As many of you may be aware, last week the College announced a new building project that will take place on the Junior Campus to provide an undercover sports facility on part of the oval. This is very exciting and will provide a significant improvement to the teaching and learning facilities of the College for the Junior Campus students. As part of the project, we have decided to also cover the Kiss and Go zone at the front of the Junior Campus to provide both shade and shelter for the students as they wait to travel to and from school.
We have also decided to place solar panels on the roof of the construction to reduce our environmental footprint and reduce the energy consumption of the College. This will allow us to be more sustainable, and also reduce our energy costs which will be reinvested into teaching and learning . This is a significant step forward in executing the College’s Strategic Plan and I give thanks for the growing enrolment profile that makes this possible.
After over 17 years of dedicated service to the College, Mrs Libby Farmer will take leave next year from her position as Deputy Head of Senior Campus. We thank Libby for all of those years of service and wish her the very best as she takes time out to explore new opportunities. With that in mind, it is with great pleasure that I announce the appointment of Dana Messer to the position of Deputy Head of Senior Campus. Dana is currently Deputy Principal of Brigidine College in Indooroopilly. Dana will bring a wealth of leadership experience to the College.
I thoroughly enjoyed the Spring Market and it was great to see so many avid bargain hunters join us for the day. It was a fantastic community event and I just want to personally thank Annette Jacobs, the P&F committee and the army of volunteers that made the event possible. The day raised over $10 000 with proceeds still being counted, so thank you to the community for all the donations that made the event so successful. All of this money will go straight back into improving the College for the students that we serve.
God’s blessings as we continue Term 4.
Head of College
And then it hit me… FIVE WEEKS TO GO!
In a matter of two weeks we will be farewelling our Year 12 cohort and in just five weeks we will be farewelling our Year 6 cohort as they head off to their secondary schooling. We will be saying ‘see you later’ to classmates for the Christmas holidays and farewelling our 2018 class teachers as we look forward to the 2019 school year.
In the blur of Term 4 it is easy to feel overwhelmed with a variety of emotions: stress, sadness, frustration, joy, a sense of purpose — and for some lucky people a sense of peace, (I’m still looking for this one). During this time of the year I need to dig deep to find a variety of important emotions that I know will help me manage the day-to-day and night-to-night events that lie ahead for both my family and myself. I need to focus on good sleeping and eating habits, to maintain a sense of health and well-being, and I must prioritise and remain focussed on tasks and deadlines.
As I reflect on the social and emotional skills required for the final weeks of the busiest term of the school and family calendar, it becomes evident that above all, I need a large measure of empathy at this time. You see, for every deadline that I have looming on the horizon, it is important to remember that so do my colleagues, family and friends. For every event I have to attend, there are others who also need to attend — or sadly who are unable to attend — these special moments. As I balance work and family, it is critical too that I remember to be grateful that I have both work and family to balance, and while this is difficult it is a blessing also.
As we all navigate the weeks ahead, I pray that we all remain aware of those around us, and empathetic to each other’s journeys. Each journey is different, they are all filled with joy and struggle, and they are all vitally important to those experiencing them.
Christ, who came to earth as a baby, has lived our experiences. He knows our struggles, heartaches and celebrations. He has taken them on for us, conquered them and freed us from the bondage of these burdens. I pray that during this time, when things feel too much, when life becomes overwhelming — or when life hands you an immense blessing — that we take them all and hand them to Him in prayer.
Every week of the school year, students of Prince of Peace are achieving extraordinary things both within and outside of our College. There are occasions for celebration here at school where we can recognise the achievements of our outstanding academic, sporting and cultural performances. Coming up on Monday 12 November will be one such occasion as we celebrate our students’ excellence of effort and service through our Junior Campus Awards Ceremonies. I believe it is important to remember that many of our students and their families dedicate themselves to endeavours outside of school as well. Today I would like to capture just a snapshot of some of these achievements that we have recently become aware of:
- Tom Hunter – represented his club at state tennis competition
- Isaac Jones – represented his basketball team which came second in state competition
- Sean Mengel – represented his dance school at an eisteddfod doing Jazz and Musical Theatre
- Kayla Arthur – competed in a cheer competition for South East Queensland
- Evelyn Valencia– competed at the Physical Culture National Repechage competition in Sydney, reaching the finals
- Ella Gentle – awarded Most Promising Player for QCNA Netball
- Mia Frisch – received Coaches Award for QCNA Netball
- Tara Bowman – represented the NPLW (National Premier League Women) in soccer
- Ella Forbes – awarded third place in her age group at a recent equestrian competition
- Dionara Curtis – awarded third in Solo Performance at State Calisthenics, award recipient for Most Improved in Calisthenics
- Brody Pink – received the ‘Brother’s Brothers’ award for rugby union (club award)
- James Brandon – represented Brisbane North in cricket
- Jack Saul – competed in sailing at the Nationals in January, State Titles in September and will be competing at the Nationals at Hobart during December 2018
- Kim Frances – danced with the Russian Ballet at QPAC (with a selection of only 16 students)
- Elijah Walsh – played at the Cricket Australia Junior State Titles for indoor cricket. He was captain of the U12 Strathpine Burra’s who were the runners-up for the state
The students of our College are exceptional young men and women. Whether they are dedicated artists, incredible academics, sportspeople, musicians, horse-riders or service leaders who show genuine care and concern for their fellow classmates every day, they are all uniquely gifted by God. Our encouragement to all students is that they continue to strive for THEIR personal best, setting unique learning and personal goals each day of their lives.
