During the period before Easter, Jesus arrived in Jerusalem on a donkey. This was a very clear statement by Jesus, since in those times people of stature would always arrive on a magnificent horse. Jesus, making the point of humility, used the donkey to connect with the common people. Life was also not easy for a Jew living under Roman rule in the 1st century and it was even harder for the poor. But Jesus embraced both the poor and sick people during his time here on earth. His choice of a donkey instead of a horse was God’s way of saying that he came as a King who will serve and save the oppressed.
This is one of my favourite parts of the Easter message, it really gives an insight into the character of Jesus and provides an example for us all to aspire to. One thing that has really pleased me this term is how our Student Leaders on both campuses have been going about their role in a quiet but purposeful way. I have been so impressed with their pro-active nature and how they have a genuine desire to serve the community without seeking affirmation. Well done to you all!
As the term draws to a close, I wish all of our families a safe and happy Easter period, and one thing I know for sure is that you all desire it. Term 1 is always a busy start to the year and I just want to thank all of our community for making the term a success and tackling all of the events with enthusiasm and passion.
At the end of this term we farewell Melita Haines as our Gifted and Talented Coordinator on the Junior Campus. Melita has started her own business and has decided to concentrate on her new venture full time. I would just like to publicly thank Melita for all that she has done for the College in a number of different roles and we wish her the very best with her new and exciting challenge.
Have a fantastic holiday period and I look forward to seeing you all next term.
Head of College
WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE Fundraiser
Tomorrow, Thursday 29 March, is the launch of our WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE fundraiser. All funds will go toward the purchase of an upright piano in memory Mrs Christy Clarke and Mr Mark Grieshaber, two PoP staff members whom our community lost to cancer in 2017. Further events will follow this year. We hope to raise enough money to cover the cost of a piano and also to donate money to cancer research in their honour.
We would like to give special mention to the Prince of Peace Church who donated nearly $300 toward the cause on Sunday after their service and also to our staff who have contributed a further $100. We are so grateful to them all for their prayers and support. Some of the members of the PoP Church are even coming along and donating their time to help the College by cooking sausages and serving our students. What a blessing to have our two communities come together for such a special cause.
Bake Sale Thanks
Sincere thanks must go to the Prince of Peace P & F, and in particular the BAKE SALE team led by Annette Burns. What an incredible array of baked goods and treats that greeted our families yesterday afternoon.
Our College community has an incredible history of volunteers and we give thanks for their gifts of baking, friendship and time. You are all amazing!
Open Classroom Thanks
As we head off for the Easter holidays we would like to give our sincere thanks to our Junior Campus staff. They have worked tirelessly settling their students into the new year, kicking off new learning experiences and developing new and exciting programs. We congratulate our students on their work efforts which have been on display during our Open Classrooms this week.
- Thursday 29 March: 8am – 8:25am, final Open Classroom
- Thursday 29 March: 2pm Junior Campus Closing Chapel
- Monday 16 April: Term Two, Day 1
- Wednesday 25 March: ANZAC Day March, Senior Choir Performing, all students and families are encouraged to come along and march with our College.
- Friday 27 April: Gala Sports Day 1
The first of our Parent Learning Communities will be held on Monday 30 April. We will be hosting two workshops on this day, the first after school and the second in the evening. These workshops are open to parents and carers who would like more support and understanding in relation to the topics on offer. Further PLC dates to be announced.
PLC Topic One:
This workshop is particularly targeted at parents of students in Years 3-6 who use Office 365 as a learning platform in class and at home. The workshop will be presented by some of our Prince of Peace Teaching staff. For this workshop, parents are asked to bring their child’s school laptop, and password access so they can access their child’s own Office 365 account. The workshop will be held in the Junior Campus Resource Centre.
- Monday 30 April 3:15 – 4:15pm
- Monday 30 April 6:00 – 7:00pm
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday 26 April.
