"It's a great place to be!"
Peace Lutheran College is affectionately referred to as 'Peace' by our College families and local community.
A common remark from those on their first tour of our school is,“it is just so calm and peaceful here”.
Every day is an open day at Peace and we invite you to visit and experience the Peace difference for yourself. Our Enrolments Officer, Anna Rosendale would be happy to answer your questions and make herself available to show you around our lovely campus.
We would welcome the opportunity to have you and your child a part of our friendly College Community.
A word from one of our parents, Louise, “After only two weeks I cannot believe how quickly Sam has settled and what a positive change we are seeing in his personality already. It’s a real reflection on the values and expectations of the children, teachers and organisation of the school. I just wanted to say thank you.”
Solid foundations for future success - Peace Lutheran College has experienced itself, when a child is surrounded by nurture, respected for their individual learning and made to feel important, known and valued, they will have solid educational foundations.
Our College fosters a culture of inclusiveness, embracing the diversity of our multicultural fabric and offering an environment where everybody feels valued; where everybody is somebody. This is achieved through embracing and encouraging every child’s unique skill set and developing the whole person, taking into account your child’s academic; social; emotional; and spiritual wellbeing.
Our College vision is to be at the forefront of innovative education; empowering tomorrow’s leaders, today. We have seen this vision develop and our students prosper through the introduction of agile learning centres that provide a dynamic learning environment, specifically designed to integrate digital technologies and promote connected learning.
With a mission to develop informed, active, resilient and compassionate citizens within a Christian community, Peace Lutheran College feels privileged to help shape those we serve, into strong, capable men and women who will make a positive contribution to their world.
Located in Kamerunga, a suburb of Cairns in Tropical North Queensland, Peace Lutheran College is nestled in the picturesque hills between Redlynch and Lake Placid on the Barron River, only 15 minutes west of the Cairns CBD.
Our College was founded in 1994 and is part of the system of Lutheran Schools in Queensland. As well as serving Lutherans in North Queensland, Torres Strait Islands, Papua New Guinea and further afield, Peace is a College with a mission to serve other Christian and non-Christian families in providing a quality Christian education for all.
Peace Lutheran College is a quality Christian co-educational Kindy-Year 12 school in Cairns. We offer a quality schooling experience where God's love for every person is evident and informs all that we do. We cater for a diverse range of students from a variety of backgrounds and cultures. Our boarding facilities allow us to serve students from a wide area of North Queensland, Torres Strait, South East Asia as well as families from further afield. We are committed to encouraging wellbeing and the pursuit of success; academic or otherwise, and to develop young men and women of character in a Christian community. Developing the whole person is at the heart of what we do at Peace Lutheran College, ensuring that Peace is a place where everyone feels valued; a place where everybody is somebody. I encourage you to visit our College to discover for yourself why we are constantly acknowledged for our school's peaceful, friendly and welcoming culture.
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“Empowering tomorrow’s leaders, today” – a vision Peace Lutheran College (PLC) imparts to all its students, beginning in the Junior years, to develop confident leaders, who will become well equipped leaders of the future.
Peace operates its own bus service using the convenience and luxury of its own College Coaches. Bus routes run through Northern Beaches, Brinsmead/Redlynch, Earlville and south to Gordonvale. The College Coaches are used to transport students to all College activities and excursions, as well as to take Boarding students to weekend activities.
CAMPS AND EXCURSIONS
The cost for all camps and excursions are included in school fees (except when the activity is voluntary).
These activities play an important role in terms of individual social development, as well as the building of interpersonal relationships between teachers and students, and the creating of a spirit of class “togetherness”.
VOLUNTARY EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES
Core Sports Program: Introduces students to various activities and skill them for various games.
Inter-school Sports Program: Inter-school sports teams for various age groups which compete in FNQ competitions include Cricket; Volleyball; Tennis; Basketball; Netball; Rugby League; Rugby Union; Soccer; Touch Football; AFL and Futsal.
Year 6 & 7 Students – Are eligible to participate in the Barron River District sport Gala Days.
Year 7, 8 & 9 Students – Inter-school sport during terms 3 and 4 on Wednesday afternoons. Teams are selected and train during term 2.
Year 10,11 & 12 – Inter-school sport during terms 1 and 2 on Wednesday afternoons.
District Competition: Students aged 10 years to Open age are actively encouraged to trial for District Sport Teams offered through the Barron River District and Trinity Coast North District Associations.
Swim & Survive Programs:
Prep to Year 7 Students – Undertake swim and survival skills at Marlin Coast Swim & Leisure Centre.
Year 5 Students – Participate in a surf lifesaving program in coordination with Cairns Surf Lifesaving (SLSC).
Prep to Year 5 Students – Japanese
Year 6 to Year 9 Students – Japanese or Italian
Year 10 to Year 12 Students – Japanese or German (via Distance Education)
Private music lessons are available to all students, including piano; keyboard, drums, percussion; vocal; guitar/base guitar; strings; singing; clarinet. Lessons are offered according to need and availability of a teacher.
