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

Items to note:
Drama Production
Are You Shakespearious?
Careers Corner
Learning Centre News
P&F News
College News
College Events
What's on @ Peace
Community News

Staying Connected

Borneo Service Trip
Introducing Chef Luukas
Ross Roy Building, St Peters Lutheran College in 1922
The Lutheran Church of Australia (LCA) has a long and proud history of service providing affordable education in Queensland. Our first school opened in the late 1830s serving the local Indigenous community at Mission Hill, now known as Nundah.

Principal's News

Dear Parents and Friends,
We live in a culture that celebrates being busy. We are conditioned to believe that being busy equates to being worthy and successful. We live in a time where we are constantly connected, information at our fingertips, contactable 24/7 and fed live information about what everyone else is doing. But what is this busyness doing to us? What effects does it have on relationships, communities, and human connections? How does it affect our social skills?

Today’s students have grown up in this environment and know no different. They are not used to having time on their own without a mobile phone within reach, with all its temptations. Often the time spent alone is associated with emptiness or loneliness and the automatic response is to fill it, often by checking the latest updates on social media or watching television. In our busy lives it is challenging to spend time with oneself; spending time just being, not doing.

Jocelyn Brewer is an Australian registered Psychologist and teacher who has researched and written extensively about what she has termed ‘Digital Nutrition’. She examines the positive and negative aspects of digital media and the way that people (especially young people) consume it. Rather than simply lecturing about the pitfalls of screen time and its ill effects, she takes a positive, fear-free and evidence-based approach to gain control of your relationship with technology by increasing consumer awareness. There are many terrific aspects of digital media and as long as they are kept in balance, they can be fantastic aids and connecting technologies in our lives.
This term has seen the introduction of the ‘no mobile phones’ policy during school hours at Peace, and we have been pleasantly surprised and encouraged by the way the students have embraced this new policy. It is always interesting to watch the interactions between students when on duty at break times. We have observed an increase in interactions and students are now sitting around in groups talking. They are also actively participating in group activities or games. I must extend a big thank you to our student leaders and staff for organising different activities during the breaks to encourage this. These activities have been well attended and enjoyed by many.

Some students have acknowledged and expressed that social media is a distractor and limits their ‘digital diet’ during exam periods to lessen distractions and help with concentration and study habits. When tracking the screen time and adding up the time over a week or month, many would be surprised at the total time spent looking at a device.
Deleting Social Media for 30 Days Changed My Life
Recently I came across the video ‘Deleting Social Media for 30 days Changed my Life’. It is an intriguing and honest look at the impact of social media on the brain and on life. It’s well worth a look.

Have a wonderful break and God bless.

Yours in Christ,
Elisabeth Fenske - Principal

Learning & Innovation News

Peace Students Invited to Participate in CIAF
Peace Lutheran College's indigenous students have been honoured by being the first school to ever have been invited to submit a fashion collection at the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF).

The Peace Lutheran College CIAF fashion collection consists of eight full designs. The designs are complete with jewellery and elaborate head and neck adornments. The outfits are the creative works of five students who come to Peace from remote communities across The Gulf, Cape and Torres Strait.
Each piece is made from eco-printed silk, ethically sourced natural materials and traditional dyes collected from country. The inspiration behind the students’ silk printing is country; how it provides for us and will continue to provide for future generations if cared for correctly. It is important to us that we are responsible for the gathering of natural resources for our creations. The only footprints that remain are ours and those of our ancestors. As the next generation of leaders, it is imperative we learn from our elders to be messengers of the future to carry the knowledge and traditions and lore of our people.
These talented young designers are Peace Lutheran College boarding students from Year 11 and 12.  They are members of the newly formed Peace textiles group that meets weekly after school to dye silk, design outfits, create body adornments and sew garments. The students’ final outfits will be on show at CAIF and the College NAIDOC Day celebrations on Friday the 26th of July.

What the CIAF experience means to our artists:
“This is special to me because I have wanted to be involved in CIAF for years; since moving to Cairns in 2015.  It is really lovely to see indigenous people showing their designs. Personally, I feel excited that I am involved in this and proud to be representing Peace and myself as an indigenous person.”
La Shaya Body, Year 11
“I love being creative and artistic. It means a lot to me because, at first, I was not into this, but because the teachers believed in me I wanted to take the opportunity to be in CIAF. This small group shows our culture and how important our culture is to us. CIAF gives us a chance to show the outside world our traditions and culture. I am a proud, young woman representing my country and culture.”
Jean Wosomo, Year 12

Best regards,
Clare MacDermott - Head of Learning & Innovation

Pastor's News

Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it He rested from all the work of creating that he had done. Genesis 2:3
"I'm not tired"
Every parent has heard those words as their child slips into a much-needed slumber. Children seem to fight sleep, even though it's good for them. Perhaps they are afraid they will miss something. By the time we become adults, a nap sounds great - just some rest. But the cares of this life are pressing. The concerns of work and family and medical needs will not wait for us to catch up on our sleep. And so we walk around knowing that we are tired, but also comprehending the reality that rest will simply have to wait.

