It has been an exciting start to the term here at Prince of Peace with many events having already taken place. A special highlight was how the Prep students spoilt their significant person and celebrated Mother’s Day last Thursday. It was good to see so many smiling faces and some well-deserved pampering taking place.
All parents play a significant part in the education of their child and we are privileged as a College to be in partnership with you as you go through that journey with your child. As a quiet tribute, I thought I would share this poem by Michael Olakunle Adesanya in recognition of the role you play in educating your child:
There are times when only a Mother’s love
Can understand our tears,
Can soothe our disappointments
And calm all of our fears.
There are times when only a Mother’s love
Can share the joy we feel
When something we have dreamed about
Quite suddenly is real.
There are times when only a Mother’s faith
Can help us on life’s way
And inspire in us the confidence
We need from day to day.
For a Mother’s heart and a Mother’s faith
And a Mother’s steadfast love
Were fashioned by the Angels
And sent from God above.
Happy Mother’s Day to all our mothers, and I thank God for your wonderful contributions to our community.
We are currently in the middle of NAPLAN testing and I just want to say how proud I am of all of our students for the way they have conducted themselves through this process. This is just one small part of a very big education process and it was pleasing to see how the students entered the process with a calm but determined demeanour.
The intangible part of an education is alive and well here at the College as I watch students engage in service to others and contribute to the communities they live in, coupled with strong academic success. I know our students have a bright future ahead.
I look forward to the term ahead in your service.
Head of College
Senior Campus Open Morning – Wednesday 29 May 8:45am – 10:30am
Junior Campus families are invited to come to the next Open Morning and discover how the Senior Campus prepares our next generation with the skills and knowledge needed to adapt to an ever changing workforce and global advances. Learn how we inspire, challenge and nurture our students as they take on life’s educational, physical, emotional and spiritual challenges.
Where: Senior Campus — 25 Henderson Rd, Everton Hills
When: Wednesday 29 May
8:45am — Arrival and presentation
9:30am — Student-led tours
10:00am — Morning Tea
RSVP: via our website or email firstname.lastname@example.org
In celebration of our PoP birthday this year we recognise 35 years of Primary Education and 10 years of Secondary Education.
Lucy Glynn in Year 1 has captured our excitement in this particularly exuberant and beautifully crafted stop-motion video.
Lights… camera… ACTION!
PoP is excited to be taking part in the 2019 Woolworths Earn & Learn program again this year.
During the 2017 campaign,the College was able to purchase some great resources with the points we earned, thanks to you.
From now until 25 June 2019, you can collect stickers at Woolworths that go towards Earn & Learn points. For every $10 you spend at Woolworths (excluding the purchase of tobacco, liquor and gift cards), you will receive a sticker. These stickers can then be given to your children or directly to the College to collect on a special sticker sheet. Completed sticker sheets can be handed in at the Junior or Senior Campus reception.
The more points we earn, the more we can redeem from a choice of educational resources including Mathematics and English resources, art & crafts materials and more.
Thank You Mum – With Gratitude for All You Do!
One day a year just doesn’t seem often enough to thank our Mums, for all they do!
To all of the Amazing Mums, Grand Mums, Aunties, Step-Mums, Adopted Mums, Just-in-time Mums, Teacher Mums, Exhausted Mums, Worried Mums, Sad Mums and Cuddly Mums – we are all so very blessed to know you and have you in our lives. Never change, because we love you just the way you are!
Wow… What a Mother’s Day Stall!
Words cannot express just how amazing the Mother’s Day stall was again this year. The quality and variety of gifts were again second to none. The students were blown away with the choices available to them and enjoyed carefully selecting the perfect gift for their mum.
So to Peta Lilly and her band of amazing volunteers, we say THANK YOU! We hope your Mother’s Day was as amazing as what you helped our Mother’s Day to be!
Lots of Love from all of the students at Prince of Peace xox
Whether it’s cleaning our rooms or washing our clothes,
Finding our socks or blowing our nose.
You build us up when we are feeling down
And find the perfect way to turn our day around.
We don’t always show just how much we care –
For the beautiful way you do our hair.
You take us to parties, and sports and dance,
And laugh and smile when we twirl and prance.
When you’re tired or sad you still never stop –
Helping us learn, until you could drop.
Mum, I know it’s not easy keeping a smile on all day –
But I just have this one more thing to say –
You are kind and loving and gentle and sweet,
And I am ever so glad that God allowed us to meet!
Another round of NAPLAN assessments have almost come and gone and we couldn’t be prouder of how our students have managed themselves during this week. We want to take this opportunity to thank our teachers and teacher aides who have helped our students manage their week extremely well. I also want to thank all parents for their support. It is your management at home—good sleep, good food, positive words—that assist the students to be as prepared and calm as they can be for each day. Congratulations everyone on a job well done!
Junior Campus Senior Choir Wins GOLD AWARD!
On Friday night, the Senior Choir from the Junior Campus competed in the Qld Youth Music Awards. They achieved a GOLD AWARD and 86 points overall—one point behind the winner. As there are six heats in this section, only the winner of each heat goes through to the final.
Some of the adjudicator comments were:
- “It is clear you love to sing and I loved watching your faces.”
- “I felt you captured the excitement and mystery of the piece very well.”
- “Thank you for a musical and entertaining performance.”
Congratulations to the students of the Senior Choir. Their dedication and hard work paid off and once again displayed the award-winning quality of Choral Music here at PoP. Thank you also to our accompanist Mr Mitchell Dormer.
We are very excited to welcome Pastor David back to lead us in Together@5 this coming Sunday 19 May. The following Sunday 26 May is our next school service which will be led by Year 6. It would be wonderful to see as many school families come along and support them at this service. This service will be followed by a community Sausage Sizzle in the Green Room.
Head of Junior Campus
On 7 May, the Junior School Captains of PoP went to the Queensland Parliament House. We were kindly welcomed by Tim Mander, a Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly.
Mr Mander showed us the Old Parliament House which was built in 1860. It was lined with gold leaf, intricate patterns and a pair of eye-catching chandeliers that were donated by the French Government.
He then proceeded to show us the Upper House and the Lower House. The Upper House was removed from use due to frustration of the people at the time. The Lower House is still in use and has seats occupied by many famous politicians today.
On the way to lunch, we passed the Gallery showcasing portraits of the last premiers and speakers, a hall containing a gold mace used in Parliament, and the library, filled top to bottom with books containing previous debates and speeches.
We had a wonderful time on our visit, questioning and learning about Queensland’s history and how Parliament runs.
Anuksha and Zachariah
Junior School Captains
Happy Mother’s Day
I hope all the mothers in our community were spoiled on Sunday. We are blessed by mothers who care, inspire, mentor, support and facilitate opportunities for personal growth. We value the sacrifices mothers make to share in their children’s learning-journey and their willingness to play taxi driver. I am grateful for our mothers who were generous in spirit with sharing their special day with the Mary Poppins’ rehearsal. Some of the Year 7 students shared with me why they love their mothers:
- She is awesome
- She cares for me
- She is funny
- She puts me before herself
- She is very loyal and supportive
- She takes me places, and she braids my hair
- She does everything for me
- She makes my lunch
- She takes care of me when I’m sad or stressed or annoyed
- She taught me almost everything I know and she helps me along the way
- I love my mum because she kind, generous and organised
We hope you felt the love.
In a wonderful example of Purposeful Learning, the Year 7 students spent Thursday engaged in learning about the Ancient World. The day opened with a parade, where the students showed off their costumes. The students then engaged in a series of learning activities including, Olympic Games, Maths-Becomes-Art, and Navigating through the Ages. In the early evening, students returned with their parents to share their learning and participate in some extension activities. These included mummification, building a shaduf and an ancient arch. The night was a wonderful opportunity for students and parents to share their learning journey.
We are counting down the sleeps until we can enjoy our spectacular production of “Mary Poppins”. We are so grateful to Mrs Harvey, Mr Von Hoff, Mrs Grimes, and Mrs Edwards for their willingness to provide this valuable opportunity for our students. When I was on duty last week, a Junior Campus student got off the inter-campus bus and saw Josh Sowter–who is playing Bert in the Mary Poppins production—and the student rushed over to tell Josh just how much he had enjoyed the performance on the Junior Campus. This little interaction made my heart sing. I have had the privilege to get a few sneak peeks, and the students should be very proud of the production. The performances of Mary Poppins are on Friday 24 May (evening performance) and Saturday 25 May (matinee and evening performances). Get your tickets through www.flexischools.com.au.
We are pleased to announce that in 2020, a group of students and teachers will experience a Modern History Study Tour in the Easter Holidays. The tour will take us to Poland, Germany and Austria and will be tailored to the Senior Modern History syllabus. Highlights include the Warsaw Rising Museum, Auschwitz-Birkenau Death Camp, Berlin Wall, Brandenburg Gate, Check Point Charlie, and Dachau Concentration Camp. This is an exceptional educational opportunity for our students, and will assist them in contextualising their learning in preparation for the external exam. To help offset some of the costs we intend to do some fundraising. The first event is this Saturday, with a sausage sizzle, coffee and cake stall at the Election Booth located on the Senior Campus.
