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ST PETERS LUTHERAN COLLEGE

PROSPECTUS SPRINGFIELD


Our Motto

Our Mission

Plus Ultra translated means ever higher or more beyond

Excellence in Christian Co-education

We Value   God’s love    Holistic Education    Excellence in Teaching, Learning, Pastoral Care, Co-curricular & Extra-curricular   Relationships  Service   Community


Welcome from the Head of College Thank you for considering St Peters Lutheran College Springfield for your child. The College’s Mission Statement: ‘Excellence in Christian Co-Education’ is a clear expression of a St Peters education, and what our College is about. St Peters is a Christian school that seeks to provide an environment where each person is valued and accepted as a loved child of God. We welcome students and families of all Christian denominations and other religions or philosophical backgrounds. In this environment, each person is challenged to discover, develop and use their gifts and talents for personal growth and service to others. St Peters wants each student to flourish and achieve their best, to enjoy school and learning, to be challenged, to build resilience and to lead and serve their communities. St Peters strives to provide a high quality holistic education in a co-educational setting. As such, we look to stimulate the heart and soul, the body and minds of each of our students. We value a holistic approach and encourage our students to develop values that enrich the intellect, nurture the spirit, develop social responsibility and create healthy lifestyles.

Students are at the heart of our work here at St Peters. Our teachers and staff strive to help each child to be the best learner they can be. In a rapidly changing world we want our students to be lifelong and lifewide learners – learners who can manage their own learning; who are innovative, critical and creative thinkers; and able to work collaboratively together and communicate effectively. A strong sense of community and belonging can be found at St Peters. We place a high priority on pastoral care. Our staff work hard at developing nurturing relationships with students because encouraging and affirming relationships lie at the heart of effective learning. There is no typical St Peters student - a St Peters boy or girl can be artistic, ‘sporty’, learned, practical, scientific, innovative and in whatever mix that nurtures his or her passions. We hope that each student will as part of a St Peters Education discover their purpose, and develop their gifts and talents to their fullest possible extent, in order that they might make a difference in the world. Tim Kotzur Head of St Peters Lutheran College


Welcome from the Principal St Peters Lutheran College has a long tradition of excellence in Christian co-education which commenced in 1945 at Indooroopilly. In 2008, St Peters Springfield was established upon this same ethos, values and service commitment. Our purposebuilt Kindergarten to Year 12 school, located within the Health City precinct, offers a welcoming, lively and friendly environment to our community. Having a diverse student body, St Peters places the child first in a safe, secure and nurturing environment. Our pastoral care and wellbeing program is a very important aspect of our school. We aspire to all students and staff treating each other with care, dignity and respect. This provides the basis for an exceptional environment in which our students can be challenged and flourish and learning can be celebrated. With a history of strong OP and NAPLAN results, St Peters strives to achieve high academic standards in context with our motto, Plus Ultra - Ever Higher.

With a focus on a holistic approach, Ironbark provides a signature program for our Year 9 students. Our fully air-conditioned school has wireless internet access for all students and classrooms are equipped with a range of state of the art facilities. We also enjoy having an outdoor, all-weather, artificial grass surface for sport, play and physical education. There is a wide range of transport options for students to and from school including close proximity to the train. Our excellent staff are committed to supporting our students and their ongoing development with the hope and intention of helping them become extraordinary young men and women. We look forward to welcoming you to our school. Craig Schmidt Principal


Outside of School Hours Care and Kindergarten Out of School Hours Care (OSHC)

Kindergarten

St Peters Lutheran College Outside School Hours Care (OSHC) Springfield believes that each child should be cared for, encouraged, and supported in a safe, happy and stimulating environment.

At St Peters Lutheran Kindergarten Springfield, we provide a safe, secure and supportive learning environment where your child can explore, discover, question and problem solve. Our program stimulates young minds to think independently and promote their own learning. It fosters creativity and supports co-operative learning. We accept each child as a capable, unique individual, building on their interests and abilities.

Our children’s welfare is the paramount concern of our program and our warm and friendly staff continuously aim to provide a supportive, nurturing and caring environment. We would like children to think of our OSHC service as their second home or family where they can spend their time relaxing and having fun with their friends. In our OSHC setting, educators collaborate with children to provide play and leisure opportunities that are meaningful to children and support their wellbeing, learning and development.

The curriculum is delivered in a play-based model and supports excellence in Early Childhood Education. Above all, we wish all children to grow in their love of learning, providing a lifelong appreciation and thirst for knowledge and skills to serve others. We provide a long day care service.


