Newsletter 7 – Week 4, Term 2 - Wednesday 17 May 2017
Nude Your Food
St Simon Peter is working towards becoming a Nude your Food school. We currently spend $15,000.00 a year on rubbish removal and we want to improve on that. In order to become a more sustainable school and contribute to the sustainability of our earth, Nude Your Food has been introduced to the students. On Mondays for the remainder of Term 2, there will be no rubbish bins in the school grounds. We have plans to introduce a compost bin for organic scraps. Children are asked to bring their food in containers and to try and reduce their footprint on the earth.
Waste in Australia is growing at an incredible speed. ‘War on Waste’, a three-part documentary began on the ABC yesterday and challenges us to see if, as a Nation, we can do a little bit better when it comes to waste.
Respect is our current focus in Pastoral Care. Children are learning about how to respect themselves, others and the environment. This complements our Nude your Food focus.
Mother’s Day Mass & Breakfast
There was a fantastic turn out to the annual breakfast and Mass on Thursday morning. It was great to see lots of Mums and grandmothers enjoying breakfast with their children. Many thanks to all the staff who arrived at 6.30am to set up for the breakfast and to the Year 4 students who read and sang so beautifully at Mass.
On St Simon Peter Day the Library will be running a Second Hand Book Stall. If you have any books at home that you no longer want and that you would like to donate to the Library stall, please send them in to the library as soon as possible.
Please only send in appropriate second hand books, no adult books.
Many thanks, Rosie Young and the Library Staff
Lost Property – Pay it Forward
The school has now commenced its new lost property procedure, of which all items which have been labelled will be returned to their owners, via the class folder. To locate any lost property items please look in the lost property box located outside student services /sick bay or contact Nicki on 9301 6848 or via email
Lost property will remain within the designated area for two weeks. Items will then be advertised on the Parents and Reminders Facebook page for a further period of two weeks to encourage collection. We recommend you sign up on Facebook to see if any of the lost property posted on the Facebook page belongs to your child.
Any items that are not collected within the above timeframe will be donated to the new HOPE initiative “Pay it Forward”. Any queries related to the new initiative can be directed to the HOPE representative, Siska McGuinness by calling 0404 089 930.
Kids Matter Network Meeting
SSP hosted our very first network meeting this week with representatives from Hillarys Primary, Guildford Grammar School, Edgewater Primary School, North Woodvale Primary and Hocking Primary.
The meeting/workshop was facilitated by Andrew Barrett from Principals Australia Institute. The afternoon included lots of idea sharing and feedback. SSP was asked to talk about our KidsMatter journey since becoming a pilot school back in 2009. Revisiting and talking about some of the initiatives and programs was a wonderful reminder of SSP’s whole school commitment to raising happy and healthy young minds!
We know that KidsMatter is a never ending journey and one that will continue to grow and evolve over time, as we learn more about the best ways to support and maximise good mental health and wellness in our children.
There will be three Parent Forums held across Weeks 6 and 7 of Term 2. This is an opportunity to come along and find out what is happening in our school. We are hoping all families will be represented. Please follow the below link to indicate your family’s attendance.
Please click on the link below to order photos from last year’s Lion King production. Please note the below link has been updated and replaces the one that appears on the school website.
Last Friday our Year 6 students attended a retreat facilitated by Karl Brown from faithretreats.com as part of their preparation to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation later in the term. The day was held at Sorrento Surf Life Saving Club and was a wonderful opportunity for the students to learn more about the fruits and gifts of the Holy Spirit. They had time to reflect on what the sacrament means to them and how the Holy Spirit can guide them in their lives.
Year 6 students on retreat
Vincent House Mass Thursday 25 May
Everyone is warmly invited to celebrate Vincent House Mass with us next week.
In partnership with St Vincent De Paul Society, Vincent House is co-ordinating a Winter Appeal. Over the next few weeks we will be asking families to donate an item of non-perishable food, warm clothes and blankets to the Vincent de Paul appeal. These can be left in classrooms or left in the foyer of 5W and 4O and will be presented at our House Mass.