After winning the College’s Literacy Project and Student Book of the Year, Hamish, Year 5 student at Prince of Peace published and professionally printed his first book—Mercury Saves the Day.
The College held a book-signing event for his launch where Hamish was kept busy signing his name then offered words to his fellow students about the challenges of writing and publishing a book.Read more
Prince of Peace Lutheran College welcomed world-renowned Italian guitarist Massimo Varini to present a guitar masterclass on Wednesday 16 October 2019.
Guitar students, and those who have elected music as a classroom subject in 2019, were completely captivated by his breathtaking mastery of the instrument; and by his insightful advice covering areas of composition, technique, performance and inspiration. A number of our students even courageously came forward to play his instrument, and received personal direction from Massimo in some areas to improve on.Read more
Cooper Schmidt continues his stunning string of athletics results, winning the under 20s 400m hurdles at the Oceania Championships earlier this month in Townsville—after only a term of specific training for the event.
Cooper also placed first with his 400m relay team, and now has sponsorship with a sports performance company. We are intensely proud of his spirited leadership and remarkable sporting achievements, especially considering this is his busy Senior year here at Prince of Peace Lutheran College.Read more
Our hugely talented Charlotte Stephens competed in the regal sport of dressage over the term break, representing Prince of Peace Lutheran College at the Interschool Equestrian State Championships.
We are so incredibly proud that she was awarded State Champion in the Freestyle Medium Dressage section with a fabulous score of 74%, and is reserve State Champion for Medium Dressage. We wish Charlotte all the best when she heads off in September with the Queensland team to compete at the Nationals in Sydney.Read more
After another outstanding performance at the National Athletics Championships in Sydney last month, Prince of Peace Year 12 student Cooper Schmidt has now been chosen to represent Australia in the Oceania Athletics Championships at the end of June 2019.
We congratulate Cooper for his commitment and determination to be competing at this elite level.Read more
Prince of Peace Lutheran College has been recognised in the top 6% of Queensland High Schools. The Federal Committee for Education, Employment and Training have a method that analyses how much a school “adds value” by measuring achievement via the High School journey.
This is a fairer metric than providing a simple snapshot of OP results, and takes into account the starting point of students from their Year 9 NAPLAN result and charting their progress at graduation. Using this metric, Federal MP and Chair of the Committee Andrew Laming, congratulated Prince of Peace for being placed in the top 6% of the State.
This is an amazing achievement for our College and we congratulate our 2018 graduates and acknowledge the dedication of our staff in helping students achieve their potential.Read more
This year Prince of Peace College is excited to be celebrating 35 years of primary education and 10 years of secondary education.
A lot has happened over these years so we will be taking the time over the next 12 months to reflect on our past and celebrate our many achievements.Read more
It was very pleasing to see 2018 be another strong year of academic results that will build our reputation within the community.
What is really pleasing to see, is how, as a College, Prince of Peace consistently has a high number of OP eligible students that far exceeds the state average.
We commend the graduating class of 2018 for their efforts.Read more
Six of our Prince of Peace Lutheran College students recently travelled to Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut to compete in the Tournament of Champions at the World Scholar’s Cup.
2700 scholars from over 50 countries participated in the tournament, competing in Collaborative Writing, Debating and the Scholars Bowl. They also had the unique chance to explore the Yale University Campus.
Our students should be so proud of what they have achieved, as they all excelled. Every member placed in the tournament, collectively bringing home 20 medallions between them. A special mention goes to Jessica G for placing 41st out of 1800 competitors and Mrs John for facilitating this amazing experience. The College must also acknowledge Mrs Edwards, Mr Brookes and Mr Russell for their support of the students as they prepared to compete.Read more
Read about bicycling in Queensland and our Prince of Peace Lutheran College star triathlete, Addison, in Year 3, from this week's Quest North-West News paper.Read more
Sam Short, our Year 9 swimming super-star recently competed at the Brisbane Short Course Swimming Championships.
From six races, Sam won six gold, broke 5 Brisbane swimming records, 2 Queensland records, 2 Queensland all-comers records and is #1 ranked for boys 14 years All Time Australian Performances for the 800m free and 1500m free.
