From the Girls Sport Coordinators


Representing St Peters Last weekend, the QGSSSA Cross Country Championship took place. Our girls represented the College with pride and passion, running their hearts out and supporting each other. The individual performances reflected the grit of each girl, as the 3km course is not an easy one, and every girl rose to the challenge. Well done girls! A gentle reminder that black garments, particularly bike pants, are not part of the official school sports uniform and are prohibited, including at training. We ask girls to adhere to our uniform policies by wearing the correct uniform, in correct colours, in clean and good repair. Maroon bike pants can be purchased from School Locker and can be worn on their own or under St Peters maroon shorts. During the cooler months, only the St Peters maroon tracksuit is acceptable. Thank you for your support. Cross Country Coordinator: Mrs Kerry Schreiber Districts Cross Country Last week was one big Cross Country festival for girls. On Friday, our best athletes competed at the Districts Cross Country Championships held at Limestone Park. It was a great learning experience for these athletes as they had to run smart to make the top five, while saving their legs for the QGSSSA Championships that were to be held the very next day. Girls performances were outstanding. All girls from Years 7–12 who competed have made it through to the Regional Championships which will be held in early June. Congratulations to these runners! We wish you every success for the next stage of qualification. QGSSSA Cross Country Championships On Saturday, our Cross Country team competed in the QGSSSA Championships at Rivermount College. It was an amazing day, not only because of the spectacular performances of all girls to finish overall in third position (two points off second place), but also because we had so much fun! Congratulations to the team, who supported each other with what can be considered one of the best displays of team spirit and companionship. To make it to third spot, after placing fifth in 2017, is a wonderful achievement. Individual mention must go to our top ten place-getters: Gabby S – who won the 12 Years event, ahead of 97 runners, in one of the quickest times of the day;Jessica H – fourth in 12 Years;Brianna F – eighth in 14 Years;Emily G – ninth in 14 Years;Ella H – sixth in 15 Years;Zoe M – second in 16 Years;Stephani V – seventh in 16 Years;Elly O – fifth in 17 Years; andKatie S – eighth in 17 Years. All performances contributed to three age groups, the 12 Years, 16 Years, and 17 Years, placing second overall, which is a phenomenal achievement! Well done girls! The 2018 QGSSSA Cross Country Championships were also a celebration of community companionship at its best. We applaud the efforts of the coaching staff, parents and the competitor. Thank you to Mrs Kerry Schreiber, the most passionate driver of running at St Peters, and the Manning family for all of their support over the past few years. A final mention to our Captains, Anna G and Matilda M, and Vice-Captain, Zoe M, for their leadership and dedication to the 2018 Cross Country season - thank you! Rhythmic Gymnastics Coordinator: Ms Samantha Cummings We hope all girls are enjoying the 2018 Rhythmic Gymnastics (RG) season, currently underway. Our next Saturday training session is this Saturday 19 May from 1.00–4.00pm in the Gym. All teams need to confirm their training time with Ms Cummings. Our 2018 RG team is looking for two Year 8 girls and we still need one more dancer, even if you don’t have previous experience. If you are interested in joining this fun sport, please see Ms Cummings for more information. Autumn Sports – Basketball, Football, Touch Basketball Coordinator: Mr Glenn Scott Football Coordinator: Mr Ben Innes Touch Coordinator: Mr Mark Manson Congratulations to all of our teams, who had an extremely successful Round 6 against Ipswich Girls Grammar School. Last Thursday, the following teams enjoyed wins: Opens, Senior A, 10A, 9A, 9B, 8A and 7A Basketball teams; the Senior A and Junior Football teams; and the Senior B, 10A, 9B, 8B, 7B Touch teams. The Senior A and 7A Touch teams enjoyed draws. As we approach the end of the season, we have a number of teams, particularly in Basketball, vying for a top-two finish. We encourage all girls to maintain their motivation right until the end of the season. Our Round 7 games this Friday will take place at home venues. All draws are on the St Peters App. Touch girls, please check the draw carefully, as three venues are in use: UQ Field 8, Mayer Oval, and Harts Road Oval. You need to check where your team is playing, as all games are at 4:15pm. Any girl travelling to UQ must be prompt to the bus stop for a quick departure. Basketball girls, please note that Clayfield College don’t have any Basketball teams and, therefore, there is no game this Friday for Basketball girls. Enjoy the Friday off! Winter Fixtures This week, Winter Fixtures for Hockey, Netball, Tennis and Volleyball got underway, with trials in each of these sports. Apart from Netball, all trials are held during normal training sessions. Please check the St Peters App for the most up-to-date