- 19 June 2018
Dear Parents and Caregivers
The Junior School students need to be congratulated on their enthusiasm and wonderful participation at their Athletics Carnival last Friday. It was great to see the determination on their faces, especially during the sprint races. Thank you to the many parents, carers, grandparents and other supporters who turned up on a beautiful morning to cheer on the students – well done to those mums and dads who put their reputations on the line by competing in the parent's sprint races. Thank you to the Junior School staff for your encouragement of the children and support on the day. A further thank you needs to go to our maintenance staff for helping with the setting up and packing away on the day and to our PE teacher, Miss Gall, for all the coaching, planning and organizing which went into making the day such a huge success.
This Thursday [at St Paul's] and Friday [at Apex Park] our Senior School students will participate in their Athletics Carnival after which a school team will be chosen to represent St Paul's at both the Caboolture District and Inter-Lutheran Athletics Carnivals next term.
Thank you to our Year 1 students on presenting a very rich and relevant School Sunday this past weekend. The theme of their presentation focused on Prayer. The confidence of these students to step up on the day and lead through songs, readings and prayers just blow me away – parents you should be very proud of your children! Thank you to the Year 1 team of Mrs. Schrodter, Mrs. Byers and Mrs. Malcomson for all the hard work done in preparing the students for this event. I would also like to acknowledge the four boys from Year 5, who attended to support their younger siblings, who showed great initiative without being asked to help with the serving of the sausage sizzle – thank you Ethan, Maddox, Oliver and Tobey!
Yesterday afternoon saw the whole school come together for a combined assembly at which Mrs. Schrodter was recognized for her selfless contribution towards school life at St Paul's. Mrs. Schrodter was recognized by Lutheran Education Queensland [LEQ] for her Excellence in Teaching by receiving the Rolf Mayer Award. Congratulations Merle, we are all very proud of you and blessed to have you as a colleague!
This coming Saturday we will be hosting our annual Community Consultation Day from 9am – 12pm. This year we will be focusing on the Students and Parents section of the Quality Schools survey feedback which we have now received. Thank you to those students, parents, staff and School Council members who have indicated that they will be in attendance on the morning. Please remember to RSVP your attendance with the front office by Thursday if you have not yet done so.
As per last week's newsletter, please remember to check your access, via your unique parent code, to Parent Lounge on either the school's website or App. It is important that this function is activated and ready to go for you to receive your Year 1 -6 student's Semester 1 report electronically next term. Please note that our Prep and Instrumental Music students will still receive their Semester 1 reports in hard copy due to the fact that they use a different reporting format to rest of the school.
Many blessings to you for the rest of the week.
Yours in Christ.
- 12 June 2018
Dear Parents and Caregivers
Today we had the opportunity to stop and show our appreciation to our school's Administration Team as part of School Officer's Day. This group of highly dedicated members of staff form the backbone of what keeps our school moving forward on a daily basis. Not a day goes by without this group keeping us all in touch, through a range of jobs, with the A-Z of school life at St Paul's. Thank you to this group for the care, patience, attention to detail and service which you bring to our school – we salute you!
Our Senior School Robotics Club had 7 teams participate in their second competition of the season up at Noosa on the weekend. Congratulations to one of our Year 6 teams on coming first in the "Line following Competition" which I am told was the most difficult part of the day's competitions. Well done to all concerned and it was great to see that the new Robotics Club shirts arrived in time for the Saturday's competition. [See detailed report in this week's newsletter]
Thank you for the generous donations of non-perishable food items and toiletries last Friday as part of our school fundraising effort for the Loaves and Fishes Food Bank in Caboolture. Our contribution will make a significant difference in the lives of many families and especially children within the local community. Thank you to our Service Captains, Maddy and William, and our Chaplain, Teneille, for initiating and organising this project as part of the school's service learning focus for Term 2.
Athletics season is almost upon us! The Junior School [Prep – Year 2] will get the competition season underway when they participate in their carnival on Friday. All parents, carers, family members and friends are invited to come spend the day with us. The day will get underway at 8:45am and conclude around 12:15pm with the sprints and relays events. See you there!
