At St James Lutheran College, the Arts are a valued part of students’ everyday life. We recognise that providing students with opportunities in the Arts enables them to:
• Strengthen problem-solving and critical thinking skills, which adds to their overall academic achievement and school success.
• Nurture College values
• Stimulate and develop imagination and creative skills
• Encourage team-building skills
Students in the Junior School and Middle School are provided with many opportunities to engage in the Arts by participating in:
Awesome Artists (Junior School Lunchtime club)
Middle School Debating Team
Drama performances/school production
Junior School and Middle School Choir
Individual Music Tutorial in a range of instruments – brass, woodwind, strings, piano and voice.
Events and performances that showcase our students’ skills include:
Local Arts competitions such as Mary Poppins Art Competition,
Silk Cut Lino Award, Maryborough Show, Maryborough
Performing with visiting schools concert bands, string
Chapel Services, both School services and combined Sunday
Annual School Art and photography exhibitions
End of Year Christmas Performances e.g. Carols by
Sport is an important part of college life. All students at St James Lutheran College enjoy an active sport curriculum and have many opportunities to participate in inter-house and inter-school competitions, in addition to representing the school at district, region, state and country levels if successful.
St James has an annual carnival program that includes:
• Cross Country
Following these events, students may be selected to participate further at local, district and state levels also.
St James students experience a variety of physical activities throughout their Health and Physical Education lessons, including: Basketball, Netball, Tennis, OzTag, Cricket, Swimming, Athletics, Archery, Lifesaving, Soccer, Canoeing, Indigenous Games, Hockey, Gaelic Football, Beach Volleyball, Touch and Ultimate Frisbee.
As the college expands, involvement in weekend sport will be increased according to need and availability. In 2014, the St James Lutheran College Netball Club fielded 14 teams. Next year it is anticipated we will be implementing St James Soccer and Basketball teams. Coaching in seasonal sports is also organised according to need. Participation in the school running club is also offered weekly to the students.
2014 also saw the College debut a Human Powered Vehicle (HPV) in the Maryborough Technology Challenge. The junior mixed team finished in the top fifty percent of all entries. This success enabled a second HPV team to be entered int the 2015 competition.
Students at St James Lutheran College also enjoy a vigorous house competition. Our three Sports houses are named after local waterways on Fraser Island; Eli, Wabby and McKenzie. These houses regularly compete for the sporting achievement awards and the spirit awards for the annual House Shields.