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“One of the Country’s Top Future Olympic Prospects”

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.”

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‘The Australian’ Newspaper Features Prince of Peace College

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.

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College Community Supporting Cambodian Village

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.

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Off to Brazil for our AMF Mini Futsal World Cup Competitor

A few weeks ago, Senior Campus student Eren Kocer travelled to Jacarei-Sao Paulo in Brazil as part of the Under 14’s FAF Australian Futsal team competing in the 2017 AMF Mini Futsal World Cup.

We congratulate Eren on his selection in the team and success during the tournament. Eren was awarded the Player of the Match in each of the games.

The Australian team played against Brazil, Bolivia, and Pakistan and finished third in the tournament. We look forward to Eren playing futsal for Prince of Peace in the near future!

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Our Silver-Awarded Junior Choir

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.

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Tayla Harris, AFLW All-Australian Player Visits Senior Campus

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.

 

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Our BMX Champion to Take on World's Best

Thomas Tucker, Current U12 BMX World Champion
Thomas Tucker, Current U12 BMX World Champion

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.

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Year 6 Video: How we demonstrate kindness

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.

 

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Cooper Jumps to Success at State Athletics

Cooper Schmidt
Cooper Schmidt

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.

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Prince of Peace College Year 12 Graduates

The Courier Mail Report: Top Lutheran School in Brisbane

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.

Prince of Peace College Year 12 Graduates
Prince of Peace College Graduating Class of 2016
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A gravity-powered family achievement

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.

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All Stars and MVP awards for Eren

Prince of Peace Lutheran College student Eren Kocer (Year 8) starred at the recent Federation of Australian Futsal National Championships. Eren was awarded the U12 Boys’ Most Valuable Player and also received an All Stars award along with three other U12 boys from across Australia.

Late last year, Eren played at the Gold Coast futsal competition for Prince of Peace, and from there was asked to trial for the Southern Queensland Futsal team. Eren was successful in obtaining selection in the U12 Southern Queensland team to play in the championships, which were held on 19–22 January 2017.

Eren's Southern Queensland team won all its games, including the grand final.

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2016: A Year of Blessings

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.

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If staff were students

Prince of Peace Junior Campus teachers say goodbye to their students for 2016.

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Track and field stars shine at State Championships

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOjyWGGZNFo

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Opening our hearts for Operation Christmas Child

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.

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POP continues to excel in NAPLAN testing

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.

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Holistic learning at its best

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...

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Change your words; change your mindset

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.

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Challenging and educating on road safety

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.

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Kings and Queens of the board

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.

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A rite-of-passage experience

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.

Find out more about our Ubuntu program, or why not come and see for yourself why you should consider Prince of Peace Lutheran College for your child.

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Unlocking the code

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.

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An excellent performance

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.

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Cross country excellence

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.

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POP student wins silver at Australian championships

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.

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Athletes off to national championships

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.

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Why choose Prince of Peace?

We understand that deciding which school is best for your child is complex. No two children are the same - each has his or her own character, likes and dislikes, strengths and weaknesses. At Prince of Peace we embrace each other’s differences to provide a warm and welcoming environment for students and their families.

When you are considering which school is the best fit for your child, here are some of the reasons you should consider Prince of Peace...read more

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Powerful partnership to support a Cambodian village

Prince of Peace Lutheran College is undertaking an exciting new endeavour in 2016, entering into a partnership to support the small Cambodian village of Kompoksteav, located in Battambang Province in north-west Cambodia.

Through a long-term Village Partnership, the College will fund building projects that improve the standard of living of the 480 villagers in Kompoksteav and assist them in becoming a self-sustaining community.

The first capital infrastructure project that Prince of Peace will be involved with is the upgrading of the main road in and out of Kompoksteav. The road currently cannot support motorised vehicles, which means that the 120 families living in Kompoksteav have access to healthcare, school and groceries only by undertaking a four-hour walk each way to and from the nearest town.

Head of College Mr Philip Hulland said that the College hopes to raise $6,000 during 2016 to complete construction of the new road.

"As a College community, we are very excited about this partnership with Kompoksteav, because it allows us to support a community in need in a very tangible way. We are humbled by the way God has provided for us, and through this service we hope to share our riches with the less fortunate," Mr Hulland said.

"At Prince of Peace, we believe that powerful partnerships are key to success, both in education and in life, and it is my hope that our partnership with Kompoksteav will inspire and encourage our students to be confident, committed and compassionate people who contribute in a positive way to the local and global communities of which they are a part.

