St Peters Lutheran College

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St Peters Lutheran College
Ever Higher
Indooroopilly, Queensland, Australia Australia
Coordinates 27°30′18″S 152°59′4″E / 27.50500°S 152.98444°E / -27.50500; 152.98444Coordinates: 27°30′18″S 152°59′4″E / 27.50500°S 152.98444°E / -27.50500; 152.98444
Type Independent, Day and Boarding
Denomination Lutheran
Established 1945
Principal Professor Adrian Wiles (Acting Principal: Mrs. Sally Chandler)
Staff ~138[1]
Grades P–12
Gender Co-educational
Enrolment ~1,990[2]
Colour(s) Maroon and White         
Slogan "Excellence in Christian Co-education"[3]

St Peters Lutheran College is an independent, co-educational, Lutheran, day and boarding school, situated on a 21 hectares (52 acres) campus in Indooroopilly, an inner suburb of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

Established in 1945, St Peters currently caters for approximately 2,100 students from Prep to Year 12,[2] including 150 boarders from Years 6 to 12.[1] In January 2008, a Springfield campus opened with almost 100 students from Prep to Year 8 in multi-age classes.


Luther's seal

There are certain symbolic icons present in the college emblem, including Martin Luther's iconic white rose from his seal, and an inverted cross for St Peter, leader of the Apostles in the early Christian Church, who was crucified upside-down.

The School's motto, Plus Ultra, which is Latin for "Ever Higher", is said to emphasise the College's desire for the students to reach their goals in their learning.


Science lab

From the 1897 Villa "Ross Roy", bought and used as the first building of St Peters in 1945, the College campus has seen significant growth and change over the years.

Theile house, a four storey building comprising computer labs, classrooms, Year 11/12 lockers, and the Theile study centre, was recently renovated and extended. The facilities in the new building include a study centre for students in years 11 and 12, with three private study/meeting rooms and numerous computers and laptops available to students. The girls' boarding houses have also been renovated, now featuring air conditioning, and a multi-purpose court.

There are three libraries on campus. The Senior School library is a three-storey facility where students and staff can access a collection of fiction and non-fiction. There are approximately 80 computers and students have access to a number of databases to which the school subscribes.


Workshop at Ironbark

Ironbark is the outdoor campus of St Peters Lutheran College. Located near the town of Crows Nest, some 50 kilometres (31 mi) north of Toowoomba and 150 kilometres (93 mi) north-west of Brisbane, the property consists of 600 hectares (1,483 acres) of heavily timbered, undulating granite country. The donation of land in 1971, provided the College with an opportunity to develop and implement an outdoor education program. After several years of discussion and planning, a pilot program was run in 1974. Following the success of the pilot program, Ironbark has been part of the College curriculum since 1976. Ironbark was named for the Eucalyptus Crebra, the narrow leaf Ironbark, which grows across the property.

Burnt forest area of Ironbark

Students from the College spend five weeks at Ironbark in Year 9. During their stay, students experience community living, help to run the farm and maintain the property, and undertake a range of outdoor adventure activities. The students have no formal academic lessons during their stay. Facilities on site include two dormitories, staff accommodation, a well-equipped workshop, a garden, and a mixed farm. Much of the food consumed by the students is produced on the property.

In prior years, it was year 10 students who spent 8 weeks at Ironbark, with some classes attending Mt Binga camp instead.

In 2004, a group of Year 9 students faced Ironbark's first ever bushfire evacuation. The fires scorched much of the property, and students were evacuated to a church hall in Crows Nest, and eventually sent home.

Heads of College[edit]

Period Details
1945–1954 Mr W C Schneider
1955–1970 Mr H W A Lohe
1971–1993 Dr C Dron
1994–2002, 2011 Mrs Sally Chandler^1
2003–2011 Stephen Rudolph^2
2012– Adrian Wiles

Appointed in 2003, the most current former Head of College, Mr Stephen Rudolph, has had 25 years of experience in administering Lutheran schools (including a position as principal of Luther College, Melbourne, Australia). He has initiated change and overseen several projects throughout the college, including the refurbishment of Theile House and the Refectory. The most notable changes Stephen Rudolph has made include, significant changes to the Ironbark program (including making it open to Year 9 only), and the establishment of a "Junior High" for students in Years 8 and 9.

1. Acting head of college in 2011. 2. Stephen Rudolph left after Term 1 2011 to become the head of Lutheran Schools Australia.



Tuition is available through the school on most instruments, as well as vocal lessons and musical theory (AMEB or Trinity). Music is an elective course in Years 8 to 12, while music is compulsory for students in Year 7 or below. Touring forms a significant part of the College's music program. Student ensembles have toured throughout the Asia-Pacific region, Russia, USA, Europe, China, Japan and Tasmania.


