In line with the CAS requirements when completing the IB Diploma Programme, our students participate in a variety of Service activities. Volunteer Week highlights the importance of Service within our community and enables students to learn through experience, developing empathy, a sense of accomplishment and enjoyment derived from giving back. CAS is also an important counterbalance to the academic pressures of the Diploma Programme. Below are two examples of our students' Service activities in action.
This year QAHS has re-established our connection with our community partner, Ashmore PCYC. Our QAHS students volunteer their time weekly as Homework mentors in the After-school Care Centre. This meaningful service allows students to build positive relationships within our community and assist primary age students with homework and leadership mentoring. The service activity runs weekly through until the end of Term 4.
Reflection from Year 11 Student, Amelie Wilson:
'Last week, I had the pleasure of volunteering for homework mentors at PCYC. During the time I spent with the children there, I was able to form new connections and establish relationships while engaging in physical and mental activities. The experience allowed me to relate with the younger generation and present myself as a role model. Via the direct volunteering approach, I was able to see the effects of my actions shown by the happiness and joy brought from me spending the afternoon with them'.
The Gold Coast Recreation and Sport Inc mission is to provide opportunities for people with a disability to participate in recreation and sport. It's all about having fun, keeping fit, making new friends, joining a team, experiencing competition and being a part of the local community.
QAHS has joined in partnership this year with Gold Coast Recreation and Sport and some of our Year 12 students have signed up as part of a CAS – Service activity. They attend regular weekly sessions in Term 2 and have the oportunity to participate in the annual events such as Trek for Rec and an athletics carnival in the June/July school holidays, with activities continuing into Term 3.
Reflection from Year 12 Student, Harrison Hanley:
'My recent opportunity to volunteer at the Gold Coast Recreation & Sport Inc proved to be a highly valuable experience that provided a new perspective into another aspect of society I am not usually exposed to. Working with young children with disabilities allowed me to reflect on how I communicate with others and the communication skills many take for granted. I look forward to further time with the group and hope I can help impart my social abilities to assist with the children's development'.