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The Countdown

Trudy Moala - Thursday, December 03, 2015

As the countdown continues to the end of the year, and with four school days left to go until our students begin their summer holidays, it is important to reflect on all that has been achieved, amidst the ‘hustle and bustle’ of this busy season. 2015 has been marked, like all other years, with joys and challenges, tragedy and elation, highs and lows. Amidst it all, we have continued to be blessed with a community of staff, parents and students whose overarching aim is to work together to ensure that the provision of a quality, Christian education remains central to all that we do. The students are the reason we exist!

Sometimes it is important to put things into perspective, and as we watch with some uncertainty, devastating events unfold around the world that threaten the very fabric of our society, we come to realise that letting go of the ‘little things’ is an important lesson for all of us to learn, along with acknowledging and celebrating the things that have gone well.

I thank all students, staff and parents for their contribution to what has been an incredibly successful year at Grace Primary, and we can all look back with pride on the growth of our students, the growth of our staff in teaching young children in an increasingly-complex and technologically-advanced world, and the growth in relationships between home and school. While none of us is perfect, it is clear that we are all working in the right direction together. God has indeed blessed us mightily.

Staff Farewell
As we come to the end of the year, we express our thanks for their service to our school as we farewell Mr Michael Wale (Year 3 teacher) and Mrs Ruth Smith (Learning Support Aide). Both will be greatly missed and have contributed much during their time at Grace Primary. At the same time we say a big thank you to Mrs Jennifer Pacey (Prep) Mrs Kathy Brinkmann (Learning Support Teacher), Miss Meredith Johns (Year 4 Teacher), Miss Leah Gilmour (PE) and Mrs Michelle Dobson (Learning Support Aide) who are
completing their contract positions at the end of this year.

A fond bon voyage is extended to Miss Rosie Richardson (Year 5 teacher) and Miss Katherine Gavranich (Music Coordinator) who will be on leave next year travelling overseas. Thanks are also extended to Mrs Liz Begoihn who has been Acting PE/Sport Coordinator this year, while Mrs Sue Coghlan was on leave.

On behalf of the entire community, my sincere thanks are extended to this year’s P&F Executive Committee, who have completed a most successful year, both in terms of fundraising and friendraising. The following positions will be declared vacant at the P&F AGM to be held on Tuesday 16 February 2016 at 7.00 pm in the Library :

  • President
  • Treasurer
  • General Members

If you would like more information about these positions or to express your interest, please contact the P&F Secretary, Anthony Symons, at

End-of-year arrangements
Please note that there will be a whole school Assembly next Monday (7 December) in the Hall at 2.00 pm and a Closing Chapel service on the last day of school (Wednesday 9 December) at 2.00 pm in the Hall. Parents are very welcome to attend these end-of-year events.

Semester Two Reports will be handed out next Tuesday (8), along with the 2015 Yearbook. I thank the teaching staff for the many hours of work that have gone into producing reports that are a succinct summary of each student’s progress, along with Mrs Stock and Mrs Russell for overseeing the reporting process. I am delighted with the quality of the Yearbook and the very creative way in which a snapshot of each class and the major events of the year have been presented. Thanks are extended to Mrs Karen Misso (Communications and Marketing Manager) for her oversight of the production, and to Miss Joelene Gledhill (Teacher Aide/Print Shop) for pulling it all together, and to the staff and students for their work in producing a very special memory of 2015.

A Principal’s letter will be sent home in the first week of the holidays detailing arrangements for next year, and will include your child’s 2016 class list.

As this is the last Ripples for the year, may I wish all of our community members every blessing for the coming Christmas season and for the new year ahead. May the peace, love, joy and hope that Christ bought into the world be yours in abundance, as you celebrate his birth at this time. Thank you for all of your support and encouragement during the year that was.

Mr Stephen McGrath

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6