Issue 5 / 10 May 2013
From the Head of Junior School Mothers have so many roles in the family including doctor, nurturer, disciplinarian, teacher, head chef, taxi driver and seamstress to name just a few. I feel exhausted just looking at that list, so I would like to wish all of the mothers of the College a Happy Mother’s Day on Sunday. I hope you have a great day and you get spoiled by your children with breaky in bed. The NAPLAN tests are coming up next week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. These tests are important and we want every student to demonstrate their knowledge to the best of their ability. However, we don’t want to put too much pressure on the children because the results from these tests only form one part of an overall assessment package for your child which include classroom assignments, teacher observations, work completed in class and portfolios. We will get the results from these tests later in the year. To help your children prepare for the tests, try to keep the routine as normal as possible, make sure your children get a good night’s sleep the night before and give your child a good healthy breakfast. The Friday afternoon sports program kicked off recently with a lot of very impressive performances by our teams. It is fantastic to note that we are getting great support from our parents who are coming out to watch the games. St Andrews encourages participation from all of its students and while we celebrate our wins, we are more focused on seeing our teams improve and students grow in their ability. Please also be mindful of the fact that our coaches do their best and the sport they are coaching, may not have been a sport they have played previously. I am receiving reports that a number of students in the Junior School are being dropped off well before 7:50 am in the morning. This causes us great concern as there no teachers on duty and this compromises the safety of your child. The Senior School students participate in the Kokoda chal-
lenge where they challenge themselves both physically and mentally to cover a large number of kilometers, while reflecting on the bravery our soldiers displayed in Papua New Guinea on the Kokoda track. Students aged 6-12 can also get involved in in the history of the Kokoda Trail while embracing the Kokoda Spirit of Mateship, Courage, Endurance and Sacrifice. For more information on how they can get involved, please contact Joileen Dix joliendix@hotmail. com for further information. Darrin Schumacher Deputy Principal/Head of Junior School
From the Deputy Head of Junior School (P - 3) With a strong College focus on positive psychology, we are regularly reminded to end each day thinking of Three Good Things. I am sure that many of us would have our magnificent weather as one of our things to the grateful for over these recent weeks. We are truly blessed to live in such a beautiful part of the world, and should never cease to appreciate the majesty of God’s creation. It’s good to know this appreciation is not lost even to our youngest students. As I was driving my grandchildren home in the late afternoon last week, a little voice from the back seat declared from out of the blue, “I just LOVE sunsets!”
As a community we are looking forward to our wonderful 20th Anniversary Fete in just a couple of weeks’ time ……. and praying that we’ll be blessed with continuing beautiful weather. Please remind your children to finalise their creative expressions about the theme CELEBRATION for the Fete Art Exhibition. Exhibits should be brought to B12 before school on the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings of Fete week. We look forward to seeing the amazing talents of our students on display in the Multi-Purpose Hall on Fete day. As we approach the midpoint of Term Two – so hard to comprehend - please allow me to give a couple of reminders: • As a matter of safety, student should not be dropped off in the mornings before 7.50am as there are no staff members on duty to supervise them until then. • By this time of the year parents are also encouraged to move away from the verandahs outside classrooms as soon as possible after drop off, and to wait in the A undercroft area (Year 1 eating area) until students are dismissed from their classes rather than waiting outside classrooms. We seek to develop responsibility and independence and it is good for students to look after their own belongings and to follow directions given to them. • Please remember that it is best to send a note or email to arrange a time to have lengthy but important conversations with teachers before or after school, as they often have other commitments at those times unless you have made an appointment. This will allow everyone’s needs to be met. Thank you for your cooperation and ongoing support. Parents of Year 3 and Year 5 students will have received a separate note about supporting your students next week for NAPLAN. Please do all you can to reassure them that these tests are just one part of their assessment at school, and help them to feel as rested and relaxed as possible so they can simply do the best they can. We wish them every blessing. Please talk with your child’s teacher if you have any concerns at all about how your child is feeling. Don’t forget at the end of each day or each week to remind your child, and yourself, to think of Three Good Things! For the happy heart, life is a continual feast. (Proverbs 15:15) Joy Schloss Deputy Head of Junior School (P-3)
