St Luke's Way Newsletter - 13.05.22

Welcome to the second St Luke's Way Newsletter for Term 2. 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

It was a great opportunity this week to get back into the swing of our normal 5 day weekly program. We have all enjoyed the longer weekends yet the students benefit from the normal timetable and regular contact with their teachers. As we are nearly at the halfway mark for the term I have encouraged the students to concentrate on their routines and study timetables. 


This week our Year 3, 5, 7, and 9 students engaged with the NAPLAN series of assessments. At St Luke’s we support the range of assessments. We believe it gives teachers and parents a powerful insight into how students are progressing in the important areas of literacy and numeracy. 

NAPLAN is not a high-stakes test for our students. We encourage them to exercise their ‘growth mindset’ and take it as an academic challenge, to look at improving on how they have performed in the past. We do ensure our students are ‘test wise’, that is they know what to expect in the assessments and are familiar with the style of test. 

NAPLAN is a point-in-time snapshot of our students however the importance of the data lies in how we can track progress over time. We use the information to review how our students are progressing and we are looking for growth over time, as education is all about growth. 

NAPLAN also allows the staff to benchmark how our curriculum is developing the important skills and competencies in the areas of literacy and numeracy. 

NAPLAN is a useful series of assessments however, it is not useful when it is used solely to judge the value of a school, develop meaningless ‘leagues tables’, or create undue stress and anxiety for students. 

At St Luke’s we support NAPLAN and use the information as it is intended, to help support the intellectual development of our students. 

Middle and Senior School Camp program

The Year 7, 8, 10 and 11 students will be involved in the camp program next week. This is an important opportunity and experience for the students to apply their skills and attitudes in a different context. It gives them the opportunity to spend time together, disconnect from social media for a period, experience different situations and hone their teamwork skills and abilities. I spoke at assembly on Tuesday reminding the students to make good choices and uphold the mutual expectations and responsibilities of all members of the St Luke’s school community. 

God’s blessing for you and your family.

Craig Merritt


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

Thank you…

It was such a blessing to have our lovely Mothers and Special Persons join us in celebrating Mother’s Day, and to come along to the Centre as part of the whole St Luke’s Community. A morning filled with love and joy was shared and many happy memories created by all.


Children started their week extending on their current interest in the great open oceans and the sea creatures that called these deep waters their home. They investigated different marine life through closely examining slides on the iboard, exploring small ocean world activities and perusing real life picture books. Junior also had a super fun time visiting ‘the big side’, engaging in active play on the fort and bike track and learning the (sometimes tricky) technique of bubble blowing.


As we continue to explore and value children's input and sense of agency, Kindy friends have been involved in the daily process of planning and programming a wide variety of play based learning experiences. They looked at cultural diversity with symbols, books and various props in the home corner. They had the opportunity outside to participate in turn taking and imaginative play.


The highlight of the week for Pre-Preppies was Music and Movement lessons with school music teacher Mrs Jones. Each week friends are delighted in learning new sounds, patterns, words and body movements through music. These experiences are great for the development and stimulation of the connections in the growing brain and are a fun-loving way for children to express themselves.

Warmest Regards,

Catherine Donaldson

Director Early Learning Centre

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

Invitation to View Proposed New Primary Uniforms 

Over the past year, we have embarked on a review of the Primary Uniform. In this process parents and educators have been consulted. We have now reached a point where we have a very good idea of how we would like to proceed with updating our uniforms. I invite our Primary parents to pop in to the Primary Office where there are some samples and sketches for your review and feedback. If we are able to get feedback within the next 2 weeks, we would anticipate beginning the staged roll-out of the new uniform at the start of 2023, with a 3 year changeover period. I look forward to chatting with you as you pop by to have a look.

