St. Peter's Primary School Newsletter

17 May 2019
Issue Ten
Message from the Principal
Important Dates & Reminders
School Initiatives
Extra Community Information
Learning and Teaching
Camp Australia
Saint Peter's Primary School
(03) 9544 3032
16 Mary Street
Clayton, Victoria, 3168

Message from the Principal

Mothers' Day Breakfast 

Dear Parents, students and friends,

Welcome to the week four newsletter for term two. This gallery of photos is from the 2019 Mothers' Day Breakfast. What an exceptional event. The warmth and the joy in the hall was palpable.

This was such a wonderful opportunity to socialise and importantly, celebrate our Mum, Grandmothers and Aunties.

Thank you to Miss Trish and all the staff for their energy, love and time ensuring this is a happy and memorable event for everyone. 


Prep Enrolment- It is important to enrol your child if you wish them to start school at St. Peter's in 2020

We  are  starting to organise and schedule our 2020 Prep interviews. This is an opportunity for us to meet with the Preps for 2020 and get to know them and their families. We do this late in term two and early in term three so that we can organise a successful transition program for our new students.

Camp for our Year 5 and 6 students


Our Year 5 and 6 students and their teachers are busy preparing for camp next week. Our students are going to Lyrebird Park with great facilities and exciting activities in 52 acres of beautiful natural bush-lands. Attending camp is a real highlight of St. Peter's Primary school life and the memories made are golden. 


First Eucharist and Confirmation Parent and Student Evenings


Thank you to the parents and family members as well as our children who attended our Information nights.

We trust that preparing for the Sacraments of Confirmation/First Communion will be a rewarding experience for your child and you.

Cyber Safety and Parenting Night- SAVE THE DATE

After having such  positive feedback from last years 'Cyber Safety and Parenting' information evening we decided to invite Marty and Carley to again present to the St. Peter's parents and carers and extend this invitation out to other interested community members.  This year, this valuable and informative session will offer different information and will be as valuable and informative as it was last year.

Date: Thursday 8th August

When: session will commence at 7:00pm

Where: The St. Peter's School Hall

What: This session will cover social media, apps, trends in online behaviour, managing devices and conflict around these, parent-child communication, balancing screen time and where to find helpful information.  

Who: The session will be led by Education Consultant & Google Certified Trainer Martin McGauran and Psychologist Carley McGauran.

How:  Don't worry about 'HOW' you can make it with children - we will provide child care on the evening. 

Please SAVE THE DATE and put this important information session into your calendar now!
We will ask for a gold coin donation on the night to contribute to some of the cost of the presenters.

Camp Australia Holiday Program in the next holidays is coming..

We have had many requests from families for a holiday program run by Farahana based at our school.  After some negotiation, Camp Australia have agreed for us to trial this. We are delighted as we know that this is something that our families have been asking for and realise this is a need in our community. To make this a viable proposition for ourselves and Camp Australia, we need to have 18 children at each session.

Please sign up in advance to sessions so we can ensure we have adequate numbers. Please let others know in the community by telling family / friends as we can welcome other children from outside of St. Peter's.

We want to ensure that this is a success and that a holiday program becomes an ongoing part of St. Peter's community. We are trying to support your families so please support us by signing up and committing early to the holiday program.

2020 Enrolments

Have you seen Margaret or Bec in the school office about enrolling your pre-schooler for 2020? 

Do you have family or friends with school ready children who have not yet enrolled their child for next year?

We are now taking enrolments for Foundation (Prep) commencing next year so please make sure you pop into the office for a form.


We  are  starting to organise and schedule our 2020 Prep interviews. This is an opportunity for us to meet with the Preps for 2020 and get to know them and their families. We do this late in term two and early in term three so that we can  organise a successful transition program for our new students.

Prayer for Family Week

A Family Blessing

Lord God, We thank you for our families, Those who live with us and those who don’t. Thank you for our brothers and sisters, help us to live together as a family. We ask you to forgive us for the times we have been mean to each other, or forgotten to help one another. We pray for your help to become closer in our lives together.

We make this prayer to you, Christ Our Lord.



Family Week 

Family Week  15th to the 21st of May 

Families are important to us because they are places where we belong. We are part of God’s family too.

This began when Jesus came on earth to be with us and at Pentecost, the friends of Jesus kept His message going, even until today!

We ask God’s blessing on our families today and always.

I wish everyone a safe and happy weekend and look forward to seeing you all next week.

Nerissa Kinnaird ( Ms K )

Acting Principal



Important Dates & Reminders

Term 2 


Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th  ~ Presentation Masses for First Eucharist

Tuesday 21st ~ Oakleigh District Cross Country ( from Grades 3-6)

                               ~ School Open Evening 5:30pm  for prospective families

Wednesday 22nd- Friday 24th ~ Year 5/6 CAMP

Friday 24th ~ School Open Morning 9am-11am for prospective families

Wednesday 29th ~ Awards Assembly in the Hall, everyone welcome

                                        ~ First Communion Parent Information Evening (PART 2)



Saturday 1st/Sunday 2nd~ Presentation Masses for Confirmation  and Annie from 1/2F is being baptised.