Head of Junior Campus
The musings of an empathetic mum, teacher, leader and global digital citizen (aka Mrs V).
PART 6: Cyberbullying
Welcome back to Tech T@lk! I want us to consider something vitally important today… cyberbullying — so let’s get down to some real talk!
Parenting has never been an easy job. Each day we give it our very best and strive to support our children to be the best they can be, all the while wondering if we are doing a good job as parents. For decades the care of our children was always very tangible — you could see that they were fed, clean and clothed, and when they attended birthday parties and social gatherings you could get a gauge on how they were going socially. It seemed so simple. However, with the introduction of the vast array of digital platforms over past few years, what was once so tangible has become less so.
As our children become more immersed in the online world, we have become aware of an entire new parenting dimension. Navigating the online space and monitoring how our children are going with their friends and peers is now much more difficult. There can be a physical disconnect for parents in this space if we are not incredibly careful within our own personal learning, savvy in our technological prowess, and most importantly — open in our dialogue with our kids. At times as a parent we can feel overwhelmed, lacking in control and terrified by all of the messages we are hearing from family, friends and the media.
Keeping our kids safe online is first and foremost our responsibility as parents. It is our job to watch out for the signs of distress in our children that may be caused by negative online interactions. After all, who knows our children better than we do? This is so critical today as we hear of the devastating effects of cyberbullying through the media, or perhaps via our friends and families, and possibly even through our own experiences.
As an educator now for 20 years, student-care online has been a significant area of interest for me as I grapple with the demands of how technology is used in education. As I give consideration to the benefits and pitfalls of technology, and consider the educational elements of the cyber dimension that schools can (and must) delve into, I am reminded of the vital role that schools play in working in partnership with parents on this journey. In part, this is why Tech T@lk came about and why I feel so strongly about it!
So with all of this in mind I want to discuss cyberbullying with you. We are going to step through this together. In partnership, let’s unpack cyberbullying a little more.
What is cyberbullying?
Cyberbullying is a form of bullying or harassment using electronic means. It is also known as online bullying. Sadly, today cyberbullying has become increasingly more common amongst children. While statistics indicate that it is on the increase within the teenage years, I would suggest that cyberbullying can occur in any age group where a person has regular access to digital messaging, video and photo platforms, and also within gaming platforms. It is important to be vigilant and not assume that we have a ‘few more years’ before we have to worry about this.
Harmful cyberbullying behaviour can include such things as posting rumours, threats, remarks of a sexual nature, a victim’s personal information, or even hate speech. Bullying is widely defined as repeated behaviours targeted towards another individual with an intent to cause harm. This is no different online. A child who receives regular hateful, hurtful, and targeted messages or images that seek to demean, isolate or intimidate them via any online platform, is a child who is being cyberbullied.
There are some important signs to look out for if your child is being cyberbullied:
Victims of cyber bullying may show some of the following signs:
- Lower levels of self-esteem. This may present as them withdrawing from what were typically comfortable social settings for them, or you may detect an increase in negative self-talk.
- They may begin exhibiting strong emotional responses such as being scared, becoming easily frustrated, angry or depressed, and in extreme cases — sadly too frequently seen these days — they may exhibit evidence of self-harm or express the possibility of suicidal intentions.
- Victims of cyberbullying may exhibit changes in their regular behaviours at home, such as changes in their diet, sleep habits, self-drive or academic output.
- Some students experience unexpected changes in their friendships suddenly.
- Others appear upset and withdrawn after having spent a period of time on their device.
