Service Learning Term 3

Term 3 Service Learning

Prep
We put together fun activity bags with colouring pencils, colouring books, a toy, balloons and we wrote get well cards for children at the Redcliffe Hospital.

Year 1
We enjoyed making connections with members of Grace Church by creating gifts and singing songs. A few students attended the Wednesday church service to distribute gifts and greet the congregation. We are excited to make this a regular part of our learning!

Year 2
We supported Bayside Community Care by creating symbols and messages of hope. Some were made into laminated cards with matching Bible verses to be included in food packages distributed each week. Others were put together in a banner which will be printed on weatherproof material for display outside BCC. We hope these messages and symbols help boost the spirits of people who use the BCC service.

Year 3
We supported Indigenous Literacy by holding a ‘The Great Grace Book Swap’ where students donated books and then on Wednesday 1 September, students could come into the Hall and swap a gold coin for a book. With the support of Grace Primary we raised over $550 dollars to help provide resources for children living in remote communities across Australia.

Year 4
We decorated Tote Bags and filled them with goodies to assist the homeless who attend the Redcliffe Breakfast Club. Helen from the Breakfast Club visited Year 4 to explain how important their organisation is by provide meals, small emergency food parcels and supplies for rough sleepers.

Year 5
We created pouches for Wildlife Rescue Queensland. They specialise in the rescue, rehabilitation and release of native Australian wildlife and our pouches will be used for orphaned baby joeys, possums and sugar gliders. They also visited us and shared what they do and even brought some little cute animals to show us.

Year 6
We were given the task of knitting beanies for premature babies at the Redcliffe Hospital. They needed very soft yarn because their skin is not fully developed yet. As humans, we lose a lot of our body heat through our heads.  We spent our afternoons knitting beanies and on behalf of all the Year 6 students, I can say it was HARD. Three quarters of the Year 6 students, didn’t even know how to knit. Now all of us know how to knit. We proudly made a total of over 60 beanies.
Written by Toby, Michael and Sarah.

As we move into our preparations for Musical, 2022, we received this exciting news for our Performing Arts students at Grace Primary. I asked Mrs Luostarinen to write our front page of Ripples this week for your interest. (Trudy Moala)

 

Outstanding State Honours Ensemble Places for Grace Students!

It is with great pride that we can share results of another successful year of Grace Primary students being offered places in the State Honours Ensemble Program (SHEP).
SHEP is a weekend of music making, rehearsing, connecting with other musicians and performing in a concert at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Griffith University. Our students will be venturing into Southbank in the final weekend of November to participate in mass choral and bands.

The objective of the State Honours Ensemble Program (SHEP) is to connect the finest young musicians with a team of eminent international and national conductors in pursuit of musical excellence.

Primary SHEP Positions are offered across string, brass, wind and vocal students across Brisbane with an AMEB level of Grades 1-3 and age requirements of Grades 4-6 in Primary School. It is an achievement to be of the standard to be nominated for this program.

This year, we were able to nominate 40 students into this program which is 10% of our school. What a testament to the outstanding music education offered at Grace and by our music tutors.

We are pleased to share that of the 40 nominations, we have a total of 16 students accepted into the program with a further 10 on the reserve list. There are students participating in each of the three ensembles including, String Orchestra, Concert Band and Choir.

Selection into this program is made by Conservatorium and places are offered primarily based on highest AMEB levelled students nominated and then filtered by age group to offer positions to older students first. The program is highly competitive and sought after and many of our students were above the recommended level in order to secure a position.

Students participating in this program range from violin, cello, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, soprano and alto singers. Their levels range from Grade 1 AMEB through to Grade 6 AMEB, covering classical, musical theatre and ‘for leisure’ syllabi.

We eagerly anticipate the musical growth for our students throughout this weekend, and can’t wait to see the Grace Lutheran Primary School uniform gracing the stage of the Conservatorium Theatre.

Congratulations to all of our young artists who challenge themselves, persevere and hone their skills day by day!

Kyren Luostarinen, Director of Performing Arts

 

Usually Mrs Moala does the Principal’s page for Ripples. Today as there are two governance announcements, our guest author is Mr Garth Hunt, Chairman of the School Council.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

Greetings and blessings to each member of our Grace Lutheran Primary School community.  On behalf of the School Council, I would like to share two important announcements with you.

Mrs Moala to continue as Principal.

Council is very pleased to announce that Mrs Moala has accepted our invitation to continue to lead Grace Lutheran Primary School into the future.

Earlier this year many members of our community contributed to the appraisal process of our Principal, Mrs Moala. This process is good practice and helps to identify areas where the community recognises strengths in leading the school, and opportunities for ongoing growth and development.

I particularly thank parents for taking the time to complete this for us. The number of parent responses was very high, and the qualitative responses provided valuable insight for us.

The Non-State Schools Accreditation Board have advised the District Church Board that our accreditation will continue for a further five years.

The final part of this cyclical accreditation process was the school’s presentation to a panel consisting of an independent educator, the Executive Director of LEQ, two school parents, senior members of the school leadership team and myself. I learned much from the practical examples of school quality that were presented and even more from the two parents who spoke openly about their experiences as parents of the school and the educational experiences of their children.

The independent educator (who acts an evaluator in the process) said in an email: I really enjoyed being a part of this process and witnessing the fantastic achievements of your school. There certainly are great things happening at Grace.

Thank you to all members of the school community for your continuing contribution to the quality of education at Grace.

Garth Hunt – Council Chair

 

Book Week and reading at Primary School

Of all the skills taught and learnt at a Primary School, reading must be the most powerful. Even to do mathematics or any other subject area, often reading is required to do the task. When I taught Prep many years ago, one of the most exciting moments for a teacher is when students work out words for themselves and the teacher knows, a whole new world is now open for them from that moment.

At Grace we have a dedicated literacy time daily from Prep to Year 6. We use a program called Daily 5 where the students are taught independence in learning by choosing some of their own reading material and also the activity they will do each day. From spelling or word work, to writing, to reading to self or reading to others, there is a variety of activities to promote quality literacy instruction. The teachers work with small groups of students so the instruction is relevant to the children’s ability level and often this is different for a variety of groups in the class. They also keep detailed data on the students’ progression and there is even a data wall in one of our office areas where students are plotted in their reading and spelling from Pre-Prep skills to past Year 9 skills. One teacher this week is so excited by her students’ progress, she is going in daily to update the data wall due to the progress the students are making.

After a child’s world is opened to reading, the next best time in a Primary School is finding a student who cannot take his or her nose out of a book. I see these students in the playground, in  their classroom and even when waiting for their parents to be picked up after school. I hear parents say that their children have found a particular series of books and they read everything they can find by a particular author.

In our world, UNESCO data records there are still 773 million people who cannot read. In Australia we are blessed that our country sees literacy and numeracy and a general education important and that the majority of our population can read. Next week is book week and as we dust off our costumes for the book week parade on Thursday and get ready for exciting activities through the week, I hope all parents might take the opportunity to read with their child from Prep to Year 6 – it is a delightful thing to do and it will encourage every child to develop a love of reading.

A few reminders
A friendly reminder to parents that if you are not returning to Grace in 2022, 90 days’ notice is required of your intention to leave or a term’s fees will be charged to your family. For students in Prep this year, the notice has changed to a full term’s notice so please note this as term four is coming soon. Notice is required because it helps with our staffing levels to ensure that we have the correct amount of teachers and teacher aides employed for every school year. Enrolments are again very strong in 2022 and it is anticipated there will be growth in every year level so we look forward to welcoming many new students as well as our current community of students back next year.

Trudy Moala
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.

Trudy Moala
Principal

 

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.

STAFFING NEWS

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.

Trudy Moala
Principal

 

Celebrating 50 Years

Celebrating 50 Years of Grace Primary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From the Principal

Parents and Friends Annual General Meeting

In two recent surveys, parents have mentioned that Grace Primary does not have a Parents and Friends Association and the desire to reinvigorate this group. In 2019, the P and F executive requested of our School Council to put into recess the association due to lack of attendance at meetings and lack of available volunteers to help out with various events.

I am most happy to host an AGM this year though due to the recent interest and have marked Wednesday, 28 July at 6p.m. as the time for this meeting. If you are keen to participate, nomination forms are available from Joelene Gledhill at the school office for the positions of President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. (JoeleneGledhill@glps.qld.edu.au)

Parents and Friends Associations are wonderful groups in schools which provide voluntary support for the programs of the school and a place where parents can come and discuss school issues each month. Please note, there is already a vibrant parent representative group which meets each term and these parents organise year level and class events throughout the year. They were also instrumental in organising support and practical aspects of our Twilight Carnival which of course was a huge success.

Staffing News

Please be advised that I am on sabbatical leave from 28 May until 12 July. As this is the fifth year of my service at Grace, I am asked to do some further study and take some leave to do so. Of course, normally Principals go overseas and do all sorts of interesting things but due to the current Covid situation with borders shut, I am very pleased to be staying home. I have enrolled in a Leadership and Management Course with Harvard University and look forward to having the time to delve deeply into modern leadership qualities and techniques. I will be having a one week holiday with my daughter and husband also as part of my leave and look forward to this family time immensely. If you need any support while I am away, Mrs Kathy Stock, Mrs Jasmine Deighton or our Business Manager Mr Cedric Laverdure are all available to answer any queries you may have. I look forward to seeing everyone again in Term 3 and continuing to work towards the best outcomes possible for our students at Grace Lutheran Primary School.

Grandparents’ Day 2021

We have decided to cancel Grandparents’ Day for 2021. I am sorry for any inconvenience this may cause but I hope you will understand that with ongoing risk of Covid restrictions, we do not want people traveling in for this event and perhaps having immediate disappointment. I appreciate your understanding with this matter.

Early Learning Centre 2022

After much planning and discussion, Grace Lutheran Primary School will be opening an Early Learning Centre in early 2022. I am hopeful of a January commencement but of course this will be dependent on the building program which will begin in August, 2021. The Early Learning Centre will cater for 64 children each day and be placed on the spare block which is near our current shed. (Some parents currently use it as a carpark – apologies it’s going soon!) There will be three rooms in the centre – the first room will be for 2 – 3 year old children and there will be two Pre Prep rooms for 3 – 5 year old children. It is anticipated that we will commence taking enrolments for the centre during Term 4 for 2022 and because the architect’s final work will be done by the time I return to school after my sabbatical leave, I can give you much more information then too. It is intended we will have a peep hole fence which will join our school play area so siblings can say “Hi” to each other during the day. It is hoped that this will give much convenience to parents who have a child enrolled at our school and also in Long Day Care. Our Early Learning Centre will be licensed and attract all government fee relief which is currently available to parents.
Trudy Moala
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

 

Celebrating 50 Years

Celebrating 50 Years of Grace Primary

Here are a few photos

 

And the rain came down

It has been such a blessing to see the rain over the past few days and a parent said to me whilst I was on gate duty that it is expected to remain inclement for the next month. Let’s pray the rain falls in some of the areas which are drought affected to help our farmers. There are some things you can do as a parent to really help with your children arriving and leaving school.

  1. Umbrellas
    Umbrellas whilst great fun for children are actually really dangerous when the children are coming in or out of school. In the afternoon, we clear 400 students in 10 minutes so a child putting up and down an umbrella in small areas can put others at risk. Please could you not send umbrellas to school? All paths and classroom entries are covered so there is no need for an umbrella unless you want to bring one in to cover your child as you move to and from your car. Supervised by an adult, umbrellas are terrific. Used by a young child, they are very dangerous.
  2.  Afternoon supervision
    When it is raining, we keep the children in the undercover area near the tuckshop. We love parents chatting to each other and staying at school for a while to catch up with each other after school but again, please be mindful that a staff member is trying to keep upwards of 200 students safe and settled. If you have collected your child please move away from the supervision area and keep your child close to you. Please do not start making arrangements with a parent of a child who is not collected because it is the staff member’s duty to ensure that every child is collected safely. Your support in this supervision will ensure that every child is safe, collected by the correct person and that children do not become anxious or unsettled.

I appreciate all parents who ensure the safe entry and exit of their children each day. It is a joy to see you all collecting your children and having some time together. At Grace we love community so we encourage you to stay as closely connected as you can with each other, again for the benefit of your children.

Trudy Moala
Principal

 

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.

Trudy Moala
Principal

 

Grace Primary celebrates 50 years

In 1971, what does it take to create a thriving Primary School on the Redcliffe Peninsula? It takes dedication, hard work and enthusiasm from a group of parents and teachers. In 1970, Grace Creche and Kindergarten was in existence and it was run by the ladies auxiliary of the Redeemer Lutheran Church initiated by Pastor Joe Stolz. In the kindergarten was a small boy, Christopher, whose parents were told that he needed a Primary School in the following year which was 1971. Christoper’s mother, Mrs Juliann Kindred used her entrepreneurial spirit and enthusiasm and approached Pr Stolz asking how a Primary School may be facilitated. He told her if she could find 15 children he would allow a school to be organized in the church hall. Mrs Kindred found the 15 children by way of a small advertisement in the Redcliffe Herald and so the journey began of an initially Christian ecumenical school which by its third year was a Lutheran Primary School. The school motto, ‘Grow in Grace’ suggested by Mrs Kindred in 1971 is still used 50 years later. During those years, thousands of students and families have passed through the campus which is located at Maine Road at Clontarf. Its seen new buildings and renovations of old buildings. Its seen 6 Principals and many staff members but all who have come talk about the sense of community, the humble Christian foundation and that the children are the focus for the school. From the Primary School sprung a Secondary School which has 2 campuses, one at Rothwell and one at Caboolture. The story of Lutheran Education on the Redcliffe Peninsula catering for 122 children in a Kindergarten each day, 400 children in a Primary School and over 900 students in a Secondary College is due to a faithful group of women and their Pastor voluntarily looking after young children in a Kindergarten and an entrepreneurial family who coincided in the most special of ways. We are grateful for their humble yet important service.  

Trudy Moala
Principal

Uniform Feedback

We love your feedback!
Our uniform is now embedded in our school and I thank so many parents who have had a role in designing and developing it over the past 3 years. Thank you also to the UMS uniform shop staff who have played an enormous role in this too.

Last week, a few parents from the original committee came together because we need a new netball uniform. They quickly organised a spectacular design which we will work on for later this year’s competition in Years 4 – 6. After this discussion, we reviewed the new uniform and all agreed that it is smart and has greatly improved the look of our students in general as they move about our school and community. I am also grateful to all parents for having the uniform well presented each day.

A contentious issue was ‘girls’ tights’. Please note, in the original design of the uniform it was decided girls’ tights were to be banned because there is a long trouser selection for those who feel the cold. Issues when girls wear tights to school areGirls wear the wrong colour even if there is a uniform colour at the Uniform Shop

  • Girls wear the tights and socks
  • Girls will sometimes wear tights under their PE uniform
  • Girls complain to staff they are too hot by morning tea time if wearing thick tights

Issues argued by those on the committee who wanted tights were 

  • Parents should not be forced into buying long pants for the occasional cold day at school
  • The days when it is colder in the winter months, the girls do need coverage on their legs and tights are a good option.

At the meeting we reached an impasse so I am asking our school community (please only answer if you have a girls enrolled at our school) to fill in a survey with this link here. What do you think? If you would like to send in your thoughts, please do so by emailing me. ( principal@glps.qld.edu.au )

NISSA Swimming

I was very proud of our swimming team which competed in the NISSA swimming competition at Genesis Christian College. We placed 2nd Aggregate and 1st in Percentage. This was an extraordinary achievement as we are by far the smallest school with half the student population of two of the bigger schools.

We are very pleased that Prince of Peace Lutheran College has come into NISSA this year. The added competition and the collegiality between our schools is enhanced by them being part of our association.

Trudy Moala
Principal

 

 

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 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.

Trudy Moala
Principal

2 Peter 3:18 Grow in grace and the knowledge of our Lord.

 

From the Principal

Parent access to our site

As per my letter which went on Tuesday, parents are now able to access our school site in the morning and afternoon under the following conditions

  •  1.5m social distancing must occur at all times
  •  No access to classrooms or upstairs areas
  •  No access to Prep classrooms (just verandahs)
  •  No access (unless invited) to Chapels and Assemblies

Please come in in the mornings and afternoons though and we won’t be hurrying you off site. In the afternoons, we remind you that if you have collected your child, he/she is under your responsibility and we ask that you keep your child/ren close to you and not running over the seats or in the waiting area as we are clearing many students and the safety of all must be the number one priority. The staff duty ceases at 3:30p.m. and everyone must be clear of the school site by then but we will not be hurrying you off site as we used to under previous restrictions.

If you want a 1:1 parent teacher interview with your child’s teacher this must be prearranged by email or phone call and the teacher will set up the interview space so that social distancing is occurring.

As an aside, all staff were briefed today about increasing hand washing due to Health Department notifications in relation to a Gastro breakout mainly on the Gold Coast at the moment. All students will be asked to wash hands regularly through the next few days of term. If you are called to take your child home due to a suspected Gastro infection, we ask that you come as soon as possible to minimize community transmission amongst our students.

Welcome back to Grace all our families – I hope you might take the time to have a coffee at Charis in the mornings and enjoy the community we treasure so much at Grace for the last few days of term. It is our hope that all restrictions will be lifted by 2021 and we can welcome you into classrooms as we used to do before a pandemic hit our world in March.

2021 Fee Schedule

Fee schedule for 2021 is now available on our Website (here) as well as our 2021 Term dates.

Christmas wishes

I know for many families this year, there will be separation for Christmas from loved ones. Borders have been opened in Australia and we all rejoice for this but many of us have family overseas and we won’t be able to see them this year. Thankfully there is wonderful technology nowadays meaning our loved ones’ faces can be clear as we chat over the kilometres of water which separates us. My heart goes out to anyone who cannot celebrate Christmas with a family member or special friend this year due to the Australian border restrictions but I do stand in awe of our Federal and State Government and the wonderful work they have done to minimize community transmission of the Covid-19 virus. This doesn’t come without community cooperation and as I speak with my daughter in London, my relatives in the Pacific Islands and my friends in Canada and the United States, I feel really proud to be an Australian and how well we have fared through this time.

May God bless your family at this Christmas season and I look forward to seeing all our families return in 2021 – our 50th Golden Anniversary of Grace Lutheran Primary School.

Trudy Moala
Principal

From the Principal

Class Lists 2021

Every year, Primary Schools become exceedingly busy at the end of year. My husband is a secondary teacher and annually, I watch as his teaching load decreases as the school comes to the end of a year and various Year Levels leave to begin their holidays, while the Primary teachers become busier and busier. Annually also, on my Principal and Head of Primary email lists, leaders lament the stress and anxiety of class lists for the upcoming year and the anxiety it causes in school communities. I always dismay at this because I think it takes away from the joy of an end of year and the various celebrations and activities. Some parents say to me that knowing class lists before the end of year alleviates much anxiety in their family but having worked in schools where this has occurred, I can tell you it does anything but alleviate anxiety. A child, in a tired end of year frame of mind, may or may not ‘like’ the teacher or his/her classmates and may spend the six weeks of holidays ruminating and worrying instead of having a good break from school.

At Grace, class lists take the teachers hours of work. They are not done lightly and without care, consideration and discussion. This year after my Ripples note about class lists, about 20 parents have emailed me their suggestions for class friends and we will attempt to comply with any requests already received. Please do not send any more requests because we are processing class lists now. Teachers do know the children though and a child’s best friend in the world in November may or may not still be their friend in January when school resumes so even requests now can be hit and miss. We also have nearly 30 new students from Years 1 – 6 enrolled for 2021 and the new students need to be factored into class lists too. At this stage of the year, staffing is not yet finalized and so I do not know which teacher will be on each class.

