13 Mar

2019 brings added excitement to the year as we celebrate our journey from 1999 when we first became St Peter’s Woodlands.

There are many stories to tell from our community. Throughout the year we will highlight personal memories and highlights from people – both past and present – who make SPW a special place to be. Our first 20 Year Celebration Profile highlights Mr Bryan Fletcher.

20 Year Celebration Profile – Bryan Fletcher, SPW Teacher
I was a Year 6 teacher and PE Specialist at St Peter’s Glenelg when we came to the Woodlands site in 1999. I continued in that role for many years and currently teach Year 7.

Bryan with Kerry Ramsey and Lynn Lee at the Year 6 and 7 social in 2018.

St Peter’s Woodlands Staff Photo 1999 – Bryan Fletcher is located in back row, fourth from the left.

Favourite Memory from SPW
There have been many significant memories and events over the years. I will always remember the mammoth, exciting task of moving absolutely everything from the successful St Peter’s Glenelg School to the Woodlands site.

The front cover of the inaugural St Peter’s Woodlands yearly magazine – 1999.

There was sadness for some students leaving the old site and certainly a period of transition into their beautiful new spaces. St Peter’s Glenelg School would have entirely fit on Braested Oval. Watching students explore and take full advantage of their new opportunities was tremendously uplifting.

The sadness of Woodlands closing was deeply felt however this gave rise to the creation of the wonderful SPW, a new chapter on this historic site for students.

What SPW Means to Me
It has meant wonderful change, consolidation and expansion, whilst consistently looking to the future. The school has been constantly evolving as new students arrived and building programs were undertaken.

The opportunities for students to enjoy new co-and extra-curricular activities, combined with improved spaces was and is a great source of satisfaction for me. From the outset it meant that we could expand our offerings; of athletics, swimming, cross country and many more sporting teams, by way of example. Therefore there has been more opportunities for students.

SPW has demonstrated how hard work, sacrifices in the early days, consistent vision, wonderful students, parents and teachers have all combined to create the success that SPW is.

Thank you Bryan for sharing your thoughts about what SPW means to you. We look forward to sharing more profiles on the people who make SPW a special place to be throughout the year.