- In other cases, the child will become secretive about their online use, choosing to hide what they are looking at, and seeking more private avenues to use their devices.
What do I do if I suspect or know that my child is being bullied online?
It is vitally important that as parents and educators we act immediately to bring any cyberbullying activities to a halt. In many cases our children feel helpless to act, caught in a cycle between knowing what is right and wrong, hoping they can still fit in with their friends, blaming themselves, thinking that they must have done something to start this, and ultimately feeling humiliated about the circumstances. Remember that as a child or young adult, it is completely overwhelming for them to sense that ‘everyone knows’, that ‘everyone is talking about it online’ or that ‘everyone believes it and agrees with it’. Often children want it to stop, but in many cases they are embarrassed to tell someone, or are worried about getting into trouble, or simply still believe that it is not too bad yet and that they can fix it alone.
The Office of the eSafety Commissioner recommends four clear steps under its iParent resources. They are:
As mentioned in many previous Tech T@lks, open, honest dialogue with our children is the bedrock of helping them overcome the adversities that life can throw at them. Knowing that they can come and talk to us as their parents or teachers at any time is vital. Our children need to know that they will be listened to patiently, and without judgement. Knowing that ‘they matter’, is so important for our children!
At this point it is vital that you are monitoring your child’s online and offline behaviours carefully for any indications that there is a decline in their mental or physical health, which could indicate a continuation of negative online behaviours. There are many avenues for support. If the concerning behaviour involves a peer or friend from school — contact the school and discuss the matters that you have become aware of. Discuss the school’s policy and procedures for handling such matters and seek support avenues that may be available on site such as a guidance officer, counsellor or Pastor.
- Open the lines of communication
Sometimes what our children need is another trusted adult in their life that they can connect with, someone that we trust as parents, and who our child respects and feels comfortable to speak. This person could be someone such as an aunty, uncle, a young adult from church or a grandparent. Sometimes allowing them to remove themselves one step from mum and dad opens the dialogue up even further.
It is important that as parents we do not overreact to what our children tell us. We must manage our emotions in order to help them to manage theirs. If your child believes that they will be blocked from all online access if they speak to you honestly about what is happening, they are far less likely to speak to you when they have a problem. Be measured in your response, ensuring that your child does not feel blame for the actions they are experiencing from others.
- Collect evidence and report
First, it is critical that you report any cyberbullying to the online platform provider on which it was found, for example Facebook. This also includes reporting bullying behaviours in games, such as consistent targeting of a player or false reports being made about a player resulting in them being ‘kicked’ from the game for a period of time.
Next, contact your child’s school. This may take two different forms. The first is letting the school know that you are worried about your child as some online issues have been happening at home. In this case you may just want the school to keep an eye on your child’s well-being, and let you know if they notice any changes in behaviour. On other occasions, it may be that the online activity has occurred through the use of a school platform, or may involve other students from school. If the relationships of students are impacted at school due to online activity at home, or if the activity occurred through a school platform, it is critical that the school is aware so that they can monitor student relationships during school time, while addressing any online bullying occurring through digital platforms.
Finally, report online bullying to the eSafety Commissioner via their online complaints form, and gather evidence of the bullying behaviours through screen shots, collection of emails and texts etc.
- Manage contact with others
Finally, assist your child to manage their online profile more safely moving forward. Such steps may include blocking or unfriending the bully, reviewing and updating privacy settings on your child’s device, reminding your child not to retaliate or respond to any further messages or communication from the bully.
Bullying is never okay in person or online. Sadly, the anonymity of the online world, and the instantaneous nature of its delivery is often an effective method of delivery when it comes to unkind and hurtful words. It is vital as a community of parents and educators, that we work together to reaffirm positive self-images in our children, maintain trusting relationships built on open communication, and follow through with careful, considered and supportive responses when issues arise. Together we can make a difference for our children and all children in the online world.
Till next time,
♥ Mrs V
(Novice Minecraft player, Level 11 Clash Royale Clan Leader, firm but loving digital parent, mistake-maker and Head of Junior School)
If you missed any of the previous Tech Talks in my series, you can find them on our College website here »
Last Friday we celebrated World Teacher’s Day. World Teacher’s Day is a time to acknowledge those who teach and work in our College and thank them for what they do. We are blessed with dedicated staff, who go the extra mile.
In the words of Rita Pierson: “Every child deserves a champion: an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists they become the best they can possibly be.”
