- 24 October 2017
Dear Parents and Caregivers
I would like to begin this week’s newsletter by acknowledging and thanking our Kindergarten students for the wonderful School Sunday which they shared with us this past weekend. It was great to see this first layer of self-confidence, articulation and familiarising themselves with “big school” at St Paul’s next year. What a delightful group of children they are! Thank you to the our Kindergarten Director, Mrs. Samantha Beaman, and her staff for all the hard work which was done behind the scenes in getting these students ready for their presentation. A big thank also needs to be extended to all the parents, carers, grandparents and others who came along to support these students on the day. Today, we had the wonderful opportunity to welcome and host our 2018 Prep students and their parents as part of their orientation into St Paul’s program.
I would like to welcome our new students and their parents who have arrived in our community this week. We look forward to growing a long and rewarding relationship with you over the coming years. Our prayer is that God will bless you abundantly as a family in our community. The students also do such an incredible job of welcoming and supporting their new class mates and peers into school life at St Paul’s.
One of the new initiatives which we have introduced into our Student Leadership Program this year, is to have all the current Year 5 students attend a leadership day before embarking on and embracing the various roles and responsibilities next year. At St Paul’s we regard all of our Year 6 students as leaders and make it well known that one doesn’t need to wear a badge or hold a certain designation to be a leader! This has prompted St Paul’s to engage the services of LYQ [Lutheran Youth Queensland] to oversee this initiative. Yesterday, our current Year 5 students had the opportunity to learn more about various leadership traits and qualities and this will be followed up with the part 2 of this Student Leadership Program as Year 6 students/leaders in 2018. These students will, over the coming weeks, begin their nomination process for the various student leadership roles in 2018.
During the course of the year the school’s Executive Team consulted with the staff as well as with the parent body and student leaders, at the Community Consultation Day, regarding a review of the school’s current Mission Statement. Please find attached a Draft Mission Statement which has now been written by the staff to reflect our school’s current journey. Please peruse this draft statement and provide my office with any further comments or feedback by Friday 10 November. Thank you to those parents and students who were involved in this very important process.
This coming Friday is World Teachers’ Day in Australia. I would like to invite you to join me in thanking the teaching staff at St Paul’s for the tireless and selfless work which they do every day in giving all the students at St Paul’s the best possible start in their young lives. I feel very blessed to be part of this incredible team of teachers! Our prayer is that God will continue to bless them as they touch young lives in such a significant way every day.
Over the past weekend I had the opportunity to get a sneak peek of this year’s school magazine – and what a bumper edition it is! Please ensure that you have placed your order for a copy of the magazine with the front office. Thank you to Ms Debbie Barnes who has been working tirelessly behind the scenes to collect, collate and do the necessary editing of the content before it is made available to the school community by the end of the school year.
May God continue to bless you as a family.
Yours in Christ