Welcome to the start of 2018. We have had a great start to the year at the College and it has been pleasing to see how quickly students have settled into their routines. A special welcome to all the new families that have joined the College as we settle 119 new students into life at Prince of Peace.
I read over the holidays that you are far more likely to be successful with your New Year’s resolutions if you tell somebody what they are. I have not told anyone mine, as I think they have already lapsed. The same can be true for students regarding the importance of them setting their learning intentions for 2018.
Individual teachers will all be working with the students to discuss the individual contexts of their class, but it is also a good idea to sit down as a family and discuss what your child may wish to achieve this year. To structure that conversation, consider refering to the SMART framework below, stating that goals should be:
S = Specific
M = Measurable
A = Attainable
R = Relevant, Rigorous, Realistic, and Results Focused
T = Timely and Trackable
One of my favourite things about the new year is that it is an opportunity to start afresh, and we are reminded in Isaiah 43:18-19 to forget what has gone before and place our trust in God. So I leave you with one of my favourite verses.
The Lord says, “Forget what happened before,
and do not think about the past.
Look at the new thing I am going to do.
It is already happening. Don’t you see it?
I will make a road in the desert
and rivers in the dry land.
Have a wonderful 2018.
Head of College
Keeping you in the Loop
There are many ways the College will communicate with you over the coming year. A majority of your communication will be with your child’s teacher/s via phone, letter, email or in person; these avenues will also be used for important, urgent or time-sensitive information.
Listed below are some of the many additional ways we will be providing general information and updates about what is happening at the College:
Find latest information on book lists, uniforms, student portal links, club information, OHSC details, bus services and more. The ‘Supporting You’ section is a good place to start browsing.
This password-protected portal on our website (password: Prince) is the place to visit for parent-related resources such as time-tables, term dates, staff contact lists, photo galleries of College events etc. Log in via the Quick-link on our website Home page.
Receive reminders and notifications of College events, notify us of student absences, read newsletters, contact the College and more. Download it to your phone for free via the App Store (Apple devices), or from Google Play (Android devices) by searching for ‘Prince of Peace Lutheran College’.
Did you know? You can set the app to give you notifications that are relevant only to your child’s year level/s? It takes just a few seconds, and now at the beginning of the school year is the time set it! Show me how »
This fortnightly online newsletter that you are reading will keep you up-to-date with latest news, sporting results, music events, uniform details, community news and more. Visit the POPCORN Archives »
Did you know— You can sign up to receive the ‘POPCORN Highlights’ email that we send out with each newsletter. It provides a brief overview of the edition, and is a great reminder for when each new edition is out.
The College calendar is kept up to date, listing all important College events and activities. You can even use it to save events directly to your personal calendar with a simple click. Access the Calendar via the Quick link on our Home page, from the app, or find it at the bottom of each edition of POPCORN.
We constantly update our Facebook page with latest photos, videos and posts about general activities happening around the College. Please ‘Follow’ our page, and be sure to like, comment and share posts with the rest of our fabulous PoP community.
Did you know— Our lively Second Hand Uniform Buy & Sell Facebook group is a great place to buy/sell second hand uniforms, or post your ‘uniform items I need’ list.
In preparation for some exciting new changes we are making to our website, we are giving the opportunity below for our loyal families to contribute a few words that express how Prince of Peace College has been important to your child / family. We may list your testimonial on our website.
Digital Communications Officer
When entering and exiting the private property of either College Campus, extra care is required due to the volume of traffic — in particular at pick-up and drop-off time. We remind drivers to please be mindful of the following:
- monitor your speed
- to avoid congestion of traffic and ensure safety of the students, drivers are to remain in their vehicle and not to park in the kiss and go/stop and drop zones
- give way appropriately when exiting both campuses, in particular:
- when turning right out of the Junior Campus, due to the entering line of traffic that may block the view of oncoming vehicles
- when exiting the Senior Campus, give way to all traffic from all directions, as drivers are leaving the property of the College
Transport and Main Roads have released a road safety around schools brochure.
2018 has gotten off to a roaring start with our staff and students back into the swing of teaching and learning. Our BYOD devices arrived today for students in Years 4 to 6, with our Year 3 devices hot on their tail to arrive this Friday. Our beautiful Preppies have returned for their first full week bursting with enthusiasm, wonder and excitement for another week. Congratulations must go to our Prep parents and grandparents for making it through their first week too. It has been simply delightful catching up with the children about their holidays, Christmas presents and goals for 2018.
