On Friday morning, I had the pleasure of watching the Year 1C class lead worship on the Junior Campus. They did a fantastic job telling us all about Pentecost, which falls seven weeks after Easter Sunday. Some people may know it as Whit Sunday, and it marks a very important time in the Christian Calendar.
Acts 2:1-4 identifies:
“When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”
Jesus promised the disciples that once he had left them he would send them the Holy Spirit as a helper and a guide. An incredible promise, that when he would no longer be physically among them, the same Spirit that was with him on earth would come to guide the disciples on the way of truth. This can be further referenced in John 14:15-18.
It is a blessing that Jesus sent us the Holy Spirit to guide and help us understand his will and although he is not physically among us, he works through us as we accept him through the Holy Spirit.
I thank the 1C class for this timely reminder that we are not alone and God is there for us all through the Holy Spirit.
Head of College
History of our PoP School Houses
Whenever our PoP sporting events roll around our students proudly pull on those house colours to compete with their team—but it hasn’t always been this way…
Before 1989, for the first five years of Prince of Peace schooling there were no school houses and students competed only within age groups.
Our numbers grew such that by 1989 our first house system was introduced. Students and staff were divided into two houses which (after much consideration) were named ‘Lang’ (yellow) and ‘Petrie’ (red)—chosen to acknowledge early settlers in the Brisbane area.
Our first House Captains were chosen to represent the new houses.
Students competed within the Petrie and Lang houses for the following ten years. By 1999 it was decided that the school had grown large enough to divide again, into what are our current four houses. The Yearbook of 1999 records the School Captains commenting “changing our Sports Houses from two to four has been a great change, because instead of having one house dominating a carnival, we now have closer competition.”
The four PoP houses that we know and love today were of course named in recognition of outstanding Australian athletes in distinct sporting areas: Fraser (after Dawn Fraser), Jackson (after Marjorie Jackson), Laver (after Rod Laver), and Bradman (after Sir Donald Bradman).
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.
Junior Athletics Delight
They came, they jumped, they ran and they threw. The magnificent students of the Junior Campus were awe inspiring on Monday 10 June as they competed in the Junior Athletics Carnival. God blessed us with the most spectacular day, bright with sunshine and without any wind. It was incredible.
The children are to be commended on how they encouraged each other, celebrated with each other and upheld each other in times of disappointment. It is on days like these that I am reminded just how much we as adults can learn from the children we nurture.
These events never occur without a huge effort from many, many people. First and foremost we thank Mr Brad Wooding for the time, energy and care he put into preparing such a well-organised carnival. To the staff who assisted on the day, supporting the students and wearing the caps of our athletics judges, we salute you for your patience and fairness. To the many parent, student and extended family volunteers who gave of their time to chaperone, support and guide our students—we thank you too.
We know there were many tired little munchkins on Monday night and we hope that they all had a good night sleep as they head into their last three school weeks of Semester 1.
After the overwhelming success of our Green Room during first semester, it was made very clear to me, (over and over again!) by our Year 4-6 students that something similar needed to happen in their eating area. So with the help of the incredibly talented Rachel Saurini, Mural Artist extraordinaire, and the support of our local painter and parent, Gavin Rowe, the Recharge Room was born.
Over the past two weekends, the wonderful Dax and Marco from NoMow Artificial Grass Installations, finished off our Recharge surprise through the installation of some more lush, soft and green artificial grass. I spent my weekends shopping for blankets, cushions and furniture and was delighted to be able to present to our Year 4-6 students with their very own chill-out zone. If you haven’t had the opportunity to see it yet, feel free to pop on up and take a look.
Further to this incredible transformation, Rachel Saurini, with the help of Gavin Rowe, transformed our Year 5-6 toilets into something truly spectacular and motivational. We cannot thank you all enough for your talents and support in creating such a special space for our students.
Non-State Schools Accreditation Day
Every five years or so, every independent school in Queensland completes a process of reaccreditation. This is a highly rigorous and very affirming process, whereby a panel of independent and Lutheran Education experts gather to review in detail the inner workings of Prince of Peace Lutheran College.
Throughout the past six months I have witnessed the staff of the Junior Campus carefully and thoughtfully gathering all necessary documentation, refining their teaching and learning processes, and reflecting on their practice. They have supported each other as they have identified areas of professional learning, unique to each individual, and have cheered Mrs Anne-Marie Schmidt and I on as we have finalised preparations for our panel day, this Thursday 13 June.
