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NewsBites - Term 2, Week 3, 2024

Our College Vision is Important - Here's Why

At Faith Lutheran College, our vision of 'Awakening potential and empowering learners for purposeful lives through Christ,' provides the guiding light for the decisions we make for our students, staff and wider community.

Our vision illuminates not just our mission but also informs the nuanced choices we make daily, ensuring alignment with our core values of People, Innovation, Spirit-Led, Simplicity, Quality, Sustainability and Authenticity.

Take, for instance, the matter of student hairstyles. While personal preferences might lean away from certain hairstyles, our vision compels us to consider whether dictating how students wear their hair truly nurtures potential or merely imposes conformity.

In the light of our vision, we recognise that fostering individuality and self-expression better serves our vision of empowering learners.

Similarly, the ubiquitous presence of mobile phones in contemporary society prompts reflection on their role in education.

Rather than outright prohibition, our vision calls us to equip students with the skills to navigate these tools effectively. By embracing technology as a conduit for learning, we honour our commitment to innovation and authenticity in education.

Using the vision as a lens to make decisions can be challenging and confronting to our personal biases – I’ll admit I'm not a huge fan of the mullet hairstyle, but our vision has helped me to accept that banning them would not assist us in empowering our learners.

Each decision, big or small, finds its roots in our profound vision, ensuring that every action resonates with our mission to shape bold, confident individuals who reflect the grace and love of God.

It is through this lens that Faith Lutheran College remains steadfast in its pursuit of nurturing potential and empowering learners for purposeful lives.

Yours in Christ,
Doug Braiden 
College Principal 

Grandparents' Day

An important annual event at Faith is Grandparents' Day, which is scheduled to take place in a few weeks’ time on Wednesday 22 May. On this day, grandparents of all students at the College are invited to spend part of the day at Faith, attending classes with their grandchild(ren) from 8.20am to 12.45pm.

Grandparents' Day holds significant importance for several reasons. One of these is to emphasise the benefits of intergenerational connection, allowing students to interact with visiting grandparents and glean insights from their wealth of experiences, wisdom and perspectives. This enriches the learning experience for all involved.

Another advantage is that many students lack regular opportunities to engage with older generations in their daily lives. Personally, I understand this well, as by the time I reached secondary school, my grandparents had passed away years earlier. I recognise that this is the reality for some students at Faith. For these students, Grandparents' Day offers them a valuable chance to connect with older generations—a rarity for some of these students in their personal lives.

Next week, an official email invitation will be sent to all students and families regarding Grandparents' Day. This email will provide specific details about the event's schedule and include a link for families to RSVP if grandparents are able to join us at Faith on the day. 

I encourage all students and families to consider whether there is one or more grandparents from each respective family who might be interested and able to join us in a few weeks' time to share in this significant event together.

Tyson Kenny
Deputy Principal

Fostering a Restorative Culture: Nurturing Relationships in Education

Recently, there has been a resurgence of interest in traditional disciplinary measures within educational institutions. The allure of swift consequences seems promising to many, offering a quick fix to behavioural issues. However, as educators and families, we must pause and reflect on the deeper implications of such an approach. Are we merely addressing symptoms, or are we fostering meaningful change in our students' lives?

At Faith, we pride ourselves on our commitment to Restorative Practices (RP), an approach deeply rooted in the ethos of empathy, understanding and accountability. While the allure of punitive measures may offer temporary compliance, RP delves into the heart of behaviour, focusing on teaching, understanding and individual growth.

One of the fundamental tenets of RP is recognising that appropriate behaviour is learned. By embracing this principle, we shift our focus from punishment to education. Through restorative conversations and interventions, we guide our students in understanding the impact of their actions and empower them with the tools to make better choices in the future. This transformative approach not only addresses the immediate issue but equips students with lifelong skills essential for navigating the complexities of the world beyond the classroom.

Central to the philosophy of RP is the cultivation of empathy and understanding. In a society that often emphasises individual achievement, it is crucial to instill in our students the value of connection and compassion. RP provides a platform for students to recognise the humanity in one another, fostering a sense of community and mutual respect. By engaging in restorative processes, students develop the capacity to empathise with others, an invaluable skill that transcends the boundaries of academia and prepares them for meaningful participation in society.

Moreover, RP emphasises the importance of seeking understanding, providing support and holding individuals accountable when necessary. It is not about turning a blind eye to wrongdoing but rather about addressing it in a manner that promotes growth and restoration. By creating a culture of relational accountability, we empower our students to take ownership of their actions while offering the support necessary for positive change.

