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Iona Care

The Community Service Program at Iona is referred to as 'Iona Care' and, apart from developing a lifelong ethos for helping those less fortunate, all students are required to participate in community service as part of their Religious Education Curriculum and for graduation.

The service opportunities and requirements are different each year in order to provide new challenges and skills as students mature.

Year 7

The Iona Care Program is introduced in Year 7 with students required to complete five hours throughout the year to assist within the College community. Girls offer support to the College in a range of areas including Art, Community Relations, Drama, i-Centre, Music and Sport.

For our youngest girls, they are able to embrace the opportunity to meet other girls and give back to their community in a fun and safe environment.

Year 8

Building on the Year 7 program, students gradually increase their number of service hours, eventually completing up to eight hours of service throughout the year. Girls have plenty of opportunities to participate in service both within the College community and outside the school environment.

Year 9

Girls expand their service work to complete 15 hours in their family communities. This may include the immediate family as well as grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. Students may assist with household jobs (in addition to what they normally do), help with babysitting, gardening for their grandparents or wherever they may be of service in a new activity.

Years 10 and 11

Over these years, students must complete 20 hours of service in the wider community in a not-for-profit organisation. They are required to arrange their own activity, thus developing their communication skills and independence. With students participating in such a wide variety of activities they always find something that is interesting and fulfilling.