Business As Usual
It is hard for me not to mention the news that I will be concluding my tenure as Head of College at the end of the year, as per the letter that went out to the community on Monday. This allows the College a significant amount of time for the recruitment process to take place and a detailed, well planned hand-over to happen towards the end of the year.
We have had a very busy Term 1 and are mindful that we still have three terms ahead for this year, so for now it is business as usual as we plan and prepare for the many events that are still to occur in 2019. Term 1 has been strong with relation to academic success and it has been pleasing to see so many students focussing on their studies so that they can achieve personal excellence. It is my complete focus at this stage to finish the year strong, continue to grow the College, and ensure that all of our students flourish in our community.
Lent is a very significant time in our calendar as a Lutheran School as we commemorate the time Jesus spent in the wilderness and prepare for the joy of Easter. Lent is a time for us to focus, to concentrate outside of ourselves and have a “spring clean” of the soul. I always rejoice on how, as a community, we embrace our special events to help people less fortunate than ourselves — and this term has been no different. It is always encouraging to see how the student population rally behind the causes we support, and it is very clear they have a strong understanding of our calling to help those in need.
So with Lent in mind I leave you with 1 Peter 5:6 “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time”.
Have a fantastic holiday period, enjoy some time of rest. I am already looking forward to Term 2.
Head of College
Step Back into 1994 — PoP 10 Year Anniversary Video
In 1994 Prince of Peace Lutheran Primary School, as we were known as back then, was celebrating 10 years since opening our gates.
At that time a video tape — yes, one of those old big black VHS video tapes — was put together entitled ‘Growing Together in Christ’, reflecting on the growth and many changes that had occurred during our formative first 10 years.
Please enjoy the original video presented here for posterity as a record of PoP’s proud early history.
An Open Letter to Miss Jones
I am always so grateful for the wonderful people God brings into my life and the lives of those around me.
Miss Jones, PE Teacher extraordinaire, wearer of the cutest earrings and giver of golden medals — you have been one of these people.
You joined our team at the beginning of 2019 and were met by a construction zone at one end of the oval — and for significant amounts of time —waterlogged grass at the other end. Yet you never let your enthusiasm wane or your positive outlook stumble.
Miss Jones, you have taken our sports shed and hearts by storm and we can’t thank you enough. We know Mr Wooding’s shoes are not easy to fill but you have done so with a twirl, a twist, a smile and some glitz!
It is with sad hearts and a reluctant wave that we send you off to another amazing Lutheran School. We are so glad you are staying in our wider Lutheran-school family and I know you will love your time at my alma mater, Concordia! (Pack your tracksuit as it can get cold in Toowoomba!)
We hope we will see you again soon. Thank you for all you have done for our staff and students, and for the joy you have brought to our College. We will miss you!
♥ Mrs V, the staff and students of PoP
Just a reminder that our final Open Classrooms for Term 1 will be held tomorrow, Thursday 4 April from 8:00am – 8:30am and 3:00pm – 3:30pm.
All parents are invited to come in and see the fantastic work that your children have been completing this term.
I hope to see you there!
The UNSW ICAS Assessments will be available again to students in 2019.
Due to a restructure of assessment offerings by the UNSW, the ICAS Assessments will now occur in the second half of the year.
Further information will be forthcoming in Term 2.
Parent Teacher Conferences provide a valuable opportunity for parents and teachers to come together to discuss each child’s progress and to make plans for their future learning goals.
The focus for these conferences is to give a brief overview of your child’s academic progress, social and emotional development and work habits. During this time you will have an opportunity to discuss some of your child’s work habits and learning goals, and will be able to peruse some of your child’s work samples.
To coordinate the conferences we will continue to use the SOBS online booking system to assist parents in securing their preferred interview times. If you wish to see any of your child/ren’s teachers, you need to secure an appointment time using this system.
You can use the link on our College home page under the Quick Links section to make your booking/s, alternately you can follow the link to the SOBS page: https://sobs.com.au/school/parent-teacher-interviews/
Please note that if you have used this system in the past it will show the year level that your child was in when you last made a booking. Please select their current year level from the drop down list.
When booking, please allow time to move between interviews. It is helpful to have a 15 minute slot free in between your interviews to move between classes and have an opportunity to peruse your child’s work before the next interview.