In a world characterised by constant change and evolving challenges, the significance of relational schools cannot be overstated. By fostering environments where students feel connected and valued, we create the foundation upon which academic success and personal growth flourish. When students feel safe, supported and understood, they are better equipped to engage in learning and contribute positively to their communities.

As members of a Lutheran school community, we recognise that conflict between community members is unavoidable, but we have a unique opportunity to shape not only the academic trajectory of our students but also their character and worldview. Through our commitment to Restorative Practices, we affirm our dedication to nurturing relationships, fostering empathy and preparing students to thrive in a world that values understanding and connection above all else.

Colossians 3:13
Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.


Reid Dobson
Director of Communities and Culture

Walk My Way Ukraine

On Saturday 11 May, Faith Lutheran College is taking a team to Brisbane to participate in the WALK MY WAY event. This is a fundraiser organised by Australian Lutheran World Service to support the children of Ukraine. 

Here in Australia, we don’t want to forget the people of Ukraine who have experienced so much loss, so by walking and raising funds we are helping children have safety in their schools and homes. We are also sending a special message of love and support to the Ukrainian people. 

Faith students and their family members are invited to join this event. You have the option to walk 12.5km or 3km starting from QUT Garden’s Point and walking through Southbank. It costs $26 for children and $52 for adults to register. Click on this link to join the Faith team:

A bus will be leaving from Faith College, Plainland to provide transport to and from Brisbane. We will be leaving at approximately 11.30am on Saturday 11 May.

Any questions, please email Mrs Rebecca Walters: 


Earlier this week, our Foundation Phase students embarked on a special journey to Redeemer Lutheran Church in Laidley. This excursion was more than just a field trip—it was a celebration of our school’s 25th anniversary and an opportunity to learn about our roots.

All Aboard the Faith Express! The College bus service transported our eager students and dedicated staff to Laidley. Foundation Teachers accompanied their students, ensuring a smooth ride to and from Redeemer. 

As the wheels turned, so did the pages of history. Redeemer Lutheran Church, with its stained-glass windows and wooden pews, whispered tales of yesteryears. It was here that our students learned about the early days of our beloved school - the humble beginnings, the dreams and the tireless efforts that transformed it into the thriving community it is today.

During this special church service, our students sat attentively and respectfully. No fidgeting, no whispering - just pure engagement. They absorbed the wisdom of those who came before them, reflecting on the journey that brought Faith Lutheran College to where it stands today.

Our dedicated staff members ensured student supervision during each chapel service. Kudos to you, dear educators - you’re the real MVPs!

In conclusion, our excursion to Redeemer Lutheran Church was a pilgrimage through time - a celebration of growth and a reminder that our school’s legacy is etched in every brick, every smile and every “aha!” moment. 

Here’s to 25 years of Faith Lutheran College - may the next 25 be even more extraordinary!

Dylan Lister
Head of Wellbeing - Foundation Phase

Foundation Phase families are invited to attend our Movie Night on Friday 17 May to be held on the Oval and in C Block Area. Please arrive from 5.30pm to enjoy a bite to eat and fun games. The movie will play from 6.00pm to 8.00pm. Don't forget the optional 90s dress up! 

Additionally, there will be a drop-in session available to Foundation Parents in D Block from 5pm to 6pm to go over Online Platforms. 

Please click here to RSVP by Monday 13 May.


What a fantastic start to the term it has been! We kicked things off with a spirited Cross Country event in Week 1, followed by a well-deserved Celebrating Success Pizza Party in Week 2. More details about the Pizza Party will be shared in next week's Phase Newsletter.

This term also saw us return to our roots, holding a special Church Service at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Laidley. This location holds immense significance as it marks the very place where our College first opened its doors 25 years ago. Students were treated to a heartwarming talk from one of our founding staff members, Mrs. Andrea Blakely, and a journey through time through a collection of photos showcasing the College's incredible growth and evolution.

As we move forward, it's important to remember the importance of upholding our standards. Wearing our uniforms with pride is a reflection of our school spirit. Remember, uniform passes are readily available, and your Heads of Wellbeing are always available to offer support if you face any challenges. Don't forget, we have another full formal day coming up on Wednesday of Week 5 for the full school assembly.