"As Australians, it is easy to forget the good fortune we have and the abundances we have been blessed with. At Prince of Peace, we feel it is important that we give back for our good fortune and share our blessings with those less fortunate than ourselves," said Mr Hulland.

The Prince of Peace community aims to fund the building of the road through specific College fundraising activities throughout the year, supported by offerings from regular College chapel services.

The College is participating in the Village Partnership program through the overseas aid and resettlement agency of the Lutheran Church of Australia, the Australian Lutheran World Service.

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POP students achieve outstanding OP results in 2015

Students at Prince of Peace Lutheran College have again achieved outstanding OP results in 2015.

Of the 2015 cohort, 88 percent of students were OP eligible, well above the State average. Twenty-six per cent of OP-eligible students received an OP 1-5, and all OP-eligible students received an OP 18 or above.

Sophie Priebennow, a student at Prince of Peace from Prep to Year 12, received an OP 1.

Head of Campus, Year 7-12, Michelle Nisbet said the results recognised the ability and commitment of the graduating class, supported by their families and the College community.

"As well as the outstanding OP results achieved by our 2015 graduates, those students who are pursuring alternative pathways are also well established on the road to their new careers.

"I would like to say thank you to the Prince of Peace staff and families who have contributed to the learning journey of the Class of 2015," Ms Nisbet said.

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5000 meals cooked for people in need

The Meals 4 You Ministry, a joint Prince of Peace Church and Prince of Peace Lutheran College initiative to help local families and individuals in need, reached a significant milestone on Thursday 15 October, with the cooking of the ministry's 5000th meal.

Brisbane City Council representative for McDowall, Councillor Norm Wyndham, was on hand to assist on the day, and to date over 500 College and Church families have supported Meals 4 You.

Around 30 volunteers from the College and Church meet four times a year in the College kitchen, each time preparing approximately 360 meals. In 2015, an additional 300 meals have been prepared between cooking days to meet the need in the community. Each week, between 50 and 70 meals are delivered free of charge directly to people in need by members of the College and Church communities.

Meals 4 You started in 2012, when convenor Christine Bunn saw a community need for assistance in the form of nutritious, home-cooked meals. Homeless people, families undergoing hardship and people with family members in hospital have all been recipients of meals cooked with love.

In 2014, Meals 4 You was extended to include the Meals 4 You Youth Ministry. This ministry runs eight times a year for Year 10 and Year 5 students, who make and package chocolate slice, which, along with a handwritten card, is delivered with the meals.

The program relies solely on financial and food donations from our community. If you would like to make a donation or assist with meal preparation, please keep an eye out around both campuses and in POPCorn for information about the next cooking day.

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P-12 Indonesian language studies enhance global citizenship

From 2016, Prince of Peace Lutheran College students will study Indonesian from Prep to Year 10 as a continuous language experience, with the option to study Indonesian through to Year 12.

Prince of Peace's new Indonesian language program has been developed in line with the Queensland Government's Advancing Education plan, which identifies the study of Languages other than English (LOTE) as a clear way of raising achievement in schools and equipping students to meet the needs of the future.

Learning opportunities for Prince of Peace students will go far beyond the study of the language, expanding into cross-curricular study of culture and people. The College has existing strong partnerships with sister schools Sekolah Kristen Terang Bangsa in Semarang and Sekolah Ciputra in Surabaya, and these partnerships will be further enhanced through increased understanding of and opportunities for exchange visits with the College's partner schools.

In addition, these partnships also enable the College to live its mission by extending support and friendship to people who live in less fortunate circumstances, with 75 per cent of the Sekola Kristen student population classified as disadvantaged.

The study of LOTE in the early schooling years for one lesson a week has been proven to improve cognitive development and students' ability to think logically, solve problems and increase students' ability to express themselves clearly. It also improves young people's ability to communicate, thus improving their processing skills. Importantly, the study of languages also improves students' appreciation of other cultures and opens up more cultural learning opportunities.

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Cambodian trip promotes service and learning

While most students spent their recent school holidays relaxing, six Prince of Peace Lutheran College Year 11 students enjoyed a very different experience in Southeast Asia.

Jasmine McLeod, Jonathan Southward, Jak Speirs, Nicholas Telfer, Laura Wilton, and Hannah Yarnold joined with students from three other Lutheran schools as part of an Australian Lutheran World Service (ALWS) trip to Cambodia.

