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APRIL / MAY 2019
In this issue:
Principal's News
Learning & Innovation News
Pastor's News
Senior School News
Middle School News
Junior School News
Boarding News


Items to note:
Support our Borneo Service Trip 2019
Middle/Senior Sports News
Junior School Sports News
Careers Corner
Learning Centre News
P&F News
College News
What's on @ Peace
Community News

Staying Connected

DID YOU KNOW?

Principal's News

The Measure of Success
Success is a dynamic concept. It has different meanings in different contexts and looks different from person to person.

Our College Value in focus this term is Excellence. Excellence is not perfection, but rather doing our best with the gifts and abilities God has given us. If we continually strive for excellence, the chances of success are multiplied.
We are not born successful, rather, it requires hard work, persistence, dedication, discipline, and sometimes failure, sacrifice and disappointment. Success can be depicted as an iceberg. People see the end result but not everyone recognises or realises the hard work that has led to the end result. 
As a school, academic success is central to what we do, but it is important that we do not lose sight of the fact that all students can be, and are, successful in their own way, and in their own context.

Test scores and final grades can be one indicator of success, and this is important for students, particularly if they have a set goal and a requirement for direct entry into their chosen tertiary course. But to use test scores alone as a measurement of individual achievement neglects to acknowledge the complexity of each individual; their strengths and weaknesses, the challenges they have faced, their individual journey, and the growth that has taken place. Successful people are not always the ones with the best test scores. Successful people are often those who exhibit certain characteristics. Traits like interpersonal skills, resilience, initiative, community involvement, work ethic and self-motivation are all indicators of people who are more likely to be successful in further study, work and life in general.
As a College, we are committed to growing the whole child. Our goal is to see students leave Peace well-rounded and equipped to be actively involved and contribute positively to the community.

Yours in Christ,
Elisabeth Fenske - Principal
principal@plc.qld.edu.au

Learning & Innovation News

When I started researching the importance of reading as a topic for this newsletter article, I found most of the materials focussed on reading to and with young children, but this is only part of the story. Reading is a skill learned and practised by young children as they commence school, but it is also a life-long skill that's just as important to learners of all ages; it is a skill adults use on a daily basis.

Below is a list of ten reasons we should all make time to read:
  1. Mental stimulation – reading keeps your brain active and engaged which helps it stay strong, helping to prevent the degeneration of the brain.
  2. Stress reduction – reading transports you away from the tension of the day and allows time for your body to relax.  Relaxation allows you to tackle the next big thing.
  3. Knowledge – reading fills your brain with new information. This new information prepares you to face new challenges.
  4. Vocabulary expansion – reading exposes you to new words. These new words help you to be more articulate and express yourself. Being well spoken is important for everyone, every day.
  5. Memory improvement – reading makes your brain remember characters, facts and plots. Remembering develops memory which creates new brain pathways.
  6. Stronger analytical thinking skills – reading encourages your brain to think ahead, solve problems or work out the plot.  Talking to others about things you have read encourages your brain to analyse the content.
  7. Improved focus and concentration – reading is a task that requires the brain to focus. Our day is full of multi-tasking, drawing attention in many directions. Reading focuses our attention and allows our mind to practice the skill of concentration.
  8. Better writing skills – reading a well-written article or book provides a model of writing. The vocabulary you develop as a reader can then be used to write well structured, grammatically correct forms of communication.
  9. Tranquillity – reading provides a time to stop and relax. This is a time of peace which results in lower blood pressure. This is good for our health.
  10. Free entertainment – reading a library book is free. Sharing the story with others is free. Making a friend over a book is priceless.
Reading with and to young children is essential to ensuring they develop all of these reading skills for life. As children grow older, their attitudes towards reading are based on their experiences of reading at home and at school. Be the best role model you can be by reading to and with your children each day, regardless of their age. Most of all enjoy the pleasure of reading.
 
At Peace, the teachers and staff promote a love of reading by involving students in a variety of reading experiences. If you would like to know more about any of these activities please ask your child’s teacher.
Learning Centre visits
  • Junior School students attend library lessons where there is shared reading, silent reading and borrowing of books.
  • Middle and Senior School students take time for silent reading during classes.
  • Each Tuesday, Rosie from Story Dogs, visits for reading lessons with Year 5 students.
  • The students are encouraged to take part in the Premier’s Reading Challenge. This is for Prep to Year 9 students.
  • The school has teams entered in the Reader’s Cup with three teams competing in week 8 of Term 2.
  • Year 7 students complete online book reviews for the Learning Centre.
  • Year 4 and 5 students complete book reviews on the shortlisted books, shared during Book Week.
  • The school holds annual Book Fairs and is part of the Scholastic Book Club.
References for more information:

Best regards,
Clare MacDermott - Head of Learning & Innovation
cmacdermott@plc.qld.edu.au

Pastor's News

Jesus withdrew about a stone's throw beyond them ... and prayed.
Luke 22:41
Ask any staff member or senior student how things are at the moment and it is quite likely that among the responses you will hear, “Busy!” There is always a lot happening at Peace Lutheran College, and in the middle of a term, it seems to be extra busy. And I expect a lot of households are just as busy with all the commitments, demands, and responsibilities.
There is some merit in being busy – if we are achieving goals and serving others – but there are also plenty of negatives – exhaustion, frustration, poor health, anxiety, impatience, being so preoccupied that we neglect those around us, to name a few. And overloaded schedules can be the result of being people pleasers and the desire to be praised by others.
 
