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From the Principal
Before the recent Covid considerations, we did plan to begin a pool fund. On our master plan is a 25m x 6 lane pool which is designed to fit in the area near the end of the administration block where the current Japanese room is located. Obviously, the amount of events and activities we wanted to host to start saving money towards the pool has been severely limited this year but we are grateful for the support families gave to the Trivia night and the Father’s Day raffle. The school has started the fund with a donation of $100,000 and we need to raise $500,000 for the pool project to go ahead. Donations are invited and if you are wanting to donate, please contact Mrs Karen Misso in the office administration area.
It is hoped that as restrictions lift further, we will be able to continue with our fundraising drive to provide a pool facility for our students in the very near future. Increased enrolments will also help this project financially so if you know of any students who are interested in a Grace Primary education, please urge them to enroll now as some of our year levels are beginning to fill and are moving to a wait list. All enquiries are welcomed though.
Artist in Residence
Our artist in residence, Wendy Rix has finished her work on the mural and an art lesson with every member of our school community. The mural depicting ‘creation’ is a beautiful asset to our school community and a feature of our new yarning circle in the middle of our school. Wendy put a hand print from each of our Year 6 students as a memento of their time at our school. Our students loved watching her work and very much enjoyed creating their own painting. Wendy sells her work privately through her website here and also through the ‘Drowned Rat’ café on the seafront at Clontarf.
50th Birthday Card Art work
Congratulations to Kate in Year 3 who designed the cover for the 50th Birthday card which will be used in our school next year. Kate won a $50 Skate Connection voucher donated by the Hedley- Vowles family. Special commendation is also noted for Ella in Year 6 and Alicia in Year 2 for their work too. Over 40 students entered this competition and their enthusiasm was exciting to see!
Planning for 2021
We have begun planning for the 2021 school year and again send out a friendly reminder that if you intend leaving the school, 90 days’ notice is required or a term’s fees will be charged. This helps with our planning for staffing and the future developments in our school.
Trivia Night Auction Prizes & Sponsors
We are very excited to be welcoming Frank De Raandt from Kindred Real Estate to conduct our auction. There will be 6 auction items. Our …
Trivia Night Auction Prizes & Sponsors
We are very excited to be welcoming Frank De Raandt from Kindred Real Estate to conduct our auction. There will be 6 auction items. Our auction items are:
- – $1200 Tennis Bracelet with 1 Carat TW of Diamonds in Sterling Silver from Michael Hill Jewellers
Donated by Anthea Noble (Parent of 1N & 3H)
- – Allocated car park + GLPS merchandise – the carpark near the Parent Hub will be for your exclusive use for the remainder of this school year through to the end of Term 3, 2020.
- – 3 day (off peak) stay in one of Leisure Caravan’s 5 Star Caravans. This is an inclusive package – cost of hire, booking fee and service fee included. We’ll even clean the toilet and provide linen! For anyone not able to tow the van Leisure Caravan is happy to tow & set up within 100km of Grace. Caravan park site/fees aren’t included – winner can book their own! Insurance and Roadside assistance included in the booking fee. Excess is set at $1500 – can reduce this at own cost. **$1500 security bond will be applicable.
Donated by: Julie & Sandor Antal (1N Parents and Prep 2021) – Leisure Caravans
- – $150 Visa Card voucher + book pack
Donated by Caporn Piling – Bec & Greg (Parents of PB & 2W) and GLPS library
- – Athletes Foot $70 voucher + Skate Connection $50 gift card + table tennis table and equipment
Donated by Shelly Hedley & Brett Vowles (Parents of 4A & PR) and GLPS PE department
- – Westpac – 4 x golf umbrellas and ball sets + $150 hamper Crew Law
Donated by Rebecca and Shane Crew (Parents 4W)
Thank you to our wonderful Grace families for donating these fabulous prizes.
We will also be accepting silent bids from those in our community who are unable to attend the event. If you would like to put in a bid, please email Jo Forrest (JoanneForrest@glps.qld.edu.au) with your bid for your chance to win.
