From the Head of Secondary School


Recognising student leadership Teamwork, leadership, pursuit of excellence – these are qualities we encourage and nurture in our students. At last week’s assembly, we had the opportunity to acknowledge some of our senior students who demonstrate these attributes. Christopher W (Year 12) was awarded an Australian Defence Forces Academy Education Award; and Minami H (Year 10) and Lachlan B (Year 12) were presented with Long Tan Youth Leadership and Teamwork Awards. ADFA Education Awards are given to Year 12 students in recognition of their academic and sporting achievements and leadership potential. Flight Lieutenant Alex Leedham attended the assembly and presented Christopher with his award. Christopher, one of our school captains, is planning on a career in the defence forces. Minami and Lachlan were presented with their awards by Adam Barratt from the Defence Forces. The Long Tan Awards recognise students who demonstrate leadership and teamwork within both the school and the broader community. At the same time, they recognise those who display strong values, such as doing one’s best, respect for others and ‘mateship’. (source: Long Tan Award website). Minami and Lachlan are exemplary student servant leaders and worthy recipients of these awards. Mitchell wins the Cup Celebratory cheers reverberated around The Hub last Tuesday as Mitchell was announced as this year’s winner of the House Cup. House Captains, Nicole S-S and Lucas D, and Vice-Captains, Maddison D and Otishein D, ceremoniously tied red ribbons to the Cup before raising it triumphantly. This year’s competition was a closely-fought event but it was the points garnered by Mitchell for House Spirit that gave them the winning edge. On a personal note I am delighted and humbled to be appointed Head of Secondary School at St Peters Springfield. The sense of community, the dedication of the teachers and the enthusiasm of the students make it a very special school. I look forward to working with our families as we help our young people negotiate the path to adulthood; and I look forward to working with staff as we continue to provide innovative and engaging teaching and learning. Sue Grotherr, Head of Secondary School read more

Join Us at Open Day


On Saturday 2 June, St Peters will host its annual Open Day. Offerings will included sub-school addresses and displays, information and market stalls, roving performances, sport demonstrations and games, and much more! o join us, check out the program and register online.  read more

Music News


Group Tour Burgundy Band represented the school admirably at the Group Tour, held last Wednesday morning. Their professionalism and focus was commendable for such a young band, and their bright and lively performances brought smiles to our visitors. Thanks to the students and their conductor, Ms Krist-elle Hill, for their efforts in promoting our school to the prospective parents. Silkstone Eisteddfod Results Congratulations to Jonathan R (Prep) who received Second Place in the Music Theatre section, and was Highly Commended in the Boys’ and Girls’ Vocal Solo and Sacred Solo. He is pictured with his medal and certificates. Jonathan is a student of Ms Sharon Johnson, our Vocal Tutor. Examination Congratulations Congratulations to Jemimah W who was awarded an ‘A’ for her recent Grade 8 Violin examination. Jemimah is a student of Ms Celine Crellin, our Strings tutor. Christmas Performances There are many performances in the last few weeks of the school year – we have school end-of-year functions and will also be spreading some Christmas Cheer in the local community. Parent information letters will continue to be distributed to ensemble members. We appreciate the prompt return of student permission forms. Our next performance is at Aveo Retirement Village, Springfield on Thursday. Platinum Band and Poco Voce (Year 2 students only) will be entertaining residents with a variety of items, including dance, song and band pieces. Sally Grennan, Teacher read more

Welcoming the Stranger


A Refugee Sleepout sounded like fun. It turned out to be profoundly enlightening. Last Friday night, 17 Years 10–11 students and two staff joined the Refugee Sleepout, led by Christian Stern from Australian Lutheran World Service, at St Peters. We were briefed on the nature of the refugee crisis in the world today, learning that there are 68.5 million refugees including 10 million stateless people. We watched a brilliant ABC documentary You Can’t Ask That – Refugees, and learned that no one chooses to become a refugee, simply because they want a better job. In our simulation, we were evacuated, forced to grab our belongings and make a refugee journey to Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya. After a long walk, we realised we wouldn’t make Kakuma and needed to set up camp for the night. So, with cardboard for our bed and a sheet strung overhead, we made our camp. Around the campfire, we heard the story of one of our own school parents who fled Iran to escape religious persecution. We were moved by his story, recognising the inherent danger and the great upheaval this brings to a family. In the morning, we journeyed on to Kakuma. We were processed, given a welcome meal, security and medical checks. We learned about life in a refugee camp. We came to understand the need to treat refugees with love and dignity simply because it is the right thing to do. We are all human beings. Just because some of us were born in Australia does not give us the right to refuse kindness and assistance to those who are fleeing their country due to war, religious persecution, famine or poverty. Our common humanity dictates that we honour other people. But more than this, we recognised that Jesus was a refugee. At the end of the Christmas story in Matthew’s Gospel, we read: ‘An angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. ‘Get up,’ he said, ‘take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.’ So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, where he stayed until the death of Herod.’ Matthew 2:13-15. Then follows the rage of Herod who orders the killing of all the baby boys, in Bethlehem, under two years old. Jesus’ family had to flee to another country to avoid being killed, which is pretty much a textbook definition of what it is to be a refugee. Later in the Gospel, Jesus tells his followers: ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ Matthew 25:40. Our Lord Jesus needed the goodwill of people in a safe country to survive. How can we refuse that same kindness to others in the same situation? As we completed the refugee sleepout, we returned to our homes for a good feed and to catch up on some sleep – grateful for all we have in our country. We were grateful also for the opportunity to think about the plight of many in our world, convinced of how we should respond to strangers seeking our welcome. Pastor Matt Wilksch, Springfield Chaplain read more