St George's College is constantly striving to provide substantive volunteering input and commitment to local and national community projects. Our students are provided with the opportunity to be involved to share their skills, knowledge and care in many areas. Significant community groups with which we are associated are set out below.
Teach Learn Grow Inc.
"Providing tutoring and mentoring services free of charge to rural, indigenous and socioeconomically deprived Western Australian students, with the aim of overcoming poverty and disadvantage through education. The services focus on consolidating a student's knowledge and inspiring a student's interest in education, with a view to ensure the full potential of the student is realised."
Dave Sherwood, a Georgian (2009), is the founder of Teach Learn Grow. A former student of Bunbury Senior High School, a UWA Fogarty Foundation Scholar and 2013 Rhodes Scholar, David is a committed member of the community striving to improve educational opportunities for young Western Australians. The program of Teach Learn Grow features a local tutoring centre and an extensive rural program in which university mentors attend rural schools.
St George's provides an office and meeting facilities for Teach Learn Grow. The College also contributes towards the development of the staff at Teach Learn Grow by providing mentoring through our Accounts Department. College members also represent a significant number of Teach Learn Grow tutors.
Relay for Life
"Cancer Council Relay for Life is a unique overnight fundraising event that brings communities together in the fight against cancer."
The first Relay for Life in WA was held in 2001 and successfully raised $14 million to support the work of the Cancel Council WA. St George's College has been a keen participant since 2010 in the UWA Relay for Life on the Oak Lawn. In 2012 the College, through the tireless efforts of its students, registered 3 teams involving 40 College residents to walk/run/skip around the track.
In 2012, St George's College raised over $2,000, which is a testament to the College's spirit of giving to the community and the worthy cause of Relay for Life.
True Blue Dreaming
"True Blue Dreaming is committed to supporting and strengthening young lives in rural and remote communities. We are a youth and community development mentoring program engaging young people aged 12 - 18 in rural and remote Australia. Our programs have been successfully delivered in the Wheatbelt and Kimberley regions of Western Australia since 2004."
The new chairman of True Blue Dreaming, Richard Pengelley, has a strong connection with St George's College as the previous College Chaplain. He is currently the Director of Service, Learning and Leadership at Christ Church Grammar School and an Adjunct Lecturer in Sport Science, Exercise and Health at UWA.
College residents have the opportunity to participate in the activities of True Blue Dreaming that include visits to Looma and Wyalkatchem every year. Our past resident and 2013 Young Australian of the Year, Akram Azimi, has been a True Blue Dreaming mentor for the last 5 years and is currently its Ambassador. Akram has visited the Looma Indigenous community in the Kimberley on many occasions over the last 5 years to the point that he is an 'honorary' Jungardee man.