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

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

Sports news


AIC Cricket and Volleyball Congratulations to all boys who finished off the Cricket and Volleyball seasons last Saturday. The Cricket season finished on Sunday night at the Cricket Dinner where a number of students received awards for their efforts throughout the season; including Kayden G – Coach’s Award (5B Team), Harry B – Batting Award (5B Team), Eddie G – Bowling Award (5B Team) and Riley W – Bowling Award (6B Team). We also congratulate Max C who receives his Five-Year Service Award to Cricket. Max has been an outstanding servant to St Peters Cricket. We thank you for your service, Max! St Peters also had an outstanding year in AIC Volleyball placing third in Aggregate. This means that St Peters was the third best Volleyball School in AIC. Kyan P in Year 8 had an outstanding year and was awarded the MVP Award for the 8B Volleyball team. This is a fantastic achievement for Kyan who only started playing this year. Well done, Kyan! QGSSSA Autumn Fixtures Congratulations to all girls who represented the College last Friday night against Somerville House. It was a fantastic round of competition in Basketball, Touch and Football. St Peters secured a number of wins across all sports. It was particularly rewarding for our Year 7 girls who represented St Peters for the first time in a QGSSSA Fixture. We congratulate the following girls who have been selected to represent Open teams including: Talitha C, Kuini L and Aimee J – Open Girls Basketball; and Nicole S-S – Open Girls Football. Talitha C has also been given the honour of Co-Captaining the Open Girls Basketball team. Talitha is the first Springfield student to Captain a St Peters Sporting team! Congratulations, Talitha!! QGSSSA Softball Congratulations to Maddie D in Year 12 who finished off the QGSSSA Softball season by winning the Coaches’ Award. Maddie’s Senior A team placed third overall which is a great effort by the girls. Maddie has been an outstanding team member throughout the season and has thoroughly enjoyed representing St Peters in Softball. Well done, Maddie! AIC Rugby Camp Years 4–12 St Peters will be holding an AIC Rugby Camp over this coming weekend. Details have been emailed to parents and boys earlier in the week. All boys from Years 4–12 are welcome to attend. Details are as follows: Date: Saturday 24 March (Years 4–12) and Sunday 25 March (Years 7–12 only).Time: 8:00am to 11:30am.Venue: Mayer Oval, St Peters Indooroopilly.What to bring: Boots, mouthguard and water bottle. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Mr Lohe. State Water Polo – Lucas D Congratulations to Lucas D in Year 12 who last week represented Met West at the State Water Polo Titles. Lucas and the Met West team finished third overall which is a great result. Lucas had an outstanding tournament and has been selected in the Queensland 18 Years Boys Water Polo team to play at the National titles. This represents many hard years of training and playing for Lucas and is a wonderful reward for his dedication. Brilliant news, Lucas! 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

Symphonic Winds West Coast Whirlwind Tour


Over the Christmas break, 48 students and five staff departed for a three-week musical exchange across the West Coast of the United States. Musicians from Symphonic Winds, Senior Stage Band, Pep Band and Jazz Combo spent time in Hawaii, Los Angeles and San Francisco. With 17 Performances and six masterclasses along the way, highlights included: Hawaii Workshops with Jazz Trumpet legend, Mike Lewis, and University of Hawaii’s Dr Gabriel Arnold. Students also enjoyed an amazing day performing and interacting with the animals at Honolulu’s Sea Life Park.Performances and masterclasses with the United States Pacific Fleet Band in front of the USS Missouri at Pearl Harbour and a tour of the Arizona Memorial.Performing at the Ala Moana Centre, shopping in Waikiki and the view from the summit of Wakapu’u peak on the North Shore. Los Angeles Performances at California Adventureland and a recording session with Grammy Award-winning conductor, Stan Freer, in Disneyland.Performances and homestays with Newport Harbour High, Palisades Charter High and visits to Venice Beach and the Santa Monica Pier.A masterclass with Dr Dustin Barr from California State University and dinner at Bubba Gump’s. San Francisco Travelling the Pacific Ocean Road through Pismo Beach and Monterey was the best way to reach San Francisco. The Old West Cinnamon Rolls were amazing!A Workshop and masterclass with Professor Bradley Stirling Hogarth and Professor Dennis Aquilla from the San Francisco State University set us up for a spectacular final performance with our hosts at George Washington High.Our final day was highlighted with a walk across the Golden Gate Bridge, down Lombard Street and dinner on Pier 39. Thank you to staff for their amazing efforts on tour. It was a pleasure to take 48 talented and well-disciplined musicians overseas to represent their College and country. Thank you to local composers, Mr Shannon Rogers and Mr Kerry Jacobson, for their compositions that were premiered across the West Coast. If you would like to purchase a copy of our CD, ‘Comin Home’, please collect one from the Performing Arts Centre Reception whilst they are still available. Grantley Sutch – Head of Band 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