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Thank you to everyone for such a smooth start to the year. All the boys have settled in well and are eagerly working in class. I would also like to thank everyone for welcoming me to this role for this term. Your feedback and positive words have been greatly received.

The boys have been incredibly busy both inside and outside the classroom. All of our activities are now up and running. It is great seeing so many boys making the most of the learning experiences.

In the Junior School, we continue to develop our wellbeing programs and initiatives to develop the character of our boys. This year, to our rules of manners and respect, we have added the work GRIT. We are asking our boys to commit to always doing their best to help develop perseverance and resilience. Having a never give up attitude can help our boys develop their talents and skills and see their potential.

This year we have introduced a Staff/Year 6 Buddy Program. Each boy in Year 6 has been paired with a Junior School teacher as a means of creating another trusted adult in the boys’ lives. The teachers will make sure that they develop a sense of open communication with the boys so they can develop a trusting relationship. Our first formal interaction will be a Sausage Sizzle lunch, which will introduce the staff and students to each other. The Junior School staff are excited by this initiative and are hopeful that it will have a positive effect on the boys’ wellbeing.

Congratulations to the following boys who have been chosen to be Year 2 Leaders for Term 1, 2019.

2C        Anay Mittal and Oscar Sounes
2S        Seth Nguyen and Felix Siow
2T        Huxley Papps-Burford and Frank Parsons

Year 2 Leaders for Term 1, 2019

Congratulations to the boys who have been elected as SRC for this semester:

Rec T
Rec P
Rec B
Angus Furst, Antonio Lenzi
William Reeve, Vihaan Pabbathi
Hector Ross, Nason Guo
Wolfe Douglas, Sebastian Matthews
Tab Jiang, Ben Phinney
Beau Leon, Nicholas Young
Jason Penkoff, Nicholas Cleanthous
William Mackay, Hugo Yates
Liam Nguyen, Hamish Ward
Alexander Ibrahim, Austen Speirs
Aidon Maios, Freddie Sils
Ted Adams, Raf Dreosti
Leonardo Vignera, Kaspar Jongeneel
Lutanda McLeod, Sarvin Mahadavan
Jordy Brown, Aarav Kochar
Sebastian Dreosti, Willaim Sanders
John McAuliffe, Harry Hoadley
Alexander Chan, Thomas Joseph
Hugo Browne, Nick Robertson
Alex Nguyen, James Jaeger
Lachlan Hill, Anirvan Lyengar
Edward Thomas, Alexis Prakash
William Colbourne, Bae Versace

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 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. 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. 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
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