St Luke's Way Newsletter - 16.02.24

Welcome to the second St Luke's Way Newsletter for Term 1, 2024. Following, you'll find newsletter articles from St Luke's Principal, Matthew Hughes, as well as all main areas of the School, and learning and development. Please open your newsletter article of choice by clicking on the options below.

From the Principal
A Message from Principal, Matthew Hughes


Leadership

Earlier this week, the School held its annual Celebration of Leadership, where we formally inducted our Year 6, 9 and 12 leaders into their positions, in addition to presenting the Prep, Year 6 and Year 12 students with their badges. At this service, a relatively small number of students receive their badges of office and make commitments to the student body about their roles as formal, elected leaders. However, I also spoke with all the Year 6, 9 and 12 students about their natural roles as leaders of the School. The reality is that students in the younger years look to these students as leaders of the respective subschools just because they are older and bigger. The example they set, in the thousands of interactions they have on an everyday basis, helps set the tone for students at St Luke’s.

I also spoke to the assembled student body about the type of leadership that we encourage, that of servant leadership. The characteristics of servant leadership have been known for millennia, though an author by the name of Robert K Greenleaf is credited as articulating what it means to be a servant leader. He said:

The servant leader is a servant first. It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead. That person is sharply different from one who is a leader first.

Jesus is a great example of a servant leader. He was selfless and served the needs of others before himself. Having a servant heart is my most fervent encouragement for anyone who would like to practice leadership at St Luke’s, and the fact is that anyone can practice this. Leadership is not reserved for special people, but in serving others, we may be able to be part of something special.



Heads Retreat

Once a year the Bishops and Archbishop invite the Principals of Queensland’s Anglican Schools to a retreat. It is a time of reflection, sharing of practice, and planning for the future. The theme for this year’s retreat is Flourishing Together, and the Principals have been asked to consider what flourishing looks like within their schools. It is a great question, with a complex answer, but it made me wonder what parents and students would consider flourishing to look like. I’ve resolved to ask as many parents and students as I can over the coming weeks. So, in case you bump into me around the campus, perhaps you could consider what you think a flourishing school might look like.

Thank you for your ongoing support of our school.

Mr Matthew Hughes

Principal

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


All About Me - Kindy

This week, Kindy children have been getting to know one another through ‘All About Me’ show and sharing and 'How My Family Says Hello' in different languages. These experiences are a great way to foster each child's sense of self and belonging and allow children to learn more about themselves as they share their interests and abilities with their peers. We also took a look at the Chinese New Year and explored the cultural celebrations associated with this special occasion and participated in a very exciting colour wheel experiment.


Healthy Hygiene - Pre-Kindy

Our Pre-Kindy friends have been learning about how healthy hygiene is the way we care for our bodies, which includes many daily routines, such as washing hands, brushing teeth, and bathing. Through an interactive group experience, children discovered how germs are transferred from our hands and understood why hand washing is very important in preventing illnesses.


Mini Chefs - Junior

In recognition of World Pizza Day on February 9, Junior friends donned chef hats and aprons to prepare the yummiest pizza ever! Choosing from a selection of fresh ingredients, such as mushrooms, capsicum and pineapple, friends created their own special pizza. The highlight, of course, was enjoying the final result, which left a satisfied smile on many faces.





Warmest regards,

Mrs Catherine Donaldson

Director of Early Learning Centre

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


Outback Tour

Parents of students in Years 5 and 6 were sent a letter this week regarding our Outback Tour, which will be held from Monday 17 June to Friday 22 June. There are only 40 places available for this tour. The first payment is due on Friday 8 March. Should your child be interested in this trip, we ask that you please log onto the Parent Portal to give permission for your child to attend and pay the first instalment.

Celebration of Leadership

On Tuesday this week, our Primary School students attended the Celebration of Leaders Service which was held in the Performance Centre to recognise the leaders in our school. Our Year 3 to Year 6 students voted for our Year 6 House, Chapel, Service, Cultural and Sports Leaders for this year. At this service, our Prep students were presented with their Prep badge in recognition of beginning their first formal year of schooling by the Year 12 students. Our Year 6 students were presented with their Year 6 badge in recognition of their final year of Primary School by the Prep students. Our House, Chapel, Service, Cultural and Sports leaders for 2024 are as follows:-

Browning House Leaders: Laura B and Eli M

Hoog House Leaders: Emma R and Dan H

Morris House Leaders: Matilda W and Dominic R

Noble House Leaders: Maddison C and Janiru H

Chapel Leaders: Zahli G and Hayden M (Semester 1) and Pippa B and Xavier N (Semester 2)

Sports Leaders: Florence M and Renesh G

Service Leaders: Summer R and Callum W

Cultural Leaders: Freya B and Matthew J

We congratulate these students on obtaining a leadership position.


