- PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE
- RELIGIOUS EDUCATION NEWS
- YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS
- DATES TO REMEMBER
- HAPPY BIRTHDAY
- LIBRARY NEWS
- SPORTS NEWS
- CANTEEN NEWS - ATHLETICS CARNIVAL
- UNIFORM SHOP
- GARDEN AND COOKING NEWS
- RECIPES FROM STS P AND P'S KITCHEN GARDEN
- SOMETHING FUN TO DO WITH YOUR KIDS
- BOOK LAUNCH
- CANBERRA YOUTH THEATRE AUDITIONS
- GUITAR TUITION
- TENNIS - FREE TRIAL
- SCHOOL SPORT ACT
Dear Parents and Carers
“By contrast, another word, ‘community’, when it is being used with some care, implies a sharing of strengths, and even a mutual fostering of individuality, in that the communing persons become more themselves, not less, by cooperating as they do.”
Peter Steele SJ, Bread for the Journey
On Sunday, we celebrated Pentecost, one of the great feast days of the Church, which celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit to the disciples. This experience was utterly transformative. As Steele writes, the disciples were transformed from a crowd into a community, a community formed for a common purpose, which allowed them to flourish as their different and individual gifts were put to a common purpose. This is part of the mission of Sts Peter and Paul: that we continue to grow as a community, not as a crowd or simply a group of people who work under the same roofline. It is as a community that our students can flourish and grow as individuals, and thereby grow the community at the same time. This term, we celebrate with our Year 6 students as they prepare for their own Pentecost, when they receive the Sacrament of Confirmation in week 9. My thanks to Fr John Woods, Sarah Kennelly, Paul Jenkins, Fron Garrett-Rumba and the parents of our students, for all of their work in preparing our students for this beautiful Sacrament.
Parent Teacher Interviews
Next week, information will be sent home to parents regarding parent/teacher interviews in week 9 of this term. This information will be sent home via Compass. I encourage all parents to book a time to meet with their teacher/s. Interviews will be for 15 minutes per student and provide a good opportunity to discuss with your child or children’s teachers the strengths, gifts, and areas of growth, that are applicable to your child or children. As I have written in previous newsletters, for this semester’s reports, for all Catholic systemic schools, there will be no comments. This is a decision taken by CE. The reason for this is that the report will be delivered to parents on a new platform (Compass), and as things currently stand, this platform does not allow for comments. My understanding is that this is being rectified, and while I cannot guarantee comments for the Semester 2 reports, they are more likely to be present.
Compass Parent Portal
Hopefully you have found the new Compass Parent Portal useful and communication more streamlined since its introduction earlier this term. Semester reports will be distributed and available anytime from the Parent Portal once they are published.
Some parents have had issues with the email they are using to login. We have found if this is the case, in many instances, using your individual username which is located on the email that was sent by Compass with login details has fixed the issue for many people. Another error we seem to have is using the browser on a mobile device to access the portal. If you are using a mobile device the best user experience is through the Compass mobile app which is found in the app store and play store.
If you are having issues logging in or using the Compass portal please contact the front office or email firstname.lastname@example.org
A reminder that this Friday night, from 6.30pm, there is a school disco for all students. The disco is in two parts. K – 2 students have their disco from 6.30 - 7.15pm and Years 3 – 6 from 7.30 - 8.30pm. My thanks to the Community Council and Sean Rutledge for organising the disco and to Jungle Jerry, father of Kenzo in 3/4B who will be the DJ on the night. My thanks too to OSH Club, who are providing a food platter for parents.
A reminder that Friday next week sees Sts Peter and Paul hold the Athletics Carnival. It promises to be a wonderful day. My thanks to Mary de Smet for coordinating the day. Please email Mary or the front office if you are able to volunteer for the carnival.
Have a wonderful week with your families and enjoy the long weekend this weekend.
