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GRACE LUTHERAN COLLEGE, ROTHWELL & CABOOLTURE
Rothwell Campus - Anzac Avenue Rothwell Queensland Australia. Caboolture Campus - 129 Toohey Street, Caboolture 4510
ROTHWELL and CABOOLTURE
Queensland
4022
Grace Lutheran College, is a co-educational secondary school, catering for students from Yr 7 to Yr 12. Students are accepted irrespective of religious affiliation, financial status or academic level.
PO Box 3181, Clontarf DC, QLD 4019
Brisbane North
07 3203 0066
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Mrs Ruth Butler
Secondary School
Lutheran
Lutheran
7 to 12
Please visit http://www.glc.qld.edu.au/?page_id=352 for an up to date fees listing
Yes
00497C
Co-educational
1650
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We welcomed the 2015 school year at Grace with $6m worth of new buildings across both campuses: at Caboolture new classrooms, covered double-court and large shaded courtyard and at Rothwell the new Technology and Robotics Centre, Senior Studies Centre, Trade Skills Centre and Middle School flexible-learning precinct.

We also celebrated the successes of our staff: during 2014 four teachers received State, National or international recognition for professional excellence in Science, Languages, Lifestyle Technology and Robotics.  

However, schools are most importantly about the students. We are proud of their academic and vocational achievements: 99% of our students achieve a qualification at the end of school, and 20% more of them go to university than is the norm in our region.

 

Our theme for Grace College in 2015 is BREAK THROUGH.  We are encouraging everyone in our community to identify and challenge those things that prevent us from achieving our goals and fulfilling God’s purpose for our lives. We know that if we follow in God’s way, we will be blessed with the strength and faith we need to break through.

 

 

 

 

 

Grace Lutheran College is a co-educational secondary school located at Rothwell, approximately 28km north of Brisbane, and Caboolture, approximately 40km north of Brisbane.

Founded in 1978, the College has developed quickly to its current enrolment of 1650 students across the two campuses.

By offering a comprehensive, balanced curriculum to cater for students’ varying abilities and interests, and by fostering a caring, Christian environment, Grace strives to assist each and every student to develop his/her full human potential so that he/she may be balanced and effective citizens in the community. Grace College is open to all students without discrimination as to class, race, belief, ability or financial status.

The curriculum is supported by many modern facilities including a state-of-the-art Visual Arts Centre, an Observatory (used not only by the students but also by members of the wider community), a well-equipped Library/Resource Centre, Computer Laboratories, a Technology Centre, Multi-purpose Centre which includes indoor basketball, netball and volleyball facilities, heated 25 metre swimming pool and two heated learn-to-swim pools. A large number of students are involved in activities in various areas of the Performing Arts, including Drama, Music and Dance.

There is a fine tradition at the College of students using their abilities in these areas to glorify God through public appearances.  The College is part-owner of an Outdoor Education Centre, ‘Googa’, situated 9km from Blackbutt. Year 10 classes spend 4 weeks at the Centre undertaking a popular outdoor education programme.

Programs

Grace Lutheran College holds as paramount the welfare of its students and has both a Pastoral Care program and pastoral caring process at the core of its ethos and operation.

 

The prime academic focus of Grace Lutheran College is to provide a place of learning and growth for the young people in its care. The learning environment at Grace aims to encourage young people to become adults who are versatile, flexible, willing- to- learn, and caring citizens of the communities in which they live.

The College openly acknowledges and supports Christian Gospel values and the Lutheran Ethos, whilst striving to assist students in the development of their academic potential. The Junior School core subject of Christian Knowledge , and senior Religion and Ethics , reflect the College’s goal of providing students with the opportunity to increase their spiritual and religious understanding.

There are two main areas in the curriculum that focus on providing all students with an opportunity to explore and develop their sense of healthy physical ‘well-being’.

All students in Years 7-12 participate in the school-based Physical Education program and the Wednesday, or Thursday, afternoon sports program.

In Years 9 or 10, students are involved in a 4-week Outdoor Education Program at Googa.

Middle School College Subjects

The Middle School program subject choice is based on the understanding that the group of core subjects provide students with: the opportunity to establish and build on basic academic skills in literacy, numeracy, cultural, economic, political and geographical understanding; and an awareness of information literacy processes and technology usage. To allow students to experience different learning pathways in Year 7 and 8, a wide range of subjects offered in a time-limited way accompanies the core subjects. In Years 9 and 10, students study the core subjects and choose another three elective subjects from a group of 18 subjects.

