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Primary School

Welcome to St Luke's Primary School. Here, we understand that it is these learning years which form the foundation of your child's learning and performance capabilities, and future potential. So, we nurture your child's education with the highest quality teaching staff who strive to provide the best in child-centred learning, performance and excellence, in a safe and secure environment where children can flourish.

Meet Tonia Lassman, Head of Primary School

With a Bachelor Degree in Education: Administrative Leadership, and the proud mother of one grown son who shares his time between Brisbane and Bundaberg, Tonia's well-established career in education includes the title of Deputy Principal at Matthew Flinders Anglican School and Head of Primary at Clayfield College (16 years). In 2018, seeking new challenges, Tonia became the Head of Primary here at St Luke's. 

Tonia's educational passions are many, but her greatest strengths are focused around child-centred learning and the empowerment of children, passionate teachers and a thriving school community. 

For questions about St Luke's Primary School please contact Tonia as shown below, or download the Primary School Handbook:

Phone: (07) 4132 7525
Email: Click Here

Welcome to St Luke's Primary School


The Primary Years are an important time for developing the social and emotional skills that are the keys to success both academically and socially. It is during this stage of their schooling that students discover their passions and interests as they prepare for their transition into Middle School at the end of Year 6.

St Luke's Anglican School's Primary School provides exceptional opportunities for children to believe in themselves. With a core focus on child-centred learning, educational risk-taking is also encouraged as an integral part of their education to build confidence and competence. St Luke's Primary School strives to provide a welcoming, caring and secure environment where children can flourish. 

The Primary School classrooms are equipped with up-to-date technologies and have been recently refurbished to embrace new millennium learning with a vibrant and flexible educational environment.

The Primary School curriculum is based upon the Australian Curriculum and is student-centred rather than subject-centred. At St Luke's Primary School we recognise that students learn differently from each other, and strategies and programs implemented in classrooms reflect that. Through inquiry-based learning, like Walker Learning, our students develop the wonder of 'why'.

St Luke's Primary School's approach to the curriculum is underpinned by an approach called St Luke’s Way of Thinking: Thinking Skills, Thinking Tools and Thinking Language. Primary School teachers also embrace a number of age-relevant pedagogies in their teaching, including collaboration, active and experiential learning, differentiation, choice, and authentic and reflective assessment, while embracing a Positive Growth Mindset. 


Developing Character: Our goal is to enhance and enrich the St Luke's community by reinforcing our trusting relationships, developing a strong sense of character within our students, with a passion to serve others.
Dynamic Learning: Our goal is to promote a rich and simulating learning environment where students are engaged to be curious, creative, independent problem-solvers and achieve individual success and excellence.
Inspired Learning: Our goal is to deepen our professional learning culture for Primary School staff which embraces excellence, innovation, reflection, collegiality and personal growth, from which our students benefit greatly. 

Connected Community: Our goal is to deepen the strong sense of community and belonging across our school, reinforcing a culture where students feel a strong connection to the school community, where they feel safe, valued and are encouraged to flourish. 
Nurturing Growth: Our goal is to nurture the future of St Luke's Anglican School and its students by ensuring we maximise the effective and sustainable use of our resources; physical, financial and people. 

Primary School Curriculum

St Luke's Primary School is committed to creating a positive learning environment in mathematics, and teaches the subject to students using real-life experiences, a sound curriculum, and access to concrete materials needed to deal with all the mathematical issues which will arise in their lives. 

Mathematics at St Luke's is integrated throughout the curricula in many ways, and the children are encouraged to explore a variety of methods and solutions as they pose and solve problems, including using mathematical models, calculators and computers. 

Content Strands:

  • Numbers and algebra
  • Measurement and geometry
  • Statistics and probability

Proficiency Strands:

  • Understanding
  • Fluency
  • Problem solving
  • Reasoning

English is organised into three interrelated strands which support students’ growing understanding and use of Standard Australian English. These strands are: 

  • Language - knowing about the English language 
  • Literature - understanding, appreciating, responding to, and analysing and creating literature
  • Literacy - expanding the repertoire of English usage 

Language is fundamental to communicating, learning and thinking. In exploring and using English literature and other texts, students develop, maintain and express their identity, organise their thoughts, learn about their physical and cultural environment, and appreciate and contribute to their society. The study of English also promotes the appreciation and lifelong enjoyment of literature.

The development of literacy skills is a lifelong process. The role of the School is to continue the language learning children have begun before school and to help them to become proficient users throughout their lives.

