St. Peter's Primary School Newsletter

21 February 2020
Issue Four
Message from the Principal
Important Dates, Reminders and Announcements
Religious Education
Wellbeing - 
 The Language of Opportunity
Teaching and Learning
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 4 Term 1

Welcome  to our fourth newsletter of the year.


As we head to the halfway point of our first term, students are settled into routines and are investigating curriculum areas around 'Belonging'.  The main focus in 5/6 is on the Health curriculum as well as the Personal and Social Capability. I thank the parents in 5/6 who attended our information session this week around the Health curriculum and the content that the students will be discussing in class. Puberty and adolescence can be a tricky time for all involved, so I hope the information shared will be  helpful. 

Our Year 6 leaders have received the symbols of their leadership- their jackets and their badges - and have begun to develop ideas in their leadership groups for initiatives across the school. I look forward to working with them this year.


Next Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a period of time where we are reminded of the importance of sacrifice, prayer and looking after those in need. Lent helps us more deeply understand the Easter event that is at the centre of our Christian faith.
We can use this time to consider how our actions are defining our relationship with God, with others and with our deepest self.  Lent is a time for renewing those relationships based on compassion, truth and justice. The whole school will begin to prepare for Lent on Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day) by making pancakes and then will attend mass at 9am on Ash Wednesday. Family members are welcome to join us.









God of goodness and mercy,

Hear my prayer as I begin this Lenten journey with you. Let me be honest with myself as I look into my heart and soul, noticing the times I turn away from you. Guide me as I humbly seek to repent and return to your love.

May humility guide my efforts to be reconciled with you and live forever in your abundant grace.

Transform me this Lent, heavenly Father. Give me the strength to commit myself to grow closer to you each day.




I wish you all a good week.



Sharon Daujat



Important Dates, Reminders and Announcements

Dates for 2020



Sunday 23rd ~ Clayton Festival (St Peter's School has a stand and our Ukelele group are performing)

Friday 28th  ~ 3pm Assembly

Sunday 1st  ~ 9:30 am ~ Presentation mass for Sacrament of Reconciliation candidates.


Friday 13th ~ 3pm Assembly

Friday 27th  ~ Last day of Term 1 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


As we start a new year it is important that all Care Monkey profiles are up to date and that any Asthma or allergy medication (Epipen/Claratyne/Zyrtec) is given to the class teacher along with a plan signed by a doctor. This should be done as soon as possible.

Car Parking Opposite School

Parents are required to read and adhere to the local parking restrictions and signage around the school and in particular opposite the school in the Church Carpark. 

Drop off and pick up times are very busy with extra traffic and pedestians which means added caution must be taken such as moving in and out of the carpark.

There is an entry and and exit to the carpark to reduce the level of risk, and timeframes where restriction applies to right hand turns from the carkpark between 8am-9:30am and again between 3pm and 4:30pm.


The school has also taken the extra precaution of ensuring the trees at the exit of the car park are trimmed down to ensure drivers have visibility to see pedestrians approaching which allows them to giveway.

Religious Education

Gospel Reading

Matthew 5:38–48
My command to you is: love your enemies, pray for your persecutors.


Family Connection


Family life teaches us many things. It is often at home that we learn practical skills such as cooking, riding a bike, and making repairs. Talk about some of the things that the members of your family have learned to do at home. We also learn about caring at home. Talk about times when you have learned a lesson about sharing, forgiving, or loving through an experience that happened at home.

Talk about how love is the most important thing a family can share with one another. Explain that it is the same in God’s family. Read aloud this Sunday’s Gospel, Matthew 5:38–48. Talk about how Jesus tried to teach his disciples how to love others beyond those who are closest to them. Jesus tells them to love even their enemies. As members of God’s family, we are called to do the same thing. Talk about some concrete ways you can “love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you”.

Remind your children that Jesus does not expect us to be perfect. Jesus knows that we are human and will not always do everything correctly. Explain that what Jesus wants us to do is to love others as if they were Jesus himself. If we reach out in love to others, we are doing exactly what Jesus did. That is what perfection looks like. End this time together by praying the Act of Love.


What is Lent?

The season of Lent is a Catholic liturgical season consisting of forty days of fasting, prayer, and penitence beginning at Ash Wednesday and concluding at sundown on Holy Thursday. The official liturgical colour for the season of Lent is violet. Lent begins on 26th February, 2020. 


SHROVE TUESDAY is rapidly approaching, and we're all looking forward to giving it our best shot with the traditional pancake flip. So when is Shrove Tuesday? 25th February, 2020 the day before Ash Wednesday.

 The history of Shrove Tuesday started many years ago when people would use up their flour, eggs and milk in the house in preparation for Lent which is a time of fasting.

We will be making pancakes to celebrate the day. It is a rich learning experience for the students as they will learn how to write a procedural text, follow a recipe and most of all enjoy the delicious pancakes with their friends. 


Iris Devisser

RE Leader

Wellbeing - 

Dear Families and friends of St Peter's,

Welcome to another newsletter celebrating everything that is happening in our school.

