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


Items to note:
Borneo Fundraising Website
Code Club
Change to College Uniform
Drama Production Auditions
Careers Corner
Learning Centre News
P&F News
College News
College Events
What's on @ Peace
Community News

Staying Connected



Early Morning Fitness Training
Parkrun Fun
Student ID Cards
Townsville Flood Appeal
DID YOU KNOW?
Peace Lutheran College is one of many Lutheran schools in Australia. The Lutheran Church of Australia has a rich history in education. Since the first Lutheran school opened in 1839 Lutheran schools have grown considerably. There has been clear growth in the last quarter of the twentieth century from 3,592 students in 1967 to 40,291 in 2018.

Principal's News

Dear Parents and Friends,

What does good education involve? How do we define a well-educated person? Usually, we think education means learning new things, gaining knowledge and skills. And this is certainly part of the picture. Knowledge and skills have always been passed down from generation to generation, originally through story-telling, and once the printing press was invented, through books. Today we have easy access to a vastly greater range of information, requiring new skills.

A well-educated person today is a critical thinker who can analyse and assess what they are reading. Someone who challenges ideas and checks the facts. They are able to express themselves in writing and speech. They understand mathematics and numeric thinking.  
They are able to collect and effectively use data and images. They are problem solvers.
 
But that’s not all! A well-educated person knows a lot about the world – its history, cultures, sciences and nature. They are keen to learn more. They understand how democracies work and their role as a citizen of the world.
 
But there’s more! They know how to make sense of difficult ideas. They are able to create their own ideas based on knowledge, they are creative and see things in new ways. They know how to work well with others and how to find the people who know what they need to know. They know how to find reliable information.
 
And last, but possibly most importantly! A well-educated person is a life-long learner, someone who is curious about themselves and the world around them.
 
Our teachers are constantly learning, reflecting on their practice, focusing on ensuring they prepare and equip students for what lies ahead. Change is nothing new, but it is happening at a faster pace now than in the past, it is the new constant. Therefore, learning to be flexible and adapt to new situations is paramount.  

Adapted from “Show What You Know: A Landscape Analysis of Competency-Based Education” by Tom Vander Ark, Mary Ryerse, et al.
We have introduced a Community Service Program this year to encourage students to reach out to others and be good stewards of the world. In Genesis, we can read about how we, as humans, form part of the rest of creation. The rest of creation does not belong to us, it is not ours to do with as we please. It is our home, not our possession, and we are called to look after it.

Throughout the year the school will provide many opportunities for students to be involved in community service projects of different kinds. One such opportunity is to be part of the Environmental Group - a group of conscientious students, passionate about the school’s environmental footprint, led by Mrs Cummings. The group helps with the fortnightly recycling and takes part in tree planting activities. Last year Peace received an Earthcare grant from the Lutheran Laypeople’s League (LLL). These funds were used to plant trees around the boundary of our sports fields. When grown, these trees will provide shade and natural beauty, as well as new habitat for the local bird life. This year the tree planting will focus on other areas of the school.

We also encourage our students to take part in community service opportunities that arise outside of school. Read more about the Community Service Program in Mr Toombs' Middle School News.
The importance of school attendance cannot be overstated. This year we have developed a new Student Attendance Policy and encourage families to refrain from taking students out of school for unnecessary reasons such as holidays through Term time. This supports our value of Excellence and recognises that every day counts.

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

Learning & Innovation News

Peace is a great place to be. It is a great place to learn and a great place to work.
This week I was talking with a teacher and she told me she feels blessed every time she walks into her classrooms at this school because of the students. It is a blessing to have such dedicated teachers and staff working at the College.

During the first few weeks of term, the College staff has revisited the mission, vision and values that direct all that is undertaken at school. These statements are brief declarations of how all members of the school community work and learn together.
Our Values

Peace – we encourage grace and harmony. This is evident in the way students work with each other in classrooms and the way staff interact with students.

Excellence – we set high expectations. This is demonstrated by the students who work hard to do that little bit better each day and by staff who provide feedback to students to help support their learning.  
Respect – we value all. Students at Peace demonstrate this daily through their use of manners and the way they work with their peers and their teachers.
Community – we build positive relationships. The first few weeks of term have seen students demonstrate community by participating in a wide range of events inside and outside of school. Whilst participating the students have supported and encouraged each other.
Our Mission
To develop informed, active, resilient and compassionate citizens within a Christian community.

Students at Peace are involved in lessons that provide them with opportunities to develop opinions and an understanding of the world around them.

They are encouraged to take part in a range of new experiences and supported they find these experiences challenging. 
Our Vision
To be at the forefront of innovative education; empowering tomorrow’s leaders, today.