We thank our staff for their willingness to champion our students, walk along beside them and create a sense of community. We are grateful for their dedication and professionalism. To mark World Teacher’s Day, the Student Representative Council organised for a mason jar of affirmations and a free coffee at morning tea. We give thanks to all our staff for the valuable contribution they make each day to our students and their families. We pray that they find joy and fulfilment in their vocation.
As you are aware, there is plenty of building action going on along Henderson Road. This action has made the morning drop-off a little more complicated. We have been in touch with the builders about some concerns that were raised last week, and have put in place some measures to manage the situation. To assist, we ask for your care in entering and exiting the College. Our preference is that students are dropped and picked up on the campus rather than Henderson Road in the morning and afternoon. This allows us to supervise students and manage risks caused by the building and increased traffic flow. Thanks for your support.
Some important dates:
5 – 9 November – Year 12 exams
15 November – Valedictory
16 November – Year 12 Farewell Service
19 – 23 November – Year 11 exams
21 – 23 November – Year 10 exams
28 November – Awards Assembly – 8.20am
29 November – Thanksgiving Celebration 6.30pm C3 Church
30 November – Last day Year 10 and 11
3 December – Year 7 2019 Orientation Day
3 December – Year 9 Ubuntu bush walk
4 December – Ubuntu Return Ceremony
5 December – Year 8 GR8 Race
7 December – Last day Year 7, 8 and 9
We are so grateful to Annette Jacobs and her team for the successful Inaugural Market Day. Thanks to our students, parents and extended families who supported the day. The sun was shining and it proved to be a great day to celebrate our community. Many thanks to all those involved.
Olivia Gadenne – Merit
Jessica Gentle – Distinction
Georgia Glentworth – Credit
Alexander Hegner – Distinction
Georgia Glentworth – Distinction
Andrew Klimenko – Merit
Cayley Savage – Credit
Cayley Savage – Credit
Rosina Floriani – Credit
Jonas Forbes-Schutz – Merit
Olivia Gadenne – Distinction
Jessica Gentle – High Distinction
Georgia Glentworth – Credit
Alexander Hegner – Credit
Andrew Klimenko – Credit
Georgia Pfeffer – Merit
Cayley Savage – Distinction
Michael Weir – Credit
Elise Avery – Credit
Lachlan Bunt – Distinction
Rosina Floriani – Credit
Jonas Forbes-Schutz – Merit
Jessica Gentle – Credit
Georgia Glentworth – Distinction
Alexander Hegner – Credit
Finn Kaden – Credit
Kaleb Rail – Credit
Head of Senior Campus
This term our Year 10 cohort have been undertaking a Service Learning Unit in Life Long Learning (LLL). The unit encourages students to consider the wider community and how they can ‘give back’. One group decided to raise awareness for homelessness, and the College was fortunate to have Mr Andrew O’Brien from Rosies as a guest speaker yesterday at assembly. This coincided with the group’s campout at school on Monday and Tuesday.
Rosies reaches out to those most in need, those people who are lonely, abandoned, and marginalised within our communities.
Whilst many organisations are increasingly providing awareness, support, and referral, the greater human need is the need for friendship and unconditional acceptance during difficult times. Rosies volunteers aim to do just that, providing a community of belonging that is always there.
Curriculum Leader – Humanities, Careers & VET
Queensland State Athletics Championships 2018 Results
Well done do those students who competed in the Queensland State Athletics Championships last week.
- Cooper Schmidt won 1st place in Triple Jump (now ranked 2nd in Australia) and 3rd place in 110m hurdles.
- Mattias Forbes-Schutz ran the 3000m final on Thursday afternoon and came second. He is now off to Nationals in Cairns and will race on 9 December. He ran the 1500m less than 24 hours later but did not make the final.
- Jonas Forbes-Schutz ran the 1500m heat on Friday and qualified second fastest for the final on Sunday. On Sunday he ran a gutsy race, achieved a huge personal best but was just beaten over the line for 3rd place by 0.8 of a second. At this stage he is second reserve for the state team.
- Stephanie Bleckwehl competed in the 400m.
- Heidi Noon competed in the 1500m and the 800m where she was the second fastest qualifier, ran a personal best time and made it into the 800m finals.
- Both Mattias and Cooper have made the Queensland Schools’ team!
Senior Campus Sport Coordinator
Junior Campus Music
The Junior Campus Senior and Honours Choirs will perform at Gala Night on Thursday 1 November commencing at 6:30pm at The Hills Church. Sausage Sizzle available from 5:30pm.
