Year 5 Skype Hong Kong sister school Sharon Lutheran


The Year 5 students have continued building the relationship with our sister school, Sharon Lutheran School in Hong Kong by taking part in two Skype sessions in the past week with two of their Year 5 classes. The first session was all about ‘Our Schools’ and the second was about ‘Our Countries’. Our students presented information about St Peters and we learnt all about Sharon Lutheran School. There are some similarities between the two schools, but many differences; which the Year 5s were really interested in and got a chance to ask questions about. Our students then spoke about Australia and some of our landmarks and history. The Year 5 students in Hong Kong were intrigued by the vastness of our country and asked many interesting questions. The Skype sessions will continue next term, with students sharing information about food, festivals, theme parks and games. Carly Lovell and Susan Levitt, Teachers read more

From the Deputy Head of Senior School


Senior School Attendance The Senior School is the last stop on the secondary school journey for students. As such, there is a distinct focus on transitioning students to take ownership for their actions. One aspect of our procedures that aligns with this is our ‘attendance’ and, in particular, ‘late arrival’ procedures. We understand that from time to time, students might be late. Sometimes for reasons within their control and sometimes for reasons outside their control. We value punctuality wherever possible. At all times, we collect and utilise attendance information to work with students to set and ensure good habits for punctuality (wherever possible) are developing. When a student is late in the Senior School, they must sign in at their Luther House. When they sign in, no official questions are asked, just a friendly smile and assistance from Mrs Burton and Mrs Maynard. Unless notification has already been received by the attendance office, lateness will always be documented as ‘unexplained’. It is an expectation that late arrivals are accounted for and we ask that students follow up with a parent or staff member to ensure this is done through the attendance office. While I know first hand that our young men and women are reliable and trustworthy, it is important that we are certain parents are also aware of the arrival habits of their students. As a result, our system has been set up so that an automated email will go out each afternoon to all students who are still noted as ‘unexplained”. This email documents the steps the student will need to go through to remove this ‘unexplained late’ from their record. If this is not done, the record will remain and any future ‘lates’ will accrue. It is my hope that all students have no ‘unexplained lates’ against their name. ‘Explained lates’ are not recorded in a student’s academic transcripts. In the first instance of lateness, an email is generated to the student only to follow up on. In the case of two ‘unexplained lateness’ over the duration of a semester, an email will be generated to the student, parents and the form class teacher. If there are three instances of ‘unexplained lateness’ then the student will be asked to meet with their Year Level Coordinator to discuss the issues causing them to be late and try to formulate supportive plans to ensure students can make the most of their academic learning time by being on time. If you have any further questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Joel Butler, Deputy Head of Senior School read more

Coin trail update


Winners of the coin trail are: Primary: Prep S – $351.90 at a length of 32.5m. High School: 8S – $101.05 at a length of 24.54m. In total we raised $2066, which will be shared amongst Diabetes Qld and other charities. Stephanie Wise, Teacher read more