The staff at Peace work together to provide the students with a range of opportunities. They are a group of professionals who work as a team to focus on continual development and improvement to maximise outcomes for the students.

The students are at the centre of teaching and learning at Peace. They are the citizens of tomorrow and the Peace team work hard to set them up for success.

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

Pastor's News

At the halfway mark of the term a lot of students and staff take a bit of time to pause and reflect on the journey so far and what is yet to come. We look back and see what we have done, what we have learned and achieved, and we look ahead to what tasks we have before us and what must still be done before the next school holidays.

Likewise, the worship and spiritual life of the school is active and there is more to come this term.

At our opening chapel for the school year, we installed and welcomed our new staff as part of our worship and prayed for God’s blessing on the school year of 2019.
In our regular Junior School and Middle/Senior School chapels we are focusing on our values.

This Term our focus is on the value, Peace - We encourage grace and harmony.
Regular devotions for Boarders and Sunday services for Boarders and the wider school community have also resumed. These services are in the Peace Centre on the second and fourth Sundays of the month during Term time. In March, these services will be on the 10th and 24th at 9:30 am.
Chapel events still to come for Term 1 are our Ash Wednesday chapel (6th March) and the Year 5’s helping lead Junior School Chapel (Friday 22nd March). School families and friends are always welcome to join us for chapel and school worship at any time.

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

Senior School News

Hello and a very warm welcome back to our returning 2019 senior students. I hope you and your families have enjoyed a wonderful Christmas break and are feeling refreshed and motivated about the year ahead. We have an exciting year in front of us, but it is up to you as individuals to ensure that your time here at Peace Lutheran College is a rewarding experience.
 
This year we are looking forward to witnessing the development of our new Manual Arts building and an exciting extension and refurbishment of our Hospitality facilities. We will also be building on our fantastic CISSA record, to consolidate the College’s position as a force to be reckoned with in regional sport.
 
I am very excited to be working with our new student leaders, Captains, Clinton Noipo and Ziaan Carey and Vice Captains, Rowan Culliton and Terina Hagger. The College Captains have already met with the Principal and me to discuss their role, which has helped to crystalize their ideas and plans for the coming year.
In week two, our assembly involved the induction of our new school captains and leaders, it is always an important part of the new year, as they accept their duties and promise to do their best, with the help of God. It is an exciting opportunity not only for the Captains but for all senior students to show their character as true leaders around the College and for the school community to support their elected student representatives.
Year 12 Retreat
During week three, the Year 12 Students enjoyed the excellent instruction of the Lutheran Youth of Queensland team (LYQ) and the hospitality of the Port Douglas YHA for a rewarding two-day retreat on self-reflection and goal setting for their final year of study.

The students had an unexpected opportunity to meet a local snake handler and have a close encounter with three pythons and a lizard. Students were very interested in the snakes and were delighted to be able to touch and hold them. Some students who have previously been fearful of snakes now have a healthy respect for them.
Students enjoyed the opportunity to see the sun rise over four Mile Beach, and on top of their physical effort, the Year 12 students have been encouraged to reflect upon their time at Peace and celebrate who they are as individuals.
Students demonstrated a high level of responsibility at camp. At times, they assisted staff with the preparation and distribution of the evening meal and cleaned up afterward. Students reported to teachers that this camp has helped them to reconnect with each other in meaningful ways.
The YHA and LYQ staff were very impressed by the behavior and effort of our students during the camp and the dedication of the supervising staff. Mrs. Brayshaw and Mr. O’Mara played a key role in the retreat while a special mention has to go to our tremendously hard-working Year 12 Coordinator, Mrs. Eime, who went to extraordinary lengths to organise the event and support the Year 12 students. Such dedication was also reflected by Pastor Adam’s logistical efforts in maintaining the supply chain as well as supervising himself. Thank you to all staff for such wonderful service to the Year 12 Students.

Year 12 QCE Review
This year’s graduating Year 12 students will be aiming to leave with the Queensland Certificate in Education (QCE). The QCE is Queensland's senior school qualification, which is awarded to eligible students at the end of Year 12 in most cases. We need to ensure that students are passing five subjects (C/Sound or above) in Year 12 in order to accumulate enough points (20) for their QCE.

The QCE offers flexibility in what is learned, as well as where and when learning occurs. Students have a wide range of learning options; these can include senior school subjects and vocational education and training (including TAFE courses). We are currently interviewing all Year 12 students to advise them on their subjects and effort with the assessment. A letter and copy of this review will be sent home so that parents are also aware of what their child needs to do.
 
