At Grace, we do tours of our school every day for prospective students and their families. Our enrolments for 2022 are very strong, in fact we have waiting lists for some year levels which is exciting because we love welcoming new students to our community. I have done many zoom interviews recently with interstate and international people moving into the Redcliffe area and I look forward to meeting these families when they arrive.

One thing I do mention to families though when they look at what our students are achieving at all year levels that we cannot compare what students do at the beginning of a school year to that which they can do at this time of year. Annually, students amaze me with their growth academically and socially and when comparing work levels and standards from February to now, the progression is evident. This week, we had our Prep 2022 visit day and the children seemed so young and our current Prep students seemed so mature in comparison, but this is the natural flow of how a good school operates. We were very proud of our visiting 2022 Prep students though, they were very brave and went to their classrooms whilst their parents enjoyed a coffee and a chat by the Charis coffee shop.

Something we are planning for 2022 which will be relevant for all families is that our community should be opening up more with Covid restrictions easing. I have had some questions from families about what school will look like in 2022 but I cannot say yet until the government makes their determinations on what will be expected of families. So, with me, please watch out for any government announcements and I will advise you of anything that impacts on our school community. We look very much forward to our school opening up again and that parents have freedom to wander in and out as they used to do pre-March, 2020 when the pandemic hit and changed our world as we knew it.

Trudy Moala
principal@glps.qld.edu.au

Other News

Friday 3 December – 50th Birthday Party Parent Volunteers needed! We are looking for parents to volunteer 1-2 hours to help with the preparation and …

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Friday 3 December – 50th Birthday Party

Parent Volunteers needed!

We are looking for parents to volunteer 1-2 hours to help with the preparation and serving of morning tea and lunch throughout our special day.
If you are able to help at any time throughout the day, please email events@glps.qld.edu.au to advise what time you are able to assist.


 GLPS & GLC OFFER LOYALTY DISCOUNTS TO FAMILIES OF GRACE

To recognise the close working relationship and strong school community between both our Grace Lutheran Primary School and Grace Lutheran College campuses, the schools are now offering families a total discount of $1,000 each year off school fees.
Please click on this link for more information or call Grace Primary on 3283 0011 or Grace College on 3203 0066.


SUBWAY DAY – Thursday 2 December

$8.50
6 inch sub, cookie and a popper.
GF option available.
Please order on Flexischools by 12noon 26 November.


Position vacant – Casual School Crossing Supervisor

A position exists for a Casual School Crossing Supervisor at Grace Lutheran Primary School

• A School Crossing Supervisor must be able to work in all-weather conditions,
• 1hour and 15 minutes per day – 45 minutes morning shift and 30 minutes afternoon shift – one week on and one week off (on a rostered basis)
• Relief opportunities on your rostered days off.
• Pay Rate $31.88 per hour.

Commencement of employment for the successful applicant is dependent on:

• The favourable outcome of a health assessment.
• A Positive Notice Blue Card (you do not need to have a blue card to apply for the position).

Applications are available from Reception.


GOSHC Holiday Program

We are excited to share with you the Vacation Care Program for the December/January School Holidays. Children starting Prep in 2022 are welcome to join us from Tuesday, 4 January.
Bookings can be made via your Xplor Home App or by booking form available at GOSHC or by email goshc@glps.qld.edu.au

Bookings are requested to be submitted no later than 26 November 2021 to make necessary preparations.

Here is what’s happening –  GOHSC December-January Vacation Care


Raising funds for our Pool through Aqua Ventures

To learn more about Aquaventures please visit their website.


 Charis Coffee Shop

Want to win a weeks worth of free coffee? Of course you do! Pop into Charis and grab a colouring in sheet with your coffee, colour it in, fill in your details and return it to us at Charis. Winner will be drawn on the 22 November.

Our fabulous Charis Coffee Shop is open Monday to Friday 7am-9am.

