With Mother’s Day fast approaching, it is great to see all of the students scrambling to find that special something to give to the person they love on Sunday. This always reminds me of when Jesus was asked which commandment he believed was the most important and he answered, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind”, this is the greatest commandment of all. The second is to “love your neighbour as yourself” (Matthew 22:37-39).
Sometimes it can be hard for us, as adults, to tell the people in our lives that we do love them, yet our actions show that we do — and sometimes we may say we love them but our actions are different. Either way, we know that God loves us and it is our commandment to love each other. Sometimes we may fall short, but that only means we try harder to fulfil the commandment given to us by Jesus.
Long Service Leave
After 12 years of service in Lutheran Education, I will take some long service leave for the second half of this term. Whilst I will miss you all, I am looking forward to the opportunity to spend some time with my family and I may even sneak in a round or two of golf when no one is looking.
I will finish on Friday of Week 5, returning for the start of Term 3; during that time Katrina Valencia and Michelle Nisbet will be acting in my role. Therefore, I take the opportunity now to wish you all the very best for the rest of the term and have a safe and restful June holiday period.
Head of College
Mother’s Day Thank You
Our sincerest thanks must go to the wonderful volunteers, who yet again delivered an outstanding Mother’s Day stall to the students of our Junior Campus. Our students were blown away by the variety of gift ideas, the beautiful décor, and the generous and kind heart with which they were served.
These events simply do not come together without significant planning over many, many months. In 2018, Mrs Jo Wilmott is stepping down from her role as the Mother’s / Father’s Day Stall Convenor. Jo (and her whole family, along with a band of happy helpers) has been sourcing, storing, transporting and wrapping literally thousands of gifts over the past years, so that our students can choose from the ‘best of the best’ for their mums – regardless of how much they have to spend.
So at this time, I want to pass on sincerest thanks from our students, and congratulations to Jo and her team for another incredibly successful Mother’s Day stall. I for one can hardly wait to see what beautiful treats will come my way this weekend. Be blessed Jo and your team. Time to rest a little until Father’s Day rolls around.
Well we are well under way on PHASE 2 of our We Can Make a Difference Initiative.
This term we have our next major fundraising event, ‘The Yatala Pie Drive’.
Your child should have already brought home a Yatala Pie Order Form for you. Extra forms will be available from main reception and a digital copy has been made available in our quick links section on the front page of the College website or here. We ask that you promote this fundraiser far and wide. It is time to remind your friends, grandparents, neighbours, aunties and uncles just how delicious a beautiful Yatala pie is. Remind them, there is nothing better to eat on a cold winter’s day than a nice hot pie… and let’s not forget about the yummy dessert pies too!
Together we will remember Mrs Clarke, Mark G and all our loved ones who have been touched by cancer. Come on Prince of Peace …. WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
Year 4 Camp
Our Year 4 students, staff and a band of eager parent helpers left bright and early this morning for Luther Heights, Coolum. This two night, three day camp will see our Year 4 students engaging in raft building, flying fox, beach fun and night activities; all the while enjoying each other’s company and some truly awesome food. Stay safe Year 4! We can hardly wait to hear about all of your adventures.
Following up from of another incredibly successful and meaningful performance by our Senior Choir at the Gaythorne RSL ANZAC Day Service and March, our Honours Choir and Junior Choir are back at it this weekend with two further performances.
This Friday night (11 May), our 2018 Honours Choir will compete in the QYMA Competition at the Gap State High School. Beginning at 6:30pm, our Honours Choir is competing second in their section for the evening. Tickets are $10/ adult.
Following this performance, the Junior Choir AND Honours Choir will be performing at the Albany Creek Uniting Church Fete. Students are asked to arrive at 1:45pm and will be performing from 2:00 – 2:30pm.
Parking can be difficult so please leave yourself enough time to park and assemble with Mrs Cudney by 1:45pm.
NB: Choir performance uniform is required for both events.
Anzac Day Performance Praise
Good Morning, I would just like to pass on my sincere appreciation to the teacher and students of the choir at the ANZAC Day service at Gaythorne on Wednesday. This was our first service at Gaythorne, having previously attended many services at Gallipoli Barracks.
The ANZAC Day service at Gaythorne was extremely moving, but I felt I needed to write to mention how wonderful your school choir is. The teacher, whose name I don’t have, along with the choir are an absolute credit to your school.
