By Candice McKenna - Director of Sport
Well done to students and staff on Season 2 of APS sport. The effort contributed by all to weekly practise, and the energy committed to Friday sport is appreciated.
Brad Walker, Service Learning Coordinator
Service Learning is our own ongoing exploration of what exactly it is in this life that we simply cannot walk past, without actually doing something (carefully and thoughtfully) about it. The Service journey has begun for many of our students who have taken up the opportunities provided by the College with its community partners.
For those still thinking about what they might engage in over the course of the semester or year, can I encourage you to think about the six ‘Rs’?
The media likes to tell our children they are the most important people in the world and they should be doing ‘whatever it takes’ to turn their dreams into reality. Parents and teachers can balance this by modelling and encouraging a genuine interest in the well-being of others.
Here are three simple things we can do to promote a servant heart in our children:
Oh and if you were wondering what the sixth R is, it’s Reflection. It underpins all the other ‘R’ words but like all service endeavours, time and place are crucial for it to be effective. You might want to reflect on this later.
Enjoy the following brief reflections from a selection of students across the College, following various activities this term:
Year 6: "Forfeiting my run to volunteer on a Saturday morning at Park Run allows me to cheer on everyone to finish. I enjoy handing out the finish tokens to people of all ages."
Year 7: "My time at Terraces was a great, new experience for me as I felt that many of the elderly are very warm and friendly. After a short time there, it has helped me realise that just talking to the elderly can put a smile on their faces and that makes my afternoon."
Year 8: "Cooking a meal for someone in need is beneficial for many. Obviously, the community in which I am serving (by providing them with food, but also a place for connection). I also feel a sense of benefit through preparing a meal. It helps me with my cooking skills and reminds me that helping others also makes me feel good. My little brother also helps me cook the meal and I like telling him what it is about and who it benefits."
Year 9: "I love being a Somerset Shed mentor, because it allows me to help younger students improve their skills in something that I take a lot of joy from."
Year 10: "Clover Connect reminds me how important it is to help people. It also gives me a greater understanding about the community."
Year 11: "I’m really looking forward to welcoming the Year 5 students from Murgon State School to the Celebration of Literature next week. Since B1 last June, I’ve missed their friendship, their laughter, running around with them at lunch and helping them with their school work in the classroom."
Teacher from Mudgeeraba Special School: "My boys have been excited all day waiting for the Somerset Students to return. It is the highlight of their week."
1st XV: "Our community boasts a strong sense of togetherness and commitment. By sticking to these core values, as a group it means that we are always there for each other and always willing to help one another and the needy in the greater community."« Back to IndexNext article in this edition »