St Paul's Lutheran Primary School and Kindergarten

Caboolture, Queensland

Principal's Blog

Term 3 Week 9

Dear Parents and Caregivers

 

What an incredible week we had last week celebrating Fathers, Grandfathers, our Senior School Chess Team and a group of very talented athletes!

 

It was wonderful to host and be part of a gathering of 140 Fathers and Daughters last Thursday afternoon. We definitely have a group of very talented Father Hairdressers at St Paul’s! We hope that you enjoyed attending this memory making time as much as we enjoyed hosting it. Thank you to the St Paul’s and Caboolture Men’s Shed team who helped to make this community event such a huge success.

 

Congratulations to our Senior School Chess Team of David Bogaart, Taylah Herson, Harry Cope and Nathaniel Van Lonkhuyzen on winning the B-Division at an inter-school tournament held at Nundah last week. These students dedicate at least one lunch time every week to keep fine tuning their craft and sharpening their chess skills under the watchful eye of Pastor Mike and our Business Manager, Mr. Bloxham – and we all thought that they were only pretty faces! These students will now begin preparing for a local inter-school chess tournament to be held in Term 4.

 

Four athletes from St Paul’s represented both the school and Caboolture District at the Regional Athletics Championships held on the Sunshine Coast last week. I am proud to announce that two of these athletes, Hayley Smith and Oyin Oguntoyinbo have qualified to compete for the Sunshine Coast Region, at the upcoming QLD State Athletics Championships. Hayley won the 100m for her age group while Oyin came first in both the 100m and High Jump for his age group. Well done to both of you – what an outstanding athletics season it has been for our students!

 

Have you bought your tickets? Looking for a wonderful night of entertainment? The sounds of sweet singing, beautiful costumes and dress rehearsals, happening around the school, have caught my attention over the past fortnight. I am now looking forward to seeing the Senior School musical “Safari” in its entirety on Thursday night. You are warmly invited to join me at this colourful event. Ticket sales will be available at the door on the night. See you there!

 

Last week Thursday every student brought home a letter providing information about the first ever St Paul’s Colour Run which is to be hosted by the school’s P&F Group next term – Friday 3 November. All families are warmly invited to attend this event with their student on the day. Please remember that your and your child's RSVP to attend this event need to be returned by next week as the school has to place its order, during the upcoming term break, for the correct amount of glasses and paint.

 

Flexible Learning at St Paul’s:

This week I will be sharing with you excerpts from an educational publication called TeachStarter.com about Flexible learning and classroom spaces.

What is flexible seating in the classroom?

Flexible seating ditches the traditional notion of “rows of desks facing the teacher at the front” and instead provides students with a variety of seating options so they can choose the one that is most comfortable for them. This type of classroom ‘un-seating’ aims to create a learning environment that more truly reflects the nature of the hyper connected, ever-changing, globalized world that we now live in; a learning environment that inherently requires students to master skills such as flexibility, creativity, problem-solving and collaboration.

“Not permanently stuck at a desk. Your get better furniture. You get choice about how to learn.”—Year 4 student St Paul’s.

To understand the philosophy behind this student– centred approach to the classroom setup, it can be helpful to think about how an early learning setting often features different ‘zones’ for children to engage with, such as a reading nook, an open floor space and a “home corner.” Providing these zones in day care kindergarten classrooms encourages each individual child to play, explore and learn in the way that appeals the most to them.

“We don’t have desks and dull depressing colours.” Year 4 student St Paul’s.

In essence, flexible seating in the classroom allows students to form their own micro-climate, where they can exercise some control over the physical and mental “conditions” in which they learn best. “Flexible seating guru” Kayla Delzer suggests that some of the benefits that students experience when using flexible seating include:

• Increased metabolism

• Increased oxygen flow to the brain

• Burning extra energy

• Improved core strength and posture

• And increased motivation and engagement.

These benefits combined, are linked to higher academic performance, better health and improved behavior.

“ Learning in the agile learning lab accommodates to everyone’s levels and abilities. There’s many more choices for everyone’s preferred style of learning and it’s generally more comfortable physically and in terms of learning.” Year 5 student St Paul’s.

The best ideas, tips and tricks from teachers who have made the change from a traditional, teach-centred classroom environment to a flexible, student– centred one.

