Module 1: LEARN IT

Community Service

Best Practice & Requirements

Why do Community Service?

Special things happen when a young person engages in Community Service. They learn how to think beyond themselves. It opens their minds and their hearts and strengthens their relationships with people, communities and our precious land. Positive outcomes that are imperative for their future and ours.

Community Service Requirements

Students need to complete 20 hours of Community Service. This could be a combination of different types from a beach clean-up to collecting money for a charity.

To meet our Community Service requirements they must be:

  • Voluntary work done for free to give back to the community.

  • Not done for a business that will make a profit.

  • Approved by an adult supervisor on the Challenge Hub.

Community Service FAQs

What are some of the 21st-century skills developed with Community Service?
  • A greater sense of purpose.
  • Confidence and self-worth. 
  • A sense of responsibility to others.
  • Planning, preparation and organisational skills.
  • Leadership, practical and personal skills.
  • Independence and commitment.
  • A willingness to try new things.
  • A connection and an appreciation towards their community, community members and the land.
Should we do Community Service as a school group or as individual students?
At the discretion of the teacher in charge, consider giving students the option to participate in Community Service as a group or as individuals, inside and outside of school hours and keep in mind adult supervision may be required outside of school hours. Investigate existing Community Service initiatives before looking further afield.
What is not classed as Community Service?

Here are some examples of work that we do not classify as Community Service:

  • Volunteering time to a business that makes profit/money. 
  • Chores around the house for your family (mowing the lawns or washing a car).
  • Babysitting a sibling.
  • Picking rubbish up at school or cleaning out the P.E shed (they should do this anyway!).
  • Jobs for a teacher or helping out at school assembly.