Given that students have given up so much of their time, it is hoped that the ‘Good News’ stories shared during assembly highlighted the significant difference many have and are continuing to make in the community, of which we applaud. For the first time this year, we celebrated students who received an Honours Award for the considerable amount of service hours completed over a three-year period. Special mention goes to the community award winners for 2017; Shaun Adams (256 hours), Thomas VanGilst (300 hours) and Alex Davies (318 hours) – a marvellous effort from our young men.
One of the many service initiatives which takes place throughout the year is our ‘Charity Drives.’ Although student’s respond extremely well in their giving, often they are left wondering what happens to their donated items and who receives them. Stephanie Donigi, mother to Year 4 student Manahali was kind enough to share her good news story. With students from Year 7 and the Junior School contributing to the ‘Book Drive’ throughout the year, Stephanie worked her magic, contacting an NGO who transported more than a tonne of books to Lowan Primary School in East Sepik, Papua New Guinea. Anticipating the arrival of the books, staff and families built the very first school library in the Province. These books were received with great excitement and the community was overwhelmed with the generosity our families. Through such stories, we can understand the value of giving especially, knowing what a significant difference books make to a child’s learning and how a library can bring a community together. Such a simple idea has made a huge difference to so many people.
With the St. Vincent de Paul Christmas Appeal currently in progress, we are reminded yet again of the number of people who go without. Sadly, for over 17,000 Australian children under the age of 12 don’t have access to the most basic needs, or have food to eat or a place to call home. The Ambrose Treacy College community have been very generous in giving and along with staff members who will be venturing out to the distribution centre to package items, we are once again spreading kindness, love and compassion and creating a positive ripple our to the community – one that will lead to many smiles on Christmas day and one that will make a difference to the lives of many.
I wish all our families a happy and holy Christmas and a safe and restful holiday.
Bernie Wong, Service Program Coordinator.