The QCE confirms achievement in contributing studies of a significant amount of learning; at a set standard and pattern while meeting literacy and numeracy requirements.
Please don't hesitate to contact me should you have any further questions regarding this.

College Uniform
Peace Lutheran College is proud of its image in the community and an important part of this continues to be our uniform. I am very pleased to see that the students are taking pride in our appearance and I would like to say thank you for all the parental support of our policy. Apart from student safety, the image we project in our community has many positive benefits both at school and in the wider community.

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

Middle School News

As we approach the halfway mark of the first Term, I have been overwhelmed with the sense of warmth, particularly in the Middle School community. This sense of spirit within the College has allowed me to settle into the role of Head of Middle school very comfortably. As I have taught in a number of schools throughout Queensland over the past twenty years, it is important to not take for granted this sense of family spirit that we have at Peace.

The small gestures of morning greetings from the students, respectful interactions between teachers and students, and the sense of calmness during the day, only highlights the special relationships and interactions of this school.

Last week I had the opportunity to speak to the Middle School students at our own assembly. This was important to me as it allowed me the opportunity to commend them on their start to the year. It was also a good chance to reiterate some of the standards and expectations that we have at Peace. A summary of what was spoken about to the students were as follows:
Wearing of College Uniform

All students are expected to take pride in their attire and should represent Peace in a positive and professional manner, both at school and outside in the wider community.

All students are expected to uphold the College Uniform policy as outlined on the school web site, including the wearing of black leather school shoes, as opposed to the black leather sports style sand shoe.
Diaries
All Middle School students have been issued with a College diary. These are expected to be at every lesson that students attend, and homework, along with other notes, should be entered into the diary on a daily basis. The College diary is also an effective communication tool for parents and teachers, and this is highly encouraged during the year.

Lockers
All students have been allocated their individual locker by their Year Level Coordinator. It is an expectation in the Middle School years that locks for lockers are key-based, to prevent any complications arising from combination locks.

Leave Requests Forms
The College has implemented a new policy in regards to families requesting leave for their child. This is for any student who has requested three or more days away from school. Families will now be required to complete the “Request for Leave” form and submit to their child’s Year Level Coordinator to start this process of approval.

Community Service Program
The Community Service Program was launched during week two assembly.
There has been some revamping of the service program at Peace for 2019, where we have introduced an incentive-based model, based on a tier system.
All students are encouraged to actively participate in this program, as it is based around assisting both the College and the wider community.
Service Level Certificates - awarded for hours of service in the Academic year

Platinum – 30+ hours of service
Gold – 20 hours of service
Silver – 10 hours service
Bronze – 5 hours of service

Congratulations to Coco Dare, (Middle School Captain), who received the first Bronze Certificate of the year at last week’s assembly.

All students are reminded to submit the service vouchers when they complete any service programs within the College or outside in the wider community.
GRIP Student Leadership Conference
In week three the Middle School Captains and Vice Captains attended the annual GRIP Student Leadership conference that was held at the Pullman International Hotel.

This leadership day allowed school leaders from across the Cairns region to participate in a practical and interactive training conference that was centred around student leadership.

The College looks forward to the students bringing away some practical leadership initiatives that will benefit Peace.

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

Junior School News

Welcome to the new school year! And a special welcome to the 67 new students and their families who have started their Peace Journey in Junior School this year.

We have experienced a great start to the year with students settling quickly into the routines and learning of school. Classes are looking bright and colourful and buzzing along with engaged students.

As a Junior School, we welcome Mrs Laura Robinson as Year 1 teacher and Miss Louise Stout as our Junior School Arts teacher. Mrs Katie Warne is also in Year 3 for a period of time as Mrs Hardy-Kotzur is currently unwell. Mr James Mitchell has joined the Year 5 teaching team for Term 1 as Mrs Kelly Dare coordinates a transition program for Year 7 students.
Peace Values
As a staff, we have identified four core values that are non-negotiable within our school community.
These will be evident in the classrooms and student learning. The acronym for remembering the values is PERC.