The Senior School [Year 3 -6] will have their athletics next week on Thursday 21 and Friday 22 June.
We look forward to being part of the Year 1 School Sunday this weekend. A lot of hard work and rehearsing has been happening over the past few weeks in readiness for this special event.
Please take note of the reminder, with this week's newsletter, with regards to accessing your student's Semester 1 report online at the start of Term 3. We would like to be certain that every family is ready to access the reports online via the school's Parent Lounge function. Please note that both the Prep and Instrumental Music Reports will be sent home in hard copy due to their format being different to the school's main student reports. Reports will be available either online or sent home on Wednesday 18 July.
Student Achievements— Congratulations to Sophie R in Year 5 who has competed and achieved the following result in Gymnastics over the past weekend. Sophie obtained an overall score of 34.225, placing 4th on bars, 3rd on beam and 2nd on floor. Sophie placed 6th overall in her division. Well done Sophie, we are very proud of you! IMAGINE, BELIEVE, ACHIEVE.!
Have a safe week.
Yours in Christ.
- 05 June 2018
Dear Parents and Caregivers
Our school's Mission Statement captures the essence of who we are when it reads that we are a school community of learners with a Christian world view for living through sharing the love of Jesus. Our inclusive community provides a quality future-focused education in an ever-changing world and encourages and inspires a love for active lifelong learners. Every week, without fail, our newsletter is filled with acknowledgements and celebrations, as well as stories of a strong and transparent working relationships of us as a community. The common theme here is the word community. St Paul's is not about any one person, any one program or allowing a culture of "empire building" at the expense of our community - it's about growing and nurturing a culture of service and selflessness. Yesterday saw us sharing with the school community the news that St Paul's has been announced as a finalist in the Primary School of the Year [non-government category] in the 2018 Australian Education Awards. This national recognition is an affirmation of the incredible people who make up our school community – students, parents and staff! It is also an affirmation of the rich programs, our contemporary learning mindset and the numerous opportunities available at St Paul's. Well done to everyone!
Further good news reached my office this week when Mrs. Merle Schrodter was recognized for Excellence in Teaching by Lutheran Education Queensland [LEQ]. This outstanding affirmation of Mrs. Schrodter, as a teacher and colleague, was made at the Lutheran Church of Queensland Synod which was held in Bundaberg on the weekend. Congratulations Merle, this is very deserving and we are all very proud of you! Mrs. Schroder will be recognized for this achievement at a special event later in the term.
Thank you to our Prep students for hosting a wonderful School Sunday this past weekend. They shared, with great confidence, the theme of the church being the Body of Christ with a focus on the people [community] being the heart and soul of a church rather than the grand buildings. Thank you to the many parents, family members and friends who turned up to support the students on the day. Thank you to Mrs. Kapinga, Ms. Crispe and their team of helpers for all the work done behind the scenes to make this school event possible.
It was a blessing to receive our Year 4 students, staff and parent helpers back safe and sound from their camp up on the Sunshine Coast. From all accounts the students were outstanding ambassadors for both the school and their respective families during their time away – well done and thank you to all of you! Thank you to Mr. Justin Ryan, Mr. Derek Van Lonkhuyzen and Mr. Dave Witham for volunteering as parent helpers and stepping away from your own family commitments and jobs to support the students in such an outstanding way. Thank you to Mrs. Lynda Witham, Mrs. Wendy Greene and Mrs. Carissa Klinge for all the work done behind the scenes to make this camp possible for all concerned.
