Bethany Home, Malaysia
As outlined in the College leadership application, one of the many duties that form part of the leadership role is the involvement in our College Service Project. This involves travelling to Malaysia to become familiar with our partner school, then returning to Good Shepherd to encourage and lead fundraising efforts for the rest of the year. The current focus of our College Service Project is Bethany Home in Malaysia, located at Simpang Empat, Hutan Melintang, in the state of Perak. In this project, we are building an ongoing partnership with Bethany Home that will last a number of years. January 2019 will mark the College's fifth trip to Bethany Home with students. Bethany Home is located about four hours out of Kuala Lumpur by bus and is run by the Lutheran Church in Malaysia. It is a boarding and day school for students with intellectual disabilities and also has a unit for training young adults with intellectual disabilities. College and House captains have the opportunity to travel to Malaysia and assist with the Bethany Home project, which is sponsored by the Lutheran Church of Australia (LCA) International Mission. To find out more about Bethany Home, please go to: www.bethanyhome.org.au
Senior School students have the opportunity to take part in cultural exchange programs to Switzerland, Germany and Japan. These trips greatly enhance and complement the College's outstanding Languages program; German, Japanese and French.
These short term visits give students the opportunity to live in and experience a new culture and continues to develop their perspective of living in a global society. Students have the added benefit of applying and further developing their language skills.
Students also have the opportunity to visit Bethany Home in Malaysia, as part of the leadership program. These opportunities are strongly linked to ‘community and service’.
Every second year, Year 10 and 11 students have the opportunity to travel overseas on a challenge and service trip run by international adventure group, World Challenge.
In this program students take on roles of leadership and organisation, under the supervision of both Good Shepherd staff and World Challenge leaders.
Each expedition involves a challenge component, such as a 5-6 day trek, and a community service element; working in a school, involvement in conservation programs, fixing buildings in a community. Participants also spend time in the 18 month lead up to their expedition organising and running fundraising events for their chosen project.
The program is about developing student leadership and self-esteem, as well as giving students a first-hand appreciation of the needs of people in other parts of the world and how we can help them. World Challenge has so far taken students to Indonesia, Malaysia, India and Ecuador / Galapagos Islands.
Senior Geography students have the opportunity to visit Singapore as part of their 'urban planning' unit and any Year 10 students can opt to visit New Zealand as part of the 'Endeavour Week' program. This program also offers Australian trips to Lake Argyle, Sydney (Performing Arts focus) Kakadu and the Red Centre.
Love that GSLC offers so many options to our children. Trips to develop character..and plant dreams - Parent, 2017