In circumstances where additional time is required you may request another arrangement be made for further discussion. If for any reason you are unable to attend during these times, please speak directly with your child’s teacher to negotiate a suitable time. We look forward to working closely with you as we continue to develop powerful partnerships between school and home to assist in bringing about improved student outcomes.
Together@5 – Easter Services
As we approach the Easter holidays we are not only moving closer to some rest, relaxation and family fun, but importantly we are moving closer to one of the highlights of the Church year. Easter is an incredibly special time for Christians as we remember the sacrifice of Christ, who died so that we could live.
If you are looking for an Easter Connection for your family this year, I encourage you to come along and join in at our Together@5 Easter Services.
Palm Sunday – 14 April
I am thrilled to be leading our Palm Sunday service in 2019. We will be engaging in something we call – Messy Church. This is an opportunity to join together with your family and friends in Worship as we contemplate Christ’s entry into Jerusalem and complete some Palm Sunday Craft activities IN Church.
Easter Sunday – 21 April
The following Sunday brings us to the high point of our Church calendar, Easter Sunday. What an occasion to come together and celebrate the risen Lord. This Service will be led by none other than our very own VIP – Mrs Molkentin. We would love to see you at these services as we celebrate our risen Lord.
Head of Junior Campus
New Student Counsellor
Alaina Brinkman is completing her post-graduate studies in counselling and is offering her services to PoP Junior Campus students to assist in supporting them and their families. Ally provides a safe and supporting space to address things such as social situations and friendship troubles, coping with changes in situation, anxiety and depression. She has a heart for working alongside students as they explore and understand their emotional, social, and behavioral experiences.
There is no charge for her services.
Ally has completed her Bachelor in Behavioral Science (Psychology) and is currently completing her Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy through the Australian Institute of Family Counselling. She has also had over two years’ experience working with primary school children in OSHC and supporting them and their families.
If you would like your child to see Ally, please contact Anne-Marie Schmidt.
Deputy Head of Junior Campus
The musings of an empathetic mum, teacher, leader and global digital citizen (aka Mrs V).
PART 13: Holiday Boredom Buster — Stop Motion Animation Challenge
I would be lying if I said I wasn’t just a little bit excited about today’s Tech T@lk. In fact, I am super excited! This week’s is a little different than usual — I am going to provide you all with the holiday present of your dreams! That’s right! Prepare to be amazed as I give you…
OK, so what is Stop Motion Animation?
Stop motion is an animation technique which has been around for more than 100 years. It is a form of video production/editing, that uses a series of individual static images sequenced together to make a moving video.
In each image or ‘frame’, the character and scene of the image change ever so slightly to create the illusion of movement when all the photos are played back together in quick succession.
In classrooms of the past we would have called these ‘Flip Books’. Do you remember those little stick-man pictures we used to draw in the corner of our school books and when we flicked the pages it looked like he was doing backflips??? Well our boredom buster project is just like that… but we will be using a digital forum to produce the moving image. To assist you in getting involved in this challenge take a look at this ‘how to’ video.
These fantastic little videos can be produced using an iPad, a phone or by using a digital camera.
Now, before you become too worried about your ability to produce a stop motion animation of your own, I encourage you to have a look at the following videos.
The first is a short stop motion that my girls produced during the school holidays when they were about 7 and 8 years old. It is 16 seconds long and portrays the life of a very unfortunate fellow who always falls over.
The second is a compilation of fabulous stop motion videos created just this past week by PoP students from Class 3C.
In creating these awesome little videos, the students have had to work creatively to come up with their narrative; they have collaborated around the different roles involved (narrator, editor, photographer, set designer and so many more); and have communicated clearly and carefully with each other to overcome problems with their set design, narrative and other environmental factors.
Aren’t they simply amazing!
So why is this really a great opportunity for you and your child?
- It is an opportunity for we, as adults, to accept (and admit) that sometimes we do not know the ‘how to’ of everything and that we need to hand over that level of instruction and control to our children — let them teach you!
- This may be a unique opportunity for you to learn a new skill, and most importantly through the process, model mistake-making to your child. Be sure to demonstrate that you have a growth mindset for this challenge and perhaps even seek, and graciously accept feedback from your child on how you went and what you can look to improve on next time.
- Stop motion animation, if handled with care and thought, is an activity that requires, patience, diligence, resilience, problem solving, communication and courage. It is a safe and digitally focussed task that develops all of these incredible character traits. It is an awesome opportunity for your child to see how you demonstrate these traits too.