The greatest risk is that our complex lives – full of busyness – leave little room for restful and intentional time with God. Martin Luther is supposed to have said, “I have so much to do that I am too busy not to pray!”. He was very busy, but made time to have ‘time out’ and pray – to receive strength, guidance, forgiveness and grace for the tasks that lay before him.
 
As we rush through a busy schedule, and fill up the hours with all sorts of activities, as we return to our home where things must be done, we need to take "time out" for personal communication with Him whose will is: "Call upon Me!" (Psalm 50:15). Every day we need to catch our spiritual breath and take "time out" to pray.
Dear God, teach me to be diligent prayer and in learning Your Word, which is necessary for my spiritual life and the faithful witness I share with others. Amen.

God bless.
Pastor Adam - College Pastor
aeime@plc.qld.edu.au

Senior School News

Year 12 Update
Year 12 students are now approaching the block exam period and are hopefully putting in a lot of effort to make sure their semester of hard work is showing dividends. With the QCS testing happening next term on the 3rd and 4th of September, teaching staff are reporting that students have been very focused on preparation lessons. The Block Exam period will also include two practice QCS test sessions in preparation for the real thing. It is essential that all Year 12 OP-eligible students attend this valuable practice day. School reports will be heading home soon and parents and students will have the opportunity to reflect on how well they have done in Semester 1. 
Exercise Physiology & Training
Year 12 Physical Education students are currently studying Exercise Physiology as part of their unit this term. They are learning about how the body responds and adapts to exercise and demands placed on it. Students are currently taking part in
a personal training program and have visited Sportsworld Gym to participate in a BodyPump class and weight training sessions. Physiological adaptations take place within the body to improve our performance and fitness which helps us understand how to train and look after ourselves throughout life.

The Year 12 PE students have thoroughly enjoyed taking part in their own training program as well as learning how the body functions, adapts and improves with exercise.
Science
Year 12 Biology students have been immersing themselves into the complexities of our immune system. Students used plasticine to model how our bodies respond to invaders. As many of us are suffering colds and flu at the moment, we all really enjoyed learning how our many types of white blood cells fight off bacteria and viruses, to keep us healthy.
Year 11 Update
Year 11 students have been working hard to step up to the expectations of senior school and the rigour of the new syllabus requirements. Assessment practice is going well and providing valuable feedback to students and teachers on which areas require extra effort. As is typical at the beginning of their senior studies, one or two have struggled to manage the workload and pacing of assessment preparation. It is important to be organised with assessment timetables and get started early.
Assignment Schedules
I would like to encourage parents to be aware of the assignment schedules, which are released on the website in the first few weeks of each semester, to support your son or daughter in managing these expectations. Yammer has proven to be an invaluable tool for communicating rapidly with students, and parents can support their children by reminding them to utilise this valuable resource as well as discussing their preparation with them.
Academic Reporting
Teachers are now putting the finishing touches to their comments and marking so that reports are a current representation of how students are developing. We look forward to the opportunity, next term, to meet with you and discuss how your son or daughter’s senior studies are going and perhaps even come up with strategies to further improve academic outcomes.
Careers EXPO
All senior students attended the Careers Expo at the Showgrounds on Tuesday 28th of May, which will have provided them with an idea of some of their options after school. Year 11 and Year 12 students who are considering future options had the opportunity to talk to University representatives, local employers and a number of training organisations. Staff reported that the event was very vibrant this year and students gained a lot from the experience. Year 10 students will soon be considering their work experience placements in Term 3 and subject choices for Year 11.
 
Thank you to Mrs Bolton for coordinating this valuable opportunity.
Year 10 Camp
During week four, the Year 10 students enjoyed the excellent instruction and facilities of the Tinaroo Environmental Education Centre (TEEC) on Black Gulley Road at Tinaroo Dam. Activities included canoeing, raft building, history tours, abseiling and leadership activities, designed to improve confidence and develop team skills.  On top of their physical effort the Year 10 students were responsible for preparing meals for the whole group and more importantly, tidying up afterwards. Many parents would have been amazed at the domestic skills our students can demonstrate in the right environment. Students have been encouraged to reflect upon their time at the camp, to better appreciate their environment and celebrate who they are as individuals.
The centre staff were extraordinarily impressed by the behaviour and effort of our students during the camp and the dedication of the school supervising staff. Thank you all for making it such a rewarding experience.

