St Hilda's Anglican School for Girls
The Gift of Giving Back
St Hilda's Anglican School for Girls values of Excellence, Belonging, Authenticity, and Imagination, embraces the spirit of giving back. It is through these values that St Hilda's shapes the minds, courage, and character of its students, empowering them to become passionate advocates within their local communities and beyond. With a multitude of initiatives, the school instils social awareness and emphasises the value and impact of our contributions.
As an Anglican school, St Hilda's strongly believes in affirming the dignity and worth of all people, fostering social, ethical, civic, and environmental responsibility. Our students embody this belief by incorporating acts of giving into their daily lives. By adopting a culture of service, we ensure that they not only understand the profound impact it has on others but also recognise its transformative effect on their own personal journeys.
Real-life challenges and opportunities for self-reflection form the cornerstone of our approach, fostering diversity in thought and enabling our students to perceive the world as a realm in which they have influence. Through active engagement with community service programs facilitated by Anglican agencies and other organisations, our students have the chance to extend a helping hand to those less fortunate.
One such initiative is the Anglicare Homelessness We Care food drive. Recognising the plight of the homeless in our community, St Hilda's students cook and collect essential food items, and staff help distribute them alongside Anglicare, providing sustenance and hope to those who find themselves without a place to call home. This initiative not only addresses an urgent need but also instils empathy and compassion in our students, fostering their understanding of the complex issues surrounding homelessness.
Another notable endeavour is the World's Greatest Shave. Over 70 students and 4 staff members participated this year by shaving or cutting their hair to support the Leukaemia Foundation. This event served as a powerful reminder that when we come together with a common purpose, we can make a significant difference in the lives of others. Through their commitment and determination, they have raised an astounding $67,000 to support the foundation's efforts in combating leukemia and improving the lives of those affected by this disease.
These initiatives, among many others, demonstrate the immense impact that St Hilda's students can have when they embrace the values of giving and service. Through their involvement in these projects, our students not only contribute tangibly to the wellbeing of their communities but also develop essential life skills such as empathy, teamwork, and leadership. They learn firsthand that small acts of kindness can have far-reaching effects and that their efforts, no matter how seemingly insignificant, are crucial in creating a better world.
The gift of giving back truly empowers our students to become the advocates and leaders our world needs.