Students are encouraged to participate fully in groups which bring to life the Catholic Character of the college. Examples of these include:
Students belong to one of six houses, each led by two house co-leaders. The houses co-ordinate student efforts at swimming and athletic sports, the Haka Waiata competition and on Sacred Heart Day. Leadership opportunities within the houses are provided at each level.
The aim of the social action is to raise awareness of social issues both within and beyond New Zealand. Students visit Patrica Avenue special school to interact with pupils there. Through the Age Concern Group, students can train to become accredited visitors to visit the elderly who are in rest homes or in their own homes. The St Vincent de Paul group organises activities to support those in the community who are under privileged. They may organise food collections or fun days for young children.
A school branch of this international organisation co-ordinates letter writing campaigns and raises student awareness of human rights violations throughout the world.
Duke of Edinburgh International Award
The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is the world’s leading youth achievement award with more than 60 years of experience challenging young people to dream big and discover their potential. There are more than 1.3 million young people involved in the programme globally and every day more than 1,800 young people start the award. New Zealand is one of around 140 countries to deliver the Award programme. SHGC is an accredited aware centre and offers students the opportunity to gain their Bronze, Silver and Gold Award.
The award is recognised by employers and the community. To learn more visit: DOE further information