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

Phone: 08 9301 6800

Newsletter 12 – Week 4, Term 3 – Wednesday 9 August 2017

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Code of Conduct

As of 1 January 2017, all Catholic schools are required to have a Code of Conduct. The purpose of which is to describe minimum standards of conduct in all behaviour and decision making to ensure the safety and well-being of students. This Code applies to all staff, students, volunteers, parents and guardians as applicable. The term ‘parents’ includes guardians.

Breaches of the Code must be notified to the Principal and it is a breach of the Code not to do so.

Each newsletter going forward, will contain information about these statements.

Conduct Statement 3

You act in accordance with the values of the Gospel as defined in the Code of Ethical Conduct.

  • You are mindful that your decisions and behaviour are opportunities for students and others to see Gospel values in action and how faith integrates with life. Therefore, you are responsible for educating yourself and anyone you lead on the content of those values, and their practical application in your decision making.
  • You acknowledge that as a member of a Catholic school community, you are required to strive to develop and live out your relationships with all people in a manner that is based on Gospel values as defined in the CECWA Code of Ethical Conduct.
  • You accept that as a member of a Catholic school community, your conduct reflects on Catholic Education and the Church, and therefore you must strive to uphold the letter and spirit of the Code of Ethical Conduct.

Conduct Statement 4

You conduct yourself in accordance with laws, agreements, policies and standards relevant to your relationship with the school community.

  • Your relationship with other members of the school community is defined by whatever written or verbal agreement has given rise to that relationship. If you are a member of staff, it is your employment agreement. If you are a parent or acting in a parental capacity, it is the student’s enrolment agreement. If you are a member of the school board, it is your school board constitution. If you are a visitor, it is in accordance with the permission of the Principal to be on school grounds on condition that you act safely and competently.
  • If you witness the unlawful or unsafe conduct of any other member of the school community, or breaches of policy or this Code, whether in teaching, administration, school support services, or while engaging with students in person or via digital or other media, you have both a responsibility and an obligation to notify such conduct to the Principal or an appropriate authority and take other action as necessary to protect students.
  • Where you notify the Principal or a delegate of unsafe conduct, including breaches of this Code, and that notification fails to produce an appropriate response in the circumstances, you may take the matter to an appropriate external authority.
  • You respect both the person and property of students and their families, and of other members of the school community, and the property and finances of the school.
  • You use school property and resources responsibly and for the purposes of the school.

No Swimming Lessons for 2018

As reported in Newsletter 10, our Parent Survey on swimming lessons was overwhelming in support of the decision to cancel swimming lessons at Arena Joondalup in 2018. SSP were scheduled to run this program in Term 3 (winter time) next year with no explanation being given, which is not good enough. Escalating costs of lessons and bus transport, increased charges to parents, the quality of teaching being delivered and interruption to learning are some further reasons for this decision being taken by the school.

We will continue to look for other delivery services and programs like lessons for beginners (Years 1-2) or surf and beach awareness, that can be tailored to our school’s needs, as we go forward.

Our school and interschool swimming carnivals (Years 4-6) will continue as part of our PE/Health program here at SSP.


This week we begin our interviews for Kindergarten 2019. Last week we ran another very successful open morning for new families for 2018. It is during these occasions that I am often asked the question - how does a school like ours maintain a peaceful environment and work towards the common good? My response has not changed over my 30 years as a Principal.

When parents choose to enrol their child at the school, they agree to subscribe to its mission, follow its rules and abide by its decisions. Trust and mutual respect are the most essential underpinnings of effecting working relationships between parents and teachers. While parents may not agree with every decision made by the school, usually, enough common ground can be found to continue a mutually respectful relationship, if people are of good will.

A positive school ethos is based on the quality of relationships between teachers and students, parents and teachers, parents and their children and the manner in which they trust each other."


