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:
25th Year Celebration
NCCD Student Data Collection
Junior School Sports News
Careers Corner
Learning Centre News
College News
College Events
What's on @ Peace
Community News

Staying Connected

Borneo Service Trip
Lutherans were the first Protestants and trace their origins back to the Reformation of western Christendom in the 16th century. With some 70 million members, the Lutheran church is still the largest Protestant denomination in the world. As a church with an emphasis on biblical literacy and Christian education, it has supported the provision of Christian education from its beginnings.

The long tradition of Lutheran education has been part of this country's history too. Lutherans have operated schools and early childhood services (ECSs) in Australia since 1839. Currently, there are Lutheran schools and ECSs located in every state and territory of Australia except the ACT. All these schools and ECSs are owned by the Lutheran church and are incorporated into a system with support structures at national and regional levels.

The Lutheran church also has its own tertiary institution, Australian Lutheran College, which provides special training for Lutheran teachers in order to promote a distinctive ethos in its schools and ECSs.

Principal's News

Dear Parents and Friends,

I am a fan of Max Lucado. He has a way of writing about, and explaining things that connect with me. The following anecdote in his book, “Dad Time”, caused me to reflect on my own parenting and the amazing gift of working with young people.
“My dad repaired oil-field engines for a living and rebuilt car engines for fun. Dad loved machines. But God gave him a mechanical moron… a son who couldn’t differentiate between a differential and a brake disc. My dad tried to teach me. I tried to learn. Honestly, I did.
Machines anesthetised me. But books fascinated me. What does a mechanic do with a son who loves books? He gives him a library card. Buys him a few volumes for Christmas. Places a lamp by his bed so he can read at night. Pays tuition so his son can study college literature in high school. My dad did that.
Do you know what he didn’t do? Never once did he say, “Why can’t you be a mechanic like your dad and granddad?”. The greatest gift you can give your children is not your riches, but revealing to them their own!”
- Max Lucado -
It is easy as parents to want our children to aspire to the same goals as ourselves and to want to see them succeed in what we tried so hard to succeed at. I remember as a young mother of two boys, I enrolled them in gymnastics at an early age, hoping they would love it as much as I did. But I soon realised it was not their thing. A few years later my husband thought that a motorbike was a brilliant idea; oh, how he as a young boy would have loved the opportunity to have a motorbike. But the new motorbike ended up spending most of its time in the garage, which I must say, I was relieved about.

We soon realised that our boys had their own God-given gifts which they pursued, and they excelled in areas completely foreign to us. Looking back, this has been the greatest gift I could imagine, to see them pursue their dreams and to be around to support them along the way. And as a parent, I discovered and learnt a lot of new things together with them.

It is a real privilege to be working with children and young people; to be part of the tapestry that shapes them into the wonderful creations they are; to encourage them to be themselves; to grow in faith and to live in community. We have a rich tapestry at our school, and this is what makes working in our school so special.

Yours in Christ,
Elisabeth Fenske - Principal

Learning & Innovation News

Parent Engagement and Information Evening

At Peace, parents and families are recognised as integral members of the community and partners in the education of all students at the College. Working together to identify opportunities for growth and improvement is essential to further develop all aspects of the College.

In order to actively develop the partnership in the students’ education, earlier in the year, Peace families completed an online survey regarding Parent Information Sessions at the College. As a result, the Peace team used the survey data to plan and present a Parent Engagement and Information Session with a difference.

It was a full College format with sessions presented simultaneously for Junior, Middle and Senior School families. The evening began with a catered welcome in the Peace Centre surrounded by displays of student work. The full College format provided an opportunity for families to attend the event and select from or attend a variety of sessions. 

Evenings such as these are an important way to improve all aspects of the College for families and the students. The feedback after the Week 2 event was positive and constructive, including:
  • Enjoyed the evening and it answered all my questions.
  • A great session to have. Thank you!
  • Would like to attend another one that presents an overview of major travel opportunities, e.g. Borneo, Italian trip, sailing adventure, Duke of Edinburgh.
  • We look forward to attending further parent evenings in the future.
  • A similar format would be good.
This valuable feedback enables the Peace team to improve future Parent Engagement and Information events. These types of events have been placed on the 2020 calendar for Term 1 and Term 3.

Peace is actively engaging in ways to enhance student learning and wellbeing by working with parents and families so you are encouraged to continue to identify and communicate opportunities to improve all aspects of the College. I invite you to please share your ideas with me - the staff at Peace value your input.