Please enjoy our photo gallery covering the 2018 ANZAC Day events at Gaythorne RSL and the Junior and Senior Campus. (Parent Portal password: Prince)
STOP PRESS: Prince of Peace Lutheran College Hosts the 2018 LENS Beginning and Early Career Teachers Conference
This Friday, 11 May, PoP will be welcoming over 15 pre-service beginning and early career educators, to a tailor-made conference on the Junior Campus. Created by the Lutheran Education North Side (LENS) community in 2017, this conference is held annually and seeks to support, uphold, nurture and celebrate the early career and beginning teachers in our sector.
Our schools stand and fall by their teachers, and we have been blessed at Prince of Peace to have some of the best in the field educating your children and mine. In order to maintain such high standards in education for our students, it is critical that we also recognise the significant commitment that these teachers make each and every day. I am honoured to be able to host this event in 2018, and hope that the conference will serve as a practical opportunity for our newest educators to network with each other, and hear from experienced colleagues and leaders of our Lutheran schools.
We will be touring the Junior Campus in the morning, so if you see us out and about, please warmly welcome our visitors to our fantastic College.
Next Tuesday 15, Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17 May 2018, our Year 3 and Year 5 students will undertake their NAPLAN assessments. NAPLAN is made up of four assessments in the areas of Reading, Writing, Language Conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and Numeracy.
NAPLAN assesses skills in literacy and numeracy that are developed over time, through the school curriculum. NAPLAN is not a pass or fail type test, but rather, shows how individual students are progressing in numeracy and literacy skills against national standards for all Australian children.
Test Preparation – Coping with Anxiety
At some point in our lives each one of us has experienced anxiety due to friendships, hardships, tests or some other factor. This experience is just as real for children and in some cases more stressful as they do not have the benefit of hindsight and the years of experiences that we carry with us daily.
Preparing for a test of any nature can be a daunting task. There is the fear of the unknown (What will the questions be?), the fear of failure (‘I can’t do this’) and the fear of disappointment (Will they be proud of me?). For children who suffer from anxiety, these fears are very real and require some careful consideration.
I was a student who suffered from separation anxiety and test anxiety. For my mum, just helping me make it through the school gates was a significant and on-going challenge. Tests were a different story again. I was by myself, at a table faced with something that I had convinced myself I could not do. It is not a pleasant place to be.
As NAPLAN approaches it is important that we, as parents and teachers, keep things in perspective. NAPLAN is an opportunity for parents to gain some very general information about how their child is travelling academically in literacy and numeracy. However, if parents are after detailed and current information about their child’s progress then the best place to start is with your child’s teacher.
In the lead up to NAPLAN can I encourage you to utilise some of the strategies below to help your child cope with any anxieties they may be feeling:
- Ensure your child has a healthy diet.
- Encourage them as much as possible to get outside and have a good run around and play. Children need down time as much as they need learning time.
- Ensure that your child is getting enough sleep.
- Encourage them for the efforts they make in their learning, reiterating that ‘having a go’ is the most important thing.
- Listen to their concerns and talk with them about how you have coped with stressful times in your life.
- Provide them with strategies such as taking a deep breath, positive self-talk (I can only try my best) and visualising when they have completed this task before.
Please remember that your child’s teacher has been working with them to prepare for the NAPLAN assessments. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to come and speak with our staff.
Head of Junior Campus
Year 2 have been showing appreciation to others in class in words and actions. They have filled lots of buckets and carried out random acts of kindness. Their next step is to transfer these acts to the school yard and to home.
If you catch your child showing appreciation in this way, be sure to let them know how much it is appreciated.
Deputy Head of Junior Campus
Senior Campus ANZAC Service
The Senior Campus ANZAC Service focused on Bill the Bastard – the greatest Australian war horse. It was a moving ceremony celebrating the important role of horses in the war effort.
If you are not aware of the story, Bill the Bastard was an Australian-bred Waler, who was known as the “unbreakable” horse. He was strong, powerful, and bucked unaware riders who climbed into his saddle.
Bill, and Major Michael Shanahan became heroes during the Great War of 1914 – 1918, saving the lives of soldiers and carrying the ANZACs to victory in the Middle East. Shanahan persuaded Captain Banjo Paterson to let him take Bill into the action when 100,000 horses headed out into the desert for the Battle of Romani on August 5, 1916 to control vital water wells. During the action, Shanahan was able to use Bill to rescue four injured Tasmanian troopers, who all mounted Bill’s stirrups or back .
Bill was one of more than 130,000 horses who served in World War I and never returned to Australia. He was smuggled back to Gallipoli as part of the group of pack-horses used on an artefact-gathering trip, a fitting end to his military service.
