St Luke's Way Newsletter - 07.06.24

Welcome to the final St Luke's Way Newsletter for Term 2, 2024. Following, you'll find newsletter articles from St Luke's Principal, Matthew Hughes, as well as all main areas of the School. Please open your newsletter article of choice by clicking on the options below.

From the Principal
A Message from Principal, Matthew Hughes

Reflecting on Progress

Semester 1 report cards will be made available to parents on the last day of the Semester, Friday 14 June. It can sometimes be tempting for parents to quickly review results, check if they meet your expectations and then move on. However, the final grade at the end of each semester is such a small part of your child’s educational journey. Teachers at St Luke’s put considerable time and effort into the semester reports for Primary, or the continuous reporting comments in Learning Analytics in Middle and Senior, and do this to provide information on the progress of each individual student. I encourage all parents to read the teacher comments and take the time to sit with their children to celebrate success, reflect on improvement and consider what comes next. Time and time again research indicates that one of the most significant contributors to growth is seeking and then acting on feedback.

A Visit From Mr J

Past staff member Mr Nick Johnstone visited the School earlier this week. Mr Johnstone is the Principal of Bishop Druitt College in Coffs Harbour and visited Bundaberg while on his sabbatical. Mr Johnstone was part of the original group of people who planned St Luke’s before there was even a school, and over 21 years he served in a number of positions since foundation. Our Year 10 - 12 students who attended Pre-Prep at St Luke’s may remember being taught by his wife, Nora, in our ELC. I invited Mr Johnstone to speak with our Middle and Senior School at assembly, where he spoke about the origins of St Luke’s, what the founders wanted for our community, and The St Luke’s Way. Probably one of the most important things Mr Johnstone said, at least from my perspective, was that while we can try to describe The St Luke’s Way, it is more of a feeling, something you experience, or as Darryl Kerrigan from “The Castle” would say, it’s the vibe. Mr Johnstone described a number of ways students can contribute to the vibe and encouraged them to do so.

Staff Movements

As the semester draws to a close I would like to update parents on some staff movements.

  • Mrs Sarah Lawson, assistant to the Heads of School, will retire after 17 years of service at St Luke’s. We wish Mrs Lawson all the very best for the years ahead, and welcome Mrs Leesa Hughes to St Luke’s as the new assistant.

  • Mrs Christa Stone will be taking well-deserved long service leave for Semester 2 and will be replaced by Miss Alexandra Anderson, who is well known to most parents.

  • Mrs Megan Warren will enjoy a period of long service leave throughout Semester 2 and will be replaced by Mr Tim Bird who has worked at St Luke’s since the start of the year. Mr Mitch Smith will assume Mrs Warren’s role as Head of Browning House.

  • Mrs Catherine Donaldson will be taking long service leave for eight weeks. Mrs Bree Kafusi will assume the role of Director of the Early Learning Centre in Mrs Donaldson’s absence.

  • Mr Ben Goodchap and Mrs Helen Goodchap will also take a period of long service leave for the first four weeks of Term 3 and will be replaced by Mr Thomas O’Shea and Mr Steven Pulbrook.

  • Mr Len Kirchner returns from his long service leave. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr Dwayne McKay for the excellent job he has done in Mr Kirchner’s place.

Thank you for your ongoing support of our School.

Mr Matthew Hughes


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

Little Green Thumbs

Following on from our Junior children’s interest in gardening, we explored the life cycle of a plant. Together they viewed an interactive educational video and discussed how to care for plants and what they need to survive. Each child then crafted their very own planter box with recycled materials and carefully planted seeds. Through gardening, children engage all of their senses and become socially responsible and respectful of their environment.

Karaoke Time!

This week Pre-Kindy friends enjoyed participating in singing Karaoke. Children paired up and took to the ‘stage’ to express themselves through lyrics, rhythm and melody. Singing builds self-confidence, promotes self-esteem and social inclusion and is a great way for kids to let off extra energy.

Ruiz Football Academy

Each Monday, Mr Alberto from the Ruiz Football Academy visits our Kindy children for a morning session of learning soccer skills. Children engage in fun drills and games that incorporate footwork skills like dribbling the ball, kicking goals and dodging. This incursion encourages active play in children, builds agility and develops balance and coordination. This physical program is supported by Kindy Uplift funding and supports Kindy Educators to be more confident in providing physical outdoor activities for the children.

Vacation Care

A reminder that children who attend the ELC are enrolled to attend the Centre during the school's term time only. The last day for Term 2 is Friday 14 June. If you would like to book your child into the Vacation Care program over the upcoming school holidays, Monday 17 June - Friday 5 July, bookings can now be made via the OWNA app. Places are limited.

