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Getting Involved in the Community

From helping schools go on camps to raising money and awareness around charities our Year 10 students have been out and about helping others this year.

Students spent the first half of the year discovering where their passions lay by helping others as part of the annual MYP Community Projects.

The Community Project is a core requirement of the final year in the IB Middle Years Programme.

It focuses on community and service, encouraging Year 10s to explore their rights and responsibilities to implement service as action in their community. Students work on the project outside of school hours.

Isabella Barber, Lucy Crawford and Emma Olsen decided to tackle homelessness for their project.

“You only have to walk down the street to see how homelessness has become embedded into our culture. We decided that we wanted to help through our community project,” Isabella says.

The trio created care packages to provide homeless people with warmth and hygiene products.

They raised $550 through bake sales and donations to create 20 care packages given to the Wellington City Mission.

Isabella says through the project the trio learnt anyone could make a difference.

“We started this project with nothing more than a few ideas and a goal to help the less fortunate and at the end we created care packages that will make a difference in someone’s day,” she says.

Libby Whiteford-Smith decided she wanted to educate her peers about mental wellbeing after discovering a third of girls her age could suffer from depression at some point in their lives.

“That was why I suddenly became passionate about this topic, because if something like depression is so common, why isn’t it talked about more often,” she says.

Libby created a video to present to Middle and Senior School students about Mental Health Foundation’s Five Ways to Wellbeing and gave out pamphlets to her year group to help people in a trying mental state.

She says she learned a lot about herself while undertaking her project.

“Everyone, youth or otherwise, should feel comfortable discussing their own emotions and experiences with mental health or illness,” she says.

Thea Thomas decided to follow her passion for cricket into empowering other girls at Queen Margaret College into taking up the typically “gentleman’s game”.

“Today more people must recognise that cricket is not just a gentleman’s game, but one females can play equally well, or even better,” Thea explains.

“My goal was to promote girls’ cricket in Wellington.”

Thea’s project involved a single cricket session at Queen Margaret College to encourage students to consider giving the game a go.

“This session was a great success as nine girls came in to participate in my games, drills, and exercises. This enabled girls to understand they were capable of advancing their skills and become equally as good as or even better than boys. I have been working with the Queen Margaret College PE department to organise a team from Years 9 – 13 to compete in a friendly league against other girls’ only high school teams in Term Four,” Thea says.

Thea says she learnt to persevere with her passion from undertaking this project.

“The main thing I have learnt through my service is that no matter how small or insignificant your goal may be, it will make a difference to at least one individual, if not a society.”