- Principals' Message
- Positive Behaviour Support - PBS
- All About Sport
- Next Week at St Peter's
- Medical Alert
- Around the School
- Canteen - Pete's Eats
- Library News
- Kindergarten 2022 Enrolment and School Tours
- School Banking
- Glasshouse Shows
- Kinder Parent / Teacher Meeting
- Grade Parent - Family Get Togethers
- 2021 Student Residential Address and Other Information Collection
- Community Noticeboard
SOCIAL JUSTICE AND ENVIRONMENT LEADERS EDUCATE SCHOOL
Two of our leaders in Social Justice and The Environment led an assembly today with an informative PowerPoint about coltan and the impact the mining of coltan is having in Africa (The Republic of Congo).
The girls explained that coltan is mined in the Congo and showed the impact of mining both on the natural environment and on the lives of the children living there.
They concluded with ways we can support the Congolese people and the beautiful fauna and flora surrounding the Congo River.
The girls are setting up a recycling program to support this most worthy need.
I thought our families may appreciate the research and presentation from our two senior students, Jessica Moore and Sophia Thomas.
You would probably not have predicted the above heading would gain such significance a little over one year ago.
We were delighted to have over 80 families represented at the Penance workshop held at St Peter’s on Wednesday evening from 6.00pm.
We hope our prevailing environment allows us to keep moving forward in our invitations for families to join us in partnership of our children’s education and significant celebrations.
Please see the article - Grade Parent - Family Get Togethers.
SO MUCH TO CHOOSE FROM
Students are being provided great choice in how to maximise their play periods.
There is much research to indicate the more constructive and engaged students are in play, the more likely their learning and well-being will be enhanced.
I have had the pleasure of walking around many play spaces this week and viewing how our students are interacting and engaging in lunchtime activities. Children were really enjoying:
The continuous opportunities provided through:
- The Dance Stage
- The Trike Track
- Handball, basketball, netball and volleyball courts
- Skipping Posts
- The Mud Kitchen
- The oval divided into spaces allowing children to choose touch football, cricket, soccer and organised running games (eg.Survivor Tag)
- The Fitness Circuit and Rock Climbing Walls
- The Sensory Space with hammocks, zip line, balance beams and teepees
- The Fairy Garden
- The Outdoor Library and Board Games space
- Four sandpits
- Synthetic Grass running spaces
- Indoor Library (a Book Club to begin soon)
And……...our staff, families and students now provide a number of more structured play and leisure options:
- Structured play timetable
2. Student-led lunch clubs/activities
3. Garden Club - From the School Garden to the School Office
YEAR 1 FAMILY GATHERING
Word on the street is the Year 1 families are gathering together on Saturday, March 13 at Lake Cathie.
This will be a great chance for families to connect, whilst little ones enjoy each other’s company and the beautiful surrounds.
Please see article - 'Grade Parent Family Get Togethers'
On Tuesday, Mrs Cameron accompanied 17 Year 6 students to the St Agnes’ Youth Hub for Incitare 2021. There, they joined with other Year 6 students and the Year 10 Youth Ministry class from MacKillop College for a day of friendship, faith and fun! Incitare is part of the Proclaim Lismore student discipleship journey and means to stir up, incite, urge, spur, egg on - when the Holy Spirit comes into our lives we are incited to spread the good news to all we encounter. This one-day retreat involved various group processes and student discussion led by the MacKillop students. Students experienced faith nurturing activities and skilling for being faith leaders back at St Peter’s. Our St Peter’s students represented our school community with maturity and respect, they were a privilege to take out.
Chloe Owen, Alanna Walker, Isla Scaysbrook, Alina O'Brien and their many helpers achieved great success with their fundraising efforts, raising $100.00 !!! for Project Compassion. With each bracelet costing only 50c, that’s a lot of bracelets sold! Well done girls. You are certainly walking the path that Jesus invites us to walk.
The first of a series of four workshops to prepare students and their families for the Sacrament of Penance was held at St Peter’s on Wednesday night, with over 160 students and parents in attendance. A huge thank you to our Year 4 and 5 teachers, as well as to Geoff Leary, Karen Robson, Phoebe Morris and Leanne Kalchbauer for coming along to ensure this night ran smoothly and successfully.
Third Week of Lent
Next week we will move into the third week of Lent. This extract from the Parish E-News offers an excellent explanation of the three virtues at the heart of Lent:
- Prayer - we are drawn closer to God so that we are better able to realise our baptismal promise to live justly as Jesus teaches us.
- Fasting - we join in solidarity with the poor who often have no choice but to live without basic essentials.
- Almsgiving - we signal our commitment to justice as we are called to acts of service.
IMPROVING STUDENT WRITING - CASE MANAGEMENT MEETINGS
Mrs Kalchbauer, Mrs Morris, Mrs Doherty, Miss Robson and Mrs Cullen examine and discuss student writing.
This week St Peter’s staff began Case Management Meetings (CMMs) to support student learning and teacher professional development. CMMs bring teachers together for 20 minutes to analyse a sample of student work and then plan teaching strategies to improve learning. St Peter’s is focussing on improving student ability in Writing through the CMM process.
