Principal’s News
  WISDOM UPFRONT   “Happiness is not something ready made.  It comes from your actions”   Dear Families   We have come to that time of the year as a faith community where Advent is upon us and a well-deserved break over the Christmas period awaits.  It is the time where we prepare for the freshness that the New Year brings us.   As our school year, draws to a close, our minds and hearts are filled with joy. It has been an unusual year, but a successful year in so many ways. Together we have learned much and shared experiences that will long remain with us in years to come. The strength of our community and unequivocal passion to make our school a wonderful place of faith and learning at the forefront.   As I continue to reflect on the year, I acknowledge Father Felimon Libot (Parish Priest) for his continued support of the parish and school in so many different ways.  His on-going encouragement and willingness to trust decisions made in the best interest of all the children is appreciated.   I would like to thank the teaching staff for their dedication, professionalism and caring manner that makes a huge difference to our students. Their commitment is outstanding and our children are the beneficiaries. I thank them for providing rich and engaging experiences, knowing that education is about joy, wonder and fostering curiosity. Their ability to kindle the joy of learning and their friendly smile or the compliment that means so much to your child are examples of their commitment. For all of this, we are truly grateful.   I thank Mrs Luisa Parissis, (Deputy Principal) for her support this year to our school. Her ability to lead and support the school community so that it continues to function effectively is an indicator of her professionalism and commitment.  Luisa always considers the needs of students first and foremost and this year has been testament to that. Her leadership qualities are exemplary and of the highest order.    I thank our Year Six students.  I wish them all the best as they move to their new schools.  Their leadership skills this year have been appreciated across so many areas of the school. I particularly thank the student leaders who have served the school with pride.   I thank the parent community of St. Peter Chanel Catholic Primary School.  Your support in so many ways is acknowledged, your trust in the school and your effort to assist your child’s learning is a credit to you all.  I thank you for trusting the staff as we continue to grow your child to be the best person they can be and look forward to our continued association with great anticipation. I would like to farewell all families who are leaving St. Peter Chanel School and thank them for their contribution to our school.   Finally, I thank all the children at St. Peter Chanel School. The children are friendly, welcoming and support each other and always have a smile on their face when they enter school. They strive to do their best in all areas of school life, whether it is in the classroom or in other areas of the curriculum.  Their commitment this year, under unusual circumstances has been nothing short of sensational.   As the year comes to an end we give thanks to the Lord for the blessings of the year, grateful for God’s saving presence in our lives in the good and the difficult times. I pray that each of you has a safe and blessed Christmas with your families and look forward to seeing you all in 2021.   Orama Street Child Care Centre Orama Street Child Care Centre is a Not for Profit Community Early Childhood Service located in Deer Park.  We provide developmentally appropriate early childhood educational programs for children 0-6 years old, we operate 4 rooms– babies, toddler, pre-kindergarten and kindergarten, which includes a state government funded sessional and integrated kindergarten program.  Our centre is open 6.15 am - 6.00 pm we provide nappies, a healthy menu approved by the Healthy advisory service, sunscreen, hats and bedding, all you would need to bring is your child’s bag, changes of clothes and anything else your child might need throughout the day. Our centre has vacancies for all ages and a sessional kindergarten program running 9.30 am – 2.30 pm Monday to Friday during Victoria School Terms.  We would love to hear from you if you are looking for care for your child, call Samantha on 9363 5918.   SCHOOL RESUMES   School resumes for all students on Monday, 1st February 2021      God Bless Armando Gagliardi                                                      
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Religious Education 2020
  Advent: Preparing for the Coming of Jesus   Sunday, 6 December marked the second week of Advent - The week of Peace. In the second week of Advent we are reminded to prepare a way for the Lord.  As we light the second candle on our Advent wreath let us remember that Jesus is the light of our world.  May we always prepare a way for him in our lives as we work towards praying more, giving more and loving more to live in peace with others like Jesus, the Prince of Peace, showed us.   God of Advent, during this season, give light to our eyes and peace to our hearts to make room for the coming of Jesus into our lives once again.  May the Lord find us watching and waiting in joy when he comes.  Help us to share the peace of this season with everyone we meet and be the living Jesus in our world today.   Amen    Love In A Box   On 20 November the Year 4 hosted a Pyjama Day to raise money for SPC’s Love In A Box. On this day families were asked to donate a Gold coin and I am pleased to announce that we raised $830.70.   This money has been used to purchase books as Christmas gifts for children housed in emergency accommodation provided by Aprila Rise to open on Christmas Morning.   Thanks to all the families for contributing to this Christmas Initiative helping others to spread love, joy and peace this Advent and Christmas.   School Liturgies   This week classes will be celebrating the end of the school year giving thanks to God for the amazing community we have here at St Peter Chanel who worked together during this unusual year.  Liturgies will be held at various times on Tuesday and Wednesday.   I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your ongoing support in the faith development of your children.  I wish you all a very happy and holy Christmas and look forward to continuing this journey of faith with you all in 2021.   Sacrament dates for 2021  Dates for the 2021 sacraments have just been advised. The dates are as follows:   Confirmation                       Year 6 Saturday, 20 March First Reconciliation            Year 4 Tuesday, 23 and Thursday, 25 March First Holy Communion      Year 5 Saturday, 12 June Year 4 Saturday, 19 June First Reconciliation Year 3 Tuesday, 7 and Thursday, 9 September   Important Dates in the Church Calendar   Third week of Advent                               Sunday, 13 December Fourth week of Advent                            Sunday 20 December Christmas                                                   Friday, 25 December   Angela Giordimaina Religious Education Leader    
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Performing Arts
  Carols By Candlelight 2020   The Global outbreak of COVID-19 means that many productions, outdoor events and gatherings have been cancelled. Inevitably this has had an impact on our much loved School Production and Carols by Candlelight events. But all is not lost, the students and staff at St Peter Chanel School have been working very hard and spreading the joy and love of Christmas in our school community by putting together our very own Seesaw Christmas Carols.    Each class is in the process of learning a Christmas Carol. These items will be recorded and uploaded to Seesaw in Week 10, between Monday 7th December -Thursday 10th December.    Please gather your family around the Christmas tree and sing along with us as we celebrate this very special time of the year. We are sure you will enjoy all the work and effort your child's class has put into their item.   Joanne Scalise                                         Performing Arts Teacher  
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