St Simon Peter Catholic Primary School Ocean Reef
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18 Prendiville Avenue
Ocean Reef WA 6027

Phone: 08 9301 6800

Newsletter 5 – Week 10, Term 1 - Wednesday 5 April 2017

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Today my editorial offers a number of suggestions as to how parents can nurture self-worth in their children.

I believe self-worth is how we feel about ourselves and it comes from a source within us. It is the foundation of our ability to believe in ourselves. It is what we are born with; we can’t lose it but we can lose sight of it. We can often maybe even forget our own value.

Unfortunately, we are greatly influenced by our society which values flawless performances and places great emphasis on excelling, achieving and winning. We are led to believe that our worth is tied to our achievements and the judgements of others.

However, if our self-worth is dependent on other people’s approval of us then we are placing the value of ourselves in someone else’s hands. If we are high on self-worth, we will be willing to risk the disapproval of other people. We will trust our own abilities and not feel the need to conform in order to be accepted and loved by those around us. It is who we are and not what we are that ultimately counts.

Year 6 Camp

Our Year 6 classes are off to Ern Halliday in Hillarys for camp on the first day back next term. The staff have many interesting, challenging and exciting activities planned for the students over the three days. We trust that they have a fabulous time and come back safely with lots of wonderful memories.

Thank You

Our thanks go out to Miss Caitlin Manea and Miss Anita Baric on the wonderful job they have both done in Year 3 this term as long service leave replacements. We wish you all the best for your future careers, but will hopefully still see you at SSP on relief.


Mother’s Day Breakfast and Mass

On Thursday 11 May we will have a Mother’s Day Breakfast commencing at 7.30 am. This will be followed by Mass at 9.00am. We hope you can join us on this special day where we celebrate all mothers, grandmothers and those who are mother figures in our lives. For catering purposes, please RSVP via the link below:

School Banking

We would like to welcome Toni Stapleton to the School Banking team at St Simon Peter School. Toni and Kylee will be continuing in Term 2 outside the Hall/Canteen from 8am every Friday morning.

There are some fantastic rewards available during 2017:

Cyber Handball, Colour Change Markers, 3D Chalk Set, Tablet Case, Smiley Emoji Keyring, Volt Handball, Pencil + Tech Case, Epic Earphones

And don’t miss your chance to win a family holiday to Disneyland in Tokyo!

School Banking is also a great fundraiser for our school. Our school receives $5.00 when a student makes their first ever School Banking deposit and 5% on every deposit made through the school (to a maximum of $10.00 per individual deposit).

Getting involved in School Banking is easy!

All you need to get involved in the School Banking program is a Commonwealth Bank Youthsaver account. You can open an account for your child in one of two ways:

  1. Online - Visit and click on the link to open a Youthsaver account.
  2. In branch - Visit a Commonwealth Bank branch with identification for yourself and your child, like a driver’s licence and birth certificate.

To find out more, please see Toni and Kylee at school on Friday mornings, or visit the link below:

Celebrating 150 Years

In 2018, St Mary’s School is celebrating 150 Years of Catholic Education in Northampton. Please see below a Save the Date notice for the celebrations.

Entertainment Books

We are raising as much as we can to support our cause, and we need your help! Please order your NEW 2017 | 2018 Entertainment Book or Entertainment Digital Membership now. You will receive hundreds of valuable offers for everything you love to do, and will be helping with our fundraising at the same time!

St Simon Peter Catholic Primary School
Michelle Martin


Triple P Workshops

If you are interested in attending a Triple P workshop please click on the link below for further information.


Incorporating the Performing Arts Festival, the Angelico Exhibition, Carnevale

WAYJO’s Jazz for Juniors concerts are a fantastic and fun way to introduce kids to the world of jazz.

On the first Tuesday of the April, July and September school holidays, a special program of music performed by a small WAYJO ensemble will introduce children to jazz instruments and fun tunes designed to get them moving.

Integrating music with stories and interaction, children will have the chance to meet the musicians and try out some instruments of their own. Please see attached flyer for details.

