St Paul's Lutheran Primary School and Kindergarten

Caboolture, Queensland

Principal's Blog

Welcome to Term 2

Dear Parents and Carers

 

Welcome back to Term 2! I trust that you have had a great Easter break as a family and have made the most of the beautiful Autumn weather. I would like to take this opportunity to welcome those students and families who are new to our school community this term. We look forward to working closely with you as together we forge a transparent working relationship and partnership to ensure the ongoing growth of the children in our care.

 

The school came through quite unscathed from the rain event which created so much devastation at the end of last term. I need to acknowledge and thank those staff members who went about ensuring the safety of all the students, parents and staff on the final Thursday of last term in such a selfless way. Unfortunately this weather event resulted in the postponement of our end of Term 1 interviews which will now take place at the end of this week.

 

Included in this brief is information about a number of significantly important school [community] events which will be taking place over the next 4 weeks. They include:

Agile Learning at St Paul’s Information Night on Thursday 27 April at 6pm

Mothers and Sons’ event on Thursday 4 May from 4:00pm – 5:30pm

Triple-P Parenting Program on Thursday 11 May at 1:30pm and 6pm respectively. [Spaces to this event will be limited to 30 people per session]

 

Congratulations to a number of our past students on their remarkable sporting achievements at National level over the past fortnight:

Jonah Gordon - Class of 2015: 3rd place in High Jump at the Australian Junior Athletics Championships

Kaylee McKeown - Class of 2012: Qualified for the World Swimming Championships in Budapest at the Australian Swimming Championships

Taylor McKeown - Class of 2007: Qualified for the World Swimming Championships in Budapest at the Australian Swimming Championships

 

Please note that our next newsletter will only be published in Week 3 due to the ANZAC Day holiday next week.

 

Wishing all our students, staff and families a wonderful Term 2 as we continue to LEARN, LIVE and GROW in 2017.

 

Yours in Christ.

 

Anton Prinsloo

Principal.

Term 1 Week 9

Dear Parents and Carers

 

What a very busy but learning and information-rich week we had last week. Thank you to the eSmart Committee for all the extras done to make this learning so much more interactive. It is very affirming to see and hear our student body articulate so many aspects of being cyber awareness and how to stay safe when using technology both at school and at home.

 

Thank you and well done to our Year 5 students on hosting and presenting your School Sunday. The topic on “Spirituality” was very relevant and an easy continuation of what has been discussed during Christian Studies. The confidence, ease of presentation and articulation all bode well for when this group of students step up as our senior cohort next year. Thank you to those parents, family members and friends who made the time during the weekend to support their child on the day. Thank you to our Year 5 teachers, Miss Baker and Mr Murdoch as well as the Year 5 support staff, for all the hard work done behind the scenes in readiness for this event.

 

During Week 7 of this term our Year 5 and 6 students had the wonderful opportunity to visit Grace Caboolture as part of a “Taste and See Day.” I am very proud to share with you that I received a letter from Mr. Warren Irvine, Head of Campus Grace Caboolture, complimenting the school and congratulating the students on how well they represented the school, wore their uniforms and for the mature and cooperative manner in which they engaged with the programs on the day. Well done to all of you and thank you parents for your role too in instilling these outstanding characteristics and behaviours within the children – this is evidence of a true team effort!

 

Have you booked your Term 1 interview[s] already? At St Paul’s our expectation is that every family will be part of an end of Term 1 interview. This event provides you with the wonderful opportunity, after 10 weeks of school life, to hear first-hand as to how your child is travelling academically and socially this year. Please contact the school if you are having problems logging on to complete this process for yourself.

 

Next Monday St Paul’s will be hosting our whole school Inter-house cross Country Carnival for 2017. We look forward to seeing you on the day!

 

Student achievements

Congratulations to Amber Vivian whose swimming season keeps going from strength to strength. Amber competed in the Wide Bay LC Championships over the past weekend and achieved personal best times in 7 events. Amber received the Wide Bay Championship Medal and the Melanie Wright Medal for qualifying in all four 100m stroke events at the Championships. Good luck to Amber as she builds up towards the Queensland State Swimming Championships in a few weeks’ time.

