Years 7-12

The Secondary School is comprised of two sub-schools: Junior High is tailored to meet the needs of our Years 7-9 students and Years 10-12 students from our Senior School.

Secondary School  is characterised by increasingly-high expectations for leadership and learning.

The exploration of the connection between identity and careers is a key aspect of the Senior School years. While most students will undertake a suite of Authority subjects, some will undertake university subjects and others may complement their studies at St Peters with Vocational Education and Training through external providers. All students are expected to hold to our ‘Plus Ultra’ – ‘Ever Higher’ – motto and use the fullness of resources and opportunities available to them to achieve their potential.

While pursuit of individual academic and career goals is a pillar of Senior Schooling, so too is leadership and service. While students have the opportunity to serve in a variety of formal offices of leadership, to lead their Houses and the student body to effect change and build community, all are expected to be positive leaders in our community through their example and active involvement in College life. There are many service activity opportunities throughout the year to assist others at local, national and international levels. Developing a mindfulness of and compassion for others is foundational to our College ethos and an important part of being a responsible global citizen.

We seek to develop young men and women of exceptional character, who are critical and creative thinkers and problem-solvers, capable communicators and learners, emotionally intelligent and confident in their identity and their place and purpose in the world.

Lifelong Learners

During Year 10, students create a Senior Education Training Plan (SETP) that maps out what, where and how they will study during Years 11 and 12. This plan is flexible and can be changed as students refine their career pathways.

The College policy of maintaining exposure to a wide range of academic study means that students in Year 10 follow a prescribed core curriculum covering English, Mathematics, Science, the Humanities, Health and Physical Education and Christian Studies. As well as studying this core curriculum, students select elective subjects for study. Elective subjects include French, Design Technology, Digital Technology, Legal Studies, Music, Drama, Business Studies, Visual Art, and Media Studies.

Most students at St Peters wish to enrol in university studies after Year 12. To cater for the needs of our students, the College offers a wide range of Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) subjects in Years 11 and 12.

Students wanting to follow non-university pathways may participate in vocational education and training (VET) programs offered by external providers.

Some of our students undertake studies at local universities while still in Year 12; and the College supports students who choose to do so.

The Lutheran Ethos

St Peters is a Christian School. This informs all activities at St Peters through teaching and learning.

The Core Values of Lutheran Education Australia of love, justice, compassion, forgiveness, service, humility, courage, hope, quality and appreciation are fostered through a range of spiritual activities. All students engage in Chapel services, on a weekly basis; and in their Pastoral Care class, each day. Christian Studies provides a broad overview of aspects of the Christian Faith and the role of religion in society, including the study of world religions.

Students and their families are invited to participate in the monthly Community Celebration and weekly Sunday worship services held at St Peters by Arise Lutheran Church.

Pastoral Care

St Peters provides pastoral care to all students through pastoral care classes, Chaplaincy and Counselling services and through the care and concern of all staff.

Healthy relationships are key to the wellbeing of our whole community which are fostered through our Restorative Practices approach. Restorative Practices mean students and staff take responsibility for their actions. The goal is restoring relationships by identifying the harm that has occurred, taking the necessary steps to address this and being held accountable so true reconciliation can occur.

Service Learning

Our Christian ethos is given practical expression by our Service Learning program. Students learn they have a divine purpose to serve their neighbour in acts of kindness in mutually-beneficial relationships.

St Peters partners with a range of organisations to enable students to serve others, whether they be within our school community, across the road, or across the world.

Holistic Education

Students have access to a variety of co-curricular activities in sport, music, and cultural endeavours.

In additional to district, regional and state school sport pathways, our Secondary boys have access to sport through the Associated Independent Colleges (AIC) and Secondary girls through the Queensland Girls Secondary School Sports Association (QGSSSA) for athletics, cross-country and swimming and a large range of team sports under the St Peters banner. A dedicated bus service is provided from St Peters Indooroopilly to St Peters Springfield in the morning and from Springfield to Indooroopilly in the afternoon for those attending training. Students can thus enjoy both the benefits of an education at Springfield and access to the highest level of school sport.

All students in Years 2–6 are involved in the Lower or Upper Primary Choirs with opportunities for all students to join bands, vocal groups or worship band as a co-curricular option. These performance groups have occasions throughout the year to perform for our St Peters community and the broader community.

Debating has a strong presence in Upper Primary through to the Senior School with teams competing both in the Queensland Debating Union competitions and virtual debating. With Legal Studies as a study option in Years 11 and 12, Mooting is well established as co-curricular option and students compete in a variety of public speaking competitions.

Students also have opportunity to engage in state, national and international tours and trips for sport, cultural exchange and awareness and service learning.

The College is pleased to also offer the Duke of Edinburgh Program from Year 9.

The Ironbark Experience - Year 9

Students in Year 9 undertake a compulsory, five-week, outdoor-education experience at the College's Ironbark Centre, located near Crows Nest. Recently, St Peters Student Counsellors, Dr Matt O'Connor and Dr Ellie Keane, completed a research project examining the positive and important impact that Ironbark has on students. To read the Ironbark Research Report, click here.

More about Ironbark
Matthew SullivanDirector of Ironbark
At Ironbark we focus on personal growth and development. It’s a real joy to be part of giving these students new experiences, new opportunities and helping them to learn more about themselves in the process within a Christian context.”