In the holidays Carbon Li, Bailey Kerr, Johnny Turner and I volunteered at The Magdalene Centre as part of the Service Learning program at the School. The Magdalene Centre’s ‘Emergency Assistance’ program is run by AnglicareSA, and mainly aims to support both individuals and families without the financial means to acquire essential needs such as food and clothes. This initiative is incredibly helpful for people that are undergoing rough patches in their life. Upon arriving at the Centre, we were aided by their kind staff, who guided us through the various ways that we could be of assistance to their goal. During the time we spent at the centre, we sorted food onto their correct shelves, helped pack school bags for underprivileged children and aided clients with locating resources that they needed from the centre, with the occasional break offered by the staff.
In conclusion, this experience was definitely an eye-opener for the boys to the lives many people around the world lead. We have come back more grateful for the opportunities that have been provided to us, especially through a school like St Peter’s College. I would just like to thank the Magdalene Centre staff for assisting us in our service. They were instrumental in this experience, and I believe that I speak for the whole group when I say that we could not have completed this endeavour without them. I would also like to thank the whole group of boys, for supporting each other in the service. Finally, I would just like to use a quote from Gandhi, which relates to the service-learning program as a whole: “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others”.
Year 8 student
If you would like to join the Service Society, and volunteer alongside other students, come along to the next Service Society meeting on Monday in Week 3 in Miller Room 58. Everyone welcome!