Our recent ConnECt trips were a wonderfully rewarding experience and it emphasised just how fortunate we are to be part of a Community where staff and students willingly engage in selfless service activity.
The number of students who were deeply moved by their time spent in Quilpie or St George or near the Thai-Burma border is quite astonishing. The impact they had on the communities in which they served paled when compared to the impact these experiences have had on the students. It takes a conscious effort to withdraw yourself from the centre of your focus off oneself and instead to place others there. Yet this seemingly minor change in focus can create a whole new world view and can be life changing.
It was my special privilege to be involved again this year with the annual Vacation Day Camp with the Uniting Church in St George. What a pleasure to work with thirty of our Year 12 students and two Year 11 boys who had to lead teams of primary school students for three solid days. The life lessons learned by all our senior students engaged in this experience were worth their weight in gold. Deep, meaningful lessons in perseverance, the need for good preparation, tolerance, resilience and an ability to negotiate, were learned by all of us.
I hope that those of us privileged enough to work at Emmanuel College and with our outstanding students will always seize every opportunity to be part of trips like these. I take this opportunity to thank all the staff who organised and volunteered for these trips. A big
thank you also to the alumni and current students whose attitude and selfless service were so inspirational. The joy of being involved in helping to grow God’s Kingdom in such a way, is quite simply beyond words.
Here are some of the experiences from Quilpie ConnECt trip.