The Service Learning program at Tara creates activities where students work together to make a positive contribution to their wider community, while at the same time supporting the social and cognitive learning and development of the individual. This program now provides meaningful and appropriate activities for students to engage in service, which are intentionally linked to the curriculum, so that the service enhances the learning and the learning enhances the service.
The Service Learning Program at Tara is concerned with engaging the students in their learning and personal character development. We are seeking to inspire and build into each student a motivation to serve which reflects our Christian beliefs in both Junior School and Senior School. Our programs three broad progressive outcomes; from an awareness that others have needs, to empathetically imagining themselves in the lives of others, to recognising the contribution they can make through the use of their gifts and abilities.
Tara has established partnerships with local organisations such as a local retirement village, a local school for the hearing impaired and with Parramatta Mission. In the wider community we have also developed a partnership with Anglican Aid, through whom we visit a number of orphanages in Bali. The concept of ‘partnership’ is very important for it reflects our long term commitment and also the understanding of mutual blessing, whereby we not only give but learn from those we partner with.
We have also created a Service Learning Camp and an in school sleep-over, we call ‘Slum Survivor’, a simulation where we turn our playground into a slum. In all these activities, students take the lead in designing, planning and implementing the service. The teacher guides their time of reflection, before, during and after the event, which is often where the real learning takes place.
Our Service Learning Program currently includes:
Years 5 and 6: A letter writing activity with residents from Courtlands Retirement Village.
For more information about student engagement programs in Junior School please visit the page.
Year 7: A memoir writing activity with residents from Courtlands Retirement Village.
Year 8: The Slum Survivor simulation.
Year 8: A reading activity with students from a Garfield Barwick school.
Year 9: A Service Learning Trip to work with children in Bali.
Year 10: Service Learning Camp.
Year 10: Excursion to and participation in the work of Parramatta Mission.
For more information about student engagement programs in Senior School please visit the page.