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.
Lutheran Principals’ ConferenceOver the past few days, I have been attending the Lutheran Principals’ Association conference. This biennial event is attended by all Principals throughout Australia and so 90 of us gathered to discuss important trends in education and to study ways to strategically plan for the strong future of our schools. Interestingly, ‘community’ was noted as a key feature in our Lutheran schools and much discussion ensued on how this is caused and how precious it is to us. I would like to thank our parents for their sense of community at Grace. That we care for one another and look out for each others’ children is something to treasure and I encourage you to continue to cause networks and ways of connecting as this only benefits all in our community ultimately. At the conference there were also several representatives from the Lutheran Church and they endorsed the important role our schools take in providing a Christian Education for our students and how valued this in the wider church. The conference was stimulating and I appreciated sharing ideas with Principals from throughout Australia. It is to be noted for those with a long history at Grace, Stephen Rudolph who is the National Director for Lutheran Education Australia is retiring this year. He began his stellar career at Grace Lutheran Primary School as a teacher and we wish him well for his future.
NAPLAN and ReportingAnother year of NAPLAN testing is upon us and our students, teachers and parents have engaged positively with this test. Future trends for NAPLAN is that it will go on line and we are keeping up to date with all information which is being issued in relation to this. NAPLAN is a snapshot of a child’s life at school and the results are interesting and often worthy of a discussion with a class teacher to understand if the results are indicative of the child’s general process. Our report card has had a significant overhaul this semester and has been greatly reduced in size. The reason for this is that we are using See Saw to show you the teaching and learning which is occurring in class in a continual format. Teachers are currently undertaking assessments in preparation for writing of reports which will come out in the last week of term.
Valued Staff MembersIt is with enormous sadness that I advise our families that we have had two recent resignations from our office staff. Janene Hopkins who has worked in our school for 15 years in a variety of roles has relocated NSW. We thank her and wish her well with her new life direction. Lee Maller, our front desk receptionist has also decided to leave due to family reasons and of course we acknowledge the huge support she gives to all our families at Grace. Lee will finish on Wednesday, 16 May.
Trudy Moala, Principal