Term 2 Week 2 | 26 April 2023
College News


As is traditional, Prince of Peace took part at the Gaythorne RSL ANZAC Day morning service, along with many of our neighbouring schools, and of course the local community.  We were very well represented, as always, by around 50 of our students across the breadth of ages, as well as a good number of parents and staff.  While there were a few dribbles of rain before the service and march got underway, the morning and time spent in reflection, together, of the service and sacrifices of our Service Personnel in the security and defence and of our country was absolutely beautiful and a blessing for our students to be a part of.

Thank you to all those students and their families for rising early to take part, and thank you, once again, to Norm Russell and our College staff for their time and energies in organising our participation in the event.

On Monday, a service was held at both our Middle and Senior Campus in the morning, as well as one at the Junior Campus in the afternoon.  As we look to continue to do more as a ‘College’, it was fantastic to have a number of our secondary students take part in the Junior Campus service as well as their own, with cadets, choir and strings ensemble.  Many Junior students also contributed to the service.  We are very blessed to have so many talented students across the College that are willing to share and serve with their gifts.

Chaplain Installation

In just over a week’s time on Sunday May 7 we will be installing our new College Chaplain, Reilly Brown, in conjunction with the church at their weekly morning service at 9am.  The congregation, at this time, will also pray for and affirm all of our College staff in their roles and as part of the wider service of the Lutheran Church, as they do yearly.  If you are able, all are very welcome to come along and support Reilly and our entire staff in their roles of service and work in our community.  A Morning tea ‘BBQ Brunch’ will follow the service.

Every blessing for the week ahead.

Simon Hughes
Head of College


Our College community has been incredibly blessed by the spirit of service which has been exemplified in P&FA activities in 2022. The team worked hard over the past 12 months to continue building on the community spirit within the College, and ran several very successful events including the Scholastic Book Club, Mothers’ Day Stall, Cookie Dough Fundraiser, Fathers’ Day Stall, Prep Plates, Fluorescent Disco, Scholastic Book Fair, Pancakes for Shrove Tuesday and the Junior Campus Tuckshop. Each of these events had a primary focus on developing a sense of school community. Financially, they have raised over $37000.

Stalls, Cookie Dough, Book Club, Book Fair

The tireless efforts of Andrea Rhind coordinating the Stalls, Scholastic Book Club, Cookie Dough Fundraiser and Scholastic Book Fair is greatly appreciated. The number of hours Andrea dedicates to fundraising for our school are truely staggering. In 2022, our stalls raised $12000, cookie dough fundraiser raised $2500, and book clubs/fair raised over $3000 which was reinvested back into our libraries.

Junior Campus Tuckshop

In the Tuckshop Annette Jacobs and her team provided nutritious, delicious food for our children eleven times throughout 2022, and raised $19053.83 in funds. There have been many volunteers at Tuckshop, however several ladies have continually supported Annette in her efforts and we thank them for their dedicated service. Four ladies have volunteered for the entire four years: Emma Nicolls (coordinating desserts), Suzanne Webb (running low gluten), Joy McKinnon and Ariane McKinnon. Special mention also to Ainsley Hellen, Amber Dean, Emma Watson, Kylie O’Flynn for constantly volunteering in 2022, among others. While we have referred special lunches for the past few years as ‘Tuckshop’, it has always been a volunteer run service for our primary aged students.  It may look different moving forward, but we are excited that Emma Nicolls has volunteered to run special lunches for our Junior Campus students in 2023, and we thank her for her continued service.


The constraints of COVID have not allowed for a disco for many years, however 2022 allowed for its return. Emma Nicolls and Joy McKinnon organised a wonderful night of fluorescent dancing to the beats of DJ Steve. Not only did our Junior Campus students have an amazing night of fun, but parents were able to connect either via volunteering or by visiting the Green Room during the event. Profit of $1223 was raised and donated to Australian Lutheran World Service.

Pancakes for Shrove Tuesday

The inaugural Pancakes for Shrove Tuesday event ran on 21st February 2023 at both Junior and Senior Campuses. A modest profit is expected to be donated to Australian Lutheran World Service. We hope this is the first of many Pancake days to come, and thank the Junior Campus coordinator Amber Dean, and Senior Campus coordinator Annette Burns.

