St Louis school provides a number of co-curriculum activities and additional student services. St Louis students also participate in local community activities.
St Louis is a KidsMatter school. KidsMatter is a mental health promotion, prevention and early intervention initiative for primary schools. This initiative focuses on promoting a positive school community, implementing social and emotional learning skills for students, parenting support and education, and early intervention for students experiencing mental health difficulties.
Social Emotional Learning
Social Emotional Learning is an approach to schooling that aims to enable all children to realise their potential and to achieve to the best of their ability. Its main purpose is to provide all children with the foundations of achievement and social/emotional well-being in school, work and the world of tomorrow.
Swimming tuition is provided as a part of the prep to 2 curriculum and is compulsory for all students. Swimming lessons are conducted by qualified swimming instructors at the Toby Haenen Swimming Centre at Chelsea Heights, with children receiving nine 40 minute lessons over a concentrated period.
A Beach Safety program is conducted each year for all prep to 6 students by the Toby Haenen Swimming Centre in conjunction with the Royal Life Saving Society and Aspendale Life Saving Club.
Year 6 students are involved in an annual 5 day camp to Phillip Island Adventure Resort in late August, and Year 5 students are involved in an annual 3 day camp to Mt Evelyn in late June. Our camp outcomes relate to student and teacher bonding, developing relationships, friendships, teamwork and outdoor adventure activities.
Prep to year 6 students have the opportunity to participate in a bi-annual musical production. This enables students to gain experience in stage performance, singing and acting. The musical is hosted at a professional venue and is a highlight of the Arts program at St Louis.
St Louis employs the services of a school counsellor three days per week. The counsellor is available to work with students, families and staff in a safe and confidential environment supporting issues related to self-esteem, social and behavioural issues, bullying and peer relationships and grief and loss.
In recognising that students learn in different ways and have specific learning needs, Special Education staff work collaboratively with parents, teachers and external agencies, as required, to provide a supportive learning environment through the development of tailored education programs which support the needs of individual students.
Senior School Choir
Students from years 3 to 6 have the opportunity to join the school choir which practises weekly during school hours. The choir performs at sacramental functions and liturgical celebrations and is also invited to perform at local community events.
Junior Christmas Carolling Choir
Students from Prep to Year 2 have the opportunity to join the Junior school choir which practices weekly at lunchtimes from midyear. The Junior choir tours in early December, performing for local community groups to spread Christmas cheer.
Children suffering loss or grief through death or separation are supported through participation in the Seasons program where they journey with companions who have been trained by the Catholic Family Services Program.
St Louis school provides leadership opportunities through Class Captains and Environmental Monitors (P-6), Sports Captains and School Leaders (Year 6). School Leaders are provided student leadership training through a 5 day spaced learning “Taking Action Leadership Program”. This experiential program builds leadership capacity and empowers participants to lead change in their school and local community, through the portfolios of faith and social justice, student wellbeing, media and environment.
Junior Major Festival
St Louis school leaders participate in the annual Junior Major Festival with leaders from other primary schools in the City of Kingston. Leaders prepare a speech in response to a question posed by council in an attempt to be voted Junior Major for the year.
Students from years 3 to 6 may join the St Louis swimming squad which trains before school during term 1 in preparation for competing in School Sport Victoria (SSV) annual swimming championships.
Kids on Key
Private and small group half hour instrumental music classes are available on-site during and after school hours. This program offers students a relaxed and positive environment to learn the fundamentals of keyboard, recorder, ukulele, percussion, guitar (3/4 size for younger students), clarinet (in combination with recorder and tin whistle for younger students) for Years 1-6 plus flute & saxophone for Years 3-6.
Garden-to Kitchen Program
Students from Years 1-4 participate in the Garden-to Kitchen Program for one hour per week for 10
consecutive weeks. This is a hands-on learning experience where students cultivate healthy living habits at
an early age by growing food, learning about nutrition, and preparing and eating fresh meals.
Kinsgton Calisthenics College
Based at St Louis school hall and caters for students of all ages and abilities including competitions. http://www.kingstoncalisthenics.com/index.asp
Private tennis lessons are available after school hours through the St Louis Parish tennis club. This program offers students the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of tennis, develop stroke skills and participate in tennis games.
AFL Auskick – Aspendale
Students from years prep to 6 may participate in a Saturday winter football program focusing on beginning football skills and game participation. The junior program (P-2) is held at St Louis and the senior program (3-6) at Aspendale Primary School.
Aspendale Arrows netball club and Edi-As Eagles Netball team both provide opportunities for students to train on-site after hours.
St Brigid’s / St Louis Cricket Club run a Milo In2Cricket Program at St Louis school starting in Term 4 on Thursday afternoon at 4pm. Milo In2Cricket is a junior development brand designed to introduce boys and girls to the great game of cricket! Milo In2Cricket is fun, healthy and promotes an active lifestyle.