- PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE
- RELIGIOUS EDUCATION NEWS
- YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS
- DATES TO REMEMBER
- HAPPY BIRTHDAY
- LIBRARY NEWS
- SPORTS NEWS
- SCIENCE DAY
- GARDEN CLUB AND COOKING
- CANTEEN NEWS
- CANTEEN WEEK
- CANTEEN - SPECIAL MESSAGE
- UNIFORM SHOP
- RECIPES FROM STS P AND P'S KITCHEN GARDEN
- SOMETHING FUN TO DO WITH YOUR KIDS
- SCHOOL SPORT ACT
Dear Parents and Carers
“If you say to someone who has ears to hear: ‘What you are doing to me is not just,’ you may touch and awaken at its source the spirit of attention and love. But it is not the same with words like ‘I have the right […]’ or ‘you have no right to […]’ They evoke a latent war and awaken the spirit of contention. To place the notion of rights at the centre of social conflicts is to inhibit any possible impulse of charity on both sides.”
Simone Weil was born into an agnostic Jewish family in France in the early years of last century and she died in early 1940s. She was an intellectually gifted woman who trained as a philosopher and, throughout much of her life, wrestled with ethics and moral philosophy. Although she developed a deep Christian faith, Weil never converted to Catholicism. She contributed much to the world. One of her ideas was that the notion of ‘rights’ is not strong enough to describe the relationship between all human beings and what we owe one another. She preferred the term ‘obligations’. It is a term that speaks a great deal to the manner in which a Catholic school is called to live its vocation. We all have obligations to each other, obligations that exist by virtue of the fact that all human beings are precious. This preciousness, our faith teaches us, is underwritten by God and is granted without merit. Iit is grace. Love is that which reveals the worth of a person to others. The preciousness of each child at Sts Peter and Paul is something beyond measure.
Feast of the Transfiguration
Last Friday, we celebrated the Feast of the Transfiguration with our sister school, Holy Trinity from Curtin. It was a great day. Staff and students from Holy Trinity joined our students and staff for class buddy activities and two joint school Masses (one for K – 2, the other for 3 – 6). The teachers from both schools shared lunch together, and all children from both schools enjoyed a hot dog for lunch. My thanks to Monsignor John Woods for celebrating our Masses, and to Fron Garrett-Rumba and Emily Capper (REC at Sts Peter and Paul and Holy Trinity, respectively) for coordinating the whole day.
COVID and Remote Learning
Undoubtedly, all parents are very well aware of the escalating cases of COVID-19 in NSW, as well as the incidents of some cases in Victoria and Queensland. We have been very fortunate so far in the A.C.T. Nonetheless, schools in Canberra need to be prepared for the possibility of remote learning, while also hoping that situation does not happen. We are currently preparing for both a short lockdown and a long lockdown. Children’s work will be differentiated according to whether the lockdown is a short lockdown or a long lockdown. Should Canberra go into any type of lockdown period, your child’s teacher will be communicating with you as to the nature of the work. In broad terms, however, it will not be dissimilar to last year’s remote learning, in terms of the mode of delivery. Online work will necessarily be a feature, Seesaw and MS Teams will also feature, and teachers will check in with their classes twice a day. Students will be encouraged to work from home. My hope of course is that the situation will not lead us to this point, but should the need arise, the school will be in a very good place to ensure the ongoing education of its students.
This week we celebrate Canteen Week. I would like to thank Lauretta Raccosta, our Canteen Coordinator extraordinaire, for all of her wonderful work and service to the community. My heartfelt thanks too to all of our wonderful volunteers and their service. We cannot live without you. A special thank you afternoon tea is being held this afternoon to celebrate and thank our volunteers.
Have a wonderful week with your families.
The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
The Catholic tradition teaches us that Mary, the Mother of Jesus, was taken body and soul into heaven as a reward for her faithfulness. Since the 5th Century there has been an active tradition and belief around the assumption of Mary. The tradition states that Mary was physically ‘taken up’ into heaven at the end of her life. It is believed that her soul and her body remained united. This ancient belief was defined as an infallible teaching of the Church by Pope Pius XII in 1950. It is one of only two infallible statements that have been defined as such and both related to the Blessed Virgin Mary. The feast is celebrated on August 15 and is a Holy Day of Obligation. On the surface, this week’s Gospel passage has little to do with the Feast of the Assumption. However, the account of Mary rushing to her cousin and exuberantly proclaiming the Magnificat is an example of Mary’s joyful ‘Yes’ to life. The Assumption of Mary is a call to say ‘Yes’ to life itself and all it offers. To say ‘Yes’ to life is to say ‘Yes’ to life-giving relationships and decisions and ‘No’ to life denying relationships and decisions. To say ‘Yes’ to life is to say ‘No’ to those things that harm self and harm others. A ‘Yes’ to life is a ‘Yes’ to hope; to possibility; to love; to God; and to yourself.
