Service

Students at The Friends’ School are strongly encouraged to engage in service activities either through their own community links or through structured service activities and initiatives offered at school.

Key Contacts

Head of Service, Karina Churchill kchurchill@friends.tas.edu.au

(Clemes) Joe Boyer jboyer@friends.tas.edu.au

(International Baccalaureate) Brenda Winning bwinning@friends.tas.edu.au

(High School) Lisa Arthur larthur@friends.tas.edu.au

(Morris) Debbie Taylor dtaylor@friends.tas.edu.au

Giving Back to the Community

Students are strongly encouraged to show leadership in service, and are able to approach student leaders and service coordinators for support with new or existing service initiatives.

Service Opportunities

The Amnesty Letter writing groups meet weekly at lunchtime (Tuesday at Clemes, Thursday at the High School) to write letters on behalf of prisoners of conscience. Fundraising is carried out for letter postage. Occasionally, members of the group are encouraged to attend rallies and the Justice Action Network group meetings.

Christine Wittlinger (HS), Jane Morrison (Clemes)

The Landcare group will involve a hands-on approach to environmental action. This student-lead group follows students’ interests linked to the core Landcare ideals of environmental conservation and land management, as well as education and advocacy of environmental issues.

Possible weekly activities may include: native plant propagation from seed, division, and cuttings; germination techniques; revegetation projects; how to care for/maintain native plants; macro photography; participation in national events such as Clean Up Australia Day, National Tree Day, and Earth Hour; promoting environmental issues and potential change; local rubbish monitoring and collection.

Katrina Munting, Peter Smythe

For students interested in how the world is and how they would like it to be, leading to actions for change. Reconciliation Action is part of this group’s focus.

Casey-Rae Mullen

For students interested in the impacts of Climate Change on the world, leading to actions for change.

Kate Sinclair

This committee is open for students from Years 7-10. The group usually meets once per week during lunchtime. Students are encouraged to contribute their own service ideas and to help plan and run service-based events, including those with wellbeing and environmental focus, both in and outside school hours. Students can learn about upcoming service opportunities and can choose to take on various levels of responsibility for service events. Students can count 30 minutes of each meeting towards a service award if desired.

Lisa Arthur

This committee is for students in Years 11 and 12. Students meet at lunchtime once a week for half an hour to discuss, plan and organise service projects for Clemes. In addition, they work with other sections of the school to facilitate service initiatives that have a whole school theme. The Clemes Student Service Representatives are responsible for the running of the committee, including organising minutes to be taken and distributed to all members. All Clemes students are welcome to join the committee and they are encouraged to initiate, plan and participate in service events that are school based or based in the community. The hours they accumulate can count towards their Service Colours and/or The Clemes Certificate.

Joe Boyer and Jane Morrison

Relay For Life is an overnight community event. Thousands of Tasmanians relay in their team as they celebrate cancer survivors, remember those lost, and fight back against the disease by raising important funds. In 2020 the Hobart Relay for Life is on the weekend of 21 – 22 March at the Domain Athletics Centre. Each year Friends’ students, staff and parents enter a team, have a lot of fun and raise money for cancer research.

Coordinator: Simone Summers, Greg Downes

The Smith Family’s Student2Student Buddy reading program matches an older student (Buddy) with a younger student (Reader) who is behind in their reading. The Buddy provides support and reading assistance to the Reader so that they can improve their confidence and skills in reading. Each Buddy will be reading for 18 weeks with their Reader. Buddies receive appropriate training and the resources required to fully participate in the Program. Buddies call their Reader 2 or 3 times a week and read for 20 minutes per session. Buddies need to have their phone (landline, mobile phone or on a website called ‘Chatty Kids’ using tablet or computer) and books (these are posted out in the mail or on the Chatty Kids website) ready at the agreed scheduled times and days they are working with their Reader.

Interested students can download copies of the Student2Student flyer and student2student Buddy Application Sheet here.