From the Head of Junior School: Jasmine Taylor

Posted 31 March 2021
Junior School

It has been an eventful end to what has been a positive and productive school term. The learning has reached beyond our classrooms in the last month with Year 4 students visiting the Adelaide Botanic Gardens and Year 1 students visiting the River Torrens. Students in Year 2 enjoyed the Wind in the Willows performance and Reception students enjoyed a Nature Play incursion, both on the lawns of Athelney House.

Last week, we ran a successful NAPLAN national coordinated practice in Year 3 and 5 in preparation for next term’s assessments being carried out online. We also hosted a stringed instrument workshop and concert for students from St Andrew’s School and Seymour College for a ‘String In’. It was excellent to see the students collaborate and perform at such a high level.

With all these happenings, it is hard to believe that this time last year, our teachers were preparing take-home learning packs ready for drive-through collection. We should be incredibly grateful and proud of our Term 1 achievements.


Harmony Week
From Monday 15 March to Sunday 21 March we celebrated Harmony Week; a week in which we recognise Australia’s cultural diversity across the nation. It is remarkable that at St Peter’s College we have over 37 languages and nationalities represented in our community. We celebrate this diversity not just during Harmony Week, but every day that we have an opportunity to learn from our differences and through realising the ways in which we are the same.
It was wonderful to hear our Junior School Captain, Caleb Scott, share his reflections about the picture book Finding our Heart by Thomas Mayor in Assembly last Friday. Caleb reinforced the message that being respectful, kind and standing up for what it right, is key in our community.

Junior Primary Pet Parade
It was delightful to welcome parents and pets to the Junior Primary Pet Parade on Tuesday morning. The event highlighted one of our School values, Service, by engaging with the RSPCA and it complemented our Science Unit on Living Things. We were fortunate to have Alison from the RSPCA speak on behalf of the organisation and share the importance of keeping animals safe in our community. To support the RSPCA, the students raised funds and collected animal toys, animal treats and bedding. Parent and vet Dr Reeve also joined us to answer burning questions from the boys about their pets such as “Why do dogs like to roll in the dirt after a bath?” It was a wonderful morning and the boys and teachers looked fantastic in their dress up costumes.

Years 3 to 6 Summer House Games
We had sensational weather for a successful Summer House Games competition on Wednesday. Boys in Years 3 to 6 were involved in inter House Cricket, T-Ball, Volleyball, Kickball and Tennis. Thanks to the Junior School Friends of Saints, the boys enjoyed a sausage sizzle lunch on Girdlestone Oval. The results of the games will be shared in the Term 2 Week 1 Assembly.

Winter Uniform Reminder
Please remember that boys are required to dress in full winter uniform in Term 2. This includes wearing winter shorts, winter socks, a long sleeve shirt and tie. Boys in Years 3 to 6 need to wear their blazer to and from school.

The Uniform Shop will be closed during the April School Holidays before re-opening on Monday 19 April 2021. On Monday 19 April the Uniform Shop will be open 8:30am – 5pm. The Uniform Shop will also open early Tuesday 20 April at 8:00am, Normal trading hours will resume from Thursday 22 April.

Dates for the Diary:
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Tue 20 Apr Term 2 commences Junior School
Fri 23 Apr Assembly Rec to 6 Memorial Hall

Please remember that my door is always open and that I always welcome your feedback and questions.

Have a safe and restful holiday.

Jasmine Taylor
Head of Junior School