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.
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.
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