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:
Admin Office Closure
Change to Middle School Hat Policy
Middle School BYOD in 2020
Middle/Senior Sports News
Careers Corner
Learning Centre News
P&F News
College News
Dates For Your Calendar

Staying Connected

Lutheran schools come in all shapes and sizes. St. Peter’s Lutheran School in Dimboola, Victoria had just over 20 students in total, while St. Peter’s Lutheran College in Brisbane has over 2,000 students. Somewhere in the middle of that number is our own Peace Lutheran College in Cairns.

Whether the number of students is in the tens or the hundreds or the thousands, the vision of Lutheran schools remains the same – to provide the best education, in a Christ-centred environment.

Principal's News

Dear Parents and Friends,

At the Presentation events, I spoke about the importance of not comparing yourself with others, but rather to focus on being the best version of yourself and to do your best in all circumstances.

The school year can be described using the analogy of a marathon race. There is a lot of hard work, perseverance and determination that goes into the preparation for the race to the finish line. It is important that you finish strong and finish well.

Just as the marathon runner, to finish strong requires you to keep going when things are tough. Towards the end of the race, the marathon runner doesn’t stop or slow down saying, “I gave it my best, but now I’m just tired and can’t be bothered…”, of course not. As the marathon runner finishes their race, as they make their way into the stadium, after hours and hours of running, they pick up the pace, despite the exhaustion, as the crowd cheers them along, and finishes strong.
Thank you to all our community members for being that crowd in the stadium, cheering us along as we make our way to the finish line.

I wish to acknowledge our Graduating Class and congratulate them on the way they finished so very well at the various events that celebrated their journey at Peace; the Formal, the Presentation Night and the Graduation Chapel.

They are a remarkable group of young people and we thank them for their individual and collective contributions over their time here at Peace. May God continue to bless their journey through life.

A Strong Community Through Leadership
It is really encouraging to see young people develop and grow in confidence and as leaders. It has been a real blessing to work with our Student Leadership Team this year, who have done a great job leading our school and supporting new initiatives to bring our community closer together.

Community is one of our core values and this has been a big focus for the year. We have focused on developing strong connections throughout the College from Prep to Year 12, as well as within the wider community through community service encouragement and recognition. I want to take this opportunity to thank the Student Leadership Team for their outstanding contribution to our College.

2020 Student Leadership
Each year I have the privilege of being involved in the process of electing our College Captains. Each year I am impressed by their willingness to serve, and reminded of how blessed we are to have so many students keen to take on leadership roles. This year saw an unprecedented number of students keen to take on these roles in 2020, which indicates that we will have a strong Student Leadership Team again next year.
I congratulate Gnu Kim and Bethany Simkins on being elected College Captains for 2020 and Christopher Beckman and La'Schaya Body our Vice-Captains. I look forward to working with them and the other members of the Student Leadership Team. I know that they will represent the College and the student body exceptionally well.
May God’s blessings shine on you this Christmas as you remember and celebrate the birth of the Jesus with friends and family.

Yours in Christ,
Elisabeth Fenske - Principal

Learning & Innovation News

2019 has been a very busy year for all students, staff and families at Peace Lutheran College. Thank you to everyone for a very productive and positive 2019. I am very much looking forward to an outstanding 2020.

The upcoming academic year will provide further opportunities for Prep to Year 12 teachers to work together to refine all aspects of learning and teaching. During 2019, teams of teachers from across the College have identified and developed Action Research Projects that will be implemented in 2020.

These Action Research Projects focus on specific subject areas across the Prep to 12 range providing teachers and students with sequenced plans for learning. The outcome for all is a consistent approach across year levels that result in better outcomes for students. This project work has been achieved by drawing upon and developing, the collegial trust amongst staff and the recognition of their professionalism.

The teachers at Peace are motivated by the belief that all students at the College are successful learners. They believe in developing, building and maintaining positive and caring relationships with students and each other.  This has been evident in the collaborative teamwork demonstrated by the Action Research teams.

Peace is an ideal learning environment for all; students and teachers. The Prep to 12 environments provide opportunities for students to learn and grow in a family environment and for teachers to continually learn from each other. Learning together is learning for all.

Thank you for an amazing year of learning together. In particular, special thanks to the hard-working and committed staff of Peace Lutheran College.

Best wishes to all for a happy and safe Christmas break. Take care and I look forward to working with and for you all in 2020.

