- Important Dates
- FROM THE PRINCIPAL
- RE News
- Family Prayer
- Parish News
- Lame Joke
- WINTER UNIFORM REMINDERS
- 5/6M Classroom item
- 2020 SPP Athletics and Cross Country Carnivals
- 2021 Enrolments
- Parking around school
- SPP Soccer News
- Lost Property
- Birthday celebrations
- Uniform Shop
- Trivia Night
We have now entered the second week of school with all students returning. I sincerely thank you for your support in following the guidelines to keep school open, it is much appreciated. Please remember staff are very happy to discuss issues about your child over the phone while restrictions are in place about entering the school grounds.
All school activities and operations will be in line with Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) and NSW Health guidelines as applicable.
School students do not need to follow physical distancing guidelines, but should follow good hygiene practices like:
• regularly washing hands
• Avoiding sharing drinks or food - Please ensure your child brings a drink bottle to school. Bubblers have been turned off.
• Coughing or sneezing into your elbow, or a tissue which should be discarded immediately.
All students should be at school unless:
• They have a medical certificate which states that they are unable to return to school due to an ongoing medical condition
• They are currently unwell.
Students who have a medical certificate to stay at home will be supported to learn from home in line with regular procedures if they are able to. These regular procedures are different to what was offered during the learning from home period. If you require work to be provided to your child whilst they are at home due to an underlying health condition, you should contact the school for assistance.
If your child is unwell, do not send them to school. If they are unwell at school you or your nominated emergency contact will need to collect them immediately. Please make sure your contact details are up to date.
REPORTING TO PARENTS
Your child has been assessed during the learning from home period and will receive additional assessment on their return to school. You will receive your child’s semester 1 report by the end of the term. This will be a simplified version of the report you normally receive. Staff will be available for interviews about the reports during Week 2 or 3 of Term 3. These maybe done by phone depending on the health advice.
RESPONDING TO COVID 19 CASES
There is a clear plan in place for schools to respond to any suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our schools. We are working closely with NSW Health and will communicate with parents if a situation was to arise.
THE FEAST OF PENTECOST
The Easter mystery is the passion, death, Resurrection of Jesus and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. As such, the Feast of Pentecost (Pentecost Sunday) concludes the Easter Season. Pentecost is the promise of Jesus fulfilled. Through the Pentecost experience we see that the coming of the Holy Spirit inspires and strengthens the disciples to embody the mission of Jesus. The strength of the Holy Spirit creates the enthusiasm and wisdom to live as Jesus did. Just like the disciples, we too need the strength of the Holy Spirit. When reflecting on our life, we can see that in the face of new and uncertain challenges, we too can be ‘paralysed’ if we allow ourselves to be consumed by fear and apprehension. The presence of the Spirit helps us to be people of love and service, bringing the hope-filled message of Jesus into our world.
In the actions of people who are close to us, and the work of the Catholic Church through organisations like the Society of St Vincent de Paul and Caritas, we can see the work of the Holy Spirit. This encourages us to identify our gifts and see how we can contribute to our community – as a community that tries to follow the actions of Jesus.
The school community will be celebrating the Feast of Pentecost with a whole school Liturgy via Microsoft Teams on Monday 1st June.
Sorry Day 26 May
The first National Sorry Day was held on 26 May, 1998, which was one year after the tabling of a report, known as Bringing Them Home, which was about the removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families.
National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is celebrated across Australia each year between 27 May and 3 June. The dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey– the anniversaries of the successful 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision. The 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 join the national reconciliation effort. It is a time to celebrate and build on the respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians.
May 27 marks the anniversary of Australia’s most successful referendum and a defining event I our nation’s history. The 1967 referendum saw over 90 percent of Australians vote to give the Commonwealth the power to make laws for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and recognise them in the national censes. 2012 marks the 45th anniversary of the 67’ referendum.
On 3 June, 1992, the High Court of Australia delivered its landmark Mabo decision which legally recognised that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have a special relationship to the land-that existed prior to colonization and still exists today. This recognition paved the way for land rights called Native Title. This year is the 20th anniversary of the Mabo decision.
Thanks to all those wearing correct uniform. A reminder that only maroon coloured tracksuit pants are to be worn on sport days. Year 6 can only wear their special jerseys on Thursdays and Fridays with their sports uniform . In the winter months –June, July & August HATS ARE NOT COMPULSORY .
Winter Uniform is worn in Terms 2 and 3:
Girls: School skirt with black tights or maroon pants with fawn socks, blue long sleeve school blouse, maroon bow tie, maroon school woollen jumper and/or school spray jacket and black leather school shoes and school hat or school navy beanie.
Boys: Grey pants, blue long sleeved shirt, maroon tie, grey school woollen jumper and/or school spray jacket, grey knee-hi school socks, black leathe r school shoes and school hat or school navy beanie.
Sports Uniform is worn on Wednesday for Kinder to Year 2. Tuesday and Thursday for Years 3 to 4 and Thursday and Friday for Years 5 and 6.
Boys & Girls: Black shorts, school sports polo top, blue ankle socks and joggers (long sleeved school rugby top and maroon track pants additional for winter).
5/6M’s Read Aloud: The White Horse of Zennor and Other Stories
Over the last five weeks, both remotely (via videos posted on Google Classroom) and in class, we have been tuning in to the wondrous words of the ‘The White Horse of Zennor’.
The Giant's Necklace is a spooky tale with ghosts, where nothing is as it seems.
The White Horse of Zennor is the story of a strange creature which is able to grant people wishes if they are kind to it.
Gone to Sea is about a boy who has problems walking. He is constantly ridiculed and finds it hard to fit in but with the help of an old fisherman he eventually finds happiness elsewhere.