P&FA Investments 2022

Some of the key investments we have made in 2022 as a P&FA are:

  • $4466 to contribute to the purchase of a new freezer for the Junior Campus Tuckshop
  • $25000 for the purchase and installation of chilled water coolers at the Junior Campus – from Junior Campus Tuckshop Profits 2019-2022. These were installed over the Easter break and our children are already enjoying the benefits.
  • a pledge of $10000 for the purchase and installation of sensory play stations at the Junior Campus – from Junior Campus Tuckshop Profits 2019-2022
  • a pledge of $33689.18 for the purchase and installation of large fans in the Junior Campus Shed – from Junior Campus Tuckshop Profits 2019-2022 ($11663.93), coffee cart sales ($2025.25) and Mothers’/Fathers’ Day Stalls income ($20000)


In closing I’d like to thank all of the incredible people I have worked with over the past year. Special thanks to our executive team of Suzanne Webb (Vice-President) and Billy Govan (Treasurer). A special mention to Billy for his 10 years of service to the P&FA in 2022.

We welcome our new committee members for 2023.

  • President: Rebecca Hitchenson
  • Vice President: Andrea Rhind
  •  Secretary: Amber Dean
  • Treasurer: Billy Govan

Rebecca Hitchenson
P&FA President

Mother’s Day Stalls

Gifts will be available for purchase, ranging from $1-$15, EFTPOS available

Senior Campus -Thursday 4 May

Junior campus – Wednesday 10 May and Thursday 11 May 2023

Calling All Bakers and Volunteers for help!

Baked goods ideas — fudge, cookies, slice, chocolate crackles, muffins etc (small portions).

If you would like to donate baked goods for this event, please package them, label with ingredients included and deliver them to Reception on the morning of the event.

Volunteers needed to assist in running these events, please contact Andrea on 0412597644 or Rebecca on 0418193030 if you are able to help out for any part of the day at either campus.

Scholastic Bookclub Orders

The next Scholastic Bookclub Issue orders are due back from Kindy-Year 9 students by Wednesday 3 May 2023.

Junior Campus News

PoP Break Time Activities and 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 playground re-opening, our students can access a variety of other areas and activities throughout the week. This week, the Year 6 student leaders are also starting their lunchtime activities.

  • STEM activities
  • Kick Tennis
  • Dance
  • Drawing
  • Capture the Flag
  • Lego challenges.

Our break times are busy and there is so much choice. We have popped some timetables in and around the different areas to help students know what is scheduled, you can download it here, and we have also put a copy of the updated Activities in the Portal section of SEQTA.

Kindy to Year 2 Fun Run

A huge thank you to our wonderful PE teacher Mrs Schneider, for organsing such a wonderful event. The weather was fabulous for running, the student participation excellent and the wonderful encouragement from parents and family members highlighted our special PoP community. A special shout out to the Kindy who joined us for the first time at this event. Their pre-race warmup was super cute.

Junior Campus Learning Expo — Thursday 11 May from 3:00pm to 5:30pm

Join us at the Junior Campus Learning Expo to celebrate and discover the enriching learning experiences of our students. This is your chance to witness firsthand the Inquiry Learning Units that our students have been immersed in, from Prep to Year 6 classrooms.

But it’s not just about viewing the students’ work, as parents and carers play a crucial role in our school community by actively sharing in the learning experiences. By visiting other areas of the Junior Campus, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of your child’s learning journey and the value of what they’re learning.

We encourage you to engage beyond the products or the things that have been made, and ask questions to understand the skills and learning that were developed. Flyer handouts will guide you with suggested questions to ask the students in each learning area, helping them see their accomplishments through new eyes and celebrate all parts of the learning, including the successes, mistakes, perseverance, and frustrations. It is often through struggles and imperfection that the best and most meaningful learning occurs.

Aside from exploring the learning areas, you can also watch a sneak preview of the College Musical, Shrek at The Shed at 5:00 pm and enter the Shrek Musical Ticket competition by answering questions on the back of the classroom flyer.

And if you’re feeling hungry, we have food trucks – Doin Donuts, Coffee Royal, and Sate House near the Green Room. We look forward to seeing you and discovering the learning journeys together!

