2 December, 2022


I have had the great pleasure to be part of the Year 9 Briggs and Fox House Community Service Week. The focus of this week has been for our students to understand how to become the best versions of themselves and how they bring value to other people.

On Monday, we visited Loaves and Fishes, Tasmania in Devonport and helped wrap over 500 Christmas Puddings to be distributed to families around Tasmania, and sorted donated produce from farmers including broccoli, potatoes, turnips, onions and cucumber. Loaves and Fishes provide meals for more than 16,000 people weekly.

On Tuesday, we held our Agency Expo Day with first responders, and emergency and community services organisations from Launceston showcasing what they do in our community. Organisations involved include Ambulance Tasmania, Tasmania Fire Service, State Emergency Service, Australian Red Cross, Royal Flying Doctor Service, The Salvation Army, and St Vincent de Paul Society. Our students were able to spend time with each organisation and learn about what they do and volunteer opportunities.

On Wednesday and today, we have been working with the amazing Will Smith and the team from JCP Youth with a theme of Creating and Sustaining Change. The workshop activities have been thought-provoking and challenge our students to inspire to be the best version of themselves every day. Students wrote a letter to their future selves in Year 12, 2025.

On Thursday, our focus was Service to Others. Our day started off with The Salvation Army, wrapping presents and writing a personalised Christmas card addressed to individuals who are doing it tough this time of year. We then each wrote a personalised Christmas card to a resident of the Fred French Nursing Home. After recess, we made soup for the Vinnies Soup Van program and sandwiches for the JCP Youth Beast program. A small group of students also headed to The Salvation Army head office to assist with sorting and wrapping presents for young people this Christmas.

To finish off our wonderful week, I have challenged our Year 9 Briggs and Fox House students to take a lead with the College-wide initiative to support The Salvation Army Christmas: Bag of Hope. A small act of kindness can lead to a greater benefit to others in our community

Jamie Breden
Community Service Coordinator