In this issue
From the Principal
Book Week and reading at Primary School
Of all the skills taught and learnt at a Primary School, reading must be the most powerful. Even to do mathematics or any other subject area, often reading is required to do the task. When I taught Prep many years ago, one of the most exciting moments for a teacher is when students work out words for themselves and the teacher knows, a whole new world is now open for them from that moment.
At Grace we have a dedicated literacy time daily from Prep to Year 6. We use a program called Daily 5 where the students are taught independence in learning by choosing some of their own reading material and also the activity they will do each day. From spelling or word work, to writing, to reading to self or reading to others, there is a variety of activities to promote quality literacy instruction. The teachers work with small groups of students so the instruction is relevant to the children’s ability level and often this is different for a variety of groups in the class. They also keep detailed data on the students’ progression and there is even a data wall in one of our office areas where students are plotted in their reading and spelling from Pre-Prep skills to past Year 9 skills. One teacher this week is so excited by her students’ progress, she is going in daily to update the data wall due to the progress the students are making.
After a child’s world is opened to reading, the next best time in a Primary School is finding a student who cannot take his or her nose out of a book. I see these students in the playground, in their classroom and even when waiting for their parents to be picked up after school. I hear parents say that their children have found a particular series of books and they read everything they can find by a particular author.
In our world, UNESCO data records there are still 773 million people who cannot read. In Australia we are blessed that our country sees literacy and numeracy and a general education important and that the majority of our population can read. Next week is book week and as we dust off our costumes for the book week parade on Thursday and get ready for exciting activities through the week, I hope all parents might take the opportunity to read with their child from Prep to Year 6 – it is a delightful thing to do and it will encourage every child to develop a love of reading.
A few reminders
A friendly reminder to parents that if you are not returning to Grace in 2022, 90 days’ notice is required of your intention to leave or a term’s fees will be charged to your family. For students in Prep this year, the notice has changed to a full term’s notice so please note this as term four is coming soon. Notice is required because it helps with our staffing levels to ensure that we have the correct amount of teachers and teacher aides employed for every school year. Enrolments are again very strong in 2022 and it is anticipated there will be growth in every year level so we look forward to welcoming many new students as well as our current community of students back next year.
Celebrating 50 Years – Gala Dinner
Book Your Tickets Online Today Our 50th Anniversary Gala Dinner on Saturday 23 October is shaping up to be an amazing night – one not …
Celebrating 50 Years – Gala Dinner
Book Your Tickets Online Today
Our 50th Anniversary Gala Dinner on Saturday 23 October is shaping up to be an amazing night – one not to be missed! Make sure you book your tickets and organise your group for a table of 10 to avoid disappointment as it will be a capped event. Individual tickets and table bookings are available NOW for purchase online here.
Here is the latest on GLPS event changes:
Back to Grace Evening 20 August – POSTPONED to 2022
Character Dress Up Day & Parade 26 August – Going ahead unless notified otherwise. No parents allowed.
Father’s Day Stall 2 & 3 September – Stall will open for students only, supervised by Teachers
Father’s Day Event 3 September – CANCELLED FOR 2021
Gala Dinner 23 October – Event will take place as planned unless notified otherwise
Dance Eisteddfod 26 October – TBC closer to the date
Carols on the Green 3 December – CANCELLED FOR 2021
For any questions about our school events please email email@example.com
Karen Misso & Jessika Cameron
Marketing and Events
Father’s Day Raffle & Stall
Fathers’ Day Raffle @ Grace Primary Have you bought your tickets yet? Tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5 Tickets on sale now until …
Father’s Day Raffle & Stall
Fathers’ Day Raffle @ Grace Primary
Have you bought your tickets yet?
Tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5
Tickets on sale now until 10am Friday 3 September, via our school’s online shop
All funds raised go towards our school pool project.
