- Principals' Message
- All About Sport
- Positive Behaviour Support
- Whole School Disco
- Family Connect
- Years 3 and 4 Excursions
- Open Classrooms
- Band Time Change
- Kindy Mums Get Together
- Library News
- Canteen - Pete's Eats
- Next Week @ St Peter's
- Future Events @ St Peter's
- 2023 Dance Eisteddfod
- 2024 Kindergarten Enrolment
- For The Parents
- Creative Arts Nest
- Year 4 Family Catch Up
- Community Noticeboard
WHERE IS MRS KONING?
This week as I was “out and about”, I chose some grades to take some photos of their learning. From the clues, ask your children if they can tell you where I am.
PARTNERSHIP WITH OUR SCHOOL - NEW KINDERGARTEN 2024
St Peter's Primary - Monday 20th March @ 5.30pm
Please help us spread the word that St Agnes’ Parish schools are the place to be for Kindergarten 2024! St Peter’s will be holding our information night on Monday 20th March from 5:30pm-6:30pm, with a Principal introduction and then a “fair” style event where potential families can walk around the Kindergarten spaces talking to our welcoming staff and ask anything they would like to know.
PARTNERSHIP WITH OUR PARISH COMMUNITY
Our wonderful St Agnes’ Parish continues to support us in finding connection through prayer, reflection and community in this Lenten season, as we shared in our Week 5 news. Here are some resources that you may wish to engage with during this Lenten season between now and Easter.
Here is a link to the Living Hope webpage, where a variety of resources are freely available.
P & F COMMITEE FOR 2023
We are grateful for a great group of parents coming to our AGM (Annual General Meeting) this week and putting up their hands for the main roles to lead the group, as well as coming up with some great ideas to build community and fundraise for our school. The following parents will be inviting other parents across the year to support some key events. Once our staff have heard about the ideas, we will share what these are.
Thank you very much to our New Incoming Committee 2023
|Vice President||Michelle Barn|
|Assistant Treasurer||Kaylie Davies|
|Assistant Secretary||Monica Purcell|
We would also like to show our appreciation for parents who were in roles for 2022, and met each month to work towards some great plans for our school.
Thank you to our Outgoing Committee 2022
|Vice President||Michelle Barn|
|Assistant Treasurer||Pat Cowan|
|Assistant Secretary||Bec Eakin|
We would like to especially acknowledge and thank Kim Goldie, who for many years contributed an enormous amount of time, effort and energy to our P&F, particularly famous for her commitment to “Maytime Markets” and endless generosity to support the school. On behalf of St Peter’s, we will be offering a gift of appreciation to Kim for her service to the P&F. If you are lucky enough to catch this busy mum and community-minded lady, please express your thanks for all she has done for our school.
A CHALLENGE FOR YOU .....
How exciting to see some families getting into the spirit of my challenge last week. We received a great number of responses, with many successful answers (including some alternative answers that are also correct). Rather than draw out one family from this week’s challenge, a small prize will be given to each child who joined in. Well done!
|1. Egg/Seal||2. Candle/pencil|
|3. All of them
|5. Are you asleep
||6. The future|
|7. None - a single storey house
|9. Your age
||10. He is bald|
|13. A barber
||14. They are all couples / married|
|15. The match
||THANK YOU EVERYONE !!!!|
This week there is a new challenge - of a collection of rebus puzzles (picture-based riddles that usually have answers that have to do with common expressions); choose one and try not to look at the answers until you have tried to solve them!
If you would like to share your chosen rebus, please send them in by 3:30pm Thursday 23rd March in person or via school email firstname.lastname@example.org Attention: Mrs Koning.
SPOTLIGHT ON KINDERGARTEN
Kindergarten have been busy in Mathematics this term, exploring numbers, shapes and patterns. They have been investigating how to sort and describe collections of objects and explain their choices to their peers. When exploring patterns, Kindergarten have been learning lots of new vocabulary and problem solving skills. We used colours, blocks, beads, links and other materials to copy, continue and make our own patterns. After discussing some patterns we saw we then continued to build them using the pattern core - the part that is repeated to make the pattern - AB in an ABABABAB pattern.
Kindergarten have been working hard across all areas of English this term. Utilising Initialit to learn and explore all about phonemic awareness, rhyming, letter/word/sentence awareness. In Writing, they have focused building their fine motor skills (important to strengthen our hands and fingers ready to write) and their ability to retell, sequence, and respond to different texts. Each class created their own ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ story maps. They also drew pictures, wrote information and details all about their families. They were very excited to share these with their fellow classmates.
IT'S GREAT TO BE BACK
After three weeks, it’s great to be back on deck and talking to students and staff about all things sports. I also had a great week talking to students about their recent sporting achievements at Zone and Diocese events (Swimming and Winter Sports).