Travelling on the Grace College Bus

2022 GRACE LUTHERAN COLLEGE BUS SERVICE Communication from Grace Lutheran College Dear Parents/Guardians Should your child wish to travel on the Grace College bus service …

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Travelling on the Grace College Bus

2022 GRACE LUTHERAN COLLEGE BUS SERVICE

Communication from Grace Lutheran College

Dear Parents/Guardians

Should your child wish to travel on the Grace College bus service (full time or casual) in 2022, please select the following link and complete a Bus Application for each student – Bus Application Form – 2022. Your completed request is required to be submitted by Friday 26 November 2021. This in turn will ensure that bus stickers can be distributed in the first week of school for full time travellers. Users of the Grace College Shuttle Bus to and from Grace Primary, there is a different application form.  Please click this link 2022 Annual Shuttle Bus Application.

The Grace bus service will commence Monday 24 January 2022.

Grace College wishes to advise that casual bus tickets and full time bus pass pricing has changed for 2022. Please also note stops, arrival and departure times have altered on some services.

Full time students in Years 9 and 10 will receive a credit for the period they attend Googa Outdoor Education Centre.

To accommodate an increase in student numbers a new service has been created to service the Mango Hill / Capestone areas. This run will be known as “Capestone”.

Tickets for approved casual users are not required for the first week of school for Grace College students. Tickets are available from the Finance Office at Rothwell, Student Services at Caboolture and Grace Primary Reception. A ticket must be handed to the driver upon boarding the bus.

Students are reminded they are required to be at their AM bus stop at least 5 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time.

ROTHWELL CAMPUS
All buses set down AM in the Bus Turnaround and depart PM from the Multi-Purpose Centre Carpark near the Swimming Pool. PM Departure is noted on the bottom of the Bus Application and is either 3:20pm or 3:25pm depending on the service.

CABOOLTURE CAMPUS
All buses set down AM and depart from the Bus Turnaround with the PM departure advised on the respective timetables.

Should you require any further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact the College on 3203 0066 or via return email.

Kind regards

Victoria Morgan and Lisa Quaite | Bus Administration Team – Rothwell Campus

Shout Out for 2022 Parent Reps

A BIG Thank You to Our Parent Reps I’m sure you’ll all agree our Parent Reps have been AMAZING this year. Through all the challenges …

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Shout Out for 2022 Parent Reps

A BIG Thank You to Our Parent Reps

I’m sure you’ll all agree our Parent Reps have been AMAZING this year. Through all the challenges and changes that Covid brought to the world and our school too, they were a shining light of positivity and organisation. From special celebrations and Twilight Carnival activities to social gatherings and play dates for the younger students, our school community has thrived and so have our students. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Our team looks forward to sharing our thanks with you personally next week.

Would you like to be a Parent Rep in 2022?

Would you like to get involved in our school community and become one of our valued Parent Reps in 2022? If the answer is yes, then please email our team at events@glps.qld.edu.au to confirm your interest and clarify which year level (child’s class) you would like to nominate for.

Each year we have a wonderful and enthusiastic group of Parent Reps who combined look after every class at Grace Primary and do a wonderful job of helping each class cohorts’ families keep organised and on top of what’s happening at GLPS. They send out weekly text reminders and posts on year level Facebook pages and organise the occasional social catch up for students or even parents to enable families to connect and share the learning journey together… and they make close friends and have a lot of fun along the way too!

If you haven’t had the chance to experience this role for yourself yet, consider making next year the year you dive in and enjoy our amazing Grace school community.

Karen Misso
events@glps.qld.edu.au

 

 

Pastor’s Message

Remembrance Day At the time of the Issue of this edition of “Ripples”, Australia (like many nations around the world) will be commemorating “Remembrance Day”. …

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Remembrance Day

At the time of the Issue of this edition of “Ripples”, Australia (like many nations around the world) will be commemorating “Remembrance Day”. We think of that 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 when hostilities of the First World War ceased.

“Remembrance Day” is a time when we think of so many who served their country in war for the sake of peace. We are thankful for their sacrifice – that has also helped shape our National Identity. And we pray for peace at this time in the face of many on-going conflicts around the world. At this time, we may also think of Jesus’ words that are part of the Gospel for this upcoming Sunday (Mark 13:7): “And when you hear of wars and rumours of wars, do not be alarmed.”

