A distinguishing factor of Swan Christian College is our emphasis on service as we seek to follow in Jesus’ footsteps.
Jesus tells us in Matthew 20: 26-28, that if we want to be leaders we must first learn how to serve. And he also tells us that “He didn’t come to be served but to serve and give His life as a ransom for many”.
Service Learning connects our head, heart and hands. Identifying and addressing the world’s needs is at the core of each subject on the Service Learning curriculum. Students learn the complexity of issues that people face, and brainstorm redemptive solutions. Through a combination of classroom learning and hands-on exposure in the field, students gain empathy and immense satisfaction from blessing others.
This year, Swan students will be raising funds for children in the Philippines, Zambia and Outback Australia. They will cook soups for the homeless and some will help deliver it on the streets.
Junior school students will clean up our river banks, plant trees and visit aged care facilities.
Middle school students will do a workshop on working with the marginalised, participate in gardening for aged pensioners and give a helping hand to environmental groups.
There will be seven international and intrastate trips in 2018 to offer our students the opportunity to come face to face with vulnerable people and help to encourage them through service. Three trips are planned to the outback of Western Australia to work with Indigenous children and learn about Aboriginal culture. Three trips are also planned to the Philippines as well as a trip to Zambia to visit the Light Up Ahead School established by Swan in 2009. These trips will not only impact the lives of people in need, it will also be life-changing and remain etched into the memories of Swan students for many years to come.
For more information about the Service Learning programs offered at Swan Christian College please contact Mr Ray Hockley, Head of Service Learning on 9374 8300.