Community work is a key aspect of the curriculum in the Adolescent Community – providing opportunities for meaningful work and real-life problem solving. We all get much satisfaction from serving our communities and contributing to the groups we are a part of and this concept is introduced to children early at MIC.
In the Early Years everyone contributes to the care of class pets and plants and participates in community clean up at the end of each day, with older children in each cycle mentoring and teaching the younger children.
The same tasks are undertaken in the Primary College and students also extend their service to others into the wider community – often electing to support a cause or charity.
Once students graduate to the Adolescent Community, they discover new capacities as they are driven by a desire to be of service to others. Key skills developed are known as the 4 C’s:
Communication: Sharing thoughts, questions, ideas and solutions
Collaboration: Working together to reach a goal. Putting talent, expertise, and smarts to work.
Critical thinking: Looking at problems in a new way and linking learning across subjects and disciplines.
Creativity: Trying new approaches to get things done equals innovation and invention.
At MIC our Adolescent students cook for one another and care for their learning environments. They also get involved in community projects around our campus and our 22 hectare land lab, which is made up of bush land, rain forest and waterways.
Recent Community Projects have included:
- Care of the land – identifying and removing environmental weeds, planting native trees and landscaping
- Maintenance of mountain bikes and the creation of mountain bike tracks through the forest and building bike jumps
- Developing the dam ecosystem – cataloguing local and invasive species, removal of invasive species, cleaning the dam and local area, and toad-pole bio-control with native turtles
- Cleaning up community areas, including the collection of roadside rubbish outside our school boundary that impacts water catchment
- Building an Edible Artworks Archway – driving poles into the ground and planting edible plants including strawberries, cherry tomatoes, snow peas, kiwi fruit and mandarin
- Design, painting and furnishing of the Adolescent bathrooms
- Construction of a concrete handball court, including using a tractor to clear the space, building form work, laying reinforcing rods and pouring concrete
- Building a level walkway and retaining wall at the end of the Adolescent Learning Commons with a rope rail and level gravel path, allowing safer access and less erosion and silt run off into the dam
- Building a new path to the Secondary College admin office and a new planter box for Junior Primary
- Development of the Rain forest Walk including signage
- Looking after the MIC bee hives including introducing a new Queen bee to the hive, installing new hives and regular inspections and maintenance
- Growing spray free fruit and vegetables – preparing the ground, sowing seeds, planting and harvesting as well as seed collection and the propagation of cuttings – and running a farm stall to sell produce to MIC families