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28 Contents INTRO

Head of College 02 Letter from the Editor 03 Ministry 04 SPOSA President 05 A ROUND THE SCHOOL

Cover Senior drama students perform Macbeth at the 2016 VAPAr exhibition. Image courtesy of F45 Photography. Plus Ultra October 2016 incorporating SPOSA Bulletin Published by St Peters Lutheran College Writer/Editor: Angela Gardner Writer/Photographer: Gollisa Thomson Writer/Layout&Design: Kathleen Barker *Photography: F45 Photography Advertising Enquiries Publications Office Telephone: 07 3377 6262

PYP: How the World Works 06 VAPAr 10 A Taste of the Mater 12 James Morrison 16 Rapid Ascent 18 Epic Good Foundations 22 Rio Wrap-Up 25 Who Dunnit? 28 Oxbridge 30 St Peters You’ve Got Talent 32 A Welcoming Workplace 36 Indigenous Immersion 40 Performer of the Year 42 P&F Community Grants 46 Short Story Competition 49 Junior School Bush Dance 56


Bruder Brothers


Q&A with Liz Cantor


Dane Bird-Smith’s Medal Moment


My Story: Jason Mott


Bridging the GAP


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Ancient History Cultural Chameleon Staff News

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Meet the Glazed Guys




Community News



Reunions 60 Births, Deaths, Marriages 63

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After five years at the helm of St Peters Lutheran College, and twenty five years of Principalship, I am aware of the gravitas that sits alongside the decision to tender my resignation as Head of College. After significant periods of my life working closely with young people, and within learning communities, my final reflection for Plus Ultra is about the immense privilege it has been to serve the vast community that is St Peters Lutheran College. It may be hard to imagine what is involved in such a role as Head, but it has been likened to acting as the mayor of a large township, with an immediate constituency in excess of twenty thousand people. Students, parents and guardians, staff, past scholars, supporters, grandparents – and the list goes on – are all connected to life at the College at one level or another, and all are important contributors to the College. When I was engaged as Head (midway through 2011), I became responsible for the College’s strategic operations. It was put to me at an initial interview, and at other meetings, that my role would be to strategically lead all aspects of the College across three sites. In other words, this was a two-fold challenge that began with being engaged ‘in the business’ by building relationships, leading and shaping the educational and pastoral programs that are core to the success of students St Peters. Secondly, my expected role was to work ‘on the business’ through the management and leadership of all corporate aspects as they relate to a 21st century independent school. The past five years has been an era of dynamic consolidation; a time in which many outstanding projects and dreams have come to fruition, and a time in which the College has moved forward in a considered way. The establishment of the Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) program; the introduction of the International Primary Years Program (PYP) at Indooroopilly; and the transition to Year 12 for students at Springfield have all been very special


highlights. At Indooroopilly, the planning and construction of the long-awaited Performing Arts Centre; the building of a facilities block at the 50m swimming pool; refurbishment of classrooms in the Middle School and Junior High; and an upgrade of boarding arrangements in both CELEBRATING the girls and boys WITH OUR houses were just some YOUNG PEOPLE examples of the physical changes that have been BRINGS A made. Meanwhile at SHARED Springfield, the move EXCITEMENT, of the school and PRIDE, HOPE official site opening in 2012, coupled with AND JOY IN A continuous growth and WORLD THAT development, has been IS OFTEN one part of the plan that CLASSIFIED AS has seen this school blossom and grow into GRIM. a learning community that will approach an enrolment of five hundred students in 2017. We have together created a clear model and provided supporting resources for St Peters as we plan for the future. I have always thoroughly enjoyed celebrating the accomplishments of our students through the many activities I have witnessed. For me, this is more important than resources and buildings; and I know that this ‘smacks’ a little of self-indulgence, but I do believe celebrating with our young people brings a shared excitement, pride, hope and joy in a world that is often classified as grim. Whether students have rejoiced in the successful completion of the solo component of the Ironbark program; enjoyed a competitive experience on the sporting field; perhaps achieved an outstanding academic result; or performed with one of our many ensembles or groups at Prep or Year 12, the satisfaction of knowing that this achievement has occurred within the learning programs at St Peters is incredibly rewarding. Through these planned or unplanned

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from the Editor Like many Australians, I was dismayed by media commentary after the Olympics suggesting our athletes should have won more medals based on Australia’s financial investment in the team. This made me think about how we measure success. In an Olympic context, we should rightly celebrate those who stand on the podium like Old Scholar, Dane Bird-Smith, who walked his way into our hearts with his courageous bronze in the 20km walk. His story is on page 26. But the medal count is only part of the Olympic story. As you will read in our Rio wrap-up, some of our Olympians from the St Peters community stood proudly on the podium. Others did not, but each one challenged themselves to be the best they could be; and in the process, inspired others.

*Pictured: Head of College, Adrian Wiles (right), congratulates Tim Kotzur, who will take up the role as Head from 2017.

opportunities, those at the head of any school become renewed and energised in the knowledge that you may have made a difference to the way students think, and to what it is that they value. In my time as Head of College, I have been fortunate to be surrounded by many thoughtful, supportive and professional people. Without this team of colleagues, the goals as set down half a decade ago would not have been achieved, and the common vision as encapsulated in the ‘Strategic Vision 2016-2020’ document would not be in place. Competent staff, supportive parents, engaged past scholars and committed students have allowed the motto of ‘Plus Ultra’ to be alive and well in our St Peters teaching and learning communities, and I thank God every time I hear the Gospel chant of ‘Oh When the Saints’ sung or played with great pride and gusto. May God continue to bless St Peters Lutheran College and this community as we continue to strive for ‘Excellence in Christian Co-education’.

This edition is full of stories about students, old scholars and staff inspiring others like budding philanthropists Sascha and Sam Giles (page 22); Year 11 student, Kate Creese, who wants to give back to the indigenous community she visited (page 40); and a generous group of staff who fund a Work and Welcome program for migrants (page 36). These stories strengthen my resolve that success can not be measured solely by the number of medals we win. Success is knowing we are constantly striving in the spirit of plus ultra. That is gold; that is priceless. Gollisa Thomson, on behalf of the

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Music is an important part of our College life, whether it is singing in chapel, participating in concerts, or individual students learning to play an instrument or singing in one of the many choirs and ensembles. Recently, I had the opportunity to attend two concerts and this made me reflect on the influence and power of music. One was the Junior School concert, where students from Prep to Year 4 demonstrated their learning and growth as they made music and sang together, led by their teachers and supported by some senior students. The second concert, Performer of the Year, showcased the talents of four musicians who performed with the orchestra. The performances were outstanding and evident of the quality of teaching, diligence and hard work of the students over the years. We are blessed to have such a strong music department and the results of the recent MMG school survey witness to our community’s appreciation of this aspect of our College. I believe this is an important part of the holistic education we offer. We know that music has positive effects on learning and brain development. It also aids the development of community. It’s not hard to see why we consider music as one of God’s great gifts to us all. The bible abounds with references to singing; instruments; to the expression of joy and lament, individually and communally in music and song. We have a whole biblical book of songs – the book of Psalms and in the New Testament we are encouraged to be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit.


WE KNOW THAT MUSIC HAS POSITIVE EFFECTS ON LEARNING AND BRAIN DEVELOPMENT. IT ALSO AIDS THE DEVELOPMENT OF COMMUNITY. IT’S NOT HARD TO SEE WHY WE CONSIDER MUSIC AS ONE OF GOD’S GREAT GIFTS. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the *Pictured: Students enjoyed performing at the 2016 Performer of the Year Concerto Father for everything, in the name of our competition. Lord Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 5:18-20) Our Lutheran reformation heritage, whose 500th anniversary we are going to remember next year, is a singing heritage. Martin Luther said: Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world. And he and his fellow reformers wrote many songs for communal singing, for teaching the faith and to bring joy into people’s lives. Composers such as Michael Praetorius, Heinrich Schütz, J S Bach, and modern muscians like Martin Franzmann, or our own Australian

Lutheran, Robin Mann, carry on this tradition. In chapels and through our choirs, we seek to develop a repertoire that helps our community to honour and develop this tradition, so that we can continue to sing together, to enhance our community life and to bring joy to one another. I hope and pray that you are able to enjoy the music here at St Peters and join us in following the Psalmist’s invitation: Sing to the LORD, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day. (Psalm 96:2).

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It has been Reunion Season at Indooroopilly. Time melts away when people linked by a common past meet up. It is easy to move beyond the small talk into what really matters. We realise that our life experiences are often shared and understood by our cohort. Our Golden (50 year) and Diamond (60 year) graduates were welcomed back for Morning Tea, a reunion lunch and a tour of the College, including Performing Arts Centre and an impromptu performance on the Stuart &Sons piano. The evening event was shared with the 40 year reunion at the Toowong Rowing Club while the 30 th, 25th and 10 th reunion groups partied on at other venues. SPOSA connects with Old Scholars in many ways to grow our community. Through regular social opportunities like reunions and performances, our Old Scholars reconnect with each other and their school.

Pictured: It’s Reunion Season. Turn to page 60 for Reunion news. Image courtesy of Sean Wilson (Year 12).

One of our most important projects is developing a comprehensive and usable archive so relevant resources will be at hand for Old Scholars’ use. And at last! The Ross Roy loo renovations are underway! Old Scholars raised the funds almost ten years ago to update these facilities and to repair the beautiful Victorian tiles. When many of them were students, they lived and studied in Ross Roy and so feel a strong connection to this first building of St Peters. Watch for pictures in the next issue.



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Primary Years Program: Year 4 How the World Works

The parents of Year 4 students’ recently enjoyed watching their children apply the knowledge learned during their unit of inquiry about how the world works.

Students built Rube Goldberg inspired “machines” to demonstrate what they had learned about the forces involved in motion.


It was exciting to see balloons bursting, dominoes falling and balls rolling over and through the students’ wacky machines while they enthusiastically explained the process and forces involved to onlookers.

their machines to overcome the inevitable problems faced during the display and to hear parents exclaiming with amazement at the level of skill and understanding their children were displaying.

It was especially fun to see the students adapting and modifying

St Peters Primary Years Programme Coordinator, Mrs Joanne Pearn, was

Throughout the unit, students learned about the forces involved in motion and through scientific inquiry they developed the skills of questioning and predicting; planning and conducting; processing and analysing data and information; and communicating understanding.


*Pictured: PYP units engage Year 4 students at St Peters Indooroopilly.

pleased with the outcomes from the unit. “It was a fine example of what the students learned as a result of teacher facilitated inquiry,” she said. OUR STUDENTS REFLECTED ON THE UNIT: This task helped me improve my understanding of motion because when the ball accelerated down the ramp I could see it change its velocity. – Isabelle This unit helped me as I found out the exact meaning of friction. – Emily I did not know about Newton’s laws of motion but this task helped me understand them. – Oliver

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*Pictured: Year 4 students at St Peters Indooroopilly demonstrated their understanding of ‘How the World Works’ to their parents at a showcase in Term 3.


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Pictured (L–R): Toby and Dan Bosschieter with their father, Captain Jan Bosschieter.

Bruder Brothers

Dan Bosschieter (1993) and his brother Toby (2001) are the duo behind Bruder, an Australian company that designs and manufactures military spec off-road equipment. Plus Ultra caught up with Toby to find out about their venture.


hen did you form Bruder and why?

Dan and I were fortunate to have had a successful business prior to forming Bruder. In that business we developed off-road trailers and concepts for an international military manufacturer. The success of that business allowed Dan and I to start Bruder and concentrate on what we really enjoy – building and designing without limitations. Bruder is very much in a niche/bespoke marketplace. We sell our expedition trailers all around the world: North America, Russia, Europe and Australia. Our trailers are completely unique and customisable: they are smartphone App controlled, can be built for -30c climates, can be made with ballistic composite (bulletproof material); and for the UAE market with even more levels of luxury. It is exciting and challenging designing and manufacturing where quality and function comes well before price. This allows us to involve other industry experts, like the expertise of super maxi yacht manufactures, and to take on board different ways of doing things. 8


n your marketing, you mention that Bruder means brother. I know that you are brothers, but can you expand on the significance of the name. Why did you name the business this? In the early 90’s our Dad was a captain for the German airline Lufthansa. During this time our family moved to Germany. There are four boys in our family (all of us went to St Peters) and we were put in German schools. We couldn’t speak a word of German when we arrived, making for interesting schooling! The experience forced us ‘brothers’ to be extra close. Dan and I decided to call this business Bruder – which is German for brother. And even though our other two brothers aren’t officially involved with us in business, we are all extremely close.


n your website, you talk about your father’s passion for exploring the outdoors. Can you tell me more about how he influenced you, and what, if any, are your other influences? Our life has always revolved around the outdoors and exploring. I was only six weeks old when I was taken on my first four wheel driving trip around Australia with the family. Both Mum and Dad love to explore; they lived in Papua New Guinea and northern Australia in a time when things were more wild than they are now. Dad had access

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Pictured: Dan Bosschieter (1993) and his brother Toby (2001) share their fathers’ love for adventure. The brothers formed Bruder, an Australian outfit that designs and manufactures off-road equipment.

to remote Aboriginal areas all across Northern Australia and he’d bring us with him on as many trips as he could. It really lit the flame for adventure in us, and as kids all our school holidays involved traveling somewhere or building/ modifying something for the next adventure. When school at St Peters was finished for the day I’d spend my afternoons using Dad’s tractor to build off-road courses on the family property. I remember once making Dan late for a date because I got the family 4x4 (and the tractor trying to get the 4x4 out) really stuck and semi submerged in the dam in the backyard... That fun factor and passion has never left, and I don’t think it will because Dad’s in his 70’s now and he hasn’t slowed down one bit! Our diaries are always full of adventures to come.


hat are your memories of St Peters? How have your experiences at school helped shape your lives?

