Service Day is a school wide event when the students and staff of Aquinas College donate their time and talents to serve in our community. As a Catholic school, one of our touchstones is Service; our commitment to use our talents for the good of others.
Matthew’s Gospel reminds us that being of service to others is fundamental to what it means to follow Christ. “For I was hungry and you fed me, I was thirsty, and you gave me drink. I was a stranger and you took me in, naked and you clothed me. I was sick and visited me, I was in prison, and you came unto me”. Matthew 25:35-36.
Indeed, it is what we do for the most vulnerable, disconnected and hardest to love in our community that truly reflects what we do for God.
“As much as you have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, you have done it unto me”. Matthew 25:40.
Senior students helped at a wide range of local schools, community organisations and clubs. Members of the choir and school bands also visited rest homes to share their talents. A team collected money for the local Westpac Rescue Helicopter.
Year 7 and 8 took part in a programme designed to increase their awareness of the plight of refugees around the world. With guest speakers and activities, the students experienced life as ‘a refugee for a day’ even having to search out their food and water.