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Celebrating 50 Years
Celebrating 50 Years of Grace Primary
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From the Principal
And the rain came down It has been such a blessing to see the rain over the past few days and a parent said to …
From the Principal
And the rain came down
It has been such a blessing to see the rain over the past few days and a parent said to me whilst I was on gate duty that it is expected to remain inclement for the next month. Let’s pray the rain falls in some of the areas which are drought affected to help our farmers. There are some things you can do as a parent to really help with your children arriving and leaving school.
Umbrellas whilst great fun for children are actually really dangerous when the children are coming in or out of school. In the afternoon, we clear 400 students in 10 minutes so a child putting up and down an umbrella in small areas can put others at risk. Please could you not send umbrellas to school? All paths and classroom entries are covered so there is no need for an umbrella unless you want to bring one in to cover your child as you move to and from your car. Supervised by an adult, umbrellas are terrific. Used by a young child, they are very dangerous.
- Afternoon supervision
When it is raining, we keep the children in the undercover area near the tuckshop. We love parents chatting to each other and staying at school for a while to catch up with each other after school but again, please be mindful that a staff member is trying to keep upwards of 200 students safe and settled. If you have collected your child please move away from the supervision area and keep your child close to you. Please do not start making arrangements with a parent of a child who is not collected because it is the staff member’s duty to ensure that every child is collected safely. Your support in this supervision will ensure that every child is safe, collected by the correct person and that children do not become anxious or unsettled.
I appreciate all parents who ensure the safe entry and exit of their children each day. It is a joy to see you all collecting your children and having some time together. At Grace we love community so we encourage you to stay as closely connected as you can with each other, again for the benefit of your children.
Twilight Carnival – 6 weeks to go!
2021 is a Twilight Carnival Year! To make this event super special and a big success, we are asking all our families to consider helping …
Twilight Carnival – 6 weeks to go!
2021 is a Twilight Carnival Year!
To make this event super special and a big success, 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
RIDE ARM BANDS
There will be lots of fun rides including Round Up, Super Slide, Cup & Saucer, Lion Safari Bouncer Jumping Castle, Cha Cha and a mystery ride. Carnival ride armbands are on sale now via our School Shop. Please click here to purchase arm bands.
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
SAUSAGE SIZZLE LAST WEEK OF TERM POOL FUNDRAISING PROJECT – 30 March Splash in for a yummy meal deal offer in our last week of …
SAUSAGE SIZZLE LAST WEEK OF TERM POOL FUNDRAISING PROJECT – 30 March
Splash in for a yummy meal deal offer in our last week of term 1 to help raise funds for our Pool Project.
Pricing $5 for sausage sizzle and a popper. Tuesday 30 March 2021.
Order online NOW via our school shop by Friday 26 March.
Subway Day – Wednesday 31 March
Year 6 Canberra Trip
Year 6 Canberra Trip What an adventure for Year 6 to travel on a plane with friends to our nation’s capital – CANBERRA! On March …
Year 6 Canberra Trip
Year 6 Canberra Trip
What an adventure for Year 6 to travel on a plane with friends to our nation’s capital – CANBERRA! On March 1st, Year 6 were up early and ready to take the very well-known trip of discovering all things to do with our government unit. They had a fantastic time visiting Parliament House, Government House, War memorial, museums, Questacon and the Royal Australian Mint. All these places were of great value in our learning. But let’s not forget, we also visited AIS (Australian Institute of Sports), National Arboretum to roll down the hill and rocking climbing – a chance for them to unwind (well wind up) and let their hair down. One our many highlights was meeting our local MP-Luke Howarth who took us on a behind the scenes tour of Parliament House and we sat in a room called the Government Party Room. A once in a lifetime opportunity to visit our capital with our friends and experience what it has to offer.
I liked Questacon and enjoyed all the activities and I even got to take a selfie with Mars. – Hunter
AIS as there was a skeleton run and skiing and lots of other cool sports – Joshua
Parliament House as we got to sit in seats that the MP’s have sat in before – Zack
Government house was very interesting because we got to learn a lot about Australian government and awards. I was also very fortunate and an unlikely privilege to play their piano. – Cruz
The war memorial because it teaches us about our history, and we could pay respect for people that put their lives on the line. – Brodi and Alex
We would like to thank the Australian Government for the Civics and Citizenship Education Rebate (PACER) of $4,590 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.
