- PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE
- RELIGIOUS EDUCATION NEWS
- YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS
- COOL KIDS ANXIETY PROGRAM
- LITERACY NEWS
- HAVE YOU LOST SOMETHING SPECIAL?
- SPORTS NEWS
- CANTEEN NEWS
- CANTEEN - CROSS COUNTRY MENU
- FLORIADE REIMAGINED
- LOST PROPERTY
- UNIFORM SHOP
- RECIPES FROM MRS MOORE
- SOMETHING FUN TO DO WITH YOUR KIDS
- WODEN VALLEY YOUTH CHOIR
- ENTERTAINMENT MEMBERSHIP
- GUITAR TUITION
- SOCCER FOR JUNIORS
- YOUNG ENGINEERS HOLIDAY CAMP
- MUSIC FOR CANBERRA
- HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS
Dear Parents and Carers
Last Friday we celebrated our annual Science Day. The children enjoyed coming to school dressed as a scientist and participating in the day’s activities. Our students in Years 5 and 6, demonstrating again some excellent leadership, led the science activities for the other grades and did a magnificent job. My thanks to Paul Jenkins for coordinating the day and to all staff for their great support.
Last night and tonight we celebrate and acknowledge the students in Year 6 who made a big step forward in their faith. The following children received the Sacrament of Confirmation last night: Luke Mc and Alex S. Tonight, these children will celebrate Confirmation: Eloise H, Claire N, Heidi G, Sophia G., Imogen H and Emily Bo. Congratulations to all our students who, over the last two weeks, have taken this bold step in faith. My thanks, too, to Fr John Woods, Stephanie Burns, Paul Jenkins, Melissa Neit, Emma D’Ambrosio and Katie Birch for their support of the children. Finally, my thanks to all parents, for their foundations and work in preparing the children, and to all Home Groups leaders for their generosity of spirit and willingness to serve.
Mission Fete Day
On Thursday, we are holding our annual Mission Fete day, again organised and led by the students in Years 5/6. All children in the school are invited to participate in a student led and student created fete day. All money raised goes to Catholic Missions and will go a long way to making many people’s lives better. Again, my thanks to our students and teachers in Years 5/6 for their great leadership.
Finishing the term on a very positive note, we are holding our Cross Country Carnival, for K – 6 students, on Friday. It is COVID-19 restricted, in that it is not taking place in a public park or any public spaces. The course includes the oval and blue court, and for the older children, the children will run around the immediate block, including the Church opposite the school. They are not going further than Malkara School. It will be a great opportunity for the children and be an enjoyable way to finish the school term. My thanks to Mary de Smet for her great work in organising the carnival.
As I write this newsletter, we are coming to an end of the Third Term and the first time this year that we have completed a straight run of 10 weeks of learning. I would like to thank the staff for their unwavering commitment to the children and their tireless work. My thanks to all parents, for their great support of the school and for their good wishes and encouragement. Finally, I would like to thank the children, for their hard work, their great learning, their community building work and for their sense of humour. Sts Peter and Paul is a beautiful school and it is a privilege to work here.
I hope all families find some time to unwind and relax over the coming holidays and I look forward to seeing all students return to school on October 12.
Sunday Gospel: Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Matthew 20:1-6
This week’s gospel passage is one of many within Matthew’s Gospel that show Jesus at odds with the religious authorities of his day. The picture of the religious leaders that comes through Matthew’s Gospel is one of hypocrisy. Jesus is frequently portrayed as criticising the leaders for holding too strongly to the letter of the law and ignoring the spirit of the law and the call to compassion. This week’s passage has Jesus seeking the opinion of the chief priests and elders on a hypothetical situation (a common style of debating a point of law in the Jewish tradition). He describes two sons, each asked by their father to go and work in the family vineyard. The first says ‘No’ but later does his father’s bidding. The second says ‘Yes’ but doesn’t follow through on his commitment.
Jesus is criticising the religious leaders of his time who, with their words, said ‘Yes’ to God but by their actions said ‘No’. He most certainly would have upset the leaders by telling them that tax collectors and prostitutes would enter the kingdom of God before them. Whilst these tax collectors and prostitutes were regarded by the religious authorities as ‘sinners’ beyond redemption, Jesus holds them up in the image of the first son of the story. Although they may have said ‘No’ to God through their poor choices, ultimately they are saying ‘Yes’ to God in their acceptance of Jesus and the message of the kingdom of God. On the other hand, the leaders have said ‘Yes’ to God publicly through abiding by all the religious laws and maintaining a ‘religious profile’ but in their hearts and actions they have not truly said ‘Yes!’
