On enrolment all students are allocated to a House Team consisting of Chandler Yellow, Mason Green, Taylor Blue and Windebanks Red. Family members will be placed into the same House Team. Students then compete against each other on Sports Day. These House Teams are then used throughout the year as students collect points for their House Teams aiming to win the Sinai Cup. Students are awarded points for participating in extra- and co-curricular activities as well for exemplary behaviour.
Our Saviour is also registered with SAPSASA and participates in many interschool competitions including knockout cricket, soccer and volleyball. Students are also given the opportunity to trial out for the Southern Valley District team in many sports including cross country, swimming, diving, soccer, netball and football. Sports that students have particular interests or talents in are also pursued.
Out Of School Hours Sports
Our Saviour has a dynamic sporting program with many of the students involved in after school hour sports. Sports offered are based on student interest as well as parent helpers. The table below shows further information:
Term 1 & 4
From Year 1 through to Year 7
*Parent ‘training only’ clinics also offered for Reception students.
Terms 2 & 3
From Year 2 through to Year 7
* Parent ‘training only’ clinics also offered for Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 students.
Terms 2 & 3
From Year 3 through to Year 7
Terms 1 to 4
From Year 3 through to Year 7
Terms 1 to 4
Years 6 and 7
Our students are the leaders and thinkers of the future. We have an active leadership program where students are encouraged to take on responsibilities and work in partnership with the school community for the betterment of the school. There are many opportunities for students to rise to leadership at Our Saviour in both formal and informal ways.
Year 7 Leadership Program
All students in Year 7 take on a leadership role as they are the role models to the rest of the school. The students work hard to prepare speeches for the various leadership positions. The Year 6 and 7 students and the staff participate in a democratic voting system, aligned against the Learner Profile. School Captains, House Captains, Student Representative Council Leaders, Small Group Leaders and Action Support Leaders are elected.
The qualities that students consider for leadership are the attributes of the IB Learner Profile. Students are matched according to their interests and the qualities they exemplify.
The School Captains are ambassadors for our school and are often called upon to
Meet and greet visitors and dignitaries
Make introductions and acknowledgements
Assist with PMP, Ready To Start School
All students in Year 6 and 7 are role models for our school and are expected to follow the Student Code of Conduct.
Student Representative Council
Our Saviour Lutheran School has a very strong Civics and Citizenship program beginning with each year level electing two student representatives for one semester to participate on the Student Representative Council (SRC). The SRC Student Executive comes from Year 7 and are supported with representatives from every year level. The SRC is an opportunity for the children to share, discuss and problem solve issues that arise at school. Additionally, it is a forum for the students to bring any ideas that they may like to be considered for their school. In doing so, it enables them to have a voice in order to improve their school and wider society.
The SRC organise fundraisers and social service activities throughout the course of the year. Some past and present projects that the students have also been involved in include environmental projects such as recycling, worm farms, creating bird nesting boxes, encouraging classes to be tidy and growing vegetables in the school garden. They have also helped to create and implement a school buddy bench. Furthermore, students often perform jobs of responsibility across the school. In addition, they have led school fundraisers to help raise money for the school’s World Vision sponsor children and for various causes, in and outside of the school.
Year 7 Sinai Project
The Year 7 students’ primary education culminates with the Sinai program. This program has three aspects to it:
Service – students are to coordinate an activity that serves the community
Skill – learn a new skill and share it with the school community
Challenge – 2 day adventure outdoor camp
Examples of a student’s work in the Sinai was to learn how to use a sewing machine, then making small quilts to donate to the neonatal unit of the Women’s and Children’s Hospital.
To encourage the development of leadership skills in the lower levels, every grade has a range of class monitors to develop their sense of responsibility to themselves, to others and to the school.
Leadership activities are encouraged all the way through the school and students are trained and coached at every opportunity to be ambassadors for our school.
Buddy and Kidsmatter Programs
In our Buddy program the Year 7 students are partnered with Reception students to assist them in their learning and their school routine. The Year 6 class buddy with the Year 1 students, preparing the Year 6s for their leadership roles the following year. This program fosters caring social and supportive relationships across the school. The Buddy Program includes carefully planned activities one hour per week. Some of the activities have included shared reading, literacy and Mathematics, family service and fitness activities. Other year level classes buddy together to provide peer support for learning.
Our Saviour Lutheran School is a KidsMatter School. This framework provides a flexible, whole school approach to improving our student’s mental health and well- being. Action is taking to provide a positive school community; one that is founded on respectful relationships and a sense of belonging and inclusion, and that promotes:
Social and emotional learning
Working authentically with parents, carers and families
Support for students who may be experiencing mental health difficulties
Children thrive when they have a sense of belonging. They need strong, positive connections with their peers, staff and volunteers who support and understand them, and people they can turn to for help.
Our Camp program is a highlight for students with camps being held every year.
For Reception and Year 1 students, this takes the form of an extended twilight play time after school or a weekend breakfast and activity time. Year 2’s may enjoy an overnight sleepover or perhaps a Zoo Snooze. Year 3 and 4 classes participate in a 3 day camp at a wildlife sanctuary or farm experience, while Year 5-7’s will enjoy a 3 day camp one year and a 5 day camp in alternate years. The focus for their camps will be on activity and adventure, creating memories and experiences that will remain with them long after their primary schooling has ended.
A highlight of our camping program is the trip to Canberra which is held every second year for our Yerar 6 and 7's.