Library News Supporting Readers - Ideas for Parents Supporting children’s reading is one of the most important things we can do to promote a love of learning and curiosity about the world around us. It improves learning and literacy. Reading comes in many forms. Consider how much reading you do in a day, just to engage with the world (e.g. signs, food labels, texts). The PBS website (see below) has ideas for creating a literate home and to ways to promote reading. We need to encourage all forms of reading. Non-fiction is just as valid as fiction. Reluctant readers are not necessarily disinterested in reading but may not have found the reading material that captures their attention. In the JS Library we are more than happy to suggest reading materials to meet your child’s needs. Students will often connect with books through movies and be inspired to learn more about a concept from this stimulus. The Graphic Novel collection is a growing collection in the JS Library that is gaining popularity. Audio books are also able to be borrowed. Additionally, many modern picture books are specifically written for older readers. We locate these books in the Fiction section. In the JS Library we have a Parent Library with specific resources to help parents to support reading at home. One of these books is Mem Fox’s Reading Magic. Please let us know if you would like to become a member of the Parent Library to be able to borrow books from the Parent Library or from the collections. Reading resources (online) The following websites have great reading advice for parents. Reading Rockets http://www.readingrockets. org/article/18935/ Reading Tips – Scholastic http://www.scholastic.com/ parents/resources/article/ more-reading-resources/ reading-tips-parents Raising Readers – PBS http://pbskids.org/island/ parents/
These reading links and resources can be found on the JS Library blog: http://salcjs.edublogs.org/2013/05/01/supporting-readingsalc-ideas-for-parents/ Julia Boulton Innovation & E-Learning Leader Teacher Librarian
Year 6 News Foundations for Action On the 13th – 15th of March Year 6 went to Camp Warrawee on the north side of Brisbane. It was so much fun! There were so many great activities – canoeing, raft building, flying fox, bush swing, low ropes, land initiatives, indoor rock climbing and Foundations for Action which was led by our very own Pastor Terry. During the adventure activities we learnt about team work and were risk-takers overcoming our fears. We had to work hard to pull each other up on some activities such as the flying fox and bush swing. During foundations for action we learnt about God and the PYP. It was fantastic as we painted an image of a PYP attitude with our feet!
We also had time in the pool where we played water polo, adults against kids. It was so much fun - the kids won of course! We held a talent show on our first evening and all the acts were great! On the second evening we had a movie night and were waited on by all the adults. The girls slept in big A frame cabins, whilst the boys slept in dorms. Not much sleeping happened on the first night but we made up for it on the second night, as we were all exhausted! Thank you to all the parent helpers and teachers. We had so much fun we didn’t want to leave. By Lili James (6W) and Claudia Steele (6S) Year 6 Campers
Art News Seussical Tickets now on sale! Purchase online via the School website! Seussical at Fete We are doing a little sneak peak of a few numbers from the show. The following cast are required. Cat, Jojo, Horton, Mayzie, Gertrude, Sour Kangaroo, Bird Girls, Jungle Creatures. We will meet at 9.30am in Prep Room. Please refer to separate note for details and email firstname.lastname@example.org Seussical Costumes A note will come home this week outlining what cast need to provide with their costume. Mostly this relates to shoes and tights and wig caps. Any questions regarding these requirements please email email@example.com Mini Musos Soiree Wednesday 1st May we had our first ever soiree/open re-
hearsal for the Mini Musos. This was a fantastic opportunity for the parents to see how the band is progressing, how a rehearsal works and to meet the PAT Teachers and conductor, Matt Pearson. The parents even joined in the action with a rhythm exercise. The afternoon finished with a few songs from the Jazz Band.