 

Senior School College Subjects

Students at Grace generally follow an O.P. pathway. The areas of study for this group are the compulsory subjects of; an English , a Mathematics and the Subject Area Specification (S.A.S) Religion and Ethics . These students also choose 4 elective subjects from the wide range of different types of subjects on offer.

There are two main pathways available to non-O.P. bound students. For students who have come through Grace College assisted by our Special Needs/ Educational Support Department, there is the Work Education Unit, and an Individual Educational Program (I.E.P). For students who don’t qualify for this unit, but who want to focus on a vocational education pathway, there is the opportunity to obtain assistance in securing a School Based Traineeship, or Apprenticeship.

 

 

Co-Curricular Activities at Grace

Grace Lutheran College cater for all levels in co-curricular activities, offer plenty of options for your child’s interests, provide camps and Outdoor Education programs, and have international connections.

Some of the activities on offer are Performing arts - dance, many instrumental music options, choirs, musicals, backstage crew; Sports - Aussie Rules, futsal, soccer, hockey, volleyball, beach volleyball, basketball, touch football, waterpolo, cricket, tennis, netball, softball, and rugby league; Academic Enrichment - debating, chess, tutors and robotics; Creative Industries - news, film, cinematic theatre production, and art; and Service Learning - faith and service, charity, and community service.

For four weeks all students in Year 10 at Grace attend their third campus, Googa, an Outdoor Education Program facility near Blackbutt. Under the direction of highly trained and specialised staff, the students gain a multitude of skills and life experiences including adventure activities, hiking, camping, daily cooking, washing and cleaning, responsibility for feeding livestock, preparing devotions, as well as journal and letter writing.

Through a proven pioneering approach, students fully engage in a wide array of activities that they might otherwise miss, or take for granted in the home environment. The aim of this journey is for the students to develop into young adults, to learn self-reliance and team work skills, discover how to respect others and understand their spiritual path. The benefits of spending time in the outdoors and getting to know nature are immeasurable. For teenagers about to embark on a journey into adulthood, time spent away from technology and distractions brings them back to the basics, preparing them for the fortitude, patience and organisation skills required for Year 11 and 12.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Us

Modern, well-equiped facilities are constantly being upgraded.
Now that Year 7s will be part of every high school in 2015, here’s a snapshot of our Middle School program – tried and tested since 2008.
- Yr 7 and 8 students generally have two known and trusted core teachers for Christian Studies, English, Maths, Science, SOSE
- Yr 7 Experience Program: specialist teaching in Languages,
Performing Arts, Computing, Lifestyle Technology, Media,
Visual Arts, Industrial Technology
- Year 7 and 9 buddy system
- Stimulating Academic Enrichment program
- Library open 7.30am to 6pm Mon – Thurs with teachers and tutors available to assist with homework, assignments and research.
- Designated Middle School precinct with new air-conditioned
classrooms, interactive whiteboards and full computer access
- Our Senior School program provides numberous challenges for our young men and women.
- With a balance of strong academic outcomes and vocational education opportunities, all students can reach their potenital

A key component of the Grace experience is a four week experience at Googa, our outdoor education centre located in Blackbutt, QLD.

Wide range of performing arts opoprtunities including bands, ensembles, choirs, dance troupes, drama troupes and technical production groups. Numerous sporting opportunities exist in a massive range of sports. Our Grace Swimming Club is in the Top 10 swimming Clubs in QLD.

"Grace Lutheran College is by the grace of God a Christian community. It aims to continue the preparation of young people for a life of faith and service, so that God will be glorified in the world."

Feature Story

Grace Year 12 Students Exceeded the State Average by 15% in 2014

Congratulations to Grace College Year 12 students across both campuses on their hard work in their Senior studies and overall pleasing OP results for 2014. Our results are as follows:

 

 

  • Grace students have exceeded the State average achievement by over 15% in the OP1-15 range taken across the whole cohort of Year 12 students;
  • 99% of Grace students achieved a qualification: QCE, VET or School-Based Traineeship;
  • 83 % of the 295 students in the cohort were OP-eligible, compared to the State, where less than 55% of students are OP-eligible;
  • OP 1-3: 23 students (9.5% of the OP-eligible cohort, which is 7.8% of the total cohort compared with 5.8% for the State);
  • OP 1-7: 67 students (28% of the OP-eligible cohort, which is 22.7% of the total cohort compared with 17.26% for the State);
  • OP 1-10: 107 students (44 % of the OP-eligible cohort which is 36.27% of the total cohort compared to 27.07% for the State); and
  • OP 1-15: 172 students (71% of the OP-eligible cohort which is 58.3% of the total cohort compared to 43.13% for the State).