Remington Barbers Best Hair Clipper valued at $80.00 – Proudly donated by Harvey Norman Rothwell
– Sennheiser HD 4.40BT Wireless Headphones valued at $200.00 – Proudly donated by Cellnet
– Wave Portable Speaker Outdoor Series III valued at $240.00 – Proudly donated by Cellnet
– Tommy Guns Hamper valued at $150.00 – Proudly donated by Tommy Guns
– 3 x Rebel Packs including Adidas Soccer Ball, Steeden Football & Water Bottle valued at $45.00 – Proudly donated by Rebel Sports
Father’s Day Stall – Thursday 3 & Friday
Book Week Character Dress Up Day – Thursday 26 August Are you ready for Character Dress Up Day next week. Children can dress up as …
Book Week Character Dress Up Day – Thursday 26 August
Are you ready for Character Dress Up Day next week. Children can dress up as a character from their favourite book. Please ensure that children have appropriate foot wear and a change of clothes, if costumes will inhibit normal school activities.
Looking forward to seeing everyone’s fabulous costumes.
Winners of the Animal Photography Competition
Congratulations to our Year 6 leaders Harriet, Annabel, Isaac, Caitlin & Sarah, on running a fantastic and successful competition to raise funds for our school pool project.
Our leaders were so excited to receive each and every entry and are very proud to announce that together, our students raised a total of $454 to go towards our pool project.
The finalist for each category were chosen by our Year 6 leaders and the winners of each category were chosen by our staff. Mrs Moala then selected our Grand Champion out of the winners.
Thank you to all who entered and participated and congratulations to our lucky winners.
All photos are displayed in the Library including the finalists, winners and grand champion.
Charis Coffee Shop
Did you know we have a Coffee Shop on site at Grace Primary. Charis is open each weekday 7-9am. Stop in and get a great coffee and a hot chocolate for your little one at school drop off.
BAYSIDE COMMUNITY CARE – Food Hampers
Our focus for Chapel offering this term is the Bayside Community Care. BCC is run by Grace Lutheran Church volunteers who make up hampers for families needing support in the Redcliffe area.
From Monday 23 August – Thursday 9 September (Weeks 7-9), each class will be given a basket to fill with specific hamper items.
PLEASE ONLY bring in the follow food items to fill the classroom baskets. It is really helpful if the items have been newly purchased to ensure that the ‘use by date’ does not expire within a short time.
The HAMPER ITEMS are:
Students can also donate a gold coin so that perishable items (bread, margarine and butter) can be purchased to ensure that the hampers are complete and ready with fresh items.
YOUR help to support this valuable and needs service is greatly appreciated.
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 fines can be issued for offending drivers.
When crossing Maine Road, please always use the marked crossing in front of the school. The crossing is supervised from 7:55—8:40am and 2:45—3:15pm each school day. Please note the School Zone on Maine Road operates 7- 9am and 2 – 4pm each school day. The speed limit through a School Zone is 40km/hr.
Bread of life… Do you like the smell of freshly baked bread? There is something about bread, and it’s not just that is a food …
Bread of life…
Do you like the smell of freshly baked bread? There is something about bread, and it’s not just that is a food product most of us have. Bread can help us reflect on life, and to share life lessons with our children and families (even in these COVID times).
Bread can provide the basis for a healthy and simple meal. It’s not to difficult to make a healthy sandwich. Bread reminds us that life is meant to be simple.
Bread is the basis of many people’s daily food intake (hence flour being distributed to countries with food shortages). And just as in many Asian languages the word for “rice” can substitute for “food” in general, so “bread” can stand for the sum-total of nutrition. “Give us today our daily bread” is a prayer for food. Bread reminds us of what people need to live each day, and a call to care for people in need.
Bread in the ancient world was a shared meal. Most often a large loaf was at the centre of a table from which guests would break off portions. At dinner, literally “all shared in the one loaf”. They “broke bread” together. Bread reminds us that life is meant to be shared with others with bonds of peace.
In the ancient world, bread was shared at table, and it was shared across society. It is a food that can be shared by royalty and the poor. Expensive food indicates our economic status. But not bread. Bread is everyone’s food. Bread reminds us of our common humanity.
Bread in the Bible is a symbol of hospitality. Guest were received with bread, and bread is a sign of friendship and community. Bread reminds us of the call to connect and care for others.