As per our normal practice each year, class lists will be available on the week beginning January 15, 2021. We will not be sending out full class lists as there are privacy issues with communicating to all parents, class lists. Once you know your child’s class allocation and if you have a concern about his/her placement, please phone or email me at the school and we will consider a change. Often, when a request for change is made, when I question the teachers who made up the lists, their very good reason for putting a child in a particular class is the correct decision and a change actually means having to change several children – it’s not a simple thing.

My very strong recommendation for families is that the summer holidays are a joy – a time to be away from school and not think too much about what will happen in 2021. We will be open for a meet and greet day on Monday, 25 January, 2021 where your child can meet his/her new teacher and see the classroom – until then – enjoy the sunshine!

 

Trudy Moala
Principal

Book Week Celebrations

Character Dress Up Day

This is our favourite day of the year at Grace. Every year we are so inspired by our student who dress up in their favourite book character. Book ‘n’ Blanket is another Grace tradition where our Year 6 students read storybooks to our Prep – Year 5.

 

From the Principal

Cyber Safety

Kate Armour, is the teacher who helps train our staff in upgrading their skills for iPad use at school. She helped our staff enormously through the time when our learning went on-line to train staff in how to use See-Saw effectively. As part of her role, she also organized an evening during September where Brett Lee, a cyber safety specialist spoke to parents about cyber safety issues. Brett warned parents about misuse of social media sites like Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and other more sinister sites. Parents need to be aware that to join social media sites, people must lodge their date of birth and if children under 13 years of age attempts to open a site, they will not be allowed to do so unless they lie about their age. This is because in the USA, photos cannot be stored or shared on a social media site organised by someone under 13 years of age. (So basically the companies are protecting themselves by this rule.)

From experience with my own children and by being a Head of Primary School for past 26 years, I urge parents to seriously consider social media and other forms of ‘chat’ on devices. To have a family plan and stick to it is vital for the well-being of your child. Here are my suggestions -:

  1. Delay ownership of a phone for as long as you are able. Giving a phone to a child immediately gives them full access to the internet and all social media avenues. If a child is not traveling on a bus, there is no need for him/her to have one until at least secondary school. If you need to get a message to your child during the day, our front office can take calls and forward messages. If you do give your child a phone, it must be handed in daily at reception and not kept with the child or in his / her bag. We also recommend you do not give your child an apple watch or other watch that again links them to messaging during the day as it is highly disruptive to their learning.
  2. Do not set up any form of ‘chat groups’ for your children. I know of groups down as low as Year 1 at Grace where children are encouraged not on social media but on facetime or messenger, to set up groups and have regular chats. Speak to any parent in Year 4 – 6, they will tell you of the difficulties of chat groups. In primary school, children are too young to chat without complete supervision and whilst you might supervise your own child, others won’t and problems will immediately occur. Annually, we have several incidents between students and parents where there are issues of chat occurring at extreme hours into the night or early morning, poor language, mean conversations which become out of hand, exclusion of some students and other issues in chat groups. I would delay these groups as long as you can and definitely not encourage them prior to secondary school.
  3. Keep your own lines of communication open with your children. They need to know they can come to you with any issues even if it is something you have banned them from doing. Keep family time high and a priority with board games, puzzles, walks on the beach or in parks and times where you can all just talk together. Don’t forget to have fun together – life should be a joy.

Fortunately, Middle School and Secondary School staff are expert at handling social media and other device communications with their students and this is where many freedoms can occur. In Junior Schools, there is still an innocence amongst our students but it is easily taken so parents, it is up to teachers and parents to be vigilant and active in this part of your child’s development for the future well-being of all. If you would like to discuss any of these issues further you are most welcome to contact me at school.

School Survey

On a regular basis, the school surveys our families to receive feedback about our programs at school. Currently we have a survey open, please click here to open survey. Survey will close on Friday 6 November. 

We appreciate your thoughts and hope you may participate.
 

Trudy Moala
Principal

From the Principal

The Wizard of Oz

What a fabulous event our musical was this year. We are all still celebrating The Wizard of Oz and the performances which occurred last week. The talent of the 166 students who were involved and their ability to be so disciplined to learn their lines, their songs and their dances was a sheer delight to see.
Musicals are huge community building events and I want to thank the team of staff and volunteers led by Mrs Luostarinen who worked so hard to make it a very special time in our school. I also want to acknowledge the parents and relatives who sewed costumes, helped with sets, helped with rehearsals by cooking food and in many other ways. It is a massive effort but the end result was a delight.

Carols on the Green

Unfortunately, due to Covid restrictions, we will not be having Carols on the Green this year. I know this is very disappointing as the event is always a wonderful way to end our school year, but I hope you will understand the restrictions on crowds and our ability to host such a big event. We look forward to next year where hopefully we can come together as a community again to celebrate the birth of Christ at our school.

In place of Carols this year, we plan to have a special last day of fun and activities for the students so they can culminate this year with a terrific day together.

Staffing News

Mr Mark Thomas has taken Long Service Leave this term and we welcome Mr Solomon Mace to teach his class for Term 4.
Over the holidays, Mr Stephen Greener our Business Manager was promoted to a new position within the Lutheran Schools at Prince of Peace Lutheran College at Everton Park. Stephen’s new school is a 2 campus, Prep to Year 12 school with a Kindergarten so it is a much more complex role than Grace Primary. We congratulate him on his success and wish him well. I am delighted to advise that Mr Cedric Laverdure, who is currently the accountant at Living Faith Lutheran School will be our new Business Manger and we will welcome him to our school on 19 October.

Class Lists 2021

If you would like to advise the school of considerations for your child’s class placement for 2021, please email me at principal@glps.qld.edu.au Please do not give verbal or written indications to the class teachers because they need to be centrally collated. Staffing is not yet clear for 2021 so please do not request specific teachers because I will not know who will be on which class until much later in the year. Any requests for class considerations for 2021 must be received by November 2 as we will begin to organize the task of selecting class groups for next year during November.

At this time of year, I remind all parents that 90 days’ notice is required if you want to withdraw your child/ren from our school or a term’s fees will be charged to you. We have had unprecedented interest in our school for 2021 and we are looking forward to many new families coming to our school and becoming part of the wonderful Grace Primary Community in our 50th anniversary year.

Trudy Moala
Principal

From the Principal

End of Year Events

I am very much looking forward to our musical this year, The Wizard of Oz which will be performed on Friday, 9 and Saturday 10 October. This major event will be spectacular and a credit to the students who have trained hard to perform at a very high standard. The Covid pandemic has very much affected our end of year events this year but I hope my advising you now will help you make plans also.

  1. Year 6 Graduation. This will be held at the College Chapel on Monday, 30 November. There will be limited numbers and I will discuss the attendance with the families of the Year 6 students via letter. There will be no Year 6 dinner after the event.
  2. Carols 2020. We will not be hosting our annual carols event this year. We cannot plan far enough ahead and be sure of performances due to the restrictions which are in place at the moment. To replace this, we will be having a last day of school fun event for all students with Year 6 students heading out for a day of fun off site and for Years Prep to Five fun Christmas activities at school.

Uniform

Our new uniform is looking really smart and even though there have been some supply issues due to the Covid-19 pandemic affecting supply of some fabric coming into Australia, the Uniform Shop has now advised that all sizes of jackets are now in stock, sport shorts are due end of September and the rugby jerseys are due mid-October. From term 4, other than uniform jackets will not be acceptable to be worn at school.

A reminder to families that by 2021, all students must be in the new uniform (except 2021 Year 6 students). Also, a reminder that shoes must be completely black without motives and that girls are not permitted to wear tights with their uniform. If their legs are cold, parents are reminded they should be wearing the trousers with the dress uniform or tracksuit bottoms with the sport uniform.

To be ahead of things at the moment, UMS our uniform shop supplier has asked me to advise families that they are willing to take orders now for 2021 uniform items which will not have to be paid for until next year for continuing families. If you want to make an appointment with the uniform shop, please do so via the website and fit out your child for 2021 before the rush. UMS have advised they are willing to exchange or refund if the uniform item is not exactly correct for 2021 but pre-ordering is your best way of ensuring all uniform items for next year.

I appreciate the many families who ensure their children are smartly attired in our uniform. I think the new uniform is smart and attractive and all students are wearing it with pride.

Trivia Night Success

Thank you to Jo Forrest and Talluah Harper for heading up our Trivia Night event this year. It was a wonderful evening and we again acknowledge the support of Kindred and Pilpel Restaurants. There were many other sponsors and supporters for the evening including Sesame Lane Child Care Centres, Luke Howarth MP, Michael Hill Jewellers, Leisure Caravans, Caporn Piling, Athletes Foot, Skate Connection and Westpac. It was terrific to join together to enjoy each others’ company and be dazzled by the Trivia knowledge of some. All money raised at the event will be put into the pool fundraising account.

Charis Coffee Shop

We are delighted to announce the opening of Charis coffee shop on site at Grace Lutheran Primary School. We thank Kindred for their support of this venture. It was certainly a busy morning for their grand opening at the Fathers’ Day drop off morning.

From Monday, there is a small gate opposite the coffee shop (Parent Hub) and parents are welcome to come on site to purchase a coffee and then leave. If you purchase a hot chocolate or non-caffeinated drink for your child – he/she may sit outside the tuckshop and drink it but must be ready to go to class by 8:15a.m.

Charis Coffee Shop will be open from 7:00a.m. – 9:00a.m. each school day.
Staff who have tried a coffee already say it is DELICIOUS! We look forward to this being a lovely addition to our school especially when we can open up again and parents can also sit inside and have a morning coffee with us.

Trudy Moala
Principal

From the Principal

Pool Fund

Before the recent Covid considerations, we did plan to begin a pool fund. On our master plan is a 25m x 6 lane pool which is designed to fit in the area near the end of the administration block where the current Japanese room is located. Obviously, the amount of events and activities we wanted to host to start saving money towards the pool has been severely limited this year but we are grateful for the support families gave to the Trivia night and the Father’s Day raffle. The school has started the fund with a donation of $100,000 and we need to raise $500,000 for the pool project to go ahead. Donations are invited and if you are wanting to donate, please contact Mrs Karen Misso in the office administration area.

It is hoped that as restrictions lift further, we will be able to continue with our fundraising drive to provide a pool facility for our students in the very near future. Increased enrolments will also help this project financially so if you know of any students who are interested in a Grace Primary education, please urge them to enroll now as some of our year levels are beginning to fill and are moving to a wait list. All enquiries are welcomed though.

Artist in Residence

Our artist in residence, Wendy Rix has finished her work on the mural and an art lesson with every member of our school community. The mural depicting ‘creation’ is a beautiful asset to our school community and a feature of our new yarning circle in the middle of our school. Wendy put a hand print from each of our Year 6 students as a memento of their time at our school. Our students loved watching her work and very much enjoyed creating their own painting. Wendy sells her work privately through her website here and also through the ‘Drowned Rat’ café on the seafront at Clontarf.

50th Birthday Card Art work

Congratulations to Kate in Year 3 who designed the cover for the 50th Birthday card which will be used in our school next year. Kate won a $50 Skate Connection voucher donated by the Hedley- Vowles family. Special commendation is also noted for Ella in Year 6 and Alicia in Year 2 for their work too. Over 40 students entered this competition and their enthusiasm was exciting to see!

Planning for 2021

We have begun planning for the 2021 school year and again send out a friendly reminder that if you intend leaving the school, 90 days’ notice is required or a term’s fees will be charged. This helps with our planning for staffing and the future developments in our school.

Trudy Moala
Principal

From the Principal

Over the past few weeks I have had the joy of meeting with some of the founders of our school who have shared stories of the beginning of Grace Lutheran Primary School. What has struck me are the themes which are emerging from 50 years ago.

  • The desire for a Christian, Lutheran Primary School on the peninsula to follow on from the exceptional Kindergarten that was already established
  • How community became apparent in the very early days with everyone pitching in and helping out at a beginning school
  • How the wider community of Redcliffe backed the idea for a Lutheran School on the peninsula financially and in other ways too
  • That CHILDREN were the focus for the beginning of this school

One of the special times I shared was with 15 past staff who visited. They laughed and shared stories of the fun that was had, the work that was done and the beautiful children – not all of whom were exceptionally behaved at times! I enjoyed so much hearing about the love they had for this school and the children who attended it and I reflected that this is the case, even today. Children deserve our time, they deserve our love and I hope that in partnership with all our families, we will go on providing this as well as a quality education at Grace Lutheran Primary School.

Staffing news
Please be advised that Mrs Kathy Stock will be going on well-deserved Long Service Leave from Monday August 15 until the beginning of term 4. Mr Oliver Denny will take over her role as Director of Student Welfare and also continue to organize our sporting program but will be replaced as a Physical Education teacher by Mr Solomon Mace. We wish Mrs Stock well and I know you will support Mr Denny as he takes on this senior role in our school.

Pastor Mark will also go on Long Service Leave from the 25 August until the beginning of term four and we also wish him well too.

Trudy Moala
Principal

From the Principal

 50th Birthday Celebrations

We are beginning to plan in earnest for the upcoming 50th birthday celebrations in 2021. We are planning for some events but also planning for new banners out the front of our school, stickers and badges to be made for the students and a book to be written with lots of memories in it. I am enjoying meeting lots of the people who were prominent in the beginning of this school such as Julianne Agnew (who had a factory on this land over 50 years ago), Lynda and Hilton Misso, Aub Muller, Viv and Beth Kuhl and Noel Huf who were all foundational in the beginnings of this school. Next week a group of past teachers are gathering to have high tea up in the office area to share their stories which I suspect may be full of fun.

One thing that is evident when I speak with all of the people from years gone by is their heart for a quality Lutheran Education to be available for the children of the peninsula. I think that heart still beats in our school and it is something we treasure and nurture. We want to be available for all the families of the peninsula and we still welcome all families to our school. I am learning so much as I do this research and look forward to 2021 and the activities associated with enthusiasm.

Uniform Shop

As you will be aware the Uniform Shop has had limited availability through the months which were affected by government restrictions on who could enter our site. From Monday, 27 July, the Uniform Shop will be open for parents to attend BY APPOINTMENT ONLY which can be done online by clicking here.. Also, many of our uniform items are beginning to be restocked so you may like to check if you are missing a uniform item.

Prep 2021 and enrolments 2021

Please be advised we have real pressure for places for Prep 2021 so if you know of a family, or you have a sibling ready for Prep in 2021, applications must be made now or it is likely a place will not be available. Several upper primary year levels are also at wait list in 2021. As a friendly reminder, please be advised that parents need to give 90 days’ notice of withdrawal of a student or a term’s fees will be charged. The reason for this is to ensure our staffing levels are correct and also that any students on a wait list can be given places if available. Our student numbers have stabilised over the past 2 years and we want to continue with providing a quality, Lutheran Education for your children so your attention to enrolment and withdrawal requirements is greatly appreciated.

Trudy Moala
Principal

From the Principal

I receive a monthly newsletter from Steve Francis. He is an inspirational writer/speaker who used to be a Principal of a school in Brisbane and Hong Kong. This month, his newsletter made me stop and ponder for a minute when he asked the question

“At times we can overreact and blow things out of proportion. A useful question to ask ourselves can be,
Will this matter a year from now?”

As a leader in a school I think we can apply this thought to many things -:

  • That lost friendship which has caused so much hurt – will it matter in a year’s time?
  • That day a student didn’t achieve at his/her highest level when being assessed – will it matter in a year’s time?
  • That day a family was late to school because the parent stopped to spend time with a child for an extra five minutes rather than rush about at home causing stress – will it matter in a year’s time?

Of course if these things happen over and over again, they will matter in a year’s time but when it’s a one off, when it involves a child as he/she begins to negotiate the world – will the ‘small stuff’ really matter in a year’s time? Continuing with Steve Francis’ thoughts

“Spending excess time and energy ‘sweating the small stuff’ takes away valuable opportunities to appreciate the many great things in our lives.”

Some of you know that my husband and I moved to the peninsula so that I could take up the position of Principal at Grace Lutheran Primary School. Every day and especially at weekends, we marvel in God’s creation in this beautiful part of the world – we leave the ‘small stuff alone’ and reflect positively at the sunsets, the sunrises, the bay, the walkways, the fantastic cafes and the wonderful community that is on the Redcliffe Peninsula – and we are grateful. By looking at the bigger picture, there is much joy to be had in life.

Psalm 118:24
This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Trudy Moala
Principal

From the Principal

Before and After School Arrangements

Currently our school is a little different because the State Government has given the Workplace Health and Safety directive that no adults apart from school staff may be on site at any time. We are very much hoping this changes by Term 3 and we can welcome parents back onto our school grounds. Before and after school are important times in a school day because of the safety of students arriving and departing from school and I ask that all parents comply with our organisation at these times.

Grace Out of School Hours Care (GOSHC) operates from 6:00am in the morning until the school bell goes to start classes. Prep students especially are then walked to class. GOSHC also operates in the afternoon from 3:00pm until 6:00pm and our outstanding facility and staff provide a quality of care that is appreciated by all who use it.

For some students, they may be on site for Performing Arts activities which begin at 7:30am.

Before school supervision – Our before school supervision begins at 8:00am. This supervision is located at the front of the school for families who want to do a quick drop off and also in our playground. Students arriving earlier than this (unless they are in a Performing Arts activity) must be enrolled at GOSHC. Legally we cannot be responsible for any unsupervised students on site prior to 8:00am. Students arriving from 8:00am may go straight to the playground and play until 8:15am when all teachers are in classrooms ready to welcome students. Our first lesson bell goes at 8:25am and students arriving after this time must go to student reception to be marked as late. At the moment, no parents are allowed on site so the Prep Aides and other staff are available to help students arrive between 8:00am and 8:25am. A quick kiss and go helps our student body to settle quickly at the school gates in the morning.

Students leaving during the day – Students who need to leave the school grounds to attend an appointment must be signed out at Reception.

After school supervision – Our end of school day bell goes at 3:00pm and parents (at the moment) may come on site in the waiting area adjacent to Dalton Oval at 2:55pm and exit as soon as they have collected their child. There is no supervision on Maine Road and all students must exit by the side gate. All students need to be collected by 3:30pm. Please be advised that whilst some children stay and play on Dalton Oval, this is not a school area and there is no supervision so if parents stay with their child, it is the parent’s responsibility to monitor their child’s safety in this area. Please further note, we are keen to continue good relationships with the Peninsula Power Soccer Club who maintain these ovals so we ask all parents to ensure their child does not climb on any of their goals or use other equipment which is owned by the club.

Thank you to the hundreds of parents who work well with our entry and exit procedures at Grace. We appreciate your attention to this important part of our school day because it is all our children’s safety which is paramount at this time.

Trudy Moala
Principal

From the Principal

Covid – 19 Update

We welcomed back our Prep and Year 1 students on Monday, 11 May and cannot wait until our Years 2 – 6 students return on Monday, 25 May. Thank you to the many parents and carers who kept up with their child’s education over the past 3 – 5 weeks with on-line learning – you have done an amazing job and we are grateful for you keeping the academic progress of your children on track. We remind all parents that it is a Workplace, Health and Safety requirement that no adults are on site until the end of term so we ask that you do not walk your child into school until further notice.

I have been talking to some of our families who immediately lost everything in the Covid-19 pandemic due to restrictions put on businesses. The strength and resilience of some of these families has been amazing. At Grace Lutheran Primary School, we did not give a blanket discount across all our families for fees because none of our costs have been affected. We have rebooked camps until later in the year and all books and resources are still being purchased so our levies could not be reduced. We do remind families though that if your circumstances have changed and fees are now a problem, please contact me or the fee office for support. I am pleased to say we have only lost one enrolment due to relocation through the troubling last few weeks and indeed have increased our enrolments by three students this term, but as a community we want to stay connected so please be in touch should you need support.