(Gospel Reflection by Greg Sunter)
Sacrament of Confirmation
Since last newsletter, we have celebrated two more Confirmation Masses at Holy Trinity, Curtin. They have all been beautiful, prayerful liturgies, celebrated by Father John Woods. Although Mass on each night has been quite different to Confirmations held previously, many have agreed that they have been wonderful nights with a more personal touch. Tonight we will celebrate with the last of the candidates from our school at 6pm.
Thank you to all of the parents for the wonderful job they did preparing their children during the Home Groups program
Children’s Liturgy This Weekend
Children’s liturgy will be held this weekend at Holy Trinity, Curtin during the 9:30 Sunday Mass. Children’s Liturgy runs on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month during term time.
Religious Education Coordinator
What is Youth Ministry? Youth Ministry is an engaging way for young people to come together and share the word of the Lord with other young people.
Cool Kids Anxiety Program
Students have now participated in 2 sessions of the program and parent information and workbooks have been sent home. If you have not received the workbook from your child, please let either me or the classroom teacher know. Please encourage your child to participate in the practice tasks. Every session will end with practice tasks for the following week to help them achieve their goals. It is vital that young people practise these tasks as often as possible in order to get the most out of the program.
Thank you for your ongoing support.
The kingdom of Magical Dogs and Puppies P.S. No cats allowed!!
Long, long ago ( It was true) there was a kingdom of dogs and puppies. They had the perfect King and Queen! The King’s name was Rudolf and the Queen's name was Nina. There were two explorers who loved solving mysteries and puzzles.Their names were Maxwell and Sita. Their first mystery was where is the puppy jam? that was a big mystery!
So how it began, three little cats disguised as fortune tellers. They took the puppy jam which holds the special crystal. But this time it was even worse than that.
Because the land was destroyed by all the cats, plus the puppy jam was stolen. Dun, Dun, Da! Which meant the kingdom was falling apart! That is really, really, really, really, really bad! But the worst thing about it was that the King and Queen died! So in their place were Maxwell and Sita.
So they set out to stop the boo boo cats. So they went to cat land and disguised themselves as a ship salesman. They packed cat food so it wouldn’t make it obvious that they were dogs.
They went on the ship for three days, 4 nights, 23 hours, 59 minutes and 59 seconds. When they arrived they purred like this, purrrrrrr.
They snuck into the castle where King Paintbrush and Queen Paintpallet lived. They disguised as servants. They checked all the rooms, they did not want to go to the dungeon but they needed to check there. They searched every corner and the jam was not there. But as soon as they found the dungeon the dungeon doors closed on them. Luckily the dungeon doors were not that heavy, they lifted the dungeon doors up and got out.
So they looked and looked down the hall. They looked on the thrones then under and sure enough there was the jam jar! They got the jam jar and ran! But then the King and Queen came in and put them in the dungeon. Dun Dun Da! But luckily Maxwell had the jam jar in his pocket! Hooray! Luckily the King and Queen didn’t see it or they would be in massive trouble. They opened the door because it was easy to open. They got back on the ship, went back to the magical kingdom of dogs and puppies and became King and Queen! They lived happily ever after!
T h e e n d!
B y L ucy A g la n d a n d T a r a W o n g!
Today's debate topic, against Holy Trinity, was 'You should not be able to get your driving licence until you are 18'. The Sts Peter & Paul team, consisting of Claire, Eloise and Santina argued for the negative. Both teams had strong, compelling arguments, making the judges' job quite difficult. Congratulations to Holy Trinity for winning the debate and a huge congratulations to our Santina for winning the best speaker award.
Saints Peter and Paul Cross Country Carnival this Friday 25th September
The big races are only 2 days away and the kids are getting excited!!! Everyone has had at least one opportunity to walk the course around the school to familiarise themselves with it. We are encouraging all students to wear their house colour shirt with their sport uniform on Friday. If you would like your child to have the special canteen lunch that Mrs R is preparing, please see Qkr. The rough distances for each age group are included below.
5, 6 and 7 years (1 shorter lap)
8 years 1000m (1 big lap)
9 and 10 years 1500m/200m (2 big laps)
11 and 12 years 3000m (3 laps)
Unfortunately due to current restrictions in place we will be unable to have any parents in attendance.
Weather permitting, races will be starting at 9.25am. As the students will be running around the church for part of the course, we're kindly asking that the carpark and Boake Place remain clear of traffic if at all possible from 9.15am until 11am. Thank you so much for your assistance with this.
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions about our cross country carnival. email@example.com
Hockey Clinics last session tomorrow (Thursday 24th September)
Thank you to Hockey ACT for providing our students with this sporting experience over the last 4 weeks.
