From the Academic Hub


From the Academic Hub On Tuesday morning, we celebrated the Academic achievements of our Junior High students from 2017. Again, we are reminded of the incredible efforts and talents of our students across a range of year levels. Congratulations to all our award recipients for their hard work and perseverance, as well as teachers, staff and families who all provide support to our students. Many thanks also to the team of committed people who ensure the smooth running of these formal celebrations. Following the ceremony, Old Scholar Abigail Thomas came to place her name on the Scholars’ Wall, creating some friendly sibling competition. We look forward to the additions to the wall over the coming years. Last Thursday, our Academic Captain, Monica Margarit, and Academic Prefects, Damini Raniga and Leanne Petty, showed their leadership skills outside of the Academic arena and in the pool. The girls led by example for what was a fantastic day of spirit, fun and teamwork. Well done! Rachael Turnbull, Head of 7-12 Curriculum - Students read more

2019 Years 7 and 10 Academic Scholarship Tests


The 2019 Years 7 and 10 Academic Scholarship Tests will be held in Saturday 24 February in the Performing Arts Centre. Program for the Scholarship Test 8.00 – 8.20am: Student Registration (College Chapel precinct);8.20 – 8.45am: Welcome address by Ms Trish Allen (Head of Junior High);8.45am: Kimberley Jefferd –  allocate class groups for testing;9.00am: Scholarship Test commences;9.00 – 9.30am: Parent/Guardian Morning Tea;9.30 – 10.15am: Tour of the College; and11.30am: Approximate conclusion of the Scholarship Test. Students will be provided with morning tea which will comprise water, poppers and biscuits, however, if your child prefers something different or has special dietary requirements we ask that you provide what is required. All candidates are required to bring the following to the test: Two HB or B pencils;One eraser;Pencil sharpener;Two blue or black pens; andA bottle of water.  If you have any questions regarding the test please contact the Enrolments team. read more

Sports news


State Swimming Titles Congratulations to all our swimmers who attended the State Titles at the end of last term. Rav S, Siobhan K-D, Tiare R, Claveria J-T, Leilani R, Ella R, Iwan K-D, Themys A-M, Jessica G, Jershon J-T and Jennifer O all swam brilliantly to swim personal best times or make finals. A number of students performed exceptionally, including: Claveria J-T (13 years): Gold 50m Freestyle; Gold 100m Freestyle; Gold 200m Freestyle; Gold 400m Freestyle; Gold 200m Individual Medley; Silver 400m Individual Medley. Ella R (14 years): Gold 50m Butterfly; Gold 50m Freestyle; Gold 50m Medley Relay; Silver 50m Freestyle; Bronze 100m Freestyle; Bronze 100m Backstroke; Bronze 100m Butterfly; Bronze 200m Individual Medley. Leilani R (14 years): Gold Medley Relay; Finalist 100m Breaststroke; Finalist 200m Breaststroke. Tiare R (12 years): Gold 200m Backstroke; Silver 100m Backstroke; Fourth 50m Backstroke. Jessica G (15 years) Fourth 50m Butterfly; Finalist 100m Butterfly; Finalist 100m Backstroke. Congratulations also to Claveria, who was awarded the Female Swimmer of the Meet at the State titles. This is an outstanding achievement! Well done to all swimmers on an outstanding season. QGSSSA Autumn Fixtures Round 3 QGSSSA Fixtures will take place this Friday 20 April against St Margaret’s. Girls will play away this week; so they will need to carefully check information regarding departure to and from their playing venues. All information is available via the St Peters App. If unsure, please do not hesitate to contact Mr Lohe. AIC Term 2 Rugby and Football AIC Term 2 Rugby and Football kicks off this weekend. It is important that all boys involved in Rugby and Football are aware of their trial game times against St Edmund’s. All information will be available via the St Peters App. Harry B – Football Tour Congratulations to Harry B in Year 5, who represented AFC Brisbane in the Ibercup and Foundation tournaments in the UK over the Easter break. They got knocked out of the Ibercup by a Portuguese professional team, FC Bellenenses, in the quarter finals. Harry’s team finished third overall in the UK Foundation tournament behind Manchester United and Wimbledon FC. This tournament was for elite-level UK football teams and run by the English Football Association. Harry and his team competed extremely well, in very tough conditions for them The cold and wet weather is something that they are not used to. Even on the sunnier days, in Portugal, the temperature didn’t reach double digits. We were very proud of his performances during the two weeks. The learning experience he gained from it was invaluable. Well done, Harry!! St Peters App Please download the St Peters App today. All information regarding the AIC and QGSSSA Sport programs including sport training times and venues, draws, coordinator details and wet weather arrangements can be found on the St Peters App. Mr Jeremy Lohe, Head of Sport read more

