Why Choose A Lutheran School?
The Lutheran Church is one of the world’s major Christian churches. It is the largest and longest established Protestant church and there are more than 70 million Lutherans in the world today; the greatest number are in northern Europe and the United States of America. In Denmark, Lutheranism is the state religion. In Australia and New Zealand, around 250 000 people identify as Lutheran.
The Lutheran Church dates back to the Reformation in the sixteenth century when Martin Luther (1483-1546) challenged some of the teachings and practices of the church of his day. Luther insisted that the Bible is the authority that decides what the church should teach and do. The name 'Lutheran' was given to people who believed that Martin Luther was right in his interpretation of the Bible.
The Lutheran Church has been in Australia for 175 years and is best known for its work in the aged care, education and community service sectors. Today, the Lutheran Church is made up of people from rural and urban areas and many different cultural backgrounds.
The Lutheran Church of Australia has a rich history in education. Since the first Lutheran school opened in 1839, Lutheran schools have grown considerably and reflect the church’s commitment to serving both its people and the broader Australian community.
Today, more than 40 000 students receive their education in over 86 Lutheran schools and 59 early childhood centres throughout Australia.
Some key points about Lutheran education…
• Lutheran schools aim to live Gospel community, that is, the unconditional love that God gives us in Jesus Christ is lived out in all facets of school life
• Lutheran schools have a strong focus on community and care. Academic, cultural, sporting and musical pursuits are encouraged and nurtured as God’s gifts that are bestowed on people in different ways; gifts for us to use to the best of our ability to serve the wider community
• No gifts are superior to others; all students are valued equally and the individual talents and abilities of each and every child are nurtured and celebrated.
Christian Studies at Immanuel
In the Junior School, students meet for Chapel once a week and have a daily devotion in their class groups. Christian Studies is the subject taught from Prep to Year 10.
Religious and Values Education (RAVE) is the subject taught in Years 11-12 and is based on a four strand curriculum written by Lutheran Education Australia (LEA) covering: Christian Beliefs, The Christian Church, Christian Living and Christianity in the World. RAVE is an academic discipline and includes the study of ethics, philosophy and world religions.
In the Junior School, 110 minutes per week is devoted to Christian Studies. In the Secondary School, 80 minutes per week is devoted to Christian Studies or Religious and Values Education.
What does it mean to be a Lutheran?
Lutherans believe in one true God
Lutherans share the belief of all other Christians that the one true God has made Himself known as the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Lutherans believe that God loves all people
Lutherans believe that God loves every human being
Lutherans believe in Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ is God's Son. Because He loves the world, God sent his Son Jesus to make things right between God and all of us. Jesus took responsibility for the sins of all people and died for us. Jesus also broke the power of death by becoming alive again.
Lutherans believe God's forgiveness is a free gift
God offers His forgiveness to everyone as a free gift. We do not have to earn God's forgiveness or pay for it. It is ours when we believe in Jesus as our Saviour.
Lutherans believe what the Bible says
The Bible is the word of God. Lutherans accept the Bible as the authority that decides what they are to believe and how they should live. Lutherans believe that the good news about Jesus is the key to the whole Bible.