Community Involvement & Service

BAC encourages participation and challenges students mentally, physically and emotionally. As a result, we see young people develop stronger character: self-reliance, discipline, compassion and a robust belief system.

As part of our focus on experiences, Secondary students are given several opportunities to take part in key character-building service tours and immersions. 

SERVICE FOCUS

Each Term, the College has a particular focus for all service initiatives, whether school-wide or grade-based projects, in an attempt to cover all bases in terms of contribution:

Term 1 ADRA (Adventist Development and Relief Agency)
Term 2 International 
Term 3 National 
Term 4 Local 

"One of the things that we are learning from our partnership with ADRA is how well they are working in partnership with other agencies like the Salvation Army, Volunteers Qld, Meals on Wheels etc. to meet the needs of our local community." Principal, Mrs Entermann.

STORMCo 

The annual STORMCo Trip occurs every December, when a working team of senior graduates volunteer to travel by bus to the remote town of Mungindi. This proves to be a coming-of-age tour for students as they choose to usher in their adulthood by serving others instead of celebrating Schoolies. In Mungindi, they complete odd jobs and projects set by the local council and host a variety of social and sporting events for local children and youth. Read more about STORMCo here.

STARS AND DUKE OF EDINBURGH COMMUNITY SERVICE ELEMENT

The College treats the community service element of both the Year 8 STARS mentoring and Year 9 Duke of Edinburgh programs as vital to the personal development of adolescent children at a time when their focus commonly turns inward. In both of these programs, students are required to plan and implement community service projects and educate and advocate for critical issues facing teens today. 

SOLOMON ISLAND HUMANITARIAN PROJECT

    A big part of any immersion is to encourage our students to look for ways of doing more to serve. 

    A humanitarian project that came out of the 2017 SonShip trip was initiated by Year 12 students Asha Morgan, Gisreine Nyandwi and Ciara Henley. They noticed that female students lacked suitable, affordable sanitary napkins and discovered that this has a huge impact on education for girls. 

    Without suitable sanitary items, many girls spend significant quantities of time away from the classroom spend every month.  When they got home to Australia, Asha, Gisreine and Ciara worked with Mr Jackson to partner with Days for Girls and were soon returning to the Islands with washable, reusable sanitary pads, hygiene products and information booklets educating teenagers about their menstrual cycle.

    "We were staying in a proper house but were privileged to walk through the girls’ dorms - their only real toilet is a pit with a roof and no walls around it." Asha.

    "You don’t need to be in a leadership position to be a proper leader." Asha.

    "We want our our students to be more than mere passengers. We want them to be crew," Principal, Mrs Entermann.