Community Outreach Program
Community Outreach develops leadership through service. Running concurrently with the Cadet Corps Program, the Community Outreach Program provides students with the opportunity to work selflessly for the betterment of others.
The Program has developed strong connections with local nursing homes, retirement villages, schools, special schools, pre-schools, charities, churches, centres of excellence for disabled adults and historic sites. Students are allocated to an organisation and will complete 70 hours of service. During that period of time, the students may be asked to support activities, create resources, converse meaningfully, engage in gardening and maintenance tasks, and even play games and dance with residents. The underlying motivation for students is to contribute positively to the organisation that has accepted them. It is the role of the organisation to provide services to improve the lot of its clients.
Inclusion in the Program involves a rigorous application process. Students must write a 300-word submission, subject to an interview and provide evidence of an empathetic nature. To remain in the Program, students must demonstrate initiative and compassion. To successfully complete the Program, students must complete 70 hours of selfless application, submit a 300 word reflection and present a five minute vignette focusing on achievements.
The students who are chosen to participate in the Community Outreach Program represent The King's School at a very personal level in the wider community. Only the best behaviours can be expected, only the best intentions can be affected, and only the best students can succeed.