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Not only has Kimberly well and truly completed her required volunteering hours for her placement - she has worked at the Lifeline op shop every Saturday for over a year. Kimberly has also given a minimum of 2 lunch times and morning teas each week to assist in the school veggie garden, make coffees for their enterprise based projects and assist a number of different teachers through peer mentoring.
Kimberly has learned to garden, sew, make barista quality coffee, and has most importantly developed enormously as a person. Her confidence in herself, her time management, and her ability to make intelligent and informed decisions has become one of her real strong suits. Plus, she has learned a lot about her strengths and weaknesses as a person.
Nerang State High School teacher, Mr Oliver Lintott, says "Kimberly is an outstanding student in every sense of the word. She tirelessly puts the needs of others above her own and is an exceptionally kind and generous young lady." As well as impressing the teachers at her school, she has also made an impact on the staff at the op shop.
Mr Lintott also notes how the school is a brighter more interconnected place as a result of the work Kimberly has done in the school garden and as a barrista. Staff and students have had more opportunities to connect and build meaningful relationships outside of the classroom, which have in turn had hugely positive impacts on the relationships within the classroom.
As for her plans for the future, Kimberly is still unsure at this time about her future career path but knows that whatever she does she wants to help people in need.
We wish Kimberly all the best for her future and congratulate her on being our SAAVI Student of the Term 2, 2019. For her efforts, Kimberly was presented the SAAVI Student of the Term Award and a $50 Gift Card.
Photo: Kimberly and her teacher Mr Oliver Lintott photographed at an International Volunteer Day function at Government House.