Relationships with the wider community are highly valued
2/14th Australian Field Regiment
In 2007 the school formed a partnership with the 2/14th Australian Field Regiment through the Adopt An Ex-Service Organisation Program, administered by the Shrine of Remembrance. Each year our Year 6 students have opportunities to experience the traditions surrounding commemoration and remembrance, to reflect upon the importance of peace, to develop historical knowledge and understanding and to form relationships with our veterans and their families.
In February a small group of students, family members and staff attend the Anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin Commemoration to represent the 2/14th Australian Field Regiment, which had been active in Darwin during the bombing raids. Students take part in the Anzac Day march and the moving service held afterwards at the designated 2/14th Australian Field Regiment tree by the Shrine of Remembrance.
In October each year, our Year 6 students help to conduct the annual Commemorative Service for the 2/14th Australian Field Regiment at the Shrine of Remembrance, which is followed by a brief service at Christ Church South Yarra.
The relationship between Christ Church Grammar School, the veterans and their families is special and valued by everyone and in 2017 the school was proud to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the partnership.
Indigenous Australian Perspectives
National Reconciliation Week is marked with involvement in a range of events at school and in the wider community. The Reconciliation Chapel Service is a culmination of our whole school focus on aspects of storytelling and sustainability, particularly through the exploration of the traditional story, Friends continued their generous support for our programs including the partnership with Red Dust Role Models, enabling Year 6 students to visit the Areyonga community, in the Northern Territory.
Areyonga Cultural Exchange
The Reconciliation Interest Group is instrumental in generating many opportunities throughout the year for the school to reflect upon reconciliation, to build relationships and increase knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories. In the first week of the Term 3 holidays, Year 6 students join Red Dust Role Models to travel to the Areyonga community, three hours' drive west of Alice Springs for a five-day cultural exchange - for many students, this is a life-changing experiece.
Every year, the school selects a charity for our fundraising focus.
In 2018 and 2019 our chosen charity is FareShare and we are particularly pleased to have linked with this wonderful organisation as the CEO, Marcus Godinho (below left with Year 6 students), is an alumnus of Christ Church Grammar School.
We were thrilled that the total amount raised for FareShare in 2018 was in excess of $12,000, which helped them purchase a new cooker (below right) which enables them to cook an extra 300,000 meals a year. We're aiming to raise $15,000 in 2019, to help FareShare cook even more meals to support those in need.