Prep to Year 2 Swimming and Years 3 to 6 Swimming Program

Our Prep to Year 2 Swimming Program will start today and continue each Friday until 22 March 2024.

On Friday 20 February, our Year 4 students will attend the pool; our Year 5 students will start swimming on 27 February; Year 6 students will attend the pool on 5 March; and Year 3 students will attend on 12 March. Please remember to pack all your swimming gear as per the letter that has been sent to all parents.

Chess Competition

We wish all of our students who are competing in the Gardiner Chess Competition at our school on Wednesday 21 February, the best of luck. We look forward to seeing them represent the School with pride while showing great sportsmanship.

Scholastic Book Fair

Our Scholastic Book Fair will be on Monday 26 February to Friday 1 March. Please pop into the Learning Hub before and after school and from 7.45 am to 4.00 pm to see a great range of books available for purchase.

Primary School Photos

A letter was sent this week regarding our Primary School photos on Wednesday 28 February. We ask that all students are to be in their Day (Formal) uniform on this day.

NAPLAN

All students in Years 3 and 5 will be sitting their Naplan test from Wednesday 13 to Friday 15 March. In preparation for the NAPLAN tests, please make sure that your children are not late to school on these days and that they have a healthy breakfast before coming to school.

The testing timeline is outlined below.




Years 3 and 5                    

Wednesday

13 March 2024

Thursday

14 March 2024

Friday

15 March 2024

Monday

18 March 2024

8.30 am to 8.40 am

Roll Call

Roll Call

Roll Call








Catch up tests

(otherwise regular classes)

8.40 am to 9.00 am

Preparation time

Preparation time

Preparation time

9.00 am to 10.20 am

Year 3: Writing Test paper-based

Year 5: Writing Test online

Years 3 and 5: Reading Test online

Years 3 and 5: Numeracy Test online


10.20 am to 10.45 am

Morning Tea


Morning Tea

Morning Tea

10.45 am to 11.00 am

Regular classes


Preparation

Preparation

11.00 am to 12.00 am

Years 3 and 5: Conventions of Language Test online


Catch-up Writing Test (otherwise regular classes)

12.00 pm -3.00 pm

Regular classes

Regular classes

Regular classes



Prep Vision Screening

Our Prep students had the option to have their vision checked by Queensland Health this week. Should your child have missed the screening, please see the information below to attend a clinic in town:-

The Primary School Nurse Health Readiness Program will be offering FREE school holiday catch-up clinics for any children who missed or were unable to have their vision screened during the program’s visit to your school.

Please note that vision screening is only available for children enrolled in their Prep year at school.

Clinic Times

Thursday 11 April 2024 9.30 am – 12.00 pm

Friday 12  April 2024 9.30 am – 12.00 pm

Location

Level 1

Community Health

Margaret Rose Centre, 312 Bourbong Street, West Bundaberg.

What do I need to do?

Present to the reception desk for your appointment. This is a free service and you do not need to bring anything with you, except your Medicare Card. State that you have brought your child to attend the vision screening catch-up clinic. A nurse will screen your child’s vision and provide you with the results of the screening. Screening will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. If a referral to an Eye Health Professional is required, the nurse will discuss with you how to arrange this. This program can access free interpreters/translators to assist you if required.

Contact us

Please call on the number below to secure your spot.

Primary School Nurse Health Readiness Program telephone: 4150 2700


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.


Kind regards,

Ms Robyn Deer

Head of Senior School


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


This week marked Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent. Lent is a time to stop, reflect, and be still. It’s a time to re-evaluate our lives and the people we are becoming. It is a time to reflect upon how we can make a difference, especially to the people around us. Lent is a time that Christians put aside for a special time of prayer and fasting, too. 

As part of this time of year, our community serves those in need by donating to the Parish Pantry Appeal. This appeal is supported by our Middle and Senior students, and their donations go towards those in need in the Bundaberg area. These kind donations directly support Christchurch, one of our local Anglican Parishes, who assist people on a weekly basis through their Soup Kitchen and BBQs for the homeless. These donations also enable them to generously provide groceries to those who are in need. We thank you for your continued support and look forward to being able to provide Christchurch with the much-needed donations at our Easter Service on the last day of term.