Dogs on Site

There is nothing sweeter than a new puppy in a family or a dog which has lived with a family for some time. Parents, we respectfully request that you do not bring your pets to school, especially at pick up or drop off time. We do have in our community children with a dog phobia and a dog on site can cause enormous anxiety for them. We also are aware that children may or may not know how to pat or befriend a dog which could cause it to bite or injure a child. Your support with this will be appreciated.

Staffing Update

This term, Mrs Angela Perry has decided to resign from her day a week position at Grace. Angela has been here for 20 years and she will be missed although fortunately, she still has a son enrolled here so we will see her at the school. Thank you Mrs Perry for your long and diligent service at our school. Mrs Perry’s position as a learning extension teacher will be taken up by Mrs Karin Scurr and we look forward to her returning to our school too.

Our receptionist Mrs Jessika Cameron has decided to stay at our school indefinitely as her husband has returned from Victoria due to the current isolation situation there. We are of course thrilled that she has decided to stay.

Finally, I would like to thank our beautiful Grace community for reaching out to the Harper family at this time of loss for them. The generosity and kindness of so many has been amazing. I know they are very blessed by the gifts and good will that has been expressed. I feel truly blessed to work in a school which has such empathy and love to share.

Trudy Moala
Principal

From the Principal

Community

Whilst no-one would have expected what has happened in terms of our school community this year, I believe the Covid – 19 pandemic has really challenged us at Grace Primary and we have come up with shining results. I would like to thank all the parents for their hard work at home undertaking remote learning and point out that some of you are working also. This is a huge task and your ability to juggle the two important aspects of your home life is appreciated (not to mention the usual domestic work too!) I would like to thank the teachers and other school staff who have managed the remote learning at school over the past 2 weeks too and acknowledge their fast transition to this new model of education which has occurred.

I have seen Grace come together during the past few weeks with parents communicating positively and regularly and teachers having to be highly collaborative in their planning to ensure the strong delivery of curriculum. I have also seen students caring for one another in small groups and multi – age groups too. GOSHC has seen students come in right through the holidays to ensure good care for front – line workers even when school is on holidays.

The challenge for us all is to continue even after Week 5 when we MAY all be back at school. (I will wait on directives from the State and Federal Government in terms of this and advise you of our way forward as soon as it is announced.) How can we continue to grow the wonderfully positive contributions everyone has made so that we have worked together harmoniously to continue to grow and develop our school. I would be interested in your feedback if you have any comments to give. principal@glps.qld.edu.au

I do trust that all families who have been affected negatively by the current economic circumstances have contacted us to discuss fee arrangements for the coming few months until our world settles again. I have heard many harrowing stories of lost businesses and income and I do want you to know that as a community we care about you and your children so if we can help, please let us know.

Trudy Moala
Principal

From the Principal

Exciting Times Ahead at Grace

I am delighted to advise that we have formed a Swimming Pool Fundraising Committee for Grace Lutheran Primary School. Thank you to Karen Misso who will chair this committee but also to Lyndsay Lawler, Penny Pettingill, Andrea and David Cunningham, Mel Whiddett and Melanie Metheringham, for being part of this group. Our target is $500,000 so there is much work to be done.

We are well over budget in enrolments for 2020 so the school has begun the fund by donating $100,000 from our capital expenditure budget. We will be attempting to access government funding (Local, State, Federal) and also having some fun events to raise money for our pool. There will be opportunities for sponsorship (the whole pool or per lane) and at every parent event we will be seeking donations for the pool.

Please note, it is the school’s intention than apart from some charity work (Compassion Child sponsorship, Operation Christmas Child and Australian Lutheran World Services) all fundraising will be going towards the pool. Watch this space as we start the fundraising for this important school resource which we would like to put in as soon as possible!


Charis @ Grace Coffee Shop

We are very fortunate to partner with Kindred to offer a coffee shop at Grace which will be run out of the parent hub. The opening date for this venture will be April 20, 2020. (Day one Term 2) Kindred are advertising for Baristas to work in our shop which will be open term time from 7:00am – 9:00am each day. Please note this is to cater for GOSHC, Performing Arts and Sport parents who arrive early and may like to buy a coffee and have a snack before moving to work or home again.

Trudy Moala
Principal

Operation Christmas Child

Pack a shoebox and bless a child this year!

Operation Christmas Child finishes Thursday 19 November.

If your family would like to do a box together, we have OCC boxes available at Reception or use an average size shoe box (no bigger than an A4 size).  Please include your $10 donation or donate online and you can follow your box to the destined country.

OCC Video

We love this list of fabulous gift ideas!

Something to love – Cuddly toy, doll
Something for school – colouring pencils, sharpener, exercise book
Something to wear – dress, t-shirt, shorts, thongs
Something to play with – marbles, tennis ball, skipping rope, car, barbie
Something for personal hygiene – brush, soap, toothbrush, face washer

 

For specific gift suggestions, visit their website by clicking here.

Please note the ‘What not to include’ items: No liquids (shampoo, bubbles, drinks), sharp objects, scary things (war-related, masks etc), breakables, medicines or large clothing items.

If you have any questions, please contact Joelene Gledhill in Reception.

Operation Christmas Child

Pack a shoebox and bless a child this year!

Operation Christmas Child has begun.

If your family would like to do a box together, we have OCC boxes available at Reception or use an average size shoe box (no bigger than an A4 size).

OCC Video

We love this list of fabulous gift ideas!

Something to love – Cuddly toy, doll
Something for school – colouring pencils, sharpener, exercise book
Something to wear – dress, t-shirt, shorts, thongs
Something to play with – marbles, tennis ball, skipping rope, car, barbie
Something for personal hygiene – brush, soap, toothbrush, face washer

 

For specific gift suggestions, visit their website by clicking here.

Please note the ‘What not to include’ items: No liquids (shampoo, bubbles, drinks), sharp objects, scary things (war-related, masks etc), breakables, medicines or large clothing items.

If you have any questions, please contact Joelene Gledhill in Reception.

Operation Christmas Child

Pack a shoebox and bless a child this year!

Operation Christmas Child has begun.
If your family would like to do a box together, we have OCC boxes available at Reception or use an average size shoe box (no bigger than an A4 size).

We love this list of fabulous gift ideas!

Something to love – Cuddly toy, doll
Something for school – colouring pencils, sharpener, exercise book
Something to wear – dress, t-shirt, shorts, thongs
Something to play with – marbles, tennis ball, skipping rope, car, barbie
Something for personal hygiene – brush, soap, toothbrush, face washer

For specific gift suggestions, visit their website: https://sampur.se/Gift_Ideas
Please note the ‘What not to include’ items: No liquids (shampoo, bubbles, drinks), sharp objects, scary things (war-related, masks etc), breakables, medicines or large clothing items.
If you have any questions, please contact Joelene Gledhill in Reception.

Our Community

How to Get Involved @ GLPS

We are still looking for families to volunteer their time on either or any of the following groups:

  • event teams – which would include our key events such as Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Grandparent’s Day, Disco, Trivia Night, Carols on the Green, Pool Project Fundraising Activities
  • Sports Carnivals – Cross Country, Athletics and Swimming Carnivals (both Junior and Senior)
  • Tuckshop – Wednesday, Thursday & Friday
  • Library – reshelving books.

Are you receiving weekly updates from your Parent Rep?

You could be missing valuable class specific reminders if you haven’t returned your text message consent form back to your child’s class Parent Rep.

At Grace Primary we are so grateful to have an active and valued Parent Rep for every class in our school. Along with organising social catch ups and class specific celebrations, a key part of their role is to support their class’ families keep up to date on key events and messages through weekly text messages and the use of a year level Facebook page.

Earlier this term, all Parent Reps sent out messages to their class families introducing themselves and requesting parent consent to send them text message updates. Thank you to those families who have returned their consent forms. For those that haven’t, can you please action this as soon as possible, as you will not be included on their weekly updates until they receive your consent. Thanks.

A big thank you to our wonderful 2020 Parent Rep team, who are doing a fabulous job in their roles already.

If you have any questions regarding our Parent Rep Program please feel free to contact me on my email at karenmisso@glps.qld.edu.au or by calling via School Reception.


Karen Misso
Marketing and Events Manager

From the Principal

Child Safety at Grace Lutheran Primary School

At Grace, we take very seriously protection of children. To that end our staff have had two trainings this year in relation to child safety. The first was a two hour workshop in January with Bravehearts training all staff in relation to issues we must look out for with children to ensure their safety at school and in their wider community too. Last week the teachers had a one hour lecture with Joh Knjinenburg from Childsafe which is an organisation working with Cybersafety issues. We learnt that cyber issues cost our government over $14 billion dollars annually and the data in relation to child pornography and abuse sites was staggering and quite frankly frightening.

In relation to cyber safety as a staff we learnt some things which are as relevant to a teaching staff as they are to parents and I give you some suggestions to consider -:

  • Look out for ‘red flags’ – what are your suspicions as a parent? If you’re concerned – talk to someone about your child’s activities on line
  • Limit your child’s exposure to devices
  • Encourage critical thinking and critical media literacy
  • Inspire your child to do good (Philippians 4:8)
  • Discuss age appropriate cybersafe practices with your children
  •  Have open, factual and honest discussions with children about sex, gender, relationships, sexual consent and pornography
  • Be open and transparent with access to devices – never allow a young child to have a device in their bedroom for unsupervised access
  • Build confidence and resilience
  • Assist children to develop assertive communication skills

Later this year, we will be having parent and child evenings where relationships and personal development will be featured. We hope this may be a starting point for positive safety conversations with your children but I urge you not to wait until then, start the conversation today.

At Grace we do have a Child Protection policy on our website and if you have concerns, please access it to support your thinking to keep our children as safe as possible. You are also welcome to contact the school at any time if you have any concerns.


Staffing update

It is with sadness that we farewell two staff members this term.  Our Receptionist, Mrs Jessika Cameron has announced her resignation effective Friday 27 March. Jess is moving to Melbourne with her husband.  Mrs Deb Whitby has left our GOSHC team too and we wish them both the very best for their futures.

Trudy Moala
Principal

Highlights from the Wizard of Oz

Wizard of Oz Musical

What an amazing group of performers we have! 166 students, four shows and hundreds of hearts bursting with pride. We are so proud of our students, staff and the support from our community.


THANK YOU TO OUR MUSICAL SPONSORS!

With only one sleep to go till our ‘Wizard of Oz’ school musical performances begin at the Redcliffe Cultural Centre, we would love to give a big shout out thank you to our Musical Sponsors. Without you our musical wouldn’t be as fabulous as it’s shaping up to be!

Trivia Night Auction Prizes & Sponsors

We are very excited to be welcoming Frank De Raandt from Kindred Real Estate to conduct our auction. There will be 6 auction items. Our auction items are:

  1. – $1200 Tennis Bracelet with 1 Carat TW of Diamonds in Sterling Silver from Michael Hill Jewellers
    Donated by Anthea Noble (Parent of 1N & 3H)
  2. – Allocated car park + GLPS merchandise – the carpark near the Parent Hub will be for your exclusive use for the remainder of this school year through to the end of Term 3, 2020.
  3. – 3 day (off peak) stay in one of Leisure Caravan’s 5 Star Caravans. This is an inclusive package – cost of hire, booking fee and service fee included. We’ll even clean the toilet and provide linen! For anyone not able to tow the van Leisure Caravan is happy to tow & set up within 100km of Grace. Caravan park site/fees aren’t included – winner can book their own! Insurance and Roadside assistance included in the booking fee. Excess is set at $1500 – can reduce this at own cost. **$1500 security bond will be applicable.
    Donated by: Julie & Sandor Antal (1N Parents and Prep 2021) – Leisure Caravans
  4. – $150 Visa Card voucher + book pack
    Donated by Caporn Piling – Bec & Greg (Parents of PB & 2W) and GLPS library
  5. – Athletes Foot $70 voucher + Skate Connection $50 gift card + table tennis table and equipment
    Donated by Shelly Hedley & Brett Vowles (Parents of 4A & PR) and GLPS PE department
  6. – Westpac – 4 x golf umbrellas and ball sets + $150 hamper Crew Law
    Donated by Rebecca and Shane Crew (Parents 4W)

Thank you to our wonderful Grace families for donating these fabulous prizes.

We will also be accepting silent bids from those in our community who are unable to attend the event. If you would like to put in a bid, please email Jo Forrest (JoanneForrest@glps.qld.edu.au) with your bid for your chance to win.

We would also like to acknowledge Cr Karl Winchester, Yvette D’Ath MP, Luke Howarth  MP, Kindred Group and Sesame Lane for their contributions to help make this night amazing.

We look forward to a great night and thank you for supporting this GLPS community event.

Bayside Community Care

Cans of Food for Bayside Community Care

The rest of this term we will be supporting the service work of the Bayside Community Care group.  This group is made up of volunteers from the Grace Lutheran Church congregation who prepare small food packages and hampers of non-perishable canned and packaged food items for families in need and homeless people in the Redcliffe area.
Your chapel offerings and donations of cans of food helps to support this organisation to assist others in great need. Please support our school’s service focus by encouraging your child to bring a non-perishable item to school.

 

 

 

It’s Disco Time

Cost: $10 DJ |

MUSIC | DANCING | FUN TIMES

DISCO SESSIONS
Prep 3.15pm – 4.15pm
Years 1 – 4.15pm – 5.15pm
Years 1 – 3 5.30pm – 6.30pm
Years 4 – 6 6.45pm – 7.45pm

Tickets for school disco are selling fast.  Please book online via this link here.

 


Karen Misso
Marketing and Events Coordinator

 

Year 5 & 6 Fathers and Sons Event

Year 5 and 6 Fathers and Sons Event

On Thursday 27 August 2020 at 5:15 pm – 7:30 pm the Year 5 & 6 Fathers and Sons night will be held at the Grace Primary Hall. There will be a BBQ and games first and then at 6 pm the session will start in the Hall.

The Let’s Chat Education www.letschateducation.com.au  gives a supportive interactive session on ‘My Changing Body’.

Social distancing will occur between adults and the number of attendees is required to be capped at sixty people in total.
The cost is $5 per person and ticket sales are available online via this link here.

Mr Oliver Denny will be overseeing this event and looks forward to engaging in this time with Dads (or parent) and their sons.

 


Karen Misso
Marketing and Events Coordinator

 

The Pink Hat Appeal

Hi! We are Samantha (6K), Jennifer (6K) and Mary (6B) and we are raising money through the SchoolAidTrust https://schoolaidtrust.com/profile/the-pink-hat-appeal to make care packs for the homeless, those at risk of homelessness and those people “in need” living in Redcliffe. Our fund raiser is called “The Pink Hat Appeal” and the story behind our name is on our School Aid profile (hyperlink above). We are distributing the care packs through The Redcliffe Breakfast Club (more information about the Breakfast Club is located https://thebreakfastclubredcliffe.weebly.com/).

On the holidays we went and met with the volunteers at The Redcliffe Breakfast Club and found out exactly what they need to help assist others. On our Pink Hat Appeal profile we have outlined the care packs we are making. For a $10 donation we are able to put together either a Crisis Pack (for those who are new to living on the streets) or a Meal Pack that has enough non perishable food for one or two meals. For a $5 donation we will put together a Shower Pack or a Snack Pack. These packs will be given out when The Breakfast Club van is on the streets assisting those in need.

Our target is $1000 by the end of this term. You can donate by going to our profile page at https://schoolaidtrust.com/profile/the-pink-hat-appeal

Luke Howarth the Assistant Minister for Community Housing, Homelessness and Community Services kindly donated a hamper for us to raffle. Congratulations to the Lawless family the winner of the raffle!

We will be having a ‘Fun Hat Day’ on 10 September.  More details coming soon.

Thank you for your support.

The Pink Hat Appeal

Hi! We are Samantha (6K), Jennifer (6K) and Mary (6B) and we are raising money through the SchoolAidTrust https://schoolaidtrust.com/profile/the-pink-hat-appeal to make care packs for the homeless, those at risk of homelessness and those people “in need” living in Redcliffe. Our fund raiser is called “The Pink Hat Appeal” and the story behind our name is on our School Aid profile (hyperlink above). We are distributing the care packs through The Redcliffe Breakfast Club (more information about the Breakfast Club is located https://thebreakfastclubredcliffe.weebly.com/).

On the holidays we went and met with the volunteers at The Redcliffe Breakfast Club and found out exactly what they need to help assist others. On our Pink Hat Appeal profile we have outlined the care packs we are making. For a $10 donation we are able to put together either a Crisis Pack (for those who are new to living on the streets) or a Meal Pack that has enough non perishable food for one or two meals. For a $5 donation we will put together a Shower Pack or a Snack Pack. These packs will be given out when The Breakfast Club van is on the streets assisting those in need.

Our target is $1000 by the end of this term. You can donate by going to our profile page at https://schoolaidtrust.com/profile/the-pink-hat-appeal

Last Friday we met with Luke Howarth who is the Assistant Minister for Community Housing, Homelessness and Community Services. His office has kindly donated a gorgeous hamper for us to raffle to donate money to our cause. Look out for the hamper in reception!

50th Birthday Card Competition

Winner will receive a $50 voucher to spend at Skate Connection, Northlakes. Entries are due 3rd August.
 

ICAS Assessments – English & Mathematics

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 over 35 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, and are created for an international audience.

Assessments will be completed online at school for students whose families register for their child and pay the $15.95 fee for each assessment. For more information about ICAS Assessments and how to register your child, please refer to the letter that was emailed out to Year 2 – 6 families. Any inquiries about ICAS assessments can be directed to Jasmine Deighton.


Jasmine Deighton
Deputy Principal Teaching and Learning

 

Celebrating 50 Years – Gala Dinner

Book Your Tickets Online Today

Our 50th Anniversary Gala Dinner on Saturday 23 October at Dolphins Leagues Club VIP stadium venue is going to be magical celebration of the old and the new @ Grace and a night to remember – one not to be missed! We would love to celebrate 50 years of Grace Primary with our Grace families & staff, past and present.

Tickets are $120 each or Table of 10 @ $1200. If you wish to buy one or two tickets, simply identify your group seating preference and we will place you together where we can. Ticket price includes: 3-course meal and drinks and entertainment.

To purchase tickets please go to our school’s shop on the website

Ticket sales close 14 October 2021

For any questions about our school events please email events@glps.qld.edu.au

Karen Misso & Jessika Cameron
Marketing and Events

Celebrating 50 Years – Gala Dinner

Book Your Tickets Online Today

Our 50th Anniversary Gala Dinner on Saturday 23 October is shaping up to be an amazing night – one not to be missed! Make sure you book your tickets and organise your group for a table of 10 to avoid disappointment as it will be a capped event. Individual tickets and table bookings are available NOW for purchase online here.

Here is the latest on GLPS event changes:

Back to Grace Evening 20 August – POSTPONED to 2022
Character Dress Up Day & Parade 26 August – Going ahead unless notified otherwise. No parents allowed.
Father’s Day Stall  2 & 3 September  – Stall will open for students only, supervised by Teachers
Father’s Day Event 3 September – CANCELLED FOR 2021
Gala Dinner 23 October – Event will take place as planned unless notified otherwise
Dance Eisteddfod 26 October – TBC closer to the date
Carols on the Green 3 December – CANCELLED FOR 2021

For any questions about our school events please email events@glps.qld.edu.au

Karen Misso & Jessika Cameron
Marketing and Events

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
Entertainment
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 events@glps.qld.edu.au

Karen Misso & Jessika Cameron
Marketing and Events Team

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
Entertainment
Elegant Cocktail Attire

Tickets on sale Monday 26 July online via our school’s website here.   Ticket sales close 20 September 2021


School Disco

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 events@glps.qld.edu.au

Karen Misso & Jessika Cameron
Marketing and Events Team

GOSHC Holiday Program

Looking for fun activities for the kids over the holidays.  This is what GOSHC has planned  June-July – Vacation Care 2021 .



Little Roarers is back and will be rolled out in an all new format, in collaboration with ‘The Football Hub’ At H28 Elite Football Facility.

