Middle School

'Hello' from Chad Elliott, 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 Chad Elliott
Head of Middle School


Would you like to contact the Head of Middle School?
Mr Elliott can be contacted by phoning the College on 07 4039 9000 or via email, celliott2@plc.qld.edu.au.


Student learning designed for optimum engagement

Our teachers know engaging students with their learning during these years is vital and we focus on promoting flexible learners, creative problem solvers and confident decision makers.

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 provided with personal iPads - effective for engaging with their learning and promoting technological proficiency.
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 maximize 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's different about Middle school at Peace?

  • Personal iPads for Years 7, 8 and 9 students
  • Agile learning environments with some classrooms incorporating booth seating, stand-up tables, whiteboard table tops and interactive resources

Agile Learning

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.

The College’s ‘innovative education’ position has seen the College embrace this progressive approach to its teaching practices, reshaping facilities and introducing contemporary learning spaces in several of our classrooms.

What's the aim of agile learning?

To connect classroom learning to real life, better preparing students for their future after school.

What’s different?

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.
  • The learning environment – offers students the ability to group themselves to suit their learning needs.
  • Resources - integrated digital technologies, iPads, laptops, and whiteboard table tops for recording learning ideas.

What stays the same?

  • The curriculum… the teaching requirements do not change – it is HOW our students learn that is changing.

What’s 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.

I love the learning space, it is really comfortable and I definitely feel like I learn better because of this. It's so much better than having to sit in a chair all day.

Building character, establishing trust, creating resilience

Peace has high expectations of our 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 College 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.

From personal experience I've seen how the College plans for its future. It is committed to the development of every student and puts a lot of hard work into constantly improving teaching and pastoral care practices. This care and attention is why my wife and I send our sons to the College.

Curriculum

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
English Arts
Mathematics Health & Physical Education
Science ICT (computing and media)
Humanities Languages - Japanese or Italian
Christian Studies Music
Technology Education
Visual Arts

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 School (JSS) Inter-school sports 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 College has maintained a high standard in JSS sport in recent years with our Touch Football, Netball, Soccer 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

We invite you to view our comprehensive sports offering.

Extra-curricular at Peace

Peace Lutheran College offers a wide range of extra and co-curricular opportunities and activities, including:

  • Debating
  • Drama competitions and performances
  • Music tuition, performances and clubs
  • Service Group
  • Training - sport and fitness
  • Tutoring - mathematics and science
  • STEM Club; and
  • World Challenge, to name but a few

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 – 2-night/3-day camp at Lake Tinaroo where students participate in abseiling, high ropes, raft building, fishing and more.
  • Year 8 and Year 9 – 2-night/3-day camp (even years) at Mt Carbine on a "Challenge Camp", participating in outdoor education activities designed to develop effective team work abilities.