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AUGUST 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


Special interest items:
Borneo Service & Challenge Trip
Dress Like a Farmer Day
Spring Fair
 
Careers Corner
Learning Centre News
P&F News
College News
College Events
What's on @ Peace
Community News

Staying Connected

 

Principal's News from Mrs Fenske

Dear parents and friends,
Although bullying was not a term used in biblical times, scripture often refers to related topics.
“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen” Ephesians 4:29
It is true that throughout time most people have either experienced or witnessed some form of teasing or bullying, however, in the last decade, this has taken a new form. The development of social media enables the bully to say mean and hurtful things from a ‘safe’ distance and even stay anonymous. Bullying can happen from anywhere and by anyone and is no longer restricted to instances when the people are in the same geographical space. It also means that there is no escape for the victim, it can happen 24/7. Another devastating effect is that rumours, lies, and images can be spread far and wide at the click of a button and there is no way to control its spread.

The number of young Australians who have had intimate photos of themselves shared or broadcast on social media without their consent is frightening and should ring alarm bells for all parents. For us who grew up with the old-fashioned Kodak film rolls and the anticipation of waiting for one set of photos to be printed, often for several days, image-based abuse is a new and frightening concept that has the potential to disrupt and devastate young lives.

According to the nation’s e-safety sentinel, the Office of the eSafety Commissioner, one in five Australians aged 16 – 49 have experienced image-based abuse.

To help the community understand what image-based abuse is, how to report it and where to get help, the Office of the eSafety Commissioner has launched a new dedicated website on dealing with image-based abuse

According to the office, “Image-based abuse (IBA) occurs when intimate, nude or sexual images are distributed without the consent of those pictured. This includes real, altered (e.g. Photoshopped) and drawn pictures and videos.” People who have experienced image-based abuse often feel a wide range of emotions, from shame and humiliation to anxiety, anger, and helplessness. Family and friends can play a critical role in supporting the health and wellbeing of victims and helping them access the right support.

The Image-based Abuse website provides the latest information on image-based abuse as well as step-by-step advice on how to get images removed.

For parents:
It is very important to keep the communication lines with your children as open as possible, ensuring they are comfortable talking to you about any concerns they have. By talking to them and asking about school, friendships, etc. you show them that you are interested in what is going on in their lives. Regular communication with a person they trust and respect will help children and young adults form their own opinions and beliefs about things they experience.

The following ideas may support the way you talk with your children:
  • Sit shoulder to shoulder or go for a walk together. Talking face to face can be quite confrontational, particularly for boys. Sitting next to or walking side by side can encourage you both to talk more freely.
  • Use open-ended questions that require an extended answer rather than a yes/no response. These types of questions encourage discussion between you and your child.
  • Focus on the positives. It is easy to focus on poor behaviours, such as “stop swinging on your chair”. Using positive language instead allows you to focus on what you would like them to do rather than what you don’t want them to do. Try rewording negative statements to positive statements.
Please also remember that the College pastoral care and leadership team is also here and available to you if you would like to speak with someone at the school. Myself, Mr. Peter Cummings (Head of Senior School), Mr. Chad Elliott (Head of Middle School), Mrs. Sarah Rowan (Head of Junior School), Pastor Adam Eime (College Pastor) and Ms. Chantal Mortimer (Student Welfare Officer).

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

IMPORTANT SAFETY REMINDER
In the interests of safety, convenience, and consideration, it is essential parents who use the Stop-Drop-Go areas follow the school's traffic procedures.

The below excerpt is from the Peace Lutheran College Student Handbook.
Car Park Safety
To use our car parks safely, it is imperative that all parents, students, and staff follow the correct procedure:
  • Parents are asked not to drop their children off in front of the bus shelter in the Junior School car park.
  • Parents are asked to carefully consider where vehicles are parked, so as not to compromise the safety of their children, themselves or any other pedestrians.
  • There are two Stop, Drop & Go zones. One located in the Administration car park – off Cowley Street and the second one in the Junior School car park off Harley Street. Parents are asked to proceed forward and are not to park or leave their cars unattended in the Stop, Drop & Go zones.
Children are not to go to their parent's car until it has come to rest in its proper parking spot.
* Please do not stop to pick up your children in driveways or on the roads, even if you are in a hurry.

