Community Service is an integral part of life at Lauriston and our Community Service Coordinator Sarah is passionate about inciting social change and helping those less advantaged. 

Sarah takes a deep interest in the work of the organisations she has chosen for our School to work with and takes the time to get to know the individuals who run them and the people who benefit from their support. 

Sarah wants our girls to know they can make a difference to the lives of other people and is continually looks for new ways to make a contribution to the broader community.

From Kindergarten to Year 12, students are encouraged to choose a charity or organisation they would like to support through raising awareness, hands-on involvement, fundraising or collection of goods. By engaging in community service activities, our students gain an understanding and respect for other perspectives and embrace social and cultural differences. Our aim is to teach empathy – the ability to stand in someone else’s shoes – and motivate our girls to be global citizens who are curious about the world around them and want to contribute in some way to benefit others.

Principal Susan Just chatted with our Community Service Coordinator Sarah Jessup about the work she is undertaking, particularly during COVID-19, and her efforts to keep our community connected and provide support to those who are particularly vulnerable during these challenging times.

Over the past couple of weeks, Sarah has instigated four collections of much-needed items for the more vulnerable in our society. We have been overwhelmed at the generosity and kindness in response to our call-outs for food, supplies or arts and crafts for grass-roots charities. The collections have incited social change and a vibrant spirit of community that extends well beyond our local School community.