Our Student Life Department was specifically designed to create and foster a high school environment in which students thrive and enjoy their four years at OLu rather than merely endure high school as means to a collegiate end. Student Life aligns and integrates all student groups including Athletics and Student Leadership to create synergy, increase student involvement, promote relationships and foster both margin and fun. Programs, activities, and events are designed to help students be inspired to learn, grow and discover who they are - to identify and develop their God given gifts and talents, optimize their strengths, and grow in their faith. As a result, we invest in spending time together in Chapel, Daily Gathering, Praise and Prayer, pep rallies and school-wide celebrations. Some results of this time together include increased school spirit and students who enjoy a relaxed, safe and caring environment.
World Council includes all of our more than 1350 students. In addition, the following features of World Council generate opportunities for activities, discussions, academic support and social emotional learning in a variety of settings during our Daily Gathering time:
- Country Groups: Organized into 128 country groups and led by OLu’s faculty and staff, each group remains together all four years allowing students and leaders to develop meaningful relationships. Throughout the year specific days are designated for Country Group meetings and whole class gatherings. These days are designed to focus on global awareness, social emotional intelligence and leadership. In the Country Group meetings, students and their leaders participate in topic based collaboration, discussions or activities to inspire thought and growth centered in a new topic each time they meet. In addition, a larger class level gathering allows time for games, learning, exploration and personal insight provided by special guest, staff or student speakers.
- R.O.A.M. (Revitalize on a Monday): R.O.A.M. is offered on average once a month during Daily Gathering to create space in students’ busy schedules and options to participate in activities that best fit their current needs. R.O.A.M. activities vary and have included quiet rooms, yoga, swing dancing, study sessions, S’mores on Bunsen Burners, pancakes, cursive writing, board games, tutoring, interactive activities, current event discussions, walking, and comfort dogs to name a few. Faculty and staff volunteer to lead the various R.O.A.M. activities, and we have offered nearly 60 different options simultaneously.
- T.B.D. (To Be Discussed): T.B.D. is similar to R.O.A.M. in function, but is based on discussions rather than activities. Students select a topic and gather in small groups to discuss, argue and defend points of the selected topic. Because personal communication is such an important skill, this gives students the chance to disagree, agree and learn while participating in a discussion on a topic they are passionate about or interested in.
- Learning Support: Learning Support is a time when students have the opportunity to meet with teachers or counselors for additional academic support.