Staff news – It's my pleasure to announce that Ms. Hayley Baker will be the new Head of Teaching and Learning at St Paul's, starting in Term 3. This comes on the back of Mrs. Libby Sansome who will be leaving St Paul's at the end of the term to take up a teaching position at Coolum Christian College. Ms. Baker comes with a wealth of experience as a classroom teacher and previous experience as an Assistant Principal. Ms. Baker has been appointed to this Executive role for 3 days per week, being Monday – Wednesday, and will continue to work in the Year 6 Agile Learning Lab on Thursdays and Fridays. We have been fortunate to secure the services of Mr. Dom Riley, who will be returning to St Paul's next term, to work in the Year 6 area of the school on Mondays – Wednesdays. Please keep these staff members in your prayers as they begin to prepare for these upcoming changes.
Student Achievements – Congratulations to Deleni and Memory Paitai who represented the Caboolture Girls' Touch Team at a District tournament last week. The Caboolture girls won the tournament with Memory being selected to play for the Sunshine Coast Regional Team and Deleni chosen as a Shadow player. What an incredible achievement! Memory and Deleni are destined to be future Aussie touch/7s reps – IMAGINE, BELIEVE, ACHIEVE!
Have a terrific week and go the Maroons!
Yours in Christ.
- 30 May 2018
Dear Parents and Caregivers
What a big week we had last week celebrating a range of community events. Congratulations to the GSP Soccer Program on hosting the inaugural Christian Schools' Soccer Cup last Tuesday. As many of the GSP players do not play club soccer, this tournament gave them the opportunity to experience first-hand a competitive soccer environment as well as setting future goals for their own progress as soccer players. Thank you to the many parents and family members who attended to either support their student or help as volunteers on the day. Thank you to Mr Matt Nichols and the GSP Soccer staff for planning, organizing and hosting this event – you have touched so many young lives in such a positive way!
Last Wednesday saw St Paul's host its first Learning Expo, allowing the students to share with you both the process and product of their Inquiry Learning journey over the past 10 weeks – and what a turnout it was! Congratulations to all our students on inspiring us with your confidence and knowledge of where your contemporary learning has taken you. Thank you to the teaching and support staff for facilitating this process in such a magnificent way. We look forward to hosting you at our next Learning Expo in Term 4.
St Paul's now prides itself on running a rich and inspiring Robotics Program as part of our Digital Technologies curriculum focus. Last Friday the school was able to share its Robotics journey at the International Conference on Robotics and Automation which was held in Brisbane. Thank you to Mrs Libby Sansome for leading this presentation which included a number of St Paul's students, a parent and staff who have been instrumental in growing this initiative. [See full report in the newsletter].
One of the values which underpins our journey to grow and nurture the whole student at St Paul's, is that of serving others and growing a servant-heart. Our Year 6 students epitomise, live and model this mindset every day by being involved in a range of service projects in and around the school. This was again evident last Friday when a number of our Year 6 students were involved in the Kindergarten Sports Day. What stood out the most was the encouragement and great patience displayed by these senior students towards some of the youngest learners on our school campus. Thank you to every one of you for being such remarkable role models in our school – the future of our country is truly in great hands!
I would like to wish our Year 4 students, staff and parent helpers all the best as they prepare for their school camp on Wednesday. We pray for safe travel and a safe camp as these students are challenged further to discover who they are and what they are capable of, as well growing further strong and respectful relationships. We look forward to hearing about their adventures on their return to school next week.
Student Achievement: Congratulation to Angus Hare who over the weekend competed in the C&D Grade State Karting Titles at Gympie. This was only the second time that Angus has raced on this track, and he achieved a fantastic 2nd place result in his class. He also set the fastest lap time for the weekend. The weekends of racing around South East Qld and hours of driver training has paid off. Well done Angus. This may be Australia's next F1 Champion in the making. IMAGINE, BELIEVE, ACHIEVE!
We also look forward to this weekend's School Sunday when our Prep students will lead the worship service for the St Paul's congregation.
Have a great week.
Yours in Christ.
- 22 May 2018
Dear Parents and Caregivers
As part of our journey to nurture and grow our students as independent, creative and collaborative learners, they are now looking forward to hosting you at tomorrow afternoon's Learning Expo! What an incredible experience and opportunity awaits us all to see, hear and learn first-hand about the rich Inquiry Learning which has taken place at St Paul's over the past 10 weeks. The afternoon will also provide the opportunity for you to visit all our year levels and to experience the children's learning journey successes. See you there!
Virtual debating keeps going from strength to strength at St Paul's after winning the Year 5/6 section in this national competition last year. Congratulations to our Senior School Virtual Debating Team, of Alana Grimaux, Bailey Smith , Maya O'Connor and Tait Smith, on winning through to the 3rd round of this year's competition after winning their debate last week against St Lukes Grammar School, Dee Why, Sydney. Their topic "That we should ban sports involving animals (horse racing, greyhound racing)" wasn't an easy one to be the affirmative for, but they did an incredible job in convincing the adjudicating panel of their arguments. Thank you to Mrs Narelle Palmer for the great passion which she brings to this part of the school's program and her dedication to all the students involved in the program.
Thank you to our Year 3 students on sharing their School Sunday message about Pentecost this past weekend. Once again the confidence, clear articulation and creativity of the students', need to be highlighted and congratulated. Thank you to the many parents, caregivers and other family members who turned up on masse to support the Year 3s on the day. A big thank you also needs to go out to Mrs. Ferguson, Mrs. Farrell and the Year 3 team on the time, planning and rehearsals which went in to making this possible. We now look forward to our Prep School Sunday coming up on Sunday 3 June.
This afternoon GSP [Grace/St Paul's] Soccer will be hosting the inaugural Christian Schools' Soccer Cup. To see the GSP Soccer coaching program go from strength to strength, is testimony to the hard work and dedication put in by Mr Matt Nicholls and his team of helpers – thank you to all concerned.
Staffing news: It is with mixed feelings that I am letting you know that Mrs Libby Sansome has informed my office that she will be stepping away from St Paul's at the end of the term to take up a teaching position at Coolum Christian College at the beginning of Term 3. We will acknowledge Libby's service, to both St Paul's and Lutheran Education, at a function at the end of the term. Planning is now underway to fill this position for Semester 2 and beyond. I will endeavor to keep you informed of this process over the coming week.
Many blessings for the rest of the week.
Yours in Christ.
- 15 May 2018
Dear Parents and Caregivers
We are excitedly looking forward to hosting our whole school Learning Expo next week Wednesday from 4 -5:30pm. All the students, under the guidance of the teachers, are putting the finishing touches to the numerous learning experiences, which they are looking forward to sharing with you on the afternoon. This will be a wonderful opportunity for you to see first-hand the rich Inquiry Learning experiences and outcomes which have taken place across the whole school. The afternoon will provide you with the opportunity to see and hear your own child's learning experiences from the past 10 weeks. I look forward to seeing you there.
What an outstanding result was achieved by our Senior School cross-country team last Thursday! Thank you to the 28 athletes who represented St Paul's with such great determination and were wonderful ambassadors for our school on the day. St Paul's won the C-Division [small schools] for the 5th year in a row – a remarkable achievement and a clear indicator of the depth of talent which exists on our campus. Congratulations to Ryan McKenzie who won his age group race on the day and will now go on to represent the Caboolture District at the Regional Championships next month – we are all very proud of you! Thank you to the parents and caregivers of these athletes for your support on the day and our PE teacher, Miss Jess Gall, for a hugely successful cross-country season at St Paul's this year. We now look forward to the upcoming athletics carnivals later in the term.
Last week Thursday St Paul's enjoyed hosting a lovely afternoon tea with 140 of our Mothers, Daughters and Grandmothers as an early celebration leading into Mother's Day last Sunday. It was our pleasure to not only host you but also acknowledge the significant role which you play in your child's life as well as the positive contribution which you make towards supporting your child's journey at St Paul's. Thank you Jenny and her team of faithful helpers in the tuckshop for looking after the catering as well as the many staff members who, under the guidance of Mrs. Lois Kube and Ms. Debbie Barnes, showed a wonderful servant heart on the day. Planning is already underway for our Fathers and Sons' event next term.