Martin Luther taught believers to nightly say the Creeds, the Lord's Prayer, and then no matter what happened that day, "go to sleep at once and in good cheer."

You might be thinking, "I wish I could." Well, you can! Rest is more than mere refreshment from our exhaustion.

Genesis 2 says on the seventh day, God rested. We know how the creation story goes. After six days of creating, God rested on the seventh. But He wasn't tired. God wasn't worn out from the work of creating. God rested because the creation was complete as it should be. God rested because the goal of the creation week was achieved. It was good. Things were in harmony; everything was as it should be: at rest.

Our rest deprivation doesn't just come from the fast pace of our modern world or the items on our to-do lists that never seem to end. Our rest deprivation comes from our sin - our brokenness - our lives in rebellion with the God who created us.

When Luther says to pray and "Then go to sleep at once and in good cheer," it wasn't that he didn't have a care in the world, at that moment. He had a lot of issues running through his mind. He was constantly in the middle of community and church squabbles and problems, often as the judge of an issue, or the one who was called upon to solve very real problems in people's lives. He had restless nights, but always in restful, grace-filled confidence with the God who loved him and redeemed him.

If you need some rest today, the first place to start is with a clean conscience before God. And the way that can happen is to put your faith in the One who not only made all creation good but the One who redeemed all creation from sin, death and the devil himself, on the cross of Calvary.

God the Father's goal in creation was rest. He has accomplished that goal in His Son Jesus. He gives that rest and peace to you. So, after your prayers tonight, go to sleep at once and in good cheer; but if you find yourself struggling to sleep, then rest in the promise that whatever you are facing, Christ has already conquered it for you.
Dear Jesus, in my exhaustion, give me the rest and peace that comes from knowing that my life is ultimately secure in Your hands. Amen. 

God bless.
Pastor Adam - College Pastor

Senior School News

Hello all, we have had a successful term with lots to celebrate.
The introduction of our new policy towards mobile phone use is showing dividends with students enjoying each other’s company and benefitting from the well-being that it brings. There is a tangible sense of raised community interaction around the College. Thank you to parents for your support of this change.
Our senior captains have shown considerable leadership in organising and facilitating a number of activities to engage students in exercise and social interaction across all sub-schools, through a range of options.
Zumba, board games and Chess Club, sport and game rotations, Friday Quiz, Ukulele Club, Gym Club, STEM Club, Coding Club, and quiet study are some of the activities on offer.
We are looking forward to continuing this next term with the Middle School Captains becoming involved in support of these leadership opportunities. New ideas are always welcomed.
Celebrating Our Students - No Phone Policy
Term 2 has been abuzz with the Year 12's taking leadership for lunchtime activities. Our College captains and other Year 12 students have initiated, planned and run lunchtime activities to a very high standard. These activities have provided opportunities for our students to engage with each other, have fun, and develop deeper long-lasting relationships, all without the use of their phones.
Special mention this month goes to Rowan Culliton and his helpers. Rowan has run an exciting Trivia Quiz each Friday lunchtime for students in Years 5 to 12. The number of students attending the quiz sessions has significantly increased each week. Staff have commented that students are excited to move quickly towards the Peace Centre when Rowan announces over the loudspeaker that the quiz is about to start.
Thank you, Rowan, for the time and effort put in to prepare the fun and entertaining quizzes each week! You have earned the title: Quiz Master.
Student comments to teachers about the No Phone Policy indicate that they now talk more with people they haven’t known well from their year level. Teachers are noticing an increase in student physical activity around the College. Older and younger students enjoy sharing the sports areas and equipment respectfully. It is a pleasure for teachers to walk around and supervise when on yard duty and notice students chatting with each other and enjoying each other’s company. This is what makes Peace Lutheran College a great place to be!
Exams and Assessments
This week, Year 12 students completed their block exams. They put in a lot of effort to make sure their term of hard work shows dividends. School reports will be heading home soon and parents and student will have the opportunity to reflect on how well they have done in Semester 1. 
Year 11 students have been working hard to step up to the expectations of senior school but, 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, however, we continue to see students putting off assignments until a number are due in a short space of time.
I would like to encourage parents to be aware of the assignment schedules, which are released on to the website in the first few weeks of term, to support your son or daughter in managing these expectations. Parents can support their children by downloading and displaying a copy at home to remind them to utilise this valuable resource. Yammer has proven to be an invaluable tool for communicating rapidly with students.
We look forward to the opportunity, next term, to meet with parents and discuss how their son or daughter’s senior studies are going and perhaps come up with strategies to improve subject outcomes.
Year 12 - Recharge, Reconnect, Reflect
The Year 12 Students found a way to recharge, reconnect, and reflect on their year so far during a social event held at Grill’d on the Esplanade. Twenty-two students attended the evening, which was a great night out for all who attended.

