St Lukes Grammar School

School Life

Creative & Cultural

Co-Curricular Opportunities

In addition to focusing on achieving solid academic outcomes, St Luke's also strives to develop the ‘whole child', assisting students to grow into well-adjusted young women and men who have a variety of options available to them upon leaving school. 

 

The co-curricular opportunities (non-sport) offered across both campuses at St Luke's are:

 

Music, Drama, Debating & Public Speaking, Dance, and a variety of clubs including Chess, Languages, Dance, Textiles, Art, and App Development.  These activities are held either before or after school.

 

Music

Music plays an important role in the life of the School. Students are able to participate in many ensembles, performing at regular recitals, assemblies, concerts and musical productions. 

 

Music Ensembles

SENIOR: Senior Concert Band, Senior Stage Band, Senior String Ensemble, Senior Rock Bands, Senior Chorale, Individual Performances and Soirees

JUNIOR (Bayview): Concert Band, Junior Training Band, Vocal Ensemble, Primary Choir, Infants Choir, Individual Performances and Recitals        

JUNIOR (Dee Why): Junior Concert Band, Year 3 Band Program, Junior String Ensemble, Junior Chorale, Infants Chorale, Individual Performances and Recitals

 

Musical Performances

Since the first Musical Production in 1993, the Music Department has staged: The Importance of Being Earnest, Annie Get Your Gun, Bye Bye Birdie, Away, Calamity Jane, Pirates of Penzance, Oliver, Beauty and the Beast, The Wizard of Oz, Disney's Aladdin Jnr, My Fair Lady and most recently Little Shop of Horrors.

 

Music Tours

In recent years, Senior School music students have travelled to Singapore (2014) and New Zealand (2012) to tour and perform at various venues and schools.  Music students have also performed at Sea World, Gold Coast, and at Warringah Mall.

 

Individual Music Tuition

At both Dee Why and Bayview campuses, individual music tuition is available, before, during or after school on a variety of musical instruments.  Lessons are scheduled throughout the school day on both a rotational and permanent basis.

 

Some instruments are available for hire through the School. 

To register for Individual Music Tuition, please refer to the Wiki on the Edumate Portal.

Drama

The study of Drama enables students to develop individual, flexible and creative minds and bodies. Theatre arts opens students to the humour, tragedy and unlimited possibilities of humanity.

 

Drama is included as part of the regular timetabled curriculum for all Junior School students, and all students in Years 7 & 8.  In addition, the School offers additional Drama opportunities as part of the co-curricular program.

 

Drama Performances

Senior students are given the opportunity to be involved in School drama productions. Their involvement can range from performing, designing, providing technical support or helping with costumes and make-up.

 

In recent years, St Luke's has staged highly successful and accessible productions of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's DreamMuch Ado About Nothing and Twelfth Night - or What You Will.

 

Junior students have many opportunities to perform both in class and through extra-curricular activities. They are regularly entertained by elective Drama students' performances on Theatre-in-Education, and by the St Luke's resident Commedia Dell Arte Troupe.

 

Drama Lessons - Junior

The Dee Why Campus offers after school Drama lessons under the direction of Blossom Drama School. Blossom Drama School is a highly respected, reputable drama company specialising in drama for juniors. 

 

The Drama Club program aims to develop self-confidence, oral communication skills and of course, creativity. This is done through a stimulating drama program, which encourages active participation and self-expression.

To register for the Dee Why Junior Drama Classes, please refer to the Wiki found in your Edumate Portal.

 

The Bayview Campus offers Drama Lessons under the direction Sheree Cunneenn. Please contact the Bayview Office for further information: T: 9979 5755

 

Debating & Public Speaking

Students at St Luke's are warmly encouraged to participate in Debating and Public Speaking opportunities.

The development of skills in analysis and the practice in expressing ideas clearly, logically and persuasively equips our young people for their professional and personal lives beyond the School.

 

Debating

Students in Years 5 to 12 represent St Luke's in the prestigious Independent Schools' Debating Association (ISDA) Competition. Senior students also participate in HICES debating competitions.

 

The Junior School (both campuses) also participates in the IPSHA debating competition.

 

Public Speaking

Senior students have the opportunity to participate in the Rostrum Voice of Youth Competition, the Plain English Speaking Award, the Legacy Junior and Lions Youth of the Year Quest.


