The Board of the SchoolAid charity has endorsed Lakes Grammar for National School Accreditation for Empowering Young Philanthropists. This reflects a number of initiatives that our children have been involved in over the years, including fundraising for Ronald McDonald House Foundation with the OC a few years ago, the Kids For a Cause Charity work, additional fundraising that we’ve done for different national disasters, Samaritans and similar organisations, and the way in which students engage in school and community service activities.
The Board is very impressed with our focus on encouraging students to undertake campaigns and fundraising events to support others in need. They also recognise our positive and proactive approach to empowering young philanthropists.
Student Representative Council
At Lakes Grammar students have a voice and are able to make a valuable contribution to their school. It is important that students be given the opportunity to express their views on issues of concern to them in the school. It is equally important that they are listened to and encouraged to take an active part in promoting the aims and objectives of the school. Student voice plays an important part in the day to day proceedings of Lakes to cater for a wider range of student needs, increase student involvement and participation and support students working through democratic processes to bring about change and deal with issues which they deem as important for their school and wider community.
The Peer Support program aims to equip older student to support and work with younger students. This in turn achieves the building of positive relationships amongst students across the junior school to contribute to positive adjustment and buffer against stressors and adversities.
Peer Support leaders are trained to deliver scheduled workshops with students from younger year levels, covering topics and skills that are designed to help them make friends, build confidence and flourish. In the Peer Support workshop students are introduced to the skills of listening, assertiveness, giving instructions and planning, to make sure they not only conduct themselves professionally but to ensure each workshop contains relevant and age appropriate content and themes.
Furthermore, the Peer Support Program develops a protective culture within Lakes Grammar, where senior students become mentors and ports of contact for younger students to seek out in times of need. This develops a supportive environment that fosters student relationships between year levels and creates a more connected and understanding school community.