During the next couple of weeks we will install our new and continuing staff, install our Junior Campus Captains and Vice Captains, House Leaders and Student Leaders. Shortly after this, our Year 12 students will join us for Chapel to lead our worship and receive their senior jersey from one of our gorgeous Year 1 students. I look forward to catching up with you all during the next couple of weeks as we settle in and find our rhythm.
Open Invitation to Staff Installation
This Sunday, 4 February at 9am is our Staff Installation Service at Prince of Peace Church. All families are warmly invited to worship with us as we welcome our new College year and thank our loving God for his many blessings. I hope to see some of you there.
All student BYOD agreements should be returned to your child’s class teacher by this Friday at the latest, signed by both the student and parent. Students are not able to begin using their devices in class until this agreement has been returned signed. Hard copies of the agreement are available at front reception.
It is exciting to see students already engaged in their cyber-safety training as they prepare to use their devices in 2018.
Parent Information Nights
Sincere thanks must go to our Prep to Year 6 classroom teachers who have prepared and presented the Parent Information Nights for another year. At this time I would also like to acknowledge Mrs Jenell Molkentin for her efforts in organising the drinks and nibbles each night this week. Our final information night will be held tomorrow, Thursday 1 February for Year 3 and Year 6 families.
Last Thursday, 25 January the students in Year 3 to 6 participated in our Swimming Carnival at Newmarket swimming pool. It was a wonderful day of fun, frivolity and a dash of competition. Students competed in a selection of competitive events through to fun games and waterslides, all in support of the Sports house. We would like to thank Mr Brad Wooding, ably supported by Mrs Jenell Molkentin, the PoP staff and our wonderful volunteers for making the day not only successful but memorable for all.
Friday 16 February Installation of Student Leaders
Friday 23 February Year 12 Chapel and Jersey Presentation, involving Year 1
Monday 5 March Junior Campus Formal Photos
Head of Junior Campus
Junior Campus Library News
Our new Year 6 cohort is already breaking records! We had 49 students nominate to serve as Library Monitors this semester which is almost double the number we usually receive. Miss Burke and I are thrilled to welcome so many servant-hearted students to our library team. With so many generous helpers on hand, the POP library is sure to be a popular place for students wanting somewhere cool to play games, read, draw or chat with friends during their second break.
We are on the lookout for cushions for our media room and would greatly welcome donations of any shape, size and colour.
If you happen to be updating your décor, we’ll happily take those ‘out-of-date’ cushions off your hands!
Let’s Share the LOVE of BOOKS on February 14
During class library visits in Week 4 (February 13/14), students may take part in our Great Book Swap.
Participating is easy:
- Bring a book you’d like to swap
- Bring a gold coin donation
- Choose a book from the display table
We hope to raise $300 for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation, to help purchase books for children living in remote Indigenous communities. Donations can also be made online here >
Mrs Janette Meulen
Welcome to 2018
On behalf of all the staff, we welcome you to 2018. It was a great start to the year, and we affirm our students on their focus and engagement. We are looking forward to continued powerful partnerships with our students and parents. We know that a strong partnership with you will make a great difference in your child’s education.
As part of that partnership we would like to invite all parents to join us for our information evenings:
- 6 February – Middle School Information Evening (Year 7-Year 9) – 7pm
- 7 February – Senior School Information Evening (Year 10-Year 12) – 7pm
The evening will start with parents meeting in year level groups. At 7.40pm all year levels will move to rooms R4 and R5 for some refreshments, a short presentation and an opportunity to meet all subject teachers. Some second hand uniforms will be on sale from 6pm in R7.
A Story of Hope
At Chapel on Monday I shared the story of the Fourth Wiseman, who is traditionally known as Artaban. For those who know the story, it provides some insight for the coming year. Like Artaban, we need to develop strategies for when things do not go according to plan, set goals and exercise perseverance and grit to achieve them. Artaban is an example that nothing worthwhile comes easy, but requires effort, sacrifice and determination. It is a story of hope.
In 2018, we want you to be open to the wonder and awe that is all around. Be genuinely present to each other and be in the moment. You are encouraged to taste God’s love, joy, peace and grace and to be open to how it may transform you. The final insight of the story of the Fourth Wiseman, is the example of giving without measuring. Students were challenged to consider which character strengths they wanted to develop further in 2018. As we recognise and grow in our character strengths, it can help us build happier, more meaningful lives.
“We change the world by tiny individual acts of honesty, courage, kindness and integrity, by celebrating our own strengths – just a little more each day, and helping others to do the same.” — Jenny Fox Eades
On Tuesday, the Academic Awards for Semester 2 2017 were presented. We celebrate all students’ learning journeys, because success is not simply a destination. Success is not something that we arrive at one day, it has everything to do with our individual day to day choices, actions and experiences. Success has to do with being true to who you are, and how you choose to respond to life’s circumstances. At times, life may seem overwhelming, but choosing to exercise a positive attitude and telling ourselves that ‘we can do it’ is a good start.
