St Luke's Way Newsletter - 17.09.21

Welcome to the last St Luke's Way Newsletter for Term 3. 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

Thank You

Term 3 has proven to be another busy and successful term in the life of the School. I am constantly amazed at the different events, activities, and experiences that can be packed into 10 weeks! Thank you to the staff, students, and parents involved in making the recent Cultural Celebration Evening and Sports Dinner such successful events. I am consistently impressed with the breadth and depth of talent and ability of our students. 

The next term promises to be an equally busy and exciting term with the Ladies Afternoon Tea (Saturday 9 October), Foundation Day (Monday 18 October), and Awards Evening (Tuesday 19 October) at the start of the term.

Our Year 12 students have ticked off important milestones with the completion of their school-based assessment and mock external exams. They will only have two and a half weeks of next term before the schedule of external exams starts. I encourage our Year 12 students, indeed all our students to take time over the break to catch up on sleep, eat healthily, enjoy consistent exercise, be with friends and family and spend some time in quiet reflection.  

It is an honour for St Luke’s to be acknowledged by the Courier-Mail as one of Queensland’s leading regional schools in a recent article. Such an acknowledgement is due to the dedication and professionalism of all our staff over many years. St Luke’s is more than just academic results though. We engage our students from Junior through to Yr 12 each and every day in a broad holistic Christian education. We are blessed to have great facilities on a beautiful campus and such dedicated staff across all areas of our school. 

Thank you to all our staff, students, and families for your support this term and I wish all a safe, relaxing, and enjoyable break over the holiday period. 

Craig Merritt


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

Pre-Preps were delighted with a visit by Mr. Merritt, our school Principal, who came along to read a story to the Pre-Preps. Mr. Merritt read two stories, "The Very Hungry Bear" and "How to Catch a Star".  The children listened very tentatively, and enjoyed replying to Mr Merritt’s questions about the stories. Visits and participation by School leaders establish a sense of belonging as the children feel very much part of our whole School community.

Junior friends have been exploring their ongoing interest in farm animals with this week’s focus being on ‘Cows’. Friends enjoyed creating sponge painting cows, building dairy farms with duplo blocks and ‘milking’ the cow. To extend further, children watched a short educational video clip about farm life and different food items that are made from milk.

Kindy children looked at the weather as part of our springing into spring. We added a conversation about the changing weather involving children in this process and asking them to voice their own ideas. Outside, Kindy children enjoyed balance beams, dress up corner and being creative in the sandpit (great team work).  Playing basketball and cycling hard on the bikes gives children the opportunity to development gross motor skills and spatial awareness.

As term 3 comes to an end, we would like to wish our families a safe and happy holiday and we look forward to welcoming you all back on Tuesday 5 October for the final term of 2021.

Catherine Donaldson

Director Early Learning Centre

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

We would like to wish all our St Luke’s community a very well-deserved break over the September holidays and look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday 5 October.

Year 3 Excursion

So you think you know all about Bundaberg? Year 3s are sure that there is so much more you could learn if you were to go on an excursion around the Bundaberg CBD. There are many historic buildings that we walk past often without knowing the stories behind them.

As an Anglican School, St Luke's is lucky that we are able to use our connections to have a good look inside Christ Church and admire its beautiful English Gothic architecture. A big thank you goes to Charlene Savage for showing us around.

Our main street walk included Buss Park, the School Of Arts building, the old National Australia Bank, the Moncrieff theatre, and the Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery. Whenever there is a show at the art gallery, we usually get invited inside during morning tea at the park next door, and we were able to see an indigenous art display.

You can't beat the St Luke's connections at the East Water Tower! The unofficial tower gatekeeper, John Gatley from John Gatley Building Designs right next door is always happy to tell us all he knows about the tower. This year, we were able to look inside the ground floor or the tower thanks to Mr Colin Warmington's Council connections. Not many people get to see inside it!

After a lengthy discussion about whether the Hummock is dormant or extinct and the reliability of the internet, we went to Mon Repos beach to learn that what looks like a bunch of rocks is actually an Aboriginal fish trap that has been in that particular spot for a very long time. We then inspected the South Sea Islander walls at Mon Repos before returning to St Luke's. This excursion is always both fun and educational, and we thank all our volunteers and helpers in the community who help to make it a glorious day of off-campus learning.

Year 5 Whale Watching

On Tuesday, Year 5 headed off whale watching. Unfortunately, the giants of the ocean didn’t want to spend much time talking or showing off to us; however, it was a lovely time spent together in the great outdoors as a Year 5 cohort. I thank all of those students who were unwell on the boat for their persistence and resilience - it was a day many of us may not forget quickly.

