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Combined Council Meeting 2017

Welcome back to Term 3. I trust you are all refreshed after a busy Term and had some valuable time with your families during the break. On Tuesday night July 25, Good Shepherd Lutheran School hosted a Connected Schools Combined Council meeting featuring staff and council members from Salisbury Lutheran Kindergarten, St Paul Lutheran Blair…

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Investigating flight

Connected Schools work together to improve outcomes for all students in the Connected Schools learning community. A small group of Year 5 – Year 8 students recently met at Endeavour College to join with representatives from other Connected Schools for an enrichment program targeted to high achievers, especially in relation to Science. With a focus on physics,…

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Celebrating our Faith

At the heart of our connection is our Lutheran identity. ‘Lutheran schools and early childhood services …. are communities of worship and service, sharing and living the good news of Jesus Christ.’ (Growing Deep Leadership and Formation Framework) On Thursday 18 May, 650 students and staff from our Connected Schools came together to worship. The…

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Getting into Gardening

I grew up on a grain farm in Victoria, and believe that my upbringing has grown in me a resilience and understanding about life. There are numerous studies which talk about the lack of contact with nature negatively affecting children’s health, well-being and academic performance. As a result, many opportunities that connect students with nature…

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Celebrating Sports Days

Over the last few weeks Good Shepherd, Golden Grove and St Paul primary schools held their annual Sports Days. Many wonderful moments of positive sportsmanship, individual efforts and inspirational team support were enthusiastically cheered on by parents, grandparents and friends. The events all ran smoothly thanks to the careful planning of Sports Coordinators. On the day, staff, parents and Endeavour College…

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Connected through opportunities in sport

Did you know that many community sports teams have been formed with students between the Connected Schools? At the moment, the Golden Grove Lutheran Primary School Comets Basketball Team, play in the local Tea Tree Gully Competition at Turramurra or Golden Grove Recreation Centre on Saturdays, in Div 3 / 4 U12. The team is…

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STEM and Future Learning

While the government has an educational focus nationally on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths), people may think about it as a political ‘hot potato’. At Connected Schools, we believe in the merit and authenticity of the STEM approach to learning. With the understanding that children learn best through making connections across many learning areas to their…

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Enrichment Program: Experiencing Sports for the Vision Impaired

This term, the Enrichment activity was focused around gaining a greater understanding of inclusivity in sport. Students experienced what it is like to be vision impaired by wearing blindfolds or restricted glasses that simulate vision loss. Students from Good Shepherd, St Paul, Endeavour and Golden Grove participated in modified sporting activities, such as blind cricket, blind tennis, goalball and…

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Kindergarten Update

The 2017 Kindergarten year has started well, with our 77 children settling in well. The majority of parents come to the kindergarten because it offers Christian preschool education or they have heard from friends that it is a good kindergarten with a diverse and engaging program. Many parents start their connection with the kindergarten, by…

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Moderation

Assessment is a fundamental element of teaching pedagogy. It is part of the construction of understanding process including what we want the students to learn, how might they learn best and how we will know what they have learned. Teacher judgement is at the centre of assessment and reporting against achievement standards. Quality and consistency of…

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