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Reports to 2012 Synod


Lutheran Education Queensland

and Schools of the District












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INDEX


COUNCIL REPORTS

Lutheran Education Queensland







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… 3

Lutheran Education Queensland Budget






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9


DISTRICT SCHOOLS/COLLEGES


Bethania Lutheran School
-

Bethania














1
0

Bethany Lutheran Primary School
-

Raceview












1
2

Good News Lutheran School


Middle Park…











1
5

Grace Lutheran Primary School
-

Clontarf…











1
8

Living Faith Lutheran Primary School


Murrumba Downs







2
1

Redeemer Lutheran Primary School
-

Biloela









… 2
3

St Paul’s Lutheran Primary School


Caboolture










2
6

Concordia Lutheran College


Toowoomba











2
8

Faith L
utheran College


Plainland













30

Faith Lutheran College


Redlands













32

Good Shepherd Lutheran College


Noosaville










34

Grace Lutheran College


Rothwell & Caboolture









36

Immanuel Lutheran College


Buderim



….










39

Lutheran Ormeau Rivers District School


Ormeau









41

Pacific Lutheran College


Meridan Plains











4
4

Peace Lutheran College


Cairns














4
6

Prince of Peace Lutheran College


Everton Hills









48

Redeemer Lutheran College


Rochedale











50

St Andrews Lutheran College


Tallebudgera











5
2

St James Lutheran College


Urraween












5
4

St Peters Lutheran College

-

Indooroopilly
……










56

St Peters Lutheran College Sp
ringfield

……











St Stephens Lutheran College


Gladstone











59

Trinity Lutheran College


Ashmore













6
1


CONGREGATIONAL SCHOOLS


Peace Lutheran Primary School


Gatton












6
5

St Johns Lutheran Primary School


Bundaberg



……





66

St Johns Lutheran Primary School


Kingaroy











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LUTHERAN EDUCATION QUEENSLAND



We note that there is a separate report from QLECS with regard to the early childhood
services and therefore this report focuses almost exclusively on schools and colleges.


Lutheran Education Queensland (LEQ) submits the following for your information an
d
as a record of our 2011 activities.


2011 was a difficult year, beginning with the worst flooding in 40+ years and Cyclone
Yasi. Many schools throughout the rest of the year supported staff and students who
were either inundated or affected by events ar
ound them. This year has been a much
better start for everyone, albeit areas of Queensland continue to suffer quite badly
from the two speed economy.


Planning for t
he Australian Conference for Lutheran Educators (ACLE)
to be held
in
Brisbane
in late September, early October 2013
is under

way and the theme is set:
Wise Up!
Transforming Mind, Body and Heart in Lutheran Education.
Now we start on
the detailed program and sponsorship goals.


Following is a summary of our service in 2011.



AC
CREDITATION
(LEA)

All Lutheran schools take seriously the induction of new staff so that those people are
equipped to contribute to our schools and to teach Christian Studies effectively with a
deeper understanding of our theology and how that finds expression in our school
s.


To this end staff attend over the course of three years a program called
Pathways
.
Over those three years
Pathways Spiritual, Pathways Theological
and

Pathways
Vocational

are delivered. Teachers are then eligible for Accreditation to teach in a
Luther
an School.


Those who are teaching Christian Studies work towards Accreditation (Christian
Studies teacher). This involves either post graduate study or attendance at
Equip
, 10
full days of workshops culminating in the presentation of a portfolio of stude
nt work
and a statement of philosophy from the teacher demonstrating their capacity to
understand and implement the curriculum.


In 2011, 31
Equip

workshops were run, including 6 regionally with 453 attendances
comprising 191 staff members.
Equip

continue
s to receive excellent feedback from
both principals and participants. While some are reluctant starters, the nature and
quality of the program are such that teachers quickly realise its worth and actively
participate.


ACCREDITATION (NON STATE SCHOOLS)

The following schools went successfully through their Non State Schools Accreditation
Board cyclical reviews in 2011:



Grace Lutheran Primary School

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Peace Lutheran Primary School



Immanuel Lutheran College



Peace Lutheran College



St Peters Lutheran College Indooroopilly


LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

Principals and Councils received significant support through a number of means.
Every two years the Better Schools Survey is completed, giving data regarding the
Organisational Health of a
school. This is used to assist with forward planning.


Principals also participate in a Principals Wellbeing Survey every two years. This helps
inform their professional learning plans.


Lutheran Education Queensland also runs Executive Learning Partners
hips, a three
day residential course for Principals and Business Managers helping them keep up to
date in numbers of areas.


Each week a
Leadership Updates

newsletter is widely distributed, and it includes state
and federal government news, professional readings, news from around the Region
and from other Regions, as well as regular updates from executive officers at Lutheran
Education Queensland.


Principa
ls each year also attend a three day spiritual retreat.


INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS

We are currently voting on
the LCAQD Enterprise Agreement

and expect a 12 month
agreement with
an increase of
4% from 1 June with no other matters being
considered.


During t
he year several templates were developed and distributed. Leading Teacher 2
panel training occurred. The Complaints Handling Procedures were reviewed. Various
elements around salaries and leave were discussed during Business Manager
meetings. Pro
-
forma con
tracts for appointment of senior administration staff were
prepared. Business Manager and Principal salaries and conditions were reviewed.
Implications of Fair Work legislation were considered as were the National
Employment Standards. Resources were give
n to schools.


RISK SERVICES

The Risk Services Manager
(RSM) o
versaw our WHS compliance with new legislation
coming into force. He also supported our knowledge management initiatives.
Significant work has been done on risk management for governance and t
his work
continues into 2012. Schools continue to enjoy considerable savings with compliance
workshops being run by the RSM. Advice is regularly given to schools with regard to
OHS compliance. Safety Direct is fully implemented and loaded with the new
regu
lations and legislation. Child Safety legislative changes are monitored and
changes made to training requirements.




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I
CT

Significant work was done in supporting schools as they use digital content to improve
student learning and student engagement.
(ICT pedagogy)
.

Coaches were trained for
almost every school and are being supported in their work. Significant work was also
done in networking and supporting schools in their ICT strategic planning so that ICT
is sustainable and effective. It is a high
cost item! Schools were supported as they
developed their plans for mobile learning, ensuring flexibility and financial
sustainability.


In addition, numbers of schools received direct technical support through the
XTech

program. All schools receive the b
enefit of bulk licensing and contracts.


The LEQ website was launched and 2012 is a proof of concept year for MyLEQ, our
intranet learning portal.


CURRICULUM

Much work was done with the Australian Curriculum, supporting curriculum leaders as
they manage

the change, and in turn support teachers. Relational management
(restorative justice) continued as a priority and is being well taken up by many of our
schools. Service learning was also supported, and chaplaincy was a priority with LEQ
hosting our natio
nal chaplaincy conference. Several schools were supported in their
implementation of the Federal Government’s chaplaincy program. Managing and
delivering
Equip

and
Pathways

remains a significant part of the load.


BUSINESS OFFICE

The financial monitoring
and support of our schools was again a top priority, working to
continually improve this area of our operations. Regular reports are received from
schools and the process for approving BGA applications and loan and borrowing limit
increases were further im
proved. As a system, we must meet system benchmarks,
and this continues to be a focus. Task forces looking at Future Growth and Global
Borrowing Limits were established. Much work remains to be done. Work was also
done around the Gonski report (the Austral
ian Government review of school funding).


GOVERNANCE

Governing bodies continued to receive support throughout 2011. Many governing
bodies conducted PD workshops and it is pleasing to see the growing
acknowledgement of the need for governance training as a
n annual and regular focus.
Some schools were also supported in their Strategic Planning.


