Camps and excursions
These activities play an important role in individual social development, as well as the building of interpersonal relationships between teachers and students, and the creating of a spirit of class 'togetherness'. There is no cost* for students to participate in camps and excursions, enabling all students to be included in these positive and beneficial experiences.
- Individual Year level camps
- Year 10 Activity Camp
- Year 11 Leadership Camp
- Year 12 Leadership Retreat
*Additional cost applies to 'voluntary' activities (outlined below).
Voluntary excursions and activities
Adventure Under Sail - Year 10 and 11 students have the opportunity to take part in this 5-day experience, sailing on a 100ft gaff rigged schooner from Townsville to Cairns.
Borneo - Year 9 and 10 students have the opportunity to take part in this hiking adventure, providing an outreach opportunity, serving in local communities. This 15-day trip is offered every second year, dependent upon numbers.
Italy - Middle and Senior school students have the opportunity to take part in this international, cultural experience. This 10-day trip is offered every second year, dependent upon numbers.
Japan - Middle and Senior school students have the opportunity to take part in this international, cultural experience. This 10-day trip is offered every second year, dependent upon numbers.
New Zealand Ski Experience - Year 11 and 12 students have the opportunity to take part in this trans-Tasman experience. This 10-day trip is offered every second year.
Chess Club - runs on Friday in first break for Middle and Senior students. Students can either play, or learn to play in a fun and friendly environment. As part of the College's Service Group, some keen Middle and Senior student players have instigated a Chess Club with Junior school students at lunch time on a Thursday.
Makerspace - students in years 4 - 12 can take advantage of this fun option during first break every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, as well as after school on Thursday from 3.15pm - 4.15pm. Students have the opportunity to be creative, apply their math, science and engineering skills to design solutions to given challenges.
STEM Club - runs on Thursday from 3.15pm - 4.15pm. Students test their analytical skills to discover how machines are made, and use their engineering skills to create solutions to challenges.
Rosies - Friends on the Street Project - This is a not-for-profit organization that provides acceptance and friendship to people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Peace Senior students help out regularly by providing ongoing support to the project and going out with the van to serve meals for the homeless. The aim is for students to develop empathy and appreciation for the plight of others and learn genuine care, demonstrated through the act of conversation and service.
This dedicated group of students work to make a difference in the lives of others through generously giving their time to serve.
Service Group - Middle and Senior school students are invited to participate in service activities in response to needs within the College community. Activities often include cooking and distributing meals when families are unwell; hosting special events and helping with a variety of projects.
In the past, the Service Group has hosted games and activities for Junior school students, including helping them with homework during lunch breaks. They have coordinated events to raise awareness and funds for refugees and countries in need; made and sold 1,000 pancakes for a school that was damaged in floods; organized a 'bring a flower day' for a staff member undergoing medical treatment; as well as a host of other events.
ABC Heywire - A focus on individuals and their community, this competition provides the opportunity for young people living outside Australian capital cities to tell their story through audio, video photos and text.
Calanna Junior Speaking Contest - An opportunity for young people to practice their public speaking skills, delivering a three-minute speech to a friendly audience of family, friends and teachers. This particular competition has been a popular one amongst Peace students.
Languages - Middle and Senior school students compete against other schools in Italian and Japanese speaking competitions. Languages studied at Peace include:
- Japanese in Prep to Year 5
- Japanese or Italian in Year 6 - Year 9
- Japanese or German (via Distance Education) in Year 10 - Year 12
Lions Youth of the Year - A prestigious event offering young people the opportunity to experience an interview situation with the chance to practice their public speaking skills. Several Peace students take advantage of this program.
Public Speaking - The College offers debating and public speaking opportunities and enters literary competitions such as the Eisteddfod Literary Competition. Students work with their English teachers out of school time to prepare for these events. The College has had several winners and placements in competitions such as Lions Youth of the Year; ABC Heywire and the Calanna Junior Speaking Contest.
Environmental Group - The College is proud of its ‘sustainable school’ stamp. A large, enthusiastic group of Senior students run our recycling program, positioning and maintaining the recycle bins situated around the school grounds.
Other sustainable student initiatives include:
- Design and construction of a butterfly garden
- Replacement of garden beds with water tolerant native species known for attracting birds and butterflies
- Ongoing student education on sustainable lifestyles
Reef Guardian School - Peace Lutheran College is officially a Reef Guardian School - working to protect our reef through our sustainable actions.
Even more opportunities
Duke of Edinburgh Award - Peace Lutheran College has been a center for the Duke of Edinburgh Award since 2008. This Award is favorably looked upon by both National and International universities during their application processes. Students from Year 10 – Year 12 are able to nominate for this Award.
The Duke of Edinburgh Award is a leading, structured youth development program, offering students the opportunity to demonstrate initiative, leadership skills and independent organization, as well as build life-long connections and skills through a challenging journey of self-discovery.
The four sections of the Award include:
- Physical recreation
- Service; and
- Adventurous journey
In their free time, students undertake the skill, service and physical recreation components for one hour per week, for three months. The final component, adventurous journey, involves undertaking a 2-day, overnight journey. At Peace, students bush walk, self-sufficiently, in the Barron Gorge National Park.
Upon completion, students receive an official certificate, medal, a point toward their Queensland Certificate in Education (QCE), plus a real sense of satisfaction.
Journalism - Budding writers have the opportunity to submit articles to the Cairns Post for publication in the weekly "Inspire" school's segment.
Music Tuition - Private music tuition is offered in piano, drums, percussion, vocals, guitar, bass guitar, string, woodwind and brass instruments. Lessons are offered according to need and availability of a teacher.
Tutors visit the College once per week offering half hour lessons on a rotational basis during the school day. Parents are invoiced at the beginning of each term and payment is due in advance. Some instruments may be hired for a fee of $50.00 per term.
Music Concerts are held during the year in the Peace Centre, providing students with an opportunity to perform in front of a live audience.