- Principal Message
- Thanksgiving Mass
- SSP Staff Movements
- Gift From FSSP
- Sustainability News
- Interschool Summer Carnival
- Australian National Taekwondo Championship 2022
- Counsellor's Corner
- School Opening Information 2023
- School Uniform Shop January 2023 Opening Hours
- Booklists 2023
- SSP Lost Property
- Student Medications
- Christmas Mass Times
- SSP Parish Fundraiser
- St Simon Peter Parish Carols By Glow-Light
The end of the school year has arrived very quickly!
It only seems just a short time ago that the beginning of 2022 commenced with significant trepidation for what we were to experience after two years of closed borders and a relaxation of all the directions that had been in place since 2020. It was difficult for several months, but the children were resilient and the staff were outstanding. Many changes came and went and we had to deal with multiple versions, different rules and expectations. The new normal became learning to continue with a changed routine and doing the best we could.
Our school was also dealt an extremely cruel blow in Term Two with the sudden loss of Charlotte Robeson. The outpouring support from our school community was enormous and the love for Charlotte, her family our staff and her fellow students was truly amazing. Charlotte is very much within our daily thoughts and prayers. Charlotte's spirit and our memories of her will continue to walk alongside our school community.
This week we say farewell to our Year 6 cohort. They have been a great support group for each other and are a credit to themselves and their teachers. During the year many of the group, have epitomised the MJR motto in their words and actions and with that, have left an edible and positive mark on many of the students and staff within the school. We wish them all the very best for what the future may hold and hope that their time at SSP, whether since their time at our Long Day Care or if they have only recently joined our school, has helped shape them and to live out our motto of “Love One Another”.
To the staff, students and their families that leave us at the end of the school year, we wish you all the very best for the next part of your journey. We thank you for your input into our school and hope the next part of your journey provides fulfilment and happiness.
Thank you to everyone in our school community who has contributed in some way during 2022 to making our school a better place by providing their time, expertise and their capacity to connect with others. A school community such as SSP is only as good as those within the group who are prepared to help and support others. Whether that has been by serving our canteen lunches, being part of a committee or parent help in the classroom, you have given back to our school and made it a better place from your input.
Thank you also to all our staff who have faced many hurdles both personally and professionally in 2022. You are an amazing group of people who are truly the life and soul of the school community.
As we close out the school year, can I take the opportunity to thank each of you and wish you and most joyful Christmas and a wonderful new year! May the Christ child shine his brilliance on you and your families over this special and holy holiday period.
A beautiful thanksgiving mass was celebrated by our entire school last Thursday, concelebrated by Fr Francis and Fr Maruiz. At the end of the mass, we thanked and said farewell to several of our staff who were able to attend mass and who have left during the year or will be leaving us at the end of the school year.
As mentioned earlier our school community farewelled several staff last Thursday. The following staff have not been previously acknowledged and are done so below.
Anita Woods - Anita has chosen to remain in the non-teaching ranks after a twelve-month period away from teaching. We thank Anita for the numerous roles that she undertook during her time at St Simon Peter, most recently as one of the support teachers, working with many vulnerable students and supporting their literacy needs.
Anita Vague - Anita took up a position in the government school system in 2022 and has secured an ongoing position. Anita was most recently a Pre-Primary teacher working together with Mrs Harman. She also taught across a range of year levels during her time at SSP.
Caryn Bodger - Caryn has been with us since the commencement of the 3YO program at SSP and has been the first teacher for many of our children who have come through our early learning centre. Caryn has made the decision to take a break from teaching. We wish her all the best and thank her for an amazing job with our youngest school students.
Tanya Schreuder - Tanya has worked most recently as a tandem teacher in Year 3 with several fellow staff in 2022. Tanya has worked in 3M each Thursday and Friday and also shared her talents in Year 6 in 2021.
Samantha Lenaghan - Sam has shared the Year 3M classroom since the commencement of Term 3 . Sam is one of our “go to” relief staff, so we appreciate her willingness to commit and support our students for the past 6 months.
Chloe Grant - Our Social Worker for Term 4 has only been with us a short time but she has made a big impact during Mrs Mahon’s leave.
