St Peters Lutheran School Newsletter

Term 2 Issue 2 - 16 May 2019

From the Principal - Mr Mark Rathjen

A Day of Celebration for St Peters

On Sunday 5 May, our school and church celebrated 20 years at Cumming St, Blackwood.

Our school’s story began over 20 years ago when our church's home was at 199 Main Rd, Blackwood (now Hills Veterinary Centre). During the early ‘90s, our church began to plan for new things. A school was chosen as its ministry focus and St Peters Lutheran School was born. In 1998, the old site was sold and the school and a new church was built on the cow paddocks of what was Minda farms land. To help commemorate the move, we had a walk from the old church site to the new school/church facility. A glorious Autumn morning greeted about 25 walkers at Hills Vets. Various speakers (including inaugural Principal, Margaret Linke and Ps Henry Palenschus) shared memories of various places of significance along the way inc Blackwood Church of Christ (First Principal's and school front office) and St Paul of the Cross Catholic Church (worship place while new church was being built).  Thanks to Rebecca Geue for organising a special way to give thanks for all that went before.

The cornerstone of our day was the thanksgiving service with a full house of past and present church members, students, families, staff and special guests. Our service had nods to the school's opening by including songs and readings from that first service. Members of our church and school community shared readings and prayers as we gave thanks for God's blessings over the years. A wonderful way to celebrate by giving thanks and praise to our gracious and generous God.

The service highlights included:

  • School choirs
  • Staff, student & church band
  • Evie, Rebecca and students sharing the history represented by a blossoming tree
  • Ps Kevin's message centering on the school's 4 Pillars of G.R.O.W. (G-od in all things, R-elationships, O-wnership & W-ellbeing)
  • School staff were presented with certificates of service for 10, 20 and 30 years
  • Reflections from our Council Chair, Tim Geue
  • A birthday cake cut by Margaret Linke and Pastor Henry Palenschus

The final part of our day was to enjoy our school. Students showed guests around the school and we sang, skipped, coded and danced our way into a delicious lunch provided by our church community. The staff/student chapel band played as we ate and chatted with old and new friends. 

Thank you to everyone who played a part in making our celebration day such an enjoyable and memorable one.

“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matt 19:14

Mark Rathjen, Principal 


As you are aware, this week we are involved in NAPLAN, which our school is doing online. Unfortunately, some connectivity issues were experienced during the test on Tuesday and these issues are being investigated. These were not problems at St Peters end but a national platform problem. While this wasn’t ideal, please be assured we had procedures to follow to minimise any impacts on our students. The rest of the week seemed free of any further issues. National test authorities have advised they regret any inconvenience this has caused to schools and students.

Despite the minor disruption, our staff and students coped admirably. Much thanks go to Bronwyn Wilson, Mr B, Travis (IT support) and Sarah Smith (learning support) for all the preparation to make NAPLAN run as smoothly as possible once again this year

Special Food Day

Thank you to the P&F for organising a special food day for next Friday. Toasties – mmm.  We really appreciate how much our P&F do in big and small ways to support our school and bring smiles to our kids.  We continue to put all P&F proceeds to the Nature Play space. 

Ps Kevin

Pastor Kevin is currently on the injured list. A few weeks ago he seriously injured his arm and last Wednesday had to have surgery to mend it.  The operation went well and he is recovering at home with his injured wing. He hopes to be back to work within the next two weeks.  Get well soon Ps Kevin.

Mother's Day Thanks

Our mums, some grandmas and our female staff all enjoyed a wonderful breakfast last Friday to honour St Peters mums for Mother’s Day. Thank you so much to our chaplain Alex, class coordinators Mel and Neusa and the parents from 3/4 W for the organisation and preparation. A special mention to Bec Geue who stepped in to take chapel on Friday (for a sick Ps Kevin) and share a Mother’s Day message.  It is a special time for children to be with their mums and together we can say thank you for the amazing gift our mums are to us all.

