- 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.