Catholic schools in the Lismore Diocese will see a return to school of all staff and students (under Level 3 Lockdown) next week, the final week of Term 3.
Staff (and some family members) put together a little production to express our joy with having our little people return. I would like to pass on the staff and my thanks to Amanda Thomas and Natalie McKenzie for coordinating our ‘return tribute.’
MONDAY - WE’LL BE THERE FOR YOU!
STAGE 3 LOCKDOWN - WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR US
The easiest way to communicate the details of Level 3 is to cast your mind back 5–6 weeks to the way we did things prior to Lockdown 4.
The School’s ‘Family Communication’ sent home yesterday with a letter from our director, Sally Towns, explains in more detail the circumstances for next week and the return to Term 4. There is a link in Sally‘s letter which outlines most of the Level 3 allowances and restrictions.
RETURN OF CHROMEBOOKS AND IPADS
As you are possibly now more aware, our learners are very reliant on technology to assist in their learning. Our students and staff will be buoyed by a prompt and efficient return of hardware to school.
Please return borrowed hardware at the following times and places on Monday 13th September, 2021.
- 8:00am – 8:45am - trestle table set up at the Welcome Gate
- 9:00am – 10:00am - trestle table set up at the front of the school
- 2:00pm – 2:50pm - trestle table set up at the front of the school
If the above times are not convenient, please call the office to arrange a more suitable time.
Please allow time for staff to inspect returned hardware and for return documentation to be completed. Parents/carers are required to return hardware.
Thanks very much for your ongoing support.
HEADLINES AND ANTHEMS - DANCE DANCE ????
We are being inundated with videos of students, family members, pets and some surprises, for our class presentations to Headlines and Anthems – Dance Dance ????
Below sets out the invitation in last week‘s newsletter.
Every child from each class is invited to send in a 10–15 second video of them dancing to their class selected music (shared last week)). If children would prefer to do something other than dance, (a trick on the trampoline, ‘pulling a really good face,’ a trick they have taught the dog, something clever on the skateboard - no sound as the music will be the only audio) you are very welcome to contribute whatever you think will be entertaining. You are very welcome to include the family.
KEEP IN MIND
- This is an optional exercise – there is no expectation that children will contribute
- If you feel comfortable doing the dance – please do – otherwise – your choice
- Keep the video to 10–15 seconds (only a 4-5 second cut will make the final film for the class production)
- Must be on landscape format (not portrait) - otherwise, may not suit the production format
- Video needs to be taken on a portable device (phone, iPad, etc)
- Video must be in by 5:00pm Friday, September 17.
- EMAIL YOUR VIDEO TO firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include child’s full name and class eg. Iva Quickstep Yr 3 Green
Over the holidays our technician, Mr Joel Walker, will then cut 5 second pieces from each class members’ contribution, ‘string them together’ and add the class selected song to back the final presentation.
We will present two videos each week through Term 4. We hope this will provide families with an ongoing ‘lockdown 3 uplook.’
For those children who haven’t had the chance to contribute and would like to do something at school, please encourage your child to communicate to their teachers and we will attempt to organise something at school.
STAFF DEVELOPMENT DAY CANCELLED
The first day back next term, Tuesday, October 5 (following the long weekend) will be a regular school day.
The planned Staff Development Day has been cancelled.
Karen, Rebecca and I would like to pass on our most sincere thanks to our families, students and staff for the wonderful spirit, support and appreciation that has characterised our school and broader community throughout this term.
We ask that you please keep in your prayers those here and around the world that are still very impacted by COVID-19 and the quest for peace, safety and security.
POSITIVE BEHAVIOUR SUPPORTPBS -’Being Like Jesus’ Photo Challenge
Thank you to those families who have sent in photos of their children 'Being Like Jesus during Blended Learning'.
It's not too late to keep sending these in, as we will publish more photos next week. Even though our period of Blended Learning has come to an end, we still encourage our students to act in the way Jesus would, at home and during the school holidays, which are almost here.
Each student has now had the chance to view the recent presentation about this virtually and we hope that many families have noticed their children making extra efforts at home to be helpful, kind, cooperative and patient, during what has been a challenging time for our school community.
Please open the presentation link below, which hopefully helps to inspire students to act as Jesus would.
The 2021 National Child Protection Week theme is
‘Every child, in every community, needs a fair go’.
The Catholic Archdiocese of Perth have launched a book for families called: 'God gave Elizabeth Grace the Right to Feel Safe'. The book, targeted towards children aged 5 to 11, tells the story of a girl named Elizabeth Grace, whose encounter with an adolescent boy has left her feeling unsafe and uncomfortable. The book also tells the journey that she takes to be able to disclose her experience to her parents. This book can be used by families to discuss a sensitive topic with children.
Do you know how the people in your world are really going?
Life's ups and downs happen to all of us. So chances are someone you know might be struggling.
