Welcome to Community Service!
Community Service is all about volunteering out in the community. It can be extremely rewarding and a lot of fun. It also makes our whole community better. But did you know, it can also enhance your career prospects? It doesn’t matter about your educational background because anyone can volunteer. Our aim is for every student to complete at least 20 hours before they leave the college in Year 12; with those hours being recorded for WACE.
So you may ask yourself what are the benefits? Participation in volunteering can boost your skills, such as more self-confidence; broadening your skillset; meeting new people and widening your social network; learn and model appropriate behaviour when in the community. Volunteering lets you try out a new career, plus employers are impressed by your initiative to try something new and step out of your comfort zone. There is another benefit, you may be recommended to the VET Coordinator for up and coming apprenticeships, community-based or college-based traineeships that link into TAFE. Even Universities will look at your community service records to help you with entry into courses. YES, THERE IS MORE! It is now possible to undertake a Community Service Endorsed Program, in Year 11 or 12. This entails 55 hours of volunteering and a workbook to complete which is worth one unit towards your WACE.
So, what sorts of activities can you get involved in? Some examples of college-based activities are sports marshalling at carnivals, assisting in the canteen or classroom, reading to primary students, crèche care, umpiring, traffic surveys, student councillor, ball committee representative, band member, leading cattle at an agricultural show, Have A Go Expo volunteer, etc.
In the community, you can be involved in fundraising activities for the Salvation Army and Royal Flying Doctors, hospitality with Mt. Barker Golf and Bowls clubs, Rotary Seniors lunch, Plantagenet Arts Council, Biggest Morning Tea, Art Trail opening night, Porongurup Art Trail, and Wine Festival, etc. Other activities include working with the Shire’s Works and Services department, Driver Reviver for the Road Wise committee, and Horsepower. 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!
Go on…..Get out there and have fun!!!!
If you would like to know more, please contact Pauline Hughes at the College on 9851 5800.