Our community connections and integrated service learning philosophy and culture are an integral part of the Golden Grove experience.
The amazing work and massive heart that our students and families have for the disadvantaged in our local community, nation and our world have recently been recognised by the Governor-General, the patron of the School Aid Charity, with School Aid National Accreditation – making us the very first school in South Australia to receive this recognition.
Service learning is integrated throughout our Primary Years Programme units of inquiry, with Year 5 and 6 students growing their entrepreneurship and business skills to design and run businesses, with the funds raised being donated to Australian Lutheran World Service to support primary school aged refugee children in Africa to receive an education.
Our school and Golden Grove Lutheran Church partnered together in the ‘Walk My Way’ initiative, with students walking up to 13km in the Barossa Valley, as well as participating in a school-based Colour Run – again raising funds for Australian Lutheran World Service.
Our Golden Grove Lutheran Community enjoys a strong partnership and relationship with the Asaroka Lutheran Community in Papua New Guinea which has a church fellowship, primary and secondary school. This has been a longstanding relationship for over two decades, with many resources being provided to support the students and community at Asaroka over this time, as well as visits of staff from each community to one another.
We also love our close relationship with Tea Tree Gully RSL, to honour servicemen and women who have given so much to make Australia the free and democratic society that it is today. We participate in the Dawn Service each year on Anzac Day, as well as enjoying RSL members and a catafalque party from the 7RAR regiment at the school Anzac Day service, building strong connections with our veterans and honouring our past.
Our annual Church and School Fete is a momentous occasion as a Golden Grove Lutheran Community – with many students taking on the role of ‘kid entrepreneurs’ for the day and conducting market stalls alongside the seasoned professionals!
We also have a great heart for ‘Backpacks for SA Kids’, regularly supporting this initiative to look after the disadvantaged closer to home.
Our students develop their philanthropic skills using the School Aid platform to develop aid initiatives closer to home, including ‘Bail Out a Buddy’ to support NSW flood victims. We are partnering with School Aid to conduct al longitudinal study in researching the positive benefits of philanthropy and service to others has in student self-reported wellbeing.