Beyond the Classroom
Launceston Grammar values service to the community, and as a result encourages students to be actively involved in Service Learning opportunities where they can become active, local and global citizens. Service Learning within a school environment by its very nature fosters collaborative relationships between the local community and the school.
Our Service Learning programme is delivered across grades and through a variety of community-led initiatives.
On our Junior Campus Service Learning involves a range of activities that respond to the changing needs of our community through a variety of student led initiatives. The Junior Campus supports two children in Ethiopia through the Sami and Geri initiative and has played host to the Watoto Children’s Choir. Our students are also encouraged to generously support the work of City Mission through the School’s annual Christmas service.
At our Senior Campus Grade 7 to 12 students spend time on the phone listening and guiding fellow students with their reading skills through The Smith Family student2student programme.
Hosted by the School, the annual Sony Foundation Children’s Holiday Camp was founded in partnership with the local community. Grade 11 and 12 students volunteer their time, taking on the responsibility of caring for a child living with a disability.
Our Grade 11 students work closely with New Horizons to provide opportunities for young adults living with a disability. Grade 12 students help run a local primary school Breakfast Club – providing an essential service to the students so that they can focus on their learning through the day.
Other service activities include working with the Red Cross, visiting the elderly in nursing homes, helping at the RSPCA, as well as volunteering with City Mission.
Our Grade 11 and 12 students help run a local primary school Breakfast Club throughout the School year. Senior Campus students spend time on the phone listening and guiding fellow students with their reading skills through The Smith Family student2student program. At the end of each year, senior students volunteer to be part of the School’s annual Sony Foundation Children’s Holiday Camp for children with special needs.
An annual event on the School’s calendar, the Walkathon is another time where students reach beyond the classroom. Grade 12 select an organisation to fundraise for, with the entire school rallying behind the project with dedicated fundraising activities throughout the year; culminating in an 80 km walk in 24 hours by Grade 12s.
Antipodeans Abroad provides opportunity for students to exercise compassion beyond the classroom. In 2019 Grade 10 and 11 students travelled to Bhaktapur village in the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal tasked with providing a brand-new toilet block for boys and girls at a local primary school. Through an 18-month fundraising program, students were able to fund the purchase of materials required to build the block and for local tradespeople to oversee the project.