As a Christian school in the Anglican tradition, we seek opportunities to have our students engaged with the wider community and actively contribute to making a difference to the lives of others. This social service program not only focuses on raising funds for disadvantaged groups and worthwhile charities, but also provides an opportunity for student groups to engage in dialogue about social justice issues, to develop projects for practical assistance and to raise awareness amongst other members of the school community.
The MGGS Service Learning Program offers our girls the opportunity to be guided by their moral compass and enact the MGGS values of Integrity, Compassion, Courage and Self Discipline by serving and supporting others and challenging issues of social justice. Service Learning is an integral and integrated component of the Melbourne Girls Grammar experience. Service Learning projects are developed by the girls and in association with their teachers. These projects include the Women of Action Leadership Forums in Years 5 and 6, the Anglicare Winter and Christmas appeals undertaken by Year 6, and Action Projects under taken by Year 7 and 8 students as part of the St Hilda’s Program. Each year, a group of eight Year 11 students raise funds for Project Holy Name. These girls travel to Papua New Guinea in September and take clothing and basic medical supplies with them. During their stay they work with villagers and with the medical staff who are accompanying them. Their practical assistance on the trip sees the girls really making a difference in the lives of others.
Student wellbeing lies at the heart of social and academic development. Our Wellbeing Program supports the diverse and ever changing needs of every girl. In the Middle and Senior Years, our girls are placed in small year level based Personal Dimensions groups for the delivery of our Wellbeing Program. Our unique Personal Dimensions Program enables Mentors (teachers) to liaise closely with the small group of students in their care and act as their advocate, learning advisor and first point of contact for parents, students and teachers. The Personal Dimensions Curriculum has been designed to ‘wrap around’ the pastoral needs of our girls and be the foundation upon which academic success rests.