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

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 Values in Action programme enables the students to work with, and learn from, the communities in which they live. It also introduces students to experiences and people with which they might be unfamiliar, and encourages students to consider identity and place as it relates to others.

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. Each year, they take part in community initiatives such as the Salvation Army’s Red Shield Appeal.

Community Speaker Series


The Community Speaker Series highlights topical issues facing our community, with speakers coming from all walks of life.

All members of the Melbourne Grammar School community (including students, parents, staff and Old Melburnians) are invited to attend the Community Speaker Series events, which are held once a term. Previous speakers have included survivors of war, adventurers, artists, entrepreneurs, astronauts and sports stars, each one offering an inspiring, personal story that demonstrates the values and leadership that are of such importance to our School.

Over the years the Community Speaker Series has become so popular it can attract over three hundred people, creating an energetic and vibrant atmosphere in Wadhurst Hall. Previous speakers include:

  • Eddie Jaku OAM – survivor of war
  • Tim Sharp – artist
  • Fred Chaney AO – social justice leader
  • General Charles Duke – astronaut
  • Brad Smith – entrepreneur
  • Justin Jones – adventurer
  • Damien Mander – anti-poaching activist
  • Tristan Millar – marathon runner
  • Anna Healey – paralympian
  • Dean Rioli – former AFL player and Indigenous Employment campaigner

For more information about the Community Speaker Series, please contact Phil O’Connor, Coordinator of Leadership and Service Learning.


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.