Tarrington Lutheran School is a small, vibrant school in the Western Districts of Victoria, where quality teaching and learning is enhanced by the family atmosphere, created by a caring community.

The School nestled in a rural atmosphere, has a history of caring and sharing, celebrating 162 years of continuous education in 2015.  Students learn in an ideal environment – a rural atmosphere with well developed grounds and facilities. Our school’s delightful setting assists students experience the joys of learning, while they build a strong foundation for lifelong learning.

MISSION

Tarrington Lutheran School is committed to providing excellence in education in a family atmosphere of Christian love and care

Our high quality Christian education is an education in the broadest sense, for we are committed to providing the best opportunities possible for children to learn, to grow and mature into fine citizens.

We aim to teach students that they have a purpose in life – not just living in society, but to give something back to the world they live in – to help make it a better place. The school is a place of support for families as they seek to bring up their children in a changing and challenging society.

The school recognises the importance of this partnership between home and school and supports this belief with effective open communication. We desire ongoing consultation with parents. Parents are encouraged to discuss any school-related concerns with staff, and to share and celebrate student success.

At the centre of the school community stands Jesus Christ, our risen Lord. This is demonstrated through the importance placed on the spiritual life of the school. From the quiet of staffroom and classroom devotions to the energy and excitement of whole school worship, we appreciate the chance to begin the day listening to God’s word of love, encouragement and guidance to us.

Brief History

Tarrington (Hochkirch) first settlers were of German, Lutheran origin. The first settlers believed firmly that Church and Education of young people went hand in hand, so the church and its school became the centre of the German community in the area.

The present modern equipped school, is set under the ‘shadow of the cross, of the present imposing church, built in 1926, after the first building was destroyed by bush fire. The church spire can be viewed from a distance especially at night, and gives witness to all who pass by, that there is an active, caring Christian community present.

The School is justly proud of its rich heritage, yet looks forward with enthusiasm to prepare students entrusted to its care, for this information age. Staff are dedicated to providing quality outcomes based education and care within a Christian environment, and welcomes and supports students and families from all backgrounds.

The family atmosphere is much prized by staff, parents, students and community, which is echoed in our motto ‘learning and growing together’. Expectations however of quality, modern day education, catering for the total individual is evident, without the ‘pressure’ expectation, present in a number of schools today.

Athough the school is small in nature, our staff strive to ensure that our education is in sync with progressive schools, and offers all the essential requirements expected within Australian education today, including an a well equipped Library and ICT laboratory, computer pods within the classroom, quality playground, and spacious playing fields including a gruelling, cross country course.

Our Vision

Because we believe in the importance of building foundations to assist students develop within their potential, as individual, life long learners, while nurturing each precious child’s potential, within a safe and caring environment, we therefore promote:

  • Excellence in education
  • Preparing the next generation
  • Teaching the Christian faith
  • Working with families
  • Being accessible to the diversity that is Australia
  • Operating from a coherent world view that is based upon belief in God

Christian Ethos

A special part of each day at Tarrington is worship. At the centre of the school community stands Jesus Christ, our risen Lord. This is demonstrated through the importance placed on the spiritual life of the school.

From the quiet of staffroom and classroom devotions to the energy and excitement of whole school worship, we appreciate the chance to begin the day listening to God’s word of love, encouragement and guidance to us.

Pastoral care is embedded in all areas of school. This is expressed through positive partnership between students, staff, parents, the church and the wider community.  We believe that all people are precious and unique creation of God.

Staff members don’t claim to be perfect, but when things go wrong, starting again is not a problem, knowing God loves, accepts, forgives and values each person.

Children are respected as individuals where the academic, social, emotional and spiritual dimensions are integrated in an atmosphere of care, which pervades the whole school community.