Students in the Community

The Mount Aspiring College Students in the Community Programme is the only programme of its type in the country.

Since 1995, a total of over 50,000 hours of voluntary community time has been contributed by MAC students.

We are grateful to the Lottery Grants Board for its ongoing success.

The Programme

All year 13 students use their time and skills to make a difference in their community.

Students undertake weekly placements and short-term projects in a variety of areas. Some of these are listed here:

helping at preschools and primaries, visiting the elderly, mentoring other students, buddying with students with special needs

volunteering at the library, with theatre costumes, at local events, with fundraising

coaching sports – athletics, swimming, netball, hockey, biking, rubgy, soccer, adaptive skiing and more

planting and conservation projects

teaching technology to seniors

The programme helps uphold the MAC Values of ‘Community and participation for the common good.’

What the community gains:

  • Contact with the school community
  • Hundreds of hours of practical help and support
  • Individual friendships
  • Intergenerational understanding

What the students gain:

  • The benefits of altruism
  • Stronger links with their community
  • Wider range of experiences
  • Marketable skills
  • Enhanced personal skills
  • Increased knowledge of self
  • Certificate and experience for their curriculum vitae

What the school gains:

  • Students who are better prepared for the future
  • A more holistic approach to education
  • Improved relations between the community and the school

In the words of one Year 13 leaver, “I learned how enjoyable it can be to help others and how grateful people can be for that. I used a broad range of skills in all the different projects and learned a lot.”

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