Grace Primary celebrates 50 years

In 1971, what does it take to create a thriving Primary School on the Redcliffe Peninsula? It takes dedication, hard work and enthusiasm from a group of parents and teachers. In 1970, Grace Creche and Kindergarten was in existence and it was run by the ladies auxiliary of the Redeemer Lutheran Church initiated by Pastor Joe Stolz. In the kindergarten was a small boy, Christopher, whose parents were told that he needed a Primary School in the following year which was 1971. Christoper’s mother, Mrs Juliann Kindred used her entrepreneurial spirit and enthusiasm and approached Pr Stolz asking how a Primary School may be facilitated. He told her if she could find 15 children he would allow a school to be organized in the church hall. Mrs Kindred found the 15 children by way of a small advertisement in the Redcliffe Herald and so the journey began of an initially Christian ecumenical school which by its third year was a Lutheran Primary School. The school motto, ‘Grow in Grace’ suggested by Mrs Kindred in 1971 is still used 50 years later. During those years, thousands of students and families have passed through the campus which is located at Maine Road at Clontarf. Its seen new buildings and renovations of old buildings. Its seen 6 Principals and many staff members but all who have come talk about the sense of community, the humble Christian foundation and that the children are the focus for the school. From the Primary School sprung a Secondary School which has 2 campuses, one at Rothwell and one at Caboolture. The story of Lutheran Education on the Redcliffe Peninsula catering for 122 children in a Kindergarten each day, 400 children in a Primary School and over 900 students in a Secondary College is due to a faithful group of women and their Pastor voluntarily looking after young children in a Kindergarten and an entrepreneurial family who coincided in the most special of ways. We are grateful for their humble yet important service.  

Trudy Moala
Principal

From the Principal

Uniform Feedback We love your feedback! Our uniform is now embedded in our school and I thank so many parents who have had a role …

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Uniform Feedback

We love your feedback!
Our uniform is now embedded in our school and I thank so many parents who have had a role in designing and developing it over the past 3 years. Thank you also to the UMS uniform shop staff who have played an enormous role in this too.

Last week, a few parents from the original committee came together because we need a new netball uniform. They quickly organised a spectacular design which we will work on for later this year’s competition in Years 4 – 6. After this discussion, we reviewed the new uniform and all agreed that it is smart and has greatly improved the look of our students in general as they move about our school and community. I am also grateful to all parents for having the uniform well presented each day.

A contentious issue was ‘girls’ tights’. Please note, in the original design of the uniform it was decided girls’ tights were to be banned because there is a long trouser selection for those who feel the cold. Issues when girls wear tights to school areGirls wear the wrong colour even if there is a uniform colour at the Uniform Shop

  • Girls wear the tights and socks
  • Girls will sometimes wear tights under their PE uniform
  • Girls complain to staff they are too hot by morning tea time if wearing thick tights

Issues argued by those on the committee who wanted tights were 

  • Parents should not be forced into buying long pants for the occasional cold day at school
  • The days when it is colder in the winter months, the girls do need coverage on their legs and tights are a good option.

At the meeting we reached an impasse so I am asking our school community (please only answer if you have a girls enrolled at our school) to fill in a survey with this link here. What do you think? If you would like to send in your thoughts, please do so by emailing me. ( principal@glps.qld.edu.au )

NISSA Swimming

I was very proud of our swimming team which competed in the NISSA swimming competition at Genesis Christian College. We placed 2nd Aggregate and 1st in Percentage. This was an extraordinary achievement as we are by far the smallest school with half the student population of two of the bigger schools.

We are very pleased that Prince of Peace Lutheran College has come into NISSA this year. The added competition and the collegiality between our schools is enhanced by them being part of our association.

Trudy Moala
Principal

 

 

Twilight Carnival – 71 days to go!

2021 is a Twilight Carnival Year! Mark your diaries if you haven’t already – our 50th anniversary Twilight Carnival (school fete with a twist) will be …

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Twilight Carnival – 71 days to go!

2021 is a Twilight Carnival Year!

Mark your diaries if you haven’t already – our 50th anniversary Twilight Carnival (school fete with a twist) will be on Friday 30 April from 3:30pm to 7:30pm. It’s a ‘gold & glitter’ theme to celebrate 50 years of Grace Lutheran Primary School, so there will be lots of fun to be had!

71 DAYS TO GO!

The team has assessed the current covid climate and made the decision to press on and organise our inaugural Twilight Carnival @ GLPS. We hope all families can help in some way as it takes a team to pull a special event like this together.