Thanks to the generosity of Chantel and Paul Currie (parents of Jack in Kindy), St Simon Peter now has a defibrillator. This is located in the Nurse’s room. Money raised through various fundraising activities will be used to purchase replacement pads.

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 which will be held on Thursday 17 August.

Please also see the information below in relation to their Book Week competition.

Fun Run

Prize orders have been sent off to the Eastern States and will take a few weeks to arrive. We want to congratulate the class with the highest total, which was PPV with $1,454.10 raised and the highest fundraising student, Phoebe Finn with $387.80.

Sacred Heart College Expressions of Interest for Year 7 2020

The College will be closing off Expressions of Interest for Year 7 2020 in December this year. If you have a child in Year 4 and have not already done so, please submit an Expression of Interest form before Monday 11 December 2017.

Siblings of students already at the College must also have submitted an Expression of Interest form to be considered for a place at the College. These forms can be found via the link below:

If you have any questions please phone Julie Cole, Registrar, on 9246 8283.


Please see attached documents in relation to:

  1. Indonesian Day – to be held on Thursday 17 August for all students; and
  2. Indonesian vocabulary list for Term 3 for students in Years 3 to 6 only.


Scott Guerini Book Launch

Our Year 6 Student, Scott Guerini, recently launched his first book, titled ‘Did You Know You Can Change the World?’ at the Telethon Institute in Subiaco. The School was represented by Kerry Hewitson (AP) and a number of Scott’s Year 6 classmates. Scott has been walking to raise money to help sick kids since he was 4 years old. Today he walks marathons and has raised over $125,000.00 for Telethon. To find out more about this amazing young man, or to purchase his book, follow the link below:

Catholic Performing Arts Festival

Zenith Music Concert

Tiana Ford performed at the Zenith Music as part of the Catholic Performing Arts Festival on 1 August 2017. Well done to Tiana, she nailed her performance.

Liturgical Dance Group

On Thursday 3 August our Liturgical Dance Group presented Guardian Angel by Leah West as part of the Catholic Performing Arts Festival. They received ‘Excellent’ in all areas, which is the highest attainable mark. Congratulations to the girls and to Mrs Nat Templeton, their choreographer and teacher.

Music Ministry

Our Music Ministry performed at St. Benedict's on Monday 7 August as part of the Catholic Performing Arts Festival. They were lovely and did a great job.


Father in heaven,
all creation rightly gives you praise,
for all life and all holiness come from you.
In the plan of your wisdom
she who bore the Christ in her womb
was raised body and soul in glory to be with him in heaven.
May we follow her example in reflecting your holiness
and join in her hymn of endless love and praise.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.


Assumption Mass Tuesday 15 August

The Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary commemorates the death of Mary and her bodily assumption into Heaven. It has been celebrated in the Church since the 6th Century and is the most important of all Marian feasts, and is a Holy Day of obligation in the Catholic Church. This is a day when we honour Mary, the mother of Jesus and mother to us all. Please join us for Mass at 9.00 am.


Last week we had our MacKillop House Mass and on 8 August the Church celebrated her Feast Day. Mary MacKillop’s favourite phrase or motto was ‘Never see a Need without Doing Something about It’. With this in mind, the Year 6 Social Justice committee are coordinating a toiletries drive for Shopfront during the month of August. Thank you to those families who have already given so generously. Donations of toiletries for men and women can be delivered to the ELC or to boxes in the classrooms.

SSP Day Fundraising

The stalls run by classes on SSP Day raised $4,178.75, a fantastic effort. The Year 6 Social Justice Committee have met and agreed that this money will be donated to the following places:

Lifelink - $1,500
St Vincent de Paul - $1,000
Sisters of St Joseph - $300
Salvatorian Priests - $300
Scott’s Great Walk for Telethon - $300
Br Ollie’s Wheelchairs - $300
Princess Margaret Hospital - $200
Beyond Blue - $278.75
WA Special Needs Christmas Party - $250

Parish News

For Parish information and dates please click on the following link: