Leading by example to create a lasting impact

National Volunteer Week is Australia’s largest annual celebration of volunteering. As part of our School’s recognition of this important week, we are profiling members of our community who volunteer their time.

This year’s National Volunteer Week theme is ‘The Change Makers’, which highlights the powerful impact volunteers make in supporting individuals and communities.

This year, we are proud to recognise our Change Maker, Year 12 student and School Vice Captain, Scye Collen for her long history of supporting our community through Grammar Helping Hands initiatives and local charity Urban Angels Community Kitchen Program. The local charity is a platform for bringing the community together, creating and distributing a ready stock of nutritious frozen meals for people who need support.

‘It is important to be selfless and hardworking and to put your hand up to help someone in need. The conversations I have had have enriched my experiences’ said Scye.

Scye was the recipient of the Grammar Helping Hands Bursary in 2022 for her support and donations to Urban Angels. The demand in our community is staggering and Scye has been key to supporting Urban Angels in their mission, not only with her generous donation but with her gift of time. 

‘I heard about Urban Angels through a sporting coach and immediately knew it was something I would enjoy. I love working in the kitchen, meeting new people and making a difference,’ said Scye.

Volunteering has the power to change the lives of both volunteers and those that need help. At Grammar, we encourage our students to look outwards and serve our community with passion and purpose.

‘Volunteering has taught me valuable skills, brought me out of my comfort zone and improved my own personal development,’ said Scye.

Scye is passionate about our community and channels her energy into empowering others through her involvement in Grammar Helping Hands initiatives such as the recent Backyard Blitz.

‘Seeing the gratitude on the faces of the family at the Backyard Blitz has been my most memorable experience. It was a very special afternoon and I feel honoured to have been involved,’ said Scye.

Scye has made a wonderful contribution to Grammar and the local community and we are proud to recognise her as our Change Maker today.