ENROLMENTS 2011

Enrolments in schools showed a steady increase of 3.11% on 2010 figures. There are
17,721.8 students in Lutheran schools in Queensland (2012 Feb cen
sus).


Enrolments in early childhood also showed an increase with an additional 24 licensed
places. There are 2,548 licensed places in Lutheran early childhood services in
Queensland. This equates to well over 3,000 children.




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NEW STAFF NUMBERS, NEW
LEADERS, NEW SCHOOLS /

SERVICES

“New” leaders, 2011

Schools
:

Adrian Wiles
-

Principal of St Peters Lutheran College and Head of
Indooroopilly.

Services
:

Debbie Green


Director of Grace Crèche and Kindergarten at Redcliffe

Nadine Leamy
-

Director at
Prince of Peace Lutheran Kindergarten, Everton
Hills


Staff numbers, 2011

LEQ employ 3,325 people. According to Lexicon 2011/12 (LEA database) there
is

76 new staff, inclusive of teaching and all other staff. (only 12 schools have
to date entered information)


New schools / services 2012:


LORDS opened!


SPLC Springfield moved to its new site


LORDS, Little Wonders Kindergarten opened


Pacific Luthe
ran Kindergarten Unit Two opened

St James Lutheran Kindergarten, Hervey Bay, Unit Two opened


New schools / services 2011:


Prince of Peace Lutheran Kindergarten opened in term two



Various primary schools concluded investigations of their future prof
iles (as a
consequence of
Flying Start
): Kingaroy determined to apply for P


9, Biloela for P


10, and Bethania for P


12. Bundaberg determined to stay as is, so did Good News.
Grace, St Pauls, Living Faith, Peace and Bethany are expanding with further
streams
being added.




AFFIRMATIONS

Anne Tudor Lynch (Martin Luther Kindergarten) and Jenny Timmer (Immanuel
Lutheran College) received the Mayer (teacher) award with Bethania Lutheran Primary
School and Grace Lutheran Primary School receiving the Reuth
er (school) award. The
awards were presented as part of Lutheran Education Queensland’s presentation at
Convention last year.


Katie Truss (teacher at Redeemer Lutheran College, alumni of S
t
P
eters
L
utheran
College
and Good News) is a 2012 Fulbright Scholar.


CHALLENGES

2011 was a very difficult year in Queensland with January seeing widespread flooding
in the SE Queensland. The secretariat offices were flooded and we were out of them
for almost a month. This resulted in considerable loss of time and productivity and all
year we battled to make up that lost time. We moved all our ICT services to cloud
computing within a week and our payroll for all QLECS centres was able to go ahead
without disruption.

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We have spent some time working through governance relationships be
tween QLECS
and Lutheran Education Queensland.


INITIATIVES

The LEQ strategic plan 2009


2011 was completed and work began on the 2012


14
plan. This was signed off on in January 2012. Our plan is a five point one: a focus on
governance, on our ident
ity, on our sustainability, on how we provide works of care
support and on strategic networking. Our strategic plan sits in addition to, but is
embedded within our business / operational plan.


EARLY CHILDHOOD SERVICES (QLECS)

QLECS has completed its fir
st year as a Central Governing Body overseeing the
Kindergarten funding for sessional kindergartens.


QLECS continues to provide highly expert support for services with regard to early
childhood education, including accountabilities and licensing matters.
They provide
support to locally managed services and to QLECS plus services (centrally managed
services). Working collaboratively with schools is sometimes not easy, but with mutual
respect much can be achieved. Susan Shaw provides exemplary leadership and

we
are fortunate to have such expertise.


Mark Schneider completed 8 years of outstanding service as the inaugural Business
Manager for QLECS. He has accepted a position as Business Manager at one of our
Colleges. We are grateful to him for his service
and delighted that he still serves within
Lutheran education. Cheryle Smith has been appointed Business Manager from the
start of 2012.


SECRETARIAT SERVICES 2011 (LEQ)

We sincerely thank Graeme
Drapper for his 19 years of service as Lutheran Education
Queensland Business Manager. In that time he has seen considerable growth of
schools and of early childhood services. His passion for Lutheran education is obvious
to everyone!


Leadership

Sue Kloeden, Executive Director (accreditation, governance, exte
rnal relations)

Dennis Mulherin, Assistant Director (BSP, LDP, networks: deputies and
principals)

Lisa Walker, IRRPO (i
ndustrial relations)

Eric Wilson, RSM (risk management, knowledge management)

Business Office

Graeme Drapper, Business Manager (2011)

Kerryn Simpfendorfer, Business Manager (2012)

Tom Kenny, Assistant Business Manager

Alistair Duncan, Systems accountant and forecaster

Christina Spacie, Accountant

Olga Savouchkina, Accounts Clerk (to November)

Vivi Chen, Accountant / Payroll (from Nov
ember)

Jean Acutt, Payroll

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ICT

Derek Bartels, Executive Officer ICT (ICT pedagogy, technical support)

Julia Boulton, Education Officer ICT (2012 secondment)

Paul Pantelimon, ICT technician

Paul Smart, X Tech (to March)

Praveen Koyyada, X Tech (to Se
ptember)

Julian Zhou, X Tech

Santhosh
Suriyamoorthy
, X Tech (from August)


Curriculum

Meg Noack, Executive Officer, Curriculum (student services, AC, chaplaincy)

Amanda Pentti, Education Officer (2011, secondment)

Dominique Jacqueline, Education Office
r 0.6

Vicki Schilling, Education officer 0.2 (2011, on leave in 2012)

Support staff


Sue Kavanagh, Executive Assistant (Director, Assistant Director)


Tracey Dalton, Personal Assistant (Curriculum, ICT)


Rob Turner, Personal Assistant (Business
Manager)


Lynda
l
l Skelton, Personal Assistant (RSM, IRRPO)

Ruby Farley (receptionist, Administration Assistant)


We are delighted to have appointed Kerryn Simpfendorfer as our System’s Business
Manager and she commenced work in January 2012. Vivi Chen was appointed as
accountant / payroll and is now able to provide much needed payroll backup. Praveen
moved to one of

our colleges as their ICT technician. Amanda Pentti accepted a
position at one of our colleges in 2012.


In conclusion, I thank the secretariat for their ongoing work
,
they bring a high degree of
professionalism and great commitment to all they do.


I

also want to acknowledge and thank the members of the Council for Lutheran
Education Queensland for their untiring work not only on the Council but also on a
number of sub
-
committees. They are all volunteers who work with great enthusiasm,
and energy and
bring much experience and expertise to their leadership and support
of Lutheran Education in Queensland. I thank them and look forward to serving you in
2012.


Respectfully submitted



Anthony Mueller

Chair
-

Council for Lutheran Education Queensland



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LUTHERAN EDUCATION QUEENSLAND






AMENDED BUDGET (AFTER 2012 FEB CENSUS ENROLMENTS)






FOR YEAR ENDING 31ST DECEMBER, 2012









2012





BUDGET


OPERATIONS



$


INCOME





Grants Received



101,551,298


Less Grants Disbursed



101,198,013





353,285


Interest Received



685,003


Levies Received
-

General



3,020,344


Other Income



417,084





4,475,716


EXPENSES





Salaries & Wages



2,089,610


Superannuation



271,570


Wrkrs Comp/FBT/LSL



22,624


Human
Resources Devt



75,486


Staff InserviceTraining



31,793


Resources



9,921


Committee Expenses



22,597


Stationery



33,550


Telephone/Fax



179,830


Postage/Freight



10,739


Advertising/Pub. Rel.



13,806


Bank Charges etc.



