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The key character traits of grit, self-control and perseverance are forged under hardship and duress. When children continually experience easy successes, we set them up for failure. It’s critical that we challenge children and young people to attempt activities where failure is a real option. As adults, we can establish in children’s minds that character traits such as grit, self-control and perseverance can be developed.

Parents can actively promote grit and persistence in children by making character part of their family’s brand. It’s good to focus on character in conversations. Adults can share experiences where character paid off for them in their lives. They can discuss how character contributes to excellence and success in everyday life including at work, at school and on the sporting filed. Language in the family home is important and building key phrases and terms around words like grit, self-control, social intelligence, gratitude and optimism helps build character for a child.

Habit and character go hand in hand. Teaching a child to delay the fun stuff until they’ve done their work or tasks teaches them delayed gratification and brings even bigger rewards at the end. Research clearly indicates that delayed gratification helps to promote both social and emotional intelligence and ultimately assists in developing the character strength of grit in a young person.

Excerpts reprinted with permission from Michael Grose, ‘Parenting Ideas’

Congratulations to Harry Burns who has been chosen as the Junior School Hockey Captain for 2018.

Congratulations to Henry Robertson who has been chosen as the Junior School Soccer Captain for 2018.

Congratulations to Oliver Francou who has been chosen as the Junior School Football Captain for 2018.

Congratulations to Thomas Grosser who has been chosen as the Junior School Debating Captain for 2018.

Dates to Remember

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

26 June            1:30 – 3:00pm              Years 5 and 6 Matinee Concert performance

7:00 – 8:30pm              Years 5 and 6 Concert

27 June            9:15 – 10:15am            Reception to Year 2 Bastille Day celebration

28 June            11:00am – 3:00pm       Winter House Games

29 June            12:15 – 1:00pm            St Peter’s Day Service

3:00/3:15pm                 Term 2 concludes


 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.

Drop – offs
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