Events Sam swam in at the championships were: 200m, 400m, 800m 1500m free, 200m back and 200m fly.
In his 1500m free event, Sam broke the age group record - taking the title from Olympic gold medallist Mack Horton, another awesome achievement from our very dedicated student, leading to this newspaper article highlighting his achievement.
Congratulations to Bridgette, our Prince of Peace College Year 6 student who achieved inspiring success at Maryborough earlier this month, competing at State level in the 2018 Pony Club Queensland State Championships.
Bridgette earned the highest points for a horse and rider combination that has competed in all three competitions at this event.
We look forward to seeing where her talent takes her within this majestic sport.
Bridgette’s 2018 Pony Club Queensland State Championships Results:
- State Champion U13 Dressage
- State Dressage Team Member – Top 4 Riders in State
- Florence Stanley Perpetual Trophy
- 3rd Combined Training U13
- State Champion U13 Horse Trials 80cm
- Kevin Lingard Cup
- Percy Bishop Trophy
After earning his sixth National win just a few months ago at the BMX National Championships in March, our Year 8 student Thomas Tucker has now returned from the 2018 UCI BMX World Championships – once again crowned BMX World Champion for 13 yr boys.
Thomas has achieved this prodigious world-title for the sixth year in a row.
We congratulate Thomas on the hard work, perseverance and grit which lead him to these ongoing astounding achievements.Read more
Samuel gave an outstanding performance earning three golds and a Queensland record.
His events were boys 14 years 1500m freestyle (Queensland record), 200m butterfly and 200m freestyle.
We congratulate Samuel on his determination and achievements in this highly competitive sport.Read more
Nine of our Prince of Peace Lutheran College students spent two days of their school holidays participating in the World Scholar’s Cup.
This competition aims to motivate students of all backgrounds to discover new strengths and practice new skills, to inspire a global community of future scholars and leaders. Nine of our students spent two days at Anglican Church Grammar School (Churchie), competing against 50 other school teams (150 students) in the Brisbane round of the Scholar’s Cup. The students had three debates, collaborative writing, MC test, and the Scholar’s Cup (a buzzer contest).
The students took home medals in Debating, Collaborative Writing and the Scholar's Bowl. This is an outstanding achievement with some tremendous personal accomplishments. All three teams experienced success and can progress to the next level, the Global Round, which is in Melbourne (or Barcelona).Read more
In another immensely successful event, our Year 8 National BMX Champion Thomas Tucker competed this week at the BMX National Championships in Bunbury, WA.
Thomas earned his sixth National win, taking out his event for the third year in a row in the 20" class. This week’s results were:
BMX Oceania Championships
1st place 13 Boys (1O)
1st place 15-16 Boys Cruiser (1O)
BMX National Championships
1st place 13 Boys (1A)
7th place 13-14 Cruiser Boys (7A), the only 13 year old to make final.
We congratulate Thomas on his hard work and ongoing astounding achievements in his chosen sport.Read more
Prince of Peace Lutheran College was thrilled to receive official congratulations from Federal Member for Bowman Andrew Laming MP, congratulating the College on our impressive 2017 academic results and naming us in the Top 100 high schools in Queensland.Read more
At the beginning of each year, our Year 12 students participate in a wonderful Rite of Passage when our Year 1 students present them with their Senior Jerseys.
Class of 2018 embraced this milestone with the joy, comradeship and maturity we have come to expect from this cohort. Congratulations everyone. We hope you wear your jerseys with pride and honour throughout the remainder of 2018.Read more
Our Year 9 Design and Technology students recently designed and built CO2-powered dragsters, and had opportunity to compete with their designs.
Special congratulations to our Liam Farrell who went on from the State Championship to win his category in National Race at Newcastle (Division A – General Shop) with an official fastest time of 1.128 seconds. Lightning!Read more
After another two recent first place finishes at the 2017 UCI BMX Championships in Rock Hill USA, our Year 7 National BMX Champion Thomas Tucker now holds six world titles, 5th time World Champion for 20″ wheel, and 1st time World Champion for 24″ wheel.
