Term 4 Week 2 | 11 October 2023
College News


Shalom! One of my favourite traditional Jewish greetings, I bring to the beautiful Prince of Peace community. I give genuine thanks to God, for the unique privilege and opportunity to connect with students, teachers and even some of the parents of PoP. The psychologists tell us that first impressions are important and that they occur very quickly. If I may, my first impressions of Prince of Peace reassure me (and I hope others) that Lutheran Education in Queensland is indeed alive and well. To be warmly welcomed, by such generosity of spirit is such an encouragement that authentic Christian faith in schools does indeed make a noticeable difference. Praise God!

I do hope that the recent holiday break has afforded everyone a decent chance to rest and renew, although by the time you read this, that holiday feeling is probably a distant memory. Nevertheless, there is much to look forward to at PoP in Term 4. For example, there is much excitement at the Middle and Senior Campus with the opening of the new auditorium and reopening up of movement around the school grounds following construction completion. This is an amazing new facility, and the community will be richly blessed for many years to come. And of course, on the Junior Campus there is excitement around the commencement of swimming lessons and the arrival of the new Prep students.

Please join me praying for our Year 12’s as they hit the home straight, in preparation for their External Exams. We wish them well and every success as they celebrate all of the ‘lasts’ as they track towards the important milestone of their senior graduation.

Finally, I’ll conclude, as I started, with a simple thank you to the PoP community, for such a friendly welcome. I am looking forward to working with you in the term ahead and pray God will richly bless our time together.

“Then he said to them, “Whoever welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. For it is the one who is least among you all who is the greatest.”

Every blessing for the week ahead.

Warren Irvine
Acting Head of College

Cultural Awards

As the College Awards are being finalised, we realise there are many students who participate in cultural activities outside of school.  This may include performances in dance schools, choirs, theatre companies, art competitions and eisteddfods.

Please note that as per previous communication the Cultural Awards criteria has changed from previous years.

The Cultural Awards are as follows:

College Cultural Ambassador of the Year

  • The award will be presented to the student who makes the most outstanding contribution and commitment to the cultural program of the College and in the wider community. The student will have shown consistently, excellence in performance in Music or Drama or Visual Arts.

Cultural - Gold

  • All recipients will need to display a consistently superior level of leadership, skill and commitment within that activity.
  • These awards will be given in the areas of Drama, Music, Visual Arts, Dance, Debating or Public Speaking, or other cultural pursuits including participation in more than 2 cultural endeavours at the College.  This includes but is not limited to Choir, Ensembles, College Musicals and Instrumental Music.
  • Evidence of performance and commitment to the Arts in the wider community at a high level. This may include participation in a State orchestra, National or International Dance competitions, or numerous Theatre performances or Visual Art showings.

Cultural – Silver

  • All recipients will need to display a consistently superior level of leadership, skill and commitment within that activity.
  • These awards will be given in the areas of Drama, Music, Visual Arts, Dance, Debating or Public Speaking, or other cultural pursuits including participation in at least 2 cultural endeavours within the College.  This includes Choir, Ensembles, College Musicals and Instrumental Music where students represent the College.
  • Evidence of performance and commitment to the Arts in the wider community. This may include participation in Eisteddfods, Competitions, Ensembles or Performances. [Note: This is not a determining factor in this award. Commitment to the College program is more valued, however, artistic community commitment will be considered as part of the entire student application].

Cultural  - Bronze

  • All recipients will need to display a consistently superior level of leadership, skill and commitment within that activity.
  • These awards will be given in the areas of Drama, Music, Visual Arts, Dance, Debating or Public Speaking, or other cultural pursuits including participation in cultural endeavours within the College. This includes Choir, Ensembles, College Musicals and Instrumental Music where students represent the College.

College staff keep records of student participation and involvement in College Cultural events and often know about student performances outside of the College, however, we invite parents to inform us of their child’s cultural pursuits outside of the College to ensure all information can be considered when determining awards.

If you feel your child meets the criteria, please complete this form to inform us of any extra-curricular activities your child has been involved in this year, before Friday 20 October, 2023.

If you have further questions, please contact:

Middle and Senior Campus Arts Department Staff: Linda Brady, Kaylene Simpson or Lisa Rachow

Junior Campus Arts Department Staff: Sherree Cudney or Rechelle Gayler

Sporting Awards

The Sporting Awards and their criteria are listed below. These awards will be based on a high degree of sportsmanship and a consistently superior level of leadership, skills and commitment within that activity as well as selection and participating as a member of a State (or higher) or Regional School sporting team or pursuits in Club sport or competitions.

