Term 2 Week 2 |  28 April 2021
College News


Do you remember the Apostle Peter through the Lent and Easter stories?  He pops up at various times with a wide range of strong and forceful responses to what happens around him;

“Never Lord, this (Jesus dying) shall never happen to you” Matt 16:22, “You shall never wash my feet” John 13:8, “Even if everyone runs away because of You, I will never run away!  Even if I have to die with You,” Matt 26:33, “I will never deny You!” Matt 26:35.  Peter even cuts off the ear of the High Priest servant when Jesus is arrested – John 18:10.  This is a man it would seem who is outspoken, has strong convictions and is bold and courageous and yet after Jesus is arrested, he runs off, denies he ever knew Jesus, hides and locks himself up with his mates out of fear for his life.  He was full of bravado and bold words but when everything came tumbling down, it was all too much for Peter and in his fear and shame he ran and hid.  So much for his courage.

BUT, Following Jesus’ resurrection there is the wonderful story of forgiveness and restoration with Jesus where Peter learns first-hand about how much he is loved. (There is a great short video from Skit Guys and their take on this. Find a few minutes to watch this, it is good!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhoFEuw2GPA)

Jesus shows how much he loves Peter, that all is forgiven and then calls him to action — “Feed my sheep” John 21:17.

Jump ahead about 40 something days and Peter is standing in front of thousands of people in Jerusalem courageously sharing the gospel of Jesus at Pentecost. This frightened, ashamed and broken man is transformed into a man of *courage and strength. Through his own power? I think not. How did that turn out for him when he chose to go it alone? No, through the grace that Jesus offered and through the power of the Holy Spirit, Peter now has the courage to stand and be the man he was created to be. Finding one’s courage can be a difficult thing. But as for Peter, we don’t go into the fight alone. How good it is to know that God’s grace and Spirit can give us the strength and courage we need in the most difficult of circumstances.

“For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” 2 Tim 1:7

* “Courage is the strength of heart that enables people to stand up for their convictions to do the right thing, even when it is hard or fearful. It involves being firm of spirit despite the ups and downs of life and it means ‘having a go’ even when success is uncertain.”Life Long Qualities for Learners, LEA


Simon Hughes
Head of College

‘Spectacular, Spectacular!’

Students from Years 5-12 have successfully auditioned and begun rehearsals for Prince of Peace’s 2021 musical: ‘Spectacular, Spectacular!’

The performances will be on the evenings of 18 and 19 June at the Senior Campus. The production promises to be a magical event, connecting you with the lives of the cast, their hopes and dreams.

With catchy songs, enchanting costumes, mesmerising action and dances, this is a performance not to be missed. It will be a cabaret style show with roving performers and refreshments brought to your table. Put the date in your diary. Booking information will be out in the next edition of POPCORN.

As we approach the anniversary of our 2020 lockdown as well as the annual flu season, it is still a requirement and expectation that students are kept at home if they are showing any symptoms of being unwell.

Whilst we understand this may cause an inconvenience, we appreciate your support and cooperation in keeping our community safe and healthy.

Junior Campus News

PoP Lunchtime Clubs

We are so blessed at Prince of Peace to have a myriad of different activities for our students to participate in at lunchtime. Alongside the ever popular soccer and handball games, not to mention our fantastic new playground, our students are able to access a variety of other areas. The Library is open every lunchtime with games, Lego and reading on offer. Four days a week our Tech Lab is open for students to engage with our robotics resources. Supported by one of our fantastic teachers, students are able to push their coding and problem solving skills a little further each day. Reopening this term is our STEM lab. Students love designing, building and modifying their solutions to unique problems. Gardening Club also offers a unique opportunity for students to get some sun while chatting with other students and teachers. If you or your child would like to know any more about our clubs please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Welcome Miss Lisa Aston

I am delighted to announce that Miss Lisa Aston has accepted the position as Year 6A classroom teacher for the remainder of the 2021 school year as Mrs Kelly Ahern prepares for the arrival of her first child.

Lisa brings with her a wealth of experience in both state and independent schools, and most recently has been in the role of P – Year 9 Curriculum Coordinator.

Lisa has a special interest in Gifted Education, travel and highland dancing. In meeting Lisa we immediately felt a warmth, level of experience and joy which we know will bring stability and calm to the 6A classroom as they transition from Mrs Ahern to their new teacher. This is a photo of Miss Aston with her gorgeous dog, George.

Lisa will commence in the 6A classroom on Tuesday 4 May, completing a transition week with Mrs Ahern and the class. She will assume full teaching responsibility on Monday 10 May.