This exciting new program format is for ALL children aged 2-5 years old and will enable children of all abilities to discover football and love the game from a young age.

To celebrate the launch of this program, Brisbane Roar and The Football Hub are inviting ALL interested juniors 2 – 5 years old to attend our Come & Try Day these school holidays on Tuesday June 29, for a small fee of just $5.
Session times are:
9am – 9:45am
10am – 10:45am
11am – 11:45am
The program will be available from Term 3 onwards and will operate as 3 x 45min session time-slots per day Monday to Friday from 9am, 10am, and 11am at a cost of $25.00 per casual session. Parents can also opt to pay per term with a $200.00 up-front fee, with each child receiving an exclusive ‘Little Roarers’ shirt. Registrations for Term 3 will be open soon.

Register now for the Come & Try Day!

Upcoming School Events

Upcoming School Events

Next Friday on the last day of school, we would like to warmly welcome you to our Learning Expo. From 8:30 – 9:30am, our classrooms will be open and our learners will be presenting their learning to you – our audience! Having an audience where dialogue, discussion and debate can occur is so beneficial to the learning process. Our learners are also feeling proud and would like to celebrate with you. We would also really encourage families to go and visit other classes and year levels to celebrate the learning of our community. For those families that won’t be able to attend due to other commitments, we will endeavour to share our learning with you on Seesaw too.


TRIVIA NIGHT

Our Trivia Night is coming up on 24 July.  Grab your friends and join us for a fun night. Tickets are on sale now via this link.

 

Celebrating 50 Years

 BACK TO GRACE

Our next 50th event is our ‘Back to Grace’ evening on 20 August.  If you would would to join us for this evening, please RSVP here.


SAVE THE DATE


Karen Misso & Jessika Cameron
Marketing and Events

From the Events Team

We have lots of exciting events coming up.  We would love to see you there!

TRIVIA NIGHT

Our Trivia Night is coming up on 24 July.  Grab your friends and join us for a fun night. Tickets go on sale 11 June.


 BACK TO GRACE

Our next 50th event is our ‘Back to Grace’ evening on 20 August.  If you would would to join us for this evening, please RSVP here.


SAVE THE DATE


TWILIGHT CARNIVAL WRAP UP

OH WHAT A NIGHT OUR TWILIGHT CARNIVAL WAS!

WOW what a gold and glittering night we had on Friday 30 April – even the rain didn’t put a dampner on all the fun! Since then we have been busily cleaning up and packing away everything from our first ever Twilight Carnival. There have been flash sales at school to sell leftover pizzas, excess plants and pots were successfully added and sold on our Mother’s Day stall last week, we have been compiling photos – if you have any to share please email them through to events@glps.qld.edu.au, thanking our sponsors, and our business office team have been number crunching to see how much we raised to go towards our school pool project.

Overall it was a HUGE team effort from so many people, particularly to our stall convenors (many of who were staff or Pool Project committee members this time round), set up and pack down crews and all the stall volunteers and we whole heartedly say THANK YOU! It is teams like these that make magical community events like our Twilight Carnival happen. And it was a big success regardless of the weather or how much money we raise, as we noticed even when we were super busy we were all still smiling and everyone stayed safe and importantly the children were all having lots of fun, creating lifelong childhood memories… they are still raving about it here at school, so to our team here that equals success.

Shout Out To Join Our Events Committee

Thank you to all our volunteers for Twilight Carnival. We couldn’t have done it without you! A big thank you to our Mothers’ Day Stall helpers too… you were amazing and brought joy to our students.

We have many more sparkling events coming up to celebrate the remainder of our 50th anniversary and we are looking to pull an events volunteer committee together to help us make Grace sparkle and shimmer at these golden events.

It takes a team to pull memorable events together and our past volunteers all agree that it’s so much fun and firm friendships are made along the way.

The type of activities we may need help with at times include set up and pack down, sponsorship and donations, and working at the event. If this sounds like YOU, to register your interest to join our events team please email us at events@glps.qld.edu.au


50TH TOGETHER WITH SERVICE
On Sunday 16 May, we celebrated our 50th at a ‘Together with Service’ at Grace Lutheran College.

Thank you to our students who performed on the day. It was a beautiful service.

The highlight of course were our special guests, past Principals Mr Matuschka, Mr Smyth, Mr Hammer and Mrs Gregory and also Mrs Bateson (the 1st teacher at Grace).

It was lovely to see many familiar faces of past staff, parents and students.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Karen Misso & Jessika Cameron
Marketing and Events

From the Events Team

2021 is a Twilight Carnival Year!

 

 


Karen Misso & Jessika Cameron
Marketing and Events

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

Twilight Carnival – 6 weeks to go!

2021 is a Twilight Carnival Year!

To make this event super special and a big success, 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.

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 events@glps.qld.edu.au

RIDE ARM BANDS

There will be lots of fun rides including Round Up, Super Slide, Cup & Saucer, Lion Safari Bouncer Jumping Castle, Cha Cha and a mystery ride.  Carnival ride armbands are on sale now via our School Shop. Please click here to purchase arm bands.

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.


Karen Misso & Jessika Cameron
Marketing and Events

Twilight Carnival – 71 days to go!

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!

71 DAYS TO GO!

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 events@glps.qld.edu.au

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:

‘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:
 Chocolate
 Books
 Plants

 Cakes and slices and so on.

Mrs L is also working hard on an exciting stage program which will include our very own ‘Opera on the Green’ on the Main Stage. 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.


Karen Misso & Jessika Cameron
Marketing and Events

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 events@glps.qld.edu.au

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:

STALLCONVENOR
Face painting & crazy hairPrep
Chocolate ThrowYear 1
Bake/Cake StallYear 2
Gold & Glitter ShopYear 3
Plant stallYear 4
Lucky Dip & Jar TombolaYear 5
Candy Bar - lollies, fairy floss & popcornYear 6
Surprise STEM ActivityMr Harper
Surprise Sport ActivityMrs Marks
Book StallMrs Stock & Grace Congregation
Eco AwareMrs Deighton & Eco Marine Team
Cent AuctionMrs Moala & Administration Team
GLPS History/Information DisplayMrs 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:
 Chocolate
 Books
 Plants
 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 (events@glps.qld.edu.au).

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.

Scheduled Events
Term 1
Wednesday 17 March  Heritage Day for Students

Term 2
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

Term 3
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

Term 4
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 (events@glps.qld.edu.au)


Karen Misso & Jessika Cameron
Marketing and Marketing

News from the Events Team

A BIG THANK YOU TO OUR 2020 PARENT REP TEAM

This year we had 26 wonderful Parent Reps at Grace Primary who helped keep all our families up to date on everything happening at school, which was no mean feat in a Covid 19 year where families were unable to come on campus for an extended period. From everyone at Grace we thank you for taking on this key role with care, commitment and passion for our school community and it’s beautiful students and have appreciated your efforts and involvement through events and class celebrations, weekly text and Facebook year level page updates, as well as all the social gatherings we have been allowed to have during this Covid time. I’m glad we had the opportunity last week to celebrate the team’s achievements for 2020. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Next Year

If you would like to be part of our 2021 Parent Rep team please email us on events@glps.qld.edu.au. I’m sure you’ll find it a rewarding and heartwarming experience and one which our team and the entire school community is certainly grateful for.

CELEBRATING 50 GOLDEN YEARS OF GRACE LUTHERAN PRIMARY

We have some exciting events happening in 2021.  We hope you can join us to celebrate.

Scheduled Events
Term 1
Thursday 4 February First Chapel
Wednesday 17 March  Heritage Day for Students

Term 2
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

Term 3
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

Term 4
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 (events@glps.qld.edu.au)


Karen Misso
Marketing and Events Coordinator

Upcoming Events @ GLPS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Events @ GLPS

Year 5 and 6 Mothers and Daughters High Tea and Personal Development Session

On Wednesday 4 November, Grace Primary is delighted to invite our Year 5 and 6 girls and their mothers/carers to a high tea and Let’s Chat personal development session in the Hall. The evening starts at 5 pm with the High Tea, followed by chat time table games and then at 6pm the “My Changing Body” presentation by Mandy from the Lets’ Chat organisation will occur. As this event is capped at sixty people parents are urged to purchase their tickets as soon as possible to avoid missing out on this opportunity. We look forward to the wonderful catering food from Penelope’s Pantry and service of this food by the caring Grace Lutheran Congregation members which will help make this a wonderful time of relationship building and connection with our Year 5 and 6 Mothers and Daughters.

To purchase tickets to this event, please CLICK HERE.


World Teachers Day

At Grace Primary this year we are celebrating World Teachers Day on Thursday 29 October.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drop Off With Dad – What a wonderful morning

What a fantastic morning at Grace Primary! Thank you to so many Dads for coming along to drop off their child or children today. Thank you to Kindred for bringing along Petero Civinoceva to throw the ball about with dads and students on the oval. We all enjoyed a bacon and egg roll and a coffee or hot drink from our new Café Charis which is now open for business! Happy Fathers’ Day to all our dads!

THANKS TO OUR EVENT SPONSOR

KINDRED GROUP

Fathers’ Day Raffle

Fathers’ Day Raffle – Tickets On Sale NOW!

Win incredible prizes for Dad in our Fathers’ Day raffle – tickets are on sale now for $2 each or 3 for $5 with cash only sales this week at school drop off and pick up at the Dalton Oval gate or anytime until 3pm 3 September online via the school shop by clicking here.  All proceeds go towards our school Pool Project. Prizes include a signed Broncos jersey, sports packs, coffee vouchers, athletes foot voucher, skate connection voucher and more. A big thank you to our sponsors. Raffle will be drawn at our Fathers’ Day Drop Off With Dad Morning @ Grace on Friday 4 September.

 

Upcoming Events @ GLPS

Grace Mothers’ Night Out – Thursday 17 September 6-10pm @ Suttons Beach Pavilion

Tickets $40 which includes canapes, a glass of bubbles, and lots of fun together. Arrive at 6pm to toast the sunset and watch the moon rise over Moreton Bay. There will be an auction and raffles to raise funds for our Pool Project… and of course there will be a fantastic private bar. Invites will be out next week to all Grace mums. Please note the change in date from 10 September to 17 September.

Cyber Safety Event for Parents

We live in a digital world, full of technology. The benefits are many; however, the internet can also be a scary and dangerous place. Please join us as Brett Lee, former Queensland Police Officer, informs and empowers parents to take control of technology, set rules and boundaries in the home whilst working hand in hand with teachers and educators. Brett will share simple, powerful and effective messages that are actionable to protect your children.

Please register via this link here

 

 

 

Upcoming Events @ GLPS

Year 5 and 6 Fathers and Sons and Mothers and Daughters events

Every second year Grace Primary offers a special personal development session for Year 5 and 6 students and their parent/s.
The Let’s Chat Education www.letschateducation.com.au presenter gives a supportive interactive session on ‘My Changing Body’ for sons and fathers and a separate one for daughters and mothers (booked for 4 November 2020).

On Thursday 27 August 2020 at 5:15 pm – 7:30 pm the Year 5 & 6 Fathers and Sons night will be held at the Grace Primary Hall. There will be a BBQ and games first and then at 6 pm the session will start in the Hall. Social distancing will occur between adults and the number of attendees is required to be capped at sixty people in total.

The cost is $5 per person and ticket sales are available online via this link here.
Mr Oliver Denny will be overseeing this event and looks forward to engaging in this time with Dads (or parent) and their sons.

It’s Disco Time

Cost: $10 DJ |

MUSIC | DANCING | FUN TIMES

DISCO SESSIONS
Prep 3.15pm – 4.15pm
Years 1 – 3 5.30pm – 6.30pm
Years 4 – 6 6.45pm – 7.45pm

Tickets for school disco are selling fast.  Please book online via this link here.

GLPS Trivia Night

We have had an amazing response to our Trivia Night.  Please note all tickets have been sold for this event.

 


Karen Misso
Marketing and Events Coordinator

 

Making a Splash @ Grace Primary

Our Pool & How You Can Help

The Grace Primary Master Plan was recently shared with our school families and identifies a key project of a proposed 6 lane 25m swimming pool. Whilst work continues on design and management plans for this proposed facility, now is the time for our community to start working on a pool fundraising program to make our pool a reality. With this in mind, we have formed a Swimming Pool Fundraising Committee at Grace. A big thank you to our school family committee members Lyndsay Lawler, Penny Pettingill, Andrea and David Cunningham, Mel Whiddett and Melanie Metheringham. Our target is $500,000 so there is much work to be done. This group will be seeking the support and involvement of our entire school community to roll out our pool fundraising plans, so please get involved where you can. More details will be shared in the next issue of Ripples.


Karen Misso
Marketing and Events Coordinator

 

From the Principal

Education Sunday Service this Sunday

Parents are reminded that this Sunday (23 Feb) our Education Sunday service will occur commencing at 8:30a.m. in the school hall. We hope all families come along and help celebrate schools and education with our Grace Lutheran Congregation.


Notification of Contagious Diseases at Grace

At Grace Primary, we are very quick to advise all parents of any contagious illnesses are circulating amongst the students in our school. This is so parents can make decisions about their own child especially if symptoms occur. We appreciate parents advising us of any diagnosed illnesses so we can advise our whole community. We must have a doctor’s diagnosis rather than a parent thinking his/her child has a particular condition because in our school we have young children with chronic conditions and when a particular illness is in our school (chicken pox, influenza, school sores or other contagious illnesses) we advise them directly as sometimes they need specialist care to ensure their well-being. It is interesting to note that nearly 99% of our students are immunised and yet some illnesses for which children are immunised still circulate, hence us advising our whole community when there is a diagnosis in our school.

Please be further advised that when a situation occurs such as the current Corona virus, we are advised by the Department of Health, ISQ (Independent Schools’ Queensland) and LEQ (Lutheran Education Queensland) to ensure we have up to date and relevant information to disseminate amongst our families. The latest advice is that students coming from Hong Kong are no longer at risk and requiring quarantining, only students who have recently been in China.

Our staff ask students to regularly wash their hands and wherever possible, fresh air is allowed through the classrooms to avoid any contagions taking hold in our school. We do have viruses though which children share about and we do try to keep you informed if this happens. If your child is unwell, we appreciate it if you keep him/her home as the risk to all is then minimalised.


Chickens

Some of our observant students and parents have noted that our chickens are no longer in our school. We had to make the difficult decision to have them taken off site for a variety of reasons. Firstly, the chickens over the holidays and weekends were becoming distressed at not being able to roam free and secondly, during the very inclement recent weather, their physical condition deteriorated. A family purchased the chicken coop and took the chickens to a property so that they could live out their lives happily.


Carpark

A parent has reported to us his concern about parents turning right out of the Dalton Oval carpark. This is extremely dangerous and we ask that parents only turn left out of this carpark. To control this in the past, we have alerted police who fine people not abiding by the rule of left turn only and we ask all parents to be completely safe around our school grounds to avoid any accidents or incidents where children may be hurt.

Trudy Moala
Principal

Community News

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”.


Kathy Stock

Deputy Principal, Student Wellbeing

Grace Team Spirit

What is the Grace Primary Team Spirit Day all about? Is it just about football? Is it about rivalry and competition? Is it about the Food Deal? Or the cool outfits we can wear? Sometimes it may seem like these are our focus points for the day, but our aim is to build community spirit and encourage one another to work together to achieve.

Team Spirit Day at our school is an opportunity where student can engage team games or activities that are engaging, fun and serve to promote the understanding of TEAM. (Together Everyone Achieves More)

The Student Representative Council have met and planned the day and each rep has taken on the responsibility to prepare, set up and run their activity with supervision support from a teacher.

Students can sign on for one activity per play break session. The activities can be active games such as Volleyball, Capture the Flag or Boot Ball. However, for those who want something creative and artistic, teams for Dancing, Art Expression, Lego Masters and Chalk Drawing Art is offered.

Most students love to engage in relays and this builds their ‘self-worth’ as a contributor and helps them develop cooperation, collaboration and negotiation skills to work as a TEAM.

The Play is the Way concepts are incorporated also. “Do your Personal Best, no matter who you work with” and ‘Treat others as you would like them to treat you’, are as such, goals to help students on their pathway to empathy.

Grace Team Spirit Day allows students to engage with other year level peers in a team setting that promotes collaboration and participation and is definitely FUN! Stickers may be given to those who show TEAM SPIRIT in their efforts, cooperation and acceptance of others in the TEAM activity.

Whilst students engage in wearing Team outfits, the 2021 State of Origin NRL match is recognized as a great time to celebrate this event within this learning opportunity.

Parents, Teachers, Teacher Aides and Medical Professionals also practise TEAM work when we take time to meet, share and listen to one another about student learning progress. Last term’s Parent Teacher Conferences added value to this goal and resolves to have a greater collaborative approach to enriching a TEAM effort for each student.

TEAM work is encouraged at Grace as it focuses on relationship and community building. The ultimate goal of sharing God’s love and Growing in Grace with others at our school, is evident when we serve together as a TEAM so that others are uplifted, loved and supported in our community.

 


Kathy Stock

Deputy Principal, Student Wellbeing

Deputy’s Desk

Student Arrival Time

Arrival time at Grace Primary is from 8:00 am to 8:24 am, as the school day officially starts at 8:25 am.
Exceptions to this are when students arrive for co-curricular enrolled classes such as dance and instrumental classes or activities such as Clean Crew and Running Club. Other students take the early bus to school. These exceptions are supervised by a staff member.

Parents who require their child to be at school earlier than 8:00 am need to enroll their child in GOSHC, to ensure they are supervised and cared for in the Grace Primary School grounds. As the safety and wellbeing of your child/ren is of paramount importance to us, please note that rostered staff supervision occurs from 8:00 am at GLPS.
Also, students who arrive later than 8:25 am may miss out on Student Notices and key information about the class day’s plan or routine. Sometimes these children need to play ‘catch up’ during the day as they have missed this time of sharing and support.

Please contact the school if you need to discuss your family’s situation or if you need information about enrolling your child in Grace Outside School Hours Care (GOSHC).

Kathy Stock, Deputy Principal – Student Wellbeing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Kathy Stock

Deputy Principal, Student Wellbeing

Deputy’s Desk

Virtual National School Aid Accreditation Certificate Presentation

Grace Lutheran Primary School was amongst eight schools to receive this accreditation certificate. The certificate is awarded to School Aid aligned schools who engage in philanthropy, awareness of community and overseas needs and practise service learning. His excellency the Governor General Mr Hurley and Mrs Hurley were present via conference call to award this to each school.

Our current Year 6 School Aid delegates who represented Grace Primary were Samantha, Maxwell, Eli and Frankie. Our students were wonderful ambassadors and accepted the certificate with pride and gratitude.

The ceremony was quite significant as the Year 6 students were presented the certificate with a citation stating the philanthropy projects done last year such as the Redcliffe Breakfast Club backpack Appeal and raising funds for the extra Boccia sets and ramps for the Redcliffe and Woody Point Special Schools. This year the SRC and School Aid group have been focusing on a Gratitude focus for our school staff and volunteers. On behalf of the group, Samantha was able to share a new project just started called The Pink Hat Appeal Care Packs.

Loose Parts Play

Students enjoy problem-solving, creating and engaging with one another with our Loose Parts Play items.
Your support in providing long pieces of tarp or fabric and safe utensils and equipment such as: cooking pots, cake tins, small pans, wooden or metal ladles, small jugs and strong plastic plates and cups would help our students even more to enjoy creative and dramatic play with one another. All donations of such items can be brought through to reception and passed on to the team to sort. Your help is appreciated.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Kathy Stock

Deputy Principal, Student Wellbeing

Deputy’s Desk

Requests for Loose Parts Play Items

Loose Parts Play continues to be a valuable and popular play break choice for many of our students.

