St. Peter's Primary School Newsletter

06 March 2020
Issue Six
Message from the Principal
Important Dates, Reminders and Announcements
                             Religious Education   
The Language of Opportunity
Teaching and Learning
Diversity and Student Services
Extra Community Information
Camp Australia 2020
Saint Peter's Primary School
(03) 9544 3032
16 Mary Street
Clayton, Victoria, 3168

Message from the Principal

Welcome to Week 6 Term 1

As we enter the Second week of Lent, as a community we are thinking how we can help those less fortunate than ourselves. The students have bought home information regarding completing chores in return for bringing non-perishable food to school. At the end of the term St Peter's will present to St Vincent de Paul the food we have collected to be donated within our Parish. Please talk to your children about this and encourage them to do age appropriate chores at home.

God of wilderness and water,
your Son was baptized and tempted as we are.
Guide us through this season,
that we may not avoid struggle,
but open ourselves to blessing,
through the cleansing depths of repentance
and the heaven-rending words of the Spirit. Amen.

Parish Education Board (PEB)

This week we held our first  PEB meeting. I congratulate and thank Karen Decouto who was elected Chairperson and Nirmala Cherusil elected as Deputy Chairperson. Other members of the PEB are: Roshan D'Silva, Shan Wang, Stanley Gunasekara and Dr Maria Cendana-Paiva as the Parish representative. The purposes of the PEB are to act as a forum for discussion on education matters in the parish and to promote community development. 

Easter Raffle


The parish is asking for donations of Easter eggs for their Easter raffle. If you are able to donate Easter eggs, please take them to the Parish office during office hours ( Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 9:30am- 4:30pm. Closed on Tuesdays) by Thursday 12 March. Tickets for the raffle will go on sale soon.



I wish you all a good week.



Sharon Daujat



Important Dates, Reminders and Announcements

Dates for your Diaries 2020




Friday 13th ~ Whole School Assembly 3:00 pm, everyone welcome

SRC badges will be given out and Aussie of the Month

Friday 27th  ~ End of term Mass 9 am - 10 am

Last day of Term 1 Students finish 3:25 pm



14th April - 26th June

Sunday 5th ~ Daylight Savings Ends

Friday 10th ~ Good Friday

Saturday 11th ~ Holy Saturday

Sunday 12th ~ Easter Sunday

Monday 13th ~ Easter Monday


Wednesday 15th ~ School Returns for students, Easter Liturgy 9am

Thursday 16th ~ SCHOOL PHOTO DAY

(full school uniform required) and whole School Incursion: 2-3 pm Michael Mangan Music and Songs

Monday 20th ~ School Nurse Visit

Monday 20th - Wednesday 22nd ~ Years 5/6 Lady Northcote Camp

Friday 24th ~ Earth Day Activities, a Sustainability team initiative  

                                      ~   School Assembly 3pm

Saturday 25th ~ ANZAC Day


Friday 1st ~ Years 3-6 Cross Country (details to follow)

Friday 8th ~ Mother's Day Breakfast & School Assembly 3pm

Tues 12 - Thursday 22nd ~ NAPLAN online

Thurs 14th May ~ First Holy Communion Parent Night (Year 3)

Friday 15th ~ Years 5/6 Sports (details to follow) 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Sunday 17th ~ Presentation Mass First Holy Communion candidates 9:30 am - 10:30 am

Tues 19th ~ Oakleigh District Cross Country, Norton's Park 10 am - 12 pm

Thurs 21st ~ Confirmation Parent Information Session 6:45 pm - 7:45 pm

Friday 22nd ~ Whole School Assembly 3:00 pm, everyone welcome

Thurs 28th ~ First Holy Communion Parent Night  6:45 pm - 7:45 pm

Friday 29th ~ Years 5/6 Sports (details to follow) 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Sunday 31st ~ Presentation Mass Confirmation candidates 9:30 am - 10:30 am

Friday 5th ~ Whole School Assembly 3:00 pm, everyone welcome

Friday 12th ~ Winter Gala Day : Netball and Basketball (details to follow)