We look back on St Peters with extremely fond memories. It gave us a well-rounded education (including plenty of sport), we have friends for life from school and a confidence that we could succeed after school. Good teachers really do have a profound impact on your life - I regret not thanking them more at my time at St Peters. After school Dan became a teacher for a few years because of this. I had no idea what I wanted to do but as luck would have it, my first

job after school was presenting Fishing and 4x4 segments around Australia on the TV show hosted by Rugby League legend Andrew Ettingshausen… until Dan and I went into Business.


hat’s your best advice to our students who want to be entrepreneurs?

There has never been a better time to turn an idea into a global reality because the world is the smallest it’s ever been. Our advice for design is to be revolutionary not evolutionary and be passionate about what you do. A decade or more of hard work can make anyone look like an instant success so remember the wise old proverb - “if you’re too lazy to plough, don’t expect a harvest!” and the most important advice of all? Enjoy your time at St Peters and listen to your teachers!


hat’s next for you and for Bruder?

We have some designs we want to speed test in the Northern Territory (in a section where there is no speed limit) before we release it to the market... I’m really looking forward to that!


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VAPAr In 2004, the College ran an arts event called VAPar (Visual and Performing Arts en par) with the goal of bringing the visual and performing arts programs together into one showcase as equals. This groundbreaking event, held at QUT Garden’s Point, paved the way for what has become a key annual event on the St Peters calendar. In recent years, the event has found a home in the Performing Arts Centre and has grown from strength to strength. This year, the event was rebranded as Visual and Performing Arts review (VAPAr) in response to feedback from the community. Curriculum Leader - The Arts, Ms Julie Seidel, said that the students look forward to participating in VAPAr. “Over 100 Years 11 and 12 students participate every year in areas as diverse as drama, music, film and television and fashion,” she said. “The students practice for weeks and work hard in their own time to make the event a success every year.” This year, the program opened with the Indigenous Welcome to Country by boy Boarders. The Chorale performed a moving repertoire, ultimately dissolving into a performance of Macbeth. Music ensembles performed in the amphitheatre while art students presented floor talks about their work and process in the theatrette. The many hours of rehearsal, studio time and preparation culminated in an event that offered something for everyone and showcased the talent and commitment of students. We are grateful to the student volunteers and staff who worked tirelessly for weeks to prepare and organise this event.


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*Pictured: Jai Rankin (Year 10) at the Mater Private Hospital Springfield’s Pathology Lab.

A Taste of the Mater

In August, Years 10-12 students at St Peters Springfield shadowed healthcare workers at the Mater Private Hospital Springfield’s Cancer Care Centre. The session, the third of a five-part informal work experience program entitled, ‘A Day in the Life of a Healthcare Worker’, gave students interested in the healthcare industry a unique insight into cancer care and pathology. The program is the brain-child of Sarah Johnson, Careers Counsellor at St Peter Springfield, who wanted to provide work experience opportunities for the growing number of senior students considering careers in healthcare. She contacted Vanessa Edwards, Education Coordinator at the newly established Mater Private Hospital Springfield, situated a short 400 meters from St Peters Springfield, to devise a trial program.


Since the first session, ‘A Day in the Life of a Nurse’, in April, the program’s popularity has soared. Nursing staff hosted 20 Years 10-12 students, demonstrating ward-checks and medicine distribution, and engaging students in role-plays that allowed them to experiment with hoists and CPR mannequins. The subsequent session, ‘A Day in the Life of a Perioperative Nurse’, attracted 30 students, who scrubbed up for a simulated surgery. They handled surgical instruments and operated monitoring equipment. Sarah says the program has helped students make confident decisions about their future pathways. This year, for the first time, male students have included nursing in their Senior Education and Training (SET) Plans, which help Year 10 students make senior subject selections.


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*Pictured (left): Year 10 students Maddie Davies (left) and Maegan Gregory, with Sarah Johnson, Careers Counsellor at St Peters Springfield (centre), analyse blood samples at the Mater Private Hospital Springfield’s Pathology Lab; and (right): Lucas Davies (Year 10) at the Mater Private Hospital Springfield’s Pathology Lab.

Its success prompted Sarah to trial the third session, ‘A Day in the Life of an Oncology Nurse and Pathologist’, on a school day instead of a weekend, so that students involved in cocurricular sport could benefit from the unique work experience opportunity. “There is no equal to work experience,” said Sarah, who has forged her own unique career path through exploration and development of personal interests. Trained as a Primary Teacher and with a Masters in Guidance Counselling, the growth of St Peters Springfield since her appointment in 2010 has allowed her to balance her passions for primary and career education with a unique dual role as a Year 5 Teacher and Careers Counsellor (Years 10-12). She encourages students to make use of personal connections to source on-the-fly work experience and to take advantage of formal offerings from external providers, such as TAFE institutions, to help them make informed decisions about future pathways.

She has this advice for students who don’t know where to start on the path to discovering a fulfilling career: “That’s fine. Good!” Sarah laughed. “Just get out there; see what’s around; explore. I’m always on at students to go to Open Days and things that are going to broaden them. If your parents work in a business, go there for a week in the holidays - even if it’s just to sit around. You’ll notice things. See the world. Travel with your parents. Talk to your parents. Watch the news. You’ve just got to educate yourself. It’s about exploring the horizons that are after school.” The final ‘A Day in the Life of a Healthcare Worker’ session for 2016 will take place in Term 4. To enquire, contact Sarah Johnson, Careers Counsellor

“It’s about ‘who do you want to be and how do you get there’,” Sarah said. “And there’s so many ways to get there. There is no restriction on what you can be.”


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A Modern Twist on Ancient History

St Peters history teacher, Robert McRoberts has always been an innovator who goes above and beyond to engage and meet the needs of each student. This is why he allowed students to film his classes on their devices and share this with their absent friends. “One day we had quite a few students away and I looked down and saw six devices recording me so I thought there has to be a better way,” Robert explained. It was then that Robert met with St Peters eLearning Coordinator, Amanda Rablin who worked through options with him and put him in touch with keen amateur videographer and Junior High teacher, Simon Boman. “Simon helped me to make videos for my Ancient History class and even edited them for me.” The first time Robert showed one of these videos to his class the students were completely engrossed, some even sat on the floor to watch it.


Pictured: Ancient History Teacher, Robert McRoberts, enlisted the help of colleagues to produce video tutorials for his students.

“One student said to me that this is how we learn.” “Some of the Year 11 students who are studying film and television said they would like to add some background music. I don’t know if anything will come of it but it is exciting that the students are this involved and interested.”

“Through this we have developed a flipped classroom. It’s the next level of engagement when students participate in curriculum and choose how and when they consume it.” St Peters ICT Coordinator, Amanda Rablin said that “flipped learning” is the latest buzzword.

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“In a flipped learning model, students consume content in what would have been traditionally seen as homework time. Classroom time is spent talking with the teacher about their work and their progress and the teacher has the opportunity to work with individual students,” Amanda said.


“More and more teachers are exploring ways to flip their classroom through traditional video or through technology like swivl,” she explained. Swivl is a voice-activated motion sensitive camera. The camera follows teachers as they move around a classroom allowing them to easily video a class and share it with their students. Robert’s goal for this project is to make interactive pieces of content so students can select the options that are of most use to them and only view that section.

*Pictured: Robert McRoberts, Ancient History Teacher at St Peters Indooroopilly.


“I want to be able to deliver what each individual student needs, so each student has a unique experience.” Robert explained. “I believe in teaching the student, not the subject. It’s a subtle but important difference.”

– Robert McRoberts, History Teacher at St Peters Indooroopilly


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Jazzing It Up with James Morrison

*Pictured: James Morrison with Ruby King-Morrison (Year 8) and Olivia Roberts (Year 7).


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Plus Ultra caught up with James Morrison between master classes with St Peters stage bands in the lead up to his Signature Series concert on 6 August. James Morrison is one of the world’s most accomplished jazz performers. However, his accomplishments off the stage are just as impressive. Since he was a teenager, James has been teaching and sharing his passion for music with students, and he founded the James Morrison Academy of Music in partnership with the University of South Australia. “I’ve been doing workshops and education since I joined Don Burrows Band when I was 16. He took me on the road and he would do workshops so I really learned to do that from him!” James explained. For the past two years, James has conducted master classes at St Peters, enabling students in St Peters stage bands to learn from his depth of knowledge and to perform with the master musician in a live concert. James said the aim of the master classes was two-fold: to focus on technique and to inspire students. “So many times I’ve had people come to me and say: “You came to my school and did a workshop and after that I decided I wanted to be a musician!” James said with obvious satisfaction. Year 7 student Olivia Roberts, who plays trombone in Concert Band 1 and the Junior Stage Band, said the master class inspired her and helped her with technique. “We took a lot of valuable information from the master class. He [James] made huge improvements to our pieces and suggested lots of ideas, which we had never considered before,” Olivia explained. Grantley Sutch, Head of Bands and Brass, said James had an amazing ability to instruct and inspire.


“The unique thing about James is that he can give students quite specific and relevant assistance to every instrument in the Stage Band as he plays them all expertly himself,” Grantley said. “And since James’s visit, students have been inspired to practise harder, work collaboratively together to produce entertaining performances, listen to jazz music, and experiment and enjoy the freedom of improvisation.” Olivia said she also enjoyed learning more about James during a question and answer session. “At the end, James answered our questions, which weren’t just about music, but also about how to get to where you want to be in life.” “We found out that he wanted to be a pilot as well as a musician, and he eventually got to do both!” Olivia said. James added his own perspective about conducting master classes. “I can be working with a group of students and something one of them asks gets you thinking and that inspires me,” James said. In addition to conducting master classes and performing, James is hands on at his Music Academy. “Doing what I do, travelling around, I might not get back for a year, so having an academy with students means I can follow their progress,” James explained. “It’s a different feeling. You can be much more involved and really mentor them.”

On Saturday 6 August, Jazz music legend, James Morrison, returned to St Peters for the third and final 2016 Signature Series concert. James took to the stage with his quintet, featuring vocalist, Hetty Kate; bass guitarist, Phil Stack; guitarist, James Muller; and drummer, Gordon Rytmeister. Each of the St Peters ensembles were treated to a guest appearance from the irrepressible trumpeter during their live performance. One of the concert highlights included an exhilarating performance of the ‘Rocky’ theme song accompanied by a screaming trumpet solo from James! In the lead up to the concert, the multi-instrumentalist hosted a series of master classes with St Peters stage bands, which gave the students a unique insight into the world of jazz music, and prepared them for their concert performance. “This type of instruction is a great way to educate, but also an excellent way of exciting students to become passionate about their music,” said Grantley Sutch, Head of Bands and Brass at St Peters. 17

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Rapid Ascent

On the St Peters Springfield oval, a lone figure stands at the end of a red running track. Year 8 student, Caitlyn Maynard, drops to a crouch, ready to launch into a sprint demonstration for our Plus Ultra photographer. Over the past five years, an emphasis on participation and enjoyment has attracted students like Caitlyn to St Peters’ Cross Country program, offered at St Peters Indooroopilly and Springfield. Offerings that cater to competitive and recreational athletes alike, such as colourful interhouse events and recreational running clubs, have provided avenues for students to discover new interests and talents, securing the sport a broad following. “I have always been into running,” Caitlyn admitted, “but I have only just started in competition. At the [Interhouse] Cross Country Carnival, I won and I thought, ‘Maybe this could be taken further’.”


Hamish Smith, Captain for Cross Country and Swimming at St Peters Indooroopilly, discovered his passion for the sport in the same way. Five years ago, he won an Interhouse Cross Country event and joined the team. He credits improved offerings within the program, coupled with the passion and dedication of St Peters Sports and InTraining Running staff, for the sports’ rising popularity. “They’ve brought in more training sessions; they’ve encouraged more kids to come along to the sessions; they’ve offered sessions outside of school for kids that are really dedicated,” Hamish said. “It’s raised the popularity of Cross Country. It was never really a popular sport because of how hard it is.” Kerry Schreiber, Coordinator of Boys’ and Girls’ Cross Country at St Peters Indooroopilly, says the culture of St Peters Cross Country

*Pictured: Caitlyn Maynard, Year 8 student at St Peters Springfield, discovered her passion for Cross Country at an Interhouse Cross Country Carnival.

has attracted a following of students from other cocurricular sports, who take advantage of trainings to build cardiovascular fitness. In 2016, the introduction of ‘Run Club’ at St Peters Indooroopilly provided an avenue for the greater St Peters community to engage in and enjoy the sport. Catering to Years 7-12 students, staff, parents and friends, the club’s term-time Friday morning sessions have garnered a large following, hosting up to 70 runners in warmer months. Kerry says the social aspect of running is often overlooked.

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*Pictured: Hamish Smith, Cross Country Captain at St Peters Indooroopilly, says extra training sessions facilitated by Kerry Schreiber, Boys’ and Girls’ Cross Country Coordinator, has attracted scores of new students to the sport.


“People think of running as a very individual sport and it does attract a certain type of person, but it is also very much a team sport,” Kerry said. “When we’re running and training, it’s about people sharing something collectively they like but also encouraging each other.” Hamish’s mother, Lisa Smith, is a passionate advocate for the social benefits of the sport. She caters for Cross Country events, such as the inaugural pre-competition Cross Country Breakfast, which celebrates individual and team dedication and achievements, and fosters team spirit. “I find Cross Country is a fairly intimate sport,” Lisa said, “because there aren’t masses of kids that do it… They’re all good friends and they support each other.” This year, Girls’ QGSSSA and Boys’ AIC Cross Country teams were overfilled, with many students vying for reserve positions and chasing their team mates around the courses

with cheers and flags. Kerry says students feel valued within the Cross Country community, while also enjoying opportunities to pursue individual goals. “We’ve built a culture around Cross Country so boys and girls feel valued in what they’re doing; they can focus on individual goals and they can also see it as something that they’re contributing to the school with,” Kerry said. With the sport’s popularity on the steady incline, the passion of St Peters Cross Country athletes has begun to translate on the scoreboard. This year, boys achieved a sixth overall placing in the AIC competition, their best ever result; girls secured a seventh placing in the QGSSSA competition; and many students enjoyed individual successes with a record number qualifying for States and National competitions.

for the right reasons: it’s built numbers, everyone feels valued, and everyone gets their own individual experiences.” For Caitlyn, while the social benefits of the sport rate highly, self-satisfaction is at the fore of her passion for Cross Country running. “Knowing that you’ve run it,” Caitlyn said, “it’s just amazing.” For more information about Cross Country, contact Shaun Nodwell, Director of Sport

“By default, we’ve improved,” Kerry explained, “because we’ve promoted it


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Q&A with Old Scholar, Liz Cantor

Old Scholar, Liz Cantor (2000), returned to St Peters in July as a guest judge for the St Peters student fashion event, Calico Brides. Plus Ultra reporter, Gollisa Thomson, caught up with the Channel 7 presenter and former competitive surfer to chat about life at St Peters and her career success.


hat can you tell us about your St Peters school experience?

