St Paul's Lutheran Primary School and Kindergarten

Caboolture, Queensland

Principal's Blog

Term 2 Week 10

Dear Parents and Caregivers

 

Last Saturday we hosted our third annual Community Consultation Day. What made this year’s event more significant is the fact that our Year 6 student leaders were invited to contribute towards and be part of the discussions. I would like to thank those parents, students, School Council members, Grace Caboolture staff and school staff who engaged with and participated in rich and transparent conversations about “Growing At and As a School.” One of the outcomes achieved on the day was to revisit and provide feedback on the school’s current Mission Statement. A similar outcome was achieved with the school staff at the beginning of the year and the next step in the process will be to dialogue with the School Council, as the final group of stakeholders, on this topic. Once this process has been completed, all parties will reconvene to work on updating our current Mission Statement.

 

After last week’s wet weather, the Senior School [Year 3 -6] will have their Athletics Carnival on Wednesday and Thursday this week and we look forward to hosting you as supporters over the two days. Good luck to all the students as they extend themselves physically over the two days. A Senior School Athletics Team will then be chosen to represent the school at various carnivals next term. See you there!

 

As I reflect on Semester 1, areas of growth which have left their mark on me include the Year 6 Leadership Program [as these senior students have led and mentored their peers on a daily basis], the growth and energy put in by those involved in the Virtual Debating program, the quality of the students’ Art Work on display in the front office and the growth of a contemporary, collaborative and agile learning mindset across the whole school.  

 

Staff News                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Mr. Richard Murdoch has elected to resign from his position as one of the Year 5 Agile Learning Lab teachers at St Paul’s to pursue career opportunities elsewhere. We wish to thank Richard for his contribution to the school, more specifically, for his time and effort in being a member of the team in the design, implementation and delivery of Agile Teaching and Learning at St Paul’s. We wish him all the best in his future endeavours. We are in the process of finalising an appointment to fill this position to ensure a smooth and settled transition for the students, teaching partner [Miss Baker], support staff and you as parents. The Agile Learning environment has also ensured continuity for all the students as they still continue with Miss Baker, Mrs. Boustead and Ms. Davis as the Year 5 staff.

 

I would like to take this opportunity to wish Mrs. Cathy Henderson a time of quality rest, relaxation and safe travels as she takes Long Service Leave for the first 4 weeks of next term. Bon voyage, Mrs Henderson!

 

Congratulations to the following students on being acknowledged for their efforts at school by receiving a Student of the Week award:

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

Bridey S              Peyton M            Esther B             Nathan A          Tiana G            Reese K             Annie L

Deng D               Cailin D               Christian S         Lawson C          Meg S             Sarah H             Courtney R

                                                       Ashton B            Thomas C                                 Brady H             Alana G

                                                       Rhys J       

                                                       Izabella S     

Thank you for your ongoing support of, warm conversations and loyalty to the school over the past term. I would like wish every family a very safe and restful winter break.

 

Yours in Christ

Anton Prinsloo
Principal

Term 2 Week 9

Dear Parents and Caregivers 

The past week saw the Junior school students step up and set the pace [grow] on our campus. Congratulations to all the Prep – Year 2 students on their involvement at last Friday’s Athletics Carnival. It was wonderful to see the high levels of participation across a range of activities. Thank you to the many parents, caregivers, family members and friends who supported the students on the day. Thank you to the teaching and support staff for their role in leading the students through the various activities on the day. And finally, a huge thank you has to be extended to our PE teacher, Mr Lawrance, for preparing, inspiring and hosting an outstanding carnival for the students. We now look forward to the Senior School Athletics Carnival this Thursday [at school] and Friday [Apex Park, Caboolture].

 

Thank you to our Year 1 students for leading a very rich and practical School Sunday. I just loved the way they set up the “7 Stations of Creation” information booths, which those attending were able to visit, before inspiring us with their detailed understanding of each day of the creation, their singing and very heartfelt prayers for our world and its sustainability. The superb art work which was used to tell us more about each day will be on display in the Chapel over the coming fortnight, so that the rest of the school can gain a deeper appreciation and keep learning from it. As a wrap up to their School Sunday focus, the Year 1s will be visiting the St Paul’s Aged Care Village this week to share their wonderful talents and conversations with the local residents. Thank you to the Year 1 teaching team - Mrs Schrodter, Miss Male and Mrs Malcolmson – for all the preparations behind the scenes and support of the students which took place in the lead up to this event.

