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The beliefs and values held by Ipswich Lutheran Parish, Bethany School Board and the staff of our school determine the way we care for children and the kind of education we embrace. Our school has expressed our values and beliefs through the following statement.
We believe that Jesus Christ is Lord of all. Learning begins with the understanding that true knowledge and wisdom come from God. All aspects of learning and living occur in the context of the creative power and love of God. He provides forgiveness and an eternal future through His Son. God's Word is the authority and guide to our school community; through it we are empowered to grow as whole people, richly blessed for life.
Each individual in our school is valued. God places the value of His Son on us. Therefore, our school celebrates the uniqueness of individuals and strives to extend the talents of all to reach their highest level:
in spiritual growth;
in academic learning;
in physical and cultural endeavour;
and in social and emotional well being.
Children need love, acceptance, limits on their behaviour, challenge and success to help them grow and develop their abilities fully. Problem solving and play are important to children and are valued approaches in learning.
Children need time to be children and therefore we strive to provide a safe environment where mistakes are stepping stones to growth and a positive atmosphere of success is authentically lived. Forgiveness is valued and practised freely in our school.
All in our community share a responsibility towards others.
Each values themselves,
values their own freedom,
values the freedom of others...
and each person aims to
and respect others.
All children and members of the school community need to value working together to provide excellent resources, environment, example and opportunity for each other and to take pride in serving our community.
Parents are the most important people in the lives of their children. As a school, our aim is to assist parents to achieve the best possible outcome in providing a foundation for life for their children. We strive for excellence in education through working as a team; parents and school are partners in teaching and learning.
The environment is a gift to all; nature is to be preserved, protected and treasured. We therefore help one another to value and care for our environment.
Bethany as a Lutheran School also sits within the statements of Lutheran Education Queensland and Lutheran Education Australia. The publication, A Vision for Learners and Learning (LEA) was published in 2006 as a significant document describing the links between Lutheran theology, ethos, values and practices. Embedded in this document are the Lifelong Qualities for Learners (LQL), which are aspirational statements. They provide a focus for the vision that Lutheran Education Australia (LEA) has for learners and learning and Lutheran Schools.
LQL has three interrelated and interconnected parts: