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NOVEMBER 2018
In this issue:
Principal's News
Pastor's News
Senior School News
Middle School News
Junior School News
Boarding News
Middle/Senior Sports News
Junior School Sports News
Careers Corner
College News
What's on @ Peace
Community News

Staying Connected

Principal's News from Mrs. Fenske

As we reach the end of the school year, it is natural to look back on the year that has been, at all that has happened, and on what we have achieved. The Yearbook is a wonderful collection of snapshots from this year, highlighting many of the events that have taken place. I hope you enjoy reading it.

I trust that this year has seen our students grow, learn and prosper as young people, and hope that we have fostered in them a love for learning that will follow them in the years ahead and through their lives. As educational researcher Yong Zhao states; “Education is not simply preparation for life; education is life itself.”

As the school year is closing and, in the lead up to Christmas it is easy to get drawn in to the frantic gift shopping and stress to get everything right for the festive season. This is also the Advent season. Advent marks the beginning of the church calendar and is a time of preparation and anticipation for the coming of Christ. In the Lutheran church there are many traditions observed during Advent that help Christians prepare for and anticipate His coming. Practices associated with Advent include keeping an Advent calendar, lighting Advent candles, praying an Advent daily devotional, as well as other ways of preparing for Christmas.

The Swedish church publishes an alternative Advent Calendar each year, encouraging us to focus on acts of kindness each day instead of chocolates or gifts. Enjoy, as we prepare for Christmas.
Yours in Christ,
Elisabeth Fenske - Principal
principal@plc.qld.edu.au

News from Pastor Adam

After the wise men were gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up! Flee to Egypt with the child and his mother,” the angel said. “Stay there until I tell you to return, because Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.
Matthew 2:13
This is part of the Christmas story that we do not hear much about when the sales are on, the Christmas music is playing in the shopping centres, and families are getting together over the holidays – Joseph, Mary and the Christ-child having to flee for safety.
 
Just as they did, so also many immigrants to our country have come here as refugees, fleeing from persecution and danger. God sent an angel to warn Jesus and to look after the Christ-child, and He still sends his angels to protect and look after those who are persecuted – our fellow human beings who have compassion for people. They may visit and work with them in refugee camps and detention centres, or they may be able to donate to humanitarian organisations such as Australian Lutheran World Service.
 
Christmas is not just a time for merry making and feasting, but also a time to support our neighbour who may need our help, prayers and support. Jesus has not promised us endless feasting and peace here on earth, but he has promised that he will be with us to the end of the age. And by his grace, we shall be with him in eternity. That is a true comfort and hope.
Thank you, Heavenly Father, that you send your angels of mercy to help us in our need. Help us also to be angels of mercy to bring your help to others. Amen.

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

Senior School News from Mr. Cummings

The temperature is starting to rise as we are all looking forward to the Christmas break, but there are still some very busy days remaining.
 
The Cairns Convention Centre was buzzing with excitement on Saturday, 10th 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 vehicles to a waiting crowd of parental paparazzi. After enjoying drinks in the foyer and taking some 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.
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 hand out floral tributes to thank their family, friends and College staff who have supported them over the years.
In their final week, students made the most of their remaining time together. Mr. Johnson, with the support of Mr. O’Mara, Mrs. Allen and Mrs. Eime, organised a number of events to farewell our graduating seniors including a thrilling Laser Tag activity, a retreat at Goomboora Park, and a 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 2018.
I would like to congratulate our new College Captains for 2019, and I am very much looking forward to working with them next year.
 
Ziian Carey and Clinton Noipo - Captains
Terina Hagger and Rowan Culliton - Vice Captains

Have a blessed and peaceful Christmas.

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

Middle School News from Mr. Elliott

"In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you."
1 Thessalonians 5:18 (KJV)
This entry marks my last devotion as Head of Middle School. In 2019 the College will welcome Mr. Brett Toombs, and I will continue as the Year Level Coordinator for Years 8 and 9, with Ms. Pudelko becoming the Year 10 Coordinator.

I would like to thank parents and students for the support and communication you have provided to me throughout my tenure as Head of Middle School. Cooperation is key in any effective relationship. I would also like to thank Middle School teachers and the countless staff that support students at the College; you are truly an inspiring group to work with. Lastly, Mr. McMahon and Ms. Pudlkeo, as Year Level Coordinators, thank you for your tireless work in supporting students in their development. You are truly committed to your craft.

Year 6 Italian Excursion
On Wednesday, 28th November, Year 6 Italian students ended the year with a tour to a local company that produces and sells gelato.