News from Pastor Adam

It possibly won't be raining when you read this. And in some places in our nation, it probably hasn’t rained for a very long time. Large areas of our nation are experiencing prolonged drought and it is very easy for us, who live on the coast and in an area where we can have a long wet season every year, to be even more unaware of the struggles of our farmers and country towns that depend so much on regular rainfall.

Thankfully, recent media exposure has brought their plight to our attention. And despite the political point-scoring and misuse of the situation by some in public, the situation is real and affecting real people and real families. And for those of us who are blessed in spite of the drought in our nation, we can really help. We can pray that God will meet the needs of all people; we can pray for rain, we can trust that God is good despite all circumstance, and we can show that our faith is alive by helping financially as we are able.

I encourage you to prayerfully consider donating to one of the many agencies or businesses supporting drought relief. We are also having a 'Dress Like a Farmer Day' on 6th September, where students can bring a gold coin donation (or more) which will go to Drought Angels.

A prayer in time of drought:
Heavenly Father, we give you thanks for the fruitful earth, which produces what is needed for life. Bless those who work in the fields; grant favourable weather to all engaged in agriculture; and help us to ensure that all people share the fruits of the earth, rejoicing in your goodness. In this time of need send us the gift of rain, so that we may receive the fruits of the earth for our benefit and for your praise. Provide for those whose livelihood depends on the rain and the seasons, and move us to be generous with what we have, so that others may share from the bounty you have blessed us with. Amen.

Chapel at Peace Lutheran College
We were blessed with both the Year 1 and Year 3 classes leading us in chapel this term. The Year 1’s re-told the story of David & Goliath, despite some technical difficulties. And the Year 3 classes told the story of Jesus calming the storm. You can see some videos of the chapel on our school Facebook page.

On Friday, 7th September, the Year 2 classes will be helping with chapel. Their bible story is “The Man through the Roof”. Intrigued? Come and check it out! Year 2’s will also be helping with our worship service on Sunday, 9th September at 9:30 am in the Peace Centre.

Meanwhile, in Middle/Senior School, there have been quite a few super-heroes making an appearance in chapel :-) And we were blessed with Jadzia Dalamaras and Jasmin Beer (Year 12) singing and playing some songs, including one of their own compositions.

And it is always a joy to see family and friends join us for chapel. Thank you all for coming along as you can, and a big thank you to all parents and carers who have helped our students with costumes and props.
Worship Services for the Boarders and the wider school community continue to be offered regularly during the school term. On the second and fourth Sundays of the month during term-time, there is a
worship service at 9:30 am in the Peace Centre, led by Pastor Adam. Everyone is welcome to attend. The last service for term 3 will be held on 9th September in the Peace Centre.

There is morning tea and refreshments after each service. A free-will offering is gathered as part of these services, and for term 3, this will be donated to Australian Lutheran College to support a student, and his family, who is studying and preparing for full-time ministry in the LCA as a pastor.

Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) Program – Interns coming and going
Miss Brittany Barkus is back in the U.S, working casual relief while seeking full-time employment. We are hoping to hear that a package from Peace Lutheran College will arrive for her soon with her NAIDOC shirt. Unfortunately, the timing of her internship did not coincide with our NAIDOC assembly this year.

Next week (3rd September), we will be welcoming another intern to our school from the same program – Miss Jessica Steitz. Jess is also from the U.S.A and will be staying on-site while here in Cairns. As an intern of the YAGM program, she will be active across the school and with Trinity Lutheran Church.

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

Senior School News from Mr Cummings

Year 10 Mini Careers Expo
 
Due to the Year 10 students missing out on the Cairns Careers & Employment Expo this year, Mrs. Bolton did a fantastic job of organising a mini-expo at the school, with several providers coming in to give advice to students and parents on their training and career pathways.
 
The expo has been designed to assist Year 10 students with their upcoming subject selection process and to help them to decide whether they are heading down an academic or vocational pathway. Some students may choose a combination of both.

