- PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE
- RELIGIOUS EDUCATION NEWS
- COMPASS PARENT PORTAL
- DATES TO REMEMBER
- HAPPY BIRTHDAY
- LIBRARY NEWS
- SPORTS NEWS
- CANTEEN NEWS
- UNIFORM SHOP
- RECIPES FROM STS P AND P'S KITCHEN GARDEN
- SOMETHING FUN TO DO WITH YOUR KIDS
- ST MARY MCKILLIOP COLLEGE OPEN DAYS
- VINNIES KNOCK ON EFFECT CAMPAIGN
- SCHOOL SPORT ACT
- ACU BLACKFRIARS SERIES
- HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS
- GUITAR TUITION
Dear Parents and Carers
“Christ shared our experience; he suffered as we suffer; he died as we shall die, and for forty days in the desert he underwent the struggle between good and evil.”
Cardinal Basil Hume
This week is Holy Week and it culminates with the resurrection of Christ. Each grade is retelling the story of Holy Week throughout the course of the week. Yesterday, our Year 1 students retold the story of Palm Sunday and Jesus’ reception into Jerusalem. Today, 3/4M students retold the story of the Last Supper and tomorrow, our 5/6 students tell the story of the crucifixion of Jesus. Our Kindergarten students will retell the story of the Resurrection at the beginning of Term 2. My thanks to all of our teachers for their support and to all of the students for leading the school so well in our Easter reflections.
Year 6 Leadership Day
Last Friday, our Year Students attended a Leadership Day with BFirm. By all accounts, the students had an excellent day and benefited a great deal from the activities (our Facebook page shares many photos of the day). The day stressed resilience, grit and teamwork, essential qualities for leadership and skills that benefit us all in life. My thanks to Sarah Kennelly and Paul Jenkins for organising the day. The second Leadership Day is in Week 2 of Term 2.
Our Year 3 students have finished the Sacrament of Reconciliation program and are now receiving the Sacrament for the first time. The students are staggered over a number of Saturdays and Sundays and our first recipients received the sacrament last Saturday. They were: Lucia M, Xavier H and Ciara F. Congratulations to our students for this step in their faith. I am very proud of you all. My thanks to our wonderful teaching staff, the parents who led the family group sessions, and to Fr John Woods, for his excellent support and encouragement.
A reminder that our enrolment period begins next term. We have four remaining open days:
- Wednesday April 21st, 9am – 11am
- Tuesday April 27, 9am – 11am
- Wednesday May 5th, 9am – 11am
- Monday May 10th, 9am – 11am
Our Information Night is Tuesday April 27th, at 6pm.
A reminder that the first day of Term 2 is a Pupil Free Day for all Catholic Primary Schools in the A.C.T., as we are having a professional development day on ‘Catalyst’, CE’s education initiative. School resumes for students on Tuesday, April 20th.
Have a wonderful Easter and a good holiday with your family.
Congratulations to our students who celebrated their First Reconciliation on Saturday. Please keep the students who will make this Sacrament in the coming weeks in your prayers. May they know God’s healing Grace.
Holy Week Masses
- Holy Thursday, Mass of the Lord's Supper, 7.30pm, Thursday, 1 April, Holy Trinity Church, Curtin,
- Good Friday, Stations of the Cross, 10.00am, Friday, 2 April, Holy Trinity Church, Curtin
- Good Friday, Commemoration of the Lord's Passion, 3.00pm, Friday, 2 April, Holy Trinity Church, Curtin
- Easter Vigil, 7.30pm, Saturday, 3 April, Holy Trinity Church, Curtin.
- Easter Sunday, 9.30am and 5.30pm Masses, Sunday, 4 April, Holy Trinity Church, Curtin
Palm Sunday and Last Supper Liturgies
Thank you to Year 1 students and teachers for preparing a prayerful Palm Sunday Liturgy. Thank you to 3/4M students and Mrs Kain for an insightful Last Supper Liturgy.
Faith Reflection Easter Sunday - John 20:1-9
The discovery of the empty tomb – although so simply told – is an astounding event that completes the Paschal Mystery: the passion, death AND resurrection of Jesus. Whilst Christ’s willingness to go to his death on the cross was an extraordinary statement of God’s love for humankind, it is His rising again from death that offers all Christian people hope. It is the second disciple – the one whom Jesus loved – who is the first to grasp the meaning of what has happened inside the tomb. The Gospel tells us that upon entering the tomb and seeing Jesus’ burial cloths lying there, ‘he saw and he believed’. Unlike the later encounters with the risen Lord, this disciple recognised the truth and significance of what he saw in the empty tomb. He didn’t need to see the risen Lord to believe. Perhaps it is he that we today can best identify with. Not in a position to physically encounter the risen Christ, we are capable of seeing the signs of his resurrection and continuing presence in the world and choose to believe.
