The Prince of Peace Difference

Prince of Peace Lutheran College is a grace-based Christian co-educational community, based in the northern suburbs of Brisbane, that inspires, supports, develops and honours the God-given potential of all of its members.

 

Our Purpose and Mission

Nurure students through quality education, in a caring Christ-centred environment, enabling them to fulfil
their God-given potential and enrich their communities.

Our Vision

We see graduates who are:

  • Lifelong learners engaging in their communities with humility and grace and contributing confidently to society
  • Not afraid to pursue excellence in all arenas of life
  • Secure in Christ and informed and sustained by the Word of God

We see our College as deeply valued by others for:

  • Modelling Christian values and community
  • Nurturing young people to fulfil their potential

 


 

Our Academic Results

At Prince of Peace we are extremely proud of our students as they continually strive for personal and academic success. Every student at the College starts the year by setting goals for both academic and other elements of school life. These goals are reviewed throughout the year and celebrated wholeheartedly when met.

Our Year 12 students continue to achieve with great success, and year upon year they remain well above the Queensland state average. Almost every year, Prince of Peace Lutheran College makes either the Top 50 or Top 100 schools in Queensland for our results.

In recent years, the College has received official Federal Government congratulations for our impressive results. In addition we have been noted in The Courier Mail, for being the highest achieving Lutheran School in Brisbane, and the second highest in the State based upon the percentage of our students achieving an OP1-5.

Academic Achievements and Student Accomplishments:

The College reporting program ensures our parents are kept fully informed of their child’s progress throughout the year, with teachers open to engage in conversation face to face or via email to supplement the formal reporting program.

NAPLAN testing is sat annually in May by all students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. NAPLAN provides a snapshot of individual and the cohort progress for each year. Careful analysis of results by our curriculum leaders ensures that trends within particular groups can be identified and programs developed to address specific needs. Our results in these tests remain particularly pleasing, with all year groups performing well above national and state averages.

 


 

Learning

Our students are the central focus of all that we do at the College. Every activity, whether in the classroom, on the sports field, in chapel or off campus is designed to inspire, engage and challenge students to achieve continual academic development and social and emotional growth.

At Prince of Peace, we strive to nurture the God-given potential of each of our students by:

  • making a commitment to know our students so we can understand what inspires them, where their passions lie and how to utilise this to fully engage them in their education
  • providing them with multiple opportunities for growth and mastery
  • allowing students to take ownership of their learning so they realise their full potential.

 


 

Our Educational Philosophy

At Prince of Peace, we believe it is vital to nurture a love of learning in all our students and to support them to acquire the skills, values and knowledge needed for modern life. To this end, we endeavour to ensure the key competencies of critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity are woven into all learning.

We believe each student’s educational experience should be characterised by three guiding principles that promote contemporary capabilities:

Excellence through honour

Excellence through honour
We want every student to pursue personal excellence; to honour each other, achieve their God-given potential and to give their best.

Learning with Purpose

Learning with purpose
We wish to prepare all our students to become lifelong learners who are creative, critical thinkers, collaborators and communicators; who are multi-skilled, adaptable and innovative.

Growth through challenge

Growth through challenge
We believe that it is important that students are provided with opportunities to push themselves, to be challenged to develop mastery in a supportive environment.

 

We aim to create learners who are:

  • self-directed, insightful investigators and learners
  • discerning, resourceful problem solvers and implementers
  • adept, creative producers and contributors
  • open, responsive communications and facilitators
  • principled, resilient leaders and collaborators
  • caring, steadfast supporters and advocates

There are five central elements to our positive learning culture:

  • high expectations
  • positive relationships
  • lifelong learning
  • responsive teaching
  • powerful partnerships.

Our Teaching and Learning Framework provides more information about these elements.

 


 

Strategic Plan

In looking ahead, it has been important to be mindful of the short but positive history of the College and
continue in our mission as a school of the Lutheran Church. The College is committed to nurturing growth
in a Christ-centred environment that enables our students to enrich the communities they serve. This
strategic plan has been developed with a firm commitment placed upon the College to provide a holistic
education, building upon the Lutheran tradition with initiatives that ensure the young people we educate
are equipped to succeed in a 21st century global community.

