In this issue
From the Principal
“Did you enjoy your holiday Mrs Moala?”
On my first day back at school this term, several students asked me if I enjoyed my holiday. For those who don’t know, I was on a 6 week sabbatical throughout the holidays and for the last 3 weeks of last term. During this time, I did walk each day in various places around our beautiful Peninsula but I also did some on-line study which I very much enjoyed. I was meant to go on a holiday but this was cancelled due to the lock down in Moreton LGA and to be honest, I really did not mind because I love staying home and enjoying my home and all our area has to offer. I also missed the families, staff and students of Grace so I was delighted to return to work on Monday, 12 July. Since then, I have done 10 enrolment interviews with 4 more students starting this week and the other 6 starting next year. (We had another 3 students start on day 1 of this term so it’s been a time of growth for Grace.) Grace is growing and I appreciate parents sharing their journey with other families as the majority of families when I ask them “Why Grace Lutheran Primary School” say to me it is because they have heard such good things about the school from families who are already enrolled here.
EARLY LEARNING CENTRE 2022
Tenders are out for the Grace Lutheran Early Learning Centre and the building program is expected to begin in August or early September this year. This means the vacant block of land adjacent to our school will no longer be available for parking. The Early Learning Centre is anticipated to open in February, 2022 and we will accept wait list enrolments from November this year. (More details to come). The Early Learning Centre will be licensed to enroll children from 2 to 5 years of age and will be a long day care centre with a full Kindy program for the 4 – 5 year old children. Performing Arts, Japanese and elements of our sporting program will begin in the Early Learning Centre and it will be an ideal start of a child’s Grace journey into the Prep program in the Primary School. The children of the Early Learning Centre will have access to Library and Chapel services in our school too. Although it’s been a long journey of approvals, we are in early days of planning so I can answer any questions you may have but I do not have a specific start date yet – as soon as I do – of course I will let you know as I know many of you are keen to have your children in a school with younger siblings in an on-site Early Learning Centre.
GRACE OUT OF SCHOOL HOURS CARE
The license for our GOSHC has been extended to cater for 150 children each day. Over the holidays, (except for the 3 day lock down) over 90 children were enrolled each day. This is a huge growth area for the school and we know that the care the children receive in this centre is exemplary. I am grateful to the staff of GOSHC for their hard work over the holidays and every morning and afternoon too.
Over the holidays, Ms Sarah Webber resigned to move to a school closer to her home. Her replacement teacher is Mrs Deanne Wheeler who will commence work in this room on Monday, August 2. Mrs Marks is taking the class at the moment and Mr Denny is taking her PE teaching load until Mrs Wheeler can commence work at Grace.
Celebrating 50 Years – Upcoming Events
BACK TO GRACE EVENING – RSVP BY 6 AUGUST Our 50th Anniversary Back to Grace Cocktail Party on 20 August 7-9pm is shaping up to …
Celebrating 50 Years – Upcoming Events
BACK TO GRACE EVENING – RSVP BY 6 AUGUST
Our 50th Anniversary Back to Grace Cocktail Party on 20 August 7-9pm is shaping up to be a memorable evening for adults in our Grace community past and present with classrooms open, historical displays, a display of our upcoming Early Learning Centre in 2022, 50th merchandise for sale (including the 50th Anniversary Book), canapes provided and drinks available. Please rsvp by 6 August through scanning the QR code or via this link here.
Grace Lutheran Primary School’s 50th Gala Dinner
Tickets go on sale 25 July.
Event will be held at Dolphins – Redcliffe Leagues Club VIP Stadium, Cnr Klingner and Ashmole Roads, Redcliffeon 23 October.
Tickets $120 or Table of 10 $1200
3-course meal and drinks
Elegant Cocktail Attire
Tickets on sale Monday 26 July online via our school’s website here. Ticket sales close 20 September 2021
We are excited that our School Disco is almost here – Friday 13 August! A big thank you to the Caddy Family for once again being our DJs for the night. Due to covid restrictions, unfortunately no parents are allowed to enter the disco, however the event will be fully supervised by our teachers.
