From the Principal

Exciting Times Ahead at Grace

I am delighted to advise that we have formed a Swimming Pool Fundraising Committee for Grace Lutheran Primary School. Thank you to Karen Misso who will chair this committee but also to Lyndsay Lawler, Penny Pettingill, Andrea and David Cunningham, Mel Whiddett and Melanie Metheringham, for being part of this group. Our target is $500,000 so there is much work to be done.

We are well over budget in enrolments for 2020 so the school has begun the fund by donating $100,000 from our capital expenditure budget. We will be attempting to access government funding (Local, State, Federal) and also having some fun events to raise money for our pool. There will be opportunities for sponsorship (the whole pool or per lane) and at every parent event we will be seeking donations for the pool.

Please note, it is the school’s intention than apart from some charity work (Compassion Child sponsorship, Operation Christmas Child and Australian Lutheran World Services) all fundraising will be going towards the pool. Watch this space as we start the fundraising for this important school resource which we would like to put in as soon as possible!


Charis @ Grace Coffee Shop

We are very fortunate to partner with Kindred to offer a coffee shop at Grace which will be run out of the parent hub. The opening date for this venture will be April 20, 2020. (Day one Term 2) Kindred are advertising for Baristas to work in our shop which will be open term time from 7:00am – 9:00am each day. Please note this is to cater for GOSHC, Performing Arts and Sport parents who arrive early and may like to buy a coffee and have a snack before moving to work or home again.

Trudy Moala
Principal

Our Community

How to Get Involved @ GLPS We are still looking for families to volunteer their time on either or any of the following groups: event …

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Our Community

How to Get Involved @ GLPS

We are still looking for families to volunteer their time on either or any of the following groups:

  • event teams – which would include our key events such as Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Grandparent’s Day, Disco, Trivia Night, Carols on the Green, Pool Project Fundraising Activities
  • Sports Carnivals – Cross Country, Athletics and Swimming Carnivals (both Junior and Senior)
  • Tuckshop – Wednesday, Thursday & Friday
  • Library – reshelving books.

Are you receiving weekly updates from your Parent Rep?

You could be missing valuable class specific reminders if you haven’t returned your text message consent form back to your child’s class Parent Rep.

At Grace Primary we are so grateful to have an active and valued Parent Rep for every class in our school. Along with organising social catch ups and class specific celebrations, a key part of their role is to support their class’ families keep up to date on key events and messages through weekly text messages and the use of a year level Facebook page.

Earlier this term, all Parent Reps sent out messages to their class families introducing themselves and requesting parent consent to send them text message updates. Thank you to those families who have returned their consent forms. For those that haven’t, can you please action this as soon as possible, as you will not be included on their weekly updates until they receive your consent. Thanks.

A big thank you to our wonderful 2020 Parent Rep team, who are doing a fabulous job in their roles already.

If you have any questions regarding our Parent Rep Program please feel free to contact me on my email at karenmisso@glps.qld.edu.au or by calling via School Reception.


Karen Misso
Marketing and Events Manager

Making a Splash @ Grace Primary

Our Pool & How You Can Help The Grace Primary Master Plan was recently shared with our school families and identifies a key project of …

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Making a Splash @ Grace Primary

Our Pool & How You Can Help

The Grace Primary Master Plan was recently shared with our school families and identifies a key project of a proposed 6 lane 25m swimming pool. Whilst work continues on design and management plans for this proposed facility, now is the time for our community to start working on a pool fundraising program to make our pool a reality. With this in mind, we have formed a Swimming Pool Fundraising Committee at Grace. A big thank you to our school family committee members Lyndsay Lawler, Penny Pettingill, Andrea and David Cunningham, Mel Whiddett and Melanie Metheringham. Our target is $500,000 so there is much work to be done. This group will be seeking the support and involvement of our entire school community to roll out our pool fundraising plans, so please get involved where you can. More details will be shared in the next issue of Ripples.


