Service to others has been an integral part of Northholm since the early days of the school. More recently, the school has formalised its commitment to helping others through a Service Learning Week at the end of Term Four every year. Students, from Kindergarten to Year Ten, have participated in a wide-range of projects including assisting the elderly, helping socio-economically disadvantaged primary students and working in soup kitchens.
At the end of last year, a group of Year Nine students were involved in visiting the residents of Rowland Village in Arcadia. “We were completely blown away by some of their stories and life experiences and finished that week feeling extremely rewarded and happy. From then on, my class mates, Emma Mercieca, Denique Shai-Hee and I have been going back to visit Rowland residents one Sunday a month” says Ella Cotrona, Year Ten student. “During those visits, the residents told us about groups who had performed to them and how much they enjoyed it. We knew there were so many talented music and drama students at Northholm who could really make a difference and entertain the residents. We wanted to make more of an impact on their lives, and saw music and drama as things that they could all connect to in some way.” So when these students were asked if they could perform at Rowland Village’s Family Fun Day, held in June 2018, they went into action. After gaining approval from the School, they met weekly to work on plans as to who would be involved, how long to perform for, where to perform, who would set up, how we would get the equipment to and from the Village, liaising with Rowland Village staff and many more things not to mention organizing rehearsal times. “So much organization went in from everyone involved and Emma and I are extremely grateful for this” said Ella.
“The day ran perfectly, all of the residents that came and watched the Northholm students were amused, delighted and excited to see such young talented people.” Ella reflected. “but without the help of Mrs. Plüss (Acting Principal) , Miss Barlow (acting Head of CAPA) and Mr. Turbott (Head of Drama), the small idea that Ella and I had, would not have become a reality. Events like this, show how kind and selfless so many Northholm staff and students are and give the school a chance to make a real difference within greater community.”
“We are looking forward to future events at Rowland Village, as we have now locked in one afternoon a term to perform music to the residents,” said a rightfully proud Ella.
The School is extremely proud of the work from these Year Ten students and very happy that a week-long service program opened their eyes to consider other and now is an ongoing part of their lives.