Blessings,

Rev. Erika Willaims

Chaplain

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



Representative Selections for 2024

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



Mr Len Kirchner

Director of Co-curricular (Sport)

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


It has been such a thrill to hear our halls filled with beautiful sounds once again as our Performing Arts students have returned to lessons for the year. Welcome back to those returning, and a huge warm smile to our new students. We hope you will love being a part of our Performing Arts family at St Luke’s.

Our mission in the Music Department is to help our students develop creative and curious minds, build resilience and find a pathway to lifelong fulfilment through the study of a musical instrument. To that end, all of our students not only learn the essential skills for playing music in their weekly lessons, but they are also included in our Ensemble Program, where they learn to listen to one another, create musical intent and notice subtle cues from the conductor and other members of the group. As a result, together, we are able to create something that is greater than the sum of its parts.


If your child has not yet attended their ensemble rehearsal, now is the time to ask your child’s instrumental teacher when and where that is. If you have received an invitation to Junior Music Camp, your child should also be attending the weekly rehearsal for that group. Out of the Box Theatre has also commenced rehearsals for our drama enthusiasts.

Our youngest students have commenced their beginner lessons in Year 3 Strings and the Year 4 Band Program. It is always so exciting to be a part of the start of our students’ musical journeys, and we can’t wait to see where they are in a few years’ time.

If your child is not enrolled in lessons but they love music, all students are free to join our School Choirs. Junior Singers rehearse on Tuesday mornings from 7.45 am in the Primary Music Classroom, and the Senior Choir rehearses on Thursday at lunchtime. Please note that once your child joins the Choir, it is expected that they will attend weekly rehearsals so that they can perform with us confidently.

Friday 15 March is the opportunity for parents to see the beginning of their child’s musical journey for the year at the Welcome Back Concert. Please mark 6.00 pm in your calendar and we look forward to showing you what we have been able to achieve in seven short weeks.

If you have any queries or concerns about your child’s Performing Arts lessons or ensembles, please do not hesitate to contact us. We prefer to solve problems while they are small and manageable rather than waiting for things to sort themselves out.

I hope your home is filled with the wonderful sounds of practice - repetition, correction and mastery of the skills that your child’s teacher has been working on with them in lessons.


Mrs Nicole Strohfeldt

Director of Co-curricular (Culture)

From ICT
A Message from the Director of ICT, Shane Hannant


We are excited to announce St Luke’s Anglican School, in partnership with TASS, are launching Parent Orbit, a new mobile app for our P-12 parents, which is designed to enhance communication and streamline access to important updates and resources.

The Parent Orbit app is now ready for you to download and use!


To download the app:

  1. Go to: https://parentorbit.page.link/stlukes You’ll be directed to the Apple or Google store.

  2. Click on our school name then tap the login button.

  3. Enter your Parent Portal credentials onto the login screen that appears.

If you have already downloaded the app from the app store, you can use the School Code to add an account.

Our School Code is: stlukes


Below is a list of features that you will find when browsing the app.

These changes allow you to complete common tasks in the app and also make the school app a stronger communication point for our busy parents. With a view to reducing our homebound email communication.

Homepage

The homepage will contain key information to keep you up to date on your student’s school day.

Quick Links

Access important information from St Luke’s through quick links.

  • Clipboard (Extracurricular - Sports )

  • Learning Analytics

  • Newsletters

Items to Action

Items that require you to review, acknowledge or submit items. This includes:

  • Absences to acknowledge and submitting absences

  • Acknowledging Pastoral Care records

  • Acknowledging and updating Medical Details View

  • Accept and pay for Events & Payments your children have been invited to.

  • Accept and pay for Extra-curricular teams

  • View and book interviews with Teachers via Parent Teacher Interviews

Daily Digest

Check out what’s occurring Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow through the eDiary, School Calendar, Illnesses and Notifications tabs of the daily digest giving you a full rundown on any activities the parent needs to be notified of.


Push Notifications / Notification History

St Luke’s will be able to send targeted notifications via the app, so that parents are only alerted to information that's relevant to their child e.g., Extra-curricular practice. You’ll also be able to acknowledge notifications and view and search notification history.

Attendance & Absences

Parents will be able to acknowledge and submit absences, as well as view the attendance history for their child on the go, making it easier for schools to ensure they have accurate and up-to-date information on student whereabouts.

Student Details

Parents will be able to view their student’s information, including General information, MCEECDYA information, View and Update Medical Details, Illness Log records, Extra Curricular History, Email Class Teachers, View and download Academic Reports, and any other additional customised data the school has made available.

