16 October 2017

Community and Service

Comfort Items for the Homeless

Thanks to many in the Scotch Community who made contributions, the homeless of Perth and Fremantle will have a little more comfort as they struggle to maintain dignity on the streets. The donations of personal hygiene and other items of comfort will make a big difference in the lives of people living rough. The distribution of these and other items such as snack bars, water and fresh food, will take place during the service activity of the Round Square Conference, being hosted by Scotch during the first week of the April holidays.

Disabled Surfing Association Event

The last disabled surfing event for the summer took place on Saturday 19 March with a number of boys attending. Other schools including Iona Presentation College, All Saints College and Santa Maria College had students on the beach to join the team supporting the disabled participants. The event was a huge success and the conditions were ideal during the four hours of the event. As always, there was great appreciation for the work of the many young volunteers expressed by the participants and their carers. Scotch College was presented with a certificate acknowledging the contribution of the many boys who came down for the four Perth events this summer.

disabled surfing

Year 10 Service Learning Programme Update

Friday afternoon is a time when Year 10 boys have the opportunity to make contact with agencies and individuals working to alleviate some of the problems faced by the most vulnerable in society. This term, the 'A Team' (Advocacy Team) spent five weeks investigating the issue of slavery in Indonesia with the group 'Mercy Indonesia'. Other boys worked with ICEA (Indigenous Communities Education and Awareness) to explore the topic of reconciliation. While these are not 'hands on' service activities, they none-the-less form an important part of the service learning programme. More direct assistance is undertaken by the 'Backyard Blitz' group that ventures forth each week to maintain the gardens of elderly and disabled clients of the organisation 'People Who Care'. The group of boys that travelled to Braemar Aged Care home worked to record the personal histories of residents and both 'Mimates' (migrant mates) and Primates (primary mates) Balga spent time with recently arrived refugee students in Balga schools.

Mr Bill Cordner

Director of Community and Service