No-Mobile-Phone Use & Recess Activities
The introduction of a no mobile phone use during the timetabled day has been a tremendous success this term and I thank parents for their support of this initiative. We have seen significant changes in student behaviour, integration and socialisation across the schools. Students are acknowledging how beneficial it has been and our College captains have done a great job of organising and promoting activities at recess to provide alternatives and build community. We are now experiencing unprecedented numbers at the Friday Trivia during first recess where students from all sub-schools are participating in the opportunity to test their knowledge.

God bless,
Peter Cummings - Head of Senior School
pcummings@plc.qld.edu.au

Middle School News

The first five weeks of Term 2 has been a busy period in Middle School, with many events taking place throughout this time. Activities such as Year 8 camp, NAPLAN, service events and information nights, has certainly allowed the College to showcase the wonderful opportunities available for students at Peace.

Peace Awards
Congratulations to the following Middle School students who received Peace Awards at our Week 1 Assembly this term. These awards acknowledge students who have displayed and demonstrated positive traits across all their subjects with their exemplary attitude, conduct and application.
Year 6
Consistency Award: Molly O’Mara
Improvement Award: Natasha Beer
 
Year 7
Consistency Award: Sonia Hansen
Improvement Award: Caylen Hunter
Year 8
Consistency Award: Jalilah Ahmat
Improvement Award: Joe Downes
 
Year 9
Consistency Award: Hayley Carlsson
Improvement Award: Jan du Bruyn
Year 8 Camp -  Camp Paterson
Camp Patterson... where to start! Camp Patterson was a fun experience that I would do again. At camp, we had a lot of activities such as canoeing, archery, raft building and many more. The one activity that everyone enjoyed was wipe-out. Wipe-out was where we had inflatables on the water, such as a slide, hamster ball and a dog bone.
At camp we had the best time, we all loved getting to hang out with our friends and do lots of fun stuff together, for example, it was like having a really big fun three day sleepover with everyone. On the first night we had a really nice curry and after we played a game of 'who could create the best character', we got to choose one person out of our team and dress them up with newspaper. Some people made their person a fancy up-to-trend person, or even a boy in a tux.
We also participated in this fun activity called cyclone Silinger where we had a certain amount of time to build a hut in the forest and our teacher sprayed one of those powerful firefighter hoses and if it stayed up your group passed the test. Overall the Year 8 camp was the bomb and was totally awesome.

Thank you Camp Paterson.
Salvation Army Door Knock Appeal
Each year, on the last weekend of May, the Salvation Army invites participants throughout communities in Australia to help door knock and raise much-needed funds to assist individuals and families who are less fortunate than we are.
It was very pleasing to see a number of Peace students contribute to this great cause and assist in the Cairns area last weekend to raise these valuable funds.

Congratulations to the following students in Middle School, who raised $350 whilst door knocking around the Caravonica area – Holly Torrent, Mia Howarth, Millaa Nentjes, Riley Thomas, Junis Lindenhaus, Tiana Weidner, Matthew Nelson and Kaleb Reid. This is a fine example of the spirit of community service at Peace
I would like to take this opportunity to remind students and families that all students should be striving to at least reach the Bronze level of service.
Bronze level of service is achievable by contributing just five hours to community service within and/or outside of the College.
Service Level Certificates
  • Platinum – 30+ hours of service in the Academic year
  • Gold – 20 hours of service
  • Silver – 10 hours service
  • Bronze – 5 hours of service
College Diaries
At the beginning of the school year, all Middle School students received a College Diary to ensure they are progressively developing the traits and skills of being an organised, independent and proactive student when it comes to the planning of their academic responsibilities.

In recent weeks, the Year Level Coordinators and Home Group teachers have made an emphasis towards ensuring students are using the diaries for intended purposes, and that diaries are with students in all lessons and are taken home each day, with parents signing the diary once a week.

It is an expectation that students have their diary with them every time they enter a classroom, including Home Group in the morning. At the end of each lesson and before leaving the classroom, students are expected to enter the night’s homework in the diary to ensure they have a plan for that night and the proceeding days.

Home Group teachers will have an allocated day each week, where they will check diaries to ensure they have been well used during the week and to ensure that parents have signed the diary for that week. The diary is also a very effective communication tool between parents and staff when required.
NAPLAN
Well done to our Year 7 and 9 students on their efforts in last week’s NAPLAN sessions. As we know, NAPLAN is a nation-wide program where all students throughout schools in Australia sit these tests, in specific year levels.

