“In my great and unmatched wisdom” - Perhaps you saw this quote during the week, either in the media or on Twitter. I certainly did and I felt like responding in outrage. What a remarkable thing to say about yourself!
That comment for me was contrasted with a presentation I saw last week from Dr Jordan Nguyen. Jordan is a biomedical engineer. On Jordan’s website he states, “[my] mission in life is to improve the lives of as many people as possible and to be a driving force behind positive human and technological evolution in to the future”. Jordan has been using his expertise to partner with others to design and build solutions to improve the lives of people with disabilities.
Jordan has invented some very impressive things and is achieving his life’s purpose. But what struck me when he spoke was his tremendous humility.
Historian, theologian and author John Dickson describes humility as “the ability to redirect your power, to forego your status and deploy your resources or use your influence for the good of others before yourself.” (Humiltas, 2009).
Many think humility is a weakness (probably the author of the quote, “in my great and unmatched wisdom”), but the reality is that we admire those with great humility. The great Jim Collins, author of best seller “Good to Great” asserts that it is possible to be humble, iron-willed and successful. True humility is a strength.
The last phrase in our School’s purpose statement says, “… with a heart for servant leadership.” As I have written in the past, servant leadership is a description of people who go about making a positive difference to other people’s lives without a desire for recognition.
I see many current students and past students who have a servant heart and a wonderful sense of humility. Like Jordan Nguyen, they are looking for ways to make a positive difference.
As we begin the final term of the year, our current senior students (Year 12) literally only have a few School days left. Sooner than they can imagine, they will be walking through a guard of honour at their final assembly to leave St Paul’s and begin the next chapter of their lives.
Deciding what to do with the rest of your life is no easy task. Some will be determined, others will still be indecisive, anxious and unsure. That’s okay. Everyone will eventually find their way. But I hope that every student leaves St Paul’s with a desire to make a positive difference to others. Our world will be a better place for it.
Dr Paul Browning Headmaster
APPLICATIONS FOR RAY GEISE BURSARY – CURRENT STUDENTS ONLY
The Ray Geise Bursary for Service will be offered to one current St Paul’s School student, who will be in Year 7, 8, 9, 10 or 11 in 2020.
This Bursary is to the total value of $1,000 (as a reduction in School fees) for 2020 only.
Students should submit a covering letter detailing their performance in pursing the Aims and Goals of the School and must show evidence of consistently caring for others and helping them to live worthwhile and meaningful lives; students must have pride in their School and demonstrate this in their dealings with their peers and indeed the whole School community.
In addition to the covering letter, students should submit a 1000 word essay on “Building a Christian Caring Community in the 21st Century.”
In awarding the Ray Geise Bursary, particular attention will be paid to the performance of the applicants in pursuing the Aims and Goals of the School, and to any financial need which exists in the family.
All Bursary applications and offers are to be treated as private and confidential and are not for public discussion or announcement. Applicants should submit:
A Bursary Application Form
A Covering Letter
A separate application should be submitted for each child within a family.
Bursary Application Forms are available from the Headmaster’s Executive Assistant, Ms Sam Beeney, via email request: [email protected]
Bursary applications (including the completed Application Form, Covering Letter and Essay) should be submitted in a sealed confidential envelopeby Friday 18 October 2019 (the end of the second week of Term 4) to: Dr Paul Browning, Headmaster, St Paul’s School, 34 Strathpine Road, BALD HILLS QLD 4036.
Faith & Community
Getting stuck in the "dont's"
I often tell people how much I love my job. I have a fascinating portfolio of responsibilities that includes faith formation, community building, pastoral care, leadership development and behaviour management; I also teach Religion and Values Education. Just recently I’ve been thinking about a topic that touches on several of those areas: it has to do with right and wrong, and how we teach our children.