This will be my third Accreditation Panel in my last 15 years of Lutheran Education, and I can say it is always something I look forward to. It is highly affirming to be able to share with external parties the amazing things that happen on our site each and every day. I thank you for continuing to work in partnership with our College. It is no secret that when we work together, united in our goals for our students, that amazing things can happen. Blessings in all you do.
Head of Junior Campus
Thank You Sioban
After nearly five years of working within the Prince of Peace Lutheran College community, Sioban Laffey (Psychologist) has informed the college that she will be leaving the Pastoral Care Chaplaincy and Counselling Team at the end of Term 2. Sioban will be continuing her private practice at Redcliffe but no longer working on site at Prince of Peace. She has been extremely passionate about empowering young people with the knowledge and strategies they need to thrive through life’s difficulties. We thank her for the support she has been able to give children and families as part of her work at Prince of Peace. At this stage, the college has not made a decision regarding securing another psychologist to work on site.
As Sioban steps forward into her next adventure, we wish her every blessing for the future.
Deputy Head of Junior Campus
Year 7 Christian Studies–Learning the Value of Service
Some Year 7 students washed my car (as well as other teachers’ cars) last week. The students in Year 7 have been considering how they can use their gifts and talents to serve our community. The week before, another class thought some pet therapy might assist the students, which our Year 11 students were most appreciative of since they were about to sit an important maths exam. The pet therapy was very popular and we thank the extended family who helped to facilitate this opportunity. I am aware that some other students have done some baking, another group is creating a herb garden—all important examples of our students expressing the importance of using gifts and talents for the good of others. We affirm the students for their willingness to serve.
Over the coming weeks most students will be engaged in assessment. It is important that students are planning and preparing in readiness for these exams. As we face the challenges of the introduction of Senior Assessment and Tertiary Entrance system, some of our current practices and procedures need to be reviewed. One of the changes includes introducing an Assessment Boot Camp (ABC) for our Year 11 students. A feature of the new syllabi is longer exams, which are difficult to schedule during regular classes. An ABC in each term will offer students the chance to complete exams, engage in studio time or extended learning in every subject. We wish all students the best of luck during this assessment period.
On Friday 24 May, two teams represented Prince of Peace in the Ethics Olympiad at St Peter’s College in Indooroopilly. An Ethics Olympiad is a competitive yet collaborative event in which students analyse and discuss real-life, timely, ethical issues. An Olympiad differs from a debate in that students are not assigned opposing views; rather, they defend whatever position they believe is right and win by showing that they have thought more carefully, deeply, and perceptively. The teams, engaged in preparation under the care of Mrs John, had the opportunity to develop ethical awareness, critical thinking skills, civil discourse, civic engagement, and an appreciation for diverse points of view.
We sent six teams to last week’s Maths Teams Challenge for the Brisbane North District. This competition sees teams of five students competing against each other in two rounds: a team event where students solve ten maths problems in a certain time as a team, and a relay event where pairs of students answer questions in a relay-type fashion. This was the first time that we have participated in this event and all involved appreciated the chance to compete against likeminded students solving maths problems.
Our mixed netball indoor netball team narrowly lost the Grandfinal last Friday at the INFQ Netball Competition. The team of Year 10 students played against a number of open teams and should be proud of their efforts. Thanks to Mr Arnold and Mr Von Hoff for facilitating the competition and Ms Davids for her coaching prior to the event.
Head of Senior Campus
Junior Campus Sport
Hannes F-S represented the Junior Campus at the Met North Regional Athletics Carnival held at St Lucia last week.
With outstanding runs Hannes was awarded Regional Champion for both 800m and 1500m and now progresses to the State Trials.
Amazing effort Hannes and best of luck at States!
Junior Campus Sport
It has been a very exciting week in sport with a variety of events happening including Regional Cross Country, 10-12 Years Regional Athletics, and the INFQ Indoor Netball tournament.
Prince of Peace entered an Under 15 mixed netball team in the INFQ Indoor Netball competition last week. This event hosts teams from all over Brisbane and the Gold Coast. The students played extremely well, making it through to the Grand Final! This was a very competitive game with the team unfortunately going down 21-26. This is a fantastic effort and the team should be extremely proud of their achievements.
Prince of Peace was represented by eight very talented runners us at the Regional Cross Country event at St Paul’s School. The students involved and results were as follows:
- Freya Forbes-Schutz (10th place)
- Jonas Forbes-Schutz (1st place)
- Mattias Forbes-Schutz (4th place)
- Talitha Montgomery (6th place)
- Chloe Noon (12th place)
- Heidi Noon (3rd place)
- William Thomas (59th place)
- Liam Farrell (DNF – Injured)
The students showed a lot of grit and hard work pushing their limits to achieve these amazing results. Well done to all and best of luck to those who have qualified for the State Championships.
