St Paul's Lutheran Primary School and Kindergarten

Caboolture, Queensland

Term 2 Week 2

Dear Parents and Caregivers

Welcome back to the new school term – IMAGINE, BELIEVE, ACHIEVE! A warm welcome is extended to our new families as they settle into school life with us. May God bless you as a family as you embrace the many opportunities and grow on your journey with us as a learning community. I had the wonderful privilege of attending the Commonwealth Games during the term break. A lasting memory which I will take away from this experience was seeing the para-athletes in real-life action. These people have overcome so much diversity and daily challenges to rise above their circumstances and be world beaters – as able-bodied people we are so blessed and have so much to be thankful for. Congratulations to one of our students, Zara Mould, on being right in the midst of the opening ceremony as she carried the country sign for Dominica in the parade of nations.

This week is Anzac Week across Australia as we honour and celebrate the heroes who have made and still make it possible to enjoy a quality of life which is envied around the world. Thank you to those parents and visitors who attended our Anzac Service today. You are warmly invited to join the school tomorrow as we take part in the Caboolture Anzac Day march. Thank you to Mrs. Kube for all the work done behind the scenes in putting together our Anzac celebrations.

What a wonderful Cross-country Carnival was had by all on Friday. The weather conditions were perfect for running and the rain literally held off until the last race had finished – great timing Miss Gall! The grit, determination and effort put in by the students were amazing to see in action. Well done to all the students on the sportsmanship and camaraderie displayed. Thank you to the many parents and other supporters who turned up to cheer the runners home. Congratulations to all our place getters and Gregor House on winning the Cross-country House Shield. Good luck to those senior school athletes who will now go on to represent the school at the District Carnival in Week 4. Thank you to Miss Gall, supported by the staff, for hosting a superbly run carnival as well as the students from Grace Caboolture for their help as officials and running supporters on the day.

As we continually monitor and track our many school activities and events, I am pleased to let you know that we had a turnout of 85% at our end of Term 1 interviews. A number of families also met with their child's classroom teacher away from this scheduled timeframe. Thank you for the strong, trusting and transparent working relationship which we have with you as a parent body. Once again, as begin a new term, you are encouraged to use the various channels of communication made available to you every day at St Paul's.

Daily school attendance by all our students is another area which we keep a close eye on at St Paul's, where every day counts for every student in our care! Our school attendance in Term 1 across Prep – Year 6 was 96%, with attendance averages varying between 95% -99% across the year levels. Thank you parents and caregivers for your partnership in ensuring that your child is ready for school and learning every day.

Yours in Christ

Anton Prinsloo