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06 Contents INTRO

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

Cover Daniel You (Year 12) performing in the 2017 Performer of the Year Concerto. Image courtesy of F45 Photography. Plus Ultra October 2017 incorporating SPOSA Bulletin Published by St Peters Lutheran College Editors/Writers: Gollisa Thomson and Kathleen Barker Layout&Design: Kathleen Barker *Photography: F45 Photography Advertising Enquiries Publications Office Telephone: 07 3377 6262 St Peters Lutheran College CRICOS Provider: 00516E 66 Harts Road, Indooroopilly Qld 4068 Telephone: 07 3377 6222

Reader Support Program 06 Bush Dance 08 Short Story Competition 09 VAPar Exhibition 12 Katie Noonan Concert 14 Good Vibrations 15 Hockey: The Niche Sport 16 SPYGT 22 Bernie Buck: Right on Cue 23 Postcards from Year 8 24 Water Wise 28 Performer of the Year 34 Global Student Exchanges 36 Multicultural Week 38 Boarder Siblings 39 A Good Year 40 Lest We Forget 42 Music Beat 44 Murder Mystery Mania 47 Unsung Heroes 52

© 2017 St Peters Lutheran College SPOSA Office 66 Harts Road, Indooroopilly Qld 4068 Telephone: 07 3377 6592


Meet Craig Schmidt 18 Meet Trish Allen 26 Staff Column: Smart Learning 30



Dana’s Grand Designs


Commonwealth Youth Games


Decoding the Future


Music on the RADAR


Reunion Weekend Kodály Symposium Meet Dave Hope

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Remembering Bruce Brazier



Births, Deaths, Marriages


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Earlier this year, I read Hugh McKay’s book, The Good Life. McKay is a well know Australian social commentator. In his book, he examines what exactly is ‘The Good Life’. McKay argues that: “A good life is characterized by goodness, a morally praiseworthy life, a life valuable in its impact on others, a life devoted to the common good. This type of life is marked by a courteous respect for others’ rights, a responsiveness to others’ needs, and a concern for others’ well-being.” What McKay writes about in his book resonates strongly with what we are on about here at St Peters. At St Peters, we educate the whole person: the hearts, minds and hands of our children and young people. Such is the culture and ethos of St Peters that our students 2

‘A GOOD LIFE IS CHARACTERIZED BY GOODNESS, A MORALLY PRAISEWORTHY LIFE, A LIFE VALUABLE IN ITS IMPACT ON OTHERS, A LIFE DEVOTED TO THE COMMON GOOD.’ are empowered to discover and develop their gifts and talents. We want our children and young people to be passionate about what they do; to be the best they can be; to be the best in the world, but not just for themselves alone but to make a difference in the world and the lives of others. To do this, students

are encouraged to approach their learning, both in and out of the classroom, with open minds and a servant heart. Minds and hearts that see a need in the community and take action to make a difference. This is seen in all facets of College life: the central Australia Service Learning trip, when students work with the indigenous communities of Cave Hill and Docker River; the Social Justice Group who educate their peers through Social Justice Week; the cross-grade prefects who mentor younger students; the Maths class that grapples with the algorithms of climate change; the Geography class that studies recycling in the context of the local community; the Art student who captures and expresses the beauty of the world around them through varied artistic

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from the Editor It may be close to thirty years ago, but I can still recall the exhilaration I felt at my school graduation. On the one hand, I felt relief and freedom – on the other hand – I realised the time had come to face the challenges of the real world. In a few weeks’ time, our Year 12 cohorts at Indooroopilly and Springfield will prepare for their graduation and the inevitable mix of accompanying emotions. It will be a time of rejoicing, a time to say goodbye, and a time to come together one last time to reflect on their learning journey.

Pictured: In Term 3, St Peters students continued to share their gifts and talents with the community and each other.

IT IS REASSURING THAT ST PETERS STUDENTS GIVE US EVERY REASON FOR A HOPEFILLED FUTURE; THAT THEY ARE ‘GOOD PEOPLE’ WHO WANT TO MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE. medium; the Robotics student who, through each problem-solving challenge, comes a step closer to understanding artificial intelligence; the Design Technology student who learns how to design houses that are more energy efficient; and the Debater who argues passionately

for a cause. A St Peters education fills our students with not just head knowledge that allows them to do well on exams and assessment tasks, but also empowers them to be better people and, in doing so, make the world just that little bit better. At a time when the media seems to find so much wrong with today’s young people, it is reassuring that St Peters students give us every reason for a hope-filled future; that they are ‘good people’ who want to make the world a better place. Through a St Peters education, we endeavour to open the hearts and minds of our children and young people so that they may indeed pursue ‘the good life’. Enjoy this edition of Plus Ultra.

In this edition of Plus Ultra, we take a closer look at the authentic learning journeys our students are embracing in IT (page 30) and Marine Science (page 28), and the Year 11 international study exchanges connecting our students on the global stage (page 36). Last edition, we called for creative submissions for the Plus Ultra Short Story competition theme, “The time has come…” The winning entries are on page 9. This edition is also a visual showcase of our multicultural and performing arts celebrations including SPYGT, VAPAR and the Signature Series concerts. As 2017 comes to a close, the time has come for our Year 12’s to prepare for the next chapter of their learning journey. I’m sure you will join me in wishing them God’s grace and blessings for the future. Gollisa Thomson, on behalf of the

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At the heart of our country lies a giant red rock. Uluru is Australia’s third most visited place by international tourists, but the 23 St Peters students and staff on the 2017 Indigenous Immersion trip were in for an experience far from the typical tourist offering. Arriving in the centre, I felt a sense of homecoming. I had been there before, but there was also something else. Maybe the land sensed we had come with a spirit of openness, curiosity and a desire to engage with country and its indigenous custodians. Throughout the trip we would feel this sense of connection. Sleeping on the earth is a grounding experience. “What’s at Cave Hill?” “A cave.” “No hill?” “You’ll see.” This conversation occurred on the journey to Cave Hill in the APY Lands in South Australia. I had asked our guide, Monica, what to expect. Beyond her straight bat to my inquiry was the theme of our journey: You have to see for yourself and experience the land, the people and the stories together. Then, “You’ll see”. At Cave Hill, we did see both cave and hill. We met Anagnu (Ah-nah-noo) people who shared



the story of Wadi Nehru and the Seven Sisters, set in that very place. This was a local chapter of a story written in the land, part of a Songline stretching from the Gulf Country in the north to the Great Australian Bight in the south. Songlines teach where to find food, water and safe passage, and how to live on the land and with each other. We saw some of the oldest and most significant artwork in the Centre. We learned the Maku dance: a traditional dance which helps in the finding of Maku (witchetty grubs). At Kaltukatjara (Docker River), an indigenous community 200km west of Uluru, we met with indigenous students at Nyangatjatjara College. We bonded over softball and soccer, and helped establish a garden, decorating old tyres and planting fruit trees. Nyangatjatjara students

enjoyed one-on-one tutoring. St Peters students learned about the challenges that face indigenous students, from having English as a second language to the different family support systems. We saw for ourselves the disparity between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians. Sunrise at Kata Tjuta preceded a trek through the Valley of the Winds. An Uluru base walk taught us Tjukurpa (the story of the land). We did not climb Uluru, respecting the request of the Anagnu people for whom the rock is sacred and on whom visitor safety weighs heavily. At each place, St Peters students received a deep and compelling insight into indigenous life, with its rich culture and challenges. As students move into adult life, they will do so with understanding and empathy for the people they met in central Australia, having seen for themselves.

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SPOSA was delighted to support ‘St Peters You’ve Got Talent’ again this year. The program was initiated by students about ten years ago, and gives performance artists amongst us the chance to shine at a fun evening and be celebrated by their audience. SPOSA awarded the first prize of $250 to the guitar and singing duo, Jessica Korganow and Andre Werror; the second prize of $100 to Navin Jayasekera, who performed an enthusiastic and flamboyant dance routine he choreographed himself; and the third prize of $50 to the band ‘1756’, who established a great rapport with the audience. The two MCs might be the new Hamish and Andy. And the Boarder boys three-part dance routine stole the show! SPOSA was honoured to present an exhibition of paintings from the collection of Heather MacBride-Patrick. As Sally Chandler mentioned in her speech, Heather was one of those amazing St Peters people: kind, popular, academically successful and good at sport. She graduated as a doctor, travelled around the world on freighters as a ship’s doctor and lived a full life of service. In retirement, she took up painting the landscapes and objects of delight that inspired her. Her family allowed some of her hundreds of paintings to be displayed in the

REUNION SEASON IS HERE! SPOSA REPRESENTATIVES ATTENDED A DOZEN ORGANISED EVENTS, ON AND OFF CAMPUS, FOR VARIOUS COHORTS. Performing Arts Centre. Thank you to Julie Seidel and Rebecca White from the Arts Department for their generous assistance. Reunion season is here! SPOSA representatives attended a dozen organised events, on and off campus, for various cohorts. Old Scholars reunited after 5, 10, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40 and 50+ years post graduations, including a 5-year Springfield Reunion and the combined St Peters and Kathrine Lehmann School (KLS), Papua New Guinea, Reunion in Minneapolis.

It was great opportunity for old friends to reconnect and catch up. If you are one of those lucky groups, please share your beaut stories and memorabilia with SPOSA via the Facebook page:


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*Pictured: Hannah Richards and Mackenzie Donohue

Reading Buddies Mark New Chapter in Reader Support Program “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr Suess Teaching children to read is a team effort in Lower Primary at St Peters Indooroopilly and through the extension of the Support-a-Reader program, Year 2 students who require a little extra help, now have the added bonus of a Year 4 reading tutor. Learning Support Teacher, Jodi Dew and Year 2 Classroom teacher, Ashleigh Walters, decided to extend the current Support-a-Reader program in Year 2 to include Year 4 tutors.


“This semester, we trialled giving selected Year 4 students the opportunity to take on a leadership role and become a reading buddy in the Support-a-Reader program,” Jodi explained. Year 4 students were trained as reading tutors and reading kits were created for each tutor. “They learned about early reading behaviours and how to respond to children when listening to them read, which included how to support their reading using the Pause, Prompt, Praise model and by giving feedback and prompting with clues,” Jodi said. The Year 4 tutors were matched with Year 2 students according to

“WE TRIALLED GIVING SELECTED YEAR 4 STUDENTS THE OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE ON A LEADERSHIP ROLE AND BECOME A READING BUDDY” – Jodi Dew, Learning Support Teacher needs and personalities and were timetabled to read together three times a week.

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*Pictured: (top) Claudia Chin and Harrison Liu; and (bottom) Yusei Kayama and Samuel Harasty.

After lunch, the Year 4 tutors find a quiet spot to sit with their Year 2 buddy to share a new book together, retell a favourite, discuss the meanings of new words, make predictions and enjoy their time together. “This is an opportunity for students to read regularly with a supportive buddy in a one-on-one situation by providing a positive, enriching experience and promoting a love of reading in a language rich environment,” Jodi said.

Each Year 2 student has a different goal such as improving fluency, expanding the English vocabulary, increasing confidence and self-esteem. Additional benefits include greater enjoyment of reading, independence and building relationships across the year levels. The Years 2 and 4 students look forward to their reading time together,” Jodi said with satisfaction.


“Both are totally engrossed and have thoroughly enjoyed the bond they share.”


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Bush Dance On Friday 8 September, Lower Primary families enjoyed the annual Bush Dance at Stolz Oval. There were baked goods and fairy floss; mystery bags and raffle prizes; glow sticks and a photo booth. Cowboys and cowgirls showcased dance routines to their families before boot scootin’ the night away with friends, parents and teachers. Thank you to our sponsors and donors for their generous contributions. *Photography courtesy of F45 Photography


Winners Announced!

Congratulations to the winners of the Plus Ultra Short Story Competition! Years 5-8 Category

Stevie Chiu Year 7


Years 9-12 Category

Lief Lundmark-Aitcheson Year 9

The short stories written by Stevie and Lief were judged most creative and satisfied the competition criteria to include ‘The time has come’ as the first sentence. Read their stories on the following pages. Our Judges We thank our judging panel: Christina Wheeler, Teacher Librarian at St Peters Indooroopilly; and Kathleen Barker, Plus Ultra Writer. They loved reading our applicants’ stories!