The organisations that participated in the day included:
  • James Cook University
  • CQUniversity
  • TAFE North
  • Defence Force Recruiting
  • Cairns Aviation Skills Centre / Aviation Australia
  • Backstreet Dance
  • Young Entrepreneurs Project.
Year 10 Subject Selection Evening
Thank you to all students and parents who attended this information evening to help and inform students about suitable subject selections for next year.
Mr. Bradshaw and I have been interviewing all of our Year 10 students in the weeks leading up to
the evening to give them advice and guidance on suitable study and career pathways. All parents should have now received the outline of this interview and the relevant content of the information evening, for those who were unable to attend.

Thank you to Mr. Bradshaw, Mrs. Bolton and all the staff who have given up their time to support this process.
 
Work experience is in week 10 and 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 career pathways.

In recent weeks the Year 12 students had the opportunity to come in after school with their parents to gather advice and complete their university applications through QTAC. Thank
you to Mr. O’Mara, Mrs. Bolton, Mrs. Eime, Mrs. Allan and Mr. Johnson, who made themselves available to guide students through this important process. Good luck Year 12 with your application choices.

Environmental Group
The Senior Environmental Group is looking for volunteers to help with continuing their recycling efforts. As the end of the Year 12 students' studies approaches we need new students to take up the torch and continue this effort which is now in its 9th year. The group does a fantastic job of sorting our collected recycling to make sure that none of the bins are 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 favorably on our participating students and make for an interesting resume. If you would like to get involved with our school's recycling program, please see Mrs. Cummings.

QCS Testing in Week 8
The Year 12 students will complete their QCS testing next week and every single student has worked incredibly hard to prepare thoroughly. Mrs. Low, Mrs. Cummings, and Mr. O’Mara have been burning the midnight oil to mark their extended
response and written task efforts to give them valuable individual feedback in preparation for the real test. I would like to thank them for their continued and unwavering dedication to supporting our senior students.

Thank you to Boarding for allowing the Boarders Recreation Centre to be used for the testing which provides a very quiet and comfortable test venue.

We should be very proud of our 2018 Year 12 students.

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

Middle School News from Mr Elliott

Did you know the Latin root of the word discipline is discipulus, which is closely tied to the Latin word pupil (Merriam-Webster)? If you think about this, it makes sense, as the process of discipline includes learning through guidance to modify behaviour. Jesus had disciples, whom he guided lovingly through his 3+ years of active ministry (www.gotquestions.org). This blog is interesting if you would like to know more about how Jesus grew his inner-most group. It is proper to reflect on our practices regularly when working with children and young people. 

Dear Father in Heaven, we thank you for the challenges and opportunities of raising young people. Help us approach discipline as an opportunity to raise up a generation of young men and woman ready for the challenges and opportunities ahead of them. Amen.

Online Gaming
Middle School staff have responded to a number of incidents involving online gaming in terms 2 and 3. A number of parents/carers have spoken with our staff about online gaming issues occurring at home. It would seem that, primarily amongst our Middle School boys, online gaming is problematic. Specific issues related to failure to complete work, being off task, disruption to sleep, and increasing aggressive behaviours have been reported.

As a College, we monitor student network use, engage with pastoral care around online safety, and follow up as required. A simple online search for “online gaming (or internet) addiction Australia” returns everything from therapy to boot camps to help students overcome their unhealthy engagement with online gaming. There is also research to suggest that gaming assist people with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder to forget traumatic events, which then correlates to students forgetting content and skills learned at school or during study. The tested theory is that students are more likely to forget what they learned in school or study if they play video games immediately after school or a set study period. If you think gaming addiction is an issue for your child, please make contact with the Head of Middle School as the College would like to work with you in supporting your child.
Science Excursion
On Monday, the 13th of August, students in Year 9 traveled to Goomboora Park. Students were measuring biotic and abiotic factors of Goomboora Park and evaluating the environmental impact of the recent dry conditions as well as human activities on the ecosystem.

