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End of Term Message

Dear Parents

What a term! It seems a long time ago that our students were involved in remote learning. This term has looked very different to previous years and kudos needs to go to our staff, students, parents and school community for embracing all the challenges we have faced.

Remembrance Mass

One of the many challenges and difficulties families have faced is the death of a family member or friend during the COVID-19 lockdown and being unable to attend funerals. St Simon Peter Parish will be having a special Remembrance mass on Saturday 1st August at 8:30am for those who have suffered such a loss. Simon Peter Care will be hosting a morning tea after the mass in the Parish Hall.  Their grief and loss co-ordinator will also be in attendance for anyone who would like to chat.

For those who have lost family and friends and would like to bring a photo of their beloved, there will be a display on the altar where they can be placed.  Also, if those attending are happy to provide names, we would like to put up the names of the departed on the powerpoint for a special prayer and remembrance. Please pass these through to Fiona Green via Fiona.green@cewa.edu.au

 

Assemblies

Some of the changes this term have been received very positively, such as online assemblies. These have given all parents the opportunity to view assemblies when they normally may not be able to due to work commitments. Next term our whole school assembly will be online via TEAMS, but our junior and senior assemblies will return to the ‘live action’ in the hall.

 

Protective Behaviours

In Term 3, we will be holding 2 free Protective Behaviours sessions for parents through Ngala, one online and the other at school. These sessions are facilitated by an experienced WA Child Safety Services Officer and discusses the personal safety program being taught to school children across Australia. The program is designed to empower children, young people and adults with strategies to promote safety and resilience. It includes topics such as:

  • The early warning signs
  • How to promote body awareness and ownership
  • Safe and unsafe secrets
  • Assertiveness
  • Safe and unsafe touch

Online session

Thursday 30 July, 2020, 6:30pm

Book online: www.ngala.com.au
Phone: 9368 9368 or
Email: NorthWestMetro.PCWA@ngala.com.au

In person

Tuesday 11 August 2020, 6:30pm

Duration 2.5 hours

Book online: www.ngala.com.au
Phone: 9368 9368 or
Email: NorthWestMetro.PCWA@ngala.com.au

 

SSP Day

The finale to this term was our SSP Day celebrations yesterday. A prayer service was streamed to all classes and sent home to parents yesterday. It included a brief history of the school, reflections from current students and from a parent who is also an ex-student. The stalls were once again a great hit and we thank all parents for the donations they sent in.

We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable holiday and look forward to our students returning on Wednesday July 22nd.

Kind regards

Fiona Green

Assistant Principal

SSP Day Prayer Service

Dear Parents

Please click on the link below to access today's prayer service that was viewed by all classes and includes a reflection on St Simon Peter School.  The password to enter to access the video is SSPDay02.07.2020:

SSP Day Prayer Service

Kind regards
Shane Baker
Principal

St Simon Says - Issue 38 - Week 10, Term 2 - 1 July 2020

Dear Parents

Please click on the link below to access the latest edition of our St Simon Says eNewsletter:

St Simon Says - Issue 38 - Week 10, Term 2 - 1 July 2020

I hope you enjoy looking through our newsletter today. 

Kind regards
Shane Baker
Principal

Cross Country Results, School Report Information and SD2 Mengwi Update

Dear Parents

SD2 Mengwi Update

Please click on the link to access a letter from Mr Lamont dated 25 June 2020 in relation to SD2 Mengwi:

Letter from Mr Lamont dated 25 June 2020 re SD2 Mengwi

SEQTA Engage Accounts

As previously advised the new AOS office system was installed last month and as a result all SEQTA Engage accounts were required to be reprovisioned.  Two weeks ago, all parents were sent a 'Welcome to SEQTA Engage' email which required you to set up a new username and password to access SEQTA.  The link expired after 7 days.  For those of you who did not activate your account at this time, a new welcome email was sent again yesterday and this will expire in 6 days’ time.  You will need these new log in details to access your child’s school report next week.

Please note that the email will have been generated from SEQTA and may be in your junk mail if you didn’t receive it in your inbox.

If you didn’t action the first email, you will also need to remove all bookmarked history of your old account from your computer as well as from your phone and other devices.

If you use the SEQTA Engage App, you will need to delete the app and the web history as this may retain your old username and password.  Please reinstall the app on your phone, logging in with your new details.