& F is looking towards funding seating on the Village Green and grandstand seating on the back oval. If you would like to find out more information about one of these roles contact Daniel Renneberg (0409 729 676) or Julieanne Andrews (0421 795 411). If anyone has any suggestions or comments and cannot make the next meeting please email the P & F at pandf@ salc.qld.edu.au
Special thanks to Matt Pearson, Paul Oakley Grant and Gendi Moore for their organisation of this event. Upcoming Events Fete Entertainment Stage Come along and see some wonderful performances from our talented students at the College Fete 10.15am – 11am Dance Troupes and Seussical 11am – 11.45am St Andrews Talent Time 11.45am – 12pm Elliott Baylis 12pm – 12.30pm Concert Band 12.30pm – 12.45pm JS Chapel Band 12.45pm – 1pm Zac Irwin, Jonathon Aiello, Phoebe Robinson 1pm – 1.30pm Senior Music and Music Extension 1.30pm – 1.45pm MS Rock Group 1.45pm – 2pm Nathan Lindsay 2pm – 2.30pm Fellows Made 2.30pm – 3pm Jazz Band 3pm – 3.40pm Madison Cockerill 3.40pm – 5pm Matt and Nikita Stokes Priscilla Scott Head of Arts
Tuckshop News As winter is fast approaching, we will be offering freshly made soups. Look out on the “Special’s” board for “soup of the day”. Soups will not be available through Flexi Schools.
Soup of the Day
P & F News P & F News The College Fete is fast becoming a reality and the P & F would like to acknowledge all the hard work already done by many families’ staff and businesses within the school community. I am sure all the effort will make the Fete a memorable occasion for all. I cannot believe the prizes on offer for this year’s raffle, so please try to sell as many tickets as possible as the money raised goes directly to school projects. The general meeting for Term 2 is Wednesday 12 June at 7.30pm in the CRC. If you have any agenda items for discussion please email the Secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 7 June. It is a great opportunity to have input into school projects which the P & F fund. Everyone is welcome so please join us for drinks and nibbles and to meet other parents. The Treasurers position on the P & F is still vacant and a number of subcommittee vacancies still exist, including fund raising and grants officer. If anyone is interested both these roles are an integral part of the P & F helping to raise funds for improvements around the College. In 2013 the P
Volunteers are needed on Wednesday’s, Thursday’s and Friday’s in Tuckshop. If you are able to help please contact me either by email at email@example.com or phone 5568 5928, if 1 hour is all that you can spare, that will help us immensely. Trina van der Kamp Tuckshop Manager
Uniform Shop News The Uniform Shop is looking for a volunteer for Tuesday mornings. You must be able to start at 8am but you can leave any time after 8.45am. Duties include serving customers, using the cash register (training provided), pricing goods and re-stocking shelves. Good customer service skills are essential. Please contact Jacqui on 0412 904 520 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Student Achievements Jessica Wood - Year 5 Jessica’s U12 Basketball team recently made it to the State Basketball finals. The Queensland Basketball Championships took place in Brisbane during the holidays with her team being awarded silver medals after losing 18-17 in overtime, in the State finals. Her team was also awarded gold medals after winning the Grand Finals of the U12 girls, Southern Cup at the end of March 2013. Congratulations Jessica!
Dates to remember May Tuesday 14 – Thursday 16 Years 3 & 5 NAPLAN Testing Friday 17 NAPLAN make-up day Sunday 19 Year 5 & 6 Mums’ High Tea, Royal Pines, 2.00pm Thursday 23 Prep Mums’ Dinner, Willow, 7.00pm
We are selling the Entertainment Books again this year!! The price is $55.00 per book and $11.00 from each book goes to fundraising for the College. Books are available from Reception, Junior Administration and Uniform Shop.
Staff News Mrs Sharon Taki Just before the school holidays the Taki family welcomed Krystal Sharon and Reef Iori into the world. A big congratulations to Sharon and family.
Only at St Andrews: Go in the draw to win a family pass to Currummbin Wildlife sanctuary! Please contact Marg Moore at Reception for more information.
CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE ONLINE NOW!