We look forward to focussing on these in our chapel and assembly times. Our aim is for all members of our community to know and enact these values.
Read more in Mrs MacDermott's Learning & Innovation News.
Underpinning these values is a statement of what we want students coming into our Junior School classrooms to experience.
  • A happy and safe environment with staff and students that care, respect others and recognise our differences.
  • Active inquiry-based learning that is relevant and engaging.
  • A consistent approach to learning through common language, pedagogy and programs.
  • High expectations that are delivered clearly and in an open manner for all to achieve accordingly.
  • A place of service to others and the community.
Junior School Leaders
Last week the Junior School House Captains and members of the Student Representative Council were inducted. Congratulations to these students and may God bless you as you help lead the Junior School community in 2019.
HOUSE CAPTAINS - Daniel Yanez Marichal and Isabella Miezis (Red Emperors); Derrick Yolto and Sophie Potter (Green Eagles); Mitchell Borzi and Kyla Bawden (Blue Dolphins); Ruben Eyre and Brea Wright (Gold Dingoes).
STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE COUNCIL - Rose Carroll (Red Emperors); Ava O'Grady (Green Eagles); Fern MacPherson (Blue Dolphins) and Athena Cecchi (Gold Dingoes).
Year 5 Camp
Mungalli Falls was the venue for this year’s Year 5 camp and again proved to be a camp full of fun, growth and team bonding. A big thank you to the staff who attended, the supportive parents, Mungalli Falls staff and the amazing risk-taking students! See all the great photos in the Year 5 Camp Photo Album on the Peace Lutheran College Facebook page.

Assembly and Chapel
Junior School Assembly is every Monday morning at 8:30 am in the Peace Centre. Junior School Chapel is every Friday morning at 8:30 am in the Peace Centre. Parents are more than welcome to join us for both of these events.

Resources for Student Learning
Parents often want to know what websites are useful to enhance, extend and support student learning. Here are some of our top picks:

Reading Eggs                          Arcademic Skill Builders
Khan Academy                        Puzzle Maker
Fun Brain                                 Swirk                     
Starfall                                     How Stuff Works

Another great spot to find quality websites can be found through Common Sense Media.
https://www.commonsensemedia.org/website-lists#

Stop, Drop, Go Zone
Just a reminder the “Stop, Drop, Go” area in the Junior School is not a parking area. If your child is not waiting for you please continue to drive around. This helps the traffic to flow and everyone to collect their child without too much traffic disruption.
Parents on School Grounds
It is great to have parents around during the school day to help in the classrooms. However, it is important to maintain the safety of students at the school.

Any parent who comes into the school grounds during the day needs to report to the front office and sign themselves in, and then sign out when they leave. Students have been instructed to report anyone that does not have a school ID sticker on them - this sticker is provided at the time of signing in. This also ensures, in the case of an emergency, that we are aware of who is in the school so everybody can be accounted for.

Parent Information Evenings
Thank you for attending these evenings. It has been wonderful to see parents actively engage in conversations with teachers about student learning. If you missed the evening, please see your child’s teacher for an information handout.

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

Boarding News

The start of a school year is always one full of mixed emotions. The joy and happiness of students seeing each other after two months apart, the fear of the unknown, homesickness as new students settle in, and excitement for what the year ahead will hold. It is fair to say though, that with all of these mixed emotions, it has been an extremely encouraging and positive start to the year in Boarding.
I would like to welcome all of our new families to the Peace Boarding community. As mentioned during interviews with perspective students, it is extremely important that they bring their family and cultural heritage with them to Boarding. Boarding at Peace is a vibrant space to live and work, and we all play an important part in building that up. Please do not hesitate to make contact if you would like to discuss ways we can continue to build upon this.
During week three the House Parents and I held a meeting with all boarding students. We used this as an opportunity to go through our expectations for the year, introduce our new boarding portal, and explain some exciting things coming to Boarding in 2019. This includes new technology cupboards arriving in March, which will allow students to safely lock multiple devices away and charge them at the same time. This will ensure students attend their classes at the start of the school day with a fully charged laptop.

Parents and caregivers would have received emails inviting you to join Boardingware, our new boarding portal. This is used for many different aspects of boarding including applying for and endorsing a leave request. If you have not already done so, I encourage you to download the Boardingware App on your smartphone and to check your email for notifications.

Boarding House Mobile Contacts
Please save the Boarding House mobile phone contact numbers as the first point of contact for your child.
Milyn House - Mrs Kim Hunter - 0419 702 797
Heiwa House - Ms Patrice Hancey - 0408 883 263
Mari Mari House - Mr Ben Quinn - 0428 154 921
Frieden House - Mr Paul Wragg - 0419 641 725
Please note: If the House Parent is off duty, supervising staff will pass on relevant messages to the House Parent.

Thank you for the trust you have placed in me, and my colleagues in caring for your children. We look forward to working with you throughout 2019.

