In keeping with our Mission Statement: “
To provide education which inspires students to strive for excellence in all areas of life for the glory of God and the service of others,” the College has a strong service ethic.
Service does not always have to be about big issues; it can be acts of kindness, consideration and compassion in the classroom, in the playground, on the sports field, or at home. It is these little acts of service that build a foundation for moral reasoning later in life. Service learning allows our students to discover ‘their best selves’ and develop lifelong habits.
As our students progress through the College, service opportunities at both school and community level abound. Students are encouraged to become involved with projects such as World Vision’s 40 Hour Famine, to contribute to food, shoe, clothing and book ‘banks’ that provide for those in the wider community who are less fortunate, and to understand the purpose and end result of Chapel offerings.
For our oldest students, meaningful service often takes them into a world of which they have no prior experience. Their willingness to offer help in these circumstances sets them apart.
For a number of years, a team of College students has spent their July holidays toiling in Fiji to build a home for the needy, whilst another team travels to Vanuatu to assist at a Presbyterian College. Closer to home, many students are involved in community projects such as building a Habitat for Humanity home in Otara, helping the reforestation project on Motutapu Island, assisting at local schools, mentoring students, assisting with meals for the needy and spending time with the elderly.
These students enter their service opportunities sometimes not knowing what to expect, but leave empowered by the emotional satisfaction of ‘a job well done.’
To stay faithful to our Mission Statement, we will continue to provide opportunities for pupils to put service into action; for service to become an intrinsic part of every Saint Kentigern students’ outlook on life- to live The Saint Kentigern Way.