Students at Coomera Anglican College recently completed Service Week from 28 – 31 August, a CAConnect Project initiative that gives students the opportunity to give back to the community through a range of community service projects.
The Gold Coast group remained in the local area to immerse themselves in the community by helping students at the local special school, visiting the elderly at an aged care facility, preparing meals for the homeless at the Surfers Paradise Anglican Crisis Care, working alongside victims of abuse and disadvantage and brightening up the homeless centre with donated artworks created by Year 9 students.
Service Week Coordinator, Sasha Ristic, said the week aimed to encourage self-awareness, deeper learning and reflection by assisting those through a service learning experience that reflects the College’s core values of ‘Imagine, Listen and Respect’.
“At Coomera Anglican College, we pride ourselves on being a school that gives back to the wider community while educating our students about empathy, leadership, service and the essence of community while promoting the dimensions of Service and Faith according to our Strategic Agenda,” said Mr Ristic.
“Our students were very excited for Service Week and the CAConnect Project and especially loved the idea of giving back to the community, helping those that don’t have much and simply immersing themselves as guests into different communities and working with the people rather than for the people,” he said.
Two groups of 26 Year 9 students and four staff members travelled more than 800km west to Queensland’s remote towns of Charleville and Mitchell to participate in local activities as part of the CAConnect program, an initiative which Mr Ristic said was about assisting and making a difference in communities beyond the College.
“Over five days, these two groups engaged, connected and became part of these remote communities by working alongside the locals and sharing music through various projects at the local Primary and High schools,” he said.
“At Coomera Anglican College, we are dedicated to instilling the importance of community service in our students while also making a difference to not just our own local community, but those in more remote regions.”
“As part of the Anglican diocese, our College is strongly connected to the Anglican Church and it is through this expanded community that we have been given those opportunities to explore the pathways of service learning.”
For more information about Coomera Anglican College, visit www.cac.qld.edu.au.