Parent Teacher Conferences and Naplan
Term 1 Reporting Conferences – Booking Arrangements Parents and teachers will soon be coming together for Term 1 Reporting Conferences. Conference dates are Tuesday 30 …
Parent Teacher Conferences and Naplan
Term 1 Reporting Conferences – Booking Arrangements
Parents and teachers will soon be coming together for Term 1 Reporting Conferences. Conference dates are Tuesday 30 March (3:30 – 7:00pm) and Thursday 1 April (8:00am – 1:00pm). Thursday 1 April is a Student Free Day and is the first day of students’ school holidays.
All families are expected to make an appointment with their child’s class teacher, if they would like to get an update on how their child is progressing particularly in the areas of English and Mathematics.
Parents may also make additional appointments with their child’s specialist teachers (PE, Japanese, STEM and Performing Arts) to discuss their progress in those subject areas.
Class Teachers will hold their conferences in their classrooms, while Specialist Teachers will hold their conferences in the library.
Appointments for conferences need to be make online via Parent Lounge. The online booking system is now open for parents, although this will close on Monday 29 March at 10:00pm.
If appointments with the teacher you are requesting are fully booked, please contact the teacher directly to make an alternative time.
Instructions on how to book conferences through Parent Lounge have been uploaded to Seesaw.
This year our Year 3 and Year 5 students will be completing their NAPLAN assessments online, except for Year 3 Writing which will be handwritten (national approach). The online platform not only makes the assessment more accessible and engaging for many learners, but it includes tailored (adaptive) testing. This allows for questions to cater to a wider range of student abilities. Students should not be concerned if they find questions more challenging than usual, as they may be taking a more complex test pathway as that is what is best suited for them. We want our students to approach challenges with a growth mindset.
For more information about NAPLAN Online, please refer to this brochure for families that is published by ACARA (Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority).
If you would like to see what the online testing experience will be like, you can visit the Public Demonstration Site. The site includes tests that will help familiarise parents, teachers, and students to the type of questions and functionalities available for the online assessments. Some key features include a range of question types, onscreen tools, times and interactive navigation. Students are encouraged to try all to tests for their year level to practice the complete range of question formats available.
Our Year 3 and 5 students will complete the assessments in their classroom with their class teacher. Year 3 students will use school provided iPads and keyboards but will use their own headphones for the assessments. Year 5 students will use their own iPad, keyboard and headphones.
School devices and Year 5 student iPads have had the NAPLAN Locked Down Browser deployed. This is the platform that will be used for this assessment. It is recommended that students do not open the NAPLAN Locked Down Browser app until they are sitting a test, as the browser will lock the iPad from accessing other apps and you will not be able to close the app once it is open. Students won’t be able to log into a test, but it will still block them from using their iPad for anything else. If a child does open the app, they can bring their iPad to their child’s class teacher or Mrs Jasmine Deighton so that the problem can be rectified.
Next Thursday 25 March, our Year 3 and 5 students will participate in a practice test. This test is designed to help students become more familiar with the testing platform. Students will practice for the Writing Test (handwritten for Year 3 and online for Year 5) and an Omnibus (a test that includes some Reading, Conventions of Language and Numeracy questions). In class, teachers are developing testing skills and strategies for students, while building a positive attitude to challenges that are presented and will continue to do so as the year progresses.
All students in Years 1 – 6 now have a Typing Tournament subscription. This allows students to access Typing Tournament to build their typing skills. This is essential skill for our students. Year 5 students in particular are encouraged to practice their typing to help improve their typing skills in preparation for the Writing assessment. We want our learners to have the typing ability so that they are able to demonstrate their brilliant ideas and writing skills through typed text. Regular practice is occurring at school, but some further consolidation at home would be beneficial. If you don’t have your child’s Typing Tournament (EdAlive) username and password, please check Seesaw or ask your child’s class teacher.
NAPLAN testing occurs in May. Please find below the Testing Schedule for our school.
