It is more Blessed to
Give than to Receive
It is more Blessed to Give than to Receive (Acts 20:35)
Empowering children with the mindset that ‘we can help, we can make a difference’ remains a priority at St George’s Anglican Grammar School for all within the school. The sense of family, togetherness, care, and compassion for others remains a strong emphasis and focus of our Pastoral Care program.
Students raise both much needed funds and awareness of those less fortunate than themselves in a variety of ways throughout the school year. Whilst COVID restrictions have made some of these activities a little more challenging the 2021 Student Guild and Anglicare Ambassadors have been creative in their thinking to ensure that this important part of school life continues to flourish and thrive within our city school.
This year we have had food collections for Anglicare, put together hygiene packs for the Salvation Army and attended refugee celebrations at Wesley Uniting Church to gain a clearer understanding of the challenges that so many refugees face within Australia. We have hosted a whole school Colour Run on the South Perth foreshore where we raised money for Anglicare, we wrote well wishes to children in need at Perth Children’s Hospital and a small group of students and staff shaved their heads for the Leukaemia Foundation as part of the World’s Greatest Shave.
During Term Two we were able to avoid COVID restrictions for a rescheduled fun filled afternoon celebrating the work of Headspace in supporting the increased demands and needs of this vital adolescent mental healthcare agency. We have designed a prayer wall within the school where we celebrate the importance of prayer in our lives, and we have created worry stones and worry dolls as we have strived to find ways to find calmness in our own busy lives through meditation and prayer.
The spirit of giving is also celebrated within our own community through the Spirit of St George Awards which are awarded annually to two students who live their lives with a focus on ‘Wisdom, Grace and Service’ – the school’s motto. In 2021 our worthy recipients were Daniel Greenaway (Year 12) and Audrey Hunt (Year 9).
Continuing to contribute to a range of community service events will continue in Term Three, including the much-anticipated Anglicare sleepout and our own St George’s Sleepout on the Rooftop where we will raise awareness of homelessness, a worthy focus for our city school.
Building such community service initiatives unleashes our students’ creativity and encourages them to be thoughtful, caring, and compassionate members of society. It also broadens their minds and supports them to become more positive citizens and contributors to the world beyond the school.