In this issue
Welcome to 2021
Welcome Back Grace Primary It’s been lovely to see those big smiles and the joy of laughter. Special welcome to our new families. Welcome to our New Staff and Returning Staff Welcome Mrs Williamson – Year 6 Teacher I am delighted to join the Grace team and look forward to teaching …
Welcome to 2021
Welcome Back Grace Primary
It’s been lovely to see those big smiles and the joy of laughter. Special welcome to our new families.
Welcome to our New Staff and Returning Staff
Welcome Mrs Williamson – Year 6 Teacher
I am delighted to join the Grace team and look forward to teaching in Year 6 providing them with many exciting opportunities to celebrate. This is an exciting year at Grace as we celebrate its 50th birthday and it’s going to be filled with amazing opportunities. Outside of the classroom, I love spending time with my husband and two young girls, camping, baking and sewing. I feel very blessed by the staff and students at Grace and look forward to building on those relationships.
Welcome Mrs Porter – Year 6 Teacher
I am so excited to be teaching here at Grace Lutheran Primary School. Being a Redcliffe girl, it feels great to be back on the Peninsula. This is my 6th year of teaching, and I’m ecstatic to continue teaching in the upper years. Outside of teaching, I’m an avid sports fan. I play, umpire and coach netball! I also thoroughly enjoy watching basketball, footy and cricket!
Welcome Mrs Dent-Fitzpatrick – Teacher Aide
I am very happy to be working as a Teacher Aide within such a wonderful school community this year. I bring with me many years’ experience working with youth who have learning difficulties and require extra support. I look forward to assisting students to move forward in their learning journeys. My favourite leisure activities include art and craft, music, gardening and sightseeing.
Welcome Mrs Mediratta – Prep Assistant
I am a new Prep Teacher Aide and I am super excited to be a part of the Grace team. Prior to this job, I worked as a lead educator with one of the C&K Early Childhood Centres. I love children and feel blessed to gain over 10 years of experience working with them. I believe it’s a very rewarding career to see students learn and flourish to reach their potential. Outside of work, I enjoy yoga, cooking, and spending time with my family and friends. I would like to say a big thank you to the Grace team for the warm welcome. I am so looking forward to assisting the teacher in creating an inspiring classroom for little confident learners.
Welcome Back Mrs Marks – PE Teacher
Hi wonderful Grace Community! Most of you would know me, but for those of you who don’t yet, I am Mrs Marks and this year I am teaching Physical Education to all students in Prep – Year 6. I am beyond excited for this new role as I am very passionate about sport and physical education. I have been on maternity leave for the past 20 months and I’m super excited to be back in the Grace Community once again. My family enjoys spending our weekends outdoors at the beach, parks, playgrounds or playing sports. Looking forward to an active and awesome 2021!
From the Principal
Welcome Back! What a fantastic start we have had to the 50th year of Grace Lutheran Primary School. It was a delight to have parents …
From the Principal
What a fantastic start we have had to the 50th year of Grace Lutheran Primary School. It was a delight to have parents free to access our site again this year and we hope that with continued diligence by our State and Federal Governments our Covid restrictions will be minimal this year. Parents, social distancing is required when you are on site and we warmly remind you of this protocol as we begin another school year.
Our largest Prep enrolment for many years has brought much joy and laughter to our campus. The students are already little sponges soaking up all school has to offer and we are grateful for their curious minds keeping us all alert too.
In 2021 we enrolled 27 new students from Years 1 – 6 and we welcome these families to our school community too. As we go around checking in on the students, all seemed to have settled well and are enjoying our friendly school community.
Our mission statement at Grace Lutheran Primary School is three words -:
“Engage, Educate, Excite.”
The work I see all staff do on a daily basis reflects these words and we continue to refine and improve programs to include this intent. Annually I challenge staff with a theme too and this year, to honour our 50th anniversary, our staff are “Celebrating the Opportunities” at Grace. We are respectful of our past but we also want to open our thinking to what each child’s potential is at Grace in terms of their social wellbeing and also their academic progress.
Last year, in our school satisfaction survey, the parent body told us that they like our sense of community, our outstanding teachers and the co-curricular offerings at Grace. Parents also told us that our iPad program needs reviewing and we will be doing this out of respect for the parent feedback and our need to ensure we are protecting our students but also growing their digital capabilities in this modern era.
I would like to thank all families for their support of our work at Grace and I look forward to a wonderful year of 50th anniversary celebrations as we explore our history, celebrate our achievements and then dream together what our school should be in the upcoming 50 years! We have many events planned and they are listed on our website so mark your diaries for some child focused, family focused and parent focused events throughout the year.
2 Peter 3:18 Grow in grace and the knowledge of our Lord.
From the Events Team
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 …
From the Events Team
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!
Only 3 Months away so we need you NOW!
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 email@example.com
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:
Face painting & crazy hair Prep
Chocolate Throw Year 1
Bake/Cake Stall Year 2
Gold & Glitter Shop Year 3
Plant stall Year 4
Lucky Dip & Jar Tombola Year 5
Candy Bar - lollies, fairy floss & popcorn Year 6
Surprise STEM Activity Mr Harper
Surprise Sport Activity Mrs Marks
Book Stall Mrs Stock & Grace Congregation
Eco Aware Mrs Deighton & Eco Marine Team
Cent Auction Mrs Moala & Administration Team
GLPS History/Information Display Mrs Johnson
Surf Life Saving Queensland SLQ
‘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:
Cakes and slices and so on.
Mrs L is also working hard on an exciting stage program too. 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.