When you read a short story, you come out a little more aware and a little more in love with the world around you. – George Saunders, American author

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Animal Kingdom BY STEV IE CHIU, YEA R 7

“The time has come!” Queen Panda’s voice booms over the spectators. “We will soon begin our annual Kingdom Games. As you know, these games challenge our speed, strength and intelligence in various events. The champion animal tribe will have the right to make a new law for the jungle. So, let the games begin!” Monkey and Cricket tribes chitter eagerly and the entire colosseum erupts with their excitement. “Firstly, is the test of speed – are you fast enough to outrun a boulder? Please head to the hilltop. Get ready! Go!” Queen Panda pushes an over-sized red button that swings open a door containing the rocky boulder. Unfortunately, Turtle tribe is caught by the boulder and knocked off the hill. Luckily, their shells cushion their fall. Leopard tribe competes fiercely with Cheetah tribe as they approach the bottom of the hill, but suddenly, a hooded tribe swiftly overtakes them, right at the finish line. “What a close finish! But the tribe… wearing hoods… is victorious. You have won the first challenge,” King Lizard announces very cautiously. An air of intrigue sweeps over the spectators: “Who is this Hooded tribe?” “For the next task, each tribe member must lift a tree trunk and throw it into that pit.” Chancellor Dog points to a chasm in the ground. “If just one of your teammates fails, your whole tribe is eliminated from this round. Please take your positions and you may… begin!” Frantic squawking and screeching resonates through the colosseum. Tiger tribe carries the tree trunk on the inner parts of their four limbs, against their underbelly. But this way quickly consumes their energy and they drop the tree trunk. “And Tiger tribe is OUT!” announces Chancellor Dog. As each tribe is gradually eliminated, the Hooded


tribe is still going strong. Their muscly arms are proving to be very useful as they simultaneously throw their tree trunks into the hole and eventually victory is once again theirs. Their fellow competitors are in awe of their incredible prowess.

But Hybrid leader bravely persists, “--- your prejudice. This year we wanted to prove to you that we do belong. We may be visibly different, but we are essentially the same.”

“In this final challenge, intelligence is the key. Leaders, please step forth.” An outstandingly tall kangaroo strides forward, as does the Sultan Ant. “You will be in a situation where you will have to rescue your whole tribe. The winner will be the leader who formulates a solution and performs it successfully. The scenario is: you must cross a large area of quicksand without being sucked in – you can use anything to aid you in your endeavour.” A dauntingly wide zone of quicksand emerges out of the ground. “Please begin!” All tribes approach the edge of the quicksand. Over-confident, Snake tribe try to speedily slither over it, and they fail miserably.

“We all have the same values. We all want to live in an ideal world where we can interact with each other peacefully. Don’t you remember what happened to Human tribe? There was so much hatred and war within their tribe because of prejudice; because of difference – that they caused their own violence and extinction. We can’t end up like that!”

Unfazed, Hooded tribe climb onto each other’s shoulders. They slowly begin to fall forward until the top animal lands abruptly on the opposite side. With amazing strength, the base animal pushes off the ground with his feet and somersaults backwards onto the second animal’s back. A chain reaction occurs and they form a giant linked ring that perfectly balances on the opposite edge of the quicksand. President Frog is speechless. “Hooded tribe, you are the true champions of the Kingdom Games! Please, reveal to us your true identities!” As they lift off their hoods in unison, unveiling a sea of dolphin faces, the audience gasps in shock. The tribe then throw off their black cloaks – revealing their legs of a cheetah, their arms of a gorilla and their abdomen of a bird. “What are you doing here Hybrids?! You are forbidden to compete in these games!” exclaims Queen Panda. The Hybrid leader tries to speak. “For centuries, we have been shunned by your ---“ “SILENCE! You are forbidden to speak!”

“No, we are not! You’re all monsters.”

“Because we have won fair and square, we wish to add one new law of the jungle: There will be no more prejudice, bias or discrimination towards Hybrid tribe ever again.” All the animals wait with anticipation at the outcome – failure to sway the Kingdom’s leaders would mean certain death for the outsider Hybrid tribe. But profoundly moved by Hybrid leader’s eloquent speech, the whole animal kingdom gradually stands and cheers in their unique voices, in sweetest harmony, as One. The time has certainly come.


‘The time has come,’ Malui’s father had said. ‘You must become a man.’ That had been early in the morning, and now, paddling his lonely canoe over the ocean swell, his father’s words echoed in his head, pushing all other thoughts out of the way. ‘It is time…’ he heard the sea murmur, and the fish-gulls cried plaintively after him, ‘A man! A man!’ Malui’s stomach growled at him as he paddled, reminding him of the huge pig-dogs that his grandmother kept. He smiled faintly as he remembered teasing them with cuts of meat, but he

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also remembered he hadn’t eaten since dinner the night before. He changed his paddling slightly, aligning his course with that of the fish-gulls, and drove onwards, each skilful stroke of his oar skimming the canoe over the tops of the waves like the fish that played in the shallows of his home waters. The wind was at his back, and tousled his hair as he brought his canoe to a standstill, scaring away the gulls that were feeding there. Shipping his paddle, he grabbed his fish spear, and dived. Bubbles filled his nose and tingled on his face as he plunged into the sea, the filtered sunlight painting his skin dappled turquoise-gold as he swam. He spotted a fat old ta’ape fish, and chased after it as it finned away, until his spear thrust swift and sure, impaling the fish on its point. Malui grabbed the struggling creature, and swam quickly to the surface. A quick wrench of his teeth killed the fish, and he climbed aboard his canoe. Using teeth and hands, he quickly gutted his catch and thrust his face into the sweet flesh, smiling as the juice dripped down his chin. Sated, he once more turned the canoe, and sailed on towards the afternoon sun. As Malui paddled he noticed a change in the ocean. The waves grew calm, until the sea was as flat as the sand on his beach. There were fewer birds as well, and the gulls he did see were winging hurriedly in the opposite direction. Were they repelled by the sight of the boy and his small canoe? He was too preoccupied with thoughts of manhood, of pig-hunts and feasts, and did not notice his solitude. In the end, it was not noise, but a deafening silence on all sides that startled him out of his reverie. He noticed a thin line on the horizon, no thicker than the width of a fingernail. Something strange about the line bothered him but he pushed on. Turning back now was not an option. To return to his village, his task unaccomplished, would be excruciatingly shameful, and he couldn’t afford to wait for another opportunity. Besides, all his friends were fully named men, and Malui could not bear the thought of having to sleep in the children’s house again.

Even worse, he might be shunned, and labelled na’anghar, outcast. No, the boy resolved. There was no chance of that. He would see this through, whatever came his way, and return a man, or not at all. By the time the sun had sunk to two finger-widths above the horizon the line was as thick as a basket-reed, a faint band of white on top of a larger darkness. Malui felt a sense of foreboding and turned his kayak slightly to the right, seeking escape, but by the time the sun had dipped a little more, and had begun to streak the water with blood-coloured ripples the line had grown thicker. With a jolt, Malui realised it was the largest wave he had ever seen, and it was getting closer every minute. At that distance, he estimated the crest to be at least a dozen men high; a canoecrusher of a wave. Malui sat frozen with fear for a moment, and then willed his already strained muscles into exertion, turning the canoe around and propelling it forwards so fast it left a frothing wake behind. It was skimming so quickly it seemed to float above the water, but when Malui risked a glance over his shoulder the wave was gaining. He urged himself to paddle faster, but his flimsy canoe was already at its top speed; any faster and the boat would disintegrate and leave him at the mercy of the sea. He could feel the suction of the wave and, try as he might, the pull was too much for his exhausted arms. Turning, he stared straight into the roaring, foaming maw of the waters. He was dragged in, the wave hurled him under, he felt his canoe split apart around him, and Malui’s world went white. All had been reduced to a maelstrom of whirling water and pain. Malui’s lungs felt as if someone had made him swallow hot embers, putting out the fire by forcing salt water down his airway. His vision was covered with black spots that faded in and out of view, but he could see enough to make out swirling debris around him. Although vaguely aware that he was being buffeted and bruised, he also felt distanced, and detached. As if in

slow motion, he saw the debris and water coalesce. What had seemed like a tree trunk a moment ago now revealed itself to be an immense gnarled shell, and what he had thought was a swirling fragment of his canoe proved to be a colossal flipper, pushing powerfully through the water. An enormous turtle swam into view. Wrinkled face, wizened eyes, indifferent to the driftwood being flung against its shell. Malui felt himself pushed and lifted towards the light, his head and shoulders at last breaking the surface of the water, clearing the violent tempest. He was slumped across the shell of the great turtle, trying to breathe, but instead endlessly vomiting up saltwater and seaweed and even the odd pebble. Finally, there were huge salty lungfuls of sweet fresh air, and then his mind faltered, and Malui slept. Malui awoke lying on sand, waves lapping against his toes. No turtle; no trace that his mysterious saviour had ever existed, let alone carried him all this way. Looking round, he recognised his own beach; his own village. He could smell roast meat, heavily perfumed with ceremonial herbs. He staggered to his feet, remembering what today meant. He had returned safely. Today he would be given a man’s name, and there would be feasting and merriment. Malui grinned, and began to walk up the beach. Many hours later, Malui sat alone in the forest above his village, watching the smoke spiral up from the cooking fire as the sun set above the now placid ocean. He had been given the name Ma’atongui - He-who-ridesthe-wave; a good strong name, one that he could be proud of, and which would serve him well. But now, as Malui sat watching the ocean turn to crimson, the joys of Manhood seemed insignificant; unimportant. He merely smiled, and thanked the Sea he was alive.


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VAPar Exhibition On Friday 18 August, Arts students at St Peters Indooroopilly presented the annual VAPar Exhibition Opening at St Peters Performing Arts Centre. The evening kicked off with the Calico Brides competition, a showcase of bridal wear created by students from local secondary schools and tertiary institutions. Congratulations to our very own Jadon Trelour (Year 12), winner of the Encouragement Award – Secondary Students. VAPar featured music performances by the Guitar Ensemble, Flue Ensemble and Rock Band. Artist talks helped exhibition-goers brush up on 20 th Century Art History and there was plenty of contemporary drawing, painting and sculpture by students to admire in the Foyer. The dramatic play, ‘Big Hair in America’, featured lots of colour and cheer squad action! Thank you to playwright, Peter Anthony Ryan, and his family for attending. The event concluded with the ‘Big Draw’. Exhibition-goers put their drawing skills to the test, sketching life models in flamboyant Parisian themed costume. Thank you to staff, students, families and special guests who supported the event. *Photography courtesy of F45 Photography


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An Evening with Katie Noonan On Friday 1 September, the final Signature Series Concert of 2017 presented An Evening with Katie Noonan at St Peters Performing Arts Centre. Katie performed alongside St Peters Soloists, Senior Stage Band and Chorale. Her solo performance showcased a selection of her hits, some of which were accompanied by St Peters Strings staff. Year 12 student, Evie Sines, joined Katie for a duet of ‘Sweet One’. The evening finished with a massed choir performance of ‘You’re The Voice’, in which our very own Bella Voce, Forte Voce, Junior High Songmakers, Saints & Singers, Cantique and Chorale performed. *Photography courtesy of F45 Photography.


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Good Vibrations

If you buy the same sound system as everyone else, you are a stereo-type – Anon. Each year, St Peters Performing Arts Centre (PAC) is the venue for hundreds of performing arts and musical events ranging from orchestral, choral, rock concerts and theatrical productions. Sound and acoustics are integral in bringing these events to life and providing a true sensory experience for the audience and performers. PAC Senior AV Technician, Andrew Snook, says the Clair Brothers sound system installed in the PAC offers an outstanding sonic experience, with superior clarity, transparency, versatility and minimal visual impact. 

“The Clair Brothers system ticks all *Pictured: Senior AV Technician, Andrew the boxes for the things we need: Snook, at the brains of the PAC’s the biggest consideration being the supercharged Clair Brothers sound system. quality of sound,” Andrew explained. “We do a lot of concerts which are orchestral in nature. There’s a lot of detail to that. It’s not just a brute-force sound. It requires a lot of transient information and transparency.”

Andrew said the Clair Brothers system, while tremendously powerful, is also unobtrusive, which means minimal visual impact for the audience.

“This system can go all the way up to full-scale rock concerts, but still handle the classical performances,” Andrew said.

The system can only be in use when one of the duty technicians is on hand, and so far, Andrew said the system has proved to be extremely robust.

Andrew said another challenge in ensuring great sound throughout the PAC is making sure there is good coverage.

“It’s very durable and we’ve yet to come across anything it can’t handle,” Andrew said.

“We have the balconies and a few other areas that impact how we deliver sound to those places.”

“This equipment is some of the best in the business.”


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Hockey: The Niche Sport

It’s 3.30pm on Tuesday afternoon and Years 7-12 girls in St Peters QGSSSA Hockey teams hit the turf at the University of Queensland Hockey Club for the first of two weekly training sessions. Hockey Captain, Maddie Kennedy, has played Hockey since Year 9. She says the niche sport’s popularity is on the rise thanks to a new wave of girls who want to expand their skill-sets. “I decided that I would give Hockey a go as a change,” Maddie explained. “And it was a very good change.” This year, St Peters fielded three teams: Junior, Senior and Open, comprising of new and seasoned players alike. Maddie says she was attracted to the Hockey program’s inclusive culture. 16

“It doesn’t have the pressures of other sports in the school,” Maddie explains, “creating a friendly and inviting atmosphere that allows girls of all abilities to play, train and interact.” Teammate, Kate Hodgson, transitioned into playing Hockey in Year 11. After years of competitive Rowing and Football, she was ready for a new challenge and says the Hockey pitch was the perfect landing place. “It’s not as scary as it looks,” Kate reveals. “I was initially cautious of the hockey sticks and the fact that, to be allowed on the field, you have to wear a mouthguard. But once I joined, it turned out to be the most enjoyable sport I’ve ever played.” Kate says Hockey has taught her the value of teamwork.

“IT’S NOT AS SCARY AS IT LOOKS. ONCE I JOINED, IT TURNED OUT TO BE THE MOST ENJOYABLE SPORT I’VE EVER PLAYED.” – Kate Hodgson, Year 12 student “Each season, the Senior team possesses varying levels of skill – from girls who have never picked up a stick, to those who have been playing for a few years,” Kate explained. “From this, we learn to cover each other and work together in games to balance our skill levels.” But Maddie says that teamwork isn’t the only benefit of the sport.

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“FOR ANYONE WHO WANTS TO PLAY HOCKEY BUT MAY BE UNSURE – DO IT! YOU WON’T REGRET IT!” – Maddie Kennedy, Year 12 student and Hockey Captain

Photography courtesy of Simon Bowman.

“Adapting to our opposition, reading different plays and skill levels, as well as filling our own gaps when players are absent, allows us to build problem-solving and improvisational skills,” Maddie explains. “Overall, Hockey provides many lessons relevant in our everyday lives.” Cameron Glass, Primary Years HPE Teacher at St Peters Indooroopilly and Hockey Coordinator, has been involved in the program since 2009. While he admits that the benefits of the sport are many, he says its technical nature is still a deterrent to newcomers. “It’s quite a technical sport, so it takes a very long time to learn the skills,” Cameron explains. To attract new players, Cameron runs Hockey skills sessions at the Sport for Life program for Years 4 – 6


Maddie says taking up Hockey has been one of the best decisions she has made. “I have met so many new people, learned valuable life lessons and created memories that I won’t forget,” Maddie says. “For anyone who wants to play Hockey but may be unsure – do it! You won’t regret it!” Kate agrees girls should give Hockey a shot.

students on Friday afternoons, which prepares students for organised sport in the secondary school.

“Just do it,” Kate urges, “because you’ll never know if you don’t try.”

The Hockey teams also have access to world-class facilities at the University of Queensland (UQ ).

For more information about Hockey, contact Shaun Nodwell, Director of Sport, in the first instance:

“We now train and play all of our games at UQ on an international surface,” Cameron said.


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“God has a way of not just opening doors but throwing you through them.” This is how Craig Schmidt, Deputy Principal and Head of Secondary School at St Peters Springfield, describes his path to St Peters. Born and raised Lutheran, Craig and his brother attended Redeemer Lutheran College. Meanwhile, their cousins attended St Peters, Indooroopilly, where their mother and her siblings had been educated. Craig credits his time at Redeemer, under Principal Robin Kleinschmidt, for instilling in him a passion for Lutheran education that would later lead him to St Peters Springfield. “I have treasured memories of playing cricket for Redeemer against St Peters on the St Peters oval – I was bowling, my brother wicket-keeping and my cousin, batting,” Craig recalls. “I loved and valued my time at Redeemer and am a wholehearted believer in both the quality of schooling provided by Lutheran schools and the theology and expression of faith that is foundational to them.”


“I HAVE TREASURED MEMORIES OF PLAYING CRICKET FOR REDEEMER AGAINST ST PETERS ON THE ST PETERS OVAL – I WAS BOWLING, MY BROTHER WICKETKEEPING AND MY COUSIN, BATTING.” Post university, Craig served at Blackwater, west of Rockhampton, for seven years, after which he decided he wanted to return to Brisbane to teach and lead in the Lutheran system. He expressed his ambition to his former principal at Redeemer, Robin Kleinschmidt. “[He] was encouraging in this regard,” Craig explains, “but also indicated the value of broader experience which can add value to Lutheran schools in the future.” So Craig served a further three years in the state system, at a high school in Logan, before transitioning to a dual-campus Christian school,

where he served for an extended period, seeing his three sons through the greater part of their schooling at the same institution. In 2012, Craig was ready for a new challenge. “God opened the door at St Peters,” Craig recounts, “where I have been blessed to be a part of a wonderful learning community led by an exceptional principal.” Craig’s role spans not only management of the academic administration of the Senior School, but also the day-to-day management of campus-life, including the Prep – Year 12 student and staff timetable and implementation of school policies and procedures. He says he draws on the College motto, Plus Ultra (Ever Higher), to guide him in every endeavour so that he and his staff can “assist students to discover and develop their God-given gifts, talents and identity and to grow in character, faith and understanding so that they may be well equipped for life and for service to others in the community.”

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Outside of St Peters, Craig can be found in the company of his three sons. When he’s not taking in their weekend football and futsal matches, he joins them to watch movies and challenges them at pool. He also loves to read.

“Our students will move along all sorts of pathways. My hope and prayer for them is that they work in fields about which they are passionate and that they experience the fullness of life that God has for them.”

“I love learning and reading and have a substantial library to work my way through in the years ahead,” Craig explains. “It’s funny how now I do a whole lot of reading and learning about things I did not spend a lot of time on at school or university – it’s like filling in the picture.”

As for Craig, his passion remains firmly rooted in Christian education. “I am totally committed to the cause of Christian education and to the service of students and staff,” Craig says. “I hope that God continues to bless me with the opportunities and capacity to serve in Lutheran schools for a long time into the future.”

Pictured: Craig Schmidt, Deputy Principal and Head of Secondary School at St Peters Springfield, is passionate about Lutheran education. Photography courtesy of Nicolette Van Jaarsveld


He says he hopes students can follow their interests and forge their own unique path to fulfilling work, as he has done.


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Dana’s Grand Designs Old Scholar, Dana Stephens (2015), has made the leap from designing and building childhood forts to joining the team at McLellan Bush Architects as a Student Architect. Plus Ultra caught up with Dana to find out about her journey to becoming an architect.


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hen did you decide that you wanted to study architecture and what led you down that path? I think I was pretty lucky in that I had known that I wanted to study Architecture for a while. Even when I was young, I loved to watch Grand Designs [television series] and to draw buildings and plans, imagining myself inside those spaces. On family trips to a property at Texas, Queensland, my cousins and I would build huts or make house layouts using logs and branches, riding our dirt bikes up and parking in the ‘garage’ before spending hours in the imaginary house, building and rearranging. So, architecture was always my focus when I had to start thinking about a career.


ou’re into your second year of a Bachelor of Architecture at the University of Queensland (UQ ). What has been the highlight of the course so far and what is ahead that you are most looking forward to? I still can’t believe I’m more than half way through my Bachelor! One of the highlights would have to be site visits, both of buildings in construction and the sites where our design projects will be situated. But outside of the work itself, I have loved being able to engage in the architecture community at university. Being quite a small school in comparison to other sectors of the university, there is a strong collaborative feeling within our studios, which is nice when you’re freaking out about a design project. Also the exhibitions, social lunches, and celebrations after our critiques are a great chance to socialise and network with other students, tutors, professors, staff and practicing architects.

In the future, I’m looking forward to studying abroad for my masters, but first taking a year off between degrees to work and gain valuable experience. I think it’s important to take some time out to rest and travel, especially when so many of us have gone straight from 12 years of schooling into tertiary education.


ou work part-time at McLellan Bush Architects: how did you come to work there, what is your position title and what are your responsibilities, and what is the most important thing you’ve learned there so far? Last year, I undertook some work experience at McLellan Bush Architects after getting in touch with them through St Peters (Springfield). Then, midway through this year, McLellan Bush got in touch again as they were seeking a new student to train and work at the office. I couldn’t believe that such an awesome opportunity had come my way and was excited to get this practical experience early on! As a Student Architect at McLellan Bush Architects, I get the opportunity to work on a range of projects from initial sketch design for clients, through to site visits and observing and assisting with construction documentation, which is an experience I wouldn’t have access to at a large practice. One of the best parts of the job is being able to learn through watching everyone else in the office manage their tasks. From this, I’ve developed an enhanced criticism of my own work which is really important at university and work, as we must make quick design decisions that we could otherwise spend hours thinking about.



hat advice do you have for school students who want to pursue a career in Architecture? Don’t think that you have to be an amazing drawer, or be good at maths or physics to do Architecture. In fact, many people come in and haven’t drawn a plan in their lives. The great thing about the course is that you can learn many of these skills in your first year, with communication courses alongside studies in Design and History. Aside from the architectural skills you learn, the course also makes you think more critically and strengthens your verbal and visual communications skills, as we often present our work in a critique format to get feedback from a group of students, a tutor and a guest. So, even if you’re unsure if you want to take up a career in architecture, it is a great base course for a range of other careers in design and other fields like engineering, project management and even humanities and psychology. Architecture often isn’t advocated as much as other fields are when you’re thinking about careers at school, so it is important that if you are interested, you go out and investigate a little bit more to see if it is something you would like to do. Go to open days, visit a school of architecture, do some work experience and talk to architecture students, because we love to share about the intense but fun life in Architecture School. 21

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St Peters You’ve Got Talent On Friday 28 July, SPOSA supported the annual ‘St Peters You’ve Got Talent’ (SPYGT) competition at the Performing Arts Centre. Congratulations to this year’s winners: • First prize ($250): Jessica Korganow and Andre Werror (Year 11), for their duet; • Second prize ($100): Navin Jayasekera (Year 12), for his self-choreographed dance routine; and • Third prize ($50): the band ‘1756’. Thank you to all of our performers and supporters for making SPYGT 2017 so memorable. Photography courtesy of the IB Photography Club


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“ONCE I DO PUT IN THE EFFORT TO WORK HARD, PLAY MORE AND GET THE RESULTS, IT’S A REALLY GOOD FEELING.” – Bernie Buck, Year 9 student, took up snooker in Year 5 and is still enjoying the game. *Photo courtesy of F45 Photography

Bernie Buck: Right on Cue

When it comes to his passion for snooker, Year 9 student, Bernie Buck has his eye on the ball. He has had a busy year competing at state and national levels in Under 18s and Under 15s competitions. In July, Bernie represented Queensland at the Mitchell Billiards Cup in Adelaide and was a member of the winning Australian Under 15 Junior Team. Bernie said he started playing snooker during a family vacation in Year 5 as a ten-year old. “I went with my family to a resort where they had a pool table and we were able to play whenever we wanted,” Bernie explained.

“I spent a long time playing and I really enjoyed it,” he said. On his return to Brisbane, Bernie was keen to continue with his new-found passion. “When we got back, I asked Dad if we could go to a pool hall so I could practise,” he explained. “I found out every Saturday they had coaching for kids and I started doing that. And that’s how I got into it.” About a year later, Bernie’s family purchased a full-size snooker table but at his own admission, he said he found it difficult to keep his focus and took a break from the game. Two years ago, he decided to re-dedicate himself and returned to lessons.

“When I came back, my teacher noticed I was playing better even after a whole year of not playing,” Bernie said. “I was more focused and I wanted to play well.” Bernie will continue to play snooker as a hobby and would like to enter some future competitions but for now, he is content to play pennant snooker to keep up his experience. “Even though sometimes it might feel like I’m not really getting anywhere, once I do put in the effort to work hard, play more and get the results, it’s a really good feeling…like I’ve achieved something,” Bernie said with a smile.


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Postcards from Year 8: What We’ve Learned So Far

Last year, Amy Smith and Thomas Feldmann came to St Peters Indooroopilly in Year 7. Being new to the school and starting their high school journeys, they had no idea what to expect. Now well into their middle year of Junior High, they share their experiences of starting at a new school and what they are learning along the way. Year 8 students, Amy Smith and Thomas Feldmann, were two of the new kids on the block when they started as Year 7 students last year.

“It took me a while to settle in,” Amy said candidly, “But once I made friends it was a lot easier because they were in all of my classes.”

Both agreed the key to settling in was finding new friends and taking up opportunities in the Music and Sport programs.

Thomas agreed that making new friendships was very important in helping him to settle in, as well as the teaching staff.

“I had to find new friends and the workload was a lot more than Primary school,” Amy recalled. “Everything was new and it was a bit scary!”

“The teachers were all nice and caring and there were lots of nice kids to make friends with,” Thomas explained.


Amy also praised the teaching staff.

*Pictured: Thomas Feldmann and Amy Smith say new friendships, the Music and Sport programs, and being organised helped them settle into Junior High.

“I HAD TO FIND NEW FRIENDS AND THE WORKLOAD WAS A LOT MORE THAN PRIMARY SCHOOL. EVERYTHING WAS NEW AND IT WAS A BIT SCARY!” – Amy Smith, Year 8 student “The teachers were really helpful: more strict than primary school, which helps to get you on the right track.”

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“YOU HAVE TO BE ORGANISED. I LOOK AT THE DAYS IN THE WEEK WHEN I DON’T HAVE ANY EXTRA ACTIVITIES ON SO I MAKE SURE I DO THE MAJORITY OF MY WORK THEN.” – Amy Smith, Year 8 student Both keen musicians and sportspeople, Amy and Thomas are embracing what is on offer at St Peters. “Music is very important to me,” Amy stressed. A cello player since Year 2, Amy is a member of St Peters Soloists, and credits the Music program to helping her become a better musician. “The Music program is amazing and the teachers are great as well!” Amy said. “There is a really high standard of musicians and teachers here.” In addition to her music commitments, Amy plays netball and even found time to train for QGSSSA Swimming last year. She stressed the importance of keeping a good balance and getting enough sleep. “You have to be organised. I look at the days in the week when I don’t have any extra activities on so I make sure I do the majority of my work then and schedule my work around my activities,” Amy explained. “You can’t be involved in too much. You need to have a good balance.

Every day, I try to have a bit of free time but sometimes it doesn’t work out!” she laughed. Like Amy, Thomas is also involved in music and sport. “I play the clarinet and I play a lot of sports,” Thomas explained. Each week, Thomas fits in a clarinet lesson and practise time. He is involved in swimming, tennis, cross country and athletics and he trains morning and afternoon for his triathlon competitions for his club. Thomas, who has aspirations to be a doctor, said the key to staying organised with his work and extra-curricular commitments is to start early.

“I MAKE SURE I KNOW WHEN ALL MY DUE DATES ARE. GET STARTED AS SOON AS YOU CAN ON YOUR ASSIGNMENTS AND DON’T WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE!” – Thomas Feldmann, Year 8 student “I make sure I know when all my due dates are,” Thomas said wisely and added his advice to students coming up the ranks: “Get started as soon as you can on your assignments and don’t wait until the last minute!” he urged. Good advice from two students embracing their Junior High learning journey.


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At first glance, one may be surprised to find a collection of superhero figurines adorning the desk of Trish Allen, Head of Junior High. However, spending your days working with teenagers often requires being in-touch with your inner superpowers. Head of Junior High at St Peters Indooroopilly since 2010, Trish relishes the opportunity and responsibility to provide leadership and a nurturing environment for her staff, students and parents. Prior to starting at St Peters, she was Deputy Principal – Curriculum, at Concordia Lutheran College in Toowoomba.


“I came to St Peters in a teaching role in 2009 and in 2010, I was fortunate to become Head of Junior High,” Trish explained. On a daily basis, Trish is responsible for the wellbeing of her staff and students who comprise the Junior High cohort of Years 7 – 9, and as Trish explained, the Junior High sub school structure offers many benefits for this specific age group in terms of resources, teaching staff and programs that provide a high level of care for each cohort.

*Pictured: Trish Allen, Head of Junior High, is responsible for the wellbeing of staff, students and families in Years 7 – 9.


“Years 7 – 9 are foundational years for High School, so it’s really important – Trish Allen, Head of Junior High to have that place of nurturing across the Junior High,” Trish said. “It’s quite natural for them to start finding their independence,” Trish explained and added:

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“Our role is to provide strong guidance, clear boundaries and offer support so our students can develop confidence in themselves, set goals for the future, and know there are people around them who want them to achieve and succeed.” Trish said another benefit of the Junior High structure at St Peters is the specific focus on each cohort as the students progress through the adolescent years.

Trish said there is also a real focus on developing leadership within the Year 8 cohort as they prepare for greater responsibilities in Year 9. The addition of a week-long Year 8 camp this year is big part of this focus. “We want to make sure we have clear stepping stones for them as we head into some of the responsibilities of leadership and the compulsory five-week Ironbark experience in Year 9.”

“The Year 7’s have been a real blessing. In spite of the obvious challenges that come with nurturing emerging They are just so energetic. There is adolescents, Trish is abundant in her that level of energy and excitement praise for her staff and the students. that they bring to the table, and having a small group of core teachers “I’m surrounded by great people,” provides support during this Trish said emphatically. transition year,” Trish said. “We have a phenomenal team of staff A highlight for the Year 8 cohort in Junior High. They make it an each year is the Kaleidoscope absolute pleasure to come to work.” production, which offers students the opportunity to develop their She also finds humour in the musical and dramatic skills under sometimes blissful innocence the guidance of arts professionals of students, often when it is and be part of a stage work created least expected. especially for them. Due to her own “Our students are not immune to love of performing, Kaleidoscope is all the social challenges within our especially dear to Trish’s heart. society and yet, sometimes they’ll come out with something that is “I USED TO DO A LOT innocent and pure. It just makes you OF PERFORMING. giggle and think how nice it is that I SPECIALISED IN there’s still innocence in the world.”


“I used to do a lot of performing,” Trish explained. “I specialised in drama and music at university and have directed many school musicals and plays, including Kaleidoscope for three years.”

“IT’S REALLY NICE TO FEEL LIKE YOU’RE ON THE JOURNEY WITH THESE YOUNG PEOPLE AND THEIR FAMILIES. IT’S WORTH ALL THE HARD WORK!” “I’m really enjoying watching things grow. I have a lemon and lime tree that are doing really well and I grew cherry tomatoes for the first time this year. I’m really loving having a vegetable garden.” While she enjoys her interests away from work, Trish said one of the best things about St Peters is the sense of community and the enthusiastic greeting she receives from students when she arrives for work. “I can be walking up the hill where I’ve parked the car and I am greeted by lovely smiles from the students saying hello and asking me about my weekend. You don’t get that at every workplace,” Trish said. “It’s really nice to feel like you’re on the journey with these young people and their families. It’s worth all the hard work!”

Work aside, Trish enjoys winding down with a good movie, home improvement TV and has recently discovered her inner green thumb. “I am developing a real love of gardening,” Trish said, smiling.


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Water Wise

In Term 3, Year 11 Marine Science students learned vital field work skills, operating Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicles (ROVs) and securing their Recreational Marine Drivers Licences. Chad King, Science Teacher, says the Marine Science program promotes practical learning. “This term, we’re focusing on getting students to be more practical with their marine research skills,” he explains. He and his students have criss-crossed Queensland’s coastline from Mooloolaba’s ‘Underwater World’ to the shores of Hastings Point, New South Wales, to observe ecosystems and collect data.


They have even found practical ways to use the facilities of their urban campus. In August, students partnered with researchers from the Queensland University of Technology’s Institute for Future Environments, to trial ROVs at St Peters’ 50-metre pool. The researchers are studying how ROVs might be used by community groups in the Crown-Of-Thorns Starfish (COTS) control program.

*Pictured: (this page) James Hill (Year 11) and Chad King, Science Teacher, reflect on their experiences conducting Marine Science field work. Photography courtesy of F45 Photography.


“There is only so much you can learn – Chad King, Science Teacher in a classroom,” Chad explains. “Obtaining their boat licence allows at Gold Coast Boat and Jet Ski students to readily collect samples Licensing, they put their theory so that, if they do decide to study to the ultimate test. Graduating Marine Biology at university, they from a two-metre to a five-metre will already have one of their tickets.” inflatable vessel with centre console, they rehearsed starting the engine, On 18 and 21 August, students set plotting a course, steering and off for the Gold Coast City Marina. capsize rescue. Under the instruction of the team

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James Hill, Year 11 student at St Peters Indooroopilly, is no stranger to boating. He was taught by his father, a keen sailor, from a young age and, when he’s not traversing the open water in his family’s dinghy, he can be found fishing at Somerset Dam, across the Stanley River, from his uncle’s power boat.


James says, while he revelled in ‘letting loose’ in the tinny, the exam wasn’t without its hurdles.

– James Hill, Year 11 student

“For me, the greatest challenge was applying all of the marine rules we’d learned in class. I haven’t had too much experience boating in marine conditions or in a channel.” “Another difficulty was recognising all of the signs and symbols you see out on the water,” James adds. “There are a lot of them and they are all important.”

Chad says he hopes the experience will stand students considering a future in the field in good stead but, moreover, that it will help keep all of his students safe on the water. “I hope that our students can leave school with a boat licence, knowing how to behave on the water appropriately,” he says.

Pictured: (this page) In August, students partnered with researchers from the University of Technology’s Institute for Future Environments to trial Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicles, which might be used in the Crown-Of-Thorns Starfish control program. Photography courtesy of Simon Bowman.

For James, the advantages of having his boat licence are more straightforward. “Having a boat licence is of huge benefit to me. I enjoy fishing, so it’ll help me get out on the water more often.” For more information about the Marine Science program, contact Rosemary Cameron, Curriculum Leader – Science, in the first instance:


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Paul Herring is a Senior IT Teacher at St Peters. As a member of QCAA Technologies Learning Area Reference Group, he has been involved in the formulation of a new Design and Digital Solutions subjects for the QCAA ATAR curriculum being implemented in Year 11 from 2019. Paul is passionate about promoting digital technologies and he has been a Keynote Speaker for Queensland Society for Information Technology in Education (QSITE); Edutech Australia and Edutech Asia. Paul is a guest writer for this edition of Plus Ultra and in his article, he shares his insights into Authentic Learning and how St Peters students are reaping the benefits of real-world learning opportunities.

Smart Learning; Smart Thinking; Smart Doing BY PAUL HER R ING, IT TEACHER

The latest report in the Foundation for Young Australians (FYA) ‘New Work Order’ series titled, ‘The New Work Smarts - Thriving in the New Work Order’, was released in July. The FYA annual reports provide information about the changing face of work and careers in Australia, which is largely brought about by the increasing centrality and impact of digital technology.