Like any new process or routine, the success of flexible seating lies in setting up, clearly communicating and following through with expectations. Students will need time and support to learn the new skills required of them in a flexible learning space. Some common “rules” include:

1. The teacher can move a student at any time. “We can sit with our friends as long as we are on task. Sometimes we have to sit in our Collaborative Learning groups for some activities, but it still is comfy no matter where we sit.

2. Students select the seating option that they know helps them to work best for the activity they are completing. “I really like reading on the lounge. I am comfortable and can enjoy reading and really focus on the book.”

3. Set up a clear process to settle arguments over seating. For example, if two students would like that same spot they could play “scissors, paper, rock” to determine who gets the spot. Alternatively, the teacher can decide where both students will sit or may remove a specific seating option for a period of time.

4. Establish familiar attention grabbers. This classroom management technique is important in any classroom, however agreeing on whole-group attention grabbers with your students as you transition into a new classroom environment will help!

“It is pretty exciting everyday there’s lots of things we could be boing and I feel really motivated because I enjoy the agile learning lab!” Year 5 student     St Paul’s.

Some commonly used flexible seating options include: bath mats, yoga mats, exercise balls, cushions, fold out couches (lower grades), milk crates with a thin cushion or bath mat seat, wobble boards, low stools, high stools, chairs, standing desks (with no seating), bean bags, a small couch or sofa and clip boards or lap-tables.

Storage

Teachers are freeing up floor space by allocating cupboards, shelves or boxes for students workbooks and folders and pooling student equipment, such as stationery and other materials, into shared stocks that are brought out when required. Rather than being time-wasting, this actually speeds up transition times as students are no longer digging through messy desks trying to find their own materials.

Moving Against the Tide

In systems that are increasingly dictated by structure and expectation, more and more teachers are seeing flexible seating as a means to incorporate more student-centred, autonomous and responsive philosophy and pedagogy in their classrooms. While still meeting the day to day obligation of curriculum and assessment requirements, teachers taking this approach see their student’s soft-skills develop in a way that requires little scaffolding beyond the initial transition to this new way of working. This is in turn is supported by learning frameworks such as the Daily 5 (English), Daily 3 (Maths) and Inquiry Learning across all year levels as St Paul’s.

 

Date claimer: Term 4

This year, for the first time, the whole school [Prep – Year 6], will be part of a combined Closing Service and Awards Night on Tuesday 28 November at 6:30pm. As we go through a rite of passage with our Year 6 students each year at their closing service, we feel that the time has come to share this rich tradition with all our students and their families as we celebrate and acknowledge both the students and the school’s achievements, for the year, on the same night. We look forward to all our school families joining us for a night of celebrating in November. More information regarding this event will be sent home early in Term 4.    

 

 

Wishing every family a safe week.

 

Yours in Christ

Anton Prinsloo

Principal

Term 3 Week 8

Dear Parents/Carers

 

Last week’s Book Week must be one of the best community focused events I have experienced for a long time. The activity which has really stood out for me was the Book Blanket reading activity which took place last Thursday. To see the whole school engaged in a reading based activity, which was being led by a number of our Year 5 and 6 students, was a true testimony to the strong culture of collaboration and co-operation which is being fostered in the school. The students need to be congratulated on how they embraced the week, which came with a layer of activities, of extra reading time and focus. Thank you to our Teacher Librarian, Mrs. Morris, for leading the way in putting together the program for the week.

 

Thank you too for the wonderful support last week of our annual Book Fair which was organised and managed by our Library Technician Mrs. MacMillan. The Book Fair was very successful again this year, totalling sales to the value of $5337.35.  Our commission totalled $1601.21 taken in resources to benefit the students, staff and wider community of SPLPS. Books remain one of the most important and precious gifts which we can buy for our children.

 

Last week Friday saw St Paul’s host a record number of 270 grandparents as part of our annual Grandparents’ Day. Once again it was wonderful to see the high quality of engagement and interaction between the students and their grandparents. Thank you to the staff and tuckshop helpers, ably led by Mrs. Lois Kube and Mrs. Jenny Venier respectively, for all the organising and planning which went into making this community event such a huge success. The following email, received by the school yesterday, sums up the event so well, “Just a quick note to say that my mother-in-law was so impressed with Grandparents’ Day. She thought the agile learning and classroom program were fantastic. She was still gushing about it on Saturday during netball.”

