In this issue
From the Principal
Covid – 19 Update Thank you to the many families who have been able to keep their children home during this time of lockdown in some Queensland areas. Thank you also to the families who must send their children to school because they work in essential industries. Every family at …
From the Principal
Covid – 19 Update
Thank you to the many families who have been able to keep their children home during this time of lockdown in some Queensland areas. Thank you also to the families who must send their children to school because they work in essential industries. Every family at Grace is valued and we appreciate that you are all doing what you can do to support each other and our school in the past week. We are waiting on instructions from the government for next week and I will communicate with you restrictions which will need to be happening at our school as they become apparent. Please remember that the Ekka public holiday is postponed for Grace Primary and will will be here on Monday 9 August.
I would like to thank the staff of Grace Lutheran Primary School though
• The GOSHC staff who have worked from 6:30 a.m. and finished at 5:45p.m. each day of this lock down to support children of people who are very much at the front line of caring for others through this lock down.
• The office staff members who have worked hard organising communications and the rolls during this time.
• The ground staff who have continued to keep our school well maintained and safe.
• Our contract cleaners who have continued to clean down surfaces each day for the safety of our community.
• The teacher aides who have done the bulk of the supervision of students with their on-line learning at school and their play time too.
• The teachers who once again, changed from face – to – face teaching to on-line learning with very limited notice.
We are a special community at Grace and I value every child, parent, grandparent and staff member for their support of one another through this Covid lock down. My prayers are with our government and health officials as they make decisions for the safety and well being of our wider community too.
Early Learning Centre
As mentioned in our last Ripples and on Facebook this week, our Early Learning Centre is scheduled to open in early 2022. This will dependent on building schedules of course. Some interested parents have asked if it will replace the Grace Creche and Kindergarten facility in Redcliffe and the answer is a resounding no it will not. Grace Creche and Kindergarten near the Redcliffe Entertainment Centre is an important Child Care Centre and it will continue to offer high quality care even when the Primary School has an Early Learning Centre on site. Grace Creche and Kindergarten offers care from 6 weeks of age to 5 year old children and we will be licensed for 2 – 5 year old children. We hope to be firm friends with Grace Creche and Kindergarten as we go through this project as we admire greatly the facility they have established and the outstanding staff who work there. For those of you who have read Grace Primary’s history, you will know that the Primary School came about because over 50 years ago, Kindy parents were so impressed with the Creche and Kindergarten they wanted somewhere to go onto for their primary years. After our beginnings, the College came about for the same reason – that parents were looking for a secondary school which would flow on from the wonderful work of the Kindy and the Primary School. It is because of the Grace Creche and Kindergarten that over 2000 students daily attend a Lutheran School on the Northside of Brisbane so their heritage and future is honoured by the Primary School.
Celebrating 50 Years – Upcoming Events
BACK TO GRACE EVENING – POSTPONED TO 2022 It is with great sadness we announce that our ‘Back to Grace’ event has been postponed to …
Celebrating 50 Years – Upcoming Events
BACK TO GRACE EVENING – POSTPONED TO 2022
It is with great sadness we announce that our ‘Back to Grace’ event has been postponed to 2022. Thank you to our Grace families and the wider community for your support.
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
School Disco – POSTPONED TO FRIDAY 8 OCTOBER
Here is the latest on GLPS event changes
For any questions about our school events please email email@example.com
Karen Misso & Jessika Cameron
Marketing and Events Team
PLAY IS THE WAY – BEHAVIOUR EDUCATION PROGRAM This term, teachers have been playing games, engaging in circle time and following through with the yellow …
PLAY IS THE WAY – BEHAVIOUR EDUCATION PROGRAM
This term, teachers have been playing games, engaging in circle time and following through with the yellow concept “It Takes Great Strength to Be Sensible” with the reminder sentence – We do the right thing because it is the best thing to do.
Through the games the students learn about one another, their strengths, skills and how to work together to achieve the goal of the game. The Social Emotional Learning Competencies include: Self- Awareness, Self-Management, Social Awareness, Relationship skills and Responsible Decision-making. Class teachers have allocated times each week to play the games, engage in review discussion or circle time and focus on the meaning of the life raft concept.