As we have a school fete biannually, we really want to pull everyone together in our community for this significant school community and fundraising event to make it super special and a big success. With this in mind, we are asking all our families to consider helping out in some way, whether it be:

• Sponsoring the event
• Offering a raffle/cent auction prize donation
• Helping on a stall
• Helping with the set up and pack down.

Please let us know asap how you can help. With regards to donations, if you run a business or know someone who runs a local business that would like to support our cent auction, we would be most grateful to receive items or vouchers to make up our prizes. If you would like to sponsor, support or donate prizes to our Carnival, please contact us on events@glps.qld.edu.au

Your teachers will be in contact soon seeking volunteers to help out. Please see below a list of all the exciting stalls and activities we have in stall this year! Here’s what each Year Level/Department is working on for the Carnival:

‘BRING IT’ Weeks
With all this activity happening, each year level will be focusing on pulling their stalls together and to support them, we will have ‘Bring It’ weeks this term and next leading up to the event. We will share a plan for this in the coming weeks and will be asking for donations of:
 Chocolate
 Books
 Plants

 Cakes and slices and so on.

Mrs L is also working hard on an exciting stage program which will include our very own ‘Opera on the Green’ on the Main Stage. Plus, there will be lots of fun rides and sporting activities, food stalls and of course FIREWORKS! Watch this space for information on these! It will certainly be a magical day for our school community so make sure you get involved.

To keep updated on our Carnival plans, please like and follow our school’s  Grace Primary Facebook page.

Thanks for all of your support and enthusiasm for the Twilight Carnival.


Karen Misso & Jessika Cameron
Marketing and Events

Other News

Consent for Parent Rep Texts & Join Your Year Level FB Pages Today! Our wonderful parent reps have been sending out their welcome and text …

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Consent for Parent Rep Texts & Join Your Year Level FB Pages Today!

Our wonderful parent reps have been sending out their welcome and text consent notes to families over the past few weeks, to get their class groups all set up and ready to go for 2021. To help keep you updated on class and year level activities planned and be included in any social catch ups organised, ensure you return your completed consent form to your class parent reps as soon as possible. Also, your parent reps will be reaching out to you to be involved in and support our Twilight Carnival on 30 April. Further information on your child/ren’s year level stalls and donation requests for their stalls will be communicated via Teachers, parent reps and your year level Facebook pages. Make ensure you join your year level FB pages today to ensure you’re up to date!

To remind you who your parent reps are, here’s a complete list of our 2021 team.

PW  Jessica Cook (Lucy) and Lauren Purnell (Luca)
PB  Amber Holt (Harvey) and  Julie Antal (Porter)
PR  Kacey Blyth (Miranda) and Melinda Bell (Xaiver)

1J  Claire Powlesland (Alexander) and Chantel Forno (Caelan)
1P  Stacey Schultz (Charlotte) and Angela Fogarty (Savannah)
1N  Shannen Bielby (Ivy) and Bec Caporn (Joe)

2F  Fleur Weare (Jimmy) and Roni Paterson (Madelyn)
2B  Neoni Hansen (Eloise) and Lynda O’Neill (Danny)
2A  Skye Chapman (Elissa) and Angela Perry (Jack)

3K  Bec Caporn (Harvey) and Mel Whiddett (Keira)
3H  Valarie Wright (Alexis)

4M  Shannen Bielby (Eden) and Lisa Goretta ( Dominic)
4J  Talluah Harper (Depp) and Mel Whiddett (Chloe)

5N  Jenna Bostock (Tori)
5T   Rebecca Crew (Chase)
5W  Rachel Taylor (Mac)

6P  Lyndsay Lawler (Macey)
6W Penny Pettingill (Alia)


From the Library

Scholastic Book Club – Issue 2 catalogue has been sent home to families this week.  Ordering through Scholastic helps our school purchase new books and resources for our Library.  Families can order online via ‘Loop’  clicking here. Online orders close Monday 15 March at 9.30 am.

Cash orders close Thursday 11 March. Please put correct amount in an envelope with your child’s name. Cash orders can be given to Mrs Varley or Reception.

Home Readers
The Library is looking for 400 lost home readers from last year that have not been returned . Please have a look around your home and return them either to Reception or the Library.  Thank you for your assistance.

Mrs Varley


Clean Up Crew

Students and family members are invited to be part of our Clean Up Crew. Each Friday morning, students can help clean up our local environment. Our group meets at 7:30am near The Space, and then walk down to Pelican Park at the end of our street to clean up our environment.
If you have not yet filled out a permission form for your child to attend, please click here.

