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A Balanced Perspective

Thursday, May 05, 2016

One weekend recently, I travelled to Sydney to attend a family function, and although my flight to Sydney departed and landed right on time, I was not so lucky with the return flight. Just as we were about to board the flight home, we were advised that due to a service difficulty with the plane we would now be departing from another gate. After arriving at the new gate we were somewhat concerned to find that there was no plane parked at the terminal.  ...Read More


Personal Quality

Thursday, April 28, 2016

In the coming weeks, we will be focussing as a community on the value of ‘Quality’, and as I researched the many meanings of the word, I came to realise that there are some very differing viewpoints on what is ‘quality’. One dictionary definition suggests that quality is “the standard of something as measured against other things of a similar kind; the degree of excellence of something”.  ...Read More


Everyone has a role to play

Thursday, April 21, 2016

At last week’s P&F Committee meeting, plans for a number of special events were detailed by the various event coordinators, along with consideration of where the funds that are raised can best support our students in their learning. With lots of ‘new blood’ on board, and the largest Committee of any school in which I have served (including some more than twice the size of Grace Primary), the year ahead promises to be full of exciting events to both build the social fabric of our community and to add much-needed resources to support our teaching and learning program.   ...Read More


Welcome back

Thursday, April 14, 2016

A very warm welcome to Term 2 is extended to all members of the Grace Primary community as we gear up for the beginning of the second term of the school year. I pray that the Easter break allowed you to be refreshed in mind, body and spirit, and you have returned in the same frame of mind as the students I met in the last couple of days of the break, who spoke of their ‘excitement’ at going back to school (and it seemed genuine!).  ...Read More


Showing Courage

Thursday, March 17, 2016

The sixth National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence, which is being held across the country tomorrow (18 March) is Australia's key anti-bullying event for schools, and encourages all students to 'take a stand together' against bullying and violence in schools and beyond. Research shows that one of the most effective measures in reducing bullying is the power of saying ‘No’, both by the victim and bystanders.  ...Read More


Collaboration in Action

Thursday, March 10, 2016

“The foundation of a collaborative learning community is working together for common goals, partnership, shared leadership, co-evolving and co-learning ….. collaboration and learning happen within the context of community - a creation of unity through appreciating and celebrating diversity …. collaborative learning communities help students learn the attitudes, knowledge and skills that benefit all in the community and community members become partners in facilitating and expanding the learning process.” Carole Cooper and Julie Boyd, “Schools as Collaborative Learning Communities”.  ...Read More


One School Does Not Fit All

Thursday, March 03, 2016

A new report by The Centre for Independent Studies challenges school sector stereotypes, finding “there is no such thing as a ‘typical’ government, Catholic or independent school”. Authors of the report, ‘One School Does Not Fit All’, Jennifer Buckingham and Trisha Jha, found “the diversity of schools within each sector is greater than the differences between the sectors, suggesting broad-brush comparisons between the school sectors based on average results are not useful either for policy decisions or for parents choosing a school”.   ...Read More


Love

Thursday, February 25, 2016

“I don't think you ever have to explain love to a child. In fact, I suppose as adults we can learn a lot about love from children. As adults, we often equate understanding to dictionary meanings, bullet point answers, lengthy articles and wordy quotes. Children demonstrate love without being able to articulate the meaning in words.” (Chaitra Murlidar). Love is the value on which we will be focussing at School for the remainder of this term, and if the quote above is anything to go by, there is much that our children can teach us about this concept, but what can we teach them?  ...Read More


Input Into Our Future

Thursday, February 18, 2016

This year, Grace Primary is undergoing a number of ‘reviews’ as our community focuses on planning for the future, and the School is keen to ensure that parents play a part in the various processes. Parent involvement is invited for membership of the following :
Self-Improving Schools (SIS) Committee – this is an Independent Schools Qld (ISQ) funded project, and involves a parent rep, staff and members of the School’s Leadership team in five facilitated day meetings throughout the year, along with some in-between after-school meetings. The focus is on developing an ongoing approach to self-evaluation of how our school is performing, focussing on key areas of development. The meetings (both from 9.00-3.00) for this term will be held on Monday 29 February and Wednesday 16 March.  ...Read More


Building a Great Team

Thursday, February 11, 2016

The positive start to the year continues, and the turnout at the series of Parent Information Nights with Teachers is clear evidence of the interest that our parents have in building a close partnership with our classroom teachers. Thank you again for making this a priority in your busy schedules.  ...Read More