Term 2 Week 8 | 5 June 2024
College News

Premier’s Reading Challenge

Prince of Peace is participating in the 2024 Premier’s Reading Challenge from now until 23 August 2024. The challenge is not a competition but aims to improve literacy and encourage children to read widely for pleasure and learning.

Children and students from Prep to Year 9 who read the allocated number of books for their reading level and therefore complete the challenge will have their efforts recognised by receiving a certificate of achievement signed by the Premier.

  • Prep to Year 2—read or experience 20 books
  • Years 3 to 4—read 20 books
  • Years 5 to 9—read 15 books

Reading opens up a world of educational opportunities for young people and provides the foundation for lifelong learning.

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Winter Carnival News – 7 WEEKS TO GO

Donation Drive for Winter Carnival Stalls

Thank-you all for our wonderful donations. Still want to contribute? We would love:

  • White sugar
  • 25L Bottles of Soft Drink
  • Cans of soft drink, bottles of water and poppers

Delivering your donations

Junior Campus students – Please take your donation to your child’s classroom.

Middle & Senior Campus students – Please take your donation to Reception.

Volunteering on your Class Stall

Thank-you to our wonderful Stall Convenors:

Please support them by volunteering 30mins or more on your class stall or the Sweet & Baking Stall.

Callout to all bakers and sweet makers

Our Sweet and Bake Stall has always been a highlight of past fetes and we are confident it will be again this year. Selling delicious, homemade treats has always been the key to its success.  Having enough to sell is now the goal. Can you help?

We are looking for bakers and sweet makers who are willing to cook cakes, cupcakes, slices, fudges and lollies at home either with their ingredients or with our donated goods.

If you would like to create some delicious homemade treats, please register with Jenell Molkentin at jmolkentin@princeofpeace.qld.edu.au.

Can I help? How to Volunteer

The Winter Carnival is getting closer and closer so now is the time to join in and start signing up! There are 11 stalls in need of volunteers for a minimum of 30 minutes on the day… more if you love the feel of being part of a great community. Please click any of the links below to Volunteer to help out on that stall:

Class Stalls

General Stalls

Donna Cook
2024 Winter Carnival Coordinator
Ph: 3872 5710   |   

Meet our Winter Carnival Partners

Unlock Your Child’s Potential with BillyLids Therapy

Introducing our third Winter Carnival Gold Sponsor —  BillyLids Therapy. Run by mums (including one of our PoP Mums) who understand the need to unlock the potential of every child, BillyLids Therapy specialises in Paediatric Speech Pathology and Occupational Therapy for children under ten years old. Take advantage of their FREE Discovery Call to discuss your child’s needs by filling in the form on their website »

Speech Pathology Specialists

Empowering your child’s voice

With a deep understanding of children’s needs, BillyLids Therapy strives to help your child overcome any speech challenges they may face. Using a play-based approach to Speech Therapy, they’ll support your child’s speech development, boost their communication skills, and give them the confidence to express themselves confidently and clearly.

Occupational Therapist Specialists

Equipping your child for success

Our Occupational Therapists are passionate about guiding your child through every aspect of their daily life – from mastering the fine motor skills required for dressing themselves to honing their writing abilities, engaging in play, and fostering meaningful interactions with others. Their dedicated team firmly believe in tailoring personalised therapy plans to your child’s specific requirements. Their approach is based on taking their time to understand your child’s unique circumstances so they can craft a therapy program designed specifically to address their individual goals and aspirations.

Located in Newmarket, Brisbane and Nerang, Gold Coast.

Dream Financing – Finance Brokers and Accountants

Whether you’re looking for a new loan, a better loan, accounting advice, or seeking finance for a company vehicle, a personal car, or commercial machinery….whatever it is, Dream Financing can help. With over 30 years industry experience, our experienced staff, together with our extensive list of lender contacts, can help you secure the best loan for your family or your business.

No matter your circumstances, Dream Financing has the expertise, know-how, and industry contacts to find the best deal that works for you. Dream Financing has been helping Brisbane investors and business owners secure the best mortgage deal for their commercial property loan needs since 2002 in the following areas:

  • Home Loans
  • Commercial Property Loans
  • Investor Property Loans
  • Equipment Loans for the Self-Employed
  • Car Loans for the Self Employed
  • Cashflow Finance for the Self Employed
  • Refinancing
  • American Truck Finance

Visit our website for further information.

Programmed Property Services

Programmed Property Services is committed to improving your facilities management by safeguarding your assets through expert maintenance management (prolonging the life of your assets and property) and by streamlining your multiple property and building maintenance needs into a single solution.

