Profile: Pacific Lutheran College

Pacific Lutheran College

Pacific Lutheran College is a coeducational Kindergarten to Year 12 independent private school of the Lutheran Church of Australia, serving the Caloundra, Kawana and Hinterland communities on the Sunshine Coast. The Pacific Lutheran Early Learning Centre is co-located on site.

Pacific Lutheran College’s values are based on the following principles, which are deeply embedded across all aspects of our community:

People, the Focus
Learning, the Purpose
Christ, the Way

Pacific Lutheran College believes that these principles not only stand as valuable sign posts for the years of schooling but also for life as a whole.

Pacific provides a rich academic program based on the Harvard Teaching for Understanding framework, encouraging each child to reach their potential and develop deep understandings. A unique integration of Christian studies, personal development, outdoor education and pastoral care supports and challenges young people to grow deeply from within. Flexible access to virtual and physical space complements an increasingly personalised approach to learning.

Pacific caters for each stage of a child’s development and its curriculum is designed to support a seamless transition from Kindergarten to Year 12. There are four sections of the College: Foundation College (P-2), Junior College (Years 3-5), Middle College (Years 6-9) and Senior College (Years 10-12).

Through involvement with a broad range of committees, staff have made a contribution to education at a local, state and, within a Lutheran school context, at a national level. Pacific provides a high-quality education where people are encouraged to grow and learn across all dimensions of life and develop whole-of-life attributes.

Pacific has strong links with universities, adult education providers and industry and provides senior students with high quality pathways when they graduate as confident, capable, well-rounded adults.

To experience its community in person, Pacific invites you to visit its college on any weekday.

Contact the college registrar on 07 5436 7321 or visit www.pacificlutheran.qld.edu.au to find out more.

Pacific Lutheran Students in Classroom

Vision

As a Christ-centred community, Pacific has a strong focus on relationships and values. Pacific challenges its members to be compassionate, tolerant, deep thinkers, socially just individuals who have the confidence, knowledge, courage, flexibility, and deep understanding to make a difference in their families and the wider community today and tomorrow.

To equip students to thrive in the highly complex world of today and tomorrow Pacific has drawn on best practices from international educational research in its curriculum design and structure. Its focus is not just on what children will become but who they are today.

State-of-the-art facilities have been designed to allow flexible use of space and to provide extensive access to information technology resources from every classroom. Most importantly, highly skilled, committed and dedicated teachers support and encourage students to be the best they can be. As a community, parents, staff and students are challenged to be dreamers, architects, builders and celebrators. To dream what is possible, to imagine and create a better way forward, to be resilient, persistent and flexible in the making, and to be celebrators of life.

Pacific Lutheran College a Sunshine Coast School

Pastoral care

Pacific Lutheran’s pastoral care program is based on Christian principles and is one of the key elements of the college. In recognition of differing developmental needs, students in the early and junior years are grouped by year level, whilst those in middle and senior years are grouped vertically. From Prep, the values of service, acceptance, compassion and mutual support are fostered. From a Christian perspective and through practical involvement, students are progressively challenged to develop an understanding of issues of leadership. These include leadership of self and of others in both small and large group contexts. Class teachers across the Foundation and Junior College and pastoral care teachers in the Middle and Senior College are the main sources of support for the student, providing an important link between home and school.

Students from Prep to Year 12 are also involved in Foundation Cup activities where each of the three Houses compete against each other. A variety of activities provide a range of opportunities for a broad range of students with diverse talents to contribute to their house as they compete for the Sporting, Academic and Cultural House Shields of the college. This spirited competition provides a strong sense of belonging across the college.

Distinctive curriculum offerings

The Pacific curriculum is based on the Australian and Queensland Curriculum and is implemented through its own Philosophy of Learning to provide rich learning experiences for all students. Its learning culture is based on the Harvard Teaching for Understanding framework and provides unique opportunities for students to enrich their learning and further explore their potential, including:

  • Strings Program: Years 3 and 4.
  • Concert Band Program: Year 5 and 6.
  • Personal Development Program across P-12 that encompasses the You Can Do It program from Prep to Year 5 and the Rite Journey at Year 9.
  • An extensive developmental Outdoor Education Program across Years 3-12 that links with the Personal Development, Christian Studies and Pastoral Care programs.
  • Flexible senior pathways that include partnerships with universities, TAFE, training organisations and employers.
  • Extensive career education and advice across Years 9-12.
  • Vertical pastoral care groups across Years 6-12 where mutual responsibility for caring for each other is fostered and encouraged under the motto of ‘Pacific As A Peace Place’.
  • A formal Christian Studies program engages students in the academic study of Christianity, other world religions, ethics and decision-making. This supports students in their growth of an expanded worldview and facilitates the development of a personal belief and values system.
  • A challenging and supportive middle years program that supports the growth of students as they progress through the phase of pre-adolescence in Years 6 and 7 and then mature into early adolescence at Years 8 and 9.
  • Co-Curricular Offerings:Enrichment: Robotics and Coding, Chess, Debating, Public Speaking, extension opportunities through PACE and YACHTS programs in the areas of Mathematics, Technology, Literature and Science, competitions include the UNSW Mathematics and Science and the Mathematics Challenge and visiting authors and artists.
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.
  • Kayaking Excellence Program Years 4-12.
  • Swimming, Cross Country and Athletics.
  • SCISSA Sport – Boys: Rugby Union, AFL, soccer, basketball, softball, touch football, water polo, volleyball and tennis. Girls: Netball, soccer, basketball, softball, touch football, water polo, volleyball and tennis.
  • Community Sport: Netball, Churches Soccer, Rugby Union, basketball, touch football, futsal and water polo.
  • Music Groups: Senior Voices Choir, Junior Voices, Year 2-3 Choir, Junior and Senior String Ensembles, Wind Ensemble, Year 5 Concert Band, Year 6 Concert Band, Senior Concert Band, Junior Chapel Band, Middle College Chapel Band, Senior Chapel Band, Percussion Ensemble, Guitar Ensembles, Jazz Ensemble and Orchestra.
  • Major student productions for Years 8-12 and Years 3-7 on a bi-annual rotation of a musical followed by plays. The K-2 students perform a nativity play each year.
  • Foundation Cup Activities: Cultural, Sporting and Academic.
  • Book club.
  • Visual Arts Evening.
  • PLC Blake Prize for Art.

 

CONTACT DETAILS

PHONE: 0754367300
WEBSITE: www.pacificlutheran.qld.edu.au
LOCATION: Pacific Lutheran College, Woodlands Blvd, Meridan Plains QLD 4551
SOCIALS: Facebook

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