A significant conclusion in the latest report states: “Around the world, the most progressive education systems are focusing on developing the ‘new work smart’ workforce of the future. They offer -- immersive, project-based and real-world learning experiences -- that go beyond the classroom environment, such as working with local businesses or facilitating art and film projects in local communities.”


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This approach is now more commonly known by the term, ‘Authentic Learning’.

Some of the key characteristics of Authentic Learning (AL) are: • Learning is centred on authentic tasks that are of interest to the learners; • Students are engaged in exploration and inquiry; • Learning, most often, is interdisciplinary; • Learning is more closely connected to the world beyond the walls of the classroom; • Students become engaged in complex tasks and higherorder thinking skills, such as analysing, synthesising, designing, manipulating and evaluating information; • Students produce a product that should be shared with an audience outside the classroom.

Learning is also generally more student driven than with most other approaches. It offers students good opportunities for social discourse, where students receive feedback (and potentially even assessment) from external experts, clients and other interested parties.

AUTHENTIC TASKS HAVE REAL-WORLD RELEVANCE. ACTIVITIES MATCH AS NEARLY AS POSSIBLE THE REALWORLD TASKS OF PROFESSIONALS IN PRACTICE. Authentic tasks also have real-world relevance. Activities match as nearly as possible the real-world tasks of professionals in practice, rather than the more usual and typical de-contextualised classroom-based tasks.

Senior IT classes for many years and found that the students continue to exceed our expectations when given such open-ended opportunities to excel. We have had many examples where student projects have been readily adopted and used in the world outside of the classroom. As teachers and facilitators, it also brings us great pleasure and pride to see the outstanding and impressive manner in which our students develop their skills and breadth of vision through this approach. You can download ‘The New Work Smarts – Thriving in the New Work Order’ Report at: http://www.fya.

Authentic tasks require students to define tasks and sub-tasks which are open to multiple interpretations rather than easily solved by the application of existing learned procedures or algorithms. Students examine the task from different perspectives over a sustained period of time using a variety of intellectual resources, an under-practised skill in most areas of the curriculum. Authentic tasks provide the opportunity to collaborate and the opportunity to reflect on their learning – both individually and within their project groups, which can contribute to the development of highly motivated learners. At St Peters, we have been using and developing this approach with our


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Commonwealth Youth Games

There was a strong St Peters connection for Team Papua New Guinea (PNG) at the Commonwealth Youth Games held in Bahamas from 18-23 July.

Pictured: Simon Morris, Michael Henao, Ebony Tkatchenko, Barbara and Matthew Stubbings (Flag Bearer) at the Commonwealth Youth Games in Bahamas in July.

Year 9 student, Ebony Tkatchenko, and several Old Scholars attended the Games including: Michael Henao (1998) – Chef de Mission; Barbara Stubbings (1989) – Manager/Tennis; Matthew Stubbings (2016) – Tennis; and Simon Morris (2001) – Team Physiotherapist. Visiting the school for the first time since his graduation, Old Scholar and Team PNG Chef de Mission, Michael Henao, described the games as “an amazing experience”. Practising as a lawyer in Port Moresby, Michael, a former Head Boarder Boy and prefect, explained his involvement in the Games.



“I sit on the PNG Olympic Committee Board as the male vice president so all of our Chefs de Mission for team PNG are drawn from the board,” Michael said. Michael said it was particularly pleasing to have such a strong St Peters connection on Team PNG, including flag bearer and 2016 Head Boarder Boy, Matthew Stubbings. “Being selected as the flag bearer was one of the most surreal experiences I’ve had in my life,” Matthew said humbly. “Being able to lead my country out on to the world stage gave me a strong sense of national pride: definitely an unforgettable experience and one that I will always treasure.”

“BEING ABLE TO LEAD MY COUNTRY OUT ON TO THE WORLD STAGE GAVE ME A STRONG SENSE OF NATIONAL PRIDE.” – Matthew Stubbings (2016) Matthew reached the quarter finals in the singles draw but lost in the first round of the mixed doubles to the Scottish team. “All in all, it was an amazing week of competition and I was extremely privileged to be a part of it,” Matthew said with pride.

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Georgia Mountford: Decoding the Future

Old Scholar, Georgia Mountford (2005), couldn’t decide between a creative or IT career, so she decided to put a foot in both worlds and has never looked back. “I have a lot of passions,” Georgia explained. “I could never pick what I really wanted to do!” she said, a slight sense of exasperation evident in her admission.

Pictured: Old Scholar, Georgia Mountford (2005), returned to St Peters to share her career insights with Mr Herring’s Year 11 IT class.

“I love computers and problem solving but I also have a creative side with an appetite for writing and communications. That’s what lead me to study IT and Journalism.”

“I LOVE COMPUTERS AND PROBLEM SOLVING BUT I ALSO HAVE A CREATIVE SIDE.” Since graduating from the University of Queensland with a dual degree, Georgia has enjoyed in-house computer programming roles as well as running her own business, specialising in web design and digital marketing as well as IT support through automation for small businesses.

through a lot of administrative hurdles and provided practical tools and strategies to automate their marketing efforts as well as repetitive daily tasks.

“I would create a strategy with them initially and implement it as well,” Georgia explained. “My favourite thing is to see these creative, passionate people get back to what they love doing. Most people “Working with small business owners, start a business to make an impact, I discovered no one ever had enough they have a dream and I want to help time to do everything,” Georgia said. them achieve it by leveraging tools and technologies that can make their “That became my next passion, to life easier.” help systemise and digitise things in business.” After six years working in creative industries, Georgia has returned to Georgia drew on her programming the corporate world, applying her background to help her clients cut software and programming expertise

to automate and streamline administrative processes for the Telstra NBN Delivery project. A recent visitor to St Peters at the invitation of her former IT Teacher, Paul Herring, Georgia spoke to a Year 11 class about the benefits of studying IT and programming at school. “It’s always beneficial to study IT and make time to understand computers even if you’re not going to be in a technical field,” Georgia stressed to the students. “If you know how to control technology and use it to your advantage, then you’re a great resource for any business.”


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Performer of the Year On Friday 4 August, eight finalists graced the stage at St Peters Performing Arts Centre to contest the title of ‘Performer of the Year’ in the Recital division. Declan Kemp (Year 12), Liam Hinde (Year 12), Yangyang Li (Year 9), Leon Ly (Year 9), Oscar Memory (Year 12), Evie Sines (Year 12), Grace Sun (Year 8) and Harry Swainston (Year 12) captivated the audience with performances on piano, violin, viola, voice, marimba, vibraphone, trombone and harp. Congratulations to harpist, Leon Ly, who was presented with the perpetual trophy. Thank you to guest performer, Jeremy Sun (Year 6) and adjudicators: Michele Walsh, Greg Massingham and Bevan Messenger. On Saturday 26 August, four finalists competed in the Performer of the Year Concerto. Bassoonist, Rory Brown (Year 12); cellist, Erna Lai (Year 11); violist, Daniel You (Year 12); and pianist, Samuel Choi (Year 12), performed alongside the Concerto Symphony Orchestra, comprised of St Peters students, staff and Old Scholars. Congratulations to Samuel Choi, who was awarded the coveted title of ‘Performer of the Year’ for his performance of the 1st Mvt from Rachmaninoff’s 2nd Piano Concerto. Thank you to adjudicators: Dr Warwick Potter, Spiros Rantos and Brachi Tilles, and to the Music Parent Support Group. *Photography courtesy of F45 Photography


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Global Student Exchanges

The Oxbridge Academic program commenced over 30 years ago with the foundation principles of imaginative teaching, experiential learning and cultural enrichment. Through this program, Years 8 – 12 students can study a range of courses at renowned universities. This year, four Year 11 students from St Peters participated in the Oxbridge Academic Program: Benjamin Ho attended Oxford University; Brynlea Gibson went to St Andrews, Scotland; Sophie Richards attended New York College; and Mia Black attended UCLA. In addition, Nyla Bassi attended the Summer Columbia University Program at the University of New York. “Our student’s interest in engaging in global exchanges, even if just for a semester, continues to grow and as a College, we actively encourage this,” St Peters Careers Counsellor, Jacquelene Estevao, said. Benjamin Ho and Mia Black share their reflections with Plus Ultra. 36

BENJAMIN HO I participated in the summer programs at the University of Oxford. I majored in Engineering and took a minor class in Politics and Economics. The program was jammed-packed with activities and interesting classes. There was just so much to do in so little time: visiting different museums, playing sports such as Quidditch, and making new friends from all over the world. My favourite experience from the program was when we attended Sheldonian Theatre, a hall in which Oxford University students receive their diplomas when they graduate. It was an amazing experience, as I felt like a student graduating from one of the most prestigious universities in the world, even though it was just a small graduation from a summer program. It was truly a life changing experience, and I would give anything to go back again. MIA BLACK Oxbridge at UCLA is an academic program for students in Years 10 – 12

Pictured: Year 11 students made the most of global study experiences (L–R): Nyla Bassi, Mia Black, Sophie Richards and Benjamin Ho with Careers Counsellor, Jacquelene Estevao. Absent: Brynlea Gibson

held at University of California, Los Angeles. There are over a dozen courses available, ranging from Screenwriting, Acting, Sports Medicine, Filmmaking, Maths and Engineering. I chose to study Filmmaking as my major and Photography as my minor. In these classes I learned so much and met amazing people with similar passions. A lot of the time the acting, screenwriting and filmmaking students would come together for activities and to make films. This really gave me an idea of what it is like to work in various roles in the film industry. After the classes, we usually did activities. The best part of the trip was meeting so many new people from all over the world. The friendships I made at UCLA were incredible. Oxbridge at UCLA was the best experience I’ve had yet!

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Engaging in global experiences offers many advantages in preparing students for the evolving, future world of work. With our demographic of International Baccalaureate students, International students and many others keen to study and work abroad, it’s no surprise that we’ve experienced a marked increase in queries about overseas study options at the College. To better equip myself with knowledge on the UK application processes, I applied for a highly sought-after position at the annual Career Practitioner Conferences, offered independently by the University of Oxford, Edinburgh and St Andrews (Scotland). I was very grateful to be the only Australian representative to be selected to attend all three conferences, which occurred primarily due to St Peters demographics. With the support of the College, I embarked on this stimulating learning opportunity, which included attending a UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service) information seminar in the UK, which greatly enhanced my ability to support our students with their queries and applications. Visiting some of the most prestigious universities in the world, and learning firsthand about their course offerings and varying modes of

delivery was fascinating! I’ve long admired the cloisters of the sandstone universities in Australia such as can be seen at UQ , Melbourne and Sydney Uni. To see where the origins of these beautiful architectural influences arose will be a lasting memory. Apart from the scheduled conferences, I also made visits to the University of Cambridge, Glasgow University, London School of Economics, University College of London and Kings College. The model of teaching and learning at Oxford and Cambridge is very different to Australia; their emphasis is on the acquisition of specialist knowledge, offering tutorials in which there may only be one to three students. The conferences at Oxford, Edinburgh and St Andrews were extremely well organised and provided very full days with meaningful opportunities to immerse ourselves within the university culture, sit in on lectures and in-depth sessions on their application processes. I benefited just as much from the informal opportunities to engage with practitioners from across the globe and I now have a valuable network of professionals to tap into. Since returning, I have had opportunity to share some of the knowledge

Pictured: St Peters Careers Counsellor, Jacquelene Estevao, attended the annual Career Practitioner Conferences at the University of Oxbridge and St Andrews, Scotland.

gained with our students, as well as with other independent school counsellors. The visit also affirmed for me that the model we offer in Australia in terms of the breadth of study provided will serve our students well for the future world of work, where there will be greater emphasis on the transferability of skills, the ability to solve problems and the willingness to learn continuously. I thank the College for supporting my engagement with this educational opportunity.


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Multicultural Week From 24-28 July, St Peters Indooroopilly celebrated Multicultural Week. Kicking off with the annual Parade of Nations on Tuesday 25 July, the week was a showcase of cultural costume, music, dance and cuisine and included a Multicultural Gala and a Food Fair. Tim Kotzur, Head of College, wrote of the week: “St Peters is what it is today because of what different cultural groups have brought and continue to bring to our community. There is a piece of each member of our community, past and present, in our great College. That’s something to celebrate.” Photography courtesy of Simon Bowman


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*Pictured: Brian and Claire Stockwell enjoy the benefits of being sibling boarders

Boarder Siblings St Peters has been a coeducational boarding school since its inception in 1945 and a home away from home for generations of siblings. According to Girls Boarding Coordinator, Kim Holman, it’s that sense of stability, connection and belonging that comes with the coeducational boarding experience that is very appealing for our boarding families. “St Peters is unique in that… we are able to accommodate families where the siblings can stay on one campus.” “Parents find it extremely comforting to know that their children are together, which makes travel and visits so much easier,” Kim commented. That has certainly been the case for the Stockwell family from Sunday Creek Station, a cattle property in the Northern Territory.

Boarding siblings, Brian (Year 12), Claire Stockwell (Year 8), and their eldest sibling Peta, who graduated in 2014, have each experienced the benefits of sibling boarding. “I remember feeling pretty homesick when I first came,” Claire explained, as she recalled her arrival into Year 7 boarding last year. “It really helped that Brian was there,” she said. Now she has settled in, Claire is enjoying her extended boarding family. “Whenever you need something – like someone to talk to or help with your homework - there’s always someone there that can help you,” she said. Brian said it’s nice to know his sister is never too far away. “I see her around school and at most meal times,” Brian said. “So, I just check on her sometimes.”

Kim said that the Boarding Houses provide plenty of opportunities for siblings to interact. “Within the boarding houses, we have brother/sister houses so students can do competitive activities and socials within those family groupings,” Kim explained. “We also offer loads of recreation activities on the weekend that the siblings can be a part of and attend together if they wish.” Siblings are also allowed to go to lunch and dinner outings on special occasions. “If there is a birthday, the siblings can join each other for cake and are there for present giving at the start of the day,” Kim explained. “Both boarding houses have areas where the brothers and sisters can hang out and enjoy each other’s company.”


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Alex Kreutzer is a mainstay of St Peters Springfield’s Parents and Friends Committee. The parent of five, who this year celebrated her eighth consecutive year as Secretary, is the only original member of the Committee still serving since its inception in 2010. In her role as Secretary, Alex is the cornerstone for correspondence between the community and the Committee, handles administration for meetings, and helps the Committee coordinate vital social events that bring the St Peters Springfield community together. Alex says getting involved in the P&F all those years ago was an easy decision.


“I originally chose to get involved as I was planning on sending all five of my children to St Peters and, since our family was going to be around for a long time, I thought it would be good to know what was happening at the school and be involved with important decisions and fun activities that would affect my children.” She says 2017 has been the Committee’s strongest year to date, thanks to the acquisition of a variety of resources and facilities and a smörgåsbord of social initiatives, all aimed at improving the educational, spiritual and personal growth outcomes of students. “[This year] we have aimed to spread our sponsorship and purchasing across music, sports, science and

Pictured: Alex Kreutzer, Secretary of St Peters Springfield’s P&F Committee, at the new outdoor play area installed by the P&F in Term 2. Photography courtesy of Nicolette Van Jaarsveld

school facilities as well as build on our calendar of social events to ensure families and students have a fun time and get to know each other better.” Of all its annual social offerings, which include movie nights, trivia nights, discos, dinner dances, markets and stalls, Alex says she is most excited about the introduction of a Teen Trivia Night for Junior High and Senior School students. “Our aim was to bring these young adults together,” Alex explains.

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IN RESPONSE TO PARENT FEEDBACK, THE P&F INSTALLED A SECOND OUTDOOR PLAY AREA FOR STUDENTS IN TERM 2. “It was fantastic to see how much enjoyment they took from each other’s company.” But that’s not the only new initiative she’s proud of. In response to parent feedback, the P&F installed a second outdoor play area for students in Term 2. Alex says the interactive playground has been well received among younger students. “[It] enables students to play more with each other, objects and the environment in a tactile manner,” Alex explains. “It’s a fabulous space that the younger students and also Outside School Hours Care [OSHC] students are able to benefit from.”

In November, the Committee will hold its Annual General Meeting, when it will elect its members for 2018. Alex says the P&F welcomes fresh faces with open arms. “We would love to have as many parents, grandparents, relatives and friends involved with the Committee and its events,” she says. Relatives and friends can get in touch with the St Peters Springfield P&F Committee at: p&



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Lest We Forget In July, Year 6 students visited The Australian War Memorial while on tour in Canberra. Annabel Woods, Olivia Axelsen and Matthew Harvie (pictured L–R) shared their experience with Plus Ultra. ANNABEL WOODS


id you find the names of any family members at the War Memorial? If so, what do you know about the person/people whose names you found? Yes, I found three: My great great uncle Robert Henry Woods who was in AIF and died on the Western Front in WWI. He is buried in France. He also fought in the Boer War. My great great uncle Walter Spence who was an Officer in the AIF and died on the Western Front in WWI. He is buried in France. My great uncle Robert Donald Woods who was in the Royal Australian Airforce in WWII and died when his plane crashed. He is buried in the Northern Territory.



ow did you feel when you discovered the name/s of your family member/s at the War Memorial? It was weird seeing their names on the wall. I was excited I could actually see their names there but it was also sad. I was also sad that I could reach to put a poppy next to Walter Spence’s name as it was at the top of the wall - the people at the top had so few poppies.


hat activities would you recommend to someone when they visit the War Memorial and why? Our bus group was lucky enough to be there for the last post closing ceremony. Each evening, they talk about a different solider of war. I think if you were going, that would be a great way to finish off the calm sentimental evening.

We also got to go into a re-creation of a trench, with the sounds and diseases you would find, as well as a submarine. It was packed by our group, but we learned that in wartime there would be about 40 people in the small and tight space. MATTHEW HARVIE


id you find the names of any family members at the War Memorial? If so, what do you know about the person/people whose names you found? I found my great great uncle Albert John Archer (1888 – 1918). He was born in Guyra, New South Wales. He had five brothers and two sisters. At the time of his death, he was a Company Quartermaster Sergeant. His service number was 1 as he was the first to enlist in the new 33rd Infantry Battalion

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*Pictured this page from top: Matthew Harvie’s family medals; and a photo album of Annabel Woods’ great great uncle Walter Spence.


on 16 November 1915. He was killed in action on 4 April 1918 in Villers-Bretonneux, France. His body is buried in Crucifix Corner British Cemetery, one-mile S.S.E of Villers-Bretonneux. His name is on the Roll of Honour at panel 121 and his name is projected onto the exterior of the Hall of Memory nearly every month.

the Unknown Soldier. I recommend the Discovery Zone and Firsthand Artefacts because it gives you a small glimpse of how tough the conditions were. I recommend the Unknown Soldier because of the internal design and how beautiful the architecture is but mainly to pay respect to all of the soldiers who have died for us and who are still fighting our battles.



I felt honoured that one of my relatives fought for Australia’s freedom. It was sad to see how many others have died in honour of our country. You don’t really realise what these soldiers went through for the future generations.


hat activities would you recommend to someone when they visit the War Memorial and why?

ow did you feel when you discovered the name/s of your family member/s at the War Memorial? When I found the name of one of my relatives, I felt very proud that he fought for our country to protect everyday Australians. I also felt sad, like anyone does when they have an interaction with death.


hat activities would you recommend to someone when they visit the War Memorial and why? I highly recommend taking your time with all of the exhibits but especially the Discovery Zone, the Firsthand Artefacts and, most of all,

id you find the names of any family members at the War Memorial? If so, what do you know about the person/people whose names you found? I found my great great uncle Gordon Henry Willey’s name on the Roll of Honour. He was from Beaudesert (Tamrookum). He was killed in action while fighting the Japanese in Papua New Guinea and was buried on the field. He died on 22 December 1942. He was in the 2/9 Australian Infantry Battalion. He signed up on 8 August 1941. He was a father of Rodney (five years old) and Lorna (two years old).

ow did you feel when you discovered the name/s of your family member/s at the War Memorial?


I would recommend that you visit the tomb of the Unknown Soldier. It’s a time for reflection and to remember all of the Australians who died in battle. That soldier represents all of them. Another cool thing to do at the War Memorial is to go to the D-Zone: there are five sections and each one represents what it would be like at the time of the war or event. This included: The Trenches, World War II, the Cold War, a helicopter flying in Vietnam, and the peacekeeping mission model. 43

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St Peters Music Beat Term 3 was extremely busy for the students and staff of St Peters Music program with several showcase performances. On Saturday 29 July, approximately 350 students from five Lutheran Colleges gathered at St Peters for the Reformation 500 Celebration Concert. The concert was a massed choir and orchestra celebration of music in Lutheran Schools and in the Lutheran tradition. The internationally acclaimed Australian String Quartet, as part of the 2017 Signature Concert Series, conducted workshops and rehearsals over two days in July at St Peters, passing on their wealth of knowledge and love of music to our talented string students. Their visit culminated in an awe inspiring concert in the Performing Arts Centre (PAC) Auditorium which featured the ASQ performing alongside our very own students on their unique Guadagnini instruments worth between $1-2 million each. On Saturday 22 July, the first St Peters Jazz Festival took place in the PAC. Students from Junior, Intermediate and Senior Stage Band took part in masterclasses under direction of members of the Brisbane Contemporary Jazz Orchestra; international contemporary jazz trio, ‘Trichotomy’, and clarinet and saxophone superstar, Andy Firth. The afternoon of workshops and masterclasses culminated


in a performance from the three College Stage Bands and performances by St Peters community ensemble, Late Shift Big Band, led by Mark Pradella and Kerry Jacobson on drums; Trichotomy; Brisbane Contemporary Jazz Orchestra; and special guests, international vocalist and recording artist Ingrid James, and clarinet and saxophone superstar, Andy Firth. At the end of Term 2, St Peters Chorale and Chamber Soloists toured western Queensland. During the tour, the ensembles performed concerts, led workshops and shared worship with congregations and schools in Dalby, Kingaroy and Wamuran. Looking ahead to next term, Symphonic Winds are preparing for their upcoming tour to the US and the release of a new CD, ‘Coming Home’. The title track for the CD was composed by Kerry Jacobson and dedicated to the memory of his father. The CD will be available from PAC reception in Term 4. Tour highlights will include a masterclass and performance with the US Navy Pacific Fleet Band on the deck of the USS Missouri in Hawaii and recording and performing at Disneyland. Further details and dates for the tour will be available on the St Peters Bands Facebook page: StPetersBands/

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2017 St Peters

GOLF DAY Sunday 5 November, 2017 Indooroopilly Golf Club Meiers Road, Indooroopilly Cost: $100 per player Sponsorship enquiries: Ross Thomson (07) 3377 6580 or

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On Friday 14 July, St Peters Springfield students took to the Performing Arts Centre stage to present the Year 8 Production: a showcase of murder mystery themed skits for which students wrote their own scripts and songs. With help from industry professionals at the Queensland Theatre Company: actor, Lauren Jackson, and producer, Heidi Irvine, students presented polished performances of their scripts. With titles such as: ‘Ouija Stop Bullying Me’, ‘Death by Spray Tan’, and ‘Drugs, Money or Murder, and plots such as: a murderer with a split personality, a victim who wasn’t dead but just visiting, and Batman who is murdered by Batgirl, the evening was full of intrigue and excitement. Thank you to industry professionals, staff and families who supported this special event.


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Remembering Bruce Brazier

Bruce Brazier was a much-loved English teacher and cricket coach at St Peters from 1992-2005. When Bruce retired from St Peters, he received a rousing standing ovation from the entire school community. Sadly, a year later, Bruce passed away and was farewelled by hundreds of former students, staff, family and friends in a service in the St Peters Chapel. Bruce’s many contributions to the school are remembered in an annual English bursary prize, established in 2008 and generously funded by his family. Recently, some of Bruce’s immediate family; his wife, Elizabeth; his daughter, Rebecca; and his sister, Margaret, returned to St Peters and caught up with Foundation Manager, Kathrin Hofmann. Speaking about the bursary, his daughter Rebecca Lowe said the family wanted to do something to honour her father’s love of literature and his ability to connect with his students and make each one feel valued. “When establishing the award, I think we tried to strike a place that wasn’t just about excellence,” Rebecca explained. “The spirit of the award is to recognise someone who has demonstrated a love of literature above and beyond just the required text.”