My family migrated here from England so I am first generation Australian, born in Brisbane. My parents discovered St Peters and sent me here. I was here for 12 years. I actually went through St Peters Junior School, Middle School and Senior School and I was a boarder for my last year. So this was home!


hat were you into at St Peters?

I was always into drama and performance, hence the career move to Channel 7 and journalism and storytelling. I did love English but I also loved my sports. I think I played every sport I could possibly play at St Peters like basketball, softball, swimming, and running. I loved to get outdoors and move!


ou’re here today as a guest judge of the Calico Brides fashion event. Were you involved in fashion at St Peters? I was completely unaware of fashion until I started working in television! Styling and fashion go hand-in-hand working in television so I became much more aware of clothing and fashion after I left school. 20


hen did you start surfing?

I think I was 16 or 17. I was always obsessed with the water and in love with the beach! My family would holiday on the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast and my Dad was a surfer in Cornwall in England and that’s part of the reason they moved to Australia to have that outdoor lifestyle. I stopped competitive surfing in 2003 but I still enjoy it!


hat did you do after leaving St Peters?

I was competing on the surfing tour and sponsored by Billabong after leaving school but I also did a Bachelor of Communications in Journalism at Griffith University on the Gold Coast so I was doing the two things at once. I finished the Communications degree in 2003. It takes a while to get a job in journalism. I was lucky I ended up getting a job in 2006 with Channel 7. It took a few years and lots of persistence, but I finally managed to crack into the industry.


ou have been with the Seven Network ever since. What do you like most about your job? I’m really content with the roles I’m in at the moment. I’m working in lifestyle television on Queensland Weekender,

Pictured: Old Scholar and Channel 7 presenter, Liz Cantor, with St Peters Calico Brides, Jessica Gray (left) and Elise Peterson. Photo courtesy of Simon Bowman.

which was my dream to do a travel show and I’m also doing weather for Seven News, so it’s quite diverse. I love it and Channel 7 are a great company to work for. I’m very fortunate to have been with them for over 10 years now so nearly another whole schooling with the Network!


o you maintain connections with your St Peters cohort?

Two of my bridesmaids at my wedding last year were St Peters students so I’m still really close with a lot of my school friends and definitely keep in touch with them. We still catch up outside of school.


o you have a favourite memory of St Peters?

I really enjoyed drama classes. I think there was a great school spirit and I loved Herbsfest. I also look back at St Peters and feel really lucky to have been in an environment that was so safe and nonjudgemental. I remember my school experience as a very positive one and while everyone has their ups and downs during school, it was definitely a safe community to be a part of. I’m very grateful for that time.

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Epic Good Foundations

The founders of St Peters Lutheran College were united in a common philanthropic pursuit and generations later, this same generosity and vision for a better future remains as strong as ever in the community thanks to students like Sascha and Sam Giles, and their parents, Cathie Reid and Stuart Giles. For Sascha (Year 9) and Sam (Year 6), philanthropy is very much a family affair. With their parents, Cathie and Stuart, founders of Epic Pharmacy Group and Epic Good Foundation, the siblings are actively involved in the family’s philanthropic endeavours inside and out of the College. In 2014, Sascha, with five of her school friends, launched the first Girl Up Club in Australia. Girl Up is a campaign of the United Nations Foundation that helps fund and support United Nations agencies that focus on adolescent girls. Younger brother, Sam, is also following in his family’s philanthropic footsteps as an Ambassador for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF). Not surprisingly, Cathie and Stuart, who co-founded Epic Good Foundation, which brings together the portfolio of philanthropic activities of Epic Pharmacy and the family, are very supportive of Sascha and Sam’s initiatives. “We were very fortunate as Sascha entered Middle School to have the opportunity for her and her friendship group to launch the first Girl Up Club in Australia,” Stuart explained. 22

“Enabling girls to access schooling and the subsequent social and economic benefits, is something we feel very strongly about,” Stuart said. “And Sam…is gaining an enhanced sense of social awareness and his strong interest in reading led him towards the amazing work that Indigenous Literacy Foundation do,” Stuart said. Cathie and Stuart said they have always discussed and included Sascha and Sam in their philanthropic activities so they understand how causes fit with the objectives of the foundation; essentially a health and education outcomes focus with extensions to social cohesion and community strength. “Philanthropy is something that we are very passionate about and feel a real sense of obligation to pay that success forward into a range of activities and causes, all of which have hit a chord to engage us in some way,” he said. Speaking about Girl Up, Sascha said she decided to take on the initiative after her Mum, Cathie, heard about the program at the 2013 Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network (DWEN) Summit in Istanbul, Turkey.

*Pictured: Philanthropic family – Stuart Giles and Cathie Reid with their children, Sam and Sascha Giles.

“PHILANTHROPY IS SOMETHING THAT WE ARE VERY PASSIONATE ABOUT AND FEEL A REAL SENSE OF OBLIGATION TO PAY THAT SUCCESS FORWARD INTO A RANGE OF ACTIVITIES AND CAUSES, ALL OF WHICH HAVE HIT A CHORD TO ENGAGE US IN SOME WAY.” – Stuart Giles, St Peters parent and Philanthropist “I thought it sounded like an interesting thing to do and a simple way to make change,” Sascha explained. Continue reading on page 24…

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*Pictured: Sam Giles with Middle School Librarian, Christina Wheeler at the Great Book Swap, raising funds for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

Since co-founding the Girl Up Club, Sascha has been busy fundraising and attending international conferences in Washington DC and most recently in Cape Town, South Africa, where she was invited to join with other likeminded young women from around the world. “We did workshops on web design, marketing, finance for running a business, and then we partnered with girls from the local school to design a pitch for a local business,” Sascha explained. Sascha also had the opportunity to lobby on behalf of Girl Up. In 2015, as part of a three-day summit in Washington DC, she took part in lobbying for the passing of The Girls Count Act, a legislation passed in Congress last year that aims to ensure girls and boys in developing countries are registered at birth and able to access health, education, and social services. Closer to home, Sam has immersed himself in his role as an Ambassador for the ILF. He said it was a trip he took with his father to Katherine last year 24

that piqued his interest and opened his eyes to the work of the Foundation. “I was at schools when they were doing their English lessons and I was very amazed at how poor their literacy was,” said Sam, who is an avid reader. In the lead up to Book Week last term, Sam worked with Middle School Librarian, Christina Wheeler, and Years 5-7 students to raise money for the ILF through various activities such as a Book Swap, bake sale, choc toss, cent sale, raffles and a cake decoration competition. So far, they have raised over $4,000 for the ILF publishing program. “Children in remote indigenous communities speak their mother tongue from their nation but when they get to school, their books are in English and so they start on a backward pedal,” Christina explained. “The money we’re raising helps the Foundation publish bilingual books,” she said. Sam said he has been amazed by the school support.

“I’VE BEEN SO FORTUNATE TO GO TO A SCHOOL LIKE ST PETERS… IT’S A GOOD WAY TO GIVE BACK.” – Sascha Giles, Year 9 student “Quite a few of the other kids in Middle School have helped and organised their own events. For the bake sale, I was working with someone else and it was just amazing how much everybody wants to help out,” Sam said with a huge smile. “It makes me feel good because I’m not just thinking about myself. There’s a lot of people in Australia who don’t have what we have,” he continued. Sascha nodded in agreement. “I’ve been so fortunate to go to a school like St Peters and live in Australia so it’s a good way to give back,” Sascha explained - her sentiments no doubt shared by her family and the founders of St Peters.

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Rio Wrap-Up

From 7-18 August, we watched in anticipation and awe as ten Olympians from the St Peters community chased glory in Rio. There were many magical moments. We had eyes on the pool as we watched St Peters Western swimmers: Bronte, Emma, Mitch, Madeline and Madison bag 11 medals between them. We were elated for Emma McKeon and her teammates when they won gold and set a new world record in the women’s 4x100m freestyle relay.

We watched Dane Bird-Smith walk his way into our hearts with a gutsy bronze medal in the 20km race walk; and we admired the courageous efforts of firsttime Olympians, Jessica Hall and Pita Taufatofua, who competed in their respective events in Rowing and Taekwondo. Congratulations to all of our St Peters Olympians. You have done us proud!

Emma McKeon

Georgia Bohl

Gold Women’s 4x100m freestyle relay (set new world record); Silver Women’s 4x100m medley relay; Silver Women’s 4x200m freestyle relay; and Bronze Women’s 200m freestyle

Women’s 100m breaststroke (Heats: Rank 24) and Women’s 200m breaststroke (Heats: Rank 22)

Bronte Barratt

Men’s 200m butterfly (Semi-finals: Rank 5) and Men’s 100m butterfly (Semi-finals: Rank 6)

Silver Women’s 4x200m freestyle relay

Madison Wilson Gold Women’s 4x100m freestyle relay and Silver Women’s 4x100m medley relay

Madeline Groves Silver Women’s 4x100m medley relay and Silver Women’s 200m

Mitch Larkin

Grant Irvine

Dane Bird-Smith Bronze Men’s 20km walk

Jessica Hall Fifth Women’s Quadruple Sculls Repechage 1 and Second Women’s Quadruple Sculls Heat 1

Pita Taufatofua Taekwondo Men’s over 80 kg Round of 16

Silver Men’s 200m backstroke and Bronze Men’s 4x100m medley relay


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Dane Bird-Smith’s Medal Moment

Fresh off the plane from Rio, Olympic 20km walk bronze medallist and St Peters Old Scholar, Dane Bird-Smith (2009), eagerly accepted an invitation from Plus Ultra to drop in for a chat about his Olympic debut and what it was like walking the race of his life. Dane Bird-Smith can’t stop smiling. As he arrives for the interview, he cuts a fine figure; tall and lean, and his bronze medal hangs proudly around his neck. Two weeks after his gutsy, spirited bronze medal performance in the 20km walk, it’s clear the reality of his achievement still hasn’t quite set in. “It’s something that’s so unfathomable because it’s such a huge achievement,” Dane said, appearing almost bewildered by the page he has written into the Olympic history books. “It’s something that’s been a life-long dream,” he said, glancing down to peek at his coveted medal, a reminder that his dream is now a reality. Going into the Olympics, Dane had every reason to be confident. In spite of illness, he managed a personal best at the World Cup in Italy in the lead up to Rio. “I was only two seconds off a medal at the World Walking Cup, so I knew I was in really good form and all I had to do was keep my training up and keep working hard ‘til Rio,” Dane explained. 26

Dane endured a gruelling training schedule including a daily 20km walk, broken up into morning and afternoon sessions; gym and boxing sessions; physio; massage; stretching and recovery sessions in the pool.

“I JUST KIND OF FOUND IT AND I’VE GROWN TO LOVE IT. I’M REALLY PASSIONATE ABOUT IT.” – Dane Bird-Smith, Old Scholar and 2016 Rio Olympics bronze medallist it before,” Dane explained. “This was kind of where I started.”

“I put in some of the biggest training sessions of my life!” Dane said, under the watchful eye of his father and coach, David, who also competed as a race walker at the Olympics in 1980 and 1984.

“I went home and told Dad I won a 3km race walk and he was just blown away,” Dane chuckled.

A St Peters Old Scholar, Dane said he was very grateful to attend St Peters in Years 11 and 12 on a part scholarship.

“I just kind of found it and I’ve grown to love it. I’m really passionate about it,” Dane said.

“I really tried to excel at the Athletics program while I was here on scholarship because I felt like I wanted to repay St Peters,” Dane explained.

Converting that passion into Olympic bronze was never going to be easy, but Dane went to Rio with a steely determination after missing out on a place at the London Olympics in 2012.

While he showed promise in athletics as a youngster, particularly in the 400m, Dane did not take up race walking until he was 16, after a chance occurrence to compete in a race walking event at a regional athletics meet. “I ended up going quite well in the race walk even though I’d never done

He insisted there was no pushing from his parents to get into race-walking.

“After missing out in London the mission was a hundred percent - no one will get in my way for Rio!” Dane said emphatically. “Every single time I went out for training there was this determination that if anyone is going to get near me, they’ve got to be really strong.”

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*Pictured: Olympic 20km walk bronze medallist and St Peters Old Scholar, Dane Bird-Smith, proudly wears his bronze medal.

When the day of the race arrived, Dane was eager to execute his race plan to keep his Chinese competitors in his sight. “I knew in the back of my mind, the Chinese were the ones to watch,” Dane recalled. His hunch proved right. With 4km to go, the Chinese, who took out the gold and silver medals, made a break and Dane decided to go with them. “I knew at this stage, this was where the race was going to be won or lost,” Dane said. “All I had to do was just hang onto those guys as hard as I could and make sure they didn’t get too far away.” However, with less than two kilometres to go, Dane had to overcome a late charge from a Brazilian. It was in that moment he looked to his family and supporters as they urged him from the sidelines to hang on to third place and drive him to the finish line. “Nobody cheers like Aussies!” Dane laughed.