Thank you to our Facilities Team

The past few months have been busy with the Facilities Team scheduling work and ticking off tasks and maintenance across the College. It is easy to underestimate the patience required to organise trades and specialists so I wanted to say a huge thank you to this team and the pride that they take in their work. While I will not mention everything, here are just a few:

  • New music pods, landscaping and deck as pictured above
  • Painting in the Year 5 classrooms and Music room
  • Playground work
  • Installation of chilled water coolers (P&F Initiative)
  • Removal of the building by The Shed

Welcome Mrs Astred Norton

I am delighted to announce that Mrs. Norton has accepted the position of Year 1MB teacher for the remainder of the 2023 school year.

She brings with her a wealth of experience in classroom teaching and more recently working as a Deputy.

You may have seen her sporting a very classy Laver coloured superman cape at the recent Kindy to Year 2 Fun Run.

We Will Remember Them

On Monday, the students of the Junior Campus gathered to remember and recognise the service of the men and women of our Defence Forces. Then on Tuesday, some of our students joined the hundreds gathered together at the Gaythorne RSL ANZAC Service to pay their respects.

In the lead up to Anzac Day, our staff readily accept the opportunity to help students learn and understand the importance and significance of this day. The service of the men and women of our Defence Forces is something we will forever remember and be grateful for. Lest we forget!

Anne-Marie Schmidt
Head of Campus – Junior

Welcome to Term 2 – The Importance of Relationship

Welcome back to yet another exciting term at PoP! How wonderful it is to be back and see the smiling faces of our students and the boundless energy that they bring. Being in the Playground and seeing the students building huts, creating games, caring for animals and demonstrating our PoP values has been absolutely amazing!

We are so blessed to have such a wonderful community and the Bible teaches us that an important part of community is being in relationship with others. John 15:12 states ‘My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you’. In the Gospel of Luke 6:31 Christ reminds us to ‘Do to others as you would have them do to you’.

This brings us to the third R in our PoP 4 R’s; Relationship. We are created to be in relationship with God and with one another. Relationships allow us to be in community with one another. Healthy relationships with your friends and family members can enhance your life and make everyone feel good about themselves. Positive relationships with peers are also important for children’s social and emotional development. When children have friends who they can trust and rely on, they are more likely to feel a sense of belonging and connection. This can help reduce feelings of loneliness and isolation, which can contribute to mental health problems.

They don’t just happen though; healthy relationships take time to build and need work to keep them healthy. The more positive effort you put into a relationship, the healthier it should be. People who are in healthy relationships talk to each other regularly and listen to each other too. Misunderstandings can happen, and that can lead to people being upset, hurt or confused.

How can we help our children to have positive relationships?

  • Encourage communication: Encourage your children to communicate with each other. Listen to their concerns and help them express their feelings in a constructive way.
  • Foster cooperation: Encourage your children to work together on projects and tasks. This can help them learn to cooperate and build trust with each other.
  • Avoid comparisons: Avoid comparing your children to each other. Each child is unique and has their own strengths and weaknesses.
  • Set clear boundaries: Set clear rules and boundaries for behavior in the home. This can help reduce conflict and promote respect for each other.
  • Encourage empathy: Help your children understand how their actions can impact others. Encourage them to consider how others may feel and to be empathetic towards each other.
  • Plan fun activities: Plan activities that your children can do together. This can help them bond and build positive memories with each other.
  • Be a positive role model: Model positive behaviors and attitudes in your interactions with your children. This can help them learn how to communicate and interact positively with others.

Building relationships can be difficult for both parents and children alike. However, they are a critical part of our lives and play an important role in our children’s social and emotional development. As parents, we can help our children develop positive relationships by being present, modeling healthy relationships, encouraging communication, providing opportunities for socialising, teaching social skills, and seeking help if needed.


Coreta Lennon
Deputy Head of Campus – Junior

Middle & Senior Campus News

A Time to Reflect, Remember and Give Thanks

In 1915, newspapers used the words bravery, courage, skill, and camaraderie to describe the first ANZACs and these soldiers have shaped Australia’s story and inspired many men and women to respond to the call to serve in the Defence Forces. On Monday 24 April and Tuesday 25 April we have gathered as a community in Anzac Day Services and Marches, in memory of all the brave men and women, heroes we have lost. We have prayed for them and their families and laid wreaths to keep their stories alive in this generation.