Gospel Reflection- Trinity Sunday
The Easter season celebrates some of the most important events and beliefs in Christian tradition. In the last seven weeks, we have remembered Jesus’ Last Supper with his friends (regarded as the institution or establishment of the Eucharist); Jesus’ death on the cross; the discovery of the empty tomb on Easter Sunday; the appearances of the Risen Lord to his disciples; the Ascension into Heaven; and finally, the Holy Spirit filling the disciples at Pentecost. They are events that have shaped Christian belief for nearly 2,000 years. They provide the basis of beliefs and teachings such as: Christ present in the Eucharist; the resurrection of Jesus and the hope of resurrection for all people; the divinity of Jesus; and the ongoing action of the Holy Spirit in the world. The period of Easter-Pentecost celebrates these truly momentous events, beliefs and teachings. Almost to round off this extraordinary focus on Christian beliefs and teachings, the Church this week celebrates the central doctrine of Christian faith: the Trinity. The belief in the Trinity is the belief that there are three ‘persons’ in the one Godhead: Father; Son; and Holy Spirit. The understanding and articulation of this doctrine occurred over time and was not until well after the writing of the gospels and other New Testament letters. Consequently, there are no specific scriptural passages that identify explicitly the doctrine of the Trinity. This week’s Gospel passage, the commissioning of the disciples from the Gospel of Matthew is perhaps the closest any New Testament writer comes to an expression of the Trinity when Jesus instructs the disciples to baptise ‘in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit’. The word ‘Trinity’ does not appear anywhere in the New Testament although one can certainly see the beginnings of ideas about a Trinitarian God. It was not until 325, at the Council of Nicea, that the doctrine of the trinity was established as being orthodox teaching. This council sought to officially define the relationship between the Father and the Son as a response to the arguments of Arius (later known as Arian heresy). The statement of beliefs developed by this council in 325 is the Creed (credo = I believe) that is used in Catholic churches around the world today.
Adapted from Greg Sunter
This Thursday, Confirmation candidates are reminded to attend Holy Trinity School hall at 5pm to decorate their stole with symbols of the Sacraments in preparation for Confirmation.
Next Thursday, 3 June, all Year 6 students will attend a retreat day at Holy Trinity Primary School to learn about the Sacrament of Confirmation and strengthen our connection as two schools within the same Parish.
|Thursday 27th May, at 5:00pm||Stole making night @ Holy Trinity|
|May-June (various dates)||
Four family group meetings to be held
before the children’s retreat
Saturday 5th 6:00pm
Sunday 6th June 9:30am
|Candidate Presentation Mass at Holy Trinity|
|Thursday June 3rd||
Children’s Retreat Day @ Holy Trinity
9:00 am -2:15pm
Tuesday 15th June
Wednesday 16th June
Sacrament of Confirmation at 6:00pm
at Holy Trinity Church
30/05/2021 Trinity Sunday
Praying with Children is an online resource that is designed for families with children to use at home.
It includes an extract from the Sunday gospel, along with some reflection questions, family activities and a short video to watch.
Religious Education Coordinator (Acting)
WOW~ Thank you to everyone who supported our BOOK FAIR!
We are beyond thrilled to announce that the Book Fair was a tremendous success… we had a whole school goal of 310 books and we ended up selling 500 books exactly!!
We made over $8000 in sales and we will receive over $2000 in Scholastic rewards to spend on books and resources in the Library!
I am overwhelmed by the generosity and support of both parents and staff of our school. Thank you to everyone who helped out with running the fair… and for everyone’s patience during the busy hours of the fair when the lines to purchase were long!
Congratulations to our colouring competition winners!
Mr Johns and Mr Rutledge had a very hard time judging the fantastic entries for our Book Fair Colouring In Competition! Congratulations to the winners who received a voucher to spend at the Book Fair and to our Runner Up students who chose a book from my Book Prize Box.