information. The final Netball trials will take place this Saturday 19 May, with training to start next week (Week 6). At this time of year, trying to juggle both in-season Autumn Fixtures training with pre-season Winter Fixture training can be hard. In-season sessions take priority. If girls are having trouble managing their schedule they are encouraged to come in to Sports House so that we can help them. Trial games for all of our Junior Winter Fixture teams will take place on Saturday 9 June against St Aidan’s and all teams will have a trial against Somerville House on Saturday 16 June. Games for Hockey, Netball, Tennis and Volleyball take place every Saturday in Term 3, starting in Week 1. Girls are expected to make their own way to and from games each Saturday morning. Netball Coordinator: Mrs Anne-Marie Champion Congratulations to the seven girls who have made the initial selection in our 2018 Opens Netball team. We look forward to finalising our 2018 Opens this Saturday at the final Senior trials with the selection of two more girls. With regard to selection for all teams, please be aware we will be announcing A, B and C teams in each age group in the coming week, however these are not set in stone. A continued dedication to training and an ongoing display responding to coaches’ feedback are needed to secure your place if you are initially placed in one of the top teams. Likewise, if you are in a B or C team and desire to be in the team higher, a strong commitment to training and a growth mindset to improve your skills can see you placed in an A team towards the start of the 2018 season. This Saturday 19 May, the final trials for all of our 2018 Netball teams will take place at the following times on Harts Road Netball Courts: Year 7: 8:00–9:00am;Year 8: 9:00–10:00am;Year 9: 10:00–11:00am;Year 10: 11:00–12:00pm; andSeniors (girls named in Opens are not required): 12:00–1:00pm. Training starts for all teams and age groups next week (Week 6). Please check the St Peters App for a full training timetable. Finally, in 2018 we have a very exciting opportunity for our St Peters netballers. From Monday 25 – Wednesday 27 June we will host a Queensland Firebirds Netball Clinic exclusively for St Peters netballers. This unique St Peters Netball Clinic aims to provide all participants with: an opportunity to learn and develop their netball skills under the guidance of elite and professional players;a greater understanding of how being a part of a supportive community/network can help to build your confidence and sense of self-worth;an insight into individual own strengths and what players can contribute in a group scenario;an appreciation for team mates strengths; andlots of fun and the formation of some great memories with school mates! For more information: download or view the flyer; orvisit: fuel2fly.com.au. Hockey Coordinator: Mr Cameron Glass Trials for Hockey will take place in the usual training sessions and these are: Tuesday afternoons: 3:30–5:00pm at the Mayer Oval Cricket Nets; andThursday afternoons: 4:00–5:30pm at UQ Field 4 (next to the UQ pool). A bus to UQ will be provided every Thursday and we ask parents to collect girls from UQ directly on a Thursday at the conclusion of training. Volleyball Coordinator: Mr Joshua Singh Trials for all of our Volleyball teams started this week during normal training times. All sessions will take place at the Gym (or Outside Gym Courts in pre-season). Please see the St Peters App for the full Term 2 Volleyball training schedule. Sunday Night Spikes starts this week on Sunday 20 May at the St Peters Gym. This is an informal Sunday afternoon/evening, for anyone wanting to play some extra volleyball. There will be a Junior session (Years 7–9) from 4:30–5:30pm and a Senior session from 5:30–7:00pm. You don’t need to sign up - just turn up ready to play volleyball. We hope you enjoy it! At the end of Term 2 we will also host a Volleyball Clinic at St Peters. Please keep the afternoons of Monday 25 – Wednesday 27 June free. There will be more information to follow in the coming weeks. Tennis Coordinator: Mrs Deborah Wilson Trials for Tennis have continued this week. Presently, our numbers for our Junior Tennis teams are low, and we may not be able to enter three teams. If you are interested in playing Tennis in 2018 please make sure you attend trials before it is too late. All details for our 2018 Tennis trials are on the St Peters App. Girls-Only Gym Sessions Mr Hacking is running girls-only gym sessions in Term 2, at the following times: Tuesday mornings: 6:30–7:30am; andThursday afternoon: 3:30–4:30pm. These sessions are run by Mr Hacking in the Gym and are a fantastic way to complement existing training programs and meet specific training goals. Sunday Night Spikes Sunday Night Spikes will start this week on Sunday 20 May at the St Peters Gym. This is an informal Sunday afternoon/evening for anyone wanting to play some extra volleyball. There will be a Junior session (Years 7–9) from 4:30–5:30pm and a Senior session from 5:30–7:00pm. You don’t need to sign up - just turn up ready to play volleyball. We hope you enjoy it! Kelli Rodman, Kerry Schreiber and Susannah Treschman read more

