'Hello' from Brett Toombs, Head of Middle School
"Beyond the physical growth seen, students in this adolescent group experience rapid changes in brain functioning and cognitive development. Consequently, how they learn and their ability to manage emotional, social and moral challenges is a key focus of Middle School at Peace."
Middle School at Peace Lutheran College comprises Years 6 - 9. We understand students in these year levels have needs distinct from other age groups and therefore pastoral care continues to be a vital part of our service to these students.
Mr Brett Toombs
Head of Middle School
Would you like to contact the Head of Middle School?
Mr Toombs can be contacted by phoning 07 4039 9000 or via email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student learning designed for optimum engagement
know engaging students with their learning during these years is vital and we
focus on promoting flexible learners, creative problem solvers and confident
|Year 6 - Transition from Junior School and develop personal and social capabilities and important organisational skills to be successful in Middle School.||Year 7 - Students focus on what it means to be a 'Peace Kid', and explore digital and campus citizenship.|
|Year 8 - Students focus on collaborative learning; adopting roles in a team environment, working with others, learning effective and appropriate communication.||Year 9 - Students focus on critical thinking - solving problems, posing deep questions, reasoning, proposing alternative viewpoints and justifying responses.|
|Learning experiences are tailored to be relevant, challenging and interesting.||An increase in self-esteem and confidence, both academically and socially.|
|Dynamic learning spaces, plus indoor and outdoor learning environments engage student learning. Students are encouraged to have a flexible approach to learning to maximise engagement.||Students are prepared with the necessary learning skills to succeed in senior schooling where independent learning and higher-order thinking are essential.|
|Numeracy and literacy support is offered when identified through assessment results, empowering student learning and development.||Productive, meaningful learning relationships are achieved by involving parents and the community in learning experiences.|
|Structure and boundaries for consistency, and a relevant and challenging curriculum for engagement.||Peace provides smaller learning communities offering students individual attention within a safe learning environment.|
|Opportunity to develop friendships with peers from diverse backgrounds.||Teachers collaborate to enact learning initiatives and review teaching practice for optimum learning.|
What is different about Middle School at Peace?
Flexible learning environments, predominantly in Year 7, with some classrooms incorporating booth seating, stand-up tables, whiteboard table tops and interactive resources.
Flexible learning environments
Peace Lutheran College’s education model is a progressive approach to learning, adopting modern-day education transformations.
This environment represents an energetic, flexible and stimulating learning space, assisting teachers to promote collaboration and enquiry, engaging students to ask questions, think critically and problem solve.
Peace Lutheran College’s ‘innovative education’ position has seen the school embrace this progressive approach to its teaching practices. The reshaping of facilities and introduction of contemporary learning spaces has been a successful addition to the Year 7 classrooms.
What is the aim of a flexible learning space?
To connect classroom learning to real life, better preparing students for their future after school.
What is different about flexible learning?
The classrooms - flexible, open spaces allowing students to work in different areas, stand at tables, sit in booths, or on the floor, whichever suits their learning style.
- The delivery – staff being able to team-teach makes for enjoyable and effective student learning, allowing teachers to more effectively target student needs and guide them as they discover through directed learning.
- Collaboration – online platforms and flexible learning spaces allow students to be grouped according to their learning needs.
- Resources - integrated digital technologies, whiteboard table tops for recording learning ideas, and BYOD program enabling students to choose the device that best suits their needs.
What stays the same?
The curriculum - the teaching requirements do not change, it is HOW our students learn that is changing.
What is the BIG difference?
The learning! Supported by the latest technology and modern teaching practices, we have seen an increase in student engagement and motivation, which has a major influence on learning outcomes.
Availability in our Middle School year levels is in high demand. We invite you to contact our Enrolments Officer to discuss your child's enrolment needs.
At Peace Lutheran College we value Peace, Excellence, Respect and Community through encouraging grace and harmony, setting high expectations, valuing all and building positive relationships.