Download our Strategic Plan Document [pdf]

 


 

Supporting Diverse Learning Needs

Our College is committed to enabling each child to develop to his or her God-given potential through the provision of services to maximise inclusiveness in learning and cater for students’ diverse learning styles and academic needs.

To ensure all students can access the curriculum on the same basis, our specialist support teachers:

  • case manage students with a verified disability
  • provide support to students with learning difficulties
  • support classroom teachers with curriculum differentiation
  • liaise with stakeholders such as staff, parents, administration and other professionals.

We offer intervention for students experiencing short-term problems with literacy, numeracy or learning. We also offer long-term support and program options for students with identified learning difficulties and/or disabilities.

At the Junior Campus

Individual and small group support is provided by the specialist support team. From Prep to Year 2, this support focuses on building students’ oral language and the skills required for reading and writing. Specific intervention is offered as needed.

In Years 3 to 6, learning enrichment programs are provided through small group and individual support. Support is also provided to develop classroom learning tasks for students with specific needs.

Those who require extra challenges beyond those already provided for in the classroom are given specific learning engagement tasks in class and opportunities to take part in workshops and activities focused on their interests, skills and needs.

At the Senior Campus

We aim to include students with learning challenges in general education classrooms as much as possible to ensure they receive learning opportunities to match those of their peers. Programs are designed around the needs of each student involved, and balance time in small-group work with assistance in class and the support required for students to reach their potential.

Support provided by the specialist support team is tailored to individual needs and includes small group and individual support, assignment support and homework or test preparation.  This may also include partnering with:

  • the College’s Vocational Education and Training (VET) department to assist with career planning
  • post-school service providers to explore and identify opportunities for work related skills and employment options
  • allied professionals (such as psychologists and speech pathologists) to ensure an holistic approach to catering for the student’s needs.

Early intervention

Early intervention is a primary goal of the College. Speech, language, fine and gross motor and visual perception screening occurs amongst Prep students during Term 1. Screenings are undertaken by the College’s on-site speech pathologist and occupational therapist, allowing us to better identify and cater for our students’ educational needs.

Support services, including speech pathology, occupational therapy and psychology, are provided on-site or at providers’ practices on a fee-for-service basis.

Australian Council for Educational Research ability tests are administered to all students in Year 3. Other standardised and diagnostic tools are administered as required to aid appropriate intervention and referrals.

 


 

Keeping You Informed

We strongly believe that each child’s success is based upon a mutually supportive partnership between the College and parents.

Throughout the school year we run a structured program of reporting to and communicating with parents about their child’s academic progress and social and emotional development. To complement our formal reporting program, we also offer an open, two-way communication system where parents are encouraged to speak with or email class and subject teachers as required.

An overview of our reporting program and related activities can be viewed here.

 


 

Encouraging Community Service

At Prince of Peace we encourage our students to be involved with and give to the community, through a service-based leadership model and by supporting a range of charities and causes.

Over recent years the College, through the work of student-led groups, such as the Student Representative Council and the Year 6 Parliament, has supported many good causes, including:

  • raising awareness about homeless youth
  • fundraising for Colours for Cancer Day
  • fundraising for the Cycling for Smiddy charity
  • supporting the work of the Meals 4 You program, a combined initiative of the College and the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church to provide meals to those in need in the local community
  • fundraising for World Vision through participation in the 40 Hour Famine
  • fundraising for the National Day of Awareness against Bullying
  • fundraising for the Day for Daniel
  • raising awareness about the work of the Australian Lutheran Welfare Service (ALWS) and fundraising for the ALWS Gifts of Grace program
  • fundraising for Feeding Dreams (Cambodia)
  • fundraising for Mates 4 Mates, which supports wounded, injured and ill current and ex-serving Australian Defence Force personnel and their families.

A small group of Year 11 students has the opportunity each year to participate in an ALWS overseas student study tour to gain real insight into the important work of the service.