Service Learning and Social Justice

In the tradition of our founding Sisters, we place a strong emphasis on service learning and social justice. Perth College is proud of its long-standing partnerships with a range of organisations and the broader community, and our students support those links through a variety of activities.

Senior School students undertake weekly visits to the neighbouring St David’s Retirement Centre, where they play games with residents, provide beauty treatments and share afternoon tea. Members of the Junior School Helping Hands club regularly visit The Second Avenue Aged Care Facility in Mount Lawley, performing for and reading to the residents. Our girls also provide assistance to the Church and community events such as the annual Lifeline luncheon, Anglicare winter and Christmas appeals, and the Hyde Park Fair.

Through the Student Representative Council, the girls work to increase awareness and generate funds for charities by holding both school and community-based events. Their efforts keep the student body informed about local, national and global issues and also promote ways in which the girls can make a difference.

We believe this all helps to further connect young people to their communities and develop an ethos of service. Our more complex projects involve immersion tours to the Solomon Islands and Cambodia to provide resources for schools and orphanages, and spend time working with children. Extensive fundraising takes place throughout the year for these immersion tours, allowing the girls to provide educational material, toys and secondhand clothing for less fortunate children.

During the Solomon Islands tour, our Senior girls help to consolidate Perth College’s relationship with Saint Nicholas School on the island of Guadalcanal, meeting Solomoni students and teachers, exchanging gifts and taking an active teaching role in classrooms. The girls also celebrate St Michael’s Day with the Community of the Sisters of the Church.

The two-week Cambodian Odyssey sees a group of Perth College students and staff visiting the Sunshine House orphanage near Phnom Penh, working and playing with the children and running various activities.

During both the Cambodian and Solomons tours, our students also lend a hand with refurbishment or renovation projects and gain firsthand experience of how important the ongoing support of education is for the welfare and future of underprivileged children.

We hope these programmes prompt our students to more deeply consider their values and faith as well as important issues such as equity and social justice, and in turn realise how blessed and privileged they are.