27th March School News

This week

Tuesday 28th March       P3 make their First Confessions    Bus leaves school at 9.15am sharp and all children need packed lunches please.

 

Tuesday 28th March        Parent Council meeting at 6.30pm to plan the School Fayre. All welcome.

Wednesday 29th March      P7 Last Class photo.

Wednesday 29th March    P6 trip to the Mission. Half of the class go today to learn about the Easter story.

Wednesday 29th March     P4 and P4/5 trip to the Creative Conference at Aberdeen University. They will need packed lunches to eat on their return to school.

Thursday 30th March     Fr Gabor leads a Lent service for the whole school.            Our House Captains are organising a fundraiser for SCIAF. Pupils can wear something in the colour of their school house (St Andrew – blue, St Machar – yellow, Elphinstone – red, Kings – green)   Please send a cash donation if you can. Every penny makes a difference!

Friday 31st March     Last day of term. P6 trip to the Mission. Half of the class go today to learn about the Easter story.

 

Easter Holiday  1st April to 17th April inclusive. We return on Tuesday 18th April. Happy Easter :)>

 

Reminders

  • Please check your child’s school bag every day and clear out old letters, food etc.
  • School starts at 9am. A few children arrive late every day and this disrupts their own and others’ learning. We have a Home-school Liaison Officer, Mrs Allan, who will start to visit the homes of children who have got into the habit of arriving late.
  • We have a Breakfast Club that starts at 8.15am.  In the interests of safety, please do not leave children in the playground any earlier than 8.15am.
  • Parents’ cars are not allowed in the school grounds. Thank you to the majority of parents who respect this rule which makes the school journey safer for everyone.
  • In all Aberdeen City schools, children are learning that they must not bring weapons to school. A letter has been issued along with an information leaflet. Thank you to all parents who have gone through the rules with their children and signed the letter. Please return page 3 of the letter to school. Parents can visit http://www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/education_learning/schools/scc_lifenotknife.asp with their children to sign the pledge – #lifenotknife
  • All children in P1 – P3 are entitled to free school meals and they enjoy them. Only 39% of children in P4 – P7 take school meals and this may be because many families do not realise that their children are still entitled to free school meals. Families who receive certain benefits should contact the school office or check the Aberdeen City website. http://www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/education_learning/schools/scc_Meals.asp There is information and an application form available to download.

Parent Council News

  • Many thanks to our Parent Council for gathering and presenting parents’ views to the Education Committee when they met to consider the response to the consultation about our school estate. Our school will stay in Dunbar St for the next few years and, during that time, there will be full consultation about the best possible site for a new school. Some members of the Parent Council met City Council officials this week to discuss how we can improve our current site.
  • We have a super Mud Kitchen in the environmental garden now along with waterproof clothing for our P1 pupils to use it.Many thanks to the Parent Council for funding this.
  • There will be a short meeting on Tuesday 28th March at 6.30pm to plan our next fundraising event. We hope to hold a Fayre on Saturday 20th May and we welcome helpers and those with ideas to this informal meeting.
  • The final draws of the 100 Club have taken place and the winners are Mrs Wischik, Mrs Gracie,
    Sandhya Devalla, Kathleen Innes, Rhona Gibson, Nwanneka Onu, Gail Wilson, Ekaterina Pavlovskaia, Tom and Anna-Maija Rist, Mr and Mrs Lewdanski and James Love
    Many thanks to everyone who has supported the 100 Club through the years. It has funded our adventure trail and lots of special experiences including theatre groups visiting school and transport to take our pupils out. Special thanks to Mr Love, Mrs Li and Mrs Brock for all the administrative work which they did quietly and patiently behind the scenes.

Achievements

  • Well done to Vera in P6 who was the runner up in the national PoppyScotland competition. She wrote a letter home, describing life in the trenches in World War 1.
  • Congratulations to Andrew, Luca, Maja and Oliwier K in P7 . They won the local heat of the Rotary Club Quiz and go through to the next round.
  • Well done to Maja K, Olivia and Karolina whose Mandarin Poster won a National competition for Chinese New Year.
  • We are very proud of P1 blue who held a successful Fair Trade coffee morning. It was well-attended by parents and raised £100 for SCIAF.
  • Many thanks to all the pupils, parents and staff who made World Book Day so special for our pupils. Activities included shared reading, parents coming in to read and the P3b trip to Tillydrone Library.
  • P6 pupils put in a lot of time at home and in school to prepare for the EuroQuiz. They did extremely well at the event, coming 2nd by one point after two tiebreak rounds. We are very proud of them.
  • Congratulations to Mr O’Neill, Miss McLoughlin and Miss Munro who have all completed the Catholic Teachers’ Certificate. This involved academic study, lesson preparation and reflection on aspects of Catholic belief and practice. They worked hard to complete this in their own time. Well done!
  • Thank you to everyone who supported the ‘Awesome Tech in St Peter’s’ in the Participatory Budget event. We are delighted that our bid was successful and classes for P7 start after Easter.

Health

  • If your child needs an inhaler for asthma, please ask your doctor to prescribe a spare one that we can keep safely in school.
  • There have been a few incidents of threadworm. Please remind your children to wash their hands after using the toilet and before eating.
  • The Childsmile Team are due to be in school on 20th April to apply fluoride to the teeth of P1 – P4 children whose parents have given permission.