During the seventeen-day trip, the students observed and supported the work of the ALWS, the overseas aid and resettlement agency of the Lutheran Church of Australia.

The group visited Phnom Penh, then travelled north west of the capital to Kampong Chhnang province, where students spent five days in the field before returning to Phnom Penh. Students spent a further period in the field in the Aoral district, then visited the city of Siem Reap before returning home.

Whilst in the field, students visited villages with staff from Life With Dignity, a partner of the ALWS, helping out with projects and learning about the Cambodian people, their culture and beliefs, and the nation's human development issues. Life With Dignity is a Cambodian NGO that provides development services for the rural poor in Cambodia.

Prince of Peace's Head of College, Mr Philip Hulland, said that prior to the tour students underwent two days of training to help them prepare for the experience.

"During the training, the students learned as much as they could about Cambodia, to prepare them for the culture shock inevitable when you travel to a place where things are very different to life in Australia," said Mr Hulland.

"The students also put together some care packages, including sporting equipment, for the Cambodian students we visited, which were very well received in a country that has widespread poverty and where many schools are lacking what we would consider basic equipment.

"The students' most striking experience was the Cambodian people's sense of joy and generosity, and it was a wonderful experience for them to listen, learn and develop an appreciation of another culture and customs, as well as work as part of a team for a common cause," Mr Hulland said.

"The students are to be congratulated for their willingness to step out of their comfort zones and spend their holidays learning about service."

While in Cambodia, students also took the opportunity to visit a number of local historical and cultural sites including the infamous S-21 prison, the Cheung Ek Killing Fields, and the temples at Angkor Wat.

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Students shine in national humanities competitions

Prince of Peace Lutheran College students excelled in this year's national History and Geography competitions, with nine students from Years 8, 10 and 12 receiving awards.

High Distinctions were awarded to Year 12 students Lachlan McLean (pictured) and Ethan Robinson in the multiple-choice Australian Geography Competition. The Australian Geography Competition assesses Australian secondary school students' geographical knowledge and skills. The competition aims to encourage student interest in geography and to reward student excellence.

In the Year 8 division of the Australian History Competition, Michael Weir was awarded a Distinction and Jasmin Kai and Cooper Schmidt received Merit awards. In the Year 10 division, Cassia Gulley was awarded a Distinction, with Cooper Atterton, Helena Dabrowski and Kirralee Fisher all receiving Merit awards. The Australian History Competition for Years 8 and 10 assesses students' historical knowledge and skills using a range of historical sources and multiple choice questions. The competition is broadly based on the Australian curriculum's History units for each year level.

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Book Week: Lots of fun and leadership too

The highlight of a busy Book Week program at the Prince of Peace Junior Campus this week was Thursday’s enormously popular Book Week Parade.

Students dressed up as their favourite book character and showed off their literary knowledge by recognising the many book characters on show at the parade.

“Book Week is great fun for all our students, but it does have a more serious side as well,” Prince of Peace’s Head of Campus P-6, Mrs Katrina Valencia, said after the parade.

“It is an opportunity for our Junior Campus leaders to develop and grow within our school community by taking on the responsibility of planning and organising Book Week activities.

“One of our Year 6 leadership groups, the Learning & Growing Committee, is the organising committee responsible for Book Week, and ensures all students from Kindy to Year 6 have the opportunity to be involved in at least one book-related activity during the week,” said Mrs Valencia.

“As well as the parade, students have been able to broaden their reading interests by participating in several book-based competitions during the week. Year 5 and 6 students have also visited Kindy and Prep to read to our youngest College members during their play times, strengthening the bonds of friendship and encouraging support across year levels,” Mrs Valencia said.

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Strong performances in 2015 NAPLAN

Prince of Peace students have outperformed the Queensland average in all year levels and all areas of assessment in this year’s NAPLAN testing.

Between 80 and 100 per cent of Prince of Peace students tested also scored above the national minimum score (NMS), with more than 90 per cent of students performing above the NMS in most areas.

Head of College Phil Hulland said it was pleasing to see that students have clearly worked hard to reach their individual potential.

“Our purpose at Prince of Peace is to focus on and encourage each child to achieve individual excellence,” Mr Hulland said.

“We follow a deliberate and purposeful Teaching and Learning Framework designed to inform and guide students through their education, whilst also preparing them for life after school.

“We are always seeking to improve our students’ educational outcomes, and we are already analysing this year’s NAPLAN results to identify areas where we believe we can get even better,” said Mr Hulland.