Japanese & Italian Speaking Competitions
These Speaking Competitions were held in week 5. 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 350 students from approximately 20 schools attending, making this year the biggest event ever. In addition to local schools, students from the Tablelands and even as far as Cooktown attended the one-day event.
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 their chosen language. The pressure was immense and the competition was very close. It is therefore with great pride that PLC took home many medals. - Mr. Nicholson, Mr. Von Dietze, and Mr. Alberti
Participating students - Japanese
Year 6
Ella Nulley (Silver Medal)
Charlotte Eime
Mila Fox
Year 5/6 Background Speakers
Kenai Vanrietvelde (Silver Medal)
Emily Yagawa
Kirra White
Year 7
She-in Kim
Amy Werchon (Gold Medal)
Meleka Henseleit (Gold Medal)
Lalai Geno
Year 8
Jaziba Iftikhar
Ashleigh Tran
Year 9
Jessica Cooks
Participating students - Italian
Year 6
Olivia Thyrd (Gold Medal)
Ryan Shiri
Jasmine Lambert
Isabel York
Grace McInerney
Year 7
Grace Morton (Silver Medal)
Sienna Cheung
Madison Fry
Year 8
Natasha Hansen
Isabel Rowan
Hayley Carlsson
Year 9
Nicole Werchon
Morgan Cunnington

Historical Sources
Students in Year 8 History are researching the horrors of the Black Death. They are looking for evidence of how the Black Death spread from the Far East in the 1340's and what effect it had on Europe. After some more research on cures and proactive measures, they are going to write a letter to King Edward III and tell him of the very best way for his Kingdom to avoid succumbing to the Black Death.
 
Inaugural Middle School Disco
 I would like to thank the Peace Lutheran College Parent and Friends (P&F) Committee for organising the first-ever Middle School Disco. I would also like to thank Middle School teachers who volunteered their time on the night and students who came dressed to impress.
– Mr. Elliott (Head of Middle School)
Middle School Teacher in Focus - Mrs. Belinda Marsh
Q. Did you work prior to joining the Peace Lutheran College team?
A. Yes. I ran a family business (photography, film developing, gallery, photo labs), managed gyms, and I ran entertainment and activities on islands (Brampton and Lizard). I was a dive master/activities coordinator on Lizard Island for six years before settling in Cairns.

Q: Can you tell us about your study after school?
A. I hold a BASC.PE from the Victorian University of Technology and a Grad. DipEd. from James Cook University.

Q. How long have you been teaching at Peace?
A. I have been teaching for 11 years and I have been part of the Peace community since enrolling my children at the school in 2000.

Q; What subjects do you currently teach?
A. I teach HPE, English, Maths, and Sport. I am also a Year 7 Home Group teacher.

Q. Have you held any other position(s) at Peace?
A. I was the Sports Coordinator for Middle and Senior School for three years.

Q. Why do you teach?
A. I love working with children, helping students understand and gain skills - I love watching them grow.

Q. What does life “look” like for you outside of work?
A. I am a Surf Lifesaver and have been awarded Surf Lifesaver of the Year. I dabble in triathlons, and you may spot me riding to work from the Northern Beaches. I have two children. Skye graduated from Peace in 2008 and is now a Medical Doctor in Airlie Beach, currently doing anesthetics training in Mackay. My son Mitch, also a Peace graduate, is an Engineer. He graduated from the University of Queensland in 2016 and is now working with an engineering firm in Cairns. He has also developed a revolutionary emergency swimwear device and was recently nominated for the Queensland Surf Lifesaving Athlete of the Year.

Mrs. Marsh's interview is thanks to Mrs. Adele Wright.

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

Junior School News from Mrs Rowan

Book Week Parade
This was an amazing event and it was wonderful to see many different costumes and students eagerly engaged in a love of books. We also had an excellent turn out of parents, grandparents and special people for our parade, classroom visits and morning tea. Thank you to the Learning Centre staff for their dedication and passion for books.

School Disco
Thank you to our wonderful P&F Committee who coordinated last week's school disco. It was a time filled with food, fun, laughter, dan, ing and games.
 

Peace Award Winners
Congratulations to the following students who were recognised for their enthusiasm for learning at our recent assembly.

