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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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…

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.

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.

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.

Day 16

The boys got back from solo today. It was really cool being by yourself for the night, however, for many it was a big challenge. When the morning came it was time to pack up and go, we got back to Binga and got back to the rest of our program.

We were split up into four groups to work on projects and to complete our horse activities with a trail ride around Binga and in the near forest. Everybody loved the trail ride and had been looking forward to it for a long time. The horses looked after us, there were a lot of trees and broken branches but thanks to Dan’s teachings we got through it. It was really tricky and exciting at the same time.

We also went out to a farm to pick avocados, it was fun and we worked together and got it done. Then the groups rotated and did projects, we helped with chopping down a tree and putting it in the bonfire, and creating a new path to a fire hose. We seemed to all work well together to get the job done.

Josh and Alister

Day 15

Today at Mt Binga we participated in many activities and projects. The Year 9 girls came up with the genius idea of making it a galaxy-themed paint job for the bathtub that will house the new worm farm. So now Mt Binga has a pink and purple bathtub. It’s great!

The creation of the shirts has begun. Earlier today Benno, the Parker Girls leader and a number of the girls started to cut out bits and pieces of the stencils we will be using to screen-print the design that Elizabeth drew with the ideas from each cabin. We then inked on the logo onto all the shirts. The actual image will be printed some time later this week. After we had completed our projects, it was my group’s turn to go on a trail ride with the horses. This is probably one of my favourite activities available at Binga, because it can be really cool to see people overcome their fear of horses, and enjoy the amazing experience. Also because who doesn’t love horses?

Tomorrow, all the girls will be driven out to the spot where we will be completing our solo camp out and the boys will return to camp to complete their projects and trail rides. At around 9.00am all the girls will be driven out to a beautiful mountain side and will then set up their tents and enjoy the peace of their last camp out at Binga. The boys have already set out on this soulful journey to discover themselves (with the option of being able to do it in pairs). All of them are roughing it and doing it solo.

jazzz and Jessica Ee

Day 14

Today we started to prepare for Family Day, by starting the worship and performances. Everyone had a relaxed day and there were some fun games played throughout the day. The cabin groups had a talk together and discussed their time at Binga so far. We had a communal dinner tonight, which was hamburgers and a delicious butterscotch for dessert, both prepared by some of the students. The boys have started to get ready for their solo and duo tomorrow, which they are looking forward to. They have got their food ready and are getting their bags packed. They girls are excited for their trail ride tomorrow with the horses.

Jessica Kassiou and Taylah Merrell

Day 13

Today the girls came back from Survival. They had a great time. This weekend we will be finalising the T-shirt design so we can start making them this week. The rest of the weekend should be pretty relaxing. I think everybody is excited that we only have one week left of camp. In the next week the girls and boys have to do a solo or duo for one night and I think everybody is excited. We have our last horse ride, which is a trail ride, and everyone is excited. We have been practicing our horse riding skills to prepare for it. The preparations are now under way for the family day next Saturday and everyone is excited about seeing their parents and other family. The Binga Challenge day is also coming up and all the teams want to win (especially Richter), and it should be a fun day but very competitive. We are also doing Rogaine this week, which is an orienteering course and should be fun. The boys are also making up some rhymes while we write this blog. They’re actually really bad.

Rachel and Taylah

Day 12

The boys just came back from abseiling and rock climbing, where you get to throw yourself off an eight-metre rock face (and they’re chill about it) and once you’re at the bottom, they make you climb up. Today a lot of people got to face their fear of heights. Even though people were scared and felt like they were doing an impossible task, everyone gave it their best shot. Everyone got to the bottom of the abseil wall, and gave their best shot at the rock climb wall. Everyone was extremely proud of their achievements. We also got a step closer to our horse trail ride. We did our second horse ride today. We did a lot of turning and 360-degree turn practices. These skills will come in handy when we are out on our trail ride. Camp has been so much quieter with the girls out on Survival, good luck to them.

We have been working on a lot of projects around the place. We have rebuilt and painted a set of stairs leading up into the storage room. Everyone got to show their hand at using a drill and tape measure for the new worm farm stand being built.