“WE CAME AROUND BEHIND THE PODIUM AND I SAW MY WHOLE FAMILY AND ABOUT 50 AUSTRALIANS WITH AUSSIE BANNERS AND KANGAROOS. IT WAS A VERY SPECIAL, UNBELIEVABLE MOMENT.” “Every time I came past my little Australian crew that’s all I could hear,” Dane said, his emotions welling up inside him. “They were the ones getting me through it. I can’t thank them enough and everyone who has supported me along the way.”

“We came around behind the podium and I saw my whole family and about 50 Australians with Aussie banners and kangaroos,” Dane recalled. “It was a very special, unbelievable moment.” Dane is already looking to the future. He will continue his Bachelor of Education studies and has his sights set on the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. “I feel it’s well within my reach and Tokyo is one of the places where another medal or an upgraded medal from bronze would be definitely possible,” he said. “It’s just a complete honour to be able to compete at an Olympic Games and to be able to do my best and medal is phenomenal. It’s unbelievable.”

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An unfaithful arms dealer, a crooked policeman, a jealous florist, and a ring of blood-thirsty scientists. On Friday 15 July, parents and friends of St Peters Springfield students came face-to-face with these characters at the annual St Peters Springfield Year 8 Production. Under the glittering lights of the St Peters Indooroopilly Performing Arts Centre, students, in groups of four and five, presented murder mysteries in ten-minute skits that showcased their skills in script-writing, song-writing, prop and costume artistry, and performance. Ms Sally Grennan, Music teacher at St Peters Springfield, has coordinated the production since 2014. Since 2015, students have embraced the murder mystery theme, designed to coincide with their Term 1 English unit. In fact, the production is the amalgamation of coursework across three subjects: English, Music and Art. “In English, they [students] write plays, and they write them about murder mystery because that’s what their work unit for English is about,” explained Sally. “In Music, they create the words to a known song but it has to fit into what their play is about. And in Art, they create their backdrops and anything else they need. It’s pretty much an arts-extravaganza!” The production, which exposes students to The Arts and equips them with valuable public-speaking and performance skills, is supported by industry elite. Partnerships with Julian Curtis, a former graduate (2008) and teacher (2010-13) at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), and Heidi Irvine, Producer (Education and Youth Programs) at the Queensland Theatre Company, prepared students for the challenges of script-writing and performing. *Pictured: Year 8 students, Brad Holt and Grace Lashbrook, played the parts of detectives in their respective murder mystery skits. They shared some of their characters’ best expressions with our Plus Ultra photographer.


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Pictured: The Year 8 Production is an annual highlight for students. “In ten minutes they have to kill someone and find out who did it,” Sally Grennan, Coordinator laughed. “They love it!”

In Semester 1, students enjoyed scriptwriting workshops with Mr Curtis and in Semester 2, put the finishing touches on their performances during an intensive week-long residency with Louise Brehmer, artist-inresidence at the Queensland Theatre Company, who engaged students in TheatreSports, trained them in stage blocking, and assisted them with character development. Year 8 student, Brad Holt, said he had been looking forward to the performance all year, and praised the efforts of production staff and facilitators for helping him polish his character, Detective Jeremy. “It was really good working with her [Louise Brehmer],” Brad said, “because she gave us all these tips about how to be more in character and how our characters would walk, talk, think and react.” He said his favourite component of the production was the Music unit. “My favourite bit was writing the songs,” Brad said. “We could choose a song and re-write the lyrics. It was pretty much a parody. My group chose Uptown Funk and it was always fun practising it.” Year 8 student, Grace Lashbrook, is a self-confessed ‘theatre kid’. With five years of extra-curricular drama under

her belt, she said she revelled in the opportunity to write and perform with her peers. “The best part of the experience was definitely getting to know some of the other people in my class better,” Grace said. “After the production, we’d make sneaky little references to the play… There was that sense of camaraderie towards the end of it. I really enjoyed that.” She says her only regret is that the experience is now behind her. “I’m a sucker for the production,” Grace admitted. “I really enjoyed the experience. I’m disappointed this is the only chance we get to do something like this, so I’m secretly hoping that something else like this pops up in the future. I’m definitely putting my name down for it!” For Sally, the highlight of this year’s production was watching her daughter, Tahlya, a student at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Drama program, share her expertise with students.

“FOR SOME PEOPLE, IT WILL BE THE FIRST TIME THEY’VE EVER DONE ANYTHING THEATRE-ISH; FOR SOME PEOPLE, IT DEFINITELY WON’T BE THE LAST… IT’S A MILESTONE.” – Grace Lashbrook, Year 8 student Grace says that, for students, their foray into The Arts has been just as personal. “You’ll remember it in Year 12,” Grace promised. “For some people, it will be the first time they’ve ever done anything theatre-ish; for some people, it definitely won’t be the last. It stays with you forever… It’s a milestone.” For more information about the Year 8 Production contact Ms Sally Grennan, Coordinator

“It was really nice to be able to bring some of my home life into my work life and to see my daughter working in drama, because she loves that field,” said Sally. “It was wonderful to watch her share her skills with our students.”


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Oxbridge: World’s Greatest Classrooms

Two St Peters Year 11 students recently returned from a month-long Oxbridge Academic Program in the United Kingdom.

as a medical school. Her father also suggested that she take advantage of this opportunity to study somewhere she had never been before.

Madi Jeffreys and Natalie Fernando who studied at Oxford and University of St Andrews respectively were thrilled with their Oxbridge experience.

“I’ve been to the USA. Scotland seemed like somewhere I would never go to were it not for this program. It also gave me the opportunity to visit family friends in London,” Natalie said.

Madi hopes to build a career in international law and chose to attend Oxford as her study destination because the course seemed more practical than other options.

Natalie said the opportunity reinforced for her that she wants to study medicine and has inspired her to do whatever she needs to do to make her dream a reality.

“In my course, majoring in international law and minoring in human rights, we talked about real world issues and it seemed more useful than some other options that focused more on American law,” she explained.

“This program allowed me to have a taste of what life is like as a university student studying medicine and the opportunity to discover if medicine is a career I would like to pursue.”

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*Pictured: Year 11 students Madi Jeffreys (left) and Natalie Fernando with Jacqui Estevao, Careers Counsellor at St Peters Indooroopilly.


St Peters Careers Counsellor, Jacqui Estevao, facilitated the students’ – Natalie Fernando, Year 11 student participation in the Oxbridge program.

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“I hope more of our Year 11 students will embrace this and other enriching educational opportunities,” she said.

“I WOULD DEFINITELY RECOMMEND DOING THIS TO ANYONE. IT IS AN AMAZING OPPORTUNITY FOR STUDENTS WHO WOULD LIKE TO BROADEN THEIR HORIZONS AND SEE THE BIGGER PICTURE.” – Madi Jeffreys, Year 11 student But the trip was not only about the academics. Each day the girls were able to get to know their fellow students, try the local food and explore their surroundings during lunch. On weekends, organised activities like sports, and the traditional clan wars at St Andrews and punting at Oxford kept them occupied. Madi and Natalie were enthusiastic in their praise of the program. “I would definitely recommend doing this to anyone. It is an amazing opportunity for students who would like to broaden their horizons and see the bigger picture,” Madi said excitedly. “The academic and cultural knowledge I have gained is wonderful. The bonds with the other students from all over the world are so strong.

I am still in contact with people I met during my month every day. I can’t wait to do more travelling and catch up with my classmates.” “I definitely recommend Oxbridge,” Natalie said. “This was one of the best experiences of my life. The friendships I made with people from all over the world and the knowledge I gained will stay with me. I gained independence and confidence. I had the best time.’’ WHAT IS THE OXBRIDGE ACADEMIC PROGRAM ? The Oxbridge Academic Program allows Years 8-12 students to study a range of courses at renowned universities in their choice of Oxford, Paris, Cambridge, Barcelona, Montpellier, New York, Salamanca, St Andrews, Los Angeles or Boston. The program commenced over 30 years ago with the foundation principles of imaginative teaching, experiential learning, and cultural enrichment. Still today, these principles ensure that Oxbridge students are taught by some of the most talented teachers in the world at world-leading tertiary institutions. In 2016, students from over 100 countries participated in Oxbridge programs. An information session for Year 10 students and their parents will be held early in Term 4. For more information visit or email our Careers Counsellor, Jacqui Estevao on


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St Peters You’ve Got Talent Congratulations to Year 11 student, Sarah Deeb (pictured: top left), who was voted by her peers as winner of this year’s SPYGT final on 29 July. But as Sarah explained, it almost didn’t happen. A first-time performer in SPYGT, she wasn’t sure whether she wanted to enter. “I was very close to not doing this one because I didn’t want to be just another singer,” Sarah confessed. However, a partly-improvised medley on piano and vocals was enough to wow the audience. “In all honesty, I improvised half the performance,” Sarah explained. “I messed up the first bit and then stopped, apologised and restarted with something different.” “Just before I went on stage I was with my friends in the band room and I said: “I like One Dance; let me see if it works on the piano”, and it kind of did so I just went with it.” Sarah said the atmosphere was great and she just loved being on stage. “When I’m singing with the piano I’m showing everyone the most simple version of myself - it makes me feel like everything is as it should be,” Sarah said. “I wasn’t in it to win, however, it did give me a wake up call...that maybe I should consider music as part of my life, not just something I’m alright at.”


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My Story: Jason Mott (1991)

25 years ago, which seems like only yesterday, I graduated from St Peters and spent the following four years moving from one degree to another. So in 1996 I had a plan to surf the best waves in the world, have a lot of fun and then return to Australia to put on a suit and tie and climb the corporate ladder. So I bought a one-year around the world ticket, a new surfboard, a backpack and ventured out of Australia for my first time. I spent the first three months in South East Asia, mainly along the coast and the many islands on Indonesia. The next stop was South Africa, which was going to be six week stop. I was travelling with my best mate and fellow St Peters lad, Tony Loxton. After being held at gun point in Johannesburg on our second night, we bought a 1978 model VW Combi Van (Smoking Joe) and drove straight to the coast of Durban for our first taste of South Africa’s awesome coastline and surf breaks, including the famous Jeffrey’s Bay. Our six weeks passed us by even before we made it as far south as Capetown. Shortly after deciding to delay our onward flights to the UK, we received an offer to “lend a hand” building a brand new safari lodge in Zambia, Sausage Tree Camp. I knew immediately this was an opportunity of a lifetime and jumped at the invitation. The drive north started in Johannesburg where we picked up two Series III Landrover (open


IT DID NOT TAKE LONG BEFORE I KNEW THIS WAS WHERE I WAS SUPPOSED TO BE. I SPENT THE FOLLOWING YEARS BUILDING THE CAMP, TRAINING AS A SAFARI GUIDE AND EVENTUALLY MANAGING THE LODGE. – Jason Mott, Old Scholar and Owner of Sausage Tree Camp and Potato Bush Camp, Zambia top) game-viewing vehicles and drove though Zimbabwe all the way to Victoria Falls. We crossed the border into Livingstone and then spent another 12 hours on the road before arriving at the site inside the Lower Zambezi National Park now known as Sausage Tree Camp. It did not take long before I knew this was where I was supposed to be. I spent the following years building the camp, training as a safari guide and eventually managing the lodge. Tony moved to Victoria Falls where he started his own business with a Kiwi (Serious Fun Riverboarding), taking adventure seekers down the rapids below the falls on the Mighty Zambezi River, the best one-day white water

Pictured: 20 years ago, Old Scholar, Jason Mott, travelled to South Africa on a surfing expedition. He has since taken up ownership of Sausage Tree Camp (bottom) and built Potato Bush Camp in Zambia.

river in the world! This sounds crazy but was a lot of fun and certainly the only place in Zambia to catch a wave. I would often lend a hand when the lodge was closed due to the “rainy season”, every November through to March. After a few years and some fortunate and some not so fortunate events an opportunity came up to take over Sausage Tree Camp. Then in 2012, due to demand and the ambitious desire to expand, I designed and built our sister property, Potato Bush Camp, which is a slightly smaller camp (10 beds) and caters more for small groups and families. The camps have been voted as being in the “Best Location in Africa” and have been awarded many accolades over the years. Having lion, leopard and elephant walk through camp is just part of every day life here and I am proud that we offer some of the best wildlife (game-viewing) experiences in Africa, with some of Africa’s best safari guides in one of the most luxurious safari properties. My 20 years in Zambia has certainly been filled with many obstacles and brought me to my knees many times!

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However, it is also where I found myself, along with my lovely wife (Kelley) and now my two beautiful children (Keira 9 years and Jake 7 years). We live an exciting and adventurous life. One of my annual highlights is entering in Kenya’s *Rhino Charge, a ten hour 4X4 off-road event consisting of 65 teams beating through the bush, over mountains, down riverbeds trying to complete 14 checkpoints in the shortest possible distance. The top five teams will complete the course in about 25km whilst others may drive well over 60km to reach all checkpoints. I am the driver in the Zambian Team and we regularly finish in the top five. Looking back at my time at St Peters, it was the friendships I made during that time in my life that really stand out. Through the school and its community, being associated with high achievers, I learned to constantly challenge myself and always do better and be better. So what is next for me? I am flat out developing a couple of construction projects in Zambia’s capital, Lusaka, which I hope to have finished by mid 2018. I am then taking the kids out of school for a year to travel the world, which we are all very excited about and already counting down the months. After that, we will just have to wait and see what happens… My plan now, is to never have to put on a suit and tie!

*The Rhino Charge raises funds to support the Rhino Ark Charitable Trust: an NGO committed to saving the dwindling Rhino population in the Aberdare National Park.


