I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of the many volunteers within the College who make everything possible. We simply could not function without the army of willing people we have within our community who help us in so many ways.
A special thank you goes to the P&F Committee and the many volunteers they have fuelling their initiatives. We are in the process of implementing over $75 000 of resourcing and educational improvements for our students that has been funded by the P&F. This is an immense achievement, and all proceeds are being directly invested into educational resources that will benefit the students of the College.
All parents of the College are automatic members of the P&F. On Wednesday 13 November, we will be holding our P&F AGM in the Junior Campus Library at 7pm. This is an opportunity for all of our parents to have a say in how the P&F functions and vote-in the P&F Executive members. Any parent can hold a position, and nominations can be taken from the floor on the night, but the most important thing is that we have enough members to allow the vote to happen. So please come along if you can, and exercise your right to vote for the people that represent your Committee. I give thanks to all that use their talents to serve us.
“Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10
Head of College
Every year we have the opportunity to partner with Samaritan’s Purse and hundreds of schools, churches and organisations to compile shoeboxes filled with simple delights for children around the world who live in poverty, persecution and war. Each year I am inspired and ever so grateful for the generosity of our community. It was clear by the smiles on our students faces last Friday as the Chapel filled up with shoeboxes, that they too are excited by this activity, and more so, understand and appreciate the importance of these boxes in the lives of children around the world. Thank you for your continued support of this great cause.
Last Friday, 25 October we recognised Day for Daniel. This special occasion, well-known around our nation, is a day to remember the story of Daniel Morcombe and importantly to spread a message of child safety to our students and their families. It was an opportunity to educate our community on the dangers facing our children today and ways that they, and we, can help to keep them safe. I encourage you to continue to have these discussions in your homes. With the gold-coin donations we collected, the Junior Campus raised $521.90 to assist the foundation in making Australia a safer place for children.
If you have not yet had a chance to watch our bird’s eye view video from Day for Daniel 2019, I encourage you to do so here.
Junior Campus Volunteers Morning Tea
Each year our community is blessed with a wealth of wonderful people who step forward, in big ways and small, to volunteer within our College community. From our sports helpers to our Math and Reading Group volunteers, to our Fete conveners and many more—we are surrounded by a caring, giving and service-driven community.
Please be reminded that on Friday 8 November we will be hosting our ‘Thank You Morning Tea’ for all of our wonderful volunteers. We hope you are able to join us for a time of fellowship as we celebrate our wonderful volunteers. To assist with catering please RSVP to Jenell Molkentin via email to advise your attendance. The afternoon tea will commence at 9.10am, following worship in the Chapel.
Year 2 Together@5 Service
Our next college-led service will be on Sunday 10 November commencing at 5.00pm in the Chapel. Our wonderful Year 2 cohort will be leading this worship. All families are invited to attend. The service will be followed by a sausage sizzle in the Green Room.
Please be reminded that our Junior Campus Remembrance Day service will be held on Monday 11 November, at 11.15am in the Chapel. The Year 5 students are leading the service and you are most welcome to attend. Commemorative poppies are available for purchase from Junior Campus Student Reception at 50c each.
Should any families have items to contribute to the display for the service in the Chapel, please bring them to the Junior Campus reception by Friday 8 November. We certainly understand that some items hold deep sentimental value, and in these circumstances we understand if you would prefer to bring them to College on the day and take them home straight after the service.
Junior Campus Awards Assembly
Awards are part of the celebration of living in a Christ-centred community, recognising the gifts and talents our Lord has blessed us with and celebrating the growth in the lives of students. The awards format at Prince of Peace is designed to encourage every student to be the best he or she can be. Our Awards Assemblies will be held on Monday 18 November in the Chapel.
We split our Awards Assembly into two parts. The first will be for students from Prep to Year 3, commencing at 8:40am; the second will be for students from Year 4-6 commencing at 9:30am. Should your child be an award recipient on this morning, you will receive an email advising this.
Head of Junior Campus
When I recently visited the Year 10 Camp, I had the pleasure of Dragon Boating for the first time. The thing that I learnt about Dragon Boating was the importance of working together and the benefit of paddling in a rhythm. These lessons were embraced by the Year 10 students as they navigated social and physical challenges. In the debrief afterwards, students were asked to offer something that they were proud of, need to work on, and looking forward to. Of course, amongst their responses was talk of holidays that students were looking forward to, but I was most impressed with the level of honesty and insight we heard from them.
Similarly, the Year 12 students in Religion and Ethics need to create a devotional product and then reflect on how their spiritual perspectives have developed over time. As I read over their drafts, I was thrilled to hear them articulate how their relationship with God has been developing. The Year 12 focus is most definitely on Graduation which is only seventeen days away—but they are also a little reflective and nostalgic. Normal lessons will finish this Friday, with Week 5 being exams, and Week 6 will be a week of celebration culminating with Valedictory and our Farewell Service.
