St. Columba Community Service Award

In 2007 the St. Columba Community Service Award was introduced with the aim of encouraging students to become involved in service in the wider community and the world beyond school.

The rationale for the award is to engage students in new learning opportunities for care, compassion, taking on responsibilities, working with others and engaging in acts of kindness.  Forms of service have included working in a rest home, taking a blind person for walks, helping an elderly lady in her own home, being involved with Volunteer Otago, helping at the SPCA, assisting with a Church Youth Group and working at Trade Aid.

Through such forms of voluntary service students have opportunities to discover something more in themselves and to make a difference to others in their need.

“There is more in you than you think” – Kurt Hahn, the founder of Gordonstoun in Scotland, used this memorable quotation as the school motto. It is a quotation that is very much in sympathy with the rationale for the Award.

The St. Columba Community Service Award is granted on the basis of service beyond theschool within the local community or some agreed wider project.

The words of the song below, and the whole song itself, perhaps help convey something of the intention of this Award.

 

THE SERVANT SONG

Brother, sister let me serve you
Let me be as Christ to you.
Pray that I might have the grace
To let you be my servant too.

We are pilgrims on a journey
We are friends along the road
We are here to help each other
Walk the mile and bear the load.

I will hold the Christ-light for you
In the night time of your fear.
I will hold my hand out to you
Speak the peace you long to hear.

I will weep when you are weeping
When you laugh I'll laugh with you.
I will share your joy and sorrow
Till we've seen this journey through.

When we sing to God in heaven
We shall find such harmony.
Born of all we've known together
Of Christ's love, and agony.

Brother, sister let me serve you
Let me be as Christ to you.
Pray that I might have the grace
To let you be my servant too.

                         Richard Gillard