Junior School girls happy and smiling at recess
03 November 2017

Developing positive character virtues

​Stage 3 girls recently participated in a Service Learning program. This powerful approach to learning provides students with authentic experiences in which they can gather academic content in a real-life context. Contributing to the local community develops citizenship, responsibility, and many other positive character virtues, making it a highly effective program.

The girls focused on needs in our community and how they can assist, not in the form of fundraising, but in doing and giving their time. Year 5 assisted with a local playgroup, and Year 6 visited the SummitCare nursing home next door. We are proud of the compassion and interest shown by our girls, especially in light of the report in last week's ABC News. Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt stated, 'Up to 40 per cent of people in aged care homes never get visitors' which is a sad indictment on our society. 

Year 6 reflected on their recent visits to SummitCare:

"The experience changed me. It made me more appreciative of my mum, dad, nan, pop and granny because they won't be alive forever." Olivia Doble

"Seeing how happy it made the residents made me think about my grandparents and wanting to see them more." Scarlett Smart

"The experience made me feel happy and proud because when I was talking the residents had smiles on their faces, and that made me happy." Abbey Lissenden

"The experience has made me realise that there are many things to be grateful for." Samarah Issa

 Ms Sarah Guy
Deputy Headmistress | Head of Junior School​