4,529


Elect, Cleaning & Maint



110,952


Interest Paid



361,382


Other Expenses



7,750


Vehicle Expenses



38,722


Travel Fares, Acc, Etc.



120,600


Professional Fees



327,411


Depreciation



129,346


Rent/Services



326,888


Contingencies



50,000





4,239,106







OPERATING SURPLUS/(DEFICIT)


236,610


Allocations to:

LEQ Develop. Fund

(60,000)



Crisis Fund


(55,000)



New School Rev Fund

(70,000)



School Dev
Fund


(95,976)



Capital Expenditure

(72,465)


NET SURPLUS/(DEFICIT)

after allocations


(116,831)


CASH FLOW PROJECTION





Bank Balance b/f



1,535,770


Net Cash Surplus/(Deficit)



365,955


Allocations



(353,441)


Debtors, Etc.



22,656







Bank Balance



1,825,940







STUDENT ENROLMENTS



17,705


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BETHANIA LUTHERAN PRIMARY SCHOOL


BETHANIA




INTRODUCTION

At Bethania Lutheran School, we aim to teach our students the skills they need to be
functioning, caring, valuable, contributing members of their
community. We nurture
our students as individual unique creations of God, and aim to develop not just
academic goals but social/emotional skills also.


PASTORAL CARE AND WORSHIP

Pastoral care within the school reflects the core Christian values of service

and caring.
This is expressed by each class teacher's (and other staff’s) personal commitment to
each student, a commitment to who that student is and to who they may become.
Daily devotion takes place in every classroom and is a special time for the cl
ass
teacher and students to worship together.


STUDENTS

In order for students to build their own positive image of themselves as learners and
contributors to their communities, they are provided with relevant, purposeful and
appropriate learning
experiences. These learning experiences are structured and
presented in a variety of ways with opportunities for both success and personal
challenge.


STAFF

School staff supports students by providing
a positive learning environment, which
provides routin
e, structure and stability. This helps children feel secure and confident
to take risks and be supported in their choices. Problem solving, resilience and
creativity are encouraged, taught and modelled with the aim of producing motivated,
independent, lif
elong learners.


CURRICULUM

Distinctive curriculum offerings are as follows:

1.

Values Framework

School staff had previously developed a comprehensive values program. In earlier
years, the school had implemented both a Virtues program and an anti
-
bullying
program called ‘Doing Our Bit’. These programs are offered in conjunction with
“Program Achieve”.


2.

Program Achieve

Program Achieve, developed by educational psychologist Dr Michael Bernard of
the ‘You Can Do it!’ Foundation is a program designed to improv
e the resilience of
students. The program focuses on five Keys to Success: Resilience, Confidence,
Persistence, Organisation and Getting Along. This program is a component of the
Values Framework above.


3.

Music Program

All children in the school receive w
eekly music lessons from our specialist Music
Teachers. As a culminating activity, students perform at a Twilight Concert to
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display their skills. Many of our students also participate in our Instrumental
program and then participate in bands or small gr
oup ensembles.


4.

Camps

Camps begin with sleepovers in the junior stage. Commencing in Year 4 with a
camp of three days, the program culminates with a weeklong experience in which
the children in Year 6 and 7 visit Sydney, Canberra and the snow.


CAPITAL WO
RKS

Site Master Planning is underway in order to plan for the anticipated expansion of the
school into secondary offerings.


GOVERNANCE

The school council has made a change of attribute presentation to CLEQ in seeking to
gain approval to expand the school
offering to secondary education. Planning is
underway to offer a two stream primary, three stream secondary education.


OTHER

The Evangelical Lutheran Church at Bethania congregation actively supports the
school. The congregation recently appointed a youth

coordinator in order to grow the
youth ministry locally.


CONCLUSION

In an ever changing world, we look forward to meeting the changing needs of our
community through the provision of education which meets our communities’ needs.


James Stolz

Chair


Bethania Lutheran Primary School Council




One of the challenges of schools today is having numbers of students present
with special needs. One of our students who have been with us for seven
years is a young lad with Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Over the
years teachers
and parents have worked closely together and we have seen him make
remarkable progress. He is a well known and liked student in our school.


While I believe that the school has been a blessing for him and his family, he
has also been a bless
ing for the school, particularly his class. These young
people have been remarkable in the way they have helped and supported this
young man in his learning, his socializing with others and his growth as a
young person. Their understanding and compassion h
ave been remarkable!


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BETHANY LUTHERAN PRIMARY SCHOOL
-

RACEVIEW IPSWICH


INTRODUCTION

2011 was once again a special year of growth and development for Bethany Lutheran
Primary School. The cycle of planning and implementation of ongoing school
improvement characteristic of our school since 2004, when we brought 5 modular
buildings on site to

commence demolishing and rebuilding our school, continued
strongly. We thank God for his amazing grace!


PASTORAL CARE AND WORSHIP

Ipswich began the year under a cloud, as did most of Queensland and were
challenged by major flooding. While, our school wa
s not in a flooded area, there were
school families who were. There was wonderful support for those affected, which was
funneled through Ipswich Lutheran Parish Office. Schools across Australia raised
funds to help the families pay their school fees, meals

were distributed for months to
those in need, emergency baskets went out and people donated furniture as well as
money to help. There were many stories of hardship but they were matched by a
marvelous spirit of generosity that came from many quarters.


Bethany received a grant under the National School Chaplaincy Program, through
LEQ at the beginning of Term 3.

The grant came as a result of the floods and was
sufficient to fund the employment of a person to provide pastoral care to our students
and famil
ies for 20 days over Semester Two. Mrs. Amanda Rogers, a former teacher
at Bethany was appointed to this role. Amanda was able to provide excellent support
to students and families at a time of special need.


The staff during 2011 reviewed Bethany’s Behav
iour Management Policy which
focuses on a restorative approach to managing student behaviour. There are now set
policies, procedures and forms that are used across the school to track student
behavior. Behaviour within the school has improved since the int
roduction of the policy
and parents appreciate the clarity that has resulted through the review.


STUDENTS

Bethany’s enrolment at Census in February was 232 students, including 49 Prep
students. There were 3 classes of Year 1/2 students. Prep to Year 2 t
otalled 117
students and Years 3


7 there were 115 students enrolled. We finished the year with
234 students, our largest enrolment in the history of the school. Over the next four
years we will complete the transition to a double stream P
-
6 school.


STAF
F

The 2011 School year commenced with an influx of new staff due to two staff retiring
at the end of 2010 and to the growing needs of the school. They all settled in quickly to
become valued members of our staff team, each using their special skills in our

school
community.


In late January
Pastor Tim Jarick was farewelled, leaving the Ipswich Lutheran Parish
with one pastor.





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At the end of the school year, the school community farewelled Mrs. Sarah Rowan,
after 13 years of service, and Mrs.Doreen
Gowell, after 25 years. These two people
dedicated a significant portion of their lives to serving the children and families of
Bethany Lutheran Primary School. Sarah completed her Master of Education Studies
and rose to the position of Deputy Principal. S
arah moved on to take up the position of
Junior Head at Peace Lutheran College in Cairns.


Doreen started as a classroom teacher aide and became Computer Teacher Aide at
the time computers first crept into the school. She has been part of change and
develo
pment of the school over her 25 years of her service. Doreen retired to spend
time with family and friends and to dedicate her time to her special relationships and
interests.