Senior students from St Luke's also take part in the High School Mooting Competition organised by Bond University.  In previous years, students have been involved in both local and national speaking competitions, including representing Australia at the Youth Geneva Convention.


Students from Year 11 Legal Studies also have the opportunity to take part in the Perez de Cuellar Shield. This is a model United Nations Security Council Competition which seeks to engage students in a discussion of the issues that are facing the global community in the 21st century.

 

Each year in the Junior School, students take part in various internal speaking competitions, including the NSW Parliament Bear Pit competition (Dee Why only).

 

Toastmasters - Years 8 to 12

A Young Toastmasters course is offered annually for students in Years 8 to 12. The course offers skill development in the areas of impromptu speaking, formal, prepared speaking, parliamentary debate and speaking competitions.

 

 

Mock Trial - Years 11 & 12

In the Mock Trial Competition, organised by the Law Society of New South Wales, Years 11 and 12 students have the opportunity to experience first-hand the operations of a court trial. The competition provides a practical means of introducing students to the law and increases their understanding of the basis of our judicial system.

 

Activities & Clubs

St Luke's offers the following activities and clubs, either before or after School.

 

Dance

Junior Students: St Luke's offers Dance as part of its extra-curricular offerings for Junior students. 

The Dee Why campus dance program is run by Anna Hugo, an experienced dance teacher and graduate of the Australian Ballet School, Melbourne. This after school Dance Program develops correct posture, flexibility, body and muscle awareness, and an appreciation of music in a fun yet disciplined environment. The Dance Classes, which are held after School, include Junior Jazz (Kindergarten - Year 1), Intermediate Jazz (Years 2 - 3) and Senior Jazz (Years 4 - 7).

 

The Bayview campus also offers an after-school dance program. For further information please contact the School Office: T 9979 5755

 

Senior Students:  While St Luke's does not offer onsite HSC Dance as a subject, Senior students can study Dance for the HSC through external partnerships.

 

Languages - Junior, Dee Why

St Luke’s offers after school co-curricular language classes taught through LCF Fun Languages. LCF Fun Languages offers children an affordable way to learn a life long skill in a fun and lively environment, conveniently as an after school club.  The children learn through fun games, activities and stories. 

 

Junior students are able to register for either French or Mandarin classes, with classes beginning at 3.15 pm.  Fees are typically $200 per term, plus an annual membership fee of $50 for the membership pack, which includes the CD / Song Book and access to the interactive website - www.lcfclubs.com.au

 

Art - Senior

Depending on the demand during a given year, the Senior School Art Club usually runs in the afternoons after school. 

 

Students have the opportunity to work together on a wide variety of creative projects, such as murals around the school and individual artworks.

 

App Development - Senior

Years 7 & 8 students can join the Computing Club, where students learn how to write iPhone and iPad Apps, and computer programming.

 

Photography - Senior

The PhotoClub takes place over Terms 2, 3 and early Term 4, and is open to all students in Years 8 - 11.  

 

Participants learn photographic principles and practices and apply them by engaging in many practical activities, using both natural light and studio lighting.

 

Textiles - Senior

The Textiles Club (usually Terms 2 & 3) is primarily for students in Years 7 & 8.  Students learn to use sewing machines, overlockers and cover machines.

 

In the Club students learn to make quilts, explore how to upcycle clothes in their wardrobe, and learn to sew with stretch fabric to make on-trend clothes for themselves.

 

Cultural & Service Trips

Each year, St Luke's students have many opportunities to travel to various locations around the world, to either be involved in service projects to communities that are in need, or to learn from different cultures around the world.

Fiji - Service Trip

The Year 10 service trip to Fiji aims to give the students a community service experience through volunteering with and learning from a local community on Naviti Island.

 

Rustic Pathways facilitates the trip and has been leading service trips internationally for Australian students for 32 years, specialising in providing sustainable and meaningful programs for high school students.

 

Our students spend 4 days living in a local community, learning about the local people, the environment and marine life, helping undertake research and restoration projects that lead to the sustainability of the immediate environment.

 

Watoto, Uganda - Mission Trip

In 2005, St Luke's established a service trip to Uganda that saw an ongoing commitment by the School and our community for 10 years. 

 

The trips usually involved around 40 students, who travelled to the Watoto village to provide practical help through building either homes, classrooms or facilities on the Watoto farm to help the orphans of Uganda. 