Tuesday 11 May
Year 3 Writing 8:45am start
Year 5 Writing 8:45am start
Wednesday 12 May
Year 3 Reading 8:45am start
Year 5 Reading 11:15am start
Catch Up Session 1 (for students that were absent for previous tests)
Thursday 13 May
Year 3 Conventions of Language 8:45am start
Year 5 Conventions of Language 11:15am start
Catch Up Session 2
Monday 17 May
Year 3 Numeracy 8:45am start
Year 5 Numeracy 11:15am start
Catch Up Session 3
Tuesday 18 May
Catch Up Session 4
If parents would like to discuss their child’s participation or learning needs for the assessments, they are encouraged discuss this with their child’s class teacher, Mr Michael Catchlove (Learning Support Coordinator) or Mrs Jasmine Deighton (Deputy Principal – Teaching & Learning).
Mrs Jasmine Deighton, Deputy Principal – Teaching & Learning
What’s next? Who has memories of ‘living in the 70s’? Can you remember ‘burnt orange’ coloured clothes, velvet crush shirts, Holden Kingswoods, and many other …
Who has memories of ‘living in the 70s’? Can you remember ‘burnt orange’ coloured clothes, velvet crush shirts, Holden Kingswoods, and many other things? In 1974 Australian Music Group ‘Skyhooks’ released their iconic Album ‘Living in the 70s’ which included a single of the same name. What do you know about the 1970s?
I recently looked at the top 25 singles released in Australia in 1971 (the year when Grace Lutheran Primary School was established) and I was glad to see there were only a few songs I could remember being released. But add a few years (for example 1978) I can remember all of the top 25 songs being released.
So many things have changed since the 1970s. I am personally grateful for the incredible leap in medical care since that time. I appreciate cars are better (albeit without the same classic look). Music has changed. Education has changed. Houses have changed. Churches have changed. Many things are different. But underneath it all, there are still fundamentals that will never change. The wisdom is understanding the enduring and everlasting that underpins such things, and also recognising that which is transient and can change.
Parenting (and thus being a child) has also changed since the 1970s. The big one for me is parenting in the age of social media. This is such a big topic, and many books and seminars have been devoted to this. Some may approach this in terms of ‘How much screen time?’ But it’s not only how much one watches, but what one engages with, and how one engages with this. Living in the 2020s has many blessings, but it also has its challenges.
In a world of change, one of the things I am incredibly grateful for is the constancy of God’s presence and love in my life. Everyone makes mistakes. Everyone experiences challenges. Everyone experiences change. The Bible says, “The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; His mercies never come to an end” (Lamentations 3:22). Hebrews 13:8 tells us that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” And because Jesus is the same, we know His love for us doesn’t change either.
Sometimes change can bring great blessing to our lives. Sometimes necessary change can be challenging. Sometimes change can be a painful. Just before His death Jesus said, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit” (John 12:23-24). Jesus went through death for us to bring about an amazing gift of forgiveness (that can bring light into the darkest of situations). And He rose from the dead to bring about an amazing gift of life.
One of the best things about life is that tomorrow doesn’t have to be the same as today. You have the capacity to learn new habits, get rid of unwanted ones, identify what’s holding you back, and do something about it. And know that no matter how much you (or others) may fall short in life, God’s love for you never changes. He never gives up on anyone.
C. S. Lewis said, “Though our feelings come and go, God’s love for us does not.” Take comfort in God’s love for you. May His love fill your heart.
May God bless you today.
What’s Coming Up At GLPS
Upcoming Events Monday 22 March – Free Day, wear orange for National Day of Action Against Bullying Tuesday 23 March – Principal Tour 5.30pm Thursday …
What’s Coming Up At GLPS
Monday 22 March – Free Day, wear orange for National Day of Action Against Bullying
Tuesday 23 March – Principal Tour 5.30pm
Thursday 25 March – Chapel 2.20pm
Friday 26 March- NISSA Sport Gala Day
Subway Meal Deal for March 31 closes today
Sausage Sizzle Meal Deal for March 30 closes today
Monday 29 March – Assembly 2.20pm
Tuesday 30 March – Parent Teacher meeting (3:30 – 7:00pm)
Sausage Sizzle Meal Deal
Wednesday 31 March – Subway Day & Last day of Term 1
Thursday 1 April – Student Free Day and Parent Teacher meetings (8am – 1pm)
School Holidays 5 April – 16 April
Tuesday 20 April – School Photo Day