HEADLINES AND ANTHEMS - DANCE, DANCE, DANCE!
Our dance program through Term 3 focused on classes learning a routine to present and share with our families.
Over the coming weeks of Term 4, we would like to share with you those dances.
During lockdown, students were invited to incorporate an individual routine or personal act to add some variety to the presentation.
The 3 presentations shared today from the Year 6 teams have stuck to the original script and amazingly, with only a couple of hours rehearsing in the first half of Term 3 have put together (on memory) these wonderful routines.
Please keep in mind, routines were restricted to outside performances, our staff did the videoing in the last week of term after the children had just returned from four weeks of lockdown.
A huge thank you to Joel Walker and the Walker family for putting together all the videos which will feature over the coming term.
We hope you enjoy.
DANCE EISTEDDFOD - TO 2022
Please see Natalie Jennings’ article further on.
LEVEL 3 RESTRICTIONS - CORRESPONDENCE FROM CSO LISMORE
The current NSW Government Roadmap for easing COVID-19 Restrictions indicated that schools will remain under Level 3 restrictions until at least Wednesday, 1 December.
This is dependent upon vaccination rates and the review by the new State Leadership.
STUDENT VACCINATION - NSW Health strongly urges all students aged 12 - 15 years to receive two doses of either Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines as soon as possible.
At the start of this week, senior leadership went around to visit all classrooms and talk to the children about what makes an outstanding school community.
Perhaps an odd thing to do three parts of the way through the year. However, for many children this is only the second week in eight weeks where most children have attended school.
We asked the children what they felt were the most important characteristics to build success in learning and life within our community.
Through all classes, many of the responses from the children were directed to our PBS – Positive Behaviour Support.
- BEING SAFE
- BEING A LEARNER
- BEING RESPECTFUL
- BEING LIKE JESUS
It was very reassuring to hear students prioritise these wonderful values and the associated behaviours for our community to continue to highlight and embrace.
UNIFORMS FOR THIS TERM
Being Respectful and presenting ourselves in a respectful way, is a very important part of who we are.
Wearing our school uniform with pride and consistency is an important part of our presentation.
We do understand however, that with the predicted uniform change in 2022, it would be unrealistic to expect families to purchase new summer uniforms during Term 4 of this year.
If children have outgrown their summer uniform or it is no longer suitable, children will be allowed to wear their sports uniform till the end of this year.
Please keep in mind that we have many preowned uniforms in our uniform pool, which are available at no cost.
If you would like use of this pool, please contact the office on 6584 1962.
NEW FAMILIES TO ST PETER’S
We warmly welcome the following 2 students and their families to St Peter’s.
Grazia Mikhail Holt (3 Blue) & Family Ashton Slater (3 Red) & Family
If you see these new families at drop off or pick up time, could you please give them a smile and introduce yourselves.
It is always a little daunting coming into a new community and a smile and warm welcome can make such a difference.
STAFF DEVELOPMENT DAY - Wednesday, November 10
Our final Staff Development Day (student free day) for this year, will be held on Wednesday, November 10. This will be directed toward continuing to develop research and best practice in the learning and teaching of student writing.
The day is being held mid week, to include maximum staff attendance (as this professional development is particularly important for all staff).
There will be provision for childminding to support families where necessary.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY VICKI
You may have noticed the streamers and balloons decorating our fence yesterday morning.
These of course, were to mark a very happy birthday for our esteemed ‘lollipop lady’ – Vicki.
Vicki does an outstanding job keeping our children and families safe and traffic moving in a cohesive manner.
She does this with such consideration and good spirit every day.
We hope Vicki had a wonderful birthday and a great celebration with Wayne and family.
200 Years of Catholic Education - Faith in the Future Diocesan Art Display
Some of our very talented young artists have been featured in a special art collection commissioned by the Diocese of Lismore to celebrate 200 years of Catholic education in Australia. Follow this link to check out their awesome work, as well as a short video of each contributor explaining the meaning and inspiration behind their artwork.
World Mental Health Day
World Mental Health Day – 10 October – is a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy. The theme for this year's campaign is to encourage people to “Look up, look out, and look forward!” by noticing their surroundings, taking care of others, and having activities on the horizon to feel enthusiastic about.
Parents Guide to Popular Apps
Register for this eSafety webinar via the link eSafety webinar
This webinar will provide information for parents on how you can help your children use the apps Tik Tok, Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube safely. It will include case studies, research, and targeted advice so you can support the young people in your life to have safe, enjoyable online experiences.
For mindfulness exercises to share with your little people, check out this Mindfulness Calendar filled with short daily activities designed to promote mental wellbeing!
WHAT is Socktober?
Socktober invites our school to engage with mission in a holistic way within the head, heart, hands model: encouraging a learning mind, an open heart and hands for action. With the world game of soccer as a basis of connection, our students can learn about life in mission countries and be moved to act in solidarity. Socktober provides children with the opportunity to lead in mission by sharing their story of support with their family and friends.