 

While in Africa, the students also engaged in outdoor activities such as hiking and climbing Mount Kenya, whitewater rafting on the Nile and going on safari to experience the African wildlife.

 

The final St Luke's mission trip was held in 2015, as the Watoto Mission has become self-sustaining through the help given over the years by many.

 

Europe - Culture & Language

Europe has provided a rich source of inspiration for many St Luke’s Language and History students over the years.

 

School trips have included attending language school in Paris as well visiting iconic tourist and historical sites to enrich learning.

 

More recent History trips have seen students exploring the WW1 battlefields of northern France and Belgium as well as visiting Paris, Rome and the Bay of Naples.

 

China - Cultural Trip

A small group of Year 10 students have the opportunity to attend the bi-annual Beijing Summer School.

 

This 10-day cultural trip, hosted by the Chinese government, bring students from all around the world for a residential festival celebrating Chinese art, history, dance, music, architecture, martial arts and sport.

 

The trip also includes visits to iconic sites such as the Great Wall of China, The Forbidden City, Summer Palace and Olympic venues.

 

Service Opportunities

What we do at St Luke’s is shaped by what we believe. We recognise the Bible is the supreme way in which God communicates to us and calls us to live.

As a result, we have developed a service orientated culture, which stems from the value the School places on Biblical principles, clothing ourselves with the attitude of Christ; “…compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, making allowance for each other's faults, and forgiving anyone who offends them. Binding them all together in love;" (Colossians 3:12).

 

This has been our motivation as we seek to serve in the local community and nation, supporting various charities, and even inspiring students to make a difference globally, like volunteering for the Watoto orphanage in Africa. With Christ as our light, we truly seek to make a difference in the world so that we can; ‘…let God’s light shine before others, that they may see our good deeds and glorify our Father in heaven;” (Matthew 5:16).

 

 

 

Arranounbai

The Arranounbai Program is a Service Learning program built into the Year 9 Personal Development, Health & Physical Education (PDHPE) course. The Program sees all Year 9 students visiting the Arranounbai School, a small school catering for students with a range of disabilities. 

 

While at Arranounbai our students volunteer as classroom assistants helping with literacy programs, art and craft, morning exercise routines and much more. The key themes within the Learning@StLuke’s framework (of grace, compassion, justice and humility) are recurring themes throughout the Program and student reflections are consistently positive.

 

Time spent at Arranounbai continues to open eyes, expand horizons and build a desire to be active and servant-hearted within the broader community.

 

Aged Care

Resulting from the ongoing success of the partnership between Year 9 students and Arranounbai School, the service program was expanded to include Year 10 students visiting a local aged care facility.

 

As part of the Year 10 Sports program, students visit the Elizabeth Jenkins Place Aged Care Plus Centre at Collaroy to meet the residents and assist with a variety of activities, including opportunities for students to engage with residents, share music, games and conversation. 

 

Northern Beaches Interchange

In partnership with NBI (Northern Beaches Interchange), St Luke’s senior students offer a Social Basketball Program for local young people with disabilities.

 

Each week, participants come to St Luke’s to connect with the student volunteer team, who offer individual coaching in a fun and social atmosphere.

 

For NBI participants, this program has proven to be a wonderful opportunity to build confidence and connectedness while promoting physical activity and good health. For our student volunteers, it continues to be an avenue by which they can learn to use their gifts and passions to bless and support those around them, while also building valuable relationships and skills for life.

 

NBI participants and their families - along with member of the community - are also invited to special preview performances of the annual drama and musical productions.

 

Community Fundraising

Throughout the course of each year, students across both the Junior and Senior Schools are involved in raising funds for particular charities. 

 

As part of their Leadership portfolios, Year 12 students raise funds for their chosen charity, and in 2016, the students successfully raised over $5000. 

 

Other year groups are also focused on various charities, often holding 'mufti' days, bake sales and various activities, seeking 'gold coin' donations, in an effort to help those who need assistance in the community.

 

Through special events the broader School community also supports charities. For example, our Run for Watoto in 2005 raised nearly $20,000 for the orphans at the Watoto orphanage in Uganda. The 2016 Christmas Cake & Pudding sale raised enough funds for the Wellspring Project to help two young abandoned and abused women attend university to study midwifery and maternal health in Delhi, India. At the Bayview campus, the parent's 2016 Big Night Out, raised more than $9500 for the Taldumande Youth Services.