On any given day, when you walk through the gates of St Peters Lutheran School, you may see children heading into the scrub, creating mosaics, completing fancy tricks with skipping ropes or even playing melody bells! And this is just the start of what we offer outside our IB school curriculum!
Our extensive programme runs each day of the week either before school, after school or during lunch times. As the St Peters students are getting involved in these groups, their interests are diversifying as they explore activities beyond their previous experience or as they build upon existing skills. And we are seeing a difference! The students are taking calculated risks, being committed, building solid relationship skills and increasing self-esteem and having a lot of fun!
At St Peters our Special Interest Groups are run as workshop electives. The children are able to choose 1 or 2 activities from academic, sporting or creative fields, selected carefully to ensure maximum participation. Students from Reception to Year 7 are catered for and groups are generally run by a teacher, or sporting expert from the community. Even our Principal, Mr Rathjen, goes Bush Walking every Thursday afternoon!
“The students love the range of special interest groups on offer at St Peters Lutheran. It’s great to see children enjoying new and different activities. Many of the special interest groups are heading towards a goal which keeps them motivated and committed to seeing that goal realised.” says Bronwyn Wilson, Primary Years Programme coordinator. “In all of the groups, The IB Learner Profile is being developed as the students take risks, communicate, think, problem solve and reflect on their experiences.”
The students have expressed their interest with the number of children signed up for a group this term. Here are some reflections from the year 4/5 students regarding their chosen Special Interest Group:
“I like spending time with my friends and chatting with them when we are outside in nature.” Ashleigh, Bush walking
“In running group we run, but you can stop whenever you want and the rest of the group will wait for you.” Mia, Running
‘I love singing with my friends, it’s really fun. We are singing ‘Lanterns’ and it’s awesome.” Bella, Choir
“Coding has been really fun and I’ve learnt quite a bit. If you are a person that likes to learn, I would really recommend it.” Chelsea and Jaiden, Coding
…and from the Principal; “I love how each group is working towards a goal, whether it be a presentation in front of peers and parents, a completed piece of art work for display or participation in a competition. It is fabulous to see students achieve and celebrate their learning with the school and wider community. Most of all I love seeing the joy these activities bring to our students.” Mr Rathjen (Principal)
Here’s a full list of what’s on offer at St Peters Lutheran in Term 1!
- City to Bay Running Group
- Sporting Schools – Basketball
- Sporting Schools – Tennis
- Mural making
- Cheerleading squad
Next term there will be some new and exciting offerings as well as groups continuing on from Term 1. Stay tuned!
One of the PYP Learner Profile characteristics that we instil as an IB school is being balanced. We understand the importance of balancing different aspects of our lives—intellectual, physical, and emotional—to achieve well-being for ourselves and others. We recognize our interdependence with other people and with the world in which we live. Special interest groups helps us to become more balanced and well rounded learners!