Parents and family members are welcome to join our crew, as we work together to protect our beautiful Moreton Bay. Parent attendance is optional. Students will be fully supervised by GLPS staff.

Students (and family members) are encouraged to bring along a pair of reusable gardening gloves to wear. We will have some gardening gloves that students will be able to borrow. We will not be providing disposal gloves as we are wanting to reduce the use of single use plastics.

We look forward to seeing the positive impact that we can have on our environment and community.

Mrs Hillman And Miss Nicholson

Other News

SHROVE TUESDAY – PANCAKE DAY Traditionally, pancakes are associated with the day preceding Lent because they were a way to use up rich foods such …

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SHROVE TUESDAY – PANCAKE DAY

Traditionally, pancakes are associated with the day preceding Lent because they were a way to use up rich foods such as eggs, milk, and sugar, before the fasting season of the 40 days of Lent. Our students won’t be fasting but do we love pancakes.

Thank you to our Grace community for joining us for breakfast and a special thanks to the hard working volunteers from Grace Church who cooked and served us.


Parent Representatives

Thank you to all our wonderful Parent Reps who have agreed to take on their roll for their class. We have at least one rep for every class, with two reps for many of the year levels. Our Reps hold the important job of sharing important information that’s happening in your class and around the school via your Year Level Facebook page.

Please make welcome:
PW  Jessica Cook (Lucy) and Lauren Purnell (Luca)
PB  Amber Holt (Harvey) and  Julie Antal (Porter)
PR  Kacey Blyth (Miranda) and Melinda Bell (Xaiver)

1J  Claire Powlesland (Alexander) and Chantel Forno (Caelan)
1P  Stacey Schultz (Charlotte) and Angela Fogarty (Savannah)
1N  Shannen Bielby (Ivy) and Bec Caporn (Joe)

2F  Fleur Weare (Jimmy) and Roni Paterson (Madelyn)
2B  Neoni Hansen (Eloise) and Lynda O’Neill (Danny)
2A  Skye Chapman (Elissa) and Angela Perry (Jack)

3K  Bec Caporn (Harvey) and Mel Whiddett (Keira)
3H  Valarie Wright (Alexis)

4M  Shannen Bielby (Eden) and Lisa Goretta ( Dominic)
4J  Talluah Harper (Depp) and Mel Whiddett (Chloe)

5N  Jenna Bostock (Tori)
5T   Rebecca Crew (Chase)
5W  Rachel Taylor (Mac)

6P  Lyndsay Lawler (Macey)
6W Penny Pettingill (Alia)


From the Library

The Library is looking for 400 lost home readers from last year that have not been returned . Please have a look around your home and return them either to Reception or the Library.  Thank you for your assistance.


Coffee & Customer Specialist Wanted!

Does working part time, serving specialty coffee with a fresh, supportive team sound like your ideal role? Our store is growing, so we’re looking for a new barista to join our team and grow with us!

What we’re looking for:
– Barista experience required with specialty coffee training provided.
– A love for a fast-paced environment and ability to service our customers quickly.
– Great people skills.
– Must have or be willing to obtain a Blue Card.
– Flexible to work across 2 cafes with reliable own transport.
– Physically able to carry light furniture (tables, chairs, umbrellas and signage) in and out of the store.

We’re currently able to offer 10-20 hours weekly – a combination of 7:30am to 9:30am Mon-Fri and 6:45am to 12:30pm weekends. Our store is located in Grace Lutheran Primary School at Clontarf, with flexibility required to work at our HQ store (just up the road) in Redcliffe some days.

If you love the sound of the above, then we would love to hear from you! Email koedi@grindcoffeebars with your resume and cover letter to apply.

Kind Regards,
Koedi Mueller


STEM is ready to help you clean out your shed. We need bits and bobs, dohickies and thingamabobs, washers, rivets, clips, brackets and things you don’t know the name of. If it can fit inside a passion fruit, we want it (no passion fruit will be harmed with these items). Please leave your donations in the port racks outside STEM.

Mr Harper

 

 

Messages from the Deputy

Ways to inform the school if your child is absent from school A reminder that our School App has been discontinued. If your child absent …

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Messages from the Deputy

Ways to inform the school if your child is absent from school

A reminder that our School App has been discontinued. If your child absent from school, please use the following absentee contact options:

Phone: 07 3283 0088
SMS: 0477 752 423
Email: absent@glps.qld.edu.au

Late for School
If your children are arriving after 8.25am, please send them directly to Student Reception for the Roll to be amended and receive a late note.