Please note that you will be able to log in using your old details, but you will not be able to access current information, so it is crucial that you follow this process.

Reports go live next Wednesday, 1 July 2020.

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House Cross Country Time Trial Carnival

This year’s House Cross Country Carnival took the form of a time trial held during class PE lessons, which involved the students from Years 3 to 6.  

After recording everyone’s times, Salvatorian House won the shield by twenty three points.  Congratulations to all those who competed for their house.  A points tally follows as does a list of medallion winners.  Unfortunately, there won’t be an interschool cross country event held this year.  

Special thanks to Lachlan Toghill, Fraser Cairnduff, Isabella Keighery and Maggie Morris who produced the entertaining virtual finish line video for the school community. Here are two videos relating to the cross country. One is the formal presentations, the other is a ‘funny finishers’ movie made by some of the SPARKS students. Enjoy!

Cross Country Finish Line Video (Password CCFinish25.06.2020)

Cross Country Medal Presentation Video (Password CCMedals25.06.2020)

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Kind regards
Shane Baker
Principal

Important Letter from Mr Baker - 24 June 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians

Please click on the link below to access an important letter from Mr Baker dated 24 June 2020:

Letter to Parents from Mr Baker dated 24 June 2020

Kind regards
Shane Baker
Principal

Staffing News & Virtual Assembly Link

Dear Parents

Staffing News

As you are aware Shane Baker completes his tenure and will be moving on from SSP at the end of the year. 

After 12 years of service to the school I am sure you agree he leaves a legacy of a well maintained, well regarded school.  We wish him all the best with his new venture in consulting and coaching leaders in our schools.  

We wanted to make sure we could find the best possible replacement through getting access to the pool of talent across CEWA.  We started this process in May and then myself and Father Francis were involved in the panel that reviewed several applicants and then proceeded to interview them in June before passing on a recommendation last week. 

Therefore, on behalf of the Executive Director of Catholic Education, Dr Debra Sayce, I would like to announce that Peter Cutrona has been appointed as Principal at St Simon Peter Catholic Primary School, Ocean Reef.  Peter will be taking up this position on 1 January 2021. 

Peter is currently the Principal at St Kieran Catholic Primary School, Tuart Hill, a position he has held for six and a half years.  Prior to this Peter was a Project Manager at Catholic Education Western Australia for one year and his career goes back even further with time as Principal at St Anthony’s School, Wanneroo for six and a half years from 2007 and Principal at St Mary’s School, Northampton from 2003 to 2006.  

We congratulate Peter on his appointment and look forward to working with him in our school and community. 

Yours sincerely - Tony Nunn - School Board Chair

Virtual Assembly - Wednesday 24 June 2020

Today our Virtual Assembly included Merit Awards, messages from our House Leaders and a performance by class 1 Blue.

Please click on the below link, using the password SSPAssembly24.06.2020, to enjoy viewing the Virtual Assembly:

SSP Virtual Assembly - 24 June 2020

Kind regards
Shane Baker
Principal

Staffing News & Virtual Assembly Link

Dear Parents

Staffing News

As you are aware Shane Baker completes his tenure and will be moving on from SSP at the end of the year. 

After 12 years of service to the school I am sure you agree he leaves a legacy of a well maintained, well regarded school.  We wish him all the best with his new venture in consulting and coaching leaders in our schools.  

We wanted to make sure we could find the best possible replacement through getting access to the pool of talent across CEWA.  We started this process in May and then myself and Father Francis were involved in the panel that reviewed several applicants and then proceeded to interview them in June before passing on a recommendation last week. 

Therefore, on behalf of the Executive Director of Catholic Education, Dr Debra Sayce, I would like to announce that Peter Cutrona has been appointed as Principal at St Simon Peter Catholic Primary School, Ocean Reef.  Peter will be taking up this position on 1 January 2021. 

Peter is currently the Principal at St Kieran Catholic Primary School, Tuart Hill, a position he has held for six and a half years.  Prior to this Peter was a Project Manager at Catholic Education Western Australia for one year and his career goes back even further with time as Principal at St Anthony’s School, Wanneroo for six and a half years from 2007 and Principal at St Mary’s School, Northampton from 2003 to 2006.  

