First-rate school to con­tinue per­form­ing

Gatton Star - - ADVERTISING FEATURE EDUCATION - Meg Bolton [email protected]­ton­star.com.au

TWO decades of learn­ing, teach­ing and ini­tia­tives will be cel­e­brated at Faith Lutheran Col­lege this year as the school reaches a mile­stone.

While stu­dents, teach­ers and staff will take time to re­flect on all that has been achieved within the Plain­land bound­aries, 2019 is also set to be a big year.

School prin­ci­pal Janelle An­der­son said she looked for­ward to see­ing plans come into play in the new school­ing year.

“We hope to roll out a qual­ity in­tro­duc­tion of the new ATAR cur­ricu­lum for our Year 11 stu­dents in 2019,” Mrs An­der­son said.

The new cur­ricu­lum will re­place Queens­land’s OP (Over­all Po­si­tion) rank­ing, which was the pre­vi­ous sys­tem used, and align the col­lege with the New South Wales cur­ricu­lum.

In­ter­na­tional stu­dents will also be ed­u­cated at Faith for the first time ever af­ter the school se­cured a Com­mon­wealth Reg­is­ter of In­sti­tu­tions and Cour­ses for Over­seas Stu­dents regis­tra­tion in 2018.

Mrs An­der­son said she was thrilled to have the regis­tra­tion af­ter a “lengthy ap­pli­ca­tion process”.

Ser­vice learn­ing will be an­other fo­cus for the year with Mrs An­der­son hop­ing to “main­tain and en­hance” com­mu­nity con­nec­tions along with the school’s vo­ca­tional learn­ing pro­gram. The grad­u­at­ing class of 2018 achieved 271 vo­ca­tional qual­i­fi­ca­tions with just 110 stu­dents.

In in­fras­truc­ture, a new in­door sports com­plex will be com­pleted in the new year. The com­plex will house two full court sta­di­ums, three class­rooms, a staffroom and kitch­enette, fit­ness cen­tre, ameni­ties and pro­vi­sions for fu­ture dance stu­dios.

“It is hoped this fa­cil­ity will be of­fi­cially opened in late 2019,” she said.

The grad­u­at­ing class of 2019 will fol­low in the foot­steps of stu­dents be­fore them and make their own mark on the Plain­land col­lege.

“Our 2019 Year 12 lead­ers are work­ing on some ex­cit­ing projects and goals for lead­ing the stu­dent body, which we look for­ward to see­ing come to fruition,” Mrs An­der­son said.

Se­lected stu­dents will also visit Ger­many and Korea with the school.

❝Our 2019 Year 12 lead­ers are work­ing on some ex­cit­ing projects and goals for lead­ing the stu­dent body — Janelle An­der­son

PHOTO: ALI KUCHEL

EX­CIT­ING TIMES: Faith Lutheran Col­lege prin­ci­pal Janelle An­der­son looks for­ward to an­other suc­cess­ful year.

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