Volunteers Needed The Tuckshop is in need of Volunteers on Wednesday’s, Thursday’s and Friday’s. If you can spare an hour or two a week/fortnight/month, that would be appreciated. Duties would include cutting up fruit, restocking, help in serving the students and meeting new friends. If you are interested, please contact Trina or Junior School Administration. Without Volunteers we cannot maintain our excellent service. Trina: email@example.com
College Fees – Optional Instalment Arrangements Tuition Fees become due at the beginning of each Term. However, we do understand that this may at times present cashflow problems for parents. In 2013, St Andrews Lutheran College has implemented Direct Debit facilities for parents wanting to pay for their children’s tuition fees on a weekly, fortnightly, or monthly basis through a regular deduction from your nominated bank account, credit card, or debit card. Transactions are processed through a secure Westpac facility using the latest 128-bit SSL encrypting technology which is the banking industry standard. If you are interested in this option to help with the family budget, please express your interest to the Business Manager, Mr Stephen Cooke - firstname.lastname@example.org.
Traffic Safety Attendants Traffic Safety Attendants urgently required for Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. If anyone can volunteer please contact Jo Levey: email@example.com
by Michael Grose - No. 1 parenting educator
It’s called Mother’s Day, not Parent’s Day Mothering is different to parenting. Being a mum is emotional, instinctive and a job for life! I often point out to audiences in parenting presentations how being related to our kids can stop us from being great parents. We all know how our neighbour’s kids should be raised, but somehow it’s harder to raise our own. That’s because the hopes and dreams of motherhood (and fatherhood) can somehow get in the way of rational decision-making. Mothering is emotional and instinctive And that’s the thing. Being a mother is not always rational, as parenting is often made out to be. There is a great deal of emotion attached to the role of mother. This emotion drives you to fight hard to protect your children, work assiduously to right any wrongs on their behalf, and exhaust yourself looking after their physical and psychological well-being. Being a mother is instinctive. In the information age we need to be careful we don’t to deny the intuitive nature that mothers bring to their child-rearing. The nature of mothering infers nurturance, protectiveness and longevity. Mothering is relational rather than rational. You may grow out parenting by making yourself redundant but mothering is something you never grow out of. You are a mum for life. Kids want their mothers, not their parents Kids of all ages say, “That’s my mum!” There’s a massive difference between being a mum (or dad) and being a parent. ‘Parenting’ is a twentieth century term that suggests that raising kids is a gender neutral activity. It’s a managerial, almost scientific term that has given rise to a huge industry. In Western countries, millions of parenting books and magazines are sold each year, parenting columns appear in most newspapers, and new television series appear every year focused on the modern notion of parenting. The problem is that when we refer to ‘parenting’ we tend to remove the heart and emotion from the task. We obscure the fact that it is mothers and fathers who are doing the child-rearing, rather than mere parents. Parenting means different things to different people. For many people the term ‘parenting’ is code for behaviour management – particularly taming toddlers and their close cousins, teenagers. A broader and more thoughtful definition includes teaching kids positive values and attitudes, developing a range of skills that equips them for adulthood, and ultimately preparing kids to be parents themselves one day.
They don’t say, “That’s my parent!” (They may say that when they are annoyed or embarrassed by you, but that’s another story.) Boys and girls of all ages generally love their mothers unconditionally, whereas they merely put up with their parents, particularly during adolescence. They can live without their parents, or so they think, but deep down they know they can’t live without the one person who has a blind spot for them, overlooking all their faults. That person, of course, is their mother. When kids of all ages get into emotional difficulty or their life becomes too hard, they generally go looking for their mums. They only look for their ‘parent’ when they want some money, or want someone to get them out of a jam! Raising kids is about mothering (and fathering) ... rather than parenting. That’s why we have Mother’s Day (and Father’s Day) rather than Parent’s Day. I hope you have a good one! For ideas to help you be a great mum subscribe to Happy Kids my weekly email guide at Parentingideas.com.au.
Michael Grose Presentations PO Box 167 Balnarring Vic 3926 p + 61 3 5983 1798 f (03) 5983 1722 e firstname.lastname@example.org All rights reserved. For more ideas, support and advice for all your parenting challenges please visit our website. 2013 Michael Grose
Celebrations Art Exhibition St Andrews School Fete May 2013
What does Celebration mean to you? Painting and Drawing Photography Mixed Media Ceramics and Sculpture
Medals and prizes to be won! Get out your paints, pencils, camera, clay or even things from around the house and GET CREATIVE! Entry forms will be handed out or available from Reception. Entry $5 or 3 or more Cathy Osborne 0407406650 for $12 and handed in Monday 20 May 2013
STUDENT TRAVEL REBATES Semester 1, 2013
Bus Fare Assistance
• Does your child attend a school outside the Brisbane City Council boundary? • Does your family spend more than $22/week* on fares to and from school (* $17/week if you hold a concession card) • Does your child travel on a publically available bus not owned or associated with the school?