While ordering our meals, we were pleasantly surprised to note that Grill’d encourage diners to support local causes. This reminded us of our learning during the module of Social Justice. Each diner received a voting token to indicate which out of three local causes Grill’d should support at the end of the voting period. We thought that this was a great initiative!
It was a pleasure to spend some ‘chill’ time with the Year 12 students during this social event. Pastor Adam and I were very proud of student behaviour during the evening. We were pleased to be able to spend time in the company of outstanding young men and women at our College.

- Mrs Juanita Eime, Year 12 Coordinator
On the 19th of June, the Year 10, 11 and 12 Hospitality students visited Mondo on the Waterfront to participate in a restaurant evaluation assessment. The students had to make professional judgements on all aspects of the experience, ranging from the greeting to the service and the quality of the food.
The lunch menu consisted of an entrée of Lamb & Chickpea – lamb kofta served with falafel and a yoghurt mint dressing; the mains were a choice between Fresh Crispy Battered Reef Fish served with caper buttered potatoes, and Daging Rendang - Malay beef curry simmered in coconut milk, served with steamed jasmine rice, raita, eggplant pickle and poppadums.
We found the food was fantastic and excellent value for money, and the service was professional, friendly and very efficient. A big thank you to Lee-Ann Azzopardi from the Hilton Cairns for facilitating the event.
The Peace students were great ambassadors for the school and were an absolute pleasure to take on the excursion.

- Mr Marcello Cecchi, Home Economics & Hospitality Teacher
Service Learning
As part of the Year 10-12 Religion & Ethics program, the senior school students will be embarking on a day of service activities to end the term, reaching out to our local community to invite a number of retired Cairns residents to enjoy some company, refreshments and fiercely competitive games with the students. Students involved will be able to log their hours towards Community Service Awards next term.
Parent Engagement & Showcase Evening - Tuesday, 23rd of July 2019, 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
We are looking forward to hosting a number of parents in Term 3 to provide information and advice on a range of topics from Year 12 QTAC to the new QCE and subject selection information for current Year 10 students. Key locations around the College will be open for viewing and staff will be available to answer questions.

Have a great holiday.

God bless,
Peter Cummings - Head of Senior School

Middle School News

Semester One Events
It is difficult to believe that we have just finished Semester 1. In this time, we have witnessed many events that have taken place in the Middle School, and this highlights the opportunity and levels of participation that our students are involved in. A snapshot of the various activities that the College has been involved in include:
  • College Swimming / Cross Country / Athletics Carnivals
  • College Leader’s Induction Assembly
  • Year 6 and Year 8 camps
  • Year 9 Leadership Day
  • Middle School Disco
  • ANZAC Day service and assembly
  • TCN Athletics and Cross Country Carnivals
  • Salvation Army Door Knock Appeal
  • Borneo Trip Service Initiatives
  • Community Service Program
  • PAT testing
  • Reader’s Challenge Cup
  • Maths Enrichment Days
  • Robotics Expo
  • World’s Greatest Shave for a cure
Semester 1 Community Service Recipients
It has been very pleasing to see so many students involved in the service programs that the school offers, as well as creating their own initiatives in the wider community. In looking at our service records, we have twenty students who have been awarded service certificates, which includes a variety of bronze, silver and gold recipients.

Congratulations to the following students who have been awarded Community Service Certificates this semester:

Gold Award (20+ Hours of Service)
Coco Dare and Gnu Kim

Silver Award (10+ Hours of Service)
Caleb Maas, Jessica Cooks, Ziian Carey, Clinton Nopoi

Bronze Award (5+ Hours of Service)
Ninife Reinshagen, She-in Kim, Irtaza Iftikah, Harriet Quigley, Daisy Quigley, Lorraine Laime, Tiana Weidner, Jaziba, Iftikah, Miles Vallely, Hannah Nelson, Nick Rudani, Thomas Hackett, Asheruhny Walker and Alice-Lee Walker.
Peace Lutheran College School Shoe Policy
As we conclude Semester 1 and approach a new Semester in a few week’s time, I would like to again clarify the formal school shoe that we have at the College. In the first two term’s I have observed some inconsistencies with the type of school shoe students are wearing, and what constitutes the appropriate shoe for formal wear.