Our students demonstrated a great level of commitment and discipline over the three days of testing and should be proud of their efforts. Families will receive their child’s scores from these tests during Term 3. Students were tested on the areas of Language Convention, Reading, Writing and Numeracy.

Best regards,
Brett Toombs - Head of Middle School
btoombs@plc.qld.edu.au

Junior School News

"A Trip to Fitzroy Island", by Ruby Craighead, Year 2

On Tuesday the 21st of May, I went to Fitzroy Island with my Year 2 class. I went on a big boat and as we left the dock, the sky looked dark, it looked like it was going to rain. The waves were big and the boat was going side to side.

When we got there it was still raining. When we got off the boat, we broke into our groups. My group first went to the Secret Garden Walk. It is called Secret Garden because when you are in an aeroplane or a helicopter, you cannot see it. We learned that aboriginal boys were taken to one side of the trail to talk about boy things, while the girls were taken to another part to talk about girl things.

After, we went to the Turtle Rehabilitation Centre. We saw some turtles that have swallowed plastic and need to stay there until they can dive down again to catch food. One of the turtles was born with one eye, his name is Donatello. Another turtle was caught in a fishing net and lost his front flipper and he was also run over by a boat and lost one of his back flippers. He was over 100 years old! There was another turtle that swallowed plastic and kept swimming in circles. After we left the Turtle Rehabilitation Centre, we had lunch on the beach.

We got to see different types of coral that had washed up on the beach. Then after lunch, we boarded the glass bottom boat and headed to Shark Fin Bay. It is called Shark Fin Bay because it has a rock that is shaped like a shark fin. Through the glass, we saw some Clown Fish, Finger Coral and a Giant Clam.  We learned that coral can be in different colours and different shapes. Some corals are soft and some are hard. As we were headed back to shore the skipper was surfing big waves. We were all screaming, "Big Waves!" Once back on land, we had a little play on the beach and we had so much fun! Then we went back on the boat and headed back to Cairns! 
LEARNING EXPO
Tuesday 25 June 3:00 pm- 4:30 pm
Junior School Classrooms

An opportunity to see your child’s Semester 1 learning journey in action, and take a tour of all the Junior School classrooms.

Best regards,
Sarah Rowan - Head of Junior School
srowan@plc.qld.edu.au

Boarding News

“Sir, that was one of the best nights I have had in Boarding”
This is a quote from one of our students following our Boarding Sport/BBQ afternoon on Wednesday.
Boarder's Games & BBQ Afternoon
This event gathered together a number of day students and staff, allowing everyone to experience life with the Boarders within their home. It created an environment where the Boarders felt known and appreciated, with smiles being seen on every face throughout the afternoon and evening.
There was an intense basketball game of staff versus students; the students and staff also made up multiple volleyball teams which created exciting games; touch footy was fast-paced, whilst board games and table tennis were a hit with everyone. It was a simple gathering, with relationships at the core of why we were gathered. Building positive relationships are core to boarding at Peace, and this gathering provided the perfect space for that to be felt by everyone.

Adopt a Boarder
Towards the end of the gathering we launched a new program here at Peace, Adopt a Boarder. Many of our staff have embraced the program and have volunteered to adopt a boarding student, figuratively speaking. These staff members will check in with students from time to time, join them on an outing, wish them a happy birthday, be there for a chat when a student requires it, and just be there for the students as would their families if they were at home.
Whilst the program is new, boarding student, Jennifer Unsworth, has been experiencing the benefits of the program for a number of months now. She shares her experiences of this below.
Living day-to-day life without your parents around can sometimes be a struggle, but I have recently been ‘adopted’ into an amazing family who I have spent a great deal of time with. This may not seem much, but for someone who now has the continuous support of an adult that I know I can trust, and with who I feel safe to raise anything I am struggling with, has made my life as a Boarder so much easier.

My adopted parent has made the adventures of boarding school pleasant for me. Spending time with her and her family has helped me cope with homesickness, and other obstacles of boarding life. Having this relationship with an adult I have grown to be comfortable with has had without a doubt an amazingly positive impact on my life.
If you would like to know more about this program, please feel free to contact me via email.
PNG
Last week I had the privilege of attending a delegation to PNG, visiting both Port Moresby and Lae. The trip allowed me to meet a number of our families, prospective families, and also meet with key business people in these cities. It was a fruitful trip as we continued discussions about the relationship between the country and our College.
Boarding Dining Room Menu
Students have recently completed a survey about the food they would like to see on our new menu which will be available from Term 3. They have also been asked to consider joining the planning committee with Mr Luukas Traunter (Catering Manager) where they will help shape this. Mr Traunter will be sampling some of the food with the students towards the end of this term. In the coming weeks, parents and caregivers will also receive an email with a link to a survey, seeking your feedback.

