Primary Newsletter 20 March
The School is following closely the advice being given by our Federal and State Governments in relation to how Schools are to navigate these challenging times. Mr Craig Merritt is giving regular information and updates for our community, through the School Facebook page, by email and via the St Luke’s App. These will be the main forms of communication for our School updates.
As a School, we are being proactive as possible, to be prepared for many scenarios of how events unfold.
We continue to request parents to avoid entering the school grounds where possible. Unless you need to speak to your child’s classroom teacher before or after school, please utilise the Lower Primary or Upper Primary Stop, Drop & Go zones. We would also encourage parents to stagger their arrival time at the Stop, Drop & Go zones in the afternoon, and if your child is not present waiting for you, you will be asked to circle round and rejoin the end of the line.
Parent volunteers are asked not to attend classrooms until further notice.
As always, please continue to be considerate and keep sick children at home to prevent other students and staff becoming ill. Please refer to the following graphic:
Primary Swimming Carnival and Cross Country
Our Year 3 - 6 Swimming Carnival scheduled for today (20 March) and the Kindy to Year 6 Cross Country on 27 March have been postponed. We will attempt to run these events later in the year. Our 12 year old students will not be participating in the Secondary Cross Country, scheduled for 27 March.
We commend the way our students have handled these decisions; we know that many have worked hard in their PE lessons and at swimming lessons to be ready for these events. We are proud of their efforts and understand that many will be disappointed.
Primary Students Afterschool
As we have many students who have older siblings in the Secondary School (13 years and older), we invite parents to use this LINK, to give permission for your younger students (12 years and younger) to wait together, while awaiting collection after activities such as being in the Learning Hub and/or afterschool sports activities. This must be submitted if you do not wish your child to be delivered to Outside of School Hours Care (OSHC), and wish your older sibling to supervise.
If your child needs to depart from the Learning Hub of an afternoon, to attend an after school activity on the School grounds, please complete this LINK to give the required permission to do so.
Parent Teacher Interviews - 31 March and 2 April
The booking window for Parent Teacher Interviews is currently open on the Parent Lounge through the Parent Portal. The online booking system will close on Friday 27 March at 5.00pm. All appointments are 15 minutes duration. Appointments are unable to be made after this date in order to allow teachers to fully prepare for interviews.
At this stage, Term 1 Parent Teacher Interviews will be conducted by phone call on Tuesday 31 March and Thursday 2 April, from 3.15pm - 7.00pm as per the PTI Bookings.. You will receive a phone call to your listed phone number at your designated interview time. Please advise the class teacher if you require a call on an alternate phone number.
NAPLAN Information and dates
Pastoral Care - notification of Responsible Thinking Centre and Timeouts on Parent Lounge
You recently received an email from Mrs Maryann Baren with a copy of both our Preparatory to Year 2 Behaviour Management Plan and Year 3 to Year 12 Behaviour Management Plans. If a student reaches Level 3 in the Behaviour Management Plan they will have a Timeout (Prep - Year 2) or Responsible Thinking Centre (RTC) for Year 3 - Year 6. These are times of reflection where the student will sit and be guided through a number of questions; asking what happened for them to have a Timeout/RTC, what were they thinking at the time, who has been affected by what they have done, how have they not behaved in the ‘St Luke’s Way’, what would they do differently next time and what do they think they need to do to make things right? An important part of this is to reconnect students who may have had issues with each other as it is essential that students can move on and get along at school.
Red slips for RTCs will no longer be glued into student diaries. Parents will now receive an email notification if their child has had a Timeout/RTC during the day. Below is what the notification will look like. Log into Parent Lounge and you will see an explanation for why your child had a Timeout/RTC.
Mrs M Baren has added a Pastoral Care Entry for John Citizen at 01:43 PM on 05/03/2020. Please check your Notifications in Parent Lounge for more details. Click Here to login to Parent Lounge
New Absentee Phone Number
Due to a change in SMS provider, we have a new phone number to send and receive Absentee texts. The new number is: 0427 707 673. We suggest you save this number to your contacts as ‘St Luke’s SMS’ to accommodate future SMSs.
We would also like to take the opportunity to remind parents of the process for reporting a student’s absence:
All absences should be reported to the School via the absentee line (07) 4132 7550 or email:
firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
If you are unsure about who to speak with about a matter, contact (07) 4132 7525 for Primary Reception, or (07) 4132 7555 for the Main Office.
At 9.30am or soon after each day, when a student is identified as absent without prior notification being received from a parent, our system will SMS parents who are then able to respond by SMS with a reason. (Please note, SMSs from St Luke’s Anglican School will be sent from a virtual number which is unable to receive phone calls.). This enables us to communicate to all parents simultaneously, avoids unnecessary phone calls, and enables our records to be updated in a timely manner. If a student is absent for three consecutive days without parent acknowledgement a School officer will follow up with a phone call home.
SMS notifications also form part of our communication strategy in the event of an emergency situation, for example school closure.
Bundaberg Chess Tournament
The St Luke’s Primary chess team competed at the Bundaberg Chess Tournament held at Walkervale State School on Wednesday 11 March. The event attracted 62 Primary contestants and a total of 111 students, a new record for a first term tournament.
Schools in the district fielded teams of four students. After seven intense rounds, top placing in the team event was St Luke’s 1 with a score of 22 out of a possible 28 points. The winning St Luke’s team members were Charlie Emms, Samuel Schmidt, Min Sussens and Joshua Lee. Joshua also placed 3rd in the individual competition winning 6 of 7 games.
It was a great opportunity for St Luke’s to introduce many new players to tournament play including players in lower primary, and Xander Jongkees from Year 1 who was by far the youngest player at the tournament. Xander played spectacularly against much older opponents with great results. The St Luke’s players are all developing excellent skills with on average 42 players keenly attending each Wednesday morning at 7.30am for chess tuition. The St Luke’s contingent acquitted themselves exceptionally well and we look forward to the next tournament in Term 2.
Thank you to our P&F for a fabulous “What Makes Me Happy” Primary Disco on Friday night. From soccer kits to leopard prints, pyjamas to sparkles, our Primary students grooved and moved and enjoyed a great evening. Thank you to all the parents and staff who assisted on the night.
Ms Tonia Lassman
Head of Primary