2019 Cairns Festival Parade

On Saturday, 24th August, Peace Lutheran College took part in this year's Cairns Festival Parade.

It was a truly wonderful celebration of our community, walking together as one.

See more from the day here.

Best regards,
Clare MacDermott - Head of Learning & Innovation

Pastor's News

“Respect everyone, and love the family of believers. Fear God, and respect the king.”
1 Peter 2:17 NLT
In 1967 Aretha Franklin sang about respect and how she wanted some. Most of us hope to receive respect and a great many of us are disappointed when we don't get it.

Respect is frequently absent in our society. In person, and especially online, snarkiness and sarcasm often rule. Talking down to someone and insulting one another is the new norm. Among both adults and kids, respect is often nowhere to be found. Seldom do we use terms like “sir” and “ma’am” when speaking to a stranger. Addressing elders with terms of esteem is rare. And respect for authority seems to have gone out of style long ago.

Today’s digital world has taken this to a new level. It has become commonplace to sling opinions on a screen, whether on social media or by leaving a comment on a blog post. And unfortunately, sometimes these comments and thoughts aren’t expressed in any respectful way at all. Instead, they are laced with cynicism, mockery, or disdain.

However, the Bible verse from the verse in 1st Peter talks about respect, and says that we are to respect everyone. Everyone.

Does this mean the grumpy neighbour whose dog uses your garden as an outhouse? Yes.
Does it include your disagreeable relative who never speaks respectfully to you? Yes.
What about the difficult person on that committee with you, whose personality and behaviour get on your nerves? Yes, that one too.

We can learn to speak respectfully no matter the situation. We can temper our tongues and weigh our words, and we can speak in a polite tone. This doesn’t mean we don’t speak the truth. It just means we verbalise it in an honourable and honouring way. We can reflect the love of Jesus when we engage in conversations with a calm, collected, and civil tone. Then others might notice that our speech isn’t snappy, impolite, or rude. Our language is respectful. Our words are honouring to those we are addressing and, more importantly, to God.

Because respecting others shows our respect for God. Humans have been made in God’s likeness and bear his image when we respect others with our words and actions, we are also revering God.

Father, help me think before I speak, making sure my words are respectful. Let my tone be tempered and my manner kind. I want to please you and honour others with my speech. In Jesus’s name, Amen.

God bless.
Pastor Adam - College Pastor

Senior School News

Hello all. I hope you are having an enjoyable term so far. It was a pleasure to meet many parents, during Parent-Teacher Interviews, to discuss the end of Semester 1 reports. After the last terms reporting, it should be clear to students what they need to do to achieve their potential in this semester’s assessment.
Key Senior School dates coming up:
Year 12 QTAC Application Evening
QTAC Application Evening on 10th September 2019 from 6:00 pm in the Learning Centre. All Year 12 students and families are encouraged to attend.
Experienced teachers will be available to work with you and your child to submit an application with QTAC. This evening is also relevant to students who wish to undertake further study with TAFE or are interested in deferring study for a year. Please note that a method of payment for $44.00 will be necessary to complete the application.
Subject Selections for 2020
Thank you to all students and parents who attended the Parent Engagement evening, designed to help and inform students about suitable subject selections for next year.
Ms Pudelko and Mrs Bolton have been talking to all of our Year 10 students in the weeks leading up to the subject selection evening to give them advice and guidance on the suitable study and career pathways. All parents should have now received the outline of the interview program and the content of the information evening.
Parents and students in Year 10, need to consider career aspirations, subject requirements, prerequisites and performance in these subjects so far; so that students can make informed decisions and maximise their chances of obtaining the New QCE (Queensland Certificate of Education) by the end of Year 12. For students who are looking towards University entry after school, this is critical to ensure the best ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) rank for entry into courses.
Year 10 Work Experience - Week 10
We are looking forward to students returning with many stories. In the past many have been incredibly positive, some have been less so, but all of these experiences are formative and allow our students to make decisions about which direction to take in subject selection and future career pathways.
Year 11 Camp
Year 11 Camp is from Tuesday 30th October - Friday 1st November of Week 4, Term 4.
ATAR Students 2020
‘Public use’ sample external assessments-  sample papers were developed to help schools and students prepare for external assessment in 2020.
Preparing students for external assessment in 2020
The introduction of external assessment in General subjects is a key feature of the new QCE system. To give school communities a sense of what external assessment will be like, the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) has published sample papers on its website at They're located in the Assessment tab on each syllabus page.
We will incorporate these sample resources in our teaching and learning program to help our students prepare for next year. In the meantime, students and parents are encouraged to view the sample papers.

