St Luke's Way Newsletter - 26.11.21

Welcome to the last St Luke's Way Newsletter for Term 4. Following, you'll find newsletter articles from St Luke's Principal, Craig Merritt, as well as all main areas of the School, and learning and development. Please open your newsletter article of choice by clicking from the options below.

From the Principal
A Message from Principal Craig Merritt


Last week saw the conclusion of the Year 12 graduation activities. I wish to pass on my congratulations to our Year 12 students for their leadership and commitment throughout the year. They are a fine group of young women and men and it has been a pleasure working with them. We wish them the best in their future endeavours. Thank you to our staff who have worked with them throughout their St Luke’s journey and to their parents for their support throughout this time. 

This week will see the conclusion of the year for our Year 11 and 10 students. All other year levels will conclude on Thursday 1 December. I give thanks that St Luke’s has been able to operate relatively normally throughout the year; no lockdowns, no home-schooling, just some minor inconvenience making sense of the face mask requirements. However, I am conscious that a number of our families continue to be negatively impacted by the pandemic and we remain committed to continuing to support families who wish to remain at St Luke’s to ensure consistency of education for your children. 

This year we were able to commence the build for the new Performing Arts and Sports Centre This is the second stage of the St Luke’s Campus Master Plan, launched in 2019. The PASC has been many years in the planning and factoring in a delay due to the pandemic, we are excited to see the project taking shape. We are pleased to be working with McLellan Bush Architects and Jeff Lennox Builder on the project. Such a project would not be possible without many years of careful financial planning, the support of our parents and the State Government via the State Capital Assistance Grants scheme. We look forward to opening the new facility in late 2022, weather permitting. 

This year St Luke’s recorded the highest enrolment numbers in the history of the school. Over the last twelve months, we have experienced significant enrolment demand. More families are choosing St Luke’s as their school of choice. This has resulted in the highest enrolment numbers across our ELC, Primary, Middle, and Senior Schools. To manage this demand we have introduced additional streams in primary, and have employed more teachers and teacher aides. We have capped enrolment numbers in all year levels and are now managing waitlists for a broad number of year levels. Even though our enrolments are very strong we are very conscious of continuing to focus on deepening the special sense of school culture we have, ensuring all students and staff embrace the St Luke’s Way.

Additionally, St Luke’s was honoured to be acknowledged as one of Qld’s top-performing regional schools this year. We are committed to being able to offer high quality and highly consistent educational experience for families in Bundaberg and the Wide Bay region, to give families the opportunity to remain together to live, work and learn in the region. 

These facts are a strong endorsement of the quality of what happens on a day-to-day basis at St Luke’s and are a result of the selfless dedication and commitment from our staff across all areas of the school. St Luke’s is blessed to have such wonderful staff giving their best each and every day. 


Staff News

Mrs. Cassie Thorne, Head of Faculty Technologies will be leaving St Luke’s at the end of the year. Cassie has been a strong leader for the department and a great teacher and colleague. Cassie is relocating to be closer to family.  We are pleased to announce Mr. Ben Goodchap will take on the position of Acting Head of Faculty Technologies for Semester 1 2022. 

Mrs. Belinda Worrad, Prep teacher aide will also be concluding her role at the end of the year.  Belinda has done a marvellous job as a Prep teaching assistant since joining us in 2017. On behalf of the school community, I sincerely wish Cassie and Belinda the best with their future endeavours. 

Mr. Iain Sinclair, Yr 5 teacher will take well deserved long service leave for 2022. We wish Iain a safe and relaxing break during this period of leave. 

Thank you for your support of St Luke’s this year and God’s blessings on you and your family.

God’s blessing for you and your family.


Craig Merritt

Principal

From the Early Learning Centre
A Message from Director of Early Learning Centre, Catherine Donaldson


The Gift of Giving

ELC children have been busy painting and decorating recycled boxes to fill with the generous donations received from our families. This will help us to spread the joy to vulnerable areas within Bundaberg and the wider community. Participating in this experience provides children with an opportunity to understand that Christmas is about different ways to give and share within our community and demonstrate kindness and thoughtfulness.



‘Where’s That Cheeky Elf?’

There has been playful cheekiness happening around the ELC as our mischievous little Elf has been making daily appearances throughout the rooms and keeping everyone guessing what his next move will be. Cheeky Elf has been sighted rocking out to Christmas carols, redecorating the Christmas tree and taking a snooze in a hammock.