 

Congratulations to the following students on receiving their Student of the Week Award either last week Friday [Junior school assembly] or yesterday [Senior school assembly]:

Prep               Year 1             Year 2             Year 3             Year 4                   Year 5               Year 6 

Jessica D        Elly L              Noah P           Shanice W       McKenzie K          Bailey S             Lucy M

Tyler T            Ruby K            Quade H         Oliver Z          Darcy D                 Akhil P               Felicity K

                        Lily O             Nathan M                                                                                                         

Principal’s Award

Lachlan A

 

Wishing everyone a safe week.

 

Yours in Christ

Anton Prinsloo

Term 1 Week 8

Dear Parents and Caregivers

This week is “Rainbow Week” at St Paul’s as we highlight and focus on all things to do with being Cyber Safe. The following link provides a very insightful article about,” How much screen Time?” https://www.edutopia.org/article/reframing-debate-screen-time-beth-holland. As a fully accredited eSmart and 1:1 iPad school, ensuring that all the students are using digital technologies safely and are making safe decisions when using technology at and away from school is an explicit focus this week. The students, with their teachers, will have the opportunity to visit the Life Education Van [program] which will have an age appropriate focus on the safe use of technology and being part of “cyber world.” As part of educating and learning as a whole community, a parent workshop has also been built into this week’s program for you to attend on Wednesday at 3:10pm – this is one not to be missed. Thank you to our eSmart team for all the work done in preparation for this week’s programs and activities.

Student Achievements:

One of the initiatives undertaken by the RISE Program this term has been to be part of a national virtual debating competition. Last week Thursday a team of Year 5 and 6 RISE students took up the opportunity to be part of the first round of the competition – and they did so with great success! Congratulations to our virtual debating team on their win against last year's overall winners Scotch College of Melbourne. These RISE students gave a superb account of themselves in debating for, "Why junk food needs to be banned for under 18s". Good luck moving forward to the next stage of this national competition. Thank you to our RISE teacher, Mrs. Palmer, for all the work done in preparing the debating team for this wonderful opportunity.

Congratulations to yet another St Paul’s student, Deleni Paitai, who has been selected in the Caboolture District Girls’ Basketball team. All the best Deleni as you continue your training for a basketball competition to be held in April.

Coming home with today’s newsletter is important information and instructions about how to book your child’s end of Term 1 interview. Our expectation at St Paul’s is that every family will participate in a student/parent/teacher interview on either Thursday 30 March [4pm -8pm] or Friday 31 March [8am – 12pm]. Please do not hesitate to contact either the Head of Teaching and Learning [Mrs. Sansome] or the school office should you require further information about this event.

Congratulations to the following students on receiving their Student of the Week Award for Week 7:

Prep                              Year 1                            Year 2                            Year 3                            Year 4                            Year 5

Ruby B                          Kruiz H                          Nyandeng D               Lena S                           Andrea B                     Brayden F

Cameron R                  Brianna K                     Cooper H                     Oliver R                        Tobyn P

Cooper B                     Cameron T

Kaleb V

Wishing everyone a safe week.

Yours in Christ

Anton Prinsloo

Principal

Term 1 Week 6

Dear Parents and Caregivers

Tomorrow will see the start of Autumn and the end to what has been a long and hot summer. As we prepare for a new season, just so we begin to prepare for the countdown to the Easter celebrations on the Western Christian calendar. Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent – this means that Easter is only 40 days away [Sundays not included] and Lent is a time when many Christians prepare for Easter by observing a period of fasting, repentance and moderation. This week also marks the beginning of the second half of the term – where have the first 5 weeks gone!

I had the wonderful opportunity to drop into the Inter-Lutheran Swimming Carnival on Friday and see the students in action. Thank you and congratulations to all 36 students who represented St Paul’s on the day. Well done to Memory Paitai and Joel Hinz who were awarded for achieving the most points in the girls’ and boys’ divisions respectively for St Paul’s on the day. Thank you to our wonderful PE teacher, Miss Gall, for all the work done over the past few weeks in preparing for, hosting and supporting the students throughout the swimming season. Good luck to Amber Vivian as she prepares to represent St Paul’s and the Caboolture District at the Regional Swimming Championships which will be held later in the week.

Next week Tuesday [7 March] is the P&F AGM at 6:30pm. This event will begin with a light supper from 6pm onward. The following P&F AGM reports are now available for your perusal in either the main undercover are or on our website in anticipation of the upcoming AGM: President’s Report, Financial Report and Principal’s Report. We look forward to seeing you there on the night!

Thank you to our local church members for looking after the “Milk and Muffins” initiative on a Tuesday morning before school. Last Tuesday morning saw close to 60 students drop in for a quick bite to eat and a cup of milk before heading to class.   