Coming to the end of another year

At this time also, another calendar year is drawing to a close. It will soon be school holidays. We look forward to being able to spend time with family, and friends, and other loved ones.

Undoubtedly, many are looking forward to the easing of public Health Orders in relation to COVID as vaccination rates increase. Many are looking forward to seeing some family or friends they haven’t for some time. May God bless these times.

As this year draws to its close, I am reminded of a saying from another context: “Finish well.” It is easy to get tired and upset when there is a lot to deal with. In these situations, I am reminded of a word that is part of the Bible Readings for this Sunday (Hebrews 10:24): “Let us consider how we can encourage one another to love and good works.”

Year One visits Grace Lutheran Church

Each month Grace Lutheran Congregation conducts a 10am mid-week Worship Service (2nd Wednesday of the month). Over the past three months, students from the Year One classes have participated in this Service with a presentation of a song, and some cards for those present (and other older people who are unable to attend Worship in a church building). This has been an incredible blessing to many people. Thank you.

Getting Ready for Christmas

Many stores have Christmas Decorations. For Christians, Christmas actually begins on 25th December, and the lead up time is known as ‘Advent’. ‘Advent’ is a time of reflection as to why Jesus was born.

The first Sunday in Advent this year is 28th November. Over the four Sundays before Christmas many churches will light candles from an Advent Wreath. Very often each of these candles represents a different theme such as “Hope, Peace, Joy, Love”. These are very important themes for all of our lives.

Christmas Worship

Each year Grace Lutheran Congregation celebrates Christmas at three different worship services: 7pm Christmas Eve (24 December) at Grace Lutheran College Chapel Rothwell; 11pm Carols and Readings with Holy Communion (24 December) at Grace Lutheran Church Clontarf, and; 8:30 am Christmas Day (25 December) at Grace Lutheran Church Clontarf.

As you prepare for the end of another year, and the celebration of Christmas, may you know the true hope, peace, joy and love that comes from Jesus.

God’s blessings and peace.

Pastor Mark

For more details for Grace Lutheran Congregation, including resources for ‘Church at Home’ and Children’s message videos, please see our  Facebook page or our website.


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

Dates for your Diary

Dates  for your Diary  Friday 19 November – Junior Swim Celebration, Year 4 Incursion Monday 22 November – Year 5 incursion, Assembly (Year 2s and …

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Dates for your Diary

Dates  for your Diary 

Friday 19 November – Junior Swim Celebration, Year 4 Incursion
Monday 22 November – Year 5 incursion, Assembly (Year 2s and Year 3s String Ensemble will be performing. No parents allowed. Will be loaded onto SeeSaw.
Friday 26 November – Subway orders due. order via flexischools
Monday 29 November – Year 6 Graduation
Thursday 2 December – Subway Day (order by 26 Nov)
Friday 3 December – Year 6 Big Day Out, GLPS Birthday Party, Last day of the year


Community News

SUMMER HOLIDAY TENNIS CLINICS AT THE REDCLIFFE TENNIS CENTRE

Focus Tennis Academy will be running a number of tennis clinics for children of all ages and development levels over the end of year school holiday period. Registration is now open, make sure to book your children in as places are sure to fill up fast!!!

To book in for any of our clinics please call 3284 2349 or email info@focustennisacademy.com.au

 

Enthusiastic Learn to Swim Instructor Needed at Grace Swimming

We are seeking an enthusiastic Learn to Swim Instructor to join our growing team and teach a life-long skill.
We have 3 heated pools and teach from Babies & Toddlers, Learn to Swim, Stroke Development, up to entry-level and Performance Squads.

The candidate must be available after school hours and Saturday mornings.

No experience necessary, all training provided.

Please contact Andrew with any inquiries or applications.  Andrew_Bow@glc.qld.edu.au
07 3204 2725

Performing Arts

ASSEMBLY PERFORMANCE FOR YEAR 2 & YEAR 3 STRING ENSEMBLE Year 2 & 3 will be performing at Monday’s Assembly (22 Nov). Unfortunately no parent …

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ASSEMBLY PERFORMANCE FOR YEAR 2 & YEAR 3 STRING ENSEMBLE

Year 2 & 3 will be performing at Monday’s Assembly (22 Nov). Unfortunately no parent can attend. The performances will be filmed and placed on SeeSaw.