Prep - Soel-A and Charlotte
Year 1 - Miles and Ruby
Year 2 - Emma and Iggy
Year 3 - Arian-Rose and Ashley
Year 4 - Marley and Belle
Year 5 - Crystal and Taysa
Staff Professional Learning
During week 7 teachers had release time from classes to continue developing the Flexible and Project Based Learning within Junior School. We have done some great mapping of our PBL’s to the ACARA content and achievement standards and developed Junior School overview documents for our teaching and learning to ensure continuity and flow between year levels. The teachers have been enthusiastic about the learning happening in their classrooms and further developing active engagement for students.
 
Parent Communication
As a school and as parents we want to see each child strive to reach their potential and this means we need to work closely with each other. The relationship teachers have with parents is vital for a strong link between home and school. Our first point of communication always needs to sit with the parent and teacher. Sometimes this may also include a Learning Support team member. The Head of School and then the College Principal would be the next stops if required. When we communicate with each other in a respectful, open, and honest manner, with our ultimate goal being the wellbeing of the child, we will see success.

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

Boarding News from Mr Connell

I recently read an article from the UK Telegraph, ‘A 21st century guide to boarding life’. Whilst the article draws upon the experiences of a boarding school from West Sussex, England, a school somewhat different to our own, there were many messages that resonated with me. One of the quotes from the article strongly reflects our boarding community the past month:
"One of the most important lessons that boarding teaches you is that you exist as part of a whole and that the world does not exist solely to serve you... You must contribute to the society of which you are a member. The fun you have will only match the effort you put in; you are part of a wider team and the success of that team relies on your contributions and your good character to thrive."
The past month has clearly shown that our Boarders at Peace are mature, resilient, committed, generous and kind-hearted young people. They demonstrate this within the wider community on a regular basis. As sporting teams seasons draw to a close, the Peace Boarders always receive a special mention for their involvement throughout the year. A number of our Boarders are regularly involved in serving the wider community through such charities as Rosies - Friends on the Street. It has been a highlight throughout the month to see a number of Boarders donate money or toiletries to help the school support this charity. This generosity, along with countless other examples, shows the good character of our Boarders as they put their faith into action.

Boarders Garden
As reported in our last College Newsletter, the Boarders and staff have been busy planning our boarders garden. The garden is now up and running, with Boarders regularly involved in expanding and watering the garden. I would like to thank Mr. Fenske and all the Boarders involved in this important project. 

Peace Lutheran College Boarding Facebook Page
We have recently launched our Peace Lutheran College Boarding Facebook page. I encourage all families and friends to ‘Like’ the page. This will allow you to keep up to date with the day to day life of our Boarders.

End/Start of Term
As the end of Term 3 approaches, I would like to remind parents and guardians to send through all travel details to relevant House Parents. Please include the details for the end of this term and the start of Term 4. If you could please indicate if transportation is required.

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

Middle/Senior Sports News from Mr Atkins


Track and Field Athletics
Peace Lutheran College competed strongly at the TCN District Athletics Carnival on Friday, 3rd August. As a school, we surprised a few of our more fancied opponents in the relays finishing with two 2nd placings and two 3rd placings. Our stand-out individual performer on the day was Talarah Henseleit who finished runner-up Age Champion in the 13 years Girls competition, and qualified for the Peninsula Carnival in four events – 100m sprint, 200m sprint, Long Jump and Triple Jump.
As well as Talarah, the following six Peace students qualified to compete for TCN at the Peninsula Athletics Carnival over two days on Sunday, 12th and Monday, 13th August. Unfortunately, they were not all able to attend the carnival for various reasons.
  • Alexia Ware (100m Sprint)
  • Denise Eddington (100m Sprint)
  • Dana Evans (Shot Put)
  • Alice Walker (Discus)
  • Nardia Amini (Javelin)
  • Millar Wosomo (100m Sprint)
Again, Talarah Henseleit had a great meet and will now represent Peninsula at the State Athletics Championships in both 100m and 200m sprints. These championships will be held in Brisbane during October. Congratulations Talarah, we wish you all the best!