Thank you to all teachers for your diligent work with these students. Congratulations also to the students who achieved VET qualifications in addition to, or as an alternative to their OP.

How to Measure a School’s Academic Performance?

It is difficult in the Queensland system to compare schools adequately given that there are significant differences among schools in terms of the number of students who are OP-eligible. That is, it is clearly inappropriate to compare two schools on the basis of the number of OP-eligible students who achieve OP1-15 (for example) where one school has 90% of their students eligible, and another only 50 or 60%. A fairer measure would be to compare the number of students who gained an OP range (such as OP1-15) against the TOTAL cohort, not just those who were OP-eligible.

Another more appropriate way to assess academic achievement is the percentage of students each year who go to University, according to the Queensland Government Next Step Destination Survey.

At Grace each year around 55% of students go to university which is 20% above the average in the Moreton Bay Region.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Transport Options

Grace Lutheran College runs our own bus network to connect outer lying suburbs to our Rothwell and Caboolture campuses. Please phone us for more information on our bus services.

Past Student Profiles

James Walker (2000 - 2004)

Following graduation at Grace College in 2004, James Walker majored in Chemistry at QUT, completing a Bachelor of Applied Science.  He pursued his dream, continuing his study in a PhD program at the prestigious Stanford University, California. James encourages all Grace students to "follow your passion because you can really do anything you want coming from Grace."

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Testimonials

Feedback from Grace Families

Family 1: "This is my daughters third year at Grace and she has gone from strength to strength. I have been most impressed by the way she feels accepted within the school community just the way she is. There is so much available to a student at Grace - they just have to put their hand up and get involved. I also love to see how Christian principles are not only talked about but more importantly put into action at Grace every day in so many ways. I am very glad that a friend suggested we take a look at Grace for our daughter. We haven't had even one day when we have doubted this was the right decision. I wish every child could have the experience."

Family 2: "With the hard work and support of Ms Jones, (my son) has been accepted as the first student under 17 years to be accepted into Southbank Tafe College to complete his Diploma of Music Production based on a very successful year in 2014 for his VET course at Nambour TAFE.

I would like to extend my sincerest gratitude to the wonderful staff at Grace College who have support my 3 children (who have gone on to) be a Senior Sales Manager at Brisbane Isuzu, (my daughter) is currently completing her studies in Criminology, and finally my son.

I acknowledge that at times the boys have tested the boundaries in relation to studies and I truly valued the family first support approach from the teachers who would contact me and together we could encourage the children better.

I again particularly want to extend the warmest hug to Ms Jones, you truly made a difference in my son’s life and I value the fact that you acknowledge there are many ways for the children in our society to reach their true potential."

Principal's Message

 

 

 

We welcomed the 2015 school year at Grace with $6m worth of new buildings across both campuses: at Caboolture new classrooms, covered double-court and large shaded courtyard and at Rothwell the new Technology and Robotics Centre, Senior Studies Centre, Trade Skills Centre and Middle School flexible-learning precinct.

 

We also celebrated the successes of our staff: during 2014 four teachers received State, National or international recognition for professional excellence in Science, Languages, Lifestyle Technology and Robotics.  

However, schools are most importantly about the students. We are proud of their academic and vocational achievements: 99% of our students achieve a qualification at the end of school, and 20% more of them go to university than is the norm in our region.

 

Our theme for Grace College in 2015 is BREAK THROUGH.  We are encouraging everyone in our community to identify and challenge those things that prevent us from achieving our goals and fulfilling God’s purpose for our lives. We know that if we follow in God’s way, we will be blessed with the strength and faith we need to break through.

 

 

 

Moreover, I often hear from the public about the respectful, caring and responsible way our students conduct themselves and serve others in the community. Thank you, students, for modelling “The Grace Way”.

 

Mrs Ruth Butler, Principal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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We would love to welcome you to our College for a tour. Please phone Sandra Maloney on 3203 0066 to arrange a tour.

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