Science at St Luke's Primary School aims for students to develop enquiring minds and a positive attitude for exploring and interpreting the environment. Students enjoy the development of their understanding of the natural world through interesting and exciting experiences. Science at St Luke's follows the Australian Science Curriculum and includes focus on:

  • Understanding science 
  • Science as a human endeavour
  • Scientific inquiry skills

History is a disciplined process of inquiry into the past which develops students’ curiosity, imagination, and understanding of societies, events, movements and developments that have shaped humanity from earlier times. It helps students appreciate how the world and its people have changed, as well as the significant continuities that exist to the present day. History aims to ensure that students develop:

  • Interest in, and enjoyment of, historical study to become informed citizens
  • Knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the past and the forces that shape societies
  • Understanding and use of historical concepts, such as evidence, continuity and change, cause and effect, perspectives, empathy, significance and contestability
  • Capacity to undertake historical inquiry, including skills in analysis through use of sources, and in explanation and communication

Geography is a structured way of exploring, analysing and understanding the characteristics of the places that make up our world, using the concepts of place, space, environment, interconnection, sustainability, scale and change. It addresses scales from the personal to the global, and time periods from a few years to thousands of years in the past.

Geography integrates knowledge from the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities to build a holistic understanding of the world. Students learn to inquire and question why the world is the way it is, then analyse, evaluate and reflect on outcomes. 

Languages Other Than English (LOTE) offered at St Luke's Primary School is the language-based Japanese program for Years 4 to 6. Children are encouraged to become proficient with basic language skills, and are also taught about the geography and culture of Japan. 

The Arts at St Luke's encompass music, visual arts, dance and drama. It is essential that all children have continuous experiences in the Arts throughout their schooling to aid their development by providing unique and creative ways for expression, while assisting the construction of their world view. 

Classroom music at St Luke's Anglican School is always a creative, enriching, educational and fun experience. Music appreciation and study contributes to intelligence, memory, coordination, concentration and creativity, while additionally developing logical, critical and divergent thinking, decision making and concept formation. 

Music students of St Luke's Primary School have the opportunity to create their own musical masterpieces, improvise, sing, play the Recorder, perform, form ensembles, perform with classmates, explore form within music, play musical games, and develop their general knowledge and understanding of music.  

The YEAR 3 STRINGS PROGRAM allows for students in Year 3 to undertake Violin/Cello tuition for the year, with tuition costs included as part of regular school fees. This highly effective program not only offers most students their first experience with a true musical instrument, but also engages their interest in a full range of instruments available to them beyond Year 3.

St Luke's Health, Physical Education and Sport program provides students the experiences of vigour, vitality, coordination, flexibility, strength, challenge, individual achievement and success through teamwork. It also enables students to:

  • Access, evaluate and synthesise information for their health, safety and physical activity
  • Develop and use personal, behavioural, social and cognitive skills and strategies
  • Acquire and fine-tune movement and coordination skill to physically respond to the world confidently and precisely 
  • Engage in and enjoy movement-based learning 

The Technologies curriculum comprises two subjects - Design Technologies and Digital Technologies. Both subjects provide opportunities for students to create solutions, develop skills in systems thinking, design thinking and computational thinking, and learn how to manage projects and consider solutions to problems. 

Technologies aims to develop knowledge in:

  • Creativity, innovation and entrepreneurialism when using traditional and emerging technologies
  • Understanding how technologies have developed over time
  • Making informed and ethical decisions about the role and impact of use of technologies in the economy and environment
  • Confident and responsible engagement with manipulation, materials, data, systems, components, tools and equipment where design and solutions are applicable
  • Critical analysis of problems, need and opportunity in the technologies space.

Student Leadership


Primary School leadership provides opportunities, considered essential in the development of self-esteem and confidence in the students at St Luke’s Anglican School. St Luke's students have many opportunities to develop responsible behaviour during their time at the School by undertaking any of the following roles:

Activity Monitors/Helpers: Students can be provided a range of opportunities during class activities and group work. Roles may include recorder, presenter, buddy or peer tutor, and these roles provide students with valuable group responsibility skills.
Classroom Monitors: Daily/weekly tasks provide students with opportunities to be responsible for the maintenance of the classroom on which the effectiveness of the whole class depends.
Assembly Assistants: This is a responsibility given to students in Year 6 and involves assisting the Head of Primary with assembly.
Year 6 House Leaders: These students assist with any academic, cultural or service house activities.
Chapel Leaders: A small number of Year 6 students are chosen as Chapel Leaders each semester. These students assist the School Chaplain during Primary Worship and school liturgies.
Eco-Champions: are elected from each year level and assist with sustainability growth at the School.

Primary School Handbook


St Luke's Anglican School Primary School Handbook is a comprehensive booklet of everything you need to know about the Primary School. To view or download your free copy, please scroll to the bottom of this page and click the download button. 

Watch an interview with Head of Primary, Tonia Lassman, and hear her discuss why St Luke's Primary School is so special to her. 

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