The Year 10 Vocational Education course includes a Community Service program. This program has been a feature of the College curriculum for many years. Working in conjunction with the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award, the program fulfils the requirements of 15 hours of service. The Curriculum Council encourages all Years 10-12 students to participate in community service to develop leadership skills, social responsibility and citizenship. The program currently runs after lunch for two periods each Wednesday of term.
The program encourages students to participate in activities that contribute to making their local community a better place.
- One group of students will play board games and organise activities with the residents of Yallambee Village Aged Care in Mundaring to entertain and provide stimulation
- The Waste Wise Schools Program – students will be preparing and re-planting the organic vegetable garden situated at the College.
- Another group of students will be designing and creating large wall murals – using the themes of reduce, re-use, recycle and care of the earth – for the exterior walls of the Red Hill Environmental Education Centre in Toodyay
- Andrew’s Place, Parkerville is a home for people with intellectual disabilities. The students will be working on clearing an overgrown parcel of land and to plant an orchard for the use of residents. The students will also be setting up a number of worm farms to be located next to the house, recycling scraps into fertiliser for the existing vegetable garden and newly planted orchard.
- The final group of students will prepare resources for the Junior School students to use in a new literacy program being undertaken by the school. Some students will work alongside the children in the Early Childhood Centre.
Students doing community service are required to commit to the chosen project for the full ten weeks. The Duke of Edinburgh booklets are completed by the students to reflect the hours worked in community service and details of their involvement in the chosen project.
For further information about the community service program at Helena College please contact Margaret Hogan, Vocational Education teacher.