As we head into the special time of the Easter Weekend, I pray that you find time to spend with your family; and remember the incredible sacrifice and victory made for us all through Jesus’ death and resurrection on the cross. Be blessed Prince of Peace, and remember that you are also such a blessing to those around you. Let His light shine through you this Easter time. Happy and safe holidays!
Head of Junior Campus
Indian Classical Dance (Bharathanatyam)
Year 6 student Saanvi Putchakayala has received training in Indian classical dance (Bharathanatyam) since she was six years old.
This week, she performed at the Lighthouse Event Cent at in Forest Lake, making it her third concert performance on stage.
Saanvi was extremely excited with her opportunity to perform in front of an audience of over 600 people; special thanks to Mr Russell who took the time to make it to Saanvi’s performance to support her.
Term 1 is coming to a close. In reflecting on what has been achieved, we as a community have much to be grateful for. Last week, I had the pleasure of taking our Year 12 students over to spend some time with the Year 1 students to celebrate Easter by engaging in some Easter craft. We had some games planned too – but since both year levels were so engrossed in their Easter activities we didn’t even get the opportunity to start them! It made my heart sing to see students colouring-in and interacting with such focus.
I would describe this as ‘flow’ — those moments when we experience immersion in effortless concentration and enjoyment. When you are in flow, you forget yourself and lose track of time. In these moments you feel strong, alert, unaware of self and at the peak of your ability. Experiencing moments of ‘flow’ is vital for a happy and fulfilled life.In the article below you will find Riley Phillips’ account of the Year 7 excursion to Abbey Museum. As you read his words, you will recognise a student experiencing this mindset of ‘flow’.
The recent Year 8 Medieval Day was another opportunity for our students to deeply engage with their learning, and revel in the opportunity to immerse themselves in costume, authentic artefacts and themed-activities. What a great opportunity to consolidate learning.
Of the many instances of ‘flow’ that our students experienced in Term 1, another example would be the CO2 dragster races last week – students focusing on putting their creations through their paces. The challenge for us, knowing that flow has benefits for health and well-being, is how to create even more opportunities to experience it.
As I previously noted, when we experience ‘flow’ our time flies – and we need to learn to savour the moment; in other words be more aware of the pleasure as it occurs. Fred Bryant, author and social psychologist at Loyola University Chicago, likens it to “swishing the experience around… in your mind”. Flow is the “conscious attention to the experience of pleasure”, along with a deliberate desire to both enhance the positive and prolong the good. Over the next couple of weeks, I encourage you to be conscious of adding more moments of ‘flow’ to your life – which might be simple as stopping to really savour your next bite of chocolate. Research shows that individuals who mindfully consume chocolate, focusing on the experience, actually feel more pleasure. Savouring simply means slowing down to be aware of the sights, the sounds, the tastes, the smell and the feelings. Get absorbed in the moment, count your blessings and give thanks!
For those who observe it, the season of Lent has been an opportunity to practice some of these things I have been speaking about. A time to reorient ourselves, slow down and remove distractions – an opportunity for us to savour and live each moment to the fullest of God’s plan.
Thank you for this exact point in time.
Sometimes I struggle
To enjoy the gift of the present.
I push forward before your timing is perfect
And then feel the pain of rushing.
My spirit longs to savour the moment
While my mind scrambles to snatch the next minute.
Will you slow my heart to beat your rhythm?
Will you sync my step to mirror your tempo?
May my spirit fail to chase
After the next beautiful experience
Until I’ve unwrapped the gift of right now-
Thank you to our students, our dedicated staff and our supportive families for their efforts in Term 1. Each one of you is a blessing to our community. May you feel the bright, joyful blessings that God has to offer you during this Easter season, joining you in gratitude for Christ’s sacrifice and the joyful renewal it brings to all God’s family.
Head of Senior Campus
In Week 9 of Term 1, we went on an excursion to the Abbey Museum. We are studying Ancient Egypt and how those societies functioned, for example the practice of mummifying dead bodies.