If you wish to learn more about Bills’ story, the poem by Maureen Clifford found at https://iwvpa.net/clifford-m/bill-the-.php or the book “Bill the Bastard, The Story of Australia’s Greatest War Horse” by Roland Perry are worth the read. We thank Mr Russell and the students for a thought-provoking ANZAC reminder.
Worship was led this week by class 7.1, and focussed on Grit. They used football (the round ball) analogies to identify the qualities required in sport and life. If I had to name the character strength I admire most in students it would be grit. I applaud those students who give their best despite the obstacles, whether that is in the classroom when they keep on solving a problem that is tricky, working hard for all 50 minutes of a lesson, always putting in a best effort, or being prepared to challenge themselves at camp.
I had the pleasure of attending part of Year 11 camp, and saw a number of students allowing themselves to move out of their comfort zone. The night walk, the tunnels, and the bridge can all be extremely confronting. Students demonstrated grit, problem solving and teamwork to complete every challenge. My hat goes off to all the students who completed the tunnel activity which simulates the Tunnel-Rats of Vietnam. I completed that activity once, and the space is very confined and requires some physical and emotional strength to complete. I am so proud of those students who demonstrated the grit to complete and overcome personal fears.
Grit is the ability to stick at an activity despite the obstacles, demonstrating a diligent spirit that keeps you pressing on when it would be easier to give up. Grit is realising that achieving one’s greatest potential comes from running a marathon, not a sprint — and that you need to keep going when you feel there is nothing left in the tank. At times as a student we need to dig in and keep going despite the obstacles. It is the strength of spirit and “stick-at-it-ness” that is developed in these experiences, which will serve each of us well as we continue to demonstrate growth through challenge.
Head of Senior Campus
When I first heard about Emu Gully, my first impressions were that some people would not like any of the activities, whilst others would charge right in almost 100 percent of the time. However, when I got there and we were straight into our first activity, I realised I was sorely mistaken. Not one soul decided to sit out, or neglect to offer an opinion; even the loudest of the bunch listened to what everyone had to say and gave everyone a chance. This grew stronger with each passing activity on camp, until finally, in an activity called the ‘Truck Pull’, we were working together (albeit not instantly), to get that truck over the line — even if it meant that some would have to wade through grass as tall as them.
If I had to decide on a favourite activity, that would be hard. They were all amazing, though if I had to, it would have to be the Tunnels. I’m not a claustrophobic person so I quite enjoyed the activity, but to see everyone give it their best shot, even if they were scared to death — now that was truly awe-inspiring. It’s experiences like this that made camp so worthwhile; not to mention the magnificent food, of course!
Michael Weir, Year 11
Gaythorne RSL Sub-Branch ANZAC Day Writing Competition
To commemorate ANZAC Day, the Gaythorne RSL Sub-Branch holds an annual writing competition to encourage school students to learn more about the work undertaken by Australia’s Defence Forces and to learn about and honour past and present campaigns.
Congratulations to Georgia Glentworth on being awarded a Second Prize in Category 3 in the Gaythorne RSL Anzac Day writing competition.
Junior Campus Sport
Year 4-6 Gala Days
Our first two gala days have been outrageously successful. Wonderful children, fantastic staff and ever-supportive parents have seen our teams perform with great distinction. Some wins, some losses, plenty of good grace and sportspersonship and even the odd extraordinary achievement.
Hockey Report: Gala Day – ‘A Clashing of Sticks’
What a wonderful way to start the 2018 Gala days! We began our day by coming together with all the participating schools and the coaches from Queensland Hockey for a morning of skill development. We worked together and focused on both defending and attacking skills – both of which the students really enjoyed. After lunch it was time for the students to implement their new skills as we broke up into our Junior and Senior teams. During each game the PoP students defended fiercely and attacked with persistence, but most importantly they demonstrated sportsmanship, leadership and played with integrity. We thank Mr Morgan for all his help and support on the day.
A couple of wonderful weeks have seen our inexperienced boys and girls blossom into two very competitive football teams. The mixed team has performed exceptionally, winning a few games and developing a brand of play that has been both confident and exciting to watch. The Senior boys team has battled hard, setting a high standard of play and continuing to improve each outing.
We had a great day on Friday. Everyone had a go and a lot of the students said they had a lot of fun. Senior girls played four games, splitting two wins and two losses. A great effort by all, especially since three of the games were on a challenging beach court. Special mention to Miranda H for great serving.
Our mixed team played five games. Not all games were scored so we do not have a win/loss count to report. We rotated all players through each game, and great enthusiasm was on display; by the end of the day our teams were all getting the hang of the sport, and started to move their feet and call for the ball. Special mention to Cooper L and Sarah C for great serving.
HPE Teacher Junior Campus
Gala Day Netball
What a day! The sun was shining brightly. We were covered with sunscreen, our water bottles were at the ready and we had huge smiles on our faces. Why? Because we were going to spend the day playing netball!
Four teams travelled by bus to the courts on Rode Road at Chermside. We had lots of wins, a few losses and made some new friends. New netball skills were learnt along with many life skills such as: team work, collaboration, resilience, compassion, determination and sportsmanship. Thanks to Mrs McKinnon who coached and nurtured the Year 4 Junior B team, of whom most of the girls had never played before. Ms Napier guided the Year 5/6 Intermediate team and I looked after the Senior A and B teams.
Thanks to the parents who come to support us, help score, remind us to drink more, take photos and cheer loudly to encourage us.
Another netball opportunity will be coming up next term. For any families that are new to the school, summer netball is played on a Tuesday night at Downey Park in the 10 week Queensland Catholic Netball Association Competition. PoP has entered up to four teams in this competition over the years; I will send a letter out next term with all the details, however if your daughter is already telling you she wants to be a PopStar, then send me an email and I’ll put her name on the list.
Junior Campus Teacher Aide and Netball Coach
Football Brisbane Representative
Will (Year 8) and has been selected to represent Football Brisbane at the QLD Cup after trialling over the last few weeks. The Cup is a week-long tournament to be held in Mackay; we wish Will all the best as he continues to successfully pursue his sporting achievements.
Junior Campus Music
Junior Choir: Come along and hear the Year 2-3 choir perform at the Albany Creek Uniting Church fete this Saturday (12 May) at 2pm. Students should arrive and meet at the back of the venue by 1:45pm.
Honours Choir: Best wishes to the Honours Choir who are competing in the Qld Youth Music Awards this Friday night at The Gap State High School.
Recorder Ensemble: Recorder ensemble rehearsal has moved to second break on Wednesdays. Any student who has achieved Blue Belt or above is welcome to join.
Should you have any questions about the instrumental, choral or classroom music program on the Junior Campus, please email me.
Music Specialist – Junior Campus
It’s not too late to join the Junior Drama Group this term! We run our drama class on Thursday afternoons, from 3.10 to 4.50pm on the Junior Campus. Students enjoy drama games, activities, role-play, characterisation, and also devising – every term the group creates a new performance built around their ideas to share with the students’ families.
This term the group have created clumsy scientists, evil gardeners, underground cities and the deadly soil flu! Bring your imagination and have fun!
We are also taking expressions of interest for a Senior Campus drama group to be run on Monday or Tuesday afternoons during the second half of this term. If you are interested in either group, please contact Lucy Lott on 0422 232 877 or by email.
For more information on HATCHED Theatre and how we work, visit www.hatchedtheatre.com
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 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.
NEW: We now have clear raincoats available in sizes 4 to 16 for $19.95. These can be kept in your child’s bag or locker for unexpected rainy afternoons.
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 Year 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: 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: Size 8 Sport Shirts now available. Pullovers now available – navy can now be worn on the Junior Campus, in addition to the royal blue.
Senior: For all Year 10 to 12 students that have not yet been fitted for a Blazer – please do so. I aim to provide a suitable fit for students that will last the duration of Senior years.
Top 5 tips to Teach Kids About Money
Do your kids understand money? I mean, really understand it? Probably not; most of them don’t. That’s because we pay for things with a swipe or a tap, and often don’t use actual cash. School banking rates may also be declining, because finding cash on the day can be inconvenient. The risk we run by not teaching our kids about money, is that they can fall into the credit card trap when they turn 18, and begin their adult lives in a world of debt. Here are five suggestions for teaching your children BASIC financial skills:
- Get them into school banking. They learn so much from physically touching the money and participating in their own savings.
- Teach them they need bread for sandwiches, but want chocolate for a treat. There’s a difference.
- Make them earn their own money by doing chores! It’s old-school, but it works.
- Don’t buy stuff for them all the time. They can buy it with their own money.
- Google “Three Jam Jars Kids Money” – a great way for kids to visualise budgeting.
For more information on basic financial literacy visit the ASIC moneysmart website. To open an LLL Children’s Savings account, visit lll.org.au/open today.
The Sunshine Orienteers Club Inc. is a not for profit orienteering club. Just a few benefits from this sport include: physical fitness, mental agility, concentration, decision making and problem solving skills. It is a sport that the whole family can participate in either socially or competitively. For more information, visit our website.