Classes resume 27th January

Together We Can – our motto for 2020 and what a year it has been for us all. It is hard to believe we are at the end of successful and productive school year. The children have been working hard throughout the year with staff and parents (let’s not forget the 5 weeks of Alternative Education Provisions). It is very heartening to see the gains children have made with their work and this is often a time to celebrate ​how far they have come since the beginning of the year, not only with the academic performance but also their spiritual, physical and emotional development. Please take a look at our achievements this year as a school, as you will see there has been a lot going on in our school in 2020, even with the disruption of COVID and at St Luke’s we proved that, Together We Can. Congratulations to all within our community for a wonderful and successful year!

Year in Review

​It seems that the end of the year and the final newsletter comes around quicker every year! In this last newsletter I wish to highlight a snapshot of the growth and positive achievements celebrated at St Luke’s.

We began the year on a high, as we warmly welcomed our returning staff, students and families as well as our new staff. The Pupil Free Days in January began with excellent professional development opportunities for the staff, with a focus on our three renewal areas of Strong Catholic Identity, Excellent Learning and Teaching and Building A Sustainable Future. We continued implementing the Australian Curriculum. We refined our planning processes and templates in light of our continued focus on Visible Learning, data collection and analysis and to be an exemplar within our local and wider Brisbane schools.

We were very generously again supported by our school P&F association, which contributed to the purchase of the new readers in the Library, wellbeing initiatives for parents and staff and our senior court upgrade. Thank you!

The staff undertook many professional development opportunities throughout the year. Some of these:

Curriculum updates and planning every term, Student protection procedures and policies, CPR re-certification, RE – curriculum implementation and spirituality days (Catholic Perspectives), Mathematics, school renewal and strategic planning, PB4L - behaviour management, Workplace, Health and Safety training and information, Students with Special Needs training - and the list continues…

The students have been very busy as well as the staff, participating in:

Dance Fever, school based Cross Country and Athletics, Choir, Swimming carnival Yr 3-6, Yr 5 & 6 Camp, Under 8s afternoon, Book Week Character Parade, Wellbeing Week each term, Catholic Education Week, World Teacher’s Day, P&F Bushdance and Welcome BBQ and the list continues….

Wow! What a year!! It seems, like each passing year, to go even quicker than the last. It is plain to see why, with just some of the activities and events listed above. Our lives are getting fuller and busier than ever, so it is a good time to remember what is important at this special time of the year, family and friends, fun and laughter.

I would like to say thank you for your support of St Luke’s School and your child/ren’s learning this year. When parents and teachers work together it can only provide the best learning environment for our children. I hope you all have the opportunity to enjoy a relaxing and restful Christmas break with family and friends, may celebrating the birth of Jesus reinforce the importance of family in our lives. I look forward to seeing you back ready for the beginning of the 2021 school year.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!