Caring for our Community

Posted on August 17, 2020

“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.” – Desmond Tutu

With all the uncertainty that this year has brought, the School has been very eager to reach out to members of the School community with messages of support and encouragement. After all, it is our community that makes The Friends’ School so special.

With this in mind, earlier in the year many students and staff undertook the considerable task of placing “care & concern” calls to a number of “at-risk” community members. Students loved chatting with members of the community, often learning something new about the School’s history during the calls that they made. These calls were a simple way of checking in with our community members and letting them know we are thinking of them.

Additionally, Year 11 International Baccalaureate (IB) students (with the help of some of our younger students) wrote out 272 cards with messages of care and support as part of their CAS (Creativity, Action & Service) Day last week. These cards will be sent to some of our older alumni (locally, interstate and overseas) in the hopes that these messages will lift their spirits. 

An additional 64 cards were written by the Year 11 IB students which will be sent to staff at St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne, who are under a lot of strain with a large number of doctors and nurses unable to work due to COVID-19 diagnoses. The students hope that these messages of support will give the staff at the hospital encouragement during such a difficult time.

The beautiful Daffodil-themed cards were created by students at the school from Morris and Clemes.