Junior School News

Through my work with hundreds of children and families as an occupational therapist, I have witnessed a real change in our children in the past 15 years. Researchers have been releasing alarming statistics on a sharp and steady increase in children’s’ mental illnesses, which is now reaching significant proportions. Some of the statistics are:

  • 1 in 5 children has mental health problems;
  • 43% increase in ADHD; and
  • 37% increase in teen depression.

It is scientifically proven that the brain has the capacity to rewire itself through the environment. Unfortunately, with the environment we are providing to our children this century, we are re-wiring their brains in a wrong direction and contributing to their challenges in everyday life. Many of today’s children are being deprived of some of the fundamentals of a healthy childhood, such as:

  • Clearly defined limits and guidance
  • Balanced nutrition and adequate sleep
  • Movement and outdoors
  • Creative play, social interaction, opportunities for unstructured times and boredom.

Instead, many children are being served with:

  • Some parents who let children ‘rule the world’
  • Sense of entitlement rather than responsibility
  • Inadequate sleep and unbalanced nutrition
  • Sedentary indoor lifestyle
  • Endless stimulation, technological babysitters, instant gratification, and absence of dull moments.

Quoted with permission from Victoria Prooday, Occupational Therapist. To be continued in the next newsletter.

David Hine
Head of Junior School

Dates to Remember

7 September    12:15 – 1:00pm            Chapel Service for Years 4 – 6
8 September     2:30 – 3:00pm             Reception – Year 2 Assembly in the JS Hall
11 September   5:00 – 6:00pm             Opening of Junior School Art Exhibition
12 September   8:15am – 3:45pm        Junior School Art Exhibition
13 September   8:15am – 3:45pm         Junior School Art Exhibition
            2:30 – 3:10pm             Years 3 – 6 Assembly in Memorial Hall
14 September   8:15am – 3:45pm        Junior School Art Exhibition
           12:15 – 1:00pm             Chapel Service for Years 1 – 3
15 September   8:15am – 3:45pm         Junior School Art Exhibition
            2:30 – 3:00pm              Reception – Year 2 Assembly in the JS Hall
19 September   2:00 – 8:00pm              Parent/Teacher Interviews for Boys in Reception – Year 6
20 September   8:45 – 10:15am           Years 3 – 6 House Singing Competition in Memorial Hall
21 September  12:15 – 1:00pm            Chapel Service for Years 4 – 6
                          2:00 – 6:00pm             Parent/Teacher Interviews for Boys in Reception – Year 6
22 September   2:30 – 3:00pm             Reception to Year 2 Assembly

Outside School Hours Care

The Before School Care program at St Peter’s College operates from 7:00 am to 8:15am each school day and 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.

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

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 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 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