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 College 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 College’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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Mr Cummings can be contacted by phoning the College on 07 4039 9000 or via email,

Delivering a quality education in a vibrant, culturally diverse College 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 College 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

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.


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.

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

Group A - Compulsory Core Subjects Group B - Elective Subjects (choice of two)
English Art
Mathematics Business Education
Science Drama
History & Geography Japanese
Religion & Ethics German (by Distance Education)
Sport & Recreation Music
Health & Physical Education
Home Economics
Industrial Technology & Design
Information Technology

In Years 11 and 12, students are offered a broad choice of subjects.

Authority* Subjects Authority-registered^ Subjects
Accounting Aquatic Practices
Art English Communication
Biology Furnishing Skills
Chemistry Hospitality Practices
Drama Music in Practice
English Prevocational Mathematics
Film, Television and New Media Religion & Ethics
Geography Visual Arts in Practice
German (by Distance Education)
Legal Studies
Mathematics C
Mathematics B
Mathematics A
Modern History
Physical Education

Authority* subjects are based on syllabuses approved and issued by the Queensland Curriculum & Assessment Authority (QCAA). Results in Authority subjects can count in the calculation of Overall Position (OP) and Field Position (FP) scores - the most common selection devices used by the tertiary sector.

Authority-registered^ subjects are developed from Subject Area Syllabuses (SAS) and when successfully completed, contribute four credits towards the Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE). These subjects do not contribute to an OP or FP score.

QCAA Authority-registered subjects have a Vocational content, generally leading onto TAFE studies. The School Work Program is accredited by the Queensland Studies Authority (QSA). These subjects do not contribute to an OP score, but do appear on the QCE and Senior Certificate.

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; Inter-school competition; extra-curricular sports and College teams.

Training and competing in Cairns Secondary Sporting Activities (CISSA) Inter-school sports 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 College 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
  • The opportunity to attain their Bronze Medallion (as part of the HPE program)

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
  • STEM Club
  • Training - sport and fitness
  • Tutoring - mathematics and science; and
  • World Challenge, to name but a few

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