 

Father’s Day celebrations at St Paul’s:

Tomorrow our P&F will be hosting a Father’s Day stall during which time the students can purchase a gift for their parent or grandparent. This will culminate in the school hosting a Fathers and Daughters’ Afternoon on Thursday, from 4:00pm – 5:30pm, which will be attended by around 136 fathers and daughters. Some of the activities planned for the afternoon include Go-Karts, “Daddy Dos” and a food making activity – enjoy! Our Kindergarten will also be hosting a morning tea on Friday. I look forward to seeing many of our dads at these events.

 

Flexible Learning at St Paul’s:

This week I will be sharing with you about the importance of Ergonomics. Why in the adult workplace have furnishings been fitted to enhance productivity, yet students have been completely neglected and still operate and “get taught” in classroom environments to regurgitate large amounts of information in environments which haven’t changed for decades? There may be a number of reasons for this:

There is no commercial [money] return for efficiency with students.

A simple lack of understanding of the impact of improved furnishings and ergonomics on student performance.

Further, there is a structural problem, a real lack of data on today’s sizes of students. The growth charts currently being used are now almost 30 years old! Both anecdotal and observational evidence is that students at each age are taller and heavier than at any time before. Inactivity in children, as we all know, leads to poor behaviour, poor academic performance and low self-esteem. Students benefit from using a range of furniture options to increase movement, improve learning and ultimately improve student learning outcomes – which data and anecdotal observation now being made at St Paul’s are showing. Lead study author Karl Minges of Yale School of Nursing in the USA says that,  “In schools, children  spend over 50% of the school day sitting – travelling to school, during class, at morning tea and lunch, travelling home after school etc. While one cannot easily reduce sitting time at lunch or during transportation, changing the classroom environment to be more conducive to standing [and moving around on a regular basis] is a no brainer.”

 

Research and evidence suggests topics which depend on efficient and effective executive functioning of the brain, such as Reading and maths, are subjects that are most influenced by a student’s activity levels. Both the Daily 5 [English] and now the Daily 3 [Maths] learning frameworks used at St Paul’s have the students engaged in rotational activities which have them moving every 20 minutes.

 

Standing at work is not a new idea. Although workplace standing desk initiatives have grown in popularity, that same growth is not evident in school classrooms. This might be that many educators still believe that a “sit down and pay attention” is the best way for a student to learn new material even though research is telling us otherwise. Imaging studies on the brain have demonstrated that movement can enhance and improve the ability of students to learn new concepts. Students at St Paul’s are being offered the opportunity to sit and stand easily, re-group desks, collaborate with class members and improve the concentration of students as they make guided choices about what part of the learning environment fits [suits] them best. Check out https://www.furnwareaus.com/articles/help-shape-our-research for more great research.

 

Congratulations to our Robotics students on stepping up to the plate on Friday as they competed in our Robocup Robotics Competition. Thank you to Mrs. Stanhope, Mr. Josh Witham and their team of dedicated helpers for the leadership and work being done behind the scenes to ensure the ongoing success of this outstanding opportunity and program. [Please see Robotics report in the newsletter.]

  

Student achievements:

One of our Senior School students, Amber Vivian, recently competed in the State Short Course Swimming Championships. Congratulations to Amber who is now ranked 12th  in Queensland for the 100m butterfly. It’s great to watch her hard work and dedication paying off as she continues to swim personal best times at the various competitions. We are all very proud of you Amber!

 

Included with this week’s newsletter [see attachments] are copies of the school’s Draft Strategic Plan 2018 – 2020 and Draft Annual Plan for 2018. Thank you to those members of the school community who met a few weeks ago to work through and update these important documents. You are now asked to please read through these documents and provide any further feedback to my office by Friday 8 September. Please do not hesitate to contact the office if you would like a hard copy of these documents.

 

Wishing all our Fathers and Grandfathers every blessing for Father’s Day on Sunday.

