I would like to sincerely thank all families for their contributions and support for 2018. It has been a wonderful year filled with many highlights and I am sure as you peruse our Yearbook you will be reminded of many happy memories. The Yearbook will be issued next week to students and I thank Karen Misso specifically for coordinating this project this year.
End of year provides a happy and sad few weeks. We celebrate our Year 6 cohort and graduate them and we also get ready to welcome our new Prep students. We have the largest enrolment for Preps in 5 years beginning in 2019 and our numbers for 2020 look even stronger. Apart from our strong Prep enrolment, throughout the school, we have over 20 new students beginning in 2019 and we look forward to welcoming them in a variety of classes. If you are considering enrolling a Prep child in the future, I would recommend you put your enrolment forms in early as pressure for places is beginning to mount and I would not want a sibling to miss out.
In preparation for 2019, please be advised that class allocations will be issued in the week beginning January 14. A teacher “Meet ’n’ Greet” time for families will be held on Friday 25 January from 9 – 10am. Students are not requested to wear uniform for this time. Please be reminded that all books are included in your fees so you do not have to purchase anything except for headphones. Students in Years 4 – 6 need to bring an iPad from home and these specifications will be made available for these families in our end of year mailing. Please also remember that all camps and excursions including the Year 6 trip to Canberra are included in your fees so parents no longer will be required to add over $1000 to their Year 6 enrolment fee in the future. Teachers will write to their students in 2019 advising when formal and sport uniforms are required and the days of scheduled specialist classes for your information.
As with every end of year we will farewell some staff and welcome new staff in 2019. Leaving our school this year will be Mr Luke Hartwell, Mrs Emma Horner and Mrs Karin Scurr. Mr Hartwell will be returning to study and Mrs Horner and Mrs Scurr have decided to focus on their family for a while with the possibility of returning in the future. We thank them for their service to Grace and know that they will probably be seen on class in a relief teacher capacity in the future. Mrs Marks and Mrs Richards have already returned to Grace from maternity leave and both will take on full time teaching roles in 2019 as will Mrs Armour. We will be welcoming Mr Oliver Denny as a new PE/Sport teacher and he will come to us from Trinity College in Gladstone.
Merry Christmas to all our Families
At this time of year, I would like to wish all Grace families a very Merry Christmas. I hope you will all join us Thursday 6 December on Dalton Oval for our ‘Carols on the Green’ concert. The P&F have organised food trucks which will have beautiful meals ready for you from 5pm and all students will need to be ready to assemble in the Hall at 5.30pm for their performances which will begin at 6pm. After each year level has performed, the students will be asked to sit with their parents and we ask that you do sit as a family and that children are not allowed to run about the oval. This is so that we are respectful of our school community who will be performing as the night continues. We will be fencing off an area for our community so if you could keep your children inside the fence, we would appreciate it. Highlights of the evening will of course be your child’s year level performances and many performing arts groups and our staff finale (who can forget last year’s finale!) will top off a night of brilliant entertainment. A community choir will perform which includes members of staff, the senior choir and members of the Grace congregation. We hope you will bring your singing voices along too to help sing the community carols interspersed throughout the program. To top the night off, we are grateful to the Sesame Lane Child Care Centres who have sponsored fireworks and who will also bring Owlbert their mascot to wander about and spread some goodwill. We’re hoping for a spectacular event which can be enjoyed by all Grace families!
As we move towards Christmas I hope that the true meaning of the season, the birth of our Saviour Jesus Christ, is apparent in your family’s celebration. Grace Lutheran Church will be celebrating throughout the season and I commend their services to you and yours at Christmas time.
Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given, and the government will be upon his shoulder and his name will be called wonderful, counsellor, mighty God, everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Trudy Moala, Principal