NISSA Dance Festival

Wow! What a fantastic range of performances presented at the Redcliffe Entertainment Centre on Tuesday 26 October.
All Prep – Grade 6 students in our dance troupes dazzled the audience at the NISSA Dance Festival, performing with joyful smiles, impressive technique and a very enthusiastic and vocal audience!

As this was a non-competitive dance festival, all troupes received trophies for dancing however we are thrilled to share that the internal feedback from the adjudicator Kylie Goeldner was exceptionally positive and our students have once again raised the level of performance with each passing year. Feedback for all troupes commented on the age appropriate costuming, music and choreography for each group with marks sitting in the 90s!

Congratulations to our dance teachers who have led our students learning so positively all year. Their joy for their artform, students is evident and celebrated!

QLD Ballet Workshops

On Wednesday 27 October, the Queensland Ballet visited us in our Black Box Theatre conducting two workshops. The first was an Indigenous Dance Workshop with all students in Grade 3 in attendance. The learning opportunities within this workshop was an extension of their Indigenous Music and Movement unit from Term 3.

The second workshop was a ballet workshop for all students in Grades 1-6 who participate in ballet, jazz and contemporary except for our Year 2s who were having a great time on camp. The dance educators led our students in ballet work based on Tchaikovsky’s ‘The Nutcracker’. The content was focussed on ballet content including explicitly taught positions in french! The workshop was a joy to behold with students leaving feeling inspired.

Dance Exam Classes

This year saw our dance program expand to include small group ballet and jazz examination classes. Students who participate in examination programs dance in their troupe as well as a small group (3-5 dancers) syllabus based dance class which includes technique, a technical dance and a solo character dance.

On the final day of Term 3, we welcomed a CSTD Dance Examiner, Mrs Breener, to our Black Box Theatre where she conducted the exams. We are thrilled to announce that all examination dance students achieved outstanding marks for their first exams and the examiner commented on the exceptional standard and preparedness of our students.

Next year, to accommodate the growing accomplishments and interest in these classes we are adding additional CSTD examination classes to cover the first couple of examination levels of Ballet and Jazz. We are also adding examination classes to cater for our Senior Contemporary dancers to commence examination work within the Contemporary Dance Syllabus.

Keep your eye out for our 2022 Enrolment Handbook coming out in the next few days to secure your child’s place in our troupes and examination classes.

MUSIC Ensemble Showcase

After an actioned pack day for our NISSA Dance Festival, we took the opportunity to have the Redcliffe Entertainment Centre for the whole day, and put on a showcase featuring all of our Music Ensembles as well as soloists across different elements of our music program.

The concert commenced with an energetic, dynamic and rhythmic performance by our Drumline followed by rocking it out with our Rock Band. Our Grade 3 students shone in their first performance on a big stage in both the Grade 3 String Ensemble and the Grade 3 Concert Band!

The Senior String Ensemble performed challenging repertoire with ease and our Senior Concert Band performed a program full of action, including Harry Potter and the Avengers Theme.

Congratulations to our passionate tutors and soloists on the night; Imogen, Harriet, Bodi, Hunter, Shammah, Zac, Cruz, Noah and Christiana!

Busking Week

After fantastic feedback on our 2020 busking week, we are delighted to share that students will have the opportunity to busk both on instruments and dance in the final week of this term.

Instrumental students who have private lessons are encouraged to learn Christmas carols and have their music tutor nominate them for a busking slot between 7:30 and 8:15am each day of Week 9.

Each dance troupe will also perform their Christmas performance piece on the day of their final lesson for the year. Students will turn up to their normal lesson time and venue dressed in their costume, tights, hairstyles and shoes however with no makeup. They will then perform in the waiting area at 8:00 where families can have a coffee and enjoy their performances.

We would love it if our community could encourage our young artists by throwing some coins into their cases or sparkly hats as our busking week is raising funds for the cost of shipping of the ‘Operation Christmas Child’ packages.


Kyren Luostarinen
Director of Performing Arts