As you know, we use a chart across the school that outlines Behavioural Choices and Consequences. Positive (or virtuous) behaviour results in affirmation and rewards, while bad behaviour results in sanctions. The power of this approach is that the consequences are known before the students choose their behaviour, and in this way we hope we are helping them to become more responsible. We are currently reviewing the Choices and Consequences chart, ready for 2020, and I recently asked the teachers to provide feedback on any changes that might be required. I also suggested that many of us have a tendency to issue sanctions more frequently than we do rewards. We are more ready to chastise than to praise. Perhaps that was unfair – perhaps it is only me!
Then, this morning, I read a devotion which included the following – “The negatives in life are necessary. Young children need to learn, for example, not to run into the street. But sometimes we can get stuck in the “don’ts.” As parents, we can sound like a broken record with our children: “Don’t break that. Don’t touch that. Don’t talk to me that way.” At times the church has fallen into the “don’t” rut as well, emphasizing all the things people should avoid without moving on to what we should embrace. I’m not suggesting that don’ts are wrong or unnecessary. God has given us the Ten Commandments, after all, which contain several clear “Thou shalt nots”, so the don’ts are necessary and helpful. But we don’t want to get stuck in the don’ts.” (Mark Roberts, Fuller Theological Seminary)
I wonder if your experience of church was like that? I know that I grew up in an old-fashioned Baptist church where it sometimes felt as though our lives were more characterised by the things we didn’t do (dancing, drinking, smoking, gambling) that the things we did do. Why is it that we tend to drift towards legalism, rather than liberty?
The gospel, and the life we are called to live as believers, is a positive thing. How much better would our community be if we took the following biblical commands seriously –
“Love one another” (John 13: 34)
“Honour one another above yourselves” (Romans 12: 10)
“Accept one another” (Romans 15: 7)
“Serve one another in love” (Galatians 5: 13)
“Carry each other’s burdens” (Galatians 6: 2)
“Be at peace with each other” (Mark 9: 50)
Mr Nigel Grant Executive Director of Faith & Community
See a list below. Please find a complete calendar of events via Parent Lounge or Student Cafe.
Interact Birthing Kit Assembly Day
Year 7 Vaccinations
Student Free Day
Celebration of Achievement – Extra-curricular
Year 10 Camp
29 October – 1 November
Year 11 Formative Assessment
28 October – 6 November
Year 12 Exam Block
30 October – 1 November
Celebration of Achievement – Academic
Remembrance Day Service
Year 12 Valedictory
Year 12 Final Assembly
Last Day of Term 4
Gracie, Dan, Jess and Ms van Rosmalen have returned from a very busy two weeks in Romania at the World School Forum.
The theme of this year’s World School Forum was “Healthy Food – From Consumption to Consumerism”.
During the first week, our World School delegates spent time exploring their local surrounds and enjoying the culture of Iasi, Romania at the Opera, meeting the mayor and seeing the amazing sites such as the Palace of Culture, City Hall and University of Agriculture.
In the second week, delegates were kept busy as they prepared for their final group seminar presentations and explored the countryside of Gura Homorului.
After two weeks it was difficult to say goodbye to new friends, but details were exchanged and students will keep in touch!
The Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea holds a special place in the hearts and minds of Australians. The battles that were fought along this unforgiving landscape have come to epitomise the notions of sacrifice and courage that underpin the Anzac Spirit. The track has become a destination for Australians to visit and traverse, and through experiencing the hardships the Kokoda Track represents, Australians can pay homage to the deeds of valour and self-sacrifice that our soldiers displayed in the face of the threat Japanese forces represented in 1942.
Over the September break a group of St Paul’s students experienced the Kokoda Track. Current students, Lachlan North, Ewan Donaldson, Tara Boxall, Chloe Gould, Harry Baldwin, Ben King and James Prince, past students Jessica Rush and Austin Melloy and staff members Melanie Johnson and Cameron Howes took on the challenge and completed the 96 kilometre journey. Traversing the track from South to North, starting at Ower’s Corner and finishing at Kokoda Airfield, the group trekked for eight days. They experienced driving rain, stifling humidity, wading across fast flowing rivers and climbing and descending desperately steep and seemingly endless ascents and descents. The group spent each night in New Guinean villages, warmly hosted by the local communities. They were treated to concerts provided by village children and were extremely well looked after by our accompanying support crew who all came from the village of Buna in the North.