We also give thanks to the men and women who are serving today in the Defence Forces in protecting the freedoms that we have. We pray for peace within the Ukraine and the brave souls who are standing up for justice. We are thankful to the defence families within the Prince of Peace community and pray for their safety as they fulfill their vocation of service in the world.

We were thankful as a community to collaborate with our defence families, cadets, musicians, Gaythorne RSL, student leaders, staff, Chaplain Reilly Brown, and Ally Butler (Defence Family Mentor) to have all these voices and perspectives shared in our ANZAC Day Services on the Middle & Senior and Junior Campus.

We were proud of our students, staff and families who also attended the Gaythorne RSL ANZAC Day Service and March, together with local government and council members, Defence Forces representatives, schools, sporting community clubs and churches.

May we live our lives inspired by the faith that the ANZACs have shown us. Lest we forget.

Year 11 Leadership Camp — Emu Gully

Sarah Hoff-Zweck
Head of Campus – Middle and Senior

Upcoming Dates for Term 2

Please find the remaining dates for Term 2 events to assist in your planning. The dates are also recorded on the College Calendar which is located at the bottom of each newsletter, or via the top menu bar on the College website.

4 May: Mother’s Day Stall P and F (Middle and Senior Campus)

9 May: Year 9 Mt Binga Camp Parent Evening

18 and 19 May: College Musical – Shrek

25 May: Middle and Senior Campus Open Morning

26 May: National Sorry Day. Year 10 Careers Expo Excursion

30 May: Year 9 to 11 2024 Subject Expo Evening

23 June: Middle and Senior Campus Sports Day

Word for Week 2 — Responsibility

God’s Word for Week 2 on the Middle and Senior Campus relating to our 4R Value of Responsibility comes from James 1:19-21

My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this:

Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.

Being quick to listen and slow to speak or be angry reminds us that we need to take responsibility for our words and actions. Behaving responsibly requires us to have and use self-awareness and self-management skills.  Our students are developing these skills every day in classes, around Campus and when representing PoP College. Here are the specific responsibility behaviours we want our Middle and Senior students to demonstrate:

Students are setting goals to behave responsibly as learners in all classes, with students recording in SEQTA their personal responsibility goals to bring all correct equipment to each class, follow instructions and routines in class, engage in and contribute to learning, and stay on task.  Goal setting is a study skill that is important for all students to create intrinsic motivation for lifelong learning and to feel a sense of achievement from personal effort.

The MSC Student Leadership Council (SLC) meet every fortnight on Monday at lunch break to discuss student issues, share student voice and provide Service Learning to our community.

The SLC have decided to support Orange Sky Australia also known as Orange Sky Laundry, providing clothes washing and shower facilities for many Australians experiencing homelessness.

Our Orange Snack Day raised almost $250 to donate and we will be coming up with other ways we can show support and service to this valuable organisation that started in Brisbane.

Peace to you,

Melissa Graham
Director of Wellbeing – Middle & Senior Campus

Sports Score

Junior Campus Sport

Kindy – Year 2 Fun Run

Our Kindy – Year 2 Fun Run was a BUZZ last Wednesday; so many smiles whilst running the course brought out the sunshine and some funky dance moves.

Thank you to all our wonderful family spectators who attended to support our little runners. Place getters (1st, 2nd and 3rd) and final results will be presented at assembly, on Monday 8 May.

North District Cross Country Trial

Best wishes to our selected 36 students attending the 10-12 year North District Cross Country Trial this Friday 28 April at Teralba Park, 8:15am-11:45am.

Run strong, run steady!

Year 4 – 6 NISSA Gala Day

YEAR 4 -6 NISSA Gala Day training preparations commenced last week for competition next Friday 5 May.

This will be our last Tee-ball, Touch Football and Basketball fixtures for the Semester.

Brisbane Roar Active Program

Brisbane Roar Active Program will commence at PoP Junior Campus Oval Week 4 Monday 8 May 3:15pm-4:15pm.

It will be catering to all levels and abilities, boys and girls aged 5 – 12 years old, with emphasis on improving players skills across various fun technical sessions and games.

Sign up now via the QR code in the flyer!

