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Our staff respects the uniqueness and dignity of each child and base teaching/learning programs on sound educational theory and practise. Set amid pockets of natural bushland and native gardens, our modern buildings and facilities offer an attractive and welcoming learning environment for children P-7.
THANK YOU AND MERRY CHRISTMAS
We would like to take this opportunity to thank the school community for supporting the Principal and APRE during the 2013 school year. As parents will know it has been a year with considerable challenges. The staff, parents and children that make up this 'little school with a big heart' have taken a journey in learning with us and we acknowledge the Board, P&F and Parish for their respect and support. Thanks to Fr Emmanuel for his support in 2013. We look forward to 2014 with much optimism knowing that our community can go from strength to strength with the right kind of vision for the future. Thanks one and all for your support.
To our parents and students have a wonderful peace-filled Christmas and a restful and enjoyable holiday.
SECOND SEMESTER REPORTS
Reports have now been issued. Thanks to teachers and staff for their efforts in this area. A major organisational process goes into the reports and the community acknowledges that the report is one of the important and significant aspects in profiling our students' growth and development throughout the school year.
ONE TO ONE PROGRAM
Parents of current year 3 students received a document giving them detailed information about the 2014 program. The package of information contains a timeline in preparation for next year. It also includes a request for email addresses, provides basic financial information and outlines the policy and procedures for the One to One contemporary learning program. It's important that parents read and review this information, as we get ready for 2014. Parents are encouraged to contact the school should they have any concerns or questions.
YEAR 6 AND 7 2014
We continue to look forward to 2014 with much enthusiasm and one of the major changes to Schooling in QLD will be introduction of year 7 into high school in 2015. This will mean that two groups, both year 6 and 7 will complete their primary schooling at St Luke's in 2014. St Luke's is in the unique position where it has been the previous approach of the school for year 6 and 7 to work closely together in terms of the educational program, leadership process and outdoor education program just to name a few of the important connections between the classes. In 2014 we will continue this close connection. Of course we will have to plan and look further into the separation of Thanksgiving activities and other learning and teaching activities but it is our intention to work together on a number of common themes throughout the year.
2014 IMPORTANT DATES
Please see the latest newsletter for important dates already on our calendar for 2014.
SCHOOL VISION AND MISSION STATEMENTS
Recently both the School Board and staff of St Luke’s have been discussing the final drafting of our Vision and Mission Statements. Please find attached to the current newsletter a final draft for community feedback. Please don’t hesitate to contact the school should you wish to make any insightful comments or contributions. I thank the school staff and Board membership for working on this very important expression of the values our community is based upon. They have worked on this project for nearly 12 months to attempt to capture the correct expression of our community in a positive way. Thanks once again and hope to launch our Vision and Mission early 2014.
The School and P & F would like to encourage families to contribute to the development of the community through a variety of activities during the school year. Each family contributes to a P & F levy, which helps the school support various projects along with targeted fund raising activities. Families can reduce their levy by volunteering their time to support selected activities. This rebate is deducted (maximum $100) from the P & F levy, which is part of school fees and it represents a significant saving.
Recently the P&F gathered for their last meeting of 2013. The usual reports were tabled and it was an opportunity to say thank you to all those dedicated people who have worked hard to improve the school environment and learning outcomes for the children of St Luke's. A big thank you to Mr Gould and his Executive for their excellent work in 2013. Please see the minutes of the meeting in this week's newsletter.
The new St. Luke’s School Facebook page is now in operation and has been running very successfully over the last couple of weeks. This will be slightly different from the P&F page as it will be for communicating information only. As was decided at the last P&F meeting the old St. Luke’s P&F Facebook page has now been closed down. Please remember that when seeking information about school activities your first port of call is always the official school newsletter (on the school website) and then a call to the school office.
St Luke's Catholic Parish School
Phone: 07 3245 9595 Fax: 07 3823 2222