St Peters Lutheran School Newsletter

Term 1 Issue 1 - 6 February 2020

From the Principal - Bronwyn Wilson

New Beginnings

Welcome to a brand new school year! The last 2 weeks have been full of new and exciting adventures for many of those involved in our community.

We welcomed our brand new Receptions who looked so happy and comfortable in their class, even on the very first day! This is due to the wonderful work of our ELC and Junior Primary teachers to make our transition programme as comprehensive as possible.

We have a brand new group of Seniors, ready to embrace their roles and lead the school in wonderful and innovative ways. The impact of this leadership is one of the very best aspects of our school in creating a caring and inclusive community for all.

To add to this we also have had first time school parents, new teachers, new roles within the staff, new committees, new friends, new stationery and new goals!

Our 2020 version of the School’s Strategic Plan outlines the new focus for the year and how we will GROW together. This is a document that will be launched during Term 1. Listed below are some highlights and plans for our year together.

  • The opportunity for our seniors to get out into the community and serve local organisations in Kindergartens, Nursing Homes and Libraries!
  • Reviewing our Whole School Meetings and giving even more opportunity for student voice.
  • The creation of a Bushfire strategy that intentionally aims to help those affected.
  • Whole school inquiry time where students are able to follow their passions, ask burning questions and take authentic action.
  • The development of a Reconciliation Action Plan that will assist our school to support the national reconciliation movement.
  • Continuing to love and care for each other in practical ways through the structures already set up within our school.

It is a new beginning for me in 2020, despite being part of the St Peters community for 10 years. I feel completely privileged to serve you all as Principal of this beautiful school. I feel God has prepared me well for this new beginning and I am excited and energised to think of the things we can do together as a community, but more importantly as the body of Christ.

In all new beginnings, our only certainty and security is found in God and his promises. Our God is the God of New Beginnings.

Of all the new beginnings, the ones God loves the most are when people turn to Him and accept his love for them in a real and tangible way.

2 Corinthians 5:17 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

In all things, God is on His throne - working in ways unseen, shaping us all into new redeemed people. My prayer for our new beginnings at St Peters is that we can look back on the year and say that we loved God, loved others and learnt a lot in the process!

Bronwyn Wilson, Principal

Newsletters - 2020

In 2020, our School newsletter will be published monthly, on the first Thursday of the month.  Parents/caregivers should regularly monitor SkoolBag for general information, Seesaw for class specific news and information and Facebook to celebrate community events as they occur!

Teddy Bears' Picnic

On day one of school this year, our Reception students arrived with everything needed for a fabulous day at school...and their favourite teddy! The Receptions were so excited to show their teddies their new classroom and teachers and to have them join in with all the exciting things that happen in a day at school. The teddy bears stayed for the rest of the week and on Friday, the Reception and Year 1/2 students were invited to a Teddy Bears' Picnic.  Students and teddies joined in with the games and at the end had a snack pack of ‘tiny teddy biscuits'.  What a fabulous way to start the new year!

Installation Services

School Staff and Principal Installation Service

St Peters Lutheran Church warmly invites you and your family to our annual Installation Service where we install new staff members and re-install staff that have already served within the school.  It is a wonderful chance to come together - church and school - to celebrate our existing partnership and welcome our newest staff members. The service will be held on Sunday 9 February at 10.00am at the St Peters Lutheran Church and will be followed by a morning tea.  We look forward to seeing you there and partnering with you throughout the year.

Ephesians 4:11-13 'So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.'

Senior Leaders' Installation Service

At Chapel tomorrow, Friday 7 February, we will install our Year 6/7 Seniors as the 2020 school leaders.  Everyone is very welcome to come and join us as we celebrate this important day together.  Chapel begins at 8:45am. 

From the Chaplain

Welcome back to 2020 at St Peters! 

What a joy it is to be back at school amongst the buzz of excitement, and fresh faces, and new beginnings. I popped into Room 10 on Wednesday morning last week to see how the little Receptions were settling in, and I think many of the parents were just as nervous, if not more, for their little one's first day.  It's a big new chapter!  What a blessing, that for all of us, each day is a new beginning, a fresh grace, an opportunity to try again, a space to be who God made us to be, and to share that in community with each other.  I hope that you and your families find that here at St Peters. 

Recently inspired by the words of Morgan Harper Nichols, a Christian writer and poet, I am endeavouring to give myself, and others, the gift of space - "making room for one another's presence, stories and laughter. Let our moments together be a reminder to each other: We need you here. You matter!" 

This year I will be doing my Chaplaincy role at St Peters all day on a Friday.  I look forward to catching up with many of you over a coffee after chapel on Friday mornings, but I also wish to create more space and opportunity to be able to touch base with you and your children in my time on Fridays.  If you as a parent wish to touch base, spend time in prayer, or simply just need someone to be a listening ear then I would love to meet with you: just flick me an email and we will make a time. Likewise, if you feel your child/ren would benefit from time spent with me, I would consider it a privilege to give space to whatever they need. 

Looking forward to sharing space with you this year.

Alex Heberle, Chaplain 

Novar Music - at St Peters