The Grace Lutheran College program supporting teens to graduate with grace

Years 10 to 12 are undoubtably the most critical school years that our kids face in their academic journey. Yet many families are realising that these final three years are about more than achieving that final mark. Instead, they are looking for a blend of academic, practical and spiritual pathways to best prepare their teen for the future ahead. One school answering this call is Grace Lutheran College, which has designed a senior years program to guide and support every student through these culminating years, so that all students have the opportunity to ‘graduate with grace’.

Grace Lutheran seniors at camp

The Grace Lutheran College program consists of five key areas:

1. GEL or ‘Grow Empower Learn’: This is the support and guidance program offered to each student at Grace Lutheran College. At the core of Grace’s vision is a commitment to who that student is and who he or she can be. Therefore, GEL teachers provide personal development, individual mentoring and support for every student.

2. Googa: Skills learnt while at their outdoor education program, Googa, assist students to grow personally in the final three years of school and beyond. The aim of this journey is for the students to hone self-reliance and teamwork skills and understand their spiritual path.

3. Subject choice: Grace has an extensive breadth of subjects to allow students to personalise and explore their subjects and pathway in Year 10. This ensures students are confident with their choices for Year 11 and 12.

4. VET pathways: At Grace Lutheran College, students can integrate work experience, university study, or Vocational Education and Training, including school-based traineeships and apprenticeships, into their high school studies. Some qualifications are offered as school subjects as part of the students’ timetables. Others are offered off-line or off-campus at TAFE or a private provider, while many provide on-the-job training and practical experience.

5. Individual support: Students are well supported in making subject choice decisions on an individual basis. All students have access to career planning and subject selection appointments with specialist careers guidance staff. This allows students to continue to strive towards their individual success across their academics.

Grace Lutheran VET courses

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Written by Angela Sutherland

After spending many years hustling stories on busy editorial desks around the world, Angela is now mum of two little ones and owner/editor at Kids on the Coast / Kids in the City. She is an atrocious cook and loves cutting shapes to 90s dance music.

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