 

The teaching staff are currently working on getting their assessment cycles completed in readiness for the students’ Semester 1 reports. This year, instead of providing your reports to you in Week 10 of the term, Semester 1 reports will go home in the first week back next term. This has allowed the teachers to track the students’ assessment data late into the term rather than having to wrap up their assessment cycle part way through the term in readiness for report writing. Next week Friday, which is a pupil free day, will see the teachers proofing and editing report comments in readiness for next term.

 

Our annual Community Consultation Day will be held this coming Saturday from 9am – 12pm in the staffroom. The theme for this year’s event is “Come Grow with Us!” We look forward to hosting a number of our Year 6 student leaders, parents, School Council members and staff. Thank you to those student leaders and parents who have indicated that they will be attending this event. See you there!

 

Next week Monday a Uniform Committee, consisting of a number of parents, P&F members, a School Council member and school staff, will meet for the first time to look at proposed changes/additions to the current school uniform. Some factors which will need to be considered during these discussions are the school culture and history, practicality of wear and cost. Please be assured that any proposed changes and timelines will not take place without further feedback from the community. I look forward to working with this group over the coming months.

 

Student Achievements: Congratulations to Elliot and Amelia Bird on receiving 1st Place Prizes at the Caboolture Show on the weekend. Elliot received his 1st Place for building the Water Cycle with Lego, while Amelia achieved three 1st Places in Art drawing, Collage and in Paper Craft. Well done to both of you in being so highly creative which is a wonderful skill-set to be growing.  

Have a safe week.

Yours in Christ

Anton Prinsloo

Principal.

Term 2 Week 8

Dear Parents and Caregivers

 

As I walk around the school, visiting classrooms, doing yard duty at either morning tea or lunch time and talking with the students, the following stands out for me about school life at St Paul’s on a daily basis: happy and smiling students who are eager and so confident to engage in conversations about their everyday world and lives, students who are able to articulate their learning to me in great detail, students who display wonderful manners, students who are eager to learn, students who are so accepting of others’ differences, students helping other students in so many different ways, students who quickly find adult help when needed and students who are “growing” as citizens and learners every day.

 

Just last week I noticed what a remarkable difference our Year 6 student leadership program has made across the school yard in getting these senior students out at morning tea and lunch times to supervise, model positive behaviours as well as encourage and nurture the student body across a range of activities. Yesterday the first group of gold badge recipients for 2017 were acknowledged at our Senior School Assembly. These are students who have already put in 50hoursof service time towards the school and their fellow students this year. Last week Friday after lunch time a very eager group of Junior School students stayed on, without being prompted, to help pack up all the toys and other materials used in this part of the school yard.

 

Another strength of the student body is the way in which they, through our buddy program, welcome, receive and look after the new students who arrive at St Paul’s. I have this affirmed time and time again by these students’ parents when we catch up to see how their student has settled into school life at our school.

 

In reflecting on all the above, I need to acknowledge the nurturing of, the incredible dedication to and absolute professionalism which all the staff bring to and offer our school every day. This is backed up by a wonderful and transparent partnership with you as the parent body – thank you!  I feel truly blessed to call St Paul’s my work place every day!

 

Our school value for the remainder of the term is Justice. At our Senior School Assembly yesterday one of the student leaders shared with the students what this value looks like, sounds like and feels like when put into action every day. Some of the powerful thoughts shared with the students included, “1. Everyone gets a fair go, 2. Play by the rules and 3. Speak up for others!” We will continue, as a school,  to unpack this value with the students over the coming weeks.  

 

I would like to strongly encourage every Year 3 family to take up the invitation, which was recently sent to you, to visit the Year 4 and 5 Agile Learning Labs over the coming weeks as we continue to grow this learning environment and learning frameworks for your children in readiness for next year. An invitation to the rest of the parent body to visit these learning areas will be sent out early next term.

 

The end of the school week and coming weekend will see a number of students involved in activities on and away from the school. These include our Junior School [Prep – Year 2] Athletics Carnival on Friday, our Senior School Robotics Teams participating in a Robotics competition up on the Sunshine Coast on Saturday and our Year 1 students leading the worship service on Sunday as part of their School Sunday. We look forward to hosting you at these events.

 

Congratulations to the following students on being chosen as the Student of the Week for their respective class or year level:

 

Wishing every family a wonderful week.

