“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” — Margaret Mead
Creating opportunities for Grammar girls to give back to the community is a valued part of our Co-curricular programme. Not only does the wider community benefit from the girls’ time, energy, fundraising efforts and involvement, but they themselves also acquire a deeper appreciation of people in need and a positive sense of community.
Our girls take on leadership roles in the Service programme that gives them a true sense of purpose and gratitude and contributes to their personal, social and emotional development. The majority of the organisations the School works with are chosen by the girls themselves and activities are student-led. Through this engagement they gain a greater understanding of how to develop successful projects that can make a difference to the lives of others.
I really enjoyed this morning (at the Ecumenical Coffee Brigade) and wanted to thank you for coordinating and organising it.
I enjoyed being able to talk to and work with some girls I wouldn’t normally be with and of course enjoyed the rhythm of our flawless production line. Out of all the service things I have been involved in at BGGS, however, I really love the ECB as we can see where the sandwiches are going and are so physically involved in making them. (Year 12 student)
In 2015 the Student Council has nominated environmental issues as the priority area for the School, and will focus on activities that aim to reduce our impact on the environment on a local, national and global level. On a local level our Grammar Goes Green events at our Fig Tree Pocket Sports Campus organised by GECO (Grammar Environmental and Conservation Organisation) will continue to support the Cubberla Witton Catchment Network. Events are being planned at our Marrapatta Campus to support the Mary River Catchment Coordinating Committee. Plans are also underway to provide support to Rainforest Rescue and Days for Girls.
Service in ‘House’
Along with the two School Service Captains elected at the start of the School year, each house also elects Service Leaders to drive the Service activities of that house. The students of each house then select an organisation to support throughout the year. They may choose a new charity or continue to work with the previous year’s organisation.
In 2015 the following charities have been chosen:
|Beanland||Jeans for Genes|
|Griffith||Rogue and Rouge|
Support of a World Vision child
Support of a World Vision Child
|O’Connor||Timor Children’s Foundation|
|Mackay||Mater Foundation and National Heart Foundation|
In a combined effort the School raises more than $60,000 annually for more than thirty charities. Our girls commit time and energy to Service through a wide range of clubs, activities and charity committees. They create meaningful links between their School life and the wider community, raising funds for charities and worthy causes, volunteering their time and skills and helping to help build awareness of causes on a local and global scale. Girls in Year 10, 11 and 12 volunteer their time and skills completing fifteen hours of Community Service that is independently organised with the support of their teachers.
Brisbane Girls Grammar School is grateful for the valued Service opportunities – past and present – with the following local, national and global organisations:
- Grammar Environmental and Conservation Organisation (GECO) – supporting environmental issues – Planet Ark, Rainforest Rescue, endangered animals
- Grammar Goes Green – maintaining the natural environment of Girls Grammar grounds
- Kirsten Jack Memorial Leukaemia Committee – a student initiated group that commenced at Girls Grammar in 1977 -supporting Canteen, Leukaemia Foundation Queensland, Cancer Council, Translational Research Institute
- The Uralla Club – a student initiated group that commenced at Girls grammar in 2014. It aims to raise awareness and understanding of the culture and history of Australia’s First Nation People
- Ecumenical Coffee Brigade – preparing food for the homeless
- Wonder Factory, Working Wonders at Royal Children’s Hospital – volunteering to entertain sick children and their siblings
- Second Chance Committee – supporting homeless women through Bahloo, Zig Zag Foundation, Micah Projects Inc, Carinity Southside Education
- Queensland Country Women’s Association
- Health Promoting Schools – initiatives that encourage health and wellbeing and support of the Australian Cervical Cancer Foundation
- Pink Day – National Breast Cancer Research Foundation
- Pink Stumps Day – the McGrath Foundation (Breast Cancer)
- Steptember – Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation
- Jump Rope for Heart – National Heart Foundation
- Headspace – youth mental health
- Interact – A Rotary Club initiative that commenced at Girls Grammar in 1970 supporting the Cerebral Palsy League
- World Vision – the school supports four children in total
- Save the Children – aid and development agency helping children
- Care Australia
Discover more about Brisbane Girls Grammar’s Service Programme and projects from the resources below.
Perspectives — student essays
- Homelessness, March 2014. Read article.
- Raising awareness, promoting understanding, taking action, July 2013. Read article.
Insights — staff essays
- The Uralla Club, March 2014. Read article.
Video – Pink Day Video