Our College

About Encounter

Encounter Lutheran College is a thriving school of over 700 students, with a heart for community and a desire to nurture the social, emotional, academic and spiritual nature of your child. Implementing the Australian Curriculum, we provide the additional benefit of offering the Primary Years Program (ELC-Year 6) and Middle Years Program (Year 7-9) of the International Baccalaureate. With a highly equipped teaching staff who undertake ongoing professional learning, our inquiry-based, rigorous and contemporary approach to education values each learner and the unique journey they embark upon. Rather than learning being limited to the information presented to students, they are encouraged to become active learners and to ask questions that enrich and deepen their understanding.

Encounter operates a thriving Early Learning Centre that enables families to support their children as they transition from a pre-school environment into a school context. Children enrolled in our Early Learning Centre make friends, become familiarised with the College campus and can move into Foundation (Reception) prepared and excited for their school years. Encounter also operates Out of School Hours Care and Vacation Care services.

Encounter Lutheran College is situated on 33 Hectares (82 Acres), minutes from the centre of Victor Harbor in a rural setting, with views of the hills and local coastal icons such as The Bluff and the Coorong. Our natural environment resonates with our families and our focus, with outdoor education, sustainability and a holistic approach to student learning and wellbeing upheld as intentional and valued aspects of our identity. Whether from a faith background or not, it’s important for all families to feel welcome at Encounter. We also want families to know the heart of our College is centred on Christ’s message of compassion, respect and love for all.

Encounter is fortunate to have a committed and balanced staff team, who endeavour to meet the academic, emotional, spiritual and social needs of each child in their care.

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It has been Encounter’s focus to ensure that our fees are kept at a reasonable level while endeavoring to provide quality facilities and resources for the students who attend the College. We believe that whilst we maintain a reasonable level for our fees, we are continuing to develop and grow the facilities of our F-12 College, meeting the demands of a growing College and the requirements of new buildings and new resources.

Upon enrolment of their child(ren), all parents/caregivers enter into a contract including an Agreement to pay the fees and Encounter continues to develop a variety of payment arrangements to assist our families. Direct Debit is the most popular, however Credit Card and Centrepay are all acceptable methods of payment.

Please refer to our Fee Policy for detailed information in this area.

Bus Service

Bus Services (Willunga Charters)

Willunga Charters is Encounter Lutheran College’s partner for our bus services.
Click here to view the Encounter Lutheran College Bus Network, Routes and Timetables.

Willunga Charters takes our student’s safety seriously and has an App which provides families with peace of mind knowing where their child/ren are along our bus routes in real time. The Willunga Charter App allows parents to have real time information on their children and whether they have boarded or deboarded, where it occurred and at what time. This app allows parents to see at a glance where the bus is along the route and have access to historical information.

The Willunga Charter App is available via the Apple Store or Google Play for your device.

Bus passes are required to board and if your student happens to lose their pass or their pass no longer works, a new card can be purchased from Encounter’s Student Services.

Bus Fares

Zone 1            $145 per term ($2.90 per day)

Zone 2            $165 per term ($3.30 per day)

Zone 3            $195 per term ($3.90 per day)

Zone 4            $215 per term ($4.30 per day)

Casual Pass

$5.00 per trip with limited spaces available daily.


Student Responsibilities

In using our Bus Services, it is Encounter’s expectation that all students present their bus passes entering and exiting the bus (tap on and tap off). It is also an expectation that Encounter students are polite, respectful and adhere to instructions of the driver at all times.

Our buses have CCTV cameras in use, are seat-belted and airconditioned.  It is expected that students are well-behaved, remain seated and have their seatbelts on at all times.

Water can be consumed on the bus, however no other foods are permitted.

It is expected that any repairs from any willful damage will be covered by the student/s responsible.

In the event a student fails to comply with these responsibilities, they may be suspended from using this bus service.

Please note that bus routes are determined in November of each year for the following year and priced accordingly. No changes to routes will occur in between where pricing and current timetables will be impacted.

OSHC (Outside School Hours Care)

Encounter has partnered with YMCA in providing both Outside School Hours Care and Vacation Care, who offer an engaging and safe service for our College community.

Please click on the link below for further information.