So my challenge for our students of 2018 is to exercise two minutes of courage when you come across an obstacle. Whether that obstacle is a tricky conversation, a tough maths problem, not enough time, or an act of service — make the investment of two minutes of courage. Moving out your comfort zone may risk a chance of failure or embarrassment, however the potential rewards of two minutes of courage are significant. As all students move into 2018, our greatest hope is that you are young men and women of integrity. Choose a positive attitude, demonstrate grit and set goals and be prepared to work hard to achieve them.
We congratulate those students who reached the academic standard for Semester 2 2017:
Academic Honours Award Years 7-10
Year 7 – Alexander Bainbridge, Jesse Bressan, Toby Bunt, Elsie Corlis, Harrison Findlay, Georgia Glentworth, Benjamin Hoffman, Benjamin Hughes, Andrew Klimeniko, Daniel Lilly, Tyler Noakes, Tayla Redford-Bell, William Ridgwell, Christelle Robson, Holly Strachan, Thomas Tucker, Amanda Watson, Clare Weckert, Tayne Whigham, Jacob Williams, Zachary Williams
Year 8 – Olivia Gadenne, Piper Griffin, Alexander Hegner, Jonathan Muir, Georgia Pfeffer, Sophia Vitale
Year 9 – Caitlin Austin, Lachlan Bunt, Caelen Cook, Olivia Cooper, Taylen Houslip, Jennifer Keal, Samantha Keal, Claire Miller, Gemmah Peate, Lucinda Peterson, Samuel Priebbenow
Year 10 – Carl Bundesen, Alister Duncan, Angela Fingland, Elizabeth Harrison, Jasmin Kai, Rachel King
Academic Honours Award Year 11
Year 11 – Riley Farrell, Charlotte Hammond, Fynn Hughes, Thomas Rowland, Aayush Singh
Academic Excellence Award Years 7-10
Year 7 – Elise Avery, Declan Cook, Ashleigh Eaglestone, Rosina Floriani, Jessica Gentle, Austin Haines, Jasmine Hancox, Gabriel Kassiou, Heidi Noon, Adam Rowland, Alexander Schmidtchen, Ethan Speirs, Ellie Strong, Josie Swift, Isabelle Till, Mackenna Tom, Patrick Vayro
Year 8 – Molly Barnes, Matthew Bunn, Jordan Edwards, Mattias Forbes-Schutz, Jacob Fraser, Esther Gulley, Ryan Hamilton, Erin Jewell, Lachlan Juric, Abby Newton, Jarvis Sivyer, Lucas Smith, Jackson Tom, Gabrielle Waverley-Smith
Year 9 –Lucas Eaglestone, Kaitlyn Flynn, Ella Fraser-Descovich, Georgia Manwaring, Sabina Oppelaar, Emily Pingel, Katie Steele, Anna Weckert
Year 10 – Hayley Churchill, Jessica Ebbott, Jessica Kassiou, Samuel Morajkar, Cooper Schmidt
Academic Excellence Award Year 11
Year 11 – Ammon Beard, Isaac Cooper, Lachlan Cordiner, Marcus Jewell, Isabelle Majpruz, Jake McCarthy, Bethany Southward, Lydia van der Wiel
2017 ICAS Awards
Riley Turton, Year 9 – Credit Science, Merit English
Alexander Schmidtchen, Year 7 – Distinction Science, Credit Maths
Geoffrey Maud-Singh – Merit Maths
Head of Senior Campus
Junior Campus Sport
Greetings and welcome to Sports Score for 2018.
We look forward to a huge year in sport and trust that you will be both entertained and informed as I convey all sport-related details and notices.
A reminder that we require children to wear their sports uniform for PE or any sporting activity, and hats and a drink bottle are compulsory every day. We aim to encourage children to take responsibility for their own preparations, however, could all parents and carers please double check that your child has their hat and drink bottle – especially at the start of the year.
Please read my Sporting Opportunities at POP Junior Campus report for a comprehensive outline of what is available from our sporting program this year.
Year 3-6 Swimming Carnival
Our sporting year has kicked off with a big splash as our rescheduled carnival was held last Thursday. One waterslide; two pools; dozens of helpers; nearly 40 staff and over 250 beaming children ensured that our day was wet, fun-filled, sun-safe and energetic.
The 25m events were at times unconventional; the 50m events were at times dramatic; the wet games were mostly joyful, and the slide was constantly thrilling. A perfect day at a wonderful venue.
