For the last 10 years Cycle 3 has been running a values program called Service Learning. The program focus is giving service. There are two parts to the program - School Service and Community Service. School Service is giving service to the school community and Community Service is giving service to the wider community. This year we have had to focus on school service and put a hold on volunteering in the wider community.
Students divide into small groups, finding other students in the Cycle 3 community that have similar interests in the type of service they would like to give to the school community. The children run lunchtime activities for three or more weeks for small groups of Cycle 1 or 2 students. This involves them writing a formal letter to a school staff member asking them to be a mentor, planning the activity they will offer, writing a lesson plan, running the session and evaluating their lesson, thinking about what worked well and what needs to be adjusted for the next week. Students practice an extensive amount of virtues, such as cooperation, organisation, patience, teamwork, resilience and of course giving service. Some of the sessions being offered this year have been - cooking, making bird feeders, sport clinics, stop motion animation, dance classes & IT tutorials.