Best regards,
Patrick Connell - Head of Boarding
pconnell@plc.qld.edu.au

Middle/Senior School Sports News

Term 2 has been an extremely busy sporting term at Peace Lutheran College.

Trinity Coast North (TCN) Cross Country
Our PLC Cross Country team had a very successful TCN Carnival on Thursday the 9th of May. We took 48 students to compete and finished 3rd in the Prep – Year 6 category, and 5th in the Year 7 – 12 category. Thirteen students finished in the Top 8 in their age group and were selected to represent TCN at the Peninsula Cross Country championships. They were:
  • Athena Cecchi – 1st place
  • Arian-Rose Amato – 3rd place
  • Daniel Yanez – 6th place
  • Atalia Turner – 3rd place
  • Ella Nulley – 3rd place
  • Kenny Holroyd – 4th place
  • Chyene Ahmat – 4th place
  • Tali Hoye – 2nd place
  • Gnu Kim – 7th place
  • Nathan Keough – 4th place
  • Rowan Culliton – 7th place
  • Jacob Vallely – 4th place
  • Jordan Hackett (exemption - selected based on time)

Peninsula Cross Country
A number of PLC students ran very well at the Peninsula Cross Country championships on Friday 17th May. Our Top 10 finishers were:
  • Athena Cecchi – 4th place
  • Tali Hoye – 5th place
  • Jacob Vallely – 5th place
  • Arian-Rose Amato – 9th place
  • Jordan Hackett – 9th place
  • Ella Nulley – 10th place
TCN Peninsula - U12 Touch Football
On the 29th of April, six Peace students took part in the Trinity Coast North (TCN) Peninsula Touch Football championship at Tully State School. The boys played a total of four round-robin matches and finished 3rd in the event.
Middle and Senior School Athletics Carnival
Despite Mother Nature’s best efforts to dampen our spirits and wash out our Athletics Carnival this year, we soldiered on and had a wonderful day.
Track & Field Age Champions
11 Years Boys - Dallas Sjoberg
11 Years Girls - Atalia Turner
12 Years Boys - Charlie Wood
12 Years Girls - Ella Nulley
13 Years Boys - Kenneth Holroyd
13 Years Girls - Tori Barton
14 Years Boys - Bruce Unsworth
14 Years Girls - Talarah Henseleit
15 Years Boys - Thomas Hackett
15 Years Girls - Tali Hoye
16 Years Boys - Nathan Keough
16 Years Girls - Morgan Cunnington
17 Years Boys - Matthew Mackellar
17 Years Girls - Hannah Jonsen
18 Years+ Boys - Soldean Escott
18 Years+ Girls - Jen Wosomo

Overall House placings:
1st Green Eagles – 1203 points
2nd Gold Dingoes – 1200 points
3rd Blue Dolphins – 1176 points
4th Red Emperors – 977
We now turn our attention to selecting our Top 2 athletes in each age division in each event to represent PLC at the TCN Athletics Carnival at Barlow Park on Thursday 6th and Friday 7th June.
TCN and Peninsula Representatives
Over the past month, a number of PLC students have gained selection in various TCN and Peninsula representative sporting teams. They are:
Rugby League TCN Reps:
  • Isabella Thaiday
  • Alice Walker
  • Kiali Wapau
  • Keyonia Sinnamon
  • Thianna Harry-Nona

Soccer TCN Representative:
  • Grace McInerney
Basketball TCN Representatives:
  • Shaylah Kilderry
  • Schemyah Ford
  • Isabel Rowan
  • Emily Mortley
  • Elisha Kilderry
  • Kiali Wapau
  • Lalai Geno
  • Ani Boromu
AFL Peninsula Representative:
  • Aidan Bartholomeusz
Rugby Leauge Peninsula Rep:
  • Kiali Wapau
Basketball Peninsula Reps:
  • Joshua Kelly
  • Shaylah Kilderry
Mr Cecchi Talks Rugby League
On Thursday the 30th of May, Peace Lutheran College took part in the ‘ Tier 2 schoolboys rugby league competition’ at Jones Park. We took a U15 and U18 team and played five different schools in a round robin competition.
The U18’s had a fantastic tournament, playing with heart, and must be commended for their valiant, never say die effort. A big shout out to Clinton and Frances who led by example and gave it their best. The boys finished second, losing in the dying seconds in a thrilling final.
 
The U15 will continue to practice, learning to play more effectively as a team. which will hopefully assist them with consistent effort, as well as their attack and defence attitude. We will build on this event in preparation for the rugby union competition in Term 3.
 
