Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
We welcome you to the website of St. Peter’s School. Through this site and other forms of social media (such as the School’s Facebook page), we seek to keep you informed about happenings in the life of our School.
The education and formation of children and young people has always been dear to the Catholic Church. In fact, it was the Church that first made education accessible to all children, regardless of their means. Here at St. Peter’s we have been educating and forming children in the Faith since 1867. We encourage parents of elementary school students to consider the option of sending their children to our parochial school.
There is an enormous advantage that children attending Catholic Schools enjoy over their peers. It goes beyond the fact that they receive religious instruction, attend School Masses and participate in the different sacraments and rituals. The Church has always been at the forefront in offering a liberal art education to our children. This also affords the teachers more scope for flexibility and creativity, as opposed to the “defensive teaching” we sadly encounter in many secular schools, where teachers constantly have to seek to avoid controversy and provide a “neutral education” that is many times devoid of any morals or values.
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I re-iterate that it is in everyone’s – yes, everyone’s – interest that Catholic Schools continue with their mission of announcing Jesus Christ and educating our children. The current pandemic has taken a great toll on Catholic Schools, especially in the Archdiocese of Newark. St. Peter’s School could also have closed its doors, but we continue to believe that a school which has survived the Great Depression, two World Wars, the departure of the Sisters of Charity who so loving ran our school for more than a century, the onslaught of secularism and so many other challenges, can also weather this storm.
I am particularly thankful to the parents who continue to show their trust in our school, and the students who are dealing admirably with the adjustments that this year brought with it. Our teachers and school secretary, led by the indomitable Mrs. Phyllis A. Sisco, have been working harder than ever to ensure that the nurturing learning environment at our school continue without fail. We continue to see how students benefit much more from in-class instruction and interaction.
Parents who might think that Catholic education is beyond their reach should consider applying for the Scholarship Fund for Inner-City Children of the Archdiocese of Newark. It assists children from low-income families with a portion of their tuition (including 35 students currently attending St. Peter’s School). This scholarship, as well as the assistance that is being offered by a number of St. Peter School alumni and others who believe in Catholic education, has been an enormous blessing for our children.
Prospective parents are encouraged to contact St. Peter’s School for a tour of the School. Our principal, Mrs. Phyllis A. Sisco, the teachers and the students will be very happy to oblige. Visitors very often comment on the beauty of our school facilities, which include a state-of-the-art computer lab, smartboards in all our spacious classrooms, a full-size gymnasium and a surveillance-camera system that guarantees the safety of our students.
Alumni of the School are more than welcome to return and reminisce about the happy years spent at St. Peter’s School. They might also want to consider ways of helping the School continue to educate and form our future generations of students. Anyone interested in helping us with a partial-scholarship is asked to speak to me.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Fr. Ivan Sciberras