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  • Language and Fine Arts

    Latin

    “In principium, verbum erat…” (John 1:1); “In the beginning, was the word…”

    At St. Peter School, all students grades 1-8 receive some level of Latin instruction. As the English language features 50-60% of its words being derived from Latin, as well as its grammar conventions constructed in relation to Latin grammar, its study is very useful to the acquisition of broader ELA skills. Additionally, the orderly study of classical languages, such as Latin, is an excellent preparation the acquisition of multiple modern, living languages later on.

    Grades 1-2 receive one day of Latin instruction per week, focusing primarily on the foundational studies of word roots and Latin prayers. Grade 3 receives two days of instruction per week; grade 4 three days of instruction per week. This two grade levels focus on expansion of Latin vocabulary and word roots and the foundational concepts of noun and verb attributes. Grades 5-8 receive four days of Latin instruction per week using a grammar based method that should culminate in basic reading proficiencies using simple texts by the end of 8th grade.

    There are five key objectives of this program, all consistent with Diocesan guidelines, as well as state and national standards.

    Key Objectives

    Enhance mastery of English grammar conventions by contrasting English with an inflected language (Latin is based on stems and endings rather than word order)

    Cultivate a more rapid acquisition of English vocabulary; one Latin root word can easily have five or more English derivatives, making it a highly efficient way of acquiring English vocabulary

    Enhance learning for English-Second Language Students. The emphasis on English grammar by contrast and English vocabulary acquisition greatly accelerates the rate at which Hispanics, in particular, can master the English language- but it also helps English students better understand Spanish vocabulary.

    Lay a solid foundation for learning multiple languages; students who gain mastery of Latin will have easier access to several world languages through the study of only one language. This will help them master world languages more quickly in high school and college

    Orient our curriculum to the liturgical life of the school; students will learn hymns and prayers in Latin, often in conjunction with music class, and so will develop a better appreciation of the Mass, its history, and will apply what they learn in the school Masses.

    Important Dates

    10
    March
    • 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
    • St. Peter Pastor's Hall
    Irish Festival Fundraiser

    This one is for the ADULTS! Come out for this comminity-wide event to celebrate being Irish or knowing someone who is!

    10
    April
    • 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
    • Chipotle 818 Haddonfield Road, Cherry Hill
    Chipotle Fundraiser

    Come in to the Chipotle at 818 Haddonfield Road in Cherry Hill on Wednesday, April 5th between 4:00pm and 8:00pm.

    February Calendar


    • February 2, 11:30 Dismissal, Faculty meeting
    • February 3, First Penance, 10:30
    • February 9, Valentine’s Family Dance Party
    • February 14, Ash Wednesday
    • February 19, NO SCHOOL, Presidents’ Day