 

Yours in Christ

Anton Prinsloo

Principal

 

Term 3 Week 7

Dear Parents and Caregivers

I really enjoy attending our weekly assembly gatherings to see, hear and be part of the various celebrations which make us such an incredible school. The student body needs to be acknowledged and congratulated on the array of activities and achievements being achieved weekly either at school or within the wider community. I am amazed at the number of activities and subsequent results being achieved by our students. It made me feel so proud at yesterday’s Senior School assembly to hear our PE teacher, Mr. Lawrance, sharing with the students how teachers from the local surrounding schools have approached him at inter-school carnivals, held over the past month, to express their admiration for and acknowledgement of the outstanding behaviour, student engagement and excellent results of our students. Yes, we tend to take so much for granted and can get caught up in our daily “fish bowl" without realizing just how good we have it at St Paul’s. This is affirmed to me time and time again by numerous visiting teachers and prospective parents to our school. I am a strong believer that stepping out of our school and subsequent “comfort zones” on a regular basis is a most timely reminder of just how much we have to be appreciative of at St Paul’s – well done to all of you!

As an educator I am passionate about every students’ growth in and acquisition of a love of READING. Once an understanding of the written language begins to become a reality for our children, their imaginations become stimulated and it expands their understanding of the world. This week we will be highlighting the importance of reading and books as we celebrate Book Week at St Paul’s. I would like to extend a warm invitation to you to immerse yourself in the various activities and competitions on offer at the school.

If you haven’t heard by now, our Senior School Virtual Debating Team has won through to the National Finals to be held in November. Yesterday, our team consisting of Felicity [Year 6], Lachlan [Year 6], Bailey [Year 5] and Tait [Year 5] debated against Ruyton Girls’ School from Victoria, for the negative, on “That primary school children should watch the news.” They will now patiently wait to see who they will be debating against in the grand final. Congratulations to these students and their teacher Mrs. Palmer on this achievement.

Flexible Learning at St Paul’s: 

As we continue to grow a learning culture and mindset that a student-centred classroom creates opportunities for students to become engaged and actively participate in and own their learning journey, rather than being passive recipients of information, evidence based research around classroom environments confirm that increased student engagement results in improved student outcomes over time.

Neuroscience and brain development: recent research shows that new neurons in children are created in a process called Neurogenesis. What drives the creation of these new brain cells is not maths equations, puzzles or reciting poetry; it is movement. Increased oxygen flow to the brain through movement has recently been shown to increase capacity and flexibility in the frontal lobe. Implementing learning frameworks such as the Daily 5 [English] and the Daily 3 [Maths] at St Paul’s is giving our students the opportunity to make independent choices about their learning with rotational activities [movement] happening every 20 minutes.

Do you remember those students at school who continually got into trouble for fidgeting [maybe you were one of them?] and were made/told to sit quietly in their desk all day? Brain research [neuroscience] now tells us that even small movements are beneficial and can serve to maintain focus through a process of occupying neural pathways. Teachers are familiar with the VAK [Visual, Auditory and Kineaesthetic] model of learning where students clearly display a preference for receiving information through one of these neural channels. The Teaching Alliance of America estimates that students are:

· Visual 29%,

· Auditory 34% and

· Kinaeasthetic 37%.

If this is the case, why are students still being forced to stay in their chair and at a desk for most of the day? Neuroscience tells us that some students doodle to listen, others fidget to focus on audio-visual tasks, while some listen to music to watch and observe. The rule of thumb is that as long as the student is not disrupting others, is being supported to take responsibility for their choice of how they learn best, then let them fidget and move as it is a neural pathway [strategy] for concentration. At St Paul’s we have begun to implement learning environments, learning frameworks [Daily 5, Daily 3 and Inquiry based learning], soft skills [such as independence and time management strategies] and flexible learning furnishings to promote and support improved student engagement to bring about improved student outcomes.

Next week: The importance of Ergonomics - Why in the adult work place have furnishings been fitted to enhance productivity, yet students have been completely neglected and still operate and “get taught” to regurgitate large amounts of information in environments which haven’t changed for decades?

Staff news:

I would like to take this opportunity to wish Mrs. Linda Hislop a wonderful break and much deserved rest from her front office duties. We will welcome her back again in the latter part of Term 4.

The staff together with the children look forward to hosting over 220 grandparents at the school on Friday. Have a wonderful week.

Yours in Christ

Anton Prinsloo

Principal

Term 3 Week 6

Dear Parents and Caregivers

 

Welcome to the second half of Term 3! I hope that everyone took advantage of the beautiful weather which came with the long weekend. We are truly blessed to be living and working in such a beautiful part of the country – God is good!

