2020 has well and truly begun: routines are back underway, sporting events up and going and musical instruments have been tuned. It has been wonderful to see everyone’s happy, smiling faces across the School. I am most appreciative of the way our new students and families have been welcomed into our community. As the year gets underway, I do hope all who attended our Parent Information Afternoons found them beneficial. I have also compiled a FAQs for Primary School for families to refer to. This was handed out at the Information afternoons and will be sent home with our What’s Happening at the end of this week.
Thank you to those of our community who have volunteered as Parent Representatives for each year level. They are:
Prep: Veronica Sussens
Year 1: Steph McKenzie
Year 2: Amanda Soley
Year 3: Shannon Ing
Year 4: Kylie Johnson
Year 5: Tamara Merritt
Year 6: Nicole Miller and Kristy Wick
These ladies will assist with organising activities for the year level and maintain each of the year level Facebook pages, so if you are new to the school, please head to the St Luke’s Bundaberg Facebook page, click on Groups and then ask to join the year level you require for the year. There will be lots of helpful reminders.
Year 6 Induction
Parents and friends of Year 6 students are invited to attend the Year 6 Induction and Presentation of Primary Leaders, on Wednesday 12 February, 8.45am in the Multi-Purpose Centre (MPC). Year 6 students and Primary House Leaders will be presented with their badges at this special service.
Swimming lessons have begun for Term 1.
Years 3 to 6 will have 7 weeks of swimming lessons, followed by the Primary Interhouse Swimming Carnival on Friday 20 March at the Bundaberg Swimming Academy.
Students in Years 3 to 6 come to school in their uniform and will change into their swimwear at school, before changing back into their uniform after swimming.
Swimming for students in Prep to Year 2 is from today for 6 weeks, with the last day of swimming lessons being on Friday 13 March. Prep, Year 1 and Year 2 students come to school in their swimwear, and will change into their school uniform after their swimming lesson.
All students require towels, any colour swim togs (full piece for girls), a swim shirt (rashie), thongs and goggles (if required). Please ensure all uniform and swimming items are clearly labelled.
If your child is going to be absent from school for any reason, or late to arrive, could you please ensure that the Primary Office is notified in the first instance. Absentees can be emailed to email@example.com, or phone 4132 7550. Students departing early or arriving late need to be signed out/in at the Primary Office.
The start of the new school year is a good opportunity to remind parents about accessing the Parent Portal, http://parents.stlukes.qld.edu.au (located in the Online Portal tab). The Parent Portal is for parents to communicate with the school, and has the following functions:
- Permission for students to attend excursions and activities can be given on the Parent Lounge. This is the only method of giving permission for excursions as we do not send notes home for signing
- Change of address and phone numbers, and updates to emergency contact details can be made on the Parent Lounge
- Parent Teacher Interviews are only able to be booked through the Parent Lounge
- Academic Report cards are available at the end of each semester, to provide an update on your child's progress
If you are having trouble accessing Parent Portal, could you please contact our IT Helpdesk on 4132 7522 or firstname.lastname@example.org. New families were sent their usernames and passwords to access the Parent Portal by the IT Helpdesk last week.
Merit Awards and Certificates
Class stamps/tallies are given for exceptionally good work, behaviour and actions throughout the week. Ten of these results in a Merit Award presented at Assembly. Five Merit Awards will result in a special Head of Primary Award and ten Merit Awards results in a special Principal’s Award. It is the student’s/family’s responsibility to keep these awards and request the Head of Primary or Principal’s Award when applicable at the Primary Office. Merit awards are carried over from last year.
Valentine’s Day Roses for sale
The St Luke’s Interact Club will be selling roses for Valentine’s Day on Friday 14 February. Roses are $4 each and will be sold in Primary classrooms by members of the Interact Club during Period 1 (Period 3 for Year 2 students due to school swimming). Proceeds from the sale of roses on Valentine’s Day will be donated to support Queenslanders affected by natural disasters.
Judith Locke Parent Sessions
Helping your child or teen become confident and capable in their schooling
We are excited to announce that Clinical Psychologist, Dr Judith Locke, is offering two parenting sessions to parents of students in Primary School and parents of students in Middle/Senior School. In these sessions, Judith uses latest research and clinical experience to show positive and effective strategies parents can use to help their children become more confident and capable at school and in their schoolwork.
- assist parents ensure their child experiences fulfilling years at school
- offer solutions to parents to help children cope better with the demands of school work, exams and friendship issues
- give parents strategies they can use to better assist their child with school work and encourage their child’s personal motivation
- help parents assist their child to start to become ready for university and work life after school.
These sessions will be offered on two nights; 24 February (Year 7 - 12 focus) and 25 February (Primary focus) at 6:00pm-7:30pm in the Lecture Theatre.
Parents should not come to both sessions. Please attend the age group session of your eldest child or the one with whom you are having most current challenges. This session is for parents only and children will not be able to attend.
Ms Tonia Lassman
Head of Primary