St Paul's Lutheran Primary School and Kindergarten

Caboolture, Queensland

Principal's Blog

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

Term 1 Week 2

Dear Parents and Caregivers

 

Over the next fortnight every family will be offered the opportunity, at our Parent Information Evenings, to hear first-hand from your child’s teacher about the learning expectations and working relationship for this year. These information evenings have been planned to allow for a highly successful transition back to the new school year. Please let your child’s teacher know if you are unable to attend your session[s] so that any information handed out on the night can be forwarded onto you. A member of the school’s Executive Team will also be in attendance on each of the information evenings, allowing you to bring to our attention any matter which you wish to discuss further.

 

The opening of the new carpark has gone very smoothly – well done everybody! We hope that you are also enjoying the benefits of this new infrastructure. Some final signage is still to be installed and landscaping completed, but overall the change to the school community’s carpark habits has been outstanding. Thank you for your wonderful co-operation and patience in this matter. Thank you to those parents who have already provided us with feedback as we fine-tune how to best use this area with the safety of the children in mind.

 

As we begin to celebrate the many successes and achievements of the St Paul’s community both past and present, I would like to congratulate one of our past students, Lacey Thiess, on achieving an OP2 result in her senior studies at Grace Caboolture. As our partner high school, Grace College had 24.5% of their Year 12 Students achieving and OP 1 - 5 (nearly 1 in 4 OP eligible students) and 99% of the Grace students achieved a qualification in either QCE, VET or School-based Traineeship. It is reassuring to know that our Year 6 graduates are in such outstanding care when transitioning onto Grace College.

 

At the start of the school year we were also informed that Eden Ryan won the under 5 category in a Christmas Card competition run by Susan Lamb’s office [MP for Longman]. Congratulations to Eden on her outstanding effort!

 

Mrs. Lois Kube and I had the wonderful opportunity to spend some time yesterday with our Year 6 students as they participated in a Leadership Day at Petrie. We were very impressed by the attitude, participation and manners displayed by our senior classes on the day and saw great learning, living and growing in action. This bodes well for the student body as our Year 6 cohort of students help to set the tone, lead by example and embrace the concept that they are all leaders in and around the school. Thank you to Mrs Saunders and Mr Merritt, as parent helpers, and our Year 6 teachers, Mr Smith and Mrs Cottrell, who attended and supported the students on the day. We now look forward to the installation of our school leaders for 2017 on Monday 13 February.

 

 “M&Ms!” - Starting this week our St Paul’s church will be providing a free Milk and Muffin every Tuesday morning between 8:00am - 8:20am. This wonderful initiative is available to all our students in the church’s undercover area close to the new Pick-Up zone.

 

Wishing you a wonderful week as we continue to enjoy this glorious summer weather.

 

Yours in Christ

 

Anton Prinsloo

Principal

 

Week 1 Term 1

Dear Parents and Caregivers

Welcome back to the 2017 school year! A belated Happy New Year to you and your family! It is wonderful to have you all back safe and sound. One of the things that the summer break does for us is that it gives us time to reflect – to see into the future, to look back, to see through some past problems/people, to soul search about any blind spots and to look into things that help us gain our balance and give us new hopes and dreams! We thank God for rest, reconnecting and safe travels during this holiday time.

A very special welcome is extended to the many new families who will be joining the St Paul’s community. We look forward to a long and rewarding relationship with you and your child. We also welcome Miss Brooke Herbert as our new classroom music teacher and Mrs Ruth Byers who has returned from maternity leave.

I would like to thank ALL the staff for their hard work, which has been put in over the past fortnight, in getting the classrooms, learning programs and school ready for the arrival of the students. Last week Thursday’s family Administration Day [FAD] will also ensure that the students will return to the best start to their new school year and this was very evident with good routines and learning underway already.

Two major infrastructure programs were undertaken during the holiday period. We have had contractors build a new car park and renovating the Year 5 classroom block to reflect the ongoing implementation of our Agile Learning philosophy in the school. Thank you to our Business Manager, for overseeing aspects of these projects during the holidays. As we wait for the new carpark to officially open next Monday [thank you for your patience in this process] a letter will be coming home this week outlining the expectations for the safe use of this area. Please familiarise yourself with this information and do not hesitate to contact the school should you require further clarification on this matter.

Our school theme for 2017 is “Learn-Live-Grow”. This theme is not just applicable to the students but to all of us as a learning community as we often hear the expression about being “life-long learners!” Learning isn’t only confined to academic rigour, but also applies to our everyday lives as well as our Christian journey. Without learning about “things” and from everyday experiences we are unable to live well [with wisdom] and without living we don’t grow as academic learners, human beings and as Christians. The following quote best sums up Learn-Live-Grow, “We are humans. We are not perfect. We are alive. We try things. We make mistakes. We stumble. We fall. We get hurt. We rise again. We try again. We keep learning. We keep growing. And we are thankful for this priceless opportunity called life.” [Author unknown]

As a Christian learning community, 2 Peter 3 verse 18 says, “But grow in the grace of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever.”

As you will have noticed from today’s newsletter, we have changed the layout to make it more user friendly when reading it online. We are working towards going completely electronic with the weekly newsletter during the course of the year. Your feedback, to the front office, on the new layout will be appreciated.

Date claimers

The following important events will be held at the school over the coming fortnight:

Parent Information Evenings in Weeks 2 and 3. Each year level has been allocated an evening during which time you will be able to meet your child’s classroom teacher and be provided with first-hand information regarding the ongoing working relationship and expectations for all stakeholders. More detailed information about these meetings will be provided to you by your child’s classroom teacher this week.

Installation of new staff and staff dedication service. I would like to invite you to attend this service on Sunday 5 February. The service will begin at 9:30am and be held in the church [which is the building next to the school].

2016 End of Year Awards

Congratulations to the students who were presented with the end of year awards at our respective closing services for 2016.

Both the teaching staff and Executive Team propagate a strong open door policy at St Paul’s. Open communication and transparency are vital to the success of your child’s time at school. Please familiarise yourself with the process for effective communication to take place at our school.

We are proud of the innovative learning programs being offered at St Paul’s. Our goal in 2017 is to continue improving on our reputation as a school which provides quality learning within a safe learning environment provided by a highly committed staff for all our learners. We warmly invite you to walk the journey with us.

May God bless you and your family in 2017.

Yours in Christ

Anton Prinsloo