Monday 3rd- Wednesday 5th ~ Links Dental Health Check for Students

Monday 10th ~ Queens Birthday Public Holiday (Camp Australia not available)

Wednesday 12th ~ Awards Assembly in the Hall

Sunday 23rd ~ First Communion Mass 9:30am

Friday 28th ~ Feast Day Celebrations

                            ~ END OF TERM 2 (normal hours)

                              Camp Australia Holiday Programme



Monday 15th ~ Term 3 BEGINS; school returns (Normal school hours)

Tuesday 23rd ~ Fr Hayes visit to Confirmation students

Wednesday 24th ~ Awards Assembly in the Hall

                                         ~ Sacrament of Confirmation 7pm


Thursday 8th ~ 9am Mass Mary MacKillop

Thursday 8th  ~ Cyber Safety Evening in the Hall at 7pm

Thursday 15th ~ 9am Mass Feast of the Assumption

Sunday 18th ~ F/1 C and F/1S parish mass

Friday 30th ~ Father's Day breakfast



Wednesday 4th ~  'Meet a lifeguard' program (at school)

Thursday 12th   ~ Art Show 3:30pm- 7:30pm

Friday 13th ~ Art Show 9-11am

Sunday 15th ~1/2F and 1/2D parish mass

Friday 20th ~ Footy Colours Day

                               Last day of Term 3

Additional Calendar dates will be posted as the year progresses.



Thank you to those families who have paid their Term 2 School Fees.

For those families who are yet to pay, please contact the office to speak to Margaret as soon as possible. Ph. 9544 3032


Victorian School Term Dates 2019

Term 3 15 July  20 September 
Term 4 7 October  20 December 

Lost Property

Student belongings are to be labelled clearly so they can be returned to their rightful owner if misplaced. This includes all school clothing, hats, bags, lunch boxes, shoes and other items such as sports equipment ie. soccer / footballs etc.

Lost property items may be found in the wooden box outside the office in the hallway. Please check this regularly if your child has a missing item.


Healthy Students

Every school is governed by Departmental Regulations regarding disease and illness as a way to help preventable diseases spreading and to ensure students in our community remain healthy and safe. There are some health issues that require exclusion from school for different periods.

Let's work together:

  • It is important that parents / guardians advise the school if their child has any known, confirmed, suspected or potential health issues concerning their child. These discussions should be communicated as soon as possible with the child’s teacher upon arrival at school.
  • It is also part of the requirements of the School that any known, suspected or potential health concerns that are currently being experienced within the school and fall within these regulations are in turn, communicated to the families in our school community.

The School Exclusion Table can be found by searching: Minimum Period of Exclusion from Primary Schools and Children’s Services Centres for Infectious Diseases Cases and Contacts (Public Health and Wellbeing Regulations 2009).

Appreciating Volunteer Support

At St. Peter's School we always welcome and appreciate the help from community and family members. Volunteering at our school has a positive effect on both students and those offering their time. Building relationships, supporting student learning and building relationships are all wonderful outcomes that volunteering brings.

Inacio Pinto, (father of Gabriel Pinto in F 1/S) has been volunteering his time with the students in years 5 and 6 providing Soccer skills workshops.

As an ex-pro Soccer Player in Brazil, Inacio is currently teaching students some important foundation skills such as how to dribble using the inside and outside of their feet and trapping (receiving) the ball as they practice passing it to each other. The students have welcomed Inacio's continued training drills as they improve their skills over time. Competitively, the students have also enjoyed playing short matches to experience the dynamics of the game.

"I love doing this because that's my passion, I used to do this work in Brazil, and it's so good to see the look on their face. They show such great respect, and I respect them. Because they smile it makes me so happy. I am so glad my son is here and we are here."  Inacio Pinto


Teachers at St. Peter's School really value volunteer assistance in the classroom to help with reading, writing, spelling as well as computer activities. We also often need help when we hold special activities such as sports and excursions. 


Rachel Koenig has been another wonderful support to the students and teachers in the year 3 /4 levels.

Rachel is Rebecca Burt's mother (from the school office) and as an ex school teacher, enjoys offering her time on a weekly basis to support the ongoing learning of the students with reading and comprehension. 


If you are interested in offering your time we would love to hear from you.

Thank you 

School Initiatives

Walk Safely To School Day

Thursday 16th May

"Walk Safely To School" is the annual National event when all primary school children are encouraged to walk and commute safely to school. It is a community event seeking to promote road safety, health, public transport and the environment.


