Values & Philosophy
A Christian school in the Lutheran tradition providing outstanding education by
- serving students through nurturing holistic wellbeing, setting high expectations, acknowledging positive achievement and encouraging a commitment to serve others
- fostering a servant hearted, collaborative and thriving school staff who are adept learners and leaders in their fields
- supporting family wellbeing and assisting parents and caregivers to encourage, and be actively involved, in the education of their children
- meeting external requirements and stewarding the resources it has in order to serve Pakenham and the world into the future.
The Lutheran confessions and the Lutheran understanding of Christian faith are guiding principles of the College buts its teaching recognises and respects the diversity of faith traditions among its students and families.
Further, the College seeks to
- provide students with a comprehensive program of education that is conducive to the development of their talents and skills for responsible Christian living and service;
- encourage students to strive for excellence in learning according to individual ability;
- help students value themselves as persons created in the image of God, redeemed by Christ, and made members of his body, the church, and to express their new life in Christ in their relationship with God and others;
- include as a core part of the program, a Christian Studies curriculum which has been developed deliberately and consciously from the perspective of confessional Lutheranism;
- provide an alternative to a secularistic, humanistic philosophy and practice of education;
- promote the spiritual life and development of the college community through regular worship, study of the Scriptures and pastoral care;
- assist parents and caregivers in the fulfilment of their God-given responsibilities to their children; and
- assist the State in providing it with responsible citizens equipped to contribute positively to the community.
We seek to operate by the values shared by all Lutheran schools in Australia lived out in our context and community.
These values are:
For Christians, the expression of love is always a response to God’s love. It is a way of being that leads to inner peace. Love flows from the heart and manifests itself in caring, kind and respectful thoughts, words and actions.
Through genuine concern, and the developing of a conscience for the rights and wellbeing of everyone in the human family, justice focuses as much on understanding and responding to the reasons for suffering and injustices as it does on responding to unjust conditions. It requires integrity between beliefs, words, and actions. It may necessitate taking a stand and acting with courage.
Having compassion is being loving and attending to people’s innermost needs. It is exercising the ability to reach out, to walk in another’s shoes, to be open and responsive to the needs and concerns of others and being active in caring for others.
Forgiveness is breaking the cycle of un-grace, pardoning the wrongs others have done to us and seeking pardon for the wrongs we have done to others. Forgiveness often comes with pain and can involve stepping over our hurt. Forgiveness releases both ourselves and others, enabling new starts and new beginnings, another chance.
There is a saying you can serve without loving, but you cannot love without serving. Service involves selfless giving, loving others and making a difference in their lives by identifying and responding to their needs, individually and collectively, and carrying out that service without expecting recognition or reward.
Acting with humility involves recognising and valuing one’s own gifts/abilities and the gifts/abilities of others as being equally valid but of no lesser or greater importance. It is using those gifts and abilities in service to others with an attitude of selflessness. It is being thankful rather than boastful and willing to respect and learn from the experience of others.
Courage is the strength of heart that enables people to stand up for their convictions and do the right thing, even when it is hard or fearful. It involves being firm of spirit despite the ups and downs of life and it means ‘having a go’ even when success is uncertain.
Hope enables us to look forward with expectation and confidence, placing our trust and faith in God’s provision of the things we need to handle all kinds of situations and events that occur. Hope is open-ended, open to all possibilities and not limited by what we might wish for. Hope allows God to define our lives.
People bring their gifts, abilities, skills and talents to fruition seeking excellence, striving always to do their best, giving careful attention to every task, every relationship, every interaction. They ensure that their input and efforts result in quality outcomes due to the successful use of their gifts, abilities, skills and talents for the benefit of others.
Appreciation is recognising and valuing highly the gifts and blessings given to us and surrounding us. It is an attitude of gratitude for learning, loving and being. It is a positive attitude that responds in wonder and awe to, and with respect for, the created world – its fragility and its potential.
Our democratic principles and respect of indigenous first nations
Lakeside College is committed to the principles of a liberal democracy including a commitment to: elected government; the rule of law; equal rights for all before the law; freedom of religion; freedom of speech and association; together with the values of openness and tolerance.
The Lutheran Church of Australia has a long history of ministry with aboriginal people throughout Australia. In keeping with our ethos, we fly the Aboriginal flag alongside the Australian Flag on a daily basis. We display the Aboriginal flag in recognition of the Bunurong people as the traditional custodians of the land on which the College is located.