For a decade Geelong Lutheran College has opened its arms to parents, children and young adults in the budding new community of Armstrong Creek.
About 600 prep to year 12 students attend the Armstrong Creek campus, divided into three distinct sub-school groups: primary, middle and senior.
“We seek to inspire students to be caring, confident and creative citizens,” says head of college Jill Lange-Mohr.
“Geelong Lutheran College Armstrong Creek not only offers a rich curriculum and the pursuit of academic excellence but identifies student wellbeing as a high priority.”
A further 263 primary students and 59 pre-schoolers attend the College’s St John’s campus at Newtown, which has been open since 1962.
The two campuses this year rebranded together as Geelong Lutheran College.
“It was the vision of the College council to have a shared identity,” Jill says.
“Our vision is to be a leading, innovative, Christ-centred learning community.”
Pastoral care is one of the key focuses at the college, integrating personal and social wellbeing, resilience and support for a wide spectrum of student needs.
“We know that student wellbeing is directly-linked to positive relationships and connectedness to school,” Jill says.
“We strive to foster an environment where our prep to year 12 students are cared for and learn to care for others.
“They have a sense of purpose and meaning, and a place where all students feel included and connected to their peers, teachers and the wider community.”
Geelong Lutheran College places great importance on forming positive and nurturing relationships between teachers, children, parents and staff.
“We focus on developing a sense of community, based on respect for others, openness, constructive co-existence and listening,” Jill says.
Open communication between parents and teachers is vital to the College and helps foster a partnership geared to their child’s learning.
Geelong Lutheran College embraces every member of the community regardless of culture or background, however Christian education is woven into every aspect of life at the College.
“Although Christian faith is neither presumed nor demanded, we expect behaviour from our students that is in line with our Christian values,” Jill says.
“We are proud of our distinctly Lutheran identity. This identity is reflected in our teaching, worship, and character.”