Term 1 Week 2 | 1 February 2023
College News


Greetings and welcome back to Prince of Peace Lutheran College for 2023.

An extended welcome to all of our new families and students who joined us last week.  As they begin their journey with us, we pray that their time here is a very blessed and rewarding one.

After the past few years, it has been fantastic to be able to start the year together, and we are very much looking forward to being able to get back to being in community with one another.

We welcome, also, our new staff, whom we are very excited to have joining us this year:

Mary BergmeierMS – HPE
Wendy BowenMS – Director of Teaching & Learning
Luciane CantyMS – Spanish
Mary-Ann CaslinMS – Business & English
Amy DuncansonJ – Year 1
Rechelle GaylerJ – The Arts
William GordonMS – Maths & Science
Melissa GrahamMS – Director of Wellbeing & Student Support
Halim NataprawiraMS – Spanish & Indonesian
Ashoo RajputMS – Maths & Science
Stefan RichardsMS – Science
Marcus SaastamoinenICT Support
Jessica SchneiderJ – HPE
Natalie SkinnerJ – Year 1
Marie Van VuurenMS – English & Humanities
Benjamin WhiteMS – English & Humanities

At the very end of 2022, we were notified that Pastor Mark would be finishing his time with us at the College.  During his time of service here Pastor Mark made many positive connections with our students and families, supporting them pastorally in a number of ways.  We thank him for his service to our community and wish him God’s blessings in his future ministry.  We are currently advertising for a Chaplain to join the College in that pastoral support role and hope to see the commencement of that position later this term.

Settling into School

For new students who have commenced at the College and, in fact for continuing students who may be undertaking new subjects or have different teachers, the new year always has the possibility of creating a degree of anxiety and uncertainty.  If you feel your child is experiencing difficulty with settling in this year, I encourage you to contact your child’s Class or Pastoral Care teacher early – even just to touch base.  The sooner we can respond to any concerns, the less anxious a child will be.  Hopefully you are able, or have been able to make it to your child’s information evening this week and I really encourage you to come along to these sessions if you can.  Our Junior School classes will also be touching base with families as a way to get to know about your child in the coming weeks.

NISSA – Northern Independent Schools Sporting Association

For the past few years our Junior School have been part of NISSA, which has seen our students out several times a year enjoying different forms of sport and fun competition with several other schools in our northern-Brisbane neighbourhood.  Over the past two years, these schools have been working towards the commencement of a new competition for our Year 7 – Year 10 students, initially. This will see us returning to weekly sport on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons for several seasons across the year.

To celebrate the beginning of this new competition, and to further embed the relationships between our schools that have been established over the past few years, a representation of our students from Junior, Middle and Senior years were part of the Commencement Worship Service, held at The Lakes College on Tuesday 31 January.  Around 10-15 students each from Prince of Peace, Grace Lutheran College, Grace Lutheran Primary School, The Lakes College and Genesis College (who are the current and founding NISSA schools) were able to meet as community together, all taking part in the service and sharing lunch together afterwards.

2022 – Year 12

It was wonderful to see another strong year of academic results for our 2022 cohort of Year 12s, and we are really proud of the achievements and results they received through their hard work and effort across many years.  From the data we received, we can see we had 6 students achieve ATARs above 95 and around 28% of the cohort with an ATAR above 90.  Nearly half of the cohort received an ATAR above 80.  A wonderful achievement!

The destinations change from year to year: this year we see 18 students being offered a place at QUT, and the areas of Health and Natural/Physical Sciences highly sought, with 16 offered spots in those areas.  We wish them all the best as they begin the next phase of life and learning this year.

Every blessing for the week ahead.

Simon Hughes
Head of College


Keeping You in the Loop

Throughout the year the College will communicate with you using a range of methods including SEQTA, phone, letter, email or in person; these avenues will be used for important, urgent or time-sensitive information.

In addition there are many other avenues we use to keep our families up to date with what is happening around the College: 


SEQTA is the Learning Management System that we utilise as the primary form of communication between the College and parents/caregivers.