We also wish the following staff our best wishes as they undertake the next 12 months of leave:
- Renae Lloyd
- Trang Le
- Jenny Dunne
- Carmel McAdam
- Louise Bonciani
We also welcome our new staff for 2023 & will provide more information regarding each new staff member next year.Read Less
In Australia alone we use more than 150,000km of wrapping paper over Christmas, that’s enough paper to wrap the planet nearly four times! Wrapping paper is NOT recyclable and needs to be placed in your general waste bin. To reduce your amount of rubbish, try these ideas to wrap your Christmas presents:
-Brown craft paper. Children can decorate it with their own pictures. (This can be recycled)
-Have a collection of material and tea towels to wrap up your gifts. You can gift them with the gift or ask for them back to be reused again and again.
-Use old magazines and newspapers
-Purchase sacks or bags to reuse each year.
Thank you to everyone who donated items for our Stationery Drive. The resources will be given to Give Write who will distribute them to children in need in WA.
It has been a pleasure being SSP's Sustainability Leader over the past 5 years. I have loved assisting the school in it's efforts to be more sustainable and reduce our environmental impact. SSP sustainability efforts will continue to thrive with our very supportive and passionate staff sustainability team, and an enthusiastic group of children who want to make changes to further improve our school.
Last Thursday our Year Six students enjoyed competing in a regional summer sport carnival. Students competed against teams from other schools in cricket, volleyball and tennis. A special thank you to the parent helpers who came along and assisted with teams on the day. Results are listed below, well done to the Boys’ Volleyball No 2 team who were undefeated for the day.
Boys’ Volleyball 1
Boys’ Volleyball 2
Girls’ Volleyball 1
Girls’ Volleyball 2
Tennis 5 Pairs Each pair played five games over the day.Read Less
Congratulations to Tia and Sienna who both received bronze medals at Australian National Taekwondo Championship 2022 in Bendigo last weekend.
Tia had to battle a weight division against bigger girls, an incredible result for her to be #3 in Australia.
Well done Tia and Sienna we are very proud of you.
Advent – the season of new beginnings – the season of longing and light. Advent always started four Sundays before Christmas. This year Advent starts on Sunday 27th November.
Week by week candles are lit on the Advent wreath, as we prepare ourselves for the celebration of the birth of Christ.
The Advent wreath is a traditional part of preparation for Christmas. A candle is lit on each of the four Sundays leading to Christmas. The first candle (violet) represents hope, the second (violet) peace, the third (rose) joy and the fourth (violet) love. The central white candle can be lit on Christmas Day and represents Christ.
The Advent Wreath teaches us about Christian preparation for celebrating Jesus’ birth and making our hearts truly ready to receive Him.
The wreath itself is also symbolic. The circle of evergreen in which the candles are placed represents everlasting life. The seedpods, nuts and cones used to decorate the wreath are symbolic of life and resurrection, the laurel signifies victory over persecution and suffering, pine and holly signify immortality and fruits (such as apples) represent the nourishing fruitfulness of the Christian life.
Our school office will be closed from Thursday 15 December at 4pm.
The school office will be open from Monday 23 January and close for Australia Day 26 January, reopening on Friday 27 January. Pupil Free days for staff training will occur on Monday 30 and Tuesday 31 January. The school office will be open on these days.
Phones and emails will not be monitored during the Christmas shutdown period.
Outside School Holiday Care & Long Day Care
The OSHC and LDC will close Friday 23 December at 6pm
The LDC and OSHC recommence on Monday 9 January.
Students commence on Wednesday 1 February.Read Less
January School Holidays Opening Hours:
20th January 2023: 10am - 2pm
23rd January 2023: 9am - 4pm
24th January 2023: 11am - 6pm
25th January 2023: 11am - 6 pm
27th January 2023: 9am - 11am
30th January 2023: 11am - 6pm
31st January 2023: 11am - 6pm
Term 1 2023 Uniform Shop regular opening times:
Tuesdays 8.00am - 10.00am
Wednesdays 8.00am - 10.00am and 1.30pm - 3.30pm
Fridays 1.30pm - 5.30pm
Please contact our Uniform Shop Manager:
At SSP, a booklist levy is added to school fees. Staff are then responsible for ordering resources that are needed in their classrooms.
