St Luke's Way Newsletter - 10.06.22

Welcome to the final St Luke's Way Newsletter for Term 2. Following, you'll find newsletter articles from St Luke's Principal, Craig Merritt, as well as all main areas of the School, and learning and development. Please open your newsletter article of choice by clicking from the options below.

From the Principal
A Message from Principal Craig Merritt

Term 2 has been another busy and rewarding time in the life of our school. It was wonderful to witness the energy and passion that our students, staff, and parents bring to our school on a day-to-day basis. It was a pleasure to finally be able to run the many activities and events this term, indicative of our normal operations. I encourage all our students and especially our Year 12’s to make the most of the end of semester break by relaxing, catching up on sleep, finding some time to exercise, and enjoying time with friends and family. 

Enrolments Update

As I outlined in my last newsletter, St Luke’s continues to experience significant enrolment demand across the school.  We currently have confirmation for two full classes for Prep for next year, and a large number of potential new students and families on the waitlist. Due to this very strong demand from the local community, the School has decided to create three classes for Prep for 2023. 

This is not a decision we have taken lightly. We have thought deeply about what is best for the School. We are committed to deepening our strong positive sense of school culture and community. With all of this in mind, we are confident that we can support a third Prep class and resource it to our normal very high standards for 2023.

I have written to all Primary and ELC parents about this decision today and if you have any further queries please contact Mrs Lassman.

Next Week

I look forward to welcoming you to the end-of-term Worship service on Tuesday 14 June starting at 9am. At the service, we will have the opportunity to farewell Fr Iain Furby and thank him for his spiritual leadership of St Luke’s over many years. Unfortunately, the delayed start to the year and subsequent restrictions didn’t allow us to acknowledge Fr Iain earlier.  

We conclude next week with the Interhouse Athletics carnival. This runs over two days with the whole school community involved. All members of the community are invited to participate in the keenly contested tunnel ball event. Unfortunately, we were not able to offer the parent vs staff and students relay event for the swimming carnival this year so the tunnel ball event is the opportunity to be involved. 

End of Financial Year - Giving Program

With the financial year coming to a close, now is the ideal time to donate to the Voluntary Building Fund, Scholarship & Bursary Fund, Sporting Fund, or Rowing Fund and obtain a tax deduction for the 2021/2022 financial year.

You can help ensure current and future students of St Luke’s access to the impressive facilities and programs through your generosity. Contributions to our scholarship program help support those who may not normally be able to access a St Luke’s education and also support families who may be suffering short-term financial difficulties. The Giving Program at St Luke’s offers many opportunities for the St Luke’s community to contribute to small projects, new buildings, social justice programs, in-kind donations for specialist areas, and scholarships. Giving makes a difference, and St Luke’s humbly asks you to consider donating in a way that suits you.

To find out more information about how to donate, please visit: 

God’s blessing for you and your family.

Craig Merritt


From the Early Learning Centre
A Message from Director of Early Learning Centre, Catherine Donaldson

Moo Crew Rural Champions Interactive Visit

The Pre-Prep’s highlight last week was the visit to the MPC in the School to view a special performance by The Moo Crew. The Moo Crew is tailored especially for children in regional and remote areas. It celebrates the everyday lives of Australia’s ‘bush kids’ and champions the work of their farming families. Presented by rural educational entertainers, The Moo Crew incorporated song, dance, and storytelling to take the audience on an imaginative and interactive journey of rural communities in Australia.

Finding Our Heart

In celebration of Indigenous culture, children were provided with various cultural experiences.  This included Uluru rock small world play with Australian animals. Play is a means to broaden children’s knowledge while exploring images and text unique to Australia. Kindy read the story "Finding our Heart", which is a beautiful age-appropriate story about understanding Australia’s past, so we can have a shared future.  

When I Grow Up….

Junior friends had a fun time engaging in imaginative role play with dress-ups this week. Donning an array of costumes from princess gowns, and doctor scrubs to construction hard hats, friends giggled while they chatted about what they would like to be when they grow up. Dress-up encourages creative thinking, communication skills and supports language development and social skills. Friends also enjoyed building cubbies with the large connector shapes, bubble blowing and felt board stories.

Happy Holidays

We would like to wish our families a happy and safe holiday break. We look forward to seeing the return of all those lovely smiling faces on Monday 11 July for Term 3.

Warmest Regards,

Catherine Donaldson

Director Early Learning Centre

From the Primary School
A Message from Head of Primary, Tonia Lassman

Term 2 is drawing to a close. It has been a busy and extremely rewarding term. While Mr Matthew Farthing has been away on his Long Service Leave, Mrs Natalie Tenney has been the captain of this helm and it has been an absolute pleasure having Mrs Tenney join our community for this time. I invite you to join with me in thanking Ms Tenney for steering Year 3A on their learning journey through Term 2.  

