In this issue
From the Principal
When our staff gather in meetings at our school, we often share a short devotional. This week, Mrs Jasmine Deighton shared with us a reflection on the 50th anniversary of Grace Lutheran Primary School. She based her devotions on the scripture verse The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; …
From the Principal
When our staff gather in meetings at our school, we often share a short devotional. This week, Mrs Jasmine Deighton shared with us a reflection on the 50th anniversary of Grace Lutheran Primary School. She based her devotions on the scripture verse
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23 (ESV)
This verse is a wonderful reminder that, although the world around us may change, our God and his love never does. I have included below some photos of our school over the past 50 years. From its earliest and humblest beginnings to the vibrant, contemporary school we have now, our God has been faithful to our community throughout the years and He will continue to be with us as we progress into the next 50.
As we celebrate 50 years and look forward to 50 more, we are reminded that our God is a good God and his mercies never end. We can rest in the assurance of His love and forgiveness, His care and grace. On March 17 and 19, we are recreating a day in the life of a student in 1971 and all students will find out what it was like to sit in a desk and chair in lines rather than their flexible agile classrooms which are enjoyed today. They will participate in a very formal handwriting activity and learn some games played by the students in 1971 – jacks, elastics, vigaro – did you play these games at school? We will provide a glass of milk to mimic the milk given out to every school child in the 1970s and also give a white bread, vegemite or jam sandwich to students which was the staple diet of the day. We will discuss our school prayer and the Heart of our School – what is it that makes our school special? There are many other 50th anniversary activities this year and these are detailed on our website and I urge all parents to consider participating in an event this year to mark our Golden Year.
Messages from the Deputy
Grace Primary supports – NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION against Bullying and Violence When: Monday 22 March 2021 Wear: Something ORANGE with Free Dress (reminder: school …
Messages from the Deputy
Grace Primary supports – NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION against Bullying and Violence
When: Monday 22 March 2021
Wear: Something ORANGE with Free Dress (reminder: school dress code still applies: Hat, sports shoes, sleeves, shorts as long as school uniform shorts/skort)
Bring: $1 or $2 Gold coin (for free dress opportunity and all money raised goes to the pool fund)
Optional $5 Treat Deal: Orange iced cupcake and icy-pole for second break only (online payment via website – from Monday 8 March closes Thursday 18 March)
What: The SRC will be running different play break fun activities encouraging participation, inclusion, friendship building and FUN.
Afternoon: Teacher led – In class ‘Bullying No Way’ activities, role playing, Play is the Way games and focus time, social skilling experiences and circle time to reflect on strengthening the class community bond.
Twilight Carnival – BOOK STALL Donations
The Grace Primary and Grace Church will be running the Book Stall for this year’s school fete.
Are you in need of a clean out of books no longer read or used at your home? Do you have Recipe books, Science and Nature books, Health or Hobby focused books, children’s novels, picture books, early readers or interest topic information books? Please bring them to school in the coming weeks.
Please support this stall by putting second hand good condition books in the plastic tubs near THE SPACE and also outside the Tuckshop Noticeboard area. Collection will commence from next week.
Your support is needed and let’s all make our fete truly GREAT!
Grace Place Playgroup Proposal
Grace Primary is supportive of initiatives that engage our community and would love to start a Grace Place Playgroup. If you are interested in being a volunteer playgroup coordinator, keen to share some past playgroup insights or are interested in discussing the proposal, a meeting is planned for 9 am Tuesday 16 March in the GLPS conference room. Kathy Stock, Deputy Principal of Student Wellbeing will be leading the meeting discussion. Please inform the school of your intention to attend, as would be wonderful to meet with you about this exciting new proposal.
Donations for Loose Parts Play
Grace students have engaged in Loose parts play making and creating with the various safe household items parents have donated.
We are now in need of the following:
- baking tins, cake tins, metal bowls, hard plastic bowls, cups, plates, trays, jugs, wooden bowls, spoons, varied plastic utensils (eg ladel, egg flip, scrapers)
- small watering cans
- various rope pieces (all sorts are needed) with varied thicknesses and lengths from 1- 3 metres
- stretchy lengths of fabric, cottons and soft fabric 1- 4 metre lengths.
- clean tarpaulins,
- flexible tubing or piping,
- splinter free wooden offcuts, safe edged tree stump segments, safe branch sections,
- plastic barrels,
- cable reels, and
- plastic milk cube crates.
Any donations of the above items can be brought to Reception for the Loose Part Play Staff team to check.
Thank you for your assistance.
Kathy Stock, Deputy Principal – Student Wellbeing
Hindsight moving Forward In the coming weeks Grace Lutheran Primary School will be celebrating a “Heritage Day” – reflecting on what life may have been …
Hindsight moving Forward
In the coming weeks Grace Lutheran Primary School will be celebrating a “Heritage Day” – reflecting on what life may have been like for a student some 50 years ago. For some of us, we can actually relate to this.
As some of you know, I enjoy many things from the past. The reason for this is that it gives us perspective in the present, and gives us a reference point to consider what is truly valuable and important moving forward. I trust that our Heritage Day enables us to rejoice in the past, value those special moments in the present, and move wisely and purposefully into the future.