Year Level Coordinators and Home Group teachers regularly monitor shoes, so that we can ensure that we have consistent standards and expectations at the school. The College’s shoe policy for the formal wearing of shoes is as stated below:
Shoes Black upper leather shoes (black joggers are not permitted). Enclosed, black leather protective footwear must be worn in manual arts classes. The point of difference we are currently experiencing is the jogger style of shoe that is being worn. The College has a clear expectation for the hardstyle leather and not a flat sole shoe as what constitutes that of a ‘jogger’. Examples of an acceptable and not acceptable style of formal wear shoes are illustrated below. Students who do not meet the requirements and expectations will be asked to meet the College’s policy.
Middle School Diaries
In my last newsletter report, I spoke about the requirements and expectations for our students to be ensuring they are using their College diary on a daily basis, and making sure they have this in their possession in every lesson. This would include homegroup and all lessons. Students will also be expected to have their diary signed by their parents/carers on a weekly basis. Homegroup teachers will also monitor and sign diaries every week during homegroup lessons.
Handy Hints for Diary Use

In order for our students to become independent, organised and responsible people, parents could challenge their child to use their diary for events other than school.
Home Challenges
  • Parents birthdays
  • Siblings birthdays
  • Holidays
School Foci
  • Assessment Calendar
  • Backwards Planning
  • Excursions
  • Homework

Wishing all families an enjoyable and safe holiday period.

Best regards,
Brett Toombs - Head of Middle School

Junior School News

I'm bored... those famous holiday words!
This is a great parent response...

Have you:
  1. Been creative - there are some wonderful STEAM activities online for creative inventors.
    Play Dough to Plato
    Left Brain Craft Brain
  2. Played outside - bikes, trampolines, skipping and playing chase, to doing a nature treasure hunt, fun in the sun is always a must.
3. Read a book - books are the gateway to our imagination and learning.
4. Exercised - set up a mini Olympics or obstacle course, or walk the dog.
5. Done something helpful - random acts of kindness create smiles and warm fuzzy feelings for all.
Semester Reports
For all subjects, you will see an Achievement Standard which highlights the core learning experienced in the subject during the semester. This is based on the Australian Curriculum Year Level Achievement Standards. This is the same for all students within each year level.

Within each subject, the student’s Knowledge and Understanding and Skills and Processes is assessed. The grading system is a 5 point scale of describing words to explain your child’s achievement; Emerging, Developing, Demonstrating, Advancing, Extending.

Peace Cross Curricular Values are based on the common language we use in the Junior School from “Program Achieve: You Can Do It”. These 5 keys of Organisation, Getting Along, Confidence, Persistence and Resilience, form the basis of your child’s behaviour, industry and participation in each subject.

Comments for each subject from the teacher focus on critical aspects of your child’s learning in the relevant subject.

Please take the time to sit with your child and celebrate their achievements. Remember each of us is unique in our gifts, talents and skills and this is what makes us special in God’s eyes!
What a celebration of learning!
It was fantastic to see the many parents and family members supporting our Learning Expo on Tuesday afternoon. Parents knowing what is happening at school with their child’s learning is an extremely important aspect of school life. I heard many positive conversations between adults and students with great enthusiasm from students to share their knowledge. Look out for Semester 2’s Learning Expo coming in Term 4.
Monday, 29th July 2019 and Tuesday, 30th July 2019

A notice advising the link to book interview times will be published as  soon as available.
Rubbish Free Junior School
From Term 3 we will be removing the landfill waste bins from Junior School. Over the last few weeks students have been practicing returning their waste to their lunch box to go home. We have also purchased the following bins for the Junior School to establish a cohesive waste management program.
  • Yellow Bins – paper recycling
  • Blue Bins – 10 cent container collection
  • Green Bins – food scraps (these will be put into the compost system or fed to the chickens)
We are excited to be pioneering this for the College.
New Tuckshop Menu
This week, Junior School students were treated to a special introduction to Chef Luukas and his tasty chicken bites - one of the food items to be included in our new tuckshop menu from Term 3. We look forward to seeing the Junior School students enjoying the new menu options.

The new menu, including further instruction on the new online ordering system will be sent home to parents very soon.
Drop-off and Pick-up
Just a reminder that staff do not begin duty at school until 8:00 am. Children arriving prior to 8:00 am need to be placed in Outside School Hours Care (OHSC). In the afternoon, the Junior School undercover area is not a designated duty zone. Please encourage your child to go straight from their class at 3:00 pm to the correct area for you to pick them up.
Uniform Standards
As the cooler weather is upon us it is important to remind ourselves of the uniform standard. Please take the time on the holidays to ensure correct jumpers are purchased for school. All uniform requirements can be found at Uniform Link.
Term 3 Dates to Note
15th July – First school day of Term 3
19th July – Public Holiday - Cairns Show
23rd July – Author's visit
23rd July – Parent Information Session – Wonders of Living - NFS Program
25th July - Parent Information Session – How to have the talk - NFS Program
26th July – NAIDOC Celebrations
29th July – NFS Wonders of Living Program delivered to students
30th July – NFS Wonders of Living Program delivered to students
30th July – Life Education Van visits (through to 2nd August)
30th July – Parent Teacher Interviews
19th August – Book Week Parade
19th August – Grandparents & Special Person's morning tea
23rd August – Book Week Disco
30th August – P&F Trivia Night
19th Sept – Last day of school for Term 3