Bread and Jesus are a thing. Jesus was born in Bethlehem. This name means “House of Bread”. At Jesus’ birth Mary’s prayer was that her son would bring food to the hungry (Luke 1:53). Jesus did this with His prayer for daily bread (The Lord’s Prayer), the bread with which He fed more than 5000 people in the wilderness, through to the bread which He broke saying, “Take and eat, this is My body which is for you.”
During the COVID-19 crisis, social media has seen an explosion of home-baked sourdough, oven-fresh dinner rolls, and bouncy cinnamon scrolls. And the COVID-19 pandemic has forced many of us to learn to live in places we had spent precious little time in before—our homes. And we baked bread. And it was good.
There is much going on in our world, and possibly in our lives, that make us hunger for peace and justice and righteousness. In the Gospel Reading which most Christians around the world will hear this weekend, Jesus says (John 6:57-58), “Those who make a meal of Me live because of Me. This is the Bread from heaven. Whoever eats this Bread will live always.”
The great thing most of us enjoy is not having our daily diets limited to bread. But Jesus reflection on ‘bread’ reminds us that we need sustenance in our inner being. Jesus is a ‘living bread’. Jesus has the words of eternal life. May you know the strength for your inner being on feeding on this bread that is true.
Together in Christ,
LYQ SPRING CAMPS – September Holidays
Years 3 – 6 Junior Springboard Camp – 22 – 24 September at Luther Heights Youth Camp.
Jump into camp with Springboard! Join us at our Luther Heights Youth Camp for a three-day adventure-packed camp these spring holidays. Climb, launch and fly your way through our outdoor high-adventure activities during the day, relax at the beach in the afternoon, and chill out with friends and God in the evening.
For more information please click here..
Years 7 – 12 CQ Christian Life Week – 27 September – 1 October at Boyne Island Environment Education Centre.
Christian Life Week (CLW) is a five day camp for high school aged students that is centered on an unforgettable experience of faith, friendship and fun.
Each camp program contains worship, small groups, games, various activities and personal challenges.
For more information go to their website here.
Subsidies Available to help your Child to attend LYQ camps
If you need financial help to send your children to these fabulous camps, please don’t let finances be the reason your children miss out this year. There is funding support available. Click on the links for the applications. LLL Camping Ministry Fund and Buchholz Scholarship Fund.
You can also request via the Grace Lutheran Church congregation subsidy code from the Church Office at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dates for your Diary
Dates for your Diary – subject to change Thursday 19 August – No Chapel in the Hall – online for students Friday 20 August – …
Dates for your Diary
Dates for your Diary – subject to change
Thursday 19 August – No Chapel in the Hall – online for students
Friday 20 August – Running Club & Clean Up Crew cancelled, ‘Back to Grace’ evening – postponed to 2022
Thursday 26 August – Character Dress Up Day
Friday 27 August – Year 4-6 NISSA Gala Day, Running Club 7.30am, Clean Up Crew 7.30am
Monday 30 August – No assembly in the Hall – online for students
Thursday 2 September – Father’s Day Stall
Friday 3 September –
Father’s Day Stall (students only)
Father’s Breakfast event cancelled
Year 1 camp
Year 5 Camp – 6-8 Sept
Year 3 camp – 8-10 Sept
Last Day of Term 3 – 17 September
Sport is Back! The state government has announced the recommencement of community and inter-school sport. What this means for sports at Grace: Extracurricular sport to …
Sport is Back!
The state government has announced the recommencement of community and inter-school sport. What this means for sports at Grace:
- Extracurricular sport to resume – Running club will resume on Friday the 27 of August.
- The NISSA Gala day being held on the 27 of August will go ahead as planned.
- District Athletics – is still not confirmed if this event will take place as the state and regional carnivals have been cancelled but I will keep the relevant parents updated.
- Netball – Primary School Cup – Grace is entering a team into the QLD Netball primary schools cup. An email has been sent home to NISSA netball families this week.
There are sign days for a number of sporting teams around the Peninsular. Please see below.
Director of PE & Sport