Best regards,
Clare MacDermott - Head of Learning & Innovation

Pastor's News

And in the same region, there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”
Luke 2: 8 – 14

A lot of people love Christmas. I am sure that we all know at least one person who really enjoys the Christmas season and all the traditions and trappings that go with it – Christmas songs, decorations, putting up Christmas lights, Advent calendars, organising the Christmas dinner, and the like.

Martin Luther also loved Christmas, because he loved Christ. And the season of Christmas, with its traditions, mirrors the gospel story itself. For Luther, the tradition of giving gifts to children was an opportunity to proclaim the gift of Grace in the birth of our Saviour. It is still a good moment to remember the miracle of the Incarnation.

Luther loved singing at Christmas time because just as the angels sang at the birth of Jesus, the gospel always leads to rejoicing, and singing is a great way to rejoice. Luther even wrote Christmas songs and carols, such as “From Heaven Above to Earth I Come” where he writes about the joy of the gospel revealed at Christmas:

From heaven above to earth I come

To bear good news to every home

Glad tidings of great joy I bring

Whereof I now will say and sing

To you this night is born a child

Of Mary, chosen virgin mild

This little child, of lowly birth

Shall be the joy of all the earth.

Tradition also has it that Martin Luther popularised the tradition of the Christmas tree. It is believed that one night travelling home, Luther was overwhelmed by the beauty of a fir tree against the night sky. He was unable to find the words to describe it to his family, that he went back and chopped it down, and brought it home to share with his family. He even decorated the tree with candle tapers, to reflect the stars that hung over the manger where the newborn Messiah lay.

Martin Luther loved Christmas because it reminded him of the joy and truth of the Gospel story. This Christmas, let’s listen, remember, and sing the Jesus story ourselves with all the joy its truth brings.

God bless.
Pastor Adam - College Pastor

Senior School News

The temperature is starting to rise as we are all looking forward to the Christmas break.
Year 12 Formal
The Pullman Cairns International was buzzing with excitement on Saturday 9th November, as the Graduating Seniors pulled out all the stops to stage a dazzling Formal. The evening began with our glamorous students arriving in all kinds of weird and wonderful modes of transport to a waiting crowd of parental paparazzi.
After enjoying drinks in the atmospheric surroundings of the foyer and engaging in some professional photo opportunities, the guests were seated in the beautifully decorated event room. A wonderful evening was enjoyed by all. The location and effort put into the presentations made for a very enjoyable night.
A huge thank you to all students and staff who gave up their time to make it happen.
Year 12 Graduation Chapel
Our Year 12 Students Graduated last Friday in a very moving chapel of celebration and reflection. Student tributes were followed by some wonderful music and readings. Finally, the graduating students took the opportunity to thank their family, friends and College staff who have supported them over the years with floral tributes.
Year 12 End of School Activities
In their final week, students made the most of their remaining time together. Mrs Eime, with the support of Mr O’Mara and Mrs Brayshaw, organised a number of events to farewell our graduating seniors, including a thrilling Laser Tag activity, a retreat at Goomboora Park and an exhilarating visit to Fitzroy Island.
The final week for Year 12 is an opportunity for them to reflect on their time at Peace and thank everyone in the school community who has helped them along the way.
Good luck and God bless our Graduates of 2019.
2020 College Captains
I would like to congratulate our new School Captains for 2020 and I am very much looking forward to working with them next year.
From left to right: Gnu Kim (Captain), Bethany Simkins (Captain), La'Schaya Body (Vice-Captain), Christopher Beckman (Vice-Captain)
Year 11 continue to work hard at their ATAR subjects until the end of the year and lessons will be delivered right up until (and including) the last Friday of week 8 (29th November).

I would like to extend my appreciation to all of the dedicated staff who have provided their support of students in this transition year to the new ATAR system in 2020 and to the students who have worked hard throughout the year.
Year 11 Camp
With the recent examination period in the rearview mirror, our Year 11 students headed off to Echo Creek for a well-earned rest and recharge in preparation for their final year.

The focus of the camp was to promote the characteristics required of a successful leader and also to develop leadership capabilities from the students within this group. In this endeavour, the students were supported by the fabulous Echo Creek staff, the Lutheran Youth Queensland Group and the accompanying College staff. A big thank you goes out to Pastor Adam, Mr Johnson and Mrs Dare, who (although working in the Junior School) was keen to engage with the senior students and develop relationships across the different faculties of our College.
Much fun was had by all and it was truly fantastic to engage with students outside of the formal academic setting. 2020 promises to be an exciting and rewarding time for this group of students and they displayed the behaviour and attitudes that will ensure success in their final year. Above all else, the camp was a testament to our core Peace value of Community.
End of Year Housekeeping
Now is the time to start tracking down those textbooks, which are to be returned before the end of the term.