We are of course at the Clayton Festival on Sunday. Do come and find us. We are stand 24 and we will be making beautiful Italian masks.

We are practising for the festival- getting ready to be on the main stage on Sunday!

See you at the Clayton Festival on Sunday- we are performing on the main stage at 12.55pm.


Acceptable use of technology at St Peter’s.

As part of teaching and learning at St Peter’s  all students need to discuss what is acceptable use of technology at St Peter’s. Over the next week, your child/children will be discussing this with their own teacher and draw a picture/responses about what this looks like. (making good choices around technology) They then take this paper home with them to chat with you the parents. We ask that with your child you sign it after having a chat/discussion about making good choices when using technology. Please can your child then return this to school? This is an important document we refer to at any stage in the year when there has been irresponsible use or poor choices made around the use of technology. Thank you for your support.

Bollywood Dancing Club

New to St Peter's is our Dance Club at lunchtime. This week was a focus on the Bollywood Style.


We are so lucky to have the skills and moves of Runu, Karthik and Kavin's Mum.  Thank you Runu- we all loved the class.


2021 Foundation(Prep)

We are so delighted to be enrolling Foundation students for 2021 already.

If you have a sibling of a child who is already at St Peter's and you intend for them to start in 2021 please do let us know and we will ensure that there is a place for him or her.


Handy hints from our Cyber Safety Presentation last year- relevant always!


As we are looking at the Acceptable use of technology agreement with the children this week these are some handy hints for parents that came out of our presentation last year by leading specialists in this field, Martin and Carley McGauren.

  • Tip No. 1, Tip No. 2, Tip No. 3 - Never have screens in bedrooms!!
  • Parents are recommended to :
    • Set Internet Filters
    • Set time restrictions on sites - very handy for all frustrated parents!
    • Block access to specific sites
    • Find out which sites are being accessed on your service & more!
  • Parent Supervision of Screen time is the key!
    • ‘Digital Parenting’ (like all parenting) requires you to be present and engaged.
  • Setting Boundaries on Screen Time - RESEARCH SAYS
    • 2-5 years - 1 hour screen time
    • 5-18 years - 2 hour screen time
    • No Screens 1 hour prior to bed
    • No Screens at Mealtimes - communication remains a key!
  • Check the Terms & Conditions on all Apps - most Apps require users to be 13 years and older - Primary children are not in this age group.

No Hat No Play


With term 1 in full swing we remind parents that children are required to wear school hats to school, at all outdoor sessions and home from school.  The school has a ‘No Hat – No Play’ Sunsmart policy.  


Playgroup is on every Tuesday and Friday. Everyone is welcome.

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.  See you on Tuesday.

*Parenting Help


Every day counts – School attendance


We all want our children to get a great education, and the building blocks for a great education begin with students coming to school each and every day.

Missing school can have a major impact on a young person’s future – a student missing one day a fortnight will miss four full weeks by the end of the year. 

There is no safe number of days for missing school –

Coming to school every day is vital, but if for any reason your child must miss school, please ensure you have contacted the school office to report your child's absence - 03 95443032


Just a reminder that we all need to wear our school uniform correctly and with pride. We do ask that our students wear black school shoes to school except if they scheduled to have a Physical Education lesson or if their teacher has requested they wear sports shoes. We thank you for your support in this matter. Sometimes it is not possible to purchase a new pair of shoes for a variety of reasons. We do understand this so if this is the case just have a conversation with your class teacher or send a note we can make exceptions.

Our summer Uniform

Have a lovely weekend everyone and we hope to see you on Sunday.

Warm regards 

Ms K  ( Nerissa )


 The Language of Opportunity

Tips for parents

How to Encourage Creative Writing

Create a time and place for writing. Children will want to write if you make it a fun activity to do together. “Let’s write a story!”

Accept your child’s ideas. Your child may create a character/story you don’t like. Be open, and your child will want to keep writing.

Allow your child to dictate to you. Be a scribe, not an editor. Use your child’s words.

Allow mistakes if your child is writing. The goal is to increase creative fluency and make writing fun. Save the grammar and spelling lessons for later.

Ask questions if your child gets stuck. What is the story or poem about? If it’s a story, who is your main character and what does your main character want?

 Presenting our 'Writers' Corner' from Year 1 (KD/LD)







Proudly presenting our Grade 1 students  ( 1 KD/LD) engaged in reading a  familiar narrative titled ' Cinderella'.





Iris DeVisser 

Literacy Leader




Teaching and Learning

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! 


Parent Information Evening: HEALTH

In Year 5 and 6 , as part of our Faith Based Inquiry unit on 'Belonging', we hosted a Parent Information night to inform families about what we will be covering from the Health curriculum, including areas such as puberty and respectful relationships. We have recruited the expertise of Cathrine McCallig to  deliver some of the content, including the Parent Information night and classroom sessions with the students, which covers the Victorian Curriculum for  Year 5 and 6 students in Health and the Personal and Social Capability.


Students commenced their first class session and are looking forward to the coming weeks where they have the opportunity to learn about Reproduction, Puberty and ways we can be safe.


Extra Community Information

Clayton Festival


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


Salesian College News


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



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