Best regards,
Sarah Rowan - Head of Junior School

Boarding News

Thank You Dinner
As all families would be aware, the College will be running the catering for our Dining Room and Tuckshop from Term 3. On Monday the 24th of June, the current and some former dining room staff joined the Boarding community, and other members of the Executive for a thank you dinner. Our new Catering Manager, Mr Luukas Traunter, prepared a delicious three-course meal to ensure it was a fitting event.
The celebration provided the opportunity to thank Ms Norie Lee and her staff for their dedication and service over the past 21 years. This gathering was not a farewell, but a thank you. Some of the dining room staff, including Ms Norie Lee (Boarding), will be continuing with roles in the boarding houses or dining room.
Everyone gathered had a wonderful evening and tasted the delicious, healthy food that Mr Luukas Traunter and his team will be serving our Boarding students on a regular basis.
The Boarders thoroughly enjoyed separate outings to Yunguburra and Mareeba in recent weeks. These outings provided both a relaxing and informative social opportunity. Being able to visit the Museum in Mareeba, and the Avenue of Honour in Yunguburra was enjoyed by all.
Technology Cupboards
Excitement had been growing over the past couple of weeks with the arrival of our new technology cupboards. For the past two weeks the technology cupboards, which charge technology overnight, have been fully operational. The students have actually enjoyed handing in their technology of an evening.
View the functionality of this impressive storage and charging cupboard.
Along with ensuring students devices are fully charged for school, they also provide added security for everyone.
Term Three
A reminder to all families that Monday the 15th of July is a travel day for all Boarding students. Please email all return details to the relevant House Parent as soon as possible.

Week one of Term 3 will include a public holiday on Friday the 19th of July for the Cairns Show. If a student is going to go on leave that weekend, leave applications need to be made via the Boarding Portal, Boardingware. Leave requests can be made from the afternoon of Thursday the 18th of July until Sunday the 21st of July.
I would like to wish all students and their families a relaxing and enjoyable holiday period. I look forward to working with you throughout Semester 2.

Best regards,
Patrick Connell - Head of Boarding

Middle/Senior School Sports News

The CISSA Sport competition for 2019 has concluded with PLC finishing 6th overall (5th in the Boys Championship, and 6th in the Girls Championship). Out of the seven PLC teams in Grand Finals, two were successful.

The Boys Volleyball and Girls Volleyball teams both received trophies as Division 2 winners. Trophies were presented to Wilhelmina Dihm and Dana Evans (MVP of Final), and James Carlsson and Isaac Tomlinson (MVP of Final).

Congratulations to all students who participated in this competition and represented PLC with pride.
TCN and Peninsula Athletics
PLC has achieved some outstanding results in both the TCN and Peninsula Athletics championships. Overall, PLC had 33 students selected to represent TCN at the Peninsula Athletics Championships – a fantastic effort!

Notable TCN Results:
10 Years Girls
Athena Cecchi 100m 4th
Athena Cecchi 200m 2nd
Athena Cecchi 800m 1st
Athena Cecchi 1500m 1st
Arian-Rose Amato 1500m  2nd
10 Years Boys
Reuben Eyre High Jump 1st
Homate Zuwi’e Discus 4th
11 Years Girls
Atalia Turner 800m 3rd
Atalia Turner 1500m 3rd
Charlotte Powell Shot Put 2nd
Charlotte Powell Discus 3rd
11 Years Boys
Daniel Yanez 800m 4th
Daniel Yanez 1500m 4th
Cezan Nentjes Discus  4th
12 Years Girls
Ella Nulley 800m 1st
Ella Nulley 1500m 2nd
Ella Nulley Long Jump 1st
12 Years Boys
Charlie Wood 100m 3rd
13 Years Girls
Valerina Hudson 400m 3rd
Jordan Hackett 800m 3rd
Jordan Hackett 1500m 2nd
Valerina Hudson Long Jump  4th
Isabella Parton Discus 2nd
Lalai Geno Javelin 2nd
Isabella Parton Javelin 3rd
13 Years Boys
Kenny Holroyd 400m 1st
Tsubasa Duggan 800m 4th
Kenny Holroyd Javelin 1st
14 Years Girls
Lili Gaudion Discus 4th
Natalie Kavanamur Javelin 3rd
Lili Gaudion Triple Jump 3rd
14 Years Boys
Joe Downes 1500m 3rd
Jan du Bruyn 1500m 4th
15 Years Girls
Denise Eddington 200m 4th
Tali Hoye 400m 3rd
Tali Hoye 800m 3rd
Tali Hoye 1500m 3rd
Teresa Schwoebel Long Jump 1st
Denise Eddington Long Jump 3rd
Dana Evans Shot Put 1st
Tali Hoye High Jump 3rd
Tali Hoye Triple Jump 4th
15 Years Boys
Kuda Mawire Triple Jump 3rd
16 Years Girls
Ebonni Hay Javelin 4th
16 Years Boys
Nathan Keough 400m 4th
Nathan Keough 1500m 3rd
Kyle Petith High Jump 1st
17 Years Girls
Nardia Amini Discus 3rd
Based on their performances at TCN, Athena Cecchi was awarded 2nd Place in the 10 years Girls Age Championship, Ella Nulley 3rd Place in the 12 years Girls Age Championship, Kenny Holroyd 3rd Place in the 13 years Boys Age Championship, and Tali Hoye 3rd Place in the 15 years Girls Age Championship.
Notable Peninsula Results:

