In 2017, we launched the College’s Strategic Plan that provided a “road map” for where we wanted to take the College during that time. It has been very pleasing to see that since 2017, we have made significant progress on many of the strategic objectives that were identified. This has been a very comprehensive process, but I thought I would take the opportunity to provide a snapshot of what has been achieved during the past year of the plan:
- Staff engage in regular devotion time together to encourage spiritual growth including a yearly retreat-style gathering
- A renewed focus to make worship time for students contemporary and enrich their experience at the College
- Implementation of ALWS Village Partnership with Cambodia to develop mission and ministry with less fortunate communities
- Regular support of local charities and initiatives to develop a clear understanding of what it means to be a connected local and global citizen, raising over $7,500
- Building a stronger relationship with the local congregation including the introduction of Together@5
Teaching and Learning
- Focusing on teacher collaboration to raise achievement through better education pedagogy
- Continue to achieve strong academic results in the College, which has been the focus of individual communications
- Significant investment of over $200,000 into improved educational resources for the students
- Successful implementation of the New QCE for the Year 11 students
- Significant facility development of both campuses, including the Undercover Structure and creation of the “Green Room” on the Junior Campus, and new breakout spaces on the Senior Campus
- Implementation of solar on the Junior Campus to reduce our environmental footprint
- Successful grant applications to increase our recycling as a community
This is a just a snapshot of the many achievements that occurred over 2018 as we consistently strive to implement the vision set out in the College’s Strategic Plan.
I would also like to take the opportunity to provide a reminder that any member of our community may download our College Dispute Resolution Policy and our Child Protection Policy. These documents are always available at reception on either campus, and are linked on the “Quick Links” section of the College website Homepage.
As we go past the half way mark for Term 1, I commend the students for the way they are progressing with their studies. It has been a fantastic start to the term.
Head of College
Meet Our Pioneering Students and Staff
Who doesn’t love the nostalgia of looking at old photos — so here are a few interesting ones that we dusted off from our archives that show the steady growth of our school numbers. When the Primary School opened in 1984, there were just 55 students and 7 staff, ten years later there were over 150 students and as you can see our numbers grew steadily from there.
Congratulations Junior Campus Student Leaders
On Friday 22 February, the Junior Campus Captains and Vice Captains, House Captains and House Vice Captains and all Student Leaders were installed into office. It was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate with these students and their families as they committed to leading our Junior Campus in 2019. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the parents of our Year 6 students on their efforts in raising and supporting these wonderful children. I look forward to serving alongside your children in 2019.
Spotlight on Uniform
Students may wear a simple cross or other Christian religious symbol on a fine chain. Rings are not permitted. Female students with pierced ears may wear one small pair of plain gold or silver studs (no gemstones) or small silver or gold sleepers. Piercings, other than of one set of holes in the ears suitable for wearing plain stud earrings (female students only), are not permitted. Students may wear a watch.
Defence School Mentor – DSM
The Defence School Mentor (DSM) Program provides funding to schools to minimise the impact of the mobile lifestyle on Defence students’ education. The DSM Program assists Defence students and their families with changing schools, integrating into the school community and providing support during parental absences. This funding provided by the Defence Forces allows for the employment of a DSM to work within the school to raise awareness of the Defence lifestyle and to support students of Defence families.
The program, administered by the Defence Community Organisation (DCO), reflects the commitment by Defence to support its members and their families and recognises the partnership between education authorities, Defence and schools.
The program aims to assist students in Defence families in four key areas throughout their education and as they move from one school to another. The key areas are:
- support during deployment and absence; and
Through the program it is hoped that schools are assisted in achieving the following outcomes:
- Facilitation of a supportive educational environment for Defence families during times of change
- Establishment of ongoing programs and resources for use during and beyond the life of the program
- Linkage of Defence families into their local school community; and
- Provision of education resources to support the Defence student’s wellbeing.
Introducing our Prince of Peace DSM
Mrs Malize Montgomery
Mrs Montgomery has been a member of our school community for the past 12 months, both as a parent to her three gorgeous girls and as a Teacher Aide in our classrooms. Bringing with her a background in kids ministry, Mrs Montgomery is a believer in honouring each child and inspiring them to be the best they can be.
