In this issue
From the Principal
From the Principal
Community Whilst no-one would have expected what has happened in terms of our school community this year, I believe the Covid – 19 pandemic has really challenged us at Grace Primary and we have come up with shining results. I would like to thank all the parents for their hard …
From the Principal
Whilst no-one would have expected what has happened in terms of our school community this year, I believe the Covid – 19 pandemic has really challenged us at Grace Primary and we have come up with shining results. I would like to thank all the parents for their hard work at home undertaking remote learning and point out that some of you are working also. This is a huge task and your ability to juggle the two important aspects of your home life is appreciated (not to mention the usual domestic work too!) I would like to thank the teachers and other school staff who have managed the remote learning at school over the past 2 weeks too and acknowledge their fast transition to this new model of education which has occurred.
I have seen Grace come together during the past few weeks with parents communicating positively and regularly and teachers having to be highly collaborative in their planning to ensure the strong delivery of curriculum. I have also seen students caring for one another in small groups and multi – age groups too. GOSHC has seen students come in right through the holidays to ensure good care for front – line workers even when school is on holidays.
The challenge for us all is to continue even after Week 5 when we MAY all be back at school. (I will wait on directives from the State and Federal Government in terms of this and advise you of our way forward as soon as it is announced.) How can we continue to grow the wonderfully positive contributions everyone has made so that we have worked together harmoniously to continue to grow and develop our school. I would be interested in your feedback if you have any comments to give. firstname.lastname@example.org
I do trust that all families who have been affected negatively by the current economic circumstances have contacted us to discuss fee arrangements for the coming few months until our world settles again. I have heard many harrowing stories of lost businesses and income and I do want you to know that as a community we care about you and your children so if we can help, please let us know.
Uniform Shop Opening Hours Our Uniform Shop here at school has been temporally closed due to government recommendations, however, if you require to visit our …
Uniform Shop Opening Hours
Our Uniform Shop here at school has been temporally closed due to government recommendations, however, if you require to visit our store to be fitted, we are offering appointments on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings from 8.00-9.30. Please book via our website https://umspl.com.au/pages/grace-lutheran-primary.
Please note, the online shop is available 24/7 for all your uniform requirements.
We thank you for your understanding and patience in these uncertain times.
Scholastic Book Club
Issue 3 is now available online. Unfortunately this time round we will not have any catalogues available from school, however if you would like to view the catalogue online please visit www.scholastic.com.au/book-club/book-club-home/
All orders must be made online through Scholastic’s LOOP and delivered to your door. Online orders will close on 11 May.
Thank you for your support
GLC Buses are running as normal for our students attending school
Grace College is continuing their bus runs morning & afternoon for the next 3 weeks! If you have any further questions, please contact the college on 3203 0066.
How has COVID-19 affected you? On the one side I have heard of many people speak of ‘positive outcomes’. People have been able to spend …
How has COVID-19 affected you? On the one side I have heard of many people speak of ‘positive outcomes’. People have been able to spend time in their gardens, and homes have experienced extra care. Others have begun things like online courses. Still others have gone back to a favourite hobby or craft, as well as learning new ones. And many people have appreciated time together with their families without the ‘rush’ of lots of other activities.
On the ‘other side’, there are those who have experienced great difficulties. These have included job losses, financial stress, challenges in home life, and many other things. I have seen this on many levels – not only as a Pastor, but also formerly when I worked in a bank in the loans and finance section during the 1980s and ‘the recession we had to have’ and interest rates close to 20%. Others have spoken of relationship challenges, the anxiety and stress dealing with change, and worrying about their health, and so many other things.
One of the challenges at this time is people feeling connected to others in ‘real’ and ‘meaningful’ ways. For some, the use of technology has brought blessing in these times. But for others ‘social media’ has caused stress and problems (and isn’t it interesting that it’s called ‘social media’, even though often we don’t hear a voice or see a face).
One of the myths we often tell ourselves is that we can be in control of many things in life. But events of the past few months remind us that there is so much outside our control. This could make us anxious. Or it could teach us to rely on others in appropriate ways. Learning to trust in the right people in the right way is a skill we learn in the journey of life. And it is wonderful when we can also encourage others (such as our children) to have hope and trust in the right ways.
In the Gospel for this Sunday (John 10:1-10) we hear Jesus say that He has come “in order that you might have life—life in all its fullness.” God’s desire is that you experience an ‘abundant life’. So often we think that an ‘abundant life’ is experienced in material possessions. But Jesus wants to take us further. He is speaking to our souls.
God wants you to have a rich and satisfying life. This doesn’t mean that your life will be problem free, but it does mean that Jesus will be there to walk with you through the problems. I pray that in these times you have encountered blessings, and that you are able to share a message of hope and peace to someone near you.
May God’s blessing and peace be with you.
Year 6 Canberra Trip
Year 6 Canberra Trip We would like to thank the Australian Government for the Civics and Citizenship Education Rebate (PACER) of $3,540 to help with …
Year 6 Canberra Trip
Year 6 Canberra Trip
We would like to thank the Australian Government for the Civics and Citizenship Education Rebate (PACER) of $3,540 to help with the cost of our Canberra Trip in March. Students were given the opportunity to participate in a variety of educational programs with a focus on Australia’s history, culture, heritage and democracy. We visited important places such as The Australian War Memorial, Museum of Australian Democracy, Government House and National Portrait Gallery.
Changes to our Cross Country On Friday 24 April, we were scheduled to run our senior and junior cross country carnivals, however, due to the …
Changes to our Cross Country
On Friday 24 April, we were scheduled to run our senior and junior cross country carnivals, however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, we are unable to run this as a regular school event. The school has decided not to cancel this event but to run this event as a virtual sports carnival. This virtual sports carnival will consist of two major elements;
1) At school event: Students at school will come out in their year groups to complete a timed cross country run on Dalton oval, on Friday 8 May. (Social distancing measures will be enforced and unfortunately, due to this, parents are not permitted to attend this event).
2) Online: Students at home have the next two weeks to complete a timed run of a specific length –according to their age on 31 December 2020, then submit their time with evidence to our online results centre.
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For more details please check your email sent on Monday.