Warmest regards,

Mrs Catherine Donaldson

Director of Early Learning Centre

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

As we near the end of our nine-week term, our Interhouse Athletics Carnival is scheduled for Thursday and Friday next week. We want to remind everyone that we have a three-week break in June/July. We hope everyone enjoys a restful break and look forward to seeing everyone refreshed and back at school on Monday 8 July 2024.

Student reports will be published on Parent Lounge after 3.00 pm on Friday 14 June. We look forward to discussing your child's progress and how we can work together in Semester Two to help them continue their learning journey. Parent-teacher interviews will be held in Week 2 of Term 3. You will receive a letter next week with information on how to book a time with the teachers.

Year 1 Excursion to Alexandra Park Zoo

On Tuesday 4 June, Year 1 visited Alexandra Park Zoo to enhance their classroom learning about Australian animals and their habitats. The students had a great time playing at the park and enjoying a picnic morning tea. After the morning tea, they went on a guided tour of the zoo, where they learned about the animals and their needs. They particularly liked touching the snakes, a dingo, and an emu egg. Many were surprised by how cold the emu egg was. They were also thrilled to watch the quoll being fed and see its sharp teeth.

Here are some comments from our students:

“The best thing was to pat the dingo, it was soft. I liked patting the snake, it felt scaly. The fire truck was so fun at the park.” - Rijul

“I liked seeing the wallabies because I loved them hopping around. I loved the park because I played with Imogen and Lyla.” - Maci

Friday Afternoon School Sport - Under 10A Rugby League Grand Final

After a somewhat disjointed season with washouts and holiday disruptions, our U10 Rugby League team managed to pull the season together, regrouping to take out the Bundaberg Primary School Rugby League Grand Final, 26-12.

After a close first half battling a gallant East State School team who were playing some good footy, our team worked very hard to finish stronger. For many of our team, it was their first season playing Rugby League and they were excited to be a part of such a great atmosphere.

Coaches Russo and Murnane agreed that the defensive effort was most pleasing, giving high praise to many of the smaller players, who showed great technique and determination. Some scintillating, try-saving tackles were certainly a highlight.

Thank you to all the staff and parents who came along and created a very supportive atmosphere for what was an amazing game.

Congratulations team!

Year 5/6 Primary Readers Cup

Our Year 5 and 6 teams competed at the Wide Bay Readers Cup Competition at Xavier Catholic College in Hervey Bay on Thursday. Super readers from across the district worked collaboratively to try and take out the top prize of Wide Bay champion readers. Our St Luke’s teams performed very well, and despite not receiving a medal this year, they have much to be proud of. We congratulate them on their teamwork, enthusiasm, and passion for reading.

A special thanks goes to Mrs Mattiazzi for filling in for Mrs Hills on the competition day, and to Mr Roestenburg for once again safely driving our teams to Hervey Bay.

Congratulations to the following students:

Year 5 team members - Ben, Harper, Alistair, Nabeeha, Olivia

Year 6 team - Dan, Jaxx, Hayden, Callum, Indigo

Sno Cone Sales - Next Thursday and Friday

Our Interact Club will be selling sno cones on the Back Oval next Thursday and Friday for the Athletics Carnival. These sno cones will be available for our 9 year old students through to our 12 year old students who will be competing in group rotations for the Athletics Carnival. The cost of the sno cones will be $2.50.

Turtle Cafe Orders

If you forget to place your child’s tuckshop order via the Flexischools App, please contact the Primary Office, and we can order it for your child.

No Parking Allowed on Meilene Grounds

As previously communicated, we kindly request that families refrain from parking on the Meilene land near our Lower Primary Carpark.

There have been a couple of near misses with young students having to dart across the carpark and clamber over the railings alongside the road. There is no crossing in this area, and we would be devastated if there was an accident. We have received several reports from parents who have expressed concern over the scary situations they have found themselves in.

For everyone's safety, please do not park in this area. Instead, please use the car parks allocated near the Lower Primary entrance, next to the Tennis Courts, or delay your arrival when more spaces become available.

Janiru chosen to represent Queensland in Table Tennis

We would like to congratulate Janiru in Year 6 who has been selected to represent Queensland in the Under 13 Boys Table Tennis team at the National tournament in Perth next month. Best of luck Janiru. We will be looking forward to hearing all about your experience.