 

Yours in Christ

Anton Prinsloo
Principal

Term 2 Week 6

Dear Parents and Caregivers

Well the secret throw-back to the 80s is out! The Year 4s incorporated the classic Dire Straits song, “Walk of Life” into their very informative and practical School Sunday presentation. Thank you for the very rich way in which, through short skits and song, you reminded us about the 10 commandments given to Moses and how they are still very applicable to every day life in the 21st century. It was wonderful to see the great confidence and articulation from these students. Thank you parents, grandparents caregivers and other family friends for supporting the students on the day. Thank you to Mrs. Greene, Mr. Nicholls and Mrs. Klinge for all the hard work done in the lead up to the School Sunday. The Year 4s have also, this week, begun the final countdown to their school camp on the Sunshine Coast which starts tomorrow – have a wonderful time!

Our current school value is Forgiveness. This value lends itself to so many aspects which make up our daily lives. As the saying goes, “Sorry seems to be the hardest word!” At our senior assembly last week Monday, I was struck by the words used by one of our leaders as they shared with us some thoughts which underpin this value. This student spoke about forgiveness as not being a feeling, but rather being a choice which in turn will bring about feelings of peace and letting go – what a powerful message! Please take the time to speak to your child[ren] about this value, how they are currently learning more about it at school and the strength which comes from putting it in place everyday.

Agile Learning update: Later this week I will be travelling to Sydney with three other teaching staff members to visit primary schools who are also on an Agile Learning journey. As stated at last month’s Agile Learning Information Evening, we are currently in the process of looking at, learning from and growing what our agile learning philosophy will look like, sound like and feel like in the Junior School moving forward. We also look forward to hosting the parents of our current Year 3 students on tours of the Year 4 and 5 Agile Learning Labs starting next week. We strongly encourage every family to take up the opportunity to visit and see these rich learning environments in action.

I would like to thank and acknowledge our P&F Group for their very proactive approach and the numerous initiatives which have been proposed and put in place already this year. Please familiarise yourself with the minutes of last week’s meeting which have been posted on both the school’s noticeboards as well as on our website.  We look forward, in the coming weeks, to bringing together a Uniform Committee to do a review of and make recommendations regarding the current school uniform. Thank you to those parents who have indicated their willingness to be on this committee.

Have a wonderful week and enjoy the Indian summer weather!

Yours in Christ,

Anton Prinsloo

Principal

Term 2 Week 5

Dear Parents and Caregivers 

 

It was wonderful to receive the Year 6 students, staff and parent helpers back safe and sound last Thursday evening. It was even better to see them well, smiling and highly engaged back in their school environment yesterday morning. From all accounts the Outback Queensland experience was fabulous and enriching with a wide selection of “favourite experiences” shared by the students. Well done to all of you on your outstanding behaviour, engagement with others and collaboration during your time away. A lot of growth in their own abilities, self-confidence and experiences as individuals would have taken place over the past week. Behind the scenes a tremendous amount of planning and preparation was put in place by the Year 6 staff members - Mrs. Cottrell, Mr. Smith and Mrs. Dellaway – thank you for your commitment to making this such a memorable occasion. Thank you to the wonderful parent helpers and volunteer – Mr. Cope, Mrs. Costall, Mr. Herson, Mrs. Palmer and Pastor Mike – for giving up both work and family time to assist the students and staff on their safari. Next week will see our Year 4 students attend their camp on Sunshine Coast.

 

The Year 3 and 5 students as well as the staff supporting these learners, need to be congratulated and thanked for the smooth running of the NAPLAN testing last week. Despite all the media hype St Paul’s, over the years, has always followed a philosophy of keeping in mind the context of the tests. NAPLAN is a single point-in-time snapshot of the students’ literacy and numeracy proficiency. It is not a high stakes pass or fail test. Thank you to Mrs. Kube for the co-ordination of all the administration during this time.

One of the agenda items on today’s P&F meeting agenda will be to call for expressions of interest to serve on a Uniform Committee. After feedback from the parent community in 2016, St Paul’s will be doing a review of the current school uniform moving forward. This committee will consist of representatives from the parent body, P&F Group, school staff and School Council members. If you would like to be on the committee, please register your expression of interest with the front office by Monday 22 May. Please feel free to attend the P&F meeting at 3:15pm today. Thank you for your consideration in this important matter.

 

This coming Sunday will see the Year 4 students present their School Sunday. During my walk around the school and visit to their Agile Learning Lab, I was drawn in during one of their singing rehearsals by a throw-back to the mid-1980s and then sworn to secrecy by Mr Nicholls in the lead up to Sunday! I look forward to you sharing with us on Sunday.

