From the Principal

Child Safety at Grace Lutheran Primary School

At Grace, we take very seriously protection of children. To that end our staff have had two trainings this year in relation to child safety. The first was a two hour workshop in January with Bravehearts training all staff in relation to issues we must look out for with children to ensure their safety at school and in their wider community too. Last week the teachers had a one hour lecture with Joh Knjinenburg from Childsafe which is an organisation working with Cybersafety issues. We learnt that cyber issues cost our government over $14 billion dollars annually and the data in relation to child pornography and abuse sites was staggering and quite frankly frightening.

In relation to cyber safety as a staff we learnt some things which are as relevant to a teaching staff as they are to parents and I give you some suggestions to consider -:

  • Look out for ‘red flags’ – what are your suspicions as a parent? If you’re concerned – talk to someone about your child’s activities on line
  • Limit your child’s exposure to devices
  • Encourage critical thinking and critical media literacy
  • Inspire your child to do good (Philippians 4:8)
  • Discuss age appropriate cybersafe practices with your children
  •  Have open, factual and honest discussions with children about sex, gender, relationships, sexual consent and pornography
  • Be open and transparent with access to devices – never allow a young child to have a device in their bedroom for unsupervised access
  • Build confidence and resilience
  • Assist children to develop assertive communication skills

Later this year, we will be having parent and child evenings where relationships and personal development will be featured. We hope this may be a starting point for positive safety conversations with your children but I urge you not to wait until then, start the conversation today.

At Grace we do have a Child Protection policy on our website and if you have concerns, please access it to support your thinking to keep our children as safe as possible. You are also welcome to contact the school at any time if you have any concerns.


Staffing update

It is with sadness that we farewell two staff members this term.  Our Receptionist, Mrs Jessika Cameron has announced her resignation effective Friday 27 March. Jess is moving to Melbourne with her husband.  Mrs Deb Whitby has left our GOSHC team too and we wish them both the very best for their futures.

Trudy Moala
Principal

Pastor’s Message

If someone were to ask you what makes your family ‘special’, how would you respond? We know that in our world today we may have …

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Pastor’s Message

If someone were to ask you what makes your family ‘special’, how would you respond?

We know that in our world today we may have different ideas about what is a family. But underneath all of us would want to speak of ideas about love, respect, ‘being there for one another’, and truly enjoying life as a gift.

We also know that though most of us love our families, there can be times of making mistakes, hurting one another, and disagreeing with each other. When conflicts come up, we should try to resolve them. And when we need wisdom, it is good to seek appropriate guidance and care.

Family is important to God. The Bible describes how He created the family unit and established it as the core of human relationships. His Word is filled with instructions about the family. We are born into families and nurtured through families, and each of these families is unique, because the people in our families are unique.

Jesus, God’s Son, invites all of us into His family. In the Holy Gospel this weekend (John 3:1-17) we hear the account of a man named Nicodemus visiting Jesus. Jesus said to Nicodemus, “No one can enter God’s kingdom unless they are born with water and the Holy Spirit. People give birth to people. But the Spirit gives birth to spirit.”

Jesus told Nicodemus that he needed to be born again. Jesus explained that this was a different kind of birth. We have physical bodies and physical birth, but being born again happens through the Holy Spirit. Jesus meant that faith gives us new life. We become a new creation and have a special kind of “birth” that saves us eternally.

Jesus told Nicodemus that God loved us so much He gave up His Son. What a beautiful gift! That message wasn’t just for Nicodemus. It’s for us, too! And by simple faith in Jesus we receive that new life. We can be “born again”, too! Why don’t we thank God for that right now?

May God’s blessing be with you.

In Christ
Pastor Mark


Email: mark.brinkmann@lca.org.au
Phone: 0499 014 189

Principal’s Tour Thursday 12 March

PRINCIPAL’S TOUR 12 MARCH Our Principal Trudy Moala is hosting her twilight tour for prospective families next week, Thursday 12 March at 5.30pm.  If you …

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Principal’s Tour Thursday 12 March

PRINCIPAL’S TOUR 12 MARCH

Our Principal Trudy Moala is hosting her twilight tour for prospective families next week, Thursday 12 March at 5.30pm.  If you are interested in enrolling your child in Prep for 2021 & 2022 please come along. RSVP to our Enrolments Officer, Mrs Melissa Johnson on enrol@glps.qld.edu.au

 

Clean Up Crew

Clean Up Crew Our student EcoWarrior group are working towards making a difference in our school community and broader environment. They are on a mission …

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Clean Up Crew

Clean Up Crew

Our student EcoWarrior group are working towards making a difference in our school community and broader environment. They are on a mission to save our Moreton Bay, with a particular focus on going to war on waste.

After the success of our Clean Up Crew  last year, we will be continuing with our weekly clean ups. Each Friday morning, our group will meet at 7:30am near The Space, and then walk to Pelican Park to clean up our environment. Parents and family members are welcome to join our crew, as we work together to protect our beautiful Moreton Bay. Parent attendance is optional. Students will be fully supervised by GLPS staff. We will be THINKING GLOBALLY, but ACTING LOCALLY.

Students (and family members) are encouraged to bring along a pair of reusable gardening gloves to wear. We will have some gardening gloves that students will be able to borrow.

Students must be registered to attend. Students can attend as little or many sessions to make a difference, although we certainly encourage everyone to be involved as much as possible. Parents can register their child via the following online form. A new form is required per student. Students that already registered last year will need to re-register.

If in the event of bad weather and the session will need to be cancelled, a message will be put out on Facebook.

We look forward to seeing the positive impact that we can have on our environment and community.

Working hard to refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle, repair and rethink for our beautiful Moreton Bay.

Mrs Deighton, Mrs Hillman, Miss Nicholson & EcoWarrior Team

 

Grace Celebrates Harmony Day

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Grace Celebrates Harmony Day

What’s Coming Up At GLPS

  Community Event

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What’s Coming Up At GLPS

 

Community Event