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Thank You for a Great Term

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Every morning when I see the almost 400 children arrive at our campus, I am always very grateful to the parents and grandparents who have rushed about in the morning to make sure the students are well prepared and ready for school. We also have a very loving Out of School Hours Care facility and the staff their as pseudo parents ensure children are loved and well sorted as they go to their classrooms. When camps are being farewelled or chapel is on, we always see GOSHC staff involved and we appreciate their care too.
Thank you especially to our P&F who have had a number of activities this term which have been great fun but also raised funds for facilities and projects at our school.  ...Read More


Planning for 2019

Thursday, September 06, 2018

Teaching and Learning – our Academic Program.  ...Read More


Thank you to the Parents and Friends

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Our very hard working P&F committee have been busy with a few activities of late. Their bake stalls are becoming infamous and sought out by all our community – thank you to all the families who cook for these special stalls. They also run fantastic sausage sizzles or hamburger stalls each term and their annual fun run is coming up too. I would like to thank Tina, Jo, Bec, Nicole and all who helped out to organise the Winter Wonderland this year. It was a beautiful night and everyone I have spoken to who attended, said of how much fun it was and how well organised it was too. I must also acknowledge Denis Caddy who is possibly the best MC on the Peninsula! The sponsors were very generous and the prizes for the raffle were amazing. Congratulations to the Caporn family who paid $800 for the carpark toggle. I am sure they’ll be the envy of all as they park their car in the staff carpark for the next year. Thank you to the many new families who attended this event too – we hope to see you again next year.  ...Read More


Before And After School Arrangements

Thursday, August 09, 2018

Parents and caregivers are reminded that there are before and after school arrangements with which we must comply to ensure the safety of our whole school community each day. At Grace, we are blessed to have a fantastic Out of School Hours Care Facility which operates from 6:30am - 8:30am in the morning and from 3:00pm – 6:00pm in the afternoon. If you know your children are going to be unsupervised before 8:00am or after 3:20pm, I urge you to enrol your children in this facility to ensure their safe care.  ...Read More


THOUGHTS ON EDUCATION...

Thursday, July 26, 2018

One of the roles I hold is the Independent Schools’ Representative for Queensland on the Australian Primary Principals’ Association. This association has representation from the State, Catholic and Independent Sector in every state and we meet every 12 weeks to discuss issues from a federal perspective in relation to Australian Primary Schools. Issues which come up at most meetings are NAPLAN and its relevance, NAPLAN on line and the ability of some schools to have sufficient hardware to cope with it, a child’s ability to participate fully in NAPLAN especially once on line, funding fairness, teacher preparedness (we discuss ways for teachers to be trained to cope with a modern teaching environment), indigenous issues in education, report cards and emerging trends and many other primary school related issues. Over the past two meetings we have been hearing from a psychologist by the name of Professor Frank Oberklaid. Professor Oberklaid’s longitudinal studies are demonstrating the things which are most important for children to thrive in our world. He argues that as much early intervention as possible allows for the best longitudinal results. Much of his work is relevant to 0 – 3 year old but I think it has relevance right up to our 12 year olds. Professor Oberklaid’s main suggestions are summarised in a program entitled Thrive with Five and I list them here for your consideration. Professor Oberklaid contends that if parents and schools work together on these five issues, then a child will thrive.  ...Read More


Musical

Thursday, June 21, 2018

I again extend my sincere appreciation to our community for our musical this year. Our students excelled and had great fun. They really showed us how to participate in large
events, be mindful of one another and to be independent at times. We were really impressed with the students. The parents who helped out were extraordinary. Beth Ben Karmona and Andrea Cunningham gave up hours of time to help prepare students and at the event were incredibly supportive. An army of mothers helped with sewing, makeup, hair and moving sets. As I said at our Saturday night performance, I am terrified I will leave a name out so I won’t mention individuals, but we were very, very grateful to the parents who helped out (and I think who had a bit of fun along the way!). I am even grateful to parents who just organised their children to be on time and ready for their back stage preparation – it was appreciated. The staff worked as a team and some even brought their teenage children to help out back stage. It was a huge task but done so well. I will mention Mrs Luostarinen who has not had a lunch break all year because she’s been rehearsing leads and organising sections of the musical. Thank you for your talent and skill and that you are such fun to work with – I know the students love you!  ...Read More


Thank you

Thursday, June 07, 2018

Thank you to the 108 parents who completed the recent survey put out by Lutheran Education Australia. Strong trends for Grace Lutheran Primary School includedTeachers having high expectations for each child’s learning  ...Read More


Reading Success

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Any parent who comes into school to listen to a variety of children in our younger years read out loud will note the differences in fluency and word attack which is apparent between children of the same age. As I visit upper primary classrooms, it is again obvious the students who are struggling with texts and the others who are able to easily work out the written word. Of course some strugglers have specific learning difficulties and they need a special program which is offered at school. But the majority of our students have no learning difficulties and should engage readily with the written word. Parents can be enormously helpful with this skill for children of any reading level and here are the strategies which are recommended by experts who study children and how they engage with quality literature.   ...Read More


Happy Mother’s Day

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Happy mother’s day to all the mums, grandmothers and special friends in our community. This year 25 mothers joined me for a lunch at the Belvedere and what a fun time was had by all. We hope to make this an annual event. I know it is hard for people to take time off for such a special gathering, but I was grateful to those who were able to make it. I would also like to thank Katie Marshall and Ali King for organising our Mother’s Day stall this year. This is such an important activity in our school and watching the joy children have at buying a special gift for their mother is a delight.  ...Read More


Developing Grit

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Do you ever follow the Grace College bus with their ‘Grit, Grace, Growth’ logo? I love the word grit, to say, it to think about it and to apply it. I find it interesting that we talk about grit so much in educational circles at the moment and attempt to find ways to have children persevere when challenged rather than just giving up quickly.  ...Read More