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Glenwood High School

Opportunity Through Learning

Volunteering

"Volunteering' is time willingly given for the common good without financial gain."

Many students see volunteering as "doing good stuff'', putting a smile on other people's faces and generally helping out. However, volunteering is an effective strategy that can enhance learning, develop a range of skills and knowledge, nurture confidence and self esteem and benefit not only the individual volunteer, but the wider community.

Research shows participation in volunteering generally leads to:

  • increased happiness
  • a sense of satisfaction and purpose
  • improved self-esteem
  • better health
  • a stronger network of relationships (friends and support groups)
  • skill development (both practical and personal).

Participation in volunteering enables people to develop and demonstrate many of the skills that are sought after by employers, including:

  • leadership
  • communication
  • collaboration
  • problem solving
  • public speaking
  • resource development.

The core values of public education are reflected in teaching in all key learning areas, as well as the many extra curricula activities offered by schools to students. Volunteering allows students to demonstrate their understanding of these values and experience the deeper learning that comes from genuine reflection and analysis of the impact of their altruistic actions.

Glenwood High School supports a variety of opportunities for students to volunteer, from school and community fundraising, in-house peer support and tutoring programs, to external partnerships with community not-for-profit organisations. At Glenwood High School we have participated in the Clean Up Australia Day campaign and students have also volunteered their time at the local feeder school helping out with various initiatives.

The positive engagement with community partners including local council, youth groups, business mentors and supporters, volunteer centres and parents can enhance the learning outcomes and experience for students.

The potential to enhance student achievements through building self-esteem, teamwork skills and general wellbeing, as well as the value of mentoring by other positive adult role models, are valued benefits.

For further information students can contact Ms Morrissey.