Keeping You in the Loop

The College will communicate with you in a range of ways over the coming year. A majority of your communication will be with your child’s teacher/s via phone, letter, email or in person; these avenues will also be used for important, urgent or time-sensitive information.

Listed below are some of the many additional ways we will be keeping you updated about what is happening around the College: 

PoP Website

Find latest information on book lists, uniforms, student portal links, club information, OHSC details, bus services and more. The ‘Supporting You’ section is a good place to start your browsing.

Parent Portal

This password-protected portal on our website (password: Prince) is the place to visit for parent-related resources such as time tables, term dates, staff contact lists, photo galleries of College events etc.  Log in via the Quick-link on our website Home page.

Mobile App

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

Did you know? You can set your app to give you notifications that are relevant only to your child’s year level/s?  It takes just a few seconds, and now at the beginning of the school year is the time set it!  Show me how»

POPCORN

This fortnightly online newsletter that you are currently reading will keep you up-to-date with the latest news, sporting results, music events, uniform details, community news and more.  View POPCORN via the Quick link on our website, or visit the POPCORN Archives»

Did you know— You can sign up to receive the ‘POPCORN Highlights’ email that we send out with each newsletter.  It provides a brief overview of the edition, and is a great reminder for when each new edition posted. 

Calendar

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

Facebook

Our Facebook page is constantly updated with photos, videos and posts about general activities happening around the College.  Please ‘Follow’ our page, and be sure to like, comment and share posts with the rest of our fabulous PoP community.

Did you know— Our lively Second Hand Uniform Buy & Sell Facebook group is a great place to buy/sell second hand uniforms or post your ‘uniform items I need’ list.  We also maintain a Facebook group dedicated to our PoP alumni.

Matthew Noon
Communications Officer

Junior Campus Bike Rack Relocation

Does your child ride to school?

The Junior Campus bike rack has been relocated to near the church offices.  This is an easier position for students to manoeuvre their bikes into as they ride to and from school; students will no longer need to negotiate the long narrow steps by the church.  This will be safer for pedestrians and cyclists alike.

As the bike rack is now visible from Rogers Parade West, we do ask that students use a suitable lock to ensure the safety of their bike.

Senior Campus News

2020

A warm welcome back in 2020 to both parents and students. I am very excited about what this year will bring.  In some ways it is a historic year, the first year of external exams, and our study tour of Europe in the Term 1 vacation.

In Year 11 Religion and Ethics we are studying meaning and purpose. We chatted about this quote last week: “Your life is made up of two dates and a dash. Make the dash count.” I suppose one could find that depressing, however I choose to find it empowering; we are living ‘the dash’ right now—how can we make the most of that time?

Some students may have come home talking about their ‘word for their year’.  The staff have each chosen a one-word resolution, with some PC classes having already engaged in related activities. A word can’t be broken. It serves as a reminder; a filter and hopefully will become a theme for the year. Each word was carefully chosen to represent what we most hope God will do in us, and to provide a focus for the entire year.  A one word resolution helps us to force clarity and concentrate our efforts.

I know at least two students who have chosen Focus as their word (an apt choice).  It is easy to lose focus during the holidays with so many distractions. Focus is a good choice for a one-word resolution.  Now that the school year has started again, each of our students require a commitment to be free of the distractions that eat into time. Focus assists in raising motivation, determination and persistence.

Estée Lauder—the famous American business person who created a cosmetics range—said the following that I think really rings true: “I never dreamed about success. I worked for it.”

I encouraged every student to consider what their word for 2020 should be, and how reflecting on it will make them a better student this year. Nothing is achieved in life without effort.  So in the words of Mike Gafka: “To be successful you must accept all challenges that come your way. You can’t just accept the ones you like.”

Class of 2019

Congratulations to our Class of 2019.  Ninety percent of students received either their first or second preference and are able to now pursue their course of choice. We are aware of a number of students that have now started apprenticeships or gained employment and we are very proud of what they have achieved.

InstitutionPercentage of students
ACU23%
QUT27%
UQ27%
USC4%
TAFE4%
Griffith12%
CQ Uni3%

97.5% received a Queensland Certificate of Education and 59% received and OP 1-15. We wish them all the best in their next chapter.

