The College has a strong focus on service; encouraging students of every age to look beyond themselves and to use their gifts to benefit their peers, the College, and the broader community. Our student body undertakes community service in the local area and supports a range of local charities such as Samaritan’s Purse, Compassion, Carevan Blacktown, and the Cancer Council.
"We are amazed at the generosity and support we receive from your students and teachers. Your students are learning great lessons in generosity and compassion for people they do not know … Together we are making a difference.”
Jeni Simmons (Carevan Blacktown)
Mission Trips serve as a wonderful opportunity for students to serve in a community less fortunate than our own while experiencing another culture and the value of travel. Students also get the blessing of being able to share this experience with their friends under the supervision of our experienced staff. For Christian students such trips also afford them opportunities to share their faith with people who have little knowledge of The Gospel.
The College’s annual mission trip is to Cambodia, assisting in a children’s ministry aimed at children living in slums in some of the poorest areas of Phnom Penh. The participants assisted their Khmer counterparts in a reading program and shared their faith with crowds of up to 130 people through sport, craft, song, drama, testimony, and the spoken word.
The trip also encompassed excursions to historical sites including the ancient temples around Siem Reap and various sites commemorating the victims of the atrocities committed by the Khmer Rouge. Visit the Missions Photo Gallery to see some snapshots of the trip.
The College’s well established mission trip to Vanuatu previously gave older Secondary students the opportunity to visit the island of Efate and stay near a local village and serve the community in practical ways. Students served in the village church and the local Primary school, interacting with the youth and working with the younger children, sharing the Lord Jesus with them. The trip also included a tourist visit to a local waterfall and lookout, exploration of a coral reef (snorkelling) and a visit to a neighbouring volcanic island. This mission is expected to be restored in the near future.
“Norwest instilled in me the importance of social justice and being a person who whole-heartedly and unconditionally loves others. These are the values that guide every decision that I make and will continue to inform the way I see myself and the people around me.”
Lawrence Muskitta, Graduate, 2009