Vacation Care

Did you know St Simon Peter Catholic Primary School operates a Vacation Care program? Our Vacation Care is a licensed program run under the Approval and License of the Catholic Education Commission WA. The program is run by Qualified Educators who all hold current First Aid, Asthma and Anaphylaxis qualifications. The program is approved for Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate which reduces the cost of fees for families. The Child Care Rebate allows families to reduce their fees by 50%.

Our exciting program is filled with incursions, excursions and fun in house days. Breakfast, morning tea and afternoon tea are all included. For further information please call 9301 6857, email or go to our website by following the link:


Parent/Teacher Communication

Good communication with the school is essential in your child’s education. Frustration and anger grow out of misunderstanding or misrepresentation! Please remember that there are two sides to any story and it is essential to check facts before coming to conclusions.

Good relationships between a parent and a teacher are important. Such relationships require knowledge of each other, mutual trust and shared good will. Should a problem arise, parents are encouraged to discuss it with the class teacher as soon as possible.

Should the teacher have a problem with your child, you will be asked to come in and discuss the matter. Working together is more effective than working in isolation! Should the teacher or the parent not resolve a particular problem or should the problem relate to school policy, an appointment with the Cluster Leader or Principal can be made through the Office and the Principal will endeavour to find a resolution to the difficulty. Should a parent not be happy with the Principal’s resolution, they may appeal to the Executive Director of Catholic Education Western Australia for a review of the decision. See the school website for CEWA’s policy.

Nude Food

SSP is heading in an exciting new direction and our aim is to become a sustainable school. We will be launching our Nude Food initiative at SSP at the Whole School Assembly on Friday 5 May 2017. Please see the attached letter, which provides further information about what it involves to do this.

Swimming Lessons

A message from the Swimming Instructors: The lessons are being disrupted by parents who are “watching” their child during lessons. The offers of advice and interruptions (e.g taking a child to the toilet) are causing some safety and supervision concerns for the swimming teachers. If this continues a report will be submitted to the school which could result in lessons not being allocated to our school in the future.

Term 2 Calendar

Please note students do not return to school until Wednesday 26 April. Monday 24 April is a pupil free day and Tuesday 25 April is a public holiday.

Selamat datang - Bahasa Indonesia

Welcome to the start of a new beginning for LOTE at St Simon Peter Catholic School. Indonesian has commenced this term with all students from Pre Primary to Year 6 learning some basic Indonesian phrases, greetings and numbers. A strong focus has been on developing speaking and listening skills in the target language. Students can be heard around the school yard interacting in Indonesian and no doubt some parents would have heard some Indonesian at home.

Each term a student from each class will be presented with an Indonesian Merit Award for outstanding work in Indonesian.

Term 1 2017 Award recipients are:

1S - Chayse Arbuckle

1R - Taylah Martin

1S - Sienna Prosser

2S - Cameron Hughes

2BT - Matthew Mansfield

2H - Aniela Suski

3F - Sienna Nyeverecz

3L - Alivia Wilkie

3B - Amelie McLeay

4IM - Phoebe Finn

4S - Luke Shannon

40 - Summer Blanas

5LT - Abbey Burgess

5W - Helena Toms

5F - Alvaron Blackall

6RS - Sean Hart

6W - Jade Bamforth

6P - Kari O'Neill

Thank you for your support in Indonesian this term. If you have any items from Indonesia (including Bali) that are preloved and would add to our new Indonesian classroom, please feel free to bring them into the school next term.

Selamat liburan (Happy holidays). Salam Pak Lamont


Stations of the Cross

The Stations of the cross is the story of the suffering and death of Jesus on his final journey into Jerusalem. It is an important part of our Christian belief; Jesus showed his great love for us by what he did. It is by this love that Jesus united us to himself and brings us to eternal life.

Please join us today for Stations of the Cross at either 11.15am (PP, Years 1,5,6) or 2.10pm (Years 2, 3, & 4).

The Easter raffle will be drawn at 2.00pm tomorrow afternoon.

We wish all families a Happy and Holy Easter and look forward to welcoming you all back to Term 2 on Wednesday 26 April.

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Parish News

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