Quiet Change—Reduction in School Bells

During important testing periods we have traditionally turned off the bells, and noticed how peaceful the campus was as a result.  Based on our observations, we have made the decision to reduce the number of bells.  Bells will still sound at the beginning of the school day, signify the end of morning tea and lunch and the end of the day.  We have eliminated the bells signifying lesson times to optimise learning time.  There are clocks in every classroom, and we believe that we are teaching the students an important life skill of time management. I understand that this is a shift, however we believe that this is in the best interest for learning and will help to establish a culture which is calm, positive, and will reinforce personal responsibility and self discipline.

We Welcome Our New Teachers Who Have Joined Us in 2020

Ms Linda Brady – Music

Mr Nathanael Brinkmann – HPE, Maths, Science

Mr Mark Roberton – Information Technology

Mr Joel Scott – Maths, Science, Engineering

Mrs Carly Stumer – Christian Studies, Thinking Skills

Mrs Katrina Voss – English, Humanities

Mr Tim Arnold has accepted a role at another Lutheran College. We congratulate him on his appointment and thank him for all he has contributed to our community.  We welcome Mr Bruce Hardy, who will be taking over Mr Arnold’s classes. Mr Arnold’s last day is Friday 14 February.

Senior Campus Information Evening

We look forward to welcoming you at the Senior Campus Information Evening on the 12 February.  This is an opportunity for you to meet our new Head of College, Mr Simon Hughes, our teachers, and to get an overview of the year ahead for each year level.

The format for the evening is as follows:

6.00pm

  • Year 7 Information Session – in F1
  • Year 8 Information Session – in R8/R9
  • Year 9 Information Session – in M1/2
  • Refreshments – in rooms R4/R5/R6

7.00pm

  • Meet the Teacher and Presentation – in rooms R4/R5/R6

7.30pm

  • Year 10 Information Session – in R8/R9
  • Year 11 Information Session – in R2
  • Year 12 Information Session – in R3

This event is aimed at the parent community, so students are not required to attend. We look forward to seeing you next week.

Academic Awards Assembly

At our Academic Awards Assembly held on Tuesday we celebrated students using their God-given potential, working hard to reach an academic standard.  Award recipients are listed below.

2019 Academic Honours Award 7-11

Year 7
Elijah Beard
Gideon Beard
Tara Bowman
Giaan Cook
Sophie Gardiner
Aidan Gardso
Harrison Haines
Eloise King
Mercedes McIver
Amber Paul
Abbigail Pretorius
Ryan Pustolla
Charlotte Scott
Dylan Turley
Lewyn Turnell
Harry Valencia
Alexandra van de Leur

Year 8
Dillon Ahchay
Ella Bunn
Jett Cargill
Zane Cargill
Sebastian Derome
Natalie Gardso
Elsie Long
Jade McDermid
Kristjna Mikulec
Cayley Savage

Year 9
Declan Cook
Elsie Corlis
Gabriel Kassiou
Andrew Klimenko
Talitha Montgomery
Sienna Quirk
Holly Strachan
Mackenna Tom
Patrick Vayro
Jacob Williams

Year 10
Mattias Forbes-Schutz
Olivia Gadenne
Piper Griffin
Esther Gulley
Ryan Hamilton
Alexander Hegner
Laura Hughes
Erin Jewell
Lachlan Juric
Holly Tanner
Jackson Tom
Sophia Vitale
Gabrielle Waverley-Smith
Conner Wiseman

Year 11
Lachlan Bunt
Katie Steele

2019 Academic Excellence Award 7-11

Year 7
Flynn Bohan
Alana Bomgaars
Lucas Cantarella
Ryan Eaglestone
Jasmine Everitt
Ella Forbes
Freya Forbes-Schutz
Ellen Hamilton
Alexis Hulcombe
Maddison Ladd
Nathan Lilly
Chloe Noon
Abigail Tay
Jemah Wiseman
Annika Wolfe

Year 8
Keira Andretzke
Patrick Austin
Indiana Brown
Jonas Forbes-Schutz
Katrina Paul
Xavier Sivyer
Frances Smith
Mikayla Swift
Phoebe Tobin

Year 9
Ashleigh Eaglestone
Rosina Floriani
Georgia Glentworth
Austin Haines
Molly Hennessey
Jordan Muduioa
Heidi Noon
Maya Pingel
Alexander Schmidtchen
Oscar Suna
Josie Swift
Zachary Williams

