Education beyond the classroom

Education should go beyond the four walls of the classroom. Whilst the boys can be caught up in their academics, they need to realise the importance of co-curricular activities and all the wonderful opportunities the school and community have to offer.

The power of volunteering in the community has been documented for many years, however recent research is shedding even more light on its surprising benefits. Science now proves what great leaders and philosophers have known for years:

“One of the great ironies of life is this: He or she who serves almost always benefits more than he or she who is served.” - Gordon Hinckley

Engaging in the community provides students with the knowledge and people skills necessary to be successful in life. The school provides pathways for community engagement but also offers further opportunities to create productive partnerships with community stakeholders.

From improving our health and happiness to promoting a sense of belonging, boosting mood, and making friends, the case for volunteering keeps building. Here are some surprising reasons why volunteering doesn’t just benefit other people, it will improve your own well-being too.

The benefits of volunteering:

  • act on your values, passions and interests
  • make new friendships and create professional networks
  • gain work experience and learn new skills
  • enjoy new social and cultural experiences
  • develop personally and build confidence
  • enjoy better physical and mental health as studies show volunteering makes us healthier and happier
  • challenge yourself in a supportive environment
  • help your community
  • have fun!

At IGS, community engagement is something we value highly. The benefit of volunteering provides a great platform in the development of boys as they transition into men. Boys need to part of what will enhance them as individuals and others around them. Students who are connected to their school and community care more about their learning and are more likely to be healthy and succeed. Now is the time to act and step out of their comfort zone and be part of what IGS and the greater school community has to offer.

Stewart Drinkeld
Director of Boarding