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

Phone: 08 9301 6800

Newsletter 13 – Week 6, Term 3 - Wednesday 23 August 2017

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Code of Conduct Continued

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 5

You respect the dignity, culture, values and beliefs of each member of the school community.

  • You respect both the person and capacity of each member of the school community, treat them with dignity, show respect for their culture, values, and beliefs.
  • You interact with members of your school community in an honest and respectful manner.

Conduct Statement 6

You treat personal information about members of the school community as private and confidential.

  • You use personal information in accordance with your school Privacy Policy
  • You create and keep accurate records of conversations about significant decisions involving the safety and well-being of students.


Our Term 3 calendar is full of special events, such as the ones listed below. Please make sure these dates are marked in your calendars.

Father’s Day Mass and Breakfast

Next week, on Thursday 31 August, we have our annual Father’s Day breakfast at 7.30am in the hall. This will be followed by a whole school Mass celebrating our dads at 9.00am. We hope lots of dads, or significant males, can join us for these celebrations.

To assist with catering, those wishing to attend the breakfast need to let us know how many people will be attending from their family. Please open the following link to RSVP:

Learning Journeys

Tuesday 12 September from 3.30pm to 6.00pm is your opportunity to go into your child’s class and immerse yourself in their learning. All areas of the school will be open, including the hall with our visual arts display.

Grandparent’s Day Mass & Morning Tea

On Thursday 14 September, we give thanks for our grandparents. Mass will be celebrated at 9.00am and this is followed by class visits and a morning tea in the hall for adults.

Free Parent Workshop

Please click on the link below to find out about the free parent workshop that Health Services are hosting on Monday 18 September at 9.00am in the hall.

Kindergarten 2019 Enrolments

We have now started to interview students enrolling in our Kindergarten 2019 program. 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, as soon as possible, to avoid disappointment. Please click on the link below to access the Expression of Interest Form:

Open Morning

We will be hosting an open morning for prospective new families on Friday 15 September 2017, with a tour of our school being led by Mr Baker at 9.30am. Details have been advertised on Facebook, via Schoolzine and are set out below.

Departure Notification

Are you leaving SSP at the end of this year? If you have a child in a class other than Year 6 and you won’t be returning to SSP in 2018, you are required to advise us, as soon as possible, as there are a number of families on our waiting lists requiring places. These details can be emailed to

The school’s policy states any student leaving the school needs to provide a term’s notice in writing, addressed to the Principal. Failure to provide sufficient notice may mean you will be liable to pay fees for Term 1 2018.

Three Year Old Kindy 2018

Are you interested in enrolling your child into the Three Year Old Kindy program at SSP for 2018? If your child was born between 1 July 2014 and 30 June 2015 they are eligible to attend our program next year. For further details, or to enrol your child, please contact Nicole Harley in our Early Learning Centre on 9301 6857, or email

Lionheart Camp

Lionheart Camp is a 2 x day camp for children (5-12 years) who have lost a significant person in their life in any way. It is not a stay overnight camp. The program is a fun and helpful way for children to have loss normalised for them – they meet other children who have had a parent, close carer or sibling die – some by cancer, road accidents, other illnesses or suicide.

The first day of the camp allows for a parent/caregiver to also attend and learn about supporting your grieving child, in a separate group from the children.

The second day is for the children but caregivers come early for the ending.

If this is something you are interested in, please make contact with the organisers, Shelly or Claire, to discuss the suitability for your child and find out more to clarify the criteria and suitability for your family.

Mater Dei College

Annette Morey is the newly appointed Principal at Mater Dei College. You may be familiar with her from her previous time at the College back in 1994 - 2006, where she started as a teacher, then moved to Year Co-ordinator, then finally as Deputy Principal. After finishing at Mater Dei, she worked at Prendiville Catholic College for five years as Deputy Principal, before being appointed as Principal at St Norbert College, where she has been for the past five years.

Whilst the College has changed somewhat, the spirit of community and good will is something that is still very strong and Mater Dei continues to hold a commitment to providing accessible quality education. As a result, the College is providing a number of full tuition fee * Scholarships for Year 7’s in 2018.

Further details can be found on their website.



A summary of our overall NAPLAN results this year is attached. As you know NAPLAN is just one way we assess students at SSP and we use this data not to brag or publish to the detriment of others, but more so to improve our teaching. I have put together the last 4 years’ results that show we are performing above ALL Australian schools in all areas in Year 3 and the same in Year 5, with the exception of grammar and spelling this year. This is great news for our school and all that work in it because, as you know, “it takes a village to raise a child”. This is a worn out cliché but it is true, as we strive at SSP for excellence.

Catholic Performing Arts Festival

The Catholic Performing Arts Festival 2017 opened during Week 1 of this term and continues until the concert finale at Perth Concert Hall on Monday 11 September.

Our school has entered students in a variety of sections including Instrumental Solos and Duos, Vocal Solos, Liturgical Choral, Creative Dance, Band and Christian Dance. We are very proud of all of our students who have taken part and represented our school with pride, passion and great skill. Two of our Year 6 girls, Ava and Isabelle, performed at Zenith Music playing the flute recently and were wonderful.

Every student who took part in the festival along with the other 20,000 Catholic students around the state receive a certificate and a report. We will be presenting our students with these at an assembly later in the term.

Congratulations must go to the Year 4-6 Christian Dance group who performed at Mercy College and are to be awarded the Catholic Arts 2017 Liturgical Dance shield. We couldn’t be prouder of their hard work, dedication to before school and lunchtime rehearsals and of their performance on the day. Our new costumes looked amazing. We will be notified if we are selected to perform at the final concert on September 11th.

Our Year 6 guitar students, Jake, Lucas, Thomas, Ella, Emer and Bella, represented our school beautifully last Friday in the CPAF guitar section. Congratulations and a big thank you to their tutor Mr Ralph.

Tiana Ford was awarded Outstanding for her vocal performance and is now in the running for a shield. We will be notified shortly. Congratulations!


The FSSP Social and Fundraising Committee would like to thank our school community for their support of the Entertainment Books and our Fun Run. Projects like these help us in providing important resources and our lovely surroundings here at SSP. Your generosity has raised $8,450.00 through our Fun Run. This money will be used towards the further development of our nature play areas and IT.

Interschool Basketball, Flag Belt Rugby and Table Tennis

Last Friday our Year 6 students participated in an interschool sporting carnival involving 7 other schools and 3 different sports. Our school sent 4 basketball teams, 4 flag belt rugby teams and 16 table tennis players to the 3 different venues. A big thank you to the parent helpers who supervised teams on the day and contributed to making the experience a very enjoyable one for all involved. Our team results are listed below and although they are not the whole focus of the day it is pleasing to note that 2 of the basketball teams were undefeated and 1 of the flag belt rugby teams made it to the grand final. The table tennis pairs played 15 games over the course of the day against other school teams at Mercy College and had a great time!





Basketball Boys A





Basketball Boys B





Basketball Girls A





Basketball Girls B





Mixed Rugby 1





Mixed Rugby 2





Mixed Rugby 3





Mixed Rugby 4






We pray for our Year 3 students who will be making their First Reconciliation tonight and tomorrow night. This is a very special stage in their faith lives.

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