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As a Junior School, we were incredibly saddened by the events of last week. My deepest sympathies, thoughts and prayers go out to the family and community members who were affected by these events.

In thinking of the fragility of life, I would like to share some of the character strengths that we can develop to help us enjoy a flourishing life. It can be said that learning to be grateful is one of the keys to being happy in life. Learning to appreciate the beauty and wonder around us, to count our blessings and to focus less on the negatives will help us feel more optimistic and improve our wellbeing. Gratitude is one of the most underestimated ways anyone can use to enrich their lives. It is the feeling and attitude of appreciation and thankfulness for the good that we receive.

Once our sense of appreciation is heightened, we learn to view the world, the people around us and our environment with different eyes. If appreciation of beauty and excellence is one of your strengths, you will be able to respond to physical beauty, moral beauty and the talents and skills of others.

Forgiveness gives us the opportunity to focus on mercy, believing we all have the right to a second chance. Forgiveness is not just the reconciliation or restoration of a relationship; it is the ability to protect ourselves from feeling hatred and that we have a general sense of kindness and compassion towards others.

These character strengths may seem simple and obvious, but making them a habit so they become part of our being can be challenging. However, once we do, we will hold a greater opportunity to be living a flourishing life.

A Call for Junior School Volunteers

The Junior School runs a very successful Learning Assistance Program (LAP), which is supported by a regular group of Volunteers who provide an hour and a half (1.5 hours) of their time from 8.45 – 10.15am, once a week. This program is of significant benefit to a number of boys in Years 2 – 6 with their literacy development, and only operates with the generous support of our Volunteers. If you are interested in becoming a Volunteer at the school and would like more information about joining our friendly and supportive team in LAP, please contact:

Geraldine Waldron LAP Coordinator
Tel: 8404 0415 or

Traffic Safety

St Peter’s College is situated in close proximity to the CBD of Adelaide, and adjacent to the Botanic Gardens. The School campus sits between two high-traffic roads in North Terrace and Hackney Road. The safety of our boys is of paramount importance, and caution must always be taken when walking, riding or driving in this vicinity.

When boys are crossing North Terrace on their way to and from School, they must always cross at the pedestrian traffic lights situated near Trinity Street. Boys should not cross the road at any other place, even when traffic is stopped for the lights.

Boys who need to cross Hackney Road must use the traffic lights on the corner of North Terrace, or walk under the bridge (over the River Torrens) to the north of the School. Alternatively, boys should use the pedestrian island opposite the entrance to Plane Tree Drive.

In the Junior School, parents should use either the North Terrace or Hackney Road carparks. Parents are asked to respect any designated spaces signed for staff parking.

The Junior School Avenue is open for parking until 9:30am. It is then closed for traffic throughout the day and reopens at 2:30pm.

Parents may drop boys off inside the School grounds in the Hackney Road carpark, North Terrace carpark or in the Avenue. However, there is no parking in the Avenue.

Photographs on Social Media

Out of respect to other families within our School Community, St Peter’s College asks that photographs taken at any School event or function that contain images of other students not be published, distributed to others or placed on any form of social media, without the consent of the relevant student’s family.

Outside School Hours Care

The Before School Care program at St Peter’s College will operate from 7:00 am to 8:15am each school day. The After School Care program runs from 3.00pm to 6.00pm school days.

Unlike many childcare programs, the Camp Australia program at St Peters’ College OSHC is eligible for the Child Care Benefit and the Child Care Rebate, which can reduce the cost of the program by up to 50% or more. The Child Care rebate is not income tested. It pays up to 50% of your out of pocket expenses … up to $7,500 per child a year.

Service Hours and Fee Structure:

Hours Fee Structure
Before School Care 7:00am to 8:15am $19.87
After School Care 3:00pm to 6:00pm $36.75
Early Finish (per hour) $8.00 per hour
Membership Fee $25.00 per family/per year

After applying the Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate, the Out of Pocket expenses will be:

Before School Care $4.47 to $7.02
After School Care $9.89 to $14.98

To reduce your fortnightly out-of-pocket costs choose to have your rebate paid direct to Camp Australia.

To find out more about how you can save contact Camp Australia’s friendly Customer Service Team on
1300 105 343 or the Family Assistance Office 13 61 50.

Car Parking

1. I would like to remind parents of the regulations regarding use of the Junior School carpark. You are not permitted to leave your car parked on the school grounds for an extended period and leave the grounds.

2. Could parents who are collecting boys in the area near the School Uniform Shop please ensure they do not park around the round-about at the end of the road and also do not park in front of cars that are parked in marked car parks, making it impossible for these cars to leave the car park.

3. Could parents please respect and take note of the fact that there are disabled carparks in the Junior School. We currently have parents parking in these bays who do not have the appropriate permits.

4. Parents have indicated that there are parents who are driving whilst on mobile phones in our school carparks, and potentially endangering the safety of our Junior School boys. Obviously we would ask that parents do not engage in this illegal practice.

Playground Supervision

Each morning teachers supervise the playground from 8:15 – 8:30am, before the boys go to class for the start of the school day. Boys who arrive at school before this time should go to Outside School Hours Care (OSHC). After school there is supervision of the exit points to 3.40pm. After this time, any boy not at a co-curricular activity or still waiting to be collected by a parent will be taken to OSHC by the teacher on duty.

Parents are responsible for the supervision of their son on any playground equipment after school, as teachers are rostered on duty at various exit points in the Junior School. We do ask that boys do not play on the equipment outside the Years 3 and 4 classrooms until after 3:15pm.

Lost Property

For the information of parents we have 4 lost property bins in the Junior School.

1. One near the meeting room outside 1D.
2. Two in the Bickersteth Building opposite the 3I classroom (for all clothes).
3. One outside the Art Room (for all lunch boxes and bags).

We would encourage boys to check these bins for any lost property, as all left-over items are donated to charity at the end of each term.

Term Dates for 2019

Term 1: 30 January – 12 April
Term 2: 30 April – 28 June
Term 3: 23 July – 27 September
Term 4: 15 October – 6 December

We hope it is an exciting and rewarding year for all the boys and their families, and I look forward to seeing you around the school and at the various co-curricular and Junior School Friends of Saints events throughout the year. Please feel free to contact me should you ever wish to discuss any aspect of your son’s education in our Junior School.

David Kolpak
Acting Head of Junior School