The Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar School Philanthropy Club is a lunchtime group for students in years 7-12, dedicated to finding ways to assist others in the community.
Members of Philanthropy Club Alex and Bridget explained that the activities the group do depend on the time of year and the interests of the members.
‘They can include packing reusable sanitary items for girls in Cambodia to allow them to go to school, applying for community grants to give to local charities, fundraising by having sausage sizzles and cupcake stalls, inviting guest speakers to the school, going on visits to local charity groups or packing cards for Anglicare.’
The students recently helped Anglicare Victoria by packing Christmas cards, which the organisation can then sell to raise funds for its activities. The Philanthropy Club was able to recruit extra helpers from around the school to assist in the huge effort.
Alex and Bridget said that as well as helping those in need, they loved working together with students from all year levels on a common interest.
‘Getting everyone’s ideas and making plans for larger projects is a great way to get to know all kinds of people.’
‘Helping those who are disadvantaged, even if it’s just for a lunchtime, makes you feel good and happy with yourself. This is something the whole group has been able to bond over and we’ve all become closer over the years.’
Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar School’s relationship with Anglicare is just one of many social service activities led by students at the school. In the Junior School, each year level holds an activity, such as a cake stall or walkathon, to raise funds or awareness for a cause.
In the Senior School, volunteering activities, such as collecting for the Red Cross, and other lunchtime clubs such as the Amnesty International Club, give students the opportunity to help others and give back to their community.
Alex and Bridget said that giving back to the local and international community was important because students the opportunity to help people who are less fortunate.
‘Knowing that an hour of our time can help girls attend school or keep homeless people warm in the winter is very rewarding.’
Community Connections reports on the great community work of Independent school students and staff. If you would like to share your school’s community work, email ISV’s Shane Green with the details.
You can also read previous Community Connection posts about Lauriston Girls’ School, Christ Church Grammar School, St Leonard’s College, Mansfield Steiner School, Al Siraat College, Kardinia International College, The Geelong College, St Catherine’s School, and Beaconhills College.
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