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St Peters: A Welcoming Workplace

Sri-Lankan migrant, Anushiya Vijayakumar, has a newly-found confidence and hopes that she will find long-term employment through the experience and skills she has gained from the Work and Welcome program at St Peters. Thanks to a dedicated group of 30 St Peters staff, who fund a Work and Welcome program through payroll deductions, St Peters, in conjunction with multicultural agency, MDA, is able to provide short-term paid work to refugees and other migrants to improve their English and develop the skills and confidence needed to find ongoing sustainable employment. Angela Braby, Service Learning Teacher at St Peters, coordinates the Work and Welcome program which was introduced at St Peters in 2013, when Ranjani Yoganathan, also from Sri Lanka, came for short-term employment. She now works in Café 45.



under supervision of teachers, in Café 45 and doing administrative work for SPOSA.

“It is run in partnership with MDA, which nominates candidates, handles program administration and helps participants find work after they finish their time with Work and Welcome,” Angela said.

Anushiya began with three weeks in Prep assisting teacher, Deborah Wilson.

During her ten-week employment, Angela put together a schedule for Anushiya that gave her a variety of experiences working with students

“Deborah has really helped Anushiya during her time here to make her feel comfortable in the College and noticed the difference in her confidence with the younger children, particularly in the last week when she returned to Prep,” Angela remarked.

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Anushiya spent time in other year levels in the Junior School, Middle School, Junior High and Senior School, helping with administrative work and providing valuable assistance to students in the classroom. “Today I was working in the Year 5 classroom,” Anushiya said. “They did a Maths exam. I did the correcting and marking and I also helped out in the group Maths activities,” she explained. “I like working with the children,” Anushiya said. Angela said the benefits of the program are evident for candidates, staff and students. “The staff and students get to share in the migrants’ unique stories and learn about the countries they come from and we get a sense that we are fulfilling a need to help them find work and settle into a new country,” Angela said.


*Pictured: Anushiya Vijayakumar with Year 7 student, Aidan Lau.

“I’ve learned a lot here and when I go to a new job I will have confidence,” Anushiya said smiling.

– Anushiya Vijayakumar, participant in St Peters’ Work and Welcome program Anushiya, who has experience in Sri Lanka as a sewing machinist, a cashier and supervising children, said she acquired new skills at St Peters and will have some casual work in the Outside School Hours Care program as a result of Work and Welcome. “This is a great start and has given Anushiya the opportunity to network with staff who can offer guidance in how to find work opportunities,” Angela said.


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St Peters Springfield Senior French Teacher, Rae Morgan, fondly known as Madame Morgan, is proof that languages can take you anywhere. “The first time I used French wasn’t as a teacher,” Rae confessed. “I worked at Diners Club in America… The enRoute card is a French Canadian equivalent and I was hired because I was bilingual. I helped Canadian and French-speaking cardholders when there were problems.” “So there I am in Denver in Colorado,” she continued, “in the middle of the United States! You wouldn’t think you’d be using your French there. But I used my French on a daily basis.” Rae’s path to St Peters is peppered with cultural connections. Born and bred in the United States, Rae moved to the United Kingdom at age ten; she spent a year in France as a school Languages Assistant; and moved back to the 38

United States and, finally, to Australia with her husband, who hails from New Zealand. She taught French and English as a Second Language (ESL) at a number of Brisbane schools and worked with refugees at Coorparoo State Secondary College. Rae joined St Peters Springfield as the sole French teacher in 2009. She now focuses on secondary French while fellow French teacher, Ashleigh Cutcliffe, teaches primary students. Senior program offerings include excursions to the French Film Festival and end-of-year Dinner at a French restaurant, and opportunities to participate in a reciprocal exchange program with sister school, Lycèe St Vincent, in Senlis, France.

*Pictured: Madame (Rae) Morgan, Senior French Teacher at St Peters Springfield.


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Despite the program’s colourful array of opportunities for students, Rae is most excited about what’s on offer in the classroom thanks to a fresh initiative offered by Independent Schools Queensland (ISQ ). Under the supervision of St Peters Springfield Head of Curriculum, Sue Grotherr, Rae has partnered with colleagues to undertake a transdisciplinary unit in ISQ’s Curriculum Innovation Project. The unit uses common themes to tie coursework across subjects together, providing students with practical frameworks for learning. Rae has joined forces with History and Technology teachers in Junior High to deliver a unit about Medieval France. They’ve been innovative in engaging students in inquiry-based learning, setting them a fun scenario through which to explore their own unique interests to produce outcomes that reflect the aims of each subject area, which they will present at a showcase in Term 4. “The students have been blasted back in time and space in an accidental experiment,” explained Rae, referencing the thousand-years-old monastery at sister school Lycèe St Vincent. “In order to get back into the current era, they have to learn as much as they can about that era. It’s a fun concept.”

“THE STUDENTS HAVE BEEN BLASTED BACK IN TIME AND SPACE IN AN ACCIDENTAL EXPERIMENT. IN ORDER TO GET BACK INTO THE CURRENT ERA, THEY HAVE TO LEARN AS MUCH AS THEY CAN ABOUT THAT ERA. IT’S A FUN CONCEPT.” To satisfy requirements in French, for example, students’ projects must demonstrate an understanding of past tenses and comparisons. Rae says the initiative engages and challenges students, providing them with realworld benchmarks for their work.

The last time Rae visited France, in 2014, was as a winner of the Endeavour Languages Fellowship Award.

“That was such an exciting time,” Rae reflected of her three week government-funded stay, spent studying and networking with other “By doing this in Junior High,” Rae said, Australian French teachers. “I met some really inspirational teachers. We “it gets the students critically thinking, had that experience of being students challenging themselves and really again but also accessed great ideas, understanding what quality work is.” connections and resources.” She says it also demonstrates to students that all knowledge is For more information about the interconnected. French program (Years 7-12) at “That’s how the world works,” Rae St Peters Springfield, contact argued. “We don’t work in isolation; Rae Morgan, Senior French Teacher we work together and we merge things.” She says she feels blessed to work in an environment that values innovation. Next year, Rae plans to complete her certification as a Duke of Edinburgh Award Leader. She also hopes to have the opportunity to chaperone students to New Caledonia. 39

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Indigenous Immersion R EACHING OUT, CH A NGING LIV ES

When students opt for an immersion experience, it’s tempting to focus solely on the benefits for those on tour. Yet, as Year 11 student, Kate Creese discovered on a St Peters tour to the indigenous Docker River community, the benefits of immersion can and should be a two-way street.

The experience was an opportunity for Kate and students from the Docker River, located 670km west south west of Alice Springs, to better understand each other; to form unexpected friendships; and for Kate to reach a decision that will impact her career. As she set off with 14 other St Peters students, Chaplain Thomas Böhmert and teachers, Bronwyn Jamieson and Ingrid Rucinski in late June, Kate didn’t know quite what to expect. Like many Australians, she had never been to a remote community but she embarked on the tour, determined to have an open mind. “We often only hear about the negative side of indigenous communities on the news so I thought I would go and see what it’s actually like without prejudice,” Kate explained. Tour Coordinator, Ingrid Rucinski, said giving students a first hand appreciation of indigenous and remote communities is at the heart of the immersion experience. “We want our students to see what it’s really like - not necessarily what the media portrays - and be able to have informed discussions,” Ingrid said. For Kate, the opportunity to be in a classroom and connect with some of the indigenous youth in an educational setting brought a change of heart in terms of her career options. “I was planning to be an occupational therapist but since I went on the trip and I got to know the kids, I realise I really want to be a primary school teacher in a remote community,” Kate explained.


Pictured: Kate’s time at Docker River Primary School prompted a change of heart in terms of her vocational path. She has decided to be a primary school teacher in a remote community.

Kate spent time at the Senior School but it was her time at Docker River Primary School that touched her heart. “We did some colouring with some of the boys,” she explained. “One boy traced around his hand and did a very detailed drawing. They were so artistically amazing,” Kate said. “I’ve always liked being with children and I really enjoyed being able to help the students at Docker River Primary School. It was a great experience and I could see myself doing this for the rest of my life,” Kate said sincerely.

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*Pictured: Year 11 student, Kate Creese with Ingrid Rucinski, who coordinated the Indigenous Immersion tour in July.

Ingrid said she couldn’t be happier for Kate and her decision is a testament to the value of an immersion experience. “When Kate told me she wanted to change her vocational path and become a teacher and not just that, but a remote teacher in a place like Docker River, I was so proud!” Ingrid said. Kate said she learned a lot about Indigenous culture, what it’s like to live in a remote community and the challenges Indigenous communities face on a daily basis. “When we first came to the community, we noticed it was a bit messy. But then we actually learned the reasons why. Rubbish is only burned occasionally and not collected in bins every week,” Kate explained. As a first time visitor to central Australia, Kate was also struck by the unique landscape and how the red earth becomes a part of everyday existence. “I kept finding red dirt everywhere – in my swag, in my sleeping bag, in my blankets, in my suitcase…I probably took a whole heap of red dirt home accidentally!” Kate laughed. One of Kate’s most memorable moments came out of an unexpected encounter with a 15 years old student from Docker River Senior School, who embraced her and opened up to her about her life as they watched the sun set over Uluru. “She came up to me - we hadn’t talked before - and she gave me a hug and she was incredibly open and explained her


life to me. We just talked and became instant friends,” Kate explained. “Her friendship and instant kindness is something I will remember for ages. Her openness allowed us to have a friendship and I will probably never forget it.”

“It taught me something…that if I am able to be more open, I too can make more true friendships,” – Kate Creese, Year 11 student Kate said, her self reflection a poignant reminder of how immersion has the potential to bring positive outcomes, no matter who you are. Ingrid hopes more St Peters students will join future indigenous immersion tours. “I hope to share this journey of a lifetime with more students,” Ingrid said. “Kate’s experience embodies the ripple effect immersion can have on the lives and futures of all those who are involved.”


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Performer of the Year Congratulations to Year 11 students Daniel You (viola) and Samuel Choi (piano), who were crowned winners of the Performer of the Year Recital and Concerto divisions respectively in Term 3. On Friday 12 August, Daniel’s rendition of works by Schubert and Walton beat out competition from seven rivals: Yuro Lee (violin), Trixie Passmore (voice), Nicola Wallace (piano), Leon Ly (harp), Annabelle Lee (violin), Jack Payne (tuba) and Heather Deacon (violin). On Saturday 27 August, concert-goers returned to St Peters Performing Arts Centre to watch Sam go head-to-head with three other finalists: Nicola Robinson (horn), Erna Lai (cello), and Harry Swainston (viola), and take home the trophy with his performance of the Liszt Piano Concerto No. 1. Sam, who competed in the Recital division in 2013 and 2014 before advancing to the Concerto division in 2015 and 2016, says that he prefers the challenge of the Concerto, which requires performers to work with a fifty-strong orchestra. “The Concerto is much harder. You have to work with the orchestra as well, which consists of more than fifty people. Whereas, as a soloist you can do whatever you want,” Sam explained. “I would say that Concerto is much more interesting to watch but solo [performance) is also fun.” In the lead-up to competition, Sam put in 4-5 hours of practice daily, sometimes practising on his school desk. “I don’t really need a piano,” Sam explained of his practice methods. After graduation, he hopes to study music at the University of Queensland (UQ ) before applying to the prestigious Juilliard School in New York or the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. He says, despite his achievements onstage, music hasn’t always been an easy path. “There was a period when I really wanted to quit and focus on academics,” Sam confessed. “It’s really hard to become a pianist these days… I’m not quite sure what’s ahead of me but I want to become one of the greats.” Congratulations to all of our St Peters performers – we wish you the best in your future endeavours.


Samuel Choi, Concerto winner

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Daniel You, Recital winner


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Bridging the GAP

Georgie Venz (2013) lives and breathes Boarding. The second-generation Old Scholar boarded at St Peters Indooroopilly from Years 9-12 and, in 2016, re-joined Girls’ Boarding as a Mistress after spending a life-changing year working at Port Regis Primary School in Dorset, United Kingdom (UK) as a GAP student. Inspired by Holly Brain, Head Boarder Girl 2012, Georgie applied for the 2014 intake of GAP students through Letz Live and Tutors Worldwide* organisations that offer gap year programs and working holidays in the UK, and summer camps in North America. Georgie received offers through both organisations, but said she couldn’t pass up the opportunity to work with primary-aged children at co-educational Port Regis, conveniently situated close to relatives on her mothers’ side in Southern England. There, she joined 14 other ‘gappies’ (GAP students) to care for the schools’ international boarding contingent, working in the Senior Girls’ Boarding House with students aged 8-13. “It was incredible,” Georgie said of the experience, pausing to add, “The jobs:


“THEY HAD THIS INCREDIBLE TREE HOUSE AT THE SCHOOL… IT HAD THESE BIG VERANDAS THROUGH THE TREES. SO WE HAD CLASSES UP THERE…” they could be tedious at times. They’re a lot different to the jobs we do here because our kids are Senior School students and we don’t see them during the day… Whereas, in England, we saw the students for the majority of the day because it’s cold and they’re allowed in the Boarding House for breaks.”

Duties included supervision around day classes; reception duties; sports coaching and coordinating recreational activities, such as special events, post-homework hobbies and after-dinner activities. Georgie said she enjoyed organising a successful Halloween Weekend for students in the schools’ cellars and running hobbies, such as ‘Harry Potter Magic’, setup for students by the previous years’ GAP students. “They had this incredible tree house at the school. It was huge,” Georgie recalled. “It had these big verandas through the trees. So we had classes up there; we did some quidditch-type games; we watched the movie and did some invisible writing with lemon ink!” While she repeatedly describes her experience as ‘incredible’, Georgie admits there were challenges; from the tedium of laundry duty, when GAP duos would sort hundreds of freshly laundered and individually labelled socks back into matching pairs, to interpersonal struggles with some students and fellow GAP participants.

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“ONE HUNDRED PERCENT APPLY FOR IT. IT TEACHES YOU GREAT SKILLS AND ALLOWS YOU TO TRY NEW THINGS.” – Georgie Venz, Old Scholar said participating in a UK GAP program helped her secure employment as a St Peters Girls’ Boarding Mistress


22 countries off her to-do list including Spain, where she was invited to spend the summer with the family of a pupil.