Bundaberg Eisteddfod

This past week, some of the PAC's finest competed in the Bundaberg Eisteddfod. Our talented students were thrilled to have an opportunity to compete against other students in the region. To name all of our students that placed would take forever. However we did also have quite a few of our students receive special awards at the Eistedfodd Gala Concert on Saturday night. These included Ruby-Rose Nguyen, Hamish Birch, Matilda Griffin, Stephanie Schapiro, Jackson Ainsworth, Elieahn Bradshaw, Julie De Clerq, Riley Rostenburg, Min Sussens and Reese Dart. Congratulations to all our students that were involved, and thank you for representing St Luke's so well.

Darcy Tanzer

Cultural Captain

Primary Mother’s Day Stall

Thank you to all the parents that sent in money for their children to spend on the Mother’s Day stall.  We hope all our mothers had a wonderful day on Sunday and received their special gift from their children.

Primary Mother’s Day Morning

It was lovely to see all our special Mothers/Grandmothers/Nana’s and other special people in the children’s lives attend the Primary Mother’s Day morning last Friday.  It was so lovely to see all our Mums spending time with their child/ren in their classrooms.  We hope that our Mums enjoyed the Morning tea provided and cherished the time shared with their child/ren.

GRIP Leadership Conference for Year 6 Students

Our Year 6 students headed out on Monday as part of their leadership activities, to the GRIP Leadership Conference at the Bundaberg Multiplex Sports and Recreation Centre.  Students wrote on what they enjoyed most out of the day:-

I loved the GRIP Leadership Conference and would definitely do it again! It was fun and entertaining and definitely educated me on how to be a better leader. - Ellie Whiting


The GRIP Leadership Conference has helped me be and understand how to be a better leader. I think that it was fun and helpful. - Mia Sinclair


I learned that leadership isn't for attention. It was a great day playing games and it was so much fun. Meeting all the year six students from different schools and talking about what our schools have done to show leadership was very interesting. - Drew Woods


I found it quite a very inspiring experience. I just feel like grasping leadership's arms now, honestly. The sessions were fine, the activities in the booklet were good and the Loud Noises were great. It was great, overall. - Noah Cogan 

Bundaberg 10-12 year old Cross Country

Best of luck to our students competing at Avoca State School on Monday for the schools cross country who will be vying for a spot in the Bundaberg Schools Cross Country Team.

Active After School Activities/ After School Care/Stop, Drop and Go Zone

Just a friendly reminder to parents, that if your child/ren are participating in an Active After School Activity on Tuesday or Thursday afternoon and this would normally be their After School care afternoons, please make sure that you contact the Early Learning Centre to advise that they will not be required to be booked in.  We have had child/ren booked into After School care when they should be attending an After School Activity.  Also please remind your child/ren where they are to go each afternoon as we have numerous child/ren each day unsure of where they are to go after school has finished.  

In respect to the Stop, Drop and Go zone we are asking parents to please stagger your pick up time from this zone as there seems to be a bottleneck that builds up from 3.00pm to 3.10pm.  

The Stop, Drop and Go zones are supervised each afternoon until 3.30pm and then following this time, your child will be taken to the Early Learning Centre for after school care.

Please remember that if you require your child booked into After School care, this needs to be done every term (it does not carry across each term) by contacting the Early Learning Centre so that your child’s name can be on the list.  Please then let your child’s classroom teacher and/or your child know so that they can wait under the Primary Sails for their name to be called. Likewise, if you need to cancel your booking, please contact the Early Learning Centre to do so.

Woolworths Junior Landcare Grant

We’ve been successful with our application for a 2021 Woolworths Junior Landcare Grant for our project, Vegepod edible garden and learning about bees and how they help the environment.

Our Eco Champions began this project last year and the Agriculture students working with Mr Cathcart have taken on the gardening aspect. They are learning about sustainability and how to best cater for the needs of the crops they are planting.

Through this the Eco Champions are investigating composting and waste management processes. The Year 4 students will be having a guest speaker talk to them about how bees are helping with macadamia farming.