Please note: that as per previous communication the Sporting Awards and criteria have changed from previous years.

The Sporting Awards are as follows:

College Sportsperson of the Year

  • This award is presented to the student who is viewed as the most outstanding achiever for the year in the sporting field. Their efforts across the full range of College sporting options will be considered and representation at higher levels will have a strong bearing on the award. Students must display a high degree of sportsmanship at all times.

Sporting – Gold

  • Display a high degree of sportsmanship and a consistently superior level of leadership, skills and commitment within that activity. These awards will be given in the areas of NISSA Sport, House Sporting Competitions, Inter-School Sporting Competitions, Met-North and District including participation in at least 2 sporting endeavours within the College.  These can include Chess and e-Sports.
  • Be selected and participate as a member of a State, National or International sporting team or event. Evidence of performance and commitment to Sporting endeavours in the wider community. This may include participation in Club Sport and competitions. [N.B. This is not a determining factor in this award. Commitment to the College program is more valued, however, sporting community commitment will be considered as part of the entire student application].

Sporting – Silver

  • Display a high degree of sportsmanship and a consistently superior level of leadership, skills and commitment within that activity.
  • These awards will be given in the areas of NISSA Sport, House Sporting Competitions, Inter-School Sporting Competitions, Met-North and District including participation in at least 2 sporting endeavours within the College. These can include Chess and e-Sports.
  • Evidence of performance and commitment to Sporting endeavours in the wider community. This may include participation in Club Sport and competitions. [N.B. This is not a determining factor in this award. Commitment to the College program is more valued, however, sporting community commitment will be considered as part of the entire student application].

Sporting – Bronze

  • Display a high degree of sportsmanship and a consistently superior level of leadership, skills and commitment within that activity.
  • These awards will be given in the areas of NISSA Sport, House Sporting Competitions, Inter-School Sporting Competitions, Met-North and District including participation within the College. These can include Chess and e-Sports.

As the College Awards are being finalised, we realize there may be students who have not notified us of their achievements in sporting pursuits beyond the College

If you feel your child meets with the criteria, please complete this form to inform us of the school sporting teams/events your child has been involved in this year before Friday 20 October, 2023. 

Any further questions, please contact:

Middle and Senior Campus Sports Department Staff: Gabrielle Collman

Junior Campus Sports Department Staff: Jessica Schneider

Chess Club and e-Sports: Andrew Russell, Rebekah Bruyn and Matthew Church

The School Locker Campus Store Is Now Open on the Junior Campus

Our School Locker Campus Store is open twice a week during the school term Mondays 7:30am – 9:30am and Thursdays 2:00pm – 4:00pm.

It is now located in G Block on the Junior Campus (in the same building as the JC Library). If you are entering from the front of the campus, simply walk past the library and take the staircase down to the lower classrooms. The campus store is situated in the last classroom on your right. If you are coming from the back of the College, G block is the middle block on the campus (between our Year 1 and our Year 3 classrooms). It is situated in the first classroom on your left at the top of the stairs.

Our campus store carries all uniform items for Prep – Year 12. The earlier start on Mondays and the later finish on Thursdays have been chosen to help Middle & Senior Campus families with accessing uniform items around school pick up or drop off.

Junior Campus News

Welcome back, PoP community! We hope you had a fantastic and restful holiday break. As we dive into Term 4, we are thrilled to share some exciting events and celebrations that are just around the corner.

Gratitude to Our Wonderful Community

First and foremost, we want to express our heartfelt gratitude to our amazing community. Your unwavering support, dedication, and commitment to the College plays a pivotal role in creating a nurturing and inspiring environment for our students. The recent Teacher Appreciation Morning Tea for staff of the Junior Campus staff was such a blessing to us all. Thank you for being an integral part of the PoP family.

PoP Celebrates — Junior School and Middle & Senior School

One of the most anticipated events of this term is “PoP Celebrates,” a celebration that serves to highlight our students’ achievements, hard work, leadership and dedication across several domains including Sports, Arts and Culture, Leadership and Service.

