Student Free Day
A reminder that Monday 21 October is a Student Free Day. The Early Learning Centre will be operating for Kindy and Pre-Prep students as usual, therefore will not be available for Prep to Year 6 students. Alternative care arrangements will need to be made.
Our 14 students from Years 5, 6 and 7 participating in cultural tour to China are currently in Beijing, visiting famous attractions such as The Great Wall, The Summer Palace, Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. Students have travelled to Beijing with their buddies from our Friendship School, the Kehua School in Shenzhen. During their time at Kehua School, students have enjoyed lessons in dumpling making, paper cutting and knot tying, as well as adventures around Shenzhen and lots of new eating experiences. Ms Lassman taught a lesson to the students, focusing on the agricultural produce of Bundaberg and our natural wonders. Students were amazed by photos of whales and turtles and our proximity to beaches and farms.
On the weekend of 14 and 15 September, our Division 1 Primary School netball team, the Bluebirds, travelled to the Sunshine Coast to compete in the Primary Schools Cup, one of 160 teams in the event. Day one of the tournament consisted of seven pool games to determine our games for the finals the following day. The Bluebirds put on a fantastic show, even after five days in Canberra on the Year 6 excursion, and won all of their pool games, qualifying for Division 1 and the chance to be top of the Development Cup division. It also meant that we were playing teams who likewise went through their Saturday games undefeated. However, the Bluebirds were up to the task and again won every game to finish the competition undefeated. As the games became tougher, they also grew more physical. It is a credit to our girls who held their own against very strong and accomplished teams. Our Bluebirds, through the process of for and against, finished 2nd out of 92 teams! A wonderful achievement!
As a coach, I have been blessed to work with an amazing group of players this year with each player growing more confident throughout our season, positively supporting teammates and players from other teams, and willing to learn from all experiences. The Bluebirds have finished their 2019 campaign undefeated in the two carnivals they competed in – a total of 25 straight wins! Congratulations on a wonderful 2019 season, girls!
~ Kellie Hansen, Netball Coach
Wonder of Science (WOS)
During Term Three, Year 5 and 6 students participated in the Wonder Of Science program, which utilises an inquiry approach to learning and aims to encourage a STEM culture in Queensland schools. Year 6 students investigated the question How do seismologists measure earthquakes? In small groups they built and tested a device that could be used to measure an earthquake. Year 5 students investigated the question Why is Earth the best planet in our solar system to sustain life? They compared Earth to other planets and in small groups planned and conducted an experiment to investigate why Earth supports life but other planets closer to and further from the sun do not.
One group from each class was then chosen to present their project at the regional conference, hosted here at St Luke’s. The students represented their respective classes admirably. Congratulations to Bharathi Kumar, Nicholas De Lacy and Coco Booyse from 5A for winning the Year 5 section. They will travel to Brisbane next month to present their project at the WOS State Conference.
- 5B Representatives - Czarina Strachan, Mimi Wood, Stephanie Mondia and Ruby-Rose Nguyen
- 6A Representatives - Oliver Adams, Layla Hills, Chloe Drake and Harrison Lanzon (2nd Place)
- 6B Representatives - Kate Richardson, Cayley Newton, Abbie Cook and Angus Hill
Year 5 Poetry Cafe
Our resident Year 5 poets proudly performed a poem to their peers this week during our Year 5 Poetry Cafe. These recitals allowed students to demonstrate their spoken presentation skills in an engaging and exciting atmosphere with their peers. The Poetry Cafe was a culminating activity to celebrate our Term 3 poetry studies in English where students listened to, read and analysed a wide range of poems from different times and cultures. Students also created a variety of poems including their very own St Luke’s anthem!
Primary All Schools Touch - Champions!!
On the last day of a big Term 3, our SLAS Primary Touch teams contested the Wide Bay All Schools Touch Carnival. Three teams - a Mixed, Girls, and Boys team, all ventured out to put their training to the test against the best schools from the Wide Bay region.
After bringing home the Mixed trophy last year, expectations were high on this year’s crop of athletes. They did not disappoint.
Our Mixed team, while being slightly understrength after injury and illness played its part in the lead up to the day, managed a creditable fourth place. After missing out on a place in the final on a countback, they were just pipped in the playoff for third and fourth place.
Our Boy’s team were grouped in the toughest pool of the day with both the reigning premiers and last year’s runners up in the SLAS draw. After doing it very tough in the early part of the day, they regrouped to place seventh in the Boy’s competition.
It was our Girl’s team that excelled on the day. After returning from the State Netball competition undefeated, many of our girls backed up in the Touch team. Their run of success continued as they approached the Grand Final as the only undefeated team. They then went about their winning ways, relegating Norville to second place and taking the Trophy home as 5 - nil winners. An amazing accomplishment for this group. Lily Mitchell was named the Player of the Final, capping off the St Luke’s campaign.