Year 10

Abby Newton
Georgia Pfeffer
Samuel Short
Jarvis Sivyer
Lucas Smith

Year 11
Olivia Cooper
Lucas Eaglestone
Kaitlyn Flynn
Sabina Oppelaar

Senior Campus Parking

I understand that the traffic has been tricky these last few days.  We have been working hard to ease the congestion as quickly as we can. We ask parents to please keep the following points in mind when navigating the Senior Campus carpark:

  • Turn  left after entering the campus and proceed to the ring road, then proceed to the top of the ‘stop and go’ area and wait for your children to exit or enter the car. For the safety of students, entry to the upper car park (to the right upon entering the College) will be closed from 7.45am – 8.20am and from 2.30pm – 3.15pm.  Please assist us during these times by using only the ring road for student drop off and pickup—which you enter on turning left as you drive into the College grounds. Be mindful that there is a pedestrian crossing soon after the sharp left.
  • Please move up the ring road to collect your child—so that we manage traffic and keep students safe.  Please use only the ‘kiss and drop’ section for entry and exit of vehicles.
  • Parents should not exit the car in the ‘stop and go’ area.  If you need to exit your car then please park in the available bays.
  • The afternoon peak time for the carpark is 3.05pm–3.15pm.  By 3.15pm, most of the traffic is cleared; it may be a good idea to delay your pick up time by ten minutes to avoid congestion.
  • Students are supervised in the upper car park until 3.30pm, after which they are sent to the library to be supervised until 4.00pm.  We advise parents not to collect/drop off their students on Henderson Road/Timms Rd, as no supervision is provided in that area.
  • Of a morning, students should be dropped off on the ring road.

Many thanks for your assistance in creating an efficient and safe student pick up and drop off.

Michelle Nisbet
Head of Senior Campus

Sports Score

Junior Campus Sport

Optimist Queensland State Championships

Fletcher and Monte Morse took part in the 2020 Optimist Qld State Championships—Green Fleet.

They both performed really well and came home with an awesome result—Monte (in Year 4) placed 2nd and Fletcher (in Year 7) placed 3rd out of 13 competitors.

Senior Campus Sport

Brisbane Roar Football Development Program

If your child has a passion for Football and is looking to develop their skills, we have an amazing opportunity starting up in Term 2. Prince of Peace College has been in contact with the Brisbane Roar Development coaching team who are working with a number of schools in developing the skills of the next generation of players. This program will involve instruction from some of the best coaches the state has to offer, once a week before school.

Throughout the year, there are a number of competitions that the school participates, and the hope is that we can train and develop for these competitions throughout our year-levels. If you are interested, or would like more information please contact Tim Arnold—Senior Campus Sport Coordinator at tarnold@princeofpeace.qld.edu.au. Please note that if you have already made contact at the end of last year, your child has been included in the list for this program and will be called to meetings throughout the term in preparation.

Swimming Carnival

The Prince of Peace swimming carnival will take place on Tuesday, 11th February at Albany Creek Leisure Centre. This is an event that students and staff look forward to every year as it presents an opportunity for everyone to get involved, whether it be in fierce competition or in novelty events. Students are required to arrive at 8:30am for first events beginning at 9:00am. Parents and friends are welcome to show their support at the pool. We hope to see you there!

Arana Futsal

Over the break, the Prince of Peace futsal boys continued to compete in the Sunday league at Arana Hills PCYC. They are currently sitting on top of the table after knocking off WSC United during the holidays and having a convincing win last week. Good luck to the boys in the coming weeks leading up to finals.

Tim Arnold
Senior Campus Sport Coordinator

Music and the Arts

Junior Campus Music News

Welcome to another great year in the Music program.

Choirs commenced this week but it’s not too late to come along next week and try it out. Rehearsal times are as follows:

  • Tuesday:  JC Primary Choir(Years 4-6), 7:40am in the Music Room
  • Wednesday: Pop Junior Voices (Years 2-3), 7:40am in the Music Room

Instrumental lessons have commenced and tutors are almost booked out.  Ensembles will start at the discretion of the tutors.  If your child wishes to be part of an ensemble, but learns an instrument outside of school, please contact me for details.