Sunday 14th ~ First Holy Communion Mass for candidates 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Friday 19th ~ Whole School Assembly 3:00 pm, everyone welcome

Friday 26th ~ End of term Mass 9 am - 10 am

Last day of Term 2 Students finish 3:25 pm 

2020 Term Dates for students

(Dates are subject to alteration)

Term 1   30th Jan -  27th March

Term 2  14th April - 26th June

Term 3  13th July - 18th Sept

Term 4   5th Oct - 17th Dec

Naming Items

Please ensure all of your child's personal belongings are clearly named. The school does not take responsibility  for items that go missing or are misplaced.

When lost items are located, they are placed into the lost property box which is located outside the office area. We do not store items in other areas.  At the end of the year we clear out all unclaimed items so please check this box regularly for belongings.


Health and hygiene

Let's work together to keep our children happy and safe. As the weather is changing, please ensure to dress your child appropriately. Some students are wearing too many layers and are overheating because the humidity is still high. Whilst other students are too cold because they do not have a jumper or jacket with them.  It is important to have the right clothing options / layers of clothing so students can adjust to the changing conditions.


To maintain good health, we reinforce good hygiene at school and hope that you can also support us in educating your child about the importance of:

  • washing hands with soap and water and drying them off properly
  • coughing / sneezing into their elbow, sleeve or a tissue which can then be thrown away
  • not sharing food / drinks
  • staying home when unwell to help prevent the spread of infection 

Medication at School

As per the Anaphylaxis and Allergy Policies, students must not carry medication in their school bag.

All students who require medication must provide the school office with an Action Plan signed and dated by the doctor, along with their medications (such as ventolin, zyrtec, epipen etc.) These items will be placed in the students classroom once they have been received and documented at the office.

Please speak to Rebecca in the office if you have any questions about your child's health or management of their health at school.

Religious Education   

Gospel Reading

Matthew 17:1-9
Jesus is transfigured on the mountain in the presence of Peter, James, and John.

Family Connection


As a family, talk about some of your times of highs and lows. How have you been able to use the good times and experiences to sustain you in the difficult ones? Jesus’ Transfiguration may have been an event from which Peter, James, and John drew courage when they faced the difficult events of Jesus’ Passion. Read together today’s Gospel, Matthew 17:1-9. Pray a prayer of thanksgiving for the good times and experiences that your family has had together. Pray that your family will use these experiences to sustain you during times of difficulty. Close by praying today’s psalm, Psalm 33.


Thank you to the parents/guardians for bringing the children who are to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation to Mass on Sunday 1st  March. We made them feel very special at our Afternoon Gathering on Monday 2nd March.  We will continue to pray for them as they journey towards receiving this Sacrament of Healing.


A Prayer for our Reconciliation Candidates


Loving God, help us to teach our children that you love us totally and unconditionally. Help us to encourage our children to grow in love and to learn how to say sorry, knowing that you always forgive. Give us the courage to pray with our children and to share our faith with them as we journey together.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.



Dear Families,

Please never hesitate to come and see me  about any worries, issues or concerns. Nothing is too trivial and my office door is always open.


You can follow us on twitter, if you are not already, on @spclayton1948. It is a great way to keep up to date with what is happening at school. We have 340 followers so please join us.

Student Representative Council ( SRC )

This is an important aspect of school life here at St Peter's. The Council is a group of students who represent student views within the school. These students are voted by their classmates to contribute to decision making.

Students have the right to be consulted and have their voices heard about decisions that affect them: UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CROC)

The SRC students will be given their badges at assembly on Friday the 13th of March.

Aussie of the Month

This year we are participating in the Aussie of the Month program, recognising students for good citizenship, personal endeavour and achievement. The Aussie of the Month for February will be awarded at the assembly on Friday the 13th of March.