We congratulate Thomas on this significant achievement. The BMX Australia website said the following about Thomas’ success:
“Reigning national champion, Pine Rivers BMX club rider Thomas Tucker, managed to continue his 2017 form and take out top spot in the 12 & under boy’s cruiser event. One of the country’s most promising young talents, Tucker is a consistently exceptional performer in both the 20” and cruiser class. At last year’s world championships in Columbia, Tucker finished sixth in the cruiser event in what can now be only seen as a building block towards his world title in Rock Hill.”
Thomas Tucker claimed the W1 plates, demonstrating his dominance, and claiming the 12yrs boy’s class to secure his sixth world title. Progressing throughout the day without dropping a race, Tucker’s performance in the final was a sight to see, as the Pine Rivers BMX club rider finished with a staggering distance between himself and the rest of the competition.
“I chose gate four, just trying to get the best line into the first corner to make sure I was out front and then went as hard as I could,” Tucker said.
Tucker is definitely a rider to follow closely over the coming years. His speed, intelligence and overall work ethic could see him progress to become one of the country’s top future Olympic prospects.
“Leading into the week I trained as hard as I could, put everything in I had and it all worked out well.”Read more
Prince of Peace was proud to recently feature in The Australian newspaper, in an article entitled ‘Plans to attract more men to the classroom’. Fortunately there is definitely no drought of male teachers here at our College – we hold an impressive 60:40 female to male teaching ratio at the Senior Campus.
Our Head of College, Mr Phil Hulland, believes the school is evenly attractive to male and female teachers due to the robust community and our proactive leadership team who continuously foster staff ambitions.
Thank you to Prince of Peace Senior Campus teacher Heath Stewart whose professionalism and dedication to teaching gave The Australian cause to feature our College in one of Australia’s most respected newspapers.Read more
Prince of Peace Lutheran College continues in our ongoing endeavour to support the small Cambodian village of Kompoksteav, located in Battambang Province in north-west Cambodia.
Through a long-term Village Partnership, the College aids to fund building projects that improve the standard of living of the 480 villagers in Kompoksteav, and assist them in becoming a self-sustaining community.
In our latest effort, each Junior Campus class had opportunity to bring in their loose change and pop it into a donation jar to contribute to the cause of building a road and a culvert in Kompoksteav. In a competitive spirit, together we raised $2413.20, and an deeper awareness of the difficulties of living in that part of the world.
It is in small ways like this, that Prince of Peace Lutheran College promote important values such as kindness and generosity within our wonderful community, who continue to provide so richly for this Cambodian village.Read more
Our Prince of Peace Junior Choir (Years 2 & 3) performed at the Queensland Youth Music Awards with great enthusiasm and much musicality, receiving a “Silver Award” and being placed third overall.
Our very excited students — looking resplendent in their new choir uniform had to wait for almost an hour to perform as they were the last on stage in their section.
Congratulations to all our students who participated, and especially Mrs Sherree Cudney for her ongoing guidance, love and passion in Music.
Tayla Harris gave an inspiring talk to our young women during a recent visit to our Prince of Peace Senior Campus.
Tayla began playing competitive football for Aspley at age five, has represented Queensland in the youth girls competition, and is a five time All-Australian.
She was past student at our Prince of Peace Junior Campus and is currently one of the most sought after women in the AFLW.
We wish Tayla well as she leaves Brisbane to join Carlton in Melbourne.
Thomas Tucker, our Year 7 National BMX Champion WOWED the crowd once again by winning the last round of the recent BMX Grands Assault.
Thomas is the current U12 BMX World Champion — a title we have proudly watched him retain since he was eight.
Congratulations Thomas on your outstanding achievements!
We hope all your hard work continues to pay off next July as you take on the best riders in the world, representing Australia at the World BMX Championships in Rockhill, South Carolina.Read more
Our Year 6 students took up the challenge last Friday to present their solution to bullying as part of the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence. Their solution? Show kindness.
This is how they demonstrate kindness at POP.
Congratulations to Cooper Schmidt on winning both the boys U17 110m hurdles AND the boys U17 triple jump at last weekend’s Queensland State Athletics Championships.
Cooper is now State Champion across two separate events –a fantastic achievement, made all the more impressive considering he also recorded personal bests in both events. Cooper also backed up these efforts with a Top 10 finish in the boys U17 Long Jump.
Congratulations also extend to Mattias (Year 8) and reigning POP Sportsperson of the Year Stephanie (Year 11) who also competed at the Championships. Mattias finished in 2nd place in the 14yrs boys 1500m race. Stephanie continued her good form finishing 4th in the U17 girls 800m.
These results continue to highlight the effort and dedication levels of our athletes, and that POP students can match it with anyone at any level of competition.Read more
Congratulations to our graduating class of 2016 for being named 39th in the state by the Courier Mail - the highest achieving Lutheran School in Brisbane, and the 2nd highest achieving Lutheran School in the state. (Based upon the percentage of students achieving an OP1-5).
This, coupled with our two OP1 achievements from Alexandra Schwarting and Joshua Wilson, have made 2016 a year to remember.
Alexandra started at the College in Prep 2004 and went on to make significant contributions at both campuses. Amongst her final year accomplishments was being awarded College Dux, achieving a VHA 10 in Accounting, Modern History and Indonesian, as well as receiving the QUT Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship. Alexandra will be studying a Bachelor Business at QUT.
Joshua achieved a VHA 10 in Maths B and VHA in Maths C, Economics, English Chemistry and Physics. Joshua was awarded the QUT Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship and will be studying a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/Bachelor of Mathematics at QUT.
Congratulations extend to Shaelynn Raedel for also receiving the QUT Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship.
As well as achieving academic excellence, our 2016 graduates also demonstrated significant personal growth, dedication and enthusiasm inside and outside the classroom. We thank them all for their efforts at Prince of Peace Collage, and wish them the best in their very bright futures.Read more
Prince of Peace Lutheran College's Beard siblings are making a name for themselves in the gravity-powered sport of street luge.
Ammon Beard is currently ranked first in Junior Street Luge, Hannah Beard is third in Junior Street Luge and first in Female Junior Street Luge and Ben Beard is ranked fifth in his age group in Australia. Street luge involves competitors laying on their backs, feet first, on a specially designed luge board and racing down a hill course of curves.
The Beards are wonderful examples of one of the College's guiding principles: growth through challenge. Participants in a sport like street luge need to demonstrate resilience and grit, and be prepared to put in effort to practice and develop mastery.
Congratulations to Ammon, Hannah and Ben on their preparedness to pursue their passion and demonstrate personal excellence.Read more
Hear how our students feel blessed to be at Prince of Peace Lutheran College, and also how they have been able to bless others throughout the year.
Prince of Peace Junior Campus teachers say goodbye to their students for 2016.
Two of Prince of Peace's brightest sporting stars shone at the recent 2016 Queensland Track and Field State Championships, and will be eligible for selection for the 2016 Australian All Schools Championships, to be held in Canberra in early December.
Stephanie Bleckwehl placed first in the Women 15 Years 400m and third in the 800m, and Cooper Schmidt placed second in the Men 15 Years 100m hurdles and third in the triple jump.
Stephanie's outstanding win in the 400m final can be viewed below.
Here in Australia, we are blessed with good fortune, and at Prince of Peace Lutheran College, we like to encourage our students to share that good fortune with those less fortunate.
Each year, our Junior Campus participates in Samaritan’s Purse – Operation Christmas Child, an initiative that reaches out to children in poverty with a gift-filled shoebox and the Good News of Jesus Christ. For some of the children who receive a shoebox gift, it will be the first present they have ever been given.
Students are encouraged to fill a shoe box with items from each of the following categories: something to wear; something to play with; something for school; something to love; something special; and something for personal hygiene.
This year we have been overwhelmed with contributions from our community. On behalf of the College, two pallets of shoe boxes – each filled to the brim and colourfully wrapped – were delivered to Samaritan's Purse by College bus driver Rod and volunteers from Year 6.
