From the Head of Junior High


YEAR 7 CAMP Hello from Coolum! This week, I have had the pleasure of attending the Year 7 ‘Fun and Friendship’ Camp at Luther Heights Youth Camp.  The students are having a wonderful time getting to know each other whilst participating in the various activities. I have been impressed by their sense of adventure, energy and enthusiasm. No doubt, they will come away with memories to last a life-time. The ‘Take Away’ students focus on while at camp is K.F.C. – Kindness, Fun and Cooperation. Asking questions about K.F.C. is a great way for parents to dig deeper about the experience their child had on camp.  Thank You The Years 8 and 9 Parent Information Evening on Monday night was very well attended. These evenings are an important way of building your knowledge of College processes and support mechanisms available to your child. However, most importantly, they are a way of building relationships with key staff involved in the care and support of your child.  We thank you for prioritising your attendance on this evening. If you require any further information about what was presented, please contact either Mrs Belinda Byrne (Year Level Coordinator – Year 8 ) b.byrne@stpeters.qld.edu.au or Mrs Anne Tetley-Jones (Year Level Coordinator - Year 9) a.tetley-jones@stpeters.qld.edu.au Year 9 Leadership The Year 9's are now the leaders of Junior High and this comes with added responsibility and opportunity. On Wednesday, the cohort participated in a Leadership Seminar run by Ms Fox and Mrs Tetley-Jones. The purpose of the activity was to encourage students to be more aware of their own potential as leaders by examining common traits of leadership and learning how to focus on team building.  The process for applying for positions as Junior High Captains and Student Representatives was also explained.  Students should contact Deputy Head of Junior High, Ms Kelly Fox, if they have any questions regarding the positions or how to apply: k.fox@stpeters.qld.edu.au Reminder Date Claimers  Parent Information Evenings Year 7 – Monday 5 February – 7pm – 8:15pm  PAC Auditorium   This evening is designed to give you further insight into how you can support your child as they experience their first year of High School.  Key members of staff will be introduced and you’ll have the opportunity to spend time with your child’s Form Class teacher.  Students do not generally attend. St Peters Yr 7-12 Swimming Carnival Thursday 8 February – 50 metre pool Our annual Swimming Carnival is a great day, with Junior High students usually leading the way with participation and enthusiasm. This is a compulsory school day and all students are expected to attend and support their House.  If for some reason your child is unable to swim they should still attend but please send a note to their Form Class Teacher to explain why they are unable to participate.  A very small canteen runs on the day but students need to bring their morning tea, lunch and a water bottle.  Students who do not attend are asked to bring a Medical Certificate to explain their absence unless special prior approval has been given by the College. Awards Ceremony Junior High Academic Awards and Ironbark Presentation Ceremony Tuesday 13 February – 8:15am in the PAC Auditorium Students will celebrate their 2017 Academic Achievements at a ceremony in the PAC.  Ironbark Awards will also be presented at this ceremony along with the students who were due to receive co-curricular awards at the Ceremony at the end of last year but were at Ironbark.   Parents of award recipients will receive an invitation by email and are welcome to attend. Trish Allen, Head of Junior High read more

UN Youth State Conference 2018


Over the course of a weekend in February, Minna H (Year 10), Benjamin S (Year 11) and I represented St Peters at the annual United Nations Youth State Conference. Held at the Sunshine Coast Recreation Centre, it aimed to create an environment of learning and empowerment. We were able to participate in MUN (Model United Nations) debates, IPS (Interactive Problem Solving) and several other great workshops run by facilitators. To keep with their social traditions, we also held a trivia night and attended their Saturday night dance. It was a great way for us to engage with ongoing political and humanitarian issues, as well as develop a logistical mind set about solving some of the world’s most pressing crises. We were also given the opportunity to meet like-minded people who challenged our perspectives and helped us gain further insight into the world, making it an invaluable experience for the three of us. For more information on UN Youth programs, visit: unyouth.org.au/author/qld/ Kaylee N, Year 11 Student read more

From the Head of Senior School


It is very pleasing to see the manner in which students have found their rhythm and established routines so far to ensure they are using their time with teachers effectively.  Organisation has been a focus in these early weeks and students have been encouraged to continue to develop habits that enable them to make the most of their opportunities both in the classroom and with the co-curricular pursuits. There are a number of important dates in the coming week that parents need to be aware of. Our annual Scholars Assembly will be held this Friday morning in the PAC (8:05am start) where we recognise the academic excellence that exists within our sub school.  Parents of students receiving awards should have already received an invitation with relevant details. Next Wednesday evening (February 7), the Senior School Parent Information evening will be held in a variety of venues around the College.  We hope that the planned program will allow parents to obtain meaningful information relevant to each specific year group and pathway of study.  More information will be provided to parents in the coming days including a list of staff who will be presenting, venues and the topics to be covered.  Whilst the formal component of the evening commences at 6:00pm, there will be an opportunity for parents to ‘meet and greet’ their students form class teacher from 5:30pm.  The Form Class teacher plays an integral role in the academic care and wellbeing of students and this is a wonderful opportunity for you to meet them in person. David Rushmore, Head of Senior School read more

From the Academic Hub


It was fantastic to see so many parents at the Years 8 and 9 Parent Information Evening on Monday night. I trust that parents find these evenings useful and informative. The Senior School Parent Evening is scheduled for next Wednesday 7 February. Over the coming weeks, students will be setting up their personalised Assessment Schedule. These can be located on the Year Level pages on Firefly. Students are required to fill in their own assessment due dates, directly from the Assessment Calendar. This document also provides students with a template to record the goals they have for each subject, planning notes and the time they expect to complete the task. For all students in Junior High and Senior School, now is the time to set up the semester for success by refining, or developing, strong study skills, time management and reflective goal setting. Once the Assessment Record document is complete, we ask that parents sign it and have a copy on the fridge at home. I recommend students to transfer this information onto a Wall Planner or home planner to ensure they are keeping in mind other events, such as sporting or family commitments, which may impact on the student time management. Thank you for those families that have been in early to see me regarding subject changes. A reminder that the cut-off date for any changes to subjects is tomorrow Friday 2 February. We are looking forward to the Scholars Assembly tomorrow, Friday 2 February in the PAC starting at 8.05am. This morning is to celebrate the Academic Excellence of our 2017 Senior School students. Rachael Turnbull, Head of 7-12 Curriculum- Students read more