From the Head of Junior High


Year 7 Camp  It was my pleasure to attend the Year 7 Camp last week. As its name suggests the ‘Year 7 Fun and Friendship Camp’ provides an opportunity for students to get to know each other in a fun and friendly environment. This is particularly important as we focus on creating cohesion between those students who have continued at the College from Year 6 and those students we welcomed in to our community this year. From a teacher’s point of view, a camp such as this is an incredible opportunity to lay the foundations of strong relationships with students. Even after twenty-five years of attending school camps, I am still amazed by how much a teacher can learn about the young people in their care in just a few days at camp. It provides the perfect opportunity to observe their level of social confidence, independence, resilience, problem-solving and team work. It was a great week and I commend the ‘Class of 2023’ (scary isn’t it!) for their enthusiasm and participation. Junior High Leaders This year, Junior High will once again have leadership positions for students in Year 9. The standard of applications has been extremely impressive and those who were shortlisted for the position of Captain presented speeches to the Junior High students and staff at Assembly on Tuesday. We are in the process of shortlisting those students who have applied for Student Representative positions and they will be notified in coming days, with interviews to occur next week. We hope to be able to finalise the process and announce our new leaders in Week 5. An installation ceremony will occur as part of our Junior High Assembly in Week 7, and students will take up their positions of responsibility as our 2018 Junior High Leaders. Leadership Speeches Candidates who were shortlisted for the position of the 2018 Junior High Captains presented speeches on assembly. Well done Nanditha, Rachel, Sophie, Ella, Leopoldo, Josiah, Oscar, Jackson. Information Evenings Thank you to all the parents who have attended our Junior High Year Level Information Evenings over the last two weeks. I hope these evenings have provided you with the opportunity to fully understand the support networks we have available to you as your child progresses through Junior High. Information presented on each evening has been placed on Firefly > Resources / Secondary Indooroopilly / Year Level Pages / Junior High Parent Information – Years 7, 8 or 9. We recommend that, if you were unable to attend on the night, you read through the information provided and connect with your child’s Form Class teacher or Year Level Coordinator.    Anticipation Gives Way to Reality As we move through Week 3 the level of energy, driven by the anticipation of all that the new year has on offer, quickly gives way to the reality of homework and routines. Adjusting to the increased workload each year can be difficult. The amount of homework issued and time required for study and assignment preparation varies throughout the term and from subject to subject. If you feel your child is doing ‘too much’ or ‘too little’ homework and needs some support in managing their time and routine, please: Spend some time with your child to look at how they are using their study/ homework time to see if there are any obvious issues of distraction, time wasting, trouble getting started etc. Encourage your child to seek out their Subject teacher or Form teacher during a lunch time to discuss how they are travelling. If the concern is related to the amount of homework being given in a specific subject, making contact with the subject teacher is essential. Contact can be made via email, telephone, personal appointment or through the student diary. In cases where homework has been unable to be completed a quick note in your child’s diary will suffice.  Study Techniques Study is different to homework. It usually involves students revising and learning material covered in class that will need to be recalled at a later time – usually during an exam. If your child finds it difficult to know ‘how’ to best approach studying, I recommend a visit to the following website www.vark-learn.com. After completing a brief questionnaire, students can discover which is their preferred learning style.  Printable ‘SWOT – Study Without Tears’ sheets are available and great study techniques are listed, which you can encourage your child to use. Award Ceremonies Next Tuesday 13 February, we will hold our Junior High Academic Excellence & Ironbark Awards Ceremony. The event will be held in the Performing Arts Centre Auditorium and will run from 8:15am until approximately 9:45am. Academic Excellence Awards recognise academic excellence across all academic subjects studied during the previous year. Academic Excellence Awards acknowledge individual academic performance within the academic subjects studied by the student. There are two categories for awards – Gold and Silver. The Proxime Accessit and Dux are awarded to the student within each cohort who achieves the second highest and highest overall GPA. Enquiries about GPAs should be directed to Mrs Rachael Turnbull, Head of 7-12 Curriculum – Students. Parents and Guardians of award recipients were sent their invitation via email earlier this week.   Year 7 Camp Lost Property We still have some lost property from Year 7 camp. Parents are welcome to come to Junior High Reception to look through these items or alternatively call Mrs Alison Arnold on 3377 6503. Items have also been on display for students to see. Any unclaimed items will be disposed of at the end of February. Trish Allen, Head of Junior High read more

From the Academic Hub


Last Friday, we celebrated the academic success of our 2017 students at the Scholars’ Assembly. This formal celebration has transformed over the years into what marks a truly special morning. A new addition to the festivities was the Scholars’ Wall in the Academic Hub. The vision of Mr Peter MacDonald, Director of Teaching and Learning Innovation, was to have a place where students can leave their mark in St Peters history. Following the ceremony, our 2017 OP1&2 and IB equivalent recipients came to the Academic Hub to place their names on the Scholars’ Wall. The Awards Ceremony was a great platform for all students to cement their goals for the semester. Students can reflect upon past performances and efforts to assist in setting achievable goals for the future. This week, I will attend Year Level Meetings to talk with students about their organisation with specific focus on the Assessment Planner, setting goals and time management. Rachael Turnbull, Head of 7-12 Curriculum - Students read more

Access Arts Cocurricular Art programs


The cocurricular Art program offers students opportunities to engage after school with tutors. The program aims to foster enjoyment of art making and exploration of new things. Different activities are offered each term. The program is open to Years 7 - 9 students currently studying other arts subjects in the Junior High two year Arts cycle or elective system. Senior School students are encouraged to book into after school studio sessions regularly.  This term, emerging artist Sophie Patzel (2016) will offer a painting workshop on Tuesdays (from Weeks 5-8) from 3.30-5.00pm. Click here to enrol. Attendance for the full 4 weeks of the program is encourage to achieve a rewarding outcome.   Photo credit: ‘River bed’ by Sophie Patzel, acrylic on canvas (six) panels. This work is a College acquisition on display in the Performing Arts Centre (lower level). Julie Seidel, Curriculum Leaders – The Arts read more