To see such tangible examples of our students developing the skills of empathy, the ability to reach out to people in need and the desire to respond to God’s call to serve others is truly a blessing.Read more
Prince of Peace Lutheran College students have outperformed the Queensland and National averages in all year levels and all areas of assessment in 2016 NAPLAN testing.
Year 3 and Year 5 results have shown improvements over 2015 results, with one hundred per cent of Year 3 students outperforming State and National averages in all testing categories.
"NAPLAN data allows the College to shape educational programs as we consistently look to improve educational outcomes," said Head of College Phil Hulland.
"The 2016 NAPLAN results are very strong results for the College, particularly as we pride ourselves on being an inclusive, non-selective school with high student participation in NAPLAN testing," Mr Hulland said.
An overview of Prince of Peace's 2016 NAPLAN results can be viewed here.
National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) testing is conducted nationally, and assesses the skills of all students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 in reading, writing, language conventions (spelling and grammar) and numeracy. NAPLAN provides a measure of how students are performing against national standards.Read more
What do you get when you combine tooth picks and marshmallows? An elephant leg, of course!
While that sounds like a corny joke, the more meaningful answer is that you get engaged students, who are learning with purpose as they combine literature studies with Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) learning.
As part of the English curriculum, Prince of Peace Year 4 students are currently studying Asian folklore and writing their own folktale. After reading One Step at a Time, a story about an elephant that loses a leg in South East Asia, they used their STEM skills to design and construct a small-scale elephant prosthetic leg out of tooth picks and marshmallows.
And part of the magic, of course, was making the marshmallows disappear at the end of the lesson...Read more
The beginning of a new term is a good time to reflect on your child's learning journey and make plans and goals for his or her next steps. One way of boosting motivation and determination to do better is by helping your child develop a ‘growth mindset’.
A growth mindset helps students to understand that intelligence can be developed. Instead of worrying about how smart they are or aren't, it shifts the student’s focus to improvement. Research shows that students with a growth mindset show greater motivation in school and achieve better results. A growth mindset can also offer other benefits for many children, including increased confidence and less anxiety.
When students say or think ‘this is too hard’, the language of a growth mindset says ‘this may take some time’. A growth mindset approach to ‘I give up!’ could be ‘I’ll try some strategies that I’ve learned’.
When your child is completing their homework tasks this term, you can support them by encouraging them to develop and adopt a growth mindset, and help them to learn to enjoy the wonderful journey that is education.Read more
Late last term, our Year 11 and 12 students were involved in the Docudrama program, a senior school road safety education program run by the RACQ.
Docudrama involves emergency service workers and other local professionals to demonstrate a 'mock crash' road safety scenario. Students then explore and are equipped with real world strategies for combating road safety issues.
The first part of the Docudrama – the mock car crash – incorporated three Prince of Peace students into the scene as actors. The involvement of their classmates highlighted in a very powerful way the potential reality of the situation for those watching. The real life experience of the police officers who managed the accident scene, the ambulance officers who were ultimately unsuccessful in saving the critically injured female passenger, and the funeral home attendants who attended the scene to remove the deceased passenger, also helped to make this scenario real and confronting for our students.
Using research about young drivers, RACQ had selected this scenario to challenge both male and female students about their decision making, and the debriefing afterwards tracked the events that led up to this specific crash scenario. While males aged 15–24 are three times more likely to die in a car crash than females in this same age group, in the scenario that played out in front of the Prince of Peace students, the female passenger and her boyfriend between them made a series of choices about driving home from a party that ultimately led to the accident.
The choices students examined involved the ‘Fatal Five’ road safety issues: drink and drug driving; fatigue; not wearing a seatbelt; speeding; and distraction, whether from passengers or through the use of devices such as mobile phones.
During the debriefing sessions students were challenged about the choices they can make, but most importantly, they were also guided to develop clear strategies that enable them to be proactive rather than reactive when they encounter risky situations.Read more
The Prince of Peace Lutheran College Junior Campus Chess Club enjoyed a successful day out at the recent Gardiner Chess North Brisbane Primary School Competition with some notable wins and performances.