A number of students in Year 12 have demonstrated Excellence through Honour, achieving noteworthy results. This is the last time students will be able to receive a VHA10 as we move to the new SATE system (Senior Assessment and Tertiary Entrance).
Congratulations to Cooper Schmidt on receiving a VHA10 in Biology and Samuel Morajkar on receiving a VHA9 for IPT (via BSDE). These two young men should be proud of their achievements, as should all of the students who have achieved outstanding academic results.
On Friday the Senior Campus celebrated World Teacher’s Day. The Student Representative Council organised to give each of the staff a ‘Bag of Sunshine’, a small gift of items eg a pen, pencil, stress ball, highlighter and of course, chocolate; the College also gave each of our staff a cookie—to remind them that we would crumble without them. Thanks also to the Ladies Fellowship who provided Morning Tea and local member, the Honourable Tim Mander, who provided some sweets. We are so grateful for the contribution that all of our staff makes, walking alongside each of our students and helping to make the Senior Campus tick.
31 October – Gala Concert at Hills Church
1 November – Year 12 present worship at Junior Campus – 8.20am
11 November – Year 12 present worship at Senior Campus – 8.20am
11 November – Remembrance Day – 11.00am
12 November – Year 12 Final Assembly – 8.20am
14 November – Year 12 Valedictory – 6pm
15 November – Year 12 Farewell Service – 8.20am
23 November – College Carols at Junior Campus – 5pm
27 November – Senior Campus Awards Ceremony – 8.20am
28 November – Thanksgiving Celebration at C2 – 6.30pm
29 November – Year 10 and 11 students final day
2 December – Year 7 2020 Orientation Day – 8.20am
3 December – Year 9 Ubuntu Return Ceremony – 7.00pm
4 December – Year 8 GR8 Race
6 December – Year 7 – 9 students final day
We look forward to sharing some of these important moments as we move towards the end of term.
Head of Senior Campus
Last Friday the Senior Campus participated in Socktober, students were encouraged to wear their craziest socks, bringing a gold coin to be donated to Beyond Blue. Students donated a total of $150 to this cause. Year 10 students continue to be actively engaged in a range of service projects such as:
- Shine—a Year 5 and 6 program where a group visits the Junior Campus to laugh, dance and talk about girl stuff (see picture below)
- One on one—a group creating one on one activities that Year 1–3 students just love!
- Pet Therapy—sharing the love that only man’s best friend can bring
- Multiple Sclerosis Awareness—sharing an understanding of the disease and its impact on people, their lives and their families
- Food Bank—working towards providing canned and long-life goods for those in need in the community
- Share the Dignity—providing used handbags laden with personal products to those in need, in particular those subjected to domestic violence
- The Children’s Hospital Appeal—providing toys, books and other items that will be used at the Children’s Hospital
These projects have truly shown our Year 10’s the gift of service and we look forward to these next few weeks as these and other projects culminate.
It won’t be too long before our Year 12 students finish and make their journey toward life after school; and soon after that all of our other year levels will begin to wind down for the year. As the term progresses I have reminded our students to continue to work towards their best efforts, to keep positive and to always seek help when they need it.
Acting Deputy Head of Senior Campus
After a minor regrading of the divisions, PopStars 2 took to the court again last Tuesday night. With two players absent, the remaining seven played without a break. Although they went down 5 – 11, they played with great enthusiasm. There were lots of cheers and sideline-dances with each goal. Even after only a few weeks of training and playing, there is already evidence of growing skills. Well done girls.
Pictured are Sophia, Indianna, Emily, Eva, Georgia, Claire and Emma (absent: Freya and Charlotte)
PopStars 1 also had a great game last week. After leading all game, the opposition managed to work their way back into the game with the final score being a draw 20 all. The smiles in the photo were also matched on the court as the girls played hard and with great joy. Equally many cheers from the sidelines for goals, and some spectacular intercepts from one player who said “I don’t play GK”—and yet those intercepts stopped many certain goals for the opposition. Great job girls, keep up the good work.
Standing: Amelia, Sophie, Georgia, Anuksha, Eesha. Kneeling: Charlize, Olivia and Sienna (absent: Mia).
Mrs Susan Hird
Netball Coach and Junior Campus Teacher Aide
Senior Campus Sport
This week we launched the ‘Prince of Peace Challenger Cup’. This is an intra-school competition where students and teachers form a team of six in order to challenge other teams to an agreed sport. Games will be played during lunch breaks and before or after school with all results being updated in a ladder format. There has been a lot of keen interest, and The Cup will be sure to provide some friendly competition and laughs over these last weeks of the school year.