Singing in the Rain

Children have been having a splashing fun time making the most of the wet weather this week by jumping in muddy puddles, lining up containers to collect water and singing songs while dancing in the rain.


Festive Fun

Our Pre-Preps had a special visit from Ethics and Faith teacher, Mrs Griffin, who shared with us an interactive Christmas story.  Using a felt board we listened to the story of Jesus' birth, and why it was so important. Then children had the opportunity to engage in a Christmas cooking experience making Gingerbread. As a group, they named the ingredients and took turns to add ingredients to the mixture and mixed it through. Using cutters, children formed their very own gingerbread man and decorated them with sunflowers seeds and Sultanas.


Happy Memories

As the school year nears its end, it is with many happy memories that we would like to say Thank you to all our ELC families. Thank you for allowing us to be part of your child’s learning journey, it has been a wonderfully rewarding experience to watch your child learn and grow day by day. We wish our Pre-Preppies all the best in the next part of their learning journey.


Warmest Regards,


Catherine Donaldson

Director Early Learning Centre

From the Primary School
A Message from Head of Primary, Tonia Lassman

Battle of the Schools 

Congratulations to our students: Isabella Warmington, Lachlan Meier and Matthew Schapiro on an outstanding performance in the Battle of the Schools. Unfortunately a third year win was not on the cards but our students represented our School with Honour.


Year 2 Excursion to Hinkler House and Hinkler Hall of Aviation

Year 2 have been flying high and following the footsteps of our very own Bert Hinkler, in recent weeks. We took a trip to the Hall of Aviation and Hinkler House to discover the story behind Bert's amazing achievements. Inside the Hall we were able to fly like Bert in his Avro Baby, dance the Hinkler quickstep, watch Bert's life story in the Globe Theatre and explore his relocated house. We learnt so many interesting facts about Bert! Did you know that he flew underneath the traffic bridge and railway bridge in a stunning aerobatic display on one of his visits home! Back at school, we are busily making our own digital posters to display what we have learnt.


Year Three Multicultural Celebration Expo Last Thursday, November 18, the Year 3 cohort presented their Multicultural Celebrations Expo. They had been preparing for the event during their HASS lessons this term and were very excited to welcome parents, staff and Primary students to the Expo. During the Expo, they shared with their visitors information about various celebrations and commemorations from many different countries around the world. They enjoyed taste-testing samples of foods from many different cultures and participating in activities the students had prepared themselves. We are very fortunate to have a diverse range of cultures represented within our school, and it was a pleasure to be able to offer some insight into these cultures and celebrations.


Friday School Sport - Cricket

St Luke’s Crowned Winners after Soaked Season

After a rain interrupted season, the St Luke’s Cricket squad has come out on top of the competition. While our teams were only able to play three games this season, in those three weeks our ‘red ball’ team secured victories over both St Mary’s and Bundaberg Christian College. These positive results put this team straight to the final. 

Our ‘yellow ball’ team, while having mixed results over the three weeks, certainly had a lot of fun. With many students having their first experience in Cricket, they certainly grasped the skills and enjoyed interacting with students from other schools on the sporting field.

Unfortunately the ‘red ball’ final was also a casualty of the unsettled weather and while playing a final would have been a fitting finale to the season, it was not to be. However, because of the undefeated status of our St Luke’s team, the silverware was deemed to be returned to our trophy cabinet.

St Luke’s were crowned the winners of the Bundaberg Primary Schools Cricket Competition!!! Congratulations to all of our Primary Cricketing Students.


Year Six Gift to Year 12 Students Departing

It was so lovely to see the Year 6’s gift the Year 12’s some little goodies as they walked through the guard of honour on the final day for Year 12 students.


Parents, as this will be our last Newsletter for the year, I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a safe and prosperous New Year. Thank you for your support across the year.

We have had many volunteers assist us across the year for which I thank you for your support. I would like to especially thank all of our Parent Representatives for 2021 for their diligence placing reminder posts on Facebook and welcoming new families to our community. If anyone is interested in being a year level Parent Representative for 2022, please email me your interest and I will send you the letter outlining your role.

Parents, you will receive an email informing you of your child/ren’s class placement for 2022 in the first week of the holiday.

Semester 2 Reports will be posted onto Parent Lounge for your access also in the first week of the holidays. 

Please join me congratulating our Teachers and Staff on what has been an outstanding year. I thank each and every one of them for their professionalism and passionate approach to the education of your children.

