St Peters Lutheran School Newsletter

Term 3 Issue 2 - 8 August 2019

From the Principal - Mr Mark Rathjen

Sunflowers know how to GROW

You got to love the sunflower!  They are tall, bright and vivid in colour.  When together with others in a small or large group they really are an amazing sight. 

Sunflowers are somewhat unique too in that they like to face the sun during the day to soak up the warmth and light which helps them to grow. The flower-head physically moves during the day to keep up with the sun.  I also learned that they prefer to grow together rather than on their own. Apparently their root system goes out laterally rather than down deep, partly relying on the roots of other sunflowers for their support. 

Sunflowers would seem to be an excellent example for living a healthy life.  It is important to connect to others for support to help us to grow - that is what family and community do for each other.  But more so I love the image of keeping our faces to the life source.  Just as a sunflower keeps its face to the sun, we too can follow THE SON, the real source of life and health.  Notice that the sunflower is radiant and almost glowing - it could be said it reflects the image of the sun it follows all day.  We too will reflect the image of God to others as we follow him. Those around us will see examples of his love, grace, kindness, justice and hope and all the fruits of his spirit.   And when we grow and bloom together in family, or as a class of students or in community…what an amazing sight!

GROW as a sunflower…and GROW in a field of sunflowers!

 All of us, then, reflect the glory of the Lord with uncovered faces; and that same glory, coming from the Lord, who is the Spirit, transforms us into his likeness in an ever greater degree of glory.” 2 Cor 3:18 (Good News)

Mark Rathjen

Outstanding Data Collection forms

There are a number of families who have yet to return the data collection forms that were sent out last term (due before the end of term 2).  This information is very important to help us ensure your details are accurate on our systems and it assists greatly with our planning for next year too.  If you have misplaced this, please contact the office urgently. 

Nature Play update

The P&F have kindly donated $12k to our Nature Play development at their recent meeting. This is the result of much work from the P&F and the whole St Peters community.  We are very thankful for everyone’s contributions, big and small.  We are planning to use some of this to build our garden beds and chook-runs in the weeks ahead. While Chris will be able to get some of this started we will be needing some willing hands to put it all together. Look out for some possible working bee dates (via Skoolbag) in the weeks ahead. 


You may not have noticed but we have murals taking shape in the ELC/Junior primary end of the school.  Two of our talented parents, Mrs Belinda Willson and Mrs Rachelle Miller have created two scenes on the wall separating the ELC and the new ‘indoor/outdoor’ area at the back of the Big Room.  The main drawings and backgrounds have been done on one wall (ELC side) by the mums and students will have the opportunity to help with some of the detail.  Come and have a look! 

10c Containers

Thanks to everyone who has kindly donated their empty cans and bottles to the school. We are always accepting more and our Senior students love to sort and count the containers and of course add up all the money. Every 10c goes to our Nature Play spaces.  

Important Dates ahead for Term 3

School Photos – Monday 12 August

Science Week - 12-16 August

Book Week – 19-23 August

Combined Book Week and Science Week Dress-Up Day - Tuesday 20 August

Father’s Day Breakfast – Friday 30 August

Musical – Tuesday 3 and Thursday 5 September

Pupil Free Day (Show Day) – 6 September

R-3 Swimming – 16-26 September

Please regularly check the Events section of our Skoolbag app, as important dates and information regarding upcoming events is located and updated there.

St Peters on Instagram

You may have noticed that recently we have begun to use Instagram. Our three main social media accounts (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter) are important ways for us to share information and tell stories about our school. They are linked and so what you see on one medium you should see on another, so no need to check them all.  If you use one or more of these mediums, please ‘like’ and ‘share’ the posts as this is another very effective way to help tell the wider community about our school.

Principal on retreat

This week (Thurs & Fri), I have the opportunity to spend a few days on retreat. Each year the LESNW Lutheran Principals arrange for a couple of days in August to ‘be still’.  For busy workaholic people this is sometimes very difficult and yet, very needed for most of us.

This year we are in Port Lincoln hosted by Navigator Lutheran College, one of our newer Lutheran schools (Fun facts - the founding Principal was Kaye Mathwin-Cox who was also a founding staff member here at St Peters and our current Council Chair, Tim Geue, is their architect).  We will have some time for discussion and personal reflection as well as getting out and about and seeing what Port Lincoln has to offer (weather permitting).  Personally I find these days very rewarding and I appreciate that School Council allow me the time to attend these important events.  I’ll post some snaps to prove I’m there!

Term 3 Chapel Offering

Did you know that 3 million Australians are living with anxiety or depression? This is a very troubling statistic and something we want to take action on! Our very own Mrs Mickan is walking the Coastrek 30k to raise funds for Beyond Blue and a school we thought we would partner with her to make a difference. As a result, our Chapel offering in Term 3 will be going to Beyond Blue! Beyond Blue provides information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live. Please give gernerously this term and support this very worthwhile cause. Money can be put in classroom money boxes throughout the week and will be given at Chapel each week. Let's work together to make a difference.

