Principal's Blog Principal's Blog

What Makes a Reader?

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Reading is one of the most important skills that is taught in Primary School. Such is its importance, we invest quality time with staff training them on the latest ideas and tracking students to ensure they are all progressing as well as can be expected. Can you imagine a world without being able to read? That’s the way it was a few hundred years ago for the majority of people in our communities and in history it is recorded that Luther pressed the importance of schools so that people could learn to read and therefore have access to the Bible.  ...Read More


Is Your House a Home?

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Many of you would be aware that my husband and I are in the process of relocating to the peninsula from the Gold Coast. Selling up our family home with so many memories and packing up from 11 years of living is providing physical and emotional challenges for our family. What do we do with that medal our daughter won in year 2 at the athletics carnival which seemed so important at the time but now she is 21 is seen as something to throw out by me and a treasure to her that I must store! The process of looking at so many houses where it is quite clear that some places are houses which were built and prepared for sale purely on their monetary value and others are places where families gather and live life together. Photos on the wall, little ‘treasures’ on display and rooms which have furniture obviously placed so there are interactions, give that sense of warmth a true home has. This process has also made me reflect – have our parents at Grace ever thought about the difference between a house and a home?  ...Read More


Data and how it is used in schools

Thursday, March 02, 2017

This week for Principals is an interesting one because all the data is released about last year’s NAPLAN and Overall Position (OP) results. I find myself pouring over this data,  comparing school to school and year to year results. Grace Lutheran Primary School has done very well in terms of last year’s NAPLAN data and this will go live on the My School website soon.  ...Read More


Education Revolution

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Some of you may have seen the ‘60 Minutes’ discussion in relation to Australian schools and how student stress is impacting on learning. Also the Australian newspaper at the weekend had an article on the education revolution which is occurring in schools. In the Lutheran Sector, as Heads of Schools, we are being challenged to rethink our practices so that we do reflect a changing society and so that our education system is not reflective of an outdated methodology created for a society of 200 years ago.  ...Read More


Welcome to 2017

Thursday, February 02, 2017

I am thrilled to be the new Principal at Grace Lutheran Primary School and I welcome all established and new families to school for 2017! I am keen to find out about all the children at the school but also the extended families. I love community and hope that at Grace we can serve you and make a special school community together.  ...Read More


Farewell

Thursday, December 01, 2016

As the year comes to a close it is important to recognise and celebrate the achievements and gains of our students no matter how big or small. We also congratulate our Year 6 Graduates who depart the family of Grace Primary in order to continue their growth and development as lifelong learners. We wish them and the departing families Gods richest blessing on your lives, may he be your ever present friend.  ...Read More


As we enter this Season of Christmas

Thursday, November 24, 2016

As we enter this Season of Christmas may we all be reminded of the Joy of the Lord and sing out or thanks and praise to Him who created us.  ...Read More


“For nothing will be impossible with God.” Luke 1:37

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

As educators we are constantly aware that we work every day with young people who will one day be the future leaders, creators, innovators, investigators, collaborators, communicators, facilitators, problem solvers and contributors of this world. Over the weekend I had cause to again be reminded of the importance of teachers in the life of a child to inspire and encourage them to believe they can achieve.  ...Read More


Thankfulness

Thursday, November 10, 2016

“Be thankful for small mercies.” This is one of those sayings that we hear when others try to realign our thinking over something that hasn’t gone our way. It is a way of looking at what is unsavoury in our experience and encourages us to see that we have more in our lives that is good and so shouldn’t dwell on the negatives.  ...Read More


God Loves Us No Matter What

Thursday, November 03, 2016

“I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.”
Jeremiah 31:3
God loves us no matter what. We don’t have to put on a show for him; we just have to show up. He loves us the way he created us, warts and all!  ...Read More