The trek was a massive challenge, however, never did any individual waiver, and the courage and resilience shown by all team members in the face of some pretty challenging moments was tremendously impressive. Personal organisation and responsibility are essential on the track and all team members stood up to this test as well. While there were many stumbles and falls across the eight days, after every tumble the individual stood back up and carried on. Crossing the finish at Kokoda was one of the most satisfying moments in each of the participants’ lives and will be a cherished memory they will hold into the future.
The learning that they experienced relating to our Australian soldiers’ heroics across the Kokoda campaign during the Second World War and the cultural understanding that comes from spending time in village communities are every bit as important as the feeling of achievement that comes in completing the physical aspect of the Track. Our students have all grown as individuals as a result of these experiences.
Life in Papua New Guinea is vastly different to life in Australia. Our students now understand this, and the hope is that through establishing this tour as an ongoing exercise we can begin to support the communities we come in contact with. Our support crew, as mentioned, all came from the village of Buna and this proud little community are in the process of developing their school and health services to better meet the needs of their local population. Supporting these initiatives would be a wonderful way our school can repay the learning and personal development that our students experience through their individual journey on the track.
Kokoda is embedded into the culture of our nation and providing the opportunity for our students to visit and experience it is a fantastic opportunity for our community. Kokoda is a tremendous challenge and all who compete it are stronger for the experience.
Mr Cameron Howes Head of Experiential Learning Development
PNGAus Partnership Secondary Schools
On Tuesday 24 September, three staff (Nigel Grant, Bryn Arnfield, Karen Kirk) and two Year 9 students (Sophie Pitstock and Taylin Mason) headed to Brisbane airport to begin an incredible journey. St Paul’s was fortunate to be selected as one of 12 Australian Schools to join the PNGAus Partnership.
The PNGAus Partnership program is an initiative by the governments of Australia and Papua New Guinea to develop links between schools in the two countries to form people-to-people relationships and build on capabilities, with a focus on STEM, English language, youth leadership and inclusive education.
The learning programs were designed around contemporary learning principles, such as experiential learning, design thinking, collective responsibility, individual reflection and expanding digital capabilities. They were created through a partnership between DFAT, the High Commission in Port Moresby, Australia Awards PNG and Asia Education Foundation.
Straight away the staff and students began an intense series of workshops, first meeting the Australian partner schools in Brisbane, then flying out and meeting the partner schools in Port Moresby. In Brisbane, the group was honoured to listen to a presentation by author and reporter, Mr Sean Dorney and his wife Pauline, who gave real insight into PNG. The workshops were designed around capabilities that young people need to foster in order to thrive, namely collaboration, communication, critical thinking, creative thinking, citizenship, character, digital literacy and intercultural understanding.
St Paul’s is partnered with Aiyura National High School which is located in the Eastern Highlands Province. Staff and students shared stories and learned about each other’s cultures and traditions. Aiyura is a grade 11-12 boarding school which has students from many different provinces around PNG, so each staff member and student had unique perspectives to share.
In PNG there are over 800 languages spoken, but in school English is the common language taught. The other common language is Tok Pisin and one challenge was to learn some common phrases in this new language! Taylin made a special effort to learn some key phrases from the Aiyura students and impressed everyone with his linguistic skills.
In the workshops, the schools based their ideas around the UN Global Development Goals, and the St Paul’s-Aiyura team chose education as a key priority. As Aiyura is a pilot school for the new internet cable being developed in PNG and have wireless networks in their school, ideas for the developing partnership are linked to digital technologies and sharing resources to benefit both schools. Students and teachers worked side by side to develop a pitch and present ideas to other groups. Sophie and Taylin impressed everyone with their mature contributions, confidence in presenting and ability to show great intercultural understanding.
