Students from Strathalbyn Christian College Geraldton are helping children and the community of Carnarvon this week.
A group of 28 Year 10 students and 10 adults arrived in Carnarvon on Saturday 19 July and will stay until Saturday 26 July. The students will provide daily literacy support for students at Carnarvon Christian School They have been developing these same skills on a weekly basis mentoring primary classes at Strathalbyn Christian College.
Strathalbyn Christian College Principal, Mr Paul Arundell said the annual Year 10 ‘mission trip’ is an important part of the students’ learning because it helped them to focus on other people rather than themselves.
“The College has a strong commitment to diverting students from developing a sense of entitlement. Instead, we encourage them to use the talents and resources they have to bless and help others,” Mr Arundell said.
Since arriving in Carnarvon, the team has participated through music and drama at worship services at the Church of Christ and Anglican churches. Teacher and camp coordinator, Mr Lindsay Graieg said students will take part in a range of activities including drama, music, science and sport that has been carefully planned and practiced over the past two school terms.
“The big idea is that this group of staff and students are going to bless and be enriched by serving a local school community,” Mr Graieg said.
“The students will not only share learning skills, but they will model the values and attitudes that reflect a Biblical life and Worldview.”
“We know the students will gain valuable insights into the community and lives of its members. We know that we will all be enriched as much as we do things to enrich others,” Mr Graieg said.
A family concert has been planned at Carnarvon Christian School and the Geraldton students will perform music and dramas at Carnarvon Community College. Community service work has been planned at The Blowholes and in the wider community through the Carnarvon Shire and the Country Health services.
During the week, students will also visit the Carnarvon Research Station, Chinaman’s Pool and the Historical Precinct and play a football and touch rugby with the Carnarvon Clontarf Academy.
Carnarvon Christian School has been a part of the Carnarvon community since 1995 and has expanded quickly to 139 students. The school has the same values and similar goals as Strathalbyn Christian College and it is hoped that their relationship will be strengthened through mutual respect and encouragement.
For photo opportunities in Carnarvon this week, please contact Mr Lindsay Graieg on 0478 624 470.