Jasmine L., “There was one big machine that they produced 18 kilos of gelato with. Marko showed us around his company, and told us his favourite colour is green and his favourite gelato is cherry cream with chocolate.” Junis L. remembers how cold the gelato was on such a hot day.
“Out of the 28 flavours of gelato and 16 flavours of sorbet, chocolate was my favourite”, Emily D.
End of Year Activities
On Tuesday, 20th of November, a final letter regarding end of year activities was sent to all Middle School families. This letter outlines important information for Week 9. If you did not receive this letter, and cannot locate it in your inbox, please email me. Important points to focus on:
  • Fitzroy Island – students will need to be dropped off and picked up at the Cairns Marina.
  • Glacier Rock Hike – students will need gear, hydration, and food. The hike will be abridged if the heat does not abate.
  • If you have not already, please notify me if your child will be in attendance on Wednesday. We need to know for grouping and purchasing of resources.
Middle School Teacher in Focus

Q: What is your name?
A: Mrs. Fiona Rosendahl
Q: How long have you been at Peace?
A: 2018 is my first year at Peace.
Q: Did you work prior to coming to Peace?
Q: I taught in several local primary schools and at The Kooralbyn International School, which is south of Brisbane.
Q: What and where did you study (tertiary)?
A: I studied at Queensland University of Technology, where I gained a Bachelor of Design (Honours), and then followed up with a Graduate Diploma of Education.
Q: What subjects do you currently teach?
A: This year I teach English, History & Geography, Christian Studies, and Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). I am also a Year 6 Home Group teacher.
Q: Why do you teach?
A: I teach to make a difference. It feels highly satisfying to see the growth of students, especially at the end of the year where the culmination of learning shows students are ready to progress to the next stage of their learning. It is a good feeling to know that you played a part in that development.
Q: What does life “look” like for you outside of work?
A: I play the piano, sing, and generally appreciate music. My husband and I built a house in 2018, which is our base for exploring the Far North.

Best regards,
Chad Elliott - Head of Middle School
celliott2@plc.qld.edu.au

Junior School News from Mrs. Rowan

Learning over the Christmas Break
Whilst it is important for us to have the 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 children in learning at home, whilst relaxing and having fun along the way…
  • Cooking/baking – Christmas is an excellent time to read and 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, draw pictures along the way.
  • Writing – write a holiday journal.
  • Library visit – whilst our school’s Learning Centre is closed, Cairns Libraries are open. Not only are they great places for books, many 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 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 for all children!
  • Outside time – swimming, park plays, riding bikes, and scooters are all great ways to keep active.
And don’t forget to have some family and friend time too!

Flexible Learning
21st Century learning is underpinned by teaching methods and spaces that are engaging, motivational, and challenge our traditional view on classroom teaching and learning. Flexible learning uses spaces and evolving pedagogies to provide creative and energised learners and teachers.
 
Karl Fisch (Shift Happens) states that, “We are currently preparing students for jobs that don’t exist, using technologies that haven’t been invented, in order to solve problems we don’t even know are problems yet.”
If this is true, then we cannot keep doing education the way we have in the past.
 
Students are entering into a world that is changing at a rapid rate. Knowledge is available at their fingertips. So as a Junior School we have changed our teaching and learning to focus not only on the knowledge side of learning, but the development of skills students need to engage and actively participate in the world in which they live.

We are focussing on the development of students’ skills for life, those of collaboration, creativity, critical thinking and communication.
Combining formalised learning within a flexible space allows us to cater for the development of knowledge as well as skills.
 
The classroom spaces are designed to be communal spaces which can be configured in a number of ways for specific learning experiences. This means they provide opportunities for people to work together in collaborative and exciting ways in order to promote the curiosity and freedom to engage with content in the way that suits students best.
 
As parents, we understand that each child has their own strengths and limitations – a flexible learning model seeks to allow a ‘way in’ for every learner that they may not have had in a more traditionally designed classroom.
In a flexible learning classroom, you will find…
  • Classrooms that encourage students to be active participants in their learning rather than passive vessels.
  • Design that promotes a sense of inquiry, wonder and excitement.
  • Classrooms where the teacher can deliver flexible lesson content – lecture style, group style, presentation style or activity style.
  • Design that challenges students to think and do more.
  • Desks and other furniture that can easily move to accommodate different needs and different activities.
  • Areas that promote student and teacher communication and collaboration.
Flexible learning is where you will find the theory of inquiry learning at play as educational theorists intended it. Students can engage in a mix of teacher-directed and student-directed teaching and learning, independent learning, project work, direct instruction, innovative and creating thinking, relationship building, and problem-solving skills. There may be different ‘zones’ that have specific displays or purposes.
All students are taught according to the Achievement Standards for each year level as identified in the Australian Curriculum. We are able to put this content and skills into integrated and separated subjects and units of work through an Inquiry approach to allow all students to actively engage and make meaningful connections with their learning and the world in which they will contribute and participate.
If you would like to find out more, the links below are sources of further information and references:

