MERCY WORKS

YEAR 8 MERCY WORKS

BENEFITS OF SERVICE LEARNING FOR STUDENTS
Students participate in the community service projects at St Joseph’s College where they actively meet the needs of communities, develop practical skills, self-esteem, and a sense of civic responsibility. Other benefits include promoting learning through active participation in service experiences, providing structured time for students to reflect by thinking, discussing and writing about their service experience, providing an opportunity for students to use skills and knowledge in real-life situations, extending learning beyond the classroom and into the community; and fostering a sense of caring for others.

BENEFITS OF SERVICE LEARNING FOR EDUCATION AND LOCAL COMMUNITIES
Students participate in the community service projects at St Joseph’s College where they build effective collaborative partnerships between schools and other institutions and organisations, engage parents and other adults in supporting student learning, meet community needs through the service projects conducted; and provide engaging and productive opportunities for young people to work with others in their community.

SENIOR MERCY WORKS

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
The Senior Mercy Works Program expects that all Year 11 and 12 students complete at least 20 hours for each of the two years while studying their senior certificates at the College. Therefore, a minimum of 40 hours of community service is required to graduate from the College. Each year the 20 hours of community service must be completed before to the completion of Term Four of that year. It is preferable that Year 12 students complete their community service hours before the start of Semester Two.
 
The College will supply senior students with an introductory letter for not-for-profit organisations to explain the requirements and expectations of its community service program at the start of the school year. Students should seek approval for community service placements from the Faith & Mission Leader prior to commencing any volunteer work.

Senior students are required to maintain an official journal and logbook as evidence of completed community service hours. This logbook and journal can be downloaded from the College’s intranet or the document page on this website.
 
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