For more information on Beyond Blue, please visit their website at

From the PYP Coordinator - Bronwyn Wilson

Primary Years Programme (PYP)

Internet Safety

Our children are/will be using the internet daily to connect with each other and the world around them. It is important to empower families and students to make wise choices, to look after their digital reputation and keep themselves and others safe while navigating the internet, apps and forming their own relationships both online and offline (Carly Ryan Foundation, Project Connect).

As a Primary School, we believe it is crucial that we educate parents and students proactively, so that when the time comes and students are wanting more access to the Internet, parents and children will have the information required to make the best choices possible.

In our Newsletters in Term 3 and 4, we will be featuring a series of information sheets about apps that are currently popular with children from the ages of 4 up to 13 plus. This information is kindly provided for us by the Carly Ryan Foundation.

In the classrooms we routinely educate the children within our Programme of Inquiry about cyber safety, the online world, choosing appropriate games and commenting online.

The best way to keep children and young people safe is to talk with them and be involved in their online world. You will be building your own technology skills, as well as a trusting relationship with your child. They will be more likely to come to you if something worries them.

Parents can:

  • help children and young people understand the risks, and practice safe online skills at home and away from home
  • supervise online activities and set rules and limits. These can change as children develop their online skills and become more mature
  • talk about how and when you will use screen technology in your home. You might agree:
    -  to keep devices in a room that is open (it will be easier to be aware of what children are doing)
    -  that devices will be out of bedrooms after ‘lights out’ as they can interfere with sleep
  • make sure children and young people have plenty of technology-free time and develop a range of ‘offline’ skills and interests. Learning to entertain themselves without technology is a skill that needs practice. Physical activity and creative play are important for healthy development
  • model safe and responsible use yourself.

(Taken from - Department for Education, Cyber safety)

If you have any issues or questions related to Internet safety or online presence, please speak to your classroom teacher or alternatively, feel free to make an appointment to see me.

Bronwyn Wilson
PYP Coordinator

App Fact Sheet - Calculator% (c/- the Carly Ryan Foundation)


Parents and Friends


We are excited to announce that the committee has approved $12000 in funding for the first stage of the new nature play space.  This means that work can finally begin on the chicken run, raised garden beds, compost bin and paths.  Dates for working bees will be announced soon.


Have you ever wondered just who is on the P&F Committee?  See the attached sheet for profiles of some of our committee members, where we ask them all the important questions, like whether toilet paper goes over or under.  😊


Thank you to everyone who has ordered commemorative aprons for Father’s Day.  Tomorrow is the last day for you to get your apron orders in! Strictly no more orders will be accepted after 3pm.  Aprons will be delivered to classrooms in time for you to give them to your dads, grandparents and other special men in your lives on Father’s Day.


The annual Father’s Day Breakfast will be held in the chapel and hall on Friday 30 August from 7.30-8.30am.  Thank you to Alex Speed and parents from Room 5 for organising.  We would love some more volunteers on the day, so please let Alex or Heather Stevens know if you can help. 


The first cake stall for Term 3 will be on this Friday 9 August from 8.30am outside the MFP.  Thank you to Mrs Watkins’ Year 3/4 class for organising.


Start collecting your spare change for a silver coin challenge, starting straight after Father’s Day.


We will be having a Baked Potato Day in Week 8.  Stay tuned for further details.


Thank you to everyone who has supported this project. We now have 179 leaves on our community tree, which is a fantastic effort.  It’s not too late for you to order engraved leaves for your children, families and/or businesses.  We will be accepting orders until the end of the year.  Order forms are available from the front office. 


Thank you to everyone who has donated their empty drink containers for recycling.  So far this year, we have collected and recycled 769 cans, bottles and flavoured milk/juice cartons, which is awesome! Please keep them coming!

Thank you for all your support.

Heather Stevens
Chairperson, P&F Committee

Get to know your P&F


General Information

Missing uniform items

We are again noting that many students and parents are looking for missing uniform items (usually sports jackets).  Mostly, it is reported that these items are correctly labelled with the rightful owner's name.  Please encourage your child/ren to check through their belongings to ensure they haven't mistakenly got someone else's items instead of (or as well as) their own. 

We do, however, take this opportunity to remind you also to please make sure you label any items you have purchased (including re-naming second hand uniform items).  Even though you and your child may know the name appearing on 'their' clothing, it makes it near impossible to return it to the right person if found somewhere! 

Thank you.

Cake Stall - Friday 9 August

Diary Dates

For important dates and information regarding upcoming events, please go to the Events page of our Skoolbag app.