From the Principal

Welcome back to Term 4! The year rushes by and we are already preparing end of year events to ensure we celebrate together as a community a fantastic year at Grace. Please be advised that our Grace 50th Anniversary Dinner is still going ahead on 23 October and we look forward to parents and friends of our community joining us to celebrate a golden evening. Tickets are becoming limited so I urge people to sign up as soon as possible to avoid missing out on an exciting evening. This year, due to ongoing Covid restrictions we will not be hosting Carols on the Green although as soon as we can, we will enjoy this event again. We will be having a special last day of term though where students can celebrate Christmas together at school. The Year 6 students on the last day of term will go to Aussie World to celebrate the end of their Primary School days.

Class lists 2022
Please be advised that 90 days’ notice is required if you are withdrawing your child from Grace Lutheran Primary School. If you do not give sufficient notice, a full term’s fees will be charged to you. This is to help with our staffing and planning for the upcoming year and we respectfully ask that you understand this requirement.
Parents are welcome to put in requests for class placement for 2022 by emailing me. (principal@glps.qld.edu.au) Any verbal requests will not be accepted. Requests are usually in relation to who your child mixes well with in the classroom rather than teacher requests. Staffing is not set for 2022 yet as we will be increasing in classes by 1 and therefore need to employ a new staff member and we may have staff moving to other schools in 2022 too and they have not yet advised us. All requests for class placements must be emailed by 1 November, 2021 so that staff have time to prepare class lists.

Child Protection Policy
As per our Child Protection Policy, parents are advised that the document is on our website. It is regularly updated when the State or Federal government makes any changes in relation to the safety of children in schools. The School Council also updates the policy annually and this has occurred in September 2021.  Here is the link.

You are welcome to peruse the document at any time and should you have any concerns about a child in the school, you may contact the school, the police or the Department of Child Safety.

Trudy Moala

principal@glps.qld.edu.au

Other News and Reminders

Chess Mates – New Afterschool Co-Curricular Opportunity We are excited to offer Chess classes as an after school co-curricular activity for all students from Prep …

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Other News and Reminders

Chess Mates – New Afterschool Co-Curricular Opportunity

We are excited to offer Chess classes as an after school co-curricular activity for all students from Prep to Year 6. Classes will take place in the library on Tuesday afternoons 3:15 – 4:00pm starting next week Tuesday 19th October. Lessons will be provided by qualified Chess Mates chess teachers that tailor lessons for young children from beginner to an advanced level.

Do you want your child to experience the benefits of learning chess while still having fun along the way? The program is designed especially for children in Prep and above. Classes are fun, interactive, and adjusted by our teachers to suit the students in each class. While your child will still learn that winning can be fun, they’ll also learn a whole lot more! In fact, chess can help your child develop socially, academically, and emotionally.

When: Tuesdays 3:15 – 4:00pm (starting Tuesday 19 October)
Where: GLPS Library
Cost: $10 per session
How to book: Go to https://chessmates.com.au/school-lessons/ and click on Grace Lutheran Primary School which is under the North Brisbane / Moreton Bay subheading.

To find out more about Chess Mates and what they stand for, their founder Ash did a TEDx talk at UQ last year. Here is the link. You can also find out more from their  website here.

At the end of each class, students will be walked down to GOSHC or will be supervised in the Waiting Area where parents can collect their child/ren.

Jasmine Deighton, Deputy Principal Teaching and Learning


 Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes is a wonderful project to do with your family. I have had the privilege of travelling to Cambodia and Vietnam to hand out the gift filled boxes. Such an amazing experience giving the boxes to children in remote areas who may not have ever received a gift before.

If you would like to do a box at home, there are available boxes in Reception. You also have the option to Follow Your Box and discover the destination of your shoebox gifts by donating via Operation Christmas Child website.

What you need to do if your doing a box at home

  • Decide – Girl or Boy? Age category: 2–4 or 5–9 or 10–14.
  • Select a medium to large “wow” item such as a soccer ball with pump or stuffed animal, then fill with other fun toys, hygiene items, clothing and school supplies.  Please do not include liquids, lollies, used items or war related items.
  • You may like to write a special note and include a photo of your family.
  • Bring it to school to chapel on Thursday 21 October.

Thank you for your support.

Joelene Gledhill


 Our Disco Was Shimmering Success

Last Friday night Grace Primary students dressed in their best glittering outfit and danced the night away at the school disco. Across the 3 disco sessions, from the hoki poki and chicken dance to break dancing and dance offs… our school disco had it all!

