Principal's Blog

“But thanks be to God who gives us the Victory through our Lord Jesus Christ”

This Bible verse has been connected to our College since it was one of the five verses preached on when considering what to call our school community in the early 90’s.

On Friday 26th August, we acknowledged and celebrated our 30th Anniversary with a Thanksgiving Service in the morning with our current College community and guests in Luther Hall. This was symbolic as we gave thanks to our College community and those who had the faith and foresight to start a school in vacant paddocks in the middle of West Wodonga.

Our College community started as Victory Primary School with only 42 students from Foundation to Year 6 in three classes and four staff on the first day in February 1992 with Mr Jerry Smith as Principal. Today from those humble beginnings, we are a Foundation to Year 12 College community with 792 students and 100 staff.

As a Foundation staff member at St Peters Lutheran College – Springfield Queensland in 2008, I can empathise and understand the joys and excitement of the firsts – first assembly, first Sports Day, first Camp, first End-of-Year Service - as well as the challenges and hard yards that are involved in those early years.

But the legacy that was laid by our Victory Founders back in 1992 lives on today in our College community and we are thankful for everything that they did in establishing Victory Lutheran College.

I would like to acknowledge and thank the Wodonga Lutheran Parish and its members, especially Pastor Robert Hupfield, Mr Harry Kuiper and Mr Tim McInnes and the members of the Establishment Committee. We are thankful for their commitment and support, in starting our Victory Lutheran College community that we know today.

V22 - Victory Old Collegians’ Association

On Saturday 27th August, we held our first VOCA – Victory Old Collegians’ Association event with more than 60 past students and staff attending. It was great to be able to welcome students from the first year in 1992 all the way through to 2021 including a small group of the Year 12 Class of 2021 attending.

A personal highlight was to be able to take a College tour with Mr Dion Fabris who was one of our Foundation students (known as Prep back then) from 1992. This was a privilege to walk around with Dion as he shared his memories from those early years as part of Victory Primary School. He spoke about the students all waiting under the verandah of Wirraway waiting to be picked up in the afternoon, the excitement when the new playground was opened for the students (where Reliant now sits) as well as naming the teachers in the Wirraway classrooms as the school grew.

We look forward to our VOCA community growing and celebrating their time and connections with Victory each year in the last weekend in August.

Miles Learning Hub

On an already busy day, we opened our Miles Learning Hub last Friday with our current Year 3 & 4 students as the VIPS with other special guests joining them. The focus of the day was the official opening of the Miles Learning Hub by Mr Julian Denholm, LEVNT Executive Director and dedication by Pastor Joshua Muller, Wodonga Lutheran Parish.

I shared with our Year 3 & 4 students, it may seem strange to open a building after we have been using it for 6 months but it gives us the opportunity to celebrate and give thanks for this learning environment and those who have contributed to its’ development and construction.

As a College, we would like to acknowledge the support of the Victorian Government and the significant financial contribution through the Capital Grants program, allocated through the Victorian Independent Schools Block Grant Authority. Without this support, this project would not have been possible and we value the ongoing support of the State and Federal Government in our College community.

We now look forward to our Victory students and staff making the most of this learning space as they strive for excellence together, learning today – leading tomorrow.

Yours in Christ,

Mr John Thompson