We Will Remember Them

Last Friday, the students of the Junior Campus gathered together to remember and recognise the service of the men and women of our defence forces. Their service past, present and future is something we will forever remember and be grateful for. On Sunday, hundreds gathered together at the Gaythorne RSL ANZAC Service to pay their respects. Special mention must go to Josiah Rees whose reading of the Bible text for the day was particularly meaningful. Josiah shared Christ’s love with all present in how beautifully he read the chosen passage. Thank you Josiah. Lest we forget!

Blessings Beyond our Community

Last week I received a lovely email from Mrs Sandra Paterson at Prince of Peace Church who sent through an update on our old royal blue school uniforms.

Just this past week they have all been sorted and packed, ready to be shipped to students in the Philippines. What a blessing to be able to repurpose these uniforms and give them to those in need. We hope that through this small act of service that more people may come to know they are loved by God and others.

Relief Teachers and Teacher Aides Sought

The College is currently seeking expressions of interest for both Relief Teacher Aide and Relief Teaching work. If you carry the necessary qualifications and are interested in this opportunity, I encourage you to contact Mrs Anne-Marie Schmidt via email at aschmidt@princeofpeace.qld.edu.au.

Katrina Valencia 
Head of Junior Campus

Sharp Reading

Sharp Reading is the program we use at PoP to ensure a systematic approach to the teaching of comprehension. Many beginning readers achieve fluency with decoding, and assume that because they can easily read text that is put in front of them, that they are good readers. However, being a fluent decoder should never be confused with being a good reader.

Once a reader has learnt to ‘crack the code’, reading the words becomes a very mechanical process which doesn’t require a great deal of cognitive activity. The challenge with comprehension instruction is to develop an active reading habit where the reader’s brain is continually seeking out understanding of the text in front of them. Today’s readers need to be very mentally active, able to understand, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information at lightning speed while they are reading.

Sharp Reading guided reading routines allow readers to take risks, build confidence in their ability and habitualise a discrete set of strategies while they are reading. The reader is never overloaded. They have the opportunity to add layers of increasingly more complex comprehension skills when they are ready for them.

How can I help my ‘Sharp Reader’?

Start with “Unpack sentences using “I think that means…” Take turns a sentence at a time, at unpacking each sentence. You have to convince each other that you know what is going on in the sentence. They will show you how. You never know…you may find your own reading improves! Find a book you both enjoy. Get them to show you how they are learning to process information while they are reading. MAKE IT LOTS OF FUN!

If you would like to know more about our Sharp Reading program feel free to direct message me through SEQTA.

Rebekah Bruyn
Learning Coach and lover of reading

Senior Campus News


We marked ANZAC Day on Friday with a poignant ceremony. A new addition was the introduction of the Drum line (thank you Darryl Bowers), which really added a sense of pageantry. We are grateful to the students who contributed to the ceremony. It was also wonderful to display some of the outstanding artwork that the Year 8 Art students have completed.

Emu Gully

The Year 11 students have headed off to Emu Gully. The focus of this outdoor education experience is challenge, inspire and empower. The program aims to enhance culture, develop teamwork and train leaders. We look forward to the growth in the Class of 2022.

Parent Teacher Student Conferences

We were keen to be able to welcome our parents and students back onto the campus to discuss learning. In order to accommodate COVID safe requirements we decided to trial using the Pavilion for parent, teacher, student conferences.

We were delighted to be able to see parents in person rather than via telephone or zoom. We were quite pleased with how the evening went, but as always appreciate feedback.

We are aware that some parents did miss the message via SEQTA due to an issue with notifications. (All communication will now be via SEQTA). Please contact your child’s teachers to organise an alternative time.

NAPLAN Preparation

We managed to do some NAPLAN online trials in Week 9 of Term 1.  We are very pleased with the success of the trials.  Our NAPLAN test window will run from 12 to 19 May.  Students in Year 7 and 9 will require a working pair of headphones for the test period—your assistance in ensuring that the students have them would be appreciated. If you wish to familiarise with NAPLAN Online you can access the Public demonstration site (nap.edu.au).

Easter Presentation

Lockdown caught us all by surprise and interfered with our plans to mark the Easter season.

A drama group led by Mrs Rachow had been busily rehearsing a drama to present as part of our worship service.  Our delayed Easter service occurred last Thursday. The group of students from Year 7 and 8 presented a thought provoking drama focusing on the elements of the passion story.

We appreciated the students’ willingness to use their dramatic capacity to add to our worship service.

Traffic Safety

Henderson Road is getting busier with the new townhouses.  We ask for your assistance with keeping all our students safe by following these guidelines:

  • Please encourage your child only to use the pedestrian crossings to exit school grounds.
  • Students should not need to cross on the footpath at either vehicle exit.
  • Please do not pull over on the yellow line.
  • It would be appreciated that if using the “kiss and drop” that we queue as efficiently as possible (minimise the gap between cars).

