Cooper to Represent Australia

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.

Prince of Peace Performs in the Top 6% of the State

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. 

Our Junior Campus turning 35, Senior Campus turning 10

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.

Class of 2018 Results

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.  

Tournament of Champions

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.

Sam Topples Horton’s Record

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.

 

Bridgette Gallops to Success

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

Our BMX World Champion, Six Years Running

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.

Our Australian Age Swimming Champion

Samuel Short, Year 9 student at Prince of Peace Lutheran College recently competed in the Australian Age Swimming Championships at Sydney.

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.

Success at the World Scholar’s Cup

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).

Nationals BMX Winner for Three Consecutive Years

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.

Prince of Peace Named in Top 100 High Schools in Qld

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.

Senior Jersey Presentation

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.

Senior Campus Sport Reflections 2017

As we often do at the end of each year, we reflect and offer our congratulations to the following Prince of Peace Senior Campus students who have achieved either National, State or Regional representative selection through school sport pathways in 2017:

Mattias Forbes-Schutz – Cross Country/Track & Field

Mattias has earned Queensland sporting representative honours in two different disciplines during 2017 – cross-country plus track & field. He first achieved a district age champion medal (as well as new district record), then repeated this effort at the Regional Championships before going on to finish in second place overall at the QLD Championships. This resulted in Mattias representing his state at the Athletics Australia All Schools Championships in Kembla where he finished first place in the U14 boys division, therefore being crowned National Champion. Mattias also recently won the 13yrs boys 1500m race at the QLD Secondary Schools Championships, also earning QLD selection for the upcoming All Schools Track & Field Championships to be held in Adelaide.

Eren Kocer – Futsal

As a result of Eren representing the College at the 2016 Australian Schools Championships in Coomera, he was selected to represent QLD at the National Inter-State Titles in Adelaide at the beginning of this year. Eren’s U14 QLD team had a very successful tournament, and at the conclusion of the event were crowned national champions. He was then selected in the Australian U14 boys team that travelled to Sao Paulo in Brazil in July this year to play on an international stage. Eren’s team played against teams from Brazil, Bolivia and Pakistan.

Seth Street-Thompson – Hockey

Seth represented the U12 North District boys Hockey team at the Metropolitan North Regional Championships. At the end of the event, he was selected for the Met North team that competed at the QLD Championships in Brisbane. At the conclusion of the State Championships, Seth was then selected in the Queensland team that travelled recently to Adelaide to compete in the 12yrs National Championships.

Stephanie Bleckwehl – Track & Field

Stephanie bounced back from a serious foot injury suffered at the beginning of the year to be awarded both district and regional track & field selection. She represented the College at the Metropolitan North trials in both the 16yrs girls 400m and 800m track events held at the University of Queensland, winning both events comfortably to gain selection in the regional team to compete at the QLD Schools Championships. At this event, Stephanie finished in fourth place in the 400m and fifth place in the 800m.

Cooper Schmidt – Track & Field

Cooper excelled during 2017 in his chosen events of triple jump & hurdles, recently gaining selection in the Queensland team for the Australian All Schools Championships in Adelaide for the U16 boys triple jump. This came off the back of him first representing the College at the District and Regional Championships held at the University of Queensland in August this year. This included being awarded 16yrs boys age champion at the District Championships. Cooper had very successful Regional Championships competing in the boys 16yrs 110m hurdles (second place – by 0.03 of a second!), long jump (7th place) and triple jump (4th place).

Daniel Di Giandomenico – Track & Field

Daniel continued to excel at track & field during 2017, especially in his pet event of discus. He began by representing the College at the District and Regional Championships held at the University of Queensland in August, winning both the javelin and discus events in the 16yrs boys division. Having gained selection in the Metropolitan North team to compete in the QLD Schools Championships at the State Athletic Centre in the discus, Daniel won a silver medal at the conclusion of his event. This was also after a disjointed preparation due to a niggling back injury.

Alex King – Hockey

Alex successfully gained selection in the Metropolitan North boys 19yrs & under hockey team that represented the region and competed at the QLD Schools Championships held in Townsville in May of this year.

Toby Bunt – Hockey

Toby was selected in the North District 12yrs boys hockey team that represented the district at the Regional Championships held in April of this year. As a result of his performances at the Metropolitan North Championships, Toby was selected as a shadow player for the Met North team.

Heidi Noon – Cross Country/Track & Field

At her very first District Secondary Schools Cross-Country Championships, Heidi was awarded the 12yrs girls age champion medal after winning the event for her age group. She then went on to represent the College at the Metropolitan North Regional Championships held at St Paul’s, Bald Hills. Also, Heidi represented the College at the Regional Track & Field Championships held at the University of Queensland in August, competing in the 12yrs girls 200m and 800m events.

Charlotte Stephens – Equestrian

Charlotte Stephens has been competing in show jumping and combined training (both show jumping and dressage at one event), proudly representing the College. Charlotte attended the South East Queensland Regional Equestrian event in Beaudesert and qualified for the Queensland titles in June.

Meet Our CO2 Dragster National Champion

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!

“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.”

Read the latest news on BMX Australia website »

‘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.

Read the article from The Australian newspaper »

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.

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!