Leveraging our wide network of skills and equipment, Programmed Property Services can provide a holistic approach to your facilities maintenance, reducing the need to engage multiple businesses, and thereby reducing your exposure to variants such as quality of workmanship, reliability, costings and duplication of administrative practices.

Services include:

  • Painting
    From jobs requiring national scale resources to one-off repaints, Programmed Property Services delivers at times convenient to you.
  • Grounds Maintenance
    Entrust your grounds assets to Programmed Property Services and enjoy the convenience of grounds maintenance made easy.
  • Signage Solutions
    From signage strategy and brand design to corporate identity and retail refurbishments, we provide end-to-end project management services.
  • Landscaping
    End-to-end landscaping solutions, from installation to maintenance.
  • Building Projects
    A full range of building services, from minor works to capital projects and/or construction all at your finger tips with one single, professional provider.
  • Essential Services
    Maintain the accessibility of your facility and site at all times through proactive planned maintenance that identifies areas for improvements and mitigates risk.
  • General Maintenance
    Extend the life and functionality of your assets with proactive and reactive maintenance.
  • Project Management
    Streamline project management and maintain complete governance and transparency over your project through a single-point-of-contact with access to multiple services.
  • Turnpoint
    Programmed Property Services have worked with renowned golf course designers, clubs and developers to deliver world class golf facilities to a tee both nationally and internationally. With the experience of constructing and maintaining more than 40 courses comes the ability to deliver flexible and tailored solutions that deliver on budget and with a view to complementing and embracing their natural landscapes.

For further information, visit our website

Montville Sky Suites

With captivating views of the Blackall Range to the Coast – Montville Sky Suites combines luxury and style in accommodation. Situated 88 kms from Brisbane or 55 kms from Noosa, Montville is the creative heart of the hinterland.

Exuding its unique romantic charm this quaint village is home to art galleries, boutique shopping and its own distinctive coffee culture.

Montville Sky Suites provides the perfect base while you take in the natural beauty, serenity and crisp mountain air.

Whether it’s a romantic escape or just time out to relax and unwind while enjoying the breathtaking views on offer we have accommodation options to suit. All within a stroll from the heart of Montville village itself!

Choose the Luxurious Spa Suite for that special romantic getaway and enjoy your own spa on a fully enclosed balcony.

Alternatively, choose the Panorama Suite combining a Luxury 2-Bed Suite with Kitchenette. Ideal for couples, multiple parties or a family getaway.

Both offer premium top-floor positions, eco-friendly fireplaces and stunning views to the ocean. For further information, visit montvilleskysuites.com.au.

Junior Campus News

All Systems Go at PoP

As the term draws to a close, we are still running full steam ahead towards the break! We still have many wonderful opportunities for our students to showcase their skills, talents and learnings.

Year 3 to Year 6 Athletics Carnival

The air was a buzz with excitement and anticipation as our Year 3 to 6 students laced up their sneakers, donned their house colours, and eagerly participated in a day filled with friendly competition, camaraderie, and celebration.

While podium finishes are undoubtedly exciting, it’s wonderful to remember that success is measured in many ways. For our students, it was fantastic to see them set personal goals, whether it was improving their time in a race, mastering a new technique, or simply enjoying the thrill of participation.

We thank the parents and friends who came along to celebrate their child’s progress and effort, regardless of the outcome.

A special thank you goes to Mrs Schneider for her organisation of the day, our Facilities Team for their tireless efforts and our staff for making the day so memorable.

JC Learning Expo and Arts Night

Join us on Thursday 13 June at the Junior Campus Learning Expo and Arts Night 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.

The afternoon will begin in the Shed at 3:oopm with Arts Performances and Displays. Food trucks will also begin serving food at this time in the Green Room.

Our classrooms will open at 4:15pm 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 celebrating 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.

We look forward to seeing you and discovering the learning journeys together!

Year 6 Canberra Trip

Our Staff and Students were up bright and early Sunday morning for their flight to Sydney and then to Canberra. They are currently experiencing their education tour of the national capital this week. They are participating in a variety of educational programs with a focus on Australia’s history, culture, heritage and democracy. They are all having a wonderful time and we look forward to hearing of their adventures when they return.

Year 6 Canberra Trip Government Contribution

The Australian Government recognises the importance of all young Australians being able to visit the national capital as part of their Civics and Citizenship education. To assist families in meeting the cost of the excursion the Australian Government is contributing funding of $90 per student under the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate program towards those costs. The rebate is paid directly to the school upon completion of the excursion and has been taken into account when calculating camp charges for families.