The group was fortunate enough to be hosted by the High Commissioner, Mr Bruce Davis at the Australian High Commission, who is a keen supporter of the programme. A visit to the PNG National Museum and Art Gallery really showcased the amazing diversity of people that live in PNG, with such a vibrant culture of music, dance and art.
Before heading off to visit the PNG schools, the groups were treated to an evening of sing-sing – a traditional celebration of shared music and dance.
St Paul’s School was one of four Australian schools to fly out to East New Britain to Kokopo, where they visited the Kerevat National High School. Here the staff and students were warmly welcomed, before being given a tour of the school and a chance to observe a range of lessons. The next day staff joined together with local PNG teachers to collaborate on lessons and teach a range of topics, focusing on experiential learning. It was wonderful to observe the PNG teachers who has a natural gift for storytelling, which is a key part of their culture.
In the evenings, there were more dances, musical performances and sacred ceremonies, which the groups were very lucky to share in. Friendships quickly formed and the Australian and PNG groups realised that whilst there are many differences in our cultures, there are also so many things we have in common (including a love of selfies and social media among the students!)
As the trip came to an end, a close bond had formed between partner schools and everyone now is looking forward to meeting with our sister school members again in November when they will be visiting Australia to continue to develop the partnership between our two schools.
Entrepreneurship + Innovation collide during visit to Paleo Hero
This week our Year 11 Food and Nutrition class headed to Paleo Hero for a visit to learn about entrepreneurship, customer based design, and business sustainability in a small batch food production facility at Eagle Farm.
They were able to see the application of their knowledge on ethical food production, packaging and branding, recipe development, nutritional content, and healthy eating all in one place! To top it all off, Paleo Hero kindly provided us with samples of their number 1 product, Paleo Muesli, and students even got to taste test and provide feedback on a new vegan product.
Thanks Paleo Hero for accommodating us and for your generosity!
See a list below. Please find a complete calendar of events via Parent Lounge or Student Cafe.
Student Free Day
Year 6 Camp
Junior School Ball Games
Junior School Extra-curricular Assembly
Junior Ensembles Concert
Junior School Celebration of Achievement
Last Day of Term 4
What's happening in the Junior School Library? Read on to find out!
Welcome back to Term 4 in the Junior School Library.
Next Friday, 18th October, Jacqueline Harvey will be visiting the Junior School.
Jacqueline is the author of the Clementine Rose, Alice Miranda and Kensy and Max series of books.
She is going to meet with all Junior School year levels and will be available to chat with the students during lunchtime.
We are looking forward to her visit!
There is something for everyone in the Junior School Library!
On Mondays, students can play boardgames.
Tuesdays is construction. This term we are going to be doing some paper folding and making things using paper.
Wednesday is technology for the Years 3-6 students. This term we are going to learn how to program with Scratch.
Thursday is a quiet day where you can come to the library and read with a friend.
On Fridays, the Years 1-3 students can use the Scratchjr and Kodable apps on the iPad. Later in the term we will be able to use the Spheros again.
I look forward to seeing you all in the library!
Ms Helen Gardener Junior School Teacher Librarian
The swimming season is about to start!
Families are invited to attend the Season Launch of the Pre-Prep to Year 6 Swimming Club.
It’s Term 4 already! This year certainly has flown by. We hope that you’ve all had a restful holiday and are ready to finish off the year with a great last term, especially our Year 12 students. See a list of 'important dates' below.
This is another busy term (aren’t they all?!) in Music. The two biggest events are Con Brio and the Junior Ensembles Concert. For more detailed information on these events, including arrival times and attire, please visit the ‘Music Performance Schedule’ via ‘Quick Links’ on the main School website.