We congratulate Peter on his appointment and look forward to working with him in our school and community. 

Yours sincerely - Tony Nunn - School Board Chair

Virtual Assembly - Wednesday 24 June 2020

Today our Virtual Assembly included Merit Awards, messages from our House Leaders and a performance by class 1 Blue.

Please click on the below link, using the password SSPAssembly24.06.2020, to enjoy viewing the Virtual Assembly:

SSP Virtual Assembly - 24 June 2020

Kind regards
Shane Baker
Principal

St Simon Says - Issue 37 - Week 8, Term 2 - 17 June 2020

Dear Parents

Please click on the link below to access the latest edition of our St Simon Says eNewsletter:

St Simon Says - Issue 37 - Week 8, Term 2 - 17 June 2020

I hope you enjoy looking through our newsletter today. 

Kind regards
Shane Baker
Principal

Parent Survey and Virtual Assembly - Wednesday 10 June 2020

Dear Parents

Virtual Assembly 10 June 2020

Today we held our Virtual Assembly which included Merit Awards, messages from our House Leaders and a performance by class 4 Maroon.  Please click on the below link and use the password SSPAssembly10.06.2020 to enjoy viewing the Virtual Assembly:  Virtual Assembly - 4 Maroon - 10 June 2020

Parent Survey

As you all know, the past few months have been unprecedented, but the school and SSP community are once again returning to some degree of a 'new normal'.

We are seeking feedback from our school community (staff, students and parents) on our recent remote learning experience as a result of the COVID-19 closure.  All parents are asked to please take a few minutes to complete the survey, by no later than 3.00pm on Monday 15 June 2020.  All responses are anonymous. Thank you for your support.

Please click on the link below to access the survey:  Parent Survey re COVID-19 Closure

Band and Choir Cancellation

Please note that Band this Thursday, 11 June, and Choir this Friday morning, 12 June, are cancelled.

Kind regards
Shane Baker
Principal

COVID-19 Update 29 - 5 June 2020

Dear Parents

We have entered Stage 3 of our recovery from COVID-19 and some things will return to our ‘new normal’.  Please read very carefully the changes that will be put in place from Monday 8 June 2020 and apply to all parents and families in Catholic schools in WA. 

Thank you for adapting so well to the necessary changes during this COVID-19 pandemic, particularly with drop off and pick up of students.  It has been great to see students showing calmness in the mornings and independence by carrying their own bags into school.  Well done! 

With the known number of COVID-19 cases in Western Australia being relatively low, it is evident that many people are starting to relax and not follow the social distancing protocols.  For our plans for drop off/pick up to work, and stay in place, we need all parents and caregivers to follow the 2 square metre distancing rules please.  In order to do this, we ask parents not to congregate together in the quadrangles or outside classrooms, but to maintain distance from others.  We would like parents to continue with a “drop and kiss” approach as you enter through the school gates.  Do not linger or enter the classroom to find the teacher as social distancing will need to be visible.  This is for the safety of our school community in particular staff and parents. 

In line with the latest State Government and Department of Health advice, current Term 2 arrangements have been reviewed and the below procedures will apply in schools from Monday 8 June 2020. 

Drop Off and Pick Up

  • parents and caregivers are allowed to enter school grounds to drop off or pick up students only.
  • to ensure the 2 square metre distancing rules, parents and caregivers are asked not to enter classrooms at the beginning or end of the day.  Please continue to communicate with your teacher but using our school's apps.
  • Kindy and PP students are to be picked up at the class door with parents exercising social distancing.  Please do not enter the classroom.
  • OSHC parents will be able to enter the grounds at pick up time after hours.
  • School gates will be opened at 8.20am each day (reviewed at the end of Term 2).
  • Health and hygiene practices remain in place.
  • Daily cleaning of the school and grounds will continue.
  • Excursions (including camps) and incursions (max 100 participants) can resume.
  • The Hub, Canteen and Uniform Shop are open for business. 

Uniform Shop

  • Only the Uniform Shop staff and two other people will be allowed to be in the shop at any given time.
  • Parents visiting the Uniform Shop will be required to sign in, providing contact information in the event that this information is required by the Department of Health.

Thank you for your support during these difficult times and for the positive feedback that the school has received. 

Kind regards
Shane Baker
Principal