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, grammar and punctuation) and numeracy. NAPLAN provides a measure of how students are performing against national standards.

Prince of Peace 2015 NAPLAN results can be viewed here.

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Students excel in ICAS tests

Prince of Peace Junior Campus students have been awarded 12 Distinctions and 17 Credits in the 2015 New South Wales University ICAS Science and Digital Technology tests.

Deputy Head of Campus – Leader of Pedagogy and Innovation (P-6), Vicki Wiseman said she was pleased to see a number of students receive ICAS awards for the first time.

“We have a number of students who regularly enjoy academic success, but it is exciting to see them joined in 2015 by students gaining awards for the first time. Science and Digital Technology is just one of six ICAS categories, so we look forward to more of our students being recognised in the remaining five categories.

“Congratulations to each of the students who received awards and also to all those who participated or won merit awards. As an educator, it is very exciting to see students keen to sit additional tests, and it shows how much they are enjoying their learning,” Mrs Wiseman said.

The International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) are independent skills-based assessments with a competition element. ICAS is unique, being the most comprehensive generally available suite of academic assessments and school tests for primary and secondary school students.

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Fireworks finale for Winter Fete

What a spectacular way to finish the 2015 Prince of Peace Fete! Our fireworks display, sponsored by Ray White, was a fitting finale to a great day of fun for our school community, guests and visitors.

As a College community, we would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Cath Watson and her tireless team, who organised yet another highly successful day of fellowship and fundraising for our College.

Many thanks to everyone who contributed to the 2015 Winter Fete, particularly our talented entertainment team who added that extra-special touch to the day.

Photo shared by Connor Speare (winner of the Fete Photography Competition).

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New Head of College for Prince of Peace

Mr Philip Hulland joined Prince of Peace Lutheran College as its new Head of College on 20 July.

Mr Hulland's appointment followed a nationwide search for a new head for Prince of Peace, after the retirement early in 2015 of the inaugural Head of College Mr Garth Hunt, who oversaw the school's expansion to Prep to Year 12 in 2009.

Mr Hulland has joined Prince of Peace from Living Waters Lutheran College in Western Australia, where he was Deputy Principal.

An Accredited Lutheran School Leader with a passion for and understanding of the needs of Lutheran education and its ethos, Mr Hulland brings rich experience in leading curriculum change and in pastoral care, and has served in Lutheran schooling leadership positions in South Australia and the United Kingdom. He has also been a Director of Students, Curriculum Leader for Health and Physical Education and Year Level Coordinator.

Mr Hulland trained in and taught Economics, Business Studies, Physical Education and Outdoor Education subjects.

Mr Hulland's academic qualifications include an honours degree in Business Management and a Certificate in Education. He is currently studying for a Master's degree in Education Leadership and Theology​.

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Mt Binga: A life changing experience

For many Prince of Peace Year 9 students, the two-week Mt Binga outdoor education experience is the highlight of their last year of Middle School.

Through a 'back to basics' lifestyle experience reliant on community effort, Mt Binga provides an opportunity for students to experience spiritual growth and expression.

One of our Year 9 students reflects on their recent Mt Binga experience:

In early June, I walked into the gate prepared to spend the next 12 days of my life here. Fully prepared to have an amazing time and push myself. Of course I have missed my family and pets, but there hasn’t been a single second that I have wanted to go home.

When I brought my two overloaded suitcase into the gate, I was not a Christian, I did not pray and say grace or go to church. When I brought my two overloaded suitcases, and my closed mindset, I was not prepared to change. Binga was not about to change me. To me, Binga was a school camp that had amazing activities in the middle of nowhere. I did not think Binga would change me, but it did. My personality may not have changed but inside, mentally and emotionally I have.

Each and every staff member has taught, showed and inspired me in a different way. Miss Malloy, she was inspiring, encouraging and made us try new things. Mr Alolah, showed me that there are people in the world who just keep giving and giving without asking for anything in return, just to see people happy. We should all aspire to be like that. Mrs Butler is the person that anyone can turn to, she was camp mum. Mr Taylor taught me that you do not have to be mean to be funny. Mr Ford showed and encouraged us to face our fears and to be grateful for what we have. Mr Webb showed us that some people have 1001 stories and that you can learn a lot from just listening.

