AS PART of their end-of-year Global Citizenship project, St Andrew's Anglican College Year 9 students were out in force across the region, serving the community and environment.
St Andrew's Serves is the College's flagship direct service program, where students participate in environmental projects or community service activities for community members who may be in need of assistance.
Director of innovation Peter Gazzola said a group of Year 9 students had teamed up with the Marcus Beach Bushcare Association to learn and lend a hand on-site with conservation of the beach and adjacent bushland.
"We started the day with a talk about the health of Peregian Beach Creek, followed by a water-monitoring activity that allowed students to determine how sustainable the water was for animal and plant life,” Mr Gazzola said.
"This was followed by a pick-up-rubbish walk and a talk about the turtle-nesting season and how to recognise nesting sites.
"The afternoon was then spent planting and watering 50 plants, and cutting fronds off the established asparagus fern to prevent it from fruiting.”
Head of college ministry and global learning Tim Barrett said these community and environmental service activities could be helping to prepare the next generation of leaders.
"The opportunities presented to these students allows them to help people in the community who may be in need of assistance due to life circumstances, injury, ill health, old age or disability,” Mr Barrett said.
"Over 100 Year 9 students participated in gardening, cleaning, collecting rubbish, preparing Christmas hampers for disadvantaged families and wrapping over 300 presents that the school community donated as part of the Empty Christmas Tree Project.”
Year 9 student Troy Dowrick said the act of serving proved mutually beneficial.
"When you help someone else, you feel good inside, too,” he said.
The hampers and gifts will be distributed to local families and charities by members of the Anglican Church Noosa, Peregian Springs.
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