Volunteer not so you can build your resume, but so you can build yourself
Opportunities for Community Service are plentiful at St Michael's Collegiate. Girls are involved in everything from cake stalls to visiting the Solomon Islands to assist with education and building projects in villages. In their House groups students select a charity to support through fundraising efforts. Each year the Year 12 students nominate a charity of their choice raise funds and awareness for that charity within the School and broader community.
Recent Community Service activities at Collegiate include Junior School students collecting food for Anglicare; students from the Middle School participating in Clean Up Australia Day and a visiting program with residents at St Ann’s Nursing Home; Year 9 students participating in tree planting and weed eradication in local communities and undertaking a 12 kilometre fundraising walk; and Senior School students organising various fundraisers, including a Mothers’ Day breakfast and Fashion Parade in support of their chosen charity.
Collegiate’s Academic Dean, Vivien Ride recently organised the inaugural “Collegiate Volunteering Expo”. Students were able to learn about volunteering opportunities with exhibitors from community organisations as diverse as Ronald McDonald House, Cancer Council Tasmania and the Dogs’ Home.
The rationale behind the Expo was that students would be able to make a contribution to their community by volunteering. For the students personally there are valuable skills and life lessons to be learnt through volunteering.
Community service is seen as an important component of a Collegiate education. It is an experience that provides the opportunity to give time and energy to a worthwhile cause. It helps show students that they can make a difference in the lives of others through their individual efforts. We try to emphasise that the students look outward into the community and, in doing so, feel a great sense of achievement in helping and seeing life by looking beyond themselves.
We encourage our girls to reflect on their learning and thereby evaluate their capacity to grow as confident students."
The power of the partnership between the School and parents is critical in education."
At Collegiate we offer girls a well-rounded education which develops their own interests and unique talents."
It is important our girls are respectful and supportive of others, both within their immediate and broader communities."