Term One has seen many of our students sign-up to a range of activities actively promoting awareness or directly raising funds for a range of charities. Similarly, our Student Committees have started in earnest and we’ve witnessed record numbers of students join these recently.
There are so many opportunities to engage in our Service Learning Programme. In our most recent initiative launched this week to our Year 10 cohort, a large number of our students expressed an interest to travel north to Murgon State School in June to embark on a programme where they will have the opportunity to empathise with aboriginal culture amongst other things. We have also had the pleasure of hosting the beautiful kids of Mudgeeraba Special School at the Celebration of Literature.
As a staff member involved in these wonderful, magical, at-times-exceptional experiences, I find it impossible to tell who benefits the most – not that it truly matters. Is it the Somerset students who have had their eyes, ears and, ultimately, hearts opened? Or the organisations and delightful children who are so accepting, welcoming, warm, fun, and effervescent, despite what roadblocks their own life journey have presented? This week we have reports from our Year 7s who are supporting Hayley’s Cupboard, Starkey PC Groups on their Spider Stalls and our Year 12 initiative with Clover Hill State School. I invite you to read their reports within the Times.