At Ambrose Treacy College we believe service is central to the authenticity of our community as it empowers a boy’s capacity to live his faith through action. We provide a comprehensive service learning program designed to form young men for others through meaningful and challenging opportunities, programs and immersions. Each boy is required to accrue hours of service as they work with, learn from and build relationships with those on the margins. Our boys are provided with a range of initiatives to serve both within and outside our community, and are invited to create additional service learning opportunities as they progress.
At Ambrose Treacy College each boys reflects upon the nature of their service experiences in light of the stories of Jesus, Edmund Rice and Ambrose Treacy in order to make their message of justice and compassion a living reality. The service learning initiatives are structured, sustained and integrated into our academic curriculum allowing our boys to develop their faith, community connections and academic achievement. The Service Program is a great way to connect with our community and give service to others and their communities. More specifically, each Year level and House group at the College is linked to a particular ‘Friendship Group’ with whom they share experiences, donate funds and become advocates for.
How Does it Work?
Your son is expected to record his service hours and then get them verified by his family and staff. After the service hours have been verified they are recorded on SEQTA by his Home Room Teacher, displayed on his Student Dashboard and reported on his College Report. He doesn’t have to undertake the same service activity for the whole year. He may choose a number of activities that can be split throughout the year. Regular commitment is still to be shown however there is no purpose in continuing an activity that he dislikes or if his circumstances change. Each student is expected to complete the nominated service hours after which a Service Certificate is awarded to the student.
We would love to celebrate your contribution! Please forward a short description of each service initiative with some images to firstname.lastname@example.org We will, where possible, share your good new stories through our digital platforms e.g. Facebook, blog, website, yearbook, and at College assemblies etc.
Annual Service Awards are also available to all student who go above and beyond. The Service Awards are not a competition against anyone else, but rather a personal challenge. A minimum number of hours are required for a student to qualify for a Service Award. Please see the Service Program Journal for more details.
Service has helped young people choose a career, strengthen traits like kindness and generosity, and develop skills that can strength in relationships. Service can bring fun, laughter, and cherished memories. Service isn’t just about helping people in need. It also has the potential to influence the person your son will become. The Service Program is a great way to:
• Try new things
• Hang out with friends
• Help out the community
• Gain confidence
• Build on life skills
• Make a difference
• Challenge himself
• Be recognised
The Service Program is a great way to connect with our community and give service to others and their communities. It gives your son the chance to connect with individuals and groups that you may have previously overlooked or not been aware of, and to make a real difference to his world. There are lots of great things he can get from it including learning new interpersonal skills, connecting with people for different walks of life, making friends and having fun. It is also an opportunity for your son to learn about himself.
Over the past 20 years there has been a significant amount of research on the impact of service on students learning and growth. It has been shown to have a positive impact on personal, interpersonal and community development:
- Improve student academic engagement and success through improving the connection of the classroom experience with life in the community.
- Develop amongst staff, students and families the concepts of leadership, which promotes and models a commitment to justice and to education for justice and peace.
- Form staff, students and families to have a desire and skills to positively change and transform our world.
- Improve social and emotional outcomes such as resilience, managing conflict, respecting diversity and character development.
- Improve the development of the spiritual life of the students.
- Experience success no matter what a student’s ability level.
- Develop as leaders who take initiative, solve problems, work as a team, and demonstrate their abilities while and through helping others.
- Improve the school culture.