Charlie Wood 12yrs Boys High Jump 1st Place
Ella Nulley 12yrs Girls 800m  4th Place
Ella Nulley 12yrs Girls 1500m 4th Place
Kenny Holroyd 13yrs Boys 400m 3rd Place
Kenny Holroyd 13yrs Boys Javelin  4th Place
Teresa Schwoebel 15yrs Girls Long Jump 3rd Place
Dana Evans 15yrs Girls Shot Put 4th Place
JSS Sport
In Semester 2 (Terms 3 and 4), all Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9 students at PLC will participate in the JSS (Junior Secondary Sport) competition. This is an inter-school round robin sports competition that includes Redlynch State College, St Andrew’s Catholic College, Cairns State High School, Trinity Bay State High School, Saints Combined (St Augustine’s & St Monica’s), St Mary’s Catholic College, and Trinity Anglican School. This week our PLC students have submitted selections (1st, 2nd, and 3rd preferences). Sports available are AFL, Netball, Basketball, Soccer, Touch and Volleyball. Students will be placed in teams to train in week 1 of Term 3 and commence the competition in week 2.

Yours in sport.
Jason Atkins - Middle & Senior School Sports Coordinator

Careers Corner

The end of Term 2 signals the start of some important decisions for our senior cohort in Term 3.

Firstly, our Year 12 students will soon be completing their tertiary admission applications if they are thinking of a university pathway. The information has been posted on Yammer for students to assist them in navigating this process. Tertiary admission centres in all states accept applications for all public universities so please feel free to visit their websites to find out how to apply for a preferred course. For students wanting to study at a Queensland university visit for further information on course admissions.

Our Year 10 students will be making subject choices for Year 11. This will also include the opportunity for students to select a VET pathway such as aviation, a selection of trades, healthcare or apply for a school-based traineeship. 
Separate parent information evenings will be held to assist both students and parents with these decisions. This will be communicated to parents by the Head of Senior School and Year Level Coordinators very soon.
Navigating HECS and Tertiary Student Loans
Over the last couple of weeks, I have had students mention they are confused about how to pay for university studies.
Did you know that the majority of students looking to study at university will pick a course that will be funded by the Federal Government? This is known as a CSP - Commonwealth Supported Place. Students will also have access to HECS-HELP, the loan scheme in place to cover student contributions until their earnings hit the minimum threshold for repayment. This threshold varies each year and for the 2018-19 financial year is $51,957. This support is also available to students who may want to study a TAFE course. VET-LOANS are very similar to HECS-HELP, to allow students to pursue their chosen vocational pathway. The Government also has in place a number of programs such as the Certificate III Guarantee allowing Year 12 graduates in Queensland to transition to employment by providing free training in high priority qualifications.
For more information about this HECS or VET LOANS please visit
Year 12 Guest Speaker Program
Our Year 12 guest speaker program commenced this term with a range of guests talking to our students about their career pathways. One of the highlights was Rhiannon Simcocks, a business consultant with local Cairns firm, Kleinhardt, and Chair of the Young Cairns Chamber committee. Rhiannon had a strong and powerful message stemming from her own experiences which really resonated with our students. Her thought-provoking and engaging presentation encouraged students to become a 'doer' and let them know not to be ashamed of taking a career u-turn, or two. A big thank you to all members of our local community as well as visitors from Brisbane who have taken the time to talk to our students.
Need advice?
Just a reminder that 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 on email if they have any questions relating to careers, vocational pathways, university entrance or the new ATAR system.
Have a wonderful break
Best regards,
Rebecca Bolton - Careers & Guidance Officer

Learning Centre News

Readers Cup 2019
I would like to congratulate our reading superstars who were selected to compete in the FNQ Regional Readers Cup. This was the first time Peace has competed in the competition that has been running in Cairns for around 12 years. All of the students have worked so hard over the past 11 weeks to read six set novels and then quiz each other on the books at weekly lunch time meetings. This was all completed in their own time, in addition to their normal school work. I am very proud of their achievement.
Year 5/6 Readers Cup - 13th June 2019
Honey Dare, Sarah Kochi, Sophie Potter & Emily Yagawa
The team competed against 48 schools from Thursday Island to Weipa, across to Mossman and right down to Innisfail. They had a great day and certainly kept some of the other teams on their toes.
Year 7/8 Readers Cup - 14th June 2019
Team 1: Charlotte Eime, Amber Fritelli, Sonia Hansen & Matthew Nelson
Team 2: Bea Holloway, Grace Morton, Amy Werchon

The teams competed against 32 teams from 16 schools. Our students should be congratulated on the effort they put in on the day.

