St. Peter's Primary School Newsletter

09 August 2019
Issue Twenty
Message from the Principal
Important Dates & Reminders
Religious Education
Learning and Teaching
Building Confidence in Reading and Listening
100 Days of School
Extra Community Information
Camp Australia
Saint Peter's Primary School
(03) 9544 3032
16 Mary Street
Clayton, Victoria, 3168

Message from the Principal

Welcome to Week 4 Term 3

Welcome  to our newsletter for Week 4.


Thank you to all those families who braved the weather on Thursday to come to our Cyber Safety evening.  Marty and Carley presented a lot of information about games and social media sites. There were also parenting tips on how to help your child accept the boundaries that parents need to put in place to ensure safety when on line.

As a school we know that children are playing these games (see image)- and that's ok. What we ask you to do is to read the links from the presentation - - so you are informed about the content of the games. Did you know that  Roblox has options when setting up accounts? An under 13 years option or an over 13 years. Please make sure your children are playing on the safer under 13 years account. There are also informative links about Fortnite.

One key message for me was balance screen time with green time- using devices is good, like everything, in moderation. Provide opportunities for your children to be outside, play more traditional games and also just to be with you.


We will be conducting a survey about the night, so please keep an eye out for this. 


If you would like  to gain more knowledge in this area, please look at this further opportunity.

I hope everyone manages to keep warm and dry in this wintery weather.

Have a good week.

Sharon Daujat


Important Dates & Reminders

What's ahead?



Thursday 15th ~ 9am Mass Feast of the Assumption

Sunday 18th ~ F/1 C and F/1 S Parish Mass / Morning Tea

Mon 19th - Fri 23rd ~ National Book Week

Wednesday 21st ~ Awards Assembly in the Hall 3pm-3:25pm (all welcome)

Friday 23rd ~ School Closure Day

Sunday 25th ~ Bunnings Sausage sizzle

Monday 26th ~ Oakleigh District Athletics (Knox Athletic Track)

Friday 30th ~ Father's Day breakfast




Monday 2nd ~ Responsible Pet Ownership program in class

Wednesday 4th ~  'Meet a lifeguard' program (at school)            ~ Awards Assembly in the Hall 3pm-3:25pm (all welcome)

Thursday 5th   ~ Art Show 3:30pm- 7:30pm

Friday 6th ~ Art Show 9-11am

Sunday 15th ~1/2 F and 1/2 D Parish Mass / Morning Tea

Wednesday 18th ~ Awards Assembly in the Hall 3pm- 3:25pm (all welcome)



Friday 20th ~ Footy Colours Dress Up Day and Last day of Term 3




Sunday 6th ~ Daylight Savings Starts (move your clock forward 1 hour at 2am)

Monday 7th ~ Term 4 BEGINS; school returns (normal school hours)

Sunday 13th ~ Yr 3/4 Parish Mass / Morning Tea 9:30am - 11am

Wednesday 16th ~ Awards Assembly in the Hall 3pm-3:25pm (all welcome)

Saturday 26th ~ Parish Gala Dinner Dance

Wednesday 30th ~  Awards Assembly in the Hall 3pm-3:25pm (all welcome)



Friday 1st ~ Years 3/4 Kanga Cricket

Monday 4th ~ School Closure Day (no school)

Tuesday 5th ~ Melbourne Cup Public Holiday (no school)

Monday 11th ~ Remembrance Day Liturgy 10:30am - 11am

Monday 11th - Friday 22nd ~ Swimming Program for the whole school (details to follow)

Wednesday 13th ~ Awards Assembly in the Hall 3pm-3:25pm (all welcome)

Wednesday 27th ~ Awards Assembly in the Hall 3pm-3:25pm (all welcome)

Thursday 28th & Friday 29thSchool Closure Days (no school)



Monday 2nd ~ Italian Day

Monday 9th ~ Carols evening 6pm

Wednesday 11th ~ Awards Assembly in the Hall 3pm-3:25pm (all welcome)

Tuesday 17th ~ Year 6 Graduation Evening 6pm

Wednesday 18th ~ Last day of school for the year - all students finish school today (normal school hours)



Unless other arrangements have been made with Margaret, please ensure all school fees are paid in full by 30th August, 2019.

