Service Learning | Melbourne Grammar School

Service Learning

Service to the community is an important part of Melbourne Grammar School’s culture and philosophy relating to leadership.

There is a Coordinator of Leadership and Service Learning at all three campuses and students are given opportunities to explore their connection with the wider community through a number of School facilitated initiatives.

Service leadership at Melbourne Grammar School begins at Grimwade House, through providing students with opportunities to serve and build meaningful relationships within our community. This provides them with a scaffolded model to ready them for external community service in later years.​ We provide learning opportunities so that students are building values and ethics, understandings, knowledge and skills around service and community.

Our Service Learning activities are formalised with the Class Captain programme in Years 2-6. Each term, a class representative is voted for by their peers and it is their role to be the eyes, ears and voice for any issues or ideas which may affect their classroom, year group or campus community. Fortnightly meetings allow for these concerns or innovations to be discussed and acted on by the Student Representative Council. It is a commitment that not only provides personal leadership opportunities but a way to engage positively to serve the Grimwade community.

Our Year 6 Service Teams, formerly known as Leadership Teams, have also been created to help students develop a deeper understanding of community service and prepare them for opportunities beyond Grimwade House. Each Year 6 student will contribute to a team which will cover aspects of music, Chapel, Chinese, peer support in the playground, peer reading, science, library, eLearning, the environment and more. It is a contribution which enables students to see the ripple effect that serving others makes to a community as well as the personal development within. 

Each year, as part of the Personal Development curriculum at Wadhurst, Year 8 students spend a day providing community service at Mission House, St Marks Homeless Shelter and the Brotherhood of St Laurence in Fitzroy.

Mission House, managed and operated by Anglicare Victoria, provides support for low-income families in the inner-northern suburbs of Melbourne, by supplying food, household items, emergency relief and financial aid. The boys help out by sorting donations of canned goods, organising toys in preparation for Christmas distribution, gardening, undertaking maintenance tasks, organising shelving and tidying up storage areas.

Visiting Mission House and St Marks Homeless Shelter is a valuable experience for the students and helps them to better understand the disadvantage faced by many people within our community. It also highlights the value of giving time to community service as an alternative to donating financially.

The Wadhurst community formally support the Make a Wish Foundation with an annual event called ‘Crop a Kid Day’ where more than one hundred Year 7 & 8 students crop their hair and raise funds and awareness for seriously ill children, We, as a community, have raised over $200,000 with this event over the last 10 years.

The Year 7 Leaders manage and coordinate the 40 Hour Famine every year with the Senior School Values in Action Committee. The Year 8 students all attend a tailored day for them to learn about Service and Global Citizenship.

It is an expectation that all students in the Senior School be involved in some form of service, whether it is through the local community, an international opportunity or charitable fundraising. This allows our students to put their values into action and become directly involved in the world around them. The Service Learning Programme at Senior School is called ‘Values in Action’.

Local Service


Involvement with local organisations such as the Smith Family tutoring programs, Prahran Mission Winter Breakfast Program and Ronald McDonald House, provides students with the opportunity to meaningfully connect with their community, appreciate the challenges others face and learn how to offer support by volunteering their time rather than money. Recently the school has taken steps to organise more of these types of service opportunities by partnering with organisations that have programs operating out of school hours on a regular basis.

International Service


Students who engage in international service are able to broaden their understanding of different global issues, while developing and implementing projects such as sustainable farming in Cambodia, providing medical supplies in Papua New Guinea and building houses in Vietnam.

Charitable Fundraising


Through door knocks, chapel collections and innovative approaches to fundraising, students are introduced to the important notions of philanthropy and supporting those in need.

Community Speaker Series


Aiming to highlight relevant and topical issues within our community, inspiring speakers with a unique story to tell are invited to present at these regular events.




Phil O'Connor
Phil O'Connor
Head of Service Learning and Indigenous Programme Manager

Phil is the Head of Service Learning across the School and manages our Values in Action programme and popular Community Speaker Series. Phil is also our Indigenous Programme Manager and acts as a link between the School, our Indigenous students and their families.

Matt Houniet
Matt Houniet
Leadership & Service Learning Coordinator - Wadhurst

Matt drives Wadhurst's Service Learning programme and manages the School's relationship with partners such as Mission House. He is also a Teacher of History.

John Donaldson
John Donaldson
Leadership Coordinator - Grimwade House

John is a Teacher of Year 5 at Grimwade House and he also manages our junior school's Leadership and Service Learning programme.

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