“I did a Top Deck [Tour],” Georgie recounted. “That was 27 days’ worth of countries (a country every two days) ... I tried to see as many places as I could: organised trips; Air B&Bs; hostels; “That was a bit hard,” Georgie admitted, buses; cheap, cheap flights! When I “coming into it [the program] as a little went to Ireland I paid 12 pound!” country girl and contending with Georgie says her experience helped South African game farmers who have her to secure employment at St Peters all of these fur coats and things… For Girls’ Boarding House and has given the [GAP] girls, there was definitely her an appreciation for the nature of a hierarchy.” the work. She says it has also helped Georgie says that, together, the GAP her to define professional relationships students got through it and now look with students. back on their friendships as one of the “It definitely helps with the highlights of their experience. professional relationship [between “The friendships I made with the other staff and students],” Georgie said. gappies was incredible,” Georgie said. “[Here] I have friends in the Boarding “We’ve had reunions since… The South House, so it’s taught me where that line African gappies and the New Zealand needs to be.” gappies have come over already and She says she has already recommended now it’s our turn to go other places to the program to other St Peters meet them.” graduates, submitting written She lists travel as another benefit of the references to Tutors Worldwide on program, through which she has ticked their behalf.

“One hundred percent apply for it,” Georgie advises. “It teaches you great skills and allows you to try new things.” *Letz Live and Tutors Worldwide combined their operations in 2016, and continue to operate under the Letz Live umbrella. For more information about Letz Live gap programs visit


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*Pictured (this page): Lachlan Andrews (Year 10); and (opposite page, top left) Petro Heese (Year 9) participate in a two-day Scale Free Network project funded by a P&F grant.

P&F Community Grants Enrich Student Learning Opportunities

Since 2009, the P&F Community Grants program has funded over $300,000 for more than 40 projects fostering opportunities for students to partake in a comprehensive, holistic educational experience. The Community Grants Program was established to provide financial assistance to parent support groups who seek to develop and improve the educational experience of St Peters students. The Program allows for total annual grants of $75,000, split into two rounds of funding with $37,500 on offer in each round. In the Round One 2016 grants, two grants provided St Peters students with innovative Science, Technology and Arts (STEAM) educational experiences that extend beyond the classroom. Last term, the Visual Arts Department applied for and received a P&F grant to fund a two-day event that enabled students to combine Science and 46

Art studies with a Melbourne-based company called the Scale Free Network (SFN), a group of scientists and artists who support STEAM by bringing Science and Art together. “I believe it is a positive step that the P&F have been willing to fund this type of project,” Julie Seidel, Curriculum Leader – The Arts at St Peters Indooroopilly, remarked. The grant for the SFN program provided students and staff from Science and Visual Art with a unique opportunity to bring both subject areas out of the classroom into a more public space. Through the Scale Free Network, students created drawing studies

of water and other microorganisms using micrographs and video filmed through the microscope to produce unique works that were presented at VAPAr, the College’s Visual Art and Performance Review, in August. Year 9 student, Petro Heese, contributed to a large, collaborative collage in which students used coloured pencils and pastels to document a light projection of organisms in the River Torrens, the most significant river of the Adelaide Plains. “I think it’s really interesting how they join science with art: two totally different things together,” Petro said. Year 10 student, Isabelle Walsh, agreed. “It’s interesting putting science into art because you don’t really see them come together that much. People usually take photos of science… but it’s fun to draw it,” she commented.

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*Pictured (this page, bottom left): The rising popularity of robotics has placed an increasing demand on St Peters to provide new equipment; and (right): Enjoying future challenges: Robotics Club enthusiast, Isabelle Toh (Year 9)

Fellow Year 10 student, Lachlan Andrews, used a projector to trace the patterns in maple wood. “I think it’s a pretty good idea and a great concept because we haven’t really done anything like it.”

“THE FINANCIAL SUPPORT, RESOURCES AND FACILITIES THAT THIS PROGRAM PROVIDED WILL CONTINUE TO BENEFIT THE STUDENTS AND ART STAFF WELL AFTER THE EVENT.” – Julie Seidel, Curriculum Leader of Arts at St Peters Indooroopilly Julie hopes the program will pave the way for similar initiatives in the future. “There is considerable enthusiasm for developing STEAM projects at

the College and this model can be enhanced and developed,” Julie said. “The financial support, resources and facilities that this program provided will continue to benefit the students and art staff well after the event,” she explained. The Robotics Club also applied for and secured a P&F Community grant to purchase additional robotics equipment for student use. Simon Canfield, from St Peters Exceptional Learners Department, heads up Robotics as an extracurricular activity for 150 students in Years 5-12. The rising popularity of robotics has placed an increasing demand on St Peters to provide new equipment. “The grant has allowed us to purchase up-to-date equipment for all of our students from Years 5-12,” Simon explained. “Anything to do with technology means constant improvement and change. This grant has meant that

we can modernise our equipment, purchase new playing fields and upgrade our storage,” Simon said. Simon explained the Robotics group caters to all levels of interest and abilities and there is an increasing interest amongst Year 7 students who undertake a subject in Digital Technology as they learn how to program a robot to complete a series of challenges. “Some students are brand new and have never built a robot, some are competing in international competitions and getting top five places,” Simon said. “With a growing interest in robotics at St Peters, improved by outstanding results at a national and international level, we are able to provide further challenges for our students,” he said. For further information about the P&F Community Grants program, contact Nicky Hughes:


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Foundation News



When the College was informed of the passing of Old Scholar, Noel Carter (1950), we were saddened at the loss of one of our College’s founding students. Noel was at St Peters for a very short while and wasn’t a regular to reunions. He didn’t really keep in touch. So you can imagine our surprise when we were informed that he had left St Peters a substantial bequest in his Will. St Peters Future Foundation Manager, Mrs Kathrin Hofmann, visited Noel’s sister to thank her for her brother’s generous gift and to find out more about the man who was Noel Carter. “He never married and didn’t have any children. But he did always speak highly of the College,” Kathrin said. “It was lovely to meet and thank his sister but I wish he’d let us know about his plans so we could thank him in person.” Noel’s gift is an enduring legacy to the St Peters community. If you are planning to make a bequest to St Peters, please contact St Peters Future Foundation Manager, Mrs Kathrin Hofmann, on or +61 7 3377 6501. Further information on how to leave a bequest in your Will including suggested wordings can also be found on the St Peters Lutheran College Future Foundation’s website at

We are excited that the Richards Foundation has come on board to fund the Rural Leadership Scholarship for a student to attend St Peters Lutheran College in Years 10-12. This scholarship, worth $40,000 per year over three years, will go to a student who demonstrates exceptional leadership, a willingness to participate in a wide variety of activities, a commitment to hard work, and honesty and integrity. Head of College, Mr Adrian Wiles, announced the scholarship at the recent Isolated Children’s Parents Association Queensland Conference in Alpha. “Through this partnership with the Richards Foundation we are able to provide a Years 10-12 educational experience commencing in 2017 for one future rural leader,” he said. The student will also benefit from networking opportunities only available in a major city.


“We plan to offer the successful applicant access to opportunities they could not get in their home community. We will put this student in contact with a leading business person who will mentor them during and after high school.” “We at St Peters believe that education is central to improving life and society. After their secondary and tertiary education this student will be able to contribute positively to their community.” We thank the Richards Foundation for their generosity. To find out more about how you can assist St Peters to provide scholarships or facilities for our students please contact St Peters Future Foundation Manager, Mrs Kathrin Hofmann on au or +61 7 3377 6501. Or visit the St Peters Lutheran College Future Foundation’s website at

Congratulations to the winners of the Plus Ultra Short Story Competition!

The short stories written by Lucinda, Charlotte and Justin were judged most creative and satisfied the competition criteria to include ‘The phone rang’ as the first sentence. Read their stories on the following pages.

We thank our judging panel: Adrian Wiles, Head of College; Sue Grotherr, P–12 Curriculum Leader at St Peters Springfield and UQ Master of Arts student (Writing, Editing and Publishing); and Kathleen Barker, Plus Ultra Writer. They loved reading our applicants’ stories!

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The phone rang. Agent Jenny Wild felt the vibration in her back pocket, next to the USB that contained the blueprints, but was unable to answer it as a giant man approached her with a sinister grin. “What do you think you’re doing little miss?” he murmured in a gruff voice. He threw a swift punch at her head. If she wasn’t Agent Wild, the same agent who had defeated the evil mastermind, Kalza Slakmya, only two weeks ago, she would have been knocked out. But of course, she was Agent Wild, and instead of collapsing to the ground in agony, she jumped at just the right time. “I’m not anybody’s little miss!” she hissed though her teeth. She straddled the man’s shoulders and gripped him around the neck. “Get off my head you little runt!” He grabbed at her legs and threw her to the ground. Jenny rolled off her back and quickly sprang up, only to be met by a kick, this time at her bad knee, the result of an injury incurred on yesterday’s mission. She yowled in agony. Shoot! she thought. If only I had stayed at my boring day job today instead of coming here for Chief Maxwell’s urgent mission! Jenny then realised the phone was still ringing. The phone is going to ring out, and my boss is probably wondering where I am…and there’s probably only 30 seconds left…I cannot afford to lose this job… I’ve spent months developing this undercover identity! Jenny was brought back to the present moment as the giant man threw another punch for her leg. She rolled to the side just in time, and kicked him as hard as she could in the stomach. He screamed, clutching at his chest, as she jumped up and raced towards him. She did a series of quick but powerful kicks in his side. I probably only have 15 seconds left! she thought. She abandoned the yowling man and raced towards the exit, which was about 50 metres


away. 14 seconds… Jenny jumped over the body of her previous attacker, who had blocked her path to the blueprints…That man had learnt his lesson! 13… Suddenly, she felt a large, rough hand grasp her arm and pull her to the floor. “ARGH!!!” she yelled as her body thumped on the stone floor. She glanced up, and saw that the man she had been kicking a few seconds ago had raced after her. He kicked her bad knee yet again. She screamed, but only for a split second before spinning around and kicking him off his feet. She quickly sprang up and kicked him in the stomach several times. “Quit groaning!” she yelled as the man fell unconscious. “Thank you!” she exclaimed before whirling around and running as fast as her legs could carry her towards the door. 5… 4… 3… 2… 1… Jenny just reached the exit and pulled out her phone as the line was about to go dead.


The phone rang as the low-burning street lamps shone like golden eyes emerging from the merciless white fog of the waking City: purring and stretching itself out of sleep, before letting out a deep guttural roar. The sharp, bristled alarms of 0700 hours echoed through the cemented walls and crimson roofs of the residential streets; glass doors opened simultaneously, filling the streets with the morning shift workers. The great city of New-London was awake. Dr Lionel Pelham strode purposely out the glass doors of Residence 246, and into the oncoming sea of marching pin-striped suited officials, sturdy bowler hat and valise in hand. As the national anthem began to play, he threw back his head, quickened his swift steps and belted out the joyful song that had governed his life since the take-over of the previous corrupt government, playing everyday as he walked to work and returned to his humble room. The sweet, harmonic music began to swell to the climax of the final chorus, and he turned the corner and yelled out the glorious words:

“Hello,” she said breathlessly. “Hello,” an angry voice replied. “I have been waiting for almost a minute for you to answer this phone Jenny, and all you say is hello? When you get back to the office I would like to speak to you about keeping your phone by you at all times! You never know if something might come up,” Richard replied angrily. “Yes sir. I’m very sorry sir. The queue in the bank was very long this morning,” Jenny explained. “Well, I guess I’ll let you off the hook this time…but “Roaring defiance to Democracy, only if you grab me a coffee on your and supporting the eradication of way back to the office! Soy latte, no violence, we march to the beat of the sugar.” He hung up. Phew! That was a close one! Jenny thought. She heard Honour Party”. the buzz of a tiny drone whizzing It was only a few seconds later that above her head. She deposited the he realised he had been pulled aside USB with the secret blueprints into into one of the dark alleyways by an a small compartment, and watched unidentified man- a capped figure as it whizzed away above the trees to headquarters. She smiled. Her secret with such impertinence to muffle the last phrases of the anthem from identity was still intact. She joined Lionel’s lips. the thousands of office workers bustling towards their day jobs. “There will be no need for that, dear Doctor. I require your medical expertise for a short while; I assure you the task at hand will not impugn on your honour,” the man, cast in shadow, continued with a hint of

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command, before gesturing towards the deep chasm of the alley. Many conjectures regarding the man and his mysterious request filled Pelham’s head, but his gut was not warning him of imminent danger. He acquiesced. The two men marched in step into the void, until they came upon the glittering glass door of Residence 461 which closed behind them, upon entering, with a good, sharp click. Pelham finally stole a look at the strange man. A Gentleman. Undoubtedly. “I thank you for your understanding, good Doctor, but we shall not exchange names.” The man’s thin sardonic but determined mouth was illuminated by the dull light of the grey interior as it clicked open: “As a man of the honourable medical faction, and as one so loyal to his country, I trust that you can and will hold your silence on the whereabouts of my residence.” He removed the woollen cap from his head, revealing a mess of auburn curls framing a grey- eyed face pale in the lamplight. “I requested that you follow me today because you are a talented physician, and one of my dearest friends requires urgent medical attention. If you would follow me, I would be terribly obliged,” the man continued losing his afore aloof expression. With a slight raise of the eyebrow and quirk of the mouth, Pelham allowed the stranger to show him into what seemed to resemble a sitting room - much similar to his own- except with a current occupant: a crumpled man with loose chest bandages sprawled over crimson- stained covers. With a hesitant hand, he approached the patient and began to strip and peel away the saturated bandages veiling a lean, muscled back bearing thin, old scars dusted sporadically around an inflamed laceration- raw and gaping.

“...Sir?” gasped Pelham racing backwards and cowering into the grey wall. “Could you please tell me what happened? I do not understand… the party eradicated human conflict...” The man placed a firm hand on Pelham’s quivering shoulder, and exhaled. “No.” Pelham’s anger burst: “Why did you bring me here? This man is obviously a filthy resistance fightera traitor…!” “Do not rile me and curse this man under my own roof; you came here of your free will,” the man’s voice surged as he clamped a hand around Pelham’s fluttering lips. “Are you so oblivious to your so-called government? They preach nonviolent virtues, yet backstab those who uncover the truth of the broken system, like my dear friend here. We are the truth-seekers; we are the only hope left in this world!” The strange man leapt back as if afraid by the severity of his exclamation, before fixing his tie. Locking eyes with the bewildered Pelham once more, he mumbled an intelligible excuse and swiftly left the room; Pelham remained in the abyss of the grey chamber alone with his thoughts and the dying conspirator. With a final exhalation and shake of the head, he opened his medical valise and went ahead with his task quickly and efficiently. Forming a makeshift salve from his minimal resources, he dressed, stitched and sterilized the open-crusted wound, marvelling at his patient’s ability to remain stoic. Pelham gave a satisfied nod to himself, and rose to clean his hands. The other man slinked back into the room, his soft-footed strides barely audible. “Forgive me, it was wrong of me…” “Don’t try to beg my pardon, I think it would be best if I left as soon as possible; the party may not have

succeeded in obliging to its own policies, but that does not mean I need to resort to verbal brutality.” Filing swiftly down the stairs, Dr Lionel Pelham marched into the empty street: cold under the harsh blue of the mid-morning sky. As he turned the corner, jarring, discordant music filled the air. It was the anthem. As the dismal chords swelled to the final chorus, he raised his head and sang with passion an erroneous version of the anthem he has once loved: “Roaring defiance to Authoritarianism, and supporting the eradication of violence, I march to the beat of my heart”. Continuing to march out of step, he chuckled to himself- National pride, indeed. He hoped to see the man again.


The phone rang, but it was unknown to the body now laying on the floor, bleeding, another life lost to the world. I’m Ace Winters; brilliant student, outstanding intellect, and did I mention, I’m an assassin in training. My Dad, you see, is the best marksman ever, known infamously as Deadshot: his real name is Andrew Winters but that is kept secret – for obvious reasons. We train in this classroom which everyone calls Class S.O., or the Special Ops division. Every day, we learn different fighting techniques to take out our teacher, Deadshot. My specialised weapon is a custom automated Mg 60 with a traditional Wakizashi blade. It is attached at the sheath to my rifle ready to be drawn anytime or to be used as a bayonet. This class prepares us for life or death situations, but no-one really injures anyone in training; well, they hadn’t.


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One morning the incident happened, and everything changed. We were getting ready for morning endurance training when a guy walked in, someone new. He looked grim, like a man about to announce some bad news, and he was looking right at me. I slowly rose from the chair. “Sir, do you need anything?” I inquired cautiously. “I need to explain to you about your father’s current condition.” My fists clenched and my stomach churned in fear. The whole room was motionless, not a sound was to be heard and all eyes were focused intently on the man in the front of the room. I knew we were all thinking the same thing: what has happened to Deadshot? He indicated that I should follow him outside. I moved painfully. The floor boards creaked eerily in the silence. Outside, the man was leaning against a locker, studying me carefully. “Sit down, Ace,” he said, gesturing towards the chair next to him. “I am Red Eye, your father’s partner and with great regret, I am to explain the cause of his death.” My head exploded with pain, and nausea flooded through my body. Had I heard him right? My father‘s dead? No, that can’t be. He has never failed an assignment before. “Your father was found dead last night at 11:50PM. It is believed he was shot, from a balcony opposite his hotel.” He examined my face before continuing; “The marksman who did this is believed to be very skilled. The bullet passed through two glass windows and the couch before piercing your father’s neck: a silencer was believed to be used as no suspicious sound apart from a hiss was heard before the time of death.” Suddenly I started shaking with rage, blocking out any sounds of the man talking. All I could think about was revenge, and finally, after what seemed like an eternity, the


man finished and got up. He gave me one final look before leaving. With shock, I noticed his mouth form into a thin line, almost like a smile. All of a sudden, like a punch, it hit me who the ‘skilled marksman’ was. That night while everyone slept, I sneaked down to Red Eye’s locker and picked his lock. Three twists and one pull was all it took and the lock clicked open. The first thing that I noticed was the man’s rifle cartridge, and, sure enough, there was one bullet missing. Next to the rifle though, a hint of gold caught my eye. Curiosity got the better of me and with one tear, the envelope came loose revealing a single note printed with black ink. Good, you figured it out. Yes, I was the one who murdered your father. We’re assassins – it’s what we do. No hard feelings, there’s only one man fit for number one. If you want me, smarty, come get me. Red Eye. Rage consumed all logical thoughts. I hadn’t anticipated how deadly the marksman Red Eye really was. The next morning, Red Eye was nowhere to be seen; but I knew where to find him. His next destination sang to me in plain words. My father had said the bounty collection office was located in South Perry Terrace and all collections would be handed over at 7pm. That was where he was going, that was where he would be. Immediately, I started preparing my gear. I quickly looked down at my watch. Three hours had already gone by in a flash - 6:30pm - and it was almost time. Luckily, South Perry Terrace was within walking distance. The night was young, all signs of population were hidden behind closed doors. Good; just how I would prefer it to be. The only source of noise was the rustle of trash cans as hungry rats ravaged through them, scavenging for any traces of food. Suddenly, as I turned around the corner, a lone shadow was walking in the middle of the alley. That was him. Quickly and silently, I assembled my rifle- twist gun tip once, connect to the body. Next was the cartridge and the blade. The cartridge attached

easily with a soft click, and in case of hand to hand combat, the blade was attached to my belt at the sheath instead. I was so focused on assembling that I hadn’t realised the man was now standing behind me, a grin on his face. Such speed. This is it. “Impressive,” Red Eye smiled ruthlessly. “How did you find me?” “Scum like you are easy to find,” I snarled. “Someone who talks big but can’t follow up is pathetic, you know.” Little did he know I had one trick up my sleeve. For this trick to work, two conditions must be met. First: you have to have two weapons. Second: You must be against an expert. Good, all two conditions have been met, and he has definitely killed many and seen the terror in their faces. Now time to put it in action. “You haven’t seen anything yet,” I mumbled. “Huh what?” And with that, in the second that he spoke, I was next to him knife pointed at his chest, rifle pointed at his head. Surprise was written everywhere on his face, shock was beginning to register and sweat trickled down his chin. You could see he has never been this close to death before. “Don’t shoot!” he cried. “Age has made you weak Red Eye, you are not worthy of someone such as my calibre. You may have killed my father, but if I were to kill you the cycle of hatred would never end. I have decided to take a new path, the path without destruction and hate.” And with that, I turned and started walking away. “Weak just like your father,” He sneered. And just like that, the bullet, silent as the night, aimed true.

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Staff News



In 2017, Head of Junior School, Mrs Pam Carden will move into the newly created role of Head of Primary and Middle Years. Pam, who is a St Peters Old Scholar, rejoined St Peters as the Prep – Year 9 Curriculum Coordinator in 2010 and took on the role of Acting Head of Junior School in 2012. She was formally appointed to the role in January 2014. Pam is an experienced and well-respected teacher and leader and we are sure she will enjoy the challenge of this new role. Good luck Pam!

Pictured: Pam Carden will move into the role of Head of Primary and Middle Years from 2017.

LIA TREVISAN, DEPUTY HEAD - MIDDLE YEARS When Lia Trevisan commences her role as Deputy Head - Middle Years at the beginning of 2017, she plans to roll up her sleeves and get to work.

After 17 years at St Peters, Mr Wayne Gauld has decided to take a much deserved retirement as at the end of 2016.

After a career spanning 14 years in the education sector, with roles including classroom teacher, Year Level Coordinator and Acting Head of Middle School, Lia is filled with energy and passion as she prepares to nurture and inspire Middle School students.

During his time at St Peters Wayne has become a much loved teacher, colleague, boss and confidant. He has seen three Heads of College come and go, has weathered many changes of organisational structure and has remained calm, caring and has always put the welfare and academic performance of the students in his care first.

Lia sees restorative practice as essential in the provision of effective pastoral care. “When dealing with issues, it is important that we focus on the inappropriate behaviour rather than the moral character of our young people.” Another of Lia’s priorities is to further cultivate the leadership programs and transitional links with Junior School and Junior High. With her commitment to the values and ethos of St Peters, together with

*Pictured: Wayne Gauld, Head of Middle School, will retire at the close of 2016. He will be sorely missed.

*Pictured: Lia Trevisan will take up the new role of Deputy Head - Middle Years from 2017.

During the next term there will be many opportunities to farewell Wayne as he transitions to the next stage of his life. Keep an eye on the College’s publications and Facebook page for details.

her infectious enthusiasm and drive, the Middle School certainly has a very promising future.


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Meet the Glazed Guys

Mention the word ‘start-up’ and Jackson Grant and Jarrod Williams’ faces instantly light up. As co-founders of Glazed, an online start-up marketed as ‘Brisbane’s most affordable mobile hand carwash’, these St Peters Springfield Old Scholars (2015) are navigating their way through the exciting and challenging world of start-ups, while juggling first year university studies. Yet the fresh-faced, talented duo are perfectly at ease with their hectic schedules and clearly relish the part they are playing in the brave new world of student start-ups. “We want to grow the business and we think doing this as a student start-up is the best way,” Jackson said with a kind of wide-eyed enthusiasm akin to a child in a toy store. Both say the experience they are gaining in the process is invaluable. “In no way is it about making money. It’s about learning how to go and have a meeting with people and how to talk 54

to them. Those soft skills you can’t pick up by learning theory at uni,” said Jackson, who is studying Business at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). “I’m doing five subjects so it’s very intense but I think it works really well. When I’m out there meeting people for the business, it kind of works hand-in-hand.” Jarrod, who is studying Information Technology at QUT, nods his head in agreement: “The amount of experience we have gained is insane,” he said. “And I love the business aspects, too,” Jarrod added. According to Jackson, the idea for Glazed came to him in his final year at St Peters Springfield, when he had to do a business plan for a Business subject. “I had established a lawn mowing business but I was looking for a way

“IT’S ABOUT LEARNING HOW TO GO AND HAVE A MEETING WITH PEOPLE AND HOW TO TALK TO THEM. THOSE SOFT SKILLS YOU CAN’T PICK UP BY LEARNING THEORY AT UNI.” – Jackson Grant, Old Scholar and Co-Founder of Glazed to make money during the winter months…then I decided on car washing. So I did that for my Year 12 business plan,” Jackson explained. Jackson admitted he was too busy to focus on the business in his final year of school. However, his renewed commitment to the business this year brought new technological challenges.

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together the business can just fail straight away.”

Pictured (L-R): Glazed Start Up Co-founders, Jarrod Williams and Jackson Grant, graduated from St Peters Springfield in 2015.

“That’s where I came in,” Jarrod explained. “It was Week 4, Semester 1, of uni and Jackson came to me and said: “I need you to build a website!”

“IT WAS WEEK 4, SEMESTER 1, OF UNI AND JACKSON CAME TO ME AND SAID: “I NEED YOU TO BUILD A WEBSITE!” – Jarrod Williams, Old Scholar and Co-Founder of Glazed “We did that and it turned out that the website was part of QUT Start-Up Hatch,” Jarrod explained, a program supporting student entrepreneurs and innovators. “We had to give a pitch to some investors. We came second and from there, we just kept on going with the business,” he said. Since launching the new website, the business has steadily grown from a few washes per week to around 60 per month. The majority of the washes are done through Glazed washers, trained by Jackson and Jarrod.

“We both bring different skill sets and we’re still good mates,” Jarrod added. “I find it pretty easy to work with Jackson. We normally spend a couple of hours on the business and chill out for the rest of the time!” Jarrod said in his trademark, laid-back manner.

“We started doing most of the cars ourselves, then slowly pulled each other out of operations and into management/strategy. This is an important factor in deciphering between a startup and a small business,” Jackson said.

Both are also quick to credit their time at St Peters as a springboard for their business acumen and willingness to immerse themselves in a student start-up. “I did media and IT subjects. Having that base that you can build upon has been really helpful,” Jarrod said. Both are adamant their futures lie in start-ups.

“I definitely want to be involved in Working out of the uber-cool start-ups. I couldn’t see myself working collaborative space, Little Tokyo in Spring Hill, the pair are grateful for the for a big company,” Jackson said. support they have received from owner, “I’m the same way,” Jarrod said, Jock, who they met through QUT “I would love to work with a company Start-Up Hatch. with ten people and probably focus more on IT.” “We learn a lot of stuff at Little Tokyo and Jock is like a mentor to us,” “I think the most important thing Jackson said. about student start-ups at university is, if you fail, and start-ups are about However, it’s obvious much of the failing - you’ve got something to fall success of the Glazed partnership back on,” Jackson said. comes down to a mutual respect and the different skills they bring to the table. For now though, Jackson and Jarrod Listening to them talk with each other, the two share an easy rapport borne out of an enduring friendship that started at St Peters Springfield.

are focussed on ensuring Glazed will continue to bring the duo sweet success. You can visit their website at:

“I’ve known Jarrod since Year 7 so I knew we would get along and could work together,” Jackson said. “I think if the co-founders don’t get along and don’t know how to work 55

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Bush Dance On Friday 9 September, Junior School families braved the rain on Stolz Oval for the annual Junior School Bush Dance. Thank you to our volunteers and sponsors whose generosity make this event possible: • Brisbane Private Hospital; • Pluta Accountants; • Allclear Print & Signs; • Witthoft Engineering; • F45 Photography; • Mr J and Mrs V Janakaraj; • Mr T R and Mrs G J Donohue; and • Mr G R Booker and Mrs R A Kelly.