Making Grace a Safe Place

All parents are strongly encouraged to assist safety in our community by closely following instructions related to parking in a busy school area. Parents are reminded that in the Dalton Oval carpark, drivers are requested to reverse into the spaces, drive extremely carefully and slowly in an area in which there are many young children and make a left hand turn only out of the carpark (this is a Council regulation for which fines can apply). A reminder that there is no parking at the front of the school, with the exception of the two-minute drop ‘n go zone beyond the bus zone. No cars are permitted to stop, even briefly, in the bus zone, and heavy fines can be issued for offending drivers. The school has been advised that police patrols are likely to be conducted in the next couple of weeks, following complaints from other local drivers.


Early Arrival/Late Pick Up

Children are not be at school before 8:00am and after 3:15pm unless they are at Grace Outside School Hours Care or involved in a school approved activity. Parents who need to drop children at school before 8:00am, or collect them after 3:15pm, are to use GOSHC or make arrangements for someone else to drop off or pick up their child. We understand that parents can get held up at times in the afternoon but request they call Reception so we can advise and reassure their children. Thank you to the parents who wait with their children if they do arrive before staff supervision begins in the morning.


Thank you for your assistance.
Kathy Stock, Deputy Principal – Student Wellbeing

 

 

Pastor’s Message

Could you imagine attending a Birthday Party, and no-one sings ‘Happy Birthday’? Could you imagine attending your favourite Team sporting event, and no-one wearing the …

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Could you imagine attending a Birthday Party, and no-one sings ‘Happy Birthday’? Could you imagine attending your favourite Team sporting event, and no-one wearing the Team’s colours? Could you imagine on ANZAC Day no-one attending any march or ANZAC service? These are all traditions that have grown over the last century or so, and we couldn’t imagine things being different.

We needed traditions. Traditions – especially those children can see, hear, feel, smell and taste – provide vivid impressions on which parents can build year after year. There are many which will enrich your family life.

In the life of the Christian Church there are many traditions as well. At this time of year (beginning on Wednesday, 17th February) many Christians are observing the season of Lent. Lent begins on ‘Ash Wednesday’, and is sometimes preceded by ‘Shrove Tuesday’ (sometimes playfully known as ‘Pancake Tuesday’). Lent is one of the most important times of year for many Christians around the world, particularly those within the Catholic, Orthodox, Anglican and Lutheran traditions.

Lent is a forty day period before Easter set aside as a season of soul-searching and repentance. The forty days reflect Jesus’ withdrawal into the wilderness for his own time of spiritual reflection. Sundays, because they commemorate the Resurrection, are not counted. In the Early Church Lent was a special time when new converts were instructed in the faith and prepared for baptism on Easter.

Churches which follow a liturgical calendar – annually re-living the major events in Jesus’ life – place great emphasis on Lent. Whether your own church makes much or little of these forty days, your family may benefit from some of the following Lent tradition ideas.

1. Giving up: Traditionally, especially in Europe, during Lent there were no weddings, no dancing, no singing. No flowers or alleluias in churches. Some families may find value in giving up something for Lent – television, sweets, video games – not as a penance, but as an outer symbol of dying to self during a season of spiritual reflection.

2. Mite box: Select a charity that helps those in need. Help your children decorate a box with a slot on top. Display where everyone at home will remember to contribute their change. On Easter, empty box, count together, and give to this charity. This custom can be directly related to the preceding one: giving up to give.

3. Devotions: Lent can be a time of family focus on the Jesus’ life. You may want to commit to a regular pattern of family worship – daily, weekly, or whenever you can. Or you may post Bible verses, especially the words of Jesus, on the refrigerator, bathroom mirrors, wherever a busy family is sure to see them. Talk about them at dinner or on the way to school – especially how verses apply to events in our daily lives.

4. New Life: As Lent begins, help your children plant crocus, daffodil, or hyacinth bulbs in a bowl of sand, covering halfway. Leave in a dark closet for two months, keeping soil moist (a process known as forcing bulbs). When shoots appear, let them bask in the sun. Don’t forget to leave one bulb unplanted as a reminder of how they began. This helps us think about the new life we receive from Jesus through His death and resurrection.

Lent has been practised by Christians over hundreds of years. This season is a time to think about how much God has given us in Jesus. There is a reason to the cross we see everywhere.

