Ignatian Newsletter: 2024 - Edition #5

Year 11 Christian Service - Activities Week

Written by
James McIlroy
Head of Ignatian Service

“Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds.” James 2: 19

The 2024 Christian Service Program gave our Year 11 students the opportunity to serve in various welfare, educational and environmental organisations during Activities Week. We have received many reports of praise for the efforts of our students who were placed in over 63 placement locations mainly around the northern suburbs of Melbourne. 

Some of our students engaged with the elderly in aged care facilities, playing games, singing, or simply talking to the residents. Many also supported teachers and students in local primary schools and disability education centres of learning. Our students also served in Op Shops, Neighbourhood Houses and with different community organisations that help people in need.  Our students and their parents are to be congratulated on the way they represented themselves and the College in this week of service. 

The following weeks in Religious Education classes will be a time of reflection, sharing and linking their works of service to Catholic Social Teaching and Gospel teachings on social justice. 

I would like to thank the dedicated work of our staff in communicating with placements, allocating students and liaising with supervisors during the week of placements. I am also very grateful for the support of parents who worked with the College in making sure the students were able to travel to their locations, complete relevant documentation and share necessary information during the program. Thank you to our Year 11 Religious Education teachers who have been working with our students to prepare and centre into a mindset of service for others. 

I am also thankful to our wonderful students who demonstrated great character, grace, generosity, and initiative during their week of work.