End of Term Returns
We strongly encourage all students to borrow books before the end of term and continue reading over the school holidays. Any books that students have borrowed in weeks 9 and 10 have automatically been renewed until Week 2 of next term.

Premier's Reading Challenge
Congratulations to the students who have already returned their completed reading logs. Reading will continue to the last day of Book Week on the 23rd of August. All students in Prep to Year 9 have been registered and we have had a great response from teachers and students within the College. Remember to log each book as you read. Forms are available from the Learning Centre.
  • Prep – Year 2, read or experience 20 books
  • Year 3 - Year 4, 20 books
  • Year 5 - Year 9, read 15 books

Best regards,
Tanya Mills & Kim McKinlay - Learning Centre

Parents & Friends News

The Parents and Friends Association (P&F) is made up of volunteers, parents, caregivers, teachers and community-minded people who want to help and be involved with our school. Every parent/carer of a student at the College is a member of our P&F Association. 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.
Upcoming Fundraising Events
  • Junior and Middle School Disco - Friday, 23 August 2019
  • Trivia Night - Friday, 30 August 2019
  • Father’s Day Stall - Friday, 30th August 2019
    Gifts for the stall are being purchased by the P&F Committee and will be priced at approximately $5 - $10. Proceeds assist the P&F and this activity helps children to develop skills in independently shopping
  • Spring Fair - 26th October
Planning is now underway for the 2019 Spring Fair
  • Auction and Cent Sale - we are seeking prize donations 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.
  • Trash & Treasure stall - if you are planning to do a ‘spring clean’ in the next couple of months, the P&F would love your ‘treasure’ for our stall (excluding electrical goods and child car seats). Drop-off collection points are at the school Administration and the Junior School Stop-Drop-Go every Monday in Term 3.
  • Plant Stall - coordinators are already busy growing plants and are seeking donations of pots, bags of potting mix and cuttings for propagation. If you are able to assist, please drop your donations to the school Administration.
  • Stall Holders - expressions of interest for school family owned and operated business stall holders are open. A small site fee applies. Please email your expression of interest for a stall to the Committee.​
Do you own a business or know someone who does?
Corporate Sponsorship offers some exciting advertising opportunities for local businesses to become involved with the P&F’s major fundraiser of the year. Email for package details.
Should you have any questions, suggestions, feedback or would be interested in being involved, we would love to hear from you!
We need your ideas, enthusiasm, skills, friendship, energy, experience and goodwill!
All parents, carers, teachers, staff and the wider school community are most welcome at our next P&F meeting.
WHEN: Wednesday, 24th July 2019
TIME: 6:45 pm for refreshments followed by 7:00 pm meeting start
WHERE: Peace Lutheran College Staff Lounge

Kindest regards,
Handan Y.Roper - P&F President

College News

Drama Production

Are You Shakespearious?
Do you know anything about Shakespeare? Do you like him? Even if you do or don’t, you must not miss this original musical comedy written by Mr Brodie O’Mara and Mrs Jacqueline Moore.

A story of a young girl, who is a Shakespeare hater, forced to do an incredibly boring essay on... you guessed it... Shakespeare! Watch and listen as she is visited by three ghosts and undertakes a hilarious conversion. Featuring comedy skits, modern interpretations and catchy songs from our talented Middle and Senior School students with live music, “Are You Shakespearious?” is a sure winner for a great night’s entertainment.
Tickets are available online only for a cost of $10 per person, which includes a fabulous show and refreshments. Tickets will go on sale within the next week, so we will be sure to keep you up to date.

Show Dates:
  • Friday, 9th of August at 7:00 pm - Opening Show
  • Saturday, 10th of August at 7:00 pm - Closing Show
Plus, there will be a special student night on Thursday, 8th of August at the special price of $5 per student (show only, NO refreshments at this performance).

Come along, bring your family, bring your friends and neighbours... it is safe to say, you would have not seen anything like it!

Borneo Service Trip

As the term comes to an end, the students and staff participating in the Service trip to Borneo are becoming more excited, and maybe a little nervous, as the date draws closer. We leave on Saturday the 14th of September, which is at the end of week 9 in term 3. We have all been getting ready – hiking, gathering our items on the equipment list, meeting regularly for information & support, and raising funds for the village we will be visiting.

