jesus.

Stay safe, stay healthy and we look forward to seeing all of you returning, in the New Year.

OSHC 2021 - Vacation Care Programme

St. Peter's is offering Vacation Care during the 2021 January School Holidays. 

We have made some changes to the way in which we charge for extra activities. The days which we charge an extra fee instead of charging our families separately we will be combining the extra charge to the daily fee.

This change will enable the child care subsidy to be applied to both your daily fee and the activity fee. Please note that to claim your Child Care Subsidy you must have applied for this through Centrelink.

If you have any questions regarding these changes or would like information on how to set up your Child Care Subsidy please contact the OSHC Coordinator Mrs Lana Schwigtenberg by phone: 4627 2990 ext #2 or via email: oshc@stpeters.nsw.edu.au

Care is available at a cost of $35.00 per day please note days with additional activities are $47.00 per day as outlined on the Vacation Care Programme.

OSHC January 2021 - Vacation Care Programme

Bookings will only be accepted through the Trybooking link below, opening Friday, 27 November 2020 @ 8.00 pm, and closing on Friday, 4 December 2020 @ 3.00 pm. 

Trybooking Link

If a booking for a day you require is unavailable, please complete the Waitlist form below.

Google Form - Waitlist

Student of the Month - November

Student of the Month - November
Payten is an absolute delight. She is diligent in her principled approaches to learning. Payten focusses on her goals, and puts all the effort she can into achieving them. She sets an example to all peers and younger students to be a life-long learner, caring and kind, all while having a good laugh.
 
Payten is a positive representative of our School Community, that is expressed by her pursuit of Sports and in School Leadership. While she will feel honoured to receive such an award, our School Community is blessed to have her at St. Peter's.  
 

Staffing Announcements

Congratulations to Mrs Katherine Richardson (Prep Assistant) and her husband Gavin who are excited to announce that they are expecting their next child. 
 
Mrs Dalia Ataalla will cover Mrs Danielle Sultana's Nursing role until she returns from Maternity Leave in Term 3 2021. It is wonderful to have Mrs Ataalla continuing with us at St. Peter's.
 
We are very thankful to Mrs Sophia Gauci for her work this year as a nurse again! We wish her every happiness in the future.

Positions Vacant

We currently have exciting opportunities for excellent candidates to join our team.
  
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. 

Please click on the link: Positions Vacant

School Shop - Second Hand Items

The School Shop is now able to accept second hand items for sale by consignment.
 
Parents wishing to submit items for resale should make an appointment.  Please contact our School Office on 4627 2990, or by emailing the Shop directly at: shop@stpeters.nsw.edu.au
 
Please note, during the appointment, shop staff will go through items with you to determine those suitable for resale. All parents will sign a consignment form that lists the conditions of sale and items submitted.
 
  • Blazers must be dry cleaned with the dry clean tag attached and still in the plastic bag provided by dry cleaners.
  • All other items must be in excellent/good condition, washed ironed and "ready to wear". Any items that have missing buttons, stains, fading, holes/tears or in need of mending and/or hemming will not be accepted. 
  • Summer dresses suitable for selling but in need of a new white tie will be accepted but the seller will be charged $2.50 for a new white tie which will be deducted from the consignment payment. 
  • All bags will be clean, stain-free with all straps, clasps and zips in working order. 
  • Please note, we do not accept socks, tights, hats and swimwear for resale.

Congratulations to Mikayla

Congratulations to Mikayla who competed in the NSW State Championship for Irish Dancing on on Saturday 21 November 2020,  in the 7 year olds Championship. She placed 7th in the state.

Toys 'n' Tucker

Thank you to all the families for their generous support with donating items for the Toys 'n' Tucker this year. This is a wonderful way to share the joy of Christmas with people in need.

We plan to collect donations until:

Wednesday, 2 December 2020.

If you would prefer to donate online please click on the link: Donate to Toys 'n' Tucker

Prayer Points

  • Give thanks for God's provision and care in bringing us safely to the end of the school year.

  • Give thanks for the work and commitment of the St. Peter's staff throughout 2020 and pray for a rejuvenating Christmas break.

  • Pray for our Year 6 students as they finish their time at St. Peter's and transition into High School in 2021. 

St. Peter's School Shop

Our School Shop will be open by appointment Only:

9.00am - 3.00pm: Friday, 22 January 2021

9.00am - 3.00pm: Wednesday, 27 January 2021

9.00am - 3.00pm: Thursday, 28 January 2021

9.00am - 3.00pm: Friday, 29 January 2021

 

Please call our Office: 4627 2990 to book an appointment.

School Office - Holiday Opening Hours

Our School Office will remain open from:

9.00am - 3.00pm: Wednesday, 9 December 2020 - Tuesday, 15 December 2020

9.00am - 3.00pm: Monday, 4 January 2021

 

Lost Property

Please check the Lost Property box which is currently on display at the front of our School Office. Any articles of clothing left unclaimed will be donated to our Sick Bay or School Shop.

Any left over containers, drink bottles and any other items not claimed will be disposed of at the end of this term.

Please ensure all items of clothing and belongings are marked clearly with your child's/ren's name for 2021 to help us return any lost items.

We appreciate your support with this matter.