Part of our day included learning how excavation sites work, we were organised into groups of two or three and were introduced to our guides. We received a range of tools for our job and started to dig for buried artefacts. After around ten minutes, groups were finding objects like bones, pottery and statues.
Within the museum itself we walked around and looked at historical swords, death masks and maps, before being asked to sit down in front of a covered bed that stood in a small corner.
Our guide came and asked us what we knew about Egyptian culture. After a few answers, he got on the topic of mummifying. He asked if we wanted to be mummified… and everyone knew where this was going. We all stuck our hands up eagerly. He announced that we had to have a reason why the gods would want us. Some answers we gave were: God of Prudence, God of Happiness, God of Wi-Fi, God of Desserts and Obesity. Finally the God of Prudence was selected as our new Pharaoh.
Our guide discussed what it would take to get to ‘the afterlife’, and what the body had to go through after death. Finally, he asked for five volunteers to wrap him up in linen straps, preparing him for the ‘trial of the afterlife’, which includes weighing your heart against ‘the feather of truth to see’ if you’re pure. Of course his heart was ten times heavier – so he had to be eaten by Ammit, the Devourer.
We packed our stuff and hopped on the bus back to school. It was the best school day ever!
By Riley Phillips, 7.2
Lord Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council
Student Survey: The Lord Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council’s vision for this year is vibrant and creative. I know we have a lot of talent at our school, and part of my job is to locate artists, musicians, dancers etc. If you know of anyone, or you are willing to share your talents, then please email me and I’ll pass that information on.
Youth Week: Youth Week is an annual event for people aged 12-25, and offers activities for all interests. There are events such as a pool party, basketball tournament, arts hub and music festivals. The week runs from 6 – 15 April, so come and join in and have some fun!
Visible Ink: Visible Ink is a space in Fortitude Valley for young people wanting to utilise their gifts and talents. It helps to get ideas off the ground and provides you with the equipment to do so – and it’s all free!
Katie Steele, Year 10
Lord Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council Member
The rain held off again this year for our 3 – 12 Cross Country Carnival. While it was still a bit muddy under-foot, an outstanding effort was given by all students, demonstrating perseverance, courage and determination.
Victory was eventually brought home this year for the Bradman House, great work Bradman!
Our Cross Country Carnival is always an outstanding opportunity to nurture connections between the Junior and Senior Campuses, and today was no exception with that PoP spirit of grit and team-work being fully on display.
Senior Campus Sport
Both boys competed in the 3000m, 1500m and the 800m in their respective age groups.
Jonas achieved a personal best time in the 3000m while Mattias was awarded a second place in the same event, narrowly missing first place by 0.35 of a second.
Stephanie Bleckwehl competed in the 400m, 800m and the 4x100m relay in which she ran in the U20 age group, the team were awarded a third place.
Heidi Noon competed in the 1500m and the 800m where she ran a personal best time and made it into the 800m finals.
2018 BMX Australia National Championships
In another immensely successful event, our Year 8 National BMX Champion Thomas Tucker competed last week at the BMX National Championships in Bunbury, Western Australia.
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.
Senior Campus Music
Thank you to the students who performed at Soloists on Show on Tuesday night. What a wonderful display of the talent at our College. Thank you to the parents and students who attended and the music staff for your direction.
Concert Dates Term 2
Please make note of concert dates and your child’s involvement for term 2.
- Wed 25 April: ANZAC Day Ceremony (choir)
- Thur 24 May: Rhythms Riffs and Refrains (choir, contemporary 1, 2, 3, guitar and voice students)
- Tue 5 June: Musical Melodies (Big Band, String Ensemble plus piano, strings, woodwind, brass students)
Senior Campus Music Curriculum Leader
Uniform Shop News
Shop Location and Hours: The Uniform Shop is located on the Junior Campus under the Year 1, building adjacent the hard courts. Hours are 8am to 10am Tues and Thurs, and 2pm to 4pm Tuesday and Thursday during term times.
