How do you know when a three-year-old has accepted you into the inner circle of trust?
They tell you the truth…
After a beautiful segment of time spent with my family in the United States, I journeyed down to the Early Learning Centre to hang out with some wonderfully precocious children who, overjoyed to spend time together, greeted me with shouts of welcome. As we sat down for some Jesus Time, one of the little girls approached and stood directly in front of me.
‘Pastor Reid,’ she said, ‘your head looks like a potato.’
I felt so blessed.
While it may be true that my head is, in fact, shaped like a tuber, what pleased me most was that this young lady trusted me enough to share with me what she saw as truth, and in a way that worked easiest for her.
Now of course, I could have chosen to be offended. I could have stomped out of the room and vowed never to return. But those options were obviously not the correct ones. Her perspective allowed me to enter her world and to speak in a trusting way.
So it was with Jesus. When the crowds, or the disciples, came to Jesus with specific outlooks on life, certainly, Jesus could have taken offense. (Certainly he was frustrated at times). Even so, he often looked on those ‘little children,’ as he called them, with love. From there, he entered into a conversation that would take them to a new level. They trusted Jesus enough to allow him to help them wrestle with life.
This term, we’ve been focussing on the things that Jesus did: heal, pray, teach, etc… and we see that in Jesus’s responses to all people, he seemed to notice what people needed most, whether physical healing, prayer or teaching. His eyes were open to listen and to speak.
I hope you all have people in your life who will speak openly and honestly, and because you trust them, you can return the favour. I also hope that you are able to speak to Jesus openly and honestly because he still listens, still cares, still heals, prays and teaches us even today. Generally, these things happen through the same trusted people – but Jesus can work through them!
God’s peace to you as you hear Jesus’s voice.
From the Deputy Principal Head of Secondary School
DEVELOPING RESILIENT YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN
Resilience has been somewhat of a buzz word for the past decade. For some time now, Australia’s leading psychologists have spoken of the importance of resilience in our young people. More and more we hear of student’s feeling stressed, anxious, depressed or just not coping. As parents and educators, we want our students to overcome or be exempt from these conditions. Resilience is a good place to start
What is resilience?
It’s the ability to overcome adversity and obstacles, the ability to land on your feet or more simply, it’s the ability to bounce back.
“Resilience is the happy knack of being able to bungy jump through the pitfalls of life. It is the strongest antidote we know of for self-harm, depression and drug abuse and it’s built on our sense of belonging.” Andrew Fuller (Psychologist.
How can we help our young people build resilience?
Develop a sense of belonging and connectedness. Ideally, this ought to happen at a number of levels. When one feels connected into their family, a community, church group, surf club, their school, perhaps their year level, class, sports team, orchestra, choir, debating team, friendship group, whatever it may me, they feel valued. When one is valued, one naturally feels more positive, more confident, stronger, happier and more able to handle knocks and disappointments in life.
Encourage a diversity of friends. If all fails with friends at school, having youth group friends, surf club friends, childhood friends to spend time with helps.
Encourage a charismatic adult in their life. Somebody outside the family that they feel connected with, trust and may have influence in their life. It might be a teacher or that favourite ‘aunty’ your family spends time with. My children have five or six “Aunties” that I hope and pray they will seek out if they ever feel we as parents just don’t quite cut it or understand.
Tell inspiring stories of determination and resilience. The ones about grandfathers at war, parents who left their native country to create a better life for their children elsewhere. Bible stories such as David slaying Goliath, and Daniel in Lion’s Den. Stories of disabled athletes who overcome. The mountain climber, Aron Ralston, who amputated his arm for survival. Also tell positive, glass half full stories.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). This simply means seeing one’s mind as a control centre. Recognise what one thinks, affects how one feels and how one feels affects how one acts. Our students can handle things so much better when they take control of their thoughts. Remember the story of the little engine that could? ”I think I can, I think I can”.
Identify strengths. It is easier to build resilience when kids have successes in life. Find something they can succeed in. Give them plenty of praise and encouragement and also teach them self-praise. It’s great if they can say to themselves “actually I was quite good in that drama play, I’m a talented actor”, “I have natural endurance, if I train hard I am likely to do very well in cross country”.
