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Sport

Extensive studies prove that student involvement in school sport provides clear benefits in terms of physical fitness, health and wellbeing, cognitive development and social integration. St Luke's Anglican School offers a massive range of social, competitive, individual, and team sports for your child to participate in.

Meet Len Kirchner, Director of Co-Curricular Sport Activities


With a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Recreation and Sport Management and a Diploma of Higher Education in Teaching, Len began teaching in 1996 in his native home of South Africa. He soon took on the role of Sports Manager in his school, and assisted with the development of South Africa's first School Cricket Academy. In later years, Len would also establish a very successful Risk Management company, own a School Sporting Equipment Procurement Business, and purchase a regional airline company where he was the Managing Director.

Eventually Len and his wife moved to Australia, settling first on the Gold Coast, where he once again took up teaching and coaching. Now at St Luke's, he has been the Director of Co-Curricular Sport Activities since 2017, and has held numerous management and coaching positions at all levels in Cricket, Rugby Union and Athletics. Len also has four sons who are all past or present students at St Luke’s and incredible athletes and competitors in their own right.  

The Value of Sport


Apart from the clear physical benefits, sport at St Luke’s Anglican School helps in the overall development of students. Playing sports teaches lessons of life, such as teamwork, accountability, self-confidence, responsibility and self-discipline. Beyond this, participation in sport offers students the opportunity to develop challenging critical thinking skills, decision making strategies and even enhanced moral reasoning. Sport in our school environment, particularly through team activities, provides a social network for students based upon common interests outside the classroom. Sport enables another pathway for the fulfilment of personal potential, and allows young people to take on leadership roles and responsibilities.

St Luke's Range of Competitive Sports


All students at St Luke’s Anglian School participate in regular sport lessons. However, beyond the curriculum, there are many further opportunities for students to develop their understanding of commitment and teamwork, and gain great pleasure and satisfaction from sport. All students in Year 3-12 participate in three major Inter-House sporting carnivals - Swimming, Cross Country and Athletics. From these carnivals, there is the opportunity for many students to advance to Bundaberg District, Wide Bay Regional, State and National level in these sporting disciplines.

In addition, students can choose to be involved in a wide range of additional sporting activities at an Inter-School level, most of which can then lead onto District, Wide Bay and State representation. These include:

  • Australian Football
  • Basketball
  • Chess
  • Cricket
  • Equestrian
  • E-Sports
  • Football (Soccer)
  • Futsal
  • Golf
  • Netball
  • Rowing
  • Rugby League 9’s
  • Rugby Union 7’s
  • Surfing
  • Surf Life Saving
  • Table Tennis
  • Tennis
  • Ten Pin Bowling
  • Triathlon & Aquathlon
  • Touch Football
  • Volleyball

After-School Activities


Other sporting opportunities at St Luke’s Anglican School are in the form of a wide range of After-School Activities. These activities are run by specialists and experts in their fields, after school on weekdays for both Primary and Secondary students, all at no cost to students or families. The extensive list of activities includes:

  • Middle and Long Distance Running and Speed Training
  • Athletics Track and Field Training
  • Tennis Coaching
  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Netball
  • Auskick AFL
  • Oztag
  • Strength and Conditioning Workouts
  • Gymnastics and Dance
  • Regular Supervised Gym Sessions (before and after school several times each week)

Athlete Development Program


St Luke’s Anglican School is proud of its Athlete Development Program, provided at no cost to students or families. The program is aimed at assisting students to develop their holistic athleticism, no matter what their ability. Interested students in Year 6-10 can become involved in the program, which strives to develop areas such as movement competency, running technique, postural strength, speed and agility, nutrition and injury prevention. The program also provides an e-Learning platform through which students progress at their own pace, coupled with regular practical sessions during the school term.