St Luke’s Anglican School is one of 1,609 primary schools and early learning centres throughout Australia receiving a Woolworths Junior Landcare grant to help grow our next generation of environmental champions. 

The grants are being funded with a 10c contribution from each sale of the Woolworths Bag for Good at full price, which was launched in 2018 when Woolworths went single-use plastic bag free.

The children and teachers are looking forward to working and learning from this project and we’ll keep you updated on the results.

Kind regards,

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

St Luke's Netball

With more than a term of training under our belts, our St Luke’s netball teams are looking forward to their upcoming competitions. This year, we have four teams competing at the Wide Bay North Vicki Wilson Regional Competition; Vicki Wilson Cup team, Vicki Wilson Shield team and two Open boys teams. The teams compete on Monday May 30 at the Bundaberg Netball Association courts. We then power through our final preparations for our 2022 QISSN campaign where for the first time we are sending a boys QISSN side along with our girls. The QISSN carnival is being held in Mackay June 26 to July 1. Our teams have had dedicated fitness and netball skills training sessions and have enjoyed game play between all teams. Please congratulate the following students on their selection and commitment to training.


Coach Mrs Hansen

Jasmine Gill

Isabella Gill

Lara-Jane Hancock

Chika Hibbert

Ella McLucas

McKenzie Kersnovske

Alice Prichard

Shanae Oosthuizen

Portia Hancock

Dakota Carrol

Josie Clarke

QISSN Boys -

Coach Miss Hansen

Ben Rudd

Harrison Baldwin

Oliver Baldwin

Joey Vella

Harry Nasso

Finlay Bath

Mitchell Mulford-McCullum

Fletcher Stone

Campbell Baldwin

Ryan Royall

Vicki Wilson Cup -

Coach Mrs Hansen

Jasmine Gill

Isabella Gill

Lara-Jane Hancock

Chika Hibbert

Ella McLucas

McKenzie Kersnovske

Alice Prichard

Shanae Oosthuizen

Dakota Carrol

Josie Clarke

Vicki Wilson Shield - Coach Miss Batt

Portia Hancock

Abby Stevens

Evella McKay

Madison Wick

Anneliese Taylor

Lily Mitchell

Lily Denham

Tamara Oosthuizen

Ali Kersnovske

Vicki Wilson Open Boys Blue - Coach Miss Hansen

Devon Van Rooyen

Ben Rudd (injured)

Harrison Baldwin

Oliver Baldwin

Joey Vella

Harry Nasso

Finlay Bath

Mitchell Mulford-McCullum

Fletcher Stone

Ryan Royall

Vicki Wilson Open Boys Green - Coach Mr Parsons

Campbell Baldwin

Connor Van Rooyen

Corey Stevens

Harrison Lanzon

Clinton Nguyen

Aeddan White

Chris Rudd

Oliver Wendt

Harry Simpson

Frajo Chelappadan (injured)

We are extremely grateful for the following businesses who have supported our teams traveling to Mackay through their generous sponsorship:   

Auswide Bank

Jet Cold Stores

Ambrose Haulage

Alloway Macadamias

Prichard Farms

Yours in netball,

Kellie Hansen

Coordinator of Netball

BDSSS Cross Country

Congratulations to our St Luke's teams and athletes who competed in the recent BDSSS Cross Country events.

Firstly, our 33 teams were successful in defending our BDSSS Teams Cross Country Shield at this event hosted at St Luke's. This event takes place in a relay format, where each of the three team members need to run a 2km course. We are very proud of the fact that we were able to continue the proud St Luke's tradition to get 100 students to represent the School in this event. Well done team.

This week our top athletes in each age division represented the School at the BDSSS Individual Cross Country Carnival in Gin-Gin. Congratulations to our Senior runners who won the Champion Senior School Shield and the Juniors who came 2nd in their division. St Luke's also won the Percentage Trophy, which stayed in our possession since 1999.