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

Middle/Senior School Sports News

Welcome to a very busy start to the 2019 sports calendar at Peace Lutheran College.
CISSA Sport
All Year 10 – 12 students have nominated for teams to compete against other secondary schools in the CISSA sporting competition. The competition runs during our regular Wednesday afternoon sports lessons throughout Semester 1. Our first competition games began last week when we hosted Trinity Bay State High School, with all teams playing extremely well, putting in a great effort and showing the Peace spirit.
TCN Trials
Peace Lutheran College is a member of the TCN (Trinity Coast North) school sporting association. Term 1 is the busiest time of the year for students wishing to attend a TCN trial to compete at a Peninsula Championship. Any students wishing to trial must be experienced in the particular sport they wish to trial for and be able to play at a high level.

Students are to collect permission forms to be completed and returned to the school’s Administration for approval by the Principal. Only students with signed forms are allowed to trial for sports on their nominated day and students must take the completed forms with them to the trials. The forms indicate where and when the trials will occur (usually at various schools throughout Cairns). Interested students can collect permission forms from the Sports & HPE staff room.

Current sports are, Open (16-18yrs) Boys Basketball, Open (16-18yrs) Girls Basketball, 13-15yrs Girls Netball, Open (16-18yrs) Girls Netball, 13-15yrs Boys AFL, 13-15yrs Boys Rugby League, Open (16-18yrs) Rugby League, Open (16-19yrs) Girls Football/Soccer, Open (17-19yrs) Boys Football/Soccer, Open (13-19yrs) Boys Volleyball, Open (13-19yrs) Girls Volleyball.
Swimming Carnival
The Middle and Senior School House Swimming Carnival was held last week at the Marlin Coast Swimming Centre. I was extremely impressed with the participation of the students, with everyone putting in their very best effort. The high points scores in each of the Houses was indicative of this high-level of participation.
GREEN EAGLES ARE THE 2019 WINNING HOUSE
Congratulations Green Eagles!
  1. Green Eagles - 577 points
  2. Blue Dolphins - 422 points
  3. Gold Dingoes - 343 points
  4. Red Emperors - 335 points
2019 SWIMMING CARNIVAL AGE CHAMPIONS
  • Jordyn Hickenbotham and Daniel Yanez - 11 years and under
  • Emily Yagawa and Louis Duggan - 12 years
  • Darcey Searle and Tsubasa Duggan - 13 years
  • She-in Kim and Morgan Van Welderen - 14 years
  • Sophie Bonnin and Thomas Hackett - 15 years
  • Morgan Cunnington and Gnu Kim - 16 years
  • Jada Wilson and Rowan Culliton - 17 years and over

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

Junior School Sports News

Welcome back to all our students and greater community for another exciting year in the world of HPE.

This Term all our Junior School students will be preparing for two carnivals - Cross Country and Athletics. The Cross Country will be run on the morning of Friday, 29 March for all students who are turning 10 this year and younger. For those turning 11 this year, they will be running in the Middle/Senior School Cross Country being held on Tuesday, 26 March. The Athletics Carnival will be in week two of Term two, but preparation for these events will need to start this Term. All the events will be held on the Peace sports fields.

The HPE junior program started with a series of fun, get-to-know-you games, and its goal is to promote fair play, be considerate and following the game rules. We have already completed some beep testing, Oztag, flags and we worked on the students' running technique by using the game named Fly. I have been extremely impressed with the level of enthusiasm and dedication of all the year levels and I look forward to seeing their results later on in the Term.

Recently I have started working on the fundamental movement skills of throwing and catching. Knowing how to do this helps across many other sports, including throwing the javelin. The beep test will remain a part of their fitness component as will running and learning this years’ Cross Country course.

Lastly, Peace now has 40 students, in four teams, playing in the local Cairns Basketball competition each Saturday, and they are doing very well. I would like to thank Brenton Campbell, Sarah Rowan and Cooper Sandy for agreeing to coach these teams.

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

Careers Corner

Welcome to 2019! The year already looks like it will be a very busy one from a Careers perspective with a number of exciting activities already planned.

Interest in vocational education and training opportunities is growing and the College is meeting with demand in partnership with a number of providers including TAFE, Aviation Australia and CQ University.

Our aviation students have commenced their training at the Cairns Aviation Skills Centre and will be completing their Certificate II in Aircraft Line Maintenance. As I have discussed previously, aviation is a growing sector in our region given our proximity to Asia.

Peace students who have successfully completed this two-year course since 2017 have all gone on to secure apprenticeships in the industry with companies such as Hawker Pacific. Hawker Pacific’s recent hangar upgrade at the Cairns Airport allows it to accommodate 12 aircraft for maintenance and is, therefore, generating genuine workplace opportunities for many of our local Certificate II students.

TAFE for our Year 11 and 12 students started in week three. This year we have students studying courses such as Marine Operations, Sport & Recreation and Hospitality, as well as Healthcare, Engineering and Vehicle Mechanics.
Vocational education, in combination with a supportive school environment, allows students the opportunity to develop academically as well as becoming work-ready upon graduation.

Students are welcome to visit me during the first and second break each Tuesday and Thursday in the Learning Centre to discuss any careers or subject matters. 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 or university entrance.

Finally, please encourage your child to visit the Careers Yammer page. Information about careers, university, work opportunities and general advice is posted on this site each week.

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

Learning Centre News

We would like to welcome returning and new students and their families back to the school for the new and exciting year ahead.
Library Lessons
We look forward to seeing all of the Junior School and Middle School English classes who visit the Library once a week for library lessons. All Junior School students will need to bring a library bag to borrow books. The loan period for books is two weeks, with the option to renew afterwards. The Learning Centre is also open every day during break times for reading, study, printing, craft, games, homework and borrowing.
Changes to Library Overdue Notices
All Junior School Library overdue notices will now be emailed directly to parents. This system has been working well in Middle & Senior School.

Junior School Students
  • 7 days overdue – 1st reminder emailed to parent/caregiver
  • 14 days overdue – 2nd reminder emailed to parent/caregiver
Middle & Senior School Students (no change)
  • 7 days overdue - 1st reminder emailed to the student
  • 14 days overdue - 2nd reminder emailed to the student and parent/caregiver/boarding house parent
The replacement cost of any books that are not returned or books that are damaged will be added to the student school fees account. The cost of lost books that are found and returned after this time, will be refunded.

Student ID Cards
A reminder that Student ID Cards are required in the Learning Centre for borrowing and printing. Middle & Senior School students should carry ID Cards at all times. Junior School students' ID Cards will be held by their classroom teacher.
Book Club
Welcome to a new exciting year of Scholastic Book Club. Scholastic Book Club is a great way for Peace Lutheran College to fundraise and to show children the wonderful world of reading and books.

Every Term there are two issues of Book Club that can be ordered, either by handing in the money with the completed form from the catalogue sent home or by using the Scholastic online system called LOOP.
When a particular Issue is closed, all items ordered will be sent to the school and delivered to the students’ classroom. If you have missed the closing date you’re able to have the items posted directly to your home address for a fee or order from the current Issue.

For all the Book Club items purchased, Peace Lutheran College will receive 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 can’t be answered from the Scholastic website please contact the Learning Centre via email.
 
Thank you and we look forward to seeing you all in the Learning Centre.

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

Parents & Friends News

On behalf of the Parents and Friends Association, I would like to extend a very warm welcome to all families and communities for the 2019 school year with a special mention of those new to the Peace Lutheran College school community.
 
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. 
2019 P&F Executive Members

President - Mrs Handan Y.Roper
Vice President - Mrs Larisa Millyard
Secretary - Mrs Toni Gilbert
Secretary - Mrs Natalie Cahill
Treasurer - Mrs Manuela Kensley
The P&F works in conjunction with the Principal and Leadership Team in the pursuit of common goals to enrich the lives of the students at the College. We are enthusiastic about the year ahead, and have some ideas of how we can both fundraise, and friend-raise to support our school. 
Examples of the significant contributions the P&F has made to our school include:
  • Partly-funding the construction of the Peace Centre
  • Funding the supply of stage lighting and audio visual equipment
  • $35,000 donation toward the instrumental music program
  • $5,500 toward our Coding and Digital Technology Clubs
  • The purchase of sports House Team marquees
  • Playground equipment and shade sails through community grants
  • Sport equipment’s
  • Helping the library buy new books and more.
Our motto is that we are simply, "Doing it for the kids”.

Events from 2018 that were coordinated by the P&F include:
  • Junior School Discos
  • Movie Night
  • Trivia Night
  • Mother's Day and Father's Day Gift Stalls
  • The Spring Fair
  • Assisted with NAIDOC and Christmas celebrations
Monthly P&F Meetings
These meetings are a great way for members of our school community to find out more about the school and the activities of the P&F, with the opportunity to ask questions and to hear first-hand from the Principal and other staff about issues and news affecting the school, and to have your say.
An invitation to all
We need your ideas, enthusiasm, skills, friendship, energy, experience and goodwill! All parents, carers, teachers, staff and the wider school community are most welcome.
WHEN: Wednesday, 13 March 2019
TIME: 6:45 pm for refreshments & 7:00 pm meeting commences
WHERE: Peace Lutheran College Staff Lounge
Thursday, 21 March 2019
Harmony Day Celebrations
- more details to be revealed closer to the date

Friday, 22 March 2019
Summer Beach Disco Party
- more details to be revealed closer to the date!
Please do not hesitate to contact the P&F by email pfcommitee@plc.edu.au  for more information or to get involved. If you have any queries, suggestions, feedback or would be interested in being involved in 2019, we would love to hear from you!

