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Trinity boys learn the art of selflessness

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Apr 3, 2017 6:00:00 AM

Trinity boys learn the art of selflessnessYear 11 and 12 students from Trinity Grammar School, dedicated themselves to providing service to those most in need, as part of Trinity’s annual Service Week programme. One of the beneficiaries was Jervis Bay School whose students revelled in the attention provided by Senior Trinity boys.

Service Week is an initiative of Trinity Grammar School designed to encourage students to consider the impact they can have as both an individual, and as part of the School, on the broader outside community. The programme’s activities serve to raise awareness amongst the boys of the inequalities that may exist outside their own immediate sphere. Activities provide practical hands on experience by allowing boys to work collaboratively alongside a variety of charity groups, community volunteers and schools.

During the week-long annual programme, Year 11 and 12 Trinity boys learn the art of selflessness by committing to a variety of activities such as feeding the homeless, serving the elderly, assisting to educate young people, and supporting charity centres and community support initiatives.

At Jervis Bay School, located near Nowra on the NSW South Coast, two Trinity students were placed in each of the four classes to assist students one-on-one and in small groups. Although they concentrated mainly on literacy and numeracy, the Trinity boys also helped Jervis Bay students prepare meals for family and friends as part of Harmony Day celebrations.

Principal of Jervis Bay School, Rachel Burke was clearly impressed with the Senior students’ willingness to fully embrace their given roles and do whatever they could to find ways to engage with their junior counterparts. “Trinity boys have been involved in the classroom, some of them have been really quite enterprising, supporting teachers and working one-on-one with students to help engage them – it’s been lovely.”

“Our boys, in particular, have really enjoyed it. I think it’s a really rewarding experience for everyone involved,” concluded Ms Burke.

Community Service provides the boys with rich and powerful experiences that foster a sense of responsibility and selflessness, and makes them aware that they are a part of something greater than themselves.

“Relationships in the community are really important, so the boys have made a real effort to connect with the students here,” commented William Campbell PDHPE Teacher at Trinity. “They wanted to be more hands-on, so that’s been really positive.”

Year 12 student Jordan Kerry said of his experience at Jervis Bay School: “Seeing where they come from, how they think, and how they interact with you – that’s what I’ve enjoyed most.”

“The opportunity to interact with the kids has been very enjoyable,” said Year 12 Trinity student William Todd.

“To see how the community school runs and how they all know each other and they all care about each other, and the teachers put a lot of time and effort into their work … it’s been really fascinating to see that,” continued William.

You can hear more from students and teachers by watching our short video here.

The research on the value of community service in schools points to a range of benefits. These include:

  • Improved engagement in learning and academic performance.

  • Enhanced personal and social skills, boosting a number of psychological and ethical outcomes.

  • Improvements in teamwork, leadership, self-esteem and autonomy.

Ultimately, paradoxically, many students learn that a lifelong, altruistic focus on giving to others is, in reality, counter-balanced with the attainment of these rich rewards.

“Providing service to others is an important aspect of learning at Trinity. In Years 7 to 10 boys undertake camps which are focused on giving them an understanding of themselves through a series of challenges that teach them coping skills. This sets the boys up emotionally to be able to actively provide service and support to others when they reach Years 11 and 12. Through service-based learning, Trinity aims to give its boys an understanding and appreciation for altruistic service,” said Lachlan White, Activities Master at Trinity.

Service Week takes place within Sydney and further afield in NSW, the Northern Territory (where students live with the Walpiri and Anmatjere people) and Hong Kong, where the boys learn about homelessness in a global context.

Some of the organisations that benefited from Trinity students taking part in Service Week this year included:

  • Anglicare

  • Bears of Hope

  • Canterbury Public School

  • Crossroads Foundation (Hong Kong)

  • Exodus Foundation

  • Jervis Bay School

  • Riding for the Disabled

  • Salvation Army

  • Shepherd Centre

  • St Johns Preschool

  • Sutherland Shire Bushcare

  • Ti Tree (Northern Territory)

  • Wesley Mission

  • Youthworks

Trinity Grammar School aims to develop young men through a thoroughly holistic approach to education. Opportunities to enhance the mind, body and spirit are facilitated through a range of educative experiences, with Community Service being a feature of each Trinity boy’s learning particularly through Service Week. Additionally, our Christian mission in providing service to others is the practical outworking of one’s faith in Christ.

Trinity believes that great opportunities are borne out of service to others, and that these experiences further enhance the learning opportunities for its boys as they discover their potential, passions and purpose in life. To learn more about the Trinity difference, download our prospectus.

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Topics: Boys' education, All boys education, Trinity difference, Co-curricular activities, Boys learning, Community service, Education