Teachers and Admin staff use this platform to send direct messages and notices, notify of assessments, results, student timetables and reports. Parents/caregivers can liaise with teachers; all correspondence is archived within the system.

SEQTA Engage App for iPhones »

SEQTA Engage App for Android Phones »

Social Websites

Our Facebook and Instagram pages are constantly updated with posts, photos, notices and videos covering the buzz of activity happening around the College.  Please ‘Follow’ our pages, and be sure to like, comment and share posts with the rest of our fabulous PoP community.

We also maintain a Facebook group dedicated to our PoP Alumni, and we advertise Employment Opportunities at the College on our LinkedIn page.

Did you know— Our very active Second Hand Uniform Buy & Sell Facebook group is a great place to buy/sell second hand uniforms or post your ‘uniform items I need’ list.

PoP Website

Find latest information on book lists, term dates, uniforms, student portal links, Kindy details, club information, OSHC details, bus services and more.

The ‘Services’ section is a good place to start your browsing.


The fortnightly online newsletter you are reading keeps our families up-to-date with latest news, sporting results, music events, uniform details, community updates and more. View the current POPCORN via the link in the Website ‘MyPoP’ Parent Portal, or browse previous editions in the POPCORN Archives here »

To ensure you will never miss a newsletter, as each edition is released we notify our families via SEQTA, Facebook, email and our College App.

Online Calendar

The online College calendar is kept up to date listing all important College events and activities. You can even use it to save events directly to your personal calendar with a simple click. Access the Calendar via the button at the very top of our website Home page, from the College App, or find it at the bottom of each edition of POPCORN.

Mobile App

Receive reminders and notifications of College events, notify us of student absences, read newsletters, contact the College and more.  Download the app to your phone for free via the App Store (Apple devices), or from Google Play (Android devices) by searching for ‘Prince of Peace Lutheran College’.   Show me how»

Did you know? You can set your app to give you notifications that are relevant only to your child’s year level/s?  It takes just a few seconds, and the beginning of the school year is a great time to set it, especially if you still have it set to using to last-year’s settings!  Show me how»

‘MyPoP’ Parent Portal

The ‘MyPoP’ section of our College website is the place to visit for parent-related resources such as time tables, term dates, photo galleries of College events etc.  It can be accessed from the ‘MyPoP’ button at the very top of our website Home page.

Some sections are password protected, if you are unsure of the password please send me an email.

College Signage

Keep an eye on our College digital signage for details of upcoming events and College notices.

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions regarding any of methods we use to communicate with you, don’t hesitate to contact me.

Matthew Noon
Communications Officer

Giving Thanks for a Wonderful Year at PoP

Welcome back to another great year at PoP! This time last year, we were in the midst of At Home Learning and the uncertainty of the year loomed. The change from the ordinary meant that we had to do things differently and adapt to a new way of establishing those beginning of year partnerships. Thankfully, 2023 has provided us with a greater sense of normalcy and the return to school has been energising and exciting. Staff, students and their families are able to be in community again and we are establishing strong connections which will see us through the year.

At Prince of Peace, positive relationships are fundamental, nurturing the God given potential of each child. Every community member is a unique child of God, worthy of love and forgiveness. Positive relationships create a safe, supportive and caring environment that is conducive to learning and high expectations, and where students, teachers and parents/carers can work in partnership.
Through Powerful Partnerships we value the Pillars of Honouring Relationships – Respect, Responsibility, Relationships, Restoration.

During our Professional Development Week, PoP staff participated in learning how to establish and foster positive relationships as a whole college. From our staff modelling these values, our students are able to better understand what these values, look like, feel like and sound like every day at school.

This week as we welcomed back our children, teachers used the Four R’s to establish what should be common practice when we are learning and interacting within our school community. Students were then reminded that these values are not just for school but can also be transferred to other settings.

We encourage families to discuss these concepts with their child/ren and see how they can be shown at home. We look forward to partnering with you this year and beyond.


