St Peters Lutheran School Newsletter

Term 3 Issue 3 - 22 August 2019

From the Principal - Mr Mark Rathjen

Well Being – putting the W into G.R.O.W.

One of the most important areas that schools should be focussed on is that of well-being.  More than ever we are looking at ways to combat the seeming growth of mental health issues in our world. Anxiety and depression loom as significant issues for our society.  Schools are such critical places for addressing this as much of a child’s time in their formative years is spent in and around school communities.  A few months ago, SPLS staff did a little self-audit of how we address well-being in the culture and programs of our school. These are some of them (in no particular order) - The buddy program, leadership, class and whole school meeting (ie student voice), restorative practices, class support coordinators, differentiating the curriculum to allow for learning differences, using the Keeping Safe Curriculum, positive relationships between staff, students and parents, Parents & Friends, a focus on special needs, providing special interest groups in a variety of ways, ELC to school connections, community events and many more. What would you add?

Each year our Year 4-7 students complete a (state-wide) survey focused on well-being. The results show that SPLS students do well in this area as we compare our results across the state. You can read the results on our website

While we believe that well-being is a strength of our school, we have identified it as an ongoing and significant area that we need to make even stronger and have included it as one of the pillars of the strategic plan – it puts the ‘W’ into G.R.O.W.

We have a God who is very interested in our well-being also. In fact, it is in a way all he is concerned about.  That each person can know that because of who’s we are (ie his), we can rest in the knowledge that no matter what is going on in our lives, what others think about us, we are loved and cared for by the one who made us, loves us and saves us. This is a wonderful thing for our daily well-being but also, and more importantly, for our eternal well-being.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Phil 4:6-7

Mark Rathjen

Science and Book Week

We have enjoyed our last two weeks a great deal with our special focus on Science and Reading.

Thank you so much to Miss Wilson, Mrs Sharon Smith and all staff for organising such a variety of activities and learning opportunities for our students.  Thanks to parents for all you do to support events like this with dress ups, changes to routines and many other requests that come your way. 

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 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.

Hats at school please

Can parents please ensure that all students have their hats at school each day for the remainder of the year.  Last week we had a day where the UV levels were over 3 which means that students should be wearing hats for outside play on those days. As we approach Spring we will have more days where the UV levels warrant hats to be worn.  Staff will insist on the 'No hat, no play' policy from now on.  

It is also a good time to check the quality of hats too and purchase a new one if need be. Legionnaire hats are available from the school office or Devon Clothing ($13.50 each).

From the PYP Coordinator - Bronwyn Wilson

Reading at home

As Week 5 is Book Week for 2019, it’s a great time to think about reading at home.

Reading with your child is one of the most important activities you can do! Here are some tips to make this a special and meaningful activity with your child.

  • Be yourself. Involve children in everyday conversations.
  • Read aloud to children. It helps them to learn the language of books and will encourage them to enjoy books and reading.
  • Talk about books, read together and make reading an enjoyable, shared activity.
  • Make sure there is a wide range of reading material for your child at home, both fiction and non-fiction.
  • It is important to read to your child in your home language if your first language is not English.
  • Experience shows that using your home language will help your child to learn to read in English.
  • Try not to let television or technology intrude on reading time. Make a special time for reading with your child, away from interruption.
  • Listen to your child read every day, even for a short time.
  • Give books as treats and presents.

(From NSW Department of Education and Training website)

Here is a list of excellent read aloud books for you to start reading with younger children:

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Green Eggs and Ham

Goodnight Moon

Oh the Places You’ll Go

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Here is a list of excellent read aloud chapter books for you to start reading with children:

Charlotte’s Webb


Charlie and The Chocolate Factory

The Lion, the witch and the Wardrobe


In addition to this, have a look out for the display of Children’s Book Council Award nominees and winners in the Resource Centre this week, kindly put together by Mrs Smith.

Have fun reading together with your children!

