As per the Vision Statement for the Anglican Schools in the Diocese of Brisbane, our Service-Learning programme provides opportunities to enable our students to live the Gospel message by developing skills and values to live in peace and harmony, seeking justice for all with a priority for the poor, powerless, persecuted and marginalized.
Service-Learning is a teaching/learning method that connects meaningful community service experiences with academic learning, personal growth and civic responsibility. It enriches the lives of all students as its teaching methodology provides developmental opportunities that promote personal, social and intellectual growth, as well as civic responsibility and career exploration. Most young people have critical needs in each of these areas that must be met if they are to make a successful transition from childhood to adulthood. Service-Learning connects student learning to life in the belief that reciprocal service experiences provide powerful opportunities for intellectual and spiritual growth, and fosters an enriched sense of social responsibility. Service-Learning is different from community service although it can have similar outcomes at times.
• is a 'way of teaching' to nurture global citizens
• is a pedagogy of engagement
• puts the language of values into action
• is embedded in the P-12 academic curriculum
• is reflective, changing us from the "inside out"
• is "assessable"
• is learner-centred and connects learning to giving
• aims to change both recipient and provider of the service
• strengthens our sense of being part of humankind
1. Direct Service-Uses curriculum connections through achievement standards in the specific learning areas, as well as through the General Capabilities and the Cross-Curriculum Priorities from the Australian curriculum. It has assessable learning outcomes. Every student in the year level or subject participates. Generally in this model students will work one-on-one helping others in the community.
2. Indirect Service- Also involves a whole year level or subject, but the service activity may not be embedded in the formal curriculum. For example, the camping programme or special whole year level events. It may or may not have assessable learning outcomes. However, community engagement and reflection is still an important part of this type of service-learning. It does not always require one-on-one work, but still provides valuable services to the community.
3. Advocacy- Students take an informed stand on social issues and disseminate information about the issue to their community. It usually involves groups of students who influence the School culture and inspire others to value and participate in service activities. They also enhance relationships with our community partners at the local, national and international level.
"Service-Learning has to do with powerful purposes-getting kids into the world. Jean Piaget says that schooling isn't worth anything unless it creates for people the capacity to believe that they can change the world. If our kids don't believe they can change the world, then I think we ought to say that our education has not been powerful enough."
Year 2 - English- Postman Platypus
Year 3 - History- Celebrations and Commemorations
Years 5/6 - English/History-Senior Pen Pals
Year 7- Science/Geography- Classification and Waterways
Year 9 – Service and Leadership Camp
Year 9- French Elective -New Caledonia Trip
Year 9- Music Elective-School of Rock
Year 10- Volunteering/Careers Expo
Year 11- Science 21
Year 11-Social and Community Studies
Years 11/ 12- Hospitality - Homeless Connect
Year 12 and Beyond - Volunteer Gap Placements
Other associated projects include the Amnesty International Club where Senior School students organise various fund raising events for charities and provide advocacy for Amnesty campaigns, undertake weekly visits to Surfers Paradise Anglican Crisis Care to provide lunch service to the homeless, visit local nursing homes to support the elderly with letter writing for the Pen Pal project, make bows for the Uniting Church annual Christmas wrapping appeal, and collect toothbrushes/ toothpaste for Fiji.
Middle School students are also involved in other projects.