Christian Service Learning

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Most Rev Donald Sproxton, Auxiliary Bishop of Perth, Chairman LifeLink and His Grace, Most Rev Timothy Costelloe, Archbishop of Perth answered the questions of primary and secondary students.

Christian service learning forms part of a Catholic school’s curriculum. It is an educational activity that provides opportunities for students to integrate the principles of Catholic social teaching into practical experiences of service to others in society.

Christian service learning is designed to enable students to grow, from a Christian faith perspective, as people of service. The ‘learning’ aspect is enhanced through adequate preparation, prayer and reflection, awareness activities, guidance, discernment and small group sharing, held before, during and after the hours are actually served.

In Western Australian Catholic schools, participation in Christian service learning programs may contribute to the requirements for secondary graduation (Western Australian Certificate of Education) set by the Curriculum Council.

The Catholic Education Office Curriculum Council endorsed program for Christian service learning will give students who complete the requirements in Year 10, 11 and 12 the equivalent of one unit towards their graduation.

In Practice

Students in our Catholic schools give service through a variety of ways and to a range of organisations. Examples include:

  • Participating in local community and parish activities

  • Visiting the elderly

  • Participating in Catholic welfare activities including fundraising and practical outreach

  • Working with migrants and refugee families and children.

LifeLink Day

Archbishop Barry Hickey established the LifeLink Day Schools Initiative in 1999 and the majority of Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Perth have warmly embraced LifeLink Day and it is now an important part of the school calendar of events each year.

More than 75% of all schools participate in the webcast launch and take the opportunity of speaking directly with the Archbishop and Bishop. Students and schools have raised in excess of $750,000 to help people in need within communities throughout Western Australia.

LifeLink Day endeavours to:

  • Promote understanding of the church's response to people in need within our community

  • Instil in our Catholic students a sense of responsibility for those less fortunate

  • Provide education and information of the work our LifeLink social service agencies undertake in helping thousands of Western Australian families and individuals in need each year throughout the state

  • Encourage a practical demonstration of faith by asking students, teachers and schools to organise a special fundraising event for LifeLink Day.