- Principal News
- Head of Teaching and Learning
- Performing Arts News
- Inside Story: Year 5
- Write like an Author Camp
- Moreton Bay Libraries’ Free Holiday Events
Issue 5 - 21 June 2022
Issue 5 – 21 June 2022
In this issue
From the Principal
On Friday 3rd June 2022, families will have received via email a unique link to complete the St Paul’s LPS School Survey. This independently delivered survey, provides an opportunity to our key stakeholders to provide feedback on our school, its services, strengths and areas to develop. It is through meaningful and timely feedback that school’s are better able to address any concerns our staff, students or families may have, and to celebrate those things that we do so well.
From the Head of Teaching and Learning
Family Book ClubFamily Book Club is kicking off again and we have chosen to read the intriguing story of "The One and Only Ivan". The One and Only Ivan is a bestselling novel about hope and friendship. It was inspired by a real silverback gorilla named Ivan who was held captive for 27 years. Narrated by Ivan himself, a beautiful story of friendship unfolds between Ivan, an elephant named Stella, and a stray dog named Bob. I encourage you to come to the GLAD Centre and borrow your own family copy of this book and read it together as a special, month-long loan.
A Devotion to read with your children this week:We like to use the word “love” to talk about all kinds of things. You might say, “I love pizza” or “I love geckos.” But loving pizza and loving a person are two very different things. Saying you love is very different than showing you love. Thankfully, God is in the showing love business. God showed love in one really big way: by sending Jesus. Jesus came to make a way for us to have a relationship with God forever. Because God loves us, we can share that love with others! When we have a relationship with Jesus, the Holy Spirit will produce good things in us as described in Galatians. "The fruit the Holy Spirit produces is love, joy and peace. It is being patient, kind and good. It is being faithful and gentle and having control of oneself." Galatians 5:22-23a. It is a great reminder that we can put love into action because God loved us. So, when the kid from down the street keeps cheating to win, do you want to keep playing? When your sister keeps hogging the remote, do you want to hand it over once it’s finally in your hand? It’s hard to keep playing with a cheater or to keep sharing with a sister who doesn’t do what you want to do. But the truth is, you can’t control their behaviour. The only person you can control is you. You have a choice to love. Loving others is easier when you remember that you are loved. God’s love for you is unconditional. So, the next time someone is bugging you, stop and choose to show love. Not because of anything they have done but because of God’s big love for you. Take a moment to think about someone you know who needs love? Think of someone and then brainstorm one or two ways you could show love to that person. Remember, we love others because God loves us. (Adapted from a devotional from Think Orange) Molly McLean Chaplain
Arts @ St Paul’s
Twilight RecitalsCongratulations to all the students who performed at the Twilight Recitals. It was a wonderful celebration of learning. On Thursday evening, we showcased the Year 3 String Immersion Program, String Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble and Music Technology. On Friday evening, we enjoyed performances from piano and voice students, Music Technology, Film & TV, Beginner Band, Junior Voices and St Paul’s Choir. Thank you for encouraging your children and supporting these events. Special thanks also goes to the Performing Arts Tutors, Mrs Bird and the parent helpers.
Drama and Music IncursionsWhat an incredible week it has been for Arts @ St Paul’s. Along with the Twilight Recitals, our Year 3-6 students also enjoyed a Drama Incursion by Shake and Stir Theatre Company. Year 5 students had the opportunity to participate in a mini-workshop and question time with the actors after the show too. We were also pleased to welcome Mr Philip Griffin into our Year 6 Music classes this week, where students took part in Ukulele Workshops, in preparation for next semester’s Ukulele Unit.
Arts @ St Pauls Semester 2 EnrolmentsEnrolments are now open for Semester 2. If your child is interested in commencing private tuition or participating in one of the ensembles or clubs, please visit the school website Co-Curricular/Extra-Curricular page to download an Enrolment Application Form and read about the program in the Arts @ St Paul’s Information Booklet. Enrolment forms are also available from the school office. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Library NewsAs part of the Queensland Premier's Reading Challenge, Students are encouraged to read as many books as they can! To complete the challenge:
- Prep to Year 2 should read or experience at least 20 books
- Years 3 and 4 at least 20 books
- Years 5 to 6 at least 15 books.
BOOK WEEKDear Parents There will be a lot of fantastic activities to celebrate Book Week this August. The theme from the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA ) is Dreaming with Eyes Open. More details about the event will be posted closer to the time. However, you may want to start thinking about your child’s costume for the book parade. The costumes can mirror the book week theme or be inspired by a favourite character or book. Costumes can be home made, and some great ideas are listed below: Book Week Costume Ideas for Kids - Brisbane Kids 27 easy Book Week costumes to make at home | Mum's Grapevine (mumsgrapevine.com.au) Or get ideas from commercial sites such as these Book Week Costumes 2022 | Costumes.com.au Dreaming With Eyes Open | Book Week Ideas 2022 – CostumeBox Australia You might even want to go as a book themed team for example the characters from the three little pigs!
WRITE LIKE AN AUTHOR!Learn the secrets of writing great stories from an award-winning author "Write Like an Author" is a school holiday program for young writers. Held in a fun and supportive setting at Immanuel Lutheran College in Sunshine Coast, this camp will see children develop and write stories with help from award-winning author Brian Falkner. Brian is an internationally published children’s author with twenty books published in more than thirteen countries. His most recent novel is a WWII spy thriller called "Katipo Joe: Wolf's Lair". Young writers will learn: * How to come up with story ideas * How to plan and outline a story * How to come up with interesting, sympathetic characters * The writing process, how to put it all down on paper * Plus they’ll make new friends and have heaps of fun! We offer: * 3 day camp for children aged 9 to 14 * 1 day workshop for children aged 7 to 10 The program runs from Tuesday, 28th June 2022 until Thursday, 30th June 2022. The camp is non-residential, and runs from 9 am to 4 pm each day. The number of places on the camp is strictly limited so register early if your child is interested in attending the camp. If your child enjoys creative writing, they are sure to love this special school holiday camp.
Inside Story: Year 5
In Year 5, the students have been examining the importance of the democratic values that underpin our way of life in Australia. One vital part of this is, how people can effectively participate in groups to achieve shared goals within their communities. The students were asked to identify a current issue or challenge they believe to be a problem within their community. They researched and presented the history, aims and activities of their organisation that seek to address the issue. They also evaluated how successful their organisation is in meeting the responsibility God has given people to look after His and our world. Finally, they gave suggestions on how their chosen organisation could further motivate people to join in their service.