Service

Service is 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 students to contribute significantly to their community.

Iona students are encouraged to practise active citizenship through involvement in one or more of the many groups and activities offered at the College. Service helps 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.

In the Junior School, Year 6 classes have a responsibility to involve themselves in service and lead the students of the Buckland campus in activities.  All Senior School students are involved in our community service program, Iona Care.  The Service opportunities and requirements are different from Year 7-11, providing girls with new challenges and skills as they mature.

Service Groups are offered as co-curricular opportunities during lunchtimes for our Senior School students, arranging fundraisers for charities, building awareness and learning from guest speakers – including our Presentation Sisters. 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 Senior School 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 Western Australia.

Currently, an overseas immersion is offered biennially to India. It offers students an opportunity to develop life skills through real life experiences in helping others through service and develops leadership skills, resilience, cultural awareness and empathy.

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