There is a video titled 'Learning Plaza...' on the Living Faith website
http://www.livingfaith.qld.edu.au/
 
Changing Education Paradigms
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDZFcDGpL4U
 
Sydney Centre for innovation in Learning https://static1.squarespace.com/static/510b86cce4b0f6b4fb690106/t/51998ebce4b00c954c5fd2f0/1369018044049/stephen-harris_virtual-pedagogical-physical-space-21st-century.pdf
 
School 2.0 - Designing Tomorrow's Schools (Full Version) - Fielding Nair International
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ojBaxxdPz4
 
I just sued the school system!
https://youtu.be/dqTTojTija8
 
What is School for?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07mK-Wb2WJQ
 
David Thornburg – Future Classroom Design
https://www.edutopia.org/david-thornburg-future-classroom-video
Looking Ahead 2019
As a staff we will continue to refine curriculum, developing engaging units of work for students through an inquiry approach, with clear objectives and outcomes for students to work towards and further develop a whole Junior School approach towards effective research based pedagogy, providing students with the best opportunity to learn and develop skills and understandings.
 
In Junior School we aim to be at the forefront of innovative, research-based, quality teaching and learning for students who are going into a very fast-changing, flexible, interconnected global world.
 
Together, let’s dive into a new world of learning!
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!”

I take this opportunity to wish you a very merry Christmas. 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
srowan@plc.qld.edu.au

Boarding News from Mr. Connell

How incredible it is to arrive at the end of another school year and see the risks and willingness of the Boarders to live within boundaries, and to do so in such a successful manner. I often believe Boarding students break the mould of ‘normal’ teenagers. They have great meaning in their lives, connecting with their peers and staff on a regular basis through communal living, and have an incredible sense of belonging not only to family/their past, but also our school.
I would like to thank everyone involved in Boarding throughout 2018. The families who place incredible trust in our school, and the staff who work tirelessly to walk with our students. It has made Boarding at Peace a vibrant and dynamic place to live.
Mark wrote, “Have faith in God”, Jesus answered, “Let’s all place our trust in faith.” Mark 11:22
At the end of the 2018 school year, this quote speaks true of our Boarders. Our Boarders who are incredibly risk taking, filled with a sense of purpose and faith.

I wish each and every one of you and your families peace and blessings this Christmas, and I look forward to another amazing year in boarding in 2019.

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

Middle/Senior Sports News from Mr. Atkins

What a year we have had in sport!

To all our students, staff and families, I would like to thank you so much for all your support, your efforts, and the way in which you have welcomed me into this wonderful school community.

I wish you all a safe and joyful Christmas and look forward to seeing you bright and fresh in 2019.

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

Junior School Sports News from Mr. Dunsmuir

A huge congratulations to Charlie Wood, Emily Yagawa and Sienna McKinlay who were all awarded the HPE sports people for 2018. All three of these wonderful athletes have been involved in almost everything that Peace competes at. 

This list includes cross country, athletics, futsal, basketball and cricket teams (the girls also playing netball). Charlie needs special mention for representing our Peninsula region for High Jump and placed fourth in the state championships. He also set a new school high jump record of 140cm.

The two Peace junior basketball teams have all come to the end of their seasons. The U12 Girls team played six wonderful games, improved week after week, and by the end of the season had won their first game (this was a very exciting at the time). The Boys team had a fantastic season and managed to place third in a very strong competition. In the semi-final the team looked shell-shocked as the boys got behind by 17 points by half time. This margin was no closer until the last five minutes of the game. That's when our team woke up, and really started to play. This gritty team got the margin back to 5 points with two minutes left on the clock and the noise and excitement level was in over drive. In the end, the mountain was too high and the Peace 'Run and Gun' team for 2018 lost by 9. Great season lads and a big thanks to Ryan and Renee and everything you did for the team.

The HPE program is reflecting on its year and many of the classes have revisited games previous played, especially in the lower year levels. With the focus on fair play, fun and following the game rules, it has been wonderful to see the students happy and vigorously participating. Some students have learnt how to throw a frisbee more accurately and the giant parachute is always popular. The upper grades are learning golf and I would like to thank Graham for showing the students how the professionals do it.


