St. Peter's Primary School Newsletter

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

Message from the Principal

Dear parents, students and friends,
Welcome to our newsletter for week 5

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

I had the pleasure of visiting the LyreBird Camp on Wednesday afternoon with Miss Margaret and we stayed overnight. What a sensational camp with beautiful facilities and stunning scenery. The same family have run the camp for  25 years and held over 1,200 camps, in this fabulous setting amongst  52 acres of beautiful undulated natural bushlands. The activities were challenging and rewarding. The food plentiful and delicious. The cabins comfortable and inviting. Evening entertainment was a night walk on the first night and a disco on the second night.  Thank you to the Mrs O'Leary, Mrs Bourke, Mrs Boland and Mr Daniel who were away from their own families to be with our children. We all appreciate your efforts in ensuring our students had a fun, safe and memorable experience. 

More about camp next week written by our students


Parent/Teacher discussions on Wednesday the 26th of June from 2pm

Parent Teacher Discussions

We will be holding mid-year Parent/Teacher Discussions at the end of this term.Please note that Parent Teacher Discussions will take place on Wednesday the 26th of June between 2.00pm and 7.30pm in the final week of term. School will finish for students on that day at 1pm.

Camp Australia is open on that afternoon from 1pm. 

The school Interview site will be active on Monday morning at 9am. The code you need to enter is harag.


Reconciliation Week
               27th May-3rd June 
Grounded in truth,
               walk together in courage.

What is National Reconciliation Week?

National Reconciliation Week is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.

Reconciliation must live in the hearts, minds and actions of all Australians as we move forward, creating a nation strengthened by respectful relationships between the wider Australian community, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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In this way each of us respects the sacred dignity of each other, as we are all made in the image and likeness of God. 

Cross Country

We had a big group of year 3-6 students representing St Peter's at the District Cross Country last week.

We congratulate everyone who participated. They demonstrated great perseverance and sportsmanship. As always, when our students are out in the community, they were exemplary ambassadors for our school.

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

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.


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.



Have a lovely weekend everyone especially our tired campers!

Warm regards 

Nerissa Kinnaird (Ms K)
Acting Principal

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Important Dates & Reminders

Term 2 

Please note Wednesday 26th June Parent/Teacher discussions


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

Wednesday 26th ~ Parent/Teacher discussions

students finish at 1pm- Camp Australia open

Friday 28th ~ Saint Peter's Feast Day Celebrations (in school)

                            ~ 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.

Religious Education

Feast Day

Our School Vision

St Peter’s Catholic School, as a diverse learning community, celebrates the mission of Jesus

Mary Help of Christians patroness of Australia and of the Military Ordinariate.

On the 24th of May, we celebrate the feast of ‘Our Lady Help of Christians’, the Church prays that through Our Lady’s intercession God will “grant wisdom to our leaders and integrity to our citizens”, so that “under her protection Australia may be granted harmony, justice and peace”.



Almighty God, deepen in our hearts our love of Mary Help of Christians.

Through her prayers and under her protection, may the light of Christ shine over our land.

May Australia be granted harmony, justice and peace.

Grant wisdom to our leaders and integrity to our citizens.

Bless especially the men and women of the Australian Defence Force and their families.

We ask this through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Mary Help of Christians, pray for us.


Important dates to remember:


Sunday 23rd June ~ First Eucharist Mass will be celebrated at 9:30am at St Peter’s Church, Clayton.

Friday 28th June ~ Saint Peter's Feast Day will be celebrated on the last day of term.


Tuesday 23rd July ~ Fr. Hayes will visit the school to meet our Confirmation candidates.

Wednesday 24th  July ~ Sacrament of Confirmation 7pm


Thursday 8th August ~ 9am Mary MacKillop Mass at St Peter’s Church, Clayton.

Thursday 15th August ~ 9am Mass Feast of the Assumption


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).

Garden Program 

The students in F/1 S really loved a walk around the garden with Miss K during the week. As they walked around, Miss K focused on the plants that we have growing in our vegetable garden and supported the children to identify the variety we have at St. Peter's School. Children enjoyed smelling and touching the leaves, and were encouraged to draw upon their existing knowledge by identifying familiar vegetables that they might eat at home.



Learning and Teaching

2019 ~ Premier's Reading Challenge

Dear Families,

I have had a number of questions about the Premier's Reading Challenge

Everyone at St. Peter's already registered. Your child's classroom teacher has the log in details. 

It is not too late to join. So far 69 students out of 175 students have started. Let's make it 175 students !!!

The Premier's Reading Challenge continues until 6 September. 


Where to get books for the Challenge

You should be able to find many suitable books in your school or local library. You may have books at home that you can add to your children’s reading lists. Remember too that you can add books that are not listed on the challenge book list - these can be added as personal choice books.

2019 book lists

Challenge checklist

Keeping a record is an important part of the challenge as it shows that you have read all the books you need to.


If you need any help please feel free to email me or come and talk to me

Miss Kim

Literacy Leader

Learning and Teaching Leader

Coding Club ~ 

We are learning about Coding (Visual Programming)

Coding is also known as visual programming. There can be parallels between the design and development of solutions in Digital Technologies with the English curriculum.


When students encounter visual programming activities through creating their own digital stories, they need to be able to plan and design their key scenes and events, the characters and the activities that happen in each scene. They need to organise these logically and determine what code they need for each of their scenes. 


Being able to plan ahead and consider designs carefully means that when students go to code, they have clear goals. 


In thee photos the students have integrated the creation of digital narratives with Reading and Writing. What it positive about this approach is that the students are blending the two learning areas together. 


Within English, students are learning about narrative structures, and students spend time planning and developing their ideas for their narrative before they start to create their digital story. Within the Digital Technologies curriculum, students are learning about the fundamentals of using Block coding. From this, they can combine their planning and their new knowledge together to create a digital animation.  


Kim Davis

Literacy Leader

Learning and Teaching Leader


Coding Club is every Tuesday at lunchtime All students, teachers and parents are welcome! 



NCCD Information 


School Initiatives

New Late Sign-in and Early Sign-out Process

We are really excited to announce that we are trialing a new system in the office for students who arrive late for school or leave early. 

If your child arrives late to school or leaves early from school, parents will now be required to use the tablet which will update our records. 

This tablet will also be used for on-site contractors and visitors so we can maintain and manage our records  ensuring compliance standards managed effectively.

Camp Australia

Camp Australia ~ Wonders of the World
"School Holiday Program"


Some highlights of our week together


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


St. Peter's Primary School Newsletter
Sacred Heart Enrolment Application.pdf