2019/2020 Term Dates


Term 3     15 July-20 September

Term 4      7 October-18 December


Term 1       29 January-  27 March

Term 2       14 April-26 June

Term 3        13 July-18 September

Term 4         5 October-18 December

Religious Education

Gospel Reading

Luke 12:32-48
You also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.

Family Connection

Years ago, most families had only one or two clocks in their home. Today, we have clocks everywhere—on our walls, on our microwave ovens, on our DVD players, on our cell phones, and so on. As a family, go through the house and count how many clocks (time-telling devices) your family has. Talk about important events for which family members need to be on time. Recall experiences of being late for something, either as individuals or as a family. Explain that in this Sunday's Gospel, Jesus talks about how important it is for us to be aware and alert, otherwise, we will miss something.

Read aloud Luke 12:32-48. Talk about the parable that Jesus told and discuss how the master will feel if he arrives to find his servant doing his job. Discuss what our job is as disciples of Jesus. Explain that, just as we need to be aware of the time so that we don't miss anything important, we also need to be alert and focused on our jobs, our responsibilities as followers of Jesus.

Encourage each family member to place a sacred symbol near the clock that they use most in the house and to use the symbol and the clock as a reminder that it is always “time” for us to be acting like disciples of Christ.


Mary MacKillop: Australia's First Saint


Sister Mary MacKillop was elected as 'Mother Superior General' of the Josephite order in 1875. This was a ground-breaking achievement for a woman. She was canonized by the Catholic Church on January 19, 1995, by Pope John Paul II, citing her “heroic virtue”.


Students' Reflections 

Saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop wanted  to give children a home and help them learn. - Claryz A ( 1  /2  F)


Saint Mary MacKillop wanted to give her life to God and give children a home. - Jacob H ( 1  /2  F)


St Mary of the Cross MacKillop  was born  in Melbourne. Her first school was in Penola. Mary’s dream was never  to see a deed  without doing something about it. She opened schools in country towns.

Viraj R


St Mary of the Cross MacKillop  was helpful, kind, thoughtful, caring, happy and a teacher.

 Ronal D


 St Mary of the Cross MacKillop  was born in Melbourne. She taught in Portland.  Her first job was as a governess. Mary had 4 brothers and 3 sisters.

 Hiya P


Iris DeVisser

REL (Religious Education Leader)



Cyber Safety Information Evening

Everyone who attended the Information Evening said it was incredibly valuable and very informative. If you did not have the chance to join us last night I do urge you to take the time to read through the slide show as you will be surprised, like us, about some of the material that our children can be exposed to on what seems to be children friendly apps and games.

This stunned me! A 2019 Australian study claims that the average time a child living in Australia spends interacting with screens is 14.6 hours a week and interacting with parents is 9.3 hours!

The evidence says that a child of 2-5 years old should spend no more than one hour per day on a screen and at 5-18 years old approximately two hours a day.

We are very grateful to Farahana who once again played an invaluable role by looking after children so that parents could really focus on the presentation. Thank you Farahana.


olives, olives, olives

We have been continuing the process of preparing our olives. This week we have been air drying them in the oven so the staff room smells permanently like a pizzeria!!

We are so very grateful for the expertise of Caterina and Marie.


Enjoying the fruits of our harvest- home made pumpkin soup


Clothing needs to be returned to school please

If your child has had a toileting accident at school and used some of our school clothing can you please wash it and return it to us. We have nothing left in our cupboards. Alternatively, if you have uniform pieces at home that you no longer need we would appreciate having them here at school for the use of other children. Thank you so much.


Running Club for all 
students and parents

Running club for anyone who is interested is on Monday and Thursday mornings Meet on the oval at 8.30 am to run on the oval until about 8.45am. All welcome.