Mrs Montgomery has said:
“I am so honoured to be part of this program and proud of our school for being able to support the families who have served and are serving our country. I want you to know that we value you, your children and your family, and trust that we can be that extra hand to support and encourage you through the good times and the challenging ones too.”
If you are a Defence family or have served in the past, I encourage you to make contact with Mrs Montgomery to see how she may be able to support you and your family on your journey here at Prince of Peace. Mrs Montgomery can be contacted via email email@example.com or via phone on 3872 5700 (Junior Campus) or 3872 5600 (Senior Campus).
Mrs Montgomery will be working on-site on Mondays and Thursdays, and will be sharing her time between both the Junior and Senior Campuses as she supports our Defence families across our College.
Helping Our Students Know What to do When They Have a Problem or are Worried
This week and next, the students of the Junior Campus will be hearing a message from Mrs Schmidt about what they can do if they are worried about something at school, in the classroom or playground, with their friends or at home. Sometimes a student may even feel worried about their learning and not quite feel confident to know how to talk about it with their teacher. At Prince of Peace we want our students to know that we, the staff of the College, are always here for them, each and every one of us.
While we always encourage the children to speak with their classroom teacher about any concerns they have, it is not uncommon at the beginning of the year for students to feel closer to their teacher from last year, or a favourite teacher aide they have spent time with, or perhaps with Mrs Schmidt or myself. This week we have been reiterating to the students that all of these options are great. What matters most is that if they are worried about something or feeling hard done by, that they can and should talk to someone.
Further to this message, Mrs Schmidt has introduced two of our staff to the students in particular. Miss Tahlie Wise and Mrs Kelly Ahern have volunteered specifically to be our Child Safe Officers for the students. This means that they have especially volunteered to be available to any students who may have a concern about school. They are happy to speak with them during break times or before or after school about their concerns and will help them work out what they can do next, and what the next step is to help resolve the situation.
Please talk with your child about these things and remind them about Miss Wise and Mrs Ahern. Thank you for your support with this.
Head of Junior Campus
Camp Quality Puppet Performance – A Quality Message
On the 25 of February, Camp Quality came to Prince of Peace to talk about cancer through their Puppet show. The show was about Kylie, a school girl with leukaemia. She is faced with embarrassment about how she is different in appearance because of the side effects of cancer medicine.
Feeling embarrassed, she now has to do a class presentation about a “Super Power” that she has. Kylie can’t think of what she could present to the class, and is having trouble discovering what she is good at. Her classmate, Dean, at first, is quite cocky about the situation. But in the end, he reveals that his mother has the same condition as Kylie and he helps her with her speech. With the help of Dean, Kylie discovers what her superpower is: Bravery.
The story was heart-warming and had a wonderful moral about the importance of compassion, helping each other and being brave. This message clearly shined throughout the performance along with remembering that laughter is the best medicine.
Anuksha and Zac
Junior Campus School Captains
The musings of an empathetic mum, teacher, leader and global digital citizen (aka Mrs V).
PART 11: Girls, Tech and the Power of Yet!
‘I’m a girl who loves Tech… what is your superpower?’
Man, I love this statement! But I just wish I heard it more often.
It is fairly common to hear concerns in the media about the lack of girls or women in Tech. There has been a fairly consistent push over the past 10-15 years for educators, universities, entrepreneurs and the Tech industry to significantly increase the uptake of Girls in Tech.
For me this is not so much a topic for debate but rather a focus for direction and development… and so I find myself pondering:
- How can I, as an educator, encourage more girls into Tech?
- What prevents girls from stepping into this world?
- And globally, why DO we see more guys in Tech and girls in teaching… more guys in engineering and girls in nursing… more guys in science and girls in administrative roles?
- Is it a generational hangover? — Deep down in some ways I think it is… but there must be more to it.
- Is it bound in some way to the never-ending debate over nature vs nurture? — Perhaps, but I am not opening that can of worms today!