Tickets are $10 and are on sale until Monday 9 August. Please use this link to purchase your tickets. Limited places are available. Book early to avoid disappointment.
There are 3 disco sessions
Prep 3.15-4.15pm (teachers will take them from their classroom to the disco)
Years 1-3 5.30-6.30pm
Years 4-6 6.45-7.45pm
More details on the disco drop off and pick up process will be shared closer to the event.
For any questions about our school events please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Karen Misso & Jessika Cameron
Marketing and Events Team
What’s been happening at Grace
Brainstorm Productiions – Magic Words performance ‘Magic Words is a performance that inspires children to face life’s difficulties with kindness and compassion. Through song and …
What’s been happening at Grace
Brainstorm Productiions – Magic Words performance
‘Magic Words is a performance that inspires children to face life’s difficulties with kindness and compassion.
Through song and dance and drama, students learnt how manners and respect are celebrated around the world.
“Be respectful and be kind to each other. Speak nicely.” Charlie (Prep R)
“Never be unkind and say ‘Sorry’, ‘Please’ and ‘Thank-you”. Evie (1N)
“It’s nice to be nice to other people so they can be nice to you.” Bianca (2A)
“Never bully people and always use kind words”. Alexis (3H)
“You should always respect other people.” Summer (4J)
“Cyber bullying is wrong and you should report them and block them.” Ted (5N)
“It’s good to be respectful to others and use respectful words to them.” Matilda (5W)
“It’s good to say nice words to make people feel good.” Xzavier (6W)
Celebrating Naidoc Week
On Friday 16 July we had a whole day of special activities to celebrate Naidoc Week. We had a Smoking Ceremony, learned Aboriginal Dance, listened to Story Telling and had art lessons. The Junior school attended a Book ‘n’ Blanket, where Yr 3 students read them an Aboriginal story and then created MOONTHANGUDDI (Rainbow Serpent). Thank you to the amazing guests who lead such a brilliant day.
Eco-Marines are launching their first rubbish free Wednesday lunch. Get involved!
Charis Coffee Shop
is open every morning here at Grace Primary, if you are looking for a fabulous coffee.
Trivia Night Sponsor Thank you
Trivia Night We are very much looking forward to our Trivia Night coming up on Saturday. We would like to thank our sponsors and our …
Trivia Night Sponsor Thank you
We are very much looking forward to our Trivia Night coming up on Saturday. We would like to thank our sponsors and our wonderful Grace families for donating fabulous prizes for our auction and raffle. Special thanks to RSL, Focus Tennis Academy, Kindred and Redcliffe Leagues Club.
Messages from Mrs Deighton
ICAS Assessments – English & Mathematics Grace Lutheran Primary School will be offering families the opportunity to have their child/ren in Years 2 – 6 …
Messages from Mrs Deighton
ICAS Assessments – English & Mathematics
Grace Lutheran Primary School will be offering families the opportunity to have their child/ren in Years 2 – 6 sit the ICAS English and/or Mathematics Assessments. ICAS is developed by UNSW Global, a wholly owned subsidiary of UNSW Sydney, with 40 years’ experience in educational assessments.
ICAS is designed to target students’ higher-order thinking and problem-solving skills. The assessments are part of an annual competition that is designed to recognise academic excellence for high potential students. Questions are challenging and stretch beyond the year level standard for an international audience.
Assessments will be completed online at school for students whose families register for their child and pay the $17.05 fee for each assessment. For more information about ICAS Assessments and how to register your child, please refer to the letter has been uploaded to Parent Lounge and Seesaw. Any inquiries about ICAS assessments can be directed to Jasmine Deighton.
Allied Health Services at Grace Lutheran Primary School
Did you know we have Allied Health Services that visit Grace Lutheran Primary School.
Serena Pires from Confidence in Kids OT and her team of Occupational Therapists support students with fine motor, gross motor, coordination, dressing and personal care skills, as well as assessments.
Melinda Garred from Young Minds Psychology support with counselling through to Educational and Psychological Assessments
Ashli O’Halloran from OneStepTwoStep has just joined our Allied Health Team as a Speech Therapist, she can support with speech and language concerns and conduct Prep Speech Screening tests and Speech Assessments.