An information sheet for parents and students is also available on the QCAA website.
QCS Testing in Week 8
 Year 12 students are entering the final phase of their studies and OP Eligible students will be taking the QCS test on September 3rd and 4th, which will be used to calculate their final OP.
Year 12 students have been working incredibly hard to prepare thoroughly. Mrs Low and Mrs Cummings, with their experience and expert guidance, have been burning the midnight oil to provide valuable individual feedback in preparation for the real test. I would like to thank them for their continued and unwavering dedication in supporting our senior students.
Thank you to Boarding for allowing the Boarders Recreation Building to be used for the testing which provides a very quiet and comfortable test venue. We should be very proud of our 2019 Year 12 students.
Environmental Group
The Senior Environmental group are looking for volunteers to help with continuing their recycling efforts. As the end of the Year 12 student’s studies approaches we need students to take up the torch and continue this effort which is now in its 10th year.

The group does a fantastic job of mulching, planting and sorting our collected recycling to make sure none of the bins is contaminated with food or non-recyclable materials. Any other recycling ideas or initiatives would be very welcome. Many students are currently seeking references for their University place applications and accommodation. Participation in community efforts such as this reflect very favourably on our participating students and make for an interesting resume.
Year 12 Physical Education (PE)
As part of their Sociology Unit, Improving Participation, the Year 12 PE class have been running a Volleyball competition for the past four weeks at lunchtime, creating a positive place to socialise, hang out with friends, listen to music to increase mood and create some movement and engagement. The aim of their initiative was to provide an opportunity for students to participate, be active and have fun. They finished the exercise with a sausage sizzle which created a wonderful sense of community.

The final team ladder:
  • 6/7 - Steps
  • 8/9 - Hubba Bubba
  • 11/12 - Year 12 Team
College Uniform
Senior students are reminded that they should still be wearing ties this term and that a hat is required at all times. The support of parents in achieving correct school uniform is essential in achieving a school that we can be proud of and I thank you for your support.

God bless,
Peter Cummings - Head of Senior School

Middle School News

Relay for Life 2019
By Ashlyn Hickenbotham

In the final week of July, Peace Lutheran College Middle School formed a Relay for Life team that participated in this annual fundraising event, that was hosted at Barlow Park. As a late registration for the event, the team did extremely well in raising $2945 for this very worthy cause adding to the grand total of $245,559.

It is so pleasing to see that the Cairns Relay for Life is the largest RFL event in Australia, demonstrating the terrific community spirit that the city has.

Most families have been or will be in some way affected by cancer and what better way to Celebrate, Remember and Fight Back than with a group of school friends. We danced, we laughed, we cried, we bonded, we remembered, and we conquered.

Our team consisted of Amy Jonson (Yr. 8), Iliya Meadows (Yr. 8), Ashlyn Hickenbotham (Yr. 8), Jordyn Hickenbotham, (Yr. 6) Leilani McMahon (Yr. 8), Isabel Rowan (Yr. 9), Elisha Kilderry (Yr. 7), Tracey Hickenbotham (Data Administrator), Angelina Mortley (Marketing and Media Officer),  Sarah Rowan (Head of Junior School), and two other students were in the team but unable to attend, Emily Mortley (Yr. 9) and Hope McDowall (School Volunteer).

Service at PLC
At last week’s College assembly, we highlighted and acknowledged sixteen students who have made a genuine and worthy commitment to supporting both the Peace community and the local community in a variety of service initiatives. This extended for the Middle School Relay for Life team that raised much-needed funds for the Cancer Council, the College’s Environmental Club, Rosie’s on the Street program and other individual service initiatives created by students.
  • Bronze Award (5+ Hours): La’Schaya Body, Ashley Cottone,
  • Silver Award (10+ Hours): Irtaza Iftikah, Harriet Quigley, Francis Tatieng, Isabelle McCullough, Amy Jonsen, Ashlyn Hickenbotham, Jordyn Hickenbotham, Elisha Kilderry, Leilani McMahon, Illiya Meadows, Isaac Tomlinson, Clinton Noipo, Ziian Carey,
  • Gold Award (20+ Hours): Isabelle Rowan
Subject Selections
As we draw closer to the end of the academic year, attention is directed towards preparations for 2020. One such area of preparation is subject selections in the Middle School and students who will be progressing to the Senior School. In the up and coming weeks, students in Years 8 and 9 will be asked to select their elective subjects for 2020.

