iServi News | 29 November 2019 | Term 4, Week 7
Our Year Nine students participated in powerful Christian Service Learning Days on Thursday or Friday this week.
In the morning, students joined in games aimed at fostering participation, problem solving and teamwork.
Next we looked at building a Christian community that seeks justice for all by serving others to ensure their rights are upheld and their needs are met. We explored the College’s Vision for Ministry, including our core charism of Service and our College value of Justice. We examined the reasons for, and needs addressed in, engaging in the Christian Service Learning program. The Year 7 to 12 CSL program was outlined and we looked at how to differentiate ‘Christian Service Learning’ from ‘Community Service’ and ‘Personal Development’.
An animated activity enjoyed by the students was the Web of Hope, where students shared with each other their hopes for the world and the gifts they will bring to creating this future. Other activities included ‘Living on less than $1.25 per day’, a trading game that looked at corruption and the inequity people experience and the Lolly Game which looked at the unequal access people have to the world’s resources. The boys also had a Privilege Walk which highlighted the privileged life some have at the exclusion of others.
After lunch, we reflected on what is genuine service, using the Immersion Experiences we had at Kora (child-care for disadvantaged families), the Emmanuel Centre (self-help centre for people who are differently abled) and several Aged Care Facilities.
During the day, students looked at the opportunities offered by the College through a myriad of service activities and considered completing a Certificate II Course or an Endorsed Unit which they will commence in Year Ten.
Mr Chris Callus
Assistant Deputy Principal – Service and Justice Education