Service is a key element of our Methodist ethos and means the use of our personal and community (school) resources to help others, making a true difference to the world around us. We believe that this isn’t a solely Christian emphasis. Only through values-based education are young people guided towards making sensible and compassionate decisions that balance personal interests and needs alongside the wider issues of our society.
Our social responsibility work encompasses the following:
Epworth girls who care about the environment join our Earth-Active club, focusing on projects such as recycling, tree planting, animal welfare and highlighting environmental issues at our school. Club members take part in eco-themed quizzes and competitions. Epworth is proud to be part of the Eco-Schools programme that aims to bring environmental awareness to our schools, and we are one of the first schools in the country to be awarded an International Eco-Schools flag for our support of environmental projects. Some of our projects include a wormery, recycling including making and selling items made from waste, tree labeling, Adopt-a-Spot (caring for areas of the city) and we support and visit animal-focused projects such as the SPCA, FreeMe and Rhino protection.
Our Interact Committee aims to enrich and uplift the lives of those less fortunate members of our community, with visits to orphanages, old age homes and other organisations that care for the needy. The committee liaises with similar Interact clubs at other schools for a wider awareness of pertinent issues and an opportunity to share with other pupils. The abuse of women and children is an especially important focus. Interact also co-ordinates fundraising events for the whole school.
We are affiliated to the Pietermaritzburg branch of Rotary International.
We feel it is important for our girls to experience life in the outside world. The popular Vogue programme sees Grade 10 girls working in the Edendale community in partnership with Deloitte and Touche and the Thandanani Children’s Foundation. Other elements of Vogue include the learning of invaluable life skills such as self defence and healthy living. The programme culminates in a much-anticipated formal ball in the third term.
The President’s Award:
The President’s Award is an international self-development programme that seeks to empower young people between the ages of 14 and 25. It is a balanced, non-competitive programme, which enables pupils to become responsible and active citizens within their communities. Operating in 140 countries, it comprises three levels: bronze, silver and gold and involves successfully completing activities under the following sections: physical recreation, skills development, community service and adventurous journey.
“Epworth cares! Compassion without boundaries.”
~ Grade 10 Epworth pupil