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Service & community work news – 28 stories

  • Community gala a monster success

    21 September 2018

    From bouncy castles, food stalls and raffles to musical performances, games and a monster garage sale. – the St Paul’s Collegiate School Community Gala had something for the whole family to enjoy. Organised by St Paul’s students, the gala was run as a fundraiser to help the neighbouring Fairfield community with a number of projects. These… Read more

    Community gala a monster success
  • Colours for service awarded

    12 September 2018

    This week in Chapel, four Year 13 students were awarded inaugural ‘colours’ for their contribution to service here at St Paul’s. Colours are awarded to senior students for the school’s cornerstone themes of academic, sport, culture and now service. “These students have demonstrated exemplary leadership, commitment and engagement with the… Read more

    Colours for service awarded
  • Community gala has something for everyone

    3 September 2018

    From bouncy castles, food stalls and raffles to musical performances, games and a monster garage sale – the St Paul’s Collegiate School Community Gala has something for the whole family to enjoy. The gala has been organised by St Paul’s students and is a fundraiser to help their neighbouring Fairfield community with a number of projects… Read more

    Community gala has something for everyone
  • Student service initiative wins World Vision award

    27 August 2018

    A group of St Paul’s Collegiate School and Waikato Diocesan School for Girls students have been recognised for their outstanding contribution to the 2018 40 Hour Famine. The students have been awarded ‘best 40 hour event’ in the North Island by World Vision New Zealand and will be presented with the award at the 40 Hour Famine Awards… Read more

    Student service initiative wins World Vision award
  • Ukulele a hit with St Joans residents

    7 August 2018

    Come Tuesday lunchtime it’s smiles all round in the activity room of Hamilton’s St Joans care centre – smiles brought about by the sound of ukuleles. Leading the musical lesson is Harry Forte, a Year 13 student of St Paul’s, and it’s clear he is getting as much enjoyment from the session as the elderly folk sitting in front of him. Harry… Read more

    Ukulele a hit with St Joans residents
  • Cambodia trip an eye opener for students

    14 February 2018

    Working with slum living children in Cambodia is an experience these St Paul’s students will never forget. “I have seen poverty and struggle before but didn’t really take in the difficulties these people face in their daily lives. It broke my heart to see a young child begging on the streets or driving a tour boat trying to make a living… Read more

    Cambodia trip an eye opener for students
  • Striving for gold with Duke of Edinburgh

    15 August 2017

    Four days of cross-country mountain bike riding, learning to play the guitar and getting involved with academic tutoring are just some of the activities Oliver Saunders has taken on board over the past year in order to complete his Duke of Edinburgh gold award. The first in his year to achieve gold, the Year 13 student has had to complete… Read more

    Striving for gold with Duke of Edinburgh
  • Lucky guess wins rugby balls for local schools

    10 July 2017

    For Year 9 student Joe Gray this was not your typical ‘guess the number of lollies in the jar’ competition, instead Joe had to guess how many rugby balls filled a land rover – and he guessed correctly, winning 200 rugby balls for his school. Joe was the winner of the Land Rover New Zealand rugby ball competition that ran during Fieldays… Read more

    Lucky guess wins rugby balls for local schools
  • Giving time to neighbouring school children

    30 May 2017

    It’s lunchtime, and they’re already waiting by the vans. Fifteen students, who will spend the next hour being prodded, dragged around, grilled and cajoled by the most demanding of all critics – primary school children – and they can’t wait!. This is Over the Fence, a service programme initiated and executed by Chaplain Reverend James… Read more

    Giving time to neighbouring school children
  • Students volunteer in Cambodia

    30 May 2017

    ‘A unique, life-changing experience’ is guaranteed when students leave the comforts of home and school for 18 weeks at Tihoi, but as 24 students and staff found on their service trip to Cambodia last year, it’s not the only defining experience one can have during their time at St Paul’s. The entire trip took just a fortnight but was the… Read more