LISMORE DIOCESAN TEAM REPRESENTATIVES
Over the past weeks, we have had a large amount of Lismore Diocese Representatives play in their respective sports and who will now compete at Polding Trials in the coming months in the sports of Softball, Hockey, Union, League, Football and Swimming.
Congratulations to the following Diocesan Team
YEAR 5 AND 6 SPORTS GOOGLE CLASSROOM
This week, I implemented a Year 5 and 6 student Google Classroom due to the huge amount of sporting opportunities in Stage 3. This will allow all students in Years 5 and 6 the opportunity to view sporting calendars, register for trials and a number of other options. I hope this assists students and families and is another way to keep families and students up to date with sporting opportunities.
OUR HOUSE CAPTAINS HIT THE GROUND RUNNING
This week, I commenced meetings with our 2023 House Captains. Our initial meeting was to plan our coming weeks in terms of roles in order to serve their peers and teachers as well as to look at opportunities that they would like to be part of and lead. Next week, I will provide information about our meeting.
RED/BLUEY EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM
I am in the process of hopefully securing a new Rugby League Educational Program at St Peter’s. The Red/Bluey Educational Rugby League Program in 2023 for all students in Stage 1 (Kindergarten to Year 2). The program equips students and teachers with the tools to play a modified version of Rugby League, the greatest game of all, in a safe environment while delivering important education, health and welfare messages.
St Peter’s will be competing on 3rd April in the Hastings Schools Futsal Titles. I thank Leon Poltorasky for the heads up to this event.
Wednesday 29th March
On Wednesday, 29th March, we will run our School Cross Country event to be held on the St Peter’s and MacKillop Junior ovals. The day is always a wonderful opportunity to get out and active as well as for our community to come together and celebrate sport.
Age Championship trophies and runners-up medals will be presented to the following age divisions: 8yrs, 9yrs, 10yrs, 11yrs, and 12yrs. These divisions are also the selection process for our school zone team. The first six competitors for 9yrs and under, 10yrs, 11yrs, and 12yrs age divisions and gender qualify for the Hastings Zone Carnival, which will be held at Kempsey. Your child will run in the age group appropriate to the age that they are turning, or are turning this year up to December 31st. Students if selected, are expected to attend and move to the next level of Pathway Sport and beyond if successful.
We can’t wait to see families in attendance to cheer on our kids. Families will need to sign in at the office and then sign out once your child has raced. Your child will come from their classroom and run and then return to their classroom after their run.
Events will run approximately to the following times:
|9.00am||12 years||Girls/Boys (3km)|
|9:30am||11 years||Girls/Boys (3km)|
|10:00am||10 years||Girls/Boys (2km)|
|10:20am||9 years||Girls/Boys (1.5km)|
|12:00pm||Year 2 and 8 years||Girls/Boys (500m)|
|12:15pm||Year 1||Girls/Boys (500m)|
Things to note:
- Children to wear their Sport Uniform and apply SPF30+ sunscreen before coming to school.
- There will be sunscreen available in classrooms and at the oval for children to reapply throughout the day.
- Girls may run in bike pants/shorts.
- If wet, children need to bring old clothes and joggers to run in. A plastic bag and a towel are also required.
- Canteen Lunch Orders will run as a normal day.
- If we need to postpone the carnival due to dramatic weather conditions, we will advise asap via our “St Peter’s Sport” Facebook page and if time through Postman Pete.
SO YOU THINK YOU CAN PLAY?
On Friday, 24th March, both Andres will be competing against the best St Peter’s has to offer in a number of 5 on 2 basketball games (Years 5-6), and a trial will occur to pick our teams. The mini-games will kick off at 10:45am and conclude at 11:15am. The games will be played on the basketball court as students eat their lunch and watch this wonderful event, and then watch on afterwards if they would like to.
A huge thank you to Robert Linton from the Port Macquarie Basketball Association for his wonderful support of the event.
Below you will find sporting dates for Term 1, 2023. If you require other dates or have any questions, please feel free to email me on email@example.com
Tuesday 21st March
Out of Uniform - Awareness Day - WEAR ORANGE !!
Harmony Day is celebrated every year on March 21st to recognise our diversity and bring together all Australians and their different backgrounds. At St Peter’s it is a day that highlights inclusiveness, increased understanding of cultures and a sense of belonging for everyone. To celebrate this day and raise awareness on Tuesday, March 21st, we invite all students to come to school out-of-uniform dressed either in orange or their cultural traditional dress.
We look forward to a great day!
