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Collective chores aid communityPosted in College Community,Secondary on Friday, 7 December, 2018

The Peel community has benefitted from hundreds of hours of voluntary work by Mandurah Catholic College students this year which culminated in the recent Year 10 Service Day.

As one of their final activities for the year, Year 10 students worked at 20 community service providers, fulfilling approximately 400 Christian Service Learning (CSL) hours before enjoying a shared lunch at the College and receiving a collective pat on the back for a job well done.

The chores were diverse and included cleaning out storage sheds, sorting donated goods, painting benches, washing vehicles, vacuuming and dusting, garden maintenance, childminding and window cleaning. One group of students were the envy of some peers when selected to assist at a local primary school’s beach carnival, while another group undertook fundraising for a surf club at a local shopping centre.

Year 10 Service day - K9 Shelter - 8
Year 10 Service day - Bus washing - 16
Year 10 Service Day - Greenfields toy cleaning - 12
Year 10 Service day - Bus washing - 10

Those to benefit from the students’ efforts included Port Bouvard Surf Life Saving Club, Peel Youth Services, Salvation Army, Greenfields Family & Community Centre, St Vincent De Paul, Anglican Op Shop, K9 Rescue, Foodbank, Calvary Youth Services, Homestead for Youth, Mum’s Cottage, and several churches and schools.

“Today we had the MCC students and teachers come on site at Peel Youth Services, to kindly volunteer their time for a good cause. I’d like to give some feedback on the students’ behaviour and also the effort they put in whilst here – they were all exceptionally behaved and well mannered, and did a fantastic job of washing and cleaning the interior of our mini bus. When they had finished that, they set about raking leaves, sweeping, and tidying our outdoor crèche area.

What an awesome initiative by Mandurah Catholic College to have their students give to the community in the spirit of Christmas. I would like to thank you for organising the day and look forward to hearing from you again next year.”

Kind regards

Trish Goode
Finance/Admin Officer
Peel Youth Services

Year 10 Service Day -Foodbank sorting - 24
Year 10 Service Day - Greenfields toy cleaning - 1
Year 10 Service day - Bus washing - 24
Year 10 Service day - K9 Shelter - 2
Year 10 Service Day -Foodbank sorting - 13
Year 10 Service Day -Foodbank sorting - 7-2

The 2018 Year 12 graduating class completed approximately 4000 CSL hours over their two final years of schooling at the College. These hours are performed outside of school hours and are one of the College’s graduation requirements. Each student must complete a minimum 20 hours of community service. This year’s graduating class went well beyond the College’s expectations, with some individuals recording in excess of 50 hours’ service.

Students are encouraged to prioritise marginalised and vulnerable community members in their service learning initiatives. In addition to service learning hours, students also complete a structured service reflection as part of the CSL’s deep learning process.

MCC students from Pre-Primary to Year 12 contribute to the wider community throughout the year in a plethora of activities. The Mini Vinnies (Primary School) and Secondary Vinnies raise money and collect goods for the St Vincent De Paul appeals and our House Missions support  Telethon, Wheelchairs for Kids, Cancer Council, The Canvas Bag Project, Brightwater aged care and Alzheimers Australia.

On a global scale, the College assists the disadvantaged by raising money to fund overseas projects. On Patron’s Day, all profits are donated to Caritas, the international aid and development organisation of the Catholic Church in Australia. This special day of celebration pays respect to the Holy Family, patron of the College. It commences with a whole school Mass and concludes with an afternoon fair, where stalls organised and manned by Secondary students, sell food, rides, activities and games, providing much merriment and community spirit.