Service Learning and Social Engagement

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There is a strong Service culture at Redlands, where students learn that it is possible to make a positive difference in the world. Students are encouraged to take part in service activities to enrich their knowledge of themselves and the world around them.

Service at Redlands is about developing knowledge of ourselves, and the world around us. Our contributions can have a meaningful impact and also help us to develop an understanding of who we are and who we want to be. Service at Redlands encourages learning through experiences and reflection.

In the secondary school the structured Service Learning program is incorporated within our Pastoral program.

  • Yr 7 – How we shape, impact and contribute to our school and local community
  • Yr 8 – How we can positively impact our physical environment, with a particular focus on marine conservation and recycling.
  • Yr 9 – Addressing inequality in Australia, students will explore the many forms of inequality in society and the implications. Tutor groups will be selecting specific issues to explore in depth.
    • Many students in Year 9 also elect to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh program which has a service element.
    • Students may also opt to participate in the Fiji Service Program that involves a series of planning and learning workshops as well as fundraising prior to undertaking a service focused trip to Fiji.
  • Yr 10 – Homelessness and its causes. We examine the impacts and implications for individuals and society.
    • Students have an option to participate in the Arnhem Land Cultural Immersion Program that involves a series of planning and learning workshops prior to undertaking a cultural exchange trip to Arnhem Land.
  • Yr 11 & 12 – Student in both the HSC and IB programs are expected to be involved in service activities throughout the year, planning and implementing their own activities in consultation with their tutors.
    • Optionally, students in Yr 11 can elect to participate in either an expedition requiring significant planning (eg. Tanzania or Peru)  or Cambodia program that will also involves a series of planning and learning workshops as well as fundraising prior to undertaking these service and cultural exchange trips. 

Service programs encourage students to learn both through experience and thoughtful reflection on that experience. They learn how they interact with their world and what is really important for themselves and the others they serve.

Service programs start at Early Childhood and continue through to Year 12. Students support a range of Australian charities including:

  • Breast Cancer Research – Mother’s Day Fun Run and Walk, Pink Ribbon Day, Pink Socks Day, Pink Stumps Day
  • Matthew Talbot Men’s Shelter
  • Wesley Mission Edward Eagar Lodge
  • Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal
  • The Smith Family’s Student2Student Reading Program
  • Indigenous Literacy Foundation
  • Books in Homes
  • Room to Read
  • M’Lop Tapang Cambodia
  • The Heart Foundation – Jump Rope for Heart
  • Special Olympics
  • Vietnam Vision Projects Australia
  • World Vision
  • Make a Wish Foundation
  • Stewart House
  • Sydney Homeless Connect
  • Jane Goodall Phone Cycle
  • Cancer Council
  • CanTeen
  • Canteen – Bandanna Day
  • Juvenile Diabetes – Jelly Bean Day
  • CMRI – Jeans for Genes Day
  • Orange Sky Laundry
  • Taldumande Youth Refuge