It is fitting that the iconic symbol of Socktober is a tattered, misshapen ball made of recycled material like socks, t‑shirts and plastic bags, tied together with string. It’s not a conventional icon, but one that represents what Socktober is all about. It’s this kind of ball that a young boy named Jorge Mario Bergoglio kicked around with his friends in the streets of Buenos Aires some 75 years ago.
As he eventually rose through the ranks of the Catholic Church, becoming a priest, an archbishop and then a cardinal, Jorge never forgot where he came from, and his love of soccer remained a constant. Today, he is known as Pope Francis, the first pontiff from a majority world country, and his special connection with children from the world’s poorest communities is symbolised by the iconic sockball they all once played with.
As one of the main activities of Socktober, the students will be making their own sockball to form a connection with the children we are supporting through the program. It is a reflection of the Head, Heart, Hands framework; when we can empathise with people in need, we feel even more compelled to offer what we can to support them. The sockball helps students to understand the reality for children who cannot afford to play with the balls to which we are accustomed in Australia.
Currently we are on Level 3 restrictions which means Sport is prohibited. Hopefully over the coming weeks, we will be able to commence pathway sport. Our two events that are scheduled this term are, Zone and Diocese Summer Sports Trials and our School Swimming Carnival.
PE is allowed at school but has a number of restrictions.
Registrations have occurred for our Summer Sports Trials (Years 4 and 5). The sports are Touch Football, Basketball, Softball, Tennis (must be playing JDS) and Cricket (must have played competitive cricket). Trials will occur for all sports in Week 2. As always, the teams will be selected firstly based on each student's PBS values, and then lastly on their skill level. Good luck to all students who are trialling.
School Swimming Carnival
Our Swimming Carnival has now been moved to Monday November 29. We also have a backup date of Thursday December 7.
We have again been fortunate to receive a Sporting Schools Grant for $3520.00. This will allow us to run 3 specialised sports during this term and purchase a large amount of sporting items. Thank you to all staff on each of the below levels in taking on a Teacher Delivered Course.
|Year 3||Table Tennis|
||Ultimate Frisbee (A special thank you to Mr Murtagh who is now an accredited Ultimate Frisbee Coach)|
Up Coming Events
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|
|Zone Summer Sports Trials||Monday October 25 (Years 4 and 5) - Backup date November 1|
|Hastings Zone Summer Sport Trials||Monday October 25 (Years 4 and 5)|
|Lismore Diocese Summer Sports Trials - Tennis||Tuesday November 16 at Sawtell|
|Lismore Diocese Summer Sports Trials||Friday November 19 at Coffs Harbour (Softball, Cricket, Basketball, Touch Football)|
|School Swimming Carnival||Monday November 29 - back up date December 7|
Jeff Arkinstall - Leader of Sport
Eisteddfod Dance Groups 2021 Cancelled
It is with disappointment that we would like to let our school community know that The Port Macquarie District Eisteddfod Committee made an announcement in the second week of the school holidays to cancel the 2021 groups due to the continuing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Restrictions currently in place for schools to rehearse and on the use of entertainment venues made running the event untenable. I would like to acknowledge the Dance Eisteddfod committee who tried endlessly to make the Eisteddfod happen for our dancers. I would like to also thank the dancers for their dedicated efforts, our dances were looking great and I look forward to a bigger and brighter year on stage in 2022.
There was a large team of teachers who gave up their time to help run this extracurricular activity, and without this team we would not have been able to have 5 dance groups and over 100 dancers participating, so a big thank you to Ms Robson, Mrs Stewart, Mrs Gilmour, Mrs Packer, Mrs Kipreotis, Ms McKenzie, Mrs Kalchabuer, Mrs Baird, Ms Dal Santo, Mrs Cullen and Mrs Tarbox. I would also like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the tireless expertise and energy of Ms Julie-Anne.
Lessons that were missed due to the recent lockdown will be credited to families school account. The deposit for costume hire has been sent home with the eldest student from each family this week.
I look forward to 2022 and seeing our dances on stage.
Mrs Natalie Jennings
Eisteddfod Dance Coordinator
Monday 11th October
Tuesday 12th October
|Wednesday 13th October||
|Thursday 14th October||
Friday 15th October
Staff Development Day
Wednesday 10th November
|Monday 18th October||
|Monday 25th October||
|Tuesday 26th October||
|Thursday 4th November & Friday 5th November||
Back up dates - Mon 15th November & Tues 16th November
|Wednesday 10th November||
|Friday 12th November||
Fresh for Kids
Due to the recent Lockdown, the Fresh for Kids Campaign has been extended and will now run until Friday 26th November.
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.
Week 2, Term 4
Pete's Eats Open for Lunch 1 and Lunch 2
Available Term 4 - Lunch 1 only
Chocolate - Strawberry - Caramel
|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|
|Grazia Mikhail Holt
|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|
Closing date has been extended to 23rd November
Free to Enter....
- Choose up to five of your best images !!
- Email the photos along with your name and the name of your school to email@example.com before 23rd November
- Remember to name your Photo
- Attach the media form if applicable to the email
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