From the Deputy Principal


Parent-Teacher Interviews It has been pleasing to see so many parents in interviews with teachers at the end of last term (Primary) and early this term (Secondary). The partnership between home and school is important to optimise success. High expectations are a significant factor in student achievement both at school and at home. World-renowned education researcher, Professor John Hattie identified that parental aspirations and expectations has the strongest relationship with achievement of all the things that parents do to support their children in their education. He also notes that this is most powerful when parents know ‘the language of school’ and that expectations are shared with the home and school. See John Hattie’s Visible Learning: A Synthesis of Over 800 Meta-analyses Relating to Achievement published by Routledge in 2009. Three-in-One Conferences (parent-teacher-student), meetings between parents and parent information nights all assist develop these shared expectations and language. Academic Intention Last week, I spoke with our Year 12s about their plans and strategies for the term ahead. I had calculated their Term 1 Grade Point Averages (GPA) and compared these with their end of Year 11 GPAs and plotted them against their Queensland Core Skills Test practice paper results looking for anomalies, patterns and trends that could inform academic strategy. This was followed up at Secondary Assembly by encouraging all students to reflect on their Term 1 GPA and compare it to their end of 2017 GPAs, setting or refining goals and determining strategies for their accomplishment. Goals are often talked about in school but the next steps of identifying strategies, putting these strategies into action and monitoring their effectiveness are necessary parts of the cycle to optimise success. Two of the finest educational leaders that I have worked with have operated with a strategic mindset. They have never let the success of their enterprise or the success of their students to chance. There is no direct assessment of such capabilities for students at school but developing a strategic, growth mindset is a foundation to success. view the Academic Intention diagram Growing Up in Queensland Years 8–12 Survey In October 2017, our Student Executive Team met with the Chief Executive and Principal Commissioner of the Queensland Family and Child Commission (QFCC), Ms Cheryl Vardon. The mission of the QFCC is to ensure that Queensland children and young people are safe, cared for and able to reach their full potential. As a result of Ms Vardon’s leadership and consultation with young people, a Growing up in Queensland survey has now been released to the public. The following information has been provided by the Commissioner:   ‘Young people aged 13–18 years can have their say and speak up about Growing up in Queensland in the 21st century. All they need to do is complete the Growing up in Queensland survey by visiting e-hub.engagementhub.com.au. This online survey is open until 29 June 2018. By registering and completing the survey, they have the chance to win one of twenty $50 gift cards. ‘The Queensland Family and Child Commission wants to hear from young people about what’s important to them. Visit your local library to complete a postcard or jump on to e-hub.engagementhub.com.au to share your thoughts on the weekly discussion topic. Some of the things we will be discussing are: ‘What needs to be done to support young people who are being cyberbullied? ‘What opportunities are important to all children and young people? ‘Who or what will help you achieve your future career goals? ‘What would make life better for children and young people in Queensland? ‘What you would change to make your town a better place to live?’   St Peters will continue to support the work of the Commission and will provide Years 8–12 students the opportunity to complete the survey in Pastoral Care time on Wednesday 2 May. No student will be compelled to participate and can opt out under their own esteem or you may wish to advise me directly via email if you do not wish your son or daughter to complete the survey. It has been valuable for our leaders to be involved in this process just as it is important to develop in our students a civic mindedness, ensuring they understand that they have a voice and that their informed input into government is valuable, needed and part of their social responsibility. view the Growing Up in Queensland Years 8–12 Survey poster Craig Schmidt, Deputy Principal read more

