On Sunday 11 November, at 12:30pm, the bell of the St Peters chapel will be rung for two whole minutes. This is part of an international observance for the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended the First World War. This armistice came into effect on 11 November 1918. The 9:00am service on Sunday will also have an armistice theme, in acknowledgement of this anniversary. It is not always easy to know how to treat war observances. On the one hand, many people are reluctant to glorify war. This is fair enough, because wars are so often ugly affairs. They bring hardship and widespread suffering to soldiers, civilians, property, nations, even the natural environment. And, yet, just as war should not be glorified, it can’t be ignored. Whether we like it or not, the world as we know it has been shaped by war. How many families have lost members to war? How many people have come to Australia over the years because they were displaced by war? How many individual lives bear the scars of war in their various forms? Even more importantly, by remembering the past, we are better placed to face the future. When we actively remember times of war, it can also help us to be thankful for the period of unprecedented peace we are enjoying now, so that we can recognise it as a gift, and strive to preserve it. It also helps us remember that we have a God who promises to work for peace in the midst of human aggression and violence. Psalm 46:9–11 gives us a powerful picture of God’s desire for peace: He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;he breaks the bow, and shatters the spear;he burns the shields with fire.‘Be still, and know that I am God!I am exalted among the nations,I am exalted in the earth.’The LORD of hosts is with us;the God of Jacob is our refuge. God bless. Pastor Matthias Prenzler, St Peters Lutheran Church 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

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

Kaleidoscope is Here!


This week, students in the cast for Year 8 Kaleidoscope – Life Together are excited to perform live on stage. They will give a performance for Year 7 students on Thursday afternoon and will then give two public performances on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 May commencing at 7.30pm in the Performing Arts Centre Auditorium. The cast are looking forward with great enthusiasm to their performances. Please come along to support these wonderful young performers as they explore the world of the family in drama, dance and song. Tickets for the performances on Friday 25 May and Saturday 26 May can be purchased for $15 (adults) and $10 (students/children). See you there! Christine Taylor, Producer - Kaleidoscope read more

Year 7 Transdisciplinary Project


Water, Water Everywhere! Imagine being asked to help, really help, not just through donating a gold coin, but by donating your skills and knowledge. Our Year 7 students were challenged to help Australian Lutheran World Service to meet the needs of communities in South-East Asia suffering from water scarcity. They would be required to draw on their understanding of geographical, scientific, technological and mathematical concepts, and use teamwork, creativity, scientific process and investigative research skills to develop a solution. Last week, each group of students showcased their findings using a variety of mediums, including PowerPoint presentations, three-dimensional models, maps and posters. Many students also reflected that working as a team, which at times required negotiation, and sharing ideas had strengthened their understanding of the issues causing water scarcity and the complexity of developing suitable solutions. They also felt that they had a deeper knowledge of another community beyond our borders, and the potential to make a real positive difference in another person’s life. None of this would have been possible without the team of teachers who guided the students through the project. They also learned a lot about teamwork, communication and collaboration! Michelle Thygesen, Teacher read more