St Paul's Lutheran Primary School and Kindergarten

Caboolture, Queensland

Principal's Blog

Term 3 Week 10

Dear Parents and Caregivers

Our Year 6 students hosted and led their final School Sunday this past weekend. The theme of their School Sunday, "True Service", captured the essence of the enormous effort and role which they have played in our school this year. A Service mindset which grows a Servant-heart culture is not what we do at St Paul's, but who and what we are about at St Paul's.

Thank you to our Year 6 students for the rich message which they shared with us through song, dance, drama and readings. Thank you to the many parents, carers, family members and friends who attended to support the students on the day. A final thank you has to be extended to our Year 6 staff, led by Mr. Bellert, Mr. Riley and Miss Baker, for the time put into planning for and rehearsing with the students to ensure that the School Sunday flowed smoothly.

Well done to Abbey T, Oyin, O, Hayley S, Memory P and Oliver A, from our Senior School, on representing both the Caboolture Region and St Paul's at the Regional Athletics Championships last week. I am pleased to announce that 3 of these athletes, Hayley, Memory and Oyin, have been selected to represent the Sunshine Coast at the Queensland State Athletics Championships at the end of October in Cairns. We are all very proud of these students' achievements!
Last week Friday saw us celebrate 7 of the cultures which make up our wonderful school community as part of our Multi-Cultural Day at St Paul's – they were The Netherlands, Canada, Brazil, South Africa, Fiji, India and the USA. Thank you to those parents who came in to share their wonderful journey and unique cultural experiences, sounds and flavours with us. One of my favourite dishes was the Brazilian Cheese Bread! Next year we hope to showcase another group of countries which make up our school population.

Good luck to those students who will be showcasing their wonderful talents at our Semester 2 Music Showcase tonight! This event will begin at 6pm – see you there!
As we come to the end of another very successful term of living, learning, growing and imagining at St Paul's, I would like to thank every family for their ongoing support, loyalty, feedback and transparent working relationship which we have with you. We also look forward to welcoming 6 new students [4 families] into our school at the beginning of next term.
Office hours over the Term Break will be from 10.00am until 2.00pm.

Wishing everyone a safe Spring break as we take this time to slow down, relax and spend quality time reconnecting with friends and family.

Yours in Christ.
Anton Prinsloo
Principal

Term 3 Week 9

Dear Parents and Caregivers

Over the past two days all of the students would have had the opportunity to participate in the Bus-it Safe Program. This program allows all of our students to either learn about, review or revisit how to be a safe passenger when waiting for, travelling on and disembarking from a bus – some great life skills being taught and reinforced here! Thank you Caboolture Bus Lines for making this invaluable program available to St Paul's through the Moreton Bay Regional Council Road Safety Grant Program.

Good luck to five of our Senior School athletes as they participate in the Regional Athletics Championships over the next two days. We look forward to hearing about and sharing their achievements with you.

On Friday we will be celebrating the many cultures which make up our school community by hosting a Cultural Awareness Afternoon. Every year level will have the opportunity to host and share with some of the other year levels a wealth of knowledge about the country and culture which they have chosen. The countries and cultures will include The Netherlands, USA, South Africa, Canada, Brazil, India and Fiji. These festivities will kick off at 1:35pm and you are warmly invited to attend and learn with your child's year level as they travel around the world on Friday afternoon.

Next Monday evening we will be hosting a Play is the Way Parent Information Session at 6:30pm. The Play is the Way Program is being adopted by all the classes and year levels at our school and will give participants a hands-on experience of this behaviour education program. This event is not a workshop on parenting but will illustrate how the program will work in the school to support the social and emotional learning of our children. There is a free sausage sizzle from 6pm onward and free child minding will also be made available on the night. Please contact the front office if you have not yet registered your attendance at this event. See you there!

We are also looking forward to our Year 6 students hosting their final School Sunday this coming weekend. The countdown to finishing their primary school journey and begin preparing for high school is well and truly underway for this wonderful group of students. Thank you in advance to the Year 6 teachers and support staff for the work done in planning and preparing for this event.
You are all warmly invited to attend our Music Showcase next Tuesday. This event will allow those students who are involved in our Instrumental Music, Classroom Music, School Choir and Grace Academy Programs to showcase their God-given talents with us. This event will start at 6pm on the night.

Have a wonderful week.

Yours in Christ.
Anton Prinsloo
Principal

Term 3 Week 8

Dear Parents and Caregivers

It was wonderful to host 133 Dads, Granddads and Sons last Thursday afternoon as part of our Father's Day celebrations at St Paul's. Thank you for your engagement in this event as a family. I hope that you have all been able to take away one idea from the information which was shared with us by our guest speaker Matt Strickland. Thank you to the men from Caboolture Shed Happens for cooking our dinner and to those school staff who supported the event in so many different ways. Your feedback, either via an email or in writing, on the event and the format used this year will be greatly appreciated.