The St Paul's and Grace Caboolture Robotics teams enjoyed an amazing day of challenges and learning last Saturday as they competed at the Sumo Robotics Competiton up on the Sunshine Coast. The 13 teams displayed great team work, collaboration and creativity as they put their skills on the line. Thank you to the many parents, team mentors, Mrs. Wendy Greene, Mr. Josh Witham and our Robotics co-ordinator Mrs. Libby Sansome for the time and encouragement put in to support these students on their learning journey.
Our Year 3 students will be hosting the first School Sunday of the term this weekend. Thank you Year 3 students and staff for all the hard work which has gone in so far to making this great sharing experience possible. GSP [Grace/ St Paul's] Soccer will also be hosting the inaugural Christian Schools Soccer Cup at St Paul's next Tuesday afternoon. We are looking forward to an afternoon of fun and showcasing the great work being done in this area of the school's extra-curricular program. Thank you to Mr. Matt Nicholls and Miss Jess Gall for your contribution in this initiative.
Have a great week and stay warm on those colder mornings!
Yours in Christ.
- 01 May 2018
Dear Parents and Caregivers
We are excited to announce that the school and church will be hosting our 2018 Christmas in July Fair on Saturday 28 July from 2pm-7pm! Since 2016, this community event is now held every two years. Please put this date into your family calendar and join us for an afternoon and evening of rides, food, face painting, various auctions, lucky dips, raffles, community market stalls, class stalls, Christmas craft, an entertaining stage program and a Fireworks display to end the night! Our major Art Union raffle this year is a Sea World holiday for a Family of 4. Please bring this information to the attention of any family or friends who may want to run a market stall at the fair and please direct any enquiries to the school office. Further information regarding this event will be sent home over the coming weeks.
As we continue to grow, reflect on, fine tune and celebrate the Flexible [Agile] and differentiated learning philosophy and journey which we have embarked on at St Paul's over the past few years, it was affirming and heartening to see and hear in the mainstream media yesterday David Gonski's "blueprint" for a radical overhaul of Australia's lagging school system. His report challenges the Commonwealth, states and territories to ditch their "industrial model of schooling" in favour of a more modern and individual [differentiated] approach. His report goes on to talk about the soft skills of collaboration, creativity, communication, entrepreneurship and independence, all skills being implemented at St Paul's, which are missing from the current curriculum. St Paul's has already been working towards many of these ideals over the past few years with the introduction of learning frameworks such as the Daily 5, Daily 3 and Inquiry Learning to support our Agile Learning philosophy [and spaces] as well as our differentiated learning focus where one size does not fit all! Details of David Gonski's report can be found by clicking on the following link: https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/malcolm-turnbull-backs-gonski-2-0-blueprint-for-radical-overhaul-of-australian-curriculum-20180429-p4zcaq.html
Thank you to the many families who have now completed the Quality Schools Survey, initiated by Lutheran Education Australia [LEA], put out by RADII. Please check your home email if you have not yet completed your family's survey and to have it done by Friday 4 May when the survey closes. Thank you for your time in this matter.
The student body needs to be acknowledged and congratulated on their outstanding behavior at last week's ANZAC Day service at school. In my nine years at St Paul's, this must be the most engaged and well-behaved that I have seen the students – well done to all of you for the great respect brought to this event! We had around 90 students and 60 parents make up the large St Paul's contingent which marched through the streets of Caboolture last Wednesday. Thank you to the many families for the time and effort put in to attend and march with the school. Thank you to Mrs. Kube for all the work done in preparation of these events.
We look forward to hosting around 140 Mothers and Daughters next week Thursday at our Mothers and Daughters' Tea Party. This event kicks off at 4pm. For those families who have paid, your entry ticket to this event will be sent home next week with the eldest daughter from each respective family. This ticket is then required on the day for your family to attend the event.
I will be away for most of next week attending, representing St Paul's and sharing our many wonderful stories at the National Lutheran Principals' Conference in Hobart.
Wishing all a safe week.
Yours in Christ