I am delighted to advise that there are some new staff coming to Grace Lutheran Primary School in 2018. They will be especially focussed in the co-curricular areas.1. Mr Luke Hartwell will become our new full time PE teacher and Sport Coordinator. His role will include teaching all classes from Prep – Year 6 a PE skill lesson weekly. He will also coordinate all carnivals for the school and participation for students in Lutheran, District, Regional and State carnivals. Luke will be investigating starting teams in the local soccer and netball competitions on Saturdays which will be entirely optional and not compulsory for students at the school. Luke comes to us from Grace College where he has been working this year on contract but prior to this from Rockhampton where he worked in a Christian school.
2. Mrs Bec Galbraith will become our new full time Design Technology (STEM) teacher and Digital Literacies coordinator. Bec has experience at local Lutheran Schools as a classroom teacher and also in the Army as a Digital Literacies educator. Her passion is the Design Cycle and helping students to become technical problem solvers. Due to our renovation of the Prep facility, all three Prep classes will be housed in the renovated space from 2018, freeing up a classroom which will be converted into a Design Technology Lab. We are looking forward to this innovative area in our school and what the children might create in it! I think it may become a little messy at times as our students’ minds are challenged to make and create! Bec will teach all classes from Prep to Year 6 following the Australian Curriculum’s technology syllabus and integrating her work with each class’ units of work also.
3. Mrs Kyren Luostarinen will come off class in 2018 and head up our Performing Arts area. We will expand the subject of music to include speech, drama and theatrics. She will teach all classes from Prep to Year 6 and will prepare the choirs. Kyren will also look at full and part school performance areas and work closely with Grace Academy on their offerings as well as the performance part of their work too. This year, Kyren liaised with Grace Academy to introduce dance groups which has been hugely popular with 5 groups being formed in Term 4. Please make sure you are at ‘Carols on the Green’ on (Friday 24 November) where she will announce a major production for 2018 which as yet, is a secret but one which will be very exciting for our school community.
Other staff relocations involve Sue Coghlan, Liz Begoihn and Jacqui Glover all going back on general classroom duties in a part time capacity to accommodate the new subject of Design Technology and the new PE/Sport and Music arrangements. Japanese will still be taught in all year levels from Years Prep to Year 6 by Mrs Miya Omori but for one lesson each week. I would like to advise our community that 31 people have signed up for our family trip to Japan in 2018 which exceeded all expectations.
We will be farewelling Miss Kelly Napier and Miss Emily Fartch at the end of this year. Both teachers came to us on short contracts to help out when staff left during the year. We thank them for their service and wish them the best as they continue with their teaching careers. Also retiring will be Mrs Jo Duncan who has worked at Grace Lutheran Primary School for 20 years. I know she is a much loved teacher in our community and we wish her well for her future. Mr Anton Pape and Mrs Nadine Drane will finish contracts in the Music department at the end of year and we thank them for the work they have done in our Music department. Special mention must be made of Mr Pape who has coordinated our ‘Carols on the Green’ performances this year.
With these staffing changes will also come some renovations in the school. As mentioned previously, Prep is currently being refurbished, a new Design Technology classroom will be in operation and our music room will be renovated into a Performance space which due to Mrs Luostarinen’s choice will be funky and practical.
I would like to mention all staff at Grace at this point. I am so delighted to work amongst such a caring, hard working and dedicated team. The thing I admire the most is not just their professionalism but their enthusiasm for children and therefore the love and nurture they show to each one. Thank you to the parents also for preparing their children so well as it is in partnership that we achieve so much as a school community.
May God’s peace reign in your household this Christmas season. I hope you will spend some time reflecting on the birth of our saviour in your household during Christmas and please make time to visit our Grace church at Redcliffe to celebrate His birth over Christmas. Christmas is a beautiful, happy season for Christians which gives us many reasons to celebrate. My thoughts and prayers will be with all families during the festive season. (John 3:16).
Trudy Moala, Principal