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GRACE LUTHERAN COLLEGE – Growing with Grace
Grace Lutheran College is a Christian community that encourages members from all walks of life to celebrate diversity, tolerance and respect for all. Students at this college are educated in ‘The Grace Way’ – characterised by Grit, Growth and Grace.
As well as a strong focus on academic and cultural development, families love Grace Lutheran College for the warm sense of pastoral care and responsibility. Such care is expressed through a personal commitment by staff members to each individual student; a commitment to what that student is and what he or she can be. At Grace, “we know that not everyone is a scholar, not everyone is good with their hands, not everyone is good on the sports field or dance floor, but everyone is good at something.”
Upon enrolment, students at Grace enter into the GEL program - a support and guidance program offered by college. GEL (Grow. Empower. Learn.) is a commitment to each student, to ensure he/she feels they belong to their community and has the fullest possible opportunity for spiritual, personal, social, physical and academic growth.
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.
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.
In the tradition of Lutheran Education, Grace Lutheran College aims to develop its students to their highest potential, utilising their God given gifts and talents. We expect students to: Grow in their understanding of themselves, others and the world in general; to commit themselves to all tasks giving the best of their ability (Grit); and to always honour and accept others (Grace).
Each of our campuses provides the broadest educational offerings that it can, with the aim of catering for a broad range of learning interests and abilities. We have a team of highly professional, experienced, dedicated, and most of all, caring staff. Strong learning and teaching relationships create an environment which is highly likely to enable students to achieve their potential in whatever subjects or areas of study they are pursuing.
Thank you for taking the time to explore Grace Lutheran College.
Head of College
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.
Providing for the gifted and talented
Priding themselves in the provision of specialised programs for the gifted and talented, Grace Lutheran College is now offering a unique set of programs for high achieving students that support the academic, social, emotional and organisational needs of the individual child.
“With dedicated, specialist staff who have been leaders in this field for 15 years, our Academic Enrichment Program provides individual case management and academic plans for gifted students,” explained Leigh-ann Forman, Academic Enrichment Coordinator at Grace Lutheran College, “whilst our Ignite Excellence Programs in English, Mathematics, Science, Music and Sport, are for high achieving students within those specific subject areas.”
After being identified as a candidate via the application process, Isabelle entered the Ignite Excellence: Mathematics Program in Year 7. She was then provided the opportunity to complete Years 7, 8 and 9 Mathematics in two years, followed by commencing Senior School Mathematics twelve months early.
“Through the use of the flip teaching model, accelerated curriculum programs and individual case management, Isabelle and her accelerated Maths class are performing at an outstanding level,” Mrs Forman said. “She and her peers are on track to finish Year 12 Mathematics Methods in Year 11, allowing them a study spare on their timetable in Year 12 to focus on their other subjects or to commence early university subjects at no charge.”
“Isabelle and her fellow students will be a sought-after candidates for University scholarships and course placements in STEM and Mathematics.”
Find out more at www.glc.qld.edu.au
WHAT ARE THE PUBLIC TRANSPORT OPTIONS TO GRACE LUTHERAN COLLEGE?
Students travel to Grace Lutheran College from many areas in North Brisbane, Caboolture, Bribie Island and surrounds. Students have a wide range of travel options including public transport, private transport and the College’s extensive privately owned bus fleet.
Check with your chosen campus as to what options will be available for your child.
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."
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