Central Coast Grammar School’s Community Service program raises awareness of social issues and provides students with a rich diversity of activities through which they can explore ways to contribute to their school and the broader community.
Many leadership opportunities occur through service, both in and out of school, teaching key intra and interpersonal skills such as confidence and understanding, courage and empathy, resilience and optimism and an overall sense of responsibility.
Year 9 students participate in 20 hours of Community Service, defined as an unpaid task that will be of benefit to others beyond their family group. A minimum of 10 hours is set aside for the provision of voluntary service to the outside community.
In Y10, students work in small groups researching, implementing and evaluating worthwhile projects to benefit the community. Year 11 students who work towards the Strive To Lead Leadership Diploma complete 20 hours Community Service. In addition, selected Year 11 students attend community expos and conventions to learn about volunteering and fundraising. The knowledge gained is relayed to our student community to encourage their participation in efforts to assist community organisations.
The feedback from both the students who complete the projects and the community who receive the services has been extremely positive.