Many people associated with the LORDS school community came together to celebrate their 10th Anniversary along with invited guests from LCAQD and LEQ.
Margit Hubbers reflects upon the event:
LORDS is 10!
Knowing who you are: Lutheran Ormeau Rivers District School. And knowing whose you are: the Lord’s.
It was a privilege to attend the recent Worship Service that celebrated 10 years of education at LORDS. As one of the foundation teachers, it was wonderful to see how the Lord has progressed the school, through the hearts and hands of many teaching and support staff and a wider base of people who give of their time to ensure that the school will continue to grow.
On the first day of school in late January 2012, 99 students from Prep to Year 8 arrived, all shiny and new! They looked very smart in their brand-new uniforms. The teaching and other staff members were excited to welcome these children, and their families, to experience an education, LORDS-style.
It takes years of praying and planning to get a new school up and running. The people of the Alberton-Woongoolba Parish had a vision more than 20 years before to build a school to provide a Christian education in their local area. They prayed and planned, and it almost came to fruition but then hopes were dashed because of zoning regulations. Those hopeful people continued to pray. Their prayers were heard and answered.
In 2011 Jodie Hoff had been appointed as the founding Principal of the school. She worked out of an office in Beenleigh while the first school buildings were being built on site. Jodie interviewed and appointed staff. She also fielded interest from people wanting their children to be in that first 99.
The buildings were good to go and the grounds immediately surrounding the first buildings were ‘landscaped’. But the school that stands on site today was still a vision that slowly came into view.
It was an interesting experience to be part of something new. We were pioneers building a future for children we would never meet. Knowing who we were and whose we were was important at the beginning. It is just as important today. The Service of thanksgiving and celebration highlighted the fact that the Lord is the foundation of the school.
(at LORDS 2012–2015)