- PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE
- RELIGIOUS EDUCATION NEWS
- DATES TO REMEMBER
- HAPPY BIRTHDAY
- SCHOOL DIRECTORY
- SCHOOL COUNSELLOR 2021
- LIBRARY NEWS
- LEARNING SUPPORT NEWS AND TIPS
- YEAR 6 NEED YOUR HELP
- CANTEEN NEWS
- CANTEEN - VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
- UNIFORM SHOP
- RECIPES FROM MRS MOORE
- SOMETHING FUN TO DO WITH YOUR KIDS
- GUITAR TUITION
- MERICI COLLEGE
- TENNIS OPEN DAY - WESTERN CREEK
"Above all the grace and gifts that Christ gives to his beloved is that of overcoming self.”
St Francis of Assisi
Dear Parents and Carers
This year’s theme is ‘Gifted by Grace’ and the phrase comes from St Paul’s letter to the Romans. Grace is a gift given without merit: that is to say, it is given wholly and completely without conditions. We have all had times in our lives when we have experienced a greater awareness of others or of our connectedness to the earth and our community or a greater sense of peace that seems to be wholly without cause. In our faith tradition, we would say these are moments of grace, which means they are moments of experiencing God’s love. At Sts Peter and Paul, we believe that our students are gifted by grace and as such are called to live lives greater than they, and we, can currently imagine.
Parent Information Night
Last night we held our Parent Information Night. A large number of parents attended and I would like to thank the parent body for their support of the night. Parents had the opportunity to hear of the educational direction of the school as well as meet their child’s teacher/s. My thanks to all the school staff for their support of the night. If you were unable to attend last night, please contact your child’s teacher for a term overview.
Opening School Mass
This Friday, we are celebrating our opening school Mass for the year. It is the first time we have been able to celebrate Mass, as a whole school community, since the opening school Mass last year. At our Mass, we will also commission our Year 6 leaders. The parents of our Year 6 students are invited to attend. I hope that in time, with the lessoning of COVID restrictions, we are in a position to invite all of our parents to our school Masses and other whole school gatherings. This Sunday, at 9.30am Mass at Holy Trinity Curtin, the school staff are being commissioned at Mass. This is an important recognition of our connection to the parish and the fact that we are part of something bigger than the school itself. Parents are invited to attend.
School Census Data Information
Included in this newsletter is a letter from the Federal Government concerning census data. Please read the letter and let the school know if you have any concerns. If you need to update any of your details, please submit through the SZapp Change of Details tile.
Leonie Anstey Visit
Next week, Leonie Anstey, our Maths coach, is returning to Sts Peter and Paul to work with the staff over two days. Aside from running a staff meeting, Leonie will meet and work with staff and support us in our growth in teaching Maths. Leonie is a great resource for the school and provides a great deal of support.
Have a wonderful week with your families.
Word of God Reflection
A major theme of the Scripture readings this Sunday is 'Turn to the Lord to be healed'. The first reading relates an old Jewish practice of branding as unclean those who have leprosy and setting them apart from the community. It may also symbolise current practices of labelling persons and groups and excluding them from the community. In the reading from the First Letter to the Corinthians, Paul calls upon the people to build up the community by imitating those people who imitate Christ. The leper in the Gospel reading did not wait for Jesus to come to him; he recognised his affliction and turned to Jesus for healing. Jesus healed him and sent him back to the community.
Adapted from Lisa-Marie Calderone-Stewart
On Friday, we will celebrate Mass as a school community for the first time in 2021. Due to current restrictions in the Church, parents of Year 6 students only will be invited to attend. We look forward to this important occasion to officially commission our wonderful Year 6 leaders.
