The southern arm of the College Compass encourages the development of connected communities and this is the focus for the final term of 2016.
Staff have been getting in the spirit with shared morning teas, Halloween dress ups, and Christmas Giving, while our girls have been connecting with the community all year through the Values programme.
In the Junior School, as part of the annual Helping Hands Project girls have been able to raise funds for two fantastic charities – Mobility Dogs and the SPCA – while connecting with family and neighbours. Girls raised money by helping parents, grandparents and neighbours with dog walking, gardening, car washing and more, allowing them to connect simultaneously with the people and charities they were serving.
Our Middle School girls have connected by hand-sewing teddies and delivering them to a refugee centre for children who have been forced to leave their homes with very little. Year 7 recently helped us all connect with a delicious bake sale in aid of the Make A Wish Foundation, which was an absolute hit in the staffroom and led to even more connection as everyone enjoyed a chat over a hot drink and some home baking.
Finally, our Senior School girls have spent a lot of time connecting with families at Ronald McDonald House in the holidays. Closer to home they have been taking part in the Big Sister, Little Sister programme, helping Year 8 girls face any uncertainties they have as they move into the Senior School at the College.
Volunteering is good for both ourselves and the wider community. It has been proven to improve stress levels, health, and self-esteem. It is also a great opportunity to learn new skills, connect with people, and make a real difference, something we are proud to instil in all our girls.
As we approach a very busy end of the year, Christmas gives us an opportunity to connect with friends, family and the community in general. One of the College’s final acts of connection this year will be Christmas Giving for families in need through Presbyterian Support Northern – as always we sincerely appreciate the generosity of the College community in this matter.
You will also find this year that instead of the usual Christmas card posted to every family, the College will be sending families Christmas wishes via an e-card. We will be using the funds saved in producing the printed card to instead connect the College community with people around the world through charity. We will be donating an ark of animals – goats, cows, chickens, pigs and bees – to a village in need through World Vision.
I would like to take this time to thank all our families for the connections they have shared with the College in 2016; it has been a pleasure to watch your daughters grow in their learning.