PoP Celebrates will be on Thursday 23 November beginning with the Junior School at 5:00pm, directly followed by the Middle and Senior School at approximately 6:30pm. Families of award recipients will be notified closer to the event.  Many events like this will have an element of student performance and our Arts and Culture teachers will be communicating any performance opportunities once these have been finalised in the next week or so.

Step Up 2024 – Monday 20 November

Last term, I mentioned that the Junior School would be having a Step Up opportunity. Students will be grouped into their classes for 2024 and spend some time with their 2024 teacher (if possible) and 2024 classmates. The aim of this time is to begin forming those relationships that are so crucial to success as well as ease the anxiety that can exist for some students.

This means parents will be notified of their class teachers much earlier and our teachers have begun working on developing those classes much earlier too. Please be aware that once class placements have been allocated, there will be no further movement of class arrangements except in exceptional or uncontrollable circumstances.

This is a new idea for PoP and we hope that this will be well received by the community as a way to support students in that transition to the next year level.

Term 4 is filled with different events and celebrations. I look forward to celebrating with you as we gather.

Thank you PoP community for all you do.

Anne-Marie Schmidt
Head of Campus – Junior


Welcome to Term 4! Term 4 is one of my favourite periods of the year. It is a time when students are able to demonstrate their growth as they put into practice all they have learnt throughout the year. It is a time when many projects and activities culminate into spectacular displays and presentations.

During Term 4 we celebrate our students and their wonderful achievements, it is also a time to reflect and see how far they have come. For our Year 6 students we have the opportunity to cherish what they have achieved at Junior School and prepared for life at Middle School.

What I love most about Term 4 is that it leads us to the special time of year, Christmas. A time to reflect on the birth of our Lord and Saviour. We know that Term 4 will be busy, will go quickly and will be a fantastic time of celebration in our community. We look forward to sharing the joy that Term 4 will bring our College community.

Day for Daniel

The Daniel Morcombe Foundation provides personal child safety education to children and young people to prevent abuse and promote lifelong health and wellbeing. They support educators, parents and carers through the provision of resources and education and also directly support young victims of crime.

On Friday 27th October, we will be supporting Day for Daniel as a National Day of Action for raising awareness of child safety, protection and prevention. Our Year 6 students have organised some special activities for our students to reinforce the message of keeping safe. Students will also undertake lessons in their class and be a part of an online lesson run by Bruce and Denise Morcombe.

On this day on the Junior Campus students and parents are encouraged to come dressed wearing something red and bring a gold coin donation.

All monies raised will go directly to the Daniel Morcombe Foundation.

Remembering Our PoP 4Rs

As we enter this final term of 2023, we reflect on the journey we have taken this year introducing our PoP 4Rs. Our students have embraced the values of Respect, Responsibility, Relationship and Restoration. They have demonstrated these attributes in the classroom and the playground, and we look forward to celebrating their achievements throughout the term at our Monday Assemblies.

Thank you for continuing to partner with us as we help our children to reflect on their actions and the impact those actions have on those around them.


Coreta Lennon
Deputy Head of Campus – Junior

The Science of Reading

The Science of Reading is an evidence-based approach to teaching reading that is grounded in decades of research on how the brain learns to read. It incorporates findings from neuroscience, cognitive psychology, linguistics, and educational research. This method recognises that reading is a complex process that involves decoding words and comprehending text simultaneously.

The Science of Reading research has been conducted over the last five decades across the world, and it is derived from thousands of studies conducted in multiple languages. The Science of Reading has culminated in a mass of evidence to inform how proficient reading and writing develop; why some have difficulty; and how we can most effectively assess and teach and, therefore, improve student outcomes through prevention of and intervention for reading difficulties.

Here are some key principles of the Science of Reading:

  1. Phonemic Awareness: Children learn to recognise and manipulate individual sounds (phonemes) in spoken language, which is essential for decoding written words.
  2. Phonics: Children are taught the relationship between letters and sounds, enabling them to decode words by sounding them out.
  3. Fluency: Reading fluency is fostered through practice, helping students read with accuracy, speed, and expression.
  4. Vocabulary: Expanding a child’s vocabulary through exposure to rich and diverse language is crucial for comprehension.
  5. Comprehension: Students learn strategies for understanding and making meaning from text, such as predicting, questioning, and summarising.
  6. Oral Language: Developing strong oral language skills, including listening and speaking, lays a foundation for reading success.

What does this look like at Prince of Peace?