Families will receive, via email, the Subject Selection Booklet for the specific year levels in 2020. This is an informative document in regards to the subjects that are offered for Year 9 and Year 10. I encourage you to read through this booklet with your child. This will assist students to become familiar with the elective options.

In addition to the elective choices, students are also timetabled to the following core subjects:
  • Christian Studies
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • History and Geography
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Sport and Recreation
Students are required to complete their elective choices by the end of Term 3 (Thursday September 19).

To make their selection, students will receive an email that will contain the link to the subject selection form. Both students and parents are encouraged to complete this form together and discuss the elective options. Should you have any questions regarding the selection of elective subjects, you are welcome to contact me at the College ( to discuss the process of subject selection.
As families would be aware, students in Years 3, 5, 7and 9, throughout Australian schools, sit the annual NAPLAN exams in the month of May. It is the Federal Government’s intention for all schools to be administering these tests online, by 2021.

In preparation for this phase to be progressed into all Queensland schools, Peace Lutheran College will be administering the School’s Readiness Test for NAPLAN to be conducted online. The ‘readiness testing’ window for schools is between August 19 to October 11 of this year. This will allow schools to determine and evaluate the readiness of the school’s data systems and logistical processes that are involved in conducting these tests online.

To prepare our Middle School students for this new initiative, our current Year 6 and 8 students will sit two practice tests in Week 10 of this term. The trial tests will be on Monday and Thursday of Week 10. Further information will be distributed to all families in these year levels in the coming week. Links to the NAPLAN Online site will be provided, for families to gain more information about this new initiative.
Year 9 Science Field Trip
Year 9 students visited Goomboora Park for a science field trip. The students were measuring abiotic factors like water temperature, pH and turbidity and observing flora and fauna in the park to evaluate the impact of human land use on the ecosystem.
Japanese Speaking Contest
The Japanese Speaking Competition was held on Thursday, August 22nd. As every year, it is a huge event run by the Modern Languages Teachers Association Queensland at the Cairns School of Distance Education. In total there were approximately 390 students from approximately 40 schools attending, making this year the biggest event ever. 
Each school is only permitted to enter a maximum of four students into any one category, meaning, just to qualify required a series of auditions and presentations. 
We can be very proud of our students who all performed very well. Each student had to stand in front of a packed room and give a speech in Japanese. The pressure was immense and the competition was very close. It is therefore with great pride that PLC took home many medals and highly commended awards. 
The Middle School participants were:
Year 6
Molly Potter
Georgia Barrett
Sienna McKinlay 
Crystal Mann

Year 8
She-in Kim 
Meleka Henseleit
Year 7
Ella Nulley
Charlotte Eime
Sonia Hanson
Lucy Warne

Year 9
Ashleigh Tran
Italian Language
Year 9 Italian students connected via video conference with our sister school in Italy, Liceo Scientifico G.Galilei, in the village of Poppi, Tuscany, to converse with Mrs Vanna Lanini's English students on the other side. The students had conversations in Italian and English with Italian boys and girls of the same age. Mr Alberti commented, "It was excellent, it felt as they were in the room with us."
Mr Alberti and Mrs Lanini created templates for dialogues that the students could easily follow on both sides. Dialogues were based on topics that students were required to prepare in advance.

A second session was also arranged with the Year 10 Italian students, with Peace student, Nicole, maintaining a conversation in Italian on her own for at least half an hour and both ends understood each other perfectly. Nicole was so happy to realise her Italian could stand the challenge of a real dialogue with a native speaker.
College Uniform
As we approach the final weeks of Term 3, I would like to take this opportunity to encourage students to ensure they are at all times, ensuring the correct College uniform is being worn to school on a daily basis, and with pride.

A letter has been sent to all families in recent days, outlining the days for the Sports uniform to be worn for the specific year levels. Of late, there have been a minority of students with incorrect colour socks for the formal and sports uniform.

If parents could also ensure that the length and style of hair of their child are also in line with the College’s uniform policy. So far this term, the wearing of the uniform has been very good, and I encourage all students to continue with the high standards that the College has of them.

Best regards,
Brett Toombs - Head of Middle School

Junior School News

Book Week
There was a spectacular display of book characters in our school last Monday as part of our Book Week celebrations. This included the superhero staff.
Children reading and being engaged with stories from books adds to their literacy learning in so many ways. The students really lived up to the theme of this year's Book Week of, “Reading is my Superpower”, as they displayed their books from home that were well-loved and read.
It was wonderful to have grandparents and special people form part of this celebration, including some of the residents from Caravonica Waters.
As part of the celebrations of books, many students accessed the book fair and purchased new books to further their love of reading.