The only items that parents are required to send in with their child/ren on the first day of school are listed below:
Kindy - Parents to supply: 1 x School Library Bag Plastic Lined (available from the Uniform Shop for $15.00 each), 1 x Message Bag (available from the Uniform Shop for $12.00 each).
Pre-Primary - Parents to supply: 1 x Earphones to be used with iPad, 1 x School Library Bag Plastic Lined (available from the Uniform Shop for $15.00 each), 1 x Message Bag (available from the Uniform Shop for $12.00 each).
Year 1 - Parents to supply: 1 x Earphones to be used with iPad, 1 x School Library Bag Plastic Lined (available from the Uniform Shop for $15.00 each), 1 x Message Bag (available from the Uniform Shop for $12.00 each), 1 x Art Shirt.
Year 2 - Parents to supply: 1 x Earphones to be used with iPad (retain from Year 1), 1 x School Library Bag Plastic Lined (available from the Uniform Shop for $15.00 each), 1 x Message Bag (available from the Uniform Shop for $12.00 each), 1 x Art Shirt.
Year 3 - Parents to supply: 1 x Earphones to be used with iPad (retain from Year 2), 1 x School Library Bag Plastic Lined (available from the Uniform Shop for $15.00 each), 1 x Message Bag (available from the Uniform Shop for $12.00 each), 1 x Art Shirt, Yamaha Descant Recorder with Protective Storage Sleeve.
Year 4 - Parents to supply: 1 x Earphones to be used with iPad (retain from Year 3), 1 x School Library Bag Plastic Lined (available from the Uniform Shop for $15.00 each), 1 x Art Shirt, Yamaha Descant Recorder with Protective Storage Sleeve (retain from Year 3)1x Ipad sleeve or cover- To suit an 11'iPad( more information regarding specifics for this item will be sent next week)
Year 5 - Parents to supply: 1 x Earphones to be used with iPad (retain from Year 4), 1 x School Library Bag Plastic Lined (available from the Uniform Shop for $15.00 each), 1 x Art Shirt, Yamaha Descant Recorder with Protective Storage Sleeve (retain from Year 4).
Year 6 - Parents to supply: 1 x Earphones to be used with iPad (retain from Year 5), 1 x School Library Bag Plastic Lined (available from the Uniform Shop for $15.00 each), 1 x Art Shirt.Read Less
The Nurse’s Office and the Catherine Centre are accepting donations of any second hand school shorts, shirts or dresses.
Any lost property that does not get picked up before the last day of school will either be disposed of, or donated to the Uniform Shop for resale.
Please note the lost property table is now located in front of the School Hall and some items can be found in the Nurse’s Office.
A reminder that parents are to collect any daily medications that are stored in the Nurse’s Office on the last day of school.
Any Year 6 students that have medications, action plans, etc at the school will also need to be picked up on the last day of school.
Please come up to the Nurse's Office to pick them up at the end of the last day.
Next year SSP parish will be sending three lovely young adults, Naiara, Marcus and Daniel, who will be representing our parish for World Youth Day, Lisbon.
They have planned the following events to help raise funds:
Get your car sparkling clean before Christmas! There will be a car wash fundraiser in the St. Simon Peter Church carpark on Saturday the 17th of December from 10am til 12pm. Cost: Any donation will be appreciated. All proceeds go to raising funds for our Parish World Youth Day representatives.
Christmas Disco Night
All teens ages 12 -17 are welcome to come to our Christmas Disco party! In the St. Simon Peter Parish Hall on Sunday the 18th of December from 6pm till 8pm. Bring your friends! There will be fun games, music, disco lights and prizes to be won! Dress code: Christmas colours! Cost: $10 per teen. All proceeds go to raising funds for our Parish World Youth Day representatives.
Come and enjoy a relaxed, festive evening of Christmas Carol singing for the whole family on Sunday 11th of December on the Parish Green from 6pm.
Sausage sizzle and Asian snacks with cool drinks and glow products for Sale.
Don't forget to bring a rug or you can sit on chairs provided.Read Less