JOIN OUR PARENT REP TEAM FOR 2021!
We are in the process of allocating Parent Reps for our 2021 classes and would like to know if you would like to join our wonderful team. The people in this team really do end up bonding and having fun and it’s a lovely way to get to know the community and the school at a deeper level without a lot of responsibility or effort.
If you would like to be a part of this wonderful group, please email Karen Misso as soon as you can (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Thank you to all our wonderful Parent Reps from 2020- you were amazing!
WELCOME MORNING TEA
What a fantastic morning at Grace Primary! Thank you to all our prep & new families for coming along to our morning tea after dropping your children off on their first day here at Grace! Thank you also to our coffee shop ‘Charis’ for their fabulous coffee and friendly smiles. Welcome back to all families – we are looking forward to celebrating a very exciting year with you all!
CELEBRATING 50 GOLDEN YEARS OF GRACE LUTHERAN PRIMARY
We have some exciting events happening this year. We hope you can join us to celebrate.
Wednesday 17 March Heritage Day for Students
Friday 30 April @ 3.30-7.30pm Twilight Carnival ‘Gold & Glitter’ (Fete)
Thursday 6 May @ 7-9pm Golden Shimmer Mother’s Day Event
Sunday 16 May @ 9am Together with Service @ GLC Chapel
Saturday 24 July @ 7pm Glitzy Trivia Night
Monday 16 August Grace Birthday Party for Students
Friday 20 August @ 7-9pm Back to Grace Evening (Cocktail Party)
Friday 3 September @ 7.15-8.30am Golden Ticket Father’s Day Event
Saturday 23 October @ 7pm Gala Dinner @ Redcliffe Leagues Club
If you would like to be involved in the planning of the 50th celebrations, please email Karen Misso (email@example.com)
Karen Misso & Jessika Cameron
Marketing and Marketing
2022 Prep Info Night
What’s Coming Up At GLPS
Upcoming Events Friday 12 Feb Year 5 Surf Lifesaving Excursion Year 1 & 2 Swimming NISSA Swimming Carnival Monday 15 Feb Assembly & Year 6 …
What’s Coming Up At GLPS
Friday 12 Feb
Year 5 Surf Lifesaving Excursion
Year 1 & 2 Swimming
NISSA Swimming Carnival
Monday 15 Feb
Assembly & Year 6 Badge Presentation
Tuesday 16 Feb
Free Pancake Breakfast from 7.15 – 8.30am
Thursday 18 Feb
Prep 2022 Information Evening
Friday 19 Feb
Year 6 Surf Lifesaving Excursion
Welcome back to the Performing Arts Precinct! We are thrilled to be back and are delighted to see all our little artists commence their first …
Welcome back to the Performing Arts Precinct!
We are thrilled to be back and are delighted to see all our little artists commence their first lessons this week.
We wish to also welcome our new tutors commencing at GLPS and are blessed to have their expertise join our team of 15 teaching artists.
• Sarah Wagner – Piano
• Alanya Bridge – Piano
• Nick Keough – Percussion
• Angeline Wynter – Singing (as well as continuing drama and piano)
• Daniel Smith – Guitar
• Rebecca Willis – Dance
For the first time, we are offering exciting pre-prep programs including piano, dance and acro!
Pre-Prep Piano classes are group classes of up to 6 learners. Children learn the foundations of playing piano, singing songs, playing percussion and learning through music and movement. Learners attend classes with one supervising adult and are taught by one of our piano teachers.
Pre-Prep Dance is taught by our experienced early childhood dance teachers. Dancers participate in music and movement activities in a play-based setting. Pre-Prep Dancers participate in performances at our showcase events with our GLPS Dance Troupes.
Pre-Prep Acro is taught by our experienced early childhood dance teachers in our Performing Arts Space with gymnastics mats and aerogym tracks. Children participate in acro, gross motor and kinder-gym based activities in a play-based setting. Pre-Prep Acro is a skill based class and is a non-performing activity based upon skills, strength and fun.
To see further details and enrol into our pre-prep programs, please visit out handbook Performing Arts Handbook.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
Director of Performing Arts
Redcliffe District Sports Trials Our school is looking forward to an exciting year of sports excellence in 2021! Grace Primary is keen to have high …
Redcliffe District Sports Trials
Our school is looking forward to an exciting year of sports excellence in 2021! Grace Primary is keen to have high rates of participation in Sport at the District level this year. Your child’s passion for Sport and interest in engaging in sport competitions at this level in the Grace Sports program is encouraged and valued. If your child is 10-12 years of age in 2021 and is interested in trialing for a district team in one of the sports listed below, please refer to the note in Parent Lounge to complete the online expression of interest form.
Basketball, Softball, AFL, Netball, Rugby League, Hockey, Soccer
Rugby League, Tennis, Rugby Union, Touch Football, Rugby League, Cricket
Here is another link to the Sunshine Coast Regional Trials for any families interested in the Regional Trials.
Year 1 & 2 Swimming
Swimming lessons for Year 1 & 2 begin tomorrow at Grace Lutheran College and will concluded on 26 March. Year 1 & 2 parents please visit Parent Lounge to complete the permission form and for more information.
We are excited to start up the Grace Running Club once again in Week 2 on Wednesday and Friday mornings before school. This is a non-compulsory activity for all Years 3-6 students who are interested in developing their running skills and individual fitness level. Please complete the online permission form in Parent Lounge if your child is interested in joining this activity.
Redcliffe Hockey Club
Director of PE & Sport