Milk for the Cat contains more mysterious creatures who take care of a farmer’s livestock until he dies and his son takes over. He doesn't believe in the creatures and so breaks his agreement with them and this has bad consequences.
Finally, Mad Miss Marney is about a girl who creates a 'zoo' of animals which she has found in the wild and a suspected witch who helps her to heal them.
Our reactions to the book:
‘The book is that it was interesting and the short stories are all connected.’ – Charli
‘A wonderful group of stories that sparks imagination.’ - Amelie
‘I thought Gone to Sea was sad because the protagonist was bullied for having a twisted foot but I’m happy that he goes to live with the seals.’ – Bobby
‘I think Gone to Sea is the best of the five short stories because it is about a kid that has a deformed foot and he goes to live with the seals, becoming one of them.’ – Callum M
‘My favourite story was Mad Miss Marney because it had an interesting storyline and it tied in with the other stories.’ – Sam
‘I think The White Horse of Zennor is a really good book because in all the stories there is a lot of mystery, you should read it.’ – Ruby
‘My favourite story was Mad Miss Marney because it was connecting all of the stories together.’ – Lachlan
‘I think The White Horse of Zennor and Other Stories is really interesting because all of the stories have the same setting.’ – Mia
‘I liked the book because it was very interesting and mysterious.’ – Zian
‘It was cool how Miss Marney could heal animals overnight.’ – Harry
‘I loved The Giant’s Necklace and Mad Miss Marney because they were funny and cool. I loved them.’ – Portia
‘I think Mad Miss Marney, the lady with magical powers to save animals, is amazing.’ – Bailey
‘My favourite part of Mad Miss Marney is when Miss Marney reads all of her stories that are the previous tales in the book.
‘I think that it was interesting. The author hooked readers to want to know what happened next. It gave me the knowledge to know that the impossible can be the possible. There is magic all around us if you want to find it. Just look at the word possible.’ – Karn
‘My favourite short story out of the book White Horse of Zennor was Gone to Sea, because of the descriptive language and characterisation.’ – Charlotte
‘I found the book very interesting and loved how in Mad Miss Marney she was the one who wrote all the short stories.’ – Aleesha
‘My favourite story was Mad Miss Marney because there were lots of interesting things and because it was entertaining.’ – Matilda
‘Mad Miss Marney: I loved this story. It was my favourite out of the five because Kate was so nice to ‘mad’ Miss Marney.’ – Paige
‘I liked Mad Miss Marney because she had healing powers, she could heal anything.’ – Callum B
‘I thought the story about Mad Miss Marney was the best. It had descriptive language, all the stages of narrative text and the characters’ personalities were really good.’ – Noah
‘I love how Michael Morpurgo has put all of these stories about Zennor into one great book.’ – Claudia
Meanwhile in Maths we have been learning about data collection, representation and interpretation. Here are our favourite short stories:
With Covid-19 restrictions we will be making changes for the Athletics Carnival & Cross country. This year we will be conducting our Athletics and Cross Country Carnivals in PE lessons from week 5 to week 10. Each week the children in years 3-6 will take part in an event (LJ, SP, Discus, a sprint & 800m) and their performance will be recorded. In week 10 the Athletics Champion House, Age Champions and ribbon recipients will be announced and celebrated based on these results..
The Cross Country Carnival will also take place in PE lessons in week 10 for Kinder to year 6 students. Each of the children will be timed in their race. The Champion House, Age Champions and ribbon recipients will also be announced in week 10.
A letter regarding term 3 Archdiocesan and NSWCPS Athletics will be sent home before the end of term.
We have experienced a steady increase of vehicles and student movements in the school zone during pick up and drop off times.
A reminder that there is a crossing that people use on car line. Please be conscious as you move forward that children and parents are using this crossing. With lots of activity around this area we all need to very safety aware.
Thank you for your patience and ongoing commitment to school zone safety.
SPP Soccer Update
We hope that you are enjoying being back to school – and we have everything crossed that this will soon mean a return to soccer !
For those on Facebook, you would have seen that our page has been a hive of activity over the past week or so with confirmation of players, team lists going up and online registration being made active.
For those not on Facebook, can you please email firstname.lastname@example.org – so we know to email you updates and game times once the season commences.
Registration is preferred on the www.playfootball.com.au platform – here your active kids voucher can also be processed at the same time. If you are having difficulty registering, please contact us via the email address above. We would like to have registrations finalised (including payment) in the next two to three weeks. If this is an issue, again please email us and we can attempt to sort out a plan. Please note players will not be able to take the field if they are not registered.
Sponsor wise – we know the COVID 19 has placed added pressure on local businesses. If you are still in a position where you are able to sponsor – please contact the school office for a sponsor letter. There are many options available for our 2020 season.
New parents and families who have access to Facebook – please search our page ‘Ss Peter & Pauls Football Club’.
THERE ARE STILL PLACES AVAILABLE ON MANY TEAMS – PLAYERS DO NOT NEED AT ATTEND THE SCHOOL TO PLAY SOCCER.
WE ALSO NEED COACHES & MANAGERS – AND GENERAL VOLUNTEERS … MANY HANDS MAKE LIGHT WORK, PLEASE HELP US !
A friendly reminder to label ALL school uniform. There is a large amount of clothing in the lost property box. Unfortunately if it isn't labelled we are unable to identify the owner. At the end of each term, lost property items are washed and taken to the second hand store. If you are missing something please come and check lost property asap.
If students have a birthday and would like to bring something in to share with their class, please ensure it is pre-packaged items such as lollipops, plastic wrapped chocolates, ice blocks etc. Nothing made from home due to Covid 19 restrictions.
Uniform shop will only be taking orders online through QKR. Please place your order by 830am Monday to ensure that uniforms can go home that day.
Uniforms will be available for collection from the school office Monday mornings from 11am.