Teach them how to Problem Solve. Define the problem, brainstorm a range of possible solutions and considering the outcome for each. Pick the best solution based on examining all consequences. Do it! ... and evaluate the outcome.
Rediscover some family rituals. It doesn’t matter whether it is a family walk after dinner, pancakes for breakfast on birthdays, the Friday night pizza or the Saturday morning clean up, rituals are precious. The best rituals often cost nothing. These are the activities you hope that later on your children will reminisce and say, “Mum always made sure we did” or Dad always made sure we did.”
Take time to be. “We live in a world that suffers from attention deficit disorder. We rush children from activity to activity, from lesson to lesson and from one organised event to another. Then we wonder why, when there is a lull that they say, “I’m bored”. Be a counter-revolutionary. Find some time each week just to be at home without anything structured happening” (Andrew Fuller 2011).
Finally, being in relationship with God. Being confident in the knowledge that God is actively involved in our lives. Knowing He walks with us each day and guides us. Knowing He values us beyond measure.
It is not hard to see that in nurturing the individual and building resilience we create happier, healthier children. Young people that may continue learning and growing and go on to make a genuine difference in their world and our global world.
There are a number of very good ‘resilience’ programs available for children of all ages. At St Andrews, we aim to teach resilience to our students in various year levels. If you are particularly interested in more information on specific resilience resources, please let me know.
Adele Ramsay Deputy Principal Head of Secondary School
On Monday 8 August we welcomed our first Japanese students since 2019! Students in Years 9-12 were buddied up with students from Tokyo Metropolitan Showa High School. Across the two days, students were involved in classes with their buddies and got to eat Australian foods, including Meat Pies and Tim Tams. It was a great opportunity for us to practice our Japanese skills, share cultural exchanges and to help our visitors learn more English.
Tobias B MS Japanese Language Ambassador
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This week, Year 10 and 11 Health students attended the Prevent Alcohol and Risk-related Trauma in Youth program (PARTY).
We heard stories from Doctors, Nurses and Surgeons who work in the Trauma department at Gold Coast University Hospital. Several survivors talked about their own personal stories with drugs alcohol and mental health.
The students experienced the impacts of alcohol wearing the alcohol goggles and were involved in an emergency role play with a young man who was in a car accident and they had to care for his airway and circulation and liaise with the father. They did an awesome job. It was an intense and inspiring day working with the PARTY Team who are a committed group of professionals who are making a difference in our community.
Tania Stewart Director of Academic Operations and Learning
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Celebrating Science Week at the College
Science Week 2022
The theme for National Science Week 2022 was “Glass – More Than Meets the Eye” and the Science Ambassadors and Science teachers had great fun with all things Science this week providing opportunities for students from the ELC up to Secondary. The activities on offer this week were:
Guess the number of marbles competition.
Daily Science riddle with a prize for the first correct answer.
Poster competition – Glass in Technologies.
Daily activities in Upper CSI and in the Junior STEAM room were:
I would like to thank the Science Ambassadors, Science teachers and especially the Laboratory Technicians for their help in making Science Week 2022 such a success! Enjoy the photos.
Robert Slider Head of science
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Secondary Library News
Term Three continues to be an exciting, busy and interactive term in regard to all things Library Services.
DR KARL SKYPE SESSION
Last week, St Andrews Lutheran College welcomed Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, award winning Scientist, Author, Presenter and one of Australia’s National Living Treasures. Dr Karl expanded our Year 4 and 5 students’ minds in all things Science during his dynamic question and answer session. Thank-you to the staff who helped organise this collaborative initiative: Mr Robert Slider (Head of Science), Mr Nick Willner (IT/AV Support) and the Library Services team.
FUSE CUP GIRL GAMERS
The FUSE Cup Girl Gamer Competition is a safe, supportive, and specialised division and a brand new initiative from the creators of the FUSE Cup Esports competition. A large group of excited and passionate girls arrived for the Mario Kart trials conducted by Mrs Slabosz this week. We are excited to announce the final team for the FUSE Cup Girl Gamer Competition: Ruby G, Maeve S, Olivia M and Stella D – congratulations girls!