At Prince of Peace, we are committed to providing your child with a strong foundation in reading through the Initial Lit Literacy Program and Sharp Reading which are firmly grounded in the Science of Reading. Here are some key components of our approach:

  • Structured Phonics Instruction: We use research-based phonics programs (Pre and Initial Lit) to systematically teach letter-sound relationships and decoding skills. Students learn to apply these skills to both familiar and unfamiliar words.
  • Phonemic Awareness Activities: Our teachers engage students in various activities to develop their phonemic awareness, such as rhyming games and segmenting and blending sounds.
  • Vocabulary Enrichment: We expose students to a wide range of vocabulary through reading aloud, discussions, and word-learning strategies to expand their comprehension skills.
  • Comprehension Strategies: Our educators teach students how to use comprehension strategies such as questioning, making connections, and visualising to deepen their understanding of texts.
  • Differentiated Instruction: We recognise that each child is unique, so our teachers differentiate instruction to meet the individual needs of students, providing targeted support and enrichment as necessary.
  • Assessment and Progress Monitoring: Regular assessments help us track your child’s progress and adjust our instruction to ensure their success.

In 2001, Dr.  Hollis Scarborough created the Reading Rope model to convey how the different “strands” of reading are all interconnected yet independent of one another. Scarborough’s Reading Rope is made up of lower and upper strands. When all these component parts intertwine it results in skilled and accurate, fluent reading with strong comprehension.

At Prince of Peace, we are dedicated to providing a nurturing and engaging learning environment that makes the most of research-based approaches to empower every child to become a confident, proficient reader.

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about our literacy programs or the Science of Reading, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your child’s teacher or Learning Coach.

Happy learning!

Rebekah Bruyn
Learning Coach

Middle & Senior Campus News

We are Blessed!

 We are so pleased to be able to share with the community, as students and staff have returned to Term 4 and our new auditorium. This new facility is a space of spirituality, creativity, collaboration for learning and wellbeing and builds wider community partnerships. It has the capacity for a 500 seated audience, stage projection, green room facilities, Drama Room, two classrooms, and new gardens that are inspired by the historical natives that are on our campus and indigenous bush foods.

The Middle and Senior Campus students and staff have been able to join in Worship and Assembly time in this new space, where we have been able to share the good news of God’s love and hope in our lives. Our Year 12 students made history as the first group of students to play handball in the undercroft area and Mrs Brady’s Pastoral Care class displayed earth care in planting new edible and indigenous plants in the green space.

We look forward to the Battle of the Bands on Friday 27 of October, Week 4, a student initiative from the College Captains, that will occur in the new auditorium. We invite parents to join us in this event and more details will be shared through direct messages on SEQTA.

We are so blessed and thankful to the support of parents, leaders, and council members from the past, present, and emerging that had the vision to see this space become a reality. We look forward to hosting many events in Term 4 and for years to come that will become special memories in our children and young people’s educational journey at Prince of Peace.

End of Year Rituals and Celebrations

We look forward to the many celebrations and rites of passage that will occur in our community over the coming weeks. Please find a reminder of these upcoming events:

Year 7 2024 Transition Day – Monday 30 October

On Monday 30 October new students and existing Year 6 Prince of Peace students will come to the Middle and Senior Campus. This is an important day for all students in becoming familiar with the environment before next year. If you have any questions about this transition visit, please do not hesitate to contact Mr Richard Stevens, Year 7 Coordinator at the College.

Year 12 Final Valedictory Events

The following key events seek to recognise and celebrate each young person’s journey at Prince of Peace and the milestone they have reached in their graduation;

Year 12 Awards Assembly – Wednesday 15 November

This awards assembly will recognise student achievement and service to the community throughout their final year of schooling. Parents will be invited of those students, receiving awards prior to the event.

Year 12 Valedictory Dinner – Thursday 16 November

The Valedictory Dinner is the graduation ritual where our Year 12 graduates will receive their graduation certificates. Reflections, prayers, and blessings will be given from staff, students, and parents. Key signature College awards will be presented on this evening.

Year 12 Farewell Service – Friday 17 November

This is the final farewell to Year 12 students and families and will be held in the College’s new auditorium, beginning at 8:20am. We look forward to gathering together for this community celebration as we wish God’s richest blessing to our graduating class of Year 12s for 2023.

