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luke schoff, Principal

Mr Luke Schoff comes to Hervey Bay with his wife Emily and their sons Harry and Oscar.

He comes as Principal to St James after seven years as Assistant Principal at Immanuel Primary School, Novar Gardens South Australia. Prior to that appointment Luke spent five years in teaching and leadership roles in International schools in Asia; firstly in Nanjing China and then Yokohama Japan. He started his teaching career at St Andrews Lutheran College on the Gold Coast.

Along with a Bachelor of Education, his further academic qualifications include a Post-graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership and a Graduate Diploma of Theology in Education from Australian Catholic University and Australian Lutheran College respectively.

Luke has a great passion for, and deeply understands, Lutheran education and how it uniquely helps shape the lives of young learners. He brings with him to St James a rich background in teaching and learning, pastoral care, positive psychology and the International Baccalaureate (IB).

He has shown a strong commitment to his own professional ongoing learning and remains intimately networked through professional association memberships of a number of organisations such as the Australian Council of Educational Leaders and the International Baccalaureate.

Away from his professional career, Luke is a keen traveller, photographer and cook!


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Kelly Stirling, Deputy principal

As Deputy Principal of St James Lutheran College, I take great pride in the school we are developing and the teaching and learning programs that are delivered here at all levels. 

I came to Hervey Bay from WA, where my experience has been across a variety of schools in a variety of year levels and contexts. I began my career as a primary school teacher in a country Catholic school before moving to a Lutheran College back in my home town of Rockingham, WA. At Living Waters Lutheran College, I taught Years 6-9, co-ordinated year groups and curriculum areas as well. It was at LWLC that I was nominated for and won the “Outstanding New Educator of the Year” Award. I then returned to the Catholic sector and my “alma mater”, Kolbe Catholic College as Head of Year, Service Learning Coordinator and later, as part of the Senior Leadership Team as Head of Religious Education. During my time at Kolbe, I also completed my Masters in Religious Education.

I came to St James Lutheran College in 2014 as Deputy Principal and continue to serve my community and God in the work I have privileged to be called here to carry out. We have an amazing community here at St James and I look forward to sharing in the school’s growth and progress into the future.


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genevieve clark, head of junior school

After growing up Grantham in the Lockyer Valley and attending Concordia Lutheran College and University in Toowoomba, I began teaching at Fernvale State School during the construction of the Wivenhoe Dam.  After meeting and marrying a grazier, I moved to Taroom and taught in the State and then the Catholic System before moving back to The Valley. Educating our two boys in a Lutheran School, and working in a Lutheran School became a priority. In 2015 we moved to Hervey Bay.

Being a practicing Lutheran all of my life, I was excited to be offered a Year 1 teaching position at Peace Lutheran Primary School, Gatton in 1996.  Sharing God’s love with children, staff and community is important to me.  I always loved teaching and never thought that I would give up being a classroom teacher.  God, however, had other plans for me in Gatton.  I moved from being classroom teacher to Curriculum Coordinator, Deputy Principal and in 2007 I became Principal. 

After 18 years at Peace and 8 years in the demanding, and fulfilling, role as Principal, it was again time for change.  My family has a strong connection to Fraser Island – I have visited yearly since I was 13 – so living and working in Hervey Bay appealed to us.  Working in a P-12 school context was also something that I hadn’t experienced and was keen to try.  I was blessed to be appointed as Head of Junior School at St James.   

This position has allowed me to continue guiding, mentoring and supporting the wonderful staff, parents and students in Lutheran Schools.  The children at St James are at the heart of all decision making.  We strive to prepare them for their futures. I delight in being able to support, watch and celebrate the growth and progress of children, teachers and families.  The smiles and greetings of happy teachers, happy children, and happy parents brings me fulfilment.  I look forward to continuing to lead the Junior School team as we seek to inspire children to learn and empower them to serve in our Christian context.


Alan Aulsebrook, Business Manager

As St James LC Business Manager I am responsible to the Principal for the Macro level financial and administrative functions of the College as well as the day-to-day management and good order of the property.

I commenced my role at St James LC in 2014 following thirteen years as Business Manager in the Victorian Catholic Education system with Emmanuel College, Warrnambool. Prior to this I was for 12 years CEO of a regional adult education provider, SEAL Inc. These experiences have strengthened my resolve to deliver sound business management, which I know in turn supports the delivery of sound educational outcomes.

Married to Fiona since 1988, together we have four children the youngest of which, Elke is studying at St James LC.

Since completing my initial tertiary Bachelor in Applied Science I have since completed Graduate Certificate in Accounting, Graduate Diploma in Business (Management) and more recently a Diploma Business (Governance).