Karen Misso
Marketing and Events Coordinator

 

Hot Cross Bun Fundraiser

Let’s Raise Some Doh for our Pool Hot Cross Bun Fundraiser for the Grace Primary Pool Project – we are delighted to advise you that …

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Hot Cross Bun Fundraiser

Let’s Raise Some Doh for our Pool

Hot Cross Bun Fundraiser for the Grace Primary Pool Project – we are delighted to advise you that our local Bakers Delight bakery in Margate has committed to work closely with our school this year to assist in our fundraising efforts and are generously donating $1.50 per 6 pack of Hot Cross Buns purchased by parents and friends of our School. Please celebrate the upcoming Easter season and support our school at the same time by purchasing your favourite hot cross buns on our school website here: https://www.graceprimary.qld.edu.au/product-category/fundraising/ Orders close Thursday 26 March. Sorry no Gluten Free options.

Harmony Day

Grace Celebrates Harmony Day – 23 March 2020 Harmony Day has the theme of ‘Everyone Belongs’. This day celebrates Australia’s cultural diversity. It’s about inclusiveness, …

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Harmony Day

Grace Celebrates Harmony Day – 23 March 2020

Harmony Day has the theme of ‘Everyone Belongs’.
This day celebrates Australia’s cultural diversity.
It’s about inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone.

What is Harmony Day?

The message of Harmony Day is everyone belongs. It is about inclusiveness, respect and belonging for all Australians, regardless of cultural or linguistic background, united by a set of core Australian values.

Students will be encouraged to dress in the cultural dress of their home nation and this includes Australia. If your child does not have a traditional dress outfit, students can wear something ORANGE on the day instead. The colour Orange symbolizes positive acceptance of others, care and respect for all.

Kathy Stock 
Deputy Principal

Spread Fun not Flu

We can all do our bit to help stop the spread of germs as we approach flu season using the following guidelines: This is great …

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Spread Fun not Flu

We can all do our bit to help stop the spread of germs as we approach flu season using the following guidelines:

This is great book to help explain the Corona Virus to your children.

 

 

 

 

 

Loose Parts Play

LOOSE PARTS PLAY at GRACE Loose Parts Play continues to be an engaging, popular and positive play opportunity offered here at Grace Lutheran Primary School. …

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Loose Parts Play

LOOSE PARTS PLAY at GRACE

Loose Parts Play continues to be an engaging, popular and positive play opportunity offered here at Grace Lutheran Primary School.
The following parts are needed so that students can have the items they need to extend their creativity and dramatic play:

  • Fabric lengths – 2 – 4 metre (eg sheets, table clothes etc)
  • Safe kitchen equipment
  • small metal pots, pans, cake tins, trays
  • plastic jugs, plates, cups, colander, food scrapers, egg flips
  • PVC piping – any joins or lengths
  • Rubber mats or mesh
  • Small carpet pieces

Please take any donations to Mr Harper at the STEM room for a safety check for student use.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kathy Stock
Deputy Principal, Student Wellbeing

Subway Day

Subway Day is on the last day of Term, Thursday 2 April. You can order for Subway Day on Flexischools. Meal includes 6 inch sub, …

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Subway Day

Subway Day is on the last day of Term, Thursday 2 April.

You can order for Subway Day on Flexischools. Meal includes 6 inch sub, cookie and a popper. There is also a gluten free option.

Cost is $8.50 and ordering closes noon Friday 27 March.

Please note: Tuckshop will be closed for both breaks on Thursday 2 April.