- Is it a societal expectation? — I believe this is still the case, but the good news is that for a growing group I believe these barriers are lifting.
I suspect that it is at least a combination of all these points, however I do think there is something we can all do to change this situation for ourselves and in particular our Tech-minded girls. Allow me to elaborate.
As an educational leader it is often my job to look past the problem to find a solution. If the strategic consensus is that there is something we can do to enrich our students’ lives, to make it better for them and open more doors, then I believe that is where my energy, time and thinking needs to be.
I have needed to cultivate my thinking to see past why something cannot be achieved and to look for a new pathway for achievement… then another new way… then another.
I think this same process of hitting a barrier and bouncing back is a key to getting girls into Tech and other areas of the workforce traditionally thought of as more ‘for the boys’.
A mastery of this type of thinking, turned into action will see girls thrive in their individual endeavours, and set them up to feel more confident in challenging the status quo when pursuing higher education or entering the workforce — especially if they pursue less gender-traditional areas of interest. I am of course talking about the development of a Growth Mindset.
So what is a Growth Mindset?
For over 30 years, Dweck has led the charge in seeking answers and understanding around children’s attitudes to failure. Carol and her team noticed quickly that some students are prone to rebound quickly from failure while others would plummet into utter devastation at the point of failure. Some students with a particularly fixed mindset won’t even try if they think they could fail. This certainly doesn’t help our more Tech-minded girls who may already feel an up-hill battle in perusing the more Tech areas of interest or career paths.
Carol describes it as follows:
In a fixed mindset students believe their basic abilities, their intelligence and their talents, are fixed traits. They believe they have a certain amount — and that’s that, and then their goal becomes to look smart all the time and avoid looking dumb at all costs.
In a growth mindset students understand that their talents and abilities can be developed, and more importantly recognised, through effort, good teaching and persistence.
The Power of YET!
As educators we will often encourage by adding the word YET! —
“You haven’t got it yet, but I have never seen you as focussed as you were today.“
“That was a great effort but you’re not quite there yet, what can we try next time?”
There is no doubt that generational attitudes, societal expectations and nature v nuture could also be dissected in this conversation about how to increase the uptake of Girls in areas of Tech, however, they are very heavy, very large mountains to try and move. Instead I say, let’s focus on helping our kids — especially our girls — believe in themselves and develop the resilience to push through any boundaries or stereotypes in their areas of interest.
So this week I want you to ask yourself: How often do you allow yourself to fail in front of your kids? And when you do, what are you modelling in your words and actions? Do you make up an excuse or deflect blame or do you use words that show you are reflecting on what happened and what you will try next time?
I also encourage you to listen the words you use when praising your children, and switch your praise from a focus on success to a focus on effort. This means we need to ‘praise wisely’. Let’s praise the process, the effort and grit they demonstrated, the strategies they used and the improvement they have shown.
To be completely honest…. as a parent I haven’t nailed this YET, but I am working on it. Because I believe that when our girls believe in themselves, they will be the ones to lead change and confidently move their own generation toward a better balance of girls and women in Tech.
♥ Mrs V xox
(Novice Minecraft player, Level 11 Clash Royale Clan Leader, firm but loving digital parent, mistake-maker and Head of Junior School)
Growth Mindset Resources:
Hello Brain by Clarissa Johnson – resources and courses to help us understand why kids need to ‘talk’ to their brain and how to do this.
Big Life Journal – resources for helping our children consciously focus on developing a growth mindset.
Teen Breathe Magazine – a wonderful teen focussed magazine for girls that gives emphasis to mindfulness, kindness, resilience and much more
Girls In Tech Resources:
Tech Girls Are Superheroes! – This Tech collective’s mission is to give girls access to technology and programs to build their skills and confidence. They present real life female role models — women working in STEM, as mentors and superheroes featured in our Tech Girls Are Superheroes books. We inspire young women to solve important community problems with technology skills and business acumen through our annual online Search for the Next Tech Girl Superhero competition.
