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Our children making Confirmation next week are very excited about completing their final Sacrament of Initiation.
On behalf of our community I would like to thank the Year 3 teachers, the leadership team, families and staff for your support of our little people.
I would like to extend a particular thank you to Peta Rourke our Parish Coordinator, Father Paul, Father Peter and Father Roland for their roles in preparing and celebrating this special Sacrament (see article under Mission).
OLD TO NEW - UNIFORMS
UPLOAD OLD THREADS
We want your non wearable school uniforms.
St Peter’s Year 6 Environmental Leaders would like to share with St Peter’s community their new environmental initiative in conjunction with ‘Worn Up,’ recycling non-wearable school uniforms. ‘Worn Up’ aims to reduce textiles in landfills by recycling unwanted and old school uniforms. ‘Worn Up’ can make a school desk from a school dress or acoustic tiles from scraps of school uniform.
Did you know that?
- 95% of all textile waste in landfill is recyclable.
- 10% of all global CO2 production comes from textile production, a cotton t-shirt uses 2,700 litres of water to produce.
By UPCYCLING non-wearable uniform waste, we reduce landfill, save water, and make new Australian-made products.
St Peter’s now has a ‘Worn Up’ pod situated at the canteen.
What do you need to do?
- Bring in non-wearable school uniforms and place them in the pod.
- No plastic bags, or other clothes.
We look forward to making a difference.
Thank you for supporting our project.
Year 6 Environmental Leaders
SHARE GOOD CONDITIONED USED CURRENT UNIFORMS
Our uniform pool will still require good used uniform items
With the planned change over next year of school uniform, there will be a transition time allowing families to financially manage the change without too much impact.
For families who would like to access continued use of recycled uniforms, our (current style) uniform pool will need to kept well resourced (as there won’t be any recycled new style uniforms for sometime).
NEW UNIFORMS FOR 2022
As most families will be aware, a revision of our Parish school uniforms has been conducted over the last two years.
As you can probably imagine, the uniform committee has had a particularly difficult task coordinating so many different perceptions, alternatives and an ongoing disruption through the pandemic.
On your behalf, I would like to thank the committee for their persistence and sensitivity to wide consultation and inclusion of student final review.
This term, you will receive a letter outlining what has come from the review, with the projection that we are on track for the new uniform to begin in January 2022.
We will provide illustrations of samples to give families a better idea of how the new uniform will look.
Thank you for your patience and understanding of the protracted process and the need to take the time to do this job well.
MRS RAMM MOVES ALONG CAREER PATH
Mrs Stephanie Ramm, our Student Support Worker (2 days) has accepted an internship with ORS (a company providing psychologists in support of NDIS and Behaviour Support Plans).
We are very happy that Stephanie has found a place in the profession she has studied very hard to embrace.
Unfortunately, often a win somewhere incurs a loss elsewhere and we will miss Stephanie’s warm and encompassing manner with staff and children and her expertise in managing and nurturing some of our little people who have been in particular need over the last 18 months.
HEADLINES AND ANTHEMS - DANCE, DANCE, DANCE!
Macy Kirkpatrick from Year 1 Green has completed ‘the tag’ for our dance performance to be presented at the end of this term.
When the students voted between 5 final selections, hardly a hand went up (after all options were read first), until Macy’s ‘title finisher’ was read out. A sea of hands were enthusiastically raised to endorse - DANCE, DANCE, DANCE!
And Dance, Dance, Dance it is – students are very busily engaged in their routines and so many children have dedicated lunchtimes to rehearse their performances for the Dance Eisteddfod, planned in the same week as our School Dance performance.
Vinnies #Family Winter Sleepout @ Home
Vinnies is inviting all families to be advocates for the Homeless this winter, hoping to raise funds and awareness about homelessness and disadvantage in our community. Please join us tonight, in your very own home and:
- Make a card, write a message and attach it to a muesli bar/biscuit snack to be donated back at school, to be taken and shared on the streets by the Vinnies Night Patrol Van.
- Make soup together to drink to stay warm when out on your own sleep out/sit out. This is something that the Van usually distributes to those on the street.
- Sleep/Sit outside in the cold for a period of time, with only cardboard to sit on. During this time, discuss questions around how you are feeling, how the homeless must feel, as well as share some facts to raise awareness of Homelessness.
- Pray together as a family for those people in our community who have no secure, warm housing.
- Send in photos of your experiences to school
- Donate what you can through this fundraising page:
All money will assist Vinnies in providing support for those in our community who need it the most.
