- 31 October 2017
Dear Parents and Caregivers
Welcome to Week 5. Our school value for the next 3 weeks is Love. This week’s devotion focuses on the challenge of showing unconditional love to everyone at all times. The ultimate act of love is displayed by God when he offered his son Jesus to die for us so that we may have eternal life one day [see John 3:16].
This term the school has been focussing on the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. Lutheran Reformation Day will be celebrated on the last Sunday in October and honours the beginning of the Reformation, commemorating Martin Luther’s posting of the ninety-five theses at the entrance to the Castle Church in the town of Wittenberg, Germany, in AD 1517. The 31st of October 2017 will be the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. This coming Sunday will see our Year 6 students highlight and present this significant event, in the calendar of the Christian church, as they lead and share with us at their School Sunday. This will also be the focus of our two school Chapel services on Wednesday morning of this week. A warm invitation is extended to all our school families to attend either of these services.
I had the great opportunity to attend an awards ceremony for two of our Year 4 students, as part of the Buy Smart Competition, at Parliament House last week. Congratulations to Mckenzie and Bella on receiving a Highly Commended award from the Attorney-General, the Honourable Yvette D’Ath. This was a proud moment for the students, their parents and the school considering that over 5000 students in Queensland entered this year’s competition. Thank you to our RISE Teacher, Mrs. Narelle Palmer, for the work done in supporting these students in this process.
As our Year 6 students begin to attend their various transition to high school days as well as begin to prepare for various graduation events towards the end of the year, our current Year 5 students are preparing for the nomination process, for student leadership positions in 2018, which kicks off next week. All the best to both year levels as they embark on their respective journeys.
Are you ready to get “coloured and wet” on Friday afternoon? The date for the Colour Run event, hosted by our P&F Group, has finally come around! The weather forecast is for a fine day, so please join us either as spectators or for those parents who have paid, as participants on the day. This event will kick off at 1pm on the main school oval. See you there! Proceeds from this fundraising event have been earmarked to purchase resources for our Makerspace and “Play is the Way” programs which will be launched in 2018.
Good luck to our Robotics students as they put the finishing touches to their preparation in anticipation of next week Monday’s St Paul’s/Grace Caboolture FLL Robotics Competition. The winning teams from this competition will go forward to represent St Paul’s at the FLL Regional Robotics Competition to be held on the weekend of 12 November.
One of our Teacher Assistants, Mrs. Robyn Dellaway, has written and now published a children’s book called, “The Butterfly Ball.” The main themes of the book focus on self-confidence, resilience and accepting ourselves for who we are. This book is now on sale in the front office for $15. The school will receive $1 for each book sold which in turn will be used to purchase additional reading material for the students.
Did you know that our school community is made up of 26 different nationalities [and can you name them]? In recognition of our diverse culture, the school has on display in the front office the flags of the countries represented within our St Paul’s community. Come check this out when you are next in the office.
Have a fantastic week!
Yours in Christ