St John’s Semester One Community Service’s
Here are some of the amazing community work St John’s students have done throughout Semester One. We look forward to see what they can achieve by the end of 2017.
- Twenty Year 10 students have recently attended the annual Wontok conference in Brisbane city. The WonTok conference engages secondary students in interactive learning activities to raise awareness about the complexities of global poverty. This was a fantastic opportunity for our students to not only learn about some of these issues, but also recognize the role that they as future leaders can play in social justice. The students are presenting their reflections on Chapel in the coming weeks and so we look forward to hearing their thoughts
- Forty students and four staff embark on a three week Community Service trip to Cambodia in the coming weeks. Whilst there, the groups will be visiting rural communities and boarding with homestays as they construct housing for the village. They will also be visiting local schools to teach English. Wishing you all safe travels!
- St John’s Anglican College continued its’ close link with the Inala Homework Club. Semester One saw students from Years 10, 11 and 12 volunteer on a Tuesday afternoon to help students of primary school age with literacy and numeracy.“Through these activities (Tuesday afternoons) we are seeing more students wanting to read and do extra worksheets. We are also conducting small science experiments and physical activities upon completion of school assigned homework. Our St John’s volunteers conduct story time and organise the science experiments; and our students have become more engaged through this interaction.” ICH Homework Club’ Coordinator, Anushka Abeyewardene.
- The semester concluded recently with a special performance from members of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra who played alongside Year Seven students, Ryan Nguyen and Ethan Nguyen. It was a lovely occasion for the children of the ICH community and our St John’s Anglican College performers were exceptional. Thank you to Ryan and Ethan for your contributions, as well all students who have attended the Homework Club this semester.
- During Semester One Mrs Gramenz had the assistance of 30 student coaches who volunteered to help to coach and/or manage a TAS or JTAS team. These students committed to an additional two training sessions per week as well as match days, and are vital to the growing sporting culture here at St John’s. In addition, a number of students assist Mr Murray and Alpine Place staff at their annual X-Country House comp. Our Senior students provided a wonderful atmosphere for the Junior students and were a big part of the running of the day. Thank you to all students for their service to the sporting program.
- Year Eleven students, Sarah Way and Tiarna Mundy were formally recognised recently at the QLD Day – Many Cultures, One Community event. Local MP Leeanne Enoch awarded both girls with a ‘Contribution to Community’ award to recognise their outstanding service to a variety of organisations in the local community. We are extremely proud of their achievements.
- Helping Hands is an organization that operates a food van to residents of the Ipswich area who have fallen on hard times. Several St John’s Anglican College students from Years 10, 11 and 12 accompanied the food van on a number of occasions this term to assist in providing food, tea/coffee and essential daily items to people in need. Students took great pride in this service and made a lovely impression on the people in which they were assisting.
- Our middle school Religious and Values education program had the Year Seven students investigate the issue of Homelessness in Term Two. Students examined some of the social issues that relate to homelessness and spent time reflecting on the stereotypes associated with people living on the street. They performed budgeting tasks to highlight the difficulties that some families face, as well as listening to song lyrics and writing poems. Students are now creating care packages to provide comfort for some of Brisbane’s homeless population. These will be delivered to Anglicare representative Tiffany Berg next term.
- Year Eight students spent the term learning about social justice. Deputy Head of College, Mrs Robern Hinchliffe was a guest presenter, speaking to the students about her extensive travel experiences to South-East Asia and her role as an advocate for the Days for Girls organisation. Mrs Hinchliffe discussed her experiences relating to social justice and introduced the concept of advocacy to the cohort. Students are currently examining a social justice issue of their choice and will advocating for change next term at the Advocacy Expo.
Students and staff are to be congratulated for their efforts throughout Semester One, who despite the busy workload of academics, sporting and performing arts commitments, never fail to contribute to their community and offer assistance to those in need.