A MASSIVE thank you to the Caddy Family for being amazing DJs, dance gurus, providing all the sound and lighting equipment and decorations and running an incredibly memorable night for our students.

Thank you also to our staff who supervised and helped keep our children safe whilst sharing in the disco fun.

 

Pastor’s Message

Special days… How do you like remembering and celebrating birthdays? Young children usually enjoy birthdays. We receive gifts. We meet and play with friends. It …

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Pastor’s Message

Special days…

How do you like remembering and celebrating birthdays? Young children usually enjoy birthdays. We receive gifts. We meet and play with friends. It is an opportunity to celebrate life. If you are celebrating a birthday in the coming weeks, may you experience joy and blessing.

This coming weekend Grace Lutheran Congregation will be celebrating 75 years of worship on the Peninsula. This is a story of people worshipping in several locations. It is a story of many different groups coming together. It is a story of a small group of people meeting in homes that eventually leads to the establishment of a Congregation, Child-Care Centre (one of the oldest on the Peninsula), a Primary School, and a Secondary School. As someone has said, “From little things, big things grow.”

Why are we celebrating 75 years? Is it to rejoice in the establishment of various institutions? The purpose of our celebrations is not to glory in some institutions. One of the Bible Readings this Sunday is John 10:22-30. It is an account of Jesus walking in the great Temple in Jerusalem. Earlier Jesus had prophesied that one day this Temple would be destroyed (and it was, some 40 years after Jesus). Jesus wanted people to know there is something greater than any building or Institution.

Jesus said, “My sheep hear My voice. I know them, and they follow Me. I give them eternal life, they’ll never be lost, and no one will snatch them out of My hand.” This is what ‘church’ is really all about. It is a life lived with the knowledge of God’s love as revealed in Jesus. It is meaningful life lived in the presence of God. This is why the ‘builders’ of long ago gathered in worship, and sought to establish various ‘Grace Places’.

You are welcome to join with us in Worship this Sunday, 17th October, 9am, at Grace Lutheran College Chapel (Mewes Road Rothwell). Guest Preacher will be Bishop Mark Vainikka. There will also be items presented by the Kindy, Primary School, and College.

God’s blessings and peace
In Christ,
Pastor Mark
For more details for Grace Lutheran Congregation, including resources for ‘Church at Home’, 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  Thursday 14 October -last day to book your tickets for Gala Dinner Friday 15 October – Swimming Lessons for Prep and …

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Dates for your Diary

Dates  for your Diary 

Thursday 14 October -last day to book your tickets for Gala Dinner

Friday 15 October – Swimming Lessons for Prep and Year 3, Camp Quality visit

Sunday 17 October 9am – Grace Lutheran Church is turning 75 years. Special Thanksgiving Service at GLC Chapel. All are welcome.

Thursday 21 October – Prep Vision ScreeningThursday 21 October – Collection for Operation Christmas Child concludes

Friday 22 October – Year 4-6 NISSA Gala Day

Saturday 23 October – Gala Dinner, Redcliffe Leagues Club

Tuesday 26 October – NISSA Dance Festival, Redcliffe Entertainment Centre
Tuesday 26 October – Instrumental Ensemble Showcase, drop off 5.45pm for a 6.30pm start. Tickets are on sale via Redcliffe Entertainment Centre

Wednesday 27 October – Thurs 28 October – Year 2 Camp

Wednesday 27 October – QLD Ballet workshops


75 Years of Grace Lutheran Church, Redcliffe

Thanksgiving Service at GLC – 17 October  9am Please RSVP here. 

 

 

 

Thank you to our Gala Sponsors

Thank you to our Gala Dinner Sponsors Gala Dinner We are looking forward to our Gala Dinner on Saturday 23 October to celebrate our 50th …

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Thank you to our Gala Sponsors

Thank you to our Gala Dinner Sponsors

Gala Dinner
We are looking forward to our Gala Dinner on Saturday 23 October to celebrate our 50th Anniversary. It’s shaping up to be a magical night reflecting on the historical journey our school has taken, and celebrating Grace Primary as it is today and into the future. Past and present principals, families and staff are amongst the guest list as well as pioneering families, so it’s certainly going to be a special night.

Thank you to our sponsors for the evening. With their support we have been able to plan a night that will be extra special.