All of the students who competed should be congratulated on their efforts both in the lead up to the carnival and on the day. Behaviour and effort were first class and at the end of the day, the broad smiles and happy vibe signalled a very successful day for the coaches, Mrs Hansen and Mr Geiger.
Well done St Luke’s.
Transitioning to 2020
As we move closer towards the end of term, there are a number of events scheduled to help our students best transition to their new year levels:
Tuesday 29 October - Prep 2020 Orientation
As part of our Transition to Prep program, our Prep 2020 students will enjoy an Orientation Morning on Tuesday 29 October. Next years Preppies will have the morning in the Prep classrooms without their parents, enjoying classroom activities and a shared morning tea with current Prep students. All ELC Pre-Preps and all new Prep students will attend from 9.00am to 10.40am. Another Orientation morning will take place on Wednesday 20 November.
Thursday 31 October - Year 3 into 4 Information Session
Parents of 2019 Year 3 students are invited to a Year 3 in to 4 Parent information session on Thursday 31 October in the Board Room from 8:45 - 9:30am. This provides an opportunity for parents to learn about our Year 4 camp program, sports uniforms, the use of school diaries and other changes that your child will notice starting Year 4.
Friday 29 November - Primary Move Up Morning
Friday 29 November is Primary Move Up Day! (Please note Move Up Day was previously scheduled for Monday 2 December). All students from Pre-Prep to Year 5 will spend the morning in their 2020 year levels, familiarising themselves with new teachers and classrooms. Students new to St Luke’s for 2020 will also be in attendance for the morning, which is a lovely opportunity for them to meet their new classmates. Move Up Day will conclude after morning tea at 10.40am.
Parents will be sent an email during the first week of the school holidays advising their child’s teacher and class for 2020.
Eco-Champions visit to Lady Musgrave Island
As a local Reef Guardian School, seven of our Eco-Champions had the opportunity to be part of a unique learning experience on the Great Barrier Reef, with a trip to Lady Musgrave Island made possible by funding from the Australian Government and the Great Barrier Reef Foundation. Students gained an appreciation of the importance and complexity of the reef, and learned how their everyday actions can impact its health and longevity.
Our Eco-Champions have written the following report:
Last Friday the eco leaders went on a very exciting trip to Lady Musgrave. We were really looking forward to this experience and were very disappointed when we found out that FLEC leader Mrs. Cathie Robinson could not make it on the day, so Mrs. Kathryn Taylor filled in for her. Sadly along with Mrs. Cathie Robinson Libby.G could not make it to the outing either. Natalie from the Lady Musgrave experience team came to our school earlier in the week to talk about our trip which we would soon experience. She told us about an app called Eyeonthereef where you can report your sightings. On the day of the experience we went to the marina to board the boat, we were all very,very excited for the day ahead. The boat ride to Lady Musgrave was a different story, we had a very rough boat ride which lead to some sea sickness. When we arrived at the reef the boat stopped and we found out we were the first group snorkeling. The snorkeling experience was out of this world amazing, we saw so many cool and weird sea life. We were assigned different treasure hunt animals, for example Anneliese.T and Abbie.C went looking for sea cucumbers, which they found over 25 of. The reef looked so beautiful along with the brightly coloured fish. Between snorkeling and our next activity Jaydan.K and Angus.H really enjoyed the yummy miso soup. We then went on a glass bottom boat ride to the island. On the boat we could see so many sea creatures from a different perspective. We got to see a lot of hawksbill and green sea turtles in the cleaning station . When we arrived on the island there was a small rock pool of sea cucumbers eating at the sand. On the walk we had to wear shoes at all times because of cone snails. Sadly our excursion was coming to an end and we had to leave on the boat back to Bundaberg. The boat ride was less bumpy so we felt a little less sick this time. Also on the way back we sat with Natalie to enter our sightings, Stephanie.S and Coco.B even saw a unicorn fish! Sarah.H was good at investigating the sea life to report back to Natalie. A few parents came along which was a big help! Overall the experience to Lady Musgrave was extraordinary not only because we had fun, but also because we learnt a lot of new information.
Important Dates for Term 4:
Cultural Celebration Evening - Thursday 24 October
St Luke’s Foundation Day - Wednesday 30 October
ELC Christmas Concert - Thursday 28 November
Prep to Year 2 Christmas Concert - Friday 29 November
Move Up Morning - Friday 29 November
Primary Celebration and Awards Evening - Monday 2 December
Year 6 Liturgy - Tuesday 3 December, 9.00am
Year 6 Celebration Day - Wednesday 4 December
Prep - Year 2 Pool Capers - Wednesday 4 December
Last Day of Term - Thursday 5 December
Ms Tonia Lassman
Head of Primary