As it is used so much, items become damaged and need to be replaced and so our supply is in regular need of replenishment and restocking. Many items can be donated from households, if they are clean, safe and in reasonable condition with no damaged parts or sharp edges. Please support this form of social play, learning and problem solving by donating any of the following items and bringing them to the STEM room to enhance Loose Parts Play Learning for our students.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Small metal cake tins, pots, pans, teapots, cups, jugs, colanders, bowls,
  • Plastic and sturdy utensils (Ladels, large spoons, tongs, egg flips)
  • Plastic cube milk crates, strong plastic buckets and tubs
  • Large cylinder PVC piping and assorted PVC joints
  • Flexible plastic tubing – various lengths
  • 1-4 metre rope pieces
  • Plastic Tarps
    Durable plastic plates, Tupperware, cups, bowls, sieves, large spoons, containers
  • 2 – 6 metre Fabric pieces
  • Natural items such as smooth stones, shells, seed pods, pine cones, wood logs and stumps.

Thank you for your support in promoting Loose Parts Play creative learning with these donations.


Showing Gratitude for our Community

The Student Representative Council (SRC) this fortnight focused on recognising the contributions of our traffic controllers. Our four traffic controllers work diligently to help keep our students and families safe when crossing Maine Road. The SRC students in their meeting time, wrote cards of thanks, prayers and decorated gift bags containing small treats to thank these wonderful people who are connected to and support the safety of our Grace Primary community.

Two Year 4 SRC members (Totti and Sibella) were delighted to present these gifts of gratitude to our Maine Road Pedestrian Crossing Traffic Controllers

Angela Fogarty (Mum of Savannah in PW),
Megan Lyons (Mum of Emily in 4W),
Patricia Gibson (Grandmother of Elijah in 1P) and
Michael Cooper.

Kathy Stock
Deputy Principal, Student Wellbeing

2022 Prep Info Night

 

Community News

Holiday Fun

Looking for something your children can do over the holidays.

Redcliffe Tennis Centre 

Our Holiday Clinics are back!  Get in touch with us to book your child/ren in for our mid-year school holiday clinics!!! We’re also back at Grace. If you would like your child to join our tennis mornings, please call us on 3284 2349.  Thank you families for your support.

www.focustennisacademy.com.au


Glasshouse Region Girl Guides

Do you like having fun, having adventures, challenging yourself, developing leadership skills, doing arts & crafts and enjoying the great outdoors but above all having fun with friends in a safe environment? Then Girl Guides is the place for you!

Girl Guides provide s a safe and fun environment for all girls, supporting growth and development for all ability levels.

We have units with vacancies for girls aged from 5 years (or prep) through to 17 years old, and if you are over 18 we would love you join us in a leadership or volunteer role. With 4 weeks free trial, it’s never too late to join!

Our new Glasshouse Region has units spread from Lawnton to Caloundra and all the areas in between just waiting to hear from you, so if you are interested or would like more information please contact Glasshouseregion@guidesqld.org for more details.
 


 

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.
We learnt:

“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.

 

Other News

From the Library

ALL Grace Primary books and home readers are now due back to the Library. Parents/guardians please help with ensuring that all books are returned now. Unfortunately, there is no holiday borrowing over the Christmas break as staff will be stocktaking to ensure all books have been returned.
Thank you to everyone for your continued support throughout the year.

Don’t forget to check out your local Council libraries to see what wonderful activities are being run these holidays or just to peruse the fantastic collection of books and other resources on offer.

We hope everyone has a relaxing and blessed Holiday Break shared with family and friends.

Elaine Varley


School Uniform for 2021

A friendly reminder that this year is the last year for students to wear the old uniform. All students in 2021, need to be in the new blue uniform. The only students in 2021 who may wear old uniform will be Year 6 students.

The Uniform Shop will have additional opening times in December and January.

General Purchasing
General purchasing times are for parents who do not require any sizing/fitting. Typically these parents will be existing families who need to purchase some additional items, exchange or collect online orders in preparation for the 2021 school year.

Appointments
Fifteen minute appointments will be available for families who require sizing/fitting. Appointments are for new families purchasing uniforms for the first time, children are moving into Year 1 and are buying the dress uniform for the first time, or any other families whose child/children need to be re-sized/re-fitted. If you have more than one student to be fitted, please select a 15 min timeslot for EACH.
To book an appointment time, please visit the USM website here.

For more details you can contact the Uniform shop on 3283 0022.


Operation Christmas Child

Thank you for supporting Operation Christmas Child this year.  We dropped off 100 boxes to be sent to children in a third world country.

 

 

Other News

Student Arrival Time

Arrival time at Grace Primary is from 8:00 am to 8:24 am, as the school day officially starts at 8:25 am.
Exceptions to this are when students arrive for co-curricular enrolled classes such as dance and instrumental classes or activities such as Clean Crew and Running Club. Other students take the early bus to school. These exceptions are supervised by a staff member.

Parents who require their child to be at school earlier than 8:00 am need to enroll their child in GOSHC, to ensure they are supervised and cared for in the Grace Primary School grounds. As the safety and wellbeing of your child/ren is of paramount importance to us, please note that rostered staff supervision occurs from 8:00 am at GLPS.
Also, students who arrive later than 8:25 am may miss out on Student Notices and key information about the class day’s plan or routine. Sometimes these children need to play ‘catch up’ during the day as they have missed this time of sharing and support.

Please contact the school if you need to discuss your family’s situation or if you need information about enrolling your child in Grace Outside School Hours Care (GOSHC).

Kathy Stock, Deputy Principal – Student Wellbeing


Pink Hat Appeal

 

We are so proud of our Year 6 students Mary, Samantha and Jenny.  They have raised (with the help of Grace Primary) $1677 for the Pink Hat Appeal. They have used the $$$ to make meal packs, hygiene packs and crisis packs for people in need.


Pack a shoebox and bless a child this year!

Operation Christmas Child has begun.  If your family would like to do a box together, we have OCC boxes available at Reception or use an average size shoe box (no bigger than an A4 size).

We love this list of fabulous gift ideas!

Something to love – Cuddly toy, doll
Something for school – colouring pencils, sharpener, exercise book
Something to wear – dress, t-shirt, shorts, thongs
Something to play with – marbles, tennis ball, skipping rope, car, barbie
Something for personal hygiene – brush, soap, toothbrush, face washer

For specific gift suggestions, please visit the  Operation Christmas Child website.

Please note the ‘What not to include’ items: No liquids (shampoo, bubbles, drinks), sharp objects, scary things (war-related, masks etc), breakables, medicines or large clothing items.

If you have any questions, please contact Joelene in Reception.


Donating Items for Loose Parts Play

Loose Parts Play is a popular play break choice amongst Grace students. As parts are in high use and high demand, some become worn out or damaged and need replacing.
We are really needing to have safe, metal or plastic old pots, cups, any shaped cake tins, large stirring spoons, ladles, colanders, whisks, scoops, egg flips, scrappers, watering cans and plastic milk cube crates. Please support this play choice by bringing any of these items to reception to be included in the Loose Parts Play collection.

 


STEM

The STEM department would like to thank Pallet Masters of Clontarf. They are a local business that has been operating for more than 30 years. The team at Pallet Masters were very helpful when we were purchasing supplies for term four. Pallet Masters is located on Duffield Road and can help you with all your pallet needs.


Tuckshop

Can you help at the Tuckshop?
If you can spare anytime on Wednesdays, Thursdays and especially on Fridays (even just 30 minutes), please email Christina (Tuckshop@glps.qld.edu.au).


Uniform Shop

Uniform Shop is open on Tuesday & Thursday Mornings and Wednesday afternoons by appointment only.  To book your appointment, please click here.

Please note, the online shop is available 24/7 for all your uniform requirements and orders can be placed by visiting USM website.

We thank you for your understanding.

UMS
Phone: (07) 3283 0022  Email: uniformshop@glps.qld.edu.au

Library

Scholastic Book Club
Scholastic brochures have been sent home this week. Please place your online here by 2.30pm Thursday 27 August.

PLEASE NOTE – No cash orders will be accepted. All orders are to be done online.

Mrs Varley


Tuckshop

Can you help at the Tuckshop?
If you can spare anytime on Wednesdays, Thursdays and especially on Fridays (even just 30 minutes), please email Christina (Tuckshop@glps.qld.edu.au).


Uniform Shop

Uniform Shop is open on Tuesday & Thursday Mornings and Wednesday afternoons by appointment only.  To book your appointment, please click here.

Please note, the online shop is available 24/7 for all your uniform requirements and orders can be placed by visiting USM website.

We thank you for your understanding.

UMS
Phone: (07) 3283 0022  Email: uniformshop@glps.qld.edu.au

Other News

School Photo Day

Our school photo day is on Wednesday 17 June.  Students are to wear their blue formal uniform.  Please purchase your child’s photo pack online by visiting www.msp.com.au .   Sibling photos will only be taken if you have placed an order.  Sibling photos are between 8.15-8.40am.  If you have any question please contact MSP on 3865 4291.


Grandparent’s Day

We miss our grandparents and we love them but this year, we are sad to not have them at our school. We look forward to next year when we can again and wish all our grandparents safety and good health in 2020.


Vacation Care

School holidays are just around the corner. In the upcoming Vacation Care Program we will remain here at school for the holidays.  We have several exciting companies coming to spend some time with us at GOSHC. We have been working very hard to ensure the children are entertained for the whole day!  Please see the activities below.

If you are wanting to book in on any day, please see us for a booking form or contact us via email goshc@glps.qld.edu.au.


Please update your SMS absentee number

Grace Primary has changed their Absentee mobile number to 0477 752 423. Please ensure you update this in your phone’s contacts for future use. 


Uniform Shop

Online shop is available 24/7 for all your uniform requirements. If you require sizing you may visit Reception Tuesday and Wednesday mornings between 8am-9am.  umspl.com.au/pages/grace-lutheran-primary.

We thank you for your understanding.

UMS
Phone: (07) 3283 0022  Email: uniformshop@glps.qld.edu.au


 


Ignite Excellence Program

Grace Lutheran College is proud to launch the opening of applications for its Year 7 2021 Ignite Excellence Programs. Applications are due back at the College by 17 July 2020. Each Year 6 student has received an Ignite Excellence folder to take home, which includes brochures on each of the programs/opportunities including:

  • Ignite Excellence: Year 7 Mathematics and Science Program
  • Ignite Excellence: English Literature Program
  • Ignite Excellence: Sporting G.O.A.L.S Program
  • Ignite Excellence: GAME ON! Music Extension Program
  • Ignite Excellence: Dance Development
  • Ignite Excellence: FLEX (Foreign Languages Excellence)
  • Ignite Excellence: Flexible Learning Pathway
  • Ignite Excellence: Robotics

For more information on the programs go to www.glc.edu.au or contact Mrs L Forman (Academic Enrichment Coordinator) on 3203 0066 or via email at: leigh-ann_forman@glc.qld.edu.au

Deputy’s Desk

Happy Chappy Week!

Chappy Cam is our school chaplain! Grace Primary students have been blessed to enjoy Chappy Cam’s support each Tuesday and Thursday.  As well as running the Chess club each Tuesday play break, Chappy Cam plays a fair game of basketball with our very energetic upper school boys. He also sits with students in their eating breaks and builds rapport through showing an interest in them and what they like to do outside of school.  He has supported online Chapel services with his messages and shows God’s accepting love to all. As well our students have found Chappy Cam’s ‘10 minute Chappy Chats and Uno games’ the best.
From Prep –Year 6 various students have been supported with chats over friendship concerns, worries and behaviour choices through Chappy Cam’s active listening and positive accepting manner.

As part of their gratitude focus, the SRC group enjoyed making cards, writing letters, designing ‘Thank you’ craft pieces including a cross and a mini chess board, drawing pictures, and even creating a Chappy Cam Uno game!

Two SRC members presenting Chappy Cam with these ‘Thank you’ gifts and cards on Tuesday for Chappy Week.

Thank you Chappy Cam for being our school Chaplain and God Bless You!

 


Buddies – Learning Together!

Our Year 5 students learnt how to play the team ball game Captain Ball. They were required to learn the rules, write the rules and film themselves playing the game. They then followed through with the next part of the task, the following week, which was to be a ‘coach’ and teach and tutor their Prep buddies on how to play Captain Ball as a team. The Preps found out that they had to listen, follow instructions, and try to catch and throw the ball, as well have fun learning a new game. The Year 5 Buddies learnt quite few new skills on how to be a coach, including, how to explain rules and how to encourage and support younger students to participate and have fun in a team setting. This was learning on everyone’s part! Our Year 5 students with Mr Denny’s encouragement and positive support, soon realised that being a coach to young students can be a challenge and a joy, but above all, a great learning experience.

 

 

 

 

 

Kathy Stock
Deputy Principal, Student Wellbeing

Scholastic Book Club

Keep an eye out for Scholastic’s next catalogue.  There are some great books available. To check out the catalogue online, please visit www.scholastic.com.au/book-club/book-club-home/

Please order online through Scholastic’s LOOP portal. Cash orders will be accepted, however this will be the last time for cash.  All future orders must be made online.

Orders close on 9 June.

Thank you for your support

Elaine Varley

 


 

Uniform Shop

Online shop is available 24/7 for all your uniform requirements. If you require sizing you may visit Reception Tuesday and Wednesday mornings between 8am-9am. All orders must then be done through the online shop umspl.com.au/pages/grace-lutheran-primary.

We thank you for your understanding and patience in these uncertain times.

UMS
Phone: (07) 3283 0022  Email: uniformshop@glps.qld.edu.au


 Fatality Free Friday

Fatality Free Friday is an annual campaign run by the Australian Road Safety Foundation. It is Australia’s largest community-based road safety day to raise awareness of the human cost of careless driving by calling for extra vigilance behind the wheel. In 2020, the national day of action is Friday 29 May. The Department of Transport and Main Roads is proud to support this important campaign, and calls on all Queenslanders to take the pledge to choose road safety, not just on Fatality Free Friday, but every day.

Department of Transport and Main Roads

From the Library

Scholastic Book Club

Keep an eye out for Scholastic’s next catalogue.  There are some great books available. To check out the catalogue online, please visit www.scholastic.com.au/book-club/book-club-home/

All orders must be made online through Scholastic’s LOOP portal. Orders close on 9 June.

Thank you for your support

Mrs Varley

Gratitude for our hard working staff

Our Amazing Staff Teacher Aide and Support Team

The Student Representative Council (SRC) have considered how they can be a positive influence in this time of new regulations, uncertainty and change.  They have commented on how so many school staff have been asked to take on extra cleaning work as an additional part of their role at Grace Primary.  They have seen that surfaces, learning equipment, door handles, Ipads, playground items are sprayed with disinfectant and cleaned several times a day to help keep them safe and well.

The SRC group wanted to show them some appreciation for this work. Together they decided to decorate new gloves, write a ‘thank you note’ and give some chocolates as a gift to thank these wonderful staff members for their diligence and care.

The students were pleased to be able to express their gratitude, by personally handing these gift bags to these staff members.  A total of 12 gift bags were made up and distributed to our teacher aides and groundsman.

The SRC group learnt that showing gratitude in such a way was a big surprise to the staff and brought many happy smiles in return.

Mrs Kathy Stock
Deputy Principal (Student Well-being)

We Miss You

Camps at Grace this term

Year 3 and Year 5 students had a wonderful time at their Googa camp this term.

Year 1 Camp
Students had an awesome time at Australia Zoo and then had a sleep over in their classrooms.


Bayside Community Care thanks Grace Primary for their food donations

Thank you so much, to you and the GLPS community for the abundance of goods donated to BCC.
Your generosity and heart for those in need is much appreciated.

Janet Spann
BCC Coordinator

 

Operation Christmas Child begins in Term 4

To find out more information, please visit their website.

 

 

 

 

Parent Teacher Conferences

Term 3 Parent Teacher Conferences

Parents and teachers will soon be coming together for Term 3 Parent Teacher Conferences. Conference dates are Tuesday 14 September (between 3:30 – 7:00pm) and Wednesday 15 September (between 3:30 – 7:00pm).

All families are encouraged to make an appointment with their child’s class teacher. Appointments for conferences need to be made online via Parent Lounge in Whole School Communication. More information about Parent Teacher Conferences can be found in a letter to families that has been uploaded to Parent Lounge and Seesaw.

When attending conferences, parents are asked to:

  • Wear a face mask
  • Socially distance yourself with 1.5m with people that are not part of your household
  • Stay at home if you or a family member is unwell (call Reception if you are not able to make your appointment time, and the class teacher will contact you to arrange a new meeting time for when you are feeling better)
  • Apply hand sanitizer – sanitizer stations will be dotted around the school

Jasmine Deighton
Deputy Principal – Teaching and Learning

 

Other News and Reminders

Bus Zone

Moreton Regional Council has been in touch and has asked to send a reminder that there is no parking or stopping to drop your children off  at the front of the school in the bus zone. Please use the two minute Drop ‘n’ Go zone beyond the bus zone. No cars are permitted to stop, even briefly, in the bus zone, and fines can be issued for offending drivers. We would appreciate your assistance with this.


Friday 3 September is a normal school day for Grace Primary

Some schools in the area including Grace Lutheran College are having Friday as a Student Free. For Grace Primary, 3 September will be a normal school day for our students. Grace Lutheran College buses will be running as normal.


Prep Vision Screening –  Thursday 21 October

The deadline to submit your consent form for the Prep Vision Screening has been extended to Friday 17 September.  This is a free service run by QLD health. Please use the link placed on SeeSaw and Parent Lounge.


Donations for Loose Parts Play

Grace students enjoy playing with the Loose Parts Play, making and creating with the various safe household items parents have donated.

 

 

 

 

 

We are seeking donations from the below list:

  • 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.

Also we are looking for volunteers to take home the material the students use in Loose Parts Play to wash each week.  If this is something you can help with, please email Mrs Stock (kathystock@glps.qld.edu.au

Thank you


Character Dress Up Day – What a magical Day!


BAYSIDE COMMUNITY CARE – Food Hampers

Our focus for Chapel offering this term is the Bayside Community Care. BCC is run by Grace Lutheran Church volunteers who make up hampers for families needing support in the Redcliffe area.

From Monday 23 August – Thursday 9 September (Weeks 7-9), each class will be given a basket to fill with specific hamper items.

PLEASE ONLY bring in the follow food items to fill the classroom baskets. It is really helpful if the items have been newly purchased to ensure that the ‘use by date’ does not expire within a short time.

The HAMPER ITEMS are:

Students can also donate a gold coin so that perishable items (bread, margarine and butter) can be purchased to ensure that the hampers are complete and ready with fresh items.

Your help to support this valuable and needs service is greatly appreciated.


 

 

Father’s Day Raffle and Father’s Day Stall

Fathers’ Day Raffle @ Grace Primary

Don’t miss out!  There are great prizes to be won.

Tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5.  Prizes will be drawn 10am Friday 3 September.
Tickets can be purchased  via our school’s online shop

All funds raised go towards our school pool project.

 

Purchase your Raffle tickets here.


Father’s Day Stall – Thursday 3 & 4 September Friday

Father’s Day Raffle & Stall

Fathers’ Day Raffle @ Grace Primary

Have you bought your tickets yet?  

Tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5
Tickets on sale now until 10am Friday 3 September, via our school’s online shop
All funds raised go towards our school pool project.

PRIZES

Remington Barbers Best Hair Clipper valued at $80.00 – Proudly donated by Harvey Norman Rothwell
– Sennheiser HD 4.40BT Wireless Headphones valued at $200.00 – Proudly donated by Cellnet
– Wave Portable Speaker Outdoor Series III valued at $240.00 – Proudly donated by Cellnet
– Tommy Guns Hamper valued at $150.00 – Proudly donated by Tommy Guns
– 3 x Rebel Packs including Adidas Soccer Ball, Steeden Football & Water Bottle valued at $45.00 – Proudly donated by Rebel Sports

Purchase your Raffle tickets here.