Adapted from Greg Sunter
Vinnies Knock On Effect
Vinnies changes lives every day, but they need our help. During the month of March, Vinnies is running the Knock On Effect campaign to highlight the knock on effects that donations, fundraising and raising awareness can have. With over 2 million people living below the poverty line in Australia, including over half a million children, your contribution allows the St Vincent de Paul Society to provide more than immediate help, it provides something much more valuable - the opportunity of a better life. Please join us in supporting those who need a hand up in challenging times.
4th April – Easter Sunday Year B
Religious Education Coordinator (Acting)
Compass Parent Portal
The roll out of the Compass Parent Portal will begin next term. The community council were given a live demonstration of the Parent Portal last week and approved the timeline for transition next term. See the attached flyer that includes information related to the features and benefits contained in Compass.
At the beginning of next term we will send home Login details to parents to access the portal. We will have a period of 5 weeks that will be used to trouble shoot and support parents to move to the Compass Parent Portal. Mr Rutledge will run support sessions to help people over to the new platform next term, information will be included in the Week 1 Term 2 Newsletter.
You will also see a new Sign Kiosk System installed in the front office in the coming weeks which will have Compass integration. Using these systems will remove a huge admin load for teachers and ultimately give them more time to focus on teaching and learning in classrooms.
Chief Minister’s Reading Challenge
Every year, tens of thousands of students across the ACT participate in the Chief Minister’ Reading Challenge. The Challenge aspires to allow every young person in the ACT to discover the joy reading can bring. Sts Peter and Paul Primary is proud to have every child registered in the Challenge!
The 2021 Chief Minister’s Reading Challenge ambassadors are local authors Jack Heath, Tracey Hawkins, Irma Gold, Harry Laing, Virginia Haussegger, Stephanie Owen Reed and Tania McCartney: and CEO of the Healing Foundation, Fiona Cornforth, a Wuthathi descendant and member of the Canberra Community. CMRC Ambassadors will share their experiences as writers, story tellers and readers. The Challenge is grateful for the support of the event sponsor, Paperchain Bookstore-Manuka.
We are hoping that one of these fantastic authors will visit us at school in Term 2.
Thank you to all of the students for a wonderful term :) We have done lots of learning in the Library during our lessons and of course lots of reading and borrowing! I look forward to seeing everyone next term! Have a happy Easter and safe and enjoyable break.
Year 1 work
Year 2 work
Year 3/4 work
Year 5/6 work
South/Weston Region Swimming Carnival
Well done to all our students who participated in this event last Thursday. A special congratulations goes to Ava T, Luqman O, Stella H and Zoe T who have been selected to represent the South/Weston Region at the ACT swimming carnival. We wish you all the best in your events on Wednesday 28th April.
Saints Peter and Paul Swimming Carnival Ribbons
A huge congratulations to all students who received ribbons at our morning assemblies for their stellar swimming efforts at our school carnival. Any parents who missed watching their 11 and 12 year old children receiving ribbons please accept my apology. I looked at the wrong dates on the calendar when informing you about when these were going to be handed out.
Well done to the following students who were our age champions:
Junior: Stella H, Cooper L and Lucas S
11 Years: Ava T, Zoe T and Nathan B
Senior: Greta B and Luqman O
Saints Peter and Paul Cross Country Carnival Friday 23rd April (Term Two, Week 1)
at Eddison Park Woden
Students in Years 2-6 will be leaving school at 9:15am and travelling by foot to Eddison Park. Students in Kindergarten and Year 1 will be leaving school at 9.50am. All students will return to school at 11am. (Please note that these are approximate times.) As this is considered a local area excursion, permission notes are not required for children to participate.
Please find information below in relation to the time and approximate distance your child/ren will be running on the day.
Age and Distance
12 years 3000m (3 laps)
9 years 1500m (2 big laps)
10 years 2000m (2 big laps)
11 years 3000m (3 laps)
8 years 1000m (1 big lap)
Year One. 6 and 7 years (1 short lap)
Kindergarten 5 years (1 short lap)
Due to current COVID restrictions, we kindly ask all parents attending the carnival in any capacity to use the Saints Peter and Paul Check in Canberra App QR code on the day, which will be located near the recording table, (sign in and out sheets will also be found here if you do not have a smartphone) and observe the 1.5m social distancing measures currently in place.
On the day, children may wear a house colour t-shirt instead of their school sport shirt if they would like. (If you’re not sure what your child’s house colour is, please ask their teacher. The houses and colours they represent are; Red – Cooyal, Yellow – Bangalong, Green – Iraga and Blue – Talara.)
Children will need to apply sunscreen before coming to school and bring their hat and drink bottle with them to Eddison Park. If your child/ren would like to make posters and bring mascots to support their house, they are most welcome to. However, we kindly ask that no crepe paper, streamers or glitter be used when creating these.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE NORMAL CANTEEN MENU WILL BE AVAILABLE ON THIS DAY, NOT A SPECIAL LUNCH AS WAS WRITTEN IN THE NOTE SENT OUT ON SZAPP. Please accept my apologies for this error.
