Faith Lutheran College - Junior Secondary

School Context

Faith Lutheran College is situated on 24 hectares of land in a picturesque rural setting at Plainland. Faith Lutheran first opened in 1999 with 40 students in Years 8 and 9 in temporary premises in Laidley. The College then moved to our present location in October 2000. Our College is capped at 840 students across Years 7 to 12, and we are one of 85 Lutheran schools in Australia. Faith Lutheran College prides itself on its holistic program. Our focus is on developing the intellectual, social, spiritual and creative talents of each student. We are well-resourced with new comprehensive education facilities, expanding sporting facilities, and plenty of relaxation areas, whereby students can feel safe in a rural atmosphere. Students are provided with an excellent opportunity to develop all facets of their personality in a comfortable learning environment. Our pastoral care program is based on a vertically aligned house system with dedicated curriculum time allocated towards pastoral care programs. The College acknowledges the diverse learning requirements of the middle years of schooling and has designed specific programs to address the learning needs of students in Years 7, 8 and 9. The College has a dedicated building for Year 7 students, where they are able to make the transition into secondary education in a safe and welcoming environment.

Philosophy

The goals of the College are to:

  • nurture and develop the intellectual, social, spiritual and cultural talents of each of its students within a secure Christian environment

  • provide a solid foundation for further studies, vocational training, and responsible and rewarding participation in the community

  • enable students to achieve high standards of learning, and to develop self-confidence, high self-esteem, respect of and for others, and achievement of personal excellence

In pursuit of these goals, the College indicates that it will:

  • provide a broad-based education, which involves studies in the traditional academic subjects

  • have all students participate in a wide range of co-curricular activities to enhance all aspects of their personal development

  • teach in a way that is relevant and meaningful to the students and society

  • use up-to-date materials and equipment, building upon the students' experiences and interests, and linking educational theory to practice

  • emphasise the skills of communication, problem solving, cooperative learning, reasoning, and research skills

  • encourage adaptability, flexibility, and the transfer of knowledge and skills to a wide variety of contexts

  • implement the school programs in such a way that respects the rights and responsibilities of the students, teachers, and parents/guardians, as well as encouraging each to place a high value on good relationships

  • encourage students to be actively involved in their learning by making decisions, taking responsibility, evaluating, analysing and undertaking action

  • provide students with regular feedback about their learning performance in order to improve their learning outcomes

  • select teaching and learning approaches that offer all students opportunities for success, and motivate them to continue learning for life

  • encourage students to explore ideas critically, and to learn from their errors

  • encourage the professional development of staff by providing an environment that highly regards innovation, evaluation, and the dissemination of knowledge and skills

  • provide leadership in the development of the latest educational pedagogy and theory

  • have a clear philosophy relevant to our context

  • use comprehensive range of signature practices to engage young adolescents in relevant, meaningful and challenging learning, along with organisational initiatives to facilitate their implementation

  • utilise an evidence-based approach with clearly articulated outcomes to promote effective teaching and learning

This statement of philosophy and purpose is used as a guide to planning and implementing all aspects of the teaching and learning program in the Junior Secondary area of the College.