For Southern Hills Christian College teacher Wayne Chapman, being a teacher means more than helping young children with their spelling mistakes and writing comments for semester reports.
Determined to do more to empower his school, Southern Hills Christian College in Bedfordale, Mr Chapman successfully accessed a ‘Communities for Children Small Grant’ through Communicare.
“Our aim was to utilize one of our rooms as a Parents Library”, said Mr Chapman, “so that local events and initiatives can be publicized within our school.
“Many of our parents are new to the area, some are even new to this country.”
The $1000 grant will allow Mr Chapman to refurbish a small room at the College and equip it with parenting literature, new chairs and a space where local residents can talk to the Principal, chaplain and staff about daily life and ways in which they can become involved in the Bedfordale area.
The grant money has encouraged local families to contribute towards the refurbishment of the space.
“We had one kind father who donated his time on a Saturday to plaster the walls, which is incredibly generous,” said Mr Chapman.
“Students are also painting the space in their own time.
“It has been amazing how the whole project has come together”, he said.
Mr Chapman hopes that by creating this space within the College, new parents will feel welcome and loved within this local community.
“The City of Armadale is a lovely place for people to settle, and the students and I feel good about creating a place for parents and community residents to learn about the services available to them”, said Mr ChapmanThe grant money came from an initiative funded by the Department of Social Services.
The recently appointed Principal at Southern Hills Christian College, Mr Paul Beacham, has encouraged his staff to be active in the local community and serve wherever possible in and out of the classroom.
“In this term, we have connected with local churches and youth groups, established links with the Armadale Aspire program, and promoted servant leadership wherever possible,” said Mr Beacham.
“It has been amazing to see such strong public support for the area that we live and work in,” said Mr Beacham.
This story was covered in The Examiner Newspaper on July 6 2017. Photograph courtesy of Examiner Newspapers.