Specail thanks to: Think 2 Be, Crew Legal, Look Education, Caporn Piling, MSP Photography

 

Performing Arts

DANCE EXAMS  Congratulations to our Ballet and Jazz examination students who participated in their first dance exams on the final day of Term 3. Our …

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DANCE EXAMS 

Congratulations to our Ballet and Jazz examination students who participated in their first dance exams on the final day of Term 3. Our young dancers performed their technical work, technical dance and character dance in the Performing Arts Space for the CSTD examiner. They completed their exams onsite in our Performing Arts Space, receiving outstanding results for all participants. Miss Diahann, their dance teacher and the examiner were impressed with the high level of performance and skills demonstrated by our dance exam students.

Next year, we will be offering even more examination classes for Jazz and Ballet. These classes are capped at 5 students, so keep your eyes peeled for when enrolments open in the middle of this term. Students that completed this exam will be moved into the next level dance class for 2022. We can’t wait to see our dancers continue to develop their skills and love of dance through their syllabus work!

NISSA DANCE FESTIVAL

As per previous communication sent out, we are hosting the very first NISSA Dance Festival at the Redcliffe Entertainment Centre on Tuesday 26 October. This event is a great opportunity for all dance troupe dancers to perform in an eisteddfod setting, on a professional stage and for a live audience!

Tickets go on sale for this event in Week 2 through the Redcliffe Entertainment Centre’s box office link on their website. Tickets are essential for audience members at this event, to ensure COVID tracing procedures are adhered to. We encourage all dance families to come along to support our dancers if you are able.

Detailed information of session times, ticket links etc. can be found on the Dance Letter in Parent Lounge and on SeeSaw.

INSTRUMENTAL ENSEMBLE SHOWCASE

Last week, we were thrilled to announce that we are able to host an Instrumental Ensemble Showcase at the Redcliffe Entertainment Centre on Tuesday 26 October (after the Dance Festival). As we have the venue booked for the whole day, we have taken the opportunity to have our ensembles perform in the theatre for friends and family!

The following groups have been rehearsing busily and are performing at this Showcase concert:

• Concert Band
• String Ensemble
• Grade 3 Immersion – String Ensemble AND Concert Band
• Rock Band
• Guitar Ensemble
• Percussion Ensemble
• Brass Ensemble

Please see the letter sent out via Parent Lounge and SeeSaw detailing arrival times, links to purchase tickets, what to wear etc.

We can’t wait to hear our young musicians performing on the big stage!

Thank you for continuing to support your little artists as they explore, learn and celebrate their gifts and talents!


Kyren Luostarinen
Director of Performing Arts

 

Sport News

Sports News Primary Schools Cup – Netball Over the first weekend of the spring school holidays, the GLPS Primary Schools Cup Netball team travelled to …

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Sports News

Primary Schools Cup – Netball
Over the first weekend of the spring school holidays, the GLPS Primary Schools Cup Netball team travelled to the gold coast to play a high weekend of netball. Looking awesome in their new netball dresses, our girls played very well across two very hard and hot days of netball. After a tough first day the girls ended up champions of their group on the second day! We are so proud of the way in which these girls showed amazing Grace sporting spirit and worked hard as to team to improve across the weekend. Well done girls! A special thanks to coach and manager Mel and Meg, thanks for all the hard work you put into making this a great weekend for the girls!

NISSA Gala Day
Term 4 is shaping up to be another busy term for sports, our 3rd and last NISSA Gala Day for all Years 4-6 students will be held on the 22 October. This will be the final gala day for the year, after this we will be introducing our Year 3-5 students to their new sports for 2022.

Swimming Carnivals
Term 4 means swimming! We already have our Prep and Year 3 students off at their weekly swimming lessons, this is in preparation for the Junior Swimming Celebration (all Prep-8 year old’s) which will be held on Friday 19 November. Our Senior Carnival (all 9-12 year old’s) will be held on Friday 12 November at Burpengary Regional Aquatic Centre.

Running Club
Running Club has started back up again, Friday mornings before school. 7:30 – 8:15am. All student’s Year 3-6 welcome! Meet at the space at 7:25am or at Pelican Park at 7:30am. If you are interested in joining running club for the first time, please contact Mr Denny for more information.

Tennis Lessons here at Grace

Great news – Focus Tennis Academy are still holding their lessons here at Grace on Tuesday and Thursday mornings in the school hall.  If you would like to learn more please call the Redcliffe Tennis Centre on 3284 2349 .


Mr Denny
Director of PE & Sport