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End of Term

Thursday, March 29, 2018

What an exciting last two weeks we have had! Our Commonwealth Games Harmony Day was a great day of celebration with Luke Howarth MP attending and presenting a flag and our students all participating in activities which enhance inclusion and harmonious relationships. Our School Captains wrote the message for the day and it included the words:  ...Read More


Optimism

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Following on from my article in the last Ripples, I recently heard the educational consultant Tony Ryan speak. To begin his presentation he gave us much data which demonstrated that our world is not all gloom and doom as we would think each evening as we watch our news services. He showed us that our life expectancy generally in the 21st Century is the highest ever recorded – in fact he talked about people in the western world starting to live to 150 years of age in the not too distant future – I think I’ll be very tired by then! He told us that for the first time in recorded history, China is now free from famine, before 1000AD 15% of people in the world died due to violence related issues and now it is 1% and that poverty, whilst it still exists is far down statistically than from years ago. Tony asked us to think about how we can prepare our young people for an extraordinary future and he argued that it is through teaching capabilities such as adaptive agility, empathy, inquiry and initiative. Tony dwelt on ‘empathy’ as a dialogue and he urged us to move from hopeless talk to hopeful talk with ourselves and with our children. As a Christian, I believe the gospel teaches us hope and I know that at any low points in my life, it is through scripture and prayer that I regain hope. My faith tells me that there is always hope, another day, a brighter future and security in knowing where my destiny lies. Tony’s book is ‘The Next Generation’ and if you want to have an interesting read on how we can prepare hopeful, resilient, perseverant children – I recommend it to you.  ...Read More


A True Man of Character

Thursday, March 01, 2018

Last week a great crusader for God passed from this world into the next. His name was Reverend Billy Graham. For many of you, he would seem just an old man, but I have met people who attended his crusades in the 1970s and 80s and who were deeply moved by the words he had to say. Rev Graham’s legacy is converting tens, possibly hundreds of thousands of people to Christianity. He was 99 years old when he died - what an incredible man. Billy Graham was a man of words – written and spoken and I am sure they will be unpacked for years to come. One of my favourite quotes of Billy Graham’s is  ...Read More


Uniform Committee new time slot

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Thank you to the parents who contacted me to say they are keen to help out on the recently formed Uniform Committee but they cannot make day meetings. Hence, I have changed the time to 6.30pm on Monday 26 February in the Conference Meeting room which is adjacent to the front office. If you would like to participate, please email me and I look forward to seeing you at the meeting. Please be advised, if you cannot make the meeting, over the coming terms we will do surveys and communicate with parents about a uniform upgrade and any proposed changes.  ...Read More


Parent Information Evening

Thursday, February 01, 2018

Thank you to the parents who attended our combined Parent Information Meeting this year on Wednesday, 31 January. Thank you also to Tina Smith Roberts and Rebecca Crew who organised the catering for the event. For those who couldn’t come, I shared with our community the new strategic plan for our school, Mrs Deighton shared how to use our new community interactive tool “Seesaw” and Mrs Stock shared our school’s social emotional and behaviour management programs. Here is a synopsis of what was discussed in terms of the strategic plan.  ...Read More


Staffing for 2018

Thursday, November 23, 2017

I am delighted to advise that there are some new staff coming to Grace Lutheran Primary School in 2018. They will be especially focussed in the co-curricular areas.  ...Read More


When God is Close

Thursday, November 09, 2017

This year, we seem to face a different tragedy each morning as the news is relayed through our internet browser, the radio or morning television. I thought I would share with you some thoughts I have had over many years in schools which includes advice from child psychologists about how to parent wisely when news services are so overt and descriptive. This week, we have heard about another mass shooting in America which shockingly occurred in a church service and closer to home the unbelievable sadness of a school in Sydney where a car crashed into a classroom killing 2 children but also affecting the school community in immeasurable ways. I spoke to one Grace parent who had to calm his child after she heard about the boys being killed in their classroom because she immediately became fearful of her own safety at Grace Lutheran Primary School due to this tragedy. As parents and teachers how we guide young minds and hearts through these awful events is a crucial part of our role in our children’s lives. I share the following hopeful it is helpful to all parents and carers at Grace.  ...Read More


The Reformation – Happy 500 years for the Lutheran Church!

Thursday, October 26, 2017

On Sunday, 29 October (at church) and on Tuesday 31, October (at school) we will be celebrating 500 years since Martin Luther posted his 95 theses on the door of the church in Wittenberg. His concerns were around the abuses and corruption he saw in the church. The consequences of Luther’s actions were probably unforeseen by him, yet their effect has shaped the protestant church since then with many cultural ramifications for western society. At Grace, we have tried to explore not only the work of Luther but ‘500’ and what that means also. How often do we see 500 of anything? In Australia since Federation it has only been 116 years. Captain Cook came to Australia only 247 years ago. Most of us cannot even track our families back 500 years even if we are diligent with family trees and record keeping – the longest I can go is about 200 years and that was with a father whose hobby it was to track our relatives.  ...Read More


Welcome to Term 4!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

A hearty welcome to all families as we begin the last term of school for 2017. It seems the years go by faster and faster and I know that as our students prepare for their school journey in 2018, thoughts begin to go to their new year level and indeed their class placements. Parents are welcome to send me IN WRITING any class requests for 2018 but only in terms of student social emotional issues. Letters/emails will only be accepted until November 6. You may like to request for your child to be with or separated from another child in his/her class or even to remain separated from a child in another class. Traditionally in schools, parents like to know which class teacher will be on which class but from experience I do not like to issue this too early because there may be resignation over the holidays or cause for other movement on staff. Issued too soon, there may be unavoidable changes which can affect many year levels.  ...Read More


Holiday Adventures

Thursday, September 14, 2017

When my children were younger, I loved school holidays. Naturally, because I usually worked at least half of the school holidays, my children spent some time in vacation care which they loved but I also really enjoyed ‘chilling out’ with my children at home and on family outings. I highly recommend our GOSHC vacation care program to you even if you don’t need care due to work or other commitments through the holidays. The social interaction and fun the children have in this centre is exemplary.  ...Read More