Year 6 Winner- Ciara 6W
Year 6 Runner Up- Matthew 6M
Year 5 Winner- Ella 5M
Year 5 Runner Up- Amelia 5W
Year 4 Winner- Jessica 3/4M
Year 4 Runner Up (tie)- Eleanor 3/4B
Lucas 3/4 W
Year 3 Winner- Lucy 3/4M
Year 3 Runner Up- Charlie 3/4M
Year 2 Winner- Lilah 2W
Year 2 Runner Up- Harper 2M
Year 1 Winner- Grace W 1W
Year 1 Runner Up- Hamish 1W
Kinder Winner- Phoebe KW
Kinder Runner Up- Isabella KM
Chief Minister’s Reading Challenge Ambassador Visit
Last Thursday, Dr Stephanie Owen Reeder, Ambassador for the CMRC came to visit Kinder, Year 1 and 2. What a fabulous morning learning all about being an author and reading some fabulous stories. Thank you to Stephanie for generously sharing her time and love of books with us… and of course for signing our school Library copies of her books! We are so lucky!
National Simultaneous Storytime
We also had another wonderful event last week- listening to Philip Bunting’s 'Give me some Space' book being read by Astronaut Shannon Walker. It was wonderful to see her in the International Space Station and our students were part of over 1.9 million students from around the world tuning in to listen to the story.
When I tagged author Philip Bunting to show him our awesome decorations for this week, he replied with:
“Astronomical thanks for supporting NSS- I really hoped everyone enjoyed the reading! Please say g’day to all of your Astronauts-in-waiting from me :)”.
Congratulations Sts Peter and Paul on a fantastic week of activities in the Library!
Please contact email@example.com if you have any questions regarding the Library or borrowing. Hopefully all books that were ordered through the book fair have been delivered to your children- should there be any issues please email me.
Keep reading and thank you again!
South/Weston Region Cross Country Carnival Wednesday 2nd June
at Stromlo Forest Park, Opperman Avenue, Stromlo.
Good luck to all of our students who will be participating in this event next Wednesday. We wish you all the best in your race.
SAINTS PETER AND PAUL ATHLETICS CARNIVAL HELPERS
WE WOULD APPRECIATE THE HELP OF PARENTS WHO ARE ABLE TO ACT AS TIMEKEEPERS, MARSHALS AND LONG JUMP, SHOT PUT AND K-2 NOVELTIES ASSISTANTS. IF YOU ARE ABLE TO HELP OUT, PLEASE SEND ME AN EMAIL (MARY.DESMET@CG.CATHOLIC.EDU.AU) LETTING ME KNOW YOUR PREFERRED POSITION ON THE DAY, YOUR WWVP NUMBER AND EXPIRY DATE, NO LATER THAN TUESDAY 1ST JUNE. THANK YOU FOR YOUR ASSISTANCE WITH THIS AND FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING IN RELATION TO THE QUICK TURNAROUND. ALL PARENT VOLUNTEERS WILL BE MEETING AT WODEN PARK ATHLETICS TRACK AT APPROXIMATELY 9AM.
Saints Peter and Paul Athletics Carnival Information
Sts Peter and Paul’s Athletics Carnival will be held on Friday 4th June, 2021 (Term Two, Week 7) at Woden Park Athletics Track, Cnr Yamba Drive and Kitchener Street, Phillip ACT.
All students will be leaving school at 9:10am and travelling by foot to Woden Park Athletics Track. Students in Kindergarten and Year 1 will be returning to school at 11:30am. All other students will return to school at 2:30pm. (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 different track and field events that your child/ren will be participating in on the day. A rough program of events will be uploaded to the newsletter when it has been finalised.
Optional Track Event
5, 6 and 7 Years
8 and 9 Years
70m and 100m
10, 11 and 12 Years
100m and 200m
Shot Put and Long Jump
Discus and High Jump will not be run on the day. If you would like your child to compete in these events at the South Weston Region Athletics Carnival, please provide their distances/heights from a certified discus or high jump coach or official (e.g. a Little Athletics Centre representative.)
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 covered seating area (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 will also need to bring their hat, any food that they would like to eat and school bag with them to Woden Park Athletics Track. 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.