Other achievements for 2018 include that of our tennis team who managed to earn a place at the state championship in Brisbane. Well done to Atalia Turner who represented the Peninsula region in athletics, the 1500m, and ran strongly against the state's best.

Harrison Bennett had an outstanding sporting year and was selected for two Barron River teams (AFL and cricket). This is especially impressive as he still has two more years in this age division.

Thanks again for all the support I have received throughout the year and I look forward to the next one.

Stay healthy!

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

Careers Corner

As the 2018 year draws to a close, it is a great time to reflect on how the school 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 Jen Wosomo - Vocational Education Student of the Year, and Carl Spunde - 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). Well done Jen and Carl.
I would also like to thank all of the corporate organsiations who freely give up their time to support our students by providing them with the abililty to explore career and university pathways. The school is also establishing strong community partnerships across a number of businesses and support networks . Thank you to organisations such as Business Liasion Association, the Young Entreprenuers Project, Defence Force Recruiting, Cairns Chamber of Commerce and the Cairns Young Chamber, VPG, Skill360, MEGT, Epic Assist, Prime Constructions, Spotlight, and Cold Frog Cairns, to name but a few, who have opened their doors and hearts to our students.

I would also like to recognise the achievements of two of our graduating Year 12 students. Firstly, congratulations to Abbey Gavin who successfully completed two university academic subjects and was our first student to receive a university offer as a result of her participation in the CQU SUN program. Abbey is now part-way through her university degree in Nursing. Her success and efforts should be a reminder to all students that hard work and determination do make a difference.
Also, to Thomas Wojtas, who not only completed his Certificate II in Aircraft Line Maintenance, but was the worthy recipient of the AAA Award. This award is selected by the instructors and awarded to the student who displays exceptional Attitude, Aptitude and Adaptability. Tom has shown a real passion for aviation and will be continuing with the Certificate IV course next year. He is also in the final stages of securing an apprenticeship in the aviation industry. Tom’s trainer commented, “The determination and
work ethic Tom has displayed during this course far exceeds our expectations, especially for someone of his age group. He has most definitely shown commitment, enthusiasm and engagement during his time at Aviation Australia; he is also very polite and respectful whenever he is here and always gives his studies 100% effort.”

Well done Tom!  The school is very proud of you and this great achievement.
Finally, congratulations and best wishes to all of our graduating Year 12 students. As you leave us to pursue your dreams, please don’t forget us!
 
The school is looking to set up an Alumni network to keep in touch with all former graduating students. We would encourage you to forward your contact details by emailing me, or emailing Mrs. Mortley, and let us know what you are up to. We would also love to have you back to share the ups-and-downs of your career journey with our future senior cohort.

Wishing everyone happy holidays and a very merry Christmas. I look forward to seeing you all in 2019.

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

College News

Thinking of our Aussie farmers
The Junior School students have been very concerned about the plight of our Aussie farmers. In Year 5, they did some investigating of their food footprints as part of their project-based learning (PBL) unit. Here's a message from Callum to our farmers...
We appreciate you!
Dear farmers, we really appreciate you for what you do. I just can’t think of any possible way you can cope with the drought. It would probably be hard waking up not knowing that if a cattle’s going to die or there will be a slight little shower. Honestly, I have to think that all the food you produce will go into healthy meals. I wish I could buy the products that you make instead of the grocery stores. None of this food would be possible without you special farmers.

Also, I would wonder how it’s like to be a farmer. I mean seriously we have to thank you for all the generous things you do for us. I’m guessing that it would hard to pump the water because it would be so precious to you. Imagine at night you have to use the pump water with a sponge, not that I know what it’s like, I just heard it on the radio from a farmer’s wife and she said she hadn’t had a proper shower in 3 years!! Again, thank you.

Callum. F - Year 5

Parking at Peace

Please remember, parking is not permitted on grass verges in front of houses in Cowley and Harley Streets. Driveways should not be blocked with any part of the car. Thank you for your support and consideration of this matter.

What's on @ Peace

DECEMBER 2018
Last Day for Students
Wednesday, 5 December 2018
Admin Office Closes - 12 Noon
Friday, 14 December 2018


 
JANUARY 2019
Admin Office Re-opens - 8 am
Monday, 7 January 2019
Australia Day Public Holiday 
Monday, 28 January 2019
First Day Back for Students
Tuesday, 29 January 2019
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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