Class music lessons:  A reminder that students in Years 4-6 will need a recorder.  I have quite a number of spares that are cleaned every day should your child forget, however it’s best to have their own.

Music Supporters Group (MSG).  The MSG was founded in 2011 to be a parent body that supports our co-curricular music program in three ways:

  • Creating fellowship opportunities for parents of PoP music students
  • Fundraising to assist in providing equipment, music and services for our co-curricular program
  • Supporting music staff during the running and organising of music concerts

There is usually one meeting per term.  If you are unable to attend regular meetings, but would like to be kept in the loop with the goings-on of the group and called upon when needed for assistance, please send though your intention to do so via email.  Details of the next meeting will be posted soon.

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

Sherree Cudney
Junior Campus Music

Senior Campus Music News

Welcome to all of our Music families for 2020. My name is Linda Brady and I am the new Senior Campus Coordinator of Extra-Curricular Music and Curriculum Leader of Music. It is an honour and a thrill to be seeing our young musicians in both the classroom and the ensemble program, and it is my goal to strengthen the amazing work which is already happening here at PoP. I have been very encouraged by the many students and parents who have already approached me about being involved in the Music program this year.

We have already started private tuition in Woodwind, Brass, Strings, Voice, Piano, Guitar and Percussion. If your child/ren wish to start lessons in 2020 and have not yet submitted a form it is not too late, please collect one from the office in M Block.

Rehearsals are also underway this week as per the schedule below. Please remember how important it is for the team, that everyone attends all rehearsals—the music just isn’t the same without everyone being there! Encouraging our students to be on time and having all of their music and gear is all a part of the learning experience, and develops disciplines and skills which will be useful in other aspects of their lives.

Rehearsal Schedule

MON: 7:15am Contemporary  RED;  7:30am String Ensemble

TUE: 7:15am Contemporary GREEN; 3:15-4:30pm Big Band

WED: 7:15am Contemporary BLUE; 3:15-3:45pm SoonArmy

THU: 3:15-4:30pm Choir

FRI: 7:30am Percussion Ensemble

Now let’s get started and make some music!

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

Church News & Notices

Worship

Sunday 9 February

Worship Service 9am, led by Pastor Michael Grosas

Together@5pm, led by Chris Peatey

Thought for the Week

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

Community News and Notices

Tae Kwon Do at Prince of Peace

Tae Kwon Do at Prince of Peace resumes this Thursday afternoon in the undercroft area outside the uniform shop.

Peace Tae Kwon Do has been at PoP for about 15 years with many students achieving a 1st Dan Black Belt or above.

Classes are focussed on each student’s development in an open, friendly and supportive environment. Students are taught the skills of Tae Kwon Do to give them the confidence and physical ability to defend themselves and others. Students also learn self defence skills of Hapkido which involves wrist locks and other defensive techniques.  The class has students from the College and wider community attending, we also have many families training together.

Classes are every Thursday from 4:30 to 6pm. Class costs are $10 per individual lesson or $7 if you pay the term up front. Contact David Dennent on 0418730264 for further information or turn up at one of the classes to have a look. Your first lesson with us is free.

Uniform Shop News

Orders: Orders can be placed by phone or email through the College website using the link on the Uniform Shop Page or on the Home Page, or at anytime from The School Locker Website. Note: If you wish to avoid home delivery fees during term times, nominate delivery to your child’s campus and provide your child’s name and class.  Junior Campus orders will be delivered to your child’s class. Senior Campus orders will be delivered to reception for your child to collect the next day.

Second Hand: If you wish to buy or sell second hand uniforms there are two options:

  1. For private sales: please visit our very active PoP Second Hand Uniform Buy & Sell Facebook group
  2. Donated second hand uniforms are now managed by PoP P&F – please check with Reception as to upcoming stall dates.  Donations are welcome at either Campus Reception, bagged and labelled as “donation uniforms”.

Middle School Leadership Team for 2019

SCHOOL CAPTAINSRosina FlorianiNelson Morse
BRADMANWilliam RidgwellOliver King
FRASERIsabelle TillKaleb Rail
JACKSONTalitha MontgomeryMarcus Farmer-Zanuttini
LAVERAshleigh EaglestoneToby Bunt

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