Heavenly Father, thank You for the gift of this season. Thank You for knowing our hearts and our need for rhythms in our lives. Draw us into a deeper communion with You, that we may truly know Your great love for us in Jesus. Amen.

Also, for a Lent Devotion Book, you may please CLICK HERE.

Worship
Grace Lutheran Congregation gathers in worship every Sunday at 8:30am and 5:30pm. For more details please visit our Facebook page or our website.

Blessings and peace in Christ.
Pastor Mark


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

What’s Coming Up At GLPS

Upcoming Events Friday 19 February Year 6 Surf Lifesaving Excursion Yr 1 & 2 Swimming Friday 26 February  NISSA Gala Day Yr 1 & 2 …

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What’s Coming Up At GLPS

Upcoming Events

Friday 19 February
Year 6 Surf Lifesaving Excursion
Yr 1 & 2 Swimming

Friday 26 February 
NISSA Gala Day
Yr 1 & 2 Swimming

Monday 1 March
Assembly 2.20pm

1-5 March
Year 6 Canberra Trip

Wednesday 3 March
Ditto Show

Thursday 4 March
Prep Incursion

 

Principal’s Tours are back!

Principal Tours We have good news! Our popular Principal Tours begin next month. For families who are interested in enrolling their child in Prep or …

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Principal’s Tours are back!

Principal Tours

We have good news! Our popular Principal Tours begin next month.

For families who are interested in enrolling their child in Prep or other year levels at Grace in 2022 and would  like a tour of our school, our Principal, Mrs Trudy Moala, will be showing families around our school on

  • Thursday 4 March at 5.30pm
  • Tuesday 23 March at 5.30pm
  • Thursday 29 April at 9am
  • Tuesday 18 May 5.30pm
  • Thursday 15 July at 9am
  • Tuesday 17 August at 5.30pm
  • Thursday 9 September at 9am

If you have any further questions regarding enrolment for your child in 2022 or beyond, please don’t hesitate to contact us.  If you wish to attend our March tours or one of the other dates listed, please RSVP by calling 3283 0011 or via email (enrol@glps.qld.edu.au).

Mrs Melissa Johnson, Enrolments Registrar
enrol@glps.qld.edu.au

Sport News

NISSA Swimming Meet On Friday the 12 February, Grace Primary took 22 students to Genesis Aquatic Centre for the NISSA Swimming Meet. We had a …

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NISSA Swimming Meet

On Friday the 12 February, Grace Primary took 22 students to Genesis Aquatic Centre for the NISSA Swimming Meet. We had a very fun and successful afternoon coming away with big smiles and the percentage trophy for the third year running. Well done to our fantastic Grace Swimmers.

District Swimming Carnival

On Wednesday 17 February, 20 Grace students travelled to Burpengary Regional Aquatic Centre for the District Swimming Carnival.  We had a fantastic day with some great results, lots of students walked away with proud new personal bests and the whole team went away with the district shield for the 2nd year running.
A special congratulations to all students who placed in various events across the day.

Well done to:

  • Macey L – awarded age champion U12 girls
  • Hunter L – runner-up age champion U12 Boys
  • Darcy M – runner-up age champion U11 Boys
  • Alia d – runner-up age champion U11 Girls
  • Maddox P – runner-up age champion U10 Boys

Congratulations to the whole team who represented Grace Primary so well at this event. Good luck to our swimmers at the Regional trials on  3 March.

Running Club

The Grace Running Club is starting back up on Wednesday and Friday mornings at Pelican park. Open to all students in Years 3-6, come down for a run along the water at the beautiful Pelican Park, a great way for our students to start their day.

NISSA Gala Day

On Friday 26 February our Years 4-6 students will have their first NISSA Gala Day, travelling to various locations to play Basketball, Touch Football or Tee-ball, our students are in for a great day. Information will be available on Parent Lounge this week.

GLPS Netball

Grace Lutheran Primary School are looking for students (both boys and girls) turning 10 – 12 who want to participate in a full Netball season at Redcliffe Leagues Netball Association. Training will be on Wednesday afternoons (4-5pm) and games are played on Saturday mornings.   Mrs Porter and Miss Tobler we are excited to see this sport grow at Grace Primary in 2021. For more information please refer to the homenote on Parent  Lounge.

Surf Lifesaving

Over the past three weeks our Years 4-6 students have been involved in a brand-new surf lifesaving program run for a full day down at Suttons beach, Redcliffe. Students enjoyed activities both in and out of the water while learning important beach and water safety skills.


Mr Denny
Director of PE & Sport