Thanks to the P&F who also organised a Junior School Book Week disco for our students.

Olympics Unleashed

We had a wonderful opportunity to have Winter Olympian, Jacki Narracott, visit our Year 2 - 5 students.

The Olympics Unleashed program aims to inspire students to unleash a passion and be the best they can be. It highlights that the Olympic Spirit of teamwork, dedication, resilience to overcome the challenge and finding a passion to chase down, can live in all of us.
Aapti, Luca and Ruby from Year 2 wrote a reflection on Jacki's visit...

"Jackie is a skeleton racer for Australia at the Winter Olympics. She slips and slides on the racing track and even crashes too. But when she crashes she gets back up and keeps going because she is Ricky Resilient.

When she came to visit we got photos of her and she gave us her autograph. She donated a shirt she wears when she races and put her signature on it too. She does 10 hours of training every day.

She is so fast and speedy on the ice. Sometimes she got ice burns, bruises and concussion. Jacki told us that we can all have the Olympic Spirit."
Japanese Speaking Contest
The Japanese Speaking Competition was held on Thursday, August 22nd. As every year, it is a huge event run by the Modern Languages Teachers Association Queensland at the Cairns School of Distance Education. In total there were approximately 390 students from approximately 40 schools attending, making this year the biggest event ever. 
Each school is only permitted to enter a maximum of four students into any one category, meaning, just to qualify required a series of auditions and presentations. 
We can be very proud of our students who all performed very well. Each student had to stand in front of a packed room and give a speech in Japanese. The pressure was immense and the competition was very close. It is therefore with great pride that PLC took home many medals and highly commended awards.
The Junior School participants were:
Year 4
Arian-Rose Amato 
Amelia Forder 
Amelia Wood
Issac Whiteside 
Year 5
Stevie Wiedner 
Sophie Potter
Micah Fox
Sarah Kochi 
Year 5 Background Speaker
Tim McCarthy
Heavy school backpacks
Research has determined the maximum weight children carry in their backpack. In a worldwide first, recommendations on the appropriate load primary-school-age children should carry. Read more.
Share your most favourite childhood storybook with your child and ask them to share their most favourite book with you.
Happy reading!

Best regards,
Sarah Rowan - Head of Junior School

Boarding News

One of the highlights of my job is being able to connect with students outside of school hours. A recent example of this was the opportunity to meet with four of our students over a meal at a nearby restaurant. Towards the end of the meal, I asked the students to provide me with feedback for what could be changed in boarding.

Ziian, Julie, Isaac and Kyle provided me with some really practical feedback, some of which has already been implemented. One of their suggestions was to do an activity mid-week, similar to a weekend evening. Last Thursday, after study, all boarders participated in a large game of dodgeball, which was enjoyed by all. This week we have gone to Cazalys to cheer the girls to victory. It has been nice to see all the students socialising with one another throughout the school week.
Some of the other feedback the students provide will see some work done to the boarding houses; we will trial new study times; have more art and craft activities; and will continue to develop the boarding menu with our Catering Manager. These four students represented all boarders with their productive and positive suggestions. I would like to thank them again for taking the time to share these with me.

It is important to remind all families to encourage their children to speak up and share their feedback, be it suggestions for the weekend program, or other ideas – my staff and I are always wanting to hear from them.
Drivers Licence
Recently, Ms Krystal Taylor arranged for a large number of our Year 10, 11 and 12 students to undertake a driver’s education course. This resulted in all of the students gaining their learners permit. I am extremely grateful to Ms Krystal for arranging this for our students.
A reminder to all families to send through relevant travel details for the end of this term, start of Term 4.
Snapshots from August

