In this issue
From the Principal
Mrs Stock – Gratitude for our School Officers
From the Principal
Covid – 19 Update
We welcomed back our Prep and Year 1 students on Monday, 11 May and cannot wait until our Years 2 – 6 students return on Monday, 25 May. Thank you to the many parents and carers who kept up with their child’s education over the past 3 – 5 weeks with on-line learning – you have done an amazing job and we are grateful for you keeping the academic progress of your children on track. We remind all parents that it is a Workplace, Health and Safety requirement that no adults are on site until the end of term so we ask that you do not walk your child into school until further notice.
I have been talking to some of our families who immediately lost everything in the Covid-19 pandemic due to restrictions put on businesses. The strength and resilience of some of these families has been amazing. At Grace Lutheran Primary School, we did not give a blanket discount across all our families for fees because none of our costs have been affected. We have rebooked camps until later in the year and all books and resources are still being purchased so our levies could not be reduced. We do remind families though that if your circumstances have changed and fees are now a problem, please contact me or the fee office for support. I am pleased to say we have only lost one enrolment due to relocation through the troubling last few weeks and indeed have increased our enrolments by three students this term, but as a community we want to stay connected so please be in touch should you need support.
Dogs on Site
There is nothing sweeter than a new puppy in a family or a dog which has lived with a family for some time. Parents, we respectfully request that you do not bring your pets to school, especially at pick up or drop off time. We do have in our community children with a dog phobia and a dog on site can cause enormous anxiety for them. We also are aware that children may or may not know how to pat or befriend a dog which could cause it to bite or injure a child. Your support with this will be appreciated.
This term, Mrs Angela Perry has decided to resign from her day a week position at Grace. Angela has been here for 20 years and she will be missed although fortunately, she still has a son enrolled here so we will see her at the school. Thank you Mrs Perry for your long and diligent service at our school. Mrs Perry’s position as a learning extension teacher will be taken up by Mrs Karin Scurr and we look forward to her returning to our school too.
Our receptionist Mrs Jessika Cameron has decided to stay at our school indefinitely as her husband has returned from Victoria due to the current isolation situation there. We are of course thrilled that she has decided to stay.
Finally, I would like to thank our beautiful Grace community for reaching out to the Harper family at this time of loss for them. The generosity and kindness of so many has been amazing. I know they are very blessed by the gifts and good will that has been expressed. I feel truly blessed to work in a school which has such empathy and love to share.
Gratitude for our hard working staff
Our Amazing Staff Teacher Aide and Support Team The Student Representative Council (SRC) have considered how they can be a positive influence in this time …
Gratitude for our hard working staff
Our Amazing Staff Teacher Aide and Support Team
The Student Representative Council (SRC) have considered how they can be a positive influence in this time of new regulations, uncertainty and change. They have commented on how so many school staff have been asked to take on extra cleaning work as an additional part of their role at Grace Primary. They have seen that surfaces, learning equipment, door handles, Ipads, playground items are sprayed with disinfectant and cleaned several times a day to help keep them safe and well.
The SRC group wanted to show them some appreciation for this work. Together they decided to decorate new gloves, write a ‘thank you note’ and give some chocolates as a gift to thank these wonderful staff members for their diligence and care.
The students were pleased to be able to express their gratitude, by personally handing these gift bags to these staff members. A total of 12 gift bags were made up and distributed to our teacher aides and groundsman.
The SRC group learnt that showing gratitude in such a way was a big surprise to the staff and brought many happy smiles in return.
Mrs Kathy Stock
Deputy Principal (Student Well-being)
We Miss You
Changes to Uniform Shop Our Uniform Shop here at school has been temporally closed due to government recommendations, however, our online shop is available 24/7 …
Changes to Uniform Shop
Our Uniform Shop here at school has been temporally closed due to government recommendations, however, our online shop is available 24/7 for all your uniform requirements. If you require sizing you may visit Reception Tuesday and Wednesday mornings between 8am-9am. All orders must then be done through the online shop umspl.com.au/pages/grace-lutheran-primary.
We thank you for your understanding and patience in these uncertain times.
Phone: (07) 3283 0022 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Due to Covid-19, Mrs Meek is unable to accept orders at the front counter for the rest of Term 2. All Tuckshop orders are to be done via Flexi-schools. www.flexischools.com.au/
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.
“What makes for a good friend?” If you Google this question you will get an incredibly large list of articles that reflect on this topic. …
“What makes for a good friend?” If you Google this question you will get an incredibly large list of articles that reflect on this topic. Many of these are worthy of reflection. Another interesting question one may Google is: “What makes for a good friend in a social media world?” And maybe in this COVID-19 world you have had opportunities to discover who are some of your good friends.
Having friends, and learning about friendships, is a critical as we go through life. Having face-to-face experiences where a person may interact with other people in a safe environment is good and important. And we may make good life-long friends in places such as work, school, church, camps, sporting groups, and the like. Learning appropriate boundaries (especially now in our social media world) is important.
It is great to have good friends. Someone once said, “Only those who care about you can hear you when you’re quiet.” This is an interesting thought, reminding us that good friends have an understanding of our heart.
Sometimes, however, friendships can be tested. At times we may discover that those we considered to be friends are not as close as we thought. At other times our own person can raise barriers to others being a friend to us. Friendships can be complicated. And a heart of love towards others is important.
Just before His death Jesus said these words to His disciples, “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.” Jesus also said, “I will ask the Father, and He will send another Companion, who will be with you forever. This Companion is the Spirit of Truth.” And Jesus said, “I won’t leave you as orphans. I will come to you.” Jesus is speaking of God’s continual presence with us. We are never alone.
Helping our children know what friendship is about, and to have an opportunity to make friends, is a great responsibility and a wonderful privilege. Having friends, and being a good friend, is also a great gift. And knowing God’s presence and love for us is a great joy.
Church at Grace
Currently we are having ‘church on-line’. You may find worship resources for you and for your family on our Congregation Website (gracelutheran.org.au). We also have resources for children as “Family and Church at Home”.
Given recent announcements from the Queensland Government, and if things continue as they are, it would appear that Worship in our Church Building may recommence around 12th July (with appropriate social distancing and hygiene measures).
We do pray for God’s guiding and blessing on all at this time.
May God’s blessing and peace be with you.