From the Head of Junior High


Junior High Week Next week, we will celebrate all of the great things about Junior High at St Peters. I acknowledge the staff and students who make our sub-school so fantastic! Adolescence can be both an exciting and challenging time for young people and the adults who care for them. To the Junior High staff, I thank you for the countless ways you go the extra mile to give our students the support and care they need as they begin their high school journey.  To our Junior High students, I am proud of the way you have ‘leapt into College life’ this year. I am proud of the way you are showing care toward one another and our community and by using your gifts and talents to help others. I am also proud of the way you ‘bounce back’ from the challenges with which you are sometimes faced, learning from the situation and working with others towards a brighter future. The Year Level Coordinators, together with the Form Class teachers, have been working very hard to organise some key events for students next week. Year 7 Day (Tuesday 20 February): Special sessions will be held throughout the day with the students, their Form Class teachers and Mrs Rachel Turnbull (Head of Curriculum 7-12 Students), focusing on Organisation and Study Skills;Year 8 Day (Wednesday 21 February): Special activities will be held in Periods 3-5 (Year 8 students have permission to wear their HPE uniform on this day to and from school); andYear 9 Day (Friday 23 February): Special activities will be held in Periods 3-5 (Year 9 students have permission to wear their HPE uniform on this day to and from school). Award Ceremonies  On Tuesday, we held our Junior High Academic Excellence and Ironbark Awards Ceremony. Thank you to all those involved in organising the event, especially Mrs Sharman Bolton for the tireless work she does behind the scenes liaising with students and parents. Congratulations to the students on their achievements. Your hard work and dedication to your studies is to be commended. All students are encouraged to keep striving for personal best as we progress through 2018. Character Strength As part of the Academic Care and Wellbeing Program, one of the first activities students and staff will complete at the beginning of the year is the VIA Character Strengths Survey. This provides students with a report which ranks their 24 Character Strengths, based on their responses to the survey questions.   It is important for students to know that there is no right or wrong response, nor is one ranking ‘better’ than another. Instead, this process is an opportunity to grow in self-awareness and reflect on why we respond to situations in a certain way. I strongly encourage parents to discuss the results with your child.  It can be particularly enlightening and is worth considering the positive and negative side of the ranking. For example: Fairness is a wonderful quality but if ranked No. 1 a person will find it incredibly difficult to deal with those times when life isn’t fair. For students ranking low in Self-Regulation, life can sometimes be difficult in the formal setting of a classroom. In conversations with students, we use the terms ‘dialling up’ and ‘dialling down’ when discussing how we might need to use less or more of a strength. Parents could also take The VIA Survey by visiting www.viacharacter.org Uniform For an investment of less than $5, boys can be guaranteed never to have a member of staff ask them to pull their stocks up again. That’s right – Sock Garters are $4.75 a packet at Shop 45. Have a wonderful week. Trish Allen, Head of Junior High read more

SPY Night report: 20 April 2018


Everyone had a great night, singing and listening to music from across the decades! SPY Night Karaoke Sing-Off winners’ photos are below. Next SPY Night: Friday 11 May, 6pm in The Hub – Movie Night God’s Not Dead. Pastor Matt Wilksch read more



This week, we again observe ANZAC Day in services at our college and across the country. It’s an opportunity to remember the price that was paid to secure the freedom and lifestyle we enjoy today. It’s also an opportunity to give thanks and acknowledge all who have served and continue to serve in protecting us and to reflect on the role each of us play, in safeguarding these freedoms. St Paul encourages the Christians in Rome, after pointing out the great love of God for them (ultimately expressed in the death and resurrection of Jesus), this way: ‘Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.’ (Romans 12:1-2). We may not like that word ‘sacrifice’, but that is what we remember at ANZAC Day, as we honour those who have given their very life in service of our country. Sacrifice includes giving something for a greater good. I suspect Paul didn’t have in mind so much that people would end up losing their lives (although this certainly happened to the early followers of Christ, and still does today in some parts of the world). He was talking about living a life that is not just focused on your own needs and wants but has a greater vision to it, that looks beyond the self to serve and help others. At St Peters, we encourage our students to grow in this aspect of their lives, too, to learn that they are not just there for themselves, but they have been given great gifts in order to share them with others and to make a positive difference in this world. And this service may mean sacrificing something you may want/need – ‘giving your life as living sacrifice’. When you look through history, it is exactly when people have been able to look beyond themselves and give of themselves in service of others that good things happened, communities were strengthened, new beginnings made. Each of us have to think about what that means in our own circumstances and in our modern society: What are we willing to give (up) in order to make this world a better place for all its citizens, not just 25 million Australians. I leave you to ponder that as you observe ANZAC Day this week. May our Lord bless and guide you. Thomas Böhmert, College Senior Pastor read more