It has come to my attention that a number of vehicles have been speeding through the car park either during the morning drop-off run or in the afternoon when the students are being picked up. Please remember that we do have a maximum speed limit of 10km/h in the car park. Please don’t allow an extra 2 -3 minutes become the difference between a child been knocked over or arriving safely at their car. Thank you to everyone for your co-operation in this matter.

The following NEW WEBSITE, whichhas been launched by the federal Government to BRING SCHOOL LESSONS TO LIFE AT HOME, is definitely worth a visit: http://www.learningpotential.edu.au/. As students settle into their first weeks of the new school year, the Turnbull Government has launched a new resource for parents and families to help bring school lessons to life at home. Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the new website, Learning Potential Resources was filled with hundreds of ideas, activities, games and videos to assist parents of primary school children get involved in their child's learning. "Once the flurry of books, school uniforms and lunchboxes are taken care of, we know that parents turn their attention to how best to support their child's learning at school. That's where Learning Potential Resources comes in," Minister Birmingham said.

Well done to the following students on receiving their Student of the Week Award for the efforts at school over the past week:

Prep                  Year 1                    Year 2                 Year 3                 Year 4                      Year 5                                Year 6

Ruby H             Cameron K            Jakob L               Hunter W           Ethan W                  Oliver A/Jackson C          Amber V

Eli M                 Sidney D                Addison M         Missy S               Chelsea J                 Maddy C/Alana G            Nathaniel V

                                                          Karla S                Sofia H/Leylani T 

Have a wonderful week.

Yours in Christ

Anton Prinsloo

Principal.

Quote of the Week:

These are the few ways we can practice humility:
To speak as little as possible of one's self.
To mind one's own business.
Not to want to manage other people's affairs.
To avoid curiosity.
To accept contradictions and correction cheerfully.
To pass over the mistakes of others.
To accept insults and injuries.
To accept being slighted, forgotten and disliked.
To be kind and gentle even under provocation.
Never to stand on one's dignity.
To choose always the hardest.”
[
Mother Teresa]

 

 

Term 1 Week 5

Dear Parents and Caregivers

Congratulations to our Senior School students on their participation, positive attitude, encouragement of one another and positive behaviour at last Thursday’s inter- house swimming carnival. This was affirmed to me during the day by a parent who pointed out the excellent team spirit and great sportsmanship on show. Sometimes we take for granted these very positive behaviours as the students step up to the expectations on the day. Well done to all those students who achieved personal goals, milestones or personal best times on the day – a lot of personal growth would have happened on the day!

Congratulations to those swimmers who were announced as our Age Group Winners and Gregor House on winning the swimming carnival for the 4th straight year! Good luck to our Senior School swimming team as they get ready to compete at the Inter-Lutheran Carnival this Friday. Thank you to those parents and staff who helped as officials on the day and a big thank you to our PE teacher, Miss Gall, for organising an outstanding day.

Congratulations to the 11 students who represented the school at the Caboolture District Swimming Carnival last week. Your determination and school spirit are to be commended. Congratulations to Amber Vivian who has been chosen to represent the Caboolture District at the Regional Championships later in the term.

As part of our initiatives to grow and learn together as a community, St Paul’s is able to offer outstanding Parent Workshops in a number of key learning areas. Next week will see the school host workshops on how we teach Phonics and Spelling [Tuesday 28 February] as well as an iPad Information Session [Thursday 2 March]. Please see the flyer attached to this week’s newsletter for further information and RSVP details to this event.

Staff news: Our PE teacher, Miss Jess Gall, has applied for leave to go travelling overseas for 6 months. Miss Gall will be finishing up at the end of Week 7 and returning to St Paul’s again at the start of Term 4. It’s my pleasure to welcome and introduce Mr. Darren Lawrence to our school as our PE teacher during this time. Mr. Lawrence comes with a wealth of experience in this area having taught and lead PE in both primary and secondary settings. We look forward to welcoming Mr. Lawrence to our school next week as he begins a handover and induction process to familiarise himself with the school community. Please join me in welcoming Darren to St Paul’s. At the same time we wish Miss Gall safe travels during her time away – Bon Voyage!

Congratulations to the following students on receiving their Student of the Week Award:

Prep                       Year 1                    Year 2                    Year 3                    Year 4                    Year 6

Cameron W          Carly C                  Deng M                  Taylah B                Grace L                  Beau K

Tinkalee L             Ava L                      Jack R                    Jakob R                 Timothy S              Taylah H

Thank you for being such outstanding role models and settling back into the new school year with such ease.