At our school teachers and staff are seen as key leaders in the school communi
ty.
They model a passion for learning to students and are always striving to grow their
skills to improve the learning outcomes for children. Personal Professional
Development is a way of life for staff at Bethany as we strive for School Improvement.
Two t
eachers continued their study with Australian Lutheran College Adelaide


Mrs.
Tracy Bock and Mrs. Siarne Way. Having completed their Certificate of Lutheran
Education Tracy and Siarne went on to do two more units towards their Master of
Education. They wi
ll both finish their degree in 2012.


CURRICULUM

In 2011 teachers have been working on achieving the standards set in the English,
Maths and Science Australian Curriculum Documents. This has meant a new Maths
program across the school, Stepping Stones Math
s, higher expectations for English
learning and the use of a whole school program for Science as well as teaching
Science as an individual subject, rather than through the Integrated Program.


Students have adapted well to the higher expectations, reassuri
ng us that when we do
lift the bar and the expected standard, students are more than capable of achieving
success and lifting their learning journey.


Staff was able to confidently finish 2011 knowing that in English, Maths and Science
they are achieving t
he standards expected through the Australian Curriculum
Documentation.


CAPITAL WORKS

Following our successful application to the Block Grant Authority, plans for the new
Administration Centre were put out to tender. The tenders came back very high and
we
therefore moved away from a modular building to a conventional building on the
ground with drilled in peers and strong mesh in the foundations. The final result was
less expensive and has resulted in a superior building. The building was eventually
ready f
or occupation three weeks before the end of the school year.


State and Federal Government each contributed $125 000 of the $730 000 project.




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GOVERNANCE

Bethany continued to enjoy stable governance with excellent retention of School
Council members.
This has been a positive factor in the redevelopment of the school
infrastructure. We thank God for the service that the Council members have given, and
continue to give.

Completion of a Strategic Plan taking the school through until 2016, early in the yea
r,
provided positive impetus and encouragement for the future.


We thank God for our school and the privilege that we have to teach children within
the context of a Christian community.



Ross Billiau

Chair


Bethany
Lutheran Primary
School Council






A M
other

shares a story with the Principal


One morning, walking back from Chapel, I met three m
others
talking in the
undercover area. One of the
m

was sharing a conversation that she and her
son recently had in the car. The little Prep boy saw a cross with fl
owers by the
side of the road and said to
his mother

that someone had died there.
His
mother
asked him how he knew and he mentioned the cross and the flowers.
She

then asked why he thought the cross was there and the boy replied, “To
let people know God st
ill loves that person”. After thinking,
the mother
asked
why the flowers were there. He said the flowers were there to let people know
that someone still loves them like their family.
She

then asked him if he was
worried or scared about Grandma or Grandpa
dying one day. He surprised
her

by shouting a really loud “NO!” She asked him why and he said, “Because
they will go to heaven because God loves them. He then excitedly told her all
about heaven. He said, “When someone dies God makes heaven bigger for
them

because God loves them and Grandma and Grandad would have no
more worries and they would always be happy and have fun and have lots to
eat.” The thing that astounded
his mother

the most was that he said he would
be happy for them when they die because of
God and heaven.


The mother

then added that they don’t talk about God at home at all. Dad is
an atheist and goes all funny when there is talk about God. She said, “I’m
happy that Charlie is comfortable with dying and that he is finding God”.


The mother

had just told this story to the two other m
others

and then eagerly
shared it with me.


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GOOD NEWS LUTHERAN SCHOOL


MIDDLE PARK



I
NTRODUCTION

Following our focus theme of “Make a Difference” in 2011, the School has adopted
“Being the Head, Heart, Hands and Feet of Christ” for 2012. As a community, we see
ourselves as desiring to give out to others, both locally and globally, in Christian
servan
t hood.


PASTORAL CARE and WORSHIP

Worship continues to be a strong focus at Good News, with regular parental
attendance continuing to grow at junior, senior and whole school chapels. Family
services have also been well attended throughout the past 12 mon
ths. Worship
themes have included the partitions of the Lord’s Prayer, Christmas, Jesus as a
human being, Jesus as God and the Easter story.


Pastoral care continues to take many forms throughout our community. We have
parent prayer groups, staff prayer
partners, a pastoral care committee that provides
cards and gifts to community members, chaplain and pastor services and professional
counsel
l
ors. All staff continue
s

to
recognis
e
pastoral care as

an impor
tant component
of their work too
.


We have also re
viewed our behaviour management procedures and implemented a
number of changes to enhance communication with parents and to promote positive
behaviours by students. These have been well
-
received.


STUDENTS

Enrolments have declined over the past 12 months
to 420

(down from 446)
. This is
mainly due to the 2011 floods that affected many of our families or the businesses they
worked for. As a result, a
significant
number of families had to move interstate to
pursue work or simply could no longer afford the f
ees even with financial support.

However, waiting lists to enter the school at Prep continue to be strong.


Good News students have continued to perform well in curriculum
-
related
competitions, both individually

and as

teams / groups.

Some of the highlig
hts include
students achieving the highest ICAS score in Queensland for Writing, ICT Skills and
Maths, 1
st

and 2
nd

in the Silkstone Eisteddfod, 2
nd

and 3
rd

in the Brisbane Bands
Festival, two 1
st

places in the Young ICT Explorers competition, 2
nd

for Distr
ict
swimming and 2
nd

for the inter
-
Lutheran cross country carnival and 2
nd

in the % trophy
for the inter
-
Lutheran athletics.


STAFF

Staffing overall has remained stable, with members taking or returning from leave

throughout the year
. At the end of 2011,
our Deputy Principal, Joy Ryan, retired after
serving at Goo
d News for 27 of its 28
-
year history. 20 of those years were as the
Deputy. Our former Curriculum Coordinator
, Peita Frew,

is the new Deputy Principal.




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CURRICULUM

2011 saw students beginning

to engage with aspects of the Australian Curriculum in
readine
ss for

2012
’s

full
implementation of the Phase 1 subjects. There has been
some reassignment of topics across the school to match the new requirements.
Students are generally coping well with
the increased expectations
that appear
in
some subject areas and year levels
. This is

due to the stepped approach to
the
implementation
of Maths, English and Science
that we have adopted over the last 12
-
18 months.


The

Year 4
-
7 students now have a One2On
e laptop program using MacBook Airs to
better meet their needs as their skill base has developed over the past years. They
also have access to iPads and iPod Touches across the school to use with their
studies. Our ICT program has been developed to shift

staff and student use of these
devices beyond simple substitution and augmentation tasks.


Our

Year P
-
3 students also have access to 70
laptops

and 45 iPads as part of a
One2Two device program. This too has been very successful and
staff continues

to
fin
d new and clever ways to use the iPads to support the delivery of the learning
program.


Introduction of

an Extension Science program has proved popular and been beneficial
for our students with an interest in this area. The ability to access a Science la
b has
expanded the types of learning opportunities these children experience.


The school now offers private voice lessons in addition to the instrumental music
offerings, and is considering expanding the instrumental program to provide greater
access for
Year 3 students.


CAPITAL WORKS

Last year an
additional $45 000 was

spent on upgrades to our Prep
playground
. This
was funded by monies from the P&F,

school and the Community

Benefit
Gaming
Grant.
The upgrades included refurbishments to the fort, installation of a hand water
pump and rock river, a new bridge, additional climbing equipment, a veggie garden,
new swings and shade sail, a new seating area and revitalised gardens and trails.
The Good Ne
ws community
(church, school, P&F and kindergarten)
also jointly raised
enough money ($86 000) to seal two
car parks
, a project that has been desired by
parents for
the past 6 years
. Much of this money was achieved through surplus BER
funds being awarded
to Good News and the funds raised at the P&F’s highly
successful Book Fair.