 PoP Celebrates – Thursday 23 November

On Thursday 23 November there will be a PoP Celebrates Service in the evening in the College’s new Auditorium. This is where College Awards for Service, Cultural and Sporting will be presented to students from Years 7 to 11.  There will be performances from our students and reflections shared by student leaders and key staff. Parents will be invited of those students, receiving awards prior to the event. All parents and students are encouraged to attend, and a RSVP booking link will be provided prior to the event.

 Year 9 Ubuntu Return Ceremony – Tuesday 28 November

Parents are invited to the Year 9 Ubuntu Return Ceremony which will be held at the College in the evening after the students and staff complete their final journey. More details will come sent via direct message about times and venue.

Closing reflections

We give thanks to the staff who have supported our Year 10 and 8 students on their camps in Week 2 and 3 of this term. We give thanks for the personal growth through challenge that occurs through these outdoor learning experiences.

We also pray for our Year 12s as they prepare for their final exams that begin in Week 4. We pray for good health, discernment, and peace as they showcase all the skills, capabilities, knowledge and understanding that they have acquired through their 13 years of education in their final exams and assessments.

May this image inspire you to make time in your life to relate to God in nature, away from technology, the routines of working life and be present in living in relationship with others. What a gift Mt Binga is to our young people which remain in their hearts and mind.

Every blessing for the week ahead,

Sarah Hoff-Zweck
Head of Campus – Middle and Senior

Be the Light!

Keep me safe, my God, for in you I take refuge. Psalms 16:1

Our Senior Student Leaders 2024 have chosen the theme: Be the Light! On Assembly a quote was shared saying “Lighthouses do not go running all over an island looking for boats to save; they just stand there shining”. Being the light for ourselves first and then for others ensures we have the capacity to meet our own needs and meet the needs of others.

Our wellbeing is impacted by our feeling of safety at home, in our workplace, at school, when we are online and out in the community. Feeling safe at school contributes to student wellbeing and the ability to do our best every day – academically, socially, and emotionally.  When we feel safe and calm our brain can take in new information, process this information, and make connections to things we already know and prior experiences. This is when we are engaged in learning or in the ‘flow’ of learning, and we find it easy to recall this learning at another time as new connections or neural pathways have been formed in our brain – how incredible!

Dan Siegel in his publication, Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain describes the most brain-healthy environments that are conducive to supporting the developing young adolescent brain, and how to interact with your teenager to provide that safe place within your family and offer the security of your support and guidance.

Safe Behaviours on the Middle & Senior Campus

The 4Rs of Respect, Responsibility, Positive Relationships and Restorative practices all have safe behaviours embedded into the expecations in classrooms, around the campus, and when students are representing the College.  In classes, it is respectful and responsible to follow teacher instructions and use the established procedures and routines to keep everyone safe.  Demonstrating these behaviours when we are learning, helps to keep everyone calm in a predictable and orderly classroom or learning space that is familiar and reassuring.  Around the campus, we wear hats outdoors at all times so that we are sun safe, in additon to using safe physical behaviours that do not cause hurt or harm to others.  When we wear our uniform with pride and report inappropriate or unsafe behaviour, we are representing PoP College by showing each other that we are a safe community of learners who are united and care for one another.

We will join in celebrating Day for Daniel on Friday 27 October, to promote safe and protective behaviours by exploring resources in PC classes in Week 4 and wearing a red accessory on the day.  Please bring a gold coin donation to contribute to the Daniel Morcombe Foundation.  Also, we will be having the Battle of the Bands competition at lunch break time on this day – thank you to our College Captains Jasmine Everitt & Miles Chewe for organising this event with Mrs Brady – it will be fantastic in our new Auditorium! Bands will have red accessories to support Day for Daniel.

PoP College Staff Professional Development in De-escalation Strategies

At the beginning of Term 3, all PoP College teachers engaged with an online and face-to-face training in the Management of Actual or Potential Aggression (MAPA) provided by the Crisis Prevention Institute.  This professional development focuses on the escalation cycle, recognising escalating behaviours, understanding and practising appropriate staff responses to escalating behaviour and trauma-informed practices.  The underlying values of the MAPA course are care, welfare, safety and security for ourselves as educational professionals and for our students. This PD is an investment in our teaching staff who are caring for the wellbeing of our students every day and helping students to regulate their emotions, so that they can be open to engaging in learning.