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Families of Year 3 students who have been baptised are invited to enrol their child for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. There is a parent information night commencing at 5:30pm via Zoom (for hosts, parents start at 6pm). More information and documents will be emailed home today. Below are the key details relating to the Sacrament. If you have any question, please feel welcome to contact me via email: email@example.com
Friday 19th February 2021
|Return of enrolment form, fees and host nominations.|
|Tuesday, 16th February||
5.30pm: A Zoom Information Night for Family Group Hosts
6:00pm A Zoom Introductory Night for all Parents of students making their Reconciliation
February -March (various dates)
|Four family group meetings to be held before the children’s retreat|
Sunday 14th March
|Reconciliation Candidate Presentation Mass|
|Friday 19th March||Children’s Retreat Day|
|Saturday 27th March||Reconciliation Sacrament Commences|
Religious Education Coordinator (Acting)
DATES TO REMEMBER
|24 Feb - 26 Feb||Yr 6 camp|
|Tuesday 23 Feb||Bookings for Parent/Teacher interviews available online (information to follow later)|
|Friday 26 Feb||9.30 - 10.45||Playgroup|
|Wednesday 3 March to Friday 5 March||Parent/Teacher interviews|
|Friday 5 March||'Journey With Jesus' retreat for Years 5 & 6|
|Tuesday 9 March||Swimming Carnival|
Every year the Parent Network compiles a School Directory to assist parents and families make contact, or organise social events and activities. The details published in this directory are only those which you voluntarily provide.
Please see the attached form for more details. All information must be received by Friday, 12th February 2021 to be included in the directory. Please email the completed form to: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would prefer a hard copy of the form, please collect from the front office and return by the due date. Thank you.
My name is Nadia Ho and I have been part of the CatholicCare Student and Family Counselling team since January 2021. I worked as a behavioural therapist for 9 years across Sydney and Canberra in the past.
I am a Social Worker and also studied psychology in university. I am experienced in working with and delivering therapies for children with disabilities aged from 2 to 12. I have practised evidenced based methods, such as applied behavioural analysis and play therapy. My role as a social worker provides changes to the tradition therapy models. I promote therapy to be family focused, relationship focused, autonomy and right focused therapy. I have passion for working with children and their families to improve their wellbeing.
I can be reached via email email@example.com
We look forward to working with you and your school throughout 2021!
It was wonderful to meet so many parents at the Parent Information Night last night.
Along with the rest of the staff, I hope that you and your family have a wonderful year at Sts Peter and Paul.
Thank you to everyone who has placed an order through Book Club! It is wonderful that we will have lots of reward money (20% of sales go to the Library).
Orders close Friday Week 3 19th February.
All orders are placed online.
Click here to access an online version: https://www.scholastic.com.au/book-club/book-club-parents/
Just a reminder that students Kinder-Year 4 must have a library bag to borrow books. Please encourage your child to borrow each week. It is a wonderful opportunity to read something that may not be on the shelves at home.
Thank you also for covering your child’s Library workbook (Years 2-6). Please try to use clear contact on the front so the label is visible.
Reading at home is also a wonderful way to inspire your child/ren to pick up a book! Just 20 minutes a day can make a big difference.
Book Orientation is a crucial part of the whole process of a child’s reading and it allows the child to make a good attempt at reading on their own. The goal is to do just enough, but not too much to support their reading so that the child will read well, with normal problems to solve, and finish the session feeling satisfied with themselves.
Slightly different strategies are used depending on the reader’s level of experience.
The goal is for children to familiarize themselves with the words, learn about the story and understand the pictures. To read, children use their known words (sight words) and use reading strategies to predict unknown words. (These strategies are found on the strategies bookmark)
- Talk about the characters, the actions and the pictures
- Read any names of characters
- Bring into the discussion any unusual words or concepts
- Discuss the pictures
- NOW It is the child’s turn to read the book.
- Let them point to the words and hold the book themselves (NB: always leave the pictures visible, never cover the pictures)
Readers with one to three years experience
The goal here is for the children to understand the whole story and to read aloud on rehearsed text.