GOVERNANCE

The School Council completed their investigations into possible responses to the loss
of Year 7’s from 2015.
It was

decided that Good News will initially reduce to a d
ouble
-
stream P
-
6 school, with appropriate cuts to budgets to counter the loss of two Year 7
classes.
The Council will then monitor enrolment trends and applications to determine
if a different direction is possible or required at a future date.


The Schoo
l Council also commenced a Strategic Planning review. Part of that
process involved a community engagement day, which provided much positive
feedback for the school. A clear message to continue with and enhance current
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programs and approaches was obtaine
d. The Council now has a set of measurable
goals / targets for the next 3 years and is working through how to best communicate
and report on these.


CONCLUSION

Good News has built a reputation for high standards and professionalism across its
staff and students, and seeks to regularly review how all aspects of its community and
mission are functioning. The School Council will continue to support this
in 2012
thr
ough its
revised

strategic
direction and will

work together with the community to
ensure that

a high quality Christian education
is delivered
to the Centenary suburbs of
Brisbane.



Kerrie Bolte

Chair
-

Good News Lutheran School Council



Pastoral C
are


With much sadness, one of our students was diagnosed last year with an
inoperable brain tumour. Whilst treatments can be provided that may extend
her life and make her more comfortable, the tumour is of the type that is too
complex to be cut out.


Once th
is tragic news was made public, our community rallied together in
support of the family. Donations have been plentiful and range from money to
pay for parking at the hospital to assisting with holidays and lifetime
experiences. And the gifts have come f
rom all sectors of the community, as
they’ve been touched by the sadness of the situation. A quilt was made by
her classmates with assistance from members of the congregation, the school
has provided financial assistance, families and staff have gifted me
als, money
and time, and members of the wider community have provided services.


Most importantly though, prayers and emotional support have been offered as
well. Each week, families gather in the prayer chapel to pray for the family, as
well as for other
s throughout the school that are in need, and the class and
teachers support the child in both practical and spiritual ways. The pastor and
chaplain, too, play a significant role in supporting and guiding the family as
they work through their emotions and

experiences.


The child’s parents have an amazing faith and strength of character that is
carrying them through and I thank God that he is using the community to ease
the family’s situation and provide them with such loving care in a situation that
few of

us understand.


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GRACE LUTHERAN PRIMARY SCHOOL

-

CLONTARF


INTRODUCTION

In
2011 Grace celebrated two wonderful milestones on the journey of our school. On
26 January, 1971, Grace Private Primary School opened its doors to its first student
intake. Since that time, thousands of children have been blessed with a loving
Christian
education thanks to the hard work and dedication of hundreds of staff and
volunteers that have made our school the high quality Christian educational facility that
it is today.


So it was fitting that we combined our 40 year anniversary celebrations with

the official
opening and dedication of our new school buildings. We were blessed to have present
with us on the day, all but one of our previous Heads of School. So many wonderful
memories were relived, stories recounted and old acquaintances renewed.
The day
stands out as one of the greatest gatherings at Grace.


For 2012, we begin the planning phase of our next stage of building, which will provide
us with sufficient classrooms to accommodate triple streaming from Prep to Year 6, as
well as improved a
dministration and reception areas. The anticipated completion of
this building phase will be 2014.


PASTORAL CARE AND WORSHIP

Growing in Grace continues to be the focal point of each school year with each year
level taking an active role in weekly Chapel

services as well as Sunday morning
worship services at Grace Congregation, situated across the road from the school
campus. Our local congregational Pastor, Pastor Chris Bartholomaeus, continues to
lead worship, take staff Bible Study and offer support fo
r school families and staff.


Parents, students and staff have benefitted greatly from the Federal Government’s
School Chaplaincy Program. Through this program, a Student Welfare Worker has
been employed part
-
time to support students and families who are
suffering loss or
who have family or other worries.


Students continue to be involved in projects and fundraising activities that raise
awareness of the needs of others locally, nationally and across our world. The school
community has supported ALWS, loca
l and national charities, as well as the
establishment and resourcing of a school in Cambodia.


STUDENTS

As foreshadowed in last year’s report, triple streaming began in the Prep class during
2011 in preparation for the loss of Year 7 in 2015. Our present

enrolment for Prep and
Year 1 classes is 73 and 74 respectively, which augers well for coming years.


Our Year 7 class in 2011 was quite small by historical standards. Nonetheless, this
small number of students grew into a very close
-
knit group by year’s
end. We will
continue to offer Year 7 up until 2014 as demand requires. We finished 2011 with a
total enrolment of 407 and our current enrolment stands at 440 with 29 Year 7
students which almost doubles last year’s number.


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STAFF

During 2011 Grace wel
comed Mrs. Katrina Valencia to the role of Deputy Principal.
Katrina had been teaching at Grace for a number of years and has very ably stepped
into the deputy’s role, doing a remarkable job.


Our staff continued to demonstrate the extremely high level of

professionalism and
care that has become a hallmark of Grace. There have been many notable
contributions throughout the year in all areas of teaching and administration both
inside Grace and in the wider Lutheran school community. We appreciate the effo
rts
of all of our staff and continue to thank God for the gift of our staff.


CURRICULUM

Grace continues to provide a broad range of learning activities and maintains its focus
on integrating 21
st

Century technologies into day to day teaching. The impleme
ntation
of a one
-
to
-
one laptop program in our senior years has been of tremendous benefit to
our students in their preparations for secondary schooling and 2011 also saw the early
implementation of the Australian Curriculum: Mathematics in anticipation of
the official
roll
-
out in 2012 along with English and Science. Integrated throughout the curriculum
are Learning Support and Academic Enrichment initiatives that assist in ensuring that
the best possible educational outcomes are available for all students.
As always,
planned professional development activities for staff, focused around individual
Professional Learning Plans are a key factor in maintaining best practice across Grace
Primary.




CAPITAL WORKS

2011 was a year of consolidation following the completion of our previously mentioned
building program. As we celebrated the official opening and dedication of our new
buildings, we continued fine
-
tuning to extract the optimum utilisation of our built
envi
ronment. Planning has begun for our next stage of building due for completion in
2014.


G
OVERNANCE

Our School Council continued to use regular governance workshops to explore the
many facets of effective governance of our school. Through these workshops
, council
members became more engaged in overall school governance. Each council member
brings a wealth of professional and life experience to the role, which contributes
greatly to the overall success of Grace.


CONCLUSION

Another year has passed and we
have experienced another year of God’s amazing
Grace. In everything, we seek to do His will and we pray continually for His guidance.
It is truly humbling to be entrusted with the responsibilities that we have, yet liberating
when we consider who we are
working for and on whom we can call for help.




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Our thanks go to a truly dedicated group of very talented teachers and administrative
staff, who work so effectively as a team because of the professionalism and dedication
of our Principal. But the basis f
or the continued success of our school is, of course the
Gospel and God’s

unchanging Grace.


Respectfully submitted


Martin Fenwick

Chair

-

Grace Lutheran Primary School Council




Recently a group of Years 6 and 7 students attended the ALWS

A
wareness
Day. After the day, the following reflection from Rebecca

(Year 7) was shared
with the school community through the weekly newsletter.


Bobby Whitfield grew up in Liberia, with his family. When he was about
fourteen, he had to run from his
country because of the Civil War. While he
was living in Liberia, he had food, he was going to school and was planning
on going to college. Then suddenly, he had to start running to a different
place. People were shooting everywhere so he couldn’t go bac
k home to his
parents. Over three thousand people were running so when they all reached
the next country, there wasn’t enough food to eat. Bobby said he had to eat
soil or dig up clay to eat. As listeners, it started to make sense that we
actually don’t

know what hunger is.

