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The Little School Who Could

Trudy Moala - Thursday, May 16, 2019

One of my favourite stories as a young child was ‘The little engine that could’. It is a story where a little train engine toughs it out to climb a steep hill. It is also a story which teaches resilience, hard work and optimism. Working at Grace gives me a sense of the ‘little school that could’ as I am consistently amazed at the results our students achieve in a small school environment. Did you know:

  1. NAPLAN data for 2018 was made live on the Myschool website just prior to the Easter holidays and an analysis of peninsula schools shows that in 5 of the subject domains in Years 3 and 5, Grace Lutheran Primary School topped the scores. In the sections where we came second, it was only by 1 or 2 points, so quite negligible. In terms of numeracy and literacy internal data, which is marked against all of Australia diagnostically, our students consistently score above national averages. Further to this, did you know that for 2 years, we have changed our timetable to give a focus to numeracy and literacy so that it is uninterrupted in the peak morning learning times especially in our Years Prep to 3 and that we also focus our school assistant and learning support teacher time in the mornings to be available for students who require extra support for these subjects.

  2. We have an intensive extension program for the students whose results are at the top of their year level so that they are consistently challenged and motivated in class.

  3. Our new dynamic PE/Sport teacher, Mr Denny led our school District Cross Country team at last week’s carnival to second place after Southern Cross School which combines all of its primary campuses for district representation giving them a depth of over 900 students to select a team for competitions? We came second by 3 points which is an extraordinary achievement when considering the difference in enrolment numbers at our schools.

  4. Our Performing Arts section of the school had a challenge this year to have 150 students involved in some form of Performing Arts activity (paid instrumental or dance lessons or free choir activities). At a recent count, 209 students are involved with the program. For those who attended our recent showcase, you would be aware that the talent of our students and the programs we offer are extraordinary and way beyond that which would be expected normally at a Primary School.

  5. Our STEM facility is extremely popular with our students. Many parents have said that on STEM day, their child jumps out of bed because they love the hands on design and challenge components of the course. 
There is so much more to be said about our little school that could. Thank you to the parents who support our school so positively and for those who have completed our recent school satisfaction survey which I will send out again via email so that all parents have a chance to give feedback. (It will close May 31). Other very positive aspects being reported by parents via this survey at this stage, is the value put on our Christian studies program and our Japanese lessons too. All parents’ opinions are valued so if you have time to complete the survey, it will help as we plan for the future for your children in this little school on the peninsula, which is achieving so well in so many areas. 

Next month our school will continue to shine at our Grace Fete on 8 June. Make sure you come along and get involved.