 

From all accounts our Year 3 students had a very exciting and memorable first school camp. Well done to all these students on taking that first big step of independence and growing as young people through experiencing the many highlights and, I am sure, a few challenges along the way. Thank you to the following parents who volunteered their precious family and work time to be part of this memory making experience for the students:  Dimitiri Faolua, Nic Martin, Mark Agnew, Scott Normille, Ann Arvidson, Nick Herson. Thank you to our Year 3 teaching team of Mrs. Henderson, Mrs. Farrell and Mrs. Witham for all the work done behind the scenes in planning and organizing this great adventure for the students in their care.

 

This coming Saturday will see a number of our community stakeholders gather to be part of the annual review of our Strategic Plan. This will begin at 9am and conclude by 12:30pm. If you are planning to be part of this forum, please RSVP your attendance with the front office by Thursday afternoon. Once the review has been completed, a draft copy of the school’s 2018-2020 Strategic Plan and the draft 2018 Annual Plan will be made available for your perusal and further feedback. Thank you in advance to those members of the parent body, staff and School Council who have indicated that they will be in attendance on Saturday.

 

Next week is BOOK WEEK and our annual BOOK FAIR at St Paul’s! We will be celebrating everything which is great about the importance and enjoyment of Reading. The week will include a Dress Up Day on Tuesday, Book Blanket on Thursday, the Book Fair will run from Monday to Friday and it will culminate with our Grandparents’ Day on Friday. This is also a great time to get the grandparents down to the Book Fair in the library where they can purchase a book our two [or three] for your child. See you there!

 

As we continue to focus on improving learning outcomes, student independence and time management at St Paul’s, I would like to share with you this week some Reading data which we have collected from our current Year 4 [past 6 months] and Year 5 [past 18 months] students who have been growing and working as learners in the “purer” flexible learning spaces in the school. As a minimum annual school improvement Reading benchmark, we work with your child to achieve at least 12 months progress in their reading. As we know by now, student progress and achievement are stage and not age based as each student’s learning journey and experiences unfold for them. Currently our assessment to date is showing that the current Year4 students have averaged as a cohort 6 months growth. Please note that this means some students have made more progress and some students are needing to consolidate the various skills at their current level remembering a level is a teacher’s tool not a child’s label. The current Year 5 students have also shown similar growth rate with an emphasis on reading broadly to increase vocabulary and inferential comprehension which is vital at the levels that Year 4 to 6 students are exposed to. Daily 5 gives multiple opportunities for students to read and develop reading skills and therefore grow as learners as displayed in the infographic below.

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Next week I will be sharing with you what Neuroscience is telling us about student movement, fidgeting [do you remember those students who got into trouble for fidgeting when we went to school?], attention/distraction and ergonomics [fitting the student to the task].

 

Thank you to those parents who took the time to complete and return our annual parent survey. I will make this information available to you in a future newsletter once the student, parent and teacher data has been collated.

 

Many blessings for the rest of the week.

 

Yours in Christ

Anton Prinsloo

Principal

Term 3 Week 5

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

 

Welcome to Week 5 – how do we slow down the term? The Prep students celebrated their first 100 days at school recently [and still have twelve and-a-half years to go] and our Year 6 students only have 15 weeks of primary schooling left before they begin to prepare for high school. This week’s devotion has a very strong focus on our new whole school value of Service. There is a saying that you can serve without loving, but you cannot love without serving – how true are these words! A major focus for us over the coming month will be to impress on the students that serving others doesn’t have to come with public recognition and rewards.

 

Congratulations to our Senior School Athletics Team on their outstanding participation at last week’s District Championships. St Paul’s came away as the winners of the C-Division [small schools] Competition for the 4th consecutive year. Well done and good luck to Hayley S, Oyin O, Memory P and Daniel N who have been selected for the District Team to go to the Sunshine Coast Regional Championships at the end of August. Thank you to our PE teacher, Mr Lawrance, for being at the forefront of what has been a hugely successful athletics season and program at St Paul’s.