Jump Rope for Heart in 2021

I would like to take this opportunity to convey one last time my heartfelt and sincere thanks to all of our students and the wider St Luke’s community for the giant effort skipping and fundraising for the Jump Rope for Heart program this term. On Wednesday, all Student’s across our Primary School participated in our Jump Off Day. It was a huge success, and all of the students had a wonderful time jumping, skipping and laughing around all of the activities that were set up.

We have officially topped last year's efforts, and have managed to crack the elusive $20,000.00 mark!! I am unsure what our final fundraising total is, but it will be published on our School facebook page as soon as it is confirmed. All  money raised will go towards vital heart research and programs run by the Heart Foundation. The program was extremely well received again by our students and community, and we have an incredible amount of hours logged on our School’s skipping page. 

I have absolutely loved seeing so many smiling faces skipping out in the playground, under the Primary sails and in our LOHSE centre. The prizes and certificates that our student’s earned during the program have now  been ordered, and I expect delivery sometime in mid Term 4. Our program and fundraising efforts for 2021 have officially concluded. Thank you again for your support of this program, and I would love to see it so heavily supported again in 2022. 

Kindest Regards,

Hayley Russo

Wide Bay All Schools Touch Football

We would like to wish our Year 5 and 6 students the best of luck at the Wide Bay Primary All Schools Touch Competition to be held at the Touch Fields on Friday.  Play with the St Luke’s Spirit, show great sportsmanship and most importantly have fun.

Date Claimers

  • 5 October Start of Term 4 
  •  20-22 October Year 4 Camp - Boulder Creek

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

Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.

(Mark 9:35)

The Anglican Church welcomes people who are Baptized and wish to explore the possibility of receiving the sacrament of Holy Communion. Holy Communion is the sharing of the Bread and Wine Jesus gave us.

During Terms 2 and 3 of this year as part of their studies in Ethics and Faith, all the students in Year 5 and 6 have completed an ‘Admission to Holy Communion’ course. This study involved an investigation of various questions, such as: Why do you think God made the world? How are we like God? Are we living on earth the way God wants us to do? Does God have a plan for the world?

We explored the life of Jesus and discovered that he came to teach us that God loves us and wants us to love him and others in return. He came also to heal, to serve and to give himself for us. In doing these, he asks us to be obedient to him and to be his friend.

From there we examined the sacrament of Baptism, the reasons behind Baptism, why we get Baptized and what it means for our life. Following that we explored the sacrament of Holy Communion, what it is and what it means to someone receiving it.

Now we are ready to admit those who have requested Holy Communion. As soon as the Chapel is ready to be used once more, following its recent relocation, we will set a date and time for these admissions to take place. Thank you so much for your patience with this.

With every blessing,

Fr Iain Furby


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

BDSSS Winter Sport Finals Day

On Tuesday, our St Luke's Year 11/12 Boys Division took on Shalom on their home deck in the finals of the BDSSS Basketball Competition. As the clock ticked down and buzzer sounded, the final score was 39-23, St Luke's way.

Congratulations to the boys and to Team Manager, Nicole Frisby for the premiership win, and to runners up, Shalom, for putting up a tough, low-scoring and challenging game. 

Congratulations also to our Year 11/12 Boys Football and our Table Tennis Teams who finished as Runners-up.

Wide Bay Aquathlon/Triathlon trials 2022

Click here for Aquathlon and Triathlon Trails Bulletin


Click here for 2021 Sports Representatives

Notice to St Luke's Rowing Families and Community

Dear Rowing Parents/Guardians & Coaches,

This email is to notify you about our inaugural Rowing Support Group Meeting on Monday 25 October at 6:00pm in the St Luke's Lecture Theatre.

  • Please click here for the Rowing Support Group Guidelines
  • Please click here for the Committee Members Nomination Forms

Len Kirchner

Director of Co-curricular (Sport)

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

Cultural Celebration

All I wanted to do on the way home from the Cultural Celebration Evening was sing ‘Oh what a beautiful morning/evening’ from the musical ‘South Pacific’. It was a huge day and I think everyone who was involved was quite tired on Friday but hopefully we have all recovered now. We have been inundated with so many kind words from parents, staff and students. It was truly wonderful to be back on stage doing what we love the most; performing. It has been an interesting few years, but finally we feel like there is some level of normality returning to our lives. We are truly blessed. 

