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Ogilvie students volunteer at City Mission Op Shops

OGILVIE High School students celebrated National Student Volunteer Week in August by volunteering at City Mission Op Shops in Moonah.

National Student Volunteer Week ran from 9 to 15 August, and acknowledged and celebrated the positive impact that student volunteers have on communities.

The students from Ogilvie High School were involved in the Big Picture Program, which is an Australia-wide program that facilitates student-directed learning in schools.

Hobart Big Picture Learning has implemented an innovative design for learning.

At the heart of the design is a departure from traditional ‘appointment learning’ where everyone learns the same things according to a fixed timetable inside the four walls of a school.

The Big Picture Program nurtures creativity, curiosity and independence.

It also includes a work experience component, which the students completed at City Mission Op Shops.

Ogilvie High School year 10 student Louise Patterson was one of the students involved in the program.

“It was great to challenge myself in doing something new,” Louise said.

“I really liked building my confidence by talking to customers and other volunteers.

“I also learnt how to build displays, dress mannequins and even use the register.

“All these things will be so helpful for me in the future when I try to gain some part-time work.”

Hobart City Mission is supported by more than 450 volunteers, most of whom work at one of the nine City Mission Op Shops in southern Tasmania.

Hobart City Mission often connects with student volunteers and corporate groups to offer a unique volunteering experience that provides a way for organisations to give back to their community.

“Volunteering is a great way to connect people from all walks of life,” Hobart City Mission chief executive officer John Stubley said.

“We are thrilled that we can offer schools and students a place to learn new skills, make connections in their community, and give them vital work experience.

“We could not do the work we do in the community without our amazing team of volunteers.

“We are very grateful to these students and their school for dedicating their time to help people in their local community.”

For more information about volunteering at Hobart City Mission as an individual, school or corporate group, contact Sara Shepherd at sshepherd@hobartcitymission.org.au or phone 6215 4200.

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