TOP 50 SCHOOL IN QUEENSLAND
A report in “The Australian” newspaper has ranked The Lakes College in the Top 50 schools in Queensland for 2014 NAPLAN results. College Principal Mr Simon Armstrong said “The Lakes College has a strong academic reputation, within our region. Combined with small class sizes and a strong sense of community, our school strives to perform strongly on all measures of academic performance”.
The Lakes College has implemented a strategic and coordinated response to its teaching of literacy and numeracy in recent years. Whilst working with the Australian Curriculum, our school has adopted a number of leading-edge practices to ensure each student is catered for according to their specific needs. Teachers also use diagnostic testing to identify areas for improvement and then assess how our curriculum is shaped to ensure identified concerns are addressed.
At the College there has been significant emphasis on how students learn, rather than what students learn. This has led to the advent of a new course, The Art and Science of Learning (ASL), delivered to students in Years 7 and 8. ASL utilises the latest research in brain-based learning to ensure students are applying learning practices that enable them to connect what is taught to their own lives. This ultimately gives students the best chance of learning new content and reaching their academic potential.
YEAR 12 STUDENTS ACHIEVE OUTSTANDING OP RESULTS
The Lakes College’s 2014 graduating class of Year 12 students have achieved outstanding OP results, affirming the College’s mission to provide excellence in education, and reflecting our high quality of teaching. In 2014 all Year 12 students at The Lakes College received an OP between 1 and 15 with 28.57% of students achieving an OP between 1 and 3.
College Principal Mr Simon Armstrong shared news with the College community, stating that “we were thrilled with the academic results of our 2014 graduating class with 100% of students receiving an OP 1 – 15 . This is a fantastic achievement and all staff from Prep to Year 12 contributed to this wonderful result. Throughout 2015 we will continue to maintain our focus on helping every child to achieve their potential in joyful and supportive surroundings.”
Strong OP results do not happen by chance at The Lakes College. Students at the College are subject to a level of academic support at the College is second to none. Whether it be the ease through which all staff are accessible for support, a range of programs that cater for all abilities, or our comprehensive QCS Program, students find themselves within a strong, academic environment conducive to success.
As a Ministry of the Uniting Church, The Lakes College provides a foundation for the development of Christian values, where students can experience the benefits of a supportive Christ-centred community. Our ministry enhances the development of Christian identity and ethos through a program of Spiritual Development, worship, pastoral care and service.
Spiritual Development at The Lakes College is viewed as the nurture, growth, and enhancement of a lived faith. In a Uniting Church school, Spiritual Development encompasses intentional processes where students are guided in ways of living their Christian faith. Spiritual Development includes daily Devotions, which are conducted by the Classroom or Pastoral Care teacher, weekly Chapel Services which are attended by all students, and weekly Spiritual Development lessons which are offered by the College Chaplain or Classroom Teacher in consultation with the Chaplain.