WHEN BRUCE RETIRED FROM ST PETERS, HE RECEIVED A ROUSING STANDING OVATION FROM THE ENTIRE SCHOOL COMMUNITY. Over the years, the Brazier family has enjoyed a long association with St Peters. Bruce’s three children attended St Peters: Adrienne (1981), Rebecca (1983), and Roderick (1986). His grandson, Nicholas Stewart, graduated in 2015, and Bruce’s wife, Elizabeth, was a singing teacher at St Peters for many years. Bruce’s grandson, Christopher Stewart, is currently attending St Peters and enjoying all that it has to offer, including the Year 8 Kaleidoscope production and his younger brother, Alexander, will commence in 2019.

Pictured: Bruce Brazier, a much-loved English teacher and cricket coach at St Peters before he passed away in 2006.

In 2013, the family also sponsored a seat in the Performing Arts Centre as part of the Take a Seat Appeal. The gesture was an appropriate tribute for Bruce, who enjoyed a celebrated music career before commencing at St Peters in 1992. After gaining his Bachelor of Music, Bruce became a lecturer in voice at the Conservatorium and in 1976, he studied at the prestigious Guildhall School of Music. He was a soloist with the ABC, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and in opera, before taking up the next chapter of his career at St Peters. “St Peters had a profound effect on him and he had a profound effect on the hundreds of students he taught,” Rebecca said of her father, whose kindness touched the lives of many people.

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Teachers attend International Kodály Symposium

In August, two Lower Primary teachers, Ms Susan Creese, (P-6 Music Coordinator) and Mrs Deb Wilson, (Prep teacher), were among a team of more than 20 Australians invited to present workshops at the International Kodály Symposium in Camrose, Alberta, Canada. This prestigious event, held every two years, is a forum for music educators world-wide to come together to share practical applications of the pedagogical philosophies of Hungarian composer and educator Zoltan Kodály. Kodály’s renown as a music educator is almost as high as his reputation as a composer. He was very interested in addressing the problems of music education, and wrote several books of educational music for schools, as well as writing a wealth of academic texts on the subject. Although he is sometimes acknowledged as the creator of the ‘Kodály Method’, this is something of a misnomer as Kodály did not actually devise a comprehensive method. Kodály established that a sequential, cumulative and developmental program, based on an aural-vocal approach, is the most inclusive and effective way to develop musicianship and musical literacy for people of all age groups. Every musician needs to ‘hear’ their part and be able to sing it, be they an instrumentalist or a vocal student.

It is the pursuit of methodological means to those imparting these characteristics upon our students that brought Deb and Susan to the International Kodály Symposium. The experienced teachers and workshop clinicians who were selected as presenters to muse upon these philosophies came from a large pool of applicants around the world. Susan and Deb presented engaging and inspiring workshops to enthusiastic audiences from many countries around the globe, including Canada, USA, Taiwan, Malaysia, Hungary, Scotland and Columbia. Deb’s presentation, ‘Circle Time in Early Childhood - An Opportunity to Build Necessary Skills for Success at School’, demonstrated how songs, rhymes and other musical concepts can impact many different facets of the early childhood curriculum. Based on Kodály’s philosophy that music is for everyone, Susan’s active workshop, ‘Level Up! Progressive Challenges for Successful Differentiation’ explored innovative practice ideas to engage the brain and body. Designed to cater for all levels of ability in the music classroom, these activities increase motivation and musical success in Primary aged students. Susan and Deb’s presentations were received with excitement and praise from their international colleagues and in turn, they have

Pictured: (L–R) Lower Primary staff, Mrs Deb Wilson (Prep teacher), and Ms Susan Creese (P-6 Music Coordinator), were among a team of more than 20 Australians invited to present workshops at the International Kodály Symposium in Canada in August.

returned to St Peters inspired to implement new songs, games and research-based practices with a greater international perspective. Connections were made with music educators working within various teaching contexts, including PYP educators from around the world. The week-long conference provided opportunities to collaborate, philosophise and engage in reflective and open-minded discussions with like-minded educators. These rewarding interactions affirmed the teaching practices in place at St Peters and have inspired fresh perspectives on holistic, creative and stimulating approaches to music education. 49

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In 2003, David Hope and his Dave, who is responsible for the family purchased a bush block at planning, planting, irrigation, Googa Creek, outside of the town mulching, fertilising, weeding and of Blackbutt in Queensland’s South harvesting of Ironbark’s vegetable Burnett Region. In 2014, after years gardens, is passionate about of visiting the property on weekends sustainable practices. His hobby and holidays, making improvements farm, where he grows his own when they could, the family decided vegetables and raises sheep, goats to move to the property permanently. and chickens, is off the grid thanks Shortly thereafter, Dave joined to a stand-alone solar energy system the team at Ironbark as Gardens & Dave designed himself. Grounds Officer helping to care for “I am a very hands-on person who the gardens, assist with farm duties enjoys challenges and thinking and maintain equipment. outside the box,” Dave explained. “I enjoy working outdoors and saw an “I enjoy sharing this way of life with ad for the position at Ironbark after students and hope to encourage moving to our farm,” Dave explained. them through my passion for living “I had been striving to have a more a more community-connected and rewarding work/life balance for holistic lifestyle.” many years and have found it.”


*Pictured: Dave Hope, Gardens & Grounds Officer at Ironbark, enjoys sharing the outdoor life with students. Photography courtesy of F45 Photography


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In recognition of his dedication to educating students about environmental practices, Dave was awarded a St Peters Head of College Award in June.

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When he’s not teaching students about the fundamentals of sustainable living or managing his own property, Dave enjoys bush walking, water sports, motorbike riding and building using recycled materials. He hopes his enthusiasm for green living can inspire students to follow their own passions with tenacity.


“Study all you can about your passion,” Dave advises. “Keep pursuing it, always keep learning and always strive to achieve your goals.”


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Parent Supporters: Our Unsung Heroes

Parent Support Groups (PSG) are an integral part of the St Peters Indooroopilly community, providing valuable support for student activities in and out of the classroom. Donating time and effort to a support “Whether through raising awareness or funds, parent support groups group offers parents an opportunity enhance the experience for the to become more involved within students participating,” Nicky said. their child’s sub school and in various cocurricular activities. Rowena Lester, member of the Lower Primary Parent Support There are currently Parent Support Group (LPSG), said she decided to Groups for each sub school (Lower and Upper Primary, Junior High and become involved because she was Senior School) and various activities keen to learn more about the Lower Primary years and the opportunities such as Music, Robotics, Rugby, to help around the school. Rowing and the newly reformed Tennis group. “I always remember my Mum helping “Every little thing the Parent Support out a lot when I was at school and I wanted to do the same for my kids,” Groups do are warmly welcomed Rowena said. and exponentially value-add to a program or sport their child is Like all the sub school Parent involved in,” explained Community Support Groups, the main purpose Liaison Officer, Nicky Hughes. 52

“WHETHER THROUGH RAISING AWARENESS OR FUNDS, PARENT SUPPORT GROUPS ENHANCE THE EXPERIENCE FOR THE STUDENTS PARTICIPATING.” – Nicky Hughes, Community Liaison Officer at St Peters Indooroopilly of the LPSG is to create and maintain an open environment for parents to keep up to date with what is taking place each term, and inform them about how they can help to support specific activities. “There are only two LPSG meetings per term, and they provide a great way to hear about what is happening

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“IT’S A REALLY EASY WAY TO GET CONNECTED.” – Janine Narbutas, President of the Robotics PSG, of being involved in Parent Support Groups. Pictured: (this page, centre of back row) Janine Narbutas, President – Robotics Parent Support Group at Indooroopilly, with volunteers at the Brisbane Regional Robocup finals hosted at St Peters. *Pictured: (opposite page) Rowena Lester, member of the Lower Primary Parent Support Group at the Bush Dance.

around the school. It is also a nice way to meet other parents and have a say in planning future activities,” Rowena explained. Janine Narbutas, President of the Robotics Parent Support Group established last year, said she decided to get involved in the Robotics and Music Groups to support her children’s interests and as a way to connect when she was new to the school. “If you want to get involved in school and feel a little bit more connected to your student, have a better insight into what they do, and engage socially with other parents, I think it’s a really easy way to get connected,” Janine explained. Parent Support Groups drive a number of fundraising and community initiatives and determine the best way to utilise funds available for their activities. “We help with competitions, support activities and fundraising and we do that with the teachers and the teams, who are often responsible for their own fundraising,” Janine said.

This year, the St Peters Robotics teams have been involved in numerous competitions: the RoboCup States Competition; Brisbane Regional Robocup, hosted by St Peters with the assistance of Robotics PSG; FIRST Tech Challenge, Asia Pacific Invitational Robotics competition in Sydney; and the inaugural FIRST® Global Challenge in Washington DC, where Team Australia was awarded a silver medal for Global Unity. “It’s fantastic to watch the students compete in these national and international competitions,” Janine said. Rowena said the LPSG has also been very active this year, in terms of supporting events such as the Lower Primary Bush Dance, Mothers’ and Fathers’ Day Stalls, Year 4 end of year celebration day, and pizza days each term.

another outdoor covered area to utilise. Previous initiatives have included additional grey umbrellas, shaded multipurpose areas in the playground, improved bag racks, and new learning resources for various year levels. “We are very grateful to the Parent Support Group committees and volunteers, who are able to assist the College and Coordinators throughout the year,” Nicky said. “Our parents and volunteers are our unsung heroes.” Parent Support Groups fall under the umbrella of the P&F Committee. If you would like to form a support group for your child’s activity, please contact Nicky Hughes, Community Liaison Officer, for further details:

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The College was pleased to announce the appointment of the 2018 College Captains and Vice-Captains for Indooroopilly and Springfield.

// 2018 College Captains

Congratulations to the Indooroopilly School Captains: Elli Harford and Fletcher Hood Withey; Vice Captains: Caitlyn Marks and Nathan Teale; Springfield School Captains: Taylor Burdett and Christopher Wise; and Springfield Vice-

Congratulations to St Peters Old Scholar, Penelope Bristow (2013), who recently participated in the International Maritime Law Arbitration Moot Competition and was awarded a prize for Best Speaker in the Finals.

// Penelope Wins Best Speaker at International Law Moot


Penelope, who is studying a combined Science and Law degree at the University of Queensland, has been extensively involved in mooting (mock trial) competitions,

Captains: Nicola Atanasov and Lachlan Brindell. The College’s leadership programs promote the servant leadership qualities of empathy, teamwork, collaboration, integrity, service, courage and stewardship and encourage personal growth and recognition of the value of a strong community. We commend all 2018 Captains and Prefects on their leadership roles. where participants prepare written submissions and present arguments in front of a panel. Penelope’s team prepared for six months before the competition. The competition was held in Singapore over five days. Twenty-six teams from twelve countries participated. Penelope and her team progressed to the final, but lost to the National University of Singapore. Her team won the runner-up prize for best written memorandum.

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After 14 years of outstanding service, the College farewelled St Peters Head Swim Coach, Michael Bohl in August, who has relocated to the Gold Coast. Head of College, Tim Kotzur, thanked Michael for his contribution.

// Farewell Michael Bohl

// Nicolas Margarit Awarded Music Scholarship

“Michael has been instrumental in developing St Peters into the leading swimming school and club in Australia,” Tim said. “The number of state, national and international swimmers Congratulations to St Peters Old Scholar, Nicolas Margarit (2016), who has been awarded a full-tuition Albeniz Foundation scholarship to complete a Bachelor of Music at the Reina Sofia School of Music in Madrid. He will study piano with famous teacher and concert pianist, Dmitri Bashkirov, whose past students have gone on to receive international acclaim including: Arcadi Volodos, Dang Thai Son,

that have come out of our program in Michael’s time is testament to the quality of the man as a coach and person.” Mr Kotzur said St Peters swimming is well positioned to remain a swimming powerhouse going into the future as a result of the culture, programs, structures, and staff that Michael has put in place. We wish Michael well for the future.