Congratulations to the following students who got Age Champions in their respective age groups:

  1. Chris Rudd - 15yr Boys
  2. Lily Vella - 15yr Girls
  3. Maya McCrystal- 16yr Girls
  4. Dehan Pretorius - Multi-Class

Twenty three of our St Luke's athletes have been selected into the Bundaberg Schools team and will represent our District at the Wide Bay Schools Regional trials on 31 May in Gympie.


St Luke's wishes to advise you about the Queensland Academy of Sport’s state-wide talent identification opportunity that could potentially see students on a pathway to the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Brisbane.

This program, called Youfor2032 is designed to unearth the next generation of elite Queensland athletes who have the potential to win on the world stage, including the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

There are up to 15 Olympic and 8 Paralympic sports looking to match their best coaches with Queensland’s best talent. It doesn’t matter if students have experience in any of these sports, as athletic ability, coupled with a great attitude and supportive parents or guardians are the key ingredients needed to excel in this program.

Those successful in being selected for Youfor2032 will receive expert training, coaching and development support, from State and National Sporting Organisations, as well as the QAS.

This could be the first step in an incredible journey for our students.

Visit the program website by clicking here for more information.

Queensland Rowing Pathways Squad

Congratulations to Queensland School Boys Pathways Team rower, Sam Klotz and Queensland School Girls Pathways Team rowers, Asia Heaps and Sienna Clark for their thrilling rowing performance in Canberra. All three students rowed with their 8's teams, up against the best of other States of Australia.

And if that was impressive enough, all three made it to their respective final, effectively putting two Queensland teams in the finals for the event - the only State to do so.

Overall, Sam's team placed 5th on the day, while Sienna's team also placed 5th, with Asia's team finishing 4th.

Thank you to our 2022 Rowing Social Media Sponsor, Bundaberg Concrete Casters.

T20 Cricket Champions

Recently, Mr Brendan Handley and his Intermediate (Years 7-9) Cricketers represented the Bundaberg District in the QLD Schools Streetsmart T20 Competition in the Regional Finals. They ended up beating tough competition in Nanango State High School and Maryborough State High School to be crowned Wide Bay Champions.

The team will now represent Wide Bay in the Area Final next term.

Sporting Representatives

Congratulations to our 2022 Sports Representatives. Please click here for the full list.

Len Kirchner

Director of Co-curricular (Sport)

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

Don’t Forget To Book Your Tickets For The Crucible!

Final performances tonight and tomorrow night. Booking link:

Performance Dates:

Thursday 12, Friday 13, Saturday 14 May 2022 - 6.30 PM

Director's Note 

The Crucible is traditionally known for its depiction of the Salem Witch Trials, and shows particularly how stoic, proud men can be waylaid by manipulative and sly young women. In 2022, in the age of equality, #MeToo and the frustrations around the powerful untouchables, we no longer subscribe to this version of the story. In fact, we think it's quite the opposite. 

Looking from the perspective that the 'hero' John Proctor is in truth a grown man who took advantage of a young woman, this version of the story highlights a road to revolution, which in turn topples the traditionally patriarchal society. Through the use of physical theatre styles, including Viewpoints, the script has been stripped back, to focus on the key moments of our story. And that's just what it's become - our story. Not Abigail's, or Elizabeth's, or even Proctor's. Because this story, this revolution, could belong to any of us. 

Mrs Tasha Romeo (Director of The Crucible)

Bundaberg Eisteddfod

Last week was a very busy week for some of our Performing Arts students. CQ University came alive with a week of Music, Vocal and Drama solo, duet and small group performances. Thank you to the wonderful committee of Eisteddfod volunteers who gave up their time so that students from all over the region could perform. The eisteddfod gives students the opportunity to showcase their talents and build performance confidence while fine tuning their technical skills. 

Congratulations to all students! Whether you were placed or not, the benefits of performing are numerous and another stepping stone towards your personal growth. I think all involved will agree that although it was a tiring week, it was lots of fun!