Bobby spent 12 years in a refugee camp with his five brothers and sisters. He
felt very grateful for the buck wheat that he was fed for breakfast, lunch and
dinner; although, he really missed rice which is a huge part of his culture.


When Bobby came to Australia as a refugee he decided to go back to school.
Bobby completed a master’s degree at university last year and was very
thankful for the opportunity. Bobby told us not to get distracted by things
around us and never give up on

our dreams.


“Did you ever find your parents?” was a question that Zac asked after Bobby’s
talk. After a while Bobby said very quietly that he never found his parents. He
later found out that his dad went back to help his mother but doesn’t know
what h
appened after that. Bobby was so brave to go through the struggles
and hardships.


We can make a difference in the world and we don’t even have to leave our
homes. The main question is: Do you want to help?


The students returned to school and over a t
wo week period inspired the
school community to donate the equivalent of 570 kilograms of rice to help
feed the world’s hungry people.


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L
IVING FAITH LUTHERAN PRIMARY SCHOOL


INTRODUCTION

Situated in the growing northern suburbs of Brisbane, Living
Faith Lutheran Primary
school is well on its way to reaching its planned enrolment of 550 students. The
introduction of triple streaming (three classes per year level) is now in its fourth year.


Strong enrolment demand sees our Prep classes full for 2013
with enrolments now
being received for 2014.


PASTORAL CARE AND WORSHIP

Linked with the Living Faith congregation, we greatly appreciate the presence of
Pastor Jim Strelan. Jim takes a number of chapel services a year and meets with staff
each week for Bi
ble Study.



The school also uses the services of a chaplain employed under the Federal
Government’s Chaplaincy and Student Welfare program for two days a week. This role
mainly involves counselling of children, for which our chaplain in suitably qualifie
d. The
demands on her time are heavy and we are very appreciative of the funding received
which allows us to offer this service.


STUDENTS

Like all Lutheran schools we have a diverse student population. A small percentage of
students come from the congreg
ation; others from varying Christian denominations
and several from other religions. But by far the greatest percentage come with no
church connections. Here lies our greatest challenge and greatest opportunity.


STAFF

We are blessed with a staff that s
hare common values and take their role as educators
seriously. The
staff is

our best asset: their role is a demanding one and they deserve
recognition and support for all they do.


CURRICULUM

Like all Lutheran schools we are faced with the task of introducing the Australian
curriculum, which has added an additional workload to staff and in some areas there
have been extra demands on students also.


An initiative this year has been the introduction of an iPad programme in years 5 and
6, with each student having their own iPad. The changing face of technology is
certainly impacting upon the ways in which students learn and opening up many
exciting poss
ibilities.


CAPITAL WORKS

As a growing school there is never a year without something on the drawing board and
this year sees the construction of a double story classroom that adjoins existing
rooms. This caters for the next two years of triple streamed c
lasses as they move
through the school.



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GOVERNANCE

A stable School Council has meant that the members of have been able to follow a
number of projects through to completion. The professionalism of members is highly
valued, as is the variety of skills th
ey bring to their role.


CONGREGATION LINKS

The strategic plan of the school intentionally includes strengthening links with the
congregation. Ways in which this is enacted include the participation of students in
church services, mentoring of individual
students by congregation members, Boys and
Girls week celebrations in which congregation members play an active part and
organized prayer support for all individual staff members.


CONCLUSION

Why do we do what we do?

In a rapidly changing society there are some things that must stay true and form the
foundation on which these children will build their future. Our school’s offer that
foundation, not built just on the academic but also around clearly identified values an
d
the anchor of our Christian faith.



Roz Cooper

Chair

-

Living Faith Lutheran Primary School










Children are learning about life and part of this means learning how to relate
to others. At Living Faith we use the principles of Restorative Practice to
m
anage the times when relationships between children break down. This
involves getting all parties together and talking through what happened and
why
-

the practice respects the views of both sides and through specific
questions gets children to reflect on t
he impact of their behaviour on others.
At times parents may be included in the conversations. It is not easy for adults
to hear what their children did, nor to share aloud how they felt about it and
the impact on them. Although such conversations are pai
nful they invariably
conclude with thanks to the school for taking the time to work with their
children and help them to own their behaviour.


The principles of restorative justice help us model what Jesus did


to look
beyond the outward behaviour to the

person inside
.


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REDEEMER LUTHERAN PRIMARY SCHOOL
-

BILOELA


INTRODUCTION

Redeemer Lutheran Primary is a single stream P
-
7 primary school in the rural
community of Biloela, Central Queensland. The school established by the Redeemer
Lutheran Congregation Biloela, will celebrate 35 years of operation in 2012 with a
special celebr
ation and the opening of the time capsule buried 15 years ago. We are
privileged to be well resourced and have modern well maintained facilities in our idyllic
bush environment. Our School offers families in the Callide Valley an alternative
choice for th
eir child’s education in a Christ centred environment.


PASTORAL CARE AND WORSHIP

Redeemer Lutheran Primary is a caring community that aims to
R.E.A.C.H

out to our
students and their families as we share the love of the Jesus.
R
espect,
E
ffort,
A
ppreciation,
C
hristlikeness and
H
umility are our shared values. The Christian staff
start their work day with devotional time and prayer for individual families and staff
members and enjoy regular bible study with our Parish Pastor, Greg Graham.


Student
s begin their days with class devotions and attend weekly whole school
worship. The worship has a high level of student interaction and
staff enjoys

this
opportunity to openly share their faith. Our weekly worship is well attended by parents
and extended
family and for many this is their weekly worship place and time. The
Lutheran Christian Studies Curriculum framework has been used to develop our
Christian Studies program throughout the school. Pastor Graham supports the
Christian Studies Program with reg
ular attendance and participation in classes.


In 2012 our Assistant Principal, Mrs Eureka Coetzee, has taken on the added role of
Student Wellbeing and Pastoral Care Coordinator. This support is an identified need
for our community.


As a School community
, staff and families voluntarily contribute to a School Care Fund
that is used to support families in times of need. It has provided such things as
assistance with medical expenses, a meal when families are in crisis, a new uniform or
stationery supplies
when finances are low.


STUDENTS

Redeemer’s current enrolment total is 215

students

meaning classes are filled to
capacity. The student population is drawn from a broad spectrum of socio economic
backgrounds with 18% of students from Lutheran backgrounds.

A large percentage of
the student population have no church affiliation and are seeking an educational
facility, with a clear behavioural policy, that will cater for their child’s individual learning
needs at each end of the spectrum.


Enrolment numbers

continue to be stable. Our major challenges in maintaining
enrolment numbers are



providing for families with incomes that are determined by the weather.



retaining families in the community who desire secondary options other than the
local state high schoo
l; and



the transient nature of mining communities.

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STAFF

A total of 27

staff

members make up the Redeemer team. This includes Principal
Jenni Krens
ke
, eleven classroom teachers and two fulltime Learning Support
Teachers with PARs of Curriculum Coordinato
r and Student Wellbeing and Pastoral
Care. Other Specialist teachers provide for Physical Education, Japanese, Library and
Music. The Music teacher conducts both classroom music and the Instrumental
program.
These teaching staff is

supported by the Offi
ce Administration team
consisting of a fulltime Receptionist, Bursar and part time Administration Assistant.
Six Teacher Assistants and our wonderful cleaner complete the team. This Christian
staff is passionate about their vocation and mission within th
e School. Of these 25
staff members 5 are Lutheran.


