St Paul's Lutheran Primary School and Kindergarten

Caboolture, Queensland

Term 2 Week 3

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:

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

Anton Prinsloo