Father’s Day Stall – Thursday 3 & Friday

 

Book Week Character Dress Up Day – Thursday 26 August

Are you ready for Character Dress Up Day next week.  Children can dress up as a character from their favourite book.  Please ensure that children have appropriate foot wear and a change of clothes, if costumes will inhibit normal school activities.

Looking forward to seeing everyone’s fabulous costumes.


Winners of the Animal Photography Competition 

Congratulations to our Year 6 leaders Harriet, Annabel, Isaac, Caitlin & Sarah, on running a fantastic and successful competition to raise funds for our school pool project.

Our leaders were so excited to receive each and every entry and are very proud to announce that together, our students raised a total of $454 to go towards our pool project.

The finalist for each category were chosen by our Year 6 leaders and the winners of each category were chosen by our staff.  Mrs Moala then selected our Grand Champion out of the winners.

Thank you to all who entered and participated and congratulations to our lucky winners.

All photos are displayed in the Library including the finalists, winners and grand champion.


Charis Coffee Shop

Did you know we have a Coffee Shop on site at Grace Primary. Charis is open each weekday 7-9am.  Stop in and get a great coffee and a hot chocolate for your little one at school drop off.


BAYSIDE COMMUNITY CARE – Food Hampers

Our focus for Chapel offering this term is the Bayside Community Care. BCC is run by Grace Lutheran Church volunteers who make up hampers for families needing support in the Redcliffe area.

From Monday 23 August – Thursday 9 September (Weeks 7-9), each class will be given a basket to fill with specific hamper items.

PLEASE ONLY bring in the follow food items to fill the classroom baskets. It is really helpful if the items have been newly purchased to ensure that the ‘use by date’ does not expire within a short time.

The HAMPER ITEMS are:

Students can also donate a gold coin so that perishable items (bread, margarine and butter) can be purchased to ensure that the hampers are complete and ready with fresh items.

YOUR help to support this valuable and needs service is greatly appreciated.


Making Grace a Safe Place

All parents are strongly encouraged to assist safety in our community by closely following instructions related to parking in a busy school area. Parents are reminded that in the Dalton Oval carpark, drivers are requested to reverse into the spaces, drive extremely carefully and slowly in an area in which there are many young children and make a left hand turn only out of the carpark (this is a Council regulation for which fines can apply).

A reminder that there is no parking at the front of the school, with the exception of the two minute drop ‘n go zone beyond the bus zone. No cars are permitted to stop, even briefly, in the bus zone, and fines can be issued for offending drivers.

When crossing Maine Road, please always use the marked crossing in front of the school. The crossing is supervised from 7:55—8:40am and 2:45—3:15pm each school day. Please note the School Zone on Maine Road operates 7- 9am and 2 – 4pm each school day. The speed limit through a School Zone is 40km/hr.

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 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 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.


Jasmine Deighton
Deputy Principal – Teaching and Learning

 

Messages from Mrs Deighton

AUSTRALIAN CURRICULUM @ GLPS

So much work goes on the background to provide our students with the knowledge, understanding, skills and dispositions for lifelong learning and shaping the world around them. The Australian Curriculum provides us with the content and skills that need to be taught – the ‘what’. Schools determine ‘how’ it will be implemented.

Australian Curriculum is currently under a review process which is focused on defining, realigning, and decluttering the curriculum. We teach the Australian Curriculum here at Grace, but several years ago we too considered how we could move from teaching at a surface level within a crowded curriculum and move towards developing a deeper understanding for our students.

Using research to inform decisions, we moved from teaching subjects separately to integrating different subjects through a conceptual lens. Through this approach, students are able to integrate perspectives, grow and learn at a deeper level, and transfer their learning to other contexts. In the education world this is called ‘transdisciplinary learning’, but here at Grace Primary we call it ‘Integrated Studies’ to make it simple for our little learners.

Integrated Studies integrates Australian Curriculum’s subject areas of Science, Humanities and Social Sciences (History & Geography), Media Arts, Visual Arts, Technologies and Health. Across the school we have mapped out the Australian Curriculum to ensure that every content descriptor is taught. For Integrated Studies, students have four units over the year – one per term. Some units may include more Science, others more Visual Arts etc. But throughout their units, students will experience all content descriptors within the Australian Curriculum. A summary of our Integrated Studies Curriculum Map has been uploaded to Seesaw for families to view.

  • At Grace, we structure our units around the four big ideas of:
  • Celebrating – Society & Expression
  • Exploring – Organisations & Our World
  • Respecting – Service & Cultures
  • Restoring – The Environment & Sustainability

Our units then have a conceptual lens, inquiry questions that drive the unit, and then the Australian Curriculum content that has been mapped to the unit.

Below is a quick summary example of our current Year 5 Integrated Studies unit that has a large History component, but also integrates Media Arts, Visual Arts and some Christian Studies.

Big Idea: Respecting
Concept: Transformation, Influence

Inquiry Questions:

  • How have past and present individuals and groups influenced change?
  • What influences transformation?
  • Are transformations respected and celebrated?

Australian Curriculum Content Descriptors: ACHASSI095, ACHASSI096, ACHASSI097, ACHASSI098, ACHASSI099, ACHASSK106, ACHASSK107, ACHASSK108, ACHASSK109, ACHASSK110, ACAMAM063, ACAVAM114, ACAVAR117 and CSCF CC3.2.

A traditional approach would have students learning about events from the Gold Rush. Through our approach, students are still learning the Australian Curriculum content, but are developing lifelong learning skills that allow them to transfer their understanding of big concepts. Last week, one student from Year 5 started to talk to me about the Mabo Day. It was clear that his understanding about influence, change, respect, questioning actions of the past and celebration from his Integrated Studies unit were being applied to this new context. Each child not only can learn the content of the Australia Curriculum, but can then apply it to contexts that are meaningful to them in their life, or future learning that is just around the corner.

English, Mathematics and our Specialist Subjects also follow and implement the Australian Curriculum. In addition, we also follow Lutheran Education Australia’s Christian Studies Curriculum Framework for teaching Christian Studies, which has elements that are incorporated into our Integrated Studies units too.

Students won’t know that they are learning the Australian Curriculum, as that’s not an effective way of engaging our learners. Rather they delve into the inquiry with their teachers and learn content, skills and who they are as a learner. The implementation of the Australian Curriculum is the quiet and unseen work that goes on the background at a whole school level with mapping the curriculum, at a year level through the collaborative design of a unit and at the teacher level as modifications and adjustments are made for individual learners.


LEARNING EXPO – FRIDAY 18 JUNE

Next Friday on the last day of school, we would like to warmly welcome you to our Learning Expo. From 8:30 – 9:30am, our classrooms will be open and our learners will be presenting their learning to you – our audience! Having an audience where dialogue, discussion and debate can occur is so beneficial to the learning process. Our learners are also feeling proud and would like to celebrate with you. We would also really encourage families to go and visit other classes and year levels to celebrate the learning of our community. For those families that won’t be able to attend due to other commitments, we will endeavour to share our learning with you on Seesaw too.


SEMESTER 1 ACADEMIC REPORTS

Teachers are busy finalising Academic Reports for families. These reports are written for parents/carers and will be released via Parent Lounge during the first week of school holidays. A Seesaw announcement and email will be sent to families once active for parent viewing.

A rating is not enough to understand your child’s achievement. I would strongly encourage families to focus on the effort rating, comments that been written and evidence of learning on Seesaw. If you have questions, concerns or would like to discuss your child’s learning journey, please make an appointment with your child’s class teacher after the holidays.

Thank you again for the opportunity to work with your beautiful children. Term 2 has been a busy term filled with joy and celebration of our little learners.



Jasmine Deighton
Deputy Principal – Teaching and Learning

 

SAUSAGE SIZZLE – rescheduled to Monday 14 June

If you did not order last term, you can order here by visiting our School Shop.
Ordering closes on Wednesday 9 June.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
If you can help at our Sausage Sizzle 14 June, please email events@glps.qld.edu.au

TEAM SPIRIT DAY

Dress in your favourite team sporting outfit (including sleeves, sports shoes and a hat) and bring a $2 donation.

Order your meal deal now, via our School Shop by clicking here. Ordering closes Monday 7 June.
thank you for your support in helping us raise funds for our School Pool.

PERFORMING ARTS

EXPRESSION OF INTEREST
Is your child interested in joining Prep Dance?
Due to the popularity of our prep dance troupe, our performing arts department are looking at pulling together a second dance troupe if numbers are met.
The cost per term is $135.

If you are interested, could you please email performingarts@glps.qld.edu.au by next Friday 4 June.

CHARIS COFFEE SHOP

Did you know you can now text your order ahead of time?

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 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 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

 

 

SAUSAGE SIZZLE LAST WEEK OF TERM POOL FUNDRAISING PROJECT – 30 March

Splash in for a yummy meal deal offer in our last week of term 1 to help raise funds for our Pool Project.
Pricing $5 for sausage sizzle and a popper. Tuesday 30 March 2021.

Order online NOW via our school shop by Friday 26 March.

Subway Day – Wednesday 31 March

Year 6 Canberra Trip

Year 6 Canberra Trip

What an adventure for Year 6 to travel on a plane with friends to our nation’s capital – CANBERRA! On March 1st, Year 6 were up early and ready to take the very well-known trip of discovering all things to do with our government unit. They had a fantastic time visiting Parliament House, Government House, War memorial, museums, Questacon and the Royal Australian Mint. All these places were of great value in our learning. But let’s not forget, we also visited AIS (Australian Institute of Sports), National Arboretum to roll down the hill and rocking climbing – a chance for them to unwind (well wind up) and let their hair down. One our many highlights was meeting our local MP-Luke Howarth who took us on a behind the scenes tour of Parliament House and we sat in a room called the Government Party Room. A once in a lifetime opportunity to visit our capital with our friends and experience what it has to offer.

 

 

I  liked Questacon and enjoyed all the activities and I even got to take a selfie with Mars. – Hunter

AIS as there was a skeleton run and skiing and lots of other cool sports – Joshua

Parliament House as we got to sit in seats that the MP’s have sat in before – Zack

Government house was very interesting because we got to learn a lot about Australian government and awards. I was also very fortunate and an unlikely privilege to play their piano. – Cruz

The war memorial because it teaches us about our history, and we could pay respect for people that put their lives on the line. – Brodi and Alex

PACER GRANT
We would like to thank the Australian Government for the Civics and Citizenship Education Rebate (PACER) of $4,590 to help with the cost of our Canberra Trip in March. Students were given the opportunity to participate in a variety of educational programs with a focus on Australia’s history, culture, heritage and democracy. We visited important places such as The Australian War Memorial, Museum of Australian Democracy, Government House and National Portrait Gallery.

 

Parent Teacher Conferences and Naplan

Term 1 Reporting Conferences – Booking Arrangements

Parents and teachers will soon be coming together for Term 1 Reporting Conferences. Conference dates are Tuesday 30 March (3:30 – 7:00pm) and Thursday 1 April (8:00am – 1:00pm). Thursday 1 April is a Student Free Day and is the first day of students’ school holidays.

All families are expected to make an appointment with their child’s class teacher, if they would like to get an update on how their child is progressing particularly in the areas of English and Mathematics.
Parents may also make additional appointments with their child’s specialist teachers (PE, Japanese, STEM and Performing Arts) to discuss their progress in those subject areas.
Class Teachers will hold their conferences in their classrooms, while Specialist Teachers will hold their conferences in the library.
Appointments for conferences need to be make online via Parent Lounge. The online booking system is now open for parents, although this will close on Monday 29 March at 10:00pm.
If appointments with the teacher you are requesting are fully booked, please contact the teacher directly to make an alternative time.
Instructions on how to book conferences through Parent Lounge have been uploaded to Seesaw.

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

 

 

Consent for Parent Rep Texts & Join Your Year Level FB Pages Today!

Our wonderful parent reps have been sending out their welcome and text consent notes to families over the past few weeks, to get their class groups all set up and ready to go for 2021. To help keep you updated on class and year level activities planned and be included in any social catch ups organised, ensure you return your completed consent form to your class parent reps as soon as possible. Also, your parent reps will be reaching out to you to be involved in and support our Twilight Carnival on 30 April. Further information on your child/ren’s year level stalls and donation requests for their stalls will be communicated via Teachers, parent reps and your year level Facebook pages. Make ensure you join your year level FB pages today to ensure you’re up to date!

To remind you who your parent reps are, here’s a complete list of our 2021 team.

PW  Jessica Cook (Lucy) and Lauren Purnell (Luca)
PB  Amber Holt (Harvey) and  Julie Antal (Porter)
PR  Kacey Blyth (Miranda) and Melinda Bell (Xaiver)

1J  Claire Powlesland (Alexander) and Chantel Forno (Caelan)
1P  Stacey Schultz (Charlotte) and Angela Fogarty (Savannah)
1N  Shannen Bielby (Ivy) and Bec Caporn (Joe)

2F  Fleur Weare (Jimmy) and Roni Paterson (Madelyn)
2B  Neoni Hansen (Eloise) and Lynda O’Neill (Danny)
2A  Skye Chapman (Elissa) and Angela Perry (Jack)

3K  Bec Caporn (Harvey) and Mel Whiddett (Keira)
3H  Valarie Wright (Alexis)

4M  Shannen Bielby (Eden) and Lisa Goretta ( Dominic)
4J  Talluah Harper (Depp) and Mel Whiddett (Chloe)

5N  Jenna Bostock (Tori)
5T   Rebecca Crew (Chase)
5W  Rachel Taylor (Mac)

6P  Lyndsay Lawler (Macey)
6W Penny Pettingill (Alia)


From the Library

Scholastic Book Club – Issue 2 catalogue has been sent home to families this week.  Ordering through Scholastic helps our school purchase new books and resources for our Library.  Families can order online via ‘Loop’  clicking here. Online orders close Monday 15 March at 9.30 am.

Cash orders close Thursday 11 March. Please put correct amount in an envelope with your child’s name. Cash orders can be given to Mrs Varley or Reception.

Home Readers
The Library is looking for 400 lost home readers from last year that have not been returned . Please have a look around your home and return them either to Reception or the Library.  Thank you for your assistance.

Mrs Varley


Clean Up Crew

Students and family members are invited to be part of our Clean Up Crew. Each Friday morning, students can help clean up our local environment. Our group meets at 7:30am near The Space, and then walk down to Pelican Park at the end of our street to clean up our environment.
If you have not yet filled out a permission form for your child to attend, please click here.

Parents and family members are welcome to join our crew, as we work together to protect our beautiful Moreton Bay. Parent attendance is optional. Students will be fully supervised by GLPS staff.

Students (and family members) are encouraged to bring along a pair of reusable gardening gloves to wear. We will have some gardening gloves that students will be able to borrow. We will not be providing disposal gloves as we are wanting to reduce the use of single use plastics.

We look forward to seeing the positive impact that we can have on our environment and community.

Mrs Hillman And Miss Nicholson

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

 

 

SHROVE TUESDAY – PANCAKE DAY

Traditionally, pancakes are associated with the day preceding Lent because they were a way to use up rich foods such as eggs, milk, and sugar, before the fasting season of the 40 days of Lent. Our students won’t be fasting but do we love pancakes.

Thank you to our Grace community for joining us for breakfast and a special thanks to the hard working volunteers from Grace Church who cooked and served us.


Parent Representatives

Thank you to all our wonderful Parent Reps who have agreed to take on their roll for their class. We have at least one rep for every class, with two reps for many of the year levels. Our Reps hold the important job of sharing important information that’s happening in your class and around the school via your Year Level Facebook page.

Please make welcome:
PW  Jessica Cook (Lucy) and Lauren Purnell (Luca)
PB  Amber Holt (Harvey) and  Julie Antal (Porter)
PR  Kacey Blyth (Miranda) and Melinda Bell (Xaiver)

1J  Claire Powlesland (Alexander) and Chantel Forno (Caelan)
1P  Stacey Schultz (Charlotte) and Angela Fogarty (Savannah)
1N  Shannen Bielby (Ivy) and Bec Caporn (Joe)

2F  Fleur Weare (Jimmy) and Roni Paterson (Madelyn)
2B  Neoni Hansen (Eloise) and Lynda O’Neill (Danny)
2A  Skye Chapman (Elissa) and Angela Perry (Jack)

3K  Bec Caporn (Harvey) and Mel Whiddett (Keira)
3H  Valarie Wright (Alexis)

4M  Shannen Bielby (Eden) and Lisa Goretta ( Dominic)
4J  Talluah Harper (Depp) and Mel Whiddett (Chloe)

5N  Jenna Bostock (Tori)
5T   Rebecca Crew (Chase)
5W  Rachel Taylor (Mac)

6P  Lyndsay Lawler (Macey)
6W Penny Pettingill (Alia)


From the Library

The Library is looking for 400 lost home readers from last year that have not been returned . Please have a look around your home and return them either to Reception or the Library.  Thank you for your assistance.


Coffee & Customer Specialist Wanted!

Does working part time, serving specialty coffee with a fresh, supportive team sound like your ideal role? Our store is growing, so we’re looking for a new barista to join our team and grow with us!

What we’re looking for:
– Barista experience required with specialty coffee training provided.
– A love for a fast-paced environment and ability to service our customers quickly.
– Great people skills.
– Must have or be willing to obtain a Blue Card.
– Flexible to work across 2 cafes with reliable own transport.
– Physically able to carry light furniture (tables, chairs, umbrellas and signage) in and out of the store.

We’re currently able to offer 10-20 hours weekly – a combination of 7:30am to 9:30am Mon-Fri and 6:45am to 12:30pm weekends. Our store is located in Grace Lutheran Primary School at Clontarf, with flexibility required to work at our HQ store (just up the road) in Redcliffe some days.

If you love the sound of the above, then we would love to hear from you! Email koedi@grindcoffeebars with your resume and cover letter to apply.

Kind Regards,
Koedi Mueller


STEM is ready to help you clean out your shed. We need bits and bobs, dohickies and thingamabobs, washers, rivets, clips, brackets and things you don’t know the name of. If it can fit inside a passion fruit, we want it (no passion fruit will be harmed with these items). Please leave your donations in the port racks outside STEM.

Mr Harper

 

 

Messages from the Deputy

Ways to inform the school if your child is absent from school

A reminder that our School App has been discontinued. If your child absent from school, please use the following absentee contact options:

Phone: 07 3283 0088
SMS: 0477 752 423
Email: absent@glps.qld.edu.au

Late for School
If your children are arriving after 8.25am, please send them directly to Student Reception for the Roll to be amended and receive a late note.


Making Grace a Safe Place

All parents are strongly encouraged to assist safety in our community by closely following instructions related to parking in a busy school area. Parents are reminded that in the Dalton Oval carpark, drivers are requested to reverse into the spaces, drive extremely carefully and slowly in an area in which there are many young children and make a left hand turn only out of the carpark (this is a Council regulation for which fines can apply). A reminder that there is no parking at the front of the school, with the exception of the two-minute drop ‘n go zone beyond the bus zone. No cars are permitted to stop, even briefly, in the bus zone, and heavy fines can be issued for offending drivers. The school has been advised that police patrols are likely to be conducted in the next couple of weeks, following complaints from other local drivers.


Early Arrival/Late Pick Up

Children are not be at school before 8:00am and after 3:15pm unless they are at Grace Outside School Hours Care or involved in a school approved activity. Parents who need to drop children at school before 8:00am, or collect them after 3:15pm, are to use GOSHC or make arrangements for someone else to drop off or pick up their child. We understand that parents can get held up at times in the afternoon but request they call Reception so we can advise and reassure their children. Thank you to the parents who wait with their children if they do arrive before staff supervision begins in the morning.


