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Principals Ponderings

June 2, 2023

This week I have had the opportunity to visit St Paul’s Lutheran College, Walla Walla NSW. One of the blessings of Lutheran schools is being a part of a network of innovative and future focused schools across Australia, connected through Lutheran faith and the collective commitment to high-quality contemporary educational practices.

St Paul’s is a Lutheran school rich in history – just celebrating its 75th birthday. Quite similar to Good Shepherd, St Paul’s is an agriculture and equine school, with 95 hectares of farm dedicated to Agriculture
studies. I was fortunate enough to have a personalised tour of the Ag centre by their Agriculture teacher, Ms. Belinda Everingham. The tour included their community garden, veggie patches, shearing shed, cattle shed and, of course, seeing their animals. After the ag tour, two wonderful Year 9 students gave me a tour of the rest of the college, including their boarding houses. They spoke in depth about their learning experiences of the college, their connections with Ag and their experience as boarders.

This trip to Walla Walla was well worth it. There was opportunity to reflect on what we do well in our Ag space, to see new and creative ideas from another Ag school perspective, and to grow our connected network
for the benefit of sharing resources and opportunities across schools.

Melissa Evans