SUPER MAX AND BRYCE CARD MAKING
The Secondary Library continues to host a Super Max and Bryce card making station. Join us during break times to write notes of hope and caring to be given to children in need. Thank you to all of the students who have taken the time to create a note for this worthy cause.
BOOK WEEK 22-25 AUGUST
Book week is fast approaching. Library Services have planned fun activities throughout Book Week, including a Staff and Student Costume Day on Tuesday 23 August, to coincide with Crazy Sock Day to raise money for Super Max and Bryce!
New Sign-In/Out Procedure for afterschool hours (3:10pm – 5:00pm)
Please be advised of the new after-hours CRC Secondary Library Sign-In/Out Procedure for all students in Years 7-12.
In addition to these new requirements the sign-in process will now use Sine Pro electronically. Students will need to sign-in and out using their school email at the entrance to the Library. We ask students to be patient as everyone adjusts to the new system.
There is no need for parents/carers to sign students in or out, students may leave the Library when they know their parent has arrived to collect them.
All students must sign-in and out if in the Library between the hours of 3:10pm-5:00pm.
Students who are signed in need to stay in the Library unless they receive permission from the supervising staff member to go outside.
An after-school detention may be issued to students who do not follow procedures and sign-in and out.
Cases where students have not signed in or out will be followed up.
CRC OPENING HOURS
Monday and Friday 7:30am – 5:00pm
After Hours: (3:10pm-5:00pm)
All students need to sign-in and out at the CRC front desk.
The direct phone number to contact the CRC after hours is (07) 5568 5906.
Please see the Senior Library After Hours Policy on parent lounge for more information.
Your Librarians are always happy to help with research, finding resources, book recommendations and IT support. We also love to chat about books, life and the universe. Come in and chat to us or email us directly:
From the Deputy Head of Junior School Acting PYP Coordinator
STUDENT LED CONFERENCES AT ST ANDREWS LUTHERAN COLLEGE 2022
You will have received an email outlining the upcoming Student Led Conferences and how to book for these. Student Led Conferences will be held on Friday 2 September all day. Students are only required to be at school for their booked time, OSHC is available for students who need care at school for the day. The following information may be helpful for parents and caregivers as you prepare for these.
WHAT IS A STUDENT LED CONFERENCE?
A Student Led Conference is between the student and their parents/caregivers. It provides students with the opportunity to think about and show their learning. Unlike the Three Way Conference, when the teacher is also a participant, during the Student Led Conferences the teacher is present as an observer and offers support only if needed.
As part of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme, Three Way Conferences are an integral part of our students sharing the learning they have been doing, while reflecting on the goals they have been working towards and showing parents the skills they are developing. Student Led Conferences are one of the four ways we report to parents in the Junior School:
Three Way Conferences (Term One)
Semester Reports (end of Term Two and Four)
Learning Journal through Seesaw (On-going)
Student Led Conferences (Term Three)
HOW ARE THEY ORGANISED:
It is not a normal school day;
Students arrive with their parents/caregivers at the scheduled time and leave with their parents/caregivers at the end of the Conference. Students are to wear their formal uniform;
Students work with their parents/caregivers. Teachers are in the classroom as a support and observer to the classroom;
Bookings for a timeslot (for the classroom) are made through the link emailed out;
Up to five Conferences will run simultaneously in the classroom; and
This is the time for your child to show their learning.
DURING A STUDENT LED CONFERENCE A STUDENT:
Reflects on their learning;
Deepens understanding of self as a learner;
Demonstrates independence in learning;
Fosters pride and develops ownership of personal goals and achievements;
Utilises their oral communication skills; and
Practices time management.
ON THE DAY OF THE CONFERENCE
Students will escort their parents/caregivers into the classroom and greet the teacher;
Students lead the Conference using a prepared agenda; and
Students will also take parents to the MPH to demonstrate some of their learning in Single Subject lessons (the MPH can be accessed before or after the booked Conference time).