St Peters Chorale is a youth choir formerly directed by Graeme Morton regarded by some as one of Australia's leading youth vocal groups.[4] Composed of students from grades 10 to 12, it frequently performs pieces of music from various composers, especially supporting Australian artists. The choir has commissioned many important works like Stephen Leek's Great Southern Spirits. The chorale, which has toured overseas numerous times in the past, toured through Europe in 2007. In 2009, the Chorale toured domestically through Toowoomba and Boonah. The St Peters Chorale is recognised world wide as one of the finest Australian youth choirs.


The St Peters Youth Orchestra is an orchestral group open to all brass, strings, woodwind and percussion students from Years 8 to 12. The ensemble has performed a number of concerts, including a tour to New Zealand in 2006, and a Japan tour in 2009.

Symphonic winds[edit]

The St Peters' Symphonic Winds is the College's highest level concert band. It has an integral part of the bands program since its inception, integrating many brass, woodwind and percussion students from Years 9 to 12. At the end of 2008, the Symphonic Winds and Senior Stage Band went on a three-week tour of Europe visiting Austria, Poland, Czech Republic and Switzerland. In December 2011, the Symphonic Winds and Senior Stage Band toured the north-east of the United States of America for three weeks, and plan to tour the southern regions of the United States of America in December 2014.

Other ensembles[edit]

In addition, St Peters offers other ensembles, including:[5]

Singing groups
  • The Year 4 choir
  • The Year 5 choir
  • The Year 6 and 7 Girls choir
  • The Year 6 and 7 Boys choir
  • Junior High Choir (St Peters Singers)
  • Cantique
  • Saints and Singers
  • Chorale
Bands and instrumental ensembles
  • The Middle School Concert Band
  • Junior Stage Band
  • Intermediate Stage Band
  • Senior Stage Band
  • The Middle School Strings
  • The Senior Strings
  • The Wind Ensemble
  • The Percussion Ensemble
  • Grainger Strings
  • Symphony Orchestra
  • Super Stings


The co-curricular sporting program provides opportunities for students to participate in a variety of sports and physical pursuits. The school's sporting facilities include an indoor sports hall and weights room, a 50-metre and a 25-metre heated pool, six tennis-specific courts, eight additional multi-purpose outdoor courts and three ovals, two of which have turf cricket wickets.

The college offers a variety of sports from primary to senior, including:[6]

Students in Years 4 to 7 compete in The Associated Schools Junior (JTAS), while boys in Years 8 to 12 compete in the Associated Independent Colleges (AIC) competition and girls in Years 8 to 12 compete in the Queensland Girls' Secondary Schools Sports Association (QGSSSA).

St Peters Combobularity club[edit]

St Peters Combobularity Club is a Gavel Club, which is a program for under 18s organised through Toastmasters International. The club has been operating since 2005 and its public speakers have won several notable awards during that time.

Other activities[edit]

St Peters students participate in a range of other co-curricular activities, including Opti-MINDS, Debating, Mooting, Public Speaking, Robocup, Theatre Sports, Drama Access, Future Problem Solving, Bee Keeping, the Year 8 Production and various outside competitions.[citation needed]


The St Peters curriculum is designed to provide a continuum of experience and knowledge acquisition from Prep to Year 12. To this end, St Peters offers programs within four separate sub-schools; the Junior School (P–4), Middle School (5–7), Junior High (8–9) and Senior School (10–12). Each sub-school operates semi-autonomously with its own Head of Sub-School and administration. The Senior School offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program.[7]

Gifted education[edit]

In 2005, St Peters introduced a program for gifted and talented Middle School students. The program takes the three years of Middle School and condenses them into two whilst recognising and addressing that gifted children have special intellectual and emotional needs that cannot be addressed in a normal classroom setting. The name Infinity is an acronym for Integrating Needs with Feelings by Igniting, Nurturing and Inspiring Talented Youth.

Since 2004, the school has also been running an exchange program in conjunction with sister school, Immanuel college, in Adelaide, South Australia. The focus of the exchange program, or "Mind Change" as it is known, is to allow gifted students from both schools a chance to meet students their age who they can relate their interests to.