Building character, establishing trust, creating resilience
Peace has high expectations of its students’ attitude to their education. Our approach fosters a willingness to learn and opportunities to succeed.
Our Christian mission compels us to support students as they contend with developing a moral framework. Our aim is for them to face moral challenges in a constructive way to ensure they learn how to make responsible choices on their journey to becoming young adults.
- Core values of mutual respect, personal responsibility, acceptance of difference, consideration, forgiveness and reconciliation are practiced
- Students are encouraged to dream big and take risks in their learning
- Supporting students through moral challenges, teaching them how to make responsible choices
- Fostering productive, respectful teacher-student relationships so students learn how to engage with their social environment
- Using a restorative practices approach to resolve conflict
- Our healthy school culture assists students through social vulnerabilities
Pastoral care and resilience
Our Pastoral Care Program looks to build life skills and equip students for challenges they may encounter.
Focus areas include:
- Having high expectations of self and others
- Respectful relationships with caring adults
- Moral values that enable young people to discern right from wrong
- Social boundaries and opportunities for social service
These traits build resilience when these young people face life's challenges.
Based on the Australian Curriculum and Queensland Authority syllabus, the Peace Lutheran College curriculum follows sound educational theory and practice and also evaluates and responds critically to current educational trends.
It is engaging and relevant, cultivating a desire for each child to work towards reaching their full potential.
|Core Subject Areas||Specialist Elective Subjects|
|Christian Studies||Industrial Technology & Design|
|Health & Physical Education (HPE)||Digital Technology|
|Languages - Japanese or Italian||Textiles|
Planning for Careers and Pathways
A dedicated Careers Guidance Officer supports students and their parents to plan and understand the many careers and educational pathways available to them, including School-based Apprentices, Vocational Education & Training (VET) in Schools Program, university pathways, work experience and part-time employment opportunities.
Middle School sport at Peace
Year 6 and 7 sports
Students participate together in a program catered for their age groups and abilities with a variety of mixed gender team sports including Oz Tag, AFL, Newcomb, Softball, Cricket and Futsal.
Year 7, 8 and 9 sports
Training and competing in Junior Secondary Sport (JSS) interschool sports competition in Terms 3 and 4. Sports include:
- AFL (boys)
- Basketball (boys and girls)
- Netball (girls)
- Soccer (boys and girls)
- Touch Football (boys and girls)
- Volleyball (boys and girls)
District competitions are also part of the Middle School sports program for participating students.
The school has maintained a high standard in JSS sport in recent years with our Touch Football, Netball, Soccer, Volleyball, and Basketball teams in particular, playing in semi-finals and grand finals.
Middle School sports program
Middle School students are also offered:
- Training for cross country and track and field events
- Swim & Survive lessons (as part of the HPE program), conducted at the nearby Marlin Coast Aquatic Centre
Extra-curricular at Peace
Peace Lutheran College offers a wide range of extra and co-curricular opportunities and activities, including:
- Drama competitions and performances
- Music tuition, performances and clubs
- Service Group
- Training - sport and fitness
- STEM Club
- Code Club
Middle School camps and excursions
Peace Lutheran College camps and excursions provide valuable opportunities to enrich a student's understanding of topics studied, but also helps to build rapport with teachers and fellow students, which has enormous benefits back in the classroom.
School fees are inclusive of camp and excursion costs (excluding voluntary excursions), enabling all students to be included in these positive and beneficial experiences.
- Year 6 – Two-night/three-day camp incorporating exciting outdoor activities such as high ropes, raft building, fishing, and more
- Year 8 – Two-night/three-day (on even years) "Challenge Camp", participating in outdoor education activities designed to develop effective teamwork abilities
- Year 9 Leadership Day - students spend a day hearing from some of our most successful leaders and participating in activities, all designed to assist them unearth the attributes that will assist them in achieving their own leadership aspirations
We encourage you to book a tour. Come and see why our students and their parents think Peace is such a great place to be.