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Children spend more time at home that at school. In fact, from 0 – 18 years of age a child spends only about 13–15% of their life at School. Parents sometimes ask how they can assist their child to experience success at school. Here are a few helpful suggestions.

  1. Show an interest and listen to your child. Try to avoid asking questions like, “How was school today?” or “What did you do at school today?” A better way to find out how school went is to say to a child, “Please tell me at least 3 good things that happened at school today.” This gives a more balanced response and can assist with overcoming any negative bias your child may have about school.
  2. Start Early. Read to your child and let them see you reading. Have books in the home and cultivate in them a love of reading.
  3. Value Homework. Show you value learning by expecting your child to do homework if the school sets it. It embeds good practices and shows you are supporting the school.
  4. Be involved with the school. Whether it be through involvement in parent groups, assisting in the classroom or on excursions, watching your child play sport or perform in a concert, it again shows a child your interest in their education and your tangible support of the school and its offerings.
  5. Establish realistic, consistent family rules. Children learn security and responsibility through stable routines, consistent limits and high expectations. They will test the limits over and over again, to find out what they can depend on. Children actually like and respect clear boundaries, as it gives them a sense and degree of comfort.
  6. Encourage your children to think about the future. Resilient children have a positive sense of the future. All children need realistic goals and the satisfaction of meeting some of their goals.

Mr David Hine
Head of Junior School

Dates to Remember

 17 August 2.30–3.00pm Reception – Year 2 Assembly in the JS Hall
 20 August 12.15–1.00pm Book Week Launch in the JS Hall
 21 August 9.15–11.00am Open Morning
 22 August 1.00–3.30pm ABODA Strings Festival at Westminster School
 23 August 12.15–1.00pm Chapel Service for Years 4 – 6
24 August 8.45–9.30am Book Character Parade
29 August 2.30-3.15pm Years 3-6 Assembly in Memorial Hall
30 August 12.15-1.00pm Capel Service for Years 1-3
31 August 8.15-9.00am ‘Read Around with Dad’
3 September 7.30-8.30pm Junior School Friends of Saints Meeting
6 September 12.15-1.00pm Chapel Service for Years 4-6
7 September 2.30-3.00pm Reception-Year 2 Assembly in the JS Hall

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 LAP team, please contact:

Geraldine Waldron, LAP Coordinator
P: 8404 0415 or E:

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 of 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 car parks. 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. Please note 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 operates from 7:00-8:15am each school day. The After School Care program runs from 3.00-6.00pm school days.

From 2 July 2018, the Government has replaced the Child Care Rebate (CCR) and the Child Care Benefit (CCB) with the single Child Care Subsidy (CCS).

There are now three key things that will determine how much subsidy each family will receive.

  1. Your combined family income
  2. Your fees (Hourly rate caps apply for each service type)
  3. Your fortnightly activity

More information is available at:

To find out how these changes affect you please contact Centrelink or visit:

Car Parking

  1. I would like to remind parents of the regulations regarding use of the Junior School carpark. People using the carpark need to stick to the 10km/h speed limit and follow the arrows to assist us with the safety of our boys and their families.
  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
We have 4 lost property bins in the Junior School.

  1. One near the photocopy room outside 1G.
  2. Two in the Bickersteth Building opposite the 3N 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 2018

Term 1             30 January – 13 April

Term 2             1 May – 29 June

Term 3             24 July – 28 September

Term 4             16 October – 7 December