The school has a number of publications that are made available to the school community, including:[8]

  • The Rock, the school's weekly newsletter
  • Pebbles, a publication for the Junior School
  • Plus Ultra, a magazine printed three times a year
  • The Review, an annual publication reviewing the previous year
  • Maroon and White, a publication circulated to boarding families


St Peters College Chapel

The Chapel of St Peter’s Lutheran College was built in 1968 to a design of the Austrian-born architect Karl Langer. Langer's work was in a distinctive sub-tropical modernist style and this was his last built project. The building has a large well-lit nave with a choir loft, vestry and meditation chapel and features a large bell tower. It is constructed of Load-bearing face brick with a roof of flat metal sheeting.[9]

The chapel is heritage-listed, having been added to the Queensland Heritage Register in 2012.[9]


St Peters Lutheran College was established at Indooroopilly by the Lutheran Church in 1945 with 56 boarding students. Ross Roy was the main building and focus for early College life with Luther House built by voluntary labour soon after the College’s commencement.St Peters has had five Heads in its history and is the largest Lutheran school in Australia, today, with an enrolment maintained at approximately 2000 day and boarding students and 350 teaching and non-teaching staff. Our boarding enrolments are maintained at 150 students.St Peters Lutheran College – Ironbark Outdoor Education Centre, via Crows Nest, was established in 1974 as a trial program and in 1976 as an ongoing Outdoor Education Program. This life changing experience is a five week program for Year 9 students and indicates St Peters positive and strong commitment to ‘growing’ our Junior High students in significant ways. The ‘Ironbark Experience’ is seen by staff, parents and students as a vital part of the St Peters journey, fostering independence, resilience, team work, problem solving, ethical decision making, sustainability and environmental awareness in our young people.Commencing in 2008, St Peters Lutheran College Springfield began as a Prep to Year 8 school. It now caters for Prep to Year 12 and provides the Springfield and adjacent communities with the many benefits of the St Peters journey.All St Peters schools operate under the control of the St Peters Lutheran College Council and Head of College, governed by the Lutheran Church of Australia Queensland District.

last updated: 16/04/2012


Alumni of St. Peters Lutheran College are known as Old Scholars. All students graduate as Life Members of the St Peters Old Scholars Association (SPOSA).[10] Notable St. Peter's Old Scholars include North Queensland indigenous leader, Noel Pearson, Olympic athletes Maxine Seear, Chris Noffke and Shane Gould, and musicians and actors Sigrid Thornton, Lisa Gasteen, Craig Horner, James Cuddeford, Anna Starr and Sam Atwell.

Other well-known past students include Brisbane author Rebecca Sparrow; ex-Brisbane Lions (now Essendon) Australian football player Mal Michael; 1986 Commonwealth Games 1500m Freestyle Gold Medalist Jason Plummer; 2002 Commonwealth Games Women's Marathon Bronze Medalist Jacqui Gallagher; Director of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music Professor Peter Roennfeldt; Federal MHRs Steven Ciobo and Michael Johnson; one-term Queensland State MLA Ted Radke; TV sports reporter Stephanie Brantz; Australian Financial Review journalist (and Walkley Award winner) Tom Iggulden; criminologist Tim Prenzler; historian Dr Dirk Moses; Larvatus Prodeo blogger Brian Bahnisch; romance novelist and former Brisbane Broncos cheerleader Ally Blake; co-founder of clothing label Sass & Bide, Heidi Middleton; Channel 9 weather reporter Joseph May; 2007 Rhodes Scholar, Anna Jane Kloeden (University of Queensland);[11] and current Brisbane Lions rookie listed Australian football player Adam Spackman. 2010 Commonwealth Games champion swimmer Yolane Kukla graduated 2012. Recently traded to Collingwood Football Club is ex-student Peter Yagmoor who finished in 2010 on the Michael Voss AFL scholarship. 2009 -2010-2011 Jessica Hall Australian Rowing Representative.(Alumni 2009)Jessica Hall under 23 rowing world champion gold medal and new worlds best time 6.22.11 15/7/12(alumni 2009)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Staff" (PDF). School Report 2007. St. Peters Lutheran College. 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-08-29. Retrieved 2007-10-04. 
  2. ^ a b "Introduction & School Details" (PDF). School Report 2007. St. Peters Lutheran College. 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-08-29. Retrieved 2007-10-04. 
  3. ^ "Welcome Message". About Us. St. Peters Lutheran College. 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-04. 
  4. ^ Humann, Joel (2004-12-18). "Announcing St Peters Lutheran College Chorale Brisbane Tour of England". Retrieved 2006-08-19. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Music". 
  6. ^ "Sport". 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-02-20. Retrieved 2007-06-12. 
  7. ^ St. Peters Lutheran College, from Retrieved 2008-04-19.
  8. ^ "Publications". 2007. 
  9. ^ a b "Chapel of St Peter's Lutheran College, Indooroopilly (entry 32441)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  10. ^ "About SPOSA". Old Scholars (SPOSA). St. Peters Lutheran College. Archived from the original on 2008-07-22. Retrieved 2008-05-07. 
  11. ^ "Queensland Rhodes Scholars" (doc). Rhodes Scholarships - Information for Queensland applicants. University of Queensland. Retrieved 2007-12-17. 

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