Be the star (Music) - Ruby-Rose Nguyen

Be the future (Speech and Drama) - Matilda Griffin




Senior Encouragement - Stephanie Schapiro


Battle of the Bands - The Flying Jimi’s - Min Sussens, member of this group

Junior Encouragement, Brass - Riley Roestenburg

Senior Encouragement, Brass - Jackson Ainsworth

Junior Encouragement, Piano - Elieahn Bradshaw

Senior Encouragement, Piano - Julie De Clercq

Junior Encouragement, Drumkit - Hamish Birch

Senior Encouragement, Vocal - Reese Dart

Miss Sarah Ferguson

Director of Co-curricular (Cultural)

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

Senior blazers are now in stock.

Senior jerseys

We still have a number of senior jerseys to be collected from the uniform shop. The total price is $97.00 so if you have paid your deposit the amount owing is $47.00.

Winter stock

Our jumpers for Primary, Middle and Senior School have arrived and are now available.

Online Ordering

Online ordering is available from the school shop.  Orders can be placed via Flexischools  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

Scholastic Book Fair

Thank you for your overwhelming support of our Scholastic Book Fair! Students enjoyed browsing a beautiful selection of books, posters, and stationery. With rewards points earned from the fair, we have been able to purchase many new resources for our library collection.

Colouring competition

Congratulations to all who participated in our ‘Dive into reading’ colouring competition. Here are some of the beautiful entries. Winners and runners up were awarded with prizes from the book fair.

Kind regards,

Sarah Simpson

Learning Hub Manager

Business Matters
A Message from St Luke's Anglican School

Launch of New School App

St Luke’s is excited to announce the launch of an all-new version of the school app for P-12 parents. This is the first time in 4 years that an update to the app has occurred, and is an important one, as integration of Parent Lounge features have been implemented. This updated app will be available from Monday, May 16. 

These changes will allow you, the user, to complete common tasks within the app, making the school app a stronger communication point for busy parents, and with the additional goal of reducing our homebound email communication.

With the redesign, there are a number of exciting new features which will allow St Luke’s to:

  • Provide more targeted correspondence to parents, in-app. 
  • Access to events and payments in-app approvals.
  • Daily notices
  • School calendar
  • Ediary for student timetables
  • Absentee submission
  • Academic reports
  • Update medical and address details
  • Fees payments

For parents of St Luke’s, here are the key next steps:

  1. Update or install the St Luke’s School App via either: 
    1. Apple App Store
    2. Google Play
  2. Sign in to the app using your St Luke’s parent account credentials
  3. Review your app notification subscriptions 

Located here is a step-by-step instructional video of the installation and update process.

St Luke’s also encourages you to watch this short (4.5 mins) demonstration video of the key features which will also serve as a refresher for those already familiar with the app.

St Luke’s is also already working on the next update to integrate Clipboard into the school app, which is the extracurricular management system used for team sports in Years 4-12.

Here at St Luke’s, we are excited about the improvements this will provide for our school's parents.

Kind Regards

Shane Hannant

Director of ICT

School Fees

All school fee accounts for term 2 have been emailed out to families and are due for payment by Thursday 19 May 2022. Family statements can also be viewed on the Parent Portal under Accounts and Payments.

Where applicable, music tuition and instrument hire charges appear twice on the statement and are for terms 1 and 2.  Music tuition and instrument hire fees were not charged on the term 1 accounts.

Overdue accounts will be considered acceptable if a regular payment arrangement is in place and is being honoured, otherwise a $20 per month Administration Levy Late Fee is applicable.

The School has a variety of payment methods available for your convenience. Please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Susan Browne on 4132 7536 if you would like to set up a payment plan or have any queries regarding your account.

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.

Bus Fare Assistance

Online applications for the Non State Schools Transport Assistance Scheme and the Students with Disabilities Scheme will be accepted from 1 May until 31 May 2021 directly via the website -

Please note: The School will process all applications on behalf of families using the Scifleet Bus.

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