Labour Day weekend

Labour Day is an annual public holiday that celebrates the eight-hour working day, a victory for workers in the mid-late 19th century. The argument for the eight-hour day was based on the need for each person to have eight hours labour, eight hours recreation and eight hours rest. Now in 2020 more than ever we need to recognise our rights but more importantly the need for balance in our very busy lives. 

Remember to recreate this three day weekend!

St Peter's Advertising board outside your home

We have had several offers to have a board advertising our school on family properties. We are so grateful to those families enabling us to do this. We are looking for one more spot for a board. If you can help us please contact the office. Thank you for your support.

Promoting our School

As parents, you are the greatest advocate for our school. We do not have official Open Days because 'Every day is an Open Day' at St Peter's and we encourage  visitors to come and see our vibrant learning community at any time during the school week.

There is a flyer in the office with details about our school and the fact that 

You are able to assist by

  • promoting our school to your friends and neighbours
  • giving a flyer to a neighbour, or a friend from Kinder or Child Care
  • placing a flyer in your shop or business 

 If you can assist please come to the office and see Ms K

 Playgroup in partnership with Good Start 

Play group is on in the library on Tuesdays and Fridays  as soon as the school bell goes at 8.50 am until 10.00 am. Come along , enjoy the company of others, have a cuppa and a chat- bring your neighbours.

Next Friday and every Friday after that Playgroup will be run by Good Start Early Learning Centre. They will be organising a programme for our Pre-school children which will be fun, educational and different every week. Tuesday will continue to be to be more of an informal play with all our toys and sand.

Enjoying morning tea after our visit to read at Good Start on Friday morning.

Special visitors from Collingwood



At school all of the Grade Three and Fours saw some Collingwood footballers named Mason Cox, Tom Phillips, Brayden Sier and Max Lynch.

First we practiced kicking and hand-balling then we played a modified game of dodge-ball. After that we took photos and asked questions. - by Noah Le - 3/4 G


Collingwood Players Review

On Monday, four Collingwood players came to visit us. They were really tall but I was not really that interested because I’m not into A.F.L.

We practiced our hand-balling and kicking and we played dodge-ball, so overall it was a fun experience!  

- by Claryz Arauallo - 3/4G



On Monday Collingwood players came, I was not too interested, I’d rather have Hawks or Melbourne stars (cricket) or even Australia’s cricket team!  At least I got to meet four people in footy this year(last year I was sick).  We did hand-balls and kicks, at the end we played a game.

- by Karen Saini  - 3/4 G


On Monday four AFL players came to our school. They were from Collingwood. They showed us how to kick the ball and we also played games. I had so much fun!

- by Danyal Bolat - 3/4 G


On Monday the Grade 3/4's got to meet four Collingwood players named Tom Philips, Mason Cox, Max Lynch and Brayden Sier. 

We got to  do hand-balling and kicking. - by Cristiano Dos Santos 3/4 G 

Plum and coconut cake

Made by Sabrina, Emma, Archie, Ronnit, Warren and Natasha.


Plums from our tree.

Produce-from our garden


Have a lovely weekend everyone

Don't forget that this weekend is a long weekend. Monday is a holiday. Do enjoy time with your family.

Ms K (Nerissa)

The Language of Opportunity

We are hooked on our 'Writer's Notebook'

What is the Writer’s Notebook?

A writer’s notebook is a blank book where a writer can engage in the fun, often messy job of being a writer – practising, listening,
playing with language, gathering images and insights and ideas. The purpose of such a notebook is to nourish and engage  the writer in the writing process.

Proudly presenting the writing stimulus from F-1KD, encouraging our young writers from St Peter's to write in their Writer's Notebooks.




What goes in the Writer’s Notebook?

Anything! Quite literally, anything. When something makes you think, believe or feel something… put it in your notebook! The contents of a Writer’s Notebook is usually individual, based in the owner of the Notebook. It may contain ideas, words, quotes, images, videos (using Google Docs), flyers, cards, song lyrics… the list is literally endless! In order to encourage students to have a variety of entries in their Writer's Notebook, teachers model the writing by having their own Writer's Notebooks and making entries in their books which are shared with the students. Students have their own Writer's Notebooks to make thoughtful entries.


