Throughout the past week, our screens and social media feeds have been filled with messages of love, support and gratitude for Queen Elizabeth II and her family. From touching photos of Her Majesty with Prince Philip, to memories of Her Majesty with her corgis and beloved horses, the messages have been one of gratitude for service.
Students in Kindy – Year 2 enjoyed an adaptation of the book, Stellarphant by James Foley. Here is a bit more about the story Stellarphant:
Heroes come in all shapes, sizes and species. Stella wants to be an astronaut. There is only one problem: Stella is an elephant. Every time she applies to Space Command, they come up with a new reason she can’t join. But where there’s a will, there’s a way, and Stella is determined to reach for the stars. Does she have the right stuff?
Stellarphant explored fixed v growth mindset and the themes of courage, perception, happiness, resilience, problem-solving, determination and goal setting.
Our Year 3-6 students watched a performance of The Detectives Guide to Ocean Travel by Nicki Greenberg.
For as long as she can remember, Pepper Stark has wanted one thing: to join her father, the Captain, aboard the magnificent RMS Aquitania on a voyage to New York. She has never been allowed to set foot on her father’s ship – until now. From the decadent food to the star-studded passenger list, travelling First Class on Aquitania is every bit as glamorous as Pepper had imagined. And most dazzling of all is American stage sensation Perdita West, wearing the world-famous Saffron Diamond around her neck. When the priceless jewel disappears mid-voyage, Pepper unexpectedly finds herself entangled in the crime. With the Captain’s reputation at stake, Pepper and her new friends set out to solve the mystery. But finding a missing diamond isn’t so easy on Aquitania, where everyone has something to hide…
The Detectives Guide to Ocean Travel explored the themes of developing new friendships, problem-solving, empathy, dreams and aspirations.
We thank Meerkat Productions for visiting our school and putting on such an enjoyable show for our students.
What a busy, fast paced Term 3 for Arts@St Paul’s! We have welcomed Kathryn, Jack and Zara to our amazing tutoring team this term. Term 3 also saw us hold our Busking Day with over 30 participants. The students performed a variety of acts including dancing, singing, rapping, piano, violin and guitar. Their confidence and passion was so lovely to watch.
The tutors and students have been busy preparing for next term’s Twilight Music Recitals and are excited to show you what they have been learning. Next term, we will also have our instrument try out day for all students. They will be able to come and try a variety of different instruments and have a chat to the tutors. If you are interested in your student learning an instrument next year, please pop in to the office and we can give you an enrolment pack.
On a special note, we would like to congratulate Scarlet Y in Year 6 on achieving Honours in Practice of Music (Piano comprehensive) Grade One from the Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB). This is such an amazing achievement and we wish Scarlet all the best with her musical future.
Lastly, thank you to all the tutors, students and parents for helping us this year with the Arts@St Paul’s program. We hope you have a relaxing term break and are looking forward to Term 4.
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“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
Explanation and Commentary of Romans 15:13
Joy, peace, and hope are three marks of a Christian, and this verse shows the way in which they are intermingled. Joy, peace, and hope all come from God, by the power of his Holy Spirit. Paul writes this verse as a blessing and a prayer over his readers, including today’s believer.
How can God fill his child with joy and peace, and what is the part played by the Christian? It is to trust in him. Much of the church was enduring persecution in the day the epistle was penned. The hope, joy, and peace were readily available to those who continued to “trust in him.” Today, there is still persecution, and even where there is not, the believer is still harassed by satan and endures the kingdom of darkness until the return of Christ. How are they to endure? By trusting in God.
In Romans 15, Paul holds side-by-side commands and blessings. For instance, he commands the church to “bear with the failings of the weak,” (Ro 15:1) and also speaks a blessing: “May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Ro 15:5-6). He commands a certain “attitude of mind” while praying that God would give it to them. This all comes from the power of God.
Here are some of the trusted, most beautiful words ever written: “Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my Saviour and my God” (Psalm 42:5).
This week, we introduced our value of “Hope”. Hope is having faith in what we can not see and knowing that God’s plans are always good. Even in times of distress and darkness, hope is what we hang onto deeply engrained in our hearts to believe that there is goodness to come. Sometimes we hope for good weather or to go on a family holiday to the Gold Coast or hope that the new shoes you bought online fit! Clearly, what is hoped for may or may not come to pass. The hope of believers, however, is more than a desire or a wish. It’s an unshakable confidence in God — even when circumstances give us every reason to doubt. Children are the best at looking at the possibilities and greatness of the future. As we become adults and the weight of this becomes more serious and sometimes heavy to carry, we can look to the simple view our children have of the world for a refreshing break. My prayer is that we continue to view the world in a childlike way and ask our Saviour to help us carry the burdens.
A couple of reminders:
Week 8 is our Father’s Day Stall and Fathers and Daughters Event. Week 9 will see our Year 5 students embark on their team building camp from Tuesday to Friday. Walk My Way is a family friendly event that sees our Lutheran Ministries Community come together to raise money for refugee children. Our Free Dress Day on the last day of term will also go towards this ministry. Every $26 raised sends a child to school for a year! Finally, we will be spreading awareness for our Cyber Safety Week including our Rainbow Day! Please keep an eye out in your email and on Social Media, as all of the event information will be sent home via these platforms.
Mrs Marcia Jealous
Acting Deputy Principal
Family Book Club
Family 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.
Last Monday, 30 Year 5 & 6 students participated in the Queensland Association of Mathematics quiz. Questions ranged from estimating the Eleanor Schonell Bridge, near UQ to working out when Pythagoras was born. Students as well, engaged in group work and had individual quiz questions. Spending an afternoon learning more about maths, taking risks and having fun was so much fun! Well done to all students involved for their growth mindset, persistence and positive attitude.
“Last Friday, we went to play AFL for Gala Day. We had a great time versing other teams, who were all much bigger and taller than us! We may have not won any games, but we won in sportsmanship. Other teams commented on how we didn’t give up the whole day! We had a lot of fun, but we wish the canteen was open! Overall, we had a great time playing AFL”. – Miya F and Evie Z on behalf of the AFL girls.
Our wonderful girls’ teams participated in the final round of games on last Friday. The Junior Team finished the day undefeated after several outstanding displays. All players were to be commended for their fine sportspersonship and good natured participation. Numerous tries, strong defence and increasingly daring play characterised an all-round fantastic team performance.
The Senior Team found themselves against high quality opposition in making the championship rounds, and, while outclassed in the first few games, played with a great resolve and resilience and improved both performance and attitude with each outing. Strong defensive performances from Shinaya T, Ellenore C and Anabelle M especially, combined with outstanding running from Cailin D, Ododoeye O and Sarah L meant our girls finished the day with a win and overall 5th place from 20 teams.