Change and New Plans


‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’ – Jeremiah 29:11. It was announced by Mr Tim Kotzur, Head of College, at the end of Term 1, that I will be leaving St Peters Lutheran College Springfield at the end of Term 2 to take up my new role as College Principal (Head of College) at Geelong Lutheran College and St John’s Lutheran Primary School, Victoria. This morning, when I was on Yard Duty, a Year 1 child spoke to me: ‘Ms Lange-Mohr, is it true that you will be leaving to go to Victoria?’ ‘Yes, it is. You know I will miss you and everyone at our school.’ ‘We’re going to really miss you, Ms Lange-Mohr. Thanks for being the best Principal ever!’ The student gave me a hug then he left to go to class. I will really miss this beautiful school community that together we have created. While I am looking forward to my new role, St Peters will always be close to my heart. Change provides us with interesting challenges. Some people thrive on change while for others it can be quite traumatic. Our class of 9ST of 2018 have experienced great change during Term 1, having graduated from their five-week intensive Ironbark experience. In speaking to the students, parents, families and Ironbark staff at the Family Day celebrations on Saturday 24 March, the most common feedback can be summarised as: great change for our Year 9ST students living in a rural environment; the joy and challenges of communal dormitory living (what I like to call the ‘hidden curriculum’); an outpouring of love from family members as they were able to reunite as one; sad farewells to the Ironbark staff from the students who grew to know and trust these very important mentors in their lives; goodbyes to the farm animals who became a part of the students’ daily lives on the farm; and a deeper spiritual experience. Our staff received positive reports regarding our young people from Director Mr Matt Sullivan and his team. We sincerely thank them for all their care, concern and nurturing. In fact, the comment was made several times that our cohort of students has set a very high standard for the year. St Peters Lutheran College Indooroopilly Year 9 student groups will be at Ironbark for the remainder of the year. The next phase of change is for families and children to reintegrate with each other. Parents, your children are now young adults. Sometimes it can be difficult coming to terms with these changes. I know that you will treasure the letters that you received from them in the mail. I still have mine. In His Service, Jill Lange-Mohr, Principal 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

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

Future Problem Solving and da Vinci Decathlon


The Exceptional Learners Department is excited to again offer our students the opportunity to be involved in the Future Problem Solving (FPS) Competition and the da Vinci Decathlon. Students in Years 5-10 can apply to participate in these events. These students are invited to collect an application form from their relevant school reception. Find out more about the da Vinci Decathlon Find out more about the Future Problem Solving Competition Simone Mitchell, Teacher – Exceptional Learners Department read more