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:“We believe that you should always try your hardest no matter what life throws at you because you can do anything if you put your mind to it. Life is a journey of ups and downs, but no matter what… we are all capable of trying our hardest in everything we do. Borobi is a great role model for us because when he was learning to surf he fell down a lot. However even though he fell down time after time, he continued to try his best and persevered when times were tough. Grace Primary, remember that God made you special - never forget that. He made you special and unique and never forget that you can make your dreams come true if you try your hardest.”
Such words of wisdom from our school captains Sophia and Cole! I was very impressed. I was also really impressed with how our students participated with enthusiasm and delight on a very special day.
Gracie Our MascotAt the Commonwealth Games Harmony Day we introduced Gracie who is our school mascot. Students may take Gracie home and have Gracie participate in at home activities such as family dinner time or if you go out – a day at the beach or on bike rides or any other special times. Please send any photo-graphs of your outing with Gracie to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will publish them on our Facebook page and also we will make a book of our family adventures with Gracie to put in our Library. If you go further afield, please also feel free to take Gracie. On a recent trip to Sydney I took photos of Gracie near the Opera House and near the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Our Year 6 students are taking Gracie to Canberra on their trip away next term – watch out for the adventures there!
ANZAC Day March 2018Our annual school ANZAC service will occur on Monday, 23 April at 2:20pm (our usual assembly time in Week 2). Parents and friends of the family or extended family are most welcome to attend. Our School Captains and vice captains will represent GLPS at the Grace College ANZAC service on Tuesday, 24 April at 9:00am. Our students annually gather for the Redcliffe ANZAC march and again will do so on Wednesday, 25 April. This is an optional event but if you would like your child to participate, please meet at the roundabout on the corner of Redcliffe Parade and ANZAC Ave (near the Mon Komo Hotel) at 9:00am. ready for the march at 9:30am. I will be there alongside other staff members who will march with your children. No parents are allowed to march with students. This year, so that we are a bright and colourful presence in the march, we ask that all students wear their SPORT UNIFORM with their Sport hat. Students are welcome to wear any family medals or carry photos of grandparents or other extended family members who have served our country in the Army, Airforce or Navy. The students end the march at the corner of Redcliffe Parade and Klinger Road and we ask that parents meet their child as soon as practical at this carpark. You are welcome to take them to the service which occurs at the Redcliffe War Memorial but we do not supervise students through this service. The ANZAC Day holiday is in Week 2 of Term 2, hence our early advice of this important event in our school calendar.
Staffing Term 2We will welcome back to our school Mrs Kathy Stock who has been on Long Service Leave for most of this term. Mrs Alexandra Wood will be going on Long Service Leave in Term 2 and her replacement, Miss Brenna Ellis will be working with our Year 4 team throughout the term. Mrs Karen Lewis will be moving with her husband to Toowoomba at the end of this term. We thank her for her valued service to our community throughout her time with Grace. Miss Sarah Webber will be replacing Mrs Lewis and we welcome her to our Grace team.
Canberra 2018Our Year 6 students will be traveling to Canberra during Week 1 of Term 2. We wish them well. Some parents have questioned our change of Year 6 trip from Melbourne to Canberra because they have read the College does a Canberra trip in Year 7. I have contacted the College and they have advised they do not go to Canberra in Year 7 at Rothwell Campus. I hope this provides clarity to our community.
Happy EasterI wish all families every blessing for the Easter holidays which will begin on Good Friday this week. I hope you may celebrate the resurrection of our Saviour in some meaningful way over the break. Please be reminded, because we have a student free day on Thursday, 29 March, we will not be having a student free day on Monday, 16 April. We look forward to the return of all students on this day.
Trudy Moala, Principal