Congratulations on an exceptional piece of work by Ellie Whiting in Year 6 English: An excerpt from Ellie Whiting's narrative,  Out of the Flat,  is below for your enjoyment.

I attempt a relaxing stretch. I feel my mat-furred skin tighten around my ribcage, emphasising its bony ridges. My airway rattles, groping for particles of nicotine-polluted air and forcing them into my lungs. Then, the meat of my human’s parched hands grasps my body and lifts me off the ground. He cradles me close to his face, spewing smoky breath all over me. Then, the moment ends abruptly as my female human shouts something panicky and I am dropped into a pile of empty bottles. Every day, more and more, I want to be happy with my humans, but I’ve come to the depressing conclusion that my happiness means nothing to them.

Bundaberg School Futsal Titles

On Wednesday 25th May, St Luke’s were lucky enough to enter 5 teams into the 2022 Bundaberg School Titles. 36 students were involved across the day from our Primary school.

We had teams entered in the 12 year girls division, 11 year boys division and we had 3 teams entered in the 10 year boys division. All of our teams played exceptionally well across the day, and their level of behaviour and sportsmanship was very impressive. 


Our 12 year girls came away with third place. The 11 year boys played in the grand final match against St John’s Lutheran and came away with a second place. 

St Luke’s U10 red team placed 4th overall in the competition. St Luke’s U10 green played off against St Luke’s U10 blue in an absolute nail biting final that went into golden point. St Luke’s green scored first to take out first place, St Luke’s blue taking second place. 

Wide Bay Cross Country Trials - Gympie

Congratulations to the following students that competed in the Wide Bay Cross Country Trials in Gympie on Tuesday:-

Amelie Ing  

Edward-Martin Strahan

Baylin McKay 

Vinnie Vella 

A big congratulations to Edward-Martin Strahan and Vinnie Vella who will now proceed to the next level at the State Championships at Runaway Bay on 18 July.

Friday Afternoon School Sport

Congratulations and best of luck to Mr Cathcart and Mr Geiger’s Rugby League students from Year 4 to Year 6 who have made it to the Grand Final that will be played on the evening of Thursday 9 June at Salters Oval.

Kaufusi Shield Competition

Congratulations to our Kaufusi Shield competition students who have played well all term and have now made it to the Grand Final to compete against St Mary’s on Monday 13 June at Salters Oval. Best of luck boys, play your best and most importantly have fun and show great sportsmanship.


Primary Readers Cup - Readers Cup Champions

Our Year 5 and 6 teams performed incredibly well at the Readers Cup Competition at Xavier Catholic College in Hervey Bay this week. 29 teams were registered to compete, so the result of 1st (Year 6 team) and 3rd (Year 5 team) is an outstanding result! 

Author, Samantha Wheeler, was the Quiz Master for the day and was fabulous in her role, entertaining us with tales between quiz rounds. She has definitely inspired us all to read and write more! 

Readers Cup is a unique competition in that students cannot be coached. Therefore, the success of our reading teams this year is a testament to our students’ passion for reading and exceptional teamwork. 

We wish our Year 6 team the very best as they have now qualified for the State Readers Cup Final in Brisbane in August. Congratulations, St Luke’s readers! 


Cane Train Reminder

We wish to remind our community that we are now entering the cane harvesting season where we will see the cane trains busy for the next couple of months. Be train aware and watch out at crossings for oncoming cane trains. Also, a reminder to those students who may walk to and from school, to also be alert for the cane trains.

Primary Disco

 Just a friendly reminder that our Primary Disco is on tonight starting at 5.30pm to 7.00pm.  It is $5.00 per student which includes sausage sizzle and a drink.  Additional foods along with glow sticks and chocolates will be available for sale during the night.  Prep to Year 2 students must be supervised by their parents.

Just a friendly reminder that Friday 17 June is our last day of school for three (3) weeks with school resuming on Monday 11 July.

Kind regards,

Tonia Lassman

Head of Primary School

From the Middle School
A Message from Head of Middle School, Matthew Hughes

Dear Middle School Parents and Caregivers, 

The St Luke's Middle School newsletter is recorded as a video by myself and Head of Senior School, Mrs Robyn Deer, and then uploaded to YouTube. For this fortnight's newsletter content please visit the following YouTube link.

Kind regards,

Matthew Hughes

Head of Middle School

From the Senior School
A Message from Head of Senior School, Robyn Deer

Welcome to the Senior School newsletter for this fortnight. Head of Middle School, Mr Hughes and I have recorded a video update and uploaded it to YouTube for your convenience. To watch this fortnight's newsletter content for Middle and Senior School, please visit the following YouTube link.

Robyn Deer

Head of Senior School

From Sport
A Message from the Director of Co-curricular (Sport), Len Kirchner

Sporting Representatives

Congratulations to our 2022 Sports Representatives. Please click here for the full list.

