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As a Christian learning community, we want to encourage and empower young women to serve others as an outworking of who we are.

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SERVICE IS A KEY PART OF OUR IDENTITY

Servanthood (and Leadership)

  • Matthew 20:26–28 “Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave—just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.“
  • Philippians 2:1–11 “in humility, value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.”
  • Matthew 22:37–40 Premise of ‘Love God, love others’ and ‘Loving our Neighbour’.
  • Galatians 5:13 “Serve one another, humbly, in love.”

  • Our Core Purpose

Our purpose is to be a Christian learning community, characterised by excellence, which encourages and empowers girls to achieve and serve in a dynamic world

  • One of our four School Values - “Service for others”

  • IB learners strive to be caring members of the community who demonstrate a personal commitment to service, and act to make a positive difference to the world.
  • Students build authentic connections between what they learn in the classroom and what they encounter in the community. When connected to classroom learning, the experience of service offers opportunities to apply concepts, skills and knowledge.
  • Through service as action, students engage with the “real world” beyond school

  • Wellbeing research has clearly shown the benefits of an outward focus of serving others beyond ourselves.
  • Social conscience- Social Corporate responsibility is a natural expression for contemporary workplaces so we see this as assisting our students for awareness and responsibility in their holistic future.

WHAT IS
SERVICE LEARNING?

Learning Objectives + Community Service

‘Service-learning’ is an educational approach combining learning objectives with community service, in order to provide a pragmatic, progressive learning experience while meeting societal needs. Our aim is that our all our programs, framework and foundation for service deliver genuine ‘service learning’, positive educational outcomes and ‘real learning’, whilst meeting genuine need. We don’t just want to be busy or tick a box of achievement.

Our service-learning framework encourages our girls to recognise the contribution they can make to the lives of others through the use of their strengths, gifts, resources and knowledge.

Our Service-Learning framework is demonstrated through the following diagrams.

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CIRCLES OF ENGAGEMENT

Identifies WHO is serving

Our aim is that every girl (and staff member) regularly and naturally contributes in serving our world; Individually, as part of a group (e.g Year/House/Class group events and activities etc) and as part of the whole Community that is Tara.

CIRCLES OF INFLUENCE

Identifies where they serve

We see our shared responsibility as both near and far. We want to make a positive difference in the lives of those in our local area (local for Tara, as well as our own neighbourhood), national, as part of our beautiful country of Australia, and globally, through our partnerships, and beyond.

“And who is my neighbour?” (Luke 10:29)

Everyone.

Love God, love others.

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"It is our Christian framework that offers a deep, clear and meaningful Student Engagement and Development program in the Junior School and Senior School that aims to give each girl to opportunity to realise her potential and flourish in life."

Mrs Michelle Kay-Browning - Chaplain