Three Prince of Peace students represented the Senior Campus at the 10-12 Years’ Age Group Met North Regional Athletics Carnival. Chloe Noon participated in the 800m and 1500m events and managed to secure 4th place in both with some spectacular runs. Freya Forbes-Schutz came in 5th in her heat in the 800m event and 10th overall in the 1500m event. Alexis Hulcombe competed in high jump and came out joint 5th place with a height of 1.20m. Great job girls!
Senior Campus Sport Coordinator
Music Supporters Pie Drive
Music Supporters are a parent support group who help to raise funds for resources by assisting with events and fundraising across both campuses. Their major fund raising initiative for 2019 is a Yatala Pie Drive, with a delivery date in Week 2, Term 3.
Please download this order form and return it digitally or printed.
Music Supporters would greatly value your support in this initiative, and hope you will take advantage of a winter-warmer-Yatala-pie.
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
Junior Campus Music News
Junior Choir (Junior Campus): Congratulations to the Junior Choir who achieved a Gold Award and second place in their section at this years’ Qld Youth Music Awards.
I am so proud of each of you and your presentation.
Honours Choir (Junior Campus): Congratulations also to the Honours Choir in their performance at the Qld Youth Music Awards.
It was a hotly contested section and they achieved a Silver Award.
Fete 2019: The Junior Campus Choirs will be performing from 11am-11:20am on Fete Day.
More information regarding all the Junior Campus ensembles will be announced asap.
Congratulations: Well done to Samuel Tweedale in Year 6 who received Honours in his Preliminary Piano Exam earlier this term, pictured here with his teacher Mitchell Dormer—who has just celebrated tutoring at the College for 10 years.
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
Last night (Tuesday 11 June) we were entertained at the Senior Campus Musical Melodies Concert, a wonderful opportunity for ensembles and instrumental students to showcase their progress throughout Semester 1. Enjoy these photos of just a handful of the students who entertained us.
Did you know that students can do DRAMA WORKSHOPS after school on Thursdays in the Junior Campus Music Room? Come along and meet the teacher!
As a drama teacher and a mum I see great benefits from students learning drama and theatre skills; such as improved social skills, problem solving, team work, oral presentation confidence, creativity, memory and concentration—and it’s also lots of fun!
3:10pm-4:50pm (Thursdays term time)
Sunday 16 June
Worship Service with Holy Communion 9am
Message: Pastor Kevin
“Three in One” (John 16:12-15)
Evening Worship 5pm
Thought for the Week
“God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything that you need and plenty left over to share with others .” 2 Cor 9:8
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: Out of stock – skorts size 6 and 10 due end of June; navy pullovers size 6, 8 and 10 due end August. Now available – medium hats.
Year 6 Canberra Trip: We have quality clear PVC raincoats with hood and toggle that will keep your kids warm and dry for only $19.95.
Senior: Out of stock – size 9-12 ankle socks due mid June; xs and medium track jackets due mid August, large due mid July; track pants size xs, s, m and xl to be announced; blouse size w12 due end August; now available – large hats.
New: Maroon fingerless gloves and Maroon fleece jackets will be in store to buy for the next State of Origin game. Also coloured headphones and stationery items eg. glue sticks and coloured pencils, pencil grips are now available at the Uniform Shop.
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”.
How Much Do You Know About LLL Australia?
Established in 1921, LLL (Lutheran Laypeople’s League) Australia is a charitable financial institution which provides savings accounts. The LLL prides itself on providing savings accounts that are simple, fee free with a great interest rate. Savings account products include Personal, Children’s, Business and Self-Managed Super Funds that can be in individual or joint names.
As an Authorised Deposit-taking Institution (ADI), the LLL is regulated under the Banking Act and by APRA. The mission of the LLL is to provide business and financial support to the Lutheran Church of Australia (LCA) while providing excellent service to all customers and safeguarding the interests of depositors. For more information visit: lll.org.au
P & F
The next P & F meeting is at the Junior Campus, 7pm on 19 June and as always everyone is welcome to attend.
We are still seeking volunteers for the school fete.
Please be aware that the children will be coming home with information regarding the Entertainment Book.
Holidays are just around the corner which means that Prince of Peace OSHC has another action-packed Vacation Care program available. From trips to the park to rock climbing to all-day laser tag, there is something for everyone. Please contact us for any further information about the program or costs, and to receive a booking form; we would love to hear from you.
Looking forward to seeing you there!
Prince of Peace Outside School Hours Team
Phone: 3872 5740