The rugby department is very happy to announce the addition of a much needed professional rugby coach in our new Year 5 teacher, Mr Adrian Bonser.
Sailing
Joe Downes recently competed in the Mayday Sailing Regatta at Lake Tinaroo. In a fleet of 12, Joe finished 2nd in the Junior section behind the current Australian Champion.
He was awarded the ‘Mayday Champion’ trophy for the best overall performance from all competitors in the regatta. This award was based on performance, improvement and effort. Well done Joe!
 
If your child has a sporting achievement from outside school I would love you to please share it with me.

Yours in sport.
Jason Atkins - Middle & Senior School Sports Coordinator
jatkins@plc.qld.edu.au

Junior School Sports News

Cross Country Carnival
Hello all!
It has been a very busy time for the HPE department with Cross Country and Athletics carnivals and many students making Trinity Coast North (TCN) teams.
Peace Lutheran College ran its Cross Country Carnival in late March. Congratulations to the Gold Dingoes who were the winning House once again.
Trinity Coast North (TCN) Trials
From this event, we sent our strongest runners to the TCN trials. In terms of points, PLC had its most successful carnival to date, placing 3rd in the overall standings. All our students put in great efforts, many placing in the Top 10, and showing great sportsmanship and respect to all.

I congratulate the five Peace students who gained selection into the TCN team - Athena Cecchi (1st), Arian-Rose Amato (3rd), Daniel Yanez (6th), Atalia Turner (3rd), and Ella Nulley (4th).
Peninsula Cross Country Trials
The Peninsula Cross Country trials were next and all five of our students placed in the Top 20 in their respective races. Two students, Athena and Atalia, placed high enough to be selected in the Peninsula Cross Country Team. Great running girls! We wish both athletes all the very best for when they participate at the Queensland State Trials next month.
Tennis
Tennis is also trying to find the most gifted in the TCN district and held its trials recently in Port Douglas. Three PLC students have made the team – Molly and Sophie Potter and Louis Duggan. This was a significant achievement as there were only four spots available. You’ve done yourself and your school proud.
Athletics Carnival
With rain threatening the Junior School athletics carnival, we crossed our fingers and decided to forge ahead. Like a clock, the students clicked into gear and participated in the five rotating events throughout the day. I was impressed at the level of enthusiasm and effort students put into their events and I thought the march-in looked fantastic. I wish to thank everyone who contributed to the carnival, it couldn’t run without your help and I hope that parents enjoyed the day also. And congratulations to our winning House, Gold Dingoes, once again!

Congratulations to the Aged Champions of 2019:

  • Prep - Taylor-Joseph Engler, Eve Jackman
  • Year 1s - Ruben Simkins & Ornue Byun, Charlotte Greenwell
  • Year 2s - Elias Catterall, Annabel Parnaby
  • Year 3/4 - Toby Rodgers, Leila Bennett
  • 2009 - Tim McCarthy & Reuben Eyre, Athena Cecchi
Basketball

Basketball at Peace is continuing to grow in popularity and with a new competition starting soon, I am now taking names in the hope of forming new teams. If you would like your child involved please contact me via email.  I’m always looking for help with coaching and managing, especially if you have a basketball background, with the commitment being an hour each Saturday. PLC currently has four teams playing in the local competition and with the finals just around the corner, I encourage all our players to keep practising. HPE lessons for the rest of this term centre around basketball.

REMINDER
Early morning training takes place each Thursday from 7:30 am - 8:10 am, during Term time. There is a choice of a basketball skills session or fitness games. Everyone is welcome!


Best regards,
Tom Dunsmuir - Junior School Sports Coordinator
tdunsmuir@plc.qld.edu.au

Careers Corner

Young Entrepreneurs Breakfast
Passion, perseverance and grit were the words of advice young Queensland entrepreneur Chelsea Phillips passed on to our Senior Business students at the Young Entrepreneurs Breakfast in March. Organised by the Business Liaison Association (BLA), this event provided our students with an opportunity to hear from an entrepreneur who has experienced both the ups and downs of business.

At Peace Lutheran College, Entrepreneurism is a key feature of the Business curriculum from Years 9 to 12 so it was great for students to consolidate their learning with real-world experience.

Defence Force Work Experience
At various times throughout the year the Australian Defence Force offer work experience placements to students at their HMAS Cairns base. Students are made aware of these opportunities on a regular basis through our Careers Yammer page. For more information about the programs on offer, including the Women in Navy Technical Trades Camp taking place from 8 - 11 July, visit www.defence.gov.au/workexperience.

Vocational Education & Training (VET)
This term we have seen students start their VET subjects including Aviation, Sport and Recreation, Health Support Services, Engineering, and Marine Operations. The enthusiasm and commitment they have shown to their studies as well as the way they represent the College is fantastic. Just this week I have received feedback from two separate service providers acknowledging the positive effort and attitude of our students.