Well done to the GSP Netball club on an outstanding season which came to a head on Saturday with 3 of the teams involved in Grand Final matches. All came away with a clean sweep of their respective Grand Final Games. Congratulations to the GSP Cyclones on being one of the winning teams with the majority of this team made up of Year 5 and 6 students from St Paul's. On behalf of St Paul's I'd like to thank the players, coaches, parents and other supporters for a tremendous season.

We are now two weeks into our final Inquiry Learning cycle for this year. If you wish to see and find out more about the rich learning which is happening around the school over the coming weeks, please feel free to peruse the Prep – Year 6 Inquiry Learning information which is on display in the main undercover area. The processes, which will be happening for every students' learning, as well as the final product will be shared with you as a family at the next Learning Expo which will be held from 4pm – 5pm on Wednesday 14 November. Please put this event in your Term 4 diary.

This coming Friday is National Teacher Assistants' Day. At St Paul's we are blessed with a remarkable group of classroom and Learning Support assistants who touch young lives in a remarkable way and make a difference every day – thank you! As a school we will be thanking and celebrating this group at a morning tea next week.
Included with this week's newsletter are draft copies of both our Strategic Plan [2019 – 2021] as well as our Annual Plan for 2019. Your feedback, either via email [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ] or in writing on these documents will be appreciated. Please provide this feedback by Wednesday 12 September. Please feel free to drop in for a chat if there is any part of these documents which you would like to discuss further.

Wishing all our families a safe week.

Yours in Christ.
Anton Prinsloo
Principal

Term 3 Week 7

Dear Parents and Caregivers

It was wonderful to host 133 Dads, Granddads and Sons last Thursday afternoon as part of our Father's Day celebrations at St Paul's. Thank you for your engagement in this event as a family. I hope that you have all been able to take away one idea from the information which was shared with us by our guest speaker Matt Strickland. Thank you to the men from Caboolture Shed Happens for cooking our dinner and to those school staff who supported the event in so many different ways. Your feedback, either via an email or in writing, on the event and the format used this year will be greatly appreciated.

Well done to the GSP Netball club on an outstanding season which came to a head on Saturday with 3 of the teams involved in Grand Final matches. All came away with a clean sweep of their respective Grand Final Games. Congratulations to the GSP Cyclones on being one of the winning teams with the majority of this team made up of Year 5 and 6 students from St Paul's. On behalf of St Paul's, I'd like to thank the players, coaches, parents and other supporters for a tremendous season.

We are now two weeks into our final Inquiry Learning cycle for this year. If you wish to see and find out more about the rich learning which is happening around the school over the coming weeks, please feel free to peruse the Prep – Year 6 Inquiry Learning information which is on display in the main undercover area. The processes, which will be happening for every students' learning, as well as the final product, will be shared with you as a family at the next Learning Expo which will be held from 4pm – 5pm on Wednesday 14 November. Please put this event in your Term 4 diary.

This coming Friday is National Teacher Assistants' Day. At St Paul's we are blessed with a remarkable group of classroom and Learning Support assistants who touch young lives in a remarkable way and make a difference every day – thank you! As a school we will be thanking and celebrating this group at a morning tea next week.

Included with this week's newsletter are draft copies of both our Strategic Plan [2019 – 2021] as well as our Annual Plan for 2019. Your feedback, either via email [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ] or in writing on these documents will be appreciated. Please provide this feedback by Wednesday 12 September. Please feel free to drop in for a chat if there is any part of these documents which you would like to discuss further.

Wishing all our families a safe week.

Yours in Christ.

Anton Prinsloo
Principal

Term 3 Week 6

Dear Parents and Caregivers

At St Paul's we pride ourselves on our rich Literacy learning focus which is underpinned by the Daily 5 Literacy Framework which is consistently implemented daily across all year levels. Literacy is the cornerstone from which a world of acquiring and understanding knowledge will emerge for all our learners. Whenever I am asked what is a great gift for a child, I tell people that you can't go wrong when it comes to buying a child books and allowing them to grow their personal library at home. This week at St Paul's we will celebrate reading in all its contexts when we host our annual Book Week and Book Fair. The students will immerse themselves in a number of fun-filled activities as we highlight the importance of reading when and where we can. I would like to acknowledge and thank our Library staff, led by Mrs Danielle Morris and supported by Mrs Mac, for the work done in planning, organizing and hosting this week's festivities and activities. You are also warmly invited to attend and celebrate Book Week with us.