Mrs Raccosta will be offering a special lunch on this day, so watch out for more information in relation to this. If you would like your child to have this special lunch, please order via QKR. Unfortunately, there will be no over the counter canteen sales on the day.
Holding this carnival enables us to select students to represent our school at the South/Weston Region Athletics Carnival on Wednesday 18th August. 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 an amazing day of fun together!
School Sport ACT Calendar
Term and Week
Day and Date
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 7
Help needed please
Help needed please
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.
THE CANTEEN WILL BE CHANGING TO WOODEN CUTLERY, we can use up our plastic cutlery until we run out.
Alternatively, children can bring their own cutlery from home.
Please select on Qkr! If you would like the canteen to provide cutlery in your child/ren’s lunch order.
If not, we will be assuming that they are bringing cutlery from home.
Friday 4 June
The Canteen facilities WILL NOT be available at Woden Park however a set menu has been designed for the students.
Order “Athletics Carnival Set Menu” on Qkr! NOW for a lunch order which will be provided to the children at Woden Park.
Menu: sausage roll or meat pie (extra 50c) or spinach roll (v) (extra 50c) or fried rice (GF) (v)
Each meal comes with a fruit popper, a pkt of chips and a bag of lollies.
Orders can be made via Qkr! FOR CATERING PURPOSES, place an order now! Orders close THIS FRIDAY 9am (Friday 28 May).
Please note the above set menu is the only food available for students on that day. Pre-order is mandatory if you would like a lunch order.
The canteen is cashless and will not be having any over the counter sale items.
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.
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.
The seedlings are in! Thank you again Mr Croker…
Last Friday Garden Club enjoyed their lunch time by planting and watering the new members of our kitchen garden family. We welcomed broccoli, snow peas and rocket. We will enjoy watching them grow and taking care of them, until we can harvest and enjoy them together.
In the classroom Year 1 and Kinder learnt about Science and Glow foods – the vegetable and fruit groups. During their cooking lessons they were able to cook with foods that assisted them to learn why they are important and react when cooked like they do. For example, pasta before and after it is cooked looks and feels different because of science (heat). Vegetable and fruits are easy to cook with and provide us with vital nutrients and minerals for our bodies to glow and have healthy hair and skin.
Both classes used the tomatoes from our kitchen garden and our pasta bake was enjoyed by all. We ate inside as it was very cold outside!
If you would like any more information about the Kitchen Garden and the curriculum please email Mrs Birch firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Garden Club
POTATO AND LEEK SOUP
4 Tbsp butter
4 leeks, chopped
2 onions, chopped
6 large potatoes, peeled and sliced
6 cups chicken stock
3 cups cream
1/2 tsp pepper
1 tsp salt
6 Tbsp chives, chopped
Melt butter in a large frypan and fry the onions and leeks gently for 5 minutes.
Add the potatoes and stock and simmer gently for approximately 30 minutes.
Puree the mixture with a stick blender or similar, then add the cream and stir.
Season with salt and pepper and top with the chopped chives.
Serve hot with a fresh crusty bread roll.
This recipe is on page 56 of our 50th Anniversary Cookbook.
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.
John Warhurst Book Launch
Get ready Canberra, this one is gonna be EPIC!...
This is a call out to all young people across the ACT aged 9 - 13 years to be involved in one of the biggest theatre events coming to town this year.
I’ve Been Meaning To Ask You is a spectacular theatrical experience full of questions asked by young people, and answered by adults.
We’re looking for energetic performers with a diverse range of skills and experiences to be a part of the large ensemble cast. Whether you're outspoken, curious, expressive, powerful or just plain kooky, we want you!
For more information, check out canberrayouththeatre.com.au/auditions
Auditions take place on Saturday 29 May. Register your EOI now!
JOIN A FREE TENNIS CANBERRA JUNIOR GROUP LESSON
South & North Canberra Venues
Official Tennis Canberra Coaches
After School & Weekend Programs
Free trial for new Tennis Canberra players
To attend your FREE trial please visit www.tenniscanberra.com.au/try-tennis
For more information email email@example.com
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.