 

Flexible Learning at St Paul’s

As we continue to research and observe the effect of classroom environments on the children and our teachers at St Paul’s, I often wonder how different school would have been for our generation if the environments [learning spaces and furnishings] and programs catered for individual learning strengths and needs rather than a “one-size fits all” approach. As we grow the students’ soft skills of self-motivation, time management, communication, independence, creativity, resilience [stamina] and collaboration, we have begun to collect our own evidence-based data on the exciting impact which flexible learning is having on student outcomes, participation and attitudes towards school.

 

Data taken from our 2016 Year 4 students, who were the first group to move into the purest form of flexible learning, show that they had the highest attendance rate [92%] of all the year levels last year. Our Reading assessment data for these Year 4 students also indicated that every Year 4 student made a minimum of 12 months progress in their reading age. Our 2017 Semester 1 attendance data has both our Year 4 [94%] and Year 5 [94%] students at the top end of school attendance to date. Next week I will be sharing with you our current Reading assessment and attitudinal data for both the Year 4 and 5 students.

 

I have included for you, as an attachment this week, a great article titled ‘Not in front of the children!’ which focuses on the things we say in front of our children and the wide-ranging effects it has on their attitude, learning, confidence and behaviour. *see attachment I would like to wish our Year 3 students safe travels and great memory making as they prepare for their first big school camp, at Luther Heights in Coolum, to take place at the end of this week.

 

Well done to the following students who received their Student of the Week Award: You are all wonderful role models to those around you! Wishing everyone a great week and restful long weekend next Monday.

 

Yours in Christ,

 

Anton Prinsloo Principal

Term 3 Week 4

Dear Parents and Caregivers

Last week Thursday Chappy Teneille and I spent the day with the Year 5 students at their camp in Noosa. What a fantastic venue [this is the camp from which the students return with all their laundry done!] and what spectacular weather these students had for their time away - thank you for hosting us! It was wonderful to see the great team spirit, outstanding behaviour, determination and resilience from the students as they “grew” as individuals and were challenged outside their comfort zones on numerous occasions over the duration of the camp. The mountain bike instructor, Andy, informed the staff that our students had been the best group which he had ever worked with at the camp – well done to all of you! Thank you to the following parents, Mrs. McGowan, Mrs. Butler, Mrs. Stewart, Mrs. Garred and Mr. Darcy, for creating such positive memories for the students as well as giving up your own family time to be camp parents. The Year 5 team of Miss Baker, Mrs. Bowman and Mrs. Davis also deserve a huge thank you for all the planning and organising which took place behind the scenes to make this life-changing experience possible for these students. 

Last Sunday saw our Year 2 students present their School Sunday to their parents, family friends and the St Paul’s congregation. Unfortunately I was unable to attend due to a commitment, as the school Principal, at a Lutheran Education Queensland [LEQ] event on the day. I look forward to being part of the audience as this cohort of students shares their School Sunday presentation at Chapel tomorrow. Thank you to our Year 2 teachers and support staff for the work done in readiness for this presentation.

The school is in the process of acquiring solar energy as part of its sustainability initiative and to take the edge off rising electricity costs. The installation of solar panels on large sections of the school’s roofing area will begin towards the end of this term in readiness for the start of Term 4. Thank you to our Business Manager, Mr. Ian Bloxham, for the very proactive work done in this regard.

Flexible Learning at St Paul’s: As learning frameworks and infrastructure, which support flexible learning, continue to be implemented across all year levels and learning areas of our school, more and more evidence based research is being reported in either the main stream media or sent to all school sectors [State, Independent and Catholic] regarding the benefits of students learning and acquiring soft skills such as creativity, independence, collaboration, communication, resilience [stamina], self-motivation and time management. Over the past fortnight St Paul’s again hosted a team of teachers from a neighbouring independent primary school who are on a journey of investigating, fine-tuning and exploring the implementation of flexible learning within their school context. 

Over the past week the Foundation for Young Australians [FYS] made their report on the Education Redesign Required for New Work Order available to all schools. An excerpt from the report says, “ Automation will impact every job in the future with young Queenslanders likely to spend 30 percent more time each week learning skills on the job and double the amount of time solving problems than they do now”. The report The New Work Smarts: Thriving in the New Work Order analysed over 20 billion hours of work completed by 12 million Australian workers across 400 occupations each year to predict the skills and capabilities that will matter most in 2030. FYA Chief Executive Jan Owen told the ABC the report points to changes required in the nation’s education system which “continues to formally assess based on an old understanding of smart”. Ms Owen added that “the whole learning system from preschool through to higher education and beyond would need a redesign.” Attached to this week’s newsletter is an electronic copy of this report. Please contact the front office if you wish to receive a hard copy of this report. Next week I will be sharing with you the very positive impact which flexible learning is having on our data at St Paul’s. 