School Calendar

 Term 4

Monday, 12 October 2020 - Tuesday, 8 December 2020 

Week 8

Monday, 30 November 2020

Toys 'n' Tucker

Book Fair Purchasing

Prep Messy Day

Presentation Events
9:30am: Year 1 
1:30pm: Year 2 
Tuesday, 1 December 2020

Toys 'n' Tucker 

Kindy 2021 Class Orientation (Prep Koalas & Kangaroos)

Presentation Events
9:30am: Year 4
11:30am: Kindergarten
1:30pm: Year 6 
Wednesday, 2 December 2020

Toys 'n' Tucker 

Thursday, 3 December 2020

2021 New Students

Kindy 2021 Class Orientation (Prep Echidnas, Possums and Wombats)

Years 1 - 6 2021 Class Orientation

Presentation Events
9:30am: Year 5
11:30am: Year 3 

Friday, 4 December 2020

Christmas Chapel

6.00pm Year 6 Graduation

Week 9

 

Tuesday, 8 December 2020

Last Day for Term 4

1.45pm - 2.45pm: Year 6 Farewell Assembly

Term 1 - 29 January 2021 - 1 April 2021

Week 1

Friday, 29 January 2021

Kindergarten Commence

Week 2

Monday, 1 February 2021

Prep Possums & Koalas Students Commence (After Recess)

Years 1 - 6 Students Commence 

Wednesday, 3 February 2021

Prep Echidnas Students Commence (After Recess)

Thursday, 4 February 2021

Prep Wombats Students Commence (After Recess)

 

 

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Year 5 Camp

“WHO WANTS TO GO FIRST?” questions the instructor. I shoot my hand up. I walk over to the carabina and clip myself in. I slowly climb the ladder and step onto the pegs. I see the monsters ground below running up after me. Step, step, push and pull. I make it onto the platform. I am high off the ground and now taller than some trees.  I push off the tree and feel like I'm flying. “WOW” I laugh “THIS IS SO COOL”

As I climb up the tall wooden cylinder with pegs in it I began to feel my legs shake. “YES!” I bellow down to my teammates. I slowly look up, a monsterous climb stares down at me. I better get going. I look up and Owen and Nile are already miles ahead. I lift my foot up carefully onto the wire one after the other and I finally make it up the tires, there looming above me like a dark shadow in the middle of the night. I feel a tire pound against my body “Nile!” I laugh. We have made it to the top. I lean back and I feel safe as my teammates lower me to the ground. As I land on the ground I give my teammates a high five. I DID IT!

  • Lucy S

“Ready haul team… Let’s GO” 

“PULL, PULL” Everyone hollers. I run around in circles. Dizzer, and dizzer! They pull the rope. Hard. Woahh, oahhh! I’m FLYING. I hold a peace pose and everyone laughs. “SOAP” 

“What, we look at each other puzzled.” 

“I think she means stop” someone says. 

We are actually meant to say ‘stop’, but Saskia being, well, Saskia, she yells something different.

“Okay everyone, let her down gently”

Wheeeeeeeeeeee. This is so much fun! I hope day camp never ends. 

I pull the rope back. Steady, steady. “ZOooooom” Woah! I was off by like 3 centimetres. Need to improve for next round! 

“Everyone grab your golf arrows”

Yes, golf arrows. Little arrows with golf balls at the end. Instead of Aiming at a target you aim at the ground, to hit inside tyres. 

Yessss, 10 points, ooohhhh and a 20. 

“Next”.

“Go Owen” I holler!

Yes he gets it at around the 10 mark.

“Let's go see what you guys got”

I look at the score. We are not in the lead! 

Oh well. At least we had fun! 

  • Ahaana K 

Crunch crunch crunch! As we were walking through the bush we could hear ringing sounds as if my ears were going to burst, There were cicadas everywhere on the dark brown stringy trees. We could see little brown droplets the shape of a jelly bean, koalas were nearby! We needed to report back to keep track of which koalas they have left and which tree it was found on. 

We arrived sweating with faces like tomatoes, hidden in the trees was a Hunger Games style arena with camo hats and big laser blasters. We were asked to protect the president. Our team had the best strategy. We had a decoy president, the other team actually believed it was true. We were successful! Laser tag was amazing. That was honestly one of the best camps I went on.

  • Ella F, Liam K, Noah W and Bailee L 

We were like engineers, creating whatever we could imagine with wood. It was so cool! There were a bunch of items that you could use. And what I loved most about it is that it really challenges your mind and it helps you learn how to be creative.

“Ok now we need to get two sticks, one for a damper and one for marshmallows.” the instructor said. As we walked through the bush the cicadas were as loud as they could be. I found so many big and little sticks, so I finally found two sticks that I was happy with but here is the trick: the damper stick needed to be really thick and the other marshmallow stick is just normal thin. Now for the real fun to begin, we light the fire and with a gust of wind we got a great fire gowing. We had to roll our damper on to the big stick and hold it over the coals until it’s nice and brow and yummy. And then like it always does, somehow I spill golden syrup all over me and I’m a mess!

  • Tiarnah P, Aidan G, Robert S and Indianah P

Year 5 Camp

Years 3 & 4 Day Camps

Mrs Nerida Hadfield - Dean of Stage 2

Stage 2 all enjoyed time on our Day Camp visits to Wedderburn in the last couple of weeks. We enjoyed a wide range of activities including archery golf, rock climbing, the giant swing, possum glider and the tree climb. Many of the students took the opportunity to challenge themselves and complete the activities further or higher than they expected. We were all risk-takers and learnt about the Koalas that live locally and how to spot them - even though we didn't have much luck on the day!

It was a very busy day with a delicious lunch provided by the site to give us the energy needed to finish the day well.
 
Thanks to Mr Raft for all the organisation that went into these days. We all appreciate it!

Years 3 & 4 Day Camps

Years 3 & 4 Camps

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