Thank you for your assistance.
Kathy Stock, Deputy Principal – Student Wellbeing

 

 

Changes to Uniform Shop

Our Uniform Shop here at school has been temporally closed due to government recommendations, however, our online shop is available 24/7 for all your uniform requirements. If you require sizing you may visit Reception Tuesday and Wednesday mornings between 8am-9am. All orders must then be done through the online shop umspl.com.au/pages/grace-lutheran-primary.

We thank you for your understanding and patience in these uncertain times.

UMS
Phone: (07) 3283 0022  Email: uniformshop@glps.qld.edu.au


Tuckshop News

Due to Covid-19, Mrs Meek is unable to accept orders at the front counter for the rest of Term 2.  All Tuckshop orders are to be done via Flexi-schools. www.flexischools.com.au/ 


GLC Buses are running as normal for our students attending school

Grace College is continuing their bus runs morning & afternoon for the next 3 weeks! If you have any further questions, please contact the college on 3203 0066.

Other News

Uniform Shop Opening Hours

Our Uniform Shop here at school has been temporally closed due to government recommendations, however, if you require to visit our store to be fitted, we are offering appointments on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings from 8.00-9.30. Please book via our website https://umspl.com.au/pages/grace-lutheran-primary.

Please note, the online shop is available 24/7 for all your uniform requirements.

We thank you for your understanding and patience in these uncertain times.

UMS


Scholastic Book Club

Issue 3 is now available online. Unfortunately this time round we will not have any catalogues available from school, however if you would like to view the catalogue online please visit www.scholastic.com.au/book-club/book-club-home/

All orders must be made online through Scholastic’s LOOP and delivered to your door. Online orders will close on 11 May.

Thank you for your support

Mrs Varley


GLC Buses are running as normal for our students attending school

Grace College is continuing their bus runs morning & afternoon for the next 3 weeks! If you have any further questions, please contact the college on 3203 0066.

From the Library

Scholastic Book Club

Issue 3 is now available online. Unfortunately this time round we will not have any catalogues available from school, however if you would like to view the catalogue online please visit www.scholastic.com.au/book-club/book-club-home/

All orders must be made online through Scholastic’s LOOP and delivered to your door. Online orders will close on 11 May.

Thank you for your support

Mrs Varley

Hot Cross Bun Fundraiser

Let’s Raise Some Doh for our Pool

Hot Cross Bun Fundraiser for the Grace Primary Pool Project – we are delighted to advise you that our local Bakers Delight bakery in Margate has committed to work closely with our school this year to assist in our fundraising efforts and are generously donating $1.50 per 6 pack of Hot Cross Buns purchased by parents and friends of our School. Please celebrate the upcoming Easter season and support our school at the same time by purchasing your favourite hot cross buns on our school website here: https://www.graceprimary.qld.edu.au/product-category/fundraising/ Orders close Thursday 26 March. Sorry no Gluten Free options.

From the Principal

Welcome Back

Welcome all families to another school year at Grace Lutheran Primary School. The school is very settled and we are delighted with the way the students have returned to school so positively. Thank you to the parents who came to our information night on Tuesday – with over 100 present – we were really pleased with the numbers of parents who came along.

Some of the initiatives we have undertaken this year are

  • In the morning, the students on campus between 8:00am and 8:15am may play in our Junior Oval area. This has been a highly positive move appreciated by parents, students and staff alike.
  • We’ve flipped our play and eating time. When the bell goes at first break time, students are playing first and eating in their classrooms after the break. We are being quite strict on the students sitting and eating rather than wandering about the room. As I do these duties I am really impressed with the students willingness to sit, eat and chat quietly with friends. I am also very grateful to parents for the beautiful healthy lunches provided for students – thank you.
  • Chapels have moved to Thursdays at 2:20pm. We found with the NISSA competition there were too many clashes with Chapels so Pastor Mark agreed to change the day he works at Grace so that Chapels can be regular without interruption. Parents and other family members are very welcome at Chapels which are held in the school hall.
  • Our STEM rooms have been renovated to make a much more open area for the students. If you are near school, please come in and take a look! Thank you to the two outgoing P&F Associations which raised the funds to accommodate this renovation.

New Staff for 2020

We have 3 new staff members this year. Miss Amber Pollock is teaching in Year 1 and Miss Alisha Tobler is teaching in Year 4. These appointments were made due to the increased demand in enrolments. Late last year our chaplain, Mrs Grace Denny left to take up a teaching position and we were told by the Federal Government we will not receive ongoing chaplaincy funding. Due to the increased enrolments though and our commitment to the chaplaincy program, we decided to self-fund a chaplain and we employed Mr Cameron Basile to take up this role. Cameron is currently working in GOSHC and he is studying at university and we welcome him to our staff team too. Cameron will work on Tuesday from 11:00am – 3:00pm and all day on Thursdays. We are going to encourage the students to call him Chappy Cameron so that his role is honoured in our school.

I am very excited about this year and all that our children will achieve in their own social and academic growth. If I can serve you as we move forward with this journey, please contact me at any time.


Uniform 2020

A friendly reminder that next year is the last year for students to wear the old uniform. All students in 2021, need to be in the new blue uniform so you may want to buy some items next year in readiness for the following year’s expectations. The only students in 2021 who may wear old uniform will be Year 6 students. 2021 is a very special year for Grace Primary as we celebrate 50 years of Lutheran Education on the Peninsula and we look forward to sharing with you some festivities we are planning from June next year.

Trudy Moala
Principal

Harmony Day

Grace Celebrates Harmony Day – 23 March 2020

Harmony Day has the theme of ‘Everyone Belongs’.
This day celebrates Australia’s cultural diversity.
It’s about inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone.

What is Harmony Day?

The message of Harmony Day is everyone belongs. It is about inclusiveness, respect and belonging for all Australians, regardless of cultural or linguistic background, united by a set of core Australian values.

Students will be encouraged to dress in the cultural dress of their home nation and this includes Australia. If your child does not have a traditional dress outfit, students can wear something ORANGE on the day instead. The colour Orange symbolizes positive acceptance of others, care and respect for all.

Kathy Stock 
Deputy Principal

From the Principal

Christmas wishes to all our families

As the lights begin to go up on houses, churches and businesses and the shops start to decorate, my thoughts turn to the celebration of Jesus’ birth at Christmas time. For Christians, this is a special time of year, a time of reflection and a time of joy as we remember that God sent His only son to earth to bless us and save us. I do hope that all families enjoy this time of family gatherings, feasting and spending time with neighbours and friends enjoying all that the Christmas season is about. You may like to enjoy a church service at Grace Lutheran Church on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. I know the congregation will welcome you warmly. May God’s peace be with you and your family at Christmas time and over the summer holidays.


Class Lists 2020

Every year, we send out class allocation information in mid-January. The reason for this is we need to be sure of final enrolment numbers and staffing. To do it much earlier risks students becoming excited about a teacher who may move during the school holidays. I urge families to go on holidays and relax and we will send out your child/ren’s class allocation during January. Should you be concerned about the allocation, please ring or email me and I will discuss the placement with you. Teachers spend many hours preparing class lists ensuring a good mix of students academically but whilst also ensuring friendship groups are maintained and encouraged. Unfortunately, any requests put in by parents at this late stage cannot be considered but I am happy to discuss class placement with you in January should you have any concerns.


Uniform 2020

A friendly reminder that next year is the last year for students to wear the old uniform. All students in 2021, need to be in the new blue uniform so you may want to buy some items next year in readiness for the following year’s expectations. The only students in 2021 who may wear old uniform will be Year 6 students. 2021 is a very special year for Grace Primary as we celebrate 50 years of Lutheran Education on the Peninsula and we look forward to sharing with you some festivities we are planning from June next year.

Trudy Moala
Principal

Spread Fun not Flu

We can all do our bit to help stop the spread of germs as we approach flu season using the following guidelines:

 

Happy holidays…

“What are we doing for the holiday?” This is a question we all face. Children have requests. Some would like to travel. Others would like to visit places like adventure parks. Others might simply like to catch up with family they haven’t seen for a while. And there are those who still have to work… One of the challenges we may sometimes have is planning ‘holidays’ in a way that brings equal and fair blessing to members of our households.

One of the blessings in living in Australia is the diverse ranges of experiences we may have. One may enjoy snorkelling in tropical waters. Other may enjoy camping in the outback. Some may enjoy going to the movies. And others may enjoy spending some quiet time at home. It is my prayer that these holidays would bring you some blessing.

There is much beauty and blessings in this land. One of the iconic images we may have of Australia are waterholes lined by gum trees. The Psalm for this coming Sunday also describes people like this. Psalm 1 says, “Those who think about God’s Word are like a tree that is planted near a stream of water. It always bears its fruit at the right time. Its leaves don’t dry up. Everything godly people do turns out well.”

Holidays may be a time for catching up with family, and reconnecting with one another. They may be a time to take ‘time apart’, and to reflect on what the future may hold. They may also be a time to reflect not only in the beauty of creation, but also the gift of love God has given in Christ Jesus.

May your holidays be a time blessing and peace.

Together in Christ,
Pastor Mark

For more details for Grace Lutheran Congregation, including resources for ‘Church at Home’, please see our  Facebook page or our website.


Email: mark.brinkmann@lca.org.au
Phone: 0499 014 189

Bread of life…

Do you like the smell of freshly baked bread? There is something about bread, and it’s not just that is a food product most of us have. Bread can help us reflect on life, and to share life lessons with our children and families (even in these COVID times).

Bread can provide the basis for a healthy and simple meal. It’s not to difficult to make a healthy sandwich. Bread reminds us that life is meant to be simple.

Bread is the basis of many people’s daily food intake (hence flour being distributed to countries with food shortages). And just as in many Asian languages the word for “rice” can substitute for “food” in general, so “bread” can stand for the sum-total of nutrition. “Give us today our daily bread” is a prayer for food. Bread reminds us of what people need to live each day, and a call to care for people in need.

Bread in the ancient world was a shared meal. Most often a large loaf was at the centre of a table from which guests would break off portions. At dinner, literally “all shared in the one loaf”. They “broke bread” together. Bread reminds us that life is meant to be shared with others with bonds of peace.

In the ancient world, bread was shared at table, and it was shared across society. It is a food that can be shared by royalty and the poor. Expensive food indicates our economic status. But not bread. Bread is everyone’s food. Bread reminds us of our common humanity.

Bread in the Bible is a symbol of hospitality. Guest were received with bread, and bread is a sign of friendship and community. Bread reminds us of the call to connect and care for others.

Bread and Jesus are a thing. Jesus was born in Bethlehem. This name means “House of Bread”. At Jesus’ birth Mary’s prayer was that her son would bring food to the hungry (Luke 1:53). Jesus did this with His prayer for daily bread (The Lord’s Prayer), the bread with which He fed more than 5000 people in the wilderness, through to the bread which He broke saying, “Take and eat, this is My body which is for you.”

During the COVID-19 crisis, social media has seen an explosion of home-baked sourdough, oven-fresh dinner rolls, and bouncy cinnamon scrolls. And the COVID-19 pandemic has forced many of us to learn to live in places we had spent precious little time in before—our homes. And we baked bread. And it was good.

There is much going on in our world, and possibly in our lives, that make us hunger for peace and justice and righteousness. In the Gospel Reading which most Christians around the world will hear this weekend, Jesus says (John 6:57-58), “Those who make a meal of Me live because of Me. This is the Bread from heaven. Whoever eats this Bread will live always.”

The great thing most of us enjoy is not having our daily diets limited to bread. But Jesus reflection on ‘bread’ reminds us that we need sustenance in our inner being. Jesus is a ‘living bread’. Jesus has the words of eternal life. May you know the strength for your inner being on feeding on this bread that is true.

For more details for Grace Lutheran Congregation, including resources for ‘Church at Home’, please see our  Facebook page or our website.

Together in Christ,
Pastor Mark

Email: mark.brinkmann@lca.org.au
Phone: 0499 014 189


LYQ SPRING CAMPS – September Holidays

Years  3 – 6  Junior Springboard Camp –   22 – 24 September at Luther Heights Youth Camp.

Jump into camp with Springboard! Join us at our Luther Heights Youth Camp for a three-day adventure-packed camp these spring holidays. Climb, launch and fly your way through our outdoor high-adventure activities during the day, relax at the beach in the afternoon, and chill out with friends and God in the evening.

For more information please click here..

Years 7 – 12 CQ Christian Life Week  – 27 September – 1 October at Boyne Island Environment Education Centre.

Christian Life Week (CLW) is a five day camp for high school aged students that is centered on an unforgettable experience of faith, friendship and fun.
Each camp program contains worship, small groups, games, various activities and personal challenges.

For more information go to their website here.

Subsidies Available to help your Child to attend LYQ camps

If you need financial help to send your children to these fabulous camps, please don’t let finances be the reason your children miss out this year. There is funding support available. Click on the links for the applications. LLL Camping Ministry Fund and Buchholz Scholarship Fund.

You can also request via the Grace Lutheran Church congregation subsidy code from the Church Office at church@glps.qld.edu.au 

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.

For more details for Grace Lutheran Congregation, including resources for ‘Church at Home’, please see our  Facebook page or our website.

May God bless you today in His love and care.
Together in Christ,
Pastor Mark


Email: mark.brinkmann@lca.org.au
Phone: 0499 014 189

Pastor’s Message

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).

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Grace Lutheran Congregation gathers in worship every Sunday at 8:30am and 5:30pm. For more details please visit our Facebook page or our website.

May God bless you today in His love and care.
Together in Christ,
Pastor Mark


Email: mark.brinkmann@lca.org.au
Phone: 0499 014 189

Pastor’s Message

What makes you important…?

Have you ever been involved where people are selected to be chosen for a team, and you were towards the last one picked?

We all know the importance of having good self-esteem. Self-esteem is how much people value themselves and how important they believe they are in their world.

Self-esteem can start as early as babyhood. It develops slowly over time. It can start just because a child feels safe, loved, and accepted. It can start when a baby gets positive attention and loving care. As babies become toddlers and young children, they’re able to do some things all by themselves. They feel good about themselves when they can use their new skills. Their self-esteem grows when parents pay attention, let a child try, give smiles, and show they’re proud.

But sometimes people may feel they are not important. Sometimes people may feel like they are not ‘good enough’.

In the Holy Gospel for this Sunday (Mark 4:30-31) we hear Jesus say to people, “What can we say God’s kingdom is like? What story can we use to explain it? It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest of all seeds on earth. But when you plant the seed, it grows. It becomes the largest of all garden plants. Its branches are so big that birds can rest in its shade.”

When we think about Jesus words, we can remember that a seed is a beginning. A seed is often very small and it looks like it could never be anything important. Seeds look like they are small and not important but seeds are only the beginning of something. A very small seed can grow into something very big.

So much of our culture tells us that what we do is more important than who we are. And this can put enormous pressure on us to perform. It’s so easy for us to fall into the trap of thinking that our identity is caught up in what we do rather than who we are. For Christians, our identity is entirely bound up in Jesus. Through faith in Jesus’ perfect performance, God declares us His children (1 John 3:1). This is the identity that should define us, shape us, and direct us the most.

Our performance will always be up and down. But our identity as children of God is not based on our performance. God doesn’t accept us or like us because of what we have achieved or the type of person we are. God accepts us despite all this. God accepts us because He is a God of lavish love. If you struggle with self-worth, let Jesus’ words bring you comfort today.

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Grace Lutheran Congregation gathers in worship every Sunday at 8:30am and 5:30pm. For more details please visit our Facebook page or our website.

May God bless you today in His love and care.
Together in Christ,
Pastor Mark


Email: mark.brinkmann@lca.org.au
Phone: 0499 014 189

What’s next?

Who has memories of ‘living in the 70s’? Can you remember ‘burnt orange’ coloured clothes, velvet crush shirts, Holden Kingswoods, and many other things? In 1974 Australian Music Group ‘Skyhooks’ released their iconic Album ‘Living in the 70s’ which included a single of the same name. What do you know about the 1970s?

I recently looked at the top 25 singles released in Australia in 1971 (the year when Grace Lutheran Primary School was established) and I was glad to see there were only a few songs I could remember being released. But add a few years (for example 1978) I can remember all of the top 25 songs being released.

So many things have changed since the 1970s. I am personally grateful for the incredible leap in medical care since that time. I appreciate cars are better (albeit without the same classic look). Music has changed. Education has changed. Houses have changed. Churches have changed. Many things are different. But underneath it all, there are still fundamentals that will never change. The wisdom is understanding the enduring and everlasting that underpins such things, and also recognising that which is transient and can change.

Parenting (and thus being a child) has also changed since the 1970s. The big one for me is parenting in the age of social media. This is such a big topic, and many books and seminars have been devoted to this. Some may approach this in terms of ‘How much screen time?’ But it’s not only how much one watches, but what one engages with, and how one engages with this. Living in the 2020s has many blessings, but it also has its challenges.

In a world of change, one of the things I am incredibly grateful for is the constancy of God’s presence and love in my life. Everyone makes mistakes. Everyone experiences challenges. Everyone experiences change. The Bible says, “The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; His mercies never come to an end” (Lamentations 3:22). Hebrews 13:8 tells us that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” And because Jesus is the same, we know His love for us doesn’t change either.

Sometimes change can bring great blessing to our lives. Sometimes necessary change can be challenging. Sometimes change can be a painful. Just before His death Jesus said, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit” (John 12:23-24). Jesus went through death for us to bring about an amazing gift of forgiveness (that can bring light into the darkest of situations). And He rose from the dead to bring about an amazing gift of life.

One of the best things about life is that tomorrow doesn’t have to be the same as today. You have the capacity to learn new habits, get rid of unwanted ones, identify what’s holding you back, and do something about it. And know that no matter how much you (or others) may fall short in life, God’s love for you never changes. He never gives up on anyone.

C. S. Lewis said, “Though our feelings come and go, God’s love for us does not.” Take comfort in God’s love for you. May His love fill your heart.

May God bless you today.
Pastor Mark

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Grace Lutheran Congregation gathers in worship every Sunday at 8:30am and 5:30pm. For more details please visit our Facebook page or our website.


Email: mark.brinkmann@lca.org.au
Phone: 0499 014 189

Pastor’s Message

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.

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Grace Lutheran Congregation gathers in worship every Sunday at 8:30am and 5:30pm. For more details please visit our Facebook page or our website.

Blessings and peace in Christ.
Pastor Mark


Email: mark.brinkmann@lca.org.au
Phone: 0499 014 189

Could you imagine attending a Birthday Party, and no-one sings ‘Happy Birthday’? Could you imagine attending your favourite Team sporting event, and no-one wearing the Team’s colours? Could you imagine on ANZAC Day no-one attending any march or ANZAC service? These are all traditions that have grown over the last century or so, and we couldn’t imagine things being different.

We needed traditions. Traditions – especially those children can see, hear, feel, smell and taste – provide vivid impressions on which parents can build year after year. There are many which will enrich your family life.

In the life of the Christian Church there are many traditions as well. At this time of year (beginning on Wednesday, 17th February) many Christians are observing the season of Lent. Lent begins on ‘Ash Wednesday’, and is sometimes preceded by ‘Shrove Tuesday’ (sometimes playfully known as ‘Pancake Tuesday’). Lent is one of the most important times of year for many Christians around the world, particularly those within the Catholic, Orthodox, Anglican and Lutheran traditions.

Lent is a forty day period before Easter set aside as a season of soul-searching and repentance. The forty days reflect Jesus’ withdrawal into the wilderness for his own time of spiritual reflection. Sundays, because they commemorate the Resurrection, are not counted. In the Early Church Lent was a special time when new converts were instructed in the faith and prepared for baptism on Easter.

Churches which follow a liturgical calendar – annually re-living the major events in Jesus’ life – place great emphasis on Lent. Whether your own church makes much or little of these forty days, your family may benefit from some of the following Lent tradition ideas.