A huge thanks must go to our parents, students and staff who make this whole event possible. As we were rehearsing on Thursday I couldn’t help but think about this whole day as being a well oiled machine with over 500 little tiny pieces. And the success of the day is reliant on each of those pieces doing their bit. From the parents making sure that their child is at school at the right time, in the right uniform; to the students that make sure they get on the right bus, with their instrument and music; to the property staff who load and transport all of the equipment to and from the Moncrieff and the teachers who all have their specific roles for the day;crowd control, making sure the right band is side stage at the right time; that the chairs and stands are in the right formation for the right group and navigating sound, lighting and visual cues. It is definitely not a one man show. So thankyou for the incredible teamwork that made this evening the success that it was. 

A Message from one of our Middle School Cultural Leaders - Poppy Derbyshire

Many of you have probably heard of the ‘Mini Eisteddfod’ that was held on 28 July; in fact, hundreds of students at St Luke’s even participated in it! The day began in the morning for the young and talented Junior Strings, led by Miss Sarah Ferguson; Junior Singers, led by Mrs Angela Jones, and the Junior Concert Band, led by Mr Robert Rotar. And the day kept getting busier! After the solo sections, which starred many incredibly talented St Lukes’ students, came the senior ensembles. This starred St Luke’s Senior Orchestra, Senior Concert Band, Locav Elbmesne, Stage Band, and Senior String Ensemble. 

When asked what was important to them about the Eisteddfod, cultural student Darcy Tanzer mused that “The beauty of the Bundaberg Eisteddfod is that it gives us a chance to show our peers in the area what we're made of! The St Luke's community has so much to be proud of when it comes to our Performing Arts Program, so it is just such a privilege to share it with the wider community.”

Klaire Hodgetts also agrees: “It's a great opportunity, being able to perform and to feel nervous whilst knowing you are backed up by your band mates. It's good practice for exams and things like that. Even with there being such a small turnout it was good to get out there, seeing the other schools, feeling like one big school community. I really missed that over lockdown.”

That’s something everyone agreed on: Darcy noted that “Although it's been different to past years, it just felt so great to come together and make some beautiful music with each other.” 

One of the major changes from the regular Eisteddfod was the fact that it was non-competitive, which most agreed made the whole event more calm, carefree and less stressful. Of course, this event wasn’t only the first performance opportunity for many this year, but allowed the students to improve their skills, as groups and solo artists! This was through comments and suggestions from this year’s adjudicator, who had much praise and helpful suggestions for our ensembles. 

Without the organisers, many of which were St Luke’s teachers, we could not have done this event. Looking forward to next year’s Eisteddfod.

Date Claimer: 

Performing Arts Photos - Term 4, Week 1. Thursday 7 and Friday 8 October

A detailed letter has been emailed home this week.

Miss Sarah Ferguson

Director of Co-curricular (Cultural)

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

There is no newsletter update this fortnight from Academic Welfare & Careers. 

Kane Kersnovske

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

2022 Uniform Fittings for students going into Prep, Year 4, Year 7 and Year 10

Each year our uniform orders must be placed with our manufacturers by September to guarantee delivery before the start of the new school year. The orders we place are determined by the fittings we do in Term 3, so it is important your uniform order has been included to guarantee we have sufficient stock for your requirements. This is particularly important during the Pandemic as supply lines can be interrupted without notice.

If your child is currently in Pre-preparatory, Years 3, 6 or 9, you will need to make an appointment at the School Shop for a uniform fitting during Term 3 as these year levels have changes to their uniforms next year. We are aware that your child may have a growth spurt; however, we do make allowances for this.

Preparatory students wear the Primary School uniform. Year 4 students add the School sport shirt, School sport shorts and PE bag to their uniform. Year 7 students wear the Middle School uniform, and Year 10 students wear the Senior School uniform.

Please be aware that the year 7 girls will be going into a new uniform for 2022 so the Middle School dress is no longer part of the year 7 girls uniform. The dress remains the uniform for years 8 and 9 for 2022 and 2023 however; the years 8 and 9 girls will have the option to change over to the new uniform if stock permits. 

We do have a layby scheme available; please let us know if you would like to take advantage of this service.  Payments for uniform orders are to be paid on pick up of your order in late November to January. 

Please contact us on 41327535 to make an appointment or go to our website, click on Enrolments, go to Uniform shop and scroll down to the ‘Make A Booking Now’ tab and choose which year level you would like to.

Visiting the uniform shop

Parents are welcome to visit the School uniform shop however, we ask that you park in the carpark near main Reception so you have a more direct route to the uniform shop. We ask that you follow the safe distancing guidelines while in the shop, the number of customers may be limited during peak trading times. Hand sanitiser is available at the entrance to the shop and on the counter.

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

Notice: Enrolment Termination
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.

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