YouTube: Girls in Tech – Part 1, 2 and 3
This week at worship, we have focussed on the topic of hope. We use the term hope to refer to pipe-dreams, wishful thinking, and fantasies. But hope means more than that. Hope is grounded in faith and rests upon the promises of God. Hope helps us to persevere when we confront obstacles. Hope helps us to get up each day, thinking that it is going to be better than the day before. Hope helps us try our best in subjects we don’t like or motivates us to keep on trying with something we are not so good at.
How fitting that our theme is hope as we start our journey toward Lent. Today we marked the beginning of Lent with a moving Ash Wednesday service. The hope offered through the Lenten journey is the opportunity for transformation and renewal. It provides a chance for us to realise that God’s mercy and grace surround us. “Lent is a time to discover the extraordinary in the ordinary, to be surprised by God’s mercy when we least expect it”.
So what has provided me with hope this fortnight?:
It has been my privilege to chat to the Year 9 students about their motivations for seeking a leadership role. Overwhelmingly, at the heart of their decisions were a choice to serve and a desire to empower their peers to shine. Congratulations to the following students who have been installed as our Middle School Leadership team.
Middle School Leadership Team for 2019
|SCHOOL CAPTAINS||Rosina Floriani||Nelson Morse|
|BRADMAN||William Ridgwell||Oliver King|
|FRASER||Isabelle Till||Kaleb Rail|
|JACKSON||Talitha Montgomery||Marcus Farmer-Zanuttini|
|LAVER||Ashleigh Eaglestone||Toby Bunt|
I am hopeful about the Year 9 students as they start their leadership journey and respond to the call to honour their God-given potential.
In an emotional chapel service, the Year 12 students shared an important message with the Junior Campus about the significance of each individual, and our responsibility to do our best and support each other so that collectively “WE Can”. With a reminder that it is Jesus who gives each of us the strength to be who we are as an individual and as a team. After the chapel, the first rite of passage for the Year 12 students occurred with the presentation of the Senior Jerseys by the Year 1 students. What a special opportunity to share what it means to be a K-12 College.
Medieval Day is one my favourite days as the Year 8 students are immersed in their studies of the Medieval world. The students engaged in learning by being exposed to the cultures and customs of this period. I am filled with hope when I observe students being absorbed in their learning.
Another recent highlight demonstrating a high level of student engagement was last week’s STEM (Science Technology, Engineering and Maths) excursion to QUT’s The Cube at Gardens Point Campus. The Cube is a soaring two-storey high digital display that features 14 high-definition projectors and 48 multi-touch screens. The excursion offered students the chance to be inspired by engaging in an explorative and interactive experience that is in a collaborative and real-world focussed environment.
Blessings for the weeks ahead.
Head of Senior Campus
At Prince of Peace College we are stepping up, and this year we are strategically working toward strengthening our culture at the College. This is evident in our highly skilled and experienced staff and student leadership group collectively working to support student growth and development directly in the classroom and beyond. We are working toward setting a standard to encourage best practice and adopting actions that will assist each and every student to settle for nothing less than their best.
We are working toward a renewed sense of pride in our College, led by our Year 12 Student Captains of House and College. We have maintained a focus on our uniforms and how we can get ourselves prepared for the day with all we need — to be a proud and focussed student who represents our College and themselves well. We look to parents to support us in this, to ensure we all have what we need with our uniforms and for our learning needs. We still have some students without the correct uniform items, and some students are missing specific apps on their devices that they will need for their learning.
This Friday is our College formal photo day where all students will have their individual and group photos taken – formal uniform is required to participate in these photos.
It is this time of the term where many students are engaged with assessment. It is important to maintain essential self-care habits, in particular good sleep and nutrition.
We also begin our Lenten journey this week — where we look to our own sacrifice for the betterment of others. Let us walk humbly as Jesus did, for the next 40 days and nights.
Deputy Head of Campus
Senior Campus Sport
The Metropolitan North Regional Swimming Carnival took place on the 28 February. We offer a huge ‘well done’ to Angus Ovey, Ben Beard, Maddy McKay, Isabelle Till and Talitha Montgomery for representing our school. A special congratulations to Isabelle Till who has qualified to represent Metropolitan North Region at the State Swimming Championships.