Staffing

  • Our P4, P4/5, P5 and P6 classes have enjoyed their singing lessons with Mr Thomson this term. We were very lucky to have this opportunity and I hope that families have enjoyed the songs. We wish Mr Thomson well and hope that he will return during the next session.
  • Mrs Smith, visiting teacher from the English as an Additional Language (EAL) Unit retires at Easter. We thank her for her dedication to improving children’s skills and confidence in speaking, reading and writing English and we wish her a very happy retirement.

Pupil Voice update

  • All P1 – P3 pupils are members of Committees that had their first meetings last week.  Ask your child whether they are in the Eco Group, Health Committee, Rights Respecting Schools Group, Playground Gang, Charities Group or Music Makers. We hope that every child will have the chance to express their views and play their part to improve our school.
  • Miss Brown is leading EcoSchool work and planning a Trashion Show with P2 red.
  • Miss Corby continues to lead our Rights Respecting School work. We will be putting our draft Action Plan on the website soon and welcome feedback.
  • Our House Captains are supporting children in all classes to become fully involved in school life. We have been updating our House Points policy and children gain coloured tokens for their houses which they post into the transparent boxes in the foyer. House Captains report on achievements in assemblies and they plan to update their sections on the website. They are also organising three events – SCIAF fundraising on Wednesday 29th March, an Easter Egg hunt on Tuesday 18th April and house assemblies on Tuesday 25th April.

School events

  • All classes have had a focus on science during Science Week. A lot of learning was shared at  last Friday’s assembly and we enjoyed our Science Walks on Thursday afternoon. Classes visited each others’  classrooms to share learning.
  • Six pupils attended the STEM Regional Celebration with Mrs Jadid on Friday. They had constructed a crane and demonstrated how it could lift a variety of items.
  • P4 and P4/5 pupils had the fantastic opportunity to work with Pauline Black of Aberdeen University and the Arts Across Learning team on five occasions, culminating in a performance on Friday. The children worked in groups, using percussion instruments, ipads and a musical keyboard to compose music related to their class topics of Vikings (P4) and Castles (P4/5). We have been retweeting some of Pauline’s photos and lovely comments. @AbStPeters

Lunchtime Clubs

Many thanks to staff and volunteers who run lunchtime clubs:

  • Mr O’Neill runs chess club for P5 – P7 on Friday lunchtimes.
  • Mrs van der Plas runs a Games Club for P4 and P5 pupils on Thursday lunchtimes.
  • Mrs Croxon runs an Art Club on Thursday lunchtimes (rotation of classes)
  • Two coaches from the Russell Anderson Trust run playground football sessions at lunchtime.
  • Miss Zhou, our visiting teacher from China, is running a China Club for P6 and P7 on Wednesday lunchtimes.
  • Sister Wiesia, our volunteer, is running a Polish language club on Wednesday lunchtimes for P2 and  P3 pupils.

We welcome help from any parents who would be able to assist with lunchtime clubs or playground games on any day. Any volunteers have to complete PVG checks please. Mrs Martin would be very pleased to explain this so please contact the office.

Mon 27th March
  • 3 P7 pupils to Enterprising Maths Challenge Day at Elphinstone Hall.
Tues 28th March
  • 9.30am P3 make the Sacrament of Reconciliation at St Columba’s
Wed 29th March

 

  • 18 P6 pupils visit to The Mission for ‘The Easter Journey’ 9.30am – 12 noon
  • 9.30am – 12.40pm P4 pupils to Aberdeen University for the Creativity Conference. They will need packed lunches.
Thurs 30th March
  • 9.30am The Way of the Cross with Fr Gabor.

Fri 31st March

  • 17 P6 pupils visit to The Mission for ‘The Easter Journey’ 12.45pm – 3pm

Last day of term

EASTER HOLIDAY BEGINS.

Tues 18th April Back to school and swimming starts for P1 blue, P2 blue, P3 blue and P3 red

  • P3 b – no bus – lesson is 9.45 – 10.15
  • P3 r – no bus –  lesson is 10.15 – 10.45
  • P2 b – bus at 10.15 – lesson is 10.45 – 11.15
  • P1b – bus at 10.45 – lesson is 11.15 – 11.45
Mon 24th April 1.30pm P6 visit to Tillydrone Library
Wed 26th April P7 start the Junior Enterprise Game with Mr Cassells in the morning and the awesome Tech workshops with Martin and Phil in the afternoon.
Thurs 27th April UKMT Jr Maths Challenge – P7
Sat 29th April Parent Council Gardening Day

Mon 1st May

Holiday

Tues 2nd May

INSET Staff professional development day. Pupils do not attend school.

Book Fair arrives

Wed 3rd & Thurs 4th May Parents’ nights 3.30pm – 6.30pm.
Thurs 4th May Parent Council meeting at 6.30pm
Wed 17th – Fri 19th May P7 trip to Tomintoul
Sat 20th May Parent Council Spring Fayre
Wed 24th May 5pm – 6pm P7 Confirmation Practice
Thurs 25th May 9.30am  Mass for the feast of the Ascension
Thurs 1st June 9.15am   M & M performance of ‘The Hobbit’ in school
Sat 3rd June 11am Confirmation Mass at St Columba’s – P7
Sat 10th June P7 trip to Greyfriars Convent, Elgin, for ‘Power of Grace’ retreat
Thurs 15th June Holy Communion practices at St Columba’s Church
Sat 17th June First Holy Communion Masses at St Columba’s – 10.30am and 1pm
Tues 20th June 6.30pm Parent Council meeting
Thurs 29th June 9.30am Mass for feast of Saints Peter and Paul
Fri 30th June Last day of term
Summer holidays 3rd July – 18th August     7 weeks

In-Service Day for new session on 21st August

Pupils return on 22nd August