Adapted from Greg Sunter
Sacrament of First Eucharist
This weekend First Eucharist Candidates will attend a Mass at Holy Trinity Church to be presented at the Parish Community.
Saturday 14th 6:00pm
Sunday 15th August 9:30am
Candidate Presentation Mass at Holy Trinity
Thursday August 19th
Children’s Retreat Day @ Holy Trinity
9:00 am -2:15pm
Saturday 4th and Sunday 5Th September
Sacrament of First Eucharist at 6:00pm Sat,
9:30am Sunday and 5:30pm Sunday Mass.
Feast of the Transfiguration
Last Friday we celebrated our Parish Feast Day of the Transfiguration with Holy Trinity Primary school. It was a very special day filled with many blessings. The students and staff at both schools enjoyed the opportunity to celebrate Mass, and participate in buddy activities together.
The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Religious Education Coordinator (Acting)
|KM||Freya S||Ollie S||Olive I|
|KW||Aisha O||Beatrix B||Archie T|
|1M||Jamie K||Hanshika M||Alexa Y|
|1W||Henry B||Ollie D||Abhi W|
|2M||Kiera S||Czarina L||James I|
|2W||Max E||Leonardo S||Alexandra W|
|3/4B||Lucy A||Niamh D||Mya W|
|3/4M||Ola A||Hamish S||Sienna G|
|3/4W||Isabel W, Eliana B||Angad S||Joel J|
|5M||Nathan B||Charlotte M||Millie G|
|5W||Amelia S||Rory M||Abby E|
|6M||Lugman O||Gill F||Will A|
|6W||Josie M||Emily B||Cedric V|
Principal's Awards: Marly C, 6W; Josie A, 6M; Sarah M, 6W
Learning Support Awards (please note that LS awards are given to any child in the school that the Classroom Support Assistants have noticed doing something wonderful):
Hannah F, 6W; Adelaide T, 6W; Harry C, 2W; Lucy D, 5M; Jayden G, 2M
Chief Minister's Reading Challenge
A HUGE CONGRATULATIONS TO EVERY STUDENT WHO COMPLETED THE CHIEF MINISTER’S READING CHALLENGE!
I am very proud of Sts Peter and Paul students for reading 30 books and earning their place on the CHAMPIONS Wall!!
It was a huge achievement to have the whole school participate.
Book Week- Week 8
Wednesday 1st September-
*Book Week Dress Up Parade: Come dressed as your favourite BOOK Character (it has been lovely listening to the students explaining who they will be dressing up as)
*Whole School Shortlisted Book Activities
*Whole School Prize for reaching our book goal target with the Book Fair in Term 2
Please contact email@example.com if you have any questions regarding the Library or borrowing.
Keep reading! Mrs Basedow
South/Weston Region Athletics Carnival
Good luck to all of our students who will be attending this carnival next Wednesday 18th August at Woden Park. Please remember that your child will need to be at Woden Park at least 45 minutes before their first event and that only 1 parent/spectator is allowed to attend the carnival per competitor. SSACT is also highly encouraging all parents/spectators to take their child once they have finished competing in their last event where possible. Please find the program of events below.
All students in Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 2 enjoyed their second Gymnastics session on Monday with coaches from the Woden Valley Gymnastics Club, where they consolidated their understanding of handstands. Our next session will take place on Monday 23rd August.
Boorowa Touch/Netball Carnival save the date
The Boorowa Touch/Netball Carnival is being held this year on Friday 15th October at this stage. If you have a child/ren in Years 2-6 who would like to participate in this carnival, please watch out for a note about this which may become live via Compass in the coming days. We are currently holding this note back from Compass as we are watching the news very closely to ensure that this carnival will in fact go ahead due to the evolving COVID19 situation occurring in NSW at this present time. Please rest assured that we will inform you as soon as any new information in relation to this becomes available to us. If nominations do become available they will need to be back in to school no later than Wednesday 25th August. Thank you so much in advance for the extremely quick turnaround with these.
Rebel Sport Woden
We would like to extend a huge thank you to Rebel Sport, Woden and all of our families who are Rebel Sport Members and have attached our school to their Community Give Back Program Account. As a result of this initiative our school receives 5% of any money spent under our school name to purchase new sporting equipment. We have just selected some new large and small basketballs and some futsal balls which will be available for us to collect in the next couple of weeks from our account with Rebel. We look forward to continuing to be able to update our sporting equipment using this resource in the future J
School Sport ACT Calendar
Term and Week
Day and Date
Term Three, Week 6
Wednesday 18th August
Primary South/Weston Track and Field Carnival (Woden Park)
Term Three, Week 9
Tuesday 7th September
ACT 12&U Track and Field Championships (Woden Park)
If you ever have any questions about anything related to Sport, please don’t hesitate to get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org Hopefully I’ll be able to help you out!