P5 and 6
Performance for Year 3 students
8.30am – midday
St Columbans Band Spectacular
Junior Wind Band
St Columbans Band Spectacular
St Columbans Band Spectacular
Extra-Curricular Celebration of Achievement
Vivo Strings, Concert Band, Big Band, Combined Choir
Lento Strings, Junior Wind Band, all choral students from Years 1-11
Prep-Year 2 Christmas Concert
All band and percussion students from Years 4-11
We’re looking forward to our annual Con Brio concert on Friday 25 October. This concert features all of our secondary ensembles and will be an opportunity for us to farewell our wonderful Year 12 Extra-Curricular Music students in what will be their last St Paul’s Music event.
There will be food trucks on site to serve both dinner and dessert items, as well as a coffee van, and the Music Supporters’ Group will be selling both adult beverages and soft drinks on the night.
Changes coming in 2020
Please note that from Term 1 2020 the fee for half hour lessons will rise from the current rate of $35 to $37 (plus GST if applicable for certain tutors).
This is outlined on the 2020 enrolment form, which you will be sent in the next few weeks to re-enrol for instrumental lessons next year.
Morphing Week (Junior School)
As I’m sure you already know, Week 2 is Morphing Week in the Junior School. Instrumental Music lessons and ensemble rehearsals will continue as normal.
We will be providing JS teachers with a list of lesson times for students in their class for Week 2 as students may be a little caught up in the busyness of the week, and perhaps be more forgetful about their lesson than usual! Please help your children to remember their lessons during this very exciting week.
New Music staff members
We’ve been very happy to welcome Mrs Gina Weal as our new Music Administration Assistant. Mrs Weal started near the end of Term 3 and has fit in very well with the other crazy Music staff. Mrs Stevenson (7.30-12.30pm) and Mrs Weal (9am-5pm) are always happy to assist you with any enquiries you might have.
We also welcomed Mr Bob Schultz as a Trumpet Tutor this term. Mr Schultz will teach some of our older students, while Mrs Harding continues to teach most of the other trumpet students and French horns. Mr Schultz is a very experienced music teacher and professional musician and we’re sure the students will love learning from him.
Unfortunately, we still do not have a fully functioning Music website, though we are in the process of building one. In the meantime, all performance information is available via the main School website, by clicking ‘Quick Links’ on the top right of the homepage, then ‘Music’ and ‘Music Performance Schedule’. This is updated regularly. There is also information on our St Paul’s Music Facebook page and on Instagram. See links below.
Queensland Mental Health Week (QMHW) is an annual event that aims to shine a spotlight on what we can all do to look after our mental health and reach out to those who need support. Students were invited to participate in a number of activities planned throughout the week.
The event is linked to National Mental Health Week and World Mental Health Day, which is held on 10 October every year.
This year’s theme is Take time — for mental health
To acknowledge and celebrate this day, tutor groups and Junior School classes wrote positive affirmations, quotes and drawings on the pavement using chalk. This was an opportunity to encourage others, and also get creative!
There are a number of ways in which you can look after your mental health:
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Students are encouraged to research and apply for any scholarships they may be eligible for. There are many different scholarships apart from the more traditional academic scholarships for example sports, community service and more. You can find out more by going on to individual Universities websites for a summary and link to scholarships and financial assistance available.
QUT INTERNTIONAL HIGH SCHOOL DAY
This event is for international students studying Year 11 and 12.
Explore QUT and talk to their international team and students about range of study options available.
Monday, 21 October (Student free day)
9.30am – 3pm
Gardens Point Campus
For further information and to register go to https://www.qut.edu.au/study/events/international-high-school-day
The email address: [email protected] will still be operational for a short transition phase but will not work from 31 October 2019. After this time the only way to electronically advise your child’s absence will be via parent lounge.
This change is another improvement in the School’s approach towards child protection as it adds a level of security and authentication to child absences from school. If you have any questions please contact the Risk and Compliance Officer, Renaye Ansell ([email protected])
Please note, if your child will be absent for three days or longer email your child’s House Leader.
The Retail Shop is open from 8.00am to 4.00pm, Monday to Friday (during School term time only). Read more Shop news below.
Please note, the Retail Shop will be closed on Monday 21 October (student free day).
