“…the rising Lord carries us with him as he goes.”
Peter Steele S.J., ‘Bread for the Journey’
Dear Parents and Carers
Today, our Year 2 students led the school in a reflection on Easter Sunday. It was beautifully told and told in such a way that it led us all into a deeper reflection on the Resurrection of Jesus. Of of all the things that we know about Jesus, Easter is the most important, and it is the determining factor in why we have our school, or why we have Churches, or why we call ourselves Christians. Equally important, as the quote above states, is that Jesus’ resurrection in turn brings about our own resurrection. Physical death, and all the small deaths that can assail us all in life – death of a dream, of a relationship, of hope and vitality – do not have to have the final word. Year Two’s reflection today reminded us that God’s love for us brings out new opportunities for life and love, especially when we least expect it. My thanks to Mary de Smet, Nic Marsham and Sarah Walsh, and all our students in Year 2, for their beautifully told reflection.
Two days ago, we had a pupil free day and spent much of the day in Professional Learning workshops. We learnt about the Science of Reading and High Impact Teaching Practices. Both presentations were based on the science of learning and founded in research that demonstrates and explicitly states the ideal conditions and methods under which children learn. It was a very good day and we will continue to explore ways in which we can enact many of the principles of practice that Monday’s professional learning outlined.
This Thursday, the school has an in-school presentation: the Giants Science Show. The children will have the opportunity, in smaller grade groups, to experience some live, interactive science, similar to some of the exhibits and experiences that can be had, for example, at Questacon. It should be engaging, fun and educative. My thanks to Sean Rutledge for coordinating the visit of the Giants.
The official Enrolment Period for all Catholic Schools begins next week, and lasts for 3 weeks. We have begun our Open Days and held our first one for this term today, which was well attended. The remaining open days are on Tuesday April 27, Wednesday May 5 and Monday May 10. All times are from 9 am - 11 am. There is also an Information Night on Tuesday April 27, at 6 p.m., in the STEM room. All new and prospective parents are very welcome. Interest in Sts Peter and Paul has been very good and our enrolments for Kindergarten 2022 are growing.
Cross Country Carnival
This Friday we are holding our annual Cross Country Carnival. Unlike last year, we are able to hold the day at Edison Park and it will be a great day for the students. My thanks to Mary de Smet for all of her hard work in organising and coordinating the carnival.
Year 6 Leadership Day
With the separation of Grades 5/6 into two separate grades, we have the opportunity to provide our Year 6 students with some special leadership opportunities, and to highlight their role as leaders of the school. They are having four special Leadership Days this year, and Friday week sees the second of these days take place. The children are having a day with BFirm and it promises to be a great deal of fun, whilst also teaching the students about important qualities such as resilience and collaboration. My thanks to our two Year 6 teachers, Paul Jenkins and Sarah Kennelly, for all of their excellent work in preparing the days. https://bfirm.com.au/
Have a wonderful week with your families.
Compass Parent Portal
Our Compass Parent Portal is ready to go live for parents to communicate with teachers, submit absence notes and change or update details. In the coming days, you will receive an email to your nominated email address with your username and password attached and information regarding how to login into the Compass Portal. The Portal can be accessed through any web browser by visiting https://stpandp-act.compass.education/ or downloading the Compass School Manager App through your App store. At the end of this term, the Portal will also be the distribution point for Semester reports and booking Parent Teacher Interviews. Please contact Sean Rutledge if you would like support making the switch to the Compass Portal.
Congratulations to Eliana B, Lucy B and Gill F who celebrated their First Reconciliation recently. Please keep the students who will make this Sacrament in the coming weeks in your prayers. May they know God’s healing grace.
Easter Sunday Liturgy
Thank you to Year 2 students and teachers for preparing a prayerful Easter Sunday Liturgy.
This Sunday is traditionally known as Good Shepherd Sunday. Two major themes emerge from the readings: an image of the one who saves; and the power of salvation itself. The one who saves is not a mighty warrior, instead, he is the one who was rejected. The one who saves is the cornerstone of the building, holding it together, forming a firm foundation so that the structure will not collapse. The one who saves is a lowly shepherd, entrusted with sheep, not with the affairs of state. The one who saves is an unlikely saviour. This characterisation should give us pause. Is it possible that we have been looking for a saviour in the wrong places?
God’s saving power flows from steadfast covenant love. It broke open the world in the death and resurrection of Jesus and it overflows as healing grace. The saving power in the name of Jesus, a name that itself means ‘saviour’, is for all people. Furthermore, it is for all time; God’s mercy endures forever.