Reminder about Communication During School Hours

Just a reminder that if you need to contact your child during school hours, please contact the office and they will get a message to their teacher. If your child needs to contact family during the day, they are also asked to attend to the office.

If your child has a smartwatch with communication capabilities, they will need to hand it to the teacher in the morning as with mobile phones.


The Resilience Project – Focus

The Resilience Project (TRP) Parent Hub

Today’s presentation from The Resilience Project is all about Mindfulness.

Mindfulness is our ability to be present at any given moment. We practise this by using intentional awareness and concentrating on what you are doing when you are doing it.

Thousands of studies into Mindfulness indicate that with regular practise, Mindfulness can lead to benefits such as; reduced stress, reduced rumination, increased memory, increased cognitive function and physical health benefits through improved immunity.

View ‘Mindfulness’ – Part 4 of the series here »

Mindfulness can be practised through meditation, yoga, flow-states and daily activities such as cooking.

Source: UC Berkeley, Greater Good Science, American Psychological Association

For mental health resources and support information, visit The Resilience Project’s Support Page.

Prep Animal Farm Incursion

Our ever-busy Prep students are currently working on a unit about animals, discovering how to place animals into basic different groups by looking at body plans and features, and then learning how to classify them.

A very exciting part of this unit is when we enjoy a visit from a real farm, bringing lots of baby animals which we can hold, touch and feed.


Coreta Lennon
Deputy Head of Campus – Junior

Code Camp

We are excited that Code Camp will be running again at Prince of Peace Lutheran College in Term 3.

Please note that we will only be offering Code Camp for students in Year 3 and above for next term.

Course details:

Class Type: Code Camp After-School Coding
Day: Tuesday
Dates: Tue 16 Jul to Tue 03 Sep 2024 (8 sessions)
Times: 3:00PM-4:15PM (75 mins)

Please book students into Code Camp via this link : www.codecamp.com.au/poplc

Middle & Senior Campus News

Creating a future focused education at Prince of Peace

We were delighted to welcome over 350 students and parents from Years 3 to 12 at the Middle and Senior Campus Subject and Careers Expo on Tuesday 28 May. The hope of the Expo was for students and parents to connect with Curriculum Leaders, Directors, Head of Campus, Careers Coordinator and representatives from Universities, TAFE, and VET providers.

We also launched My PoP Pathway that creates opportunities to help our young people to take the first steps towards their career while still studying at school.

It does this by helping them choose subjects and courses that will be useful as foundational subjects for more specific subjects further on in their career and by developing skills a future employer will value.

More specifically, it does this by accessing a wide variety of learning resources including;

  • General and Extension Subjects
  • Applied Subjects
  • Short Courses
  • University Subjects
  • Certificate and Diploma Courses – Vocational Education and Training courses
  • School based traineeships and apprenticeships

Our young people’s career aspirations provide the foundation for creating their own personalised MyPoP Pathway. The Pathways Planning Framework below provides a guide for how you can tailor your own pathway dependent upon the study requirements for your chosen career or field of interest. For example, does their chosen career require a university qualification, a TAFE qualification, or a block of training in association with on-the-job training often found in traineeships and apprenticeships?

All Pathways can lead to university study depending upon your subject structure and your preferred university’s pre-requisites.

Students and parents have received direct messages and literature with subject preference process and barcode links to Year 7-12 Curriculum Guide, Year 10 and 11 2025 Subject Guides. Students have also received a email with a link to make their subject preferences online on Web preferences. Subject preferences close on Wednesday 10 July (Week 1 Term 3). If you have any questions about this process please contact Wendy Bowen, Director of Teaching and Learning at the College.

Year 12 Formal 2024 – Thursday 11 July (Week 1 Term 3)

We are delighted to announce that the Year 12 Formal 2024 will be at Victoria Park on Thursday 11 July. There will be a pre-formal event at 4:00pm-5:30pm at the College in the Middle and Senior Campus Auditorium. Students will arrive from 4:00pm at top carpark. Students and parents from other year levels are welcome to attend the pre-formal event and congregate at the top carpark and join in celebration. Family and student photos from a professional photographer will take place in the Auditorium of Year 12 students, parents and siblings only.

We look forward to being able to celebrate this special milestone with the Year 12 class of 2024 and thank you for your support in this renewed ritual.

