School ORA et LABORA, managed by Christian Education Foundation (Yayasan Pendidikan Kristen/YPK) ORA et LABORA, was established on May 28, 1966 by Benny Rob Arie Riupassa and Johannes Boudewijn Riupassa. The school is located at Jalan Panglima Polim I block N number 1 South Jakarta. The school building is used for teaching and learning activities from kindergarten, elementary to junior high school levels. In 1980 the school building that was still semi-permanent, was renovated into a permanent building that stands sturdily until nowadays.
In 1981, the teaching and learning activities for Senior High School was begun in noon until afternoon. Many achievements, both academic and non-academic, have been achieved by ORA et LABORA Panglima Polim. The most prominent non-academic activity is the choir, which won the Silver medal at the choir competition in ITB, 2nd champion of choir competition at provincial level and some other competitions. Presently, school units in ORA et LABORA Panglima Polim consist of Kindergarten, Elementary School and Junior High School.
ORA et LABORA Panglima Polim
In 1986, School ORA et LABORA had a new building at jalan Gedung Hijau Raya, Pondok Indah. Further, this new building is used for teaching and learning activities for Junior High School and Senior High School. The teaching and learning activities for Senior High School that was initially took place in the noon, has been shifted to in the morning.
With the presence of new building in Pondok Indah area, image of school ORA et LABORA is more popular, given schools ORA et LABORA are located in two elite residential areas. The Kindergarten and the Elementary School are in Panglima Polim, Kebayoran Baru, while the Junior High School and the Senior High School are located in Pondok Indah.
A series of high achievement have been successfully achieved by the students in both locations, particularly in the field of choir. In the choir competition at DKI provincial level, from year to year, SMP Pondok Indah has been always being in the biggest 3. Likewise, in the judo sport championship, SMA Pondok Indah has successfully placed one of its students as a national level judoka. In addition, the SMA is well-known for its “cheerleader” activity and even people call it as an artist school, because many students of ORA et LABORA Pondok Indah became famous artists later. In 2005, SMP ORA et LABORA Pondok Indah was moved back to Jalan Panglima Polim, Kebayoran Baru, whereas SMA ORA et LABORA Pondok Indah continued until 2007.
ORA et LABORA Pondok Indah
In 1996, YPK ORA et LABORA expanded the educational services of kindergarten, elementary school, junior high school and senior high school to Bumi Serpong Damai (BSD) area. The Foundation rented 2 units of 3 floors shop-house, as a temporary place while waiting for completion of construction of new school building at Jalan Anggrek Loka BSD, Tangerang Selatan. At beginning 1997 the development was declared complete and the teaching and learning activities for kindergarten, elementary school, junior high school and senior high school began to place the new building. Existence of School ORA et LABORA BSD was increasingly well-known from day to day. This is evidenced by the increasing number of students every year.