Students have also designed a shirt for the trip, which should be ready Term 3.
On July 28th we will hike to Speewah to camp overnight, testing our hammocks and other equipment, in readiness for our jungle trek when we are in Borneo. The jungle hike and mountain trek are two key highlights and challenges of the trip, as well as the preparation and planning. While we are on the trip, the students will be involved in the day-to-day planning, including organising travel and meals.
A key part of the trip is the visit and homestay in the village Long Pasia, a beautiful and remote village in the heart of Sabah, Borneo. During our time in the village, we visit the small school. We are raising funds for our service project in the village, but also to support the school with a gift of stationery and other educational items. Members of the College community can assist the village Long Pasia by donating via Admin or online through MyCause:

Thank you,
Pastor Adam, Miss Claudia Pudelko and Mrs Elizabeth Hill

Introducing Chef Luukas

Peace Lutheran College is excited to introduce our new Catering Manager, Luukas Trautner. Luukas is highly regarded within his industry, having been a successful restaurant owner, as well as working in some of the most esteemed kitchens of Europe’s finest establishments, including Michelin star restaurants where he learned from the best of the best in the field.
Over the past Term, Chef Luukas has been working quietly in the background revolutionising our Tuckshop and Boarder's Dining menus to include choices that will provide our students with the energy their developing minds and bodies need. During this time we have surveyed students and parents regarding this change, receiving over 200 responses. Luukas has met with parents to consult over proposed healthy menu items and provided students with taste-testing opportunities for our new healthy chicken bites.

We are encouraged by this positive transformation to our school’s food offering and the benefits it will provide to our students and their families. And we do very much include 'families' here, as there are some exciting initiatives in the pipeline to provide a service to busy parents who would welcome the opportunity to order and collect a professionally prepared evening meal for the family. Stay tuned for further updates!

College Events

Parent Engagement & Showcase Evening

Tuesday, 23rd July 2019
The first in a series of Parent Engagement & Showcase Evenings presenting information on how to support learning and wellbeing, share academic, cultural and artistic opportunities available to students.

Find out more

NAIDOC at Peace

Save the date - you won't want to miss this!
Friday, 26 July 2019
1:30 pm NAIDOC Chapel
3:00 pm NAIDOC activities commence on the Peace Green

Keep Reading

Drama Production

Are You Shakespearious?
Friday, 9 August 2019
Saturday, 10 August 2019

*Student only performance on
Thursday, 8 August 2019

Find out more

Book Week

Monday, 19 August 2019
- 8:30 am in the Peace Centre
- 10:15 am on the Peace Green

Monday, 19 August - Friday, 23 August 2019
Visit the Learning Centre and purchase books, novelties, and posters to help raise funds to purchase resources for the Learning Centre.

Friday, 23 August 2019
Dress up as the character from your favourite book!
Prep - Year 2 from 3:00 pm- 4:15 pm / Year 3 - Year 5 from 4:30 pm- 6:00 pm
Year 6 - Year 8 from 6:30 pm- 8:00 pm
Cost: $5 per student, includes a snack and water

P&F Trivia Night

Friday, 30 August 2019
More information to follow soon.

SAVE THE DATE! Saturday, 7 September 2019
Peace Lutheran College is celebrating its 25th Anniversary with an afternoon of reflection and festivity. We invite you to join us for what is sure to be a very special occasion. Mark the date in your calendar and stay tuned for more detail of all that will unfold.

Prep in Action Open Day

Tuesday, 17 September 2019
Wednesday, 18 September 2019

If you or someone you know has a child enrolling into Prep, we encourage you to visit and experience a day in the life of a Peace Prep student. Light refreshments will be served in the Prep area following the visit.
Limited numbers. Register online. For more information, contact Enrolments Officer, Anna Rosendale on 4039 9021 or email

Spring Fair

Saturday, 26 October 2019
We are all set for another huge Spring Fair event!
Join us for all the fun of the Fair!!

What's on @ Peace

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
Tuesday, 23 July 2019
Peace Centre
Parent Engagement Evening
Tuesday, 23 July 2019
Peace Lutheran College
P&F Meeting
Wednesday, 24 July 2019
Staff Lounge
NFS Junior School Parent Night
Thursday, 25 July 2019
Peace Centre
NAIDOC Celebrations
Friday, 26 July 2019
Peace Lutheran College
PLC Middle School Relay for Life
Sat, 27th & Sun, 28th July 2019
Barlow Park
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
Code Club (weekly)
Wednesday, 7 August 2019
Computer Room
STEM Club (weekly)
Thursday, 8 August 2019
Classroom M5
Drama Production - Student Night
Thursday, 8 August 2019
Drama Production-Opening Night
Friday, 9 August 2019
Drama Production-Closing Night
Saturday, 10 August 2019
Book Week Parade-Junior School
Monday, 19 Augst 2019
Peace Centre
Book Week Book Fair
Mon 19 - Fri 23 August 2019
Learning Centre
School Disco - Prep to Year 8
Friday, 23 August 2019
Peace Centre
NFS Years 11 & 12
Wednesday, 28 August 2019
Peace Lutheran College
NFS Years 6 - 9
Thursday, 29 August 2019
Peace Lutheran College
NFS Years 6 - 9
Friday, 30 August 2019
Peace Lutheran College
P&F Trivia Night
Friday, 30 August 2019
Peace Lutheran College
Father's Day Gift Stall
Friday, 30 August 2019
JS Undercover Area

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

Staying Connected

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