Opportunities for personal growth
MLC’s Community Service programs, which we call Service Learning, aim to provide our students with opportunities to become involved in their local, national and international communities.
We believe that the skills and knowledge that students acquire through the academic program are enriched when integrated into a wider social context.
We encourage students to care for other people, to be sensitive to different facets and social issues in society, and to be aware that the community functions because people help each other. This philosophy is the stimulus to evolve programs of shared learning experiences between our students, the people of Melbourne, and beyond.
Under this umbrella, is the College’s Social Service Program which sees our students support charitable organisations through class groups, Houses, student leadership groups and whole school activities. Integral to this program is that the students self-determine who they would like support.
In addition, each sub-school supports a different international, education-focused community. These include:
- Junior School – Cambodia Rural Students Trust
- Junior Secondary School – Long Hai Community, Vietnam
- Middle School – The School of St Jude, Tanzania
- Senior School – Ban Tharn Namchai Children's Home, Thailand
Our students also work together to provide practical assistance through special projects. For example, some past activities include:
- Year 7 pasta drive for Fareshare.
- Year 8 students made over 10,000 cheese sandwiches for the Eat Up organisation, who deliver these to schools that have students coming to school without food.
- Our Year 9 and 10 students made 1200 birthing kits to be shipped to Africa, to assist pregnant women living in very poor and remote areas, give birth to their babies in a more hygienic environment.
- Our Year 12’s worked alongside Junior School students making potted succulents for isolated seniors in our local community.
- And some students donated their pre-loved laptops for distribution to refugees from Ukraine, who had recently arrived in Melbourne, having fled the war.
Through their participation in MLC’s Community Service programs, we believe our students develop an understanding of the nature and importance of active citizenship that we hope will last a lifetime. They discover the reciprocity of these experiences, that in giving to others, they receive a great deal in exchange.