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Student Independence

Friday, July 21, 2017

Our staff are working through developing a new teaching style at our school. We are having weekly planning meetings and already it is evident that our curriculum is well matched to the Australian Curriculum and really interesting for the students. We are having many conversations though about student independence and developing high expectations for our students. We have mapped our reading levels against the Australian curriculum and increased standards in all years to ensure our students are meeting nationally advised bench marks.  ...Read More

Strategic Planning

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Thank you to the many parents who contributed to our recent Strategic planning exercise run by Dr Graham Leo. I was really impressed with how positive and informative all the sessions were. The parents and staff who contributed really glowed about our school and were especially positive about our beautiful facilities and committed staff. Of course, there were suggestions about how to improve some of our programs but again, all were framed in positive terms and with our community in mind. Graham now has much information to collate and think about so that he can report to the school council about future plans for our school in terms of buildings and facilities, curriculum, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities and staffing. Please know that we appreciate feedback at anytime and if you would like to send through any comments about our programs, this will be gratefully received.  ...Read More

Strategic and Master Planning for Grace Lutheran Primary School

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Currently, the Primary School has employed a consultant to lead the School Council, Staff and Parent body through a Strategic Planning exercise. Dr Graham Leo has been employed to undertake this task. He has proposed some dates and times for parent meetings and they will be:
THURSDAY JUNE 1 at 2pm and
THURSDAY JUNE 1 at 6pm.  ...Read More

Camps and Excursions

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Last week I saw off two buses with students from our school going to different activities. Our Year 5 students visited Grace Lutheran College for their Taste and See experience where they found out what was on offer for their Middle Years program… and our Year 4 students were heading to Tallebudgera Valley for their camp. I always smile when I see off buses because often for children, the bus trip is a highlight of the activity they are about to encounter. As usual, both buses had very excited, chattering students who were delighted to be going out to their various events. It was a joy to see. Both buses also had on them students who were a little anxious about leaving the school site into an unknown but they were facing their fears bravely.  ...Read More

Reminding us of hope at Easter

Thursday, April 27, 2017

As a school leader, I talk to teachers regularly about “Hope” as a concept and how in a Christian school it is possibly the most important thing we can share with our students. Our society today can put forward a rather ‘hopeless’ view of our world and I think as parents and educators it is our responsibility to present a different, more hopeful and positive view to our children. The joy of working with young children in a school is seeing their sense of innocence, wonder and awe and how they can bring so much happiness to a room. I think this needs to be celebrated and it is when we share a joke or enjoy the thoughts of children as they work out their world, that we can develop a more positive outlook for many. As you will know, this is my first year at Grace Lutheran Primary School. Every day I am in the school I walk around rooms and one thing I am already admiring is the delight children have in learning, the pleasure they receive from mastering a new skill or the pride they feel in achieving a difficult task. I can see in every classroom a sense of hope and purpose and it is something we must hang onto and work hard to encourage.  ...Read More

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