Words from Boarding student, Hope,"I boarded at Peace Lutheran College for five years, since I was a Year 8 student. My Boarding House is like my second home. I have always felt safe and supported and boarding students receive great care from everyone - not just the House Parents - we all care for one another like one big family. I have really enjoyed all the outside activities that are available. I have been involved in helping on the Rosie's food van that goes out into the community; I've competed in eisteddfods with my singing; and also played in netball tournaments. People tell me I have matured so much during my time at Peace Boarding and I'm sure this is because of the encouragement of the House Parents. Boarding at Peace has been a great experience for me and I would recommend it to anyone."
The Peace Boarding Community is an active and vibrant group of students and dedicated staff. Boarders range in grade from Year 7 - Year 12. Peace Boarding consists of four Boarding Houses - two girls' houses (Heiwa and Milyn) and two boys' houses (Frieden and Mari Mari). There are boarding places for 110 students (60 girls and 50 boys).
The number of students accepted into Boarding from each school year level is capped. This ensures our Boarding has a healthy balance of age groups and gender. This balance is essential for forming friendships, as well as the emotional growth and maturity of each of our boarding students and it also helps to keep the student make-up of our boarding houses as close as possible to a home environment, with siblings.
Peace Boarding works in partnership with parents and guardiansto help students grow to their full potential in their academic, sporting and cultural areas - this important partnership allows students, parents and staff to feel included.
Our Boarding Community is a very multicultural environment. We have students from around Queensland and other states of Australia, Cape York and the Torres Straits, PNG and Indonesia, to name a few.
Boarding students are provided a number of opportunities to grow in their faith. We attend Trinity Lutheran Church fortnightly and have evening devotions and youth group on alternate weeks. The College Pastor and Congregational Pastor are also actively involved with our Boarding Community.
Students come to Peace Boarding first and foremost to advance their secondary education. Students have a set routine to help them get the most from their academic studies. This routine mandates a certain amount of study be undertaken each week. This is done through supervised study in classrooms. A number of teaching staff also undertake tutoring both during this dedicated time, as well as after school and Boarding House Parents liaise with teaching staff to ensure students are working to achieve their best.
Along with academics, Boarding provides a number of sporting and social opportunities through club sports, as well as school based teams, including Rugby League and Union, Touch Football, Netball, Basketball and AFL; with social activities scheduled each school term, including tenpin bowling, roller skating, laser tag and trips to the beach and Tablelands.
Our Boarding staff are dedicated individuals who bring a strong commitment to their boarding houses. As well as our dedicated Boarding House Parents, we also have a School Nurse (Registered Nurse) and Student Welfare Officer on campus.
Peace Boarding aims to provide students a home-away-from-home, where students can feel safe, are free to pursue their studies and gain lifelong friendships.
Spiritual Life and Student Care
The spiritual well-being of all students is of utmost importance to the school. The College Pastor, together with members of staff make a point of talking with students and/or their parents/guardians. Our College Pastor and Student Welfare Officer make themselves available to all students who may need advice, support or encouragement in times of personal need. They are directly accessible to students during the day and through the Boarding staff at night and on weekends. Parents who have particular concerns about their children can discuss these with them at any time.
Private, air-conditioned Student Transport Services are provided by Peace Lutheran College, with all College buses equipped with seat belts. This bus service transfers students to-and-from school daily as well as sporting fixtures and excursions and weekend activities for our Boarding students.
Bus Services: The school bus route includes the Northern Beaches of Yorkeys Knob/Trinity Beach/Kewarra Beach/Clifton Beach/Palm Cove; Smithfield; Redlynch – Park Ridge; Whitfield/Edge Hill/City/Aeroglen/Stratford/Brinsmead; Manoora/Manunda/Earlville – Gordonvale.
Kuranda families are serviced daily by the Trans North bus. For further details visit http://www.transnorthbus.com/cairnskuranda.asp
Peace Lutheran College provides Boarding Scholarships of up to $10,000 per year for Indigenous Boarding students who live in remote communities and are Australian citizens. The Scholarship covers school fees, stationery, uniforms, school shoes and a computer for senior students. The purpose of the Scholarship is to provide opportunities for appropriately qualified students who would not otherwise be able to attend boarding school for financial reasons.
Staying true to its progressive approach to its teaching practices, Peace Lutheran College’s ingenuity has seen the College introduce newly designed, contemporary learning spaces, outside the typical learning environment, to enhance student learning through increased engagement.
Facing the need to construct additional classrooms to cater for Middle and Senior School student intake, Peace Lutheran College took the initiative to think outside the ‘general learning area classroom’ style spaces and instead created the ideal learning environment.
A project teaching team visited several Brisbane schools and university with the objective to identify elements that could be adapted to its school environment.
The rooms can be used as one open space for combined class presentations, or students can work individually or in small groups, since the tables and chairs are readily rearranged to suit each task. The teachers adopt a team approach to teaching, taking on roles in the room and working co-operatively to achieve learning outcomes. Throughout any given day, students will be involved in several varied classroom arrangements, at times electing to stand at higher tables or to create a discussion nook with lounge benches and tables. Students are encouraged to move around the room, work with others and collaborate as needed in order to produce work of the highest standard.