JSS (Junior School Sport)
Our Years 7, 8 and 9 students have been competing in Touch Football, AFL, Netball, Volleyball, Soccer, and Basketball against Saints Combined (St Monica’s and St Augustine’s), St Mary’s, Cairns State High School, TAS and St Andrew’s on Wednesday afternoons during Sports time. So far we have three teams that look destined to play in the JSS Finals – they are Boys Touch Football, Girls Volleyball, and Boys Basketball. Whilst our other teams have had fewer victories, they are all competing strongly, developing their skills and understanding of their chosen sport, and showing improvement in each round.

Queensland Hockey representation for Byron Mann
Congratulations to Byron Mann (Year 7) and his Queensland Hockey teammates for winning a silver medal at their recent National Schools Hockey Championships in Newcastle, NSW. It is a huge achievement to represent your state in sport, and to finish second in the country is very impressive.

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

Junior School Sports News from Mr Dunsmuir

It has been a busy month in the HPE world with netball, athletics and cricket dominating the students time. Congratulations to Charlie Wood, Atalia Turner, and Byron Mann for gaining selections to Peninsula sporting teams, a fantastic achievement.

The Fowler’s Cup Netball tournament was a new addition to the Peace sporting landscape and it ended up being a great success. Peace entered four teams across two age divisions (10-11yo) with our school being the first to enter an all-boys team (who managed to win half their games)! Special thanks to the teachers, Year 9 helpers, and players, for creating an environment that everyone enjoyed being a part of.

After the Barron River athletics trials came the Peninsula trials. We had a record eight representatives competing across the two days of hard fought competition. Charlie Wood rose to the challenge and won the High Jump while Atalia Turner again ran strongly to place 3rd in the 1500m. Both athletes will now compete against students from all over Queensland at the State Titles, luckily in Cairns later this year. Ella Nulley was, unfortunately, unable to compete due to being unable to get to the competition.
Byron Mann has been a quietly dedicated athlete who, for many years, has found success in the sport of Hockey. Recently he was selected in the Peninsula side and has now competed against Queensland’s best. Byron’s team, after a week of intense competition, competed in the grand final and came away with the silver medal. Well done to our quiet achiever, you have made the whole school proud.

In HPE, cricket is king. Over the past month, our students have gone over the basics of throwing and catching, fielding fundamentals and the correct technique for striking a ball with a cricket bat. I have been extremely impressed with the level of engagement and excitement, especially when someone really belts the ball out of the park. Recently we started playing continuous cricket and many students have found success in their lessons. Congratulations to Harrison Bennett for gaining selection in the Barron River Cricket team, an amazing achievement, again.

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

Careers Corner

Peace Lutheran College Careers Expo
With the impending changes to the Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) for current Year 10 students, the subject selection process is becoming increasingly important for our students. This reason for this is, if students are looking to attend university after high school, universities do require students to pass particular subjects as a condition of entry into a course.

Similarly, other students are considering careers in the Australian Defence Force or thinking about vocational pathways after Year 12.

To assist our students with this process, the College held a mini Careers Expo last Tuesday morning. James Cook University, Central Queensland University, the Young Entrepreneurs Project, TAFE North, Backstreet Dance, Defence Force Recruiting and Aviation Australia were all in attendance engaging with students to help them navigate this process.
All students were given the opportunity to engage and interact with all of the service providers to find out more about their particular area of interest.  It was also great to see a few parents come along.
Feedback from the students was really positive, with many very excited about the future opportunities available to them once they graduate.

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

Learning Centre News

Premiers Reading Challenge
The Premiers Reading Challenge reading period has come to an end.  We had a great response for our inaugural year.  Data from schools all over Queensland is currently being collated for the Premier and further details will be in the next newsletter.

Home Readers
Thank you to the P&F who donated $1,000 from proceeds from the Mother’s Day Stall earlier in the year which has enabled us to purchase some fabulous home readers for our students.  We hope Junior School students enjoy the beautiful new graded home readers they will be taking home.

Book Week Update
It was lovely to see the children dressed up in their costumes for the Book Week Parade. The children had a tonne of fun completing the library scavenger hunt, listening to the Year 4 and 5 children giving book reviews and making book week craft. A big thank you goes out to Mr. Downing for taking the time out of his busy schedule to help us by creating the treasure chest and diamonds that were featured in our display.