Looking ahead, we're excited for the upcoming Internal and External Showcase next week. This event provides a fantastic opportunity for our Exploration Phase students to explore their future study options and for families to connect with teachers and learn about the amazing subjects offered at our College.

We are thrilled with the positive energy and commitment displayed by our students so far this term. We look forward to continuing to celebrate successes and fostering a strong school community throughout the year.

Sam Loxley
Head of Wellbeing - Exploration Phase

Finding the Balance: Paid Work and School Commitments

As we navigate through the Graduate Phase of schooling, it's essential to maintain a careful balance between paid work, school commitments and other activities. We understand that our students have diverse commitments both within and outside of school. Whether it's community service, sports or paid work, these engagements play a crucial role in shaping our students' experiences.

In today's economic climate, the allure of paid work is stronger than ever for our young people. It offers them independence and provides a means to prepare for life after school. However, while these commitments are undoubtedly valuable, they can sometimes take a toll on our students' overall wellbeing. Fatigue, overexertion, and a lack of time are common consequences, impacting their capacity to achieve the results of which they are truly capable.

The Graduate Phase of schooling passes by quickly, yet it holds the potential to open many doors beyond school. It is a short snippet of time that can significantly influence a student's future. Therefore, we encourage our students and their families to reassess their weekly commitment timetables. It's crucial to find an effective balance between school, schoolwork, paid work, community service, extracurricular activities, spirituality and wellbeing.

A well-rounded schedule should also incorporate enough time for rest, sufficient sleep and positive social interactions. We believe that finding this balance is vital for our students' overall success and wellbeing.

Legal Considerations for Paid Work

It's essential to remind our students and families about the legalities surrounding paid work for school-aged children. The Child Employment Act 2006 and the Child Employment Regulation 2016 has firm guidelines regarding the hours school-aged children are allowed to work on a daily and weekly basis.

Maximum Allowable Hours of Work for School-aged Children:

  • 4 hours on any school day
  • 8 hours on any non-school day
  • 12 hours in any school week (commencing Sunday)
  • 38 hours on a non-school week


  • An employer must give a school-aged child at least a one-hour break after the end of the fourth hour, unless an industrial instrument provides otherwise.
  • A school-aged or young child must have a 12-hour break between shifts for the same employer.

Shifts per day:

  • Shifts: 1
  • Break during shift: 1 hour after the end of the fourth hour
  • Break between shifts: 12 hours

We encourage our young people and families to be empowered by these Acts and Regulations. They serve as a guide to help find a happy medium between paid work and other commitments, ensuring a balanced and fulfilling life during the graduate phase of schooling.

For more detailed information, please visit this link: Restrictions on children working in Queensland (other than in the entertainment industry) | Business Queensland

Traineeships and Apprenticeships Information:

Check out this one-page infographic, outlining the intricacies of working or completing a traineeship or apprenticeship while still at school. There are numerous opportunities available for our students and we encourage them to reach out to us if interested, so we can connect them with staff who can assist.

Emma Saal and Josh Searchfield
Heads of Wellbeing - Graduate Phase


Work Placement – Amberley RAAF Base Familiarisation Experience

By Ashleigh Rawson, Graduate Phase

As a student at Faith Lutheran College, there are many opportunities available to expand your knowledge and experiences in and out of school, and I was lucky enough to be picked for one of these opportunities. 

The Amberley Royal Australian Air Force base, and many other military bases across Australia, take applications for the Defence Work Experience Program and hold multiple workplace experiences throughout the year. Of 80 applicants, I was fortunate to be one of only 23 students chosen for this experience. 

Over the course of the three days, I had access to the base. I got to see C-17s, KC-30s, Super Hornets (F/A-18) and Growlers (EA-18G) take off, I got to go inside an active Spartan (C-27J) and a KC-30, along with up close and personal with the Growlers. We had experiences all over the base, such as: drill practice; physical training; First Aid; Air traffic; ADGs/Dog handlers; the firefighters (I got to sit in a fire truck and aim the hose); the Heritage Centre and much more. 

F-111 Aardvark, Amberly Air Force Base, Heritage Centre


For students who may be interested in applying for this opportunity, visit Information for students | Jobs & Careers | Defence for a list of experiences such as this all over Australia. You must be enrolled in some kind of educational institute and above Year 10 to apply and there are no other commitments to the Air Force after the experience. I highly recommend this opportunity and, as it is an incredibly competitive program, I recommend getting in your application as soon as possible.