1. Giving up: Traditionally, especially in Europe, during Lent there were no weddings, no dancing, no singing. No flowers or alleluias in churches. Some families may find value in giving up something for Lent – television, sweets, video games – not as a penance, but as an outer symbol of dying to self during a season of spiritual reflection.

2. Mite box: Select a charity that helps those in need. Help your children decorate a box with a slot on top. Display where everyone at home will remember to contribute their change. On Easter, empty box, count together, and give to this charity. This custom can be directly related to the preceding one: giving up to give.

3. Devotions: Lent can be a time of family focus on the Jesus’ life. You may want to commit to a regular pattern of family worship – daily, weekly, or whenever you can. Or you may post Bible verses, especially the words of Jesus, on the refrigerator, bathroom mirrors, wherever a busy family is sure to see them. Talk about them at dinner or on the way to school – especially how verses apply to events in our daily lives.

4. New Life: As Lent begins, help your children plant crocus, daffodil, or hyacinth bulbs in a bowl of sand, covering halfway. Leave in a dark closet for two months, keeping soil moist (a process known as forcing bulbs). When shoots appear, let them bask in the sun. Don’t forget to leave one bulb unplanted as a reminder of how they began. This helps us think about the new life we receive from Jesus through His death and resurrection.

Lent has been practised by Christians over hundreds of years. This season is a time to think about how much God has given us in Jesus. There is a reason to the cross we see everywhere.

Heavenly Father, thank You for the gift of this season. Thank You for knowing our hearts and our need for rhythms in our lives. Draw us into a deeper communion with You, that we may truly know Your great love for us in Jesus. Amen.

Also, for a Lent Devotion Book, you may please CLICK HERE.

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Grace Lutheran Congregation gathers in worship every Sunday at 8:30am and 5:30pm. For more details please visit our Facebook page or our website.

Blessings and peace in Christ.
Pastor Mark


Email: mark.brinkmann@lca.org.au
Phone: 0499 014 189

Pastor’s Message

Happy New Year!

At this time of year, many organisations are preparing for ‘end of year events’. People are planning for ‘holidays’. For many people, this is an exciting time of year as we look forward to spending time with family and friends, and taking a break from work. They are also rejoicing in various transitions that may be occurring (including students completing a year of school). But for some people this can be a stressful time of year. School holidays can be a difficult time for parents, especially working parents.

One of the ways to bring blessings into these time of school holidays is to plan for what may lie ahead. Perhaps print out a simple calendar, and talk together as a family about what may lie ahead. Involve one another in decision making. Be honest and realistic about those things that still need to be done (including ‘work’), setting healthy expectations. But also be adventurous and seek to have fun.

As you prepare for these holidays, remember also the reason for this season. We are preparing for Christmas. Beginning this Sunday, many Christian Churches around the world begin the season known as ‘Advent’. This is a time of preparing for Christmas. Many people will also set out an Advent wreath, placing four or five candles within the wreath, and reflect on the theme of ‘Hope’, ‘Peace’, ‘Joy’, and ‘Love’ (and for an Advent Devotional Resource (Click here). In the end, the real reason for ‘Christmas Holidays’ are the ‘holy days’ surrounding the celebration of the birth of Jesus.

It is my prayer that in the various transitions you may experience at this time, that you also have a sense of hope, peace, joy, and love that comes from celebrating the birth of Christ. May God grant you a blessed and safe holiday as you celebrate in these holy days.

Christmas Worship

Please note that Grace Lutheran Congregation will celebrate Christmas in worship on 24th December, 7pm, at Grace Lutheran College Chapel. There will also be a Carols and Readings with Holy Communion on 24th December 11pm (with Holy Communion) at the Church Building on Maine Road, with our Christmas Service on 25th December, 8:30 am (with Holy Communion).

Blessings and peace in Christ.

Pastor Mark


Email: mark.brinkmann@lca.org.au
Phone: 0499 014 189

Pastor’s Message

Finish Well

Over the years I have seen many people transition from one significant moment in life to another. People leave School. Students graduate from University. People change job. A person moves from singlehood to married life. Children leave home. Someone you know and love passes from this life. The Rugby Team you supported is no longer dominates and you struggle to cope.

We are coming to the end of another Calendar Year, School Year, and Church Year. Christmas isn’t all that far away. And in a COVID affected year, some of the transitions people have made have been quite significant. So how shall we ‘finish well’?

One writer has suggested three ways we may finish well this year (and guide our children).

First, “Stay in the Race”. Teach children to see every season of life as a race and help them resist the temptation to give up when it gets hard or they get tired. Everything we need is found in Jesus. He is our coach when we need encouragement and our strength when we get weary. “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:13

Second, “Finish with Gratitude”. Help children focus on all that went well instead of all that went wrong this year. Teach them to use this principle even as they talk about the year. Instead of saying, “This is too hard,” try “I am being challenged in soccer but I am so thankful for the opportunity to play.” “Be joyful always, pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Third, “Turn Frustration into Hope for the Future”. Whatever they are feeling at this moment, encourage one another that tomorrow is a new day and January is right around the corner but they will be so much more ready to own it if they finish what they’ve started. If we never press through our difficulties and frustrations, we’ll never learn what we need to know in order to do better next time. “For I know the plans I have for you”, declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

There is a word in the Book of Ecclesiastes that says, “Finishing is better than starting.” But it goes on to say, “Patience is better than pride.”

We know that in life sometimes for us the way ahead isn’t clear. We can feel we’re in a fog and become uncertain. Ultimately in life, total contentment and complete satisfaction will never be about what we have or do not have, but in rejoicing in what the Lord has done to claim us as His own and give us a heavenly calling. God planned goodness for our life that is better than anything that we will ever come up with.

Only God knows what He will require of us in the future. We can face the uncertainty of tomorrow because the one who calls us is faithful. God never changes. Jesus is the same yesterday and today and forever (Hebrews 13:8). He will never leave us or forsake us. God’s promises inspire confidence and enable us to remain faithful to the end.

In Christ.
Pastor Mark


Email: mark.brinkmann@lca.org.au
Phone: 0499 014 189

Pastor’s Message

Imagine one day a person is stranger is walking towards you in a busy mall, and as they are walking they are giving a 10 cent to each person they meet. What would you do? How would you respond? Would you say ‘Thanks’? No imagine if someone like Bill Gates, or Jeff Bezoz, or Alice Walton, or Françoise Bettencourt Meyers were walking along the street and handing out $100 notes, how would you respond? Could you imagine someone being angry at them, insisting they should give them more because they are so wealthy?

What does it mean to have a thankful heart? How are we to give thanks to others? For what should we be thankful? How do we encourage an attitude of gratitude?
A study published in the ‘Journal of Happiness Studies’ (2019) found that gratitude is linked to happiness in children by age 5. This means that instilling gratitude in your kids at a young age could help them grow up to be happier people.

According to a study published in the ‘Journal of School Psychology’ (2008), grateful children (ages 11 to 13) tend to be happier, more optimistic, and have better social support. They also report more satisfaction with their schools, families, communities, friends, and themselves. Grateful kids also tend to give more social support to others as well.

And according to study published in Psychological Assessment (2011), grateful teens (ages 14 to 19) are more satisfied with their lives, use their strengths to improve their communities, are more engaged in their schoolwork and hobbies, and have better grades. They’ve also been shown to be less envious, depressed, and materialistic than their less grateful counterparts.

Clearly there are a lot of good reasons to help children experience and express gratitude.

But how do we encourage an attitude of gratitude?

One person has said that teaching children an attitude of gratitude requires helping them to look at their situations from a point of appreciation rather than from a deficit.

Another has suggested that beginning to teach children what it means to say ‘Thankyou’ (even when they may not feel like it) is also important.

One research group has also suggested that flowing from this simple act, there are four ‘gratitude components’ one may consider: notice; think, feel, do. And here are some questions that can help kids experience all four gratitude components:

Notice – What do you have in your life to be grateful for? Are there things to be grateful for beyond the actual gifts someone has given you? Are you grateful for any people in your life?

Think – What do you think about this present? Do you think you should give something to the person who gave it to you? Do you think you earned the gift? Do you think the person gave you a gift because they thought they had to or because they wanted to?

Feel – Does it make you feel happy to get this gift? What does it feel like inside? What about this gift makes you feel happy?

Do – Is there a way to show how you feel about this gift? Does the feeling you have about this gift make you want to share this feeling by giving to someone else?

Important also is modelling gratitude. If you would like your child to be grateful, model gratitude yourself. You may also seek to include gratitude in your family’s daily life. You may wish to talk each night about the things you loved about the day. And even in the difficult times, look for the things which are good. It doesn’t mean forgetting the bad or trying to gloss over it – just look for a tiny sliver of good in every moment.

On 31st October 1517, Marin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the Church door at Wittenberg. This sparked an era in history known as ‘The Reformation’. Luther’s first Thesis was, “When our Lord and Master Jesus Christ said, ‘Repent’ (Mt 4:17), He willed the entire life of believers to be one of repentance.” In other words, Luther wanted people to simply focus on Jesus, and what God has done for us in Him.

There is much for which we can be grateful. For me, as a Christian, I am grateful for the love of God as revealed through Christ Jesus. I know that at times I have done things that have upset other people, as they also have done things that have upset me. This doesn’t make it right. But God’s love and forgiveness in Christ enables me to look at each day in a new light, and as a new opportunity and gift.

As the sun shines after refreshing rains that cleanse and renew the earth, so God has shone the light of His love upon this earth in Jesus. We can thank God for the many gifts of this creation, including the opportunity to live with gratitude. We may also thank His for the wonderful gift of love and forgiveness we have in Jesus.

“May you experience the love of Christ, though it is so great you will never fully understand it, and may you be filled with the fullness of life and power that comes from God.” (Ephesians 3:16, NLT)

In Christ.
Pastor Mark


Email: mark.brinkmann@lca.org.au
Phone: 0499 014 189

Pastor’s Message

What does it mean to ‘be a good example’ to other people?

Charles Barkley, a superstar basketball player, once said in a television ad, “I am not a role model.” But, like it or not, he is. Everybody is a role model for somebody else. As we grow up, we have many role models, people who inspire us—parents, teachers, athletes, political leaders, characters in novels and in the pages of history.

Parents are also role models to their children, whether we like this or not. The well-known poem by Dorothy Nolte reminds us that “Children Learn What They Live”. This does not mean that children will necessarily become like their parents. We are all born with unique personalities. But as we interact with people (especially in the home), we have the power to shape and influence lives. Each of us has an awesome responsibility, especially in our homes and families.

The Bible also gives us many role models. The fascinating thing here however, if we carefully read the Bible, is that more often than not we find God’s people were far from perfect. There’s another well-known poem here that highlights this that begins “Noah was a drunk, Abraham was too old, Isaac was a daydreamer, Jacob was a liar….” Yet the Bible also describes these people as great people of faith. The reason their faith is often held up as an example is not because of the amazing things many of these people did. Their faith ultimately rested in the knowledge of the grace and peace that comes from God.

In the Bible Reading in Chapel this week (1 Thessalonians 1:2-3) we hear this word from the Apostle Paul, “We always thank God for all of you. We keep on praying for you. We remember you when we pray to our God and Father. Your work is produced by your faith. Your service is the result of your love. Your strength to continue comes from your hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.” Paul is commending these Christians for their faith, works of love, and hope in the Lord. We also read that Paul describes himself as God’s example, as those Christians were examples to other Christians.

The reality is that so often, even when we genuinely try to ‘get things right’, we so often ‘get it wrong’. We’re not always the best example to the world, and certainly to our own family. But Paul calls on us to imitate Christ (see also Philippians 2). And we do so not only in strive to be the best version of ourselves (and to show real love to others). We also know that we ‘imitate Christ’ when we reflect that love He showed on the cross for forgiveness of sins, and the new life we have because Jesus is raised from the dead and gives life that lasts forever.

It is good to strive to be a good example to our children. It is good for children to strive to be a good example to one another in terms of faith, hope, and love. But it’s great to know that in our failures and fears, we can reflect in the holy and forgiving love God has given us in Jesus.

Also… we rejoice in the gifts many people revealed in the musical. What a wonderful example in many ways to others.

May your heart and mind know God’s great love in Jesus. May you know God’s blessing, peace, and strength for life.

In Christ.
Pastor Mark


Email: mark.brinkmann@lca.org.au
Phone: 0499 014 189

Pastor’s Message

Where is your ‘centre’?

One of the joys as a parent is watching one’s children grow. With our own children there were times where we observed sudden growth. This sometimes meant a change in their ‘centre of gravity’, and it wasn’t uncommon that here would be times when they were a little more clumsy.

As we think about how our bodies change as we grow older, we also know that we change emotionally and socially and spiritually. And just like at a physical level a person’s centre of gravity may change, the same also applies in other areas. In life there are times when friendships change, there are different interactions with people, and we sometimes have difficult life experiences to deal with. It is in these times we also need to know our ‘centre’, and to have a sense of self-understanding.

In terms of developing a healthy sense of ‘self-understanding’, one author has suggested the following:

  1. Be mindful of the language you use to describe your children. Do not label them with words such as ‘lazy’, ‘naughty’, ‘aggressive’ or ‘mean’. Instead, look for and point out your child’s strengths.
  2. Provide them with opportunities for success. Give your child age-appropriate tasks they can complete on her own. Doing this will help give a sense of pride and a “can do” mentality.
  3.  Show your children that you have faith in their goodness and in their abilities. This is a matter of language you use as you speak with your children. For example, if your child, out of frustration, hits another child, you might say, “You’re so naughty! You’re such a bad person! How can you be so mean! You’re in big trouble!” Or, you could say, “You got frustrated and hit him. It’s not ok to hit. How can you express your frustration in different ways?”
  4. Spend time together. A vital part of having a healthy self-concept is feeling loved and valued. Spend this time doing something fun and enjoyable for both of you, and avoid criticisms or lectures during this quality time.
  5. Support your child’s interests. Learn what your child is interested in and support them in mastering that skill or accomplishing his desired level of achievement. Feeling competent and good at something grows a positive self-concept.
  6. Set reasonable rules and enforce them with lovingkindness. Your rules should be age-appropriate and clear. These help your child to feel safe and learn how to manage themself. However, enforcing them with a heavy hand when your child steps out of bounds can actually erode the self-concept. It’s important to make sure your child knows that mistakes are a part of life and mistakes doesn’t mean they are a bad person. When giving consequences, keep your child’s dignity in mind.
  7. Help your child to manage their emotions and work out problems. This is why problem-solving is such a big part of positive parenting. When children learn to solve their own problems, they build confidence and, therefore, a positive self-concept. Learning to manage emotions is key to having the ability to step back from a situation and view it objectively.
  8. Maintain a connected relationship. Being connected keeps the lines of communication open, and this is especially important as your child grows into adolescence. Knowing that they can to talk with you, and that you will listen without casting out immediate judgment and take her feelings seriously, will help her to feel supported, safe, and important.
  9. Give them the opportunity to explore their world, and that they can ask questions without feeling like a nuisance. Children are curious and imaginative, and we must be careful not to squash those traits. To nurture curiosity and imagination, allow ample time for free play and exploration.
  10. Acknowledge effort and offer encouragement. Children need to know that first place isn’t the goal, but that personal best is a win, no matter what place that lands them. As they grow, their own self-evaluation will become important to their self-concept, and they learn how to emphasise their own strengths and accomplishments, even if there is no trophy in the end.

As we think about our children’s physical and emotional well-being, we may also wish to encourage them at a deeper and more spiritual level. One day, after being with His disciples for some time, Jesus asked His disciples, “Who do people say I am?” The disciples responded by saying that some saw Jesus as someone like John the Baptiser, or a prophet of old. Then Jesus asked His disciples, “But what about you? Who do you say I am?” Then one of His disciples, (Simon Peter) said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.”

Peter had made a good living as a fisherman. He had then become a follower of Jesus. But over time he came to recognise something very special about Jesus – that Jesus was God at work in this world. And this gave him a real deep centre for his life. As Peter confessed Jesus as God at work in this world, Jesus replied with a wonderful message about love and forgiveness we all may experience.

In the end, none of us are the ‘perfect parent’ or the ‘perfect child’. We can be clumsy in our relationships with other people. We do stumble and fall. We know that life can give us difficult and unexpected situations. But as we focus on Jesus, and His message of forgiveness and gift of life, we discover a completely different centre for our lives, and our relationships with others. And that is a wonderful gift that truly re-centre our lives.

May you know God’s blessing, peace, and strength for life.

In Christ.
Pastor Mark


Email: mark.brinkmann@lca.org.au
Phone: 0499 014 189

Pastor’s Message

Do you believe in miracles?
Have you ever prayed for a miracle? What would you like to see happen in your life, and the lives of those near you?

When it comes to miracles, I believe in miracles. As I look at the creation, and see my children and grandchild, and as I consider how my own body works from how a simple breath gives us life, there are lots of things that are miracles. Life is incredible, and it’s great to have a sense of awe in relation to it.

There are also other times when people are ‘looking for a miracle’.
When we consider the troubles in the world, or things happening around us, sometimes we do pray for a real miracle. That why when people ask ‘Do you believe in miracles?’ they are thinking of those extra-ordinary things Jesus did. They are seeking extra-ordinary healing and extra-ordinary help in what is for them ‘extra-ordinary situations’.

Over the past few weeks in the Church’s Sunday Worship we have heard the accounts of Jesus healing the sick, feeding more than 5000 people from a few pieces of bread, raising someone from the dead, and walking on water. When it comes to such things, there are various views here. Some doubt if these things actually happened. But if you believe that Jesus is God at work in this world, and Jesus actually died and rose from the dead, then we can believe that God has done miraculous things in Jesus.

In the Holy Gospel for this Sunday (Matthew 14:22-33) we hear an account of Jesus walking on water, as also His disciple Peter. What happened here is extra-ordinary, and was possible because Jesus Himself was present.

From these encounter we can learn some important truths for life, home, and family.

First, when it comes to a life of faith and prayer, don’t be afraid to ask God for the ridiculous.

The other disciples were cowering in fear but when Peter realised that it was Jesus they were seeing on the water he said, “If it’s You, have me come out of the boat to You.” What a bold request!

Second, acknowledge that there are storms and waves in this life.

We know that bad things will happen, and we cannot always explain or understand them. We know about this world with all its challenges, pains and sorrow. And just like Peter focused on the wind and the waves, we can so be distracted by immediate events (which are common to all people) that we lose sight of a greater picture.

Third, when we are facing difficult situations, it is good to “fix one’s eyes on Jesus”.

In the Bible we hear this verse (Hebrews 12:2), “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:2). The greatest miracle of all was God coming into this world in Christ, and actually enduring suffering and death, and bringing about the gift of a new life by His resurrection from the dead. And this is truly good news for us.

When the wind is blowing its hardest, when the waves are crashing around you and your faith melts into fear, Jesus is there, reaching out to you, ready to catch you. When your doubt is overwhelming, Christ’s peace is available to you. When you aren’t sure who God is or who you are, Jesus says, “Take heart. It is I. Stop being afraid.”

This ‘Gospel lesson’ (of Jesus walking on water) brings to mind a favourite Bible Verse for many people from Isaiah (41:10) where God says, “Fear not, for I am with you; be not afraid, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will up hold you with My victorious right hand.”

May you know God’s blessing, peace, and strength for life.

In Christ
Pastor Mark

Please also note
Grace Lutheran Congregation is meeting for worship each Sunday, 8:30 am and 5:30 pm. COVID-Safe plans are in place.

We are still also providing resources for ‘Church at Home’, including a fortnightly ‘Children’s Message Video’ (see www.gracelutheran.org.au)

Also, ‘Lutheran Youth Queensland’ has recommenced its Camping Ministry Program. (For details on these see www.lyq.org.au/camps-events)


Email: mark.brinkmann@lca.org.au
Phone: 0499 014 189

Pastor’s Message