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Year 10 Service Programme – Service and Citizenship

Year 10 Service Programme

All Year 10 boys complete a service learning programme as part of their timetabled activities. The College has developed long-term partnerships with over a dozen local service agencies and during three terms, Year 10 boys learn about their role in our society and the groups they support.

Year 10 Service Programme Schedule 2020

Year 10 Service Programme Descriptions 2020

Quote: Overall I would recommend the community service program to all future years, because it gave me the ability to step into other people’s shoes and see how different people spend their Friday afternoons. The programme made me realise that something that seems small to you like a five-minute chat can really make a difference in someone else’s life. The program also taught me important life lessons such as, to stay away from drugs and help out when help is needed, furthermore the community service program was a great way to spend a Friday afternoon.


Current Information


What is the Year 10 Service programme?

The Year 10 Service programme at Scotch has evolved over decades of engagement by boys in a multitude of service activities. Service action is facilitated through partnerships with agencies and encouraging boys to seek out individual opportunities to serve, giving tangible expression to our Christian values.

From Kindergarten to Year 12, boys have access to service activities framed around the Scotch Service Model cornerstones: Nurture, Inspire, Sustain and Connect. Service is at the heart of all three International Baccalaureate programmes and central to our school motto of ‘Preparing Boys for Life’ – a life of servant leadership.

What partnerships are involved in the Year 10 Service programme?

Service partnerships are developed by the Director of Service and Citizenship with multiple external agencies working with diverse groups such as the mentally and intellectually disabled, the aged, the homeless and refugees.

How are groups allocated?

Students will select six activities that they would like to take part in. Once all students have selected their six preferences the groups will then be allocated and each student will be given four activities to complete. Due to the popularity of some activities, students may miss out on some of their preferences.

How many weeks does the Year 10 Service programme run for?

The Year 10 Service Programme runs over three terms (Summer, Autumn and Winter) on Friday afternoons from 1.30pm to 3.30pm.

How many activities are undertaken?

Each student will undertake four activities and each activity consists of five Friday afternoon sessions. At the end of the programme, students participate in one reflection session.

How many Service points are awarded for each activity?

Service points vary depending on the nature of the activity. For example, activities where direct contact is involved, such as assisting refugee students at Balga Senior High School who have recently arrived in Australia to become proficient in the use of English language, will receive more points. Activities where there is no direct contact, such as assisting with the restoration of the Lake Claremont natural habitat, will receive less points. A student has the potential to be awarded a maximum of 10 points per hour of activity (each session equates to two hours, equaling up to 20 service points). By accumulating service points, boys are able to work towards the awards of Colours and Honours for Service.

Are there any costs involved?

The only activity where there is a cost involved is the Senior First Aid Certificate.  For further information with regard to the cost, please contact Joanne Hallis at Joanne.Hallis@scotch.wa.edu.au.

What happens if a student is absent?

Attendance will be taken each week for each activity. If you are absent from any session, please advise your activity supervisor. Unfortunately there will be no Service points allocated for the missed week.

Can you change your group once it has been allocated?

Once groups have been allocated you cannot make changes unless there are extenuating circumstances.

How do students travel to each activity?

Buses will be arranged for those travelling off school grounds. Students participating in activities that are close to school will walk in their activity group with their supervisor.