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Christmas wishes to all our families

Thursday, November 28, 2019

As the lights begin to go up on houses, churches and businesses and the shops start to decorate, my thoughts turn to the celebration of Jesus’ birth at Christmas time. For Christians, this is a special time of year, a time of reflection and a time of joy as we remember that God sent His only son to earth to bless us and save us. I do hope that all families enjoy this time of family gatherings, feasting and spending time with neighbours and friends enjoying all that the Christmas season is about. You may like to enjoy a church service at Grace Lutheran Church on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. I know the congregation will welcome you warmly. May God’s peace be with you and your family at Christmas time and over the summer holidays.  ...Read More


Loose Parts Play

Friday, November 15, 2019

At our last pupil free day, we were fortunate to have a speaker – Mrs Madeline Avci who works for a company called Jump Up for Kinds. Madeline is an Occupational Therapist and she talked to us about play and what children can do to facilitate health and well-being both physically and mentally. Madeline’s company organises ‘Loose parts play’ and we are bringing in 3 crates of equipment to allow the students to play with them prior to the end of year.   ...Read More


Parents and Friends Association

Friday, November 01, 2019

I would like to acknowledge the support of the Parents and Friends’ Association committee which has worked hard this year to fund raise and friend raise in our community. The President, Julian Field; Vice President, Nichole Pawson; Secretary, Ingrid Church and Treasurer Karina Ivory have had the students at our school at the centre of their planning and I have valued their heart for our school.   ...Read More


My Time Away

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Many thanks to Mrs Kathy Stock who held the reins whilst I was on Long Service and Study Leave over the past month. I was able to acquire grants from my Principal’s Association and from Independent Schools Queensland so Jasmine Deighton and I could attend, without cost to the school, a week’s tour of Innovative Schools in U.S.A. Of course this has given us many ideas to explore and I look forward to sharing them with you over the coming months.  ...Read More


Service Learning at GLPS

Thursday, September 19, 2019

At the end of this term, our special day will be a service learning day. Students will shop and organise hampers for Bayside Community Care, sew pouches out of recycled clothing for wildlife which have lost their mothers, paint rocks with positive messages to place along the seafront at Pelican Park, visit St Catherine’s Day Respite Centre, make bat boxes for the Redcliffe Botanical Gardens, make banners for our hall and make table cloths and place mats for the Redcliffe Breakfast Club.   ...Read More


Communication

Thursday, September 05, 2019

Thank you to the parents who attended our recent discussions in relation to our school and communication. As I explained at the meeting, in all surveys this comes up as an issue and I appreciated the feedback I received from parents. Interestingly, there were various views about our communication lines but all agreed that we should work towards simplifying it so that parents can go to one place to collect any modes of communication. We are currently working on our website as our current license concludes at the end of this year, so we will bring some initiatives in next year to help with this consolidation. I did appreciate the feedback from parents and hope that any who would like to add to the discussion would feel welcome to do so.   ...Read More


Chinese Students

Monday, August 26, 2019

Over the past four weeks, we have enjoyed the company of Chinese students who are on their summer vacation. Many students told me just how much they enjoyed having the students in their class and the feedback from the parents and teachers also has been very positive.  ...Read More


Book Week and Reading

Friday, August 23, 2019

It is always such fun for students to dress up as a book character for Book Week. To be honest, the staff have a great time too planning their costumes for the parade. Thank you to the parents and students who put so much effort into their costumes this year making the book characters come to life for our parade.   ...Read More


Off to Camp

Friday, August 09, 2019

Our Year 2 students are on camp this week at Luther Heights.  The camping program at Grace is extraordinary with students beginning with a sleepover in Year 1, a night away to Luther Heights in Year 2, two nights at Googa for Years 3 and 5, a beach camp at Tallebudgera for Year 4s and the Canberra trip in Year 6.  Students and staff always talk very positively of their camping experiences not only because of the terrific campsites they attend but for the fun, love of outdoors and growth in independence that occurs.   ...Read More


Thank You

Monday, July 29, 2019

Recently, a colleague Lutheran Principal Ms Jane Mueller from Living Faith Lutheran Primary School at Murrumba Downs was published on line in “The Educator”. Her article was titled “Dial back the temperature on Children’s Mental Health” and it compared our response to children’s mental health to that of a frog being boiled in water, a slow but inevitable issue unless we intervene with intelligent responses.
Jane stated that as adults we have a moral imperative to be aware of the research surrounding childhood mental health and to implement strategies to counteract the growing mental health crisis in our western world. In schools, she said that there are 7 important things for us to consider for our children’s well-being.   ...Read More