Service

Service and Giving Back      

The Founder of the Presentation Sisters, Nano Nagle, brought love, care and hope to those in need. It is in this tradition that at Iona there is a strong belief in the capacity and responsibility of our young women to contribute significantly to their community.

Iona students are encouraged to practise active citizenship through involvement in one or more of the many groups offered at the College. Service groups help students develop an understanding of the wider world and encourages them to participate in helping those less fortunate than themselves. By following Nano Nagle's motto 'deeds not words' and helping others, students learn and broaden their own education by increasing empathy and awareness with the aim that Ionians leave school with a lifelong ethos of service and giving back to their community.

To do this, all students at Iona are involved in our community service program, Iona Care.

The Service opportunities and requirements are different at each year level within this program, providing girls with new challenges and skills as they mature.

Community Service is also a part of students' Religious Education Curriculum and relevant for graduation in the older year groups.

Service Groups are run as co-curricular opportunities during lunchtimes for our students. This allows them to listen to guest speakers from different organisations as well as our Presentation Sisters. We prepare and coordinate fundraisers for charities and build awareness and understanding in the greater student population.

Immersion programs are used as learning opportunities for our students whilst in unfamiliar environments. They are used to broaden each student's experiences and learn about different cultures at the same time as making a contribution to the community.

Every year, in August, approximately ten Iona Presentation College pupils and two staff visit a remote Catholic school, in the East Kimberley region of Western Australia, for a week. The girls assist at the school in the classrooms, as well as experience a perspective and understanding of the culture of Indigenous Australians in this part of the East Kimberley.

World Challenge is an organisation that coordinates expeditions to Thailand and Laos. It offers students an opportunity to develop life skills through real life experiences in helping others through service and develops leadership skills, resilience and empathy. This 18 month program takes place biennially. The students are given total control of the planning, such as the booking of accommodation, destinations, time spent in each place and transport. They are also required to budget for the group to eat, travel and participate in activities.

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