Today your student will be bringing home a hard copy of our annual Parent Survey. An electronic copy of the survey has also been sent to every family. As part of our transparent working relationship with you we ask that you please take the time to complete the quick survey [probably no more than 10 minutes] and return it either electronically or in hard copy to the school office by Friday 11 August. Your feedback and thoughts are important to us as we look at improving and fine-tuning our strategic direction for the school.

You are invited to attend the review of the school’s current Strategic Plan on Saturday 19 August. This important planning morning will be held in the staffroom from 9am – 12:30pm. Please RSVP your intention to attend, with the front office, by Thursday 17 August. Thank you in advance for your consideration in this process. 

Good luck to our Senior School Athletics Team as they participate at the District Athletics Carnival tomorrow and on Thursday.

Congratulations to all of the students who received their Student of the Week Award over the past week.

Have a fabulous week.

Yours in Christ

Anton Prinsloo

Principal

Term 3 Week 3

Dear Parents and Caregivers

The current school value is Appreciation. This week’s devotion was shared by Mrs Jacquie Delroy with the staff yesterday morning. What a powerful way to begin the week. We do, in our busy lives, take so much for granted and forget to say thank you along the way. Who will you be showing your appreciation to this week?

Congratulations to our Senior School Athletics Team on their outstanding participation at last week’s Inter-Lutheran Carnival. One of the many highlights was Oyin O breaking the 10 Year old boys record in high jump. The team placed 2nd in the percentage trophy competition missing out by .38% on performing the best based on school size. Thank you to those parents and staff who spent the day up on the Sunshine Coast supporting the students and to Mr. Lawrance for the superb job done in organising, motivating and providing extra training sessions for the athletes. The school will be sending a senior team to the District Athletics Carnival which takes place next week.

Every 5 years every Independent Schools in Queensland goes through an accreditation review cycle with the Non-state Schools Accreditation Board [NSSAB]. As St Paul’s had its last accreditation review cycle in 2012, we are in the process of completing our current review with the NSSAB and Lutheran education Queensland [LEQ]. This process will culminate in an accreditation panel day to be held at the school next Monday. The panel consists of a number of independent experts who will see, hear and get a feel for our daily journey as a school. Thank you to Mrs. Elizabeth Wilson and Mrs. Sophie Rose who have accepted the invitation to be the parent representatives on the day.

We have hosted a number of visiting teachers on our campus over the past fortnight. What has stuck with us has been their feedback and compliments on how well kept the school grounds are as well as the excellent conditions of the classroom and other infrastructure. One tends to look over these smaller details when this is where one comes to work and learn every day. Thank you to both Mrs. Karen Dickens and Mr. Andrew Roper for the outstanding job which they do in keeping our school looking so good!

Next Monday the school will send out its annual survey to every family. All the staff as well as every Year 4, 5 and 6 student will also be asked to complete a survey which relates to their respective area of school life at St Paul’s. As part of our transparent working relationship and journey with you as a family, we ask that you please complete your survey and return it to the school by Friday 11 August. It is important for us to hear your voice and receive your feedback so that we can continue to keep fine tuning and improving how we support and continue to grow your student’s journey on a daily basis. Thank you for your time in this process.

Every blessing goes with our Year 5 students, parent helpers and staff as they embark on their camp to Noosa North Shore this week. We also look forward to hearing and seeing our Year 2 students as they prepare to lead their Year 2 School Sunday this coming weekend.

Date claimers! We have the following three significant community events happening later in the term:

Grandparents’ Day – Friday 25 August

Fathers and Daughters’ Event - Thursday 31 August

Senior School Musical – Thursday 7 September

Further information and invitations to these events will be coming home in the coming fortnight. Watch this space!

Congratulations to those students who received their Student of the Week Award.

Have a wonderful week and enjoy the beautiful sunny weather.

Yours in Christ.

Anton Prinsloo, Principal.