From the Principal

When I speak with most Principals of schools if you ask them how they are, they always answer ‘busy’. Schools are very busy places and these past 2 weeks have been an example of that. Last week we were blessed with the most beautiful ANZAC Service I think I’ve ever attended in a Primary School. The band organised by Mrs L played Abide with Me and the National Anthem and when Hunter playing the Last Post and Revelry, it was an emotional time. Chloe and Hunter sharing their stories of when they visited the War Memorial in Canberra was a highlight. On Sunday, Hunter and Bodhi played the Last Post and Revelry at Pilpel Express and I had several people come over to me to thank the boys for their wonderful efforts.

On Friday we enjoyed our Cross Country Carnival organised by Mr Denny and Mrs Marks and it was a fantastic event filled with joy and laughter even though some of the students found the track long and tough!

On Tuesday evening we had our Story Night with staff in pajamas and children also looking warm and comfortable in their PJs too. Staff read stories to over 80 children who attended and it was a lovely, friendly community event.

On Wednesday this week, we had our Non State School Board Accreditation meeting on site. Visiting our school were representatives from Lutheran Education Queensland, Good News Lutheran School at Middle Park, a Head of Primary from an external school which was Genesis Christian College, two parent representatives and our Chairman of Council. Four senior staff members did presentations about our school including our teaching and learning programs, our safety programs in terms of child safety and ensuring all who are on site are compliant with government regulations, our financial sustainability and our governance procedures and our staffing levels and facilities. I was again very proud of our school during this meeting and we received strong endorsement for our programs.

As I write this I have just concluded a Principal’s Tour for people looking at our school for enrolment. Three families immediately enrolled at the conclusion of the tour! And as I type now, I can hear the Twilight Carnival preparations occurring.

So if you ask me this week how I am, please be prepared for the answer – ‘BUSY’ (but loving our little school and all it has to offer!)

Trudy Moala
Principal

 

Twilight Carnival

Twilight Carnival – 30 April Our Twilight Carnival is finally here. ONE MORE SLEEP We are all looking forward to tomorrow’s Twilight Carnival. Please the …

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Twilight Carnival

Twilight Carnival – 30 April

Our Twilight Carnival is finally here.

ONE MORE SLEEP

We are all looking forward to tomorrow’s Twilight Carnival. Please the below information on the main stage performances, the list of our fabulous Cent Auction Prize list and the site map so you don’t miss out on anything. The announcement of the Cent Auction winners will be at 6.30pm followed by the ‘Opera on the Green’, then we finish off the evening with a spectacular fireworks display.

If your child is performing. please check SeeSaw for performance details including meeting points and what to wear.

Remember not to miss the our teachers getting Super Soaked during the carnival. Here is the schedule.

We also will have ATM machines available, along with EFTPOS available at each stall.

Please come along and support our carnival, it’s going to be a spectacular event.

All funds will go directly to our Pool Project.

CENT AUCTION
We are so lucky to have amazing businesses supporting our carnival. Please visit the Hall to purchase your lucky ticket. Here is the list of our Cent Auction prizes.

 

SITE MAP


Karen Misso & Jessika Cameron
Marketing and Events

Mother’s Day Stall

Mother’s Day Stall – THURSDAY 6th & FRIDAY 7th May The Mother’s Day stall is an exciting time of year for our students, giving them …

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Mother’s Day Stall

Mother’s Day Stall – THURSDAY 6th & FRIDAY 7th May

The Mother’s Day stall is an exciting time of year for our students, giving them the opportunity to purchase from a variety of thoughtful gifts for all our wonderful Mums, Grandmas or that special someone.

Gifts will range in price from $2 to $10. Please send money to school in a named envelope and a named bag to transport gifts safely home.  Students will visit the stall in their classtime either on the Thursday or Friday.

If you are able to help out at the stall on Thursday or Friday, please come to Reception to register.

All money raised will go towards our Pool Fund, so your support of the stall is valued and appreciated.

Mothers’ Night Out

Mothers’ Night Out It is with pleasure that I send you this invitation on behalf of Mrs Moala inviting all our Grace Mums to our …

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Mothers’ Night Out

Mothers’ Night Out

It is with pleasure that I send you this invitation on behalf of Mrs Moala inviting all our Grace Mums to our wonderful Mothers’ Night Out which is being held on Thursday 6 May from 6:00pm – 9:00pm at The Belvedere Hotel.  Raffles and Lucky Door prizes will be drawn on the night with all proceeds from this fundraising event going towards our Grace Primary Pool Project.

Tickets cost $40 per person and include a glass of bubbly on arrival and canapes will be served throughout the night.  Please click here  to purchase tickets through our GLPS Shop on the website.

For more information or for any questions about this event, please contact Reception on 3283 0011.

Naplan

NAPLAN 2021 This year our Year 3 and Year 5 students will be completing their NAPLAN assessments online, except for Year 3 Writing which will …

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NAPLAN 2021

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 Coming Up At GLPS

Upcoming Events Friday 30 April – Twilight Carnival 3.30 – 7.30pm.  Fireworks at 7.30pm Monday 3 May – Labor Day Public Holiday Tuesday 4 May …

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What’s Coming Up At GLPS

Upcoming Events

Friday 30 April – Twilight Carnival 3.30 – 7.30pm.  Fireworks at 7.30pm

Monday 3 May – Labor Day Public Holiday

Tuesday 4 May – Catch Up Photo Day

Thursday 6 May –
District Cross Country
Mother’s Day Stall

Thursday 6 May – Mothers’ Night Out at the Bell. Hosted by Mrs Moala. Book your tickets here: https://www.graceprimary.qld.edu.au/product-category/events/

Friday 7 May –
Mother’s Day Stall
Year 2 Excursion
NISSA Cross Country

Sunday 16 May – Grace 50th Together with Service at GLC Chapel 9am