St Paul's Lutheran Primary School and Kindergarten

Caboolture, Queensland

Principal's Blog

Term 4 Week 8

Dear Parents and Caregivers

We have arrived at that part of the school year where, as a community, the pace will become a lot quicker for everyone as we look at finishing well. Starting this week, St Paul’s will be hosting a number of events as we acknowledge and celebrate what has been an outstanding year across so many areas, as well as graduating our Kindergarten and Year 6 students from their respective area within our school community.

Last night saw the students step up for the final Musical Showcase for the year. Well done to all of you on the excellent progress which you have made in this area of the school’s program. Thank you to our Music teacher, Miss Herbert, and the Grace Academy staff for a truly remarkable year of inspiring and nurturing the students in your care. On Wednesday night we will be celebrating with our Kindergarten students, their families and staff as we graduate these students into what will be “big school” in 2018. We look forward to welcoming the majority of these families into the Prep area of St Paul’s next year.

Our Year 6 students will also begin their rite of passage towards their graduation service as they spend a fun –filled day together on the Gold Coast on Wednesday. On Friday evening we gather as Community to celebrate the birth of Jesus at the annual Carols in Caboolture event. Our Junior School students [Prep – Year 2] will be front-and-stage as they present their Junior School Concert as part of the Carols night.

Next week Monday night will see our Year 6 students dress up and step out as they attend their Graduation Dinner. On Tuesday night the whole school [Prep – Year 6] will be part of the end-of-year Graduation and Awards Service. As this is a formal school event, all students are expected to be their formal school uniform with the Prep students in their sports uniform. This will be followed by a “step-up morning” on Wednesday as the Prep – Year 5, as well as those students who will be new to our school in 2018, get the opportunity to visit their new classroom and meet their teacher for 2018. Wednesday 29 November will also be the final day of Term 4 for the students.

Last week Friday the teachers spent the working day proofing and editing the students’ Semester 2 reports in readiness for them to go out on Thursday. You are strongly encouraged to make use of our strong open door policy and call for an interview with your child’s teacher, before the end of the school year, if there is any aspect of their report which you would like to discuss further. I need to acknowledge and thank the teachers for the absolute professionalism and hours of work which went into this process over the past few weeks – a process which takes place over and above the daily demands of work and family life. I feel blessed to have each and every one of you on the St Paul’s team. Your child’s report pack will also include a hard copy of the 2018 Term 1 Calendar as well as information about the Family Administration Day [FAD] which will be held on Friday 19 January 2018.

Congratulations to the following Year 5 students who were announced as the student leaders elected for 2018. We pray that God will bless these young people and their families as they begin to prepare to take up their respective leadership roles in the school next year.

Good luck to our Virtual Debating Team as they, under the guidance of our RISE Teacher Mrs. Palmer, work on the finishing touches of their topic in readiness for the National Final on Thursday. What a way for St Paul’s to finish the school year!

We have another St Paul’s students making their mark on the Queensland swimming circuit. Congratulations to Amber Vivian who has qualified to swim in the 200m Freestyle at the Queensland State Championships in 2018. Amber has also qualified in the Wide Bay State team for the 4x50m freestyle relay.  

Thank you to our P&F Group who will be investing just over $16,000 back into our school from the fundraising efforts this year. Thank you to everyone who has been involved in the fundraising projects in 2017. What a blessed community we are!

We look forward to hosting you, and I would personally like to invite you to attend as many of these closing events which may relate to your family as we celebrate the LEARNING, LIVING and GROWING which has taken place in 2017!

Have a great week.

Yours in Christ

Anton Prinsloo
Principal

Term 4 Week 7

Dear Parents and Caregivers

 

What a week of student achievements, celebrating and GROWTH the past week has been! Congratulations to our Senior School students on their performances at last Friday’s Gala Day. Being one of the smaller primary schools and reaching a final play-off is testimony to the determination of the students, the dedication of those adults supporting and encouraging our students behind the scenes and a culture of opportunity and excellence in all we do at St Paul’s. Thank you to our PE teacher, Miss Gall, and all the coaches for your contribution in making this day possible for those students involved.

 

St Paul’s continues to build on and offer a Robotics and Coding Program which is second to none when it comes to Digital Technologies within a primary school setting. This past weekend saw the school fielding three teams in the First Lego League [FLL] Regional Competition, which is open to Year 4 to Year 10 students and three teams in the Junior FLL which is open to students in Year 1 - 4. All 3 senior teams placed in the top 10 [2nd, 4th and 9th] out of 40 competing teams which consisted mainly out of secondary school students. Thank you to Mrs. Lauren Stanhope who has been ably assisted by Mr. Josh Witham, a dedicated group of St Paul’s staff and wonderful parent helpers for their contribution in making this year’s Robotics competition program such a huge success. Planning for 2018 will see the school’s Robotics and Coding Program grow to include even more students. St Paul’s will also be introducing a dedicated Makerspace Program and venue in 2018 – watch this space!   

