T4 Service Learning

Today T4, as part of their Service Learning, visited St Nicholas Church at Duncraig and undertook light cleaning and gardening duties under the supervision of Marty Ashton.

St Nicholas parish are an inclusive community.  St Stephen’s students volunteer their time to help this community by lightly cleaning the parish.

 

 

 

 

TS1 Homeroom Service Learning

As part of St Stephen’s School Service Learning initiative, TS 1 hit the beach at Pinnaroo Point to pick up rubbish as a whole Homeroom to help make a difference to the local environment.  Homeroom teachers Stefani Ntoumenopoulos and Andre Bourgault organised the clean up with assistance from Keep Australia Beautiful and their Adopt-a-Spot Program. It is wonderful to see young people, who really care about their environment, selflessly giving of their time to make a difference along our beautiful coastline.

Andre Bourgault
Teacher – Music
The Arts

Service Learning at Neil Hawkins Park

Today the T2 home room went on a service learning trip to Neil Hawkins Park to work with Kevin McCloud from the Friends of Yellagonga (FOY). The task was to rehabilitate a section of the parklands around the lake. The FOY in a community based organisation who aim is to protect and rehabilitate the local wetland. The students were able to assist in this by planting many native species back into a degraded section of the park. We were grateful to Kevin and the FOY in enabling the students to have this service learning opportunity and we hope that the students gained some confidence to know that they have the capacity to help our communities no matter what age they are and that the experience will help them engage more easily with a service mindset. The FoY have a face book page (friends of yellagonga regional park inc)  and you can join the group to find about their activities, it’s a great family opportunity to help out in our local community.”

Mr Biddle and Ms Roberts

GIVING IS THE GREATEST ACT OF GRACE

St Stephen’s School’s Service Learning program spread its wings even further this week with the launch of the brand-new Joondalup Food Cart service – a St Stephen’s initiative in partnership with Lakeside Joondalup, Rotary and for the benefit of UnitingCare West. The cart will be manned by volunteers, including our staff and students, to pick up unsold food from cafes and food outlets at Lakeside Joondalup to go to those in need through UnitingCare West Merriwa. Congrats to all involved! If you have always wanted to volunteer but don’t know where to start, visit our new-look Volunteers website where our Volunteers team can match you with a giving opportunity to suit your needs.

See more at volunteer.ststephens.wa.edu.au.

SCHOOL SLEEP OUT

School students will swap their school bags for sleeping bags later this year for the annual Anglicare School Sleep out. Although St Stephen’s isn’t part of the Anglican Schools Commission, Anglicare were impressed by our commitment to giving back through our Service Learning arm that they extended the invitation for our community to experience sleeping rough for one night, to see how the more than 9000 West Australians who are homeless live. If you’re interested in forming or joining a St Stephen’s School team, go to www.anglicarewaschoolsleepout.org.au.

Our School team page is at: https://anglicarewaschoolsleepout.org.au/teamststephens

Service Learning – Rocky Bay

Students from A5 spent a lovely lunch in February with the clients from Rocky Bay.  Students engaged with the clients by playing cricket, taking a lovely walk and even chasing them around the play area at Carine.

The students from A5 spent time cooking a barbecue lunch for the residents before everyone returned to school, happy and well fed.  It was a pleasure to see our students participate in such a fantastic service learning endeavour and their care and concern was a credit to them.

Leeanne Shanks
Teacher – Humanities and Social Sciences & Assistant Dean Alethea

RISE Service Learning for T1

T1 went to RISE to work with young people and adults with disabilities.  There were many activities to enjoy like painting portraits, working with clay and wood work.  Our students also enjoyed working alongside the people at RISE and getting to know them and support the staff.  Some of us learnt how to knit, and spent time in the textiles room where there was lots of laughter and chatting.  Other students from T1 supported RISE and the staff by sweep the bricked area in the garden and re arranging the flower pots making it a tranquil and quiet place to sit and enjoy being in nature. After a wonderful time, the T1 students who attended this community service expressed how much fun it was and that the time they spent at RISE was time well spent.  We are thankful for the opportunity to support people with disabilities.

Shannon Fletcher
Teacher – Science

Service Learning for A2

As part of their Service Learning today A2 paid a  visit to Creative Arts by RISE (formerly CATA) in Warwick.

Rise works with adults with disabilities to enjoy creative arts, which include drawing, woodwork, pottery and sewing. Our students had a hugely enjoyable time working with them on their artistic projects. All agreed it was a very worthwhile experience and, as ever, the students were a credit to themselves and to the school.

The students who attended from the A2 HR were:

  • Camile Copley
  • Chloe Aeschlimann
  • Max Geneve
  • Jaidyn Herman

Howie Jakeway

Head of Learning Area – English and Languages

 

Service Learning

Recently I had the fortune of taking four Year 9 boys for a Service Learning excursion to Joondalup Library where we helped seniors solve their iPad issues (with help from ECU volunteers). For me it was a lot of fun and very rewarding to be a part of.

I just wanted tto commend the boys on their efforts and how well they communicated with those needing help. The seniors I spoke to said the boys knew a lot, were informative, friendly and explained the instructions clearly – future teachers maybe?

Commendations to the boys who came, as they did a fabulous job:

Noah Franks

Ned Hollander

Craig Toner

Tom Sorrell

On a humorous sidenote, the photo below is of Tom Sorrell chatting a couple’s ears off about his experiences with trojan viruses and ransomware. Look how captivated they are! 

Mr James Hummerston 
Teacher of Media, HASS and Design

 

Service Learning Timean Style

A big thanks to Kevin McCloud for allowing us to work with him in spending some time weeding and planting at Bindaree park, one of the many local wetland regions that the FoY are involved in.

It is hoped that the students can build a connection with their local environment and become involved in serving community organisations such as FoY, leading the way for other students to get involved in supporting their local environment.

Timean T2 students carrying out some service learning with the Friends of Yellagonga (FoY) group.

http://www.friendsofyellagonga.com.au/

From left to right:

Kevin McCloud, Tessa Alymore, Amy Pearce, William Carter, Tom  Goldberg, Sam  Comisky, Jackson Bond, Georgia McCluskey, Georgia Lodwick.