St Paul's Lutheran Primary School and Kindergarten

Caboolture, Queensland

School Blog

Mothers' & Daughters' High Tea

Three generations of Mums and Daughters celebrated their bond at the recent High Tea event held at St Paul’s Lutheran Primary School. Guest Speaker, past student, Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist and future Olympian Taylor McKeown gave some insight into the commitment required from both Mum and Daughter which has helped her achieve her selection to the Rio Olympic Games in 2016.

Taylor spoke of first becoming interested in swimming after attending school swimming lessons as a young St Paul’s student. She was able to take a trip down memory lane when she was reunited with her Preschool and Year 1 Teachers, Mrs Schrodter and Mrs Kube at the High Tea.

She also thanked her mum for driving her motivation when the going got tough. She recognised the commitment of her parents who have helped her to travel to the many swimming training sessions and events over the years.

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Student Achievement - Ryan Midgley

RyanCongratulations to Ryan on his recent achievements at the Australian BMX Titles in Bathurst.  Ryan raced in the 6/7 year olds age group which consisted of 57 competitors and notched up three 1st Places and a 3rd place in his respective races.  I asked Ryan if he had tired legs after his huge effort, his answer was a resounding YES!

St Paul’s Students aspire to be Creators of the Future

robotics

St Paul’s Lutheran Primary School robotics teams have proven their capacity to be innovators of the future at the recent FIRST LEGO League Robotics Tournament held at Grace Lutheran College.

The Green Team of five students from Year 5 and 6 were lead to success by their ICT Teacher Mrs Lauren Stanhope and her Assistant Mr Josh Witham. The team is very proud of their success in being awarded the Mechanical Design Award.

Our students are acquiring valuable skills to become creators of the future by learning how to apply coding, think creatively and problem solve while working as a team and having a fantastic time. The robotics competitions allow the students to show off the skills they have acquired to friends and family while enjoying some healthy competition with other schools.

The students were not only responsible for designing and building the robot, to win the award they were required to successfully present their design ideas to the Judges.

Darcy and Jacob in Year 5 commented that robotics is great fun, they do much of the work in their lunch breaks and really enjoy working as a team. They say the robotics teaches them additional abilities in Maths and Science which is great as they aspire to work in the fields of Electronics and Engineering.

 

Crunch & Sip

In this video produced by NAQ Nutrition's Food Smart Schools, students from  St Paul's Lutheran Primary School Caboolture talk about Crunch & Sip at their school.

Munch & Crunch style programs (Munch & Crunch / Crunch & Sip / Brain Breaks) involve schools and teachers scheduling time in class to allow children to eat fruit and vegetables and drink water in the classroom.

The benefits of a fruit, vegetable and water break in class include:

- Exposing students to the concept of daily fruit and vegetable consumption helps build lifelong healthy eating habits.
- Reinforcing other nutrition education messages delivered in the classroom.
- Water and healthy food consumption can help improve students’ behaviour, and ability to concentrate and learn in the classroom.

 

St Paul’s Students learn to be Global Citizens

cultural day

Cultural Day at St Paul’s recently provided a wonderful opportunity for the students to extend their understanding of the diverse world we live in. Parents and Staff wore traditional dress representing China, Germany, Russia, Finland, Jamaica, Papua New Guinea and India.

Mrs Libby Sansome, Head of Teaching and Learning explained, that by integrating these events into the curriculum they allow students to engage in learning about different cultures to create connections and cultivate mutual respect for others.

Mr Sampson, Deputy Principal thanked all participants for their efforts, “Our cultural day was well supported by parents who provided wonderful resources for students to appreciate”.

Mrs Mori presented a wide variety of crafts, traditional food, flags and information about the people from Papua New Guinea. Martina said she felt privileged and appreciated the opportunity to represent the beautiful culture of PNG. “I had fun answering the questions from students and found the experience to be thoroughly enjoyable. My preparation for the day was supported by many friends and family who provided artifacts and information to present.” St Paul’s students are now looking forward to cultural day next year.

ICT Feature

Robotics

There has been a lot of enthusiasm for Robotics after the success of the program in 2014. For all those students who have been asking…. YES!!!! Robotics will be happening again in 2015! Information about the program for this year will be made available in Term 2. The First Lego League competition will be held on 15th November at Grace Lutheran College, Rothwell. For those students who cannot possibly wait that long to get their robotics fix, there will be a free Robotics Fun Day held at QUT in Caboolture on Saturday 21st March, 10am – 1pm. No experience is necessary and it is a fun day to play with some robots and learn more about robotics.

ICT Club

ICT Club is a program run at morning tea times offering   students a variety of ways to experience new ICT’s. Timetables are available in every classroom. This term in ICT Club we have a number of students working towards reaching Challenges using Lego Digital Designer. In addition to this,     students in Years 5 & 6 are invited to take on a project through the Young ICT Explorers inter-school competition. We also have a number of things happening for the younger students. Morning tea is a very busy time in the computer lab!

eSmart – Cyber Safety Program

Our journey to achieve eSmart status is continuing. We have recently reached the first stage of the journey and we are now continuing to put initiatives in place to help educate and support students, parents and teachers in the online world. Most recently we have started adding information to our school’s webpage. We have selected articles we think you will find useful and we will be adding more resources over time. Please take the time to visit this page on a regular basis. In addition to this our second issue of our eSmart newsletter will be coming home soon, please keep an eye out for this. This year will see the introduction of eSmart Leaders in our school. These students and teachers will be   available for students to talk to and ask questions about anything related to being safe online. Students in Year 6 are invited to undergo the training to become an eSmart Leader – Please see Mrs Stanhope for more information. eSmart Leaders will be identified through a badge showing our school’s Cyber Safety Rainbow.Cybersafety Logo