Book Fair
The Book Fair, our major fundraiser for the year, was a huge success. Thank you to all of those families who donated books to the Learning Centre, or purchased books from the Book Fair. A portion of all sales made will be given back to the College to purchase new books for the Learning Centre. We will update you all with competition winners and proceeds from the Book Fair in the next newsletter.

Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year 2018 Winners Announced
Picture Book of the Year - 'A Walk in the Bush' by Gwyn Perkins
Book of the Year Early Childhood - 'Rodney Loses It' by Michael Gerard Bauer
Book of the Year Younger Readers - 'How to Bee' by Bren MacDibble
Book of the Year Older Readers - 'Take Three Girls' by Crowley, Howell & Wood
Eve Pownall Award (Factual material) - 'Do Not Lick This Book' by Idan Ben-Barak
Crichton Award for New Illustrators - 'Tintinnabula' by Rovina Cai
 
Book Reviews
We would like to thank the following students who took the time to read and write and present book reviews on the following Book of the Year shortlisted titles:

Charlotte P, Ava O, and Tayla Mc in Year 4 – 'Marsh and Me' by Martine Murray
Emily Y in Year 5– 'Grand Genius Summer of Henry Hoobler' by Lisa Shanahan
Ruby M in Year 5 - 'Shop at Hoppers Bend' by Emily Rodda
Honey D in Year 5 - 'Second Sky' by Patrick Guest & Jonathan Bently
Crystal M in Year 5 – 'Left & Right' by Lorna Hendry
Luarna C and Peppa C in Year 4 – 'Big Book of Antarctica'
Sophie P and Morgan B in Year 4 – 'Henrietta and the Perfect Night' by Morgan Barret

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

P&F News

The P&F hosted a very successful book week themed disco last Friday. We would like to extend our appreciation to the many volunteers who signed up assist. Without your support, it would not be possible for us to hold events like this.
The P&F is currently deep in planning for the Spring Fair being held in term 4 on Saturday, 20th October from 3 pm - 8 pm. We would love your help with organising the Fair. We still need helpers for varying tasks that can be done in your own time, to stall coordinators. Please let us know via email if you can lend a hand. We need your support to make this a successful event.
This event is highly anticipated by the school and local Cairns community and it would not be possible for the P&F to run it without your support. The Spring Fair is a celebration for our school and raises much-needed funds for the school and its students. We really hope we can rely on your support.

Spring Fair Auction & Cent Sale
We are seeking donations of prizes for our Auction and Cent sale.

All items both large and small, company merchandise, etc. will be much appreciated.

Corporate Sponsorship Packages
We have corporate sponsorship packages available, as well as business stall sites for local school family, owned businesses.

Email us to find out more.

We are still searching for a sponsor for our spectacular fireworks finale.

If you own or know a business that may be interested in procuring naming rights for this much-loved Spring Fair favourite, please contact us ASAP for more information.

The P&F have purchased all the prizes for the lucky dips and sideshow alley games, but we are asking for assistance from families who can donate some specific items that are needed.
Lucky Jar Stall
We are asking if every child could bring in at least one jar for the lucky jar stall – a jar filled with lollies, stationery, toys, soaps, etc. These can be dropped off at Administration anytime from now, up until the Spring Fair.

Trash & Treasure
Trash and treasure items (excluding electrical goods and child car seats) are being sought. There will be collection points at the Junior School entrance and Administration every Monday from now until the Fair.
 
Chocolates
From the beginning of term 4, we will be collecting chocolates, both block and share packs, which will be used as prizes for the chocolate toss and sideshow alley games.

Cake Stall
We will also be seeking donations of cakes and baked goods for the cake stall.

REMINDER
Raffle tickets are due back in week 9 (week commencing 10th September). If you are unable to sell your tickets please return them ASAP as there are families that are waiting for more tickets to sell.
ALL tickets MUST be returned by the due date, whether they have been sold or not sold.

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

College News

Borneo Service & Challenge Trip 2019
In September 2019, students from Peace Lutheran College will be making the journey to the heart of Borneo to visit the village of Long
Pasia. The challenge for students is in the planning and preparation, a jungle trek, and mountain hike, as well as traveling to a remote area. It is also a service trip, as the students will be raising money in support of the village, and while staying in the village they will be engaged in a working project.

