Issue 20 - 8th December 2022
We find ourselves, so quickly it seems, at the end of another school year! It has been a very eventful year, one that began with COVID, closed classes, locked down families and the cancellation of many of our regular events and activities. As always, we pulled together as a community to ensure our students were settled and learning. Thank you so much for your support of the school during that time.
Thanks and gratitude to our School Board. I rely on our Board members for their local knowledge and contacts which have assisted us in various ways this year. Your support of me is so greatly appreciated! Thanks also to our P&F and volunteers who have given generously of their time. The P&F, whilst a small group, have been supported more widely this year with the Bake Raffle and the events they have held. They know that not everyone can make it to meetings, but are very grateful for your support in other ways.
I cannot speak highly enough of our staff. I feel truly blessed every day to work alongside these passionate and committed colleagues. There is a deep compassion, generosity and care that I have witnessed in few other places.
I am very proud of our students. It has been a very calm year, with every student working hard to be the best that they can be.
Farewell to our Year Six students. I wish them all the best in the next stage of their educational journey. We will remember them fondly and hope that they look back on their primary school years with a smile.
I wish you all a holy Christmas season. See you again in 2023.
The End-of-Year Reports will be available on Compass on Friday afternoon.
If you have any questions about your child’s report, please contact the Front Office so that a mutually convenient time can be arranged for the Classroom Teacher to give you a call.
From the commencement of 2023, the expectation for school shoes will be that all students should be wearing plain black leather or leather-like sports shoes with no colour markings, coloured logos or coloured soles. This is the case for students continuing to wear the current uniform or moving to the Smart Play uniform when it is available. These shoes will be worn every day, including for sport.
Socks with the formal uniform - light blue for girls, grey for boys
Sports uniform - short white or black socks
There must be no colours or logos on socks. Students wearing socks with logos will be issued a pair of school-owned socks which will be changed back at the end of the day.
Students moving to the Smart Play uniform will wear the new school design socks.
The SPC school bag will also become a compulsory uniform item. If you need to buy your child a new bag, it would be best to buy a SPC bag.
When the Smart Play uniform becomes available, anticipated in Term 2, the Kinder students will all wear the new uniform. As will the 2023 Prep students, who will wear their current sports uniform until the new items are ready.
From Year 1 to Year 6, students will continue to wear the current uniform, formal and sports. Students have the option of moving to the Smart Play uniform, but are able to stay in the current uniform until 2025. There can be no mixing of the 2 uniforms.
Please have your child return to school with an appropriate hairstyle - natural colour only, no colours or dyes; no mullet style cuts of any length (ie short, shaved sides distinctly different to the rest of the hair); long hair that touches the collar to be tied up for girls and boys.
Congratulations to last week’s Aiming High winners:
Kinder - Musa Shaikh & Claire Wells
Prep - Noah Pike & Reef Airey
Grade 1 - Evie Franks & Nash Miles
Grade 2 - Max McAlister & Dawson Armstrong
Grade 3 - Nina Franks & Charlie Ollington
Grade 4 - Ajai Birdi & Ellie Heald
Grade 5 - Phoenix Hall & Lilly Hart
Grade 6 - Heidi Braid & Isaac Bishop
Congratulations to all the winners of the raffle prizes last night. They were as follows:
1st: 2 nights accommodation at 'The Reef', at the edge of the world (kindly donated by Kelly and Justin Airey) - Cienna Bell
2nd: $200 of shop local vouchers (kindly donated by P&F families) - Melinda Armstrong
3rd: $100 fuel voucher at Arnold’s Ampol (kindly donated by Arnold’s Ampol) - Emma Taylor
4th: Jenski voucher (kindly donated by Jenski’s) - Andrew Stanley
5th: $30 voucher at IGA - Henry Dabner
6th: $25 Olive & Lou voucher with a jar of onion jam (kindly donated by Olive & Lou) - Rory Bishop
7th: Hamper - Macklen Coombs
8th: Hamper - Matthew Febey
9th: Hamper - Cassie Plaza
10th: Hamper - Toni Hennessy
Thank you to all of the generous businesses and families for your donations towards the prizes again this year. Big 'thank you' to our P&F for their organisation and tireless work.
Mega Bake Raffle at the final Assembly on Thursday, 15th from 9:30am
For our final bake raffle there will be multiple prizes up for grabs so make sure you get your tickets! Just $1.00 via Qkr!
What a fantastic night we had for our annual Christmas Concert on Tuesday. There is a lot of work that goes into preparing for the concert each year and it was an amazing success thank you to the following:
- David Plaza for setting up
- David and Deb Plaza for their work with the food stall
- Gemma Jenkins for assisting on the night
- All who donated cheesecakes
- Our Parents and Friends for the raffle and BBQ
- Our donors for the raffle - Kelly & Justin Airey, Ampol Smithton, P&F families, Jenski, Olive and Lou
- Donors of the cakes/puddings for the auction
- Carlton Heres our auctioneer
- Father Cris & the Sisters for their performance
And all of our families for coming along and supporting our stalls and celebrating with us!
Next Thursday, 15th December we will be holding our final assembly for 2022. Students will be presented with sports certificates, Chanel & MacKillop awards, our 2023 student leaders will be announced, the final P&F mega bake raffle and the Principal’s awards for 2022 will be given out. Families of those students receiving an award will be contacted by the office. Assembly will commence at 9:30am in the Josephite Centre. All are welcome.
Orders placed by 15th December will be available for collection from School on the 24th & 25th of January between 12pm - 2pm or by appointment from 23rd January and are postage free. Orders can also be delivered to your home and will incur a $12.00 charge. Order to be placed online at :
Enter ST.PETER into the school code text box
Select the year from the dropdown box
Select the required items and follow the prompts to finalise your order
If you have more than one student you can add another booklist after completing the first order.
It is recommended that you place your order by Saturday, 31st December 2022 to guarantee delivery prior to the commencement of the 2023 school year. After this date delivery is not guaranteed by the beginning of the school year.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the office.
A reminder that Payment arrangement forms are due back by Monday, 12th December.
If you have an additional soft shell jacket at home, could you please check the tag as Luca Farrelly’s has been misplaced.
Students are invited to join with staff in the 2022 Smithton Christmas Parade. Students who would like to be a part of the float need to give permission via Compass by Friday, 9th December. Permission after this date cannot be accepted.
The theme is Winter Wonderland. Students are asked to wear a white or grey shirt with black bottoms.
Students will meet staff at the Smithton Recreation Grounds at 6:30pm, ready for a 7pm departure. Students are to be collected straight after the Parade unless otherwise indicated. Older students who will be walking behind the float are able to join at Jules Takeaway at approximately 7pm