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The St Peters community celebrated a week of Multicultural festivities from 25-29 July. The festivities began with the Parade of Nations, a bright and energetic celebration of the diversity of culture at St Peters. Many Prep-Year 12 students and staff came in traditional costumes representing their family heritage.

// Multicultural Week Celebrations

The Parade began with student flag bearers representing over 40 nations.

Congratulations to Year 10 student, Olivier Braas, who was one of four Queensland boys selected for the Australian Schoolboys Under 15 honorary volleyball team. Olivier, a member of St Peters 10A and Senior Firsts volleyball teams, played on the Queensland team during the School Sport Australia U15 National Championship. The team was undefeated and won gold.

// Olivier Digs his Volleyball Selection

“At the closing ceremony, they announced the players who had made the All Australian team, and Congratulations to Year 12 student, Angus Long, who was selected in the Australian Schoolboy Under 19 Football team. Jigsy, as he prefers to be known, was selected from 1200 boys across Australia after competing on the Queensland team at the recent national schoolboys’ competition in Western Australia.

// Jigsy One Step Closer to Football Goal


“I was astonished,” said Jigsy, who has been playing football since he was four. “I was on cloud nine when they called my name.”

The indigenous dances performed by St Peters Boarder boys were a highlight of the event. They performed traditional dances that wowed the crowds. Other Multicultural Week celebrations included a Concert and international Food Fair. Offerings included French croissants; Belgian chocolate brownies and Indian butter chicken. Some dishes, like German sausages with sauerkraut were so popular they sold out!

when they called my name I was very excited,” Olivier explained. “At first I wasn’t really sure what it really meant,” he said. “Then later it hit me that this is the highest representation available for school sport.” Olivier only took up the sport a few years ago. “I started playing Volleyball in Year 8,” Olivier recalled. “My friends started in Year 7 and they said it was really fun, so I joined up the next year.”

Jigsy, who has played for Lions Football Club in Richlands for the past four years, said he was ecstatic to have the opportunity to travel to the United Kingdom in January with the Australian Under 19 team, where he will compete against a number of teams including England and Northern Ireland. “I think it’s just a great opportunity and it’s the next step in my football career,” said Jigsy who is pursuing a career in football.

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St Peters Old Scholar, Nkosana Mafico (2011), spoke at his first TEDxUQ on 30 July. Nkosana, who established the Council for Young Africans Living Abroad (CYALA), an African youth development organisation, spoke on the theme, Future Frontiers, and his talk was titled, ‘The phenomenal mindset of Africa’s future leaders’.

// Old Scholar presents at TEDxUQ

“I was super nervous,” Nkosana confessed, “But my practice paid off, and the words just flowed as soon as I got up on stage.” Congratulations to Pam Carden, Head of Junior School, Indooroopilly, who has been recognised by the Australian Council for Educational Leaders (ACEL) (Queensland Branch) for outstanding educational leadership.

// Head of Junior School Awarded for Educational Leadership

// Fathers’ Day Celebrations

On 26 July, Pam received an Excellence in Educational Leadership Award for her contributions to advancing learning for students, colleagues and the Education sector. Pam founded the Early Childhood Network, a forum for kindergarten

Nkosana, who was born in Zimbabwe, is studying a Bachelor of Business Management (Honours), Marketing and International Business at UQ. He has co-founded digital start-ups and a professional development company. TEDx is an international community that organises TED-style events anywhere and everywhere, celebrating locally-driven ideas and elevating them to a global stage. You can view Nkosana’s TEDxUQ talk at: watch?v=Nerg-Nx0f3c and preschool teachers to connect with the latest research in primary education. She established a peer to peer mentoring program within the College and supervises three action research teams. These teams have shared their findings with the wider educational community through forums, conferences and publication. Pam was recently awarded an Independent Primary School Heads of Australia (IPSHA) scholarship to travel to Canada to investigate their systems and practices.

On Friday 2 September, hundreds of St Peters’ dads attended breakfast and activities at St Peters Indooroopilly and Springfield schools in the lead-up to Fathers’ Day.

to show them what they have been learning. Later in the day, students were able to purchase gifts from the Fathers’ Day stalls, organised by the Junior School Parent Support Group.

A record number of fathers attended the Junior School event at Indooroopilly and enjoyed book reading, playing and breakfast, catered by hospitality students from Senior School. The children loved having their dads in their classrooms

The St Peters Springfield dads enjoyed a delicious breakfast followed by Chapel. It was a special morning for the Prep-Year 3 students, whose Dads stayed on to watch them compete in the Athletics Carnival immediately following breakfast.


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The Class of 1976 celebrated their 40-year reunion during the annual SPOSA Reunion Weekend to celebrate wonderful friendships. We are very fortunate that 40 years after our final year we can still come together and have a lot of fun. There is a lot of love in this group. Some of us had never been to a reunion event, which can be a daunting experience. There was sense of unity and genuine care for those we had the opportunity to catch up with. We will meet more frequently to continue this sense of ‘family’ that we have. I take this opportunity to genuinely thank the staff at St Peters, who were caring and shaping our lives. We’ve turned out OK!



Pictured (1): Erica Brooks; Rita Mechielsen and Karel Baum; and (2): Maree Johnson; Robin Kanowski; Linda and Tim Prenzler; and Adrienne Stark.


1996, 20 Year Reunion WOR DS BY LIZ GAFFNEY (COR K ERY)

The 20 year reunion for the class of 1996 was a great success with over 70 people attending Blackbird Bar & Grill in the city. It was a very memorable night filled with great stories from a cohort that has remained closely connected since leaving St Peters. The highlight of the night for most was being caught up in Mr Shippy’s arc of fire, involving a special shot of pineapple rum to ensure you did not (or did) forget the night.



Pictured (1): Salena Griffin (Odlum) and Rachel Eaton; (2) Rachel Eaton, Louise Burgman (Knaggs), Kelly Beak (Read), Samantha McGowan, Karen Bennett and Rowena Clayton (Stockley); (3) William Shipp, Steve Miller and Wal Gideon; and (4) Jennifer Dalrymple, Samanhta McGowan, Ashya Haug and Rowena Clayton (Stocklely).




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On 27 July, the Class of 2011 met on the rooftop of The Fox for their five-year reunion. A hundred attended and many came from all over Australia. Over the course of the evening, it was phenomenal to hear about the accomplishments of Old Scholars within the five years since graduating from St Peters. Amongst sharing stories of new adventures, there was much reminiscing of our time at the College and the memories that we will forever cherish.



Those that could not attend due to overseas commitments were missed. We hope that the 10-year reunion will bring even more of our beloved cohort together. Thank you to all that attended and best of luck for the coming 5 years. We have no doubt you will continue to strive ever higher.


Pictured (1): Aayush Patel, Leo De Waal, Genevieve Long, Josh Nay and Harry Christiensen; (2): Bonnie Sommers, Mary-Rose Moynihan, Lucy Day, Emily Manson and Olivia Van Dalsen; (3): Christian Voges-Haug, Bonnie Sommers, Lucy Day, Nav Carter-Briggs and Emily Manson; (4): Megan Danslow, Shannon Lovell, Maddie Riachi and Holly Hurwood; and (5): Megan Danslow, Alex Woods, Lucas Wilson, Tinkit Tam and Jess Simpson.






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Reunion Weekend Often, we don’t realise that the friendships we forge at school will remain as strong as the day we made them, long after we leave school. Every year during St Peters Reunion weekend, Old Scholars get together to share the memories of their time at the College and the paths they have taken since. Some of our Golden and Diamond Graduates have not been back to St Peters for 40 or 50 years. Reuniting with their class mates after such a long time is heart-warming, and to see how the College has grown is inspiring. This year, during the many activities of the Reunion weekend, we connected with over 100 Old Scholars. Many attended the Morning Tea on Saturday at Ross Roy and then continued on to the Songs of Praise at the Chapel. Our Diamond and Golden Graduates attended a lunch in their honour and received their Golden and Diamond badges and certificates. After lunch, they toured the College, and observed how St Peters has changed. We also welcomed Old Scholars from 1976, 1981 and 1986 on the tour. In the evening, SPOSA hosted a Canapé function at the Toowong Rowing Club. What a superb venue on the banks of the Brisbane River! Sixty-five Old Scholars from peer years 1960, 1961, 1966, 1971, 1976 and 1986 had a great time sharing stories. As part of the welcome speech, SPOSA president, Jan Hogarth, challenged Old Scholars to ask each other not just the obvious questions like; “What have you been up to?” She urged Old Scholars to ask more demanding questions around what challenges may lie ahead and to discuss future aspirations. These questions resulted in exhilarating conversation throughout the evening. Photography courtesy of Sean Wilson (Year 12)


Pictured (second from bottom, L–R): Golden Graduates (seated): Mary-Ellen Chee (Malcuitt), Barbara Huth and Ellen McDermott (Lemberg); (middle row): Leslie Walck, Christine Jones (Roennfeldt), Coral Ernst, Cutie, Marianne Mitchell (Schaad), Heather Scott (Jamieson), Glenise Thomson (Berry) and Tom Brandt; and (back row): Joel Johnson, Gilbert Lohe, Don Seargent, Annette Wessling (Dumke), Heather Beswick (Radke), Roy Scott and Joachim Erpf. Pictured (bottom, (L–R): Diamond Gradutaes Morris Elliott, Joan Grace (Stallman), Jennifer Milligan (Kronk), Elaine Grassick (Stallman), Noela Kleinschmidt (Monz), Marg O’Hanlon (Jorgensen), Justine Wilkie (Prenzler), Joan Yappa (Larsen), Jenny Challenger (Kleinschmidt), Leona Brindley (Hansen) and John Stephan.

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Births, Deaths, Marriages




Nicola Andrews 2003 31 Dec 1986 – 23 Dec 2015

Neville Eric Gerber 1961 3 Aug 1943 - 11 Aug 2014

Trevor Oppermann 1956 3 Nov 1935 – 25 Jan 2015

Nicola was a student at St Peters from Years 1-12 and graduated in 2003. Nicola died tragically in a mountaineering accident in New Zealand on 23 December 2015. Nicola was a well-known theatre lighting designer in Melbourne for some years before she changed direction and graduated cum laude from University of Melbourne last year with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering.

Neville was in Sub-Junior Class in 1958 and in Junior Class in 1959. Neville’s sister, Lolene Derbyshire, informed us that Neville passed away on 11 August 2014.

Trevor passed away on 25 January 2015 at the age of 79. Trevor’s son, Ross, commented that his dad had fond memories from his time at St Peters when he played Tennis and Cricket. In later years, Trevor started his own Transport Business in the Boonah district which he called, “God’s Country”.


Emma Prove was a boarder at St Peters from Year 7 to Year 9. She married Ray Heilbronn in 1953 and they had four children. They separated in 1969 and Emma moved to Victoria working various jobs and raising her children on her own. She retired in Melbourne where she lived with her sister until she passed away on 29 June 2016. Emma was devoted to her family and she is survived by her four children, 11 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Noel Carter 1950 6 Dec 1932 – 5 July 2016 Noel Carter was a student at St Peters for only a short time between 1949 and 1950, but remembered it fondly. Noel especially remembered playing Cricket for St Peters. Noel passed away on 5 July 2016 from cancer.

D Lodwyk Danomira 1988 10 July 1970 - 26 July 2016 Lodwyk started at St Peters in Year 7 and completed Year 12 in 1988. Lodwyk was a member of the Third XV Rugby team in 1987 and First XV Rugby Team in 1988. Lodwyk passed away on 26 July 2016 in Dubai.

H Emma Heilbronn (Prove) 1951 6 October 1932 – 29 June 2016

P James Pfrunder 1997 19 June 1980 - 25 July 2016 James started at St Peters in Year 8 and completed Year 12 in 1997. James passed away while participating in the annual Willi XC Challenge near Golden in the US on 25 July 2016. He leaves behind his wife, Zara, young daughter Odessa as well as a number of family and friends from inside and outside the flying community.



Joanne Mollenhauer (Nunn) 1971 2 April 1954 – 11 April 2012

Charles Stewart 2006 2 June 1989 – 5 Sept 2016

Joanne started at St Peters in Year 8 and graduated in Year 12 in 1971. Joanne passed away peacefully on 11 April 2012, aged 58 years.

Charles, a 2006 graduate and recipient of the “courage in the face of adversity” award, passed away on Monday 5 September after a long illness. Charles was a student at St Peters from Years 8-12.


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Births, Deaths, Marriages



Martin Schulz 1952 1 March 1934 - 24 May 2016 Martin Schulz 1952 was at St Peters Lutheran College from 1949-1952. He became a Lutheran Church minister and his first parish was Darling Downs. He married Elizabeth (Betty) Ahrens in 1961 and the marriage was blessed with five children, who in time blessed him with nine grandchildren. Martin passed away on 24 May 2016. We thank god for His mercy and grace.

T Cheng Ming (James) TING 1954 21 May 1936 – 29 July 2012 James was in the Sub-Junior class in 1953 and in the Senior class of 1954. James played for the A Football team in 1954. He passed away suddenly at Epworth Hospital on 29 July, 2012.

Y Gervyn Woodleigh Yappa Our thoughts and prayers are with Old Scholar, Joan Yappa (Larsen, 1956), and her extended family. Joan’s husband, Gervyn, passed away on 19 May 2016.

Sarah Mayer (2009) married Garth Calder at Immanuel Lutheran Church Buderim on 15 December, 2015.


In December 2015, Mitchell Adams (2013) graduated from the Royal Military College, Duntroon, Canberra, as an Officer in the Australian Army. He thoroughly enjoyed his challenging 18 months of training at Duntroon, which was both mentally and physically demanding. As a Lieutenant in Army Aviation Corps, he has now commenced his GSO Pilot Training in Tamworth, NSW, in fixed wing aircraft. Once he graduates at the end of this year, Mitchell will then move to Oakey, QLD, to further his pilot training in helicopters.


Plus Ultra October 2016  

The official magazine of St Peters Lutheran College incorporating the Old Scholars bulletin.

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