 

Yours in Christ,

Anton Prinsloo

Principal

 

 

Term 2 Week 4

Dear Parents and Caregivers

 

It was wonderful to host around 110 Mothers and Sons last Thursday afternoon as part of our community celebrations in the lead up to Mother’s Day this coming Sunday. In listening to our guest speakers, Leanne and Seth Telfer sharing their journey as mum and son with us, two tips which stood out to me were good communication and investing quality time in their relationship. Thank you mums for your attendance and active engagement in this event. Thank you to the numerous school staff who worked behind the scenes and on the day to ensure the success of this event. We now look forward to hosting our Fathers and Daughters later in the year.

 

Our senior school Cross-country Team need to be congratulated on an outstanding District Carnival last week. Not only did St Paul’s win the C-Division [small schools] competition for the fourth year in a row, but two of our athletes, Kamaia Martin and Savannah Cope, were selected to compete at the Regional Cross-country Championships which will take place later this month. Thank you to Mr Lawrance for all the work done in preparing the students for and supporting them on the day. Many of these athletes are showing the benefits of the extra running training done with the GSP Sports Academy running club.

 

Last week I received the wonderful news from Mrs. Stanhope that 35 Senior School students nominated for and will begin their Robotics Program in the coming weeks. This will involve great commitment by these students in the lead up to the various Robotics competitions and workshops happening later in the school year – the first of which kick off this weekend. Thank you to those staff members, parents and past pupils who have committed their time to mentor these students in this process. Next term will see the Junior School Robotics Program take off under the guidance of Miss Cross.  

  

Congratulations to the Midgley family on the fantastic news about the progress which both boys are making in the BMX world. Over the past fortnight both boys raced at the BMX Australian Titles in Brisbane. Ryan is ranked 13th in Australia which is a great achievement considering the depth of racing at his age group. Ryan’s younger brother Eli raced at his first Australian Titles having fun as they do not score his age group. I am led to believe that he is hot on the heels of his older brother. Well done boys and we will continue to follow your progress closely over the coming years!  

 

St Paul’s is currently reviewing the recent changes made to the Privacy Act 1988 which were passed into law on 13 February this year. One of the areas which we have been looking at is the use of Social Media by the school community. I have included for your perusal this week [see attachment] information which the Department of Education, Training and Employment has made available to their respective communities. We will keep you updated with any relevant information or guidelines which come to hand as we continue to review this Act.

 

This coming Friday afternoon/evening St Paul’s will be hosting Twilight Information Tours of our school, facilities and programs. Tours of the school will depart at 4pm, 5pm and 6pm respectively. Please bring this information to the attention of any family, friends and neighbours who are looking at either taking up a Prep enrolment for 2018 or may be looking at a future focussed school offering an outstanding primary school learning environment and opportunities.

 

Congratulations to all of the students who are our first recipients of Student of the Week Awards for Term 2.

 

I would like to take this opportunity to wish all our mothers and grandmothers a very blessed Mother’s Day on Sunday!

 

Yours in Christ,

Anton Prinsloo

Principal

Term 2 Week 3

Dear Parents and Caregivers

 

After a slow start to Term 2, we now begin to gather momentum as the last of the long weekends come to an end. With a slight chill in the air, please remember the uniform expectations when wearing either the formal uniform (school jumper) and sports uniform (school tracksuit top) on those cooler mornings.

 

Thank you for the outstanding turnout at the rescheduled end of Term 1 interviews. We had an 86% turnout of families for this very important part of our working partnership with you. Thank you to the teaching staff for the professionalism and preparation which were evident across the two days of interviews.

 

The students need to be acknowledged and thanked for the incredibly respectful way in which they presented themselves and participated in last week's ANZAC events. The ANZAC Day street march in Caboolture saw 82 students and numerous parents represent the school in this community event. Our school leaders also represented St Paul's at the ANZAC Square service in Brisbane last Monday. Thank you to the many parents and caregivers who made the time to both support and be part of these commemorative events.

 

As we look forward to celebrating and acknowledging our mothers and grandmothers the weekend after the next, St Paul's will also be hosting a number of events. Tomorrow the P&F will be hosting our annual Mothers' Day stall and on Thursday afternoon we look forward to hosting over 100 mothers and sons at our first event of this kind. This will be followed by both the Kindy and Prep students hosting events for their mothers next week.

 

We wish our Year 6 students, staff and parent helpers safe travels as they get ready to leave for their Outback Queensland trip this coming Sunday. We look forward to hearing about your highlights, recounts and memories when you return.

 

Have a fabulous week.

 

Yours in Christ

Anton Prinsloo

Principal.