Students involved in our Community Service programs recently presented a report in assembly. They also acknowledged the students who carry out their ...
Students involved in our Community Service programs recently presented a report in assembly. They also acknowledged the students who carry out their own individual community service activities as well as those who have volunteered for one-off events such as serving at the recent Care for Africa Ball.
Grade 12s have really enjoyed volunteering for the Breakfast Club at Mowbray Heights Primary School. The program involves groups of 3 or 4 Launceston Grammar students arriving at their school’s kitchenette at 8 am each morning to prepare and serve younger students with a filling breakfast of toast and Weet-Bix.
Breakfast Club is an extremely rewarding experience. It is a great way to start the day and we thoroughly enjoy giving back to the community all the while getting to know the younger students. We highly encourage future Grade 12s to consider participating in Breakfast Club and continue Launceston Grammar’s strong community service activities. It is truly a fulfilling program.
Annabel van der Heide
A Love of Reading
The student2student reading program is a great reading initiative run by The Smith Family. We are partnered with younger readers anywhere in Australia who are behind in their reading and we get to listen and help them read over the phone or online. This is my second year doing it and it is so much more than just hearing them read. We get to know them as a person, and you can really tell the improvement that they make from the start of the program to the end, not just in their fluency but also in their confidence. It is easy to slot into your day as it can be done anytime for about 20 minutes. It is genuinely rewarding, and as a buddy I tend to find myself celebrating all their reading successes too. The program runs until September and there are about 16 of us doing it this year. I would like to say a big thank you to Reverend Grayston who is the Launceston Grammar organiser for the program. Student2student really does help to make meaningful connections between students all around Australia.
The New Horizons program has been running at Launceston Grammar for many years and is an excellent opportunity for Grade 11 students to give back to the community. We meet during recess and period 3 every Tuesday to work with our buddies on different woodwork and craft projects. My buddy this year is Emma. She is very competent at sawing, drilling, sanding, gluing – you name it really, so she’s been teaching me lots of nifty tips and tricks! Last term we worked on a basketball desk game and this term we have started work on a decorative box. The best part of the program has been getting to know Emma as well as the other New Horizons members. It is lovely to check in with each other each week and to form a friendship that I would not have made without the program. It has been a great experience so far and I believe our buddies are really enjoying it too!
New Horizons getting ready to start work in the Tech Centre with Nick Hansson’s guidance
Calm in a Storm from Mark Chapter 4
It was evening, Jesus said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side of the lake.” 36 Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. 37 A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. 38 Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”
39 Jesus got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.
40 He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”
41 They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”
Reverend Paul Grayston