Sacrament of Confirmation
Next week many of our St Peter’s students will be confirmed across four evening ceremonies at St Agnes’ Church. We were blessed to have a visit from Fr Roland today, who talked to the candidates and Year 3 about the sacramental journey, the gifts of the Holy Spirit and how being confirmed helps us to live like Jesus. We thank Fr Roland for taking time out of his busy day to help us prepare for next week!
Due to COVID, we are unable to present the children as a group at Sunday Mass, but will be showing photos of the candidates to the parishioners, who will offer their prayers. We ask you to keep these children and their families in your prayers as they take this next step in their sacramental journey!
Junior Ministry - faith and fun!
Junior Ministry Group has recommenced for Term 3 with a change of day and some new members! Every Monday at Lunch 1 we head over to the MacKillop Chapel where Jules and Ella (Youth Ministry Officers) facilitate opportunities for faith formation and fun! We are excited to finally have some boys join us and encourage anyone from Year 6 to come along and see if it might be something they would like to join.
We were also lucky enough to have Conor Hudson, the Youth Ministry Officer from Newman College, join us at St Peter’s on Thursday and Friday this week. Conor spent Thursday working with different groups of children across the school, and spent today with Year 3, reflecting and preparing for next week’s Sacrament of Confirmation. We loved having Conor join us and look forward to many more opportunities to work with him next term!
There are 2 skills involved in reading;
- The ability to ‘lift the words off the page’ (decode)
- The ability to comprehend
Being able to “lift the words off the page” requires children to understand the relationships between sounds and letters (the alphabetic code).
Being able to comprehend requires children to understand the meanings of words and how words work together.
The relationships between letters and sounds are taught in a sequential and systematic way, starting with easier skills and working up to more complex skills. Children are shown how to put sounds together (blend) to read words, and how to break words into sounds (segment) to assist with spelling words. (This addresses the first skill of decoding).
Quality literature is used for rich vocabulary instruction, and to develop children’s language and comprehension skills. These storybooks are also used as springboards for creative and writing activities. (This addresses the second skill of language comprehension).
Like any skill that we learn (playing soccer, learning a musical instrument), practice makes perfect! Reading and writing are very complex skills, and it will take several years for children to develop into proficient readers and writers.
Building Vocabulary and Comprehension Decoding
Elective Sport starts on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
After 2 years, our students will be back involved in Elective Sport. Elective Sport kicks off on Monday - Years 1-2, Tuesday - Years 3-4 and Wednesday - Years 5-6. Certain sports have asked for certain things, could you please review your child’s sport should they need anything:
Years 1-2 - Mondays
Years 3-4 - Tuesdays
Children will need to bring a long pair of socks. These socks will be placed over their sports socks to improve comfort while wearing roller blades/skates. Please note, all protective equipment will be supplied by the venue.
Could you please let your child know what their shoe size is, if they are unsure to speed up the process of collecting shoes.
|Ten Pin Bowling||Could you please let your child know what their shoe size is, if they are unsure to speed up the process of collecting shoes.|
|Hydro Golf & Putt Putt||N/A|
Years 5-6 - Wednesdays
|Cross Fit||Students are asked to bring their own water bottle.|
|Centre of Gravity||N/A|
Max and 'Gold Riley' shoot a TV Commercial
Recently, Max Choi (Year 6 Blue) met Riley Batt (OAM), who is an Australian Wheelchair Rugby player, and has won two gold and a silver medal at four Paralympic Games. Max and Riley came together to shoot a TV commercial for Woolworths, where he had lunch with Riley at his house and even went to Riley’s gym! Over the coming weeks, keep an eye out for Max and Riley on the television screen. Max, you are a superstar!
Updates from NSWCPS Sport
In line with the Premier’s announcement regarding the extension of COVID-19 restrictions for Greater Sydney, CSNSW Sport has cancelled the following events:
|NSWCPS Rugby 10 A Side Knockout Finals||16 August @ Hunters Hill|
|NSWCPS Netball Carnivals||Tuesday, 31 August & 7 September @ Penrith|
|CPS Basketball Challenge||23 & 24 October|
CSNSW Sport will organise refunds for the schools who have paid team registrations.
Once COVID-19 restrictions are decided (until the end of August 28) for the Lismore Diocese there will be decisions made regarding Diocesan sporting events.
Primary events, Polding athletics (10th September in Newcastle) have not been postponed as yet as well as Polding cricket (20th August in Lismore).
With the current COVID-19 restrictions for Greater Sydney, we are conscious that these events require travel for a number of families and staff therefore, wish to provide as much notice as possible.
We hope to confirm further Term 3 postponements in the next few days.
CSNSW Sport will investigate dates and venues with a view to running the girls rugby league event later in the year and will provide regular updates for students, families, staff and schools.
Sports coordinators, parents, team officials and the convenor will be informed by notification this afternoon. The CSNSW Sport portal will be updated and posts will be released on our social media channels.
We keep planning and getting active
Although sport is in a holding pattern currently, we continue to train and trial in readiness for sport to reopen. This week, we had the following sports getting out and active:
|Soccer||Trialling for Paul Wilson Cup with Mr Murtagh|
|Union||Trialling for the MNC Rugby Union with Mr Post|
|League||Training for the Northern qualifying Final with Mr Leary|
|Netball||Trialling for the Netball Knockout Day with Miss McKenzie and Miss Dal Santo|
|Athletics||Training for the 100M, Relay and Long Jump|
The above sports will continue training and trailing next week at the same days and times as this week.
Around the Grounds
A number of St Peter’s students were out and active last weekend in a big game of Rugby League. Instead of being on the same side, the Breakers played the Sharks in the local derby where a number of students played against each other! A big thanks to Mr Leary for heading down to the game and supporting the teams. The image is of Rocky Mann, Tobias Rowlatt, Ryder Colthorpe and Oliver Laundry in action.
Jeff Arkinstall - Leader of Sport
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Winter Warmers Day
In keeping with our PBS value, ‘Being Like Jesus’, we are raising money for ‘The Good Box Appeal.’ This is a wonderful initiative, which helps those living in tough conditions on the streets in Australia. During the assembly on Friday, a clip about the initiative was shared with the students.
You can access this here. The Good Box
On Friday 6 August all students are invited to wear Winter Warmers with their school uniform for the day. This includes warm jumpers, beanies, gloves and scarves. To participate, the students are asked to donate a gold coin. We look forward to seeing all of the children rugged up next Friday for this great cause.
Kyrah Dal Santo and Briody Tarbox
See the weekly calendar for updates !
Monday 2nd August
Tuesday 3rd August
|Wednesday 4th August||
|Thursday 5th August||
Friday 6th August
NB : *Assembly - every second Friday (odd Weeks - 1,3,5,7,9) @ 2.30pm
Due to current COVID restrictions parents are
unfortunately unable to attend
Term 3 Dates
Monday 9th August
Friday 13th August
Wednesday 18th August
Monday 13th September and
Tuesday 14th September
Thursday 16th September
Term 4 CAMP DATES
Year 6 Camp
Monday 22nd November to
Friday 26th November 2021
Year 5 Camp
Wednesday 24th November to
Friday 26th November 2021
|Tuesday 5th October (Term 4)||Staff Development Day|
Until further notice, all TNT's will be UNAVAILABLE
Sorry for the inconvenience
Thank you to all the parents and Grandparents that have volunteered for the canteen.
Please see Week 3 Term 3 Roster below
Pete's Eats Open for Lunch 1 and Lunch 2
LUNCH 1 ONLY
|Kinder Red||Kinder Blue||Kinder Green|
|Year 1 Blue||Year 1 Green|
|Year 2 Red||Year 2 Green|
|Year 3 Red||Year 3 Blue||Year 3 Green|
|Year 4 Red||Year 4 Blue||Year 4 Green|
|Year 5 Red||Year 5 Blue||Year 5 Green|
|Year 6 Red||Year 6 Blue||Year 6 Green|
The St Agnes’ Uniform store, located next to St Agnes’ Primary School in Boronia Street is fully stocked with Confirmation gifts.
Opening hours are Monday to Friday 12 noon to 5.00pm and on a Saturday 9.00am to 12 noon.
If you would like to contact them please phone 6584 1076.
A reminder to parents and carers to advise the school office of any changes to contact details such as mobile numbers, addresses and emails. It is particularly important at this time, as the majority of school notes and correspondences are distributed to families via a text (SMS) message and / or email.
To update your information -
- contact the school office on 6584 1962 OR
- complete the change of details form located on our school App - Szapp.
A reminder to families and visitors -
Due to current COVID-19 requirements and restrictions, everyone who enters the the school office, for any reason, - eg picking up your child early, dropping off items etc will be required to sign via the QR NSW Health app.
If you are visiting the school, which requires entry to our school grounds eg Canteen volunteers, you are required to sign in via the NSW Health App PLUS the Who's on Location (WOL) QR code. WOL is required for child protection purposes.