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Term 2, 2024 Bulletin

Term 2 Highlights

Dear Parents and Guardians

There was plenty to celebrate at Faith Lutheran College, Plainland in Term 2! 

There are too many outstanding achievements across our College community to list them all, but I would like to share with you the following exciting news from Term 2, 2024.

New College Pastor

In May, we warmly welcomed Ps Nathan Glover as our new College Pastor in a beautiful installation ceremony.

We are blessed to have Ps Nathan join our community, bringing new perspectives and enthusiasm that align perfectly with our mission to foster an environment of faith, learning and growth.

We are excited for the journey ahead with Ps Nathan Glover and are confident that his leadership will guide our students and staff towards enriched spiritual and personal development.

Australian Education Awards

I am thrilled to share that we have been recognised as an excellence awardee for two prestigious awards in the Australian Education Awards 2024!

Awards and Recognition
Category: Innovation in Curriculum Design for Faith Lutheran College, Plainland
Category: Education Rising Star of the Year for Mr Jabez Castray

This is a remarkable achievement for our College and highlights our commitment to pushing the boundaries of educational excellence. This recognition is not just for the awardees, but for all of our hardworking staff members. Every member of our team contributes to creating an environment that challenges the conventional and encourages progressive thinking.

Special thanks to Jen Gibb and her team, whose dedication to teaching and learning continues to lead us forward. Jen’s leadership and the team’s efforts in curriculum development have undoubtedly played a crucial role in garnering this award.

Let us also not forget that this is not our first accolade. Being finalists in 2020 for the Best Non-State Secondary School across Australia underlines our ongoing commitment to excellence.

The winners will be announced at the Australian Education Awards on Friday 9 August 2024.

Yours in Christ, 

Doug Braiden 
College Principal 

Project Based Learning

What an incredible first semester it has been at Faith! From start to finish, students have achieved remarkable results both inside and outside the classroom. 

At the end of term, numerous events and activities showcased our students' talents. Whether it was at Faith’s Got Talent, the GBC Finals, the Kokoda Challenge or the Ipswich Dance Eisteddfod, our students not only achieved outstanding results but, more importantly, demonstrated incredible commitment and positive risk-taking in developing and sharing their God-given potential.

Another example of students sharing their gifts this semester has been through Wednesday Projects. Students from each project have had the opportunity to showcase their learning. Whether running a fundraising event to support an important cause, operating a market stall to support their entrepreneurial venture, completing an act of service to benefit others, or creating and then sharing a design concept to solve a particular problem, Projects have undoubtedly provided students with access to an incredible range of rich ‘project-based learning’ (PBL) opportunities.

Students will undertake new Projects next semester, where they will once again have the opportunity to engage with the PBL process. This will include the chance for students to help trial, test and reflect on a range of solutions for real-world problems. Student voice and choice will continue to underpin each Project, providing students the opportunity to push their learning and the limits of their chosen design process as far as they are willing.

Semester 2 will also include many important events and activities, providing students numerous opportunities beyond the classroom to deepen their knowledge, skills and abilities while building positive connections with others. Whether through various sporting, cultural or arts-based activities, these opportunities underpin the broad range of learning experiences that help to awaken potential and empower learners at Faith.

Tyson Kenny 
Deputy Principal 

Exploring our Christian Faith

A warm welcome to everyone reading this newsletter! It has been a joy and privilege to join the exciting team at Faith Lutheran College, Plainland.

I would like to highlight two outstanding programs that took place in Term 2:

Youth Alpha

We offer students who wish to participate an opportunity to explore the Christian faith through the Youth Alpha course. This course is a stand-out course featured right around the world that explores the basics of the Christian faith in a fun and interactive way. We currently have approximately 75 students participating in this course. Thank you, Ms Mallari, Mr Kent and our student leaders for all that you do in this space!


The kind people from Word of Life Ministries came on the last day of the term to lead the whole College in inflatable fun together with a Gospel message. Both students and staff let their hair down and had some fun - see the photos below. Some students indicated that they would love to learn more about what it means to follow Jesus.

I wish you and yours the best for Semester 2.

Ps Nathan Glover
College Pastor

Welcome to Faith Lutheran College Plainland!

As the Director of Teaching and Learning at Faith Lutheran College Plainland, I am excited to share with you the exceptional academic opportunities available at our school. Our commitment to teaching and learning is at the heart of everything we do, and we strive to create an environment where every student can thrive.

Innovative Curriculum

Our curriculum is designed to cater to the diverse needs and interests of our students. We offer a wide range of subjects and programs that encourage critical thinking, creativity, and problem-solving. Our innovative teaching methods ensure that students are engaged and challenged, preparing them for success in their future endeavours.

Personalised Learning

We understand that every student is unique, and we are dedicated to providing personalised learning experiences that cater to individual strengths and needs. Our teachers work closely with students to develop tailored learning plans, ensuring that each child can achieve their full potential. This personalised approach fosters a love of learning and helps students build confidence in their abilities.

Excellence in Teaching

Our team of passionate and experienced educators is committed to delivering high-quality education. They bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the classroom, creating a dynamic and supportive learning environment. Continuous professional development ensures that our teachers stay at the forefront of educational best practices, benefiting our students with the latest teaching strategies and technologies.

Holistic Development

At Faith Lutheran College Plainland, we believe that education extends beyond academic achievement. Our teaching and learning programs are designed to nurture the whole child, promoting intellectual, emotional, and social growth. We encourage students to explore their interests and develop a well-rounded skill set through various co-curricular activities, including sports, arts, and community service.

Supportive Learning Environment

We are committed to creating a supportive and inclusive learning environment where every student feels valued and respected. This nurturing environment helps students to flourish academically and personally.

Future-Ready Students

Our goal is to equip students with the knowledge, skills, and attributes they need to succeed in a rapidly changing world. Through our comprehensive teaching and learning programs, we prepare students for a variety of post-school pathways, whether that be higher education, vocational training, or entering the workforce. Our graduates are well-prepared to make meaningful contributions to their communities and beyond.

We invite you to learn more about our teaching and learning programs and see how we can support your child's educational journey. 

Jen Gibb 
Director of Teaching and Learning 

New Student Services and Administration Building underway

We are delighted to announce that the College began works on two important new building projects at Faith Lutheran College, Plainland in June 2024.

The first project is a new Student Services and Administration building that will be located on the left as you first enter the College grounds from Faith Avenue. 

The new Student Services and Administration building will include the following features:

  • Improved health centre facilities for students
  • Expanded wellbeing area with multiple rooms for counselling
  • Specialist student support areas
  • Visitors reception and meeting spaces
  • Collaborative staff meeting and social spaces

The second project is an additional car park for use by staff. This new car park will be located to the west of the Sports Centre, where staff currently park on the dirt and grass. Parents and guardians will continue to use the existing bitumen car park at the Sports Centre for parking.

We are fortunate that the State Government has agreed to provide funding to assist with the capital works projects.

We look forward to seeing these projects come to life over the coming months!

Jenny Doyle
Business Manager 

Faith Primary School

You may have already heard that Faith has submitted an application to build a new primary school. 

We are eagerly awaiting the outcome of our assessment by the Non-State Schools Accreditation Board (NSSAB) and will let you know when we are notified.

We are currently collecting expressions of interest from parents who would be interested in enrolling in Faith's primary school in 2027 and beyond. If you have not already submitted an EOI for any children you have who are currently in Years 3 and below, please click the following button if you'd like to get their name on the priority list.

If you have any questions about enrolling at Faith, please feel welcome to contact us by emailing

Bianca Coleborn
Director of Marketing