Semester 1 Reports and Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences

At the end of Semester 1, students will receive an end of Semester Report that will have a Pastoral Care Teacher comment, overall grade, and work habit results for each subject. These reports will be available through SEQTA towards the end of the Staff Professional Learning Week. If you have any trouble accessing SEQTA with log in or passwords, please contact the IT Support Services at the College.

Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences will occur in Term 3 on Thursday19 July (Week 2) Thursday 1 August (Week 4 Term 3) and Wednesday 7 August (Week 5 Term 3) from 3:30pm-6:00pm. Bookings will be made available through SOBS online booking system and will be communicated via a direct message on SEQTA. These are the last formal interview times for the school year; however, parents are always more than welcome to contact teachers for feedback over the phone or in person.

Term 3 brings timetable changes for most of our students from Year 7 to 10 with term-by-term specialist subject rotations and Semester electives. Please note that there is limited change for elective subjects in Years 9 to 10 due to how the timetable is structured in the previous year and most subjects have wait lists. If you have any questions the first point of contact is the Director of Teaching and Learning, Wendy Bowen.

Upcoming Events Term 3

11 July: Year 12 Formal

16 July: Year 9 Mt Binga Group 1 depart

27 July: Winter Carnival – Battle of the Bands Final

1 August: 7-12 Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences 3:30-6:00

7 August: 7-12 Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences 3:30-6:00

10 August: Year 9 Mt Binga Group 1 Family Morning

13 August: Year 9 Mt Binga Group 2 depart

14 August: Ekka Show Day

16 August: P-12 Grandparents Day

20 August: Book Week Parade

21 August: Year 12 Mock Exams begin

23 August: Middle and Senior Campus Open Morning

30 August: Middle and Senior Campus Father’s Day Breakfast 7:30am-8:30am

7 September: Year 9 Mt Binga Group 2 Family Morning

End of Semester 1 Reflections

As we come to the end of Semester 1, we thank our staff for the enormous commitment they have given to seeing our student learning, celebration and growth occur.

Every learning experience crafted by our teachers builds into the learning milestone of our young people and helps them grow as a learner and person. We thank parents for making connections with staff in partnering in the educational journey of your children.

Most of all we thank our students for entrusting their teachers to take them on a journey to them find their God-given potential.

Amongst the highs and lows of our lives together may these words from Psalm 28:7 give us all the source of strength we need to navigate life’s journey as a community in Christ;

Every blessing for the final days of Term 2 and safe travels for the holiday period.

Sarah Hoff-Zweck
Head of Campus – Middle and Senior

Teaching is a gift

If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. (Romans 12:7)

Teaching is a gift and a talent that we use everyday at work. In no other job do you have constant demands of student’s needs, parent expectations, staff requirements, education professional standards to meet, and the demands of following organisational policies and State and Federal legislation all day, every day at school. On the weekend at the Brisbane Writer’s Festival, author and teacher, Gabbie Stroud was humble in her conversation about her latest novel, ‘The Things that Matter Most’, to admit that she was a failed teacher who was burnt-out by the education profession and the constant demands placed on her when she was teaching. She pleaded with the audience to say: teachers are people too, who need to be with their families, nurture their talents and travel or study to be a better and more connected teacher, who builds positive relationships with students as the core business of education. Please take the time to give gratitude to your young person’s teachers at the end of this term for all they do and for the gift they are to the teaching profession and to your child’s education.

We have been interviewing applicants for the 2024/25 Captain positions on the Middle and Senior Campus in the past two weeks. The Senior Student Leader positions available are College Captain, Ministry and Outreach Captain, and House Captains. There will be two students appointed to each of the roles, with a team of twelve students leading the College from the beginning of Semester Two. We have been very impressed by the leadership qualities and talents of our young people who have the courage to apply for these positions. This shows great resilience and confidence, mixed with a genuine desire to make our PoP College community the best it can be. The Year 11 students went to Emu Gully Camp at the beginning of Term 2, led by Year Level Coordinator, Mrs Julie Grosas, and this was the time for them to bond as the developing leaders of the College. We are very proud of all of the Year 11 students and look forward to supporting them to step into their upcoming leadership responsibilities.

The Resilience Project (TRP) is the Wellbeing program we have invested in as a College (from Kindy through to Year 12), to have a common, consistent language of wellbeing and emotional literacy. The program is explicitly taught and practised using strategies to develop gratitude, empathy, and mindfulness in our young people and strengthen mental health and improve overall wellbeing. As parents and carers, you also have access to this program through the Parent & Carer Hub »

Melissa Graham
Director of Wellbeing – Middle & Senior Campus

Careers @ PoP

My PoP Pathway

Welcome to the exciting but also quite overwhelming time of subject selections. Following up on the highly successful Expo from Tuesday evening last week, I would like to  provide the following information for you.