Bronwyn Wilson
PYP Coordinator

Internet Safety

Further to our last newsletter, we are today featuring another information sheet in our series about apps currently popular with children from the ages of 4 up to 13 plus, kindly provided to us by the Carly Ryan Foundation.  Today's information sheet relates to Facebook (download via the link below).

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


Library News

Overdue Notices

Notices will be emailed to families next week. 

If your child is unable to locate a missing item please speak to their class teacher first as the item could be a classroom reader.  If it is a library book they will redirect you to Mrs Smith in the library.

Thank you for helping us all with this task.

Premier's Reading Challenge

The Premier's Reading Challenge is coming to a close for 2019.

All forms must be handed to Mrs Smith in the Library on/or before Thursday September 2019. Please do this by placing in the RED box located on the circulation desk.

If students are not sure if they have read enough for 2019 (12 books since Term 1) please encourage them to speak to their classroom teacher and/or Mrs Smith.

The 12 books may include any book read since the first day of Term 1 2019.

Please encourage your child/ren in their participation of this worthwhile literary event.

Issue 5 Book Club Orders

Delivery is expected by the end of this week.

OSH Sport News

Term 4 2019 OSH Sport Nominations

Nominations for Term 4 Out of School Hours Sport will be open next Monday 26 August. Please keep a watchful eye out for the Skoolbag item notifying families of the link to the online form.


There is no guarantee of a team going ahead and/or your child's participation if nominations are received late. This is necessary as deadlines, with associations, for team nominations are fast approaching.

Parents and Friends

The Father's Day Breakfast will be held on Friday 30 August from 7.30-8.30am. Hopefully you have all received your invitations and have passed them onto your dads, granddads, step dads, and other special men you would like to come and enjoy delicious food and coffee with your children.  For catering purposes, please RSVP by tomorrow, Friday 23 August, by filling out the eForm on the Skoolbag app on the Events tab.  Thank you to Alex Speed and parents from Room 5 for organising.

Thank you to everyone who has ordered aprons for Father's Day.  Orders will be available at the Father's Day Breakfast.  For those who can't make it to the breakfast, orders will be sent home with students that day.  There will be a limited number of spare aprons available for sale on the day - $20 each, cash only.

Silver September starts on Monday 2 September - the day after Father's Day.  We will be collecting silver 5c, 10c, 20c and 50c coins as a fundraiser for our new nature play space.  There will be a container in each classroom to put your coins in.  At the end of the term, we will use the collected coins to make a giant 20 as part of our school's 20th anniversary celebrations, so the more coins we collect, the bigger it will be!  If you haven't already, start collecting your loose change today!

The next Cake Stall will be held tomorrow from 8.30am outside the MFP - thank you to Room 10 for organising. 

Considering how busy the term has already been, and we still have the musical and swimming to go, we have decided not to have a special food day this term.  There will be a few special food days next term - one for Pedal Prix, Subway lunch for Splash Day and one on the last day of term.  More information will be sent out closer to the dates.

We are still collecting and recycling empty drink containers, so please keep bringing in your cans, bottles and milk/fruit boxes.  Thank you to everyone who has donated drink containers to this project.

At the last P&F meeting, the committee approved $12000 in funding for the first stage of the new nature play space, which will include the chicken run, raised garden beds, and compost bin.  Work will begin in the next few weeks, and we will be looking for volunteers to help with building and landscaping at working bees, so watch this space! 

Starting in September, Woolworths will be running a promotion, where you can get free seedlings with your weekly grocery shop.  We would love any donations of these (or other) seedlings to go in the new raised garden beds.   A special thank you to Chris Smith for all the preparation he has done so far.

Remember to follow us on Facebook at and on Instagram @stpeterslutheranpandf to stay up to date with all our happenings!

Heather Stevens
Chairperson, P&F Committee

General Information

Father's Day Breakfast - Friday 30 August 2019

A reminder to RSVP for the Father's Day Breakfast being held next Friday 30 August 2019 - via the eForm for this event.  RSVPs due by Friday 23 August 2019.

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.