At All Saints Grammar, we aim to develop individuals with a greater awareness of the world around them; both from a local perspective, and as that of global citizens that are informed of what is happening in the greater worldwide community. We want our students, as grounded young people who care, to ask, ‘how can we contribute and make a difference?

As the school year nears its end and Christmas approaches, our minds turn to the school holidays and Christmas festivities. During this time, we are mindful that we are cultivating a culture amongst our students where they see themselves as capable individuals who can make a difference by helping others.

At ASG, we strive to achieve this by encouraging our students to get involved in volunteering. Our students have responded by demonstrating an amazing effort over the last few weeks, bringing in a range of donations as part of our Christmas Appeal.

In the last few weeks of school, our student body will be actively involved in a range of activities; from visiting Monasteries and helping with gardening and other related needs, to organising donations for people in need within our community.

Volunteering allows our students to connect with their community and make a real difference to the lives of people and organisations in need – becoming better learners and better people.

There is also something inherently gratifying about volunteering. It is widely acknowledged that a person who volunteers their time and energy to a cause often gets more out of it than they give.

Volunteering can be a very meaningful and enjoyable experience, and in turn may greatly benefit mental health and wellbeing. Volunteering can:
• Give you a sense of achievement and purpose
• Help you feel part of a community
• Improve your self-esteem and confidence
• Help you learn new skills – and share your skills with others
• Help combat stress and social isolation, and
• Help you meet new people, which can help you feel more connected and valued.

We would like to congratulate our students on their continuing commitment to their community.

We look forward to identifying further opportunities to make a contribution together as we move into the 2021 school year.

Thomas Psomas

Head of Student Wellbeing/Head of Primary