We, together with the students, are looking forward to hosting all our Grandparents this Friday at our annual Grandparents' Day, an event which has now become one of the biggest social events on our school calendar. It is always wonderful to see the students showing off what is their place of growing and learning.


We welcome back our Year 5 students, staff and parent helpers from their camp at Noosa North Shore. Thank you to our Year 5 teaching team, Mr Matt Nicholls and Mrs Debbie Cottrell, for all the work done in making this event possible for this group of students. Thank you to all those parents who attended as camp parents and who without their attendance, these opportunities would be so much more difficult to offer as a school. This camp also brings our 2018 Outdoor Education Program to an end as we begin to plan for our 2019 program.

Thank you to our Year 2 students for sharing their School Sunday presentation, through drama, song and dance, with us last weekend. The "live singing" with the musicians added a special touch to the service. Thank you, parents, grandparents and other family friends for your support of the children on the day. Thank you to our Year 2 teachers, Mrs Henderson and Miss Cross, as well as the Year 2 support staff for all the work which has gone into making this event flow so smoothly. We now look forward to our Year 6 students sharing their School Sunday presentation with us towards the end of the term.

This coming Saturday a number of stakeholders who make up our school community will gather to review and update our Strategic Plan for the next 3 years. A draft Strategic Plan will be made available for your perusal and feedback after this event. Thank you in advance to those folk who have volunteered their time on Saturday for this task.
Please remember that the RSVP date for next week's Fathers and Sons' Event is this coming Friday. Come and enjoy a Barbeque meal while we listen to our guest speaker, Matt Strickland from Kids and Teens Psychology, sharing some words of wisdom and advice on raising our boys. See you there!

Wishing all our families a wonderful week as we go about our busyness.

Yours in Christ.

Anton Prinsloo
Principal

Term 3 Week 5

Dear Parents and Caregivers

Welcome to Week 5! I hope that everyone has enjoyed the long weekend break and the beautiful winter weather with which we have been blessed. At the end of this week, we will be halfway through this term already – as the saying goes, time really does fly when you are having fun! On Friday Mrs. Lois Kube and I will be heading to Sydney to attend the 2018 Australian Education Awards as we acknowledge our nomination as a finalist in the Australian Primary School of the Year [non-government] category – a nomination which is all about our contemporary learning journey, growth mindset but most importantly, it's about the incredible people who make us the community we are! As we introduce and focus on the value of Appreciation this week, I would like to thank every school family for your loyalty, ongoing support and strong working partnership which you have with St Paul's.

Congratulations to our Senior School Athletics Team on an outstanding District Carnival last week at which they won both the C-Division [small schools] and the overall Aggregate competition across all the schools competing – what a season these students are having! Good luck to those athletes who will now move on to representing the school and our District at the Regional Athletics Championships next month. Thank you to our PE Teacher, Miss Jess Gall, for encouraging and supporting all these students in such a selfless way. [See the full report in the newsletter]

As we welcome back our Year 3 students from their first Outdoor Education camp, we wish our Year 5 students a time of rich experiences and a safe camp as they head off to Noosa North Shore this week. Thank you to our Year 3 teachers, Mrs. Marnie Ferguson and Mrs. Becky Farrell, the Year 3 support staff as well as those parents who attended as camp helpers, for your time and commitment in making this opportunity possible for our students.

Congratulations to two of our Senior School Robotics' Teams on competing and placing 20th and 26th respectively, out of 52 teams, on the weekend. This is a great result and a wonderful learning experience for these students considering that most of the teams competing were high school teams. Thank you to Miss Hayley Baker, Ms Jenny Davis, Mr Josh Witham and Mr and Mrs Lindsay on supporting these students on the past weekend. We look forward to our Junior School Robotics Club which begins on Monday 20 August 2018.

Over the next fortnight, a number of school events will be taking place and all our families are encouraged and invited to be part of these festivities, times of sharing and planning:
This coming Sunday our Year 2 students will be hosting and sharing with us their School Sunday presentation.
Next week is Book Week at St Paul's with our annual Character Dress Up Parade on Tuesday, Book Blanket on Thursday and our Book Fair which will run all week.
On Friday next week, we look forward to hosting all our Grandparents as part of our Grandparents' Day celebrations.

On Saturday 25 August we will be reviewing our current Strategic Plan as we consider, fine-tune and discuss our school's strategic direction over the next 3 years.
I hope to see many of you at these various events over the coming fortnight.

Calling all Fathers and Sons! We are looking forward to hosting you at our Fathers and Sons' event which will take place on the afternoon of Thursday 30 August. Please remember that your RSVP to this event is due on Thursday 24 August 2018.

Have a safe week.

Yours in Christ.

Anton Prinsloo
Principal