Girls' Footy

We were thrilled to see our Saints Girls footy team take the field for the first time last week. The double blue guernseys looked right at home on the hallowed turf of Unley Oval.  Coach Rawinski said the girls acquitted themselves so well and played with great determination and aggression. They won one of their matches and were competitive in the other games. We hope this opens the way for girls to play footy for the Mighty Saints for many years to come! Congratulations Girls.

Cross Country

13 athletes competed in the cross country carnival last Friday at Belair National Park. All the students worked hard and finished strong. One of them exclaimed that they were running so fast they could not feel their legs. We had some amazing results with Josh M, Oska and Issa all finishing within the top 6 and qualifying for the State Championships.


St Peters' athletics team competed in the district carnival on a cold, rainy and windy Thursday. The students did a wonderful job and we had some great results. Unfortunately, not enough to bring home the trophy for a third year in a row. Special mention to Sari who came first in 100m, 200m and long jump and Yolanna who came first in Shot Put. The girls will compete for the district team at state day. Lachlan will also be part of the district relay team after finishing 4th in 100m.

Performances to note:

  • Sari 1st 100m, 200m, Long Jump
  • Yolanna 1st Shot Put
  • Josh 2nd 800m
  • Kamryn 3rd Discus
  • Lachlan 4th in 100m and 200m
  • Levi 4th High Jump

From the PYP Coordinator - Bronwyn Wilson

Primary Years Programme (PYP)


Enough for everyone forever!

Sustainability is an important issue facing our world. As a school we want to do as much as we can to ensure that there is “enough for everyone forever". The PYP theme “Sharing the Planet” is the perfect place to continue thinking about our roles and responsibilities to ensure we take better care of our world.

This term, the R/1/2 students are inquiring into sustainability as part of their work within this transdisciplinary theme.

Central Idea:

People can make choices to support the sustainability of the environment.

Lines of inquiry:

  • Our habits around the use of resources.
  • Why we need to take responsibility for the sustainability of resources.
  • How our management of resources can sustain a healthy planet.

The 3/4s are looking at systems and also wanted to look at the way we collect, sort and dispose of waste.

Central Idea:

Systems can be created to solve problems and support communities.

Both the R/1/2 and the 3/4 units prompted some action to be taken! What are we doing about waste? How are we sorting our waste? Do we use our bins well? Is there a system to what we do with waste?

What better way to investigate waste than get some expert opinion! Toby from Groundswell joined us last week and helped us to think through some of these questions by taking whole class workshops and training three Eco-experts from each class. The students selected as Eco-experts will help train the rest of the students as we head towards some sustainability solutions for our school. What a fabulous partnership we’ve made with Ground Swell Education.

From the Strategic Plan:


We will build reciprocal and harmonious relationships committed to enriching learning experiences for students, families and the community

By building alliances with business, industry and universities we will facilitate opportunities for students to connect to authentic real-world experiences.

We will keep you updated on the initiative and systems that we come up with. Looking forward to increasing our awareness around these issues and decreasing the amount of land fill we produce as a school!

Bronwyn Wilson
PYP Coordinator

Parents and Friends

20th Anniversary Tree and Leaves

We are so excited to finally see our community tree up on the wall outside the ELC entrance.  There are already over 130 leaves on the tree, with approximately another 30 more to come in the next couple of weeks.  A big thank you to everyone who has ordered leaves.  It’s not too late to order your own leaf – just pick up an order form from the front office.  New leaves will be added throughout the term.

Mother's Day Breakfast

Thank you to Mel Z and Neusa G and the parents from Room 6 (Mrs Watkins) who organised a lovely Mother’s Day Breakfast last Friday morning.  It was great to see so many of our mums and their kids enjoying the delicious food and special chapel service.  The Mother’s Day Breakfast is proudly supported and funded by the P&F.

Toasted Sandwich Day

Thank you to those who have already put in their order forms for Toasted Sandwich Day, which will be on Friday 24 May.  We are looking for volunteers to help make sandwiches on the day and for the loan of some sandwich presses to make them with.  If you can help, please contact Heather Stevens on 0450 398 729.  The date to get your orders in and drop off sandwich presses is Monday 20 May.

P&F Meeting

The next P&F meeting will be held tonight, Thursday 16 May, at 6pm in the staff room.  Everyone welcome.