Peace to you,

Melissa Graham
Director of Wellbeing – Middle & Senior Campus

2024 Next Step Year 12 Completers Survey

A reminder that our Year 12 students will be invited to participate in the Next Step Year 12 Completers survey starting in March 2024. The short confidential survey will ask questions about graduates’ activities since finishing school, like study and work.

Graduates can expect to be invited to the survey via a letter from the Minister for Education or an email or phone call from the Queensland Government Statistician’s Office on behalf of the department. Please check your contact details are correct with your school and your learning account by logging into the student portal at https://myqce.qcaa.qld.edu.au/

We appreciate your participation in this important survey as it helps our school improve our senior services for future students. For more info visit www.qld.gov.au/nextstep.

Reflections on Work Experience

On the holidays I went for two days work experience at Sandvik, a mining and engineering company. It was organised through the Women in Engineering program at the University of Queensland and it was a great opportunity.

I was able to meet Reliability Engineers and a Data Analyst at the office in Milton, who ran me through what the company does and what their job is on a day-to-day basis. They showed me some of the software they used, and I made a small report using this. On the second day I went to the workshop at Virginia and was able to see and drive some of the machines that they use for mining, which was a really cool experience. I would recommend this or similar programs for any other budding engineers.

It was lots of fun and good exposure to the engineering world.

Lara Savaille (Year 10)

Careers @ PoP

A number of happenings in the Senior School

Year 12

As Year 12’s are winding up for their external exams, some timely reminders:

  • QTAC Applications should be submitted. Make sure the ATAR registration has also been done by now.
  • Educational Access Scheme (EAS) applications should be in the process of being completed.
  • Early Entries. If you are interested, these need to be done very soon. Please see me.
  • TAFE applications can be done now also.
  • Keep an eye out on Apprenticeships and Traineeships being advertised. I will be posting ones that I receive on the Careers Portal Page.

Year 11

  • If completing TAFE courses, see me to work out if you wish to complete a second course in 2024.
  • Please consider university HEADSTART courses. If interested and have an idea as to the area that you would like to do this in, please contact me for further details.

Year 10

  • TAFE courses for 2024 should have been applied for by now. This includes private institutions or Trade Centres. If you need assistance in this process please contact me.
  • TAFE will be notifying students of placements sometime this term, early applications will have ensured spots. If you miss out, there may be opportunities for the second round at the start of next year.

If you have any questions, please send me a direct message.

Julie Grosas
Careers and VET Leader

Sports Score

Junior Campus Sport

Welcome back! This term in Physical Education we will focus on developing the basics in the world of Basketball. In addition, we are embarking on an exciting journey of cultural exploration by investigating traditional Indigenous games.  As we dive into this term with enthusiasm and a commitment to learning and growth, we look forward to witnessing the remarkable achievements and discoveries that await us.

Sporting Dates:

  • Year 4 – Year 6 NISSA Gala Day Competition Day – Week 3, Friday 20 October (all day)
  • Year 3 – Year 6 Interhouse Swimming Carnival – Week 9 – Tuesday 28 November (all day)

Jessica Schneider
Junior Campus PE Teacher & Sport Coordinator

Middle & Senior Campus Sport

NBIS 5-A-side Football

Our final NBIS (North Brisbane Interschool Sport) Gala Day was held last week at the South Pine Sports Complex. As previously mentioned, this competition is only new this year and is being led by Hillbrook College. It has provided our Year 11 and 12 students with a wonderful opportunity to participate in competitive game play across a variety of different sports.

Our two teams achieved fantastic results! The boys ended up in 5th place, recording 4 wins and 3 losses. They also achieved the Fair Play award. This award is all about showing respect to your opponents and the referees, playing fairly and being inclusive and kind to everyone on the pitch. Each team assesses their opponents after each game in terms of these factors. The boys won by quite a margin! It certainly goes to showcase the level of maturity that we have in our senior students as this was the 3rd time this year we were able to win the award. Well done!

Our girls team had a fantastic tournament. They were undefeated during the round games, recording 5 wins and 1 draw. They came up against a very good Hillbrook side, who had a number of girls that play in the NPL. The girls went down 1-0 early on but were able to peg it back with a wonderful goal from Charlotte Scott. The girls had a number of chances but were unable to convert. With a few minutes left on the clock, Hillbrook were able to get a goal to take the game 2-1. It was a wonderful game to watch and the girls should be very proud of their results.

