Senior School

'Hello' from Peter Cummings, Head of Senior School

"Our Senior School represents the cultural diversity that is Australia, and that is something we celebrate every day. Dedicated staff strive to deliver a quality education in a school community that is truly multicultural."

Senior School at Peace Lutheran College comprises Years 10 - 12. Our students have the opportunity to mix and forge friendships with people from a diverse range of backgrounds and cultures. I truly believe these qualities make for a richer and more rewarding experience for students in their senior school years.

Through careful monitoring of student progress and specialist teachers, we are able to give more time to the individual needs of our students. The school's professional, caring teachers offer advice and well informed direction to make sure every senior student graduates, having had the best support to embark on their adult lives and careers.

Peace Lutheran College has one of the finest records in Cairns for graduating seniors being accepted on their tertiary course of choice.

Mr Peter Cummings
Head of Senior School

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Peace makes you feel like part of a community no matter who you are or where you have come from. I’ve felt supported while going through the obstacles of high school. I’ve built strong friendships in boarding and day school, creating memories that will stay with me forever.

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Delivering a quality education in a vibrant, culturally diverse school community

Peace offers an outstanding program of academic, vocational, sporting, cultural and social experiences, in line with the most modern educational thinking of today.

The school has a proven record of academic excellence. Our students are prepared for University Tertiary Entrance and other study options including TAFE and Workplace Traineeships.

Life Preparation for…

  • Personal growth, based on Christian values, critical thinking, communication and problem solving skills
  • Citizenship in a democratic society, by understanding and supporting the legal system and taking responsibilities within the community
  • Vocations, through the development of skills and attitudes which will assist career path choices
The unique environment Peace has provided throughout my entire schooling life, fostered by all the genuine support from staff and students has allowed me to step up and grow. I believe the confidence and maturity I have developed at Peace will definitely help in my future career and studies in Science and Medicine.

Building confidence, shaping attitudes

Professional, caring teachers and pastoral care staff offer support and well informed direction equipping students with the confidence to embark on their adult lives and careers.

  • Core values of mutual respect, personal responsibility, acceptance of difference, consideration, forgiveness and reconciliation are practiced
  • Forging friendships with people from a diverse range of cultures, providing rich and rewarding life-long experiences
One of the greatest things about Peace is the emphasis on family. The College has created a solid, family orientated environment. Since enrolling my children they have been joined by four more family members. My children have settled in well and are keen to tell everybody how wonderful it is. They speak so highly of their teachers and the staff. I would recommend the College to all families looking for a caring, healthy environment for their children.

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.

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.

Limited places are currently available in specific year levels. We encourage early application for enrolment to avoid disappointment.

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Aligned with the Australian Curriculum and Queensland Authority syllabus, the Peace Lutheran College curriculum is based on 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 student to work towards reaching their full potential.

In Year 10, students will study from two sets of subjects.

Group A - Compulsory Core Subjects Group B - Elective Subjects (choice of three)
English A Business Studies
English B Digital Technology
English C Drama
Introduction to Maths Methods Food Technology
Introduction to Maths General Industrial Technology & Design
Introduction to Essential Maths Italian (by Distance Education)
Science A Japanese (by Distance Education)
Science B Music
Health & Physical Education Visual Art
History & Geography
Religion & Ethics

In Year 11 students are offered a broad choice of subjects. Students are required to choose one English and one Mathematics subject as compulsory subjects, along with Religion & Ethics and Sport. Student then choose a further four subjects from nominated subject lines.

General* Subjects Applied^ Subjects
Mathematics Methods Essential Mathematics
General Mathematics Essential English
General English Aquatic Practices
Religion & Ethics Drama in Practice
Biology Furnishing Skills
Business Hospitality Practices
Chemistry Music in Practice
Drama Sport & Recreation
Geography Visual Arts in Practice
Italian (by Distance Education)
Japanese (by Distance Education)
Legal Studies
Modern History
Physical Education
TAFE/VET Studies
Visual Art

General* subjects are suited to students who are interested in pathways beyond senior secondary schooling that lead primarily to tertiary studies and to pathways for vocational education and training and work. General subjects include Extension subjects.

Applied^ subjects are suited to students who are primarily interested in pathways beyond senior secondary schooling that lead to vocational education and training or work.

Results in General and Applied subjects contribute to the awarding of a QCE and may contribute to an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) calculation, although no more than one result in an Applied subject can be used in the calculation of a student's ATAR.

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.

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Senior School sport at Peace

Peace is becoming renowned for its sporting achievements. Sport options in Senior School are varied and many, including carnivals, District and Regional sport, Interschool competition, extra-curricular sports, and school teams.

Training and competing in Cairns Interschool Secondary Sports Activities (CISSA) in Terms 1 and 2. Sports include:

  • AFL (boys), Soccer (boys and girls)
  • Basketball (boys and girls)
  • Netball (girls)
  • Soccer (boys and girls)
  • Touch Football (boys and girls)
  • Volleyball (boys and girls)

The school has maintained a very high standard in CISSA sport over the years, achieving overall winning status in the 2017 championships for Championship Girls; Championship Boys; and Championship School.

Senior School students are also offered training for cross country and track and field events.

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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
  • Environment Group
  • STEM Club
  • Training - sport and fitness

Senior 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 10 – Activity Camp
  • Year 11 – Leadership Camp
  • Year 12 - Leadership Retreat

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