St Simon Peter Catholic Primary School Ocean Reef
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18 Prendiville Avenue
Ocean Reef WA 6027
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Newsletter 11 – Week 2, Term 3 - Wednesday 26 July 2017

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LEARNING

Protective Behaviours Program

As outlined at this year’s Parent Forums, and discussed further at the Parent Workshop hosted by our hard working Social Worker Laura Pope, held in Term 2, we are introducing this new program to our school. See below for a testimonial written by a parent who attended the parent workshop -

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the school for organising the Child Protective Behaviours seminar. After attending this seminar I can’t stress to you enough how valuable I found it. The guest speaker (Karen) was amazing, she was engaging, informative and it was clear how passionate she is about keeping our children safe. Karen provided us with simple tools/skills that can be applied easily to our every-day lives in assist in educating our children as to how to be safe in our community and world around us.

I would strongly recommend conducting another seminar this term if possible, as I would love for my husband to have the opportunity to attend also.”

Protective Behaviours is an Internationally acclaimed personal safety and child abuse prevention program endorsed by Catholic Education Western Australia and now mandatory for all Catholic schools to include in their curriculum planning K-6. The program is based on two themes:

  • “We all have the right to feel safe at all times” and
  • “We can talk with someone about anything, no matter what it is”

The staff at this school have participated in a Protective Behaviours Professional Development training day and will be integrating the Protective Behaviours Program into the curriculum from Kindergarten through to Year 6. These Sessions will be conducted during Health lessons during Terms 3 & 4 each year.

Please click on the link below to read the letter giving you more information on this program.

ENGAGEMENT

RESPECT

Our whole school focus this term is respect. I spoke about this idea at Assembly last week and the students were completely around it!! This is good news and now we need to keep it up or keep it REAL – Respect, Excellence, Attitude and Love. This was the acronym discussed with our senior classes last term. Discussions at home, modelling at home and praising any respectful behaviour to each other, to siblings and other members of the family would be really appreciated.

Our Pastoral Care program this term has a big focus on respect and we have this proudly displayed now in our Sacred Space here at school.

Term Calendar

We have included a link below to access our term calendar. We have a very busy term ahead of us with some key dates for parents to remember:

Nude your Food on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays this term
School Open Morning for Kindy 2018 and 2019 enrolments – Friday 28 July at 9.30am
Mackillop House MassThursday 3 August – Everybody is very welcome to join us!
Book Week and Indonesian Day - Dress up for a gold coin donation – Thursday 17 August
Reconciliation for Year 3 – 23 to 24 August
Catholic Day – pupil free day – Friday 25 August
First Communion Masses – month of September starting 9/10 September
Fathers’ Day Breakfast and Mass - Thursday 31 August: 7.30am breakfast followed by 9.00am Mass
Learning Journeys – Tuesday 12 September from 3.30pm to 6.00pm
Grandparents’ Day Mass and Morning Tea – Thursday 14 September

One Big Voice Concert

The SSP One Big Voice Performance will be held on 18 August. Our school is in the Chopin choir so choose tickets close by. The selected solo singers will be on a stage in front of our section. Rehearsals will be held at school at 8.00am on both Tuesday and Thursday mornings until the event on August 18. Please access all relevant information via the below link:

Book Week

Book Week is on in Week 5 of this Term from Monday 14 August to Friday 18 August. Please click on the link below to access information from the Library in relation to Book Week, the Book Fair and the dress up parade to be held on Thursday 17 August.

Fun Run

A huge thank you to everyone for supporting our Fun Run last term. Orders for prizes have now been sent over east, and will probably take a few weeks to arrive at school. Final fundraising figures are being ascertained and will be announced in a future newsletter.

Baby Massage Courses at SSP

Ursula Frayne Catholic College 120 Year Celebrations

Are YOU a former student or staff member?

Are you a former student or staff of St Joachim’s, Xavier College, Our Lady Help of Christians, Our Lady of Mercy or Ursula Frayne Catholic College? They are looking for you to join the newly formed Alumni. Let them help you reconnect with your old school and friends. Go to their website below and complete the registration form (under Community) or contact Mary McGonigle on 9470 0925 or alumni@ufcc.wa.edu.au to have a form sent to you. In 2019, they will celebrate 120 years since their foundation school was opened and would like to have as many former students and staff join them in celebration.

http://www.ursulafrayne.wa.edu.au/

ACCOUNTABILITY

School Fees

Some reminder letters went home this week. At this point in the year contributions to the payment of your school fees should have happened. Without the collection of fees some of our programs (and we have many at SSP) just cannot operate and like you we too have some bills to pay!

Should you be experiencing some financial hardship then please contact Alyssa Cantrill or make an appointment to see the Principal. We have a number of different options for parents who are in this boat, so please don’t put it off, make a call today and sort something out.

Your continued support on these matters is greatly appreciated.

Kindergarten 2019 Enrolments

We have now began processing our enrolments for Kindergarten for 2019 with interviews taking place in Weeks 4 and 5 of this Term for new families to SSP. If you have a child born between 1 July 2014 and 30 June 2015 and you have not yet submitted your child's application, we urge you to do so by completing an Expression of Interest form and sending it to our admin office at admin@ssp.wa.edu.au. Places are filling up at a rapid pace so we suggest you submit your form as soon as possible. Please click on the link below to access the Expression of Interest Form:

Open Morning

We will be hosting an open morning to conduct a tour of our school for prospective new families this Friday, 28 July 2017 at 9.30am. Details have been advertised on Facebook, via Schoolzine and are set out below. If you, or someone you know has a child that is interested in attending the open morning please contact the admin office to make a booking.

DISCIPLESHIP

On 8 August 2017 is the Feast Day of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop, after whom MacKillop House takes its name. Her motto was “Never see a need without doing something about it”.

Toiletries Drive for ShopFront

During the month of August our Year 6 Social Justice Committee are asking all families to donate male and female toiletries to ShopFront. In doing this we are emulating the work of Mary MacKillop. Further information will be announced at our next Assembly. Please send all donations in to class rooms.

Staff PD Day – Spirituality in our School

The staff enjoyed and were challenged with our PD day on Monday 18 July facilitated by Christine Robinson and Professor Chris Hackett from Notre Dame University. The topic of spirituality is a very broad one but we learnt you have to have some exposure to religion to spark spirituality in a person. Again the idea of teachers building relationships with students which we have been working on this year was at the centre of this work. Teachers planned some great ideas on the day to incorporate into their teaching.

Centre for Faith Enrichment

Are you searching for ways to enrich your understanding of the Catholic faith and tradition? Would you like to find out more about the role of women in the Bible, the leadership of Pope Francis or John Paul II’s teachings on the theology of the body? The Centre for Faith Enrichment offers a wide range of face-to-face and online courses and events on topics ranging from spirituality, Church history, theology, scripture, Christian living and much more. No exams or assignments, just a relaxed and friendly learning atmosphere. To know more visit our website below, where you will find our courses and events page. To stay up to date with Centre for Faith Enrichment courses and events click here.

http://www.cfe.org.au/

Parish News

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