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Friendliness and Manners are Strong Here

Thursday, July 28, 2016

I can hardly believe we are in week 3 of the term already. I continue to meet new parents and students and feel the welcome of a community who love their school. Thank you.  ...Read More

Life lessons we can learn from our children

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Dear Parents
It never ceases to amaze me how many life lessons we can learn from our children. This week at ‘Together with Year 1’ our Year 1 students offered sage advice to the adults in congregation. Their very well organised and presented Chapel (thanks to our fabulous Year 1 teachers and Pastor Mark), shared the importance of stopping, by pulling on the reigns of life and spending time with God, enabling us to take time to breathe, to share with him our joys and sorrows and gain refreshment by sitting in his presence.  ...Read More

Welcome Back

Thursday, July 14, 2016

A big hello and welcome back to all of our Grace families this term. I trust that your children have had sometime to rest from the school routine and have enjoyed some holiday adventures. I have just completed my own adventure having had Term 2 as Long Service Leave. It was a wonderful time of exploring parts of our beautiful country coupled with some long overdue home renovations. So a lovely time of some hard work and play.  ...Read More

Looking Back

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Semester 1 Reports can be accessed online from today, and detail your child’s progress and areas of development over the past two terms. Subject overviews and instrumental reports were sent home on Tuesday. I would encourage all parents to sit down with your child, away from the busyness of daily life and other siblings, and read through the Report together, and affirm your child on his/her achievements.  ...Read More

A Matter of Choice

Thursday, June 09, 2016

While I normally maintain a very neutral position in terms of highlighting my political viewpoints in the public arena, I feel compelled with the upcoming Federal election less than a month away, to highlight some important information to parents. As parents in an independent school, the Education policies of the various parties should form a key factor in the decision that you make on July 3.  ...Read More

Investing in our Future

Thursday, June 02, 2016

‘STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) is one of the most talked about acronyms in education circles at the moment. Australia is falling behind globally when it comes to STEM education, and it’s clear that we have a big challenge on our hands to turn this around.’ (Principals Institute Australia Education Review – May 2016 p 12). One of the key recommendations in this report is that first and foremost, the focus for STEM should be with primary-aged children. So, what is Grace Primary doing to promote STEM?  ...Read More


Thursday, May 26, 2016

“Gratitude can make your life happier and more satisfying. When we feel gratitude, we benefit from the pleasant memory of a positive event in our life. Also, when we express our gratitude to others, we strengthen our relationship with them” (Seligman, 2012, p.30). Gratitude, also expressed as appreciation, has been shown through significant research to have a large number of life-long benefits to the individual and to the community. Showing your appreciation can improve relationships, enhance empathy and reduce aggression, improve physical and psychological health, increase mental strength, enhance good sleep habits and improve self-esteem. So, why don’t we show more appreciation?  ...Read More

Encouraging Each Other

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Although it was only a brief overnight visit, I was able to join the Year 4 campers for part of their camp last week (as was Mrs Stock prior to my arrival), and was incredibly impressed by the ‘tone’ of the camp. While such events can be stressful for some students, away from the comfort and familiarity of home, and also challenging in terms of being set new goals for their own physical and emotional endurance, there was a strong undercurrent of teamship and encouragement that permeated all that the students attempted.  ...Read More

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