Also, please take the opportunity to join the P&F Facebook page.

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

College News

Borneo Service Trip 2019
September may still seem far away, but it is getting ever closer. And that means we have fifteen excited Year 9 and 10 students (and three staff) preparing for the Borneo Service & Challenge Trip at the end of Term 3. Flights are booked, and plans are well underway for our journey to the heart of Sabah, Borneo – the village of Long Pasia.
The challenge for students is in the planning and preparation. And as this is a service trip, students will be raising money in support of the village, and while staying in the village they will be engaged in a working project.
Monies raised will be used to purchase items for the small school, and to assist with the community project. Members of the College community can donate via Admin or online through MyCause.
In preparation for the jungle trek and mountain hike, the group had an introductory hike last year and the next hike is planned for Saturday 16th March where we will do the Green Arrow and test our hiking equipment.
Thank you,
Pastor Adam, Miss Claudia Pudelko and Mrs Elizabeth Hill

Code Club has started for Term 1

Students in Years 7 - 12 are invited to come along every Wednesday after school for fun and challenging Club activities.

Drama Production Auditions
Fun, Fitness & the Peace Family
Peace Lutheran College Principal, Mrs Elisabeth Fenske is an advocate of the Cairns Parkrun that takes place every Saturday morning on the Cairns Esplanade. The Peace contingent has slowly built up with staff, students and their families coming along to join in the fun of the morning.

We encourage students and their families to come along on a Saturday and be a part of our growing Peace fitness family 😃 No matter whether you are a runner 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️ or a walker🚶‍♂️🚶‍♀️ every fitness level fits!

Why not register and come along on the next Saturday! Our name is the Peace Runners, so when you register, make sure you select Peace Runners as your club/team.

New Sports Uniform Compulsory for all Students

Throughout 2018, Peace Lutheran College introduced its new Sports Polo Shirt. This new uniform piece is NOW COMPULSORY for all students. The previous navy/green and coloured House team polo shirts are no longer a part of the Peace Lutheran College uniform. The current navy sports shorts remain unchanged.

If you have not already purchased the new sports polo shirt (pictured below), the shirts are available for all year levels from Uniform Link, 5 MacDonnell Street, Manunda. We thank you for your support on uniform matters.

Student ID Cards
To access services such as printing, library loans and signing in and out of school, each student requires a Student ID Card. All returning students will have the ID Card issued to them last year, and all new students will be issued with an ID Card in the coming weeks.

PLEASE NOTE: A $10 replacement fee is charged for any lost cards.
  • Junior School Students – ID cards remain in the classroom with their teacher
  • Middle and Senior School students – must have their Student ID Card with them at all times when on campus
Sustainability Challenge
The College is passionate about reducing its carbon footprint and as a result, we have been eliminating the amount of plastic used and striving to be environmentally aware in all that we do.
Our families can also help reduce rubbish around the school by making sustainable choices by packing their lunch without any waste.

All students are welcome at Early Morning Training

Mr D's early morning fitness training has commenced for Term 1. Come along every Thursday morning and learn the basic skills of basketball, or start training for the upcoming Cross Country.

College Events


Ash Wednesday Chapel

Wednesday, 6 March 2019
8:30 am in the Peace Centre
Celebrating the opening of Lent, a season of penance, reflection, fasting and prayer.

Visit the Facebook Event.

P&F Meeting

Wednesday, 13 March 2019
WHEN: 6:45 pm for light refreshments, ready for a 7 pm start
WHERE: The Staff Lounge (located behind the Peace Centre)


Harmony Day Global Village

Thursday, 21 March 2019
8:45 am - 10:30 am

As part of our Junior School Harmony Day celebrations, each class will represent a different culture.

Family and friends are invited to join in the celebrations.

Visit the Facebook Event.

School Disco - Summer Beach Party

Friday, 22 March 2019
Details to be advised closer to the event. Keep an eye on the school's Facebook page!