Orders: Orders can be placed by phone or email through the College website using the link on the Uniform Shop page or on the Home Page or at anytime from the School Locker website. Note: If you wish to avoid home delivery fees during term times, nominate delivery to campus and provide your child’s name and class. Junior Campus orders will be delivered to your child’s class, Senior Campus orders will be delivered to reception for your child to collect next day.
Hair Accessories: There is a limited quantity of pretty custom fabric headbands and clips for sale at the Junior Campus reception. I now have navy headbands, white scrunchies, and navy button clips suitable for girls Prep to Yr 12 available in the shop.
Fridge-to-Go Lunch Bags: We have insulated lunch bags that keep food cold and fresh for 8 hours – great for our hot humid summers. Fridge-to-Go lunch bags are durable, lasting on average four-plus years and have a chiller panel that is slim and covers the whole base of the lunch bag keeping ALL items cold. Chiller panels are kept in place within a zip pocket so they are less likely to be misplaced or damaged. These chiller panels are also available for separate sale at $8.50 and are useful as a backup in case bags are not emptied at end of day. We have eight lunch bag styles to choose from – come and have a look!
Labelling: Be prepared for cooler weather after the Easter holidays and order your track jackets, track pants, pullovers, and girls tights before start of Term 2. Remember to label jackets AND pants – as students will remove outer layers as the day warms up. Stikins are great for all items including knit wear such as pullovers and socks – simply write your name and press firmly – no need for ironing or sewing. Kits with 60 labels and pen available for $29.95.
Junior: Now available – hat chin cords, track jackets and pants – note: jackets (only) can be worn with both sport and formal uniform, pants must be worn with sport uniform.
Senior: Now available – Middle School and Senior Girl’s ties, track jackets and pants – note: only to be worn with sport uniform.
Senior Formal Hats: These are a significant investment so to ensure they are protected from the weather and last for many years, please thoroughly spray top of hats with silicone spray – now available in store for $9.95. Note: do not spray inside hat crown as it can be a skin irritant. Waterproofing spray also useful for handbags, shoes, jackets, and wallets.
Now You Can Make Payments Online Via the College Website
The College is very pleased to offer an online payment system to parents via the College website. This service will give parents the option of making online payments (using Visa or Mastercard) for school fees (e.g. if parents need to make one-off payments) as well as various additional activities or events which occur during the year and which do not appear on the school fee statements (e.g. ICAS, Chess, ski trips, district sports registrations, Year 12 Formal, lost library books, etc). Parents will normally be advised by the staff member organising these activities if the online payment option is available for that particular activity or event.
There is a ‘Make a Payment’ link on the Home Page of the College website which will take you to a secure payments page and options can then be selected. There is no additional cost to parents for using their credit cards for these payments.
We hope this additional payment option will be helpful to our College community. If you have any questions, please contact Jane Cox in the Business Office – 3872 5773 or email.
Prince of Peace P & F
The PoP P&F would like to invite our school parents, staff and community members to attend our evening meetings for 2018. All meetings are held in the Junior Campus library at 7pm. Please join us to plan and discuss upcoming events and fundraising for the College. This year, in the absence of a Fete we will host a large market, which will spread PoP awareness in the wider community as well as provide a fun, vibrant family event for our children. More details to follow!
Please join us on the following dates if you wish to become involved in any aspects of the PoP P&F, or just come along and get involved in the discussions:
- May 23
- July 25
- August 22
- October 24
- November 21
Thanks to all who donated to the Easter Bake Sale effort this week, and especially Annette Burns for organizing and running the stall.
During the second week of Easter break, donations for our market can be dropped off at the Manse building. It’s a great opportunity to clean and de-clutter for a good cause!
Thank you for your ongoing support of the P&F.
Teaching someone to drive can be an enjoyable and rewarding experience. You can learn the important first steps on how to teach a learner driver and develop their life-long habits at a FREE workshop. The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) program is aimed at providing handy tips and information to mums and dads who are teaching learner drivers. See this ﬂyer for dates and locations.