Round 1 of Interschool Sport began this week with Year 7 and 8 competing against Albany Creek, and Year 9 against Ferny Grove. We are looking forward to developing our students’ skills in their chosen sport while competing with the schools in the District.
Congratulations to the U14 Prince of Peace Futsal Team who have been competing each Sunday at Arana United Futsal League. The team, consisting of students from Year 8 to 10 have been highly competitive right up to the Grand Final, which they lost in a closely fought game.
Senior Campus Sport Coordinator
Junior Campus Music News
Class Music lessons
A reminder that students in Years 4-6 require a recorder. I have quite a number of spares that are cleaned every day should your child forget, however it’s always best to have their own.
Year 4 students are practicing hard to earn their next Recorder Karate Belt. Once they’ve achieved Blue Belt they may join the Recorder Ensemble. Five students so far have achieved this level in Year 4 with many just about there. I’m so thrilled to see so many students eager to challenge themselves to the next level.
Music Supporters Group (MSG)
The first meeting will be on Tuesday 12 March at the Senior Campus Staff Room commencing at 6pm. The MSG was founded in 2011 to be a parent body that supports our co-curricular music program in three ways:
- Creating fellowship opportunities- for parents of PoP music students
- Fundraising- to assist in providing equipment, music and services for our co-curricular program
- Supporting- music staff during the running and organising of music concerts
If you are unable to attend the meeting, but would like to be kept in the loop with the goings on of the group, and called upon when needed for assistance, please send though your intention to do so via email.
Please remember to text or call your child’s instrumental tutor if your child is away from school or unable to attend their lesson that day. Tutors will have also sent out invoices for the term, as a courtesy to our tutors please ensure these are paid for as soon as possible.
Voices of Birralee is one of Australia’s finest youth arts organisations, with the philosophy that singing is as important and natural for a child to do as walking. Launched 23 years ago, Birralee has become a powerhouse of singing with approximately 400 members, aged 5 to 35 years across six ensembles. The program is committed to developing caring and responsible citizens through music, and the ensembles are recognised at home and abroad for professionalism and quality.
I have been invited to nominate two students from Years 5 or 6 to receive a scholarship to join the Birralee Singers (our intermediate level choir). This scholarship entitles the recipient to 50% off the annual tuition fee, which is a saving of $385. This will serve as an introduction for a talented student who will stay with our program for years to come.
If you are interested in applying for this scholarship, please contact me as soon as possible to discuss.
Should you have any questions about the instrumental, choral or classroom music program on the Junior Campus, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Junior Campus Music
Senior Campus Co-Curricular Music Program
A concert showcasing some of our best musical talent from the Senior Campus will be held in R4/R5 on the Senior Campus on Tuesday 2 April. Some Senior Music class students will also be presenting their first performance assessment for the year.
Parents and caregivers of performers who nominated have been notified. Senior Hospitality students will be serving refreshments from 6:30pm for attendees, with the concert to begin at 7 pm. We will be requesting a gold coin donation upon entry for a lovely evening of music entertainment.
Ensemble Commitment Forms
Ensemble Commitment forms have been sent out via email to families of all students involved in a co-curricular ensemble on Senior Campus. You can still register interest for your child to join the program by emailing me.
Senior Campus Co curricular Music Program Coordinator.
Evening Worship 5pm
College Year 5 leading
Thought for the Week
“Don’t shine so others can see you. Shine so that through you others can see Him.” (CS Lewis)
Junior Campus Parking
We understand that there are unique challenges on our site with regards to parking and congestion. At this stage the arrangements we have in place with the authorities are the best that can be determined. Thank you for your support and patience in these matters.
- When entering and driving within the school grounds, please continue to be considerate to give way, feed in to the line of traffic and be mindful of the internal speed limits.
- Quite a few families now choose to park off-site and walk a short distance to the college, accessing the crossing in front of the Church. Please ensure that our neighbours’ properties, driveways and gardens are considered during drop off and pick up times.
We ask that careful consideration be given in particular to the Single Street cul-de-sac (directly across from the Church).
