Wisdom | Honour | Purpose
“A co-educational, Christian P-12 school located in Geelong’s growth corridor at Armstrong Creek.”
Gary Jewson Principal
Geelong Lutheran College is a Christian school providing quality education for the people of Geelong and the Surf Coast in a family friendly environment. Geelong Lutheran College promotes lifelong learning where staﬀ and students are encouraged and assisted to realise their Godgiven gifts, helping them to be responsible, contributing members of the College and the wider community. At Geelong Lutheran College we endeavour to ensure that all students reach their full potential spiritually, academically, emotionally, socially and physically. I look forward to meeting you and sharing with you the attributes that make Geelong Lutheran College a great place to educate your child.
Wisdom - Honour - Purpose Geelong Lutheran College shares its vision with all Australian Lutheran Schools. It is a vision based on the inspired Word of God and endeavours to prepare our students to live an encouraging and fruitful life. Through sensitivity to, and an understanding of, faith, students at Geelong Lutheran College: •
value themselves so that they are excited by their life journey and inquisitive about their world and its future;
are alive to the social and inner needs of others and to injustices in our society; and
are valued as unique and exceptional individuals who make a unique contribution to the world around them.
“Be sincere in your love for others. Hate everything that is evil and hold tight to everything that is good. Love each other as brothers and sisters and honour others more than you do yourself. Never give up. Eagerly follow the Holy Spirit and serve the Lord. Let your hope make you glad. Be patient in time of trouble and never stop praying. Take care of God’s needy people
Develop WISDOM through
and welcome strangers into your home.” Romans 12:9-13
knowledge and learning grounded in Christian values.
Empower students to HONOUR and
Embrace each studentâ€™s unique
respect themselves, each other and
talents and abilities to give them
confidence and PURPOSE for life.
By grace alone Geelong Lutheran College has a special ambience that is noticeable as soon as you step through the gate. The ﬁrst thing you become aware of is students who are happy. They are open and friendly, conﬁdent and warm. They will look you in the eye, smile at you and say “Hello!”. Christians believe that through Jesus Christ, all people can experience God’s love and favour as a pure gift. Grace means undeserved, unconditional love. Through forgiveness, and this inexplicable grace that comes from God, we share joys and challenges as we walk beside our students on their educational journey. Geelong Lutheran College focuses on building positive relationships based in our knowledge of, and faith in, Christ which encourages mutual respect and trust between staﬀ and students. We are committed to the care and development of the whole child: their physical, emotional, intellectual, social and spiritual wellbeing. In harmony with academic learning through a strong core curriculum, the students are nurtured through Pastoral Care, formal and informal Worship and Christian Studies lessons. Our students therefore grow in knowledge and faith through Christ-centred learning – our faith underpins all we are and all we do.
Schools-within-a-school Parents, students and teachers appreciate being part of a community where all members are valued and feel that they are an important part of the school. To continue to care for the individual as they progress along the continuum of learning from Prep to Year 12, the College has developed separate Primary, Middle and Senior sub-schools. Through this schools-within-a-school structure Geelong Lutheran College: •
Meets students’ developmental needs through age appropriate structures, processes and pedagogy
Harnesses the resources of a large school within a smaller school context
Provides small personalised learning communities
Smooths the transition from Prep to Year 12
Empowering life long learning
PRIMARY SCHOOL (P-2)
PRIMARY SCHOOL (3-6)
Throughout the Primary School children are given
Habits of learning
opportunities to support and develop their God-
Children are educated in a caring and nurturing
Students build and extend on the skills learnt in
given gifts whilst being individually valued and
environment that prioritises the building of essential
the previous Primary years as they progressively
nurtured. Through a multi-age classroom structure,
skills and knowledge.
develop independence through structured,
teachers intentionally focus on meeting the needs of
The early Primary classroom is recognised by a
the individual by adapting the curriculum to ﬁt the
safe and supportive learning environment where
students through diﬀerentiated learning.
the laying of strong foundations in literacy and
At Geelong Lutheran College, the classroom teacher delivers the majority of the curriculum, but students also have specialist Art, Physical Education, Music, Science, LOTE (German) and Literacy Intervention teachers. Classes enjoy the use of Middle and Senior School
independent and group learning activities. Interpersonal development is consolidated and leadership skills are introduced and reinforced
numeracy play a key role in a student’s growth
through a dedicated leadership program.
By developing the skills and strategies to become
The Buddy program enables older children to get
independent, inquiring and caring young people,
to know and learn to care for younger children and
students are well prepared for the Middle School.
assists with the smooth transition of kindergarten children into the school. During these early years of primary schooling
specialist facilities, whilst co-curricular activities
students are engaged in stimulating activities which
include educational camps is Yrs 3-6 as well as
cater for individual learning styles and needs as they
cultural and sporting opportunities.
grow and develop.
Empowering life long learning
Middle School DEVELOPING THINKERS Middle School students develop analytical and critical thinking by applying abstract thought, skills and knowledge to the world. Through collaboration, students challenge each other to think beyond the present. Individual and collective critical reﬂection provides feedback to improve the learning process and outcome.