You might have heard your child talk about ‘Feedback Studio’ or ‘Turn it In’. We are aware of the critical importance of digital citizenship, and the challenges that come with access to the web. We are also conscious of the academic demands of the new Senior Assessment and Tertiary Entrance (SATE) system. To this end, we have started using Feedback Studio as a means of improving the writing process, enhancing feedback, creating a “culture of integrity” as well as to track student submission. It is our intention that Feedback Studio be a learning tool for the students so that they can improve the quality of their drafts prior to submission. Feedback Studio will provide an indication of the quality of referencing that students have included and will assist students in editing their work. We are doing a soft launch in Term 2, and during Semester 2 it will be used across classes. Feedback Studio is a valuable learning tool which we look forward to using to support your student’s learning.
Head of Senior Campus
As we come into a time of preparation for assessment and exams, some students find the experience challenging. We may recall each challenge that we have personally faced—and the nerves that came along with them—and recognise the preparation and reassurance that allowed us to fully commit to the task at hand, and even celebrate overcoming hardships.
In the media today, and even in our personal conversations, we talk of anxiety with a certain amount of flippancy. It is important to recognise that while anxiety is a diagnosable element, what most of us experience is not clinical anxiety. There are ways which parents can support children around times of challenge, and implement some strategies as outlined by Michael Grose from parenting ideas, with online webinars that parents can engage with.
Remember to use phrases like:
- “I can see you’re feeling worried about going to camp without your brother.”
- “Thanks for telling me you feel nervous about the test. It’s understandable.”
- “I see you’re really anxious about this right now. I know it’s hard for you.”
There is also this wonderful video above from Generation Next about understanding anxiety, which provides insight into what it looks like for young people.
Study and Wellbeing
Below are four tips to help reduce stress and maintain good mental health.
- Regular exercise
Physical exercise is not only great physically, but it helps improve our mental health. When we engage in physical activity our body releases chemicals, such as endorphins and serotonin that help improve our mood. Fitting exercise around a busy study schedule can be challenging. Try walking to school, riding your bike or engaging in a physical activity that you find fun. That way, fitting in regular exercise around your schedule may be less tedious.
- Organise your time
With upcoming deadlines and assessment, it is easy to get overwhelmed by your study commitments. Try creating a study routine to get yourself into the habit of studying. Put all your assessment and deadlines on a calendar and plan your time effectively to ensure you give yourself ample time to complete big projects and prepare yourself for an exam. Don’t be afraid to reach out to your PC teacher or year level coordinator or even your parents if you are struggling.
- Strive to eat healthy meals
Substantial research has shown a relationship between diet and mental health. Eating a nourishing diet helps improve an individual’s sense of well-being and maintain healthy brain functioning for studying. As a student it is easy to skip breakfast and opt for the unhealthy fast food option when we are stressed. Try to keep healthy snacks on hand and incorporate fruit and vegetables in your diet as much as possible.
- Get adequate sleep
Juggling work commitments, school obligations and a social life can be challenging and time consuming. Therefore, it is tempting for students to stay up late or sacrifice sleep time to finish assignments. However, ensuring adequate sleep is imperative for staying health and for adequate brain functioning. Establishing a sleep routine that ensures you are getting at least 8-10 hours a night is essential. Try to ensure that your sleep and study spaces are separate to reduce the influence of study on your sleeping pattern. Avoiding caffeine before bed also ensures you get adequate sleep.
With acknowledgment to Baypsych.
For Term 2 the SRC committee have launched their lunch trolley for student use at both breaks throughout the week. The trolley has toasters, toasted sandwich presses, microwaves and kettles. There is an option to pay $1 for each use or to purchase a $5 per term pass.
As the weather cools we ask for parent support in ensuring that the College uniform is being worn with pride.
Listed below are our uniform guidelines taken from page 6 of the student diary.
Deputy Head of Senior Campus
Junior Campus Sport
Deezil Piper recently competed at the Queensland Athletics All Schools Cross Country Championships.
He came second in the Under 7’s 1km and won the Silver Medal. Deezil looks to be another up-and-coming PoP athletics star, great work!
Senior Campus Sport
Good luck to William Thomas, Chloe Noon, Freya Forbes-Schutz, Jonas Forbes-Schutz, Heidi Noon, Mattias Forbes-Schutz, Talitha Montgomery and Liam Farrell who will be competing in the Metropolitan North Regional Cross Country competition on the 28 of May at St Paul’s School.
Prince of Peace, in conjunction with Queensland Rugby, will be running a Rugby Sevens training program for the remainder of the term. These sessions will be held by Queensland Rugby coaches to teach students fundamental skills and strategy used in Rugby Sevens. An expression of interest notice was put out during Term 1 and the College has put together an Under 13 Boys, and Under 15 Girls team. This is a great opportunity for those who have not played at a club level to learn the basics of the game and to see if it is something they may be interested in pursuing in the future.