Senior Campus Parking
We ask parents to please keep the following points in mind when navigating the Senior Campus carpark:
- Turn left after entering the campus and proceed to the ring road, then proceed to the top of the stop and go area and wait for your children to exit or enter the car.
- Parents should not exit the car in the stop and go area. If you need to exit your car then please park in the available bays.
- The afternoon peak time for the carpark is 3.05–3.15. By 3.15, most of the traffic is cleared; it may be a good idea to delay your pick-up by ten minutes to avoid congestion.
- Students are supervised in the upper car park until 3.30pm, after which they are sent to the library to be supervised until 4.00pm. We advise parents not to collect/drop off their students on Henderson Road/Timms Rd, as no supervision is provided in that area.
- Of a morning, students should be dropped off on the ring road.
To all that attended the February P&F meeting a big thank you.
Only five months now until our school fete, a very big thank you to all who are sponsoring and to those that have already made donations. Without your help the fete just wouldn’t happen. If you are free to help or are wanting to sponsor the fete in anyway please don’t hesitate to contact Emma or myself.
The next P & F meeting is March 13 at 7pm in the Junior Campus library, all are welcome.
P and F President
Interested in Becoming a Member of the College Council?
The Prince of Peace Lutheran College is owned and operated by the Lutheran Church of Australia Queensland District (LCAQD), who delegate authority to the Prince of Peace Lutheran College Council to oversee the operations of the College.
The College Council is calling for expressions of interest from suitably qualified professionals who are interested in volunteering their time by becoming a member of College Council. Of particular interest would be professionals with experience in Legal, Finance, Risk and/or Marketing.
Expressions of interest are to be sent to the College Council Secretary firstname.lastname@example.org. An information pack will then be provided including the criteria and eligibility.
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.
Prep to Year 12: Out of stock – size 12 skorts and size 10 and 12 dresses. The popularity of both these items has exceeded expectations and we ask that purchases be limited to one per child until further stock arrives.
Junior: Out of stock – size 6 sport polos due end April; size 13-3 socks due end of April; Junior dress new style size 8,10 and 12 due end of April. Sorry for the inconvenience. Check dresses are still available and can be worn til end of 2020.
Senior: Out of stock – size 14 sport shorts – due end of March. Apologies for the inconvenience.
Senior Campus Photos (this Friday): Remember to check socks and ties. Year 10 to 12 need to have blazers.
Reversible Bucket Hats are now available in sizes XS to 2XL. They are available in House colours – red, royal blue, bottle green and yellow. These are compulsory for Prep, and are optional with sport uniform in addition to the wide brim navy hat (now with embroidered logo) for Year 1 to 12. Please remember to name your hats!
Label it – Don’t Lose it: Please check all items are labelled. Stikin name labels can be handwritten then simply pressed in (no need for ironing or sewing) – they will stay put even on stretch knit items eg socks and pullovers (for at least 40 machine washes) and are great for plastic lunch boxes and drink bottles (dishwasher and microwave safe). Pack of 60 Stikins with pen is $29.95. Clear labelling makes it possible to return items to the correct owner.
Fridge-to-Go Lunch Bags: We have insulated 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 good value for money at $37. We have eight different bags to choose from, and spare chiller panels are available to have one on hand in case their lunch bag is not retrieved until the morning.
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”.
Please help us raise funds for a robotic arm for Kyle Tanner, a 17 year old young man living with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) whose siblings are current and former PoP students.
DMD is a rare fatal disorder that causes the muscles in the body to become weak and damaged over time. It is an irreversible, progressive disease, of which there is currently no cure. Since the age of 10, Kyle has been dependent on a power wheelchair, and has progressively lost mobility and function.
A robotic arm for Kyle will make a huge impact on his life by giving him the independence and the dignity to do everyday things for himself – eating, grabbing, scratching – the simple tasks that we take for granted.
‘Jeva’ is an Australian designed and made robotic arm that has been created to assist people with disabilities in their day-to-day tasks. Any donation great or small will help build a better life for Kyle. Kyle and his loving family are deeply appreciative of your support.