Technology News


National Computer Science School (NCSS) Challenge 2018 More than 20,000 students from around the world participated in the NCSS Challenge 2018. They competed for five weeks, learning to code by solving interesting and engaging problems. The results of the competition have now been released. Three students from Year 10, St Peters Lutheran College Springfield – Isaac N, Zac H, Kuruvilla K – topped the leader-board, with Perfect Scores! Allystar G, Year 10 and Kartik I, Year 9 achieved High Distinctions. These three challenge-leading students are taking Digital Technology as one of their elective subjects this semester, after they became more and more interested in the subject matter during Year 8 and 9 Technology classes. They look forward to furthering their studies in Years 11–12 with the new syllabus ‘Digital Solutions’ – which is ready for implementation with Year 11 students in 2019. This is what the students had to say: ‘I liked how you could build up your knowledge as the competition progressed. It was a really good opportunity to learn how humans can interact with technology.’ – Allystar G, Year 10. ‘It is quite fascinating when you think back and realise that just over the course of a few weeks we have been able to mature from absolute amateurs to prospering coders!’ – Kuruvilla K, Year 10. ‘The Grok learning challenge has been very insightful and it has revealed to me the increasing potential and practical applications that coding, and technology will have on the world and how it is transforming our lives.’ – Kartik I, Year 9. It’s All Possible. It’s FIRST® – Join A Team Today! Students in Years 7–12 are welcome to join our St Peters Springfield robotics team. We meet every Wednesday and Thursday from 3:00pm–4:55pm in MB10. If you can’t come after school, check out how our robot for the Mars mission is getting prepared during lunchtimes. If the door to MB10 is open – it means someone is working in there; just come in and say, ‘hello’. Gudrun Baessler, Teacher read more

Grace Knight in Concert


Grace Knight, sensational Australian jazz vocalist and former lead singer of  ’80s indie rock band, Eurogliders, visited St Peters last Friday to conduct insightful and inspiring workshops with students. On Saturday night, St Peters Soloists, Senior Stage Band, Cantique and Saints & Singers took the stage to perform alongside Grace in the first Signature Series Concert of 2018! Christine Taylor, Head of Choirs read more

French Exchange 2018


Reflections during the exchange… As I write this article for Cornerstone, I sit in a French classroom, 16,512 km from my home in Brisbane, travelling as part of St Peters Springfield’s annual French exchange program. Over the past three weeks, I have visited Disneyland, the Louvre, Sacré-Cœur, Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower and much, much more. But more importantly, I have attended school and experienced the everyday lives of those who live in the town of Senlis, located in Northern France. Earlier this year, I hosted an exchange student who I am now staying with in France. Her friendship is invaluable to me and I am eternally grateful for the relationships that I have developed with a group of like-minded people who just happen to speak another language. While I have never been confident in speaking French, this exchange has taught me about the power of words and the importance of communicating effectively with those around you – even if you make mistakes! When I reflect on my time spent here, I will think about how blessed I was to have been given the opportunity to travel across the world to immerse myself in a rich culture and beautiful language. I will always look back fondly on this experience, and I hope that the life-long connections that I have made will lead to my return to France in the future. Kaylee N, Year 11 Reflections upon return… After returning to France for the second time in my life, I can honestly say my two experiences with the country have been very different. Something I've realised since traveling this year is that languages are powerful keys. Languages open doors to realms of infinite possibilities when exploring the world overseas and the freedom that comes with being able to freely communicate with people can transform travel from something great to something utterly amazing. Welcomed with open arms by my hosts and by my new school, I began what would become one of my most memorable journeys in my sixteen years of life so far. Being able to see the country in the flesh and experiencing the magic that, for years, I had only seen through the glare of a monitor screen was truly unforgettable. The culture, the food and the complete change in lifestyle were all new. Though alien, I relished them. As much as one may try to imagine France in their mind, nothing measures up to the reality of what an incredible place it truly is. The beauty of the exchange program at St Peters is that it isn't only a learning tool. My exchange has taught me so very much about how truly large the world is and how humbling the experience of being removed from my everyday life can be. I know I have left Lycée St Vincent having not only grown in terms of my French skills, but also as a person. Yet, the perfect resolution to my French fairy tale hasn't, in fact, been a happily ever after or a teary goodbye. With the utmost confidence, I remember looking at the proud, smiling faces of my French family and something, neither in French nor in English, was made clear. Something universal was exchanged – the promise that we will see each other again. Benjamin S, Year 11 read more

Music News


Grandparents Day Congratulations to Poco Voce, and the combined Mezzo Voce/Fella Voce choirs who performed at this event. Poco Voce performed the upbeat action song, ‘Old Shoe Blues’ acapella. With a theme of resilience in the face of adversity, ‘Titanium’ was the song choice of Mezzo and Fella Voce. Despite experiencing some adversity with sound equipment, students sang loudly and proudly. These choirs are conducted by Ms Sharon Johnson (our Vocal Tutor) and Ms Sally Grennan. Ensembles Party As a thank you for our ensemble participants, in recognition of their hard work and contribution to the Performance Music Program, we will be holding a Pizza Party on Friday 2 November. Information letters are being distributed to students. Permission must be returned by the due date to ensure accurate catering. Christmas Performances To spread some Christmas cheer throughout our Springfield neighbours, our ensembles will be visiting to perform their repertoire items and share Christmas carols and songs. Information letters and permission slips are in the process of being distributed. Presentation Evening The school's annual Presentation Evening will be held on Thursday 15 November. Bella Voce will be performing at this ceremony. We have been rehearsing conscientiously and it is essential that all ensemble members are available as this impacts upon vocal balance and ensemble security. Please mark this date in your dairies. Examination Success Congratulations to Taashya P, who was recently awarded Honours for completing her Grade One Piano for Leisure examination. Taashya is a student of Ms Grennan. Sally Grennan, Teacher read more