Coreta Lennon (Deputy Head of Campus – Junior) and Melissa Graham (Director of Wellbeing)

Prep 2024 interviews starting soon

If you wish to enrol your child for Prep 2024 and haven’t lodged your application as yet, please do as interviews are starting late February and will continue throughout Semester One, 2023.

Applications are to be completed online via our website.

If you have any questions, please contact Donna Cook at enrolments@princeofpeace.qld.edu.au or email dcook@princeofpeace.qld.edu.au

Scholastic Bookclub Issue 1

The Scholastic Bookclub is for Kindy-Year 9.

Orders are due in next Wednesday 8 February.  Take advantage of the free book giveaway, spend:

  • $30- 1 free book
  • $50- 2 free books
  • $70- 3 free books

Junior Campus News

It has been so good to see you again

I can’t express enough the joy and excitement of seeing smiling faces, shiny new shoes and hearing about the wonderful times that occurred during the holidays.  Our Junior Campus comes to life with a hum of learning, chatter amongst friends and the sound of basketball, handball and soccer.  While the staff were super busy leading up to the first day, it is never quite the same until the children arrive.  School is back and we love it!

After a few years of COVID starts, lockdowns and even last year when we began the year with learning at home, I am grateful for the noise, excitement and opportunity to gather with each other.  School life feels more normal as we enjoy being together, playing sport, planning for swimming lessons and excursions.

Simon Hughes has welcomed our new staff to the Junior Campus, who are simply amazing and I too welcome then to our community. I know you will make them feel welcome also.

Amy Duncanson

Jessica Schneider

Natalie Skinner

Rechelle Gayler

Marcus Saastamoinen

Reach Out and Say Hello! Let’s Check in on Each Other

Every year Prince of Peace is blessed with a growing number of new families. It is a privilege to welcome them all into our community officially. My encouragement to all families is to ‘reach out and say hello to someone you may not know.’ You never know when your smile, quick check in, or offer to assist with the car door, may spark just the light that someone needed in their day.

The Parent Information Nights that have been occurring this week have been an excellent time to hear about learning but also connect with other families. The format this year was designed to foster connection with each other and build community especially after the COVID years.  As the weeks and months begin to tick by, let me encourage you to check in on one another, and our staff.

This simple act helps to shine Christ’s love into our community and beyond.

Grounds and Facilities Update on the Junior Campus

Leading up to and during the holiday period our Facilities Team have been busy scheduling work and completing tasks across the College.  Whether it is relocating furniture, shifting lockers, assembling the new basketball hoop or tending to the gardens, I can’t thank them enough for their hard work and dedication to their work.   On the Junior Campus you may have noticed a few of the big things:

  • New Instrumental Music Rooms. These look fabulous and installation will be completed with new decking and paths in the next few weeks.
  • Painting of the Year 1 classroom block.
  • The Lower Car Park Ring Road completed on time. While we are adjusting to the new procedures I ask for a patience as we strive to keep children safe.
  • The Playground received its fair share of work during the holidays and I was expecting that it would be open at the start of the year. Unfortunately, there was a delay from the Playground Inspector’s end and now the subsequent report has indicated a couple of things that need addressing. Disappointed doesn’t adequately describe how I feel about this delay but know that student safety always takes precedent in these matters.  I am hopeful that the next time I am talking about the playground, I will include images of kids having fun and Mrs Schmidt using the slide.

Join us for Chapel this Friday

This Friday, our new staff members will be installed at our chapel service beginning at 8:35 AM in the Prince of Peace church. Families are most welcome to join us as we pray for them and all staff at the College.

At our chapel we will also take some time to farewell a long serving teacher of the Junior Campus – Mrs Amanda Langdon. Just before Christmas, Mrs Langdon submitted her resignation to take up a positon supporting Hearing Impaired students with Queensland Education. She will be greatly missed at the College and after 23 years as a teacher at POP, I know many of you will join me in congratulating her on the next steps.

Anne-Marie Schmidt
Head of Campus – Junior

Code Camp

We are so excited to have the Code Camp team come and work with our students on Tuesday afternoons! Our students are having so much fun working through challenges, functions, algorithms, branching, variables, game logic, user experience and maths.