 

On Sunday our Prep students led the final School Sunday service for the 2017 school year. Thank you to these delightful students for their very confident and interactive presentation which had the congregation on their feet and joining in. A very big thank you has to go out to our Prep staff, ably led by Mrs. Kapinga and Ms. Crispe, for the work done in preparing the students for their School Sunday. Thank you to the parents, extended family members and friends for your support of the children on the day.

 

Good luck to our Virtual Debating Team and their teacher, Mrs. Palmer, as they begin to prepare for the upcoming National Grand Final. Our team will be debating against Ruyton Girls’ School from Melbourne next week Tuesday afternoon. The Grand Final will be the culmination of 96 teams from 47 schools being involved in 140 debates this year. Go Team St Paul’s!

 

Today we had the wonderful privilege of hosting our annual Volunteers’ Morning Tea and thanking those incredible community members who are generous with their time and skill set in servicing us as volunteers. This group is made up of classroom volunteers, the P&F Group, the School Council, the Tuckshop crew and those parents who help out at a range of other school activities. Your selfless attitude and commitment to our school are appreciated by one and all.    

 

The school has a number of very important end-of-year community events which we look forward to hosting you at over the coming fortnight:

Arts and Musical Showcase – Monday 20 November at 6.00pm

Kindergarten Graduation – Wednesday 22 November at 6.00pm

Carols at Caboolture/Junior Concert – Friday 24 November at 6:30pm

End of Year Graduation and Awards Service – Tuesday 28 November at 6:30pm

This coming Friday [17 November] is a Pupil Free Day as the teaching staff use this time proof and edit the students’ Semester 2 reports. This process will enable us to have you student’s Semester 2 report available to go home towards the end of next week.

 

Many blessings for the rest of the week.

 

Yours in Christ

Anton Prinsloo
Principal

 

Term 4 Week 6

Dear Parents and Caregivers

It was most appropriate for our Year 6 students to lead the 500th Anniversary of Reformation celebrations at their School Sunday. This must be one of the best School Sundays which I have attended in terms of the smooth flowing of the message, singing, dancing, short skits and confidence. It was also very powerful to watch the Year 6 students and the church choir lead the worship part of the service so well together. Well done and thank you to those Year 6 students who stepped up and made this, their final School Sunday, such a memorable occasion. Thank you to Mr. Smith, Mrs. Cottrell and Mrs. Dellaway for the work done behind the scenes in the lead up to this event and a further thank you is extended to the many parents, extended family members and friends for also supporting the students in this on the day.

How good was the Colour Run on Friday? What started out as an idea by our P&F Group earlier in the year to “jazz up” the annual walk-a-thon, has turned out to be a fun-filled and very successful school community event and definitely one to consider for the future. Thank you to our P&F Group, ably led by Mrs. Lyndel Miles, for all the work done in hosting this event. Thank you to the numerous P&F Members and parent helpers who stepped up to make this event possible for the children to enjoy. Congratulations to Daityn M in Year 4 in on raising the most money, while Year 4B raised the most money as a class.

Yesterday our Senior School robotics students participated in the St Paul’s/Grace College FLL robotics Competition. Good luck to the following students who have now been chosen to represent our school at the FLL Robotics Regional Competition to be held at Grace College, Rothwell this coming Sunday. Thank you to Mrs. Stanhope, Mr. Josh Witham , parent helpers and staff for your time, assistance and the motivation of these students over the past few months in preparation for this year’s competition program.

As we begin to wrap up our school journey for 2017, we look forward to hosting our many volunteers at our annual Volunteers’ Morning Tea next week Tuesday.  Without the incredible commitment from these many hard working members within our community, we would struggle to host many events and various classroom initiatives which take place in and around the school on a regular basis.

Next week Friday the teachers will be editing and proofing the Semester 2 reports in readiness for them to go out during Week 8. This early timeframe will enable you to either call a meeting with or be invited to a meeting by your students classroom teacher to discuss any aspect of your child’s report card. Further details regarding the distribution of our Semester 2 reports will be made available over the coming fortnight.

Have a wonderful week.

Yours in Christ  

Anton Prinsloo
Principal

Term 4 Week 5

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  

Anton Prinsloo
Principal

 

Term 4 Week 4

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  

Anton Prinsloo
Principal

 

Term 4 Week 3

Dear Parents and Caregivers

Hasn’t the much needed rain over the past few days been most welcome! With the weather experts still forecasting a hot and dry summer, hopefully this rain event will stand us in good stead over the coming months. It has also been great to see God’s creation green up and come to life again after the dry winter which we had. During an interview over the past week with a new school family for next year, they remarked on the beautiful gardens and how well maintained the school grounds are – something which we seem to take for granted every day. Thank you to Mrs. Dickens and Mr. Roper for the outstanding job which they do in keeping our school looking pristine.