This may feel early, but I would encourage you to apply if you have an interest in an area. Offers do not get presented from TAFE until Term 4. If you change your mind, you can decline an offer.

Applications open on 15 July.

The steps to make an application to TAFE are:
1. Peruse the online course book. https://issuu.com/tafebrisbane/docs/tafe_at_school_guide_2025_greater_brisbane_issuu

2. Go to page 102 of the guide.

On this page is critical information.

  • How to apply:  15 July at https://tafeapply.com/
  • Course locations including the application codes that you will need to apply with.
  • Information about LUI. Year 10 or higher should have this. Note: School can assist if you do not have this.
  • Information about USI number. The USI needs to be created at https://www.usi.gov.au

3. After an application has been made, I will receive notification from TAFE to approve it from the school level.


Other institutions such as the Trade Training Centres and Mater Education will be opening up their applications throughout next term. You will be notified when these become available to apply for.

Julie Grosas
Careers and VET Leader

Sports Score

Junior Campus Sport

Kindy – Year 2 Junior Sports Day

Friday 7 June @ PoP Junior Campus

The Kindy – Year 2 Sports Day Carnival will be held this Friday! It’s going to be a fantastic morning filled with fun, games, and lots of exciting activities. We look forward to welcoming families to cheer on our little athletes!

Other News

Exciting news! The Auskick PoP Program details will be coming early in Term 3. Stay tuned for more information about dates, times, and registration. We can’t wait to kick off this fun and engaging program that helps our young athletes develop their AFL skills and enjoy the game. Keep an eye out for updates!

Reflecting on the Year 3 – Year 6 Athletics Sports Carnival, we saw an incredible showcase of talent and house spirit. It was a day filled with sunshine, energy, enthusiasm, and impressive performances from all our young athletes. We are proud to announce that the representatives for the North District and NISSA events will be contacted early Term 3. However, a special presentation of Age Champions and Overall House Results, which will take place under The Shed, Week 9, Tuesday, 11 June at 2:35pm. We look forward to celebrating these achievements together.

Jessica Schneider
Junior Campus PE Teacher & Sport Coordinator

Music and the Arts

Middle & Senior Campus Music News

Reflection on the Gala Celebration of Music 40th Anniversary Concert

The Gala Celebration of Music was an absolute smash hit. Thank you to all who came and made it so worthwhile. It was wonderful to be in our new auditorium and it clearly lifted the performance standards of everyone who ventured onto that stage.

This is such powerful experience for our young performers. And speaking of young performers, what a joy to have the Junior Campus represented by Mr Ben Reason and his amazing Senior Choir. How much energy did they have! They lifted the roof with their sound and their fluro costumes made the rest of us look monochromatic.

There were too many highlights to mention. If you missed it, make sure that you come to the Winter Carnival on Saturday 27 July and you will catch many of the ensembles with some new repertoire. Make sure that those involved are not missing rehearsals just because it is the end of term or the beginning of term. Every week counts!

Also coming up on the Middle and Senior Campus is the now famous Battle of the Bands on Friday 14 June. The three finalists from this competition will be on stage at the Winter Carnival where the grand finalist will be determined.

Last year the competition was fierce and this year is promising the same with great sounds coming out of the music rooms at every moment. Don’t forget to support the Battle of the Bands by wearing your favourite band shirt, best dressed wins a prize! And enjoy a sausage sizzle on the day in support of our Senior cohort fundraiser.

If you have recently taken forms for private tuition, please get them in now so that you can be set to go for the start of Term 3. We have some new tutors coming on line so don’t miss out.

With the holidays drawing close I have some homework. Enjoy a blissfully peaceful holiday. Take time to restore. Remember these five important points:

  1. Sleep and Sleep and Sleep and Sleep
  2. Eat well – not the short cuts we take towards the end of a busy term
  3. Do something you LOVE every day and consciously be aware of how wonderful it is
  4. Do something kind for someone else every day – not random – but intentional kindness, something you know they will appreciate
  5. Tell the people who run around caring for you during term how much you love and appreciate them – EVERY DAY. Because it is true


Let’s get started and make some music!

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

Church News & Notices


Sunday 9 june:

9am Worship

Sunday 16 June:

9am Worship

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

Community News and Notices

Please download the PoP OSHC Vacation Care Program and Booking form.


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