A Community is defined as:
Last week the Year 6, Year 10 and Year 11 Service-learning projects started to come to life, at no other time have I felt so honoured to be part of the A.B. Paterson College Community! You may recall, service-learning is an experiential learning pedagogy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enhance the learning experience and achieve identified outcomes (National Service-Learning Clearing House, 2013). Through service-learning, our students apply contemporary learning skills, learn real life skills and serve their community.
To see our students working on tasks to acknowledge Community organisations such as The Royal Flying Doctors, The Gold Coast Project for Homeless Youth, Headspace, Ocean Connect and Step, Back, Think, was truly humbling. Students in Years 6 and 10, along with parents and staff operating the barbeques, raised funds for their community organisation through a sausage sizzle, car wash, bake sale and BBQ breakfast, whilst our Year 11 students created advertising campaigns to educate other young people on real life issues such as mental health, ocean pollution and violence.
These service-learning projects followed on from the community service efforts of Lawson House earlier this term in raising funds and awareness for The Salvation Army.
Whilst our students and staff have collaborated to plan these events, it is safe to say that the service-learning projects and community service endeavours would fail without the support of the wider College Community. Thank you to our students, staff and parents for turning up to these events and in turn purchasing items to show your support, in the words of William Shakespeare, “I can no other answer make, but thanks and thanks and ever thanks.”
Toni Kirton – Director of Positive Education and Leadership