Primary St Peters Primary School at Springfield offers a supportive and nurturing environment for all our students. Our goal is to help our young people reach their individual potential and to develop the competencies they will need for further schooling, study, work and lifelong learning. This ensures they will be equipped to participate fully in and contribute to our local and global society. The safety and wellbeing of each student is of utmost importance to us at St Peters. We aim to develop good citizens who are respectful, responsible and caring through our Pastoral Care program. We foster high expectations of academic and personal growth for learners. Throughout the day, our programs are designed to develop students’ confidence, resilience, persistence, organisation and getting along skills. Our Social-Emotional Learning Program, You Can Do It helps to build a positive mind-set as well as encouraging students to set goals and targets for their learning. Recognising the importance of community is a high priority in our Primary School. Our Year 6

Leadership program promotes service to others, accepting responsibility and being a good role model. This is continued in our Buddy program which includes our Kindergarten, Prep and Year 1 students connecting with our Years 4, 5, and 6 students. To cater for the different stages of development, our Primary school has two sub-schools – Lower Primary and Upper Primary. In Lower Primary, our Prep to Year 3 students are exposed to rich, stimulating, learning environments that promote literacy and numeracy skills with an added focus on social emotional learning. Early intervention is a high priority in our Lower Primary classes. Our Upper Primary year levels take part in an iPad program which gives students the opportunity for immediate feedback and higher participation. iPads are a tool that can be used to achieve learning intentions in ways not previously possible. In this sub-school, students are also encouraged to develop independent learning skills.


Secondary The Secondary School is comprised of two sub-schools: Junior High is tailored to meet the needs of our Years 7–9 students and Years 10–12 students form our Senior School. Identity and belonging, independence and community are important points of growth in the early adolescent years and a focus for development in Junior High. We also recognise the importance of an holistic education and that much learning happens outside of the classroom. Year 7 camp is held at the beginning of the year to assist the building of relationships which are foundational for the years ahead. Year 8 Production is a week-long milestone activity focusing on the Performing Arts that brings students together in their learning. Year 9 Ironbark is the defining five-week experience of Junior High that binds together past, present and future St Peters students. This is a treasured, oncein-a-lifetime experience and a significant point of personal formation. Secondary School at St Peters is characterised by increasingly high expectations for leadership and learning. The exploration of the connection between identity and careers is a key aspect of the Senior School years. While most students will undertake a suite of Authority subjects, some will undertake university subjects and others may complement their studies

at St Peters with Vocational Education and Training through external providers. All students are expected to hold to our Plus Ultra Ever Higher motto and use the fullness of resources and opportunities available to them to achieve their potential. While pursuit of individual academic and career goals is a pillar of Senior Schooling, so too is leadership and service. While students have the opportunity to serve in a variety of formal offices of leadership, to lead their Houses and the student body to effect change and build community, all are expected to be positive leaders in our community through their example and active involvement in College life. There are many service activity opportunities throughout the year to assist others at local, national and international levels. Developing a mindfulness of and compassion for others is foundational to our College ethos and an important part of being a responsible global citizen. We seek to develop young men and women of exceptional character who are critical and creative thinkers and problem-solvers, capable communicators and learners, emotionally intelligent and confident in their identity and their place and purpose in the world.


Learning at St Peters Primary Years (Years P-6)

Senior School (Years 10-12)

Encouraging curiosity, developing independent learning skills and establishing a strong foundation in literacy and numeracy are at the core of teaching and learning in our Primary School. Students engage with the Australian Curriculum in all subjects through inquiry-based learning. While most subjects are taught by the classroom teacher, students receive specialist teaching in French, Music and HPE.

During Year 10, students create a Senior Education Training Plan (SETP) that maps out what, where and how they will study during Years 11 and 12. This plan is flexible and can be changed as students refine their career pathways.

Digital Technology is integrated into many classroom activities providing children with opportunities to be producers, not just users, of technology.

Junior High (Years 7-9) Academic study in the Junior High years is based on the concept that all students should study an essential common curriculum that will introduce them to the major fields of human knowledge. Therefore, subject specialisation is delayed until Year 10. Students in Junior High study the Australian Curriculum in English, Mathematics, Science, the Humanities, French, Health and Physical Education, the Technologies and the Arts (Music, Drama and Visual Art.) They also undertake Christian Studies which provides them with opportunities to develop their knowledge and understanding of the Christian faith.

The College policy of maintaining exposure to a wide range of academic study means that students in Year 10 follow a prescribed core curriculum covering English, Mathematics, Science, the Humanities, Health and Physical Education and Christian Studies. As well as studying this core curriculum, students select elective subjects for study. Elective subjects include French, Technology Studies, Music, Drama, Business Studies, Visual Art and Media Studies. Most students at St Peters wish to enrol in university studies after Year 12. To cater for the needs of our students, the College offers a wide range of Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority subjects in Years 11 and 12. Students wanting to follow non-university pathways may participate in vocational education and training (VET) programs offered by external providers. Some of our students undertake studies at local universities while still in Year 12 and the College supports students who choose to do so.