The Brisbane Outer Schools Basketball League begins Thursday 16 May at South Pine Sports Complex. This league will run into Term 3 and will give the team an opportunity to play against a variety of schools throughout North Brisbane. Prince of Peace have entered a senior boys team who have been competitive in the competition throughout their junior years. We look forward to seeing the boys play.
Senior Campus Sport Coordinator
Junior Campus Music News
Senior Choir (Junior Campus): The Senior Choir competed in the Qld Youth Music Awards on Friday night receiving a GOLD AWARD and 86 points overall—one point behind the winner. Congratulations on achieving such an outstanding result.
Junior Choir (Junior Campus): Congratulations to the Junior Choir who performed, some of them for the very first time, at Albany Creek Uniting Church fete on Saturday. Many wonderful comments were heard and the students certainly did our College proud.
They will also compete at the Qld Youth Music Awards on Friday 31 May at Albany Hills State School.
Honours Choir (Junior Campus): The Honours Choir will compete in the Qld Youth Music Awards on Monday 3 June at The Gap State High School.
Recorder Ensemble: Recorder ensemble has commenced with six eager participants. Any student who has achieved Blue Belt or above is welcome to join. Rehearsal will be during second break each Tuesday in the Music Room.
Instrumental Lessons & Ensembles have commenced. Please remember to contact the tutor directly should your child be absent from school.
Should you have any questions about the instrumental, choral or classroom music program on the Junior Campus, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Junior Campus Music
Senior Campus Music
Music Supporters Meeting Term 2
The second music supporters meeting for the year will be held at the Junior Campus on Tuesday of Week 7, 4 June from 6-7 pm. We look forward to seeing new faces so please feel welcome to come along.
During the recent school holiday period, Year 9 student Georgia Bond traveled to Europe with the well known Brisbane choir ‘Voices of Birralee’. The choir sang in the Anzac Day Ceremony at the Australian National Memorial in Villers-Bretonneux, France. Despite the freezing rain and cold on the morning of the ceremony, Georgia found the experience to be very moving and worthwhile, and the importance of Anzac Day was reinforced for her. We are very proud of Georgia’s efforts and her representation for Australian school students.
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
Have you booked your tickets yet for Mary Poppins?
51 of our students from Year 7-12 have been working hard for months to create a magical show.
The musical will be performed on Friday 24 May (7pm) and Saturday 25 May (1.30pm and 7pm) in the Auditorium at Mitchelton State High School.
Tickets are available 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).
If available, there will also be tickets sold on the night, however to ensure you don’t miss out on a chance to come and see this ‘supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’ show, book early!
Below is a sneak preview of some of the show’s leads:
Lucinda Peterson is playing the roles of MISS ANDREW, NELEUS and DOLL. Lucinda is in Year 11 and has a multitude of singing, dancing and acting experience, including previous Prince of Peace productions, Harvest Rain productions, participation in the choir and Worship band. Lucinda also studies at the Brisbane Academy of Dance and has had many international successes in dance competitions. She says that: ‘Since I was young, I have always loved to dance on stage. I love to act and sing together as it is something different for me and I always have fun. I would love to continue performing the arts when I leave school because of the adrenaline rush I get before and during each performance. Mary Poppins has been such a journey and I can’t wait to see what comes of the show.”
Jordan Warren is playing ROBERTSON AY and the BANK CHAIRMAN. He is in Year 11 and has performed with Brisbane Junior Theatre in Elf and Wizard of Oz. He was also in the College production of Beauty and the Beast. Jordan enjoys performing as he likes to bring joy and excitement to the audience. His goal is to perform at QPAC or to be a main music performer at Brisbane Entertainment Centre. He says: “I have always loved the movie Mary Poppins and am very excited to perform in such an amazing show with people I care about.”
Worship Service with Holy Communion 9am
Message: Pastor Kevin
Sermon series on The Lord’s Prayer
“For yours is the kingdom, the power and the glory” (John 13:31-35)
Evening Worship 5pm
Thought for the Week
“Don’t look through the eyes of judgment, look through the eyes of love. Give the benefit of the doubt.” (Joel Osteen)
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.
Junior: Now available – sport shirts size 6; junior formal shirts size 6; junior dress new style size 4 to 16
Out of stock – hats medium – due mid May
Raincoats: We have durable clear PVC raincoats with drawstring hood, press stud closure, and two front pockets for $19.95 in sizes 4 to 16. They come folded in a storage bag and would be a great standby for the Year 4 camp!
Senior: Now available – sport shorts size 14 and small
Out of stock – hats large – due mid May; track jackets size 14 and small (adult) – due mid May.
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”.