Congratulations to the following students who participated on the day: Lucas Cantarella, Keirah Chatto, Leon Fletcher, Ellen Hamilton, Abbi Hewitt, Thaw Nay Htoo, Alexis Hulcombe, Aaron Jones, Toby Kenyon, Campbell Muir, Jeremy Schofield, Charlotte Scott, Abigail Tay, Dylan Turley and Alexandra van de Leur.

Sailing – Youth and State Championships

Monte Morse (Yr 7) has showcased his sailing abilities in two competitions held over the holidays. He competed in both the Youth Championships and State Championships which were held in Yeppoon and Redcliffe respectively. Monte achieved a 2nd place at the Youth Championships in the first week of the holidays, before taking out the State Championships in the 2nd week! What an amazing achievement! Monte will now compete at the 2024 National Championships in South Australia. Well done Monte and good luck!

Congratulations Dylan

Congratulations to Dylan Turley whose team were officially awarded Football Queensland FQ Academy Premiers – League 4 U16 Boys 2023 at the Samford Rangers Presentation Day.

QRSS 13-15 yrs Touch Football State Championships

Congratulations to Indianna Horgan (Yr 8) who participated in the 13-15 yrs Met North Touch Football Team at the QRSS Touch Football State Championships held in Bundaberg in June.

The team competed over four days and were able to make the Bowl Final, going down by 1 try. Well done Indi!

Gabrielle Collman
Middle & Senior Campus Teacher – Sports Coordinator

Music and the Arts

Junior Campus Music News

Classroom Music

The Year 6 unit this term is titled “The Final Countdown:  Let’s play some games”.  For some students, after six years and three terms together, this is our final countdown.  Only a few lessons remaining before they head off to the big wide world (of high school).  So we’re revisiting our learning by playing some favourite games over the last years.  Doggie Doggie is a clear favourite.  They’ll also be working on a project to create their musical theme park—designed to encourage them to research their favourite genre of music and then present it in any media they like.  Previous years have seen creations in Lego, Paddle Pop sticks and even Minecraft.

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

Middle & Senior Campus Music News

Music News

In the first week of Term 4 we welcomed a new Drum Tutor to the Music Team. Kieran Kuskopf will be teaching at the M&S Campus on Fridays and already we are hearing his work in the Friday Lunch Djembe Drum Circle. Using the large space under the new Multi Purpose Building a keen group gathered and the sound of their drumming echoed across the oval. The Djembe Drum Circle is open to anyone to swing by and have a drum to let of steam on a Friday. There is no roll and no commitment. You don’t have to stay for the full lunch break though many of us did because the music was so engaging. Kieran introduced multi layered music ideas enabling drummers of all levels of skill and ability to enjoy joining in. Certainly I’ll be back next week. Kieran is also taking private students on kit, djembe and multi-percussion. Let me know if you are interested.

The PoP Battle of the Bands is taking off with Friday 27 October the date of the final competition. I am hearing some pretty great sounds and I certainly won’t envy the judges decision. Students who have submitted entries should have received some instructions now from the organisers. It is important that you respond to this message with the details required on the various dates so that we can support your performances. This is a brilliant initiative of our new School Captains Jasmine Everitt and Miles Chewe and we are all hoping that it becomes an annual event.

We are currently in planning with both the Middle & Senior and Junior Campus music ensembles and the Prince of Peace Church for a PoP Community Carols. The date is Saturday 25 November. Please put this into your diary. As many students as possible will be involved with many of the older students who will actually have finished the day before offering their service. This is a true statement of who they are and the depth of spirit in these young people.

Please note that Term 4 is no longer the wind down time that it might once have been. At least not on the M&S Campus. Many year 11 students will be beginning their senior programs and some have their first assessment pieces at the end of term. This is the way to think about our ensemble work too. We have welcomed back our year 9s from Binga with renewed energy. The year 10 and 8 students have camps but I ask that you maintain your focus and the routines which have served you so well throughout the year. Ensemble rehearsals will be on every week as per SEQTA.

Please also note that as per messages at the end of Term 3, Contemporary Band – 101 Special has moved its rehearsal day to Monday, Jazz Ensemble has moved to Tuesday and Strings have moved to Thursday. I think that all of this is accurate in SEQTA. Please let me know if you have any issues. Also, Celadon is at 12.30 – 1.30pm each Monday.

Keep saying yes to those appointment reminders!

Stay tuned!

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

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Sunday 15 October

Messy Church this Sunday

9am Worship

5pm Together@5

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