- Principals' Message
- All About Sport
- Christmas Mass Schedule 2022
- Positive Behaviour Support
- Book Packs and Class Requirements 2023
- MAI and Best Start Online Bookings
- Leaving St Peter's
- Around The School
- Library News
- Canteen - Pete's Eats
- Next Week at St Peter's
- Apply NOW for 2023 Bus Pass
- St Agnes' Uniform Store
- Community Noticeboard
THANKING YOU SO MUCH
As uncomfortable as I felt as the focus of today’s Assembly, the discomfort was soon displaced with overpowering feelings of privilege and the joy of being able to lead such an outstanding community.
This week will be the conclusion of 25 years I have spent within the St Agnes’ Parish primary schools. concluding with my last appointment here at Peter’s in April, 2017.
Over the past months, I have been considering, a gift of appreciation, I could give to the 3 primary schools that have been such an important part of my family, career and life.
During this time, a beautiful family from St Peter’s, approached me with a most surprising and generous invitation. Their invitation was for me to consider something I would like to leave as a legacy to St Peter’s that might symbolise my leadership throughout the last six years.
I talked to my family and prayed to ensure that I could honour this beautiful gesture.
I have always felt great concern for families, whose lives had been uprooted on news of a very serious health concern for their children, often requiring travel to Sydney or Newcastle (almost immediately) to engage in the highest level of medical support.
When I was 15 years old my younger sister, Joanne contracted cancer and was hospitalised in Sydney for 12 months. My mum and dad travelled by train many times over the next 12 months to be beside Joanne. The 6 of us were placed in homes of different friends in Cootamundra.
After Joanne passed away Aileen, our mum started a Cancer Support Group in Cootamundra and remained president for the following 20+ years. She organised numerous fundraisers and events to support families who were required to travel to Sydney for cancer treatment.
She accepted the Citizen of the year award in 2001 for her relentless support of families confronted by very challenging circumstances.
The Leary Family Trust will be be set up under the St Agnes’ Parish Foundation to provide some initial support to families who need to access urgent medical attention and are required to relocate to Sydney or Newcastle for a week or more, where ongoing treatment will be required.
The Trust will support each of the Catholic Primary Schools where I have been a member of staff. I’m so thankful to the family for providing this opportunity and so appreciative to St Peter’s today, Joeys and Aggies in the past, for providing my family and I with 25 very special years.
St Peter’s? - I was once motivated by a friend to continue ‘to look at the next 5 years of your life as potentially the best years of your life.’ St Peter’s has provided me with 6 years that will certainly remain a cherished chapter in my life account.
COUNTY FAIR - WHAT A HOOT!
Well, there was some hollerin’ down there in that playground at Thursday’s County fair.
There was certainly some great fun experienced by all the children and staff as they engaged in our PBS celebration day, set up by the PBS team, and in particular, Mrs Briody Tarbox and Miss Kyrah Dal Santo.
I would like to thank the PBS team as they have done a wonderful job in maintaining the Positive Behaviours for School profile through the course of 2022. It is such an important part of the very positive relationships experienced by students and staff in the school.
Mrs Tabox and Miss Dal Santo are continually looking for ways to support and promote a positive culture, which is heavily based on understanding, consideration and cooperation.
Please see PBS Article and photos later in the newsletter.
FINAL KINDER TRANSITION
Our little Kinder people spent their final transition day on Monday this week.
Our students and teachers were excited to see our little people spending their final transition, in the Kinder spaces.
We appreciate the great spirit and support offered by families, and I extend a thank you to the staff who were sensitive in creating a great experience for the children and an informative environment for our parents and carers.
REPORTS HOME TODAY
Parent Portal Login
The Parent Portal is a secure web based application which contains information about the school and your child including calendar, semester reports and NAPLAN results.
If you don’t already have a Parent Portal login it is a simple task to create one ... please see Creating an account in the Parent Portal
For security reasons the username for this account must be your email address recorded at the school.
