Issue 14 - 29 October

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

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.

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

What’s Coming Up At GLPS

Upcoming Events

Monday 2 November
Whole school photo by Drone – Wear navy formal uniform
2021 Captain applications close

Wednesday 4 November
2021 Prep Orientation morning
Year 5-6 Mothers & Daughters High Tea 5pm

Friday 6 November
9-12 Years Swimming Carnival

9-11 November – Book Fair in the Library

Tuesday 10 November
GLPS Story Night

Friday 13 November
Yr 6 GLC Transition Day

Upcoming Events
Wednesday 18 November  – Junior Swimming Celebration

Performing Arts Recitals

Monday 16 November – Strings Recital 5pm and Piano Recital 6pm with Allison Chambers students (Night 1)
Tuesday 17 November – Guitar Recital 6pm
Wednesday 18 November – Brass & Woodwind Recital 6pm
Thursday 19 November – Piano Recital 6pm with Allison Chambers (Night 2)
Monday 23 November – Singing Recital 6pm (Night 1)
Wednesday 25 November – Percussion Recital 6pm
Thursday 26 November – Singing Recital 5pm (Night 2) and Piano Recital 6pm with Suzanna Hlinka
Monday 30 November – Piano Recital 6pm with Angeline Wynter
Tuesday 1 December – Speech & Drama Night 6pm