What can you as parents do to nurture your child's writing?

  • Discuss your favourite cultural  foods, movies, books, places you love.
  • Talk about  a special time in your life.
  • Jot down memories related to a favourite object.
  • Read a letter, card or postcard from a special person.
  • Share tickets from a special event you attended.
  • Copy in some funny/touching/ inspiring quotes
  • Make a web of special moments/important people.
  • Cut pictures from magazines or newspaper headline or articles to share

Teaching and Learning

Making Jelly

I made jelly with students to provide them with a language experience. The steps required to make the jelly provided a wonderful springboard for rich language, expression and also following a sequence of events.

The children loved this experience.


Clare Sabatino

Literacy Support


Yesterday we made pink jelly. We ate the jelly. It was yummy.

How to make jelly:

1. First we put the jelly crystals into a bowl.

2. Then, we added boiling water into the bowl.

3. Next, we stirred the mixture.

4. Then, we put it in the fridge to set.

by Angelina Weng ~ 1/2 R

Year 1 ~ Mathematical Thinking

On Monday 2nd March, the Year 1 students worked together in a focused learning experience to understand the concepts of how to compare two quantities. Discussions and activities provoked students to consider the concepts of more, less, greater, least and equal. Working in pairs, students used a variety of resources such as playing cards and coloured blocks on a maths template to help  consolidate their understanding in a visual way. This activity provided a means for students to check their thinking - counting blocks to match the number on the card, adding them together and measuring the difference to see 'quantity' in a visual way. 

Melbourne City Football Club visits St Peter's


For the next two weeks during Physical Education the students are participating in soccer coaching from Melbourne City Football Club. Across all year levels the students are learning how to move around the court, control the ball, strike and work as a team. Thanks to Michael for coaching the students!


Coding Club

In coding club we had to create a plan or a mind map before we programmed  the robots  with instructions . 


This way, we were collaboratively  involved in decision making such as: 

- what will we program it to do ? 

- what moves do we need to program?

- what music will it play? 

- what light show will it perform? 

- how do we get it to turn around? 

- is that called degrees? 


Once again it was delightful to witness the students helping each other. 

Coding club is every Monday at lunchtime. Everyone is welcome! 


Diversity and
Student Services


Dear Parent / Guardian,

World Down Syndrome Day is celebrated on 21 March each year.

As a school we will use the Lots of Socks theme created by Down Syndrome International and celebrate World Down Syndrome Day on Thursday 19th March. On this day, we ask that your child wear socks of their choice to school. They can be bright, colourful, short or long, the choice is endless!

During the day we will be discussing what makes us all unique as well as Down syndrome. We will talk about inclusion and how we can all help each other to feel included. Finally, we will be carrying out a creative writing or drawing piece on what makes us unique and what Down syndrome is.

Please find below a brief definition of Down syndrome as a reference, should you want to discuss the day with your child.

Down syndrome is a genetic condition – it is not an illness or disease. Approximately one in every 700–900 babies born will have Down syndrome. Down syndrome is caused by the occurrence of an extra chromosome, chromosome 21. (Down syndrome is also known as trisomy 21.) People with Down syndrome have 47 chromosomes in their cells instead of 46. This results in a range of physical characteristics, health and development indications and some level of intellectual disability. It was named after Dr John Langdon Down who first described it. Although we know how Down syndrome happens, we do not yet know why it happens. Down syndrome occurs at conception, across all ethnic and social groups and to parents of all ages. It is nobody’s fault, there is no cure and it does not go away. People with Down syndrome may find doing some activities more challenging but, just like everyone else, people with Down syndrome will continue to learn, and are good at some things and not others.

We look forward to celebrating World Down Syndrome Day together.

Kind regards,


Natasha Franchina

(Learning Diversity Leader)


onPsych services are available at St Peter’s Primary School. onPsych connects families and schools with medical practitioners to address the psychological and emotional well-being of primary and secondary students across Victoria.