As collaboration is a key focus area, all table tops are designed to be written on. The room, like the rest of the campus is fully wireless and students can also project their work from iPads to an LCD TV, or all four LCD TVs across the room.
Student responses to this new style of learning space has been extremely positive, with comments about greater engagement with learning and better engagement with digital technologies and group collaboration.
Overall, this shift to embrace global thinking in terms of working and learning environments, has had a very positive affect on the learning outcomes of the College’s students.
Peace Lutheran College had 46 students in the 2016 Year 12 cohort and 100% of our students achieved a qualification - QCE; VET or School-based Traineeship. Of the 46 students in the cohort, 25 students were OP eligible (59% of the total cohort).
OP 1: Two students (8% of the College's OP-eligible cohort, compared to 2% of the State)
OP 1-5: Five students (20% of the OP-eligible cohort)
OP 1-10: Ten students (40% of the OP-eligible cohort)
OP 1-15: Fifteen students (60% of the OP-eligible cohort)
This is a wonderful outcome and evidence of the hard work and commitment of these students, as well as the care, attention and dedication of our teachers who have journeyed with them.
Louise – parent of Year 3 student: “Well it’s the end of week 2 for us and I wanted to take a quick moment to say thank you. I cannot believe how quickly Sam has settled and what a positive change we are seeing in his personality already. It’s a real reflection on the values and expectations of the children, teachers and organisation of the school.”
Tim – parent of Mitchell and Jayden:“From personal experience I’ve seen how Peace Lutheran College plans for its future. The College is committed to the development of every student and puts a lot of hard work into constantly improving their teaching and pastoral care practices. This care and attention is the reason my wife and I send our two sons to the College.”
Samantha – parent of Year 4 student:“My children have been attending Peace Lutheran College since their first day of Prep. The teachers have been consistently kind, caring, friendly, approachable and professional. I chose Peace Lutheran College because as the name suggests, it is peaceful. I have found the school focuses on the child's spiritual well-being as well as their education. Olivia is both happy and proud of her school. All children are greeted by their first name by staff which I appreciate. The school is connected with the children, their parents and the community. I feel PLC's holistic approach to education is benefitting my children.”
Jacy – Year 12 Boarding Student, 2016: “I came to Peace Lutheran College as a Boarding student from grade 7 and boarded until I graduated in grade 12. I have had a great time and have made some great friendships. I found Boarding creates more friends and stronger relationships between students. Another student in my Boarding House has become one of my closest friends. Boarders participate in really good weekend activities – I enjoyed paintball, going to the cinema and watching the Cairns Taipans play. I also got involved in Club Basketball, playing alongside other Peace students who were also Boarders. And I also played Touch Football – we had two teams completely made up of Peace Boarding students! The thing I really like is that it has a really diverse culture with people from all around the world. The teachers also provide great help when preparing for exams and assignments. And Boarding provided a lot of study time which really helped me stay on top of my studies. The College has provided me with a great education which will help me with further study. I plan to study Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at University of Queensland (UQ).
John – parent of Joe and Jamie: “There is a great atmosphere in the school, the teaching staff are approachable and collaborative and there is opportunity to develop good parent/teacher alliances. We were impressed with the school’s understanding of the future of education and its focus on the ‘whole’ child to identify individual learning needs. Both our boys have developed very positive relationships with their classroom teachers and have found a balance between learning and fun. They have adapted quickly to their new environment, mostly I believe, because the school has a great sense of community and the children have been made to feel welcome.”
Alison – parent of Lalai and Ragana: “I’ve found one of the greatest things about Peace is the emphasis on the family. The College has created a solid family orientated environment which is very important for the students and their parents. Since enrolling my children, they have been joined by four more family members. My children have settled in well at the school and are very keen to tell everybody how wonderful it is. They speak so highly of their teachers and other staff as well. I would recommend Peace Lutheran College to all families as I am confident that their children will be cared for and nurtured in a healthy environment, as my children have been.”
Natalie – parent of Prep and Year 3 students: “We choose Peace Lutheran College because of its reputation in the community and because it was a smaller school which we felt would greatly benefit our children. We feel our children are encouraged and given every opportunity to extend their learning. Both children are extremely happy and have formed wonderful friendships with not only their peers but teachers as well. Peace has a very loving environment and really cares about all the children. We would highly recommend Peace to any family looking.”
Every day is an Open Day at Peace Lutheran College!
We pride ourselves on the personal, individual attention offered to each and every one of our students and we like to also extend this same consideration to every person who visits our school.
The College does hold Open Days and Information Evenings throughout the year, however we particularly enjoy personalising a tour just for you. Every parent and child of every family has different needs, individual apprehensions, different questions and their own expectations, and on a personal tour we can discuss these in detail and know you are leaving with all the knowledge you require.
We encourage you to contact us to discuss your needs or arrange your very own College tour. Our Enrolments Officer, Mrs Anna Rosendale would love to speak with you so please call her on 07 4039 9021 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.