As much fun as this sounds, can’t ever leave out the jobs. Yay! The main jobs for today were cooking – we’re having chicken caesar salad for din din – and cleaning – you know how boys are, gotta make sure those toilets are clean! For all of those stressed parents out there, those only been one hospital trip this camp, so everything is just fine and dandy.

Ellis, Scotty and Sam

Day 11

Today was a strange day, as the morning was cold but by midday it was extremely hot, getting up to 28 degrees! Today the girls went off to do their Survival, and the boys were left to do projects and team-building exercises. Some of the activities in the initiative games were rope swing, Adrian’s wall, balance beam and spider web. Adrian’s wall is a large wall that the boys needed to climb over with the help of other team members. The boys were working on building and painting a set of steps, as well as building a worm farm.

Some highlights of today were completing the team challenges, cracking nuts, and the nice afternoon temperatures. Tomorrow, the boys will be going abseiling, horse riding and rock climbing. To sum things up, today was an interesting and highly entertaining day.

Michael, Jayden, Patrick and Josh

Day 10

Today the boys got back from Survival and the camp got loud again. They found the Survival challenging, but a great way to connect as a group. As soon as they came back, they left again to go and do high ropes at Googa. They enjoyed the challenges at high ropes, which included the ding-a-ling and the sugar glider. The ding-a-ling was a high-ropes course where you were timed from one bell through the course to the other bell. The fastest time for the boys was Charlie making the course in one minute. The sugar glider was a team activity, which consisted of one person connected to a rope being pulled up by a group of seven.

While the girls were left again, they started on projects around Mt Binga. They painted the fence (half of the paint ended up all over them in the end). They also built benches and fixed up the barbecue shelter.

Hayley Churchill and Joel Burrows

Day 8

Today, the boys set off on Survival. The girls did abseiling, rock climbing, horse riding and making new seats for the quad. It was very windy and cold today, especially this morning, and it has been cold all day. Everyone did so well at rock climbing and they gave it their absolute best. Everyone also did their best at abseiling. Horse riding was fun and we learnt new skills on horses. Everyone has been challenging themselves while doing the activities.

Mt Binga has been fortunate enough to have some rain in the past few days. It is getting colder and windier every day too. So far this experience has gone by very fast, during the days we are busy with activities and during the afternoon we have jobs, which aren’t so bad. At night we eat, clean, do what we would like and then we get dessert. The leaders are very nice and they let us go to bed when we want.

Georgia Dux and Mikayla Beatton

Day 6

It’s Day 6 and we’re already missing home. Some of us may find it tougher than others to be away from loved ones. But we all know deep down in our hearts that our families would want us to continue on, no matter how much we miss them. But more importantly, how much our family and loved ones miss us. Just stay dear to yourself and know that your families love you no matter what.

Arion Reid


Today is Saturday and we have been resting all day, just relaxing. One of the few jobs we had to do today was to do our washing. I never realised how easy it was – maybe I’ll start to do my own washing from now on! This weekend it was the boys’ turn to do all the afternoon jobs, which I found to be unfair but luckily next weekend it’s the girls. Well, I best be on my way.

Carter Platt


Sitting on the couch right now, hands are numb, no peanut butter left and rain for days on end. This weekend started off with an overcast day and small droplets of rain hitting the pavement. The morning was brisk, and froze even the most prepared person  wearing many layers. Survival is coming up, and all cabins are ready for the daunting task ahead. Everyone at camp has been trying to wash clothes, but to no avail with the wind and rain.

Weekends are made up of many hours of fun playing games in the quadrangle or hanging in the library. But don’t stress, there is also a time for peace and quiet while staring at the fast-moving clouds.

In fact this morning was so cold that we built our own fire, using random stuff we found under cabins coupled with the wood we found around camp and it was probably the best thing we invested our time into.

Last night the staff at Mt Binga provided us with entertainment and a form of musical trivia. In the end the Greasley Boys won, and that is all we are going to say.

Carl and Ellis