Autonomy Each morning Homegroup provides familiarity, security, and a sense of belonging where Middle School students are encouraged to become independent learners and take calculated learning risks. The Middle school precinct encourages student ownership of the learning space and to use this stimulating environment as a means of engagement to achieve desired goals.
Through an understanding of the self, students develop a
Drama and Music. In Years 7 and 8, ﬂexible time allocation
positive self-concept, build conﬁdence to express themselves
in core subjects allows students to take advantage of
and contribute to the local and global community. Resiliency,
opportunities to pursue rich learning tasks and explore
helpful thinking and problem-solving underpin Personal
Development; this program oﬀers students an opportunity to develop essential skills for life.
Rigour Work worth doing is challenging and relevant to students’
Strong interpersonal and intrapersonal skills empower
lives and their future. Learning happens when students
the students to develop a social conscience knowing
experience success and sometimes failure as they learn to
they have the skills to achieve their goals and make a
pick themselves up and try again.
diﬀerence to the lives of those around them.
The Homeroom Teacher gets to know each individual
Middle School students learn to work eﬀectively in teams
student and is vitally concerned for his/her academic,
as they pursue and achieve common goals through
social, emotional, spiritual and physical well-being. With
engagement in extra -curricular activities. An understanding
this knowledge, teachers oﬀer diﬀerentiated experiences
of others and appreciation of each individual’s unique skills
designed to meet the needs of each student so all
and abilities is facilitated through working towards and
learners have access to success.
achieving common goals.
Working collaboratively and cooperatively, both within
Facilitating transition to senior schooling, Year 9 students
An authentic, interesting and relevant curriculum is
choose from a wide variety of elective subjects including
designed to engage active learning. A broad curriculum
German, Performing Arts, Visual Arts, and Technology
and outside the classroom, students increase their capacity for interpersonal development. Building eﬀective social relationships requires students to
in Years 7 and 8 is oﬀered where students study each
(Information and Communications, Food and Materials).
develop empathy and compassion. They are encouraged
of the learning areas; reinforcing learning in the core
Furthermore, Year 9 students undertake both mid-year
to develop the skills and strategies to manage and
subjects and sampling each of the compulsory electives
and end-of-year examinations to prepare for the increased
resolve conﬂict in a sensible, fair and eﬀective manner.
including Materials Technology, Food Technology and
demands of senior schooling.
Empowering life long learning
Pathways to Vocation
pathway options. Both VCE and VCAL are oďŹ€ered
Our Senior School consists of Year 10, 11 & 12:
as senior pathway options, with the opportunity
Providing opportunities for student leadership
Year 10 serves as a preparation year for VCE. Our key
to undertake VET courses and School Based
To support our students in their roles, many
aim is to facilitate a seamless transition to the full VCE
Apprenticeships within these programs.
preparation and training sessions are provided to
program that will be experienced in Year 11 by assisting students in the development of greater independence as they build on the skills and personal disciplines
Careers Engaging in the career development process is an
facilitate the leadership development process. Practical opportunities are provided both within and beyond our P-12 College for students to apply and
from their middle years of schooling. As well as having
integral part of the Senior School program. The aim is
the opportunity to taste a VCE or VET subject, the
to ensure students make informed decisions about their
academic rigour in our Year 10 curriculum becomes
future pathway options, and that they become young
more reďŹ‚ective of Year 11 requirements, and many
men and women ready to take the next step to further
procedures inherent in the administrative requirements
study at University, vocational training or employment.
Students are encouraged to be productive and engaged
of VCE are introduced.
Year 11 & 12
Facilitating close connections between staff,
Our two years of post-compulsory schooling provide
students and parents is something we value very
students with the opportunity to specialise in subjects
highly. This helps to ensure that students are
and activities in their areas of interest. Student
supported in their studies.
programs are tailored to suit individual career aspirations and consider a wide variety of student
further develop their leadership abilities and the important life skills that are inherent in such roles.
members of their community through a balanced program of activities involving service, community engagements, character development, sport and other recreational interests.
Growing with the community
Growing for the community Linking to the coast Geelong Lutheran College is a window to our coast. The coastal environment is important to us – to learn about it, how to look after it and to act on this knowledge. The commercial environment – eco-tourism, hospitality, recreation, local government – will provide senior students with alternative pathways for their learning and vocation as the College builds close partnerships with the coastal community. Geelong Lutheran College GROWS FOR the community through: •
Careers and Work Experience
Practical and skill-based learning via VCAL and VET
Technology and enterprise learning
GORCC – Great Ocean Road Coast Committee – revegetation program
Location: 2-38 Burvilles Road, Armstrong Creek, Victoria, Australia, 3217 Postal Address: P.O Box 1741, Geelong, Victoria, 3220 P: 03 5264 1038 F: 03 5264 1734 E: email@example.com www.glc.vic.edu.au