Gymnastics Clinics next term
All students in Kindergarten, Year One and Year Two will be participating in some gymnastics sessions run by the Woden Valley Gymnastics Club in Term 4. We are able to provide these sessions to these students as a result of Sporting Schools Plus funding that we received earlier in the year. More information about which day these sessions will be running on can be found here in the coming weeks.
CANTEEN IS CASHLESS
Families can make contactless payment 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” for your child/children to go to the canteen
to collect something at lunchtime.
Do you want to win a $2 voucher to spend in the canteen? Simply purchase fresh or frozen fruit from the canteen and be in the weekly draw to WIN!!!
Fruit incentive ticket WINNER for last week was Charlie C, 2W. Congratulations Charlie, you have won a $2.00 voucher, to spend at the canteen.
Please see Mrs R at the canteen to collect your voucher.
Healthy Kids, Healthy Bodies, Healthy Canteens
Friday 25 September
Are you having a lunch order on cross country day? Well, a set menu has been designed just for you for that day only!
Menu: sausage roll or party pies (2) or chicken schnitzel or 2 mini quiche (GF) or cheese & spinach roll (v)
or salad box (v) or fried rice (gf) or vegetarian slice (gf)
with a bottle of water, a pkt of chips and a bag of lollies.
Orders can be made via Qkr! FOR CATERING PURPOSES, place an order now!
Please note the above set menu is the only food available for students on that day.
Canteen will be open for counter sales at lunchtime using daily canteen vouchers only.
Thank you, Lauretta Raccosta, Canteen
Lauretta.Raccosta@cg.catholic.edu.au or 6281 1932
Healthy Kids, Healthy Bodies, Healthy Canteens
There are a LOT of items in our lost property cupboard in front of our canteen. Please send your child to have a look for any lost items.
Any items left in the cupboard will be thrown out or donated.
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 Summer Uniform price list.
Spring is here! Get in early and beat the rush.
Summer School Uniform now available on Qkr!
UNIFORM SHOP BOOKINGS
With the need for physical distancing amongst adults DUE TO COVID19, the Uniform Shop will be appointment only on Tuesday mornings for Summer Uniform purchases over the next coming weeks. Please click on the link below to book your time slot.
A reminder that items ordered through QKR! will be delivered to your child’s classroom to be sent home.
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 resaleable order. The uniform shop is asking for NO MORE donations of white sports tops please.
Please give any used second-hand uniform to Mrs R in the canteen, Thank you.
CHAMPION CHEESE MUFFINS
2 cups grated cheese
1 1/2 cups self raising flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbs sugar
Pinch cayenne pepper
Handful garden herbs, chives or parsley
1 cup milk
Preheat oven to 210 degrees and grease a 12 hole muffin pan.
Place cheese, flour, salt sugar, cayenne pepper and herbs into a large bowl. Mix lightly with fingertips to combine.
Beat the egg and milk together in a small separate bowl.
Pour the wet mixture into the dry and fold together, taking care not to over mix.
Spoon the mixture into prepared pan and bake for approximately 12 minutes or until the mixture springs back when pressed in the middle.
This recipe is on page 13 of our 50th Anniversary Cookbook and was donated by the Grove family.
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.
IT'S HOLIDAY TIME!!
Relax; read a book; go for a walk; do a jigsaw puzzle; kick a ball around; read another book; shoot some hoops; go to the zoo; do a crossword puzzle; play in a park; go for a bike ride; go to the cinema; listen to music; read; garden; go for a drive; do some shopping; play netball; binge watch a TV show; play with lego; nap; read another book; walk the dog; play with the cat; cook something yummy; do some rock climbing; dance; watch a movie and ...... read another book.
We are so lucky in Canberra, there is plenty for families to do together.
WODEN VALLEY YOUTH CHOIR
Woden Valley Youth Choir has provided a music education to hundreds of students from ACT and surrounding region for over 50 years.
WVYC offers a dynamic choral programme for young people aged 8 to 25 and we are proud to provide so many positive benefits to our members: the value of learning to sing with confidence, positive self-esteem, and performance skills, which will hold them in good stead for the rest of their lives.
WVYC is a not-for-profit community choir with a strong music education programme.
We don’t just sing – we become musicians.
Auditions for young people going into year 3 next year through to college age will be held in late September and early October prior to first term 4 rehearsal on Tuesday October 13. We have vacancies in all choirs and are especially keen to audition more young men for our changing and changed voices choir, Centauri Voices. For more information on auditions please go to
and download an application form or email firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:email@example.com> or phone 1300 599 655.