- This challenge will provide a common ground for a personal connection between you and your child. Perhaps you have to work on the holidays, this project might allow you to set your child a small achievable task while you are at work, such as gather the equipment needed, or make the set — so that when you arrive home you can spend some time together capturing the images.
I am so excited to see these videos, and especially look forward to seeing how our students and their super talented and resilient parents came together to create some digital magic. I will be screening some of my personal favourite stop motion videos at future Assemblies and Chapels, and possibly even at our 35/10 Birthday Celebration FETE in July!
So let’s go PoP parents! It is time to creep out of the bushes of uncertainty and dabble in a little video magic with our children. All the very best. I can hardly wait to see what you come up with!
♥ Mrs V xox
(Novice Minecraft player, Level 11 Clash Royale Clan Leader, firm but loving digital parent, mistake-maker and Head of Junior School)
Prep 2020 Interviews Starting Next Week
If you wish to enrol your child for Prep 2020 and haven’t lodged your application as yet, please do as interviews are starting next week.
Applications can be:
- Completed via our new Online Application Process
- Completed by filling in an Application Form (available from Reception or via the Enrolments Page on our Website)
If you have any questions, please contact Donna Cook at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As we come to the end of Term 1, it is important to reflect on what we have achieved and to celebrate our accomplishments.
Unfortunately, we are sometimes so distracted by our busyness that we don’t stop to celebrate. Each day holds a moment worth celebrating, and we thank God for the many blessings of this term.
Our students should be proud of what they have accomplished during Term 1.
Here is a small glimpse of what they have achieved:
- Year 7 students have been learning to ‘dig‘ in volleyball during Health and Physical Education and also completed an archaeological dig in Humanities.
- Year 7 Music students have been exploring beat and playing chairs.
- Year 7 Science students gained their Bunsen Burner licences.
- Year 8 Drama students have been learning the skills of improvisation.
- Year 8 Food Technology students designed healthy pizzas.
- Year 9 Food Technology students have been “mixing it up” changing popular dishes to make them more nutritious.
- Year 9 Humanities students explored the capacity of the world’s environments to sustainably feed the projected future global population.
- Year 9 Technology students have been designing and building CO2 dragsters.
- Year 10 Engineering students have been designing solar cars.
- Year 11 students have completed Term 1 of the new SATE program (Senior Assessment and Tertiary Entrance).
- The SRC have launched their lunch trolley, which includes two microwave ovens, toasters and sandwich makers. They are also responsible for the wonderful ‘wall of hands’ which demonstrate our stance against bullying.
The Mary Poppins production is coming together, with songs and choreography learnt — and hopefully not forgotten over the holiday break!
It made my heart sing last week, when I witnessed the genuine interactions between the Year 1 and Year 12 students. The opportunity to spend quality time together was appreciated.
We wish Mrs Emma Spring (Miss McIver) some time to rest prior to the arrival of her son. Wishing her and Robbie the blessings of parenthood. We look forward to her return in 2020.
Thanks for your support during Term 1. I hope some time out for rest and relaxation gives you a chance to celebrate life and all its blessings. Easter symbolises the renewal of life — I wish you and your family this renewal of life, love, and happiness during the Easter season.
Head of Senior Campus
As we reach the holidays after a hot Summer term, it is the perfect opportunity to reset and refresh. Holidays for students does not mean there is no work to be done — and spending hours in front of a screen. Netflix captialise on their captive audience with new releases, however we can still engage with many activities. It is important to keep well-established routines going throughout break times. Research shows us that the body clock likes to experience consistency to keep us healthy. There are a number of sources that support this fact, including the Australian Government, and many health-related articles such as these on nationwidechildrens.org and everydayhealth.com.
There are many free or low cost activities offered to students through our government, which are offered on pages such Brisbane City Council, Visit Brisbane and Weekend Notes.
It is also a wonderful time to connect as a family, the busyness of the school term with lunches, sporting commitments, work and assessments often lead to a disconnect. Some members of our community may be looking for some extra support in how to maneuver through the landscape of teen life, Parenting Ideas have webinars that can inform across a number of subjects.
This Friday we are having a big final day of term. We have the SRC hosting a BBQ fundraiser and free dress day to support Kyle Tanner, a member of our community with his sister Holly in Year 10. He has a Go Fund Me page to raise funds for assistance to use his arms, any donations would be welcome.