Nikolai Demidenko and Kirill Gerstein. Nicolas returned to Brisbane recently and spent some time back at St Peters accompanying Saints & Singers and catching up with other students. We wish Nicolas well for his future studies.


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Molly Jackson: Putting Brisbane Music on the R ADAR

St Peters Old Scholar, Molly Jackson (2013) has been a guest writer for Plus Ultra. In this edition, she finds herself on the other side of the questions and shares her thoughts about life after St Peters and her foray into the business world as co-founder of RADAR Entertainment.

Pictured: Molly (right) with Carlia Fuller, co-founders of RADAR Entertainment. Photography courtesy of Old Scholar, Josh Cook (2013), who is a budding music photographer in Brisbane.


ell us about your school experience at St Peters.

I started in Year 8 and especially loved Years 11 and 12. I really crammed a lot in, with study, water polo, leadership roles, and lots of music commitments. Some of the highlights were performing in the grand final of St Peters You’ve Got Talent (SPYGT); travelling to Germany in Year 10 for my language studies; and to the USA with the band in 2014. These trips were opportunities and experiences I will never forget. Leading Chisholm as a House Captain in Year 12 was also such a fun time, especially at the swimming carnival when we came a close second. I fondly remember my time at St Peters as a whole; always feeling so included in what was going on with our cohort and the school community in general.


hat have you been pursuing since you graduated from St Peters? With my passion and involvement in the St Peters music program, teachers and students alike always asked me if I was going to pursue music at a tertiary level. The answer was always “no”; music was just for fun and never something I considered professionally. 56

After graduating, I began a dual degree in Journalism and Business, but I knew straight away that it was not for me. I dusted off my flute and auditioned for a Bachelor of Music degree at QUT and I am now half way through. There is nothing I would rather be doing. I love it! St Peters has continued to provide me with amazing opportunities post-graduation. Interviewing pop-rock legend Leo Sayer earlier this year for Plus Ultra and performing on stage was a huge highlight for me!


ou’ve just co-founded a business, RADAR Entertainment. How did that come about? My most recent achievement has been starting a business with Carlia Fuller. We met through a group

university assignment. We had to organise and manage a music event in Brisbane. We got along so well that we decided to put our complimentary skills into action. We saw the need at QUT, and in Brisbane, for an organisation that could ‘join the dots’ for musicians trying to emerge onto the Australian music scene. RADAR Entertainment aims to do that. Artists come on board for publicity, personal branding, event marketing, event booking, social media, and administration management services. Carlia takes on a primarily marketing and events based role in our duo, while I focus on artist management and communications. Recently, RADAR has taken on a curatorial role with the Brisbane Powerhouse as part of their Livespark Sunday series.

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here do you see yourself in the future?

When I began studying music at university, I intended to complete my Masters of Education. Being a music teacher is definitely something that I am still very keen to pursue. However, with my current involvement in the music industry, I am definitely considering a career in events, management, music journalism, and festival coordination in an entertainment/creative field.


o you have any advice for students wanting to pursue pathways in Creative Industries? There are so many career options out there. Not everyone wants to be a performer on screen or stage. There are people who need to do the cool jobs out the back as well! I have already had the chance to be a part of some amazing events, and meet some very famous musicians; and it’s so much fun to be a part of something that brings joy to so many people. If you do something you love and work hard at it – doors will open!

There’s a wise saying; one person’s trash is another person’s treasure. This was certainly the case for furniture restorer, Sandra Fonoti (pictured left, with SPOSA Officer and Archivist, Yolanda Robinson), who came across a chest of drawers last year at the Logan tip shop for her business, Reawakened Furniture. “We restore, refurbish and re-purpose furniture, so I’m always looking for the antique style. I came across the chest and I loved it!” Sandra explained. What Sandra didn’t know at the time was the chest of drawers used to be in the St Peters Girls Boarding dorm. However, an inscription on one of the drawers piqued Sandra’s curiosity and started her on a journey of discovery to find out more about the history of the piece, which most likely was manufactured in the early 1900s. “I was cleaning out the drawers and that’s when I came across all the names written inside,” Sandra explained. Thankfully, there were plenty of clues so Sandra turned to Google for answers. “I googled SPLC. I found out it was St Peters,” Sandra said. From there, she was able to work out the peer year of the students as 1986 and came across the 30 Year Reunion page. “When I was doing the research, I found a lady who…remembered the piece. It was in her dorm. So, I decided to call the school,” Sandra said. SPOSA Officer and Archivist, Yolanda Robinson, said she was absolutely thrilled to hear from Sandra, who restored the chest and donated it recently to the SPOSA Archives. “Sandra has kindly given the piece back to us at no cost,” Yolanda said with gratitude. “It’s so wonderful.” 57

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Reunion Weekend On 17 and 18 September, the annual Reunion Weekend was held. The Diamond Graduates (1957) celebrated their 60 year anniversary and the Golden Graduates (1967) celebrated their 50 year anniversary. SPOSA changed the format of the reunion by encouraging peer groups to enjoy evening events off campus. Old Scholars young and older enjoyed these events! The Diamond and Golden Graduate Luncheon was well attended, hosting 100 Old Scholars and invited guests. The 1967 peer group invited some of their teachers and it was lovely to reconnect. Georg and Nell Horrolt (Donald, 1957) summed up memories sparked at the lunch. As we walked around, we observed that so many of the big old trees, gums and palms and the fig near the girls’ dorms that were magnificent 66 years ago, are still standing so majestically. And although there are many buildings standing on the campus, the gardens and trees soften the landscape. Luther House is still there. To us it was the heart of College; a place where we prayed, sang hymns faster than any other congregation led by Pastor Stolz’s bass voice, attended our classes, studied, were regularly chastised about manners, had choir practice, participated in concerts for parents and community, listened to visiting luminaries from PNG or Germany, watched movies or participated in socials and more. Please pass on our thoughts of appreciation to all those involved in the special day for us.


1952 Graduates: Pat Chambers (Hausknecht), Wilma Marsh (Zimitat), Elaine Heers (Profke), Sonya Fels (Herse), Rose Schmocker, Jan Hurwood (Leather), Ester Pool (Mayer). 1957 Diamond Graduates: (Front Row) Marcia Buckle (Platz), Marie Hutton (Heck), Neil Sargent, Linda Sharp (Reuther), Nell Horrolt (Donald) and (Back Row) Robert Radke, Kevin Lehmann, Georg Horrolt. 1967 Golden Graduates: (Front Row) Bronwyn Lane, Merryl Wuthrich (Sakrzewski), Hazel Broadfoot (Donges), Margaret Schluter (Larsen), Martin Voss, Garry Hauser, Noela Toivanen (Wilson), Penny Greville (Blythe), Robyn Kuchel (Biar); (Middle Row) Judith Else (Smith), Beverley Parrish, Jenny Lambidonis (Berghauser), Elenor Hausler (Venz), Jenny Scholl (Cardell), Suzanne Fairley (Wilson), Nerida Cooksley (Christiansen), Fred Brandt, Terry Beutel; and (Back Row) Elizabeth Edser (Stute), Bruce Radke, Colin Kratzing, Russell Williams, Graham Donges, David Martin, Jonathan Frerichs, Jim Schmidt.

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Off-Campus Reunions USA REUNION The Biennial three-day USA reunion kicked off on 28 September at the Mount Olivet Retreat outside of Minneapolis. Old Scholars, many of whom were children of American-based missionaries, joined past students from the Kathrine Lehmann School (KLS) in Papua New Guinea (PNG) to reconnect. Jan Hogarth, SPOSA President, remarked that “time falls away at reunions, friendships are rekindled and memories are shared.” The next international reunion will be held in 2019. International Old Scholars of all ages are invited. FIVE YEAR REUNION St Peters Class of 2012 celebrated five years since graduation at the Regatta Hotel. More than 120 Old Scholars attended, many who travelled from interstate and abroad. 20 YEAR REUNION More than 80 Old Scholars from St Peters Class of 1997 reunited at the Pig n’ Whistle, Indooroopilly. Prior, many enjoyed a tour of the Indooroopilly campus and Boarding dorms. SPOSA Officers stopped by to share news of Ironbark reunions and the proposal for a Memorial Wall. 35 YEAR REUNION St Peters Class of 1982 gathered at the Regatta Hotel to enjoy dinner and great conversation. 40 YEAR REUNION St Peters Class of 1977 caught up at the Indooroopilly Hotel. More than 35 Old Scholars swapped stories and enjoyed laughter, made all the better by a slide show and memorabilia, including photos and First XV jerseys. Thank you to all of our reunion organisers. For information about future reunions, keep your details up-to-date with SPOSA via email: sposa@ and keep informed via SPOSA’s Facebook page:


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Births, Deaths, Marriages




REV ALAN DAHMS (1960) 22 June 1942 – 21 April 2017

MARGARET HENNING (BAKER 1962) 6 June 1945 - 24 June 2017

IVAN VONHOFF (1949) 25 December 1931 – 28 June 2017

Alan was born in Mackay, Queensland, and boarded at St Peters during his Sub-Junior and Junior years from 1957 – 58. Although he was encouraged by the principal to continue his schooling, he went home to work on a cane farm with his brother. In 1974, after completing his education to matriculation level, Alan answered God’s call to became a pastor and moved to Adelaide with his wife, Alma, and their family. His parishes included Nuriootpa in the Barossa Valley (1979 – 1985); Hallett Cove (1986 – 1989); and Bethania Church and Primary School, Queensland (2000). He returned to South Australia in his later years.

G KEVIN GERSEKOWSKI (1957) 5 April 1949 – 2010 SPOSA was recently informed that Kevin passed away in 2010. Kevin was enrolled at St Peters in Year 5 in 1951, completing Sub Scholarship in 1952, when the primary classes changed to Years 1– 8 (Scholarship).


Margaret was a student at St Peters during her Sub-Junior and Junior years from 1959 – 60. She won the Junior A class Proficiency Prize; was a member of the Inter-School Basketball teams – an achievement for a girl in Sub-Junior; and participated in House and Inter-School Athletics. Margaret passed away in June while on holiday with her husband in Canada.

T JUDI TJEONG (HEMSLEY 1972) 7 July 1955 – 18 July 2017 A boarding student from Papua New Guinea, Judi attended St Peters from Years 7 – 12. She was a fine sportswoman, captaining the A Netball team in her Senior year (1972) when she was Head Boarder Girl. Hers was the classic school days’ romance. She and Jimmy Tjoeng, who’d fallen for Judi while in the lower grades, married in 1980. They had four children: Leisa, Gareth, Liam and Kylie. Judi was an exceptional woman, devoted to family and her faith. She taught her children about the importance of family, relationships, friends and God. She was a lay reader at her Riverview Church, and a devout and dedicated member of the congregation.

Ivan spent his Sub-Junior (1946) year at St Peters, where he won the Senior Cup and broke records for Broad Jump and Hop, Step and Jump in the Inter-House Athletics. The son of a dairy farmer, Ivan returned to the farm in Crow’s Nest, devoting his life to dairying. In 2008, Ivan was awarded an OAM for service to: the Lutheran Church of Australia (he was Chairman at St Luke’s Lutheran Church for approximately 50 years); to the dairy industry through a range of executive roles; and to the community (he was Mayor and Deputy Mayor at Crow’s Nest Shire Council for nine years).


Bianca Monahan (2006) and Adam Spackman (2006) met in 2006 in Year 12 at St Peters. They married at the Gold Coast hinterland on Friday 21 April, joined by 110 of their closest family and friends, including eight of their fellow St Peters alumni.

Plus Ultra Magazine October 2017  

Plus Ultra is the official magazine of St Peters Lutheran College, incorporating Old Scholars' news.

Plus Ultra Magazine October 2017  

Plus Ultra is the official magazine of St Peters Lutheran College, incorporating Old Scholars' news.