We would also like to acknowledge Cr Karl Winchester, Yvette D’Ath MP, Luke Howarth MP, Kindred Group and Sesame Lane for their contributions to help make this night amazing.
We look forward to a great night and thank you for supporting this GLPS community event.
Bayside Community Care
Cans of Food for Bayside Community Care The rest of this term we will be supporting the service work of the Bayside Community Care group. …
Bayside Community Care
Cans of Food for Bayside Community Care
The rest of this term we will be supporting the service work of the Bayside Community Care group. This group is made up of volunteers from the Grace Lutheran Church congregation who prepare small food packages and hampers of non-perishable canned and packaged food items for families in need and homeless people in the Redcliffe area.
Your chapel offerings and donations of cans of food helps to support this organisation to assist others in great need. Please support our school’s service focus by encouraging your child to bring a non-perishable item to school.
Fathers’ Day Raffle
Fathers’ Day Raffle – Tickets On Sale NOW! Win incredible prizes for Dad in our Fathers’ Day raffle – tickets are on sale now for …
Fathers’ Day Raffle
Fathers’ Day Raffle – Tickets On Sale NOW!
Win incredible prizes for Dad in our Fathers’ Day raffle – tickets are on sale now for $2 each or 3 for $5 with cash only sales this week at school drop off and pick up at the Dalton Oval gate or anytime until 3pm 3 September online via the school shop by clicking here. All proceeds go towards our school Pool Project. Prizes include a signed Broncos jersey, sports packs, coffee vouchers, athletes foot voucher, skate connection voucher and more. A big thank you to our sponsors. Raffle will be drawn at our Fathers’ Day Drop Off With Dad Morning @ Grace on Friday 4 September.
Library Scholastic Book Club Scholastic brochures have been sent home this week. Please place your online here by 2.30pm Thursday 27 August. PLEASE NOTE – No …
Scholastic Book Club
Scholastic brochures have been sent home this week. Please place your online here by 2.30pm Thursday 27 August.
PLEASE NOTE – No cash orders will be accepted. All orders are to be done online.
Can you help at the Tuckshop?
If you can spare anytime on Wednesdays, Thursdays and especially on Fridays (even just 30 minutes), please email Christina (Tuckshop@glps.qld.edu.au).
Uniform Shop is open on Tuesday & Thursday Mornings and Wednesday afternoons by appointment only. To book your appointment, please click here.
Please note, the online shop is available 24/7 for all your uniform requirements and orders can be placed by visiting USM website.
We thank you for your understanding.
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Where is your ‘centre’? One of the joys as a parent is watching one’s children grow. With our own children there were times where we …
Where is your ‘centre’?
One of the joys as a parent is watching one’s children grow. With our own children there were times where we observed sudden growth. This sometimes meant a change in their ‘centre of gravity’, and it wasn’t uncommon that here would be times when they were a little more clumsy.
As we think about how our bodies change as we grow older, we also know that we change emotionally and socially and spiritually. And just like at a physical level a person’s centre of gravity may change, the same also applies in other areas. In life there are times when friendships change, there are different interactions with people, and we sometimes have difficult life experiences to deal with. It is in these times we also need to know our ‘centre’, and to have a sense of self-understanding.
In terms of developing a healthy sense of ‘self-understanding’, one author has suggested the following:
- Be mindful of the language you use to describe your children. Do not label them with words such as ‘lazy’, ‘naughty’, ‘aggressive’ or ‘mean’. Instead, look for and point out your child’s strengths.
- Provide them with opportunities for success. Give your child age-appropriate tasks they can complete on her own. Doing this will help give a sense of pride and a “can do” mentality.
- Show your children that you have faith in their goodness and in their abilities. This is a matter of language you use as you speak with your children. For example, if your child, out of frustration, hits another child, you might say, “You’re so naughty! You’re such a bad person! How can you be so mean! You’re in big trouble!” Or, you could say, “You got frustrated and hit him. It’s not ok to hit. How can you express your frustration in different ways?”
- Spend time together. A vital part of having a healthy self-concept is feeling loved and valued. Spend this time doing something fun and enjoyable for both of you, and avoid criticisms or lectures during this quality time.