Coding after-school is an 8-week program working on a new project each week—and the fun doesn’t have to stop after class! The students are provided with their very own Code Camp World account which they can use to continue creating at home and to share their projects with family and friends.

If your child missed out on a place for this program, they will be able to register for Term 2; stay tuned later this term for further information on how to register. For more information regarding holiday programs visit https://www.codecamp.com.au/

Learning Through Inquiry

It has been so exciting to sit with staff over the past few weeks to talk about and plan for their Inquiry units for this term. We use a Project Based Learning approach to empower students to explore real-world problems and drive their own learning experience. Instead of receiving information passively, students engage in hands-on investigations to uncover knowledge and develop critical thinking skills.

Advantages of Inquiry Based Learning:

  1. Promotes active engagement
  2. Develops critical thinking
  3. Encourages collaboration and teamwork
  4. Increases student motivation
  5. Fosters a love of learning

Inquiry/Project based learning starts with a question or problem to be solved. Students are provided with resources and tools to help them explore and discover answers and are encouraged to make observations, gather data and form conclusions. This way of learning allows students to present their findings, engage in discussions and build a deeper understanding. Students are encouraged to take charge of their learning and develop critical thinking skills that will serve them well in the future.

I would also like to welcome Angela Irving who will be working with the early years educators to develop and grow their skills in hands-on, inquiry-based teaching and learning.

We can’t wait to share with you the exciting learning and growth that will be happening in our learning spaces this year. Look out for information through your child’s classroom newsletter of their exciting launch events, excursions and celebrations of learning at the end of their project based learning unit.

Let’s learn together!

Rebekah Bruyn
Learning Coach

Middle & Senior Campus News

Building positive relationships and powerful partnerships

We welcome all students, staff, parents, caregivers, and extended family members back to Prince of Peace community in the middle and senior years for 2023. As our staff and students have gathered in forming positive relationships and understanding the God-given potential that lies within each other, we have been focusing on the 4 Rs – Respect, Relationships, Responsibility and Restoration. These values guide the ways in which we interact with each other, serve one other and help each other become the best version of ourselves. We invite parents to utilise this values based language and way of seeing each other in your homes and make real tangible actions towards honouring the 4Rs.

Welcome New Staff

We welcome new staff to our community and hope that many parents will be able to meet these staff along with existing staff at the Parent Information Evening on Wednesday 1 February. If you were unable to make this evening we encourage you to make connections with your child’s teachers. Parent Information Year Level Booklets and Powerpoint presentations are located in the MyPoP portal on our College Website. If you are unsure of the password please email us.

Parent, Teacher, and Student Conversations will be held on Thursday 30 March and Wednesday 19 April and this will be a formal opportunity to connect with your child’s teachers.

Ashoo Rajput

Ben White

Halim Nataprawira

Luciane Canty

Macaulay Kirsopp

Marlie van Vuuren

Mary-Ann Caslin

Melissa Graham

Mary Bergmeier

Stefan Richards

Wendy Bowen

William Gordan

New Teaching Staff for 2023

Christian Studies: Wendy Bowen and Melissa Graham

English: Mary-Ann Caslin, Ben White, Wendy Bowen and Marlie van Vuuren

Humanities: Ben White and Marlie van Vuuren

Legal Studies: Mary-Ann Caslin

Maths: William Gordan and Ashoo Rajput

Science: William Gordan, Ashoo Rajput and Stefan Richards

Health and Physical Education: Mary Bergmeier

Digital Technologies: Macaulay Kirsopp

Spanish: Luciane Canty and Halim Nataprawia

Indonesian: Halim Nataprawia

Learning Enrichment Officer: Lesley Collier

We will formally install new staff into our community on Tuesday 7 February Week 3 at a 7-12 Worship Service in the Pavilion. Parents and friends are welcome to attend this service. Please be seated by 8:20am as the service will commence at 8:30am

Coffee mornings with the Middle and Senior Campus Leadership Team

We would love to spend time with parents and seeking ways to improve the culture of learning and wellbeing at Prince of Peace and build partnerships with parents. The following two Coffee mornings will be occurring on the Middle and Senior Campus for parents to come along and meet the Director of Wellbeing and Behaviour Support – Melissa Graham, Director of Teaching and Learning – Wendy Bowen, Director of QCE – Jonathan Klupp and Head of Campus (Middle and Senior) – Sarah Hoff-Zweck; Monday 27 February and Monday 6 March 8:30am-9:30am. Please RSVP to Sue Noon via email at snoon@princeofpeace.qld.edu.au if you wish to attend.