Miss McDonald was the person who inspired me to become a Christian. She also showed me that who cares what people think, if you talk to cows, you talk to cows. Mr Bliss taught me that everything happens for a reason, you can either embrace it or hide from it. Also if something bad happens you can never stop aiming high. Finally Miss Myers, has taught me to love and cherish myself. Mercy, justice, humility are the three things I want to live my life by.

Now walking out of the gate with my two overloaded suitcases, my open mindset and my new-found Christianity, I can definitely say Binga has changed me. Changed me for the better and I will never forget this place or the people who made who I now am.

Mt Binga is part of Prince of Peace's unique Year 9 Ubuntu program, which provides students with the opportunity to know, understand and value themselves and their peers. Through a range of activities combining the disciplines of Christian Studies and Health and Physical Education and the challenging Mt Binga outdoor experience, students prepare mentally and emotionally to tackle their senior schooling years.

Photos of some of our 2015 Year 9 students at Mt Binga can be viewed here.

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College Awards: Celebrating achievement

Prince of Peace is pleased to announce the introduction of our new College Awards program for 2015.

Awards are part of the celebration of living in a Christ-centred community, recognising the gifts and talents our Lord has blessed us with and celebrating the growth in the lives of students.

The Prince of Peace awards procedure is designed to encourage every student to be the best he or she can possibly be. The award criteria provide an incentive for and recognition of student effort and achievement. New awards will be introduced on the Junior Campus, and the Senior Campus awards have been modified slightly to provide alignment across the College.

We encourage you to take the time to read the Awards Statement, which provides information about the different awards including the criteria and nomination process.

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Year 2-11 Outdoor Education

A key component of our curriculum at Prince of Peace, our varied, challenging Outdoor Education program is central to holistic student development.

The outdoor opportunities provided to students, from their first ‘sleep over’ experience in Year 2 through to the Year 11 Leadership Camp, support the development of confidence, self sufficiency, initiative, teamwork and leadership skills.

Year 2 students enjoy their first sleep over at the Senior Campus after an excursion or learning activities throughout the day.

Year 3 students enjoy their first off-site experience with a two-day, one-night excursion and camping on Brisbane's northern outskirts.

Year 4 students enjoy a three-day, two-night stay at Luther Heights, Coolum and experience a wide range of outdoor challenges.

Year 5 students head to Maranatha Recreational Educational Camp on the Sunshine Coast for four days of individual, teamwork-building and personal development activities in a bush setting.

Year 6 students spend five days in Canberra to complement their studies into the Australian parliamentary system, and visit national landmarks like Parliament House, the Australian War Memorial and Questacon.

Year 7 commences with a three-day outdoor education program at Camp Warawee, Joyner. Camp activities challenge our newest Middle School members to create connections, build a sense of unity and ensure all students are welcomed into the Senior Campus community.

Year 8 students develop their leadership skills at a camp at Luther Heights, Coolum Beach. Students undertake physical activities and challenges to build teamwork, confidence and trust.

Year 9 students participate in an extended outdoor education experience at Mt Binga, near Blackbutt. The camp is a milestone in the personal development of Middle School students and includes community living, farm work, hiking, outdoor camping and team challenges.

Year 10 students will participate in ANZAC Day-themed activities and events for the duration of World War I centenary commemorations, including the overnight Camp Gallipoli experience in 2015.

Finally, the Year 11 Leadership Camp at Emu Gully challenges the cohort with ANZAC-themed activities designed to test resilience, teamwork and tenacity.

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'Booked for Life' off and racing

Our new Booked for Life program aims to develop lifelong reading habits in our younger students, focusing on helping our Years 2 to 4 students to become confident and well read as they transition from learning to read to 'reading to learn'.

Booked for Life started this year, with teachers noting immediate interest and excitement amongst students around selecting their Booked for Life books and sharing their book experiences with classmates. The program aims to cultivate a genuine love of reading, and relies in part on building strong partnerships between school and parents.

Students have a recommended level of support based on their reading status, which could mean they read to parents, parents read to them, or they read independently. Their Booked for Life book might be the focus of their home reading, or it might supplement other reading.

Teachers schedule time in class on most days to read and share the Booked for Life books. Students are encouraged to mark with a bookmark passages they have particularly enjoyed and share them with their classmates.

Students also participate in book tastings (book reviews) and literature circles, which spark their interest in new books, and encourage them to try books outside their 'usual' genre. A new generation is discovering some of the world's most famous and best-loved authors, from Roald Dahl and Enid Blyton to Dav Pilkey and Jeff Kinney, and sharing their enthusiasm for reading with their friends, classmates, teachers and parents.

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