- Support your child’s interests. Learn what your child is interested in and support them in mastering that skill or accomplishing his desired level of achievement. Feeling competent and good at something grows a positive self-concept.
- Set reasonable rules and enforce them with lovingkindness. Your rules should be age-appropriate and clear. These help your child to feel safe and learn how to manage themself. However, enforcing them with a heavy hand when your child steps out of bounds can actually erode the self-concept. It’s important to make sure your child knows that mistakes are a part of life and mistakes doesn’t mean they are a bad person. When giving consequences, keep your child’s dignity in mind.
- Help your child to manage their emotions and work out problems. This is why problem-solving is such a big part of positive parenting. When children learn to solve their own problems, they build confidence and, therefore, a positive self-concept. Learning to manage emotions is key to having the ability to step back from a situation and view it objectively.
- Maintain a connected relationship. Being connected keeps the lines of communication open, and this is especially important as your child grows into adolescence. Knowing that they can to talk with you, and that you will listen without casting out immediate judgment and take her feelings seriously, will help her to feel supported, safe, and important.
- Give them the opportunity to explore their world, and that they can ask questions without feeling like a nuisance. Children are curious and imaginative, and we must be careful not to squash those traits. To nurture curiosity and imagination, allow ample time for free play and exploration.
- Acknowledge effort and offer encouragement. Children need to know that first place isn’t the goal, but that personal best is a win, no matter what place that lands them. As they grow, their own self-evaluation will become important to their self-concept, and they learn how to emphasise their own strengths and accomplishments, even if there is no trophy in the end.
As we think about our children’s physical and emotional well-being, we may also wish to encourage them at a deeper and more spiritual level. One day, after being with His disciples for some time, Jesus asked His disciples, “Who do people say I am?” The disciples responded by saying that some saw Jesus as someone like John the Baptiser, or a prophet of old. Then Jesus asked His disciples, “But what about you? Who do you say I am?” Then one of His disciples, (Simon Peter) said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.”
Peter had made a good living as a fisherman. He had then become a follower of Jesus. But over time he came to recognise something very special about Jesus – that Jesus was God at work in this world. And this gave him a real deep centre for his life. As Peter confessed Jesus as God at work in this world, Jesus replied with a wonderful message about love and forgiveness we all may experience.
In the end, none of us are the ‘perfect parent’ or the ‘perfect child’. We can be clumsy in our relationships with other people. We do stumble and fall. We know that life can give us difficult and unexpected situations. But as we focus on Jesus, and His message of forgiveness and gift of life, we discover a completely different centre for our lives, and our relationships with others. And that is a wonderful gift that truly re-centre our lives.
May you know God’s blessing, peace, and strength for life.
What’s coming up
Dates for your Diary Friday 21 August School Disco – Prep 3.15pm – 4.15pm, Years 1 – 6 4.15pm – 5.15pm, Years 1 – 3 …
What’s coming up
Dates for your Diary
Friday 21 August School Disco – Prep 3.15pm – 4.15pm, Years 1 – 6 4.15pm – 5.15pm, Years 1 – 3 5.30pm – 6.30pm, Years 4 – 6 6.45pm – 7.45pm
Saturday 29 August – GLPS Trivia Night
Monday 24 August -Musical Practice- Acting cast, stage crew, JN & SN choir and dance troupes except Prep dance
Tuesday 25 & Wednesday 26 August – Prep Vision Screening
Thursday 27 August – Year 5-6 Boys and Fathers Night
Friday 28 August – NISSA Sport Gala Day 2
Monday 31 August – Musical Practice – Acting cast, stage crew, JN & SN choir and dance troupes except Prep dance
Thursday 3 September & Friday 4 September – Fathers’ Day Stall
Friday 4 September 7.15am – Drop Off With Dad, Father’s Day Morning @ Grace
Friday 4 September – Year 1 Camp
Thursday 10 September – Mothers’ Night Out
Thursday 10 September – Fun Hat Day
Friday 9 & Saturday 10 October – School Musical
PLEASE NOTE – Book Week and Character Dress Up Day have been postponed until October