Each grade team nominates a student from our data wall. The classroom teacher presents student work samples and shares teaching strategies that have already been tried with the student. The CMM team discusses different strategies for the teacher to try and specific recommendations are recorded by the team and implemented by the teacher over the following weeks.
A follow up meeting is then scheduled and the teacher reports back on the success or failure of the recommended strategy using the student’s work as evidence. As the CMM cycle progresses, teachers gain insights into which teaching strategies are most effective in improving student writing.
St Peter’s teachers are looking forward to engaging in further CMMs as the year progresses and seeing our young writers learn, create and thrive.
Being Safe - Everyone, Everywhere, Everytime
This fortnight we have been learning about what ‘Being Safe’ looks like around our school.
Being Safe When Learning
- We use equipment properly. This includes scissors, chromebooks, rulers and just about anything in our classrooms!
- We sit safely on chairs to keep ourselves and others safe.
Being Safe in Wet Weather
So far this term we have had a lot of wet weather at school! This can make us feel in the Yellow Zone. It’s especially important we make safe decisions on these days.
- We need to listen to instructions given to our grade about where we can play
- We sit and eat calmly in our areas.
- We stay out of the rain whenever we can.
- We choose to join in the activities offered, for example a movie, colouring, board games
Being Safe on the Playground
- We sit when we are eating
- We keep our hands and feet to ourselves at all times.
- We run on the grass but always walk on the concrete.
- We play on equipment sensibly and listen to our teachers.
- We are kind and play fairly with those around us.
Being Safe During Emergency Procedures
Throughout our school year we have several fire and lockdown drills. By using these skills we keep ourselves prepared for if there is ever a real emergency. During an evacuation
- We line up in alphabetical order quickly and quietly
- We move sensibly to our new location
- We wait silently for our name to be marked off the role
- We listen carefully to our teachers at all times
- We remain calm
Being Safe on the Bus
We pride ourselves on excellent bus behaviour at St Peter’s.
- We follow teacher instructions and line up sensibly to get on the bus.
- We sit properly on our seat, facing forward.
- We keep our hands and feet to ourselves.
- We sit quietly and chat to the person next to us.
- We use our best manners when talking to the bus driver.
Briody Tarbox and Kyrah Dal Santo
A big day at Winter Sports
A huge day of sport was held on Monday at our Zone Winter Sports trials. In terms of numbers, it’s our biggest event of the year with 65 students in attendance. We pride ourselves at St Peter’s in selecting students based on their PBS firstly and skill secondly. As always, all students displayed wonderful PBS values on the day. It was such a pleasure to take students away and play sports. A big thank you to Mrs Stewart, Mr Post and Miss McKenzie for your wonderful support and care of our kids throughout the day. Congratulations to Mr Murtagh on how he ran the boys soccer trial, as always, it was run with great professionalism and collaboration with school staff.
Congratulations to all students, and a special well done to the following students who will be representing the Hastings Zone at the Lismore Diocesan Winter Sports in Grafton, next Friday 12th March.
|HOCKEY||Lily Walker, Sophia Wilmot, Lily Rowlatt, Amber McIlroy|
|RUGBY LEAGUE OPENS||Bailey Rowlatt, Eli Hudson, Riley Nevins|
|FOOTBALL/SOCCER||Blaze Colthorpe, Charlie Cameron, Noah Pociask, Patrick Green, Jack Robb, Claire Morris, Poppi Maltman, Indy Lorger, Lily Moseley|
|RUGBY UNION||Peter Field, Peter Duffy, Sam Brazel, Zeke Anderson, Joey Thompson, James Bugler, Jude Vasilescu, Stirling Wickham|
|RUGBY LEAGUE 11'S||Oliver Laundry, Rocky Mann, Jack Lacey, Blake Mitchell, Connor Bridle, Tobias Rowlatt, Riley Garel, Harrison Healey|
Our 1st major school carnival is ready to be run
Age Championship trophies will be presented to the following age divisions: 8yrs, 9yrs, 10yrs, 11yrs, 12yrs. These divisions are also the selection process for our school team. The first six competitors for 9yrs and under, 10yrs, 11yrs, 12yrs age divisions and gender qualify for the Hastings Zone Carnival, which will be held at Bowraville.
Events will run approximately to the following times:
|9.00am||9 yrs - Girls/Boys||1.5 km|
|9.20am||10 yrs - Girls/Boys||2 km|
|9.50am||Year 2 - 8 yrs Girls/Boys||2 laps of Oval|
|10.10am||Kinder - Girls/Boys||250m|
|10.30am||Year 1 - Girls/Boys||500m|
|11.30am||11 yrs - Girls/Boys||3 km|
|12.00pm (noon)||12 yrs - Girls/Boys||3 km|
If wet, children need to bring old clothes, joggers to run in and a towel. If we need to postpone the carnival due to weather conditions, we will advise asap via our St Peter's Facebook Page link
It’s like Grand Final week for Mr Leary as he kicked off the All Schools League training sessions.