Reminder to students and parents
Students are welcome to meet with me during first break each Tuesday and Thursday in the Learning Centre to discuss careers and post-Year 12 study options.
Similarly, I would encourage parents to contact me on 4039 9000 or via email rbolton@plc.qld.edu.au if they have any questions relating to careers, vocational pathways, university entrance or the new ATAR system.

Best regards,
Rebecca Bolton - Careers & Guidance Officer
rbolton@plc.qld.edu.au

Learning Centre News

Kids' Lit Quiz
A big thanks to Micah, Daniel, Morgan and Tiffany from Year 5 who represented our school at the Kids’ Lit Quiz at the start of Term 2.  The team competed against 16 teams from 10 schools in the region, answering 100 quiz style questions about authors, books, illustrations, graphic novels and even fairytales and nursery rhymes. They started off very strong, but just missed out on taking first place.
Readers Cup News
The Peace Readers Cup Teams have been working very hard during the term to read all six novels and attend weekly quiz meetings in the Learning Centre. The FNQ Regional Readers Cup will be held on the following dates:
  • Year 5/6 competition – Thursday the 13th of June
  • Year 7/8 competition– Friday the 14th of June
The regional winners then have the opportunity to compete in the State Reader’s Cup Final in Brisbane in September and attend the Brisbane Writer’s Festival.
Premier's Reading Challenge
The 2019 Premier’s Reading Challenge has begun. This is not a competition but aims to improve literacy and encourage students to read widely for pleasure or learning. To successfully complete the challenge, students must:
  • Prep – Year 2: Read or experience 20 books
  • Year 3-4: Read 20 books
  • Year 5-9: Read 15 books
It’s easy! Record books read on the reading log between now and 23 August and return completed forms to the Learning Centre.  Students who complete the challenge will receive a certificate signed by the Premier of Queensland later in the year.
Easter Book Fair
Once again we would like to sincerely thank all of the families who purchased new books at the Easter Book Fair. The Fair was a huge success with $3,800 worth of books being sold. This has enabled the Learning Centre to receive a credit of just over $1,000 toward purchasing new books for the College.
Book Club is a great way for the College to fundraise and to show children the wonderful world of reading and books. Every term there are two issues of Book Club to order from - either hand in the money with completed form from the catalogue sent home or by using the Scholastic online system called LOOP.
All orders are delivered to school and then passed onto students. If you miss the closing date, items can be posted directly to your home address for a fee or order from the current issue. For all Book Club items purchased, the College receives 20% of the sales to purchase items from Scholastic for our school.

Thank you very much for your support and if you have questions that cannot be answered from Scholastic website or if you are having any difficulty ordering, please contact me at learningcentre@plc.qld.edu.au.


Fun Learning Centre Statistics

Have you ever wondered which are the most popular books in the Learning Centre? And who is the Learning Centre’s Super Reader?
Most Active Borrower
- Kiera, Year 3

Most Popular Picture Books
- "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" by Eric Carle
- "My Daddy Snores" by Nancy Rothstein

Fiction
- "The Bad Butterfly" by Sally Rippin
- "Diary of a Wimpy Kid - The Getaway" by Jeff Kinney
 
Middle/Senior Fiction
- "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" by J K Rowling
- "Akarnae" by Lynette Noni
 
Non-Fiction
- "Australia’s Most Dangerous Sharks" by Kathy Riley
- "Awesome Amphibians" by Jeff Bauer

Best regards,
Tanya Mills & Kim McKinlay - Learning Centre
tmills@plc.qld.edu.au

Parents & Friends News

DID YOU KNOW?
The P&F is an integral part of the Peace Lutheran College community and provides a formal structure and support network for parents to participate in the activities and decision-making processes at the school and to work for the benefit of the school and their children.

All parents and carers whose children are enrolled at the College are automatically members of the P&F and our monthly meetings are open to you all. It’s a great way to learn more about what is happening at our school and contribute to our school community.
THANK YOU to everyone who came to help at P&F Mothers’ Day gift stall.
The children enjoyed choosing gifts for their mums and grandmothers and they left the stall very pleased with themselves. A special thanks to our lovely secretary Natalie, who spent so many extra hours organising it all. A huge thank you to Smithfield Bunnings for their donation of the beautiful flowers - they were a big hit with students and parents alike. It was a very successful event.

Upcoming fundraising events
  • Father’s Day Stall
  • Trivia Night
  • Disco
  • Movie Night
  • Spring Fair -26th October
PLANNING IS NOW UNDERWAY FOR THE 2019 SPRING FAIR
The Plant Stall coordinators are already busy growing plants and are seeking donations of empty pot plant containers and bags of potting mix. If you are able to assist please drop your donations to the school office.

