At the cheque presenation ceremony were (l/r back) Mr David Lloyd (relieving School Education Director for Lachlan), Mrs Carolyn Baker (School Coordinator – THLHS Premier Student Volunteering), Blake Bradtke, Ms Marg Carey (Principal THLHS), Mr Michael Cronk (relieving Western Region Director for Education). In front (l/r) were: Grace Best, Thomas Perrott and Ian Bernard.The Henry Lawson High School has been awarded the state wide Scholarship for the Premier Student Volunteering Awards, with only one school in NSW being selected for the $5000 scholarship.
A cheque was presented to the school at the Western Region ceremony held at The Henry Lawson High School on Wednesday. Applications are appraised based on the involvement of their students, which is judged not only by the hours contributed, but also by the contribution which their volunteering has made to their schools and wider communities. Consideration is also given to the value of what the funds from the scholarship are intended to be used for.
The money received will be utilised to establish a junior Lions group and a junior environmental group.
The Henry Lawson High School has been involved in the Premier Student Volunteering Program since the beginning of 2011. A large proportion of the students in Years 9 and 10 have logged their hours of volunteering into the database.
This is then validated by the school coordinator. The idea of the program is to reward students for their volunteering and encourage students to become more involved in their school and wider communities, which reduces the pressures on the regular volunteers.
Students gain many benefits from being involved in volunteering, including gaining career skills, meeting new people, learning about their community and obtaining a certificate which is highly regarded by employers for their resume.
The students from The Henry Lawson High School have been involved in a wide range of activities from peer reading, meals on wheels, sports coaching and umpiring, sound and lighting, public performances of band and choir, Anzac Day, assisting at local events, painting halls, repairing cemetery grounds and the preparation and serving of food, just to name a few.
Four students from The Henry Lawson High School were awarded a Diamond Certificate for more than 80 hours of volunteering.
They were Ian Bernard, Grace Best, Thomas Perrott and Blake Bradtke.
Ian Bernard was also successful in being the Western Region nomination for the individual student scholarship.
Mr Michael Cronk, the relieving Western Region Director for Education, Mr David Lloyd, the relieving School Education Director for Lachlan, Ms Melanie Meers, Every Student Partnership Officer, and Mr Stephen Outram, Regional Coordinator of the Premier Student Volunteer Awards and many representatives of the local volunteer organisations in Grenfell were all present and assisted in presenting the awards to the students from schools throughout the region.
The students and staff at The Henry Lawson High School are looking forward to expanding their involvement in The Premier Student Volunteering Program and hope that their success inspires other schools in the region to become involved in this valuable program.
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