Jessica Schneider
Junior Campus PE Teacher & Sport Coordinator

Middle & Senior Campus Sport

Year 3-12 Inter-house Cross Country Carnival Results

The annual Cross Country Carnival was held at Teralba Park during the last week of Term 1 this year. Despite the hot weather, the students were unbelievable in their attendance and participation during the day. As is the culture at PoP, it was wonderful to again see the students in the senior school running alongside the primary school students as they navigated the course, for some of them, their first time. Likewise, the primary students could be heard from the other side of the park as they encouraged all students to run to the best of their ability! Congratulations to the following students who were named Age Champions on the day.

  • 8 yrs – Sofia Humphreys and Braxton Webster
  • 9 yrs – Nicola Burling and Charlie Bliesner
  • 10 yrs – Katie Richardson and Joshua Sullivan
  • 11 yrs – Rosezen Johnston and Micah Shaw
  • 12 yrs – Hannah McKinnon and Thomas Forbes-Schutz
  • 13 yrs – Sienna Chen and Finn Sorpassa
  • 14 yrs – Sienna Jones and Hannes Forbes-Schutz
  • 15 yrs – Georgia East and Isaac Chen
  • 16 yrs – Freya Forbes-Schutz and Dylan Turley
  • 17 yrs – Charlotte Scott and Zach Fraser
  • 18 yrs – Grace Doyle and Jonas Forbes-Schutz

It was a closely fought competition between all houses throughout the day and it was only the participation results from Jackson house that put them over the line.

  • 1st – Jackson (835 points)
  • 2nd – Bradman (830 points)
  • 3rd – Fraser (747 points)
  • 4th – Laver (613 points)

NISSA Results and Draw Platform

As we enter into the second half of our first NISSA season, our students continue to develop their skills and abilities in their chosen sport. Staff have been very pleased with the improvement that they have seen over such a short period of time. We are playing against schools that have been actively involved in Interschool competitions for the past few years so to see that we are competitive against these bigger schools is an impressive feat.

NISSA have just released this online platform where all draws and results can be accessed.

The results on this site will be updated weekly. If you have any issues accessing the site, please get in touch.

Australian National Athletics Championships

We had three students compete in the National Athletics Championships during the Easter holidays.

Grace Doyle participated in the U20 800m and 1500m events. Grace produced some solid times in each event to finish in 18th and 15th place respectively.

Jonas Forbes-Schutz competed in the U20 3000m steeplechase, coming 7th in his age group, but 12th overall in the race.

Hannes Forbes-Schutz also competed at the championships in the 2000m steeplechase. He finished in 6th position, running a whopping 11 second PB.

These are fabulous results! Our students are up against the best athletes in the country and to produce results and times like they have is a testament to the training and dedication they put into their sport. Well done!

QLD State Basketball Championships

Congratulations to Mitchell Pulvirenti who has been invited to referee at the Queensland State Basketball Championships to be held in May. This is a wonderful achievement. Well done Mitch!

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

Middle & Senior Campus Music News

College Musical

Those children involved in SHREK, our College Musical, have been rehearsing hard and learning all the fun songs for what will be a truly fantastic event.

The College will be presenting three shows during 19-20 May, at the Kedron-Wavell Services Club — 21 Kittyhawk Drive (near Westfield Chermside). Purchase your tickets now.

Our performers were so excited this week to receive their SHREK T-shirts, with a front design created by Mrs Simpson, and the name of the character the student is playing on the back.

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

Church News & Notices


Sunday 30 April

9am Worship

5pm Together@5 

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

Community News and Notices

2023 Convention of Synod Art Competition

Calling all artists and aspiring artists!

The Lutheran Lay People’s League in conjunction with the Lutheran Church of Australia Qld District will be hosting an art competition at this year’s 2023 Convention of Synod. The Lutheran Lay People’s League will be sponsoring the LCAQD Synod Art Competition with the aim to inspire and celebrate creativity in the Queensland District.

The deadline for submissions to the Synod Art Competition just a week away, closing on Friday 28 April.

Entrants must consider the Synod theme ‘Called according to God’s purpose’ (Romans 8:28) as part of their submission. There is a selection of age group categories for entrants with cash prizes for each, so that a diverse range of category winning artworks can be displayed during the 2023 Convention of Synod.

For more information please download this PDF »

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