Len Kirchner

Director of Co-curricular (Sport)

From Performing Arts
A Message from the Director of Co-curricular (Culture), Sarah Ferguson

Senior Music Camp

Where: Apex Camps, 171 Nojoor Road, Twin Waters 

When: Saturday 16 to Monday 18 July 2022

Who: Year 7-12 music students. 

We understand that traditionally our Year 7 students do not play in our Senior Ensembles, however this is going to be a wonderful opportunity for them to transition over and build relationships with our older students in preparation for next year. The camp letter will be emailed to students and parents this afternoon. Please respond to this before Wednesday 15 June. This would be greatly appreciated as we will need to send information to Apex Camps regarding all students attending this camp by the end of term. Thank you in advance for your prompt response. 

Artist in Residence

This week our Year 9 Drama students worked with Queensland Theatre Company’s Jack McGovern on the script for the upcoming collaboration of ‘The Scene Project’. Students had a wonderful day learning new theatre styles and techniques. We can’t wait to see what they have devised when this is performed next term!

Sarah Ferguson

Director of Co-curricular (Culture)

From Turtle Café
A Message from Turtle Café Convenor, Serena Curnock

Hello Parents, Caregivers and Students of St Luke's.

Visit our all new webpage where you can find everything you need to know about Turtle Café, including this term's downloadable Turtle Café and ELC menus, and our FlexiSchools ordering system. It's all located by clicking right here.

Yours in Nutrition,

Serena Curnock

Turtle Café Convenor

From Uniform Shop
A Message from the Supervisor of Uniform Shop, Karen Orreal

Senior blazers 

There are many blazers that were ordered and have not yet been collected. You can pay in person at the uniform shop or you may pay over the phone and your child can then collect their blazer. 

Senior Jerseys

We still have a number of senior jerseys to be collected from the uniform shop. The total price is $97.00 so if you have paid your deposit the amount owing is $47.00.

Online Ordering

Online ordering is available from the school shop.  Orders can be placed via Flexischools  In addition Year 7 to 12 students can use their student ID card to purchase items in store.

Ms Karen Orreal

Shop Supervisor

From the Learning Hub
A Message from the Learning Hub

Holiday Reading

Don’t forget to borrow something exciting to read during the upcoming school holidays! In this chilly weather, it is the perfect time to snuggle down with a good book. If you need help choosing a story, Mrs Barlow and Mrs Price can point you in the right direction.

Term 3 Date-Claimer: Book Week 22-26th August

This year’s Book Week theme is ‘Dreaming with eyes open’. The book character parade will be held on Friday 26th August. Further details will be announced closer to the event.


Middle and Senior school students, a reminder to check on your name recorded in the front of each of your textbooks, to ensure that you are still using the book assigned to you. If your book has received any damage, see Learning Hub staff immediately as we may be able to repair it. Unrepairable or unreturned books are charged to school fee accounts at the end of the year.

Kind regards,

Sarah Simpson

Learning Hub Manager

Business Matters
A Message from St Luke's Anglican School

Notice of Enrolment Termination

The Notes to the Schedule of Fees lists the following requirements for withdrawal of enrolment:

If the student is to leave the School the parent agrees to give at least one term’s written notice to the School. This notice should be received:

  • not later than the first day of term at the end of which it is intended that the student should leave, or
  • if it is intended that the student should leave during a term, not later than the first day of the immediately preceding term.
  • If the parent intends to cancel or (with the School’s agreement) postpone or otherwise vary the student’s enrolment, the parent will give notice to that effect to the School no later than the first day of the term immediately preceding the date of entry.
  • If the parent fails to comply with either of the above paragraphs, the parent will pay or forfeit (as the case may be) to the School one term’s fees and charges in lieu of notice unless the Business Manager, in his/her sole discretion, agrees to remit payment of those fees wholly or partially.

St Luke’s Building Fund/Giving Program

The St Luke’s Anglican School Voluntary Building Fund (VBF) is an avenue for families and friends to support the School’s building program. These funds support areas of our capital works program that are not covered under the normal School budget. 

Over many years the School has received generous support through donations from families and friends of the School, and has therefore been able to support our building program in the many areas that you see around the School today. 

Every donation, no matter its size, makes a difference. The size of the donation is not as important as the fact that you choose to participate.

St Luke's Anglican School has been endorsed as a deductible gift recipient under item 2.1.10 in subdivision 30-B of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997, therefore all donations to the building fund are fully tax deductible and with the financial year coming to a close, now is the best time to donate to the Voluntary Building Fund for the 2021/2022 financial year. 

Payments can be made through Parent Lounge (under make a payment - school fees account) or contact Susan Browne Ph 4132 7526, email for other payment options.

More information on the Scholarship and Bursary Fund or Sports/Rowing Funds is available on our website.

Thank you to everyone who has already made a donation and your tax deductible receipts will be emailed to you mid July.

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