As we transition in a new year that bring new beginnings, hope, light and changes that we are adapting to, we have been reminding students and staff to focus on what could go right. When we start from a positive and see the hope filled future we have, we recognise each day that we have much to be grateful for.

May these words from Philippians 4:8 give you hope and peace at the start of 2023;

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

Sarah Hoff-Zweck
Head of Campus – Middle and Senior

Sports Score

Middle & Senior Campus Sport

Inter-School Competition 2023

As you are aware, Prince of Peace will be transitioning into an Inter-School Competition in 2023. Northern Independent Schools Sporting Association (NISSA) has been running a primary model since 2019, which PoP have been a part of since 2021. The secondary model will run slightly differently, with weekly fixtures and 2 seasons across Terms 1-3.

Prior to the start of this competition, all Prince of Peace students from Years 7-10 will be required to select either Futsal, Netball, Touch Football or Volleyball as their chosen sport for the season and attend trials for final team selection. This will occur in their allocated sports lessons during Weeks 1-4 of Term 1. Due to numbers and interest, students that miss out on a sport will be able to trial/train for another sport to ensure that we are fielding the required teams.

Once the season begins in Week 5, students will be required to attend 1 training session a week, to be held during 2nd break (students will be able to eat their lunch during this time as well). The day this will occur will be decided on by the staff member in charge of that sport.

The first round of the competition begins in Term 1, Week 5 with the last round occurring in Term 2, Week 5. The first season will run for 11 weeks. This will include finals as well. Students will be transported by bus from school at approximately 12.30pm to various locations on the north side of Brisbane. Please see below:

Netball (boys and girls) — Pine Rivers Netball Association, Lawnton
Futsal (boys and girls) — South Pine Sports Complex, Brendale
Touch Football (boys and girls) — Genesis Christian College, Bray Park
Volleyball (boys) — Grace Lutheran College, Rothwell
Volleyball (girls) — The Lakes College, North Lakes

Game times are as follows;
Game 1: 1.15pm – 1.47pm
Game 2: 1.50pm – 2.22pm

Once all games have been completed, students will return to the campus by 3.05pm. Students will need to ensure that they bring the required uniform for their sport, a hat, water bottle and food (if they wish). Sunscreen will be provided at each location.

Please ensure that you check the notices section on SEQTA regularly as sporting opportunities and information will be advertised in this location.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do get in touch with me via SEQTA message.

Gabby Collman
Sports Coordinator
HPE, Science and Mathematics Teacher

Music and the Arts

Junior Campus Music News

Welcome to another great year in the Music Program.


Junior Campus Choirs will commence in Week 3 (Feb 7 & 8 respectively).

A direct message will be sent via SEQTA to all parents next week, as well as a paper copy to interested students. If the note doesn’t come home, please send me a message in SEQTA.

Rehearsal times are as follows:

Tuesday:  JC Upper Primary Choir (Years 4-6),  7:40am in the Music Room

Wednesday: Pop Junior Voices (Years 2-3), 7:40am in the Music Room

Instrumental Lessons

Instrumental lessons have commenced but there are limited places for strings, woodwind and percussion.  Guitar & Piano are full at this time so a wait list has been started.  Contact me for further details.

Ensembles will start at the discretion of the tutors.  If your child wishes to be part of an ensemble, but learns an instrument outside of school, please contact me for details.

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

Sherree Cudney
Junior Campus Music

Church News & Notices


Sunday 5 February

9am Worship

Youth@PoP — 3:30 to 5pm

5pm Together@5 

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

Community News and Notices

Useful Links

College Calendar

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