Welcome from the Head of College
Welcome from Mr Tim Kotzur
What is important about any school is what is at its heart. The College’s Mission Statement: ‘Excellence in Christian Co-Education’ stands as a firm statement about what St Peters is on about, and has been at the heart of our College since its inception.
St Peters is a Christian school that seeks to provide an environment where each person is valued and accepted as a loved child of God. In this environment, each person is challenged to discover, develop and use their gifts and talents for personal growth and service to others. St Peters wants each student to flourish and achieve their best, to enjoy school and learning, to learn how to learn, to be challenged, to build resilience and to make a difference in the world.
St Peters strives to provide a high quality holistic education. As such, we look to stimulate the heart and soul, the body and minds of each of our students. We value a holistic approach, and encourage students to develop values that enrich the intellect, nurture the spirit, develop social responsibility and create healthy lifestyles. From our clear focus on improving student learning and helping students to be the best learner they can be; an emphasis on global understanding and international mindedness through International Baccalaureates’ Primary Years (PYP) and Diploma (DP) programs; our world class music and performing arts programs; meaningful and varied sporting competitions provided through AIC (boys) and QGSSSA (girls) including our highly acclaimed swimming program; to our iconic Outdoor Education experience at Ironbark, and a variety of Service Learning initiatives, at St Peters we truly seek to educate the ‘hearts, minds and hands’ of our children and young people.
A culture of high expectations permeates St Peters. This is encapsulated in our College’s Motto- ‘Plus Ultra’ or ‘Ever Higher’. This striving for excellence is given practical expression in our encouragement of students to pursue Personal Bests in all they do.
Our core business is helping each child to be the best learner they can be. In a rapidly changing world we want our students to be lifelong and life-wide learners – learners who can manage their own learning, who are critical and creative thinkers who are able to work collaboratively together and communicate effectively.
Students are at the heart of our work here at St Peters, and the breadth and depth of St Peters students is extraordinary. As such there is no typical St Peters student - a St Peters boy or girl can be kind, creative, humble, innovative, discerning, sensitive, respectful, caring, honest, quiet, confident, trustworthy and grateful. He or she can be artistic, ‘sporty’, learned, practical, scientific, innovative and in whatever mix that nurtures his or her passions. We hope that each student will as part of a St Peters Education discover their purpose, and become and be the person God intended them to be.
The staff of St Peters are motivated by a genuine sense of helping each child realise his or her potential. As a learning community our staff are engaged in ongoing professional development and refinement of our programs to ensure that we are improving the quality of learning experiences available to our children and young people.
St Peters is highly regarded as a caring school. A strong sense of community and belonging can be found at St Peters. We place a high priority on pastoral care. Our staff work hard at developing nurturing relationships with students because encouraging and affirming relationships lie at the heart of effective learning. We are a relational community, and so together we seek to honour, motivate and challenge, care for and encourage every student, so that they have every opportunity to flourish.
I look forward to welcoming you to St Peters.
Head of College