Kind regards,

Ms Tonia Lassman

Head of Primary School

From the Middle School
A Message from Head of Middle School, Mark Fancourt

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,

Mr Mark Fancourt

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 Mark Fancourt 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.

As a registered Happy Families School, St Luke's has access to a range of parenting resources created by author and parenting expert, Dr Justin Coulson. In the latest Happy Families Newsletter, Dr Coulson shares his perspective and useful tips on how to manage your child's use of technology. To read his article, Technology Giants & Our Kids, please click here. 

Kind regards,

Ms Robyn Deer

Head of Senior School

From the Chaplain
A Message from the Chaplain, Reverend Erika Williams

There is no update this fortnight from the Chaplain.

Reverend Erika Williams


From Sport
A Message from the Acting Director of Co-curricular (Sport), Dwayne McKay

Representative Selections for 2024.

Congratulations to our Sports Representatives for 2024. To view the full list of students, please click here.

Mr Dwayne McKay

Acting Director of Co-curricular (Sport)

From Performing Arts
A Message from the Director of Co-curricular (Cultural), Nicole Strohfeldt

There is no update this fortnight from the Director of Co-curricular (Cultural). 

Mrs Nicole Strohfeldt

Director of Co-curricular (Culture)

From Student Careers
A Message from Academic Welfare & Careers

CQU Information Night

Start planning for post Year 12. Join CQU’s Year 12s, Parents, and Supporters Webinar which talks through what options students can pursue after Year 12 and making a career choice. Parents and students will also learn where to look for information on courses, entry requirements as well as detailed information about how to apply

Date: Thursday 13 June

Time: 4.00 pm - 5.00 pm

Location: Online

Cost: Free

Register your interest here.

Ms Robyn Deer

Head of Senior School

From the Turtle Café

A Message from our Turtle Café Convenor, Kylie Johnson

Flexischools Orders

Just a reminder that the cut-off time for Flexischools orders is 9.00 am each morning. If you have placed an order prior to this time and, for some reason, your child is going to be absent, you can cancel your order on Flexischools online before the daily cut-off time.

You can view our current Turtle Cafe menu here.

Yours in Nutrition,

Mrs Kylie Johnson

Turtle Café Convenor

From the Uniform Shop
A Message from the Supervisor of Uniform Shop, Fiona McCartney

Shop Hours

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 7.45 am to 11.00 am and 2.30 pm to 3.30 pm (with the exception of Public Holidays).

Please note the Uniform Shop will be closed next week on Thursday 13 June for the Athletics Carnival.

Shop Hours - Holiday Periods

  • June/July School Holidays - CLOSED Monday 17 June - Thursday 4 July
  • September School Holidays - CLOSED Monday 17 September - Thursday 26 September
  • Last Day of School - CLOSED Thursday 28 November
  • Christmas School Holidays - CLOSED from Monday 9 December

The Uniform Shop will reopen on Monday 13 January 2025 at the following times:

  • Monday 13 January to Friday 17 January - 7.45 am to 3.30 pm every day (Bookings only)
  • Monday 20 January to Friday 24 January - 7.45 am to 3.30 pm every day

Normal Term time opening hours resume on Monday 27 January 2025.

Items Back in Stock

We now have the new grey crew socks for boys in Middle and Senior School available in all sizes. They come in a double pack and are $18.00. Girls' studs, sleepers and 6mm pearl earrings, and ELC polo shirts are also in stock.

Winter Items in Store

    • Winter jackets in sizes 2 – 6XL (Primary, Middle and Senior school – both Formal and Sport uniforms)
    • New track pants to match the above jacket – sizes 2-6XL (all students – Sport uniform only)
    • Primary elastic waist long pull up pants (Day uniform)
    • Girls' tights (Primary Day uniform)
    • Stockings (Middle and Senior Girls)
    • Interschool Sports jacket (for Sports days only in Years 4 – 12)
    • Girls' long pants (Middle and Senior Formal uniform)
    • Boys' navy trousers (Middle and Senior Formal uniform)
    • Navy blue knit scarf

Second-Hand Donations

All donations of second-hand uniforms are gratefully accepted and can be dropped off either at the Secondhand Shop or the Uniform Shop.

Online Ordering  

    Online ordering from the Uniform Shop is available and can be placed via Flexischools. To find out more information, please click here.

    Mrs Fiona McCartney

    Shop Supervisor

    From the Learning Hub
    A Message from the Learning Hub

    There is no update this fortnight from the Learning Hub.

    Ms Sarah Simpson

    Learning Hub Manager

    Business Matters
    A Message from St Luke's Anglican School

    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.