Students with Disabilities
• Does your child have a verified disability that requires transport assistance to and from school? • Has your school’s learning support teacher assessed your child’s travel capability rating as ‘semi-independent’ or more dependent?
Visit our website to see if you qualify for financial assistance to help with the cost of transport and
apply at www.schooltransport.com.au by 31 May 2013. Late applications cannot be accepted.
STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES TRAVEL REBATE Semester 1, 2013 • •
Does your child have a verified disability that requires transport assistance to and from school? Has your school’s learning support teacher assessed your child’s travel capability rating as ‘semi-independent’ or more dependent?
Visit our website to see if you qualify for financial assistance to help with the cost of transport and
apply at www.schooltransport.com.au by 31 May 2013. Late applications cannot be accepted.
Celebrating 20 years 2013
Issue 10 May 2013 Wow – we are nearly there. Final preparations are being made to the BIG DAY – and what promises to be the highlight of the year. The entertainment lineup is amazing, there are new and exciting rides, enough variety of food and drink to satisfy all, the Cent Auction which is offering an amazing array of prizes, and stalls that have a wide variety of choices. And if you haven’t bought your ticket in the Major Raffle, it is not too late. The prizes being offered are fabulous and are well worth the price of $3 price for a ticket. The value of first prize is $ 3,900.00 thanks to Spicers Retreats, Hotels and Resorts. With all of the prizes and donations, we would like to say thank you to all who have made a significant contribution toward the Fete. • Spicers Retreats, Hotels and Lodges • Turtle Beach Resort – The West Family • Flight Centre Robina • Hurley Burleigh Toys • Telstra • Hazir Family again for Surf Packpacks full of goodies • James family for sector nine skaties • Please support our major sponsors as listed below Bingo has received great prizes from • Jades on Lawson – Donna Pike : $100 voucher thanks to Amart Sports • Bunnings vouchers • Sports Action at The Pines for sport pack, vouchers, ladies fashion vouchers, There will be an ATM available at this years Fete, but please be aware that it will only be dispensing $50 notes, so it would be appreciated if you could arrive armed with smaller notes to spend on all the exciting rides, stalls and food available, and this will make the Treasurer much happier.
Rides Ride tickets for the Fete are on sale online – please check the St Andrews Website for more details. Click here to buy now! Cash sales Will be available at JS bus shelter before school Monday 13 May. Volunteers Volunteer request forms are being distributed with each Fete Newsletter. If you are interested in volunteering for a particular stall or helping out in any way, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Jolien Hornsey by email at email@example.com Donations Donations now accepted in bus shelter every day of the week. If you haven’t had the time to send any donations in, here is a reminder of what we need to help ensure the Fete is a huge success: Food Stalls We still need • 3 x BBQ’s for Fete day. Can you lend your BBQ ? • Donations of Rice and Vegetables for our Thai food stall. If you can help with any of the above items, contact Julie Catherwood on 0405 533 725. Crazy Hair Stall We still need Accessories, clips, hair extensions, headbands, bobby pins, combs, feathers.....Let your imagination run wild. Chocolate Chocolate donations have started to come in but we need more to meet the target. Bars, blocks, mini bars, mini eggs, packets of freddo’s - any chocolate will do. We promise we won’t eat it. Check the choco meter in the bus shelter to see how we are going. Lucky Dips Small toys, Lollies, match box cars, stickers, tattoos, again let your imagination go wild.
Soft Toys for Teddy Town Any clean soft toys welcome, We will re home them for you.
Plants The Middle/Senior Creative Writing Group is again running the Plant Stall.
Gift ware Anything at home that you are not using but is good to give away. Now’s your chance to clear some space and allow new things to come into your life. Candles, photo frames, gorgeous lovely gifty and crafty kind of things are all welcome for the Gift ware and Craft stall.
