Glenwood House College infused community service into its Life Orientation programme and students are required to a minimum number of hours of community service hours per year.
The school has a Leos Club that is involved in numerous projects in and around George and initiatives from students to raise funds and awareness are encouraged and entertained.
The Leos spearheads the community service of the College. Leos meet twice a week for the maintenance of projects and visits at Project Venues. The Leos enjoy the same weight in importance as any other sport or cultural activity, which gives a good idea of the importance of community service for school management – there are certain lessons that are not learnt inside the walls of a classroom.
Part and parcel of the Grade 10, 11, and 12 Life Orientation curriculums is a minimum of 20 hours of community service. Community service also forms part of the school’s discipline policy as it has a lasting effect on students who participate in it.
- “Bless-a-Child” Christmas Party
For one day the students and teachers become servants and as many as 100 under-privileged children in and around George become kings and queens. This project has shown phenomenal success over the past few years and many parents and students donate money and items for this event. The day involves:
- Cake, sweets, and other eats;
- A visit from Santa Claus and gift packs filled with stationery, toiletries, toys, and many other gifts and surprises;
- Jumping castles and face-painting
You can imagine the lessons learned when a student becomes part of this initiative and hands over a gift that is appreciated so much.
- Smaller Projects
Other smaller projects included enriching the lives of others by providing Kidstop with weekly fruit and vegetables, presenting flowers to the elderly at old-aged homes, providing custard and jelly to many under-privileged children, working at SPCA or Donkey shelters, etc.