Citizenship and service

We encourage participation in local, national and international service to help foster compassion and to enhance the lives of others. Beacon of Hope is the umbrella term for all service programs at Beaconhills College. There are a myriad of ways that students, families and staff can help make a tangible difference to the lives of others.

Meaning and purpose

Service to others has always been part of the DNA of our school. We encourage students, families and staff to contribute to our meaningful service programs, locally and internationally. We give a choice of three ways to participate, through the three ‘Ts’ of time, talent or treasure. Families collaborate to create dozens of Christmas hampers for the annual Hope for Christmas Appeal, students walk in the popular Relay For Life to raise cancer-fighting funds or alumni volunteer to share their professional experiences with students at our lecture series.

Community Action Learning

Community Action Learning (CAL) means that service activities are integrated into the classroom. For example, Year 8 students might complete a literacy unit about bees. They might learn how Australia’s native bee population is at risk, with a lack of places for bees to live, so they will make ‘bee hotels’ for the College gardens to help pollinate plants. This is service to the environment.

Beacon of Hope student committee involved students from Year 8 to 12 who meet regularly to work together on community service initiatives, in collaboration with the College’s Citizenship and Service Committee.

How we help

  1. Locally

    Our families donate to the Feed Gippsland Appeal, give back pack beds and winter coats for the homeless or make baby boxes and knitted items for the Monash Foundation. Staff volunteer on the Vinnies and Bless Collective Foods vans and students help prepare meals from our vegie garden produce to donate to the Salvos. Environmental action includes possum boxes, tree planting and Clean Up Australia Day.

  2. Nationally

    The annual Relay for Life walk raises tens of thousands of dollars each year towards cancer research. Indigenous fundraising initiatives include a footy and sporting gear drive for Milingimbi in Northern Territory’s Arnhem Land.

  3. Internationally

    Our long-standing relationship with Fred Hyde School in Bangladesh has seen us provide financial support to help build schools in remote Bhola Island. In East Timor, fundraising has helped provide vital running water, classrooms and more to school communities. Our Family Fun Evening in November is major fundraising for these charity initiatives.

Beacon of Hope Foundation

The Beacon of Hope Foundation oversees the governance and funds management of all of our citizenship and service programs, including corporate sponsorship.