Full results and age champions are still to be determined, and will be reported in the next edition of POPCORN.
Representative sporting opportunities kick off very quickly this year with a number of district events in the first couple of weeks of school.
The district swimming carnival is set for Thursday 8 February, in Week 3. Those children who were pre-selected in the swimming team have received their invitations, however, if your child is a swimmer and missed the carnival (and was born in 2008, 2007 or 2006), please contact Mr Wooding to enquire about the possibility of becoming involved in this event.
Netball and basketball are the first district team sports to conduct trials. Netball is on Monday 5 February, with an under 12 and under 11 team to be selected. Both trials will be held at Our Lady of Assumption CPS, Hurdcotte St, Enoggera. Full details are available from Mr Wooding for those girls aspiring to representative-level netball.
The basketball trials are to be held on Wednesday 14 February (boys) and Thursday 15 February (girls) at Craigslea SS. Both trials begin at 3.15pm. (Full details will be available from Mr Wooding).
Attendance at either of these (or any other) district trial will require registration, and in some cases payment of a trial fee (depending upon the exact sport and nature of the trial) via the school shop online portal prior to the event. All students wishing to attend must register online prior to the trial date through this website.
HPE Teacher Junior Campus
Senior Campus Sport
Welcome all Members of the Wider POP Community to Another Year of Sport within the Senior Campus in 2018!
My role as the 7-12 Sport Coordinator primarily consists of coordinating and convening the “Big 3” inter-house carnivals within the Senior Campus (swimming/cross country/track & field). I am also responsible for the organisation of inter-school teams, regional and district trials/representation, sport development and always promoting a positive sporting culture within the entire College community. We have very committed and enthusiastic staff members within the Senior Campus who are always willing to lend their expertise towards assisting students with their sporting pursuits, and we very much look forward to a continuation of these efforts this year.
The PoP Senior Campus student cohort forms an integral part of North West District Secondary School Sport. All students in Year 7 to Year 9 compete in regular inter-school sport during school hours against other teams from schools within the North West Secondary District. Any student within the senior campus is also eligible to trial for North West Secondary District School Sport teams for the sports that they have on offer. All trials are held after school hours and hosted by one of the schools within the district. All participants in district trials are required to complete and bring along a trial permission note. The full calendar of North West District Secondary Sport trials for 2018 is available via this website, where you can also find all other relevant information including a downloadable trial participation notice.
In addition, any students within the Senior Campus who are born in 2006 (turning 12 years old in 2018) remain eligible to trial for North District Primary School Sport teams. All North District Primary info can be accessed via the following website.
All district sport trials and information will continue to be advertised at the Senior Campus via daily student notices, Edmodo and the College newsletter. Students can request trial notices and permission to trial forms from myself or College administration.
Please don’t hesitate to make contact with myself via email or phone if you have any queries about anything sport related at the Senior Campus.
Senior Campus Sport Coordinator
Congratulations to the U14 Futsal team on their win in the Arana United Power League competition. The team had a very successful season, coming into the final with only one defeat. The team of Year 7, 8 and 9 students should be proud of their achievements, emerging victorious after a tense game 6:4 over Samford Storm. Congratulations to:
Caleen Cook Year 9, Keenan Kaap Year 8, Sasha Mee Year 8, Braiden Ode Year 8, Declan Cook Year 7, Daniel Hutching Year 7, Adam Rowland Year 7
A highlight of the season was watching the skill development, game play and a growing commitment to the team. Thanks to senior students Thomas Rowland and Brendan Fraser who took responsibility for coaching and mentoring the team through to the end of a successful year of Futsal at Prince of Peace. The 2018 Futsal season kicks off with the Brisbane Outer Schools Futsal League on 12 February. Any enquiries about Futsal should be directed to Mr Grant Garlson.
Junior Campus Music
Students have started Classroom Music this week. Recorders for Years 4-6 will be required from next week.
I know there has been difficulty in receiving some books. If this is the case for you, please don’t worry as books from previous years may be used if they still have pages spare, or photocopies will be provided.
All children from Year 2-6 are welcome to come and try out for one of the Junior Campus Choirs. Permission forms are available on the College Website under Parent Portal, or via the links below:
Junior Choir for Year 2-3 is Wednesday morning 7:40am to 8:20am. Junior choir permission letter »
Senior Choir for Years 4-6 is Tuesday morning 7:40am to 8:20am. Senior choir permission letter »
Instrumental lessons have also started this week. Places have filled up very quickly and there now may be a waiting list for some instruments. Timetables are being finalised by the tutors, so please contact myself or your child’s tutor if you haven’t received a copy. They will also be available in the College website Parent Portal shortly.