You can access the Allied Health referral information from the Parent Lounge. Please email your Speech Therapy and Young Minds Referrals to the email address provided on the documents and for Occupational Therapist please contact Serena directly by phone.
Deputy Principal – Teaching and Learning
Do not be afraid… At the time of writing this article many people in Victoria, New South Wales, and South Australia are in ‘lockdown’ due …
Do not be afraid…
At the time of writing this article many people in Victoria, New South Wales, and South Australia are in ‘lockdown’ due to COVID cases in the community. Some of you may have family who are affected. And there are many people who have not been able to see loved ones, or to be present at important occasions, who have been affected in some way.
Here in Queensland, we have been blessed to not experience lockdowns as other States in Australia. And we have not experienced the loss of life that has become almost normalised as in other countries. Yet we may have thoughts of ‘being afraid’, and not even knowing why.
One worldly philosopher once said (Friedrich Nietzsche), “Hope is the worst of evils, for it prolongs the torments of man.” But a Danish-American psychologist (Erik Erikson), had a very different view. He said, “Hope is both the earliest and the most indispensable virtue inherent in the state of being alive. If life is to be sustained, hope must remain, even where confidence is wounded, trust impaired.”
When it comes to responding with feelings of anxiety, we are fortunate that there are many available resources. For example, the Black Dog Institute Black Dog Institute and Beyond Blue has some helpful information Beyond Blue .
In the Holy Gospel for this Sunday in worship, which most Christians around the world will hear (John 6:1-21) there is the account of Jesus feeding the 5000, and walking on water. This may seem incredible (even impossible) to our ‘modern eyes’. Irrespective of your beliefs, there is a beautiful word Jesus says to His disciples when He approaches them on the boat. He said (John 6:20: “Don’t be afraid. I am here!”
Fear is the natural response to circumstances beyond our control. Perhaps the biopsy report shows there is cancer. You lost your job and there are bills to pay. Or, you kept your job and there are bills to pay. Whatever your circumstance, remember what Jesus said, “It is I; do not be afraid.”
If Jesus can walk on water in the midst of a storm, he can walk with you in the midst of your overwhelming problems. This doesn’t mean that Jesus will always change your circumstances. It does mean that when you see Him in your storm, faith will replace fear, resulting in peace.
In our world we think walking on water is impossible. But in our modern world, we have found a way to walk on water. It’s called barefoot water skiing. It only takes three things to barefoot water ski: a fast boat, a long rope and no brains! But Jesus carries us along the storms of life in far safer way. He Himself has gone through death to give us a precious gift of life. That is why the Bible may say:
“Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10).
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7).
May God bless you today in His love and care.
Together in Christ,
GLPS Athletics On Friday 11 June, we held the GLPS Senior Athletics Carnival at Langdon Park, Margate. This was an awesome day highlighting the amazing …
On Friday 11 June, we held the GLPS Senior Athletics Carnival at Langdon Park, Margate. This was an awesome day highlighting the amazing talented athletics in our school community and the outstanding sporting house spirit evident among our whole school. Thanks to all the parents who helped on the day, without your assistance these events are not possible, so we thank you immensely. Well done to all students, we are very proud of your achievements!
Congratulations to our Age Champions:
9 Years Zoe (Year 4) & Leo (Year 4)
10 Years Matilda (Year 5) & Micah (Year 5)
11 Years Amelia (Year 5) & Darcy M (Year 6)
12 Years Mackenzie (Year 6) & Cruz (Year 6)
House champions for the Athletics Carnival was Stradbroke.
The Grace Running Club is starting back up on 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 30 July our Years 4-6 students will have their first NISSA gala day for the second semester this year. Students will be travelling to various locations to play Soccer, Netball or Rugby 7’s our students are in for a great day. Information will be available on the parent lounge this week.
State Football (Soccer) Titles
Zach (Rear 6) is travelling to Toowoomba to play for the Sunshine Coast Regional Boys Football team at the State Titles. We are so proud of your achievements so far Zach and we wish you all the best for this next 4 days of football!
Director of PE & Sport