Enrolments are now open for students wanting to learn a woodwind, brass, percussion or strings instrument next year! Throughout the next few weeks some instrumental teachers will be visiting classrooms to demonstrate some of these instruments. If they are interested in learning, enrolment forms will be available soon, and should be handed in before the end of the term to secure a place for 2019.
We also have a number of brass and woodwind instruments available to hire from the school for next year and we are hoping to recruit enough students that we can get someone playing each one! There will be group lessons available on these instruments, so if there are a group of students that would like to learn the same instrument, we can accommodate that easily. So have a chat with your child about learning an instrument for next year, and let’s see if we can make 2019 a year full of wonderful music making!
Look out for both the Junior Campus band and soloists as they perform at the Chess Board for a lunch time concert series this term.
Should you have any questions about the instrumental, choral or classroom music program on the Junior Campus, please email me.
Music Specialist – Junior Campus
Senior Campus Music
2019 Enrolment Forms
Music lesson and ensemble enrolments are now open. Your child may bring home a paper copy of the forms, or you may download it via this link to print a copy yourself. These can be emailed to Robyn Harvey or returned to college reception.
Recital Night Thank you
Thanks go out to our wonderful performers at the Recital Night last Thursday. What an entertaining show it was all round, and the level of talent amongst our students is outstanding. Thank you also to Rachel Zammit and her Year 11 Hospitality students who provided mocktails and canapes pre-show for our parents.
Term 4 Concert Information
Thursday 1 November (Week 4) Gala Concert
This event is for all students who are members of the following ensembles: Choir, Contemporary 1, 2, 3, Big Band, Percussion Ensemble, String Ensemble. Event details are as follows:
Venue: Hills Church 79 Queens Rd, Everton Hills
Student arrival time: 5:00pm (warm up and sound check)
Dress: Formal college uniform, including ties for boys
Concert Start: 6:30pm
As the event occurs in the early evening, our Music Supporters Group will be offering sausage sizzle, drinks and chips for sale should students and parents wish to have dinner before the concert. These will be served from 5:30pm. To assist us in our catering, please give an indication if you are wanting a sausage by filling out the google form link below:
Senior Campus Music Curriculum Leader
Memorial Sunday 4 November
Worship service 9am with Holy Communion
Message: Pastor Kevin
Thought for the Week
“The ideals which have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been kindness, beauty, and truth.” (Albert Einstein)
Uniform Shop News
Back-to-School Fittings: Uniform fittings are available during usual shop hours 8am to 10am and 2pm to 4pm Tuesdays and Thursdays – no bookings required. Growth is catered for – all items are covered by a 60 day exchange size guarantee. Last POP Campus shop day for 2018 is Thursday 6 December.
School Break: The School Locker Northlakes Superstore, 4-6 Burke Cres is open 6 days/week during the Christmas Holidays.
Back-to-School 2019: POP Campus Store open 8am to 1pm Tuesday 22 & Thursday 24 January – no bookings required.
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 your child’s 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 the next day.
Raincoats: Summer showers are here – and we’ve got you covered! Durable clear PVC raincoats with draw-cord hood, and two protected pockets are a great standby to have in your child’s school bag. We have size 6 to size 16 – they come flat packed in cases and are only $19.95.
Fridge-to-Go Lunch Bags: We have insulated Fridge-to-Go lunch bags with chiller panels the full width of the bag – ensuring everything in your child’s lunch bag will be kept cool and safe to eat for eight hours! These bags are tough and last on average three to four years making them value for money at $37. We have eight different styles to choose from, and spare chiller panels are available to have one on hand in case your child’s lunch bag is not retrieved until the morning. Come in and check them out in readiness for our Brisbane summer!
Junior Sport Uniform 2019: Please be advised that the navy sport uniform – shirt, shorts, track jacket and pants will be compulsory as of January 2019 and the royal blue shirt, shorts, track jacket and pants are no longer to be worn as the two year transition period will finish in December this year.
Second Hand: If you wish to buy or sell second hand uniforms there are two options:
- For private sales: please visit our very active PoP Second Hand Uniform Buy & Sell Facebook group
- Donated second hand uniforms are now managed by PoP P&F – please check with Reception as to upcoming stall dates. Donations are welcome at either Campus Reception, bagged and labelled as “donation uniforms”.
Hello! I am the sister-in-law of Craig and Sandra Hatchard, I am sure you are aware of the devastating house fire they suffered last week.
I have created an online Facebook auction to help raise money for them.
There are some great items up for grabs, and people can help the family out at the same time!
We are also taking donations from local businesses.
Thanks for your support!