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If last year was about consolidation, 2019 started with a lot of change. Our much-loved, enthusiastic staff members, Yolanda Robinson and Nicky Hughes have moved on to new phases of their lives. They oversaw hundreds of reunions, the creation of the SPOSA Centre and Archives, constantly maintained our database of Old Scholars, developed protocols for events, rationalised accounts, and brought SPOSA into the era of social media. These ladies created new events, including Brisbane Open House, the SPOSA Staff Breakfast, and reunions of non-student groups. I think their favourite activity was showing Primary Years groups through Ross Roy, to connect children to the olden days. We wish Nicky and Yolanda every success in whatever they do, and welcome Rowena Lester and Sasha McCarthy into their roles.

This year’s Founders Day featured the portraits of past Principals and we officially welcomed new St Peters staff and teachers into the SPOSA community

In 2019, SPOSA will continue with the annual reunions (listed below) and gatherings while we prepare for the upcoming 75th anniversary of the founding of the College from 1945-2020. It is amazing to think that St Peters was founded by parents in ethnic German Lutheran communities in the last year of World War II, in the belief that their sons and daughters deserved a first-class education. And even more striking that these Queensland parents were themselves German-speaking school children and young people during World War I.

To celebrate the anniversary, SPOSA will build a memorial wall in the Chapel precinct beside the PAC. In time we hope it will be a place where past students, stalwart teachers, staff and parents may be remembered in the College, if it was a place and time that was significant for them.