CURRICULUM

The school offers a balanced
curriculum
differentiated
at each year level to cater for
the needs of individual students. The curriculum has been developed using the new
Australian Curriculu
m (Science, History, English and Mathematics), Queensland
Essentials, School Based programs (Spelling, Phonics, Sight Word and Number Fact
Recall) and the Lutheran Christian Studies Curriculum Framework. Whilst the major
educational focus remains the deve
lopment of strong literacy and numeracy skills, the
community highly values the development of ICT skills, performance skills in
numerous areas of The Arts and physical activity. Individual Learning is supported
with 2 to 3 adults in all Literacy blocks t
hroughout the School. The 2 senior classes
have additional support with a small group of students daily attending an Alternate
Literacy Group with the Learning Support Teacher. This offers the opportunity for
students with literacy deficits to have inten
sive instruction in a smaller teacher to
student ratio group.


CAPITAL WORKS

2011 saw the final touches to our Multipurpose Building “Banksia Place” with the
installation of electronic basketball backboards and line

marking for netball, volleyball
and bask
etball. In 2012 cooling will be added with the installation of a large central
commercial fan in the auditorium and lighting will be added to the covered hard

court
area making it useable at night.


Our School Chapel received some planned maintenance with

the interior being
painted, floors repolished and new window furnishings added.


Although no major capital works are planned for 2012. An application has been made
to the Block Grant Authority for 2013 funding for Stage One of a proposed Middle
School (7
-
10) facility should it be approved by the Non State Schools Accreditation
Board.


GOVERNANCE

The School Council meets monthly and enjoys the company, support and wisdom of
Mr Tom Kenny, Assistant Business Manager LEQ, at each meeting. The collegial
group,

with members drawn from both the Redeemer Lutheran congregation and 2
non Lutheran Christian members from the School Community, support the Principal
and staff with long term planning.

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The major focus for the School Council in 2011 was establishing the
goals for the future
direction of the School. With the Government’s proposed move to transition Year Seven
to secondary in 2015 and the desire of our parent body to have the option of continuing
secondary education at Redeemer a subcommittee was establishe
d to thoroughly
investigate the feasibility of extension. The result of the investigation and the approval of
CLEQ and DCC has seen the School apply to the Non State Schools Accreditation Board
to change our attribute to provide a Middle School Program (Ye
ars 7
-
10) from 2014. We
anticipate a decision in the coming months.


CONCLUSION

The future direction of the School will become clearer with the decision from the
NSSAB and we continue to pray for God’s will and guidance as we plan.


Gavin Lotz

Chair


Redeemer Lutheran Primary

School Council









For the Christian staff and families at Redeemer School

t
he opportunity to
share th
e G
ospel with the members of the school community is alwa
ys a
blessing. As well as the worship opportunities in the School progra
m, Staff
enjoy putting their faith into action in their teaching, as they manage their
students and interact with parents. The relationships built in this environment
are important.



As students are actively involved in leading worship; sharing the gospe
l,
leading singing, offering prayers mums, dads and extended family often
attend weekly worship to see what their children are doing.


Last year a school family had their two children baptised into the Lutheran
Church. After the baptism the parents contin
ued to support their children by
regularly attending

both School worship and Sunday worship. The parents
have now taken the next step of having regular meetings with our Pastor
exploring the Christian faith.


Maybe through the building of these positive re
lationships and the “curious”
attendance at school worship others can know Jesus’ saving grace.


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ST PAUL
S LUTHERAN PRIMARY SCHOOL
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CABOOLTURE


INTRODUCTION

St Paul’s Lutheran Primary School Caboolture is a co
-
educational school owned and
operated

by the Lutheran Church of Australia, Queensland District [LEQ], and is
affiliated to St Paul’s Lutheran Congregation for the purpose of mutual ministry and

service to the wider community.


PASTORAL CARE AND WORSHIP

The Christian ethos of the school and co
re values (love, forgiveness, compassion,
justice, humility, appreciation, service, hope, courage and quality) promoted in the
school are drawn from the
Educational Framework for Lutheran Schools
and support
the
Lifelong Qualities of Learners.
The integration of Bible based devotional time,
promotion of values and relationship development into the school’s
Care and Share
Values Program

gui
de and promote student welfare.
The values are the basis of the
school’s code of conduct for students and s
taff and are supported in the school’s
Christian Studies Program.


Because of the link with the local church community, there is a back
-
up of willing
helpers to step in and help families in need.


I
n addition to this, the Church P
astor is
available to offe
r a confidential ear for parents and students wanting someone to talk
to in a non
-
judge
mental way.


STUDENTS

As at February census day 2011, 352 students

were enrolled at St Paul’s.

At the end
of Term 4 2011, 357 students were enrolled.
Currently we offe
r Pre
paratory Year
(Prep) to Year 6.
The expansion of the school to 3 classes at each Year Level began
i
n 2010 with a third class at Prep and Year 1 in 2011.


STAFF

All teachers working at St Paul’s are fully qualified and are
registered to do so. Many
ha
ve Post Graduate Degrees, Certificates or D
iplomas
. 95
% of the teaching staff
has

Bachelor Degrees, 7% D
iplomas and a high proportion o
f all teachers hold additional
Diplomas and C
ertifications. 89% of all staff who require LEA Accreditation to teach
Chri
stian Studies in Lutheran Schools
has

the required qualification.


During 2011, one teacher was on extended leave. There was a 95
% retention of
pe
rmanent teaching staff from 2010 into 2011
.


CURRICULUM

The school’s curriculum has a strong focus on Literacy

and Numeracy development
with specific programs in pre
-
writing and reading phases, intensive phonics, structured
reading development programs
and library skills development.
The teaching and use
of ICT and technology by students and teachers enriches the

learning environment
and supports independent rese
arch, publication and learning.
St Paul’s manages a
targeted professional development plan for its staff.


The school will continue the process of introducing and implementing the Australian
Curriculum. T
he school’s ICT infrastructure will continue to be developed as we
investigate best practice for the introduction of iPods to support our laptop program.

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CAPITAL WORKS IN 2011

Ongoing landscaping developments have taken place and these

will continue into
the
future. The school’s court area was
covered with a Sunshade for the start of the 2011
school year.

Additional covered walkways and footpaths were constructed and laid.


A new sandpit was built for the junior yard area, the main car park turnabout
upgraded
and an additional staff car park area was created.


St Paul’s has also commenced with the installation of air conditioning throughout the
whole school. This project will be completed by the end of Term 1 2012.


GOVERNANCE

School policies were
reviewed in a planned way and n
ecessary adjustments were
made.
The Councils of St Paul’s and Grace College met twice during the year as
recommended in t
he Memorandum of Understanding.
The Council’s Finance
Committee met before the monthly council meeting

to review the school’s financial
data.


MINISTRY TO STUDENTS/STAFF/FAMILIES

At the beginning of 2011, St Paul’s introduced a Class Carer Program at each year
level. The purpose of the program is to provide a link between all aspects of the school
communit
y i.e.: students, parents, staff and friends.


The role of the class carer is to welcome new families, acknowledge special
occasions, liaise with the class teacher, support and care for the class teacher and
when families experience difficulties, arrange f
or and coordinate short
-
term assistance.


This program, which was designed to support the Christian ethos and aims of the
school, has now been successfully entrenched into the school’s wellbeing area of
focus.


CONCLUDING REMARKS

St Paul’s provides a uniqu
e niche in the Caboolture region for those wishing to pursue
a

rich

Christian primary education of a hig
h standard but with modest fees.


In 2012, the school will begin planning for its next phase of growth as we plan the
further development of an Early Ye
ars Precinct which will include on
-
site Pre
-
Prep
facilities in 2013.


Craig Klinge

Chair
-

St Paul’s Lutheran Primary School Council








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C
ONCORDIA LUTHERAN COLLEGE

-

TOOWOOMBA


INTRODUCTION

Concordia Lutheran College is an outstanding school, and as we have learnt this year


it is also a school
With One Heart
.
On behalf of Concordia
Lutheran
College Council
Toowoomba, I prese
nt my Annual Report for the 2011

year.


STUDENTS

The students of Co
ncordia Lutheran College are undoubtedly our finest asset, and
their sense of pride and commitment is clearly evident to all who visit any of our
campuses. On every occasion during the past twelve months, it has indeed been a
privilege to share detailed ac
counts of their contributions, positive attitude, spirited
involvement and dedication to the task.
The education provided across the four
campuses of our College extends beyond the formal curriculum to encompass faith,
values and lifelong learning.


This h
olistic approach equips our students well for their life beyond school. It has at its
core the Christian faith that identifies each person as a special creation of God who is
called into a relationship with Him through Jesus. It is in this relationship we
begin to
realise our full potential.


As we celebrate the joy of learning we affirm the vital role of parents and families in
guiding the learning of their children. We also celebrate the students who with their
individual gifts and abilities achieve so mu
ch. Their positive attitude, spirited
involvement and dedication to the task, is always clearly evident.


The past year has been a very bu
sy one for all College students. The list of events,
activities, awards received and excursions seems endless. From t
he Kokoda
Challenge to the National Simultaneous Story time from Heritage weekend
celebrations to Success in the Middle Years Expo


students from Prep to Year 12
have had a year rich with experiences, learning and fun.


Friday 12 August will go down as an

historic day at Concordia Lutheran College as this
marked the official launch of the three new houses from P
-
12. Head of College
acknowledged the presence of members of three notable Concordia families after
whom the houses were named


Altus, Kessler an
d Stedman.


Students achieved excellence in Pierre de Coubertin award, cycling, engineering Duke
of Edinburgh, to name but a few specific awards.


Our Ballon Outdoor Education Centre has had another busy and fulfilling year. The
achievements and experience
s of the students are most rewarding for the staff.

At the time of Census we had an enrolment of
803 students with
1
2

overseas

students.

We also have kindergartens operating on both campuses.


STAFF

A College as large and diverse as ours,

across four campuses with an Outdoor
Education Centre and
boarding facilities relies on a

large

team
of employees inclusive
of

tutors, sporting and instrument
al coaches and junior residents
.

God blesses us
abundantly as He so graciously provides for all
our staffing needs.

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On behalf of College Council, I
would like to acknowledge the dedication of all staff for
their individual contributions. I wish to
express my sincerest appreciation to
The
Executive and Leadership Teams for their inspiration as they s
o willingly share the
responsibility of leading the College.


PROMOTION

The College continues to be regarded very highly within the local Toowoomba and
wider Lutheran community. Catering to the needs of over eight hundred students in
2011, the feedback fr
om the parent body via the recent Year in Review survey was
extremely encouraging. The affirming comments that staff receive throughout the year
is a good measure of school community satisfaction but actions speak even more
loudly as parents assist with
class activities , attend excursions, provide help at
carnivals, school actions and working bees. Past students, P&F and its associated
groups support the College community and enhance opportunities for students. Thank
you to all these volunteers and sup
port people.


Open Days, visits to rural Shows from Moree to Theodore, musical tours and an
International Dinner in Hong Kong all strengthen our name within the local and broader
community.


PASTORAL CARE AND MINISTRY

Our Pastoral Care and Ministry Team ha
ve had another busy year, working with

our
students
. They are an intrinsic part of our outreach and service to students and the
wider community of our College.


GOVERNANCE

Concordia Lutheran College Council has been working closely with the Executive
Manag
ement Team of our College to ensure the best possible outcomes for students.

At v
arious times of the
y
ear,

guest speakers
attend our meetings to speak about their
area of expertise, thus giving us an insight into the education of our students.


We farewell
ed one of our long standing

Council

members,
Mrs Justine Bruggeman,
and thank her

most sincerely for h
er

wise and gentle counsel over the past years.


On behalf of Council, I extend our sincere thanks and appreciation to Mr Michael
Kaiser, Head of College,

for his leadership, dedication and commitment to students,
staff, families and the wider Toowoomba community.


CONCLUSION

God has granted to us many blessings and challenges over the past twelve months.
With His help and guidance we have been able to acce
pt our trials and give thanks to
Him for our joys, for with Him all is possible.


Concordia L
utheran College is in His hands.

He is in control. With this knowledge, we
can continue in His name to do that which He has called us to do.


In His Service

Gavin

Lindenmayer

Chair
-

Con
cordia Lutheran College Council



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FAITH LUTHERAN COLLEGE PLAINLAND


INTRODUCTION

The College experienced pleasing growth throughout 2011 as well as for the
commencement of 2012. Our final enrolment numbers to close of 2011 were
393 and
we commenced 2012 with enrolments of 477 and a Year 8 cohort of 136.


FLOOD RECOVERY

As we are situated in
the Lockyer Valley
, we had
many families, staff and community
members
who are still trying to come to terms with the impact

of what occurred in the
area
.
W
e were graciously supported in the early stages by our sister schools in
providing
counseling support from Trinity Lutheran (
Gold Coast), Grace Lutheran
College (Rothwell) and St Andrews (Gold Coast)
.


STUDENTS

Our students enjoyed an excellent year academically, in sport and in a range of co
-
curricular events. We were acknowledged by the Premier for our improved Naplan
results, Involved our students in the Science and Engineering Challenge, Tournament
of Minds a
nd a special Gifted and Talented program for a group of Year 8’s focusing
their abilities to research and action outcomes in sustainability. We
were
also very
proud of our College Dux, who received an OP 1.


The College shone in our Musical, Grease. Stude
nts also participated in Knockout
sporting competitions in Netball, Rugby League, and Touch. Our athletics
team was

exceptional and won the overall district an percentage trophy and placed 3
rd

overall in
the Inter
-
Lutheran meet.


STAFF

2012 sees a total o
f 75 staff employed at the College, which reflects the growth of
classes as well as ancillary staff for Administration, Cleaning, grounds and bus driving.
Our staff continues to give time and effort above the call of duty and we are blessed by
their enthus
iasm and zeal and we look forward to attending a staff spiritual retreat on
the 13 April.


CURRICULUM

We have now moved our implementation of the Australian curriculum phase 1 subjects
to Year 10 in 2012. Under the leadership of our Director of Teaching and Learning and
Curriculum committee,
staff is

busy refocussing on an intentional teaching model to
ens
ure a whole school approach to pedagogy.


AUXILIARY BODIES/VOLUNTEERS

P&F

The Parents and Friends worked hard again during 2011 to fundraise for College
resources. The P&F worked with the Fair committee to enable significant funds to be
handed over, which

included assistance with chairs for our Creative Arts centre and a
donation to the Year 12 Bus Shelter.




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Music Support Group

The Music Support Group has been revitalised in 2012. This corresponds with the
College Tour program which runs in the alternat
e year to the musical.


Equestrian Committee

A keen group of parents have gathered under the leadership of one of our staff to
investigate opportunities for our students. To date we have examined training and
coaching for students, as well as opportunities for more experienced students to
represent t
he College at local shows and Interschool events.


USA Tour Group

We have been fundraising to take 24 students and 3 staff to the USA in September.
We look forward to visiting Faith Lutheran in Las Vegas as well as North West
Lutheran in Detroit and Oran
ge Lutheran in Los Angeles.


SPECIAL EVENTS

Our first Multicultural festival, highlighting our Korean and German language programs
was held in 2012. Grandparents Day, Open Day and Scholarship testing, Academic