Sts Peter & Paul will be celebrating our ‘Annual Science Day’ on Thursday 26th August.
In class groups, students will participate in a variety of engaging science activities. Keeping with tradition, our Year 6 students will lead the experiments with teacher support and supervision.
The theme for this year is “Food: Different by Design.” Students are invited to dress as scientists/inventors for the day.
IMPORTANT: In preparation for Science Day, we need your help to send in recycled materials for the activities we will be conducting. If you have any of these materials that you were going to throw out anyway, could you please send them to school with your child.
Here is a list of materials that we will need to make our annual Science Day a success: plastic shopping bags; clean small soft drink bottles without labels (coke, fanta, lemonade, etc); jars without labels and cardboard cylinders/rolls.
Garden Club/Kitchen Garden/Curriculum Update
Thank you for the grant Landcare! Due to the generosity from Landcare, our fabulous Garden Club will be building, planting and looking after an orchard. We started our orchard by planting another plum tree on National Tree Planting Day.
From an empty hole dug by dedicated garden clubbers – we have filled it with another tree that will help our small part of the world contribute to the bigger picture of sustainability and looking after our earth. We had already planted a plum tree in 2019 on National Tree Planting Day, so now it has a friend.
Also, plans have been drawn up for the complete orchard which will include more fruit trees, plus landscaping and an irrigation system. There is also enough money in this generous grant to buy more equipment (such as garden gloves to fit little hands) for our Garden Club. Very exciting…
In the kitchen and classroom the students continue to learn about healthy eating as well as sustainability. The carrot tops are growing well and hopefully these can be planted in our garden to grow into mature carrots. In the classroom students are finishing their posters to showcase the five food groups on the Australian Guide to Health Eating Plate and why sometimes foods are not for every day and water is an absolute must daily.
For more information email Mrs Katie Birch at Katherine.email@example.com
The Garden Club
Ps. Thank you again Land Care…
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 6, TERM 3
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
This week, we are celebrating CANTEEN WEEK.
This is an annual event, created to promote, recognise and celebrate all the great benefits of having a school canteen.
We will be promoting this vital school service.
To help CELEBRATE CANTEEN WEEK, any child who orders a lunch order any day next week will receive a surprise in their lunch order!
The Canteen will also have CCW specials on Qkr! and will be selling Cocktail Franks, mini hash browns, Party pies, Chicken dinos and a MR JOHN’S SPECIAL (which is a sausage roll in a bread roll)
These items are not usually on the menu and will only be available for Canteen Week.
The week will be filled with fun competitions and prizes so make your way down to the canteen!
For the younger students – (Kindy, Years 1 & 2) there is a colouring-in competition.
Printouts can be found at the Canteen. Return your colouring-in to Mrs R at the canteen for the winner to be selected.
For all students - there is a creative fruit/vegetable competition.
Draw or take a photo of your most creative way to eat a fruit or vegetable. Check out some ideas below.
Bring or email your creation to Mrs R at the canteen for the winner to be selected.
All Competitions close on the 20 August. Canteen volunteers will select the student winners.
The winning students will receive canteen vouchers to use in the canteen for over the counter sales.
Mrs R would like to take this opportunity to thank all the canteen volunteers that have helped her out this year.
This afternoon, we had an afternoon tea for our wonderful volunteers to show them how much we appreciate them.
They were presented with this little gift of appreciation.
Please come past the canteen and check out our volunteer hand tree with the names of our wonderful volunteers!
Mrs R knows that your time is very precious, and your help is always appreciated!
We love our volunteers
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.
BACON AND CORN SOUP
30 g butter
1/2 green capsicum, chopped
4 shallots, diced
4 rashers of bacon, chopped
425 g can creamed corn
2 cups chicken stock
3/4 cup cream
Melt butter in a medium saucepan over low heat.
Add capsicum, shallots and bacon and cook until bacon is crispy.
Add corn and chicken stock and let simmer for ten minutes.
Remove from the heat and let the mixture cool slightly.
Stir in the cream and serve while warm.
This warming recipe is on page 41 of our 50th Anniversary Cookbook and was donated by former student, Lawrence K
The cookbook, full of recipes from either Mrs Robyn Moore (fab cooking teacher) or donated by our school community, can be purchased for only $20 via Qkr! or eftpos (No cash please). Books can be collected from the front office.
Ever wondered what Canberra was like 'back in the day' and how it evolved? There are a few places to go to find out the answers to all your historical questions. A couple of those places are the National Capital Authority in Commonwealth Park and the National Museum of Australia. Check them out!
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.