In addition to returning books, students should make sure that they have backed up their school files and e-mails before the holiday period.

Have a blessed and peaceful Christmas.

Peter Cummings - Head of Senior School

Middle School News

Middle School Activities Week
Activities Week starts in Week 9 this term, being the final week of the year. All students and families have been provided thorough information about the activities that are on offer.

Can I please encourage students to ensure they are knowledgable of what items must be brought to school for the Tuesday and Wednesday of Activities Week.

A summary of the activities have been outlined below:

Change to Middle School Hat Policy
A change to the College Policy relating to the type of hat required to be worn by Middle School students will be introduced from the beginning of 2020 and phased in over this school year.

Currently, the students have a College formal hat and a College sports hat. As of next year, Middle School students will only be required to wear the sports hat.

Students who already own a formal hat will be allowed to wear it next year.
The formal hat will be phased out for Middle School students over the next year. This decision is a result of a change in supplier and cost for the formal hat.

Year 6 2020 Language Subject Options
As students enter the Middle School in 2020, our Year 6 students will have the option of choosing either Japanese or Italian as a subject to study for the duration of the year. Information has been sent home to parents through email about the selection of their child’s language subject. A link has also been provided for families to select their option.

To enable the finalisation of timetables for 2020, can I please ask families to complete their selection from this link, by the end of Week 8 (Sunday, 1st December).

Please do not hesitate to contact me at the College if you would like to discuss the language option further.

BYOD in 2020
As communicated in previous months, all Middle School students at the College in 2020, will be required to have access to their own technology device (laptop) at the College. The information has been distributed to families about the specific requirements and specifications that will allow efficient use at the College.

A reminder that we have a relationship with Brilliant Technologies, who have offered discounted prices on two selected and recommended BYOD options for students.

If purchasing a new product, we highly recommend that families take into consideration the requirements outlined in the information letter distributed in October this year. These requirements are also noted below for reference.

PLC Service Program

The College’s Service program in 2019 has been an overwhelming success with many students devoting their time and energy towards this initiative. It has been extremely pleasing to see students look within the wider community to support projects and individuals in their everyday lives.

I am proud to mention that a total of 86 students submitted ‘Service Voucher’s’ this year, with 73 students receiving a Service Certificate, based on the tier that represented the hours that were committed to the program. The break down of the 76 awards is as follows:

  • 73 Students receiving Service Certificates
  • 27 Bronze Awards, 23 Silver Awards
  • 11 Gold Awards
  • 8 Platinum Awards

The final presentation of service awards was presented at this week’s final assembly. Congratulations to the many Middle School students who have committed to the service program in Term 4. Recipients of the November awards are as follows:

- Emily Mortley
- Isabel Rowan
- Matty Sims
- Isabelle McCullough

- Isabelle McCullough

- Regan Nash
- Tyne Gilbert
- Lucy Warne
- Mila Fox
- Piper Heath
- Zoe Eime
- Angus James
- Sienna McKinley
- Hannah Goodyear
- Nicole Werchon
- Holly Torrent
- Lachlan McCarthy
- Tania Thompson
- Zarana Crossley
- Tasya Eriksson
- Charlotte Eime
- Honey Dare
- Fiona Twist
- Kauri Burns
- Matthew Nelson
- Junis Linderhaus
- Jennifer Unsworth
- Bethany Sarles
- Fiona Jones
I would like to take this final opportunity to wish all families a very festive and restful break over the Christmas season. It has been an active and busy year in Middle School, and I trust that all students will be looking forward to an enjoyable holiday, before embarking on another big year at PLC in 2020.

Best regards,
Brett Toombs - Head of Middle School

Junior School News

Learning Over The Christmas Break
Whilst it is important for us to have a break from the routines of school and homework, as parents, we need to be mindful that the holiday period is lengthy and we still need to focus on learning for our children. There are many fun ways of engaging students in learning at home, whilst relaxing and having fun along the way:
  • Cooking and baking – Christmas is an excellent time to make a few favourite recipes that can even be given out as presents to friends, neighbours and family.
  • Reading – pick a series or chapter book that will take time to read and draw pictures along the way.
  • Writing – keep a journal of your holiday activities and adventures.
  • Library visit – whilst our College Learning Centre is closed, Cairns libraries are open. Not only are they great places for books, but many also have other activities on offer for children.
  • Art and craft activities – keep those fine motor skills in practice and put your creative thinking hats on.
  • STEM/STEAM Activities – there are many of these activities online for children to access, often with everyday objects, and some of these projects take time and can be developed over a number of weeks.
  • Technology – of course, this is a favourite!
  • Outside time – swimming, park plays, riding bikes and scooters are all great ways to keep active.