It is important that the bus moving students from the Junior Campus is able to access the campus as quickly as possible.  With the increased volume in traffic, it is vital that everyone is patient.  We do try our best to move students, buses and traffic as quickly as possible but do need your assistance to keep everyone safe.

Michelle Nisbet
Head of Senior Campus

Sports Score

Junior Campus Sport

National Athletics Success

During the Easter school holidays, Addison Houslip competed at the Australian Athletics Championships in Sydney.

She ran in the U14yrs 1500m against girls two years her senior and finished 11th overall. Most impressively, she was third fastest of the girls her own age—born in 2009!

District Hockey Selection

Last week, Kaelan, Kirra and Chai were all selected for the Northern District Hockey Team.

District Cross Country Results

On Tuesday, 20 Yr 4-6 students trialed for the Northern Districts at Teralba Park. In every race, there were around 50-60 competitors. PoP gained some very impressive results:

  • Addison Houslip – continuing on her outstanding form this year, Addison won the 12yrs Girls 3000m event by a huge margin. Her time of 11:59min was almost a minute faster than the boys in the same age group!
  • Hannah McKinnon – In her first year of interschool competition, Hannah had a big win in the 10yrs Girls 2000m event, achieving 9:45min.
  • Kirra Harvey placed 6th in the 11yrs Girls 3000m (15min).

All three of these girls were chosen for the district team to compete in the regional trials. Also, in the 12yrs girls, Brylee Chaplin and Matilda Forbes placed 11th and 15th respectively. Along with Addison, their combined points made PoP the overall champion school in this age group. Thomas Forbes-Schutz placed 9th in the 9yrs Boys in 9:20min, and is a reserve for the district team. Other impressive results were: Abbey Watts 12th in the 10yrs Girls, Kaelan Harvey 18th in the 11yrs Boys and Mateo Viegas 20th in the 12yrs Boys. Well done to all our competitors.

Darren Lawrance
Junior Campus PE and Sport

Senior Campus Sport

Cross Country Carnival

Poor weather and COVID lockdowns tried to derail the cross country carnival this year but thankfully we had a reprieve and were able to hold it on Monday 29 March. After a week or two of rain, it was a relief to wake up to blue skies and sunshine. The carnival was a great opportunity to have both the Junior and Senior school combine for the day to showcase their running ability.

The eventual winners, Bradman, came out of nowhere to secure the shield with Jackson taking second place, Laver third and Fraser in fourth position.

Congratulations to the following students who were our Age Champions on the day:

8 yrs – Katie Richardson and Sebastian Green

9 yrs – Rosezen Johnston and William Thomas

10 yrs – Hannah McKinnon and Thomas Forbes-Schutz

11 yrs – Sophie Griffin and Kaelan Harvey

12 yrs – Addison Houslip and Hannes Forbes-Schutz

13 yrs – Nicole Montgomery and Jackson Vidler

14 yrs – Chloe Noon and Lewyn Turnell

15 yrs – Molly Nicholls and Ned Dyer

16 yrs – Heidi Noon and Jonas Forbes-Schutz

17yrs and above – Talitha Montgomery and Mattias Forbes-Schutz

Congratulations to all runners who competed on the day. A special thank you has to go to all the Senior School students who helped make the carnival such a success. It was wonderful to see so many volunteers willing to run the course again (and again!) with the Junior School students. They definitely appreciated the support and encouragement.

And finally, a huge thank you to all staff involved. The day would not have run as smoothly as it did without the support of all members. Special mention to Mr Norman Russell, who went above and beyond to assist in the lead up to, and on the day of the carnival.

Australian Junior Track and Field Championships

During the Easter break, PoP had a number of students travel to Sydney to participate in the Australian Junior Track and Field Championships. Freya Forbes-Schutz competed in the steeplechase, finishing in 12th position. Jonas Forbes-Schutz also completed in the steeplechase event and ran a personal best time to finish in 19th place. Mattias Forbes-Schutz competed in two events, the 800m and steeplechase. He came 16th overall in the 800m and 11th in the steeplechase, again running a personal best time. Georgia Hopwood qualified for the 80m Hurdles final and finished in 8th position. She also competed in the 100m event and finished within the top 35. Heidi Noon competed in the 800m, placing 17th overall.  A massive congratulations to all these students! What wonderful achievements at a high level event!

