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Schools' engagement

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The long history of schools' engagement with the Brotherhood of St Laurence


School students have made valuable contributions to our work, financially and in-kind throughout the Brotherhood's existence. This engagement is deeply valued and, in return for their timeand fundraisingefforts, Brotherhood staff have educated and mentored these students. Here are some of the very earliest examples of school engagement:


1934     100 St Michaels Grammar and Lowther Hall Grammar students visited the settlement at Carum Downs to engage with residents


1937     Firbank Grammar sent a large box of groceries [to where? to whom?]


             A large group of Melbourne Grammar boys gave up their Saturday afternoon to help with physical improvements in the youth hostel


1941     St Michaels Grammar School - old Grammarians- provided all the presents for the Christmas tree at Carum Downs


1942     Geelong Grammar boys built a house at Carum Downs during te school holidays


1946     Boys from Melbourne Grammar School each gave up 10 days of their school holidays to prepare the ground for the first bungalows at Carum Downs


1947      Brighton Grammar School organised and helped run camps for some of the boys in Brotherhood Care



Other schools which have supported the work of the Brotherhood from its beginnings:


  • MacRobertsons Girls High
  • Melbourne High School
  • Tintern Grammar       


Students are involved as volunteers in many valuable ways, they:


  • cook, serve meals and socialise with the members of the Coolibah Social Connection Hub
  • put on concerts and run activities for residents of our Sumner House resience
  • help out at Breakfast Club cooking and playing games with children before school starts
  • work with children at Sacred Heart Primary School
  • take part in the Choir of Hard Knocks
  • participate in the 300 blankets* for the homeless [*This is not a Brotherhood programme but the organisation supports this programme]
  • work with the salvage department entering information on the Brotherhood Books website for donated books




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