It was wonderful to share with you last week the news of the outstanding achievements of two of our Year 5 athletes who have qualified to represent Queensland at the Pacific Games to be held in Adelaide in December. Congratulations to Hayley [100m and relay] and Oyin [100m, high jump and relay] in placing second in their respective events at last week’s Queensland Athletics Championships. This is a wonderful achievement for both students and a significant celebratory moment for St Paul’s.

Please remember to return your family’s RSVP numbers for our End of Year Graduation and Awards Service [due back on Thursday 19 October] and the Class Placement Forms for 2018 [due back on Friday 20 October]. This will allow us to continue our fine-tuning and planning for next year. In light of this planning process, I am pleased to announce the following classroom teaching staff for 2018: Prep – Mrs Joyce Kapinga and Ms Katrina Crispe, Year 1 – Mrs Merle Schrodter and Mrs Ruth Byers, Year 2 – Miss Jenelle Cross and Mrs Cathy Henderson, Year 3 – Mrs Becky Farrell and Mrs Marnie Ferguson, Year 4 - Mrs Wendy Greene and Mrs. Lynda Witham, Year 5 – Mrs Debbie Cottrell and Mr Matt Nicholls and Year 6 – Miss Hayley Baker and Mr Ray Bellert.

We look forward to having our Kindergarten children share what they have been learning in Christian Studies and lead the congregation in worship as part of their School Sunday this weekend. It is great to see many of our 2018 Prep students being scaffolded into “big school” school life in such a supportive way.

We also look forward to welcoming these students and their parents onto our campus next week Tuesday as part of their 2018 Prep Orientation Day.

As the final touches and planning for our first ever School Colour run, to be held on Friday 3 November, is put in place, a newsletter about this event will be sent home to every family next Monday. Thank you to our P&F Group for all the behind the scenes work which is being done to make this school community event  a huge success – see you there! Money raised from this event will go towards purchasing resources for our Makerspace and “Play is the Way” resources for 2018. These initiatives will be implemented across the whole school in 2018.

Many blessings for the rest of the week.

Yours in Christ  

Anton Prinsloo
Principal

 

Week 2 Term 4

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

If I were asked to nominate someone for a Student of the Week Award from last week, I would have to do one for the ALL the students with the citation “acknowledging how settled, focussed and organised the students have returned to Term 4”. It has been wonderful to note the improved levels of independence and time management all the way from Prep to Year 6. Congratulations to all the students on this growth which is very evident and thank you parents for your partnership in getting the students to this point by taking such great care of the home responsibilities!

 

As we continue to plan for next year, every student in Prep – Year 5 will be given a 2018 Class Placement Form today to bring home. As in previous years, this is a great opportunity to bring to our attention any additional information which you would like for the school to consider when planning our class groupings for 2018. I will also be announcing the classroom teachers for 2018 in next week’s newsletter.

 

Student achievements

Congratulations to two of our Year 4 RISE students, McKenzie and Isabella, on making the final shortlist of the Buy Smart Competition which was run by the Office of Fair Trade. These students and their parents have been invited to attend the announcement of the winners and the subsequent Awards Ceremony, to be held at Parliament House, at the end of the month. Thank you to our RISE teacher, Mrs. Palmer, for the work done in supporting these students in this program.

 

Last week I received the wonderful news that two of our past students from the Year 6 class of 2012, Simaima Gordon and Mall Gardner, have been chosen as the 2018 School Captains for Grace Lutheran College, Caboolture. Once again, this is testimony to the calibre of student which we are graduating from St Paul’s. Thank you to all those St Paul’s staff members who have touched these young adults’ lives in such a remarkable way.   

 

St Paul’s has now received full eSmart Membership status as part our ongoing journey which enables us to use technology safely to accelerate the learning of all the students and staff. Congratulations to the eSmart Committee, under the guidance of Miss Cross, on achieving this recognition. Becoming a fully-fledged  eSmart Membership school , St Paul’s has been on a journey of Planning, Implementing and very importantly Sustaining an eSmart culture and mindset over the past five years. Well done to all concerned.

 

Thank you to our local church members, under the guidance of Mrs. Monika Bennett, for the wonderful service which they are providing to our children every Tuesday morning at “Milk and Muffins” time. I am led to believe that there were around 100 students in attendance this morning growing their relationships with one another while hearing about the love of Jesus at the same time.

 

Wishing our Year 5 students [Brisbane Planetarium on Thursday] and Year 4 students [ St Helena Island on Friday]] a safe learning experience at their respective excursions this week.

 

Have a wonderful week.

 

Yours in Christ  

Anton Prinsloo
Principal