Instrumental Days and Tutors
Melissa Hansen – Strings and some piano
Toby Thompson – Guitar, woodwind, brass
Mitchell Dormer – Piano
Sherree Cudney – Voice
Darryl Bowers – Percussion
Darryl Bowers – Percussion
Should you require any general information, or have any questions regarding classroom music, choirs or instruments on the Junior Campus, please email me.
Music Specialist – Junior Campus
Senior Campus Music
Senior Campus CoCurricular Music has begun for 2018. Should you have any questions regarding CoCurricular Music, please contact the program coordinator Cassandra Croucher.
Music lessons and ensembles have started back. If you are unsure of your child’s enrolment status, please contact me directly.
Ensemble rehearsal times are as below:
We are finalising the 2018 Music Parent Information booklet and this will be emailed to all parents in Week 2. This will also include a performance calendar for 2018.
Music Supporters Group
We have a volunteer organisation of parents who support our co-curricular program through developing new music initiatives, assisting at concerts, fundraising and providing fellowship opportunities across the year. If you would be interested in being a member of this group, stay tuned for our first meeting date for 2018 – we would love to have your input and see you there.
Senior Campus Music Curriculum Leader
Drama enrolments are now open!
Try something new to begin the school year! HATCHED Theatre is back, running individual and group classes at Prince of Peace for all ages. New drama students can try a class for free and siblings receive a discount. Lucy’s classes are creative, challenging and fun! Primary group drama takes place on the Junior Campus on Thursday after school, and individual lessons are available for both senior and junior students at varying times. Senior group drama is taking expressions of interest for Term 2. For more information or to enrol please contact Lucy on 0422 232 877.
Extra Curricular Drama
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, Wed and Thurs, and 2pm to 4pm Tuesday and Thursay 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 anytime from the School Locker website. 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 Junior Campus reception. In shop I now have a small range of navy headbands, white scrunchies, and navy button clips suitable for girls Prep to Yr 12 – more styles to be added.
Fridge-to-Go Lunch Bags: We have insulated lunch bags that keep food cold and fresh for 8 hrs – 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!
Junior: Size 6 and 4 junior formal shorts – on order, and will advise when available. Hat chin cords – should be available next week.
Senior: Middle school and senior girl’s ties have been returned to our supplier for remake – they should be available by mid Feb. Sorry for the inconvenience. Now Available: Size 14 senior boys formal shirts.
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 the top of hats with silicone spray – now available in store. Note: do not spray the inside hat crown as it can be a skin irritant.
Greater Brisbane Junior Tennis (GBJT) offers juniors up to and including Year 12 tennis fixtures on a Saturday afternoon at the Queensland Tennis Centre and the University of Queensland during school terms. For more information, please visit our web site or phone Mrs Peta Davis, Secretary on 3374 0516.
Baptist Football Queensland
Calling all eager, willing and able football fanatics who are keen to play social competition football.
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church has for many years entered teams in the Saturday afternoon Baptist Football Queensland (BFQ) competition. We are seeking expressions of interest from both the church and college community for players who may be interested in joining us. We are currently a club who have players aged from 18 years, up to mid-fifties in our teams, including a number of father/son members.
Pre-season kick around will commence Saturday 10 Feb on the Junior Campus oval at 4pm and will continue each Saturday afternoon until the commencement of the season. We do not hold regular training sessions during the season and play with a spirit of fun, ensuring all members of the team are given equal field time.
- BFQ pre-season grading starts on the 10 March.
- Regular season starts on the 15 April.
- Grand Final will be on the 15 September.
Should you require further information or wish to register with the team please contact Lee Molkentin on 0432 041 152 or email email@example.com. Looking forward to you joining us.
The Queen of Apostles Netball Club is taking registrations for the 2018 winter season. Children who are turning eight this year can register and we are also seeking adults to join our open division teams as well. For the first time, the club is offering a skills program for children aged 5 – 7 years as an introduction to netball. The main aim of this is for children to have fun, learn team work and ball skills. The eight week program will run from 10 February on a Saturday morning 9am – 10am. For all queries, please email Monique Varricchio.
Girls and boys – Are you looking for an activity which develops:
- Leadership skills
- Friends and a network for life
- A love of the outdoors
Come and trial scouts for a few nights:
- Joey Scout 6 – 8 years (Wednesday 6 – 7pm)
- Cub Scouts 8 – 11 years (Wednesday 6 – 7.30pm)
- Scouts 11 – 15years (Thursday 7 – 9pm)
- Venturers 15 – 18years (Friday nights).
Please contact Murray 0438 560 297.