Year 3 and 4 will continue to train on Wednesdays at 1st lunch and Years 5 and 6 will continue to train on Fridays at 1st lunch. If your child has registered, please ensure they have a mouthguard and a spare shirt or jumper to train in. A huge thank you to Mr Leary for giving 72 students the opportunity to play.
School Cross Country
Wednesday 10th March
|St Peter's Oval|
Diocesan Winter Trials
Friday 12th March
1st B/U Date 19th March
2nd B/U Date 26th March
Jeff Arkinstall - Leader of Sport
Monday 8th March
Tuesday 9th March
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|Thursday 11th March||
Friday 12th March
Saturday 13th March
|Monday 15th March||
|Tuesday 16th March||
|Wednesday 17th March||
|Thursday 18th March||
|Friday 19th March||
|Saturday 20th March||
|23rd, 24th, 25th, 26th MARCH||
|23rd, 24th, 25th, OR 31st MARCH||
|Thursday 25th March||
|Friday 26th March||
|Wednesday 31st March||
Thank you again to all the parents and Grandparents that have volunteered for the canteen .
Starting next week, 8th March, the full roster will come into effect.
A copy of the roster was sent home to families this week.
The roster for the week is published in Postman Pete weekly for the following weeks roster.
If you have any questions or enquiries please contact the office or myself.
Please see the Roster below - Week 7
"Big Vege Crunch"
Pete's Eats Open for Lunch 1 and Lunch 2
Strawberry, Vanilla, Chocolate
LUNCH 1 ONLY
or place your order as normal on a lunch bag!
Debbie Robins - Canteen Manager
Please click on the picture - this will take you to the link for:
School Tour Registration
Information Night Registration
UPCOMING KINDER 22 TOURS
Please Register for your Parent Tour HERE
Who would have thought? One year just settled and now looking to orientate the next…
As part of the enrolment process for Kinder 2022 there is a timeline of opportunities for parents to gain an informed idea of the environment they wish their child to be educated within.
To this end, there will be 2 Kindergarten Parent Tours at St Peter’s as well as our other parish primary schools on :
- Saturday, March 20 - 9:30 am (meet at front gate)
- Thursday, April 22 - 4:30 pm (meet at front gate).
Please pass on this information to any families who you think may be interested.
Get Involved in the Program
School Banking Day is Wednesday
St Peter’s Primary School is excited to offer the Commonwealth Bank School Banking program to all students.
School Banking is a fun, interactive and an engaging way to help teach your child about money.
Children who deposit money into their Youthsaver account through School Banking earn Dollarmites tokens, which they can save up and redeem for exciting rewards.
Getting involved in School Banking is easy!
You can open a Youth Saver Account for your child in one of two ways:
Visit www.commbank.com.au/schoolbanking and click on the link to open a Youthsaver account.
- In branch
Visit a Commonwealth Bank branch with identification for yourself and your child, ie: driver’s licence and birth certificate.
If your child has an existing Commonwealth Bank Youthsaver account they can start banking straight away. They just need to bring their deposit every Wednesday using their Dollarmites deposit wallet.
If you would like to know more about School Banking, please ask for a 2021 School Banking program parent guide from the school office or visit www.commbank.com.au/schoolbanking
Tracey Kirkman and Tamie Walker
School Banking Team
This year students will have the opportunity to see the following shows at the Glasshouse
Kinder teachers welcome the opportunity to meet with parents regarding their child's transition to school. This is an optional interview and parents wishing to make a booking can do so via the following link Parent/Teacher Interview booking using the code rbqeg. Bookings will close 9 am Monday 8th March.
For more information please see the following letter which has been sent home to kinder families - 2021 Kinder Parent / Teacher Letter
Year 1 families will kick off the year with a family get together on...
Saturday 13th March
@ Lake Cathie
Bring drinks and snack or just drop in to say hello!
See the following note sent home to all Year 1 families.
Daniel Blackman - Year 1 Grade Parent
|Kinder Red||Kinder Blue||Kinder Green|
Ella Hiles Stone
|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 Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment will be undertaking a residential address collection in 2021. As part of this project, we have to provide parental address information as well as student residential address information.
Please see the following 2021 Student Residential Address and Other Information Collection Notice for further details.
Leukaemia Foundation World’s Greatest Shave
Please support St Peter's parent, Toni Menjivar!
I'm on a mission to shave the world from blood cancer, and I need YOUR HELP!
On Saturday 13th of March I'm sacrificing my locks to help Aussie families facing blood cancer.
Will you step up and sponsor me as I take on the World's Greatest Shave?
Your donation will provide families facing blood cancer with the special care they need to make it through every scary, uncertain moment that follows a diagnosis.
It will also help brilliant research scientists continue their search for better ways to diagnose and treat blood cancer more effectively.
Every day another 47 Australians are diagnosed with a blood cancer.
I'm on a mission to change that.
Will you help by sponsoring me?
APDA - Port Macquarie Physie & Dance
Port Macquarie Football Club
Port United Soccer
Hydro Golf & Putt Putt
The Speech Sounds of English
How they are made - A practical guide
Date: Thursday 18th March 2021
Venue: Rotary Community Hall, Hastings River Drive
Please click on the link below for more information: