- PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE
- RELIGIOUS EDUCATION NEWS
- LIBRARY NEWS
- DATES TO REMEMBER
- HAPPY BIRTHDAY
- VINNIES WINTER APPEAL
- SCHOOL PLAY 2021
- GARDEN CLUB AND COOKING
- CANTEEN NEWS
- UNIFORM SHOP
- RECIPES FROM STS P AND P'S KITCHEN GARDEN
- SOMETHING FUN TO DO WITH YOUR KIDS
- BLACKFRIARS 2021 SERIES
- CANBERRA CHESS CHALLENGE
- CANBERRA YOUTH THEATRE
- HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS
- QUESTACON HOLIDAY WORKSHOPS
- SCHOOL SPORT ACT
“We must foster hospitable hearts in order to foster hospitality to refugees.”
Fr Andrew Hamilton, SJ
Last Sunday we celebrated Refugee Sunday. In the bulletin of the Parish of the Transfiguration, Fr John Woods referenced an article by the Jesuit priest Andrew Hamilton SJ, in which he wrote about the importance of having a hospitable heart, as a way of laying the foundations of a hospitable community/society/country. As a school community, Sts Peter and Paul strives to be a community of hospitality – a school where all are welcome. Hospitality comes naturally when we see all people as fully human, as fully our equals. Our faith demands nothing less. The full article is well worth reading and will not take long. It can be found via this link: https://www.pray.com.au/the-encouragement-of-hospitality/
My Body, My Life
Yesterday, staff from Catholic Care visited the school and spoke to the Year 6 children about the changes that come about because of adolescence. The visit provided fruitful opportunities to discuss the emotional challenges that come with physical changes to the body. My thanks to Sean Rutledge and our Year 6 teachers for coordinating the visit.
On Monday, our Year 6 students had the opportunity to display their learning in STEM over the last semester. The students have made some great strides in their learning and created assistive devices to aid people with physical impairments to access computer games. The showcase was very impressive. My thanks to Sean Rutledge, our STEM coordinator, and our Year 6 teachers, Paul Jenkins and Sarah Kennelly, for their great work too. Most importantly, I thank our wonderful students, of whom I am very proud, for their great efforts with their work. Our STEM showcase continued today, with our very clever Year 5 students also displaying their learning, including some extraordinary creations using the 3D printers. Again, my thanks to Sean and the teachers, and the wonderful students and their creativity.
This Thursday, we welcome children’s author Cameron Seltzer to the school. Cameron will talk to the children about his writing and the creative processes he goes through to create his stories. It will be a privilege to host him. My thanks to our excellent librarian, Amanda Basedow, for hosting his visit.
Sts Peter and Paul Feast Day
This Friday, we are celebrating our Sts Peter and Paul Feast Day. We are beginning the celebrations with a lunch which will include a sausage sandwich for all students, followed by a whole school Mass at 12.30pm, in our Church. After recess, the students will be vertically streamed (e.g., in multi-age groups) and will be with different teachers for some fun activities. It is a great way to celebrate our feast day and to bring the school term to an end.
3-6 Disco Redo
Due to a blackout at the 3-6 disco we are going to run the last part of it at Lunchtime Thursday of Week 1 in the hall. We will give out our major dancing prizes during this time. Thanks for your understanding.
A reminder that the first day of Term 3, Monday July 12th, is a pupil free day. Students return to school on Tuesday, July 13th.
Have a wonderful holiday with your children. I look forward to seeing everyone again on the 13th of July.
Gospel Reflection Mk 5:21-43
This week’s gospel passage presents two miracle accounts, one, in effect, ‘interrupting’ or being framed by the other. Jesus is approached by the synagogue official, Jairus, to come and heal his dying daughter. In the milling and surging crowd, Jesus suddenly becomes aware of being touched by someone. The story of the woman with a haemorrhage is a story of social and religious isolation as much as it is a story of illness and pain. Because of the Jewish prohibitions against blood, the woman would have been regarded as permanently impure and unclean. She would have been unable to engage in any worship; she could not touch another person without also making them unclean; she was effectively outcast for the 12 years of her illness. She knew it would be forbidden for her to touch Jesus openly but took her chances of being unobserved in the crowd – she risked all on the belief that even touching Jesus’ cloak might heal her. Jesus immediately stopped and drew attention to the woman. By doing so he made it clear to her that it was her faith that had healed her (a feature of healing stories in the Gospel of Mark). His actions also made it clear to the crowd that she was now healed and should not be shunned any longer; she was publicly declared fit to re-enter society and religious participation. After 12 years of virtual non-existence, the woman was now able to begin her life again. The delay, however, meant that Jairus’ daughter was dead by the time Jesus arrived. Undeterred, Jesus performs another miracle and raises the girl from death. The girl was 12 years old – the same 12 years the woman suffered with a haemorrhage – and now she too was able to begin her life again. There is a neatness and a completeness about the two stories.
Adapted from Greg Sunter
We look forward to celebrating our Feast Day on Friday. A reminder that students may wear free clothes in exchange for a donation to the Winter Appeal.
27/06/2021 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Praying with Children is an online resource that is designed for families with children to use at home. It includes an extract from the Sunday gospel, along with some reflection questions, family activities and a short video to watch.
End of term prayer
Religious Education Coordinator (Acting)
Tomorrow, Thursday 24 June, we have a special visit from Author and Illustrator Dr Cameron Stelzer. Dr Cameron is visiting Sts Peter and Paul Primary School to run workshops with our K-6 students. K-2 students will enjoy an interactive Big Screen Book Reading and follow-along drawing activity with Cameron. Year 3-6 students will engage in a workshop exploring the combination of words and visual elements. Students and teachers are looking forward to a great day!
In conjunction with the Author Visit, Sts Peter and Paul families have a special opportunity to purchase signed and personalised copies of Cameron’s books at special prices. Individual books are $15 each and there are also exclusive book sets available. Students will receive an order form on the day of the workshops. Forms and payment can be returned the following morning, Friday 25 June, to the Office.
Chief Minister’s Reading Challenge
Congratulations to Year 1 Maroon, Kinder White and Kinder Maroon who have successfully completed the CMRC! They have read over 30 books in Term 1 & 2 and I thank the teachers for their support with helping the students to achieve this goal! Lots of other classes are close and many individual students from Year 3-6 have also completed the challenge. Check out our Champions bookcase - a celebration of the wonderful readers we have here at Sts Peter and Paul! The challenge will continue until Friday 6th August so there is still plenty of time. Students who complete the challenge will receive an award from the Chief Minister’s Office towards the end of Term 3.
Overdue Library Books
Do you have Library books at home? We have 206 overdue Library books missing!! I would be very grateful if you could have a check at home to see if you have any Library books that need to be returned.
Please contact email@example.com if you have any questions regarding the Library or borrowing.
In Term Three, the students of Stage Three (Years 5 & 6) will be performing our biannual school production. This year our school play is called “Star Warts”. Auditions have been held and the students with speaking roles now know which parts they have.
To aid in keeping costs down, we are seeking your assistance to source props for the play. If you are able to donate any of the following, it would be very much appreciated: Fluffy Dice, Fairy Wings x2, Large Torches x2, Giant Tennis Ball, Small Tennis Balls, Rackets x7, Hand Mirror, Wig (with buns on the side), and Toy Light Sabres.
If you require your props to be returned at the end of the school production, please label them. If you do not wish for your props to be returned, they will be stored for future productions. Please send in your props as soon as possible, so that we can work out what we will need to purchase or construct.
If you would like to offer your assistance in creating props and costumes for the play, please let us know. Your assistance is also very much appreciated. Thank you.
Years 5 and 6 Teachers
Garden Club/Food Science/Curriculum
We have had a great time in the kitchen and garden learning about healthy eating and maintaining our garden.
In Food/Science we played Mystery Box (inspired by Masterchef). The children had a lot of fun choosing an ingredient and then making muffins. We made banana, raspberry, apple and cinnamon, and zucchini and cheese muffins. We also challenged ourselves by making something healthy using all the food groups – and we did it – we used something from each of the five food groups. A true Go, Glow and Grow muffin. The children drew which ingredient they used in the correct food group space in the books. We then shared our cooking and took extras home. Yum!!
In the garden we had three fabulous members helping to plant seedlings, weed and water. Our lemon tree is full so we also harvested these to use in the kitchen. It was amazing seeing the seedlings grow so much from when we planted them several weeks ago. This was the last garden club for this term and it was a lot of fun.
A thank you basket will be given to the Mr Croker (grandfather of Evie & Charlie) who provided the seedlings.
As always if you would like to know more about what we do in the garden, kitchen and classroom email Mrs Birch at Katherine.firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Garden Glub
CANTEEN IS CASHLESS
Families can make contactless payments via Qkr!
Purchase over-the-counter sale items (snacks & treats) for your child/children in a lunch order via Qkr!
you can purchase a “daily counter sales voucher” via Qkr! for your child/children to go to the canteen to collect something at lunchtime.
Canteen roster - Week 1, Term 3
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Thank you helpers; your assistance is very much appreciated!
Please contact me if you are unable to help out on your day.
Are you able to help out in the canteen in TERM 3?
If you have any spare time and would like to help out in the canteen, PLEASE feel free to contact me through email at email@example.com
Term 3 canteen roster available now
Click on the link below to add your selected time to the roster.
Please ensure you have your WWVP card.
THE CANTEEN WILL BE CHANGING TO WOODEN CUTLERY, we can use up our plastic cutlery until we run out.
Alternatively, children can bring their own cutlery from home.
Please select on Qkr! If you would like the canteen to provide cutlery in your child/ren’s lunch order.
If not, we will be assuming that they are bringing cutlery from home.
No lunch orders this Friday.