Best regards,
Patrick Connell - Head of Boarding

Middle/Senior School Sports News

Junior Secondary Sport (JSS)
Our Year 7, 8 and 9 students have been competing in the JSS competition this term, playing Volleyball, Touch Football, Soccer, AFL (boys only), Netball (girls only) and Basketball. We have come up against some very strong competition, with our best round being against TAS where our students won seven out of ten fixtures. To date, Touch Football and Basketball have been performing strongly, with a special mention to our girls Volleyball team that is undefeated. The JSS competition continues for the remainder of Term 3 and the first half of Term 4. Good luck to all our teams for the remainder of this competition.
FNQ Schools Futsal Titles
Congratulations to the following students who represented Peace Lutheran College at the 2019 FNQ School Futsal Titles:
  • Jayden Lee
  • Mitchell Symes
  • Matthew Mackellar
  • Joel Howarth
  • Gomae Zuwi’e
  • Lachlan Neil
  • Liam Eime
  • Nathan Keough
The boys faced strong opposition throughout the day playing a total of seven games. A huge thank you to Mr Tim Lee for coaching the team. Mr Lee stated that all the boys were fully committed and represented PLC with distinction. He and the boys are looking forward to competing again in 2020.
Line ‘em Up and Knock ‘em Down
During Year 11 Sport this term, students learned about (theory) and participated in (practical) a mini-unit on ten-pin bowling.
Student reflections...
"The theory was useful since it taught the stance/footwork for bowling. I was surprised that I had a notable improvement as the practical component progressed and thought that Mr Elliott’s advice was very helpful.  Overall, the practical was great since students got to have fun and receive tips for improving at the same time." Choong
"Participating in bowling for the sport was a fun, interesting, and a different approach to the usual activities played at school. I enjoyed the theory aspect of the lessons where we learned about its history, technique, and scoring, as well as actually applying these skills in a real bowling rink. I learned many things during this short unit and would like to see more of this approach in the future." 
Interestingly, the bowling alley owner stated that while the professional circuit is not as robust as other countries, there is a need for trained mechanical technicians in the Australian bowling industry. 
Run Larapinta 2019

Year 10 student, Thomas Hackett participated in the 2019 Larapinta Run, running 85km over four days, with almost 2,000m of ascent.

Day 1 - night running
Days 2 and 3 - really hot, burnout days
Day 4 - icy cold gales

He endured all conditions. Well done Thomas - sensational effort!
Run Larapinta 2019 - Alice Springs

Junior Girls AFL Cairns

This week, Jen Wosomo was awarded Best & Fairest for the Cairns Youth Girls competition.
Going up against approximately 100 other players, Jen was voted best player throughout the season, in the games, she played for her team, Cairns City Lions.

A great achievement Jen - congratulations.

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

Junior School Sports News

Junior School students recently entered 16 teams to compete in the Futsal competition at Redlynch Indoor Sports Centre. All students had loads of fun and showed great sportsmanship. Our U8 girl's team won their division and five of our other teams made semi-finals. Our students displayed perfect behaviour and several showed incredible skill in their games.

Thank you to the parents who attended to cheer the students on and the staff who helped throughout the week. We would also like to acknowledge the late Mrs Rebecca Amato for her due diligence and endless energy throughout.
Fowlers Cup Carnival 2019
Forty students formed four teams to compete in the Fowlers Cup Carnival 2019. All teams experienced highs and lows, but overall they enjoyed the thrill of the competition and can be very proud of their efforts and sportsmanship, reinforcing Peace's sports school reputation.
Peace also now has 11 teams (110 students) playing in the local basketball competition at Cairns Basketball each Saturday. The teams play under the Redlynch organisation and are called Peace Pirates.

Best regards,
Tom Dunsmuir - Junior School Sports Coordinator

Careers Corner

Vocational Education and Training Pathways
As we approach the end of term, students in Year 10 will be making their subject selection choices for 2020 within the next week.

Aside from the traditional academic pathway that many of our students will follow, other students will be considering careers where vocational education and training courses will be a more suitable option and in line with their career aspirations.

Once again, the College, in partnership with a range of service providers including TAFE Queensland North, Aviation Australia, the CaPTA Group and CQ University, will be offering students the opportunity to enrol in a range of Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses as part of their Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE). The VET in Schools Program provides our students with the opportunity to experience competency-based adult-style learning whilst obtaining practical skills in readiness for life after school.
Why VET?
A recent study by social researchers McCrindle (Perceptions Are Not Reality: Myths, Realities & The Critical Role of Vocational Education & Training in Australia, May 2017), report the trends currently influencing the Australian workforce. It outlines the key role VET is playing in developing our emerging workforce by delivering training directly correlated to the skills demanded by industry and employers. Most importantly, all of the VET courses offered to our students whilst still at school will also contribute to the attainment of their Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE). The majority of courses attract four (4) QCE points.

What courses are on offer?

Many of the VET courses on offer will provide students with a study pathway directly into Diploma or higher certificate courses at the completion of Year 12. This is a great option for students if they;
  • Have a keen interest in working in a trade (e.g. electrician, hairdressing, plumbing, carpentry, health care, aviation).
  • Are considering an apprenticeship or traineeship.
  • Are not considering university studies in the near future.
  • Unclear about what they would like to do after Year 12.
  • Have decided to pursue a non-ATAR pathway.
Courses available to students under the VET in Schools program also align with the expected skill shortages predicted in our region over the coming years. This means their skills will be in demand by employers across Queensland.