Our Grace teachers often play and learn games as a start to staff meetings, so that an understanding of the goal of the game is achieved, as well as being aware of the challenges and the joys of the game for their class. This is a very social time of learning and laughing and uplifts staff in their purpose and cohesion.
Games such as ‘Seagulls’ develop communication skills and help students to realise that cooperation and cohesion is required to achieve the desired outcome. ‘Gift Ball’ develops self-awareness, communication skills and appropriate responses for connection to occur. ‘Categories’ develops auditory memory and processing skills and is a great for developing relationships through effective communication skills. ‘Time Ball’ engages all of the class and its success is dependent on everyone making decisions for the good of the whole. The focus here is definitely on cooperation and the yellow life raft concept “It Takes Great Strength to Be Sensible”.
Deputy Principal, Student Wellbeing
Strength for life… Have you ever been a ‘prophet’? Did you know that parents are like prophets? Have you ever heard a parent ever ‘predict’ …
Strength for life…
Have you ever been a ‘prophet’? Did you know that parents are like prophets? Have you ever heard a parent ever ‘predict’ something to their children, perhaps along the lines, “If you do that, you will get into trouble”? And have you ever experienced a time where this has ‘come to pass’, and someone has ‘found themselves in trouble…?
From a child’s first breath, parents are like ‘prophets’. Sometimes, on the basis of one’s own life experience together with past experiences in a child’s life, a parent may be able to predict what someone is about to do. They may also seek to discern what dangers may lie ahead for their children. And thy may try to speak wise words to guide a young person on the ‘right path of life’.
Two weeks ago, in my Ripples article, I mentioned the lockdowns at that time in Victoria, New South Wales, and South Australia. Little did I know we would be in lockdown less than two weeks later! (Although, on basis of probabilities, I expected another lockdown at some time).
For some people, lockdowns can be perceived as something along the lines of a not too great intrusion on one’s life. For others, this can cause major disruption to life and heightened levels of stress and anxiety. When it comes to responding with feelings of anxiety, we are fortunate that there are many available resources. Again I point to resources from both the Black Dog Institute and Beyond Blue. There are many resources in relation to Children and Anxiety and Coping with the Coronavirus.
As a Christian person I am drawn to God’s Word at this time, particularly the words that are shared in worship on Sundays by most Christians around the world. One of these words is from Jesus who says (John 6:35), “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to Me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in Me will never be thirsty.”
Here Jesus is not speaking about physical food – not that it’s unimportant. Food is important, and we are also called to remember other people in their times of physical need. That’s why church groups have been involved in provision of aid all around the world. But Jesus is speaking of strength for one’s spirit and soul. Jesus did not come into the world mainly to give bread, but to be bread. He seeks to sustain you in your journey through this life.
There are many things in this life which may promise happiness, but they can be like a bag of lollies in the hands of a child. The belly may become full, but the child will not be nourished. Jesus described Himself as the ‘Bread of Life’. Jesus says those who come to Him will never hunger. He’s not speaking in the physical sense but in a spiritual sense.
Have you ever felt hungry in your soul? Have you ever felt empty? Have you ever felt that you needed to be filled up? Jesus is the one who can satisfy that longing in our spirits to be filled. In Christ the restless soul finds rest, and the hungry heart is satisfied. Real Life is ours for the taking. “Take and eat unto eternal life”, we hear Christ’s invitation.
As we fill our soul with the Bread of Life, God will satisfy the deepest desire of our soul. The hunger and the thirst are gone. There is a new meaning in our life. There is a reason for living. And it is a reason that goes far beyond our earthly existence. The offer of Christ is for life in time and in eternity. May you know this bread that is true.
May God bless you today in His love and care.
Together in Christ,
Dates for your Diary
Dates for your Diary – subject to change 5-6 August – Year 2 Camp – MOVED TO OCTOBER Monday 9 August – Ekka Public Holiday …
Dates for your Diary
Dates for your Diary – subject to change
5-6 August – Year 2 Camp – MOVED TO OCTOBER
Monday 9 August – Ekka Public Holiday POSTPONED
Monday 9 August – DANCE CAMP CANCELLED
Friday 13 August – School Disco – MOVED TO 8 October
Friday 20 August – Back to Grace Evening (50th Event) Please RSVP here.
Thursday 26 August – Character Dress Up Day