To try and avoid hearing 'those' words... "I'm bored"... use this acronym for ideas and challenges for every day.

And don't forget to have some family and friend time too!
As we close the year, I would like to extend a sincere thanks to:
  • Our Students
  • Our Teachers and Ancillary Staff
  • Our Peace families
Your dedication to teaching and learning and the support shown has helped make Peace “A Great Place To Be!”
May you and your family enjoy the Christmas break together. Travel safe, relax and enjoy being with each other during this special time of the year.

Best regards,
Sarah Rowan - Head of Junior School

Boarding News

As Term 4 quickly comes to an end, it is hard to look back on everything the Boarders have achieved this year.

At the Presentation Evening, I asked everyone gathered to congratulate all the Boarders. Whilst a number of Boarders may not have received a physical award, they all needed congratulating for succeeding this year. Succeeding whilst being a long way from everything that is familiar. Succeeding for completing an assessment they might have really struggled with. Succeeding by not giving up when many young people would. The Boarders are truly a courageous group of young people.

Saying goodbye to our Year 12 Boarders was both a sad and exciting occasion. They have all worked exceptionally hard and are well prepared to face life as young adults. In many ways, they are well prepared for this next stage of their life. Grade 12s, it has been an honour for all of us, staff and students, to share in your life journey.

A highlight of the term was the Boarders Christmas Party during Week 6. Many of the staff gathered with the Boarders to enjoy a delicious Christmas spread prepared by our Catering Manager, Chef Luukas and his team. The Dining Hall was filled with laughter, positive energy and excitement as we looked back on the year with fondness. Each of the boarding houses has also had their own Christmas parties were Secret Santa’s have taken place. It has been really pleasing to see the Boarders ending the year on such a positive note.

With schoolwork almost complete, the Boarders have started packing and getting ready for a well-earned rest with family and friends. Whist the homework program has continued into this week, the Boarders have been enjoying a number of outings. This has included, but not limited to, attending a Cairns Taipans game, an outing to Tobruk Pool, and a fun outing to a strawberry farm on the Tablelands. The Boarders certainly increased the sales of strawberries in the region quite considerably.

With my time at Peace coming to an end at the conclusion of the school year, I would like to thank all of our families for placing their trust in me. It has been a privilege to have known you over the past four years and to work with you in providing care for your children.

I wish you all the best for the holiday period. To the Boarders, continue to create yourselves a great story. You are well on the way.

Best regards,
Patrick Connell - Head of Boarding

Middle/Senior School Sports News

Our year in sport has been an extremely busy and rewarding one. This year has seen a record number of students participating in representative sport, with our largest ever contingent of TCN competitors.
The year concluded with our participation in the Junior Secondary Sport (JSS) inter-school tournament where Peace once again won the Aggregate Trophy - the most points per student. We have now won this trophy five years running. Overall, the College finished a well-respected 5th in what is a very tough competition.

Our Girls Volleyball team won the competition, defeating St Monica's College 2-0 in the Grand Final.

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

Careers Corner

As the 2019 year draws to a close, it is a great time to reflect on how the College has been supporting our students to successfully become work or study ready.

This year, students successfully completed their Vocational Education and Training (VET) certificate courses with TAFE, CQU and Aviation Australia. Well done to all of these students for approaching their studies with passion and commitment.

I would also like to acknowledge our VET award winners – congratulations La’Schaya Body (Year 11) - Vocational Education Student of the Year; and Jade Cabasug (Year 12) - School-based Trainee/Apprentice of the Year. These awards recognise students who successfully completed a course designed to deliver workplace-specific skills and knowledge (Vocational Education), and a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship during their senior years (School-based Trainee/Apprentice).

Jade, through her commitment, persistence and hard work displayed throughout her training has also secured an apprenticeship with a 5-star hotel and will start this position in January.

Well done La’Schaya and Jade.

I would also like to thank all of the corporate organisations who freely give up their time to support our students by providing them with the ability to explore career and university pathways. The College is establishing strong community partnerships across a number of businesses and support networks.