Canteen will not be open for lunch orders this Friday due to St Peter & Paul’s Feast Day Sausage Sizzle.
We are sure the children will enjoy the celebrations of the day.
OPEN TUESDAY MORNINGS
8.30 – 9.30AM
The Uniform Shop is a service for the parents and children.
We sell New & Quality Second-hand school clothing, and all money raised goes back to the school to provide resources for the children.
You can place an order via Qkr! Order on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday and the item/s will be delivered to your child’s classroom.
Orders need to be placed before 8.45am.
Please see SZapp for the Winter Uniform price list.
It is usual practice for most schools to offer second-hand clothing at the uniform shop to families at a discounted price. Quality second-hand clothing can only be purchased during uniform hours. We do understand that this may not be convenient for some families so please feel free to send me an email if you are unable to get to the uniform shop during its hours and I will do my best to attend your needs.
The uniform shop is limited with space, so as a guide, clothes should only be donated if washed and in perfect resalable order.
Please give any used second-hand uniform to Mrs R in the canteen, Thank you.
1 & 1/2 cups lemon juice, strained
2 cups sugar
1 & 1/2 litres soda water, or water
3 extra lemons, to garnish
3 trays of ice
Place lemon juice and sugar in a medium saucepan over a low heat and stir until sugar has dissolved.
Simmer for three minutes then remove from heat and leave to cool.
Prepare garnish by placing a thin slice of lemon on the lip of each glass.
Pour the cooled syrup into a large jug, add soda water (or water) and ice, stir and serve in the prepared glasses.
Did you know that there is an ice skating rink in Civic!
It is part of Canberra's Wintervention 2021 and will be there from Friday 25 June to Sunday 11 July.
Follow the link for more details about the ice skating and other activities: https://www.wintervention.com.au/
And a few scavenger hunts ..... just because it's the holidays!
Join Canberra Youth Theatre this winter holiday for an exciting theatre workshop for young artists in Years 1 - 6.
This workshop, Myths & Legends, will explore the powerful stories that have lived on throughout time and how they continue to inspire us today, filled with adventure, heroic acts, fascinating creatures, the mysterious and supernatural.
Limited spaces are available, enrol now at canberrayouththeatre.com.au/holiday
When: 28 June - 1 July
Where: Gorman Arts Centre
Many of you will be aware that we wrote to parents last term to inform you of an interim ban on gymnastics activities in the playground during break times. This was due to many injuries resulting from these activities occurring at the end of last term. After reviewing data, speaking with parents and students, we have developed some guidelines to keep students safe whilst undertaking these activities during break times. The primary purpose of these guidelines is to keep kids safe while still allowing them to get out and be active:
- Students can complete basic gymnastic activities as long as it is conducted under their own steam. This means other students should not be included in the completion of the movement.
- Students should be able to get themselves in a position to undertake the activity without the help of another person. This means activities such as backbends can only be completed if a student can safely enter and exit the hold themselves.
- Students should review the ground the activity will be completed on to ensure it is safe; consider their own level of skill before attempting a movement/activity.
- Students should have some part of their body anchored to the ground at all times. Flips and other such activities are not to be completed.
- If an activity is deemed high risk by a supervising teacher, the movement must be ceased immediately and referred to the Assistant Principal for further decision.
School Sport ACT (SSACT)
Please follow this link www.schoolsportact.org.au to access all information related to School Sport ACT. The current primary school sporting calendar can be found on this page. Please ensure that you visit this page regularly as dates sometimes change due to unforeseen circumstances.
The process for registering your child for an ACT sport trial can be found below. If you need any assistance registering your child, don’t hesitate to get in touch and we will hopefully be able to help you out. If you find that there are any steps missing within this process, please let me know at your earliest convenience.
SSACT Registration Process
School Sport ACT now collects all registration information online – this is to prevent the movement to and fro of a paper note and have all information readily available to officials prior to the trial. As this process incurs a fee for data storage, system maintenance and admin, a small fee payment via credit card will be required.
How to register a Student with School Sport ACT.
- Go to the School Sport ACT website schoolsportact.org.au
- Go to Register (top right corner of the homepage) and create an account.
- After completion, check your registered email to verify your account. (Always check your spam folder in case you didn't immediately receive the verification email).
- After verifying your account, Log In (top right hand corner of the homepage) using your registered email and password.
- You’ll be presented with your Parent Dashboard. From there you can start the process of registering a Student into a Trial.
- Click the green Add Student
- Complete all of the information required for your Student (e.g. Medical Details, Sport, Playing History, Preferred Position, School etc.) and save the information. (If your child is already in the system, please ensure that your child’s school is up to date in your profile.)
- Click on the trial information box and then click on the register to trial link.
- Make the small credit card payment. After payment your Principal/School Approver will receive an email for their approval to trial.
You will be able to see the process has been complete back in My Profile – once your Principal/School Approver has completed the approval process your child’s information will be collated onto a list for the Team Manager and Coach prior to trial.