Your genuine support can make a difference whatever they are facing, big or small.
So, don’t wait until someone’s visibly distressed or in crisis.
Make a moment meaningful and ask them how they’re really going.
Are they really OK? Ask them today.
Your conversation could change a life.
Sport moving forward in Term 4
With yesterday’s announcements, we have now moved to Level 3 restrictions. In terms of sporting activities, we will be limited, for the health and safety of students and staff. I have provided further information on sporting events as you read on.
Items that are Not Permitted Or are On Hold During School Hours Or Within School Grounds are:
Schools must not recommence the following activities:
- Sport (limited PDHPE class activities permitted with COVID safe, hygiene, CSO requirements and with Principals approval)
- Interschool activities and events including interschool sport, gala days, sporting carnivals, interregional and intrastate programs
Due to the impact of COVID-19 across New South Wales, the School Sport Unit has regrettably made the decision to cancel all NSWPSSA, and NSW All Schools events on the revised term four calendar:
- NSWPSSA Primary Boys Cricket Championship on Tuesday 26 October to Friday 29 October
- NSWPSSA Primary Girls Cricket Championship on Tuesday 2 November to Friday 5 November at Barooga
- NSWPSSA Primary Girls Touch Football Championship on Tuesday 9 November to Thursday 11 November at Tuggerah
- NSWPSSA Primary Boys Touch Football Championship on Tuesday 9 November to Thursday 11 November at Tuggerah
- NSWPSSA Primary Golf Championship on Monday 15 November to Wednesday 17 November at Moorebank
- NSWPSSA Primary Girls Softball Championship on Tuesday 23 November to Friday 26 November at Camden
- NSWPSSA Primary Boys Softball Championship on Tuesday 23 November to Friday 26 November at Camden.
We understand the disappointment that may follow this announcement, however, as always, the health, safety and wellbeing of all members of the school community was at the heart of this decision.
We thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to navigate this challenging time.
New date for our Swimming Carnival
Due to Level 3 restrictions in place, I have moved our School Swimming Carnival to November 29, 2021.
Kindy Intensive Swimming
Kindy Intensive Swimming is currently being discussed as to whether it can go ahead under Level 3 restrictions. We will let Kindy families know either way in early next week.
Unfortunately, COVID-19 has ceased our Elective Sports Program for 2021. We were looking at options for Term 4, but given the current Level 3 restrictions, it won’t be possible. Due to only completing 2 weeks of the 5 for Elective Sports, we will be transferring your remaining Elective Sport payments into credit in your St Peter’s school account early in Term 4. If there are any questions, please contact the school office.
Students continue getting active!
This week, all Years 3, 5 and 6 were again involved in the Sporting Schools Blended Learning Program. Students have been watching a number of videos about a particular skill in that sport, and then going into the backyard and trying to emulate that skill. I hope this is another way to help your kids get out and active during these difficult times.
- Year 3- Basketball- learning how to pass, shoot, dribble and layups, plus an Aussie Hoops @ Home and Community Hustle Program.
- Year 5- Golf- learning how to chip, putt, stroke techniques and long game.
- Year 6- Ultimate Frisbee- learning how to use their forehand, backhand and catching.
Staff off to a great start for Spring into Summer
Each year, staff at St Peter's participate in “Spring into Summer”. This Parish initiative supports families in our Parish Schools with financial assistance. Staff are busy getting active daily and at the same time, donating money to this very worthy cause. Our school goal this year is to raise $1000.00 for families.
The Road Ahead
The following events are scheduled for Term 4 , however under Level 3 restrictions, all events below are either on hold, will be postponed or will be cancelled.
|MNC Rugby Union||Wednesday August 25 - Postponed and awaiting a new date|
|Touch Gala Day (Years 3 and 4)||Thursday September 9 - Cancelled|
|Zone Athletics Carnival||Term 4- Week 1 - Cancelled|
|School Swimming Carnival||Friday October 8 - Postponed - new date 29.11.21|
|Kindy Intensive Swimming||commencing Monday October 11 and concluding Friday October 22|
|Hastings Zone Summer Sport Trials||Monday October 25 (Years 4 and 5)|
|MNC Northern Qualifier Rugby League (Years 5-6)||Wednesday October 27|
|MNC Basketball Gala Day (Years 3-4)||Thursday October 28|
|MNC State Final- Rugby League (Years 5-6)||Wednesday November 3 (If we make it)|
|MNC Basketball Gala Day (Years 5-6)||Thursday November 4|
|School Swimming Carnival||Monday November 29, 2021|
Jeff Arkinstall - Leader of Sport
Books Are Better Than TV
By Harry Blackman - Year 4 Blue
Reading a book makes you happy, calm and stress free. Who wouldn't like to be stress free? I believe that reading a book is better than watching television. This is because it reduces stress, makes you learn better and you will use your imagination.
I obviously believe that reading books is better than watching TV. This is because reading books reduces stress. According to researchers at the University of Sussex, six minutes of reading can reduce stress levels by 68%. It can also relax your body by lowering your heart rate and easing the tension in your muscles. Therefore I certainly believe that reading books is better than watching television.
I absolutely think that reading books are better than watching television. This is because you will learn better. Research shows that the less hours of TV children watch, the higher their English comprehension skills will become. After reading a novel, students showed increased connectivity in parts of the brain that were related to language. As a result, I certainly believe that reading books is better than watching TV.
I positively believe that reading books is better than watching television.This is because we will use our imagination. Reading helps us practice imagination by letting the words describe a certain picture in our mind.This practice strengthens the mind as it acts like a muscle. Because of this I strongly believe that reading books is better than watching TV.
Wouldn't you like to be stress free? Reading a book makes you learn better, reduces stress and you will improve your imagination. Switch off the TV and switch your brain on by reading a book. This is why I certainly believe that reading books is better than watching TV.
Books Are Better Than TV
By Sophie Donohoe- Year 4 Blue
Boom, blah, flash! How long have you been watching TV? Watching TV is undoubtedly bad for you, and you should read a book instead! A book can help with punctuation in your writing, help children think by themselves, and it is good to just sit down, relax and read a book. Tv is bad for you, therefore you should read a book.
Are you struggling with writing and punctuation? Try reading a book. Reading books is better than watching TV. You should definitely read a book because it helps with your writing skills, punctuation and reading ability. Writing and punctuation is an important part of school and life. You can use the books for your persuasive paragraphs to have a better chance of getting your point communicated to the reader, and punctuation is so important so you can make your sentences grammatically correct. So that's why I totally agree that books are way better than TV.
It is obvious everyone should agree that books are better than TV. Books allow children to solve their own problems and to think for themselves. On a quiz you won't always know the answer, but if you read a specific type of book for your topic, you will. Scientists said that reading books allows children to teach themselves about art, history, science and religion. So that's why I without a doubt believe books are better than TV.
Are your eyes red, bulging and sore? It is because the TV’s blue light is projecting into your eyes. I clearly agree that books are better than TV. Blue light is extremely bad for your eyes and can cause you to wear glasses. Glasses are super overpriced and a big responsibility especially for children. In 2019 25.3% of kids aged 2 - 17 had glasses or contact lenses and has increased over the years. So instead of watching the TV read a book because they are way better.
Quiet, quiet, quiet. This is what happens when you read a book. I'm not kidding when I say books are excellent and way better than TV! Books are so much better than TV because they help with punctuation and writing. Do you think books are better than TV? I certainly agree that books are better than watching TV.
Books Are Better Than TV
By: Judd Charet
Although TV has all the shows in the world, reading gives a whole new vocabulary. Reading books also gives a variety of knowledge and helps cure you of Alzheimer's disease.You should definitely not watch TV but pick up a book.
Although TV has every show imaginable, reading is certainly better and a great way to calm down the human nerves. Reading can also keep you mentally alert as you get older. Reading helps calm the nervous system and increases a person’s level of communication skills. Television, on the other hand, can make people feel powerless and disconnected, making them more nervous and that's why undoubtedly reading is better than TV.
Being able to read a book is good for you and better than watching TV. It can improve concentration, reduce stress, and it can help prevent Alzheimer's disease. Alzheimer's disease can make your brain smaller and blood cells to die out. A benefit of reading is that it can treat the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease by improving brain connectivity, giving you more brain power if you read regularly. This is why you should definitely read more books than watch TV.
Reading is absolutely better than watching TV. Reading is one of the common ways to acquire knowledge. The knowledge you gain is cumulative and can grow exponentially. When you have a strong brain, it's easier to learn new things and solve tricky and new problems. Reading a wide range of books will help enlarge your general knowledge. That's why reading is positively better than watching non educational television.
Clearly you can now see reading is absolutely, positively better than watching TV. Reading gives a person a whole new vocabulary, a variety of knowledge and helps with the deadly Alzheimer's disease. You must read books more than you watch TV. After all, it can help treat Alzheimer's disease and help you to get a good paying job as you achieve more at school. Now who wouldn’t want that.
CANTEEN IS OPEN !!
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.
Pete's Eats Open for Lunch 1 and Lunch 2
Monday 13th September
8.00am - 8.45am
9.00am - 10.00am
2.00pm - 2.50pm
Tuesday 14th September
|Wednesday 15th September||
|Thursday 16th September||
Friday 17th September
Monday 4th October
Tuesday 5th October
If your child is attending school next week, I’d appreciate the return of any outstanding Library books from home.
With the holidays fast approaching, Click and collect has now paused. However, students still have access to many great digital titles in both e- and audio book format through our Overdrive collection. Instructions for the use of the Diocesan preferred app, SORA, is attached below.
Fran Cullen - Librarian
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