Primary News 6 May 2016 - Glasshouse Christian College

Primary News 6 May 2016

  • May 5, 2016

Primary News 6 May 2016

With Mothers’ Day this weekend there have been a number of class activities and items during the week which focussed on “Our Mums”.

In preparing for Wednesday’s Prep – Year 2 Chassembly I read a number of articles about Motherhood.  How can one simple word encompass such a wealth of feeling?  For me personally, the impact my mother had on me throughout my life could never be measured.  All mothers have an incredible impact on their children.

Whether you are the mother of a number of children or the mother of one, whether you are a mother of girls, boys or both with a support network of family members and friends or a single mum with limited support, whether you have husbands who have fly in, fly out jobs or a grandparent who is actually “Mother” to your grandchildren – what children need to feel secure, loved, be resilient and develop a strong moral compass to navigate life, remains the same. Your circumstances as Mum may be more difficult, but children all need the same things. They need love, patience, forgiveness, firm but gentle guidance, understanding, quality time with us, a listening ear, trust and unconditional LOVE.

Having raised children of my own I know the joys, the pain, the busyness, the weariness, the happiness and the absolute blessing of motherhood.  If we keep the lines of communication open whenever they need to speak to us and mutual trust is high in our priorities, our job as mother will be a success and our children will be blessed and bless us.

To all our mothers here at the College, we pray that you and your family have a wonderful day together on Sunday.  We hope that you are honoured as you truly deserve and that your children will show you how much you are loved.


Start Smart

In Week 2 primary classes were involved in lessons from the Start Smart programme sponsored by the Commonwealth Bank.  Information on this is below.


Research suggests it is never too early to learn money management skills. And it is never too late to start learning.

Start Smart teaches students about financial literacy, empowering them to make wise financial decisions for themselves. We have gradually expanded our offerings to cater to as wide a number of students as possible, customising our workshops according to their needs, interests and levels of learning.

Our original program launched in 2007 and consisted of a range of workshops aimed at secondary school students. Each workshop was tailored towards a topic of direct relevance to secondary students’ daily lives and experiences: Earning, Saving, Spending and Investing.

Following the success of our Secondary program, the Commonwealth Bank decided to extend Start Smart to primary schools in 2010. For the Primary workshops, Start Smart consulted specialists in primary education, cognitive development, instructional design and financial literacy.

The Primary program consists of three stages, each of which corresponds to a different level of learning. The workshops are engaging as well as educational, featuring characters such as Captain SuperCents and Coach Cash, who represents all the temptations to spend money needlessly.

The Start Smart programme will hopefully impact the financial future of our primary students as they become mindful of how to handle money.  We will have the opportunity again next year to continue their financial literacy lesson for our students.

Anzac March 20166

Thank you once again this year for the wonderful support of the Beerwah Anzac March and service.  It always makes us very proud to watch our students participate and take part in the ceremony I am sure as parents you felt the same sense of pride on Anzac Day.  We will email the Certificate of Attendance, either at Beerwah or another venue, within a couple of weeks. More photos here.

Introducing Mrs Sarah Leary as the P – Year 2 CoordinatorLeary

Mrs Leary was our first P – Year 2 Coordinator some years ago before she took leave following the birth of her first child.  We are pleased to announce that Mrs Leary has been appointed to this role until the end of the year.  If you have any concerns regarding pastoral care or behaviour management, please don’t hesitate to contact Mrs Leary by phone 5439 0033 or email

Mrs Leary will also be working on various events for the lower primary throughout the year. I know you will make her very welcome as she takes Chassembly and works with your children.

Cheryl Bryers, Head of Primary


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