- Martin Luther King Jr.
Churchie has a strong commitment to service, both within the school and in the global community, with the aims of expressing our Christian foundation. This fosters a sense of duty to use one’s time and talents to serve others and to develop an appreciation of cultural diversity. At the heart of the school's traditions and ethos are the principles of social justice and self-discovery.
The benefits associated with participation in community service are well-researched, citing psychological, social and cognitive advantages. An increase in positive feelings, greater communication and cooperative skills, and problem-solving and critical thinking skills when dealing with exposure to challenging situations, are also transferrable to classroom learning situations.
Each year, students participate in service programmes including fundraising, gift giving and emergency relief efforts for local, national and international causes.
Students are also involved in transformational service initiatives including overseas service tours. Examples include international service tours to Samoa, China, Vanuatu and India, delivering Meals on Wheels to senior citizens, assisting in special school programmes, and volunteering in activities such as the Sony Foundation’s Children’s Holiday Camp, hosted at Churchie.
In the Prep School, boys participate in a series of activities to raise funds to sponsor children overseas, in association with World Vision. All Year 9 students undertake an after-school service activity as part of the Personal Leadership and Development Programme, affiliated to the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Awards programme. Students may choose from Tri-Service Cadets (Army
and Air Force
), Scouts or community service as their activity.
The Senior School day and boarding houses also participate in a local service project led and supported by students and house staff.