The Armstrong Creek campus is set within a growing semi-rural, coastal community catering to the developing needs of students from Prep through to Year 12.
Offering a range of engaging, hands-on and inquiry directed learning opportunities, students explore their place in the world and their responsibilities in it. We have developed separate Primary, Middle and Senior sub-schools to ensure each child’s learning is met through personalised learning opportunities.
Students at Geelong Lutheran College Armstrong Creek have a wide range of sporting opportunities over the course of their schooling. The sporting program works closely alongside the Health and Physical Education Curriculum to enhance and develop students' talents and abilities and to provide competition on the sporting field.
Typically Year 4-6 students are involved in the Surf Coast District and Year 7-12 students participate in the Geelong Independent Schools Sports Association (GISSA).
Students compete in many competitions including the major carnivals of swimming, track and field, cross country and can also participate in a wide variety of team and individual sports.
All Year 6 students learn basic programming using the Lego Mindstorms EV3 platform and test their programs using a Virtual Robot during Digital Technologies lessons.
Since 2015 a Year 6 Robotics team has competed at the First Lego League (FLL) Competition. This is a global competition for students (ages 9-16) and has a different theme each year. Teams compete against each other regionally, at state level, nationally and internationally. Teams are judged on their project, robot design, their performance on the game challenge and for their embodiment of the FLL core values. To find out more about FLL go to the First Australia website.
During 2017 and 2018 we were very proud of our Year 6 teams who received awards at the national competition at Macquarie University in Sydney.
To prepare for the competition, our students learn more advanced programming skills utilising a range of sensors. They also learn about design principles and build robots and attachments which are tested by the group.
We are delighted to extend the program to our Middle School cohort. A Robotics Club has been formed which allows students to further develop their programming, design and engineering skills.
Both teams will be competing at the FLL Competitions held in Nov/Dec 2019 under the team name of SEMATICS which was developed by the MS Robotics club members. SEMATICS stands for Science Engineering Mathematics Arts Technology Inspiration Creativity Simplicity. Our teams are SEMATICS 101 (GLC Year 6 team) and SEMATICS 102 (GLC MS Robotics Club).
The GLC Middle School Robotics team will travel to the USA after claiming a podium finish at the First Lego League Nationals in November 2019. The GLC team, SEMATICS102, finished 2nd in the Champion’s Award and will now represent Australia at an invitational event in May 2020, at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
(Unfortunately the emergence of COVID-19 has prevented the Robotics team from travelling abroad to compete. However, we look forward to further opportunities emerging in the future. We will keep everyone informed of developments.)
Geelong Lutheran College Armstrong Creek prides itself on the opportunities it provides students to showcase their unique talents. The Arts Soiree, held late in the year, incorporates a broad range of mediums from visual art through to drama, puppetry, music and digital media.
The Media room exhibits interesting and thought-provoking films, with a range of recording techniques on display. Student buskers accompany catering offered by various commercial food vans along with the VCAL-provided wood-fired pizza.
A highlight of the event is the awarding of the ‘Principal’s’ and Highly Commended Awards, by the Head of College.
Arts Tour 2020
The year 2020 will see Geelong Lutheran College offer an ‘International Arts Tour’ of Italy and Spain. The Tour will enable students to develop an understanding of global cultures and their arts histories and traditions, through engaging with the worlds of artists, artworks, audiences and arts professions. Anticipated to create memories of a lifetime, the immersive experience is set to open students’ eyes and broaden their minds. Students will return home with an enhanced intercultural understanding, increased self-awareness and emerging leadership skills.
(Unfortunately the Arts Tour was unable to proceed due to the development of COVID-19. We look forward to proceeding with this wonderful initiative at a later date.)
LLL (Lutheran Laypeople’s League)
Established in 1921, LLL Australia is a charitable financial institution which provides savings accounts. The LLL prides itself on providing savings accounts that are simple, fee free with a great interest rate. Savings account products include Personal, Children’s, Business and Self-Managed Super Funds that can be in individual or joint names. The mission of the LLL is to provide business and financial support to the Lutheran Church of Australia (LCA) while providing excellent service to all customers and safeguarding the interests of depositors.
LLL supports schools like Geelong Lutheran College through its provision of loans, upon approval, for the upgrade of facilities. LLL also offers Matching Deposits, a unique facility that provides a way to support a project within the Lutheran Church of Australia, such as the development of the Armstrong Creek gymnasium.
St Paul’s Lutheran Kindergarten, Grovedale
Geelong Lutheran College’s close proximity to St Paul’s Kindergarten at Grovedale is not the only reason we share a strong relationship. St Paul's Kindergarten offers experiences where children form basic attitudes, skills and knowledge on which they will build throughout their lives. The Armstrong Creek campus strives to facilitate the ongoing development of these foundations. Geelong Lutheran College enjoys hosting a visit from St Paul's Kindergarten children every term.
On an annual basis the College coordinates a tour to Vanuatu where students and staff have opportunities to work with small communities needing support. This Cultural Adventure Tour involves travel across the country; multiple plane, bus and boat rides, visiting a variety of schools across both the main islands. Normally manual labour-type projects are undertaken to support these communities.
The students are often confronted by the incomprehensible disparity of wealth, education, and health care that exists between Australia and Vanuatu’s culture; one in which honour, respect, sustainable living and immense value placed on family and community forms the very fabric of their being in daily life. The visiting students are left with memories that last a lifetime.