Local primary school students converged on Bradley’s Head in Sydney Harbour National Park on Sunday 30 July to unveil more than fifty new interpretive signs featuring their own illustrations using resources and materials from the Backyard Buddies website.
Designed by the school students from Beauty Point Public School and funded by the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) and the Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife (FNPW), the 52 new interpretive signs will help visitors of all ages to discover more about the plants and animals found along the walks that line the foreshore of Sydney Harbour.
Helping others is a walk in the park for Trinity boys – Year 11 students from Trinity Grammar School played an important role in bringing the project to fruition. “I would like to thank the students from Trinity Grammar for preparing the area for new signage as part of their annual Service Week,” said NPWS Ranger Mel Tyas.
“Young people are our future and to have these students working alongside our national parks staff and the Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife is a wonderful way to ensure they will have a real connection with these special places and demonstrates how young people can be actively engaged in environmental education activities,” said Ms Tyas.
Community Service provides Trinity boys with rich and powerful experiences that foster a sense of responsibility and selflessness, and makes them aware that they are a part of something greater than themselves.
The research on the value of community service in schools points to a range of benefits. These include:
- Improved engagement in learning and academic performance.
- Enhanced personal and social skills, boosting a number of psychological and ethical outcomes.
- Improvements in teamwork, leadership, self-esteem and autonomy.
Ultimately, paradoxically, many students learn that a lifelong, altruistic focus on giving to others is, in reality, counter-balanced with the attainment of these rich rewards.
Trinity’s Service Week is designed to encourage students to consider the impact they can have as both an individual, and as part of the School, on the broader outside community. The programme’s activities raise awareness amongst the boys of the inequalities that may exist outside their own immediate sphere. Activities provide practical hands on experience by allowing boys to work collaboratively alongside a variety of charity groups, community volunteers and schools.
During the week-long annual programme, all Middle and Senior School Year 11 and 12 students commit to a variety of activities such as feeding the homeless, serving the elderly, assisting in educating young people with special needs and supporting charity centres and community support initiatives.
Trinity Grammar School aims to develop young men through a holistic approach to education. Opportunities to enhance the mind, body and spirit are facilitated through a range of educative experiences, with Community Service being a feature of each Trinity boy’s learning. Additionally, our Christian mission in providing service to others is the practical outworking of one’s faith in Christ.
Trinity believes that great opportunities are borne out of service to others, and that these experiences further enhance the learning opportunities for its boys as they discover their potential, passions and purpose in life.