Thu 23rd May
On Wednesday afternoon, a large group of Year 6 students will travel to Good Shepherd Nursing Home to spend time with the residents, playing bingo, board games and to have a friendly chat.
The afternoon is part of the Melior Exi programme at Townsville Grammar School for 12 year old students to become involved with community service, in a hands on way.
Within the year long programme, students must learn a new skill that they nominate, participate in community service and participate in a range of physical challenges such as hiking and abseiling. The year concludes with the Year 6 students presenting to their peers and parents the new skill they have been attempting to master all year long.
The Melior Exi programme began in 2011, and has been a hit with the students ever since. “It never ceases to amaze me how popular the voluntary Year 6 programme continues to be,” Mr Noel Nethery, Head of Junior School, said. “An amazing 80% of the current Year 6 cohort chose to be involved this year. The programme is exciting, challenging and develops new skills for the children, and above all, it is great fun!”
The popular programme is part of the School’s commitment to service learning, teaching students from an early age that participating in community service projects is extremely rewarding, as well as fun, helping to guide the young students to become more involved citizens in the future.