Students are required to wear the College formal uniform;
Supervision will be available for P-6 siblings who attend the College when it is not their Conference time in the STEAM room;
Siblings (who attend the College) need to be dropped off to the supervision area (Steam Room) prior to the Conference start time; and
Parents must directly contact OSHC at email@example.com or 5522 5762 to make arrangements for their child to attend, if required.
Here are some questions and comments that parents/caregivers might use during the Conference:
Can you explain this to me?
How did you do this?
What I notice about your learning is …
I was proud of you for …
What would you like to learn more about?
AFTER THE CONFERENCE
Parents/caregivers will be invited to write their child a positive personal note about what they saw at the Conference.
We hope you enjoy this part of your child’s learning journey and look forward to seeing you on the day.
Karen Koehler Deputy Head of Junior School / Acting PYP Coordinator
Junior School Library News
The Junior School was full of excitement and laughter on Friday 19 August for the annual Book Character Parade. It was wonderful to have parents back on campus enjoying the parade with their children. Celebrating Book Week is a very special event, helping to promote and foster literacy through the love of books, a desire to learn and the joy of reading for pleasure.
During Term Three students have been participating in several Book Week related activities during their library lessons. Students voted for their favourite shortlisted book in our Battle of the Books Competition. The winning titles were Walk of the Whales by Nick Bland and Stellarphant by James Foley.
A big thank you to the library services team for their organisation of this wonderful event and Mr Buddee for his help during the parade.
Congratulations to the following winners in our library book week competitions.
PREP - YEAR 2 COLOUR IN COMPETITION
Prep – Iluka T P2 Year 1 – Harper N 1C Year 2 – Hamish M 2A
YEARS 3- 4 DESIGN COMPETITION
Year 3 – Estella T 3C and runner up Chloe F 3C Year 4 – Hannah G 4A and runner up Chanel C 4C
Year 5 – Imogen W 5C and runners up Harper D 5A and Olivia M 5C Year 6 – Abigail G 6C and runner up Ari H 6A
Vikki Rees Teacher Librarian
Book Week 2022
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Early Learning Centre
From the Director of the Early Learning Centre
AUGUST IS THE MONTH FOR READING!
We are participating in the Premiers Reading Challenge and will be recording all the books we read this week. The children are very excited about Book Week and the Book Character Parade. We will also be holding a book fair during the week of 19 August.
Please save the date for the Father’s Day BBQ breakfast which will be held on Friday 2 September, 7:30am to 8:30am. We hope you can come along and celebrate with your child. A Father’s Day stall will run for three days 29 to 31 August. Please bring in $5.00 for your child to purchase a gift. Along with these wonderful events, there will be a Father’s Day Raffle, raising money for Super Max and Bryce. Tickets are $5.00 each or 3 for $10.00 and will be drawn at the BBQ breakfast.
The children of the ELC have been enjoying spending time out in nature and connecting with the natural environment that we are so blessed to have around us. They have challenged themselves in many ways, climbing trees, balancing along logs, working together in teams, supporting each other’s wellbeing, and including others in play. We have touched on things like early math concepts, experimenting with weight, height and length, literacy skills such as using sticks to write in the dirt, and using stones to make patterns. After a couple of sessions, we moved our site to the space at the back of the ELC which has again changed how the children explore and use the space. The children have been exploring and getting used to the new space using items such as sifters, brushes, tape measures, specimen containers and various reference books. We look forward to continuing to learn about our world and all that is around us.
This week we got to harvest our sweet potato vine. We had planted old sprouted sweet potatoes in 2021 and it was exciting to harvest them this week. We harvested such a range of sizes which proved to be so much fun and full of mystery. Pre Prep 2 then had the opportunity to do some great cooking with them. We invite you to bring in any potatoes, onions or sweet potatoes that may have sprouted in your veggie draw to see if we can grow some more.