There’s an old saying that goes, “Hindsight is 20/20 vision”. We would all agree that it’s far easier to understand something after it has already happened –after we have lived through it and have gotten to the other side. There are times when we may think about things like the test we could have studied harder for, the risk we shouldn’t have taken, the risk we should have taken, the people we could have loved a little harder not knowing they’d be gone. We tell ourselves, I should have, why didn’t I, if only I had just… We resolve to do better next time, armed with experience and perspective.
None of us could have predicted last year’s events. But, the hardstop that was brought by COVID-19 has actually provided us all with an opportunity to look back at our life, the one we were living pre-COVID, so that we can move forward with greater purpose and intention. In this moment, hindsight is 20/20 and we can use that vision to pave a path forward.
In the Bible there is an account of King David bringing the Ark of the Covenant into Jerusalem. As the Ark was being brought into Jerusalem David was singing, and part of that song included this line: “Remember the wondrous works that He has done, His miracles and the judgments he uttered.” (1 Chronicles 16:12).
All around Grace Lutheran Primary School (and throughout our Grace Community) there is the symbol of the cross. You cannot escape this. This cross reminds us of something that happened in the past – the death and resurrection of Jesus. And because Jesus is alive, this gives us peace and purpose in our present, and we have hope and purpose for our future.
God is faithful. And God’s faithfulness inspires courage. Our circumstances will not always be good in our eyes, but we know His heart of grace and mercy for us will always be the same. And we know even more than David as we look back on Christ’s victory over death and sin.
There is a saying that goes, “Stop looking for happiness in the same place you lost it.” And in life we can get so caught up with what’s happening today, we can’t see how far we’ve come. But if we collect snapshots of God’s faithfulness along the way, when troubles and doubts threaten to overwhelm us we can look back on those moments and step bravely into the future. May you live in the wonderful grace that God has provided us.
Blessings and peace in Christ.
What’s Coming Up At GLPS
Upcoming Events Friday 4 March Clean Up Crew Year 1 & 2 Swimming Tuesday 9 March Year 1 GOMA excursion Wednesday 10 March Luke Howarth …
What’s Coming Up At GLPS
Friday 4 March
Clean Up Crew
Year 1 & 2 Swimming
Tuesday 9 March
Year 1 GOMA excursion
Wednesday 10 March
Luke Howarth MP visiting Year 6
Thursday 11 March
Chapel 2.20pm in the Hall
Cash Scholastic Book orders due today
Friday 12 March
Clean Up Crew
Year 1 & 2 Swimming
Thursday 18 March – Prep Bible Presentation 2.20pm in Hall
Monday 22 March – National Day of Action Against Bullying
Wednesday 31 March – Last day of Term 1
Thursday 1 April – Student Free Day and Parent Teacher meetings
Holiday Program for Focus Tennis Academy
Grace College Netball Club
2021 is shaping up to be action packed with performances across many school events including our upcoming Twilight Carnival as well as eisteddfods, showcase concerts …
2021 is shaping up to be action packed with performances across many school events including our upcoming Twilight Carnival as well as eisteddfods, showcase concerts and our lovely intimate recitals. Students have been busily learning new skills and working towards their next goal with their tutors.
All students in our dance troupes, have been fitted for their costumes, costumes have been ordered and are very close to arriving ready for distributing out to families! Shortly, you will receive a letter via our ‘Parent Lounge’ with costuming costs, hair and makeup requirements for performances and links to our GLPS Online Shop where you can pay for the costume that has been ordered for your dancer. As per our program outline, the one costume is worn for all performances throughout the year and is budgeted at just under $100 per costume. Dancers will also need to purchase specific dance shoes, these have also been ordered for students and are paid for through our online shop. Please note that for each troupe, all you will need to do is:
Pay for the costume required for your child’s troupe/s
Pay for the required shoe for your child’s troupe/s
Enjoy a fashion parade in your loungeroom when your child comes home with their costume. Family dance parties are optional!
If you see our dance teachers or Mrs Cameron around, please be sure to thank them for the big task of measuring up all of our dancers and assisting in the sourcing of our costumes for 2021. We can’t wait to see them all on stage!
A highlight of our School Twilight Carnival is having our private and paired instrumental students perform along with our bands, choirs and dancers. This year, to accommodate all of our lovely performers, we will be running three performance areas. Please head to the Twilight Carnival section of this edition of Ripples to see the stage schedules. These schedules are important to note in planning your visit to our Twilight Carnival along with scheduling of volunteer slots in running stalls. If your child’s tutor has multiple spots (due to large enrolments) please feel free to email them directly letting them know which spot you would like your child to be considered for so that you can balance different sibling commitments and volunteer timeslots. Our individual instrumentalist performances are lovely informal performing opportunities, similar to busking, where students can share their progress with families and friends. Our Twilight Carnival performances are in lieu of Semester 1 Recitals. Our Semester 2 Recitals will be their opportunity to perform in a more formal and intimate setting.
Thank you for continuing to support your little artists as they explore, learn and celebrate their gifts and talents!
Director of Performing Arts