History, growth & education

St Peters Lutheran College was established by the Lutheran Church in 1945. With 56 boarding students, the College opened its doors on a parcel of land in Brisbane’s western suburbs—the exact spot that the Indooroopilly campus sits on today! 

Through the generosity and vision of its founders, and through the stability in leadership, St Peters has grown to be the largest Lutheran school in Queensland. There have been just seven Heads of College since its inception and, the iconic Ross Roy House (the only building in early College life) still stands tall today.

St Peters has grown in leaps and bounds since 1945. In 1973, demands saw the need for a Lower Primary school to be constructed at Indooroopilly (now our Prep and Primary Years site), and in 1978, an Upper Primary school was built.

In 1974, the iconic St Peters Lutheran College Ironbark program was first introduced, near Crows Nest in Queensland. Initially established as a trial program, this visionary, life-changing outdoor education program has continued to be a staple for St Peters students since 1976. Currently, Ironbark is held over a five-week period. Students in Year 9 live and breathe country life, learning invaluable lessons about personal strength, team work, Christian values, outdoor survival skills, and how to run a farm.

Between the 1990s and 2000s, St Peters Indooroopilly underwent a lot of changes. Catering for the demands of new enrolments over the years, the campus has seen the introduction of a Pre-school, a Junior School and a Middle School for Years 6-7.

In 2007, with the change of Education Queensland’s approach, the Junior High sub-school structure was introduced. To this day, Junior High caters specifically for the developmental needs of students from Years 7-9. The current school structure at Indooroopilly includes Prep, Primary Years (Lower Primary and Upper Primary), Junior High and Senior School. 

St Peters Springfield is the latest addition to the St Peters Lutheran College mix. Established in 2008 as a Prep-Year 8 school, the campus now caters for students from Kindergarten-Year 12. All St Peters schools operate under the guidance of the St Peters Lutheran College Council and Head of College. They are governed by the Lutheran Church of Australia Queensland District. Click to read about Our Vision