Grassroot generosity

There were some smaller feet pounding the pavement among the Perth City’s corporate hustle and bustle this week, when Carramar’s Year 6 Primary Captains hit the streets for a good cause.

St Stephen’s School’s partnership with UnitingCare West has fostered participation in the incredibly meaningful Food Rescue program, seeing students and staff collect leftover food from city vendors to be re-distributed to people facing homelessness.

Mrs Claire Jones, St Stephen’s School Service Learning Support Officer, said the program is imperative in expanding the School’s Service Learning footprint.

“Each week our School volunteers relish the opportunity to lend a helping hand, meeting likeminded community members in the CBD,” Mrs Jones said.  

“It’s important for our students and staff to recognise the plight of homelessness and actively make a change,” she said.

Carramar’s Year 6 students also regularly visit Jacaranda Lodge, a retirement home in Wanneroo, to spend quality time with the residents, play board games, listen to stories from ‘the good old days’ and even share stories of their own. 

Deputy Head of Primary Mrs Isabelle Pilote said she can see positive growth in the students as they live and learn through the values of St Stephen’s School.

“This activity truly reflects the importance our School attaches to our values of care, service and community,” Mrs Pilote said.

“Students always come back from this activity with joyful memories and a sense of achievement for contributing to the elderlies' life in such a positive way. Residents of Jacaranda Lodge look forward to our visit every month and so do we!” she said.

With the aim of not only encouraging students to grow as active members of the community, Mrs Pilote said Service Learning is an important part of the School’s PK-12 integration.

“Each week a Dean from Secondary will accompany the students to assist the fostering of these intergenerational relationships, as well as their relationships with the students who will soon be Secondary students,” Mrs Pilote said.

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