The mission statement of Grace Lutheran College defines the ethos of the college. Everything that occurs is informed by the Mission Statement and decisions made are measured against this touchstone and what it implies. A focus area of the college is Spiritual Growth and Pastoral Care and three values underpin this focus area. These are:
- Grace College will continue to proclaim the Christian Gospel
- Grace College endeavours to model Christian community
- Grace College acknowledges each individual as a child of God.
Pastoral Care reflects the concern the College has that each individual feels he/she belongs to this community and has the fullest possible opportunity for spiritual, personal, social, physical and academic growth. To this end, senior students are catered for through a wide-ranging subject offering, excellent facilities and a best-practice pastoral care program.
The Pastoral Care program in the Senior School focuses on empowering and equipping students to be worthwhile contributors in their community and protectors of their environment. Senior students generally have the same pastoral care teacher for the three years. They meet with the students every morning and for an extended session once a week. Some focus areas in this time are leadership development, careers guidance, alcohol and drug awareness, caring for others, cyber bullying and mental health.
Seniors celebrate school life through House sporting competitions, joint worship at chapels and formal occasions. Physical activity is encouraged through a compulsory physical education and sports program. A wide variety of activities are offered within the sports program ranging from interschool team activities, to recreational sport such as surfing and walking and a wide variety of extracurricular sports. Extensive Performing Arts and Creative Arts opportunities exist for students with interest in these areas.
The College camping program involves a 4 week outdoor activity in Year 10, a Leadership camp in Year 11 and a three day retreat in Year 12. School tours are organised to the snow, Japan, Germany and, in 2010 for the first time, to Gallipoli.
Grace Lutheran College has, since 2008, been configured as a Middle School (Years 7 – 9) and Senior School (Years 10 – 12). This enables staff to maintain the “small school feel” that so many visitors to Grace comment on, and to meet the needs of the students in these differing age ranges better.
Since 2009, the Year 10 curriculum has changed to allow students to be better prepared for Years 11 and 12. All students in the senior school now study English (Senior English or English Communication in Year 11 and 12), Mathematics (Mathematics B, A or Prevocational), Religion and Ethics / Christian Studies, Core Physical Education and four electives from a selection of over 30 subjects.
Students are very fortunate to be able to access subjects in a wide range of disciplines and suitable for differing interests and ability levels. The College provides excellent facilities such as a state of the art commercial kitchen, well appointed visual and performing arts, industrial technology and physical education facilities as well as many modern, air conditioned classrooms and computer laboratories. The fully air conditioned library caters for many classes every day by providing reading spaces, computer access and research facilities.
Grace College provides many opportunities for students to access alternative pathways through school-based apprenticeships and traineeships as well as Certificate courses through TAFE colleges and other providers. Extension opportunities are also offered through the QUT Start program, whereby students may study university subjects during Year 12, attending the QUT campus as designated for their subject’s lectures and tutorials. English Extension (Literature) and Music Extension are QSA subjects offered to Year 12 students only.
The scope of opportunities available to students of the 21st century brings with it much stress. Students have to deal with part time work, high involvement in organised activities such as sport, performing arts, church youth groups and the like as well as a heavy load of school work. Many also have difficulties at home with which to deal. An important aspect of our care for students at Grace is to assist them to cope with their academic studies. The Dean of Studies, Careers Counsellors and Year Level Co-ordinators are all available to help students with appropriate subject selections, organisation of their time, goal setting and the making of any necessary changes which may be required when circumstances change.