Community Service

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Not aptly named because of the link with law breakers, the Community Service Programme is an opportunity for years 7 to 12 students to give back to the Plantagenet community and the college, in volunteering enterprises. The aim is for every student to complete at least 20 hours before they leave the college; those hours are recorded on their WACE or Leaving certificate in year 12.

So you may ask yourself what are the benefits for the student, apart from having time off class. Well I guess that in itself is sometimes a bonus, however participation in volunteer  activities lead students to gain more self-confidence; broaden their skill base; meet new people and widen their social network; they learn how to model appropriate behaviour when in the community and promote their existing life skills. There is another plus for some students who display their positive skills, they maybe recommended to the VET co-ordinator for any up and coming apprenticeships, community based or college based traineeships which links in to TAFE based studies. AND YES THERE IS MORE!!! It is now possible to undertake a Community Service endorsed programme which entails 55 hours of volunteering and a work book to complete which is worth one unit to finishing college.

So what sorts of activities can they get involved in? – this list is very long so I will give some examples of College based activities: sports marshalling, assisting in the canteen or class room, reading to primary students, crèche care, umpiring, traffic survey, student councillor, youth empowerment volunteer, ball committee representative, band member, leading cattle at an agricultural show, Have A Go expo volunteer, and the list goes on.

In the community students are involved in fundraising ventures for the Salvation Army and Royal Flying doctors, hospitality with Mt.Barker Golf and Bowls club, Anzac Day catering, the Rotary Seniors lunch, Plantagenet Arts Council – Biggest Morning Tea, Art Trail opening night and the Speedway Canteen. Other ventures include working with the Shire plants and gardens section, Driver Reviver for the RoadWise committee, Riding for the Disabled, assist setting up the Mount Barker horse show and at the Mount Barker Turf club. Many students belong to netball, footy, swimming, soccer, basketball and hockey clubs who engage in voluntary activities, mainly coaching and umpiring and the list goes on.

So I hope I have given you a little snapshot of the program. I would ask you to encourage your children to get involved and of course I forgot the most important aspect   —- HAVE FUN.

PS If you would like to know more please contact Roger Barrett on the College number or by email roger.barrett@education.wa.edu.au.