Tomorrow our Year 6 students will take part in a retreat at Holy Trinity to complete their learning about the sacrament of Confirmation. The retreat is a great way for all students to come together, not just those who are being confirmed, and celebrate their learning. Our Year 5 students will take part in a Prayer Retreat Day at school and have input from teachers and each other around the different forms and types of prayer. Thanks to everyone involved in preparing our students for these events.
It is Canteen Week and tomorrow we will be celebrating our many volunteers who give up their time to help with any number of tasks in the day to day running of the school. From reading to volunteering in the Canteen, our school is blessed to have such an enthusiastic group of dedicated volunteers. Thank you!
Earlier in the term, we conducted the School Improvement Survey in our community, with 59% of our families completing the survey. Thank you to the 86 families who took the opportunity to record their feedback about our school. Thank you too for your commendations and suggestions. Data from the survey will be used to inform our general and strategic planning and budgetary processes for 2020 and beyond. Please find attached the executive summary of the Parent Survey.
Just a reminder to parents that carline duty finishes at 3:30 pm for teachers and they are often required for other meetings and planning after school. In the last couple of weeks, there have been many students who have been picked up well beyond this time. OSHclub has a short stay option where parents can enrol their kids into the afterschool program and only pay a small fee if they are picked up before 4 pm. This might be a great option if you struggle to make carline before 3:30. Thanks in advance for your understanding and assistance.
Students in Years 3 and 5 will receive their NAPLAN reports in the next two weeks. If you would like to discuss the report further, please contact your child’s teacher.
New App for School communication
We have had a steady uptake of families switching over to the new communication app SZapp. The SZapp will be the one-stop-shop for school communication with an easy to use interface.
For the remainder of this term, content will be duplicated across both SZapp and Skoolbag platforms to aide in the switch. When signing up you will have the ability to choose what type of content you would like to receive as a push notification. We suggest that you enable push notifications for this app to make sure you don't miss any important events or information. SZapp will replace the SkoolBag app, and SkoolBag will not be used after the end of this term.
For more information about the SZapp, please see the following links. If you need any further information, please contact the school.
Download and installation guide- http://www.schoolzine.com/szapp-installation
FAQ about SZapp- http://www.schoolzine.com/szapp
Hall Renovation Update
This week construction of the stage has finished. How good does it look?
Next week we can expect delivery of the storage frames on the sides of the hall. Also, the front office finishes are being constructed. Some of these are already up.
We are well on track for complete hand over of the project in Week 1 of Term 4.
A reminder that during the school holidays, the renovation will move into the front office and foyer areas. The front of the school will not be accessible during this time. All-access will be via the rear of the school.
Feedback - Before and After School Care
As some of you may be aware, the contract for an after and before school care provider is up this year. The current contract provider is OSH and they intend to tender again. We are therefore seeking feedback from the parent community to inform the process. Any contributions should be sent to the principal.’
Blessings and best wishes
Sunday Gospel: Luke 15:1-32, Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year C
This week’s Gospel features three parables, often referred to as the ‘Parables of the Lost’. This is because in each case the story tells of someone who loses something precious and responds in a way that is at once unwise and exaggerated. The owner of the sheep leaves ninety of them to fend for themselves while he goes after the one sheep that is lost; the woman turns her house upside down to find a small coin. In each case, there follows a summons to communal celebration. In the third parable, the father, a middle-aged man with a large household, runs out to welcome home, with great display of affection, a son who has coldly demanded his share of the family fortune and then gone on to ruin and disgrace the family. Once again, a celebration must follow – this time on a grand scale. In each case, the behaviour, response and attitude of the person who loses something precious images the behaviour, response and attitude of God towards human beings ‘lost’ through sin.
The stole night was held on Tuesday 10th September at 6pm. The candidates and their parents had a wonderful night together, creatively preparing stoles to wear next week for their Confirmation, and learning more about the symbols associated with the Sacrament of Confirmation. Thank you to everyone who joined us, it was a wonderful night for our parish community.
The Confirmation Retreat (for all Year 6 students) will be held this week on Thursday 12th September, beginning at 9am. We are looking forward to a fun and prayerful day, preparing these students to receive this Sacrament next week.