Wishing every family a very blessed week.

Yours in Christ

Anton Prinsloo, Principal

Term 1 Week 4

Dear Parents and Caregivers

This week’s devotion is one which I shared with the Executive Team at our meeting yesterday. It also ties in with the first Fruit of the Spirit – LOVE – which was covered by Pastor Mike at our school chapel services two weeks ago. The challenge for all of us is to show ongoing unconditional love to others as we go about our respective daily journeys.

It was wonderful to see such a large turnout of parents, carers, family and friends at yesterday’s 2017 student leaders induction service. Congratulations to all these students on taking up these various leadership roles and responsibilities in the school. May God bless each and every one of you as you grow your gifts and talents as our 2017 leaders.

Interviews for Prep 2018 will begin next month – can you believe it! If, as a current family, you have not yet submitted an application form to the school, will you please do so in the coming week by contacting Donna Graham. If you know of any family, friends or neighbours who have a student due to attend Prep at St Paul’s in 2018, please make them aware of this matter.

As mentioned in last week’s newsletter, St Paul’s is looking to continue with Parent Consultative Group [PCG] in 2017. The purpose of this group is to work closely with the P&F Executive to consider matters and make decisions about certain matters pertaining to the school. These parents will be identified as a “go to” person for any school matters which may require further parent input. This can be done via a chat with one of the PCG Representatives, writing a letter to the PCG or emailing the PCG. We look forward to this initiative been put into place by the end of Term 1. A letter explaining this initiative further and subsequently response section has been included in this week’s newsletter. Thank you for your consideration in this matter.

Good luck to our Senior School students [Years 3 -6] as they get ready for our inter-house swimming carnival on Thursday. We hope to see many parents supporting the students on the day – and don’t forget that all important students vs parents vs staff relay at the end of the carnival!

Congratulations to the following Junior School students on achieving the first Student of the Week awards for 2017:

Yr 1                         Yr 2

Mary D                    Dallas C

Amelia B                 Milly F

   Kenzie P

We look forward to welcoming our Prep students to both Chapel and Assembly this week.

Have a wonderful week.

Yours in Christ

Anton Prinsloo, Principal

Term 1 Week 3

Dear Parents and Caregivers

We are looking forward to formally acknowledging our school leaders for 2017 at next Monday’s Student Leaders’ Induction Service. Please feel free to attend on Monday afternoon if you wish to be part of this wonderful school event.

The Senior School students need to be congratulated on the smooth start which they have made to their swimming program this week. This has laid a wonderful foundation for future excursions or sporting events this year.

Over the past couple of weeks a lot of media debate -newspaper articles, current affairs programs [60 minutes – “Can Do Better”] and government informed reports [Grattan Report] - have been focussing on what schooling in Australia should look like today and in the future and why so many students are becoming more and more disengaged from school. What is being highlighted, time and time again, is the fact that the majority of today’s schooling environments have not changed much since the Industrial Revolution in the 18th Century i.e. students seated in rows regurgitating teacher-driven content. There is growing national and international awareness that innovative schooling models and environments are needed to equip this generation of school children for future work places. At St Paul’s -and for that matter at a growing number of Lutheran education schools - innovative learning spaces, student-driven learning opportunities/programs and staff professional development with this philosophy in mind, have become central to our strategic thinking, planning and direction as a school of the future. I, along with a number of other stakeholders, look forward to sharing with you in the coming weeks our current student data and future initiatives in providing more agile/flexible learning spaces and opportunities at St Paul’s.

Over the next fortnight the school will be calling for expressions of interest from those parents who wish to give of their time and expertise by volunteering to be part of our P&F Group and/or our Parent Consultative Committee for 2017. A new P&F Executive will be elected at the AGM on 7 March, (see nomination form in this newsletter) while this will be the third year that a Parent Consultative Committee will be gathered to represent your thoughts and interests in the school. Do not hesitate to contact my office if you wish to know more about the operations of these two groups. More about this in next week’s newsletter.

This week also wraps up the last of our Teacher Information Evenings. Thank you to the classroom teachers for hosting these very informative sessions and thank you to the many parents who took the time to make meaningful connections with their child’s classroom teacher at the beginning of the new school year.

Wishing everyone a very blessed week.

Yours in Christ

Anton Prinsloo , Principal