Relationships form one of the most important aspects of a child’s wellbeing. In a school environment, this is especially important. The sense of connection and belonging form the heart of our social-emotional wellbeing programs to help create positive student relationships.
Explicitly, teaching our boys about healthy relationships empowers them to make informed choices on how to manage conflict in a respectful way. It enables us to demonstrate that conflict is a part of life, but there are strategies we can all embrace to help provide a safe and caring environment.
Over the course of this year, we will be working to implement a new program that focuses specifically on cultivating a culture of kindness to develop happier children. URStrong is a whole-school strategy that teaches our students important friendship facts including:
- No friendship (or relationship) is perfect
- Every friendship is different
- Trust and respect are the two most important qualities of a friendship
- Friendships change and that’s OK
The teaching strategies implemented through our visible Wellbeing framework provide extensive opportunities for boys to learn:
- What healthy relationships look like
- What healthy relationships sound like
- How healthy relationships make you feel
One strategy we have implemented, this year is our Year 6 Buddy Program. This has paired a teacher with each one of our Year 6 boys to help establish a sense of connection and a feeling that another person has got their back! Last week we held a ‘getting to know you lunch’ where the boys and staff shared a sausage sizzle and started becoming acquainted with each other. I look forward to watching how this program evolves.
Our boys will learn how to surround themselves with healthy friendships and to deal with situations to make their relationships stronger.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
|Before School Care
|7:00am to 8:15am
|After School Care
|3:00pm to 6:00pm
|Early Finish (per hour)
|$8.00 per hour
|$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.
- 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.
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.
For the information of parents we have 4 lost property bins in the Junior School.
- One near the meeting room outside 1D.
- Two in the Bickersteth Building opposite the 3I classroom (for all clothes).
- 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.
Acting Head of Junior School