    Students volunteer in Cambodia
  • Outreach team brighten sick children’s Easter

    8 May 2017

    St Paul’s student-led Mission and Outreach team brought joy to many as they handed out donated chocolate eggs to patients in the children’s ward at Waikato Hospital last month. The team wanted to raise the spirits of children who could not enjoy their Easter break at home. Co-heads of the team, Michael Turnbull Year 13 and Emi Ng Year 13… Read more

    Outreach team brighten sick children’s Easter
  • St Paul’s invites local primary schools for lunch

    10 March 2017

    The past two Wednesdays have seen streams of excited students from local low decile primary schools shuffle into St Paul’s chapel as the senior students continue their ‘Over the Fence Ministry’ programme for 2017. Over the Fence Ministry is a service programme, started last year, that sees a number of St Paul’s students give up their… Read more

    St Paul’s invites local primary schools for lunch
  • Cambodia volunteering trip sparks a flame in students

    1 March 2017

    In December last year, while most were gearing up for the summer break at the beach, nineteen intrepid St Paul’s students were boarding a plane to Phnom Penh, Cambodia on the service trip of a lifetime. St Paul’s worked with Flame, a charitable organisation based in Cambodia who help slum children receive an education from primary through… Read more

    Cambodia volunteering trip sparks a flame in students
  • Understanding of refugee crisis grows through service

    20 October 2016

    For the past six months, 40-odd St Paul’s Collegiate School students have volunteered their time to the Refugee Orientation Centre Trust, a non-for-profit organisation helping refugees settle into life in New Zealand. Each week, students volunteer for the Centre’s homework programme which helps primary aged children get up-to-speed with… Read more

    Understanding of refugee crisis grows through service
  • St Paul’s students help raise funds for hospital chaplains

    24 August 2016

    They comfort patients and family in their time of need and provide spiritual guidance to those who are terminally ill, sick or on a long road to recovery. Their life is selfless and dedicated to serving others. They are the chaplains of New Zealand’s busiest hospital, Waikato Hospital. . Although their work is undoubtedly essential for… Read more

    St Paul’s students help raise funds for hospital chaplains
  • Over the Fence project wins award for Hamilton student

    27 May 2016

    Finding 300 teenage volunteers to give up a lunchtime may sound challenging. It took Hamilton high schoolers half an hour. A St Paul’s Collegiate School project, dubbed Over the Fence Ministry, links students from the private secondary school with kids at nearby, lower decile primaries during lunchtime. Student Serena Lim-Strutt, 17, is a… Read more

    Over the Fence project wins award for Hamilton student
  • Student wins national youth award

    26 May 2016

    St Paul’s Collegiate School student Serena Lim-Strutt Year 13 was presented with a New Zealand Youth Week ‘giving back’ award by Hon Nikki Kaye, Minister for Youth, at Parliament House in Wellington on Tuesday 24 May. Serena won the award for setting up the ‘over the fence ministry’ initiative at St Paul’s, which involves students giving… Read more

    Student wins national youth award
  • Double delight for St John star

    11 May 2016

    Sasha Patil, a student at St Paul’s Collegiate, recently gained the division’s ultimate award – Grand Prior – and was named champion team leader at the St John’s national youth competition. The Grand Prior Award, presented by the Governor-General as the Prior of St John in New Zealand, sees cadets set goals and achieve in a variety of… Read more

    Double delight for St John star
  • Student named national St John leader

    4 May 2016

    Sasha Patil Year 11 competed at the St John 2016 National Youth Competitions over the ANZAC weekend where she was awarded ‘St John Champion Team Leader’ for which she received the Gilberd Cup. She also placed first in ‘Team Medical’ and second in ‘Aggregate Team First Aid Tests’ and ‘Team Drill and Inspection’. In preparation for the… Read more

    Student named national St John leader
  • Cancer fundraising run inspires

    25 August 2015

    A Japan-based fundraiser for the New Zealand Cancer Society has inspired a cancer battler’s teenagers to swap selfies for running shoes. Caroline Steer, a former Matamata resident, said it was ‘‘upsetting, but a good upsetting’’ to see Japanese people support a Kiwi cause. The June 8 run was organised by another former Matamata resident… Read more

    Cancer fundraising run inspires
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