Thank-you to all the parents, children and teachers who came and dropped students off at Fregon Reserve on Thursday morning to participate in National Walk to School Safely day. It is really important for our physical, social and emotional health that we regularly do physical activity. Not only does physical activity such as a walk to school keep our heart, lungs and other body organs stay healthy, we can also make new friends and we feel happier about ourselves when we do physical activity.


STAY TUNED: We will be doing a 'walk to school' once a month on the last Thursday of each month. 

PE News

The students in grades prep, 1 and 2 in PE have been learning about Athletics. We have learnt what a Baton is and how we use it in Athletics. We have also worked on different throws such as an overarm throw, Frisbee throwing and throwing a vortex.



NCCD Information 


Extra Community Information

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 21st May, Tues 21st July, Tues 15th Oct

Enrolment Applications for 2021 close: Friday 23rd August

Ph: (03) 9560 0911 


Sacred Heart Girls' College

Enrolments for Year 7 2021

Closing date: Friday, August 23

The Year 7 enrolment process for Catholic secondary schools now takes place in the second half of the year for students currently in Grade 5.  Please see our College website for full details on enrolments and to download an Application for Enrolment form.  Alternatively, parents may obtain a complete Prospectus Pack from the College Reception or, are most welcome to attend one of our Open Mornings.

The College will hold five Open Mornings prior to the Year 7 2021 closing date.  Open Mornings commence at 9:30am with an address by the Principal, Mr. Christopher Dalton.  Family groups are then taken on a tour of the College and return for morning tea where further questions may be asked of staff members.  The session concludes at approximately 11.00am. Dates for all 2019 Open Mornings are listed for your reference.


Sacred Heart Open Morning Dates for 2019

  • Friday 17 May
  • Tuesday 25 June
  • Thursday 1 August
  • Tuesday 29 October

Bookings for these dates can be made through the College Reception on 9568 5488.

For further information please contact the College Registrar, Ms Anne Wilks on 9568 5488 or via email:

Attached is the Enrolment Application Form for Sacred Heart Girls College if required.


Salesian College: Parent Information Evening


Great Savings for your family - FREE registration for your children to play!


Free Sporting Opportunity for Students at St. Peter's School


Murray Street Early Learning Centre, Clayton


Learning and Teaching


 Wow what a sensational start to NAPLAN Online at St Peter's!

This week our students in Years 3 and 5 have been participating in NAPLAN  Online and it is 

Congratulations to all of the children who have worked so hard.

All of the teachers are very proud of the way all of the students are participating in the new NAPLAN Online Program.


Thank you,

Miss Kim 


The Premier's Reading Challenge is about to start.

Please see information below to register for this wonderful challenge!

The Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge is now open and St Peter's is excited to be participating. 

 The Challenge is open to all Victorian children from birth to Year 10 in recognition of the importance of reading for literacy development. It is not a competition; but a personal challenge for children to read a set number of books by 6 September 2019.

 Children from Prep to Year 2 are encouraged to read or ‘experience’ 30 books with their parents and teachers. Children from Year 3 to Year 10 are challenged to read 15 books.


 All children who meet the Challenge will receive a certificate of achievement signed by the Victorian Premier and former Premiers.

To read the Premier’s letter to parents, view the booklists and for more information about the Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge, visit:


Kim Davis

Learning and Teaching Leader

Camp Australia

Camp Australia Update

A week in Outside School Hours Care

Outside School Hours Care (OSHC) is time for our students to explore their passions and dive into new activities that push them outside of their comfort zones. It is a time for students to get creative and explore a variety of activities.

Celebrating Families

Mother’s Day and National Families Week

The month of May provides us with two great opportunities to recognise and celebrate the many different forms that families can take. Mother’s Day was on Sunday 12th May and National Families Week is celebrated from Wednesday 15th May to Tuesday 21st May. 

In Before and After School Care, children will be exploring the theme for National Families Week 2019, “Stronger Families, Stronger Communities”.  Join us to celebrate all families and friendships!

Here’s a few of the activities we planned for the week starting 13th May:



13th May


14th May


15th May


16th May 


17th May

What Family means and Family chain 

Create your own Family Tree

Group Games 

Draw your family Portrait 

Write a story or Poem about the family 


When - Mother’s Day was on Sunday 12th May; National Families week is May 15th to May 21st.

Where - Your child’s school OSHC room.

How to register - You must be registered to attend. Registration is FREE! You can register an account via our website

How to book - Once registered, it’s easy to make and manage your bookings online via our parent portal We always recommend making your bookings in advance.


Program Details

If you would like to learn more about our OSHC service, please visit us before or after school and meet Farahana our program Coordinator, will be available to answer any questions. If you prefer to call us, you can contact our friendly Customer Care Team on 1300 105 343. The team are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (except National Public Holidays).

We look forward to celebrating families and friendships with you!

Camp Australia


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