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Provide opportunities for students and staff to increase their cultural intelligence, build local and global connections, improve relevant skills and establish values and character that will allow them to become the change agents of tomorrow.


Our students live in a globally oriented and highly connected world. This world is characterised by increasing multiculturalism that provides linguistic and cultural diversity with the growing interdependence of people, communities, and nations. At the same time, injustice prevails through the growing gap between the ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’.

In a world that is increasingly interdependent, building a global perspective, expanding horizons and developing an ability to function effectively in situations characterised by cultural diversity (CQ) are valuable educational outcomes that will contribute to the holistic development of our students.

The four elements of Global and Service Learning, outlined in this website, will provide the framework for students to grow and develop through the areas of service, partnership, overseas trips and post-school programs. Through these, they will develop awareness, leadership, specific skills, and relationships that will assist them to become global change agents in their chosen fields.  This vision is under-pinned by the College’s strategic intent, to leverage the College’s positive energy and supporting community to enable our students to move confidently into their futures.


To provide opportunities for students to serve and learn in order to develop an understanding of the responsibilities that come with being part of a local and global community.


Service-Learning is a teaching/learning method that connects meaningful community service experiences with academic learning, personal growth and civic responsibility. Service-Learning connects student learning to life in the belief that reciprocal service experiences provide powerful opportunities for intellectual and spiritual growth, and fosters an enriched sense of social responsibility. In preparing the next generation of leaders in our society, the students of St Andrew’s Anglican College are presented with an exceptional array of opportunities to advocate for justice, contribute to charity projects, and engage in service learning. These opportunities fall under the banners of Direct, Indirect and Advocacy Service Learning.

Service Learning Outcomes

  • To enhance students' learning by enabling them to practice skills and test classroom knowledge through related service experiences in the school and local community
  • To raise awareness of the need of others
  • To develop a culture of responsibility and care, inspiring an attitude of empathy and compassion towards all members of the local and wider community
  • For students to develop leadership, communication and collaboration skills as well as social-emotional characteristics such as resilience, managing conflict, respect for diversity and character development.


Direct Service Learning

Is where a student’s actions directly impact individuals who receive the service from them face-to-face.

Indirect Service Learning

Where students serve by working on broad issues, environmental projects or community aid and development-projects that have clear benefits to the community or environment, but not necessarily to identifiable individuals.

Advocacy Service Learning

Students educate others about organisations that are serving others. The aim being to create awareness and prompt action regarding social justice issues.


Some of the Service Learning activities undertaken on a regular basis include:

Primary Secondary
Visits to Aveo Country Club Weekly food preparation for soup kitchen
Bundle and Bin Day Serving in a Soup kitchen on the Connect program
ANZAC Day Service Tewantin Sport coaching for younger years
Peregian Beach dune regeneration planting Visits to Aveo Country Club
St Andrew’s Serve’s – weekly gardening and cleaning for the elderly and disabled in the community ANZAC Day Service – Peregian Springs
  ANZAC Day Service – Coolum
  Year 7 Koala Crusaders Disco
  Surf lifesaving
  Peregian Beach dune regeneration planting
  North Stradbroke Beach Clean up
  St Andrew’s Serve’s – weekly gardening and cleaning for the elderly and disabled in the community


To Develop a global network that provides opportunities for staff and students to learn and grow together.


The Partner School Program is the development of a between St Andrew’s and various schools that have a similar ethos. It can take many forms and can be anything from a short-term project based partnership between two classes of students, to an exchange of staff and/or students. The opportunity to collaborate with different cultures and perspectives, either in person or online, expands student horizons or offers insight into how the world works. This exposure increases cultural intelligence which will aid the students to successfully function in a global marketplace. The OECD report: Schools for 21st-Century Learners outlined five key areas that strong leaders need to develop in their schools. Under the fifth point, Culture and Policies, it listed the importance of collaboration with wider partnerships and connections. This area is specifically covered through the partner schools mission statement and outcomes.