Ironbark Ironbark Outdoor Education Centre is owned and operated by St Peters Lutheran College. The centre is located 5km north east of Crows Nest, a small rural community located on the Darling Downs. Ironbark encompasses over 600ha of heavily timbered, undulating granite country. Aims

leadership and initiative;

Ironbark is a compulsory five week program for Year 9 students aimed at challenging students physically, socially, intellectually and spiritually. The program aims to build confidence, resilience, commitment, persistence, self-discipline, community, otherscentredness, independence and reflection.

trust and responsibility;

The Program Ironbark operates four main elements in the program including Outdoor Pursuits, Farm Skills, Environmental Awareness and Community Living. As a result of their Ironbark experience students will have a greater level of awareness, understanding and appreciation of: themselves and others in their class; relationships, interpersonal communication, conflict resolution; interdependence and community living; the natural environment; teamwork and co-operation;

the formation and achievement of personal and group goals; and the value of hard work. Ironbark is staffed by specialist teaching, outdoor, residential, nursing, catering, maintenance and horse riding staff. All staff work closely with students in their areas of expertise. Facilities on site include two dormitories, staff accommodation, administration block, health centre, pioneering camp, a wellequipped workshop, a community garden, and a mixed working farm.

[Ironbark is] more of a focus on personal growth and development so that’s a real joy to be part of: giving these kids new experiences, new opportunities and helping them to learn more about themselves in the process within a Christian context. – Matthew Sullivan, Director of Ironbark


Spiritual Life St Peters is a Christian School. This informs all teaching and learning, and all activities at St Peters. The Core Values of Lutheran Education Australia of love, justice, compassion, forgiveness, service, humility, courage, hope, quality and appreciation are fostered through a range of spiritual activities. All students engage in Chapel services in The Hub on a weekly basis and in their Pastoral Care class each day. Christian Studies provides a broad overview of aspects of the Christian Faith and the role of religion in society, including the study of world religions. Students and their families are invited to participate in the monthly Community Celebration and weekly worship services held at St Peters by the Arise Lutheran Church.

Pastoral Care St Peters provides pastoral care to all students through pastoral care classes, Chaplaincy and Counselling services and through the care and concern of all staff.

Healthy relationships are key to the wellbeing of our whole community, which are fostered through our Restorative Practices approach. Restorative Practices mean students and staff take responsibility for their actions. The goal is restoring relationships by identifying the harm that has occurred, taking the necessary steps to address this and being held accountable so true reconciliation can occur.

Service Learning Our Christian Ethos is given practical expression by our Service Learning program. Students learn they have a divine purpose to serve their neighbour in acts of kindness in mutually beneficial relationships. St Peters partners with a range of organisations to enable students to serve others whether they be within our school community, across the road, or across the world.


Co-curricular Life Students have access to a variety of co-curricular activities in sport, music and cultural endeavours. In additional to district, regional and state school sport pathways, our Secondary boys have access to sport through the Associated Independent Colleges (AIC) and Secondary girls through the Queensland Girls Secondary School Sports Association (QGSSSA) for athletics, cross-country and swimming and a large range of team sports under the St Peters banner. A dedicated bus service is provided from St Peters Indooroopilly to St Peters Springfield in the morning and from Springfield to Indooroopilly in the afternoon for those attending training. Students can thus enjoy both the benefits of an education at Springfield and access to the highest level of school sport. All students in Years 2 – 6 are involved in the Lower or Upper Primary Choirs with opportunities for all students to join bands, vocal groups or worship band as a co-curricular option. These performance groups have occasions throughout the year to perform for our St Peters community and the broader community. Debating has a strong presence in Upper Primary through to the Senior School with teams

competing both in the Queensland Debating Union competitions and virtual debating. With Legal Studies as a study option in Years 11 and 12, Mooting is well established as co-curricular option and students compete in a variety of public speaking competitions. Students also have opportunity to engage in state, national and international tours and trips for sport, cultural exchange and awareness and service learning. The College is pleased to also offer the Duke of Edinburgh Program from Year 9. Students are strongly encouraged to participate in the co-curricular life of the College for their own personal development and well-being and as a means of service to the St Peters community. The co-curricular program, together with our academic program, provides opportunities for students to explore, discover and develop their gifts and talents and reach their full potential.


Next Steps Thank you for considering St Peters Lutheran College for your child’s educational journey. We understand choosing a school for your child is an important decision. Our Enrolments staff are available to answer your questions, arrange a tour for your family, and assist you with the three-step enrolment process:

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Making the Application

Applications are made online. Visit the website: www.stpeters.qld.edu.au/Enrol

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Interview and Offer of a Place

Prep – Year 12 applications are reviewed approximately one year prior to the proposed year of entry and applicants will be invited to an enrolment interview. Applications are reviewed in the year prior to the proposed year of entry and applicants will be invited to an enrolment interview with the Principal. Following an interview, written offers will be made to successful applicants.

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Acceptance of Offer

To confirm the offer of enrolment, parents are required to return the signed enrolment documentation with the payment of the non-refundable Enrolment Confirmation fee.

Group Tours The College organises personal and small group tours on a regular basis for families interested in entering Primary, Junior High and Senior School. Please contact our Enrolments Office to enquire about a tour.

Enrolment Contacts The Enrolments Office is located in Curnow House. 42 Wellness Way, Springfield Central Q 4300 p: +617 3470 3888 e: s.enrolments@stpeters.qld.edu.au w: www.stpeters.qld.edu.au


St Peters Lutheran College Springfield 42 Wellness Way, Springfield Central Qld 4300 p: +61 7 3470 3888 e: s.enrolments@stpeters.qld.edu.au w: www.stpeters.qld.edu.au

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