The uniform requirements at St Paul’s School vary depending on what year level students are in.
For a full breakdown of uniform requirements per year click HERE.
Notice of Cancellation
Parents are reminded that if your child is not attending St Paul's next year one term's notice of your intention to leave is required.
All parents and caregivers are invited to our next group meeting – Monday 21 October, 6.30-8.00pm in the School Library.
Come and meet other parents and be part of an awesome Supporters Group.
Football Supporters Group
To ensure the FSG caters for the Football needs across the entire school, all supporters are welcome to attend one of our upcoming meetings.
The Football Supporters Group is a small group of committee members/helpers, trying to enhance the culture within the school’s Football community. Please come along to the next general meeting, bring a friend , so we as a group can share the load. Our next FSG meeting is Monday 14 October at 7pm in the School Library.
If you are unable to make the meeting or have any queries please direct them to [email protected]
Looking forward to seeing you at the meeting!
NOTICE OF AGM
Notice of the Football Supporters Group Annual General Meeting (AGM) is on at 6.30pm Monday 18th November in the school library. Please find an official notice HERE.
To ensure the FSG caters for the Football needs across the entire school, all supporters are welcome to play a part moving forward. To achieve this we need voices from Junior, Middle & Senior schools so whether you have one or ten years remaining at the school, please get involved. So rally up a few football faces and come along to the meeting. The AGM will be followed by a General Meeting.
In the interim, please don’t hesitate to make contact if you have any questions .
We are looking for parents to come join the Hockey Supporters Group!
Notice of Annual Hockey Supporters’ Group Meeting, to be held Monday 14 October at 6.00pm in the Eatons Hill Hotel (New Hotel) and afterwards in the restaurant for dinner.
Notice is hereby given that the St Paul’s School Hockey Supporter’s Group of St Paul’s School (Bald Hills) Supporters’ Association Inc. will hold its Annual General Meeting on Monday 14 October 2019 at 6.00pm in the Eatons Hill Hotel. Dinner will be provided afterwards in the restaurant.
All parents, carers and supporters are welcome to attend this meeting and are eligible to both nominate for the Committee positions outlined below, and vote on the election of Officers to that position.
Nominations are invited for the following positions on the Committee:
Come show your appreciation to this years committee and thank our outgoing Treasurer Moira for her tireless efforts supporting our hockey players.
Join us for a night of laughs and celebrations, no skills neccessary!
Hockey Supporters Group
Volleyball Supporters Group
The Volleyball Supporters Group will hold its AGM on Monday 11 November 2019. Please find details below.
End of Year Celebration – 26th October
@ Bracken Ridge Indoor Sports
Check our Pumas Volleyball Facebook page or Instagram for more information about our end of year celebration.
We’re having a beach volleyball mini tournament including parent’s and coaches, and food trucks for dinner!
Tickets available now on Flexischools.
Notice of AGM
The Volleyball Supporters Group AGM will be held on Monday 11 November 2019 at 6pm in the School Library.
We invite all parents, coaches, interested parties to attend.
We will be looking for nominations for executive positions for next year, as we have a few members who are Year 12 parents, so will be leaving us at the end of this year.
Also general members are required. If you’re interested in getting involved with volleyball, and supporting your student’s sport please come along. It’s not a massive commitment in terms of time. We’re planning five or six meetings next year, and we normally have around eight home games per year inclusive of both boys and girls seasons.
It’s a great way to meet other parents, get involved with the school, and also to learn a bit more about the school functions.
Please find an official notice and nomination form HERE.
Netball Supporters Group
The Netball Supporters group will hold its AGM on Monday 21 October. Please find details below.
Notice is hereby given that the St Paul’s School Netball Supporters Group will hold its Annual General Meeting on Monday 21 October 2019 at 6.00pm in the Library.
All Parents, Carers and Supporters are welcome to attend this meeting and are eligible to both nominate for the Committee positions outlined below, and vote on the election of Officers to that position.
Please find an official notice and nomination form HERE.