Thank you to organisations such as the Business Liaison Association, Defence Force Recruiting, Cairns Chamber of Commerce and Cairns Young Chamber, Vocational Partnerships Group (VPG), MEGT, James Cook University, TAFE, CaPTA Group and Central Queensland University to name but a few who have opened their doors and hearts to our students. Students have been busy attending university open days, professional breakfasts, ATAR and QTAC information sessions, career expos, and have had guest speakers visit and have also participated in career activities.
I would also like to recognise the achievements of one of our graduating Year 12 students, Abin Varughese who was awarded the Dux of Class, Certificate II in Aircraft Line Maintenance with Aviation Australia.

Abin did this whilst also completing an OP pathway. This is an amazing achievement as the combination of a VET course and OP pathway is extremely demanding. Abin’s hard work and dedication paid off by being recognised as the top-performing student.
Well done Abin!  The College is very proud of you and this great achievement. We wish you all the very best with your career in aviation.
Finally, congratulations and best wishes to all of our graduating Year 12 students. It has been great!

Wishing everyone happy holidays and a very Merry Christmas. I look forward to seeing you all in 2020

Best regards,
Rebecca Bolton - Careers & Guidance Officer

Learning Centre News

Farewell to Mrs McKinlay
I would like to wish a fond farewell to Kim McKinlay who has been our Library Assistant for the past 3 years.

Thank you for your dedication and hard work, all of your stories and wonderful displays. The children and I will miss you dearly. We wish you well in your new endeavours.
End of Year Returns
All Library books, English novels, loan and Abstudy Laptops will need to be returned by Friday the 29th of November.
The Learning Centre will be closed from Friday the 6th of November and will reopen on Monday the 20th of January.

The Learning Centre Staff would like to wish all of our students, staff and families a wonderful Christmas and a safe, happy and healthy new year.

Best regards,
Tanya Mills & Kim McKinlay - Learning Centre

Parents & Friends News

2019 Fundraising and Other Contributions
  • Two Junior School Discos
  • Mother’s Day and Father’s Day gift stalls
  • Contributed to NAIDOC celebrations
  • Assisted with Teacher Grants
  • Water bubblers for Peace Center outdoor area
  • Supported Cairns Festival Grand Parade
  • Planned and coordinated the Spring Fair
  • P&F aided the running of the Annual Junior School Christmas Concert
  • Working towards establishing a deck around the Fig trees on the Peace Green
  • Working towards establishing a new playground for Junior School
Introducing the New P&F Executive Committee
We welcome the incoming Peace Lutheran College P&F Executive Members for 2020:
  • President - Larisa Millyard
  • Vice President - Lloyd Matheson
  • Treasurer - Manuela Kensley
  • Secretary - Toni Gilbert
  • Assistant Secretary - Anji Sam
Thank you sincerely to our outgoing Executive Committee members, Handan Roper and Natalie Cahill - your hard work and dedication over the years have helped in achieving wonderful results for our school and we are confident next year will be just as positive.

If you would like to be a part of this vibrant group of parents, keep an eye on the College Facebook page, the Parents & Friends Facebook Group, and School App for advice on the first meeting for 2020.
The P&F would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Christmas. We would like to thank the school community for their support of the P&F in 2019.

Kindest regards,
Larisa Millyard - P&F President

College News

2020 School Bus Applications

If you have a need to use the Peace Lutheran College school buses for transport to and/or from school in 2020, and you have not yet completed an application form, we urge you to do this as a priority as we have very limited seats available on each of our bus routes. If you have been using this service and you wish to use it again next year, you do need to complete and submit a new application form. You can access the form here.

Goodbye from Kayla

Peace's long-standing Admin staff member, Kayla Brady, is leaving at the end of the year and would like to extend a farewell message to all our families she has served during her time at the College.

"It is with sadness I say goodbye to our Peace families. I have been at the College for nearly 14 years and will miss all staff, students and parents who I have come to know well over this time. I am relocating south to be closer to family and further my studies.
Peace has been such a big part of my life, starting here when I was only 19!
I will miss you all but do wish everyone all the best for the future."

Dates For Your Calendar

Last School Day - Years 10 & 11
Friday, 29 November 2019
Last School Day - Prep to Year 9
Wednesday, 4 December 2019
Boarders' Travel Day
Wednesday, 4 December 2019
PLC School Holidays Commence
Thursday, 5 December 2019
Staff Only Day
Thursday, 5 December 2019
*No school for students on this day
Admin Closes for Christmas
12:00 pm Friday, 13 December 2019
Admin Office Reopens
8:00 am Monday, 13 January 2020
Public Holiday - Australia Day
Monday, 27 January 2020
First School Day for All Students
Tuesday, 28 January 2020
Boarders' Travel Day
Tuesday, 28 January 2020

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.

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