We would appreciate the help of parents who are able to act as timekeepers, marshals and course markers. If you are able to help out, please complete the Parent Assistance section on SZapp (located in the ‘Feed’ section) no later than Tuesday 20th April. All parent volunteers will be meeting at Eddison Park near the bridge closest to our school, at approximately 9.10am. A big thank you to all the parents who have already submitted their intention to help. You will receive information in relation to this via email on Wednesday 21st April.
Holding this carnival enables us to select students to represent our school at the South/Weston Region Cross Country Carnival on Wednesday 2nd June. Students who are turning 8 and over this year may be considered for representative selection. Information in relation to parents/spectators attending the regional carnival will be shared with you when it becomes available to us.
We’re looking forward to a cracking day of running together to end the first week of Term Two.
If you think your child may qualify for the South/Weston Region Cross Country Carnival, please have a look at the information below.
South/Weston Region Cross Country Carnival Wednesday 2nd June
at Stromlo Forest Park, Opperman Avenue, Stromlo.
If your child is selected to represent our school at the regional carnival, they will receive information in relation to this soon after our school carnival. Please be aware that there will be a quick turnaround for bringing these notes back, as nominations need to be submitted to the convening school for organisational purposes.
If there are any parents out there that would like to coach, or know of a teenager that would like to coach, the Year Three netball team, please get in contact with Lucy Webb to let her know. (firstname.lastname@example.org) Thank you so much for your assistance with this.
ACT Futsal Primary School Day Monday 7th June
If you think your child/ren may be interested in participating in this event, please watch out for information in relation to this coming on SZapp early in Term Two.
School Sport ACT Calendar
Term and Week
Day and Date
Term Two, Week 2
Wednesday 28th April
ACT 12&U Swimming Championships
(Stromlo Leisure Centre)
Term Two, Week 2
Friday 30th April
ACT Primary Tennis Boys and Girls
(Register Online/Entry Criteria)
Term Two, Week 3
Monday 3rd May
ACT 12&U Golf
(Yowani Golf Club)
Term Two, Week 7
Wednesday 2nd June
Primary South/Weston Cross Country
Term Two, Week 8
Monday 7th June
ACT Futsal Primary School Day
(Years 3/4 and 5/6)
Term Two, Week 9
Wednesday 16th June
ACT 12&U Cross Country Championships
If you ever have any questions about anything related to Sport, please don’t hesitate to get in touch email@example.com Hopefully I’ll be able to help you out!
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.
Canten roster - Week 1, Term 2
|Help needed please|
Please contact me if you are unable to make your shift, Thank you.
Are you able to help out in the canteen?
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 2 canteen roster available now
Click on the link below to add your selected time to the roster.
Please ensure you have your WWVP card.
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.
Winter is almost here! Get in early and beat the rush.
Winter School Uniform now available on Qkr!
Winter Tunic stocks are low at the uniform shop. Despite an order being placed early February, we’ve been advised that the Winter Tunics will not arrive till late May. For this reason, we are asking that only 1 Tunic per child be purchased till stock arrives.
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.
MRS P'S ROCKY ROAD
3 x 200g blocks Cadbury milk chocolate
1 pkt jelly snakes
1 pkt milk bottle lollies
1 pkt marshmallows
1 cup unsalted peanuts
1 pkt raspeberry lollies
1 cup desicated coconut
Anything else that you think will taste good!
Grease and line a 19cm x 29 cm (apporx) slice tin with baking paper.
Chop lollies roughly and place in a large bowl.
Melt chocolate in microwave for about 1 minute, check, may need another 20 seconds or so. Stir to completee melting.
Add chocolate to lollies and mix well.
Press mixture into prepared tin and refigerate for 2-3 hours until set.
This recipe is on page 25 of our 50th Anniversary Cookbook and was donated by staff member, Anne Perkovic.
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.
The holidays are nearly here!! Relax, go for a walk, read a book, play in the park, watch a movie, bake some cookies, play a board game, read another book, run; play fetch with a dog, go for a drive, read, move some furniture around, go to the cinema, cuddle each other, ride a bike, have a picnic, go out for dinner, have a Mario Kart tournment, research something, hug a cat, read another book ........ slow down and spend time together .......... just be.
Vinnies changes lives every day, but they need our help
During the month of March Vinnies is running the Knock On Effect campaign to highlight the knock on effects that donations, fundraising and raising awareness can have.
With over 2 million people living below the poverty line in Australia, including over half a million children, your contribution allows the St Vincent de Paul Society to provide more than immediate help, it provides something much more valuable - the opportunity of a better life.
Please join us in supporting those who need a hand up in challenging times.
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.