We have moved the re-enrolment process to an earlier date this year. Please return all forms that have been sent home by the end of the week. We will confirm all days for 2023 before the end of the year. Once all days have been confirmed, we will then move to the external waitlist. All children who are off to prep or leaving the centre will finish up by Friday 16 December. Please feel free to contact the OSHC office to enquire about Vacation Care for 2023 and arrange enrolment.
SIGNING IN AND OUT
A reminder that signing your child in and out of the ELC is a legal requirement and forms part of your enrolment agreement. Please talk to the staff if you don’t have your phone with you at drop off or pick up.
DENTAL HEALTH CHECK
Dental 2 You will be vising on 1 September for dental health checks. If you would like to book, please do this online or complete a form on the Reception desk.
Unfortunately, I have had some complaints this week about carparking. Please ensure that your drop offs and collections are as fast as possible. If you are a Prep or Year 1 parent, or a parent that is spending time in an older sibling’s classroom, please park in the Junior School carpark.
Have a good week.
Bronwyn Waters Director
Junior Kindy News
Junior Kindy have had a great month of learning and growing. We have endured a few colder mornings where we stayed and played in Pre Prep 1 before we transitioned to our room or outside.
During outside play, the children have enjoyed the ninja line and are working on their balance and taking turns (as this is very popular). Inside, they have been focussing on independence, helping to pack away and working as a team.
As the children’s confidence grows, the puzzles they are completing are getting more difficult. They are also becoming more confident with the sounding of the first letter of their names.
You may hear the children sing some of the multicultural songs that they have been Learning. These include an aboriginal song called ‘Innanay Gupuwana’ and a Japanese song called ‘The Chestnut tree’. We have also added in a new drumming song that the children love. The children have extended on their number recognition right up to number 20 now and are consolidating this learning throughout the week along with letter recognition. They continue to practise writing their names and are enjoying new art activities every day.
The children have enjoyed visits from Pastor Reid (who is met with much excitement when he brings his guitar) and last Friday, Uncle Allan visited and we listened to him play his didgeridoo and sing to us in our yarning circle.
Junior Kindy have started attending Bush Kindy on a Tuesday, where we don our hi-vis vests and go to the bush with Ranger Stacey for a story and some learning.
Junior Kindy children continue with building friendships and becoming quite independent. Next month they are looking forward to Book Week and Science Week. We are always busy and learning together.
Junior Kindy Team
Pre Prep 1 News
During Term Three, the children enjoyed visits to the Junior School Library with Mrs Rees. During their visits they shared amazing stories together and continued to learn how they return books after borrowing them. Some of our Pre Prep 1 children also shared their show and tell during the library visits. It has been a fantastic opportunity to practise walking around the Junior School and getting to know the areas before their transition to Prep. Our library visits have developed their confidence with peers and interactions with a broad range of resources.
We have been continuing our unit of inquiry by incorporating students from the Junior School. A group of students came from their Music class and shared what they had been working on. They had created a beat and rap story to match and the Pre Prep 1 children were very interested in hearing them. The children continued to ask questions, even after the students had left the ELC. This led to our own stories and imaginative interactions in our own classroom.
Pre Prep 1 ventured down to the Multipurpose Hall to enjoy and engage in the Japanese Culture Day organised by Sensai. We attended the Japanese dance in the first session where we watched women perform and explain the meaning behind the dances. Pre Prep 1 asked many open ended questions about the clothing and the dances they performed. During the middle of the day, we went to see the Taiko Drums performance which was an amazing experience for our children to observe. The performers began by explaining where they had learnt to play the drums and how the sounds are made. Throughout the performance the children were moving to the beat and used their bodies to create their own drums. We watched students on the stage create their own music using the drums, alongside the performers.
