Thank you for presenting the students in the correct uniform each day. We are focusing on hat wearing and organisation of equipment required for learning.  It is excellent to see the vast majority of students wear their hat without needing additional support to do so. 

Despite the days of rain we have been experiencing, we do live in the Sunshine State. The Cancer Council of Queensland website reminds us to remain vigilant about sun safety as the Sunshine State (Queensland) remains the skin cancer capital of the world. At Groves, sadly, we know the damage of melanomas. We have lost loved colleagues to cancer caused by melanomas. We expect every student to wear the appropriate Groves school hat when outside from the time they arrive to the time they depart the school gate. If walking to or from school we encourage students to wear their school hat. Every time we are in the sun, UV damage is occurring. Please expect your child to have their hat as they arrive and up to getting in the car in the afternoon. 

 Friendships

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. Love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres (1 Corinthians 13: 6–7 NIV). 

Stories passed down from early Christian times in Rome explain that Saint Valentine had been martyred because he was supporting Christians at a time when it was illegal to do so. Traditional stories of Saint Valentine secretly marrying couples to prevent the men from having to go to war may have been the reason behind the start of the 18th century tradition of sending trinkets, cards and flowers to their loved ones on the day he is remembered in some church traditions. 

We focus on learning and friendships at school. We promote inclusive friendship groups rather than couples pairing off. Students at Groves have tended to make Valentine’s Day more about affirming friendships and creating a pleasant day for each other through compliments. 

Please refer to our statement regarding friendships

God bless,

Vanessa Osborne
Head of College