Raise a Great Reader

Here are some useful hints parents can follow to help their children build a solid foundation for literacy development.

Up Their Omega 3s

A six-month study published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry found that 9 and 10 year olds who were given a supplement of the omega-3 acids DHA and EPA, plus a small amount of omega-6, were better able to read aloud, had superior pronunciation and had less trouble reading a series of letters quickly than those given a placebo. Only 6 percent of Australian children get enough omega-3, according to recent data analysis published in the journal Nutrition.

Bedtime Matters

Children with irregular bedtimes or going to bed after 9:00pm did poorly in reading tests, a University College of London found. “Routines really do seem to be important for children,” lead researcher Professor Amanda Sacker says. I wrote a couple of articles last year in the newsletter about the recent research around the value of sleep for children and their learning.

Reprinted with the kind permission of Rosie King and Body+Soul

(to be continued in the next newsletter)

David Hine
Head of Junior School

Dates to Remember

12 May             2:15 – 3:00pm             Mother’s Day celebration in Reception to Year 2
                        4:00pm                        Friday Winter Sport commences
13 May             8:15am                        Saturday Winter Sport commences
15 May             6:45pm                        Junior School Friends of Saints meeting
18 May                                                 Whole School photo
                        12:15 – 1:00pm                       Years 4 – 6 Chapel Service
19 May             2:30 – 3:00pm             Reception to Year 2 assembly in the JS Hall
23 May             6:30 – 8:00pm             ELC to Year 2 Parent Information Night about Reading
24 May             2:30 – 3:10pm             Years 3 – 6 Assembly in Memorial Hall
25 May             12:15 – 1:00pm                       Years 1 – 3 Chapel Service
26 May             2:30 – 3:00pm             Reception to Year 2 assembly in the JS Hall
29 May                                                 Author In Residence for Years 3 – 6:
30 May                                                 UNSW ICAS Science Competition

Staff News

Mrs Natalie Pearce has now begun her 12 months Maternity Leave. Her role in the Junior School Library has been taken over by Mrs Rebecca Golding who will work with the class teachers in the boys’ library lessons on a weekly basis.

School Uniform for Term 2

  • Long sleeve banded shirt with tie (R – 6)
  • Winter grey shorts (R – 6)
  • Long winter socks and black shoes (R – 6)
  • School vest or school jumper (R – 6)
  • Blazer (Years 3 – 6)
  • Saints hat for play, PE lessons and school sport (R – 6)

(hats are not compulsory for Term 2)

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:



Fee Structure

Before School Care

7:00am to 8:15am

$12.52  Permanent Booking

$17.52  Casual Booking

After School Care

3:00pm to 6:00pm

$26.74  Permanent Booking

$28.74  Casual Booking

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      $3.72 to $6.26

After School Care         $8.28 to $13.37

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 1B.
  2. Two in the Bickersteth Building opposite the 3H 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 2017

Term 2             2 May – 30 June
Term 3             25 July – 29 September
Term 4             17 October – 8 December

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