Each year Queenwood supports a number of social justice initiatives, with the emphasis being to instil in students an understanding of their responsibilities to help others. Engagement with global issues in assemblies and curriculum areas encourage students to think and act locally, nationally and internationally.
Since 2004, Queenwood and four other schools has supported a cluster of primary schools on the outskirts of Phnom Penh in Cambodia â€“ our flagship global initiative. Our active commitment to improving educational outcomes for students in these schools includes an emphasis on teacher training, with Year 10 students given the opportunity each year to visit the schools and teach English to local students in Years 3 and 4.
50K for 50K
In 2011, Queenwood undertook a student-initiated 50km walk from Palm Beach to Queenwood for Year 10 and 11 students, staff and parents to raise funds for the Cambodia Schools Project. In 2012, the event continued and was given a name â€“ 50k for 50k and continues to grow each year with the goal of raising $50,000.00 each time.
Walk in her Shoes
Year 7 and 10 students are also involved in Care Australia’s Walk in Her Shoes initiative, which raise awareness of the lives of women in developing counties while supporting women in East Timor.
Red Shield Appeal
Each year, Queenwood students from Years 6 to 12 actively participate in the Red Shield Appeal. In 2012, more than 200 students volunteered to collect money for the Salvation Army to support their Oasis Centre in Sydney.
Primary and Secondary students collect for Legacy on Legacy Day, helping raise awareness of those who are still affected by war in Australia.
Year 10 girls have the opportunity to consider local issues such as homelessness and addiction through a social awareness activity in Kings Cross.