How Can You Help?
Many hands make light work, and we need your support. If you can’t attend our meetings but would still like to help with our fundraising and friend-raising events, please email us with your details.
Do you own a business or know someone who does?
Corporate Sponsorship offers some exciting advertising opportunities for local business to become involved with the P&F’s major fundraiser of the year. Email for package details.
We are also seeking prizes both large and small for the Auction and Cent Sale. Please email the P&F if you would like a copy of the proposal or are able to assist with prizes.
P&F Meeting
DATE: Wednesday, 12th June 2019
TIME: 6:45 pm for refreshments. 7:00 pm meeting commences
WHERE: PLC Staff Lounge (behind the Peace Centre)

Should you have any questions, suggestions or feedback, or you would like a chance to help out at any of our events, please get in touch with us.

Kindest regards,
Handan Y.Roper - P&F President
pfcommittee@plc.qld.edu.au

College News

Borneo Service Trip

Our Borneo team are due for departure for their Service Trip to Borneo on Saturday 14th of September. As the date draws closer, the students are becoming more excited as we prepare.

Students are exercising and doing practice hikes in preparation for the jungle trek and mountain hike they will do in Borneo, and also collecting items on the equipment list. Students are also designing a t-shirt as a memento for the trip. Hopefully, the shirts will be ready for Term 3, and the team will have some time to wear them at Peace before the trip.
Students have also been engaged in fundraising for the service project and school in the village of Long Pasia.
On May 11th we hosted a sausage sizzle at Bunnings. Everyone worked very hard and we had a successful day, raising $900 dollars. All monies raised will be used to purchase items for the small school, and to assist with the community project.


Robotics Expo

The Robotic Scrimmage & Expo was a day of inspiration and excitement. A visiting lecturer from Griffith University, Dr Jason Zagami, spoke with students about the wonder of robots and how they already play a big role in our everyday lives.

Junior School students were delighted with NAO the Robot and loved being able to ask him questions and have him answer them.

Students from across the school came together for the robotic scrimmage tournament. It was a great battle between Team Blue and Team Red, with Red just coming out on top in the second round. Nathan and Chris (Blue Team) and Izac and Joel (Red Team) designed, coded and assembled their robots especially for the tournament. It was a very impressive match!

What's on @ Peace

 JUNE 2019
Code Club (weekly)
Tuesday, 4 June 2019
Computer Room
CISSA Sport
Wednesday, 5 June 2019
 
STEM Club (weekly)
Thursday, 6 June 2019
Classroom M5
TCN Track & Field Carnival
Thu, 6 - Fri, 7 June 2019
 
Junior School Chapel - Prep
Friday, 7 June 2019
Peace Centre
Immunisation Clinic
Wednesday, 12 June 2019
Health & Wellbeing Centre
Senior Hospitality Excursion
Wednesday, 12 June 2019
Mondo on the Waterfront
P&F Meeting
Wednesday, 12 June 2019
Staff Lounge
Instrumental Music Showcase
Tuesday, 18 June 2019
The Peace Centre
Junior School Chapel - Year 1
Friday, 21 June 2019
Peace Centre
Year 12 Block Exams
Mon, 24 - Fri, 28 June 2019
 
Last school day of Term 2
Friday, 28 June 2019
 
Boarders travel day
Friday, 28 June 2019
 
JULY 2019
First school day for Term 3
Monday, 15 July 2019
Peace Lutheran College
Code Club (weekly)
Wednesday, 17 July 2019
Computer Room
STEM Club (weekly)
Thursday, 18 July 2019
Classroom M5
Cairns Show Public Holiday
Friday, 19 July 2019
 
NFS Junior School Parent Night
Monday, 22 July 2019
Peace Centre
Parent Information Evening
Tuesday, 23 July 2019
Peace Centre
NFS Junior School Parent Night
Thursday, 25 July 2019
Peace Centre
NAIDOC Celebrations
Friday, 26 July 2019
Peace Lutheran College
Parent/Teacher Interviews - Junior
Monday, 29 July 2019
Peace Centre
NFS Years 1 - 5
Monday, 29 July 2019
Peace Lutheran College
Parent/Teacher Interviews - All
Tuesday, 30 July 2019
Peace Centre
NFS Years 1 - 5
Tuesday, 30 July 2019
Peace Lutheran College


 
PLEASE NOTE: The above events and associated dates, times and locations are subject to change. Please check the Peace Lutheran College website for most up to date calendar information.

Community News

Support our Peace Community

Peace parents, Linus and Vlasta, are participating in the 70.3 Cairns Ironman, raising funds for COUCH. They would be grateful for the support of our school community. To donate, visit their fundraising page, https://ironmancairns-2019.everydayhero.com/au/just-tri

Young Endeavour Scholarship 2019

The Cairns RSL Sub Branch is again offering a full Scholarship to one Cairns youth aged 16-23 to experience a Voyage on the Young Endeavour sailing from Cairns to Airlie Beach 13th June to 23rd June this year 2019.

Find out more

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