We also have our World’s Greatest Shave Fundraiser taking place on Friday afternoon, with three staff and six Year 9 students taking part, they also welcome your support through their fundraising page. We look forward to celebrating this as well as marking our Lenten journey to finish our term at 3:05pm on Friday.
Thank you for all your support as we walk this journey with your child, we have had some wonderful successes this term and look forward to Term 2 with Parent Student Teacher Conferences, the College Musical and Year 11 Leadership Camp all in the first few weeks.
I wish you all every blessing for the Easter season, and a restful break.
Deputy Head of Senior Campus
Year 7 Humanities — Abbey Museum
The Abbey Museum was fantastic! We were able to participate in a range of activities, including an ancient Egyptian dig, the processes of mummification and viewing lots of authentic looking artefacts.
The dig was amazing, we got our hands dirty and uncovered heaps of fascinating objects. While learning the steps of mummification we played out and acted each of the different roles and had a great time. Altogether it was an incredible day out, made even better by the helpful staff.
Flynn Bohan, Year 7.2
Gardiner Chess Competition
On Thursday 28th March, twenty-four keen PoP chess players in six teams competed in the Gardiner Chess Competition at Nundah State School.
After seven rounds of chess, points were tallied to reveal Josiah Rees was the Individual winner in D division; Ben Litchfield, Wyatt Handley, Levi McConaghy and Josiah Rees were the third placed team in D division and Wyatt Handley, Ben Dwyer, Oliver Sharpe and Will Govan had all won ribbons of merit.
The students all acquitted themselves with distinction with their chess manners and fair play, making for an enjoyable and exciting day. Congratulations to all the competitors!
Congratulations to Amelia Dalton who has gained some sponsorship for her tennis success.
Last week, Amelia played in her tennis league grand final which she won convincingly 6-3 /6-3 in a best of three set match.
Congratulations to Keanan Kapp who has qualified for the Under 16 District Football team.
He will be competing against teams from throughout the Metropolitan North region this week. Best of luck Keanan!
Unfortunately the weather was not favourable, forcing the cancellation of Cross Country last week. Students who are competitive in this area are given the opportunity to qualify for the District competition through a nomination process. Students put in a lot of training and effort to perform at their best and it would be great to see this displayed while representing the school.
Senior Campus Sport Coordinator
Senior Campus Music News
A hugely inspirational concert showcasing some of our finest Senior Campus talent was held on the night of Tuesday 2 April. Thank you to those who performed and our wonderfully supportive audience. Thank you also to our Senior Hospitality students who provided scrumptious pre- concert food. Please enjoy these photos that capture the mood of the event.
Classroom Music News
Classroom music students have been busy this term engaging with various musicology, performance and composition tasks. The Year 8 students’ unit, Let’s Rock, has had them anaylsing and playing 1950’s rock and roll which uses only three chords. They very successfully completed a group performance task on Friday displaying teamwork and collaboration. Well done Year 8!
Brisbane Sings 2019
Members of Senior Campus Choir have the opportunity to be involved in Brisbane Sings 2019 which culminates during August in a concert at QPAC involving students from many different Queensland schools. Prince of Peace registered last year and students who took this opportunity found it very rewarding. Parents of choir members have been emailed. Please email me for any further information
Big Band News
On Monday, our Senior Campus Big Band traveled over to the Junior Campus to play at assembly.
Their performance was enthusiastically received by the Junior students and has no doubt inspired some budding musicians.
Thank you to Toby Thompson for preparing and conducting Big Band.
Senior Campus Co-curricular Music
Once again the Entertainment Book is on sale in support of our Co-curricular Music Program across Senior and Junior Campus. All families have been emailed with a link to use to purchase, or order your Prince of Peace Lutheran College Entertainment Book here »
The Entertainment Book, and the Entertainment Digital Membership are your guide to the most popular restaurants, attractions, shopping, travel and more, find more details at www.entertainmentbook.com.au
Mrs Cudney, myself and the Music Supporters Group would greatly value your support.
Senior Campus Co curricular Music Program Coordinator
The fourth College musical, Mary Poppins, is in the final production stages.
Nearly 60 students from Years 7-12 are working hard to put on a truly magical show.
