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Research conducted in the United States in recent years has focused on what makes certain teenagers succeed at school, whilst others don’t or drop out. The prevailing view of the time was that talent, intelligence and ability alone were the main determinants of the grades a student received at school and how they progressed through their course.

Not so, according to the latest findings from a number of recent studies. Whilst the studies found that academic intelligence was one part of the success criteria for a student to do well at school, it was the student’s ability to stick at a task and see it through that made all the difference.

Malcolm Gladwell, in his book ‘Outliers’, describes 20-something American student Renee, who took 22 minutes to work out a complicated maths problem. The average student gave up after three minutes, preferring to ask for assistance than work through the problem. Renee doesn’t describe herself as a good maths student, yet she is highly successful  because her forte is grit rather than talent.

Angela Duckworth in her work found that character, not cognitive ability, was the single most reliable determinant of how a person’s life will turn out. She discovered that success flowed from an inclination to persist at a boring task (grit), the ability to delay gratification (self-control), and the tendency to follow through with a plan (perseverance).

Excerpts reprinted with permission from Michael Grose, ‘Parenting Ideas’ (to be continued).

Congratulations to Noah Latimer who has been chosen as the Junior School Chess Captain for 2018.

Noah Latimer

Congratulations to Alex Kourani who has been chosen as the Junior School Basketball captain for 2018.

Alex Kourani

Congratulations to the following boys who have been awarded a Certificate of Distinction in this year’s Australian Mathematics Trust Computational and Algorithmic Thinking Competition.
Casper Cai, Ishaan Chaudhuri, Joey Fitzgerald, Sze-Siong Koh-Buckland, Will Kryos, Wilson Lee, Harry Manifold, Edward Moss, Lachlan Siow and Peter Zhang.

Certificate of Distinction recipients.

David Hine
Head of Junior School

Dates to Remember

25 May             2:30 – 3:00pm              Reception – Year 2 Assembly in the JS Hall

29 May
ICAS Science Competition

31 May             12:15 – 1:00pm            Chapel Service for Years 4 – 6

7:00 – 9:00pm              Bands and Choral Concert in Memorial Hall

4 June              7:30 – 8:30pm              Junior School Friends of Saints meeting

6 June              2:30 – 3:15pm              Years 3 – 6 Assembly in Memorial Hall

7 June              12:15 – 1:00pm            Chapel Service for Years 1 – 3

8 June              2:30 – 3:00pm              Reception – Year 2 Assembly in the JS Hall

13 June            2:00 – 3:00pm              ‘Minute to Win It’ competition in the JS Hall

14 June            9:00am – 1:00pm         Year 6 boys’ visit to St Peter’s Collegiate Girls’ School

12:15 – 1:00pm            Chapel Service for Years 4 and 5

7:00 – 8:00pm              Parent Information session about the new Report Form

15 June            1:00 – 2:00pm              Anglican Charities Day Appeal

18 June            6:30 – 8:30pm              Year 5 to visit The Observatory

19 June            9:15 – 11:00am            Open Morning

6:30 – 8:30pm              Year 5 to visit The Observatory

20 June                                                Class and Individual Photos

2:30 – 3:15pm              Years 3 – 6 Assembly in Memorial Hall

6:30 – 8:30pm              Year 5 to visit The Observatory

7:00 – 8:00pm              Fellows Lecture: Dr Gillian Hicks

21 June                                                Co-curricular photos

12:15 – 1:00pm            Chapel Service for Years 1 – 3

6:30 – 8:30pm              Year 5 to visit The Observatory

22 June            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 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 $14.03
After School Care 3:00pm to 6:00pm $29.95
Early Finish (per hour) $10.00 per hour
Annual Enrolment Fee $20.00 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
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. 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. 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. 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 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