It’s an exciting time at the College as students in Years 6, 10 and 11 ponder what they can do to use their hands, heads and hearts to help others.
Our Year 6 students are in action mode advertising their upcoming sausage sizzle on Tuesday 29 May to support the work of the Royal Flying Doctors, whilst students in Year 10 are excitedly organising several events to raise awareness for those experiencing homelessness. Both projects are part of the College service-learning program which seeks ways to integrate meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enhance the learning experience (National Service-Learning Clearing House, 2013).
Through Service-learning projects, students learn real life skills, contribute to their communities and learn that they have a responsibility to serve their community. Integral to effective service-learning is meeting genuine need and reflecting on the learning journey. The beauty of service-learning is that it provides an opportunity for students to not only assist and acknowledge others but to utilise the skills that they learn in the classroom in a real-world setting. That is, in order for the students to design, develop and facilitate a successful project they need to draw on contemporary skills such as critical thinking, problem solving and collaboration to plan and deliver the project. These contemporary skills have been evidenced throughout the Year 11 Service-learning project which involves working with Surfers Sunrise Rotary Club to build 40 off-road wheel chairs to be donated to those suffering mobility issues in third world countries. The capacity of our Year 11 students to embrace this project has been amazing to watch unfold!
It would be greatly appreciated if you would consider supporting the below student lead initiatives:
We look forward to your continued support.
Director of Positive Education & Leadership