For more information encourage your child to visit the Careers page on Yammer, or visit the Careers Corner in the Learning Centre.

Best regards,
Rebecca Bolton - Careers & Guidance Officer

Learning Centre News

Book Week

This month’s newsletter focusses on Book Week, which was celebrated on 19 - 23 August.

This year’s theme “Reading is my Secret Power” was embraced by students who dressed as their favourite book character in the Book Week Parade.
The Learning Centre became Gotham City adorned with super heroes and a secret vault containing this year’s Book of the Year nominations.
Book Week Reviews
Thank you to Lachlan, Isaac and Harper from Year 4 who took time out of their normal studies to read one of the CBCA Children’s Book of the Year nominated books, and wrote a book review. They also read their book reviews out to Junior Schooll classes and published it on the Learning Centre website.
Competition Winners
The following students borrowed a lucky book and won a $10 Book Fair voucher:
  • Caleb Simpkins
  • Lachlan Forder
  • Keira Dalamaras
  • Elleryana Burns
Atalia Turner won the Guess your Teacher’s Secret Power guessing competition and also won a $10 Book Fair voucher.
Book Fair
A huge thank you to everyone who purchased books from the Book Fair. Thanks to you, our target of $4,000 was met, giving us $1,600 to spend on resources for the Learning Centre. Thank you also to all of the families and staff who purchased a book to donate back to the College. In total, we received 14 donated books. A bookplate will be proudly placed inside each book with your child’s name on it.
Children’s Book Council of Australia Books of the Year announced:
  • Book of the Year Early Childhood – Tricky’s Bad Day by Alison Lester
  • Picture Book of the Year – Cicada by Shaun Tan
  • Book of the Year Younger Readers – His Name is Walter by Emily Rodder
  • Book of the Year Older Readers – Between Us by Clare Atkins
  • Eve Pownall Award (Factual material) – Sorry Day by Coral Illus Vass & Dub Leffler
  • Crichton Award for New Illustrators – Grandma Z by Daniel Gray-Barnett

Best regards,
Tanya Mills & Kim McKinlay - Learning Centre

College News

"Are You Shakespearious?"

For those fortunate enough to have attended this year's Drama Production, you will have been able to appreciate the hard work by our talented cost of Middle and Senior Drama students, as well as the many staff and students who worked tirelessly behind the scenes.
This original musical comedy told the story of a young girl who loathes Shakespeare and has been tasked with an incredibly boring essay on Shakespeare. Visited by ghosts, she undertakes a hilarious conversion.

Borneo Service Trip 2019
It is only a matter of a few days and weeks before we leave for our Service & Challenge trip to Borneo. The staff and students are nervous and excited about our forthcoming adventure.  We leave on Saturday 14th September and make our way to the village Long Pasia, right in the jungle of Sabah, Malaysia.

The purpose of the trip is two-fold: service and challenge. Students will serve the village community with volunteer labour and gifts, and the challenge is in the planning and preparation, travelling and working as a team, trekking through the jungle, and hiking Mount Kota Kinabalu. It will be a rewarding experience, and we ask for your prayers during our time away.
The Borneo shirts - we think they look pretty good!
The students have designed a school shirt for the trip, which they may wear in place of their usual sports uniform. We think it looks pretty good! And as part of our fund-raising efforts for the village, socks were on sale from the front office. There are literally on a few pairs left, so thank you to everyone who bought a pair (or more). We really appreciate your support.

Early in the term, we had our last official practice hike, to Speewah campground from the Stoney Creek Trailhead. It was a wet day to start with but was dry by the time we reached the campsite, which was helpful as we put up our hammocks. This was a great test of our equipment and packing skills. We are now all looking forward to our trek through the jungle in Sabah.
Starting our hike to Speewah. These wet conditions are what we are likely to experience in the jungle.
While we are in Kota Kinabalu, we will have the opportunity to visit the Basel Christian Church (a Lutheran Church) and their school for undocumented children. This will be an enlightening experience for us all. The church runs the school on a volunteer basis to provide an education for children that are not recognised by the state government.

With only a few weeks to go, we are still raising funds for our service project in the village, but also to support the school of the village with a gift of stationery and other educational items, and the school of undocumented children in Kota Kinabalu. Members of the College community can still assist by donating via Admin or online through MyCause:

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

CIAF Fashion Collection

All their hard work has finally come to fruition. Peace Lutheran College Indigenous Boarding students are the first school group to be invited to participate in the CIAF fashion production. The students printed on silk using botanicals and traditional dye methods, they designed their outfits, created their garments, as well as made elaborate body adornments to complete six full outfits for the collection.