Christina Meek
Tuckshop Convenor

What’s Coming Up At GLPS

Upcoming Events Monday 23 March     Harmony Day – Free Dress Up Day Thursday 26 March   Hot Cross Bun order closes Thursday 2 April    …

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What’s Coming Up At GLPS

Upcoming Events

Monday 23 March     Harmony Day – Free Dress Up Day

Thursday 26 March   Hot Cross Bun order closes

Thursday 2 April        Hot Cross Bun collection, Subway Day

Friday 3 April              Students Free Day

School Holidays          Monday Monday 6 April – Friday 17 April

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VACATION CARE AT GOSHC

If you would like to book your children in to our popular GOSHC vacation program for the upcoming Easter holidays, there are limited spaces available. Please contact the service via email goshc@glps.qld.edu.au to book your place today.

Pastor’s Message

Jesus said, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). Events of the recent weeks and …

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Pastor’s Message

Jesus said, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).

Events of the recent weeks and days surely remind us that Jesus’ words describing the trouble that we will experience in this world are all too true.

There is not a person on this earth who hasn’t been impacted by the coronavirus COVID-19 in one way or another. Right now that are many people who are anxious, on edge, and afraid. Some have even gone to the extreme, bunkering down and “panic purchasing” toilet paper, respiratory masks, and bottled water in preparation for the “end of the world.”

Everyone will react to crisis and fear in different ways, but in trying and uncertain times like these, how may respond? Here are some thoughts…

  1. Stay informed and only spread truthful information. It doesn’t take a lot to cause a panic on social media. You can help by seeking out accurate information and only sharing facts and truthful information, not more hysteria or misinformation through social media or word of mouth (Philippians 4:8, Proverbs 11:14).
  2. Do not surrender to fear. God has some wonderful promises here: “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” Isaiah 41:10. “There is no fear in love, for perfect love casts out fear” 1 John 4:18.
  3. Practice personal hygiene. Just because you are healthy and strong enough to fight off the virus doesn’t mean that others around you will be. And just because you don’t currently have symptoms doesn’t mean you aren’t infected or incapable of spreading the virus to others.
  4. Choose compassion over personal convenience. The Apostle Paul wrote, “Do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 2:4-5)
  5. Don’t buy what you don’t need. It’s wise to prepare for the future (Proverbs 6:6-11), but that doesn’t mean we should stockpile supplies that are desperately needed elsewhere.
  6. Donate to those help those who experience shutdowns, and contribute to employees out of work. Shutdowns and temporary quarantines have an effect on the financial stability of families and the well-being of the children in them. Be generous and give to families in need. The apostle John wrote, “If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?” (1 John 3:17)
  7. Don’t isolate yourself from others. Yes, it is true we are to avoid large gatherings. But now more than ever it is a time to connect – but perhaps through text messages, phone calls, and even FaceTime or Skype.
  8. Put your hope and trust in the King of kings and Lord of lords. While the coronavirus may impact our health, our economy, and our very way of life, we serve a God who is bigger and stronger than any sickness, fear, darkness, or weapon of the enemy (Jeremiah 29:11). Our God is Healer (Psalms 30:2), Provider (Philippians 4:19), and King (Psalms 47:7).
  9. Pray for the many people in need at this time: for governing and health authorities tasked with formulating measures to address the virus’s impact; for the citizens of countries that they heed the instructions of the authorities and remain calm; for hospital staff caring for COVID-19 patients (and other patients too of course!), and for medical scientists working on a vaccine; for efforts to relieve feelings of isolation experienced by people who are confined to home; for people who are worrying about their businesses and jobs; and for ourselves and our fellow citizens that our actions towards each other will be guided by care and concern.
  10. Remember that whatever is ahead of us, the Lord is there too. God is not quarantined. The future is filled with the presence of God, and God will meet us there as one fully aware of the terrain and ready to guide us through it. In your anxious moments tell your heart, “It is the Lord who goes before me! He will be with me! He will not leave me nor forsake me. Do not fear or be dismayed.” (Deuteronomy 31:8).

As the Psalm for this Sunday says, “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. Even if I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil, for You are with me.” Jesus also says, “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.” John 14:27

May God’s blessing and peace be with you.

In Christ
Pastor Mark


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