BOSBL Round 1

Our senior boys’ basketball team played in the first round of the Brisbane Outer Schools Basketball League last week. They came up against Grace Lutheran College, Rothwell. The game started well with the PoP boys leading by as much as 10 points coming into the end of the first quarter. The Grace team were strong opposition though and closed the gap over the next two quarters to cut the lead down to 4 leading into the final 8 minutes. Our boys showed great skill, ability and composure to keep the opposition at bay and secure the win 34-30. A fantastic team effort by all! Special mention to Harry Jones, who was unstoppable in the key, Keenan Kapp who defended beautifully and moved the ball down court quickly and Ben Fingland who hit some nice long range jumpers to give the team the early lead.

Gabby Collman
Senior Campus Sports Coordinator

Music and the Arts

Junior Campus Music News

Junior’s “Arts” Night — Tuesday 18 May

All Year 1-3 students, parents and caregivers are invited to our first ever “Arts Night”.  Art work created during Term 1 and Media Arts in Term 2 (so far) in lessons with Mrs Rebecca Rees will be on display.  This will be followed by performances by The Junior Choir, Junior Band and the Percussion Ensemble.

This will be held in the Shed from 5:30pm to view artwork and the concert will begin at 6pm. Further information will be provided asap.

A similar evening for the upper school (Senior Choir, Honours Choir, Soloists) will be presented on Tuesday 8 June.

Percussion Ensemble

Thank you to our percussion tutor, Mr Darryl Bowers, for organising the drum line to march at the Senior Campus Anzac Day Service on Friday morning.

Three students from the Junior Campus, Oliver, Joseph and Isla, joined the Seniors for the first time. It was a truly special way to start the service.

Should you have any questions about the instrumental, choral or classroom music program on the Junior Campus, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sherree Cudney
Junior Campus Music

Senior Campus Music News

Preparation is well under way for our first ensemble concert in over a year. Put this date in your diary as it will be a great night with over 100 students performing in a variety of styles and genre. All of our new tutors will be there and several new ensembles will be presenting for the first time. Jazz, Rock, Classical, Folk, Pop… whatever your style, there will be a special performance for you! Plus you will be supporting the wonderful students who have dedicated so much time and love to the preparation of this material week after week.

Please ensure that you have organised your Music Uniforms so that you look as good as you sound!

Thank you to the students in Vocalese who sang an Easter reflection at worship this week and also to the students in the Senior Choir and Percussion Ensemble (including members from the Junior Campus) who brought their thoughtful and rousing presence to the Senior Campus ANZAC Commemoration Ceremony.

Stay tuned for more…

Linda Brady
Senior Campus Curriculum Leader of Music and Coordinator of Extra-Curricular Music

Church News & Notices


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Please keep an eye on the Prince of Peace Church Facebook page for service updates.

Community News and Notices

Uniform Shop

The uniform shop is located on the Junior Campus – park opposite reception and follow the signs to the shop under the Year 3 building.   We carry all items of Prince of Peace uniform for both Junior and Senior campus, including lunch bags, soccer socks, food technology aprons, Chess Club and Music uniforms.   The shop is open 7.30am to 9.30am Tuesdays and 2.00pm to 4.00pm Thursdays during term time.  Orders can be placed anytime from The School Locker Website with either home or school delivery (PICK UP option).  If you would like items delivered to your child’s class, please enter your child’s name and class in the second address line and items can be delivered to your child’s teacher.

In addition, The School Locker has a super-store located at 5-6 Burke Crescent, North Lakes, which is open 8.30am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday and 9.00am to 3.00pm Saturdays.  The School Locker aims to be a “one-stop shop” for school supplies – carrying all items of Prince of Peace uniform, plus school shoes, generic stationery, technology including Apple Tech Service department, instrumental, and sporting equipment.  We are happy to match prices with any Australian suppliers so please check out our range.

Music Students: Black choir pants are now available in sizes 10 – 16 as well as the music/choir shirt in sizes 6 – 2XL.

Junior Winter Uniform Options: Boys formal – optional trouser, unisex knit pullover; girls formal – navy opaque tights, unisex knit pullover.

Unisex Sport: Zip track jacket and track pants.

Senior Winter Uniform Options: Boys formal – optional long pants, unisex knit pullover and unisex blazer Year 10-12; girls formal – optional long pants, navy opaque tights with the skirt, unisex knit pullover, and unisex blazer Year 10-12.

Unisex Sport: Zip track jacket and track pants.

Senior Campus: We have belts available for $15 each.

Student Umbrellas:  We now have Shelta brand compact umbrellas for students available in navy or black for $15 as well as clear raincoats for $19.95.  PoP logo golf size umbrellas are available for parents for $26.

Second Hand: If you wish to buy or sell second hand uniforms, please visit our very active PoP Second Hand Uniform Buy & Sell Facebook group.

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