Adapted from Greg Sunter
25th April –4th Sunday in Easter Year B
Religious Education Coordinator (Acting)
|KM||Lucy C||Alasdair D||Jaden|
|KW||Joseph S||Cruz A||Tracy C|
|1M||Lachlan R||Violet P||Henry C|
|1W||Anaya T||Isaac G||Mia S R|
|2M||Ryan N-D||Evie B||Archit S|
|2W||Abel S S||
|3/4B||William D||Isabella T||Aria N|
|3/4W||Lucas S||Mia T||Jeremy D|
|5M||Ayman B||James B||Amelia W|
|5W||Abby E||Freya D||Audrey B|
|6M||Lucy B||Ethan G||Lugman O|
|6W||Estrella S||Tareq A||Greta B|
Principal's Award: Zoe T, 5M
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): Toby T, 3/4W; Gabriel McC, 3/4M
Canteen Awards: Charlotte M, 5M; Sophie G, 5W; Freya D, 5W; James O’M, 3/4M; Isabella M, 5M; Elke S, 5M; Kolbe T, 1W; Jordyn G, 5W
Welcome back to Term 2! We have a very fun and exciting term coming up in the Library.
Library Lessons for Term 2 have changed for some classes
Mondays- Year 5M & 5W (on weeks with public holidays students are welcome to come and borrow books on Tuesdays)
Tuesdays- Year 6M, 6W, 3/4M and 3/4B (Year 3 & 4 students need a Library bag to borrow)
Wednesdays- Kinder M, Kinder W, Year 1M and Year 3/4W (remember your Library bag)
Thursdays- Year 1W, Year 2M and Year 2W (remember your Library bag)
Term 2 Library dates to remember:
- Scholastic Book Fair! Our book fair is on before (8:15am-9:00am) and after school (3:15-5:00pm) Tuesday 18th May, Wednesday 19th May and Thursday 20th May (Week 5).
- Eftpos and cash facilities will be available. Students will be viewing the books and items available in Week 4 and will bring home a ‘wish list’ (please note- you do not have to purchase all or any of the items on the list).
- This is our major fundraiser for our school Library and we would love as many children as possible to participate!
- If you think you would like to volunteer to help out with the Book Fair I will be giving more information in next week’s newsletter. I would be very grateful for any help offered!!
- National Simultaneous storytime is happening on Wednesday 19th May at 11am and all students will participate in the Hall. Scholastic is over the moon to launch Give me some Space! written and illustrated by Philip Bunting for an out of this world event in 2021! The book will be read by an astronaut on board the International Space Station simultaneously with over 1 million kids here on Earth!
- We will be holding some fun competitions to do with NSS in the coming weeks so look out for more details coming soon!
- Chief Minister’s Reading Challenge. It is fantastic to see that some students have already completed their reading challenge! Kinder, Year 1 and Year 2 classes are completing their reading challenge as classes and are already half-way through!!
- A huge thank you to the Parents, Carers and Teachers for helping and encouraging students to continue to complete the challenge.
- The challenge finishes in August so there is still plenty of time!!
- The Library @ Lunchtime: The Library will be open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays during lunchtime (after eating time). Please remind your children to come as it is a great place to read, sit, draw or talk quietly.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions regarding the Library or borrowing.
ACT Swimming Carnival
Congratulation to Lucy D, Luqman O, Lucas S, Elke S, Ava T 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 next Wednesday 28th April.
Saints Peter and Paul Cross Country Carnival this 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.
Thank you so much to all of the parents who have let me know that they are able to help out on the day. You should receive an email from me today in relation to this and we look forward to seeing you at Eddison Park on Friday.
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 week. I have been watching the weather forecast closely after the rescheduling that occurred last year and I am pleased to say that it looks like it’s going to be a fantastic day.
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.
Saints Peter and Paul Athletics Carnival save the date
Our school athletics carnival will be held on Friday 4th June (Week 7) at Woden Park. Please watch out for more information in relation to this coming on SZapp (located in the ‘Feed’ section) in the coming weeks.
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. (email@example.com) Thank you so much for your assistance with this.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Hopefully I’ll be able to help you out!
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 3 Term 2
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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?
If you have any spare time and would like to help out in the canteen, PLEASE feel free to contact me through email at email@example.com
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 Tunic stocks are low in 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.
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup plain flour
2/3 cup brown sugar
2/3 cup coconut
125 g butter
2 tbs golden syrup
2 tbs water
1 tsp bicarb soda
Preheat oven to 180 degrees and line two trays with baking paper.
Mix oats, flour, brown sugar and coconut in medium bowl.
Place the butter, golden syrup and water in a saucepan over medium heat and stir until melted.
Add the bicarb soda and remove from heat.
Mix dry and wet ingredients together, then shape the mixture into small balls, place on prepared trays and press each down lightly.
Bake biscuits for 10 minutes or until golden.
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.