Whitsunday Anglican School has a strong commitment to Service Learning, both within the School and the wider community. Service within the School is driven by our desire to promote and exemplify our core values.
The School’s Service Learning Program not only teaches but also encourages our students to carry out well-meaning activities that will benefit others more than themselves. The program seeks to raise awareness of the needs of others and develop a culture of responsibility and care for them inspiring a sense of empathy towards all members of the community.
It is through the example of Jesus that service plays an important role at the School. The Service Learning Program encourages our students to practically follow the way of Jesus by developing the virtues of honesty, integrity, compassion, respect, humility and kindness.
The School has a long history in assisting local, state, national and international charities and organisations. In the past our School community has provided assistance to: World Vision Australia, Mackay Base Hospital Foundation (Children’s Ward), CQ Rescue Helicopter, RSPCA, the construction of wells in Cambodia, The Heart Foundation, Red Cross Blood Service, Anglicare Mackay, Anglican Board of Mission Australia (ABMA), Blue Care, Cystic Fibrosis, Surf Lifesaving Mackay, Warrawee Retirement Village (St. George), Meals on Wheels, Queensland Cancer Fund and Angel Flight.
Students also engage in service within the School, participating as waiters and ushers at key School events, assisting with the Whitsunday Voices Youth Literature Festival and lending an extra hand in the library, tuckshop and sports shed. Older students also have the opportunity to assist younger students with reading sessions, prep duty and providing assistance with co-curricular activities.
For many years, the School has offered the opportunity for our Years 9 to 12 students to be involved in various service clubs. The clubs offered at the School are Interact, Z-Club and Amnesty International. These clubs, each with their individual focus, provide an opportunity for students to meet and discuss topical issues and to plan and organise events that promote and raise awareness of issues that affect us. Involvement in a service club is an excellent way to meet like-minded peers.
International Service Learning Expeditions
An integral part of our Service Learning Program is our international expeditions to various countries around the world. These trips have a different Service Learning focus that ranges from fundraising to practical volunteering projects.
Over the years groups have been sent to Vietnam and Cambodia, Minot in the US and Tanzania. These expedition groups have achieved many great accomplishments around the globe and have shown how our School community is doing our bit to show compassion in action.
Service Learning expeditions are open to all members of the Whitsunday Anglican School community.