- Look through the whole book, discussing the story, characters, actions etc
- Ask questions to encourage the child to predict what they think is going to happen in the story
- Allow time for the child to look at the text to rehearse some reading, remembering to use word strategies (found on the strategy bookmark)
- NOW they can read the book to you.
Readers with more than three years experience
The goal is to help the child be alert to, and have an opinion of, what the book is about so that this information helps with predicting meaning and solving problems.
- Look at the title, pictures and ‘blurb’
- By working together try and predict what the book is about.
- The reader then reads silently through the book
- Check if there were any problems and how they were overcome.
- NOW begin listening to a sample of reading when the person is ready. You will be listening to reading that has already been rehearsed.
THE 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” via Qkr! for your child/children to go to the canteen to collect something at lunchtime.
Healthy Kids, Healthy Bodies, Healthy Canteens
Are you able to help out in the canteen in 2021?
Parent/carer helpers are most welcome in the Canteen. A lending hand is always required and very much appreciated. Helping in the Canteen is a great opportunity to meet new people and make a valuable contribution to the school. No doubt your child/ren will get a buzz from seeing you at the school.
So 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
A delicious cuppa will be provided!
Do you want to help out and have a little one with you? Well, bring your child along! We have the ability to set up a small area in front of the canteen where your child/ren can still see you and be safe.
Please complete the form below and drop it off to the front office or email me your details at email@example.com
I........................................................................................................... would like to volunteer for the roster.
Day(s) ☐ Wednesday ☐ Thursday ☐ Friday
☐ Weekly ☐ Fortnightly ☐ Monthly ☐ Twice a term ☐ Other………………………..……….…..…
Child’s name ………………………………………………..…. Class…………….……………………..…….
Contact Phone Number and/or E-Mail…………………………………………………………………….……
Or click on the link below to add your selected time to the roster.
Please ensure you have your WWVP card.
Thank you, Lauretta Raccosta,
Lauretta.Raccosta@cg.catholic.edu.au or 6281 1932
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.
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.
GF RASPBERRY AND ALMOND CAKE
2 cups frozen raspberries, thawed
1 cup caster sugar
2 cups almond meal (ground almonds)
1/2 cups extra raspberries, to serve
Preheat oven to 160 degrees, grease a 22cm round springform cake tin and line base and side with baking paper.
Place thawed raspberries in a bowl, then using a fork, mash to combine.
Beat eggs and sugar using an electric mixer on high for 8 to 10 minutes or until thick and glossy.
Using a metal spoon, gently fold in portions of raspberry and almond meal, alternating between the two until combined.
Pour mixture into the prepared tin and bake for 1 hour or until golden and firm.
Cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Top cake with the extra raspberries and serve.
This recipe is on page 84 of our 50th Anniversary Cookbook and was donated by Marie-Ann Barrett (fab Kinder teacher).
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.
In the spirit of St Valentine's Day this Sunday (and let's face it, even if you don't celebrate St V's Day, we can all use some love in our lives) let all the people in your family know how much you love them. Leave little love notes under pillows, in lunch boxes, in a drawer, tucked in a shoe ...... all over the house. ...... be inventive and make it fun!
Merici’s new Principal, Anna Masters, and her Executive are looking forward to meeting you at one or all of the College’s enrolment events.
This is a wonderful opportunity for prospective families to see the College in action, meet the students and staff, attend the Principal’s Address, Year 7 and 11 Information Evenings and lots more.
The College is enrolling now for 2022 and beyond!
Please visit www.merici.college for all dates and information for Open Day, Be a Merici Girl Days and Talk and Tours.
Register online now!
Open Day and Year 7 2022 Information Night: Wednesday 28 April 2-4pm, 5.30-7.30pm
Be a Merici Girl Days: 22 April, 23 April, 6 May
Talk and Tours: 20 February, 27 March, 1 May, 21 August, 23 October
Telephone 02- 6243 4178 for all enquiries.