Peace Lutheran College has visited Long Pasia on three previous trips, and each trip has been an experience involving challenge, teamwork and teambuilding, service and selflessness.
Service is one of the core values for Peace Lutheran College.

And so, our students are encouraged to respond to God’s love for them through service to others without expecting recognition or reward for their actions. Students are challenged to move beyond seeing service as a personal response, to viewing it as a response towards justice for all. For us all, service to others is seen in our day-to-day routines. The school’s trip to Long Pasia is a unique opportunity for service to a remote community overseas.

There are still some spaces available for the 2019 trip for those students who are currently in Year 8 and 9 in 2018 (who will be in Years 9 and 10 in 2019) who would like to be a part of the journey. Permission forms must be in soon, so If you are interested, or have any questions at all, please contact Pastor Adam Eime or Miss Claudia Pudelko.

A Visit from Northern Beaches Joeys Scouts

The Northern Beaches Joey Scouts needed to work on their science badge, so Peace Lutheran College​ Science teacher, Mr. Carl Johnson, opened up his science labs and arranged some exciting, practical activities. They did fire-writing and made slime. They had a wonderful time, got messy and thoroughly enjoyed being in a real science laboratory, which they had not experienced before. We understand the scouts all achieved and received their badges. Mission accomplished!

College Events

Dress Like a Farmer Day

Thursday, 6 September 2018
Help us raise money for our Aussie Farmers by dressing like a farmer. Junior School students (Prep-Year 5) can also dress like a farm animal. For Middle and Senior School students, there will be a prize for best-dressed farm-boy and farm-girl.
Bring a gold coin donation to dress up. All money raised will go to the Drought Angels.

Not long to go!

We are all set for another huge event! Join us for all the fun of the Fair.
There will be something for everyone, big and small... rides, food, and lots of stalls including Lucky Dip, Chocolate Wheel, Lucky Jar and lots more. There will be entertainment, petting zoo, monster raffle, and fireworks. Plus, this year will see the return of the popular Trash & Treasure stall.

What's on @ Peace

SEPTEMBER 2018
QCS Testing
Tue, 4th - Wed, 5th September 2018
Peace Lutheran College
JSS Sport (weekly, term time)
Every Wed, 5th September 2018
Venue TBC
Code Club (weekly, term time)
Every Wed, 5th September 2018
PLC Computer Lab 2
P&F Committee Meeting
Wednesday, 12th September 2018
PLC Staff Lounge
JS Roald Dahl Day
Friday, 14th September 2018
Peace Lutheran College
Year 10 Work Experience
Mon 17th-Thu 20th September 2018
 
Block Exams
Mon 17th-Thu 20th September 2018
Peace Lutheran College
NZ Ski Trip
Wed 19th-Thu 27th September 2018
 
Prep Open Day
Wednesday, 19th September 2018
Peace Lutheran College
Year 6 (2019) Information Evening
Thursday, 20th September 2018
Peace Lutheran College
Last school day for Term 3
Thursday, 20th September 2018
 
Boarders Travel Day
Thursday, 20th September 2018
 
Staff Only PD Day
Friday, 21st September 2018
Peace Lutheran College
OCTOBER 2018
Boarders Travel Day
Monday, 8th October 2018
Peace Lutheran College
First school day for Term 4
Monday, 8th October 2018
Peace Lutheran College
P&F Committee Meeting
Wednesday, 10th October 2018
PLC Staff Lounge
Code Club (weekly, term time)
Resumes Wed, 10th October 2018
PLC Computer Lab 2
Yr10 Bronze Medallion Lifesaving
Wed, 10 Oct - Wed, 28 Nov 2018
 
MS Boarding Orientation
Tuesday, 16th October 2018
Peace Lutheran College
SS Boarding Orientation
Tuesday, 16th October 2018
Peace Lutheran College
JSS Sport (weekly, term time)
Resumes Wed, 17th October 2018
Venue TBC
Spring Fair
Saturday, 20th October 2018
Peace Lutheran College
Year 11 Camp
Mon, 29 - Wed, 31st October 2018
Echo Creek Adventure Camp










 
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

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