We will be celebrating the Sacrament of Confirmation with our Year 6 Candidates at 2 Masses in our Parish; Tuesday 17th September, 7:00pm at Holy Trinity, Curtin and Thursday 19th September, 7:00pm at Saints Peter and Paul, Garran.
Everyone is warmly invited to join us. Please continue to keep the candidates in your prayers.
Dates for your Diary:
Wednesday 11th September – 3/4W will share with all classes the Value of ‘Hope’ as they visit classes after recess. Thank you for your flexibility while our hall is out of action!
Thursday 12th September – Retreat Day for Confirmation Candidates, held at Holy Trinity, Curtin.
Tuesday 17th & Thursday 19th – Sacrament of Confirmation at 7:00pm
Blessings for the week ahead,
Religious Education Coordinator (Acting)
The school council met on Tuesday 10 September. The meeting began with a presentation from OSH about attendance numbers and ideas they have around contributing to the community. It was a very interesting and informative session and they are very keen to become more involved in our school. As mentioned previously in this newsletter, the contract is up for reconsideration. We would appreciate any parent input to inform the school’s deliberations.
The council through its social committee has been trying to think of more parent events. One of the ideas is a trip to Cooma to have lunch and go shopping at Birdsnest. The proposed date is the first Friday (18 October). We would leave after morning assembly and arrive back in time for pickup. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or let one of the council members know by Friday 27 September if you are interested. If there are enough people wanting to go we might hire a bus to take us to Cooma and back.
Please be mindful of the parking spaces used when picking up and dropping off students, and when visiting the school. The residents in the nearby Southern Cross Care facility have designated parking spaces that we are not entitled to utilise. Parking here may cause some of the residents great distress.
Musicorp students at St Peter & Paul learn a range of instruments. The students are currently busy working on group songs including Senorita, Old Town Road, Havana, Let it Go, Shape of You and a mashup of We Will Rock You and Another One Bites the Dust which they hope to perform at the End of Year concert.
I would like to make a special mention to the year 6 band who did an amazing performance of Young Blood at the school assembly.
We are always looking for more students to join in on the fun and learn an instrument at school. If you would like more information regarding the program, please contact Musicorp on 1300 858 911.
In a few weeks, we will be holding our Annual Science Day event. In preparation for this 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 huge success:
- empty milk cartons (washed out)
- shoe boxes
- cardboard boxes
- cardboard tubes
- large bottle lids
- small bottle lids
- fabric scraps
- plastic jars with lids
- glass jars with lids
- old stockings
Do you want to win a $2 voucher to spend at the Canteen? Simply purchase fresh or frozen fruit from the Canteen and be in the weekly draw to WIN!!
Thank you to all the students who participated in today’s Special Lunch! It’s so nice to see the children enjoying themselves sharing the same meal with their friends.
I was overwhelmed with all the help I got today from the Kindy parents! A very special THANK YOU goes to Nick I, Erin F, Yung S, Jad V, Lulu, Katerine J, Maggie G and Eleen B for helping out this morning! The day would have not been successful without your help. It was very much appreciated!!!
Kindest Regards, Lauretta Raccosta “Mrs R”
New Unisex sports tops and Girls navy skorts (school day uniform) are available on QKR!
Please see our website for our updated school uniform guide along with revised price list.
School Uniform prices have not been revised for a number of years. We’ve made some price drops and some price rises. The majority of prices remain the same.
Tennis Canberra Holiday Camps @ Old Parliament House Tennis Club
- Camp 1: September 30th, October 1st & 2nd
- Camp 2: October 9th- 11th
- Morning, Half & Full Day options available
Free Trial - Term 3 - Give Tennis A Go!
We invite new players to our sport to a free trial before Term 4. This is a great opportunity for all students to see if tennis is the sport for them. Please e-mail email@example.com to request a free trial and our team will get back to you with the best options.
After-School & Weekend Coaching - Term 4
Run by Tennis Australia professional at a Tennis Canberra Club near you. Our coaches are excited to see many new players hit our courts in the Spring. Learn a sport they can play for life.
Phone: 0416 186 121