Chess Club Coordinator Mr Andrew Russell said that Prince of Peace had its largest-ever representation at the event.
"With 26 players out to do their best for the College, we were thrilled to achieve team placings of first and second in D Division and third in B division." Mr Russell said.
"Individually, Ryan Eaglestone placed second in D division, and additional Ribbons of Merit went to Emily Muller, Eric Rollason, Austin Haines and Jay England."
"While I am very proud of our results, I am even more proud of our team's great approach and attitude. Students were a credit to themselves, their families and the College through their behaviour and attitude, enjoying their victories and accepting losses in good spirit," noted Mr Russell.Read more
Forty of our Year 9 students this week set off on a three-week outdoor education experience at the Mt Binga Outdoor Education Centre, 20km west of Blackbutt. The stay at Mt Binga is part of the College’s year-long Ubuntu program, an offering unique to Prince of Peace Lutheran College.
‘Ubuntu’ is a Southern African term meaning ‘we are human, so we belong’, and the College’s Ubuntu program provides an opportunity for our students to know, understand and value themselves and their peers. Ubuntu contains a number of elements that all extend and challenge participants, but for our Year 9s the highlight of the program is the rite-of-passage experience at Mt Binga.
Mt Binga is an educational adventure that teaches valuable life skills, resilience, independence and how to live in community. It allows our young men and women to develop personal skills and qualities beyond the development possible in the classroom environment.
We see Mt Binga as a unique opportunity for each student to achieve personal, social and spiritual growth. Such an opportunity also develops new life skills and firm friendships. It is hoped that as the students work towards building family and community at Mt Binga, they also come to value their family and friends at home.Read more
Last week, students in Year 2 to Year 6 were part of the POP Hour of Code. The students undertook a range of challenges to learn the basics of coding or challenged themselves with something more.
Earlier in Term 2, the Prince of Peace Lutheran College Junior Campus teachers also spent time learning to code.
Coding is considered an important skill for the 21st century. At its core, coding is about using analytical skills to organise, clarify and process information, then imagine and create possibilities – connecting ideas while considering all alternatives.
The Prince of Peace Prep and Year 1 students are not missing out, as they continue developing coding and thinking skills using Bee-Bots, simple robots that help teach early computing and programming. Year 1 students will also participate in the Hour of Code later in Term 2.Read more
Our Junior Campus Year 5–6 Senior Choir students opened the 11th Annual Scientific Meeting of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy with a beautiful rendition of our National Anthem.
After the performance, choir members met the Governor of Queensland, His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, and Australia's first Winter Olympics gold medal winner, Steven Bradbury. After holding his gold medal, the choir held an impromptu outdoor concert for the Governor's security team on the stairs of the Convention Centre at Southbank.Read more
Congratulations go to all our representatives at the District Cross Country Carnival, but particularly to district champion, Year 6 student Heidi Noon. Heidi led her event from start to finish and was a worthy champion. In all, three Junior Campus runners qualified for the next level of event, the regional championships, with a fourth earning a reserve spot for the regional event.Read more
Prince of Peace Year 8 student Samuel Luff has won a silver medal at the Australian Junior Championships, which were held last month at the Western Australian Athletics Centre in Perth.
Samuel competed as part of the Queensland Heat Athletics Team and placed second in the U14 Men’s Hammer Throw, with a throw of 39.08m.
Samuel also contested the U14 Men’s Javelin Throw, placing fifth in that event.Read more
Three Prince of Peace Senior Campus students were recently selected to represent Queensland at this month's 2016 Australian Junior Athletics Championships.
Stephanie Bleckwehl will compete in the U16 Women's 400m and 800m track events, Samuel Luff will contest the U14 Men's Javelin Throw and Hammer Throw, and Cooper Schmidt will compete in the U16 Men's 100m Hurdles and the Triple Jump.
The three will compete as part of the Queensland Heat Athletics Team. The 2016 Australian Junior Athletics Championships are being held at Perth's West Australian Athletics Stadium from 8 to 13 March.Read more