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22000 Hours and Counting....

Staff at ATC are dedicated to ensuring that each of our young men has a holistic education. A good example of this commitment is the College’s Service Program. While Service doesn’t usually make the list of 21st century skills at most schools, it is integral to ATC and is a sought after character trait by today’s employers. Through the Service Program boys receive the gift of giving back to others, ensuring old fashioned values related to social connectedness and generosity of spirit, are as much a part of the future as they have been in the past.

As we approach the last few weeks of the 2018 school year, it is important that we take some time to reflect on the Service program. Since its inception, we have found that one of the most valuable ways to be of service to others is to show them that we care. Giving time and encouragement to someone is often found to be more valuable than the most generous gift.

Matthew 20: 28 ‘the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve.”

Students are introduced to service in Year 4 where they are encouraged to be compassionate and caring of each other. As students’ progress into high school, they are guided to broaden their commitment to the wider community, to delve deeper and to see the greater good as they serve others. With the theme for the year based around the acronym of H.O.P.E – Helping Other People’s Easy, students have successfully completed 22,411 registered hours of Service. Although success isn’t based on the number of hours completed, it is hoped that students realise that their actions are making a significant difference to the lives of many.

How Did It Make You Feel?

Watch our Service video and listen to students reflect on Service initiatives, their involvement and what they feel they gained out of helping others.

Jack – Spent time cleaning up his little brother’s kindergarten by mowing the lawn and clearing the pathways in preparation for the start of school. “I felt happy that I helped kids that were younger than me, as it allowed them to enjoy the area and were comfortable in their new environment.”

Christian – sold raffles tickets for a fundraiser to support a young girl who had recently lost her arm to cancer. “I had lots of fun knowing that I was able to help someone…I felt proud.”

Sammy – completed the Walk4BrainCancer to support those who have been affected, who are having treatment now and those who have passed away from Brain Cancer. “I did the walk with my family as it means a lot to them; because my granny passed away from brain cancer.”

Irrespective of age, we can experience a sense of achievement, while making a difference in the world in which we live.

It is important to remember that as we move into the Christmas season that there is tremendous power in little acts of goodness and kindness. Over the last days of the school term, students have been asked to support the Vinnies Christmas Appeal which raises awareness around the issues of homelessness and poverty in Australia. Often a stressful time of year for individuals and families, Christmas can be more enjoyable for those in need if they are supported by their community. It is hoped that the food items brought in by students will alleviate some of the pressures faced during the festive season. The second way boys can support those in need is by ‘Giving Up a Treat for a Week” and donating $5 to the India Immersion Project. Year 11 students will be departing Brisbane next Friday and plan on donating items to homeless children in India. Thank you to all our students and families who give so generously, support us so wholeheartedly and build our community spirit.

Wishing all our families a happy and holy Christmas.

Bernard Wong
Service Program Coordinator