Goodness is its own reward

 "What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, "Go in peace, be warmed and filled," without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead." James 2:14-17

At CBC Fremantle, providing service to others is when our faith takes on an active role, and each one of us can contribute towards building a better world. Students are introduced to service in Year 8, and throughout their journey to graduation are guided to broaden their commitment to the wider community, to go deeper and see the greater good in living a life of compassion and caring.

Jesus said, "It is more blessed to give than to receive." To give to others, to be selfless in deed and action, provides an immense sense of purpose and wellbeing. The Service Learning programme at CBC seeks to take Jesus' message of compassion, justice and peace and to make it a living reality, as outlined in our EREA Touchstone, Gospel Spirituality. The programme is part of the College's Mission and Identity, highlighting the intrinsic part service plays in the CBC journey, and has provided essential volunteer support for many community events and activities that assist people in need, promoting a sense of achievement while making the world a better place.

This term Service Learning has provided opportunities for students to engage in practical hands-on assistance at St Patrick's Community Support Centre including working in the kitchen, sorting clothing and items for the clients and setting up for the Fremantle Long Table fundraising event. The programme also rosters students to lend a hand at Good Start Breakfast to ensure children at East Hamilton Primary are provided with a nutritional meal to commence their working day, and launched Project Compassion that coincided with Lent and raises money for the incredible work of Caritas Australia.

Service activities can be challenging and sometimes even confronting, taking students outside their comfort zones and providing a powerful lesson in the vagaries of life. Recognising and valuing the 'other' can provide significant opportunities for growth along the CBC journey, and emphasises a positive influence our developing young men can have in our community.

Service also provides satisfaction from working as a team, developing purpose and a sense of belonging, and getting the job done. Goodness tends to spread. Every act and experience of service given and received takes root and develops. The servant becomes liberated through selflessness and grace for others, and the served becomes enlightened and empowered from receiving authentic acts of love and kindness. The world becomes a better place and, as intimated by CBC's traditional Latin motto, Palma Virtuti ('goodness is its own reward'), the act of service takes on a mutually beneficial significance that leads to a much more fulfilling life and better world.

With this understanding, CBC students can provide service with the right attitude, which is to accept and respect those in need, to understand choice is often a privilege, and to see the secret to happiness lies in what can be done for others.

Mr Matthew Stockton
Service Learning Coordinator