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

Legal Studies Excursion


On Friday 19 October, Year 10 Legal Studies students visited the Brisbane Supreme and District Courts with Mr Mason and Mrs Anglin. Upon arriving, we visited the history museum where the Court processes and some legal history facts were explained. After breaking into smaller groups, we were given the opportunity to observe several trials and sentencings; as well as partake in a mock trial of our own, giving us a deeper understanding of what a career in law, criminology or justice may involve. It was exciting to see the media outside of the Court precinct, waiting for the outcomes of high profile cases. The excursion helped us to see the ‘real-life’ aspects of the concepts we had been learning in class. Several of us are keen to return to the Courts in the school holidays to view more cases. Here is a link to video of one of the cases we watched. Khushi P, Year 10 Legal Studies student read more

Geography Excursion


On Monday 29 October, Year 10 Geography students – along with Ms Head and staff from the Brisbane Urban Environmental Education Centre – braved the drizzle to participate in a field day at Sandgate. The study was to collect, analyse and evaluate primary and secondary data in understanding the potential impact of climate change and the sea levels rising on the foreshore area, in the next 20 years. The excursion involved learning about surveying, studying house designs and applying the calculations to measure from a sea level point to the expected flood lines. A field study report will be collated using primary and secondary data with a mock recommendation made to the local council as to the best way to mitigate the potential damage to the Sandgate foreshore area. Mrs Kerrie Anglin, Teacher, Year 10 Geography 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

What's On in the Next Week


Details of the the following events may be subject to change. For the most up-to-date information, refer to the St Peters Indooroopilly online calendar. Friday 25 May Year 12 Hospitality Morning Tea Function (8.00am)Years 5 to 12 RoboCup Demonstration ICRA (8.00am)Primary (Years 4 to 6) Sport Photos for Semester 1(8:05am)Under 8's Week Celebration - Tribal Drumming Show (9.00am)Year 5 and 6 Parents 'Supporting Children with Anxiety - An Introduction for Parents' (9:30am)Years 7 to 10 Maths Team Challenge (10.00am)Prep Evergreen Theatre (11:45am)Year 12 Cohort Photo (12:45pm)Years 7 to 12 QGSSSA Basketball, Football, Touch (3.00pm)Years 5 to 12 AIC Chess (3:30pm)Year 8 Arts Kaleidoscope Performance (7:30pm) Saturday 26 May Junior Girls Netball (7.00am)Years 5 to 12 AIC Rugby & Football (8.00am)Year 8 Arts Kaleidoscope Performance (7:30pm)Sunday 27 MayChorale Faure Requiem Rehearsal and Performance (12.00pm)Monday 28 MayYears 7 to 12 AIC and QGSSSA Sport Photos for Semester 1 (8:05am)Year 5 Street Science "See the Light" (8:15am) Tuesday 29 MayYears 4 to 6 ICAS Science External AssessmentUpper Primary Class Photos (8:05am)Years 9 and 10 da Vinci Decathlon (8:05am)QYMA Secondary Choir Years 7-9, Secondary Choir Advanced (6.00pm)Years 9 to 12 Interschool Theatresports Competition (6.00pm) Wednesday 30 MayYears 4 to 6 Inter-Lutheran Cross Country CarnivalYears 5 and 6 da Vinci Decathlon (8:05am)Community Focus Day Social Justice (12:40pm) Thursday 31 MayYear 12 QAS for High Altitude Simulation (8.00am)Years 7 and 8 da Vinci Decathlon (8:05am) read more