Last week a call was put out for any Under 13 girls who were interested in trialing for the North West District Futsal team. Ellen Hamilton and Charlotte Scott put their names forward to represent Prince of Peace at the trials, and were both successful in making the team—a real achievement considering that the team consists of only eight students. Well done, and best of luck at the Regional Carnival girls!
Congratulations to our open girls BOSNL (Brisbane Outer Schools Netball League) team who have qualified for the Grand Final of the competition. Each season, an all-stars team is created comprising of the best players from throughout the season. Emily Burgess and Hayley Churchill have been named as part of this squad with Hayley being the number one selection from the competition. Good luck in the final!
Sam made it to the finals in two events, earning him the huge achievement of a silver in 800m freestyle, along with 6th place in 400m freestyle. His silver medal performance was an Australian record, being the fastest time for any 16 year Australian male of all time, beating the time recorded by Mack Horton. What an inspiring and successful meet for Sam.
Senior Campus Sport Coordinator
Junior Campus Music News
Enrolments are now open for students wanting to learn a Woodwind, Brass, Percussion or Strings instrument next year! Throughout the next few weeks, some instrumental teachers will be visiting classrooms to demonstrate some of these instruments. If students are interested in learning, enrolment forms will be available soon and will need to be handed in before the end of the term to secure a place for 2020.
We also have number of Brass and Woodwind instruments available to hire from the College for next year, and we are hoping to recruit enough students that we can get someone playing each one! There will be group lessons available on these instruments, so if there are a group of students that would like to learn the same instrument we can accommodate that easily. So have a chat with your child about learning an instrument for next year, and let’s see if we can make 2020 a year full of wonderful music making!
Carols by Candlelight
The Junior Campus Choirs will host Carols on the Oval on Saturday 23 November. Guests from the Senior Campus will join us for this whole College event. A sausage sizzle will commence at 5:00pm with the program starting at 6:15pm. Santa might even make an appearance. If you are available to help with either the sausage sizzle on the day or preparation of any kind, please let me know.
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 News
Gala Concert 2019
Senior and Junior Campus will join together on Thursday 31 October at Hills Church, Queens Rd for our final music concert for the year. All Senior Campus Ensembles plus Junior Campus Band will play. We will also feature Year 12 soloists who are completing their time in the program, as well as a special Year 12 item from students graduating from ensembles. Sausage Sizzle ($2.50) and drinks ($2.00) will be on sale, care of the Music Supporters, from 6pm. Doors will open at 6:20pm and the concert begins at 6:30pm, with finishing time approximately 8:15pm; students are expected to stay for the entirety as per concert etiquette. Sound check is from 4:40pm, the soundcheck schedule has been sent to parents and caregivers. Students do not need to arrive till five minutes before their soundcheck allocation. The new music performance uniform must be worn by all students except Year 12 students, who should be in full formal uniform with ties and blazers. Please email me with any queries.
Enrolment Forms, Co-curricular Music 2020
Enrolment forms for Senior Campus 2020 music tuition and ensembles are now available. These have been sent digitally to all parents/caregivers of 2019 participants. Hard copies are also being made available during lessons and ensembles. Students who would like to begin lessons or join ensembles in 2020 will have forms made available to them during PC time. Those continuing in the program must fill in a new form for 2020 so their information is captured.
Year 7 Choir, Year 12 Farewell Service
Once again, this year the Year 7 cohort will sing as a collective at the Year 12 Farewell Service. This is a great opportunity for them to work as a team and bless their Year 12 buddies with tuneful encouragement. We look forward to hearing the Year 7 students on this occasion.
Senior Campus Co curricular Music Program Coordinator
All Saints Sunday (Memorial Rite)
Worship Service 9am with Holy Communion
Message: Pastor Michael Grosas
Evening Worship 5pm with Holy Communion
Message: Pastor Michael
Thought for the Week
“You can’t live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.” (John Wooden-Mark)
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.
End of Year Concert Performance: We have music polos, black pants for Juniors, grey/navy pants for Seniors, and black socks.
Fridge-to-Go Lunch Bags: Be prepared for the heat: Fridge-to-Go insulated lunch bags have 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 up to 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. Come in check them out in readiness for our Brisbane Summer!
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 time, and for parents to keep cool while supporting children at sporting events, we have sturdy large golf-sized umbrellas in PoP colours and logo – $25.
Year 12 Graduation: Reminder to check you have a blazer, Senior tie, and boys have formal pants that fit—we have a seamstress we can highly recommend in Everton Park that can shorten sleeves, adjust hems, and do general repairs. Book now before students are otherwise preoccupied with exams.
New Item: Verbatim headset with microphone and volume control, designed for multimedia and VoIP applications with on-cord volume and microphone controls and high quality stereo sound. These would be great for many PC educational programs and for playing multiplayer games such as Minecraft, making them a great Christmas gift. Available at Prince of Peace campus store and online. $12.95 each.
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”.
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