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A Busy Time of Year

Thursday, August 31, 2017

A quick perusal of our School Calendar will demonstrate how busy our school community is during term 3. (Although having said that, in which term is our school standing still!) I must make comment though about our Melbourne trip which happened last week. Mrs Jasmine Deighton, Mrs Karen Lewis, Miss Jessica Nicholson, Miss Kelly Napier, Pastor Mark, Mr Michael Catchlove and Mrs Lesley Wright jumped on a plane with 48 excited students on Sunday 20 August and returned with them safe and sound on Friday, 25 August. During the week, they visited Sovereign Hill, the MCG, an historic gaol and many other wonderful areas. The students said their trip to Mt Buller ski resort was a highlight! I am grateful to the staff and parents who gave freely of their time to support the trip. I am also very proud of our students who from all accounts were extremely well behaved throughout the trip, making the most of all opportunities offered to them.  ...Read More

Calendar Dates 2018

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Our Calendar Dates for 2018 are published and on our website for your perusal. Next year is an unusual year for those adding up dates, as we will actually have one more teaching week. This anomaly happens every few years and for those thinking it seems like a longer year, it actually is in terms of contact days.  ...Read More

New Directions for Information Technology at Grace

Thursday, August 03, 2017

All parents in Years 3 and 4 have been written to in respect to the new direction we intend to take in terms of hardware in our Information Technology Program in 2018. We are deliberately giving this information in August to all families so you know what students will need to bring to school in 2018 and beyond. I will break this down into year levels so parents know specific information for their children in their various year levels.  ...Read More

Student Independence

Friday, July 21, 2017

Our staff are working through developing a new teaching style at our school. We are having weekly planning meetings and already it is evident that our curriculum is well matched to the Australian Curriculum and really interesting for the students. We are having many conversations though about student independence and developing high expectations for our students. We have mapped our reading levels against the Australian curriculum and increased standards in all years to ensure our students are meeting nationally advised bench marks.  ...Read More

Strategic Planning

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Thank you to the many parents who contributed to our recent Strategic planning exercise run by Dr Graham Leo. I was really impressed with how positive and informative all the sessions were. The parents and staff who contributed really glowed about our school and were especially positive about our beautiful facilities and committed staff. Of course, there were suggestions about how to improve some of our programs but again, all were framed in positive terms and with our community in mind. Graham now has much information to collate and think about so that he can report to the school council about future plans for our school in terms of buildings and facilities, curriculum, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities and staffing. Please know that we appreciate feedback at anytime and if you would like to send through any comments about our programs, this will be gratefully received.  ...Read More

Strategic and Master Planning for Grace Lutheran Primary School

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Currently, the Primary School has employed a consultant to lead the School Council, Staff and Parent body through a Strategic Planning exercise. Dr Graham Leo has been employed to undertake this task. He has proposed some dates and times for parent meetings and they will be:
THURSDAY JUNE 1 at 2pm and
THURSDAY JUNE 1 at 6pm.  ...Read More

Camps and Excursions

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Last week I saw off two buses with students from our school going to different activities. Our Year 5 students visited Grace Lutheran College for their Taste and See experience where they found out what was on offer for their Middle Years program… and our Year 4 students were heading to Tallebudgera Valley for their camp. I always smile when I see off buses because often for children, the bus trip is a highlight of the activity they are about to encounter. As usual, both buses had very excited, chattering students who were delighted to be going out to their various events. It was a joy to see. Both buses also had on them students who were a little anxious about leaving the school site into an unknown but they were facing their fears bravely.  ...Read More

Reminding us of hope at Easter

Thursday, April 27, 2017

As a school leader, I talk to teachers regularly about “Hope” as a concept and how in a Christian school it is possibly the most important thing we can share with our students. Our society today can put forward a rather ‘hopeless’ view of our world and I think as parents and educators it is our responsibility to present a different, more hopeful and positive view to our children. The joy of working with young children in a school is seeing their sense of innocence, wonder and awe and how they can bring so much happiness to a room. I think this needs to be celebrated and it is when we share a joke or enjoy the thoughts of children as they work out their world, that we can develop a more positive outlook for many. As you will know, this is my first year at Grace Lutheran Primary School. Every day I am in the school I walk around rooms and one thing I am already admiring is the delight children have in learning, the pleasure they receive from mastering a new skill or the pride they feel in achieving a difficult task. I can see in every classroom a sense of hope and purpose and it is something we must hang onto and work hard to encourage.  ...Read More

What Makes a Reader?

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Reading is one of the most important skills that is taught in Primary School. Such is its importance, we invest quality time with staff training them on the latest ideas and tracking students to ensure they are all progressing as well as can be expected. Can you imagine a world without being able to read? That’s the way it was a few hundred years ago for the majority of people in our communities and in history it is recorded that Luther pressed the importance of schools so that people could learn to read and therefore have access to the Bible.  ...Read More

Is Your House a Home?

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Many of you would be aware that my husband and I are in the process of relocating to the peninsula from the Gold Coast. Selling up our family home with so many memories and packing up from 11 years of living is providing physical and emotional challenges for our family. What do we do with that medal our daughter won in year 2 at the athletics carnival which seemed so important at the time but now she is 21 is seen as something to throw out by me and a treasure to her that I must store! The process of looking at so many houses where it is quite clear that some places are houses which were built and prepared for sale purely on their monetary value and others are places where families gather and live life together. Photos on the wall, little ‘treasures’ on display and rooms which have furniture obviously placed so there are interactions, give that sense of warmth a true home has. This process has also made me reflect – have our parents at Grace ever thought about the difference between a house and a home?  ...Read More