Year 3 Marine Discovery Day - Excursion
Thursday 23rd March - 9.00am to 2.30pm - $12.00
Permission and Payment DUE ON MONDAY 20TH MARCH
Year 3 Marine Discovery Day Excursion - Permission Note and Payment
Year 3 Lent, The Musical @ St Joseph's Regional College
Wednesday 29th March - 11.00am
Permission DUE ON FRIDAY 24TH MARCH
Year 3 Lent, The Musical - Permission Note
Year 4 Lent, The Musical @ St Joseph's Regional College
Wednesday 29th March - 11.45am and 1.00pm
Permission DUE ON FRIDAY 24TH MARCH
BOOK CLUB ISSUE #2
Closes Monday 20th March
Scholastic Book Club Issue #2 closes on Monday 20th March @ 9.00am for cash orders returned to school and L.O.O.P. platform closes 7.00pm.
PREMIER'S READING CHALLENGE
Important information for parents regarding eligible titles to complete the Challenge:
The PRC site has lists you can download. If you are wanting to purchase titles you can use these as a guide.
If, however, you would like to browse the link/s below, these are the titles we have in our catalogue.
- Anything with a red cross is on loan.
- Green tick - should be available.
- Titles with a blue O in the top left corner of the cover image are an ebook or audiobook available through our Digital Library, SORA, available to users 24/7.
You could sit with your child/ren and browse the titles, then they can let us know what books they'd like to borrow. It's a good plan to have a few choices, as we circulate hundreds of books during the week, but we can always place titles on Reserve for students.)
Children are welcome to borrow on any day Mon-Thurs if they are avid readers, or were away on their usual day/time.
We require a sturdy cloth bag or zippered folder to help keep our precious Library books safe from damage and loss.
HARMONY DAY TREATS
Tuesday 21st March
All Treats - $1.00
Term 1 Menu
Click on the picture below to read the Menu
Flexischools orders close at 8.30am !!
- Volunteer Working With Children Check required
- Please sign into Who's On Location (St Peter's sign in) at the front school office
Thankyou to all the wonderful parents and grandparents who help out in the canteen - your children and grandchildren love seeing you at school!
Canteen Roster - Week 8, Term 1
|Wednesday||Bec Eakin, Sarah Dahlenburg|
|Thursday||Emily Scriven, Shae Bowditch|
|Friday||Waleria Santos, Jo Sexton|
|Monday 20th March||
9.00am - Cash and 7.00pm - L.O.O.P
|Tuesday 21st March||
|Wednesday 22nd March||
|Thursday 23rd March||
Friday 24th March
|Monday 27th March||
|Tuesday 28th March||
|Wednesday 29th March||
|Thursday 30th March||
|Friday 31st March||
EDUCATION/CREATIVE LEARNING PERFORMANCES
|'Are We There Yet'||Thursday 23rd March||Years 1 and 2|
|'Alphabet of Awesome Science'||Tuesday 6th June||Years 3, 4, 5 and 6|
|'Possum Magic'||Monday 6th November||Kindergarten|
Staff Development Days
Thursday 6th April - Staff Spirituality Day
Monday 24th April - Staff Development Day
Friday 2nd June - Proclaim Staff Day
Expression of Interest
We are excited to be entering dance groups in the Port Macquarie Dance Eisteddfod again in 2023.
Eisteddfod dance is an extracurricular activity offered to all students in Years 1 - 6 regardless of their dance experience. Depending on interest, St Peter’s may offer a boys dance group. This letter is for an expression of interest from students who would like to be a part of dance groups.
It is expected that these groups will fill quickly.
Please complete your Expression of Interest by Friday 24th March.
More information will be forthcoming closer to the events.
If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to ask.
|Kindergarten Red||Kindergarten Blue||Kindergarten Green|
|Year 1 Red||Year 1 Blue||Year 1 Green|
|Year 2 Red||Year 2 Blue||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|
IT'S NOT TO LATE TO REGISTER !!
Give your child the best start to their learning life with St Agnes' Education. Register for a Kindergarten 2024 Enrolment Information Session to find out all you need to know about sending your child to a St Agnes' Education Primary School in 2024.
At our schools, your child will:
• learn from professional, highly skilled and dedicated teachers that know how to help them reach their full potential,
• be embraced by a community that cares for them and teaches them to care for others and their world,
• grow spiritually, socially, physically, morally and intellectually.
Please check your zoning before registering to ensure you attend the information session aligned to the school zoned for where you live. You can view the zoning map on our website www.enrolinexcellence.org.au
Information session details:
St Peter's Primary School – Monday, 20 March 2023 – 5.30 pm
St Agnes' Primary School – Tuesday, 21 March 2023 – 5.30 pm
St Joseph's Primary School – Thursday, 23 March 2023 – 5.30 pm
For questions regarding school zoning, please contact the Education Enrolment Team on (02) 6588 7444.
ANXIETY AND RESILIENCE
FREE PARENT WEBINAR
Wednesday 29th March, 2023 - 7.00pm - 8.00pm
DYSLEXIA AWARENESS EVENING
Wednesday 5th April, 2023 - 5.00pm - 6.30pm
LAST WEEKEND BEFORE A4ART 2023 ENTRIES CLOSE!
Creative Arts Nest Team