From the Head of Primary Years


At St Peters, we value open communication between home and school and actively seek to work together for the benefit of our children’s education. In Term 1, much time is spent communicating our goals and setting routines to support these. We have now had a number of occasions where this has been done in a formal setting. The latest were the Parent Information evenings held in the last couple of weeks, where participants learned about the year ahead. Information from these are available via your child’s classroom teacher or on Firefly. 

We have also had a number of successful assemblies and Chapel services. It’s been wonderful to see so many parents able to support these and engage in their child’s daily experiences. Please feel free to come along to these if and when you are available.

A Reading Information session was held last Monday morning. Topics included:

  • The developmental stages of reading;
  • How do children learn to read?
  • Role of sight words in reading;
  • Strategies to help your child; and
  • How parents can support the reading process.

This was designed to support parents when working with their own children at home or on a volunteer capacity in the classrooms. It was run by Mrs Jodi Dew, our Learning Support Teacher, and me. Further information can be found on Firefly or at the Lower Primary Reception or Prep Centre.

Other upcoming events that may be of interest to you include:

Drinks at Dusk

Our Drinks at Dusk for Primary parents will be held next Tuesday 27 February from 6.30pm at the P&F Centre. This event is an initiative of the Parent Support Groups and our Community Liaison Officer, Ms Nicky Hughes, and is designed to bring new parents together in a relaxed, social setting.

Unpacking the Primary Years Programme

Ms Joanne Pearn, P-6 Curriculum Coordinator, extends an invitation to all Primary Years parents to learn more about the Primary Years Programme and curriculum at St Peters. The session will include:

  • An overview of the International Baccalaureate and the mission for education;
  • Why we have chosen the PYP framework to deliver the Australian Curriculum; and
  • How we do this at St Peters.

The sessions will be interactive and there will be opportunities to ask questions. If you have children in both the Upper and Lower Primary Years you will only need to attend one of the sessions as they will be similar in content. Ms Pearn can respond to questions from all year levels and/or provide examples from across the Primary Years.

  • Upper Primary Session: Wednesday 28 February, 9.00 - 10.30am at the P&F Centre; and
  • Lower Primary Session: Friday 2 March, 9.30 – 11.00am at the Performing Arts Centre Theatrette.

Parent Chat Mornings

The Exceptional Learners Department will also host Parent Chat Mornings throughout the term on Monday mornings from 8:30 – 10.00am. These will be approximately 45minute -1 hour presentations including questions and time to chat afterwards.

What is Giftedness? Identifying Gifted Children and Curricular Support at School

This event is suitable for parents whose children are in Years 2 – 4 and will take place on Monday 26 February at Belfield Hall.

English as an Additional Language – Supporting your Child at Home: Prep – Year 1

This event is suitable for Prep - Year 1 parents and will take place on Monday 5 March at Belfield Hall.

What is Gifted? Identifying and Supporting Gifted Children in Upper Primary and Junior High

This event is suitable for Years 5 - 6 parents and will take place on Monday 12 March. Venue to be confirmed.

English as an Additional Language – Supporting your Child at Home: Years 2 - 6

This event is suitable for Years 2 – 6 parents and will take place on Monday 19 March at Belfield Hall.

Managing ASD Behaviours for Parents

This event is suitable for parents of Primary aged students and will take place on Monday 26 March at Belfield Hall.

Upper Primary Movie Under the Stars

The Upper Primary Parent Support Group (UPPSG) is excited to bring an outdoor movie experience to the Upper Primary students and their families on the evening of Friday 9 March. The movie, ‘Son of Bigfoot’, has been selected. Tickets can be booked here. Food trucks will be onsite or you are welcome to bring a picnic. In the case of inclement weather, we will relocate to the Performing Arts Centre.  Save the date and join us for a fun filled evening!

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Pam Carden, Head of Primary Years