The musical will be performed on Friday 24 May (7pm) and Saturday 25 May (1.30pm and 7pm) at Mitchelton State High School.
Tickets available from 8 April at www.flexischools.com.au priced at $25 per adult, $15 per child, $60 family ticket (2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children).
Below is a sneak preview of some of the show’s leads:
Chloe Noon is playing the part of JANE BANKS (evening performances). Chloe is in Year 7 and says, “Singing is my greatest passion. At home, I simply do not stop singing! My family often beg me to be a little quieter but the music just has to get out of me! I love losing myself in the character of another person in song and theatre.” Chloe has private singing lessons at Prince of Peace, studied at the Australian Academy of Music and has completed Grade 2 in AMEB Classical Voice. She loves to study drama and theatre, especially learning from how other people sing and act. She was thrilled to be offered the role of Jane, as her goal has always been to be part of a large musical. When asked about the musical, Chloe said: “Performing the role of Jane is a great honour. Being part of the musical is worth every sacrifice and it has felt like being part of a big, close family.”
Caitlin Chaffay is playing the part of JANE BANKS (matinee show). Caitlin is in Year 7 and has been acting and singing for five years. She enjoys the stage because she finds it fun and her goal is to be the best she can be. Caitlin loves the way the cast is showing passion in the creation of their characters and the musical as a whole.
Lachlan Robson is playing MICHAEL BANKS (evening performances). Lachlan is in Year 7 and has been in the choir and a musical at his primary school. He has also participated in eisteddfods. He enjoys the fun of singing and acting, and has been enjoying the musical rehearsals.
Xavier Sivyer is playing MICHAEL BANKS (matinee show). Xavier is in Year 8 and, although Mary Poppins is his first experience of a musical, he intends on making it the first of many! He enjoys singing and acting as he finds it fun to take on the role of somebody else and allow the character to come to life. Xavier would like to become an actor in the future. He says: “Mary Poppins is an amazing production and everyone involved is also amazing. Every time you step into the room, everyone is so dedicated. I believe Mary Poppins will be the best College musical so far!”
Message: Pastor Kevin
Sermon Series: The Lord’s Prayer
#5 “Give us our daily bread” (Matt 6:25-33)
Evening Worship 5pm
Thought for the Week
“To love someone means to show them their beauty, their worth and their importance.” (Jan Vanier)
ANZAC Day March Gaythorne RSL Thursday 25 April 2019 6.00am
Please join with our College community at the Gaythorne RSL ANZAC Day Ceremony on Thursday 25 April 2019. We are meeting at Sid Loder Park, Tel-El-Kebir Street, Mitchelton 6.00am, to march at 6.15am. The ceremony will be held after the march. It will finish around 7.30am.
Uniform Shop News
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.
Please note that on Monday 15 April The School Locker North Lakes will be closed all day for annual stocktake. Whilst we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause, performing regular stock checks is a critical task to assure we can give you the very best customer experience.
Prep to Year 12: Winter wear now available – sport track jackets and pants (to be worn with sport uniform only) Sizes 4 to XXL, and poly-cotton navy knit formal pullovers (to be worn with formal uniform only) – Sizes 4 to 24. Girls Year 1 to 12 also have navy tights formal option (with dress), NEW: girls Year 7 to 12 have navy formal pants option (with blouse). NEW: Boys Year 1 to 6 now have formal pants option (with new stripe shirt, different style to Senior boys), boys Year 7 to 12 have formal pants option (different style to Junior boys). Years 10 to 12 also have unisex blazer.
Prep: Now available – track pants size 6.
Junior: Out of stock – size 6 sport shirts – due end of April. White ankle socks (shoe sizes) size 13-3 due end of April; Junior dresses new stripe style size 8, 10, 12 and 14 due mid April. The check-style dress is still able to we worn until the end of 2020; medium hats – due soon, size 12 skorts – TBA. Now available – Junior boys formal shirt size 6; track pants size 6; bucket hats: Jackson medium & large, Fraser large.
Senior: Out of stock – size 14 and S sport shorts – due end of March; white ankle socks (shoe sizes) size 7-10 – due end of April; size 2XS track pants – TBA, size 26 short sleeve boys formal shirt – TBA
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 a case and are only $19.95.
Umbrellas: For standby in the car for showery pickup times we have sturdy large golf sized umbrellas with PoP logo – $25.
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”.