In 1986, Our Saviour Lutheran School was established by the Our Saviour congregation after years of discussion and planning. The pioneers of the congregation (about 50 members) were encouraged by the South Australian District Church to consider Christian education as a ministry to nurture and reach out to children within the local area of Happy Valley.
So it was that a small band of dedicated people began investigating the possibility of starting a school. On November 9, 1986, this dream became a reality with the opening and dedication of the first school buildings by Pastor Tom Reuther, the National Director for Lutheran Schools.
The Principal, Mr Neil Schiller together with Ms Coral Eggers were the first staff to take up their duties for an enrolment of 30 children at the beginning of 1986. The church hall, divided into two classrooms with a principal’s office in the kitchen, became the school up until the new classrooms were available at the end of 1986. From these very small beginnings, the school grew to an enrolment of 200 students after ten years and with numerous classrooms and specialist areas.
Today, we see a modern campus that continues to develop with its own Gymnasium/ Arts Centre, Music Centre, modern library, new administration hub, computer suite, an expansive oval and playground facilities, a canteen and a special learning needs classroom. There are 15 staff on campus including, teaching staff, administration and Lutheran student officers. The school, as in the past, still provides excellence in education within a Christian environment.
Those years have shown that, ‘I, the Lord am your Saviour.’ (Isaiah 60:16) (From the program of Dedication and Opening Service, 9/11/1986)