Our College

Mission - Vision - Values

Our mission is to develop informed, active, resilient and compassionate citizens within a Christian community.

Our Christian ethos informs relationships between staff and students and shapes the whole College environment, providing a safe and secure atmosphere in which students can learn effectively.

Our core values - mutual respect; personal responsibility; acceptance of difference; consideration; forgiveness; and reconciliation.

Individuals matter. Whilst practicing our core values, students are allowed, and encouraged, to develop their individuality within appropriate bounds.

A holistic approach

The College aims to offer a broad and integrated program in a Christian context. Whilst using government curriculum frameworks and meeting all accreditation requirements, in broader terms, we see education as much more than just an academic endeavour - Peace Lutheran College seeks to develop students intellectually, socially, physically, emotionally and spiritually.

Our Christian ethos

The Lutheran Church believes, through faith, a person is brought into a living relationship with Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit establishes this grace relationship of love and forgiveness through God’s Word.

The Lutheran Church is a mainstream Christian church which was established in northern Europe at the time of the Reformation in the 16th century.

The influence of Christian worship and prayer is critical to our College and it extends throughout our operations. We don’t just talk about our Christian foundation; we act on it. We seek to treat each other with love and respect because we believe each person is important to God.

Through membership of our community, students and their parents can expect to find themselves sharing in the message of the Christian gospel in worship services and in the daily life of the school community. We understand and accept some may respond to the Christian message in a variety of ways, not always in traditional Christian ways, and we respect and encourage that right.

While we understand and accept that not all will share our Christian faith, we expect our students and their parents to support and show respect for our Christian beliefs and practices.

We believe our parents and guardians have the prime responsibility for the education of their children and we encourage their involvement in our College life, seeking to always work in respectful partnerships with all.

We seek to operate to these general principles:

  • Acknowledge the Lordship of Jesus Christ in all areas
  • Worship with a sense of respect, reverence and holiness
  • Ensure the spiritual and theological formation of our staff is intentional and planned
  • Continue to offer a secular academic curriculum informed by Christian perspectives
  • Continue to pursue excellence in everything we do
  • Continue to provide effective pastoral care so people (parents and guardians, students and staff) feel comfortable and safe
  • Continue to foster a sense of pride, ownership, optimism and confidence throughout the College

History

Founded in 1994, Peace Lutheran College is part of the system of Lutheran Schools in Queensland. As well as serving Lutherans in North Queensland, Torres Strait Islands, Papua New Guinea and further afield, Peace is a College with a mission to serve other Christian and non-Christian families in providing a quality Christian education for all.

Our story

The Queensland Education Department assumed responsibility for the primary school at the Aboriginal community at Hope Vale in 1972, mainly due to the inability of the Lutheran Church to supply teachers. From this move, the possibility of a Lutheran school in North Queensland was discussed informally in many circles.

It was at a Far North Queensland Lutheran Mission Committee meeting, held in conjunction with the Hope Vale Mission Board in 1988, this suggestion first received serious consideration.

At the 1988 Annual General Meeting of the Trinity Lutheran Congregation, a Lutheran School Investigation Committee was elected. These members were Greg Wharton, Frank Jacobsen, Julene Lander and David Spanagel. The official process had begun. Ken Albinger from Queensland Lutheran Schools department outlined the process to be followed.

1. Land purchase: Aub Muller (representative from the Lutheran Church) and David Spanagel (Investigation Committee) searched for suitable sites. Areas considered were at Mooroobool, Clifton Beach, Edmonton and Kamerunga. The preferred site was Kamerunga.

The land was purchased from Lusalda Pty Ltd at a cost of $500,000 ($20,000 per acre) and settlement was requested by 28th February 1991. This seemed achievable, however there was a six month delay arising out of an objection relating to the adverse effect the flow of flood waters might have across this area as a result of any development.

Other set-backs included advice from the Queensland Department of Transport requiring a portion of the College’s prime land for the construction of a roundabout to cater for the intersection of Kamerunga Road and Harley Street.

By October 1991, eight months past the agreed settlement date, settlement for the land on which Peace Lutheran College now stands, occurred at 4.44pm on 4th October 1991.

In the Cairns Post on 6th August 1993, an article appeared stating that a multicultural school, funded by the Lutheran Church, Hope Vale and Wujul Wujal Aboriginal communities would aim to reach out to students in PNG and SE Asia, attempting to address the issue of racial tension and incorporate multiculturalism in a positive manner.

What a task, and yet one that we started, boldly trusting God always.

2. The first office: The headquarters of the Far North Queensland Lutheran Mission at 30 Upward Street, Cairns, also became the first office of Peace Lutheran College. It was from this hub that founding parents made their first contact with the College. The first 50 enrolment enquiries were made from this office.

3. Appointment of the founding principal: College Council took the decision to employ a principal, six months prior to the opening date, allowing sufficient opportunity for involvement in the first stage of the building and development of the necessary policies, acceptance of enrolments and interviews and the regular planning for a new school development.

The position was advertised in The Lutheran (the official monthly magazine of the Lutheran Church), The Australian and The Courier Mail. From seven applicants, the credentials and subsequent interviews resulted in Mr Michael Gladigau being appointed, unanimously, as the founding principal. In July 1993 he started his mammoth task.

4. The doors opened: Peace Lutheran College opened its doors on 1st February 1994 amid red mud and tropical rain, but with infectious enthusiasm, a clear sense of direction and rows to hoe.

The official opening occurred on Sunday, 12th June 1994. Sir William Knox, Chairman of the Association of Independent Schools Queensland performed the official opening ceremony with a crowd of approximately 250 in attendance. Pastor John Vitale, President of the Lutheran Church of Australia Queensland District performed the official ceremony, dedicating the College to the glory of God.

Peace Lutheran College today is a testimony to a task that has had many hands to the wheel, developing every aspect of the College into its current niche in the Cairns Community. The College provides the Cairns community with a further choice of quality education for children.