First day of School for 2022 is on Monday 24 January 2022.  Please feel free to join us for a Welcome Back Cuppa outside the Turtle Café from 8.30am.

Merry Christmas and thank you for another wonderful year.


Tonia Lassman

Head of Primary School

From the Middle School
A Message from Head of Middle School, Matthew Hughes


Dear Middle School Parents and Caregivers, 

The St Luke's Middle School newsletter is recorded as a video by myself and Head of Senior School, Mrs Robyn Deer, and then uploaded to YouTube. For this fortnight's newsletter content please visit the following YouTube link.

Alternatively, you may wish to jump ahead to specific topics within the same video. If so, please go to the following category links.


Kind regards,


Matthew Hughes

Head of Middle School

From the Senior School
A Message from Head of Senior School, Robyn Deer


Welcome to the Senior School newsletter for this fortnight. Head of Middle School, Mr Hughes and I have recorded a video update and uploaded it to YouTube for your convenience. To watch this fortnight's newsletter content for Middle and Senior School, please visit the following YouTube link.


Alternatively, you may wish to jump ahead to specific topics within the same video. If so, please go to the following category links.


Robyn Deer

Head of Senior School

From the Chaplain
A Message from the Chaplain, Fr Iain Furby


There is no update this fortnight from the Chaplain.


From Sport
A Message from the Director of Co-curricular (Sport), Len Kirchner


Please click here for the Sports Representatives.

 

Len Kirchner

Director of Co-curricular (Sport)


Representatives

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From Performing Arts
A Message from the Director of Co-curricular (Culture), Sarah Ferguson


Performing Arts Recap, 2021

Here in the Performing Arts Centre, we say farewell to all students and parents of 2021, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and we'll see you all again in 2022. 

Miss Sarah Ferguson

Director of Co-curricular (Cultural)

From Student Careers
A Message from Director of Academic Welfare & Careers, Kane Kersnovske


There is no update this fortnight from the Director of Academic Welfare & Careers.


From Turtle Café
A Message from Turtle Café Convenor, Serena Curnock


Hello Parents, Caregivers and Students of St Luke's.

Visit our all new webpage where you can find everything you need to know about Turtle Café, including this term's downloadable Turtle Café and ELC menus, and our FlexiSchools ordering system. It's all located by clicking right here.

Yours in Nutrition,


Serena Curnock

Turtle Café Convenor

From Uniform Shop
A Message from the Supervisor of Uniform Shop, Karen Orreal


School Shop

Thank you to the parents of students going into Prep, Year 4, Year 7 or Year 10 next year for organising your children’s fitting appointments. Your orders have now been placed with our manufacturers. 

Some factories have started to close again due to the Delta Covid outbreak so it’s important to have placed your orders for next year.


Lost Property

We have a large amount of lost property in the lost property shed located near the uniform shop, please ask your children to check if they have anything missing.

Could all students check their school belongings periodically to ensure they have the correct hat, jumper etc as it is easy for these items to be accidentally mixed up.


Online Ordering

Online ordering is available from the school shop.  Orders can be placed via Flexischools http://www.flexischools.com.au/ In addition Year 7 to 12 students can use their student ID card to purchase items in store.


Ms Karen Orreal

Shop Supervisor

From the Learning Hub
A Message from the Learning Hub


There is no update this fortnight from the Learning Hub.


Kind regards,

Sarah Simpson

Learning Hub Manager

Business Matters
A Message from St Luke's Anglican School

Schedule of Fees 2022

The Schedule of Fees 2022 and Notes to the Schedule of Fees 2022 is available on the school website at the bottom of the enrolments page.


Notice of Enrolment Termination

The Notes to the Schedule of Fees lists the following requirements for withdrawal of enrolment:

If the student is to leave the School the parent agrees to give at least one term’s written notice to the School. This notice should be received:

  • not later than the first day of term at the end of which it is intended that the student should leave, or
  • if it is intended that the student should leave during a term, not later than the first day of the immediately preceding term.
  • If the parent intends to cancel or (with the School’s agreement) postpone or otherwise vary the student’s enrolment, the parent will give notice to that effect to the School no later than the first day of the term immediately preceding the date of entry.
  • If the parent fails to comply with either of the above paragraphs, the parent will pay or forfeit (as the case may be) to the School one term’s fees and charges in lieu of notice unless the Business Manager, in his/her sole discretion, agrees to remit payment of those fees wholly or partially.

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