This service is accessed by a referral from a general practitioner, paediatrician or psychiatrist at no cost under the GP Health Plan. Students may be eligible for up to 10 BULK-BILLED sessions per calendar year with the onPsych staff member. There is no gap fee charged for onPsych counselling, so there is no cost to the student, their families or the school.


If a student is experiencing difficulties such as depression, anxiety, bullying, trauma, anger, attention deficit disorder or bereavement, and meets the eligibility requirements of Medicare’s Better Access Initiative, they may be helped by an onPsych psychological counsellor.


The sessions will take place during school time and depending on the needs of the child, these could be weekly, fortnightly, monthly.


If you have any further concerns or need more details please contact me on 9544 3032 or email me


Natasha Franchina

(Learning Diversity Leader)

Extra Community Information

Westall Week


Music Lessons at 
St Peter's School

If you are interested in booking your child into music lessons at St Peter's, please speak to Bec or Margaret in the office to collect a form, or call 0401 951 592 to discuss your child's interests.

Goodstart Early Learning, Clayton


Murray Street Early Learning Centre, Clayton


Clayton Library Activities

Italian Collection and Storytime at Clayton Library

The Clayton Library offers books, magazines and audiobooks in Italian for both children and adults. Mulgrave Library also offers a selection of books and magazines for adult readers. Whether readers are learning the language or wish to read for sheer enjoyment, the collection offers a range of titles and genres.

* Over 1700 print items to borrow

* Classics and recent titles
* Popular magazines

* Newspapers to read in the Clayton library

Storytime in Italian is held monthly at Clayton Library and is ideal for families with young children who value maintaining Italian as a second or family language.

For Storytime dates or to search the library catalogue visit:


Parent Evening


De La Salle College


Camp Australia 2020

Autumn Holiday Program

Bookings are now open for Autumn Holiday Club.

This Autumn, Holiday Club brings to you a program bursting with flavour, fun, energy and opportunities to grow. Carefully crafted through family feedback, our experiences and adventures will excite your children, engage them and leave them wanting more.

It’s packed with Mexican cooking days, science experiments, sporting events, adventurous excursions and heaps more.


This week our theme is Nature. The children have been enjoying some of the activities Nature collage, Outdoor sketching scavenger hunt, Target throwing, Nature bracelets, Rock Painting.


The younger children are enjoying our home corner. They are making friends and comfortable having the older children playing with them.

Book now.


To find out when these activities are on during the school holidays and to find your nearest service, visit:

We look forward to seeing you at St Peters Primary Holiday Club.


The Camp Australia Team Farahana, Anjana and Pawani

Take the fun of OSHC back home with one of our very own recipes!

Camp Australia’s Healthy Eating Program operates in every service every day, including Holiday Clubs. To support this program, we developed our very own Camp Australia Cookbook which contains over 80 delicious, and easy to prepare, savory, sweet and no bake recipes from around the world which the children can cook in the service and enjoy! Here’s one of our favorites that you can cook with your children at home:

Bliss Balls (Serves 10)

• 1 banana (mashed)

• 3 tbsp sultanas
•  ½ cup dried apricot (chopped finely)
•  ⅓ cup rice bubbles

• 1 tbsp cooking oats
•  ¼ cup coconut

1. Mash banana, add dried fruit and
    combine in a mixing bowl.

2. Mix in rice bubbles and cooking oats
    (allow to thicken for 5 mins)

3. Place coconut in a separate bowl, then roll the mixture into small balls and cover with the coconut. Refrigerate

Our New Focus:

This week we focused on some of the ‘Wonders of the World’. The children worked together to make the Eiffel Tower out of pop sticks, and also created Pyramids out of Lego blocks.


It was wonderful to see the children using their imagination and creativity and also how well they are already working together as a team.


Farahana, Anjana and Pawani


For more information on our service and fees, visit our website Alternatively, come and meet the team in the OSHC room. We’d love to meet you, and you can find out more about OSHC from our friendly, qualified Educators.



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