Middle/Senior School Cross Country

Tuesday, 26 March 2019
08:45 am - 12:00 pm

Visit the Facebook Event

Prep in Action
Open Day

Wednesday, 27 March 2019
09:00 am and 10:00 am

Register Here

Junior School
Cross Country

Friday, 29 March 2019

08:45 am - 12:00 pm

Visit the Facebook Event

What's on @ Peace

MARCH 2019
Prep Vision Screening Program
Tuesday, 5 March 2019
Peace Lutheran College
Prep Vision Screening Program
Wednesday, 6 March 2019
Peace Lutheran College
Ash Wednesday Chapel
Wednesday, 6 March 2019
Peace Centre
CISSA (weekly on Wednesday)
Wednesday, 6 March 2019
 
Code Club (weekly Wednesday)
Wednesday, 6 March 2019
Computer Room COM2
P&F Meeting
Wednesday, 13 March 2019
PLC Staff Lounge
Year 6 Camp
Wed, 13 - Fri, 15 March 2019
Genazzano Retreat, Tinaroo
Immunisation Clinic - Year 7
Wednesday, 20 March 2019
PLC Health & Wellbeing Centre
School Disco - Prep - Year 9
Friday, 22 March 2019
Peace Centre
PLC Rugby Sevens Carnival
Friday, 22 March 2019
Peace Sports Fields
Middle/Senior Cross Country
Tuesday, 26 March 2019
Peace Sports Fields
Prep in Action Open Day
Wednesday, 27 March 2019
Peace Prep Classrooms
Junior School Cross Country
Friday, 29 March 2019
Peace Sports Fields
APRIL 2019
Year 12 Block Exams
Mon, 1 - Fri, 5 April 2019
Peace Lutheran College
P&F Meeting
Wednesday, 13 March 2019
PLC Staff Lounge
Last School Day for Students
Friday, 5 April 2019
 
Boarder's Travel Day
Friday, 5 April 2019
 
School Holidays
Sat, 6 - Mon 22 April 2019
 
First Day of Term 2 for Students
Tuesday, 23 April 2019
 
ANZAC Day Chapel
Wednesday, 24 April 2019
Peace Centre
ANZAC Day Public Holiday
Thursday, 25 April 2019
 
ANZAC Stratford Dawn Service
Thursday, 25 April 2019
Stratford Cenotaph
ANZAC Esplanade Dawn Service
Thursday, 25 April 2019
Cairns Cenotaph
Student Free Day
Friday, 26 April 2019
 
Prep In Depth Open Day
Saturday, 27 April 2019
Peace Centre
Year 7 Information Evening
Tuesday, 30 April 2019
Middle School Classrooms
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

Townsville Flood Appeal
Peace Lutheran College is inviting its school community to assist us in our support of St Paul's Lutheran Parish and St Paul's Lutheran Early Learning Centre in their effort to recover from the severe damage from the recent flood event. The outdoor environment of the properties has been destroyed. Some staff and families of the Child Care Centre, along with some members of the congregation have lost property, homes, and jobs.

How can you support this appeal?

1. Purchase gift cards for Coles Myer; Woolworths; Bunnings and drop these to the school Admin office.

2. Donate directly to the Early Learning Centre's bank account to support the purchase of replacement outdoor equipment:
Account Name: Lutheran Church of Australia Queensland District - St Paul's Early Learning Centre
BSB: 034241
Account Number: 401476
The description on Deposit: "Flood Donation"

3. Donate directly through the LCAQD Queensland Lutheran Giving - Australia Disaster Relief Fund:
Account Name: Lutheran Church Queensland Foundation
BSB: 704942
Account Number: 100937144

4. To donate by cheque, indicate your intended beneficiary on the reverse and post to:
Queensland Lutheran Giving
c/- PO Box 1535
Milton Qld 4064

Thank you for your support.
Ladies Movie Night
Join us to watch "War Room".
Movie synopsis... the Jordans seem to have it all - great jobs, a beautiful daughter, and a dream house. However, appearances can be deceiving. Elizabeth Jordan's client, Miss Clara, comes to their aid.
When: Friday, 8th March at 7:00 pm
Where: Trinity Lutheran Church, 472 Severin Street, Manunda
Cost: $10 with pizza, popcorn and drinks provided.

Staying Connected

We strive to keep you informed through open, efficient communication. The Peace Lutheran College School App and Facebook pages are regularly updated with news, events and important notices.
School App
As a fast and efficient means of receiving school notices instantly, download the School App onto your chosen device. Our School App is available to download for iPhone, iPad, and Android.
Facebook - Peace Lutheran College
Stay updated with all the goings-on at the school.
Facebook - Boarding
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Facebook - Parents & Friends
Stay updated with the activities of our dedicated P&F Committee.
At Peace Lutheran College our mission is to develop informed, active, resilient and compassionate citizens within a Christian community.
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PO Box 72F, Freshwater Qld 4870
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