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Merici students receive Order of Australia Association Student Citizenship Award

Congratulations to following students who have been awarded the ACT Branch of the Order of Australia Association Student Citizenship Award for their participation in the Merici College Christian Service Program, having received their Gold Angels awards in September this year for completing over 150 hours of community service.

Year 12

  1. Lily Sidorko
  2. Mercedes Bowers
  3. Maddison Bourke
  4. Rachel Webb
  5. Julia Angove
  6. Kaitlin Dobing
  7. Madeleine Carden
  8. Danielle Bewick – over 200 hours
  9. Madaleine Cameron – over 230 hours
  10. Casey Bellicanta– over 240 hours

Year 11

  1. Paige Campbell – over 210 hours

The award will be presented by His Excellency the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK, MC (Retd), Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia at an award ceremony on Thursday 1 December 2016.

Please see below the nomination that was submitted for consideration.


Year 11 and 12 Students - The Gold Angel Award

Service learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction to enrich the learning experience, teach responsibility and strengthen community ties. The Service program at Merici College involves three processes: Experience, Reflection and Action.

Our students are engaged in a Christian service program. We are striving to break down barriers of fear and prejudice, reduce the impact of stereotypical images and bring a human face to those in or community who might not normally be seen.

In a Christian context, the Christian Service Program provides the opportunity to put faith into action in the local and global community.

Students are provided with structured opportunities, as part of the RE curriculum to critically reflect on their service experience. However, most of the service experience will be conducted off campus out of school hours.

Students completed service hours in some of (but not all of) the following areas:

  • Volunteering in a Hospital Kiosk
  • Relay for Life
  • Vinnies Sleep Out
  • Catholic Schools Netball Carnival
  • Catholic Schools Soccer Carnival
  • Donate Life Walk
  • Volunteering at various Elderly Care facilities
  • St Vincent De Paul Door Knock
  • Sales Assistant at St Vincent de Paul Outlets
  • Preparing Zonta Birthing Kits
  • Collecting cans for the Can line – donating over 4000 cans to St Vincent de Paul and Ozharvest.
  • 40 hour famine
  • Heart Foundation Christmas wrapping
  • Lifeline Book Sale
  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
  • Yellow Van
  • Ozharvest
  • Ronald McDonald Gala Ball
  • Malkara cake stall
  • Cerebral Palsy Fashion Show

The student’s efforts are recognised through a three tier award system; the Blue Angel (50 hours), the Red Angel (100 hours) and the ultimately the Gold Angel Award (150 hours).


We congratulate the students on their wonderful achievements and wish them well in all their future endeavours.


Mrs Loretta Wholley


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