The Community Service program at Santa Maria College provides students with opportunities to:
- Actively make a difference to the lives of those less fortunate than themselves at the global and local level.
- Experience the feeling of connectedness that comes with sharing their time and skills with others.
- Earn a sense of self-worth.
- Recognise and appreciate the privileges they experience in their own lives.
Students are required to find time to serve the needs of others in our community through the Service Learning program, just as they find time to participate in co-curricular activities such as sport and cultural pursuits. It is through their participation in such experiences that students stand to experience the maximum benefits an education at Santa Maria College provides.
Students are encouraged to be involved in a Service Co-curricular activity during their time in the Junior School. Through this participation, students learn to give their time and talents for the benefit of others. Some of these activities involve peer mentors from the Middle and Senior Schools and the younger girls are able to see true Service in Action as these students give their time voluntarily to assist the younger girls. Some of the activities include:
- Environmental Club – Junior Sprouts
- St Vincent de Paul Society – Mini Vinnies
- Christian Service – Altar Serving
- Uthando Doll Project – doll making for children in KwaZulu Natal
To fulfil the Service Program Middle School students must complete a number of activities in the time period allocated. These programs are constantly under development and change according to the needs of the community and the talents and gifts of our students.
All Middle School students are encouraged to participate in the voluntary Service Program. Students are invited to make a commitment to Young Mercies, Christian Service, Eco-Sisters, Young Vinnies OR the Social Justice group.
Year 10 – Mercy Service Learning: Endorsed Program
Students are expected to seek out one approved not-for-profit organisation where a minimum of fifteen-hours of compulsory service must be completed.
Students are required to maintain an accurate Service Record and complete a reflection essay as part of the WACE requirement. This project commences in Semester 1 and must be completed by Term 3.
Year 11- Mercy Service learning: Endorsed Program
Students are expected to seek out one approved not-for-profit organisation where a minimum of twenty-hours of compulsory service must be completed.
Students are required to maintain an accurate Service Record and complete a reflection essay as part of the WACE requirement. This project commences at the end of Year 10 and must be completed by Term 2.
Students are encouraged to participate in the voluntary Service Program. Students are invited to make a commitment to Young Mercies, Christian Service, Eco-Sisters, Young Vinnies OR the Social Justice group.
Punmu One-Week Indigenous Immersion Program
Open to Year 11 students only. Participation is by application.
An immersion program in partnership with the Punmu RAWA Indigenous community (650kms east of Port Hedland) is offered to twelve Year 11 students. The Punmu Immersion Program (PIP) endeavours to foster a respect for the people, history and cultures present in remote Indigenous communities, a recognition of God’s presence in the lives and cultures of people they encounter and a willingness to be challenged personally by the stories, experiences and relationships encountered on the journey.
Cambodia Two-Week Immersion Program
Open to Year 12 students only. Participation is by application and commences at the end of Year 12 in lieu of Leavers Week.
The aim of the program is to provide students with an overseas learning experience and to enable students to consider and engage in the role and responsibilities they have as active and informed global citizens. Through experiencing a new culture and connecting with others they normally would not meet, they develop a new understanding of their place in the world. Activities include visits to orphanages, tree planting, assisting the people with locals projects.