We would love it if anyone has any spare pots (any size will do) or potting mix, or even plants would be a great to help our stall. We can store plants here at school. Or you can save them till the week before then drop them in. Please organize a time for drop off at school (outside the room next to the uniform shop please) with Debby Burnell or if you have any enquiries please call 55685900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Vouchers Myer, DJ’s, Coles, Woolies etc, they will all help and would be wonderful. We would love to see you at our next meeting! The next scheduled meeting’s will be held on each Cake Stall Thursday leading up to the Fete starting at 1.30pm in the Get your baking brains beaming and pop the ingredients Junior School Staffroom. So if you are free on the 9th, onto your shopping lists. Cake boxes will go out the week 16th or 23rd of May please come along. before the Fete to be filled with fabulous home baked goodies. If you would like further information regarding the Fete please give us a call and have a chat on the numbers Pre-loved Clothes below: We would love to borrow clothes racks. Promise to look after and return them. Call Sharon on 0401 081 505. The Fete Team is: Fete Convenor Trash and Treasure - goods still required - clean and good Steve Dignan – 0417 733 547 quality. Stalls Pre-loved toys Sandy Gooley – 0417 911 105 Please keep those donations rolling in. No broken toys please. Food Stalls Julie Catherwood – 0405 533 725 Celebrations Art Exhibition Submission of your art work is coming up! Entertainment Let us show the community the creativity of St Andrews Melissa Sharp – 0408 700 058 Monday 20 May to Wednesday 22 May 7.50am- 8.30am in the Junior school Utilities room B12. If you haven’t got an Logistics entry form please ask at Reception or Art room. Ian Garlick – 0438 765 616 Awards and encouragement prizes!
Cent Auction Tracey Wright – 0448 885 195
We would like to thank our esteemed panel of judges: Shirley Marais Artist, Cor Radmeyer former head of PhoRides/Raffles tographic Society of South Africa, Alex Turnball Artist and Liz Hanlon – 0498 945 021 Felicity Havakian Design Billabong. Sponsorship and Advertising Any queries please contact Cathy Osborne catosb@westSteve Dignan – 0417 733 547 net.com.au or 0407 406 650. Volunteer Coordinator Entertainment Jolien Hornsey – 0466 343 933 We are very excited for this years entertainment program which is set to showcase some of the amazing talent our students possess including a sneak peak of our upcoming Junior School musical ‘Seussical’, we also look forward once again hearing the sweet sounds of Matt Stokes on stage.
St Andrews Lutheran College Fete Saturday 25th May, 2013 Volunteer Form The Fete is approaching fast. We are less than 3 weeks away from the Big Day and most stalls still need many volunteers! Please donate some of your time to make the Fete a success. There are opportunities for you to get involved with: 1- stalls on the day 2- receiving art (20 -22nd May) and set up (Friday 24th May) 3- clean up (Sunday 26th May) You are of course welcome to volunteer for all 3 options! but any involvement is greatly appreciated. Please complete this form and return to your class teacher as soon as possible, email to email@example.com edu.au or phone Jolien on 0466 343 933 to enable rosters to be drawn up. ________________________________________________________________________________________ Yes I would love to help out with the Fete: Name:________________________________________________ Contact number:________________________ Contact email:_______________________________________ 1- Below are the details of stalls that require volunteers on the day. Please number your preference from 1 to 3 in the white squares in this table. Stalls 25th May 10am - 12pm 12pm - 2pm 2pm - 4pm Any 2hr slot Books FULL Cent Auction Crazy Hair Face Painting Fete information Thai Vegetarian Trash & Treasure FULL Souvlaki Sushi FULL Super Soaker FULL FULL Parking and Logistics Any Stall 2- We also need volunteers for receiving art work. It only takes 40 minutes (please tick the box). Receiving Art 20 May 21 May 22 May 23 May 7.50 â€“ 8.30 NA Hanging Art NA NA NA
3- Last but not least (please circle): YES/ NO, I can help with set up on Friday 24th May (we will be in touch regarding times) YES / NO, I can help with pack up on Sunday 26th May (we will be in touch regarding times)
Junior School Bulletin Issue 5, 10 May 2013