Coming up this week
Thursday 22 September
Friday 23 September
Pupil Free Day - Student led Conferences
Monday 10 October
Pupil Free Day - staff PD
In This Issue
To work under God in partnership with parents to provide an inclusive, nurturing and high quality education for every student.
Flourishing through faith, belonging and the pursuit of excellence.
From The Principal
The importance of community
Term 3 demonstrated the joy of being in community. As Principal, to be part of such a positive and supportive parent and staff community is energising. It sets a platform for us to drive growth in all areas of our school. It also reinforces how powerful a supportive community is where everyone is accepted, valued and connected. We are grateful for the opportunities you have had to join us for classroom demonstrations of learning, the Book Fair parade, chapels, assemblies, the P&F Cocktail party and more.
Looking ahead to Term 4 and planning for 2023
As a school, we continue to focus on students’ connection with one another. Students who have a sense of belonging will experience feelings of security, identity and community, which in turn supports their academic, psychological and social development. We know that you want that for your children too.
In Term 4, we begin planning for the transition into the new year levels. We will not know which teachers will be in which year levels, and we won’t know that until late in Term 4. Hence, we don’t take any specific teacher requests for subsequent years. However, if you have things you would like us to consider in the placement of your child into a classroom in 2023, please email us at [email protected]. Your requests cannot be guaranteed, but will be given careful thought in our planning.
Also, we will soon begin ordering materials for 2023. If you are planning to leave the school for relocation or other reasons, please let the office know no later than the first day of Term 4. As per enrolment contracts, families should give the school one full term’s notice prior to leaving to avoid charges for Term 1 2023.
Please remember that Monday, 10 October is a pupil-free day.
We thank you for your involvement in our community so far this year and look forward to partnering with you again in Term 4 and beyond. May God bless your holiday.
Mark your calendars
9:10am Chapel – all welcome
Friday 14 October
7:00pm Kinder 2023 Parent Information Night
Monday 17 October
Trent Barrett Shield
Tuesday 18 October
Team 6 stalls
Tuesday 18 October
From The DEPUTY Principal
I would like to thank Ms Heather Mansley for teaching Year Five during Term Three while Mrs Richards was on leave. The school and the students have benefited from Heather’s experience and expertise. We wish her well for the future.
Year 5 Camp
The Year 5 students came back full of stories about their camp to Sovereign Hill and Melbourne. Thanks to Ms Newham, Ms Mansfield, Mrs Hodgson and Ms Moeller for the supervision and care of the students.
eSafety Commissioner government website
I have publicised this website several times. It is an excellent resource for parents and students to view together to support them if their child is having issues when they are online.
Below is a link to a new set of resources where parents and students can gain some practical advice on what to do if they have concerns.
The key message if your child is experiencing any online bullying is to:
• Take a screenshot
• Report your concern to the online platform/report it to the school
• If you don’t hear back from the online platform in 48 hours then report it to the eSafety Commissioner site
Term three will conclude today for our students. Student-led conferences will take place this afternoon and Friday from 8:45am. I hope all families will be able to have some time together.
Our school office will be closed on Friday afternoon but will re-open on Monday. Please note that Monday, 10 October is a pupil-free day.
Saturday 12 November
The results of the 2022 NAPLAN test results were sent home to parents of students in Year 3 and Year 5 in Week 6. These tests were conducted back in May this year, when the students in those years successfully completed the testing in an online environment.
The testing in Year 3 and year 5 showed a number of positive results for many students in the 3 main disciplines of reading, writing and numeracy. Our student results on average were above state level. This is a wonderful achievement for year 3 and year 5 students.
This is also a reflection of the great work being done by the teachers in our school.
The school leadership team and year 3 and 5 teachers have been able to examine the data, using it for analysis, planning, reporting and data-driven decision making. NAPLAN data provides us with a baseline of data, which will allow us to strategise for continued improvement in all academic areas. Over the next few weeks the data will be further analysed and compared to our PAT and classroom data and will help inform future teaching and learning in classrooms.
MASTERMIND TERM 4
The Mastermind competition will be held in Term 4. This opportunity will be open to students in Years 2 – 6. The competition runs from Week 2 to 8 and is a wonderful opportunity for students who have curiosity and interest in general knowledge.
Learning Innovation Coordinator
This week the children have been decorating wind chimes. They used beautiful colors and fine motor skills to colour in and make paper chatterboxes.
Later in the week we will be using food colour to dye pillowcases.
We have very much enjoyed the beautiful weather we’ve had this week and have spent our physical activity outside on the oval and on the play equipment.
A reminder that OSHC will be closed on Thursday 22nd September for the Public Holiday but will open for the pupil free day on Friday 23 September (spaces are very limited).
Next Year 2023
I know it seems far away but if you have a child starting Kindergarten in 2023, now is the best time to start the enrolment process for OSHC, should you need it next year.
A small reminder children starting school in 2023 can attend OSHC during January of the New Year school holidays.
Please be advised that the spring school holiday program is fully booked. If you missed a place please contact Bec or Mel and we can add you to the wait list.
We look forward to another great week.
Families leaving the school
Please note that one full term’s written notice is required if you are withdrawing your child from Lutheran School. We purchase learning materials based on projected enrolment numbers at least one term in advance. Hence, the enrolment contract you signed specifies that failure to provide a term’s notice will result in you being charged for the subsequent term.
Uniform Shop Orders
If you would like to purchase uniforms from the Uniform Shop, please email [email protected]
We will email you once the order is ready to be picked up from the office. Thank you.