Another inspirational NAIDOC Chapel and celebration of culture. It is an event that takes a lot of planning and preparation and we thank Mrs Krystal Taylor for pouring her heart into this event every year.

Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD)

Peace of Paradise

On Saturday 24th August, Peace took part in the 2019 Cairns Festival Street Parade. One of the four Peace Lutheran College values is Community and community was demonstrated in the creation and presentation of the College entry at the Parade.

It took a community of helpers to create the entry and a larger community to take part in the parade.

It was wonderful to see Peace walk together as a community; day and boarding students, families and staff walked together with other members of the Peace Community.  A great opportunity to meet families, create community and promote Peace Lutheran College to the wider Cairns community.
Thank you to all staff and families who supported the Peace of Paradise entry which was recognised with a prize and an Encouragement Award. A special thank you to all the staff, families and students who created the entry and participated in the parade. Please know your time, creativity and stamina is greatly appreciated.

A special thank you to Handan and Martyn Roper for the use of the four pedal cars that represented the reef and rainforest. 

Peace Rocks Cairns

As part of NAIDOC celebrations, students painted rocks to join in the Cairns Rocks movement. Students will hide them in parks and gardens. If you find one of the Peace rocks, take a photo and when posting it, use the hashtag #peacerockscns

Relay for Life

Congratulations to the PLC Middle School Team who fundraised and walked for 18 hours in support of those affected by cancer.

The team beat their goal of $2,000, raising a total of $2,945. Thank you to all in our school community for supporting our fundraising efforts.

College Events

Saturday, 7th September 2019

Celebrating 25 years of providing quality education, developing students academically, socially, physically, emotionally and spiritually. We invite our community to join us for an afternoon of reflection and festivity, entertainment, food and lots of fun. RSVP here.

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 Enrolments.

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

Year 2 Vintage Day
Tuesday, 3 September 2019
Peace Lutheran College
Code Club (weekly, term time)
Wednesday, 4 September 2019
Computer Room
JSS (weekly, term time)
Wednesday, 4 September 2019
Sewing Club (weekly, term time)
Wednesday, 4 September 2019
M5 Classroom
ICAS DTech (weekly, Term 3 only)
Thursday, 5 September 2019
Peace Lutheran College
25th Year Celebration
Saturday, 7 September 2019
Peace Lutheran College
QTAC Application Evening - Yr 12
Tuesday, 10 September 2019
Learning Centre
Roald Dahl Dress Up Day - Yr 3
Friday, 13 September 2019
Peace Lutheran College
Borneo Service Trip Departs
Saturday, 14 September 2019
Work Experience - Yr 10
Mon 16 - Fri 20 September 2019
JS Concert Band Performance
Monday, 16 September 2019
Caravonica Waters R/Village
Prep Open Day
Tue & Wed17 & 18 September 2019
Peace Lutheran College
Middle School Electives Due
Thursday, 19 September 2019
Last Day for Students
Thursday, 19 September 2019
Staff Only Day
Friday, 20 September 2019
School Holidays Commence
Friday, 20 September 2019
Public Holiday - Queen's Birthday
Monday, 7 October 2019
First Day for Students
Tuesday, 8 October 2019
Boarder's Travel Day
Tuesday, 8 October 2019
Code Club (weekly, term time)
Wednesday, 9 October 2019
Computer Room
JSS (weekly, term time)
Wednesday, 9 October 2019
Sewing Club (weekly, term time)
Wednesday, 9 October 2019
M5 Classroom
ICAS DTech (weekly, Term 3 only)
Thursday, 10 October 2019
Peace Lutheran College
Wednesday, 23 October 2019
Health & Wellbeing Centre
Spring Fair
Saturday, 26 October 2019
Peace Lutheran College
Worship at Peace
Sunday, 27 October 2019
Peace Centre
Year 11 Camp
Wed 30 October - Fri 1 Nov 2019
Year 9 Informal
Friday, 1 November 2019
Peace Centre

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

Cairns Speech Pathology Clinic offers weekly speech therapy appointments at Peace Lutheran College and Kindergarten. Appointments are available during school hours, on a weekly or fortnightly basis, to suit your child's needs. If you would like to book your child in for an assessment and/or therapy, please contact Rachael on or call the Cairns Speech Pathology office on 40 331 230.

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