  • Partner school program outcomes:
  • To develop global perspectives and citizenship
  • To strengthen relationships, cultural understanding, respect and appreciation
  • To support the teaching of foreign languages
  • To develop curriculum links and collaborative learning projects
  • Teacher growth and professional development
  • Provide post school GAP opportunities.

We have identified five key areas that schools can ‘opt in’ to partner with St Andrew’s. We are aware that each school’s capacity and desire for involvement will vary, therefore, schools may choose to partner in either one or multiple areas. It is expected that any partnership will start on a small scale and gradually grow over time.

The five areas that schools may wish to partner with St Andrew’s include: 

  • Reciprocal school visits
  • Class collaboration programs
  • Student exchange programs
  • Teacher exchange programs
  • Post school GAP Volunteer programs.

Partner School Handbook 


To increase cultural intelligence, global awareness and student capacity through service and experiential learning in order to become the change agents of tomorrow.


As part of its commitment to developing the global perspective of students, St Andrew’s offers a variety of Global Opportunity (GO) programs that will allow students to learn through exposure to new cultures and experiences. Through either a service or experiential learning program, students will develop their cultural intelligence as well as knowledge, skills and values in a non-traditional academic setting.

These programs aim to place the students in situations where they will need to demonstrate independence, leadership, critical thinking and servant hood. Our GO programs are closely linked to the curriculum in order to leverage the knowledge and skills that have already been developed in the classroom.

On these programs, students will gain first-hand insight into past and current cultural, political and environmental influences which shape lives. The end result being students who possess a global mindset, have an ability to thrive in different cultural situations and are equipped with the knowledge and skills to bring about positive change in the future.


St Andrew’s directly links its GO programs to specific educational outcomes. This is to ensure that each program provides an experience that is not just enjoyable but educationally sound. Therefore the activities of each program are explicitly linked with some or all of the GO outcomes below.

GO program outcomes:

  • Develop students’ intercultural understanding (Cultural Intelligence) 
  • Develop specific knowledge and skills from direct experiences outside a traditional academic setting
  • Develop a global mindset and establish global connections
  • Understand the cultural, political and environmental influences which shape lives 
  • Develop an awareness of social justice issues and responsibility 
  • Engage in social justice efforts and community service


Some of the international service and experimental learning Global Opportunities at St Andrew's:


To connect students with information and opportunities related to post year 12 travel, education and GAP year programs.


Beyond connects students with post Year 12 opportunities including further travel and education. The changing world of work and the skills that will be in demand in the future mean that a post year 12 program might be a good way to gain further clarity and perspective on career goals. Whether it is volunteer work overseas or an internship, the Beyond Program will provide post year 12 students with a selection of opportunities that will enrich their lives and the lives of others.

Beyond program outcomes:

  • Develop students’ intercultural understanding (Cultural Intelligence)
  • Understand the cultural, political and environmental influences which shape lives
  • Develop a global mindset and establish global connections
  • Offer immersed linguistic experience, and possible fluency
  • Develop ownership of one's own life-direction
  • Improve knowledge and skills relevant to potential vocation

GAP Volunteer Program

A GAP year is usually taken at the end of secondary education studies. Also known as a ‘year abroad’ or ‘deferred year’, it allows students to experience life and work abroad before commencing university or full time work.

St Andrew’s Anglican College employs a number of GAP Year Volunteers who commence in either January or July for a six or 11 month time period. In exchange for their assistance across key areas of the school, our ‘Gappies’ are provided with accommodation and an allowance.

St Andrew’s prefers to source its GAP volunteers from schools that it has an ongoing relationship with. This is to ensure that all our volunteers will be an appropriate cultural fit and possess the skill set required to fulfil their duties. In the near future, there will be opportunity for St Andrew’s to provide GAP students for its overseas partner schools as part of a reciprocal relationship.

GAP Year Handbook 

Staff Contacts

Tim Barrett
Head of Service & Global Learning

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