Once an account has been created, parents will be able to access the Parent Portal at anytime via http://parent.lism.catholic.edu.au/ - this link is also available on SZapp as well as our school website.
If you do not have an email address which is known to the school or you have changed your email address or provider please contact the school office to update your details.
It is a most worthwhile exercise to sit with your child and carefully go through their report.
Please emphasis the effort rating, which is the best indication of your child’s dedication and application of their working potential. Achievement levels are explained on the back page and it is important to read the definition at each grade level.
Teachers have then made comments to recognise specific personal achievements, improvements and future focus areas for development, particularly in English and Mathematics.
The General Comment at the conclusion is a broader evaluation of your children’s capability to learn, socialise, engage actively in Religious Education and transfer that to their daily interactions as well as highlight extra-curricular interests and accomplishments.
I sincerely thank the staff for their dedication and commitment in providing a comprehensive overview of your child's achievements and suggested potential for future growth.
Throughout the three comment areas, there will often be a reference made to learning resilience and our children’s response to our Positive Behaviour Support values and the example of Jesus.
Please sit down with your little people and celebrate the great endorsements achieved and reflect on ways to continue to build learning potential for the future.
ACCENDERE - YEAR 4
Year 4 will attend Accendere next Thursday in the Don Farrell Hall at school. Accendere means to ‘switch on’, kindle to catch fire, light to strike, to produce/spark the flame.
The Scripture theme for Accendere is:
‘And now I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. If you have love for one another, then everyone will know that you are my disciples.’ John 13: 34-35
The students will rotate through four experiences on the day, led by the Year 4 Teachers as well as our Youth Ministry Officers, Gian and Ella. The themes for these activities will be ‘What makes a good friend? How did Jesus treat his friends? Who is my neighbour?, and How to be a good friend. Please pray for our Year 4 students as they begin their spiritual journey on the Diocese of Lismore Student Discipleship Program.
THIRD WEEK OF ADVENT
This Sunday marks the third week of Advent, a time when we reflect on the great joy experienced by God’s people upon the arrival of the baby Jesus.
Luke 2 8-11
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.
As we light the third rose-coloured candle on the Advent wreath, we remember the shepherd’s joy at being the first to adore Jesus. Father, help us also rejoice in the Christmas message: a Savior was born to us, Christ, the Lord. Amen
RENEWABLE ENERGY A FOCUS FOR YEAR THREE
This term Year 3 have been exploring renewable energy in Science and Technology. It culminated in their design and make project to build a small model. They worked in pairs to research a project and made their models on Monday. There were waterwheels, windmills, solar and wind powered cars and boats. Well done to all the students on an impressive project about renewable energy and sharing their learning with their peers.
As the holidays grow closer, it is important to revisit simple road safety tips to ensure your children are safe, confident and have an understanding of road safety. Your child may be able to tell you the rules and how to keep safe near in and around vehicles, but in reality, will not always be able to apply them.
Safety Town is a road safety education resource for teachers, students and families funded by the Centre for Road Safety, Transport for NSW. It provides a variety of interactive learning activities for students from Kindergarten to Year 6 that are developmentally appropriate.
It provides road safety information about how to help keep your child safe and engage them in discussions and activities that promote road safety.
ONE OF THE GREAT TRADITIONS AT THE MIGHTY ST PETER'S
One of the great traditions at the mighty St Peter’s is our Staff V Year 6 Students sporting games.
Over the years, the staff have been involved in many wonderful matches. For staff, it’s a fantastic opportunity for us to role model the importance of getting out and active, as well as enjoying the essence of sport “the opportunity to play.” For our Year 6 students, it’s the last opportunity to play an organised game of sport, as well as, to try and beat the staff.
For two students, it will be a chance to play against their mums!
This year holds very special significance, as it will be Mr Leary’s last Staff V Students game. I recall 6 years ago, when Mr Leary played in his first match, it was remiss of me not to tell Mr Leary of how St Peter’s Staff treat these games, as he was told by a number of staff to stop turning the ball over and giving the Year 6 students a chance of winning! I’m sure now 6 years on, Mr Leary is very aware of how St Peter’s staff treat these games, and it will be a fantastic opportunity to send Mr Leary off on the sporting fields.