Miss Richards will be organising this running club so if you have any questions you are welcome to ask her or Ms K. Please wear your runners/trainers to run and then students should change back into their school shoes.


Please remember our playgroup is up and running open on Tuesdays and Fridays in the library at 8.50 am. You are all welcome to attend.

If you know local families with younger children they are also very welcome to attend even if they are not part of St Peter's school community.


The 5/6 children were very fortunate to be invited to learn and play bowls at the Clayton South Bowls Club this week. We all had expert tuition from members including the New Zealand World Bowls champion. We all enjoyed it and experienced a great deal of success. We appreciate this initiative from the Bowls club.

We will be returning over the next few Mondays. It is a game of strategy and problem solving so  we are all benefiting from learning this game. It was great fun too being outside learning some new skills.


From our recent Filter it Out sessions

We recently had a fabulous Healthy kidneys education program for all our children here at school. We learnt a lot about Hydration and Dehydration, the role of the kidneys and choices we can make to look after our kidneys. We all learnt about the colour of wee and how it can tell us if we have had enough water to drink.

The posters below were made by 3/4 students.


Lost Property

Please look in the Lost Property box as it is overflowing at the moment. There are so many jackets that they must belong to someone!!


Pyschologist Available

Kelleynne is available for students who may be experiencing difficulty emotionally.  She is a  qualified Psychologist with experience working with children and their families.  This service is completely covered by Medicare. To access this service please speak to your child’s teacher or you can email or speak to Nerissa Kinnaird ~ Deputy Principal who will provide you with details on how to refer your child.


Kind Regards,

Keep warm over this weekend. 

Nerissa Kinnaird

Deputy Principal and Wellbeing leader

Learning and Teaching

Book Week Celebrations


Building Confidence in Reading and Listening

Informal Reading Sessions for Student Skills Development

As part of a focus on improving reading skills, five students in Years 5 and 6 have been coming to school before the first bell on a Monday and Friday morning to read to the Foundation and Grade 1 students.

During this visit the students select a book to read to small groups of junior school children as they arrive to begin their school day.

The aim is for the senior students to develop skills in public reading. It's a time for them to work on their fluency, their ability to ask prompting questions to the junior students, and  then take time to answer questions. 

The Foundation and Grade 1 students benefit from engaging with the older students, listening to them read, as well as supporting their comprehension skills.

This weekly activity is proving to be a wonderful opportunity for every child to build confidence and develop relationships.


100 Days of School

After 100 days of learning, we celebrate together!

On Wednesday 7th August, students in F/1C and F/1S were invited to dress up as a way of celebrating one hundred days since they started school.

Students enjoyed participating in many activities throughout the day. F/1 C and F/1 S joined together to start the day with a short video story that helped them understand what this special day was all about. They listened for descriptive words to explain how they have been feeling, and then discussed this as a group; sharing ideas and experiences.

Afterwards, the students returned to their class to complete a fun craft activity, following steps to decorate, cut out and paste together their own crown. Adding glitter at the end was especially fun! What a special day we have shared together.

Thank you to all the parents who helped by providing dress-ups for their child for the day and to Farahana in Camp Australia for providing extra costumes to those children who did not have theirs on the day.

What a wonderful effort made by all - thank you!

Extra Community Information

Parent Information Session:


Music Lessons at
St Peter's School


All questions regarding secondary school enrolment, please refer to the school you wish your child to go to.


Remaining School Tours: 9:30am, 10am, 10:30am on Tues 15th Oct

Enrolment Applications for 2021 close: Friday 23rd August

Ph: (03) 9560 0911 


St James College

Term 3 ~ Open Mornings and Application Information


Sacred Heart Girls' College



Goodstart Early Learning Kindergarten, Clayton


Murray Street Early Learning Centre, Clayton


Camp Australia

What's ahead in Camp Australia?

Please remember that St Peter's upcoming Pupil Free Day is on Friday 23rd August, if you require care for your child please ensure you book them in now to guarantee their place.

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