Calendars

Parents will get access to their child's electronic diary, as a day or month view, to keep up to date with their children's activities. This includes a multi-student view for parents and the ability to include/exclude different calendar feeds.

Accounts

Parents will have the ability to access and make payments for School Fees and Events & Payments via links to Parent Lounge.

Parent Profile

Parents will be able to view their personal details, address information and login history, as well as submit updates to the address blocks. This will allow you to make sure that the school always has the most up to date and accurate information for contacting you, as well as provide you the ability to review what your account has been accessed.


We are excited about the improvements this will provide for our school's parents.

If you have any questions, please contact the ICT Helpdesk on 0741327522 or helpdesk@stlukes.qld.edu.au.

Kind regards

Mr Shane Hannant

Director of ICT

From the Turtle Café

A Message from our Turtle Café Convenor, Kylie Johnson


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

Visit our webpage where you can find everything you need to know about the 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,

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 (with the exception of Public holidays), 7.45 am to 11.00 am and 2.30 pm to 3.30 pm, and on Wednesday from 7.45 am to 12.00 pm.

New Uniform Items Now Available

Our new trackpants have now arrived and are available both in the Shop and online with Flexischools. The trackpants come in sizes 2 – 5X Large and are $50.00 each. These match our new Winter jackets that arrived last year.

With the Rugby season around the corner, we have St Luke's Rugby shorts for $41.50 and the thin skin socks available for $13.00.

Sport duffle bags are also available in the Shop and would suit those with extra sporting commitments. These are $54.50 each.

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


Welcome to the Learning Hub

The Learning Hub offers students and staff access to books, Chromebooks, library lessons, study space, lunchtime activities, after-school tutoring, access to the Information Technology Department, and more. Many students visit the Learning Hub at lunchtimes, especially on a hot day. Older students often use this as a chance to catch up on study, while the Primary students may participate in an activity in Makerspace or head into the Primary Reading Room with a good book recommended by Mrs Price and Mrs Barlow.

Opening Hours

Monday to Thursday: 7.45 am to 4.45 pm

Friday: 7.45 am to 4.30 pm

After School in the Learning Hub

Students from Years 4 to 12 are welcome in the Learning Hub after school, but please note that the focus for these students should be on completing homework and other academic tasks. Homework supervision is available for Primary School students Monday to Thursday, and Middle and Senior School tutors are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Primary students (and Year 7 students under 12) are required to be picked up in person by a parent or carer by closing time (4.45 pm Monday to Thursday, 4.30 pm on Friday), unless another arrangement has been agreed with staff.

Textbooks

Middle and Senior students have received textbooks to support their studies and are reminded that books on their account are their responsibility for the year. Students, please check the name recorded in the front of your book periodically to ensure that you are using the book assigned to you. Please be aware of the location of your school bag, especially during wet weather, and move it to a covered position if necessary to protect your books. If your book is damaged, see Learning Hub staff immediately, as we may be able to repair it. Unrepairable or unreturned books are charged to school fee accounts.

Scholastic Book Club and upcoming Book Fair

Scholastic Book Club offers a great selection of bestselling books, spanning a wide range of children’s reading levels and interests. Catalogues are distributed to Primary students twice a term. Orders can be placed online at scholastic.com.au/loop, or order forms with cash payments of correct change may be given to the Primary Office, by each Issue’s due date. Once books have been delivered to the School, they will be distributed to students. If you wish to mark an order as a gift, we will alert you when it is ready for you to collect. Each order helps to earn free books and teaching materials for the School, and we thank you for your support! There is, however, no obligation to place an order.

The Learning Hub will also host a Scholastic Book Fair during Week 6B, Monday 26 February to Friday 1 March, where books can be purchased in person before and after school, and during lunchtimes.



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.


School Fees

All school fee accounts for Term 1 have been emailed out to families and are due for payment by Wednesday 21 February 2024. Family statements can also be viewed on the Parent Portal under Accounts and Payments. Annual Fees paid in full by 21 February 2024 are eligible for a 2.5% discount.

Overdue accounts will be considered acceptable if a regular payment arrangement is in place and is being honoured, otherwise a $25 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 or Mrs Michelle Prickett on 4132 7555 if you would like to set up a payment plan or have any queries regarding your account.

    2024 Student Residential Address and Other Information Collection Notice

    The Australian Government Department of Education (the department) would like to advise you that they have requested for your child’s school to provide a residential address and other information under the Australian Education Regulations 2023. 

    For more information, please see the 2024 Collection Notice for parents/guardians.



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