A spirit of service celebrates personal development through practical experience bringing sustainable support and benefit to others. Keenness and an ability to learn in real-world contexts delivers meaningful and lasting value to others as well as oneself. An understanding and respect for cultural difference develops through shared experience and partnership.
Our theme for the week is UBUNTU – NANYOOBOORA which combines an African philosophy and an indigenous concept that both promote ‘community’ and ‘connection’. ‘We are who we are through others’ will be the catch cry of our week and provide a platform to explore the notion of service.
The week is action packed and, while the focus is on ‘service’, the staff team has worked hard to ensure there are a variety of activities. The students will be volunteering, but they will also be listening to speakers, meeting interesting people and doing a range of activities that seek to extend their understanding of service and social justice issues.
There will be adventure elements such as urban abseiling and the Round Square Amazing Race, which will see the students doing a series of challenges across the school.
Service Week will provide opportunities for self- reflection and the development of new skills. We hope it will foster compassion, empathy and civic responsibility as our young people are challenged to think beyond themselves and ask ‘What do I think and what can I contribute?’