Families are more than welcome to come along and support the Staff or Year 6 students.
|What:||Staff V Students Volleyball Match|
|When:||Tuesday 13th December|
|Time:||2.00pm to 2.40pm|
|Where:||St Peter's Bottom Oval|
ZONE SWIMMING TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT
Our Zone Swimming Team will be given documentation on Monday. It is important that if named, your child continues to train for their specific events as it will give us every opportunity to be successful.
COUNTRY FAIR A-BOOT-SCOOTIN TIME FOR ALL !!
Congratulations to all students on the way they have displayed their wonderful PBS Values over the year.
Yesterday they were rewarded with ‘The Country Fair’.
Students received fairy floss, popcorn and enjoyed yard games, sports activities, limbo, country dancing, face painting and hair spray.
Enjoy the pictures!
Special thanks to ‘Scaramouche’ for hiring out the party equipment to us on the day.
We are so grateful to all of the wonderful Year 6 helpers and for the support we received from staff on the day.
Book Packs and Class Requirements
Were sent home to families on Wednesday !!
If your child/ren did not bring their bookpack home they are being held in the office until the end of next week.
Families will be invoiced early in Term 1, 2023.
Payment will be due by Term 2.
2023 CLASS REQUIREMENTS attached below:
Whole School Transition
Tuesday 13th December
12.30pm to 1.30pm
Children will meet their 2023 Teachers in their new space.
Your child/ren will be given their MAI Letters to make their online bookings for 2023 at Transition.
Years 1 to 6, 2023 MAI Interviews
will take place on
Monday 30th January and Tuesday 31st January 2023
Kindergarten 2023 Best Start and MAI
will take place on
Monday 30th January to Friday 3rd February 2023
HOW TO BOOK WILL BE ON YOUR LETTER AND OPEN NEXT WEEK TO BOOK ONLINE
YEAR 3 CHRISTMAS CRAFT
LAST WEEK OF GARDENING !!!!
We would like to thank Mrs Anthea Romer and Mrs Kylie Ford for looking after our gardens and making them all look so beautiful. Sadly both ladies are leaving St Peter's at the end of the year. If you would like to volunteer next year to take on our "Garden Group" please let the front office ladies know.
PREMIER'S READING CHALLENGE NEWS
Congratulations to Kingsley Blundell, Zeke Boulet, Audrina Stone (2 Green), Henry Ayres, Ayce Perkins (4 Blue), Lachlan Menjivar (4 Green) and Liam Ayres (6 Green) on the successful completion of the Premier's Reading Challenge this year.
SORA - DIGITAL LIBRARY
SORA is our Lismore Diocesan school digital library. It houses eBooks, magazines and audiobooks suitable for Kinder through to staff (including professional reading). Available 24/7.
Sora will work on any platform. You will need internet access to locate and borrow, but you can download to read and listen offline. Sora is available for all staff and students in the Lismore Diocese. The ability to borrow a resource is determined by date of birth to ensure appropriate content. (Juvenile - Kinder - Year 6, Young Adult - Years 7 +, Adult - Year 9 +). See login instructions below.
HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES AT THE PORT MACQUARIE HASTINGS LIBRARY BRANCHES
Click on the link below to see what’s on at the various branches of the Library over the holidays.
CANTEEN VOLUNTEERS FOR 2023!!
Please consider volunteering your time in the St Peter's school canteen next year. It only takes 2 hours each month from 9:30am to 11:30am and your children/grandchildren LOVE to see you at school! Many of our families who have volunteered for years will move on to High School next year and we will miss them. All help is appreciated by staff and students.
If you would like to volunteer please complete the Roster below. All volunteers must have a Working With Children Check (WWCC).
CANTEEN DROP-IN TOURS
TUESDAYS 8.00AM TO 8.30AM
If you've been thinking about volunteering in the school canteen but feel unsure about what that involves, drop into the canteen for a chat and a casual tour. Enjoy a cuppa and see what happens behind the counter. I'm happy to answer any questions you may have! Just come along to the Canteen counter between 8.00am and 8:15am next Tuesday and I'll show you where the entry is.
Please sign in at the Canteen or front office and wear a Visitor sticker.
DID YOU KNOW..... ??
That the lush vegie garden at St Peter's supplies extra vegies to the Canteen? The wonderful gardeners are led by Mrs Ford and Mrs Romer who generously offer lettuce, tomatoes and parsley to top up the Canteen supplies. It doesn't get any fresher than that!
Canteen Gift Vouchers
Your Gift Voucher can be purchased through Flexischools or ordered on your paper bag lunch order !!
STOCK BEING REDUCED !!
It's time to reduce stock in the Canteen for the Christmas break. Some menu items will be out of stock in the final week of school but our hungry students will be offered another option if their first choice becomes unavailable.
Thank-you for supporting the Canteen in 2022!
Term 4 Menu
Click on the picture below to read the Menu
Flexischools orders close at 8.30am !!
- Working With Children Check required
- Please sign into Who's On Location (St Peter's sign in) at the front school office
- Masks are now optional
Canteen Roster - Week 10, Term 4
|Thursday||Prue Thompson, Debra Logue, Ashleigh Bailey|
|Friday||Carolyn Thompson, Haley De Somma|
|Kindergarten Red||Kindergarten Blue||Kindergarten Green|
|Year 1 Red||Year 1 Blue||Year 1 Green|
|Ella Hiles Stone
|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|
|Monday 12th December||
|Tuesday 13th December||
Children meet their 2023 Teachers in their new spaces
|Wednesday 14th December||
|Thursday 15th December||
Friday 16th December
|Friday 27th January||Administration Day for Staff|
|Monday 30th January to Tuesday 31st January||Years 1-6 Maths Assessment Interviews|
|Monday 30th January to Friday 3rd February||Kinder Best Start and Maths Assessment Interviews|
|Wednesday 1st February||Years 1-6 Commence|
|Monday 6th February||Kindergarten Commence|
GETTING TO SCHOOL BY BUS IN 2023
Will your child be catching the bus to school in 2023? Applications are now open for a Bus Travel Pass. As it’s a busy time of year, we highly recommend you make this application before the end of Term 4. It’s also good to check the bus timetable to make your child’s journey to school as easy as possible.
Here is how it works:
All students catching the bus in 2023 will need a school travel pass.
Under the School Student Transport Scheme, eligible students can apply for free or subsided travel between home and school.
For more information about the School Student Transport Scheme and how to apply for a school travel pass, visit https://apps.transport.nsw.gov.au/ssts/#/ from a desktop computer. Applications for 2023 opened at the start of Term 4.
Busways is the school bus operator that runs your schools’ bus services. To find your child’s school bus timetable visit the Busways website by using the following steps:
- Go to busways.com.au/nsw
- Click on ‘school services’ in the navigation bar and then proceed to ‘school timetables’
- Enter the school’s name in the field that says ‘enter a school name’
- Select the school’s name and the timetable should open on your device.
If you are unable to find or search for the school’s name, use the drop-down menus on the same web page to find the school.
- Once the timetable is opened, you will be able to identify which school bus services are available in your area for your child to use.
HOLIDAY TRADING HOURS
6 Boronia Street, Port Macquarie
(Next Door to St Agnes' Primary School)
Phone: 85 84 1076
|Saturday 17th December, 2022||Last Day of Trading|
|Tuesday 3rd January, 2023||
First Day of Trading
Monday to Friday - 10.00am to 5.00pm
Saturday - 9.00am to 12.00 noon
Normal Trading Hours Resume
Monday to Friday - 12 noon to 5.00pm
Saturday - 9.00am to 12 noon