Please see the August/September upcoming events at the front of ELC
Please remember closed in shoes on Monday/Thursday for Bush Kindy
Book Week will commence Friday 19 August (parade at Junior School)
Pre Prep 1 Team
Pre Prep 2 News
Thank you to everyone who attended the mid-year interviews. It was great to connect with you and share the progress that your child has made so far along with some of the wonderful things we have been doing in the classroom. As we head into the latter part of the year, we are noticing the shift in the children’s growth and development. Providing opportunities to engage in play helps children to build and extend on their knowledge, skills and understanding of the world around them. Over the past month, we have been focusing on a range of ways to help the children regulate their emotions and talk about their feelings. Self-regulation is the ability to control our thoughts, feelings and behaviours in a way that helps us function day to day and achieve our goals. Building self-regulation skills, particularly early in a child’s life, lays the foundations for children’s social and emotional development. As Educators, it is important that we are good role models and support the children to learn the skills to do this independently. In Pre Prep 2, we do this through the ‘Fill a Bucket’ story, Zones of Regulation posters, breathing techniques, bubbles and sensory toys and spaces. By providing these opportunities, it gives the children the ability to feel safe and secure and have a better day.
The Bush Kindy program has been such a positive experience for the children. They have loved the freedom to explore the environment and spend time connecting with their peers. We have since discovered another space behind the ELC which has allowed the children to explore other areas of nature. During August, we also celebrated National Tree Day. We planted a special tree in the playground and then used the opportunity to bring in some mindfulness and link in with our unit of inquiry this term. The children found a quiet space in the playground to draw a tree while breathing in the fresh air.
Also linking in with our unit of inquiry: How we express ourselves, Sensei shared some videos of some traditional Japanese dancers. The ladies used music and dance to express themselves and to showcase their culture which Sensei replicated in the ELC with our own kimonos. We also had the opportunity to visit the Multipurpose Hall and participate in Japanese Culture Day which included dancing and some very loud drumming. A wonderful experience for the children to be a part of.
Pre Prep 2 Team
ELC Upcoming Events
AUGUST Monday 22 - 25
Dress up option all week for Book Week
Friday 26 Centre Closed – Gold Coast Show Holiday
Monday 29 August – 1 September Father’s Day Stall
Tuesday 30 E-3 Mini Games with Junior School Crazy Sock Day for Super Max and Bryce
Thursday 1 Dental 2 You - Dental Check Up (forms due by 25 August)
Friday 2 Father’s Day Breakfast 7:30am – 8:30am
Tuesday 6 Wildlife Dress Up day – Gold Coin Donation for endangered animals
Wednesday 7 Educator’s Day – Spoil the ELC Educators- complete a little appreciation note – more information to come
Friday 9 Movie night on the Village Green with the Junior School
After two years of cancellations, the students were very eager to finally have a chance to participate and shine at the Hinterland Athletics Trials. After two big days of competition, we had ten students automatically qualify through to the South Coast Trials in September. We look forward to seeing how these students go against the rest of the Gold Coast.
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CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS FUTSAL
Recently, at the Champion of Champions Futsal Tournament, we had four St Andrews Junior School Teams participate over two days. Our 12 Years Girls team qualified for the Australasian Championships. This is the second year in a row that a girls team has made this National Competition. We wish the team the best of luck for Australasians in a few weeks time.
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Last weekend after seven months of training, our Brisbane Kokoda teams finally had the opportunity to participate after early postponements due to flooding. We had seven teams participate, two in the 48km challenge and five in the 30km challenge. All students and leaders finished the event, resulting in St Andrews yet again having 100% completion rate through all the events. We also had team SALC 1 win the 48km Bert Kienzle Cup and SALC-19 win the 30km Clairre Meredith Cup. Congratulations to all involved.
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Casey West Junior School PSPE Teacher / Sports Coordinator
Gold Coast Oral Health Services
Junior School Movie Night
August Monday 22 SLAPS Athletics Carnival Choral GCE 2022
Tuesday 23 Crazy Sock Day
Wednesday 24 Concert band Showcase
Thursday 25 Prep 2023 Fun Day
Friday 26 Show Day Public Holiday
Monday 29 Year 